Public Information will be selecting at this weekend’s inaugural Pleasure Principle festival – get an idea of what to expect with this mixtape.
Public Information have announced a compilation of contemporary artists reinterpreting the music of early electronic pioneer F.C. Judd.
Our latest podcast is conjured courtesy of mystical Portuguese producer IVVVO.
Scott Wilson meets Alex Wilson and Lionel Skerratt, the pair behind one of the UK’s emerging labels in the increasingly crowded field of reissues and contemporary avant-garde electronics.
The throbbing, industrial sounds of Chicago duo Acteurs form the first release of 2013 from the excellent Public Information label.
Acteurs are Jeremy Lemos and Brian Case, two musicians who brandish a collectively long and immaculate past within the US alternative scene, and their arrival on Public Information should reward them with the wider audience their music deserves. Set for release next month, their six track mini LP Cloud Generating is described as a “dark ride into driving modular electronics and deformed synth-pop” which you will find a rather apt summation after checking the video for the title track below.
There are definite echoes of their hometown’s house music heritage within the Acteurs DNA based on those whispered vocals and it feels natural to align them with the likes of Factory Floor and Throbbing Gristle, though “Cloud Generating” sounds most closely to us like Minimal Wave act In Aeternam Vale suffering from demonic possession. The addition of Acteurs marks the latest pleasant surprise from the Public Information label whose releases last year ranged from the Soviet post nuclear feedback of Love Cult to a library music compilation from the Parry Music Library, and the brilliant Austin Cesear LP ensured them prominent positioning in our labels of 2012.
Public Information will release Cloud Generating by Acteurs on limited LP and digital formats on February 11.
1. Cloud Generating
3. Dusk Removing
4. Golden Rabbit
6. Freezing Fog
Record labels are the bricks and mortar of the independent music industry, the foundations upon which artists and scenes flourish and grow. During 2012 there seemed to be a glut of new labels popping up across the board, and though some made strong statements with their initial releases, our list largely acknowledges the imprints who continue to lead the way for others to follow. The people behind our top labels are individuals we – and many others – willingly place our trust in; their curatorial abilities are integral to ensuring they stand tall amidst a sea of samey musical dross.
In many cases, passion for the music these labels have released is the over-riding factor, any notion of profiting from the releases secondary to the rush of seeing it out there, pressed on wax and housed in a nicely presented sleeve. For regular readers of Juno Plus, these ten names should make perfect sense; a selection of labels whose output has made it easy for us to show our support for over the course of the last 12 months.
The best compilations act as gateways into a world of music unknown to the listener, perhaps encouraged to investigate thanks to one stray familiar name or some eye-catching artwork. It’s possible that the art of a finely curated compilation might be in danger of being lost on a current generation brought up on the endless musical possibilities of the mix and match download culture, though 2012 showed that there are still plenty of labels willing to invest the time and knowledge neccesary.
Our list of the top ten compilations looks to capture that, drawing on a selection of established labels celebrated for their ongoing efforts in the realm alongside imprint who’ve made impressive fresh steps in this direction, with an overall diversity of musical styles that hopefully reflects our own divergent tastes. It should also be noted that the drastic decline in quality of commercially released mix CDs, no doubt caused by the over abundance of online podcasts and mixes, reached a tipping point whereby we decided to leave the format out of this year’s “best of” coverage.
Indulge yourself in Things Are Worse In Russia, a 70 minute mix by Public Information act Love Cult. Read the rest of this entry »
Public Information round off an excellent 12 months with perhaps their darkest release to date, a debut album from Russian duo Love Cult.
Public Information further demonstrate their broad electronic remit with the news that their next release is a compilation of library music from Canadian label Parry Music.
Hailing from the West Coast of the USA and sporting a name like a lost disco producer, you’d be forgiven for thinking Austin Cesear is one of the latest contemporary producers on 100% Silk creating vintage leaning house. In reality, Cesear’s debut album Cruise Forever marks him out as something of an outsider to this scene, exploring darker and more cerebral territory that wouldn’t sound out of place on labels like Modern Love or PAN. This of course will be unsurprising to anyone following the releases of Public Information, the UK based label responsible for the record’s release, whose output seems to share a common sense of otherworldliness, existing in the gaps between library music, techno and psychedelia.
Ace London based label Public Information will continue its remit to provide a survey of electronic music with the release of an album from American producer Austin Cesear in late July.