Last week we announced the release of Musique Fragile Volume 02, the second in our series of limited edition, artwork-intensive 3-album box sets, to be released June 26 on heavyweight vinyl and digital formats. For the next three weeks, leading up to the release date, we’ll be unveiling more info on each of the records involved, including album artwork and new music for download.
We’re starting this week with Kanada 70’s Vamp Ire. See below for info, including a new MP3 that pulls together albums tracks “Ignore Dub” and “Molle”, courtesy of our friends at Tiny Mix Tapes…
MP3: “Ignore Dub I + Molle” (via Tiny Mix Tapes)
Kanada 70 is the home-recording project of Toronto’s Craig Dunsmuir, who started giving away CD-R micro-releases under this moniker in 2006. There have been over two dozen K70 titles issued since then – truly a treasure chest of 21st century études, where the repetitive and cyclical nature of mostly loop-based tracks is conditioned by the fact that Dunsmuir plays and punches everything by hand; returns of phrase contain odd stutters and variations, intention and accident collide, and there’s an organic immediacy throughout. Vamp Ire spans a wide range of influences, from abstract techno, industrial and noise music to prog-rock, African funk, no wave and metal. The hardest part was selecting only 45 minutes worth! But we think Vamp Ire opens a window to Craig’s subtle, introverted and brilliant sensibility.
Dunsmuir is known for his work as one half of Glissandro 70 (with Sandro Perri) and as an encyclopedic musicologist on staff at Toronto’s Soundscapes record store. Under his Max Gross alter-ego, Dunsmuir recently remixed “Love & Light” from Sandro Perri’s Impossible Spaces album, which will be part of a Perri remix album issued by DFA in summer 2012. Craig also DJs disco 12″s as part of Invisible City Sound System. Other Kanada 70 compilations have appeared as digital releases on Polyphasic, Medusa Editions and Inyrdisk. Vamp Ire marks the first appearance of K70 material on vinyl. The album was mastered by Sandro Perri.
Vamp Ire will be available as of June 26 on digital formats, and on heavyweight vinyl as part of the Musique Fragile Volume 02 box set, which also features albums from Pacha and Hangedup & Tony Conrad. Check the Musique Fragile release page for more info, including pre-order links, and stay tuned for info on those albums in the coming weeks. If you haven’t yet, check below to hear the mixtape we put together for the set, featuring music from all three artists: