Record Shopping with Asquith
This Friday, The Pickle Factory hosts a showcase from label of the moment Lobster Theremin, inviting production wünderkind Route 8, a live performance from Ozel AB, recent Lobster signing Blair Sound Design, and label boss Asquith to make their Pickle debuts.
Ahead of the show, we asked Lobster-in-Chief Asquith to take us record shopping in Melbourne during his recent Australian tour. He'll be giving away 10x records at the show. In Asquith's own words:
"The first day I arrived in Melbourne for the Lobster Australia Tour I decided to pop down to a few record stores to have a gander. The first one I came across was Wax Museum, situated literally in an underground city subway next to hair salons and pounds stores. A lovely little spot with plenty of second hand and killer select new bits. I ended up pulling out A LOT of 80's and piano house but there was so much incredible stuff.*
*I then went on to The Searchers where I was confronted by a massive doggo-wolf-puppy that had 8-inch thick fur and kept cuddling customers and then pissed on the floor. I fully caught the shop owners eye and giggled. Kinda surprised they even served me any records after that. I did pick up some ace new release titles here though."
What an epic record. Soulful and balearic-tinged beauty. The 'Mix L'ambiance' is the choice version here. Definitely going to be ending the lighter sets I play with this one.
This isn't even on Youtube but you can pick up a copy for 50p on Discogs so go grip. Chuntering acid, cheesy piano vibes and a pretty cheap 'n' cheerful designed centre label.
Real nice disco with touches of italo and 80's synth. Lovely live keyboards and sorcery behind the mixing desk.
Lush 80's piano house with that proper Chicago jack sprinkled with some latin flavour. A nice sunny Sunday daytime cut. Just add mojitos and mateys.
Essentially if a record isn't on Youtube it's doesn't exist does it? Wrong! This is an absolute joyful slayer that's gonna get cosy in the bag. £2 is an absolute bargain.
As well as the design and name of this artist/record being amazing, this is also a tidy slab of super solid 80's house with corridor-reverberating, wailing vocals. One to get real loose to. And it has a cyber-synth meets trumpet middle eight(!)
Real groovy Chicago meets NYC bizz. Hedonistic catwalk meets Croatian boat party kind stuff. Think that sums it up pretty succinctly.
Best ambient & modular album of the year. Hands down. What a fantastic and enlightening achievement this is. If Happy Meals is listening, I'll be emailing you soon m8.
Might be the best new dance record out this year. Super melodic, uplifting electro with some naughty wavy vocals in there and FX-section mustering. Such an exciting release, loads of ideas executed in a very considered fashion.
What even is this! Power duo 707 & future acid punk band madness. Would be a great soundtrack for alley chases or late night mainframe hacking.
Superb new wave industrial electronics album from Poligam. Reissued by the super talented Florian Stoffelbauer of Neubau & Discus Throwers in Vienna. This is a lovely rerelease through a new sublabel. Dark moody vibes and serious cover art.
A new Börft is always exciting but this is an especially strong release for them. Duo J&J mixing up various hardware modules to cobble together a bizarre and off-kilter 12". A-side is awkward chord play and OTT string patches, B-side is jerky acid club fodder for the snake-pit >:)
Asquith headlines a Lobster Theremin showcase at The Pickle Factory this Friday.