Double CD in gatefold sleeve with artwork by Oliver Barrett.
The inaugural Contra Pop Festival took place in August 2015 on the beach at Ramsgate, Kent (UK), and encompassed live performances from artists working at the intersection between popular music and the avant-garde. This diverse congregation of musicians epitomises a vibrant European scene far from the clutches of the corporate opportunists who threaten to homogenise pop culture. This compilation includes several tracks recorded live at Contra Pop, combined with a selection of previously (un)released tracks by festival artists. We are delighted that every live act which performed at Contra Pop 2015 is represented here, and we would like to thank the artists and their labels for embracing the project.
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Black Gildan Super Soft t-shirt with high-quality colour print. Based on poster design by Oliver Barrett, listing Contra Pop 2015 line-up: David Barbarossa (DJ), Bass Clef, Pierre Bastien, Richard Dawson, Dick El Demasiado, Don’t DJ (DJ), Giant Swan, Gnod, Golden Teacher, Heatsick, KAYAKA with John Higgins, Felix Kubin, Klara Lewis, Peder Mannerfelt (The Swedish Congo Record DJ set), Orlando, Evan Parker and Matt Wright, Pega Monstro, Petrels with Laid Eyes, Ravioli Me Away, Soul Jazz Sound System (DJs + MC), Adrian Sherwood (At the Controls ’79 to ’84 Classic DJ Set), Doug Shipton (DJ), Ghédalia Tazartès, Tomaga, Trelawney, Richard Youngs.
Track 1 composed, performed and recorded by Tomaga during winter 2013–14 in Hackney, London, and released by Hands in the Dark as part of Futura Grotesk (HITD 023) LP in November 2014.
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 recorded live at Contra Pop Festival, Ramsgate, 21–23 August 2015, by Dynamic Production Solutions and Extra Normal Records.
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 mastered by Lawrie at Curve Pusher in June 2016.
Track 3 edited and embellished by Matt Wright in May 2016 (studio version co-composed by Evan Parker and Matt Wright, recorded in Broadstairs and Canterbury between 2008 and 2011 and released by psi in April 2011).
(Studio version of track 5, by Richard Dawson, recorded in Byker, Newcastle, in April 2014 and released by Weird World Record Co. as part of Nothing Important (WEIRD048) LP in November 2014. Published by Domino Publishing Co. Ltd.)
(Studio version of track 6, by Richard Youngs, recorded in Glasgow in 2006 and released by Jagjaguwar as part of Autumn Response (JAG121) LP in November 2007.)
Track 7, by Ghédalia Tazartès, 2016, previously unreleased.
Track 9, by Trelawney, recorded by Margo Broom at the Combination Of studio in Tottenham, London, and released as part of Beast of the Black Heath EP in January 2012.
(Studio version of track 10, by Ravioli Me Away, recorded in Rayleigh, Essex, and due for release by Upset! The Rhythm in 2016 as part of Living is a Myth LP.)
Track 11, by Pega Monstro, produced by Leonardo Bindilatti and released by Upset! The Rhythm as part of Alfarroba (UTR072) LP in July 2015.
Track 12, by Gnod, recorded by Gnod/Sam Weaver at Islington Mill,
Salford, and released by Rocket Recordings as part of
Infinity Machines (LAUNCH072) LP in April 2015.
Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 recorded live at Contra Pop Festival, Ramsgate, 21–23 August 2015, by Dynamic Production Solutions and Extra Normal Records.
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 mastered by Lawrie at Curve Pusher in June 2016.
Track 2, by Don’t DJ, 2013, previously unreleased.
Track 3, by Peder Mannerfelt, 2014, previously unreleased.
(Studio version of track 7, by Dick El Demasiado, released by 6de Kolonne as part of Celulitis Popular (ZK 074) LP in 2012.)
Track 8, by Felix Kubin, taken from the forthcoming album,
Music for Film and Theatre, Dekorder, 2016.
Track 9, by Bass Clef, edited and embellished by Bass Clef in late 2015.
(Studio version of track 10, by Heatsick, released by PAN as part of
Re-Engineering (PAN 48) LP in December 2013.)
(Studio version of track 11, by Jennie Bellestar and The Artist Taxi Driver feat. Dub Syndicate and Skip McDonald; recorded at Red Bull Studios, London; overdubs and mixed at On-U Sound, Ramsgate; produced and mixed by Adrian Sherwood
in 2014–15 and engineered by Matthew Smyth.)
Artwork by Oliver Barrett, design by Dan Dizette, manufactured in the EU by Key Production in 2016.
Copyright, if any, resides with the artists and/or their respective labels/representatives.
Thanks to David Barbarossa, Doug Shipton and Soul Jazz Sound System for their fantastic Contra Pop DJ sets, which could not be included here due to lack of space. Deep gratitude to Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, Eona McCallum, Archie McCallum, Jenny Brownrigg, Kimberley Bright, David Wright, Jason Evans, Mark Hearne, Paul Dennis, Ian Wyles, Nick Mortimer, Zara McKenzie, Fielding Hope, Matthew de Pulford, Matthew Simms, Tim Baines, Michelle Vincent, Oliver Barrett, Alasdair Robertson, Jess and Eoin at Tom Thumb Theatre, Robert Stillman, Matt Wright, Lawrie Dunster, Kevin Grist, Robert Parkinson, Adrian Sherwood, Tom Relleen, Al Harle, Faisal Anderson, Paul Henry, Sue Jones, Simon Steven, Jonny Trunk, José Luis Villalobos, Donna Lynas, Tom King, Coco Duivenvoorde, Inte van Roemburg, Kandy Jones and Robert, Adam and everyone at DPS.