Midnight Mines "Stations" 7"
Two track 45 from a London duo who have been putting out a steady stream of thematic releases over the past few years. Their first tape ‘Dancehall Style’ featured them playing over loops of deconstructed Black Ark rhythms, whilst their 2016 LP ‘If You Can’t Find A Partner Use A Wooden Chair’ purported to be the first release in a rock’n’roll trilogy that as yet hasn’t been completed. Recording sessions are sporadic and completely improvised, later edited and overdubbed into songs at home. The majority of their output has come out on their own Mystery Plane imprint although they have recently released material on the Loki Label in the United States. There have also been two solo tapes covering Baron Saturday’s psych-folk excursions and Private Sorrow’s downer techno. Future plans include a double CD compilation on the New Zealand based Independent Woman Records, and a ‘live DJ mix’ recorded with the General Echo Sound System for RWDFWD.
This particular single takes a dubwise production approach to ramshackle DIY punk with delay-baked vocals and a flipside ‘version’ in classic JA 7” fashion. “Stations” is a tinny goth club stomper, moody guitar lines reverberating over a repetitive bassline. “Radio Dub” is the slow crawl of the night bus home, rain-smeared horns heralding a spoken word lament.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 45rpm. IDDB022.