Slip Discs is an experimental music label based in the UK releasing handmade, personally addressed records in extremely limited runs. Releases focus on new acoustic and electronic music spanning contemporary composition, electronica and the murky ground somewhere in between.
To date, the label has curated performances and recordings from Mark Fell, Larry Goves, Leo Abrahams, Oliver Coates and more in venues ranging from shisha bars to concert halls to clubs.
For their first outing at SFTOC, they are nestling down in new cafe space, the Deli Lama, situated on the corner of Bexley Square.
G O V E S
“Larry Goves’s Things that are blue, things that are white, things that are black was… a tour de force in two ways. There was the virtuosity of the players… and there was the virtuosity of Goves’s score, which built up an orchestral embarras de richesses in many layers, with sounds from several key players looped and transformed by electronics. In the central section yet another element was thrown in – some ingenious animation projected on a screen from Jesse Collett and Myroslava Sayeed. The piece was engrossing for every moment of its 35 minutes”, The Telegraph
“Larry Goves’s delightful Sherpa Tensing stands up from the piano, says something quiet, and walks outside sets Matthew Welton’s wonderfully wacky verse that features a whole cast of characters from Socrates to Tommy Cooper saying something quiet and walking outside. In a programme filled with the darker side of the madrigal genre it was a welcome moment of light relief. I never thought I would hear Sid James mentioned in the Wigmore Hall”, The Observer
Off the back of his recent release A Creche for the Lonely and Peculiar, Larry Goves will be performing under his GOVES moniker. Larry Goves is a composer based in the UK. His music has been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Nash Ensemble, Sarah Nicolls, the BBC Philharmonic, Psappha, Ixion, The Hallé, 175 East, The Continuum Ensemble and many others all over the UK and abroad. He has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and New Zealand’s Concert FM and had pieces released on NMC and Dutton Epoch. He has also had the pleasure of having a record put out through Slip Discs - A Creche for the Lonely and Peculiar – so is a natural fit for their first ever SFTOC line-up.
I A N V I N E
“Ian Vine’s espinas, inspired by the mobiles of Alexander Calder, suspended Roger Benedict’s impassioned viola solo between static extremes of high and low registers, as if the viola were a heavy object caught in weightless limbo”, The Guardian
“The most striking piece was based on a different artist: three black moons by Ian Vine takes its title from an Alexander Calder mobile, its magical floating sonorities had a Feldmanesque beauty”, The Guardian
Ian Vine was born in England but spent his formative years in Libya and Hong Kong. His music is performed across Europe and further afield, and has been broadcast worldwide. Commissioners of his work have included the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble Recherche, and Matthew Herbert. He has received performances by, among others, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Ensemble 10/10, Kokoro, Psappha, 4-Mality, Radius, Continuum (Canada) and 175 East (New Zealand). His work has been released on Accidental Records, Kairos, and London Sinfonietta labels.
T O M R O S E
“Tom Rose helps to run experimental label Slip Discs – the imprint responsible for Leo Abrahams and Oliver Coates’ outstanding sound design album ‘Crystals Are Always Forming’ last year. Rose’s first release is due in the form of ‘SPLIT’, an, ahem, split release with composer and collaborator Chaines. From ‘SPLIT’, [the track Berghaus is] an amorphous, hard-edged electronic composition, unwilling and uninterested in defining itself fully. Its clipped, cascading beatwork hints at taking recognisable shape, before being repeatedly overpowered by unforgiving swathes of frost-hit, misty atmospherics” – Dummy Mag
A A R O N P A R K E R
Aaron Parker’s works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 1, and in venues across Britain, France, Italy and the Netherlands, by ensembles such as the BBC Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the National Youth Orchestra, and the Aurora Orchestra. He has taken part in collaborations with the Royal Ballet School (London), the Northern Ballet School (Manchester) and The Place (London Contemporary Dance School), and in July 2010 he took part in the Lake District Summer Music Festival’s 4×4 Composer Residency led by Robert Saxton and Garth Bardsley, during which the first scene of a new chamber opera Rhodopis (a work-in-progress) was premièred in Keswick.
C H A I N E S
CHAINES is the work of one Caroline Haines – a woman of whom it is nearly impossible to find anything about online, other than the fact she has a rather magnificent split with Tom Rose (of stage runners Slip Discs). Of her half of the release, Slip Discs had this this to say: “Chaines’ two offerings are evidence of an idiosyncratic vision embracing dislocated drums, swathes of distortion, and freakish manipulations of her own voice. There is a nagging sense of some submerged narrative – in Transverberation, the “bells and smells” of religious ceremony are evoked, while Speak Gentle Words is something like catching glimpses of distant shorelines.”