POWELL / HELENA HAUFF
* Remixes from Powell, Helena Hauff, JD Twitch & Kübler-Ross
* 180-gram heavyweight vinyl
* Artwork by Katie Shannon
* Limited edition of 1000 copies
So Low was released on 19th February 2016 on double vinyl, CD and digital download via The Vinyl Factory, with hand screen-printed artwork by Katie Shannon. The compilation had its genesis in McIvor’s irregular club night of the same name in his hometown of Glasgow. “So Low is an occasional night at The Poetry Club in Glasgow where I play some of the music I played when I first started DJing back in 1987,” McIvor explains. “At that time the audience I played to mostly loathed what I was playing and rarely danced but then shortly after, when House music arrived I found a different audience who actually liked to dance.”
“In response to my wife’s deep love of this music and requests from some friends who were too young to hear it in a club at the time, or indeed were not even born when most of this music was made, I was persuaded to revisit a lot of records I still loved but rarely played out, and So Low was born. It has an extremely enthusiastic audience, a joyous atmosphere and is the antithesis of what a club in Scotland playing this music nearly 30 years ago would have been like.”
So Low focuses on the perhaps lesser known protagonists of the scene, such as UK/European minimalists Colin Potter and Gerry & The Holograms, and American industrial/experimentalists including Michigan’s Hunting Lodge and avant-garde San Francisco collective Tuxedomoon, as well as a number of French and Belgian acts such as Siglo XX, Front 242, The Klinik and Clair Obscur. Tracks from industrial forbearers Throbbing Gristle and band members Chris Carter and Cosey Fanny Tutti, who went on to record as Chris & Cosey, and Germany’s pioneering minimal wave musician John Bender are also included.
Following the recent release of So Low, a compilation of early ‘80s synth, industrial and cold wave classics and undiscovered gems curated by Optimo’s JD Twitch aka Keith McIvor, The Vinyl Factory are set to release specially commissioned remixes of two tracks on the 16-track compilation by rising UK producer Powell and Hamburg’s Helena Hauff.
Powell’s pneumatic sound is perfectly suited to ‘49 Second Romance’ by German minimalists P1/E, which he deftly deconstructs, while Hauff adds glistening synths to Belgian electro-industrial group The Klinik’s ‘Moving Hands’ for a driving, nocturnal version.
A1) P/1e, ’49 Second Romance’ (Powell Remix)
A2) Gerry & The Holograms, ‘Gerry & The Holograms’ (JD Twitch Edit)
B1) The Klinik, ‘Moving Hands’ (Helena Hauff Remix)
B2) Kübler-Ross ‘Victims of Victimless Crimes’ (John Bender Cover Version)