First off a big thanks to the crew and DJs at Waveform Moscow for putting on a wonderful night a couple of weeks back. It was a great show to play and I met a lot of great people, including Oleg from Other Voices Records! Everyone I met was very laid back and open minded, a contrast to the politics of Russia at the moment. An extra thanks to DJs Montmorency and Eau Des Eaux for the place to crash and gawk at the “synth museum” in their flat, as well as introducing me to a lot of Russian synthpop. A thanks to Mika Shlimmer for introducing me to a lot of newer Russian post-punk as well.
The blog Warmer Climes invited me to do a long Q&A with them about my top 10 songs. They wanted long, in-depth answers so they were provided with 10 tracks plus 3 extras — all with a story behind them. Some are longtime favourites and others are things I’ve been listening to lately. Artists featured in this piece include Jawbox, Keluar, Scritti Politti, U.S. Maple, Mathew Jonson, Bauhaus, Primadonna, Rush, Fad Gadget, György Ligeti, Dangerous Boys Club (DBC) and Second Layer. You can read the whole piece below:
Warmer Climeshttp://warmer-climes.blogspot.ro/2013/11/warmer-mixtapes-902-by-jack-duckworth.htmlWARMER MIXTAPES #902 | by Jack Duckworth [Soft Riot] of Savage Furs, Primes, Winning, Radio Berlin, A Luna Red, The Measure, Heavy Party and Forgotten 1. Jawbox | Dreamless In…
A digital single on the US online label Everything Is Chemical will see the light of day in the early months of 2013. This single will contain two outtakes from the Fiction Prediction sessions. There will be more details on this release closer to its actual release date.
And rounding up this bit of news: there is work underway this month doing remixes for Attrition and Celebration — both great bands. Attrition is one of the UK’s flagship experimental “darkwave” groups, getting their start in 1980! Soft Riot is reworking the track “One Horse Rider” from their recent album The Unraveller of Angels. Celebration are a psychedelic art-rock group from Baltimore who have released two albums on 4AD, their latest releases coming out on their own label, Electric Tarot.
Oh — and a new video for the track “Your Own Private Underworld” is underway. That’s it for now.
Photo by Del Jae
This is an interview done with Pavel Nattsol Zarutskiy, formerly of Grave Jibes Magazine, for an Other Voices Records exclusive. This interview was done in June of this year:
Soft Riot goes to Russia for the very first time with the presentation of his new album Fiction Prediction (Other Voices Records, Russia). Before this remarkable event please read this interview made by our good friend Pavel ‘Nattsol’ Zarutskiy specially for Other Voices Records.
“Yes, everything looks fine, but could you put bigger stress on the label in the interview? For example, ask, why the fuck he chose the label from Russia? Couldn’t he find anything more decent?” – told me Oleg of Other Voices when I showed him the first draft of the interview with Jack Duckworth – the musician who played in various bands and recently attracted the attention of minimal synth admirers all over the world with his new project, called Soft Riot. Indeed, Jack hardly could face a problem with finding the label. Not only the project is in the very trend of indie synth music, but also, Jack manages to keep quite DIY and outsider-ish atmosphere so it seems that with the music he more explores his inner universe than tries to please the listeners with the sounds they might want to hear. The new Soft Riot album, ‘Fiction Prediction’, will soon be released by Other Voices. So indeed, what circumstances lead to this result? Jack’s answer on this question starts our interview:
As part of a showcase being put on by Other Voices Records, Soft Riot is playing a one-off show in Moscow later this month for Moscow’s synth/wave night Waveform. More information on this event can be found here on Facebook. Copies of Fiction Prediction will be available in CD and Cassette format, and I’ll have a chance to meet some people I’ve been corresponding with in Russia for a while and find out how it is to live there in these weird times.
In the meantime check out the newly published issue of Small Doses. This issue contains a split feature with both Soft Riot and Női Kabát that comes with a CD containing exclusive tracks from both bands, including “Cinema Eyes (Soft Riot’s Small Doses Version”) not available anywhere else. There is also Soft Riot’s re-working of Női Kabát’s “Seeds of Time” included on this CD as well. You can read the feature below. If you wish to obtain a hard copy of this magazine, contact Small Doses through the same link.
Fashion tricks and politics | Small Doses #5. 10-12/13.http://halfreleases.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/fashion-tricks-and-politics/Information overload is a double-edge sword. No matter how much you try and get into something, there is always more and more of it pleasantly distracting, patiently lurking from the shadows. Which…
Remixes for two Desire Records artists, TSTI and Keluar, have been completed and production on remixes for Celebration (4AD/Friends Records) and Attrition are to go into production soon. Soft Riot will be releasing a limited edition cassette of more soundtrack/ambient sounds on the US label Sanity Muffin in the near future. New material as a follow-up to the recently-released Fiction Prediction is in the initial stages of production as well.
What else? This fall will remain relatively quiet for live performances but there are plans for early 2014 for shows in UK and Europe. More information to come on that as it’s confirmed. Exciting times ahead.
With the first vinyl pressing of this record now well out of stock, Desire Records has made the And You Will Find Them In The Basement compilation available again on a separate pressing, this time on purple vinyl! A compilation of mostly London synth/wave bands, this compilation features tracks (some exclusive!) by artists such as Lebanon Hanover, Linea Aspera, Mild Peril, Team Pi$$, Gertrud Stein, Nധi Kabát, A Terrible Splendour and yours truly, Soft Riot.
Get yours on the link below. You can also purchase a digital version of the record there as well, which will never run out of press…
Here’s an attempt to arrange all of the current news into one piece, all tied to a bit of cheap alliteration under the letter “R”…
First off, all formats of the new album Fiction Prediction are available for order after some delays on some of the physical formats. You can now order these items from the European label handling this release, Other Voices Records. They are available to order here in Vinyl LP, Cassette, and Compact Disc format. Note that the tracklisting differs slightly between the formats. This is entirely intentional! The digital formats are available through a number of online retailers including iTunes, eMusic, 7Digital, Gracenote, MusicLoad, Vervelife, Bloom.fm and many more.
Since returning from a healthy tour through Europe this past July, the studio has been turned on and back into the thick of it, with work currently being doing on new versions of tracks by Keluar and TSTI, the latter of which will be appearing on a vinyl LP of remixes on the French label Desire towards the end of this year. More news on that to come. You can check out the version of “China Doll”, originally by A Terrible Splendour below.
The original track was included on A Terrible Splendour’s album released this year on Desire called Poseurs. This Soft Riot version is currently available as a free download for a limited time.
There are some show announcements to be made soon, including a date in Moscow for late October for the clubnight Waveform, and also as part of an Other Voices label showcase. There is definite anticipation of this show, especially in light of the furor involving Russia’s politics and LGBT policies. Despite boundaries and borders you can find the “underground” anywhere, with people interested in forward-thinking music and forward-thinking ideas despite what their own governments might have in store.
More dates are being planned in addition to that in UK and abroad. If you have any interest in booking Soft Riot live, please get in touch. Thanks.