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Christ, The Reissue

It’s a delight and simultaneous feeling of liberation to finally announce the release of Crass’ Christ, The Album LP reissue, which is now available for pre-order on the Southern web shop.

Released in 1982 with unplanned irony as the Falklands War raged on, Christ, The Album, another double vinyl half-studio/half-live release, once again aimed to take no prisoners. It’s controversial and boundary pushing style has been at the crux of critic and fan discussions for the years that followed, but admittedly received unquestionable respect and admiration. Harry Sword phrases it best: “Christ, The Album is too good for the TV punk documentaries, that’s why it’s still relevant and dangerous now.” Read his thoughts as the album marks it’s 30th year in the sonic ether.

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“By 1981 Crass had been in existence for four tempestuous years. In that time we’d encouraged punk to grow from being no more than just another ‘great rock’n’roll swindle’ into a genuine movement for change. Anarchy had been rescued from the dusty libraries of academia and the equally dusty dreams of barstool bullshitters to become the catchword for a whole new generation of streetwise activists.” – Penny Rimbaud

Cut to new lacquers at Abbey Road studios from the untouched original analogue vinyl master, this double LP comes with the original book (“A Series Of Shock Slogans And Mindless Token Tantrums”), original poster and the addition of a download card giving you free access to an mp3 download of the album. All of the original tracks remain intact, including recording of their 1981 summer gig at the 100 Club in London, as well as other studio tracks, demos, radio broadcasts and cassette recordings, leaving no Crass gem unturned.

Available to pre-order from the Southern web shop now.

 

Penny Rimbaud’s ‘And Now It Rains’

And Now It RainsIt is a pleasure to announce the second edition of Penny’s deeply profound series of poems from 2005-2007. Published by  Bracketpress in association with Exitstencil Press, this issue comes in a sleek 144 page paperback book completely redesigned with a recently added new introduction from Penny Rimbaud.

“Whereas I might once have believed that the poems in this book represented the universal whole, I now consider them at best to be a description of a journey towards it, cartographic works whose value is in their articulation of process. May your journeys bring you to a deeper self.”
– Penny Rimbaud, Spring 2012

A very limited amount available now in our web shop.

Latitudes Unveils The Haxan Cloak

It is an absolute thrill to announce yet another new Latitudes session peeking behind the veil. Here at Southern, we’d like to welcome Bobby Krlic (aka The Haxan Cloak) to our delightfully fascinating series with his storming half hour of electronica soundscapes. Just coming off the back of his debut album on Aurora Borealis and recent signing to Tri-Angle Records, The Haxan Cloak has quite gracefully berried himself deep into the networks of unsettling electronic music. The name is murmured on a daily basis, his LP played meticulously again and again, and anything left to see is leaving people in a haze of wonder.

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As a personal account, I shamefully only heard of The Haxan Cloak with the news of his imminent Latitudes activity, here at Southern. Soon after was a fleeting greeting, followed by the usual meandering research on the world wide web. But it was going to a live show of Bobby’s, experiencing his aurally aesthetic rumble-scapes into my own ears and eyes that would make the revelatory impact. I found myself standing dead still, staring only at the retina searing strobe. Instantly immersed into some sort of subsonic crescendo, revealing a myriad of texturally rich detail, but never without leaving the space and breadth of the sound behind. I felt like I was alone: hypnotised and humbled by a tangible thrill of musical exploit. As the music faded and came to a close, I fell back into normality, speechless, in a blur of marvel at the overwhelming event.

Then, days later, I was yet again thrown back into blissful gaiety: The Haxan Cloak Latitudes session wafted through the office, soundtracking our very own ‘Koyaanisqatsi’. This release, in essence was Bobby live, but think I like to think of it as ‘The Haxan Cloak 2.0′.

Curiously titled ‘The Men Parted The Sea To Devour The Water’, the session will be available on 9th July as a limited run of 700 180g white vinyl and 500 CDs, both with Bobby’s original foil-stamped artwork, and all hand numbered.

We also have a special bundle available from our web shop if you act quickly – get a t-shirt and your choice of LP or CD.

Now available for pre-order in our web shop, and if you ask me, I’d get two; one to play to death, the other to resurrect your aural pleasures after the first passes away.

Sylvester Anfang II session unveils new Latitudes vinyl packaging.

Taking the Latitudes series to another level,  we are delighted to unveil our new super deluxe vinyl packaging which will debut with the release of Sylvester Anfang II’s session on 13th February.

The Flemish purveyors of psyche-folk laid down their 35 minutes of free-style rock jams in our humble studios in November 2010. These five tracks were extracted from a three-hour jam session; a feat achievable by having a handful of  ideas and a day to explore the deepest recesses of the band’s sound. And the result? Kaleidoscopic noise, droning mantras and freak-folk joy that sweeps you off your feet and leaves you hovering in the ether. With Sylvester Anfang firmly embracing Latitudes’s historical spirit of improvisation and experimentation, it is quite fitting that they should lead away with our new vinyl packaging.

The new sleeve is in two parts and is following the same gorgeous packaging concept created by art director Stephen O’Malley for the CD.  The vinyl package now includes a die cut sleeve “frame” with a card insert screen printed with the same design as the CD.  Also included is a two sided insert with liner notes, recording details and a band photo.

Sylvester Anfang II’s session will be released on CD and 180g white vinyl with hand numbered sleeves, 500 copies of each format. So you’ve been warned, if you happen to be the 501st Latitudes vinyl lover…

Available for pre-order in our web shop now.