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.

Consummatum Est

Now that all six of the original Crass albums have been reissued on CD for the Crassical Collection, we are able to fit together the pieces of the puzzle that make up the Crass symbol from the covers.

The symbol is from a photographer of one of Crass drummer Penny Rimbaud’s old bass drum heads.

And if you like, you can also hang it on your wall, by way of a poster designed by the band’s artist Gee Vaucher.

We’d like to thank Crass fan Alan Jones for suggesting it!

Available for pre-order now in the Southern shop.

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OMG!! There’s a new Raised On Replicas video!

Yes, that’s right, Raised On Replicas have brought out a new video for “OMG” that’s just about as sharp as drummer Annalise’s fringe. Hailing from Brighton, the four piece Raised on Replicas were the second band to tack their name to the blossoming label Louder Than War, founded by John Robb (of Membranes and Goldblade fame) after he decided to extend the Louder Than War empire from the brilliant music website of the same name. Aiming to bring much deserved exposure to worthy bands with a series of 7 inch releases they may be small, but my oh my are they perfectly formed!

“OMG” is the first track on the band’s single, so less of the teasing and here’s the video for your viewing pleasure…

Raised on Replicas addition to Louder Than War’s catalogue features a total of two fantastic ditties- “OMG” and the flip-side ”Sometimes”. This little gem is limited to just 300 7 inch black vinyl copies which you can treat yourself to in our shop, or as a download through Louder Than War.

Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day

And so we arrive at number six in the series of re-releases of Crass’ now classical albums remastered and with additional related material. This edition includes the original Crass album plus additional tracks featuring Eve Libertine, Hit Parade, A-Soma and Penny Rimbaud, and comes with a specially designed fold-out poster and an illustrated booklet containing lyrics and contextual notes.

Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day – The Swansong.  Recorded at Southern Studios Winter 1984–Summer 1985.

From the liner notes by Penny Rimbaud:

“Just as throughout our seven years’ existence as a punk band we had made concerted efforts to avoid specific political pigeonholing (‘left wing, right wing, you can stuff the lot’), so, musically, we attempted to push the barriers, always avoiding the obvious. In one respect alone we were absolutely consistent; our inconsistency. If the essentially rowdy Feeding of the Five Thousand and Stations Of The Crass had established Continue reading