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the trilogy tapes
A more than proper label out of London, The Trilogy Tapes has exposed a lot of heavy lo-fi dance producers. They have a focus and character to them that labels can only dream about. Enjoy the playlist and get nosey around in their shop, definitely worth your time if you collect physical music.
A steady stream of quality 12-inches from the likes of KM / MM and MGUN in 2012 considerably widened the audience of the previously cassette-only label The Trilogy Tapes. Further releases by Tuff Sherm and Anthony Naples have solidified its status as a home for some of dance music's most intriguing producers. Though most of their releases are idiosyncratic takes on house and techno, _moonraker's debut EP is particularly bizarre—and quite compelling.
Will Bankhead, the brains behind The Trilogy Tapes blog / label and owner of one of the finest record collections is a name that everyone in the music industry is familiar with.
Responsible for some of the most inspiring album artwork of dance music in the 90s, his output with fellow art directors of the Mo Wax label Futura, Swifty and Ben Drury led to iconic covers such as UNKLE’s ‘Psyence Fiction’ or DJ Shadow’s ‘Entroducing’.
His work didn’t stop in the 90s though, as recent collaborations with Joy Orbison, the Hessle Audio camp and Honest Jon’s go to prove. Future classics bear his bold and often simple aesthetic for current generations to one day reminisce over in the same way we do about about the Trip Hop days of Mo Wax.
As well as finding the time to create such masterpieces he also runs a label and fantastic blog under the guise The Trilogy Tapes. A flurry of killer releases have secured the label as one of the finest when it comes to techno and the tougher spectrum of house. As well as these quick-to-sell-out vinyl only releases, a mix tape series made up of phsyical tapes recorded by some of the scene’s figureheads also accompanies t-shirts as output from the TTT moniker.
Fresh in 2014, Will Bankhead’s small label with a big phonebook, has announced a new release by Detroit hero Theo Parrish. The release is, in fact, a three-way split between Trilogy Tapes, Parrish’s own Sound Signature and Palace Skateboards, and features three tracks by Parrish: ’71st & Exchange Used To Be…’, ‘Petey Wheetfeet’ and ‘Blueskies Surprise’. It closes a busy year for Parrish: he’s released three 12″s on Sound Signature and mixed the superb Black Jazz Signature: Black Jazz Records 1971-1976 compilation.