Putting the chic in anarchic, donotrunwithpixels returns with a double mixtape, one side of four-to-the-floor EDM, and another mashing previous releases with new drum’n’bass grooves. Staying true to his chip-purist ethos the sets feature only the sound of LSDJ on original Nintendo Game Boys. The last two years have seen these sets performed across south Wales and are now available on cassette or via download. Contains twice the adult recommended daily allowance of nihilism. Check with your GP before listening to Super 32 in 1 if you are pregnant or taking other medication.
We’re pleased to be able to share a brand new artist with you: donotrunwithpixels. We’ve come together to bring out their latest release on limited edition cassette, which will be out soon. In the meantime, we thought they deserved a bit of an introduction.
Cow Tongue Taco: So, who who are you, where do you come from, and how long have you been at this?
donotrunwithpixels: Hi, My name is Simeon and I’ve made music with Game Boys for the best part of a decade. Other musical projects have come and gone, but donotrunwithpixels is where I return to when I’ve totally burnt out. I’ve come to the realisation that making this music, using this process, is essential to my wellbeing. This society we’ve built makes me feel under constant pressure, and hiding behind a tiny, pea-green screen, headphones on, takes me back to a place when ignorance was bliss. I live in South Wales with my wife, kids and pet tortoise.
CTT: How would you describe your sound, and what’s your setup like?
dnrwp: I have a studio full of toys, modular gear, a beautiful old piano, a lovely double bass, some great valve mics, and some classy outboard gear, and I use exactly NONE of it for donotrunwithpixels. For me, this project is all about the limitations, using only Game Boys loaded with LSDJ. The sound is messy and anarchic, but still melodic. I hope people listen to it with big, dumb smiles on the faces.
CTT: What’s the thought behind this upcoming release? Why cassette?
dnrwp: My work has always been quite short, with most tracks clocking in under 2 minutes, but I’ve been playing these two sets live for a couple of years now, mashing songs together, and jamming around themes and I wanted people to listen to a longer body of my work. For me, downloads are about instant gratification, whereas physical releases like cassettes are about the long listen. Plus the way Cow Tongue Taco do releases is fucking cool and fits in with my DIY aesthetic.
You can find more from donotrunwithpixels over on their Bandcamp.
Sandbite is the side project of Cyborg See Cyborg Do, whose ‘Textures for a Rainy Day‘ we released last year. Created entirely with a single Dreadbox Erebus synth and a bunch of effects, this is a digital-only release with tons of atmosphere and character. Somehow it manages to sound both dark, but upbeat at the same time. It has echoes of a not-so-distant dystopian future, where hope shines through in golden rays. It’s a pay-what-you-want release, so what are you waiting for?
For more from CSCD, check out their main Bandcamp page here.
Today we are extremely pleased to be announcing a new artist – Glasgow’s Something in a Tank, and their double EP release.
Something In A Tank is the ‘half-arsed solo project’ of Michael Drum, formerly of Glasgow’s infamous We Are The Physics. It’s on the noisey, dirty end of ‘artrock’, and all produced by one solitary human.
From the horse’s mouth:
In an attempt to do something other than badly play the drums, Michael started fannying about in December 2016 and has released two EPs to date, one of which is an absolute shiter. The other just sucks.
The last EP is a mixture of aggressive guitars (played badly), over-compressed drums and vocals that could be described as ‘just shouting’. For fans of Retox, Hot Nerds, Ima Robot, Faith No More and DMX.
This release itself brings together two separate EPs: ‘Sink or Swim’, and ‘Never Quite the Desired Effect’. As a bonus, there are also two extra tracks included that were up til now unreleased. Grab your copy on the shop here.
Today we announce the latest Cow Tongue Taco release: ‘liberal exodus’ from Glaswegian chip-botherer unexpected bowtie.
The 10 track LP is unexpected bowtie’s sixth full-length album, and the blend of Game Boy and traditional electronica is a more mature follow on from 2016’s TOKYO.
Out on both digital and cassette, the tape portion of this release is extremely limited edition – with only five available – and costs only £2.50 more than the download, so well worth grabbing one.
You can have a listen to liberal exodus over on our Bandcamp, and get your copy of the tape in our online shop. Streaming via Spotify to follow very shortly.
We are back from our holiday and pleased to welcome a new artist into the fold: fellow Glaswegian Dewaud, who releases their new album ‘Zenith’ on Cow Tongue Taco today.
Zenith is the new hour long release from Glasgow’s Dewaud. An eclectic mix of hip hop, electronic, dance and moody weirdness, that will appeal to lovers of Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Daft Punk & Dilla.
We sat ol’ Dewaud down to see what he was all about:
Cow Tongue Taco: So eh, who are you? How long have you been doing this?
D: I am Dewaud, a producer from Glasgow and I’ve making beats for as long as my family home had a computer. I have a distinct memory of watching the last series of Friends as it aired and running back to the computer during advert breaks to make beats, which was in 2004, so 13 years, nearly half my life. I had a demo version of FruityLoops that didn’t let you save projects so I would make full beats and save them as mp3s in one sitting, and if there was something I wanted to change I would make the full beat from start again. And my parents and brothers all shared the computer so I had maybe an hour a night. Also Friends ended ages ago eh?
CTT: I never was a fan of Friends. How would you describe this latest album? It’s a beast.
D: This release (Zenith) is unquestionably the most ambitious project I’ve undertaken, just for the sheer run time. Something that you might find interesting is that all the samples on Side B (track 18 onwards) are from the same batch of records I bought on one day of digging, I think maybe 11-12 records from the 27th of December 2016. I think it’s an interesting and eclectic listen, and it’s probably better referred to as electronic music but in my heart I’m always just making hip hop beats for rappers to rap on. I was listening to a lot of Flying Lotus when I was making Side B so that might shine through. I tried to keep Side A sort of bright and almost poppy with Side B being more ethereal and spacey and skew more toward jazz. It feels very personal to me, there are a lot of styles and nods to that which inspires me, it’s a collage of all the stuff that makes me, me. Honestly it’s brilliant, I’m very talented.
CTT: Awright then Trump. Where else can we find more of yer stuff?
D: You can stream all of my releases at https://dewaud.bandcamp.com/music and even buy then if you like! If the mood strikes you could also follow me on twitter @dave_eh_rave but I hardly talk about music, it’s mostly wrestling patter and stealing other people’s jokes in attempts to go viral. If that’s what you’re into then please wire in! I don’t have much web presence apart from that, I should probably look into self promoting a bit more.