A collection of half baked electronically tinged alt-folk tracks. The culmination of months locked away from the world during the 2021 pandemic. Details over on our Bandcamp. https://cowtonguetacorecords.bandcamp.com/album/ep-1
New Release: ease and desist – MAD DOG 2020
We have a new release from ease and desist. Featuring Maya Miko on vocals, this veers away from their first chilled out synth based EP, and careers headfirst into full on trap/hip-hop.
A digital only release, find your copy on our Bandcamp below, or on Spotify.
New Release: Closet Organ – Prepare for a Digital Christmas
A Christmas cracker from Glaswegian grunge-lords Closet Organ.
Stream/buy from Bandcamp for now. Available on Spotify from the 16th of December.
New Release: Closet Organ – Bambi Riot / Ginger Blonde Bombshell
As the coronavirus ravages the planet, it seems like a great time to release a new digital-only double-A side from Closet Organ.
Bambi Riot / Ginger Blonde Bombshell is a reimagining of two of the best tracks from the band’s 2016 debut album – recorded in their Glasgow studio pre-lockdown. Available from our Bandcamp shop for whatever change you have left following the collapse of the global economy.
Watch: ease and desist – she a boss
We’ve finally set up a dedicated YouTube channel for Cow Tongue Taco artists. Sling us a subscribe and do the necessary.
To mark the occasion, we’ve released a brand new video from ease and desist – ‘she a boss’. Check it below.
Hog Wild Cassette Tape
Following on from our last post, we now have a limited number of copies of the self-titled Hog Wild EP on GOLD* cassette tape. There’s only 5 available, so grab one over on the shop while you can.
* not real gold
New Release: Hog Wild – Hog Wild
Today we have a brand new release from Hog Wild. The self-titled EP has five tracks which were recorded by the duo from home in about a week, and have a real scuzzy energy about them. Think electronic tinged grunge pop and you’re not too far off.
You can find the full EP for free only on our Bandcamp at cowtonguetaco.com. There may or may not be a tape to come later.
Photos by Lee Jones. Artwork by the fantastic Ghostvoices / Jake Brown.
New Release: Tufty – Spectronica
Today we have another new release – ‘Spectronica’, from an artist that is brand new to the label – Tufty.
Spectronica is a 1-bit ZX Beeper album, written for and recorded from both vintage and modern ZX Spectrum hardware. It is both rare and unique, and for that reason, we’re especially pleased to add this to our roster. Some more info:
Harnessing the rich harmonics of 1-bit lo-fi and exploring synth, digital, speech synthesis, triangle waves, phaser and minimalistic square wave beeps.
No dedicated sound chip was used to produce the basic tracks just clever, modern 1-bit sound engines developed by ZX Spectrum coder/musicians Shiru and Irrlicht Project.
- Tracks 2,4 & 14 have Vocoder speech overdubbed, performed and recorded by Tufty.
- Tracks 1,2,4-8,10-14 recorded from 48K Rubber keyed ZX Spectrum.
- Track 3 recorded from a 128K+2A ZX Spectrum.
- Track 9 recorded from a ZX Spectrum Vega+
- Track 15 recorded from a ZX Spectrum OMNI 128K HQ.
Mostly written as competition entries in the Beeper category for Battle Of The Bits, DiHalt and the 1-bit Forum music contests. 2015-2018
We chatted a bit to Tufty to discuss the release:
Cow Tongue Taco Records: Hello! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who you are, where you’re from, and all that jazz.
Tufty: Hi, My name is Richard and I first used a ZX Spectrum in the mid 1980s to write music. I then moved onto the Atari ST where I produced digital music for the Manchester based demo group Chaos. I used the handle ‘Tufty’ in the demo scene (a school nickname) and it’s just stuck. My passions are chipmusic, synth pop and 1970s analog synth. All genres I try to include in my lo-fi music.
CTT: For those that aren’t familiar, how would you explain the 1bit music scene – and how did you get involved with it?
Tufty: 1-bit music is the simplest form of music, being just an ‘on’ or ‘off’ signal sent to a speaker. Music in this way was written for early PC games like Monkey Island (before PCs had sound cards) and the original ZX Spectrum 48K. I became interested in ZX Spectrum 1-bit ‘Beeper’ music again when I came across whole albums published by Polish musician Mister Beep in 2013, such as ‘A Thousand Furious Bees’. Since 2006 new 1-bit sound engines have started to be developed for the ZX Spectrum becoming increasingly complex and allowing multi-channel, multi-timbral and even digital tracks to be coaxed from the old hardware. The ZX Beeper music format is now often included in retro music contests on sites such as Battle Of The Bits and demo parties such as DiHalt.
CTT: This album was recorded solely using a ZX Spectrum, which I’m sure many won’t even realise is possible. Can you give a bit more info on the process, and the tracks themselves?
Tufty: I write the ZX Spectrum music on a PC using utilities such as Beepola, 1-tracker and Bintracker. I then load the sound files into a real vintage ZX Spectrum, play the music back and record the output from the mic socket of the Spectrum into a PC. The sound recordings are then EQ’d and volume equalised but kept as authentic as possible.
CTT: Why did you want to go with a cassette release?
Tufty: I just liked the idea of a retro cassette release, having seen the others produced by Cow Tongue Taco Records. It’s vintage, cool and just seems right for lo-fi chipmusic. Also ZX Spectrum owners like to collect cassette releases and I hoped they’d find this very unique release interesting and authentic.
CTT: Where else can we find you online?
Tufty: I have a bandcamp site tufty1.bandcamp.com where my other music releases can be found and a new site which I’m currently working on spectronica.org.
The album is available digitally for £2, or £5 for a limited edition cassette tape – which has an alluring blood red case and all black screw-type shell. It looks pretty damn good if we do say so ourselves. Get your copy from our Bandcamp, or hold out until 22nd of December when it will be on Spotify.
New Release: cup fungus – inter alia
Today we have a brand new release from electronic artist ‘cup fungus’. Rather than ‘bonkers and disturbing’, this is a collection of tracks which are a bit more laid back, and possibly even introspective.
‘inter alia’ is available now on Spotify, and will be up on Apple Music shortly. There are a limited number of cassette tapes available as well, and if you purchase either a tape or the digital release, you’ll get the bonus track ‘please carol’ included as well.
You can find the release on our Bandcamp.
Second Run: ease and desist
We’ve had a few requests to do a limited second run of the ease and desist tapes, and so that’s what we’ve decided to do. If you fancy grabbing yourself one, head over to the Bandcamp page here:
Orders will take about 2 weeks to complete. Perhaps less, depending on production time.