New Release: Hog Wild – Hog Wild

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 Artist: donotrunwithpixels

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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.

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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.

New Release: The Radio-Friendly Noises of Sandbite

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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?

Download it for free here.

For more from CSCD, check out their main Bandcamp page here.

New Release: Something in a Tank – Double EP

Today we are extremely pleased to be announcing a new artist – Glasgow’s Something in a Tank, and their double EP release.

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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.

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For more music, check out somethinginatank.bandcamp.com for full releases, and soundcloud.com/somethinginatank for demos and things of that ilk.

New Release: Dewaud – Zenith

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.

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There are a limited number of hand-painted cassette tapes up for sale in our shop, and you can download the full album for free over on our Bandcamp.

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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.