New Release: unexpected bowtie – liberal exodus

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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.

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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.

 

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.

New Release: cuhto and kupo – crow road

Today we have another new release to announce: ‘crow road’ from experimental noise duo cuhto and kupo, who we introduced previously here.

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The split EP is comprised of two twenty minute long tracks, both of which are created from a single, four bar piano loop.

As well as the digital download (available for just £1 here), we have a limited run of 10 cassette tapes, with art-work hand painted by the artist.

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You can grab a copy for a fiver from the Cow Tongue Taco shop here.

In additional news, we have updated the awesome Magnificent Bastard release, which is now a bumper double EP: Play Some Rap Music / Under Blue Moon. It also comes with an additional remix by unexpected bowtie.

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You can grab a copy of that from the shop here. It’s great, so you definitely should while you can.

New Release: Cup Fungus – Vaguely Nefarious

Today we are excited to announce another tape release, this time from electronica artist Cup Fungus.

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‘Vaguely Nefarious’ is the artist’s second album, continuing on with their ‘bonkers and disturbing’ theme… with powerful synth-soaked electronica. This is an exploration through dark dreams and sinister places.

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The album is available to buy on limited edition cassette tape now from our online shop, or through our Bandcamp page. Only fifteen copies have been made, and the price includes a digital download, with four bonus, download only ‘b-side’ tracks.

You can also stream the album via Spotify right now, if that’s your thing.

New Artist: Renku Corporation

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Today we’re really pleased to add another new artist to our roster… the wonderful Renku Corporation, from the US of A – currently residing in Houston, Texas.

A one man band creating intricate experimental electronic music with a modular synthesizer, this is ‘music for people who reject reality’. A tag line that we rather quite like. We asked them a few questions to get to know them better…

Cow Tongue Taco: How did you get started creating electronic music?

Renku Corporation: From an early age, I had access to a Tandy computer with a primitive sequencing program that I would create compositions on. It was there that I first started learning how to put together notes and form. Later that morphed into an interest in electric guitar and I had a band that was just myself on guitar and vocals and him on keyboard and drum machine. Basically I was writing industrial-style tracks and needed someone to run the keyboard/sequencer while I fronted, so I taught my friend how to play keys.

Naturally I acquired a sequencing keyboard next, and later much gear in my personal studio in a house I rented with a mate. It was there that much of Renku Corporation was formed and recorded, starting with the Conceptual series. By this time I was in love with the sounds of ‘IDM’, however broad and catch-all that might be. Autechre was probably the biggest influence on me then, and seeing them perform live in Columbus and in Detroit was amazing and halcyon.

CTT: Can you explain a bit about what inspired the tracks on this release?

RC: My process is to approach the modular, where I compose all my tracks now, with a blank mind, like a clean canvas, unpatched. Now I use exclusively a Eurorack modular synthesizer to make all my music, including this release. There are no other sound modules, synthesizers, soft-synths, or samples in this music; only the modular. My approach was to setup each patch, which use multiple hardware sequencers to achieve control of the different parts, and then ‘play’ the patch back live to two-track recording. I would mix parts in and out, trigger and unmute sequences and parts, fiddle with filters and knobs, all live in a single pass. There are no overdubs; everything you hear was produced simultaneously and mixed in the modular.

CTT: The imagery you use is great. Can you say a bit more about it?

RC: Working off the blank mind approach, when I start a track I have no preconceived notions of it’s title, just a vague idea of what modules I want to work with and what tempo it will be at. So when I finish the recording, I immediately name the file something that comes to me, stream-of-consciousness. But it has to be two words that don’t usually go together. Then I try to find a picture that expresses at least one of the concepts or words to match the track.

We have an exclusive tape cassette release coming up from Renku Corporation in the next few weeks, but in the meantime… you can check out their tunes on his Bandcamp or SoundCloud – or drop them a note via the contact info on renkucorp.com.

New Release: Magnificent Bastard – Play Some Rap Music EP

It’s been a while coming, but we’re finally able to release the ‘Play Some Rap Music’ EP from Magnificent Bastard. Contrary to what it might seem from the title, this is a far more lofi, rocky affair.

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Available now to pre-order, the cassette tape will ship out on the week beginning the 10th of April, with the digital download coming immediately. There are three tracks on the EP, with another bunch of tracks that are exclusive for those who buy the tape, on Side B.

You can grab the EP from our online shop, or from our Bandcamp here. There are only 10 copies available, and the band have a few to sell directly, so check out their Bandcamp here if you find them sold out!

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New Release: Closet Organ 5318008

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Today, Glaswegian noisemongers Closet Organ release their debut album on Cow Tongue Taco Records – entitled 5318008 as the result of a Kickstarter gamble gone terribly wrong.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW.

The album includes the single ‘Make America Great Again‘, which caused some consternation upon release when Trump supporters didn’t quite get the joke.

5318008 is available digitally, as well as on cassette tape, and eventually on vinyl LP. We have the tapes up in the store right now, which cost £12.50 for both the tape and immediate digital download.

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