Music Mundane


ESP Kinetic existed from 1982-1986, in alternating states of heavy obscurity and mild infamy in their native Northamptonshire. The core of the band was Neil Campbell and Andrew Watson, with the multi-talented MS Turner giving them some extra musical and conceptual backbone for their final year or so. Other local freaks, transvestites and exhibitionists came and went, most notably the giant David Bowie impersonator Dougie Smyth, who lent the whole thing a certain debauched glamour. Our influences were probably glaringly obvious - PiL, The Fall, Virgin Prunes, TG, the Velvets etc - but always tempered by remedial musical ability and general smalltown weirdness. Tapes were recorded, bemused local audiences periodically baited, and the group tapped into the worldwide mail network that sufficed to link like-minded souls in the days before email. In 1985, some of the tapes somehow found their way to a Finnish tape label we had never heard of, and have never heard from since. They asked for a tape to release, so we cut them a wildly divergent mix from our archive and some fresh works in progress, sent it off complete with artwork and the whole thing seemed to disappear into space. Did it ever get any circulation in the frozen north? Did it get lost in the post? Nobody knows. Luckily we made a handful of copies before sending the master off, so now, 23 years later, we can finally give this some kind of proper release. \r\nThe 13 tracks spread over 57 minutes holler loud and clear through multiple forms of lo-fidelity, covering a stylistic range of approaches that was meat and potatoes then, but seems pretty invigorating and fresh in this millenium of ever-narrowing generic restriction. Teenage trauma shriek, rhythmic pound, tape and electronics experiments, percussive burnout, unintelligible performance poetry, broken electro-pop and all manner of obscurist tactics permeate this collection, uninhibited by any notions of good taste or any fear of ridiculousness. For better or worse, this is the sound of growing up weird in a small town in the Midlands in Thatcherite Britain. - Music Mundane

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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