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1 hour ago, sweepstakes said:

I agree but "nice to hear" = the backstory is being documented somewhere? Or... as in it would be nice to hear this backstory? Cos I don't see it anywhere

Below is Ch Vox Redux press release; I dont think theres a longer story per-se, but this is new info on how that album came about and why it was on Rephlex

Seefeel’s third studio album was recorded for Richard D James and Grant Wilson-Claridge’s Rephlex label, as as a return favour for two remixes Aphex Twin (a huge fan of the group) did in their Too Pure period. This is the first time it has been available on vinyl since 1996 and adds an extra LP of bonus material, mastered from original DAT transfers by Stefan Betke aka Pole. Comes housed in a new gatefold sleeve by the Designers Republic.

“Mark Clifford and his mates have moved through labels like Astralwerks and Warp before landing at the front door of the Richard James label Rephlex, and along the way they have scattered some wonderful pearls. For (CH-VOX), it's an especially lush match of aesthetics -- sort of a condensed version of the Aphex Twin landmark record, Selected Ambient Works II. Picking up at the tail end of Seefeel's last album, Succour, we once again hear "Utreat," a dark meditation of phrases that makes Darren Seymour's bass sound like an electric piano, or is it Clifford's electric piano that sounds like a bass? Sarah Peacock's dreamy vocals hover almost out of earshot, and possibly her guitar is plugged in somewhere, too.

It's difficult to say with many of their songs what instrument we're hearing, since treatments and effects play such a major role in production. The song "E-HIX2" breathes like a cluster of bleak skyscrapers with an extremely ambient take on feedback, and the title cut, "CH-VOX," is stark, patient, and ominous -- an abandoned submarine frozen in ice. "Hive" (with wonderful vocal loop effects) has Clifford revisiting his somewhat limited palette of percussion -- a piece that teeters between beauty and agitation, and an unfortunate weak spot for the album. The album closes with "Net," which is nothing short of masterpiece -- a journey, a drive through wet streets at midnight, and a finale so captivating you'll want to hear it twice -- somewhat postponing the disappointment that the album is only 33 minutes long.”
- Keir Langley, All Music
 

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14 hours ago, markedone said:

Below is Ch Vox Redux press release; I dont think theres a longer story per-se, but this is new info on how that album came about and why it was on Rephlex

Seefeel’s third studio album was recorded for Richard D James and Grant Wilson-Claridge’s Rephlex label, as as a return favour for two remixes Aphex Twin (a huge fan of the group) did in their Too Pure period. This is the first time it has been available on vinyl since 1996 and adds an extra LP of bonus material, mastered from original DAT transfers by Stefan Betke aka Pole. Comes housed in a new gatefold sleeve by the Designers Republic.

“Mark Clifford and his mates have moved through labels like Astralwerks and Warp before landing at the front door of the Richard James label Rephlex, and along the way they have scattered some wonderful pearls. For (CH-VOX), it's an especially lush match of aesthetics -- sort of a condensed version of the Aphex Twin landmark record, Selected Ambient Works II. Picking up at the tail end of Seefeel's last album, Succour, we once again hear "Utreat," a dark meditation of phrases that makes Darren Seymour's bass sound like an electric piano, or is it Clifford's electric piano that sounds like a bass? Sarah Peacock's dreamy vocals hover almost out of earshot, and possibly her guitar is plugged in somewhere, too.

It's difficult to say with many of their songs what instrument we're hearing, since treatments and effects play such a major role in production. The song "E-HIX2" breathes like a cluster of bleak skyscrapers with an extremely ambient take on feedback, and the title cut, "CH-VOX," is stark, patient, and ominous -- an abandoned submarine frozen in ice. "Hive" (with wonderful vocal loop effects) has Clifford revisiting his somewhat limited palette of percussion -- a piece that teeters between beauty and agitation, and an unfortunate weak spot for the album. The album closes with "Net," which is nothing short of masterpiece -- a journey, a drive through wet streets at midnight, and a finale so captivating you'll want to hear it twice -- somewhat postponing the disappointment that the album is only 33 minutes long.”
- Keir Langley, All Music
 

Excellent write up. Not cringeworthy pretentious claptrap like some press releases.

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I'm really conflicted on this, I've got all of the original releases on vinyl and CD (or digital) - but the tDR designs are very, VERY enticing and I do love records as physical objects. Well over 100 € w/ postage with a probability of VAT + customs on top due to the Brexit bollocks. The digitals are 1/10th the price of the vinyls - painful decision. One or the other, I will get them, Seefeel is among my longest-time favourites, especially (Ch-Vox) and Succour, not forgetting the awesome Disjecta releases - or Woodenspoon's Souff Souff.

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1 hour ago, dcom said:

not forgetting the awesome Disjecta releases - or Woodenspoon's Souff Souff.

*Jots it down. I'll have to check those out

Re: the Ch Vox press release, i find it odd that the writer is critical enough to call Hive a weak spot on the album, when that is my favorite track from that one :duckhunt:

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Already own most of this (existing stuff) on digital, and whilst that CD set looks so tantalising, the GBP exchange rate is a killer. Might have to cave digital, mainly because Succour is one of my fave albums and my existing copy is very old now.

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Really looking forward to this one and even though I already have the originals on wax, I'll definitely get the represses as they have a whole new album of material on them and so far it sounds good.

Between this and the coil reissues I'm set for happy turntable times

 

 

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Great set... but a couple of mastering faults on Succour (both CD and download/streaming)...

ive just gone in a fixed in audacity, relatively easily done but still... shouldn't really have too - from discogs-

"There's a mastering fault on Disc 1 - a 2 second gap between "Rupt" and "Vex" that misses the actual index point between the two tracks and shouldn't be there. ...and another glitch on Disc 2. "Monastic" has a gap about 55 seconds in. *sigh*"

 

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Yeah the glitch in Monastic has been pressed on the vinyl too, shame it's one of the best new tracks too.

Otherwise these releases are sounding pretty good, was never expecting Succour to get a deluxe reissue treatment due to it's initial poor reception, but it's always been a 10/10 album for me.

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On 5/15/2021 at 10:28 AM, khov said:

Top review on pitchfork, well deserved

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/seefeel-rupt-and-flex-1994-96/

Well deserved! It had been too long since new Seefeel released. Crazy to think that it has been 10 years since their ST album. These new tracks are amazing and the reissues are welcome.

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7 hours ago, danshoebridge said:

Yeah the glitch in Monastic has been pressed on the vinyl too, shame it's one of the best new tracks too.

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Now that they've been mentioned everyone will hear them every time, and it will suck.

 

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On 5/16/2021 at 12:03 PM, smokebelch said:

Great set... but a couple of mastering faults on Succour (both CD and download/streaming)...

ive just gone in a fixed in audacity, relatively easily done but still... shouldn't really have too - from discogs-

"There's a mastering fault on Disc 1 - a 2 second gap between "Rupt" and "Vex" that misses the actual index point between the two tracks and shouldn't be there. ...and another glitch on Disc 2. "Monastic" has a gap about 55 seconds in. *sigh*"

 

Just received email:

"We are aware of this, yes. I have been speaking to the production team at Warp today and they are hoping to get these issues resolved asap in terms of replacing discs (including for those who have already purchased) and updating the digital downloads.discs where necessary.
Best wishes,
Mark"
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7 hours ago, hayhook said:

Just received email:

"We are aware of this, yes. I have been speaking to the production team at Warp today and they are hoping to get these issues resolved asap in terms of replacing discs (including for those who have already purchased) and updating the digital downloads.discs where necessary.
Best wishes,
Mark"

Wow, great news if true! Wasn’t expecting this, certainly not the disc replacement angle. Kudos to blerp

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