Warm Winters Ltd. is pleased to announce JC Leisure’s latest solo release, 'Mutations For'. The album is built from the artist's collection of mixtapes from circa 1992 onwards that distil the counterculture of rave, free parties and pirate radio broadcasts.
For the last couple of years this archive has formed the basis for JC Leisure’s hybrid DJ cassette sets, a handful of which are archived on Bandcamp. Aware of each cassette's cultural legacy, with 'Mutations For' JC Leisure sets out to give the archive a higher form of autonomy. Similar to the audio-to-midi processes he developed with his band Raft of Trash (where they use the world-building game Simcity3000 as raw material) the cassette tapes are sampled live and fed to synthesizers, software patches and samplers; allowing them to write their own melodies and rhythms. Leisure has worked with and alongside these results and offers them up on 'Mutations For' as an alternative future to a counterculture's unstable history.
These ideas are explored further in collaboration with designer Afonso de Matos on the poster that forms the physical realization of this work.
"Within the recording itself, the ephemeral and the mechanical are similarly blurred. Metallic noises stand in relief against pearlescent layers of organic ambience." - A Closer Listen
"...a projection of JC Leisures perceptions of rave and autonomous zones. Like a makeshift graphic score - abstracted from a process map created in isolation in the Arizona desert - it shows a keen medium channelling impossible plots and creating improbable music, new wrinkles in rave's non-linear history." - Antonio Poscic, The Wire
released March 20, 2020
Arranged and mixed by JC Leisure
Mastered by Chris Pawlusek
Design by Afonso de Matos
Cover image used with permission of Belhorn Auctions LLC
This music Marta created, holds stillness and space just as much as it holds notes and chords, and it is in those spaces between notes that captured my attention so much. This music requires some patience and is for everyone, but I find it gorgeous. Especially when everything finally comes together on the last track, "music" with a choirs wordless vocals taking the chord changes and melody all the way to the climactic ending. Joe Borreson
Memory and reality blur in the ambient music of Kajsa Lindgren. Based on archival recordings found in her parents' basement, the Swedish composer sends sonorous strings and piano through echoes of the past. Lars Gotrich