September 2021Castles in Spaces
Blue and white vinyl from record storesRed and white vinyl from Castles in Space Bandcamp
The follow up to Interim Report, March 1979 provides a soundtrack to industry, employment and life in Warrington-Runcorn at the tail end of the 1970s.
Nine new tracks celebrate the work and communities that surrounded the Warrington-Runcorn area, from the petrochemical plant at Weston Point to the cutting-edge Parkside Colliery at Newton-le-Willows.
The album was out on 3rd September 2021 on coloured vinyl and digital formats from Castles in Space and records stores across the UK.
“An on-boarding seminar for a distant time and place, when specks on the map of England had enormous cooling towers on their horizons” – Bleep
“It’s retro-futurism as head-shaking social comment, a heartrending experience. An album of stained overalls and shattered pride.” – Electronic Sound
February 2021Castles in Space
Yellow vinyl (first pressing)White vinyl (second pressing)Yellow and black splatter vinyl (third pressing)
The Warrington-Runcorn Development Committee commisioned this music in early 1979 as the soundtrack of a short film to publicise the work of the Committee in providing a thriving cultural life for the residents of the new estates of Warrington and Runcorn. Excerpts were shown later that year on BBC’s Nationwide.
1979 marked a change in the political and wider culture of British society. The Warrington-Runcorn development marks the swan song of post-war urban planning in the UK – soon the ethos of building better communities would be replaced by Thatcherite “no such thing as society” greed. And look where that got us.
The album is being re-pressed on yellow and black splatter vinyl and should be available in stores in September or October 2021.
JUST DROPPED IN RECORDSFarGo Village, Coventry
HAIKU SALUT LAMP SHOWKanteena, Lancaster
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LEVITATION FESTIVALFlowergate Hall, Whitby
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Castles in Space Transmission Mix by Castles In Space
A mix featuring a selection of tracks from forthcoming Castles in Space releases. Originally created for Simon Tucker’s Transmission radio show airing on Radio Free Matlock.
Gordon Chapman-Fox was born in time to be a part of the last gasp of childhood to be enthralled by the space-race and spent his childhood re-enacting Star Wars to the sounds of Jean-Michel Jarre. Gordon has been making electronic music since 2003 as Heskin Radiophonic, and more lately as Dublock.