Mechanical Reproductions launches with Via Maris 12”

A couple of weeks ago, the annual email from Tumblr rolled into the inbox: ‘Tape-Echo turned 7 today!’, complete with insincere birthday cake graphic. It’s gone past in a flash, and has only been possible with the help of a lot of great people (you know who you are I hope!) and has led to a lot of link-ups with some truly great folk for which I am eternally grateful. Those who took a chance on letting Tape-Echo loose on their projects, those who donated their time and expertise and those who have read these pages over the years, thank you! It’s taken this project way beyond what I ever imagined all those years ago when I was hunched over my kitchen table cutting letters for an ink-stamp out of the lino from my bathroom floor (hold tight the landlord). Moving from blog to onetime newspaper and onward to designing for and co-running some labels, it’s been a lot of fun and, hopefully, we have been able to give back a little to the scene that has inspired us for so long. A Tape-Echo label was something that has been rattling around my head for a few years but with various other bits and pieces happening, the time wasn’t quite right - until now… It’s not a groundbreaking concept admittedly, but ‘Mechanical Reproductions’, the new venture from Tape-Echo, has been formed to be an outlet for editions of both vinyl and print (and digital if I get a distributor sorted out at some point), the two things that have been key to Tape-Echo since the beginning - the physical object and the process of creating the multiple, be that vinyl or print, together under one umbrella and unified with a pared back aesthetic that takes influence from the production processes. Enough about all that, though - what’s the point unless the music is any good? Thankfully, a few months ago a zip of tracks popped up on the email from new producer and Bristol resident, Via Maris. These got some heavy play on the office stereo for a while and ended up stuck in my head for days. After an email or two the premasters were on the way to the pressing plant via Stardelta and will be out in a week or so. It’s Via Maris’ first release (although you wouldn’t know it) and he has come with two fractured techno cuts with a mean swing to them that also pack quite a punch on the dancefloor. It seems a little wrong to write a glowing review of a record that is effectively released by this site so I’ll spare you that - have a listen to both cuts below and see what you think. If you dig them, drop us a tweet at (at)Mechanical_rep or hit the man himself up on (at)viamarisbristol. Here’s to another 7 years, another load of late nights, another stack of vinyl, another load of ink on pages and hopefully no more ruined bathroom flooring...