13 November 2015 / R'COUP'D
- 01. Under your Skin
- 02. When We Fall Into The Light
- 03. The Comfort Of Feeling Numb
- 04. Scarlet Fog
- 05. Inner Systems
- 06. Untitled Memory
- 07. A4J8-D
- 08. Dragon Keys
I would often wander into the forest after school. This wasn’t Sheffield, or Manchester, as much as I thought I wanted it to be. Sometimes the mushrooms we picked would make me sick, which added a vital sense of adventure to the days and weeks that could pass without much happening at all. Something to talk about, a story we made together. It was a dead city. Not great, not terrible. Nothing to break an illusion. We had no idea what we were doing, but a reality check was the last thing we were looking for.
Wasted from the youth centre, we would go and listen to people spin records at Skandal. The melodies in The Cure songs lingered with me for days. I wanted to make my own music. I started to leave early and bang on metal into a microphone. I saved up and bought a Casio FZ-1 sampler and drum machine. We poured ourselves into bands. We would stay in and practice, programming MIDI on an Atari ST-1024. Nobody would hear this music. My Korg MS-10 was stolen by an ex-band mate from our rehearsal basement. I would dive inside myself, burrowing a tunnel to a new world. Configuring an inner system.
A fascination with Clock DVA became an obsession with techno. KLF. Future Sound of London. The melancholy was still there, in traces, but it was moving somewhere, looking for company. Growing. Ecstatic. Ecstasy! I left the basement to share this with others. I moved to the big city and the music got faster. My process got faster. Collaborations. Plug-ins. That’ll do. Take it to the people! What used to be a personal practice became a public practice. A call and response. A communal effort. Abstract numbers heard this music. My technique sharpened. My studio served a function greater than my own; a system outside myself.
Then I found the DAT tapes, and the VHS footage. They had traveled with me. Far from a nostalgic exercise, this was a reclamation of the original impulse. A reminder of the music I always wanted to make. Reorienting myself with analog machines and obsolete formats, I stole hours to bring this work into the world. I hope that it speaks to you.
Prequel tapes is a work of deep synthesis. Teenage recordings orchestrated into densely layered tapestries; a deeply emotional study on a life characterised by a shifting relationship to electronics. The pieces serve as a chronology of desire and reflection, reconciling a nascent passion for industrial music with a history in the club.
There is a temptation to draw comparisons to Mark Leckey’s excavation of UK rave culture, Lee Gamble’s junglist memories or the hauntological approach of the Ghost Box label, however this is clearly a personal trajectory aesthetically distant from an English past. Oscillating between utopian to claustrophobic, the evolving synth work, deep techno atmospheres and traces of the clangorous energy of early European ambient and industrial tell a distinctly German tale, forged between the forest and the autobahn.
News for Inner Systems
23 September 2015
Prequel Tapes announces album and gives away haunting title track 'Inner Systems'
19 October 2015
Prequel Tapes elects his 5 essential tools
22 October 2015
Bizarre Culture interview Prequel Tapes
09 November 2015
FACT stream Prequel Tapes 'Inner Systems'
11 November 2015
Prequel Tapes gives first in-depth & in person interview to Das Filter
12 November 2015
The Formant read between the lines with Prequel Tapes
13 November 2015
Prequel Tapes talks about that time when... with Stray Landings
04 December 2015
Hear Skream play Prequel Tapes remix of OKRAA on BBC Radio 1
08 December 2015
The Drone interview: comment le mec derrière Prequel Tapes a trouvé la lumière technoïde dans une forêt allemande
18 December 2015
The Wire review Prequel Tapes
04 January 2016
Phonica Records: Best Albums of 2015
27 July 2016
RBMA Modern Approaches: Sampling with Prequel Tapes and Submerse
22 May 2017
RA announce Prequel Tapes new EP on Midnight Shift's SHIFT LTD vinyl techno trilogy with Xhin and Kirk Degiorgio
28 June 2018
On Prequel Tapes' second album 'Everything Is Quite Now' light and dark are presented not as polar opposites, but as a limitless, unified whole.
01 July 2018
Prequel Tapes in bandcamp.daily Best New Electronic releases in June
20 November 2018
Prequel Tapes interview in Synmag
20 March 2019
Prequel Tapes and Aisha Devi are featured in Issue4 of Borshch magazine 'sound mind'
Media for Inner Systems
15 October 2015
Fink share the Prequel Tapes mix of 'Too Late'
21 October 2015
Prequel Tapes selects for Space + Sound
13 November 2015
Listen back to Prequel Tapes mix for the Solid Steel show on NTS Radio
16 November 2015
Prequel Tapes mixes his influences for Secret Thirteen
17 November 2015
Listen back to The Wire: Rewired on NTS with Prequel Tapes
21 November 2015
RA Mix of the Day is Prequel Tapes for Secret Thirteen
25 November 2015
Prequel Tapes in the mix for The Ransom Note
14 December 2015
Prequel Tapes interview on NTS Radio: The Hot Selection
18 December 2015
Listen to Prequel Tapes extended interview on NTS: The Hot Selection
07 January 2016
Prequel Tapes remix of Yppah 'Occasional Magic'
11 February 2016
Prequel Tapes live set and 'Dragon Keys' video via SAGA
22 August 2016
Prequel Tapes live performance with Jem the Misfit
17 September 2016
Btraits latest show with Midnight Shift 'label mates' featuring Prequel Tapes, Youandewan 'future 12', Michael Mayer & Barnt and Bjarki
01 September 2017
Prequel Tapes: Groove Podcast
05 September 2017
Das Filter choose Prequel Tapes Groove podcast as their mix of the week
21 September 2017
Listen to Dublab's new 'Mild To Wild' radio show with Katie Belle and Prequel Tapes
29 September 2017
RA mix of the day: Prequel Tapes for Groove
02 October 2017
Pitchfork choose Prequel Tapes' Groove podcast for their 9 best mixes of September
19 March 2018
Prequel Tapes for Electronic Explorations - recorded in 1 take in a closed club with just the rats for company.