How to get drunk and make a hot Hackney record

LN-CC: Shacklewell Studios, 18-24 Shacklewell Lane E8 2EZ (07581 0147 79O) 170211 ©

ONE OF the edgiest record labels has just announced its fifth release, about 25 minutes of sounds on 180g 12-inch vinyl with foldout liner notes and photographs. Cost: £12.

LN-CC produced 13.03.13 by improvised group Spirit Bear Mezcal Ensemble. They were drinking Mezcal, see. Witty, eh?

The small Dalston firm started in 2010 as an ultra-fashionable clothes and rare-records retailer so exclusive you had to make an appointment, for any hour of the day, to get past LN-CC’s industrial doors in Shacklewell Lane.

It has since branched into books, especially on music and photography. It seems also to be expanding into the realm of pretentiousness. Here is how it told Loving Dalston of its latest recording:

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The first in an ongoing series of sonic explorations and live experimentations, the record consists of a totally unedited excerpt from an improvised piece performed live in LN-CC. Featuring an assembled cast of musicians including Tiago Miranda, Thomas Bullock, Jonny Nash, Merrick Adams and Kyle Martin, performing as THE SPIRIT BEAR MEZCAL ENSEMBLE, the evening consisted of three separate 45 minute improvised pieces, with a 15 minute break in between each piece. 

All present were encouraged to participate and join the circle.

Bottles of liquor were added to “the circle” or, as LN-CC tells it:

The initially clear divide between spectator and participator present in the first piece gradually dissolved as the Mezcal flowed, and by the final third piece the musician audience, spectator / participator barrier had successfully broken down to a level whereby the room was transformed into a unified musical energy.

In other words, they got drunk. Someone stayed sober enough to press the record button, although even that may not be the case because “Virtually no alterations were made to the original recording at the mixing stage”.

The result is a work that is “Raw and honest, it presented to you in physical form as a ode to the power of shared musical experience and a reminder that there are a multitude of ways to engage with music in a shared public space beyond ‘the nightclub’ ”. [That, missing words and all, is sic, as we pedants say. – Ed.]

Last year LN-CC made news with remixes of work by Phil Manzanera, an art-music pioneer.

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* LN-CC, Shacklewell Studios, 18-24 Shacklewell Lane E8 2EZ (07581 0147 790).

* Main picture shows a publicity party at LN-CC in 2011.

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