Beatless techno – the way it was meant to be heard – on cassette – on digital! For the first second time, Laffs & Danger is re-releasing A Family Disease, the long-form release by New York-based techno producer Relaxer in a whole new-but-previously-released light. Sort of!
In March, it was announced that A Family Disease, “an entirely beatless alien terrain where uneasy feelings, strangled media transmissions, and haunted new age music tumble against one another” would be made available in an absolutely unlimited digital format and strictly limited edition cassette. But something funny happened when Laffs & Danger honcho Forest Juziuk listened to the test cassette:
“After the leader, the tape hissed and the music gained a new flesh, texture, and breath. A Family Disease came alive, crumbling at the same time. Its nature had shifted and it became exciting and frightening in a whole other way. This is how it was meant to be heard, the cassette EQ becoming something of a cocoon in which the butterfly returns to worm.”
We all know that with the advent of digital recording, analog enthusiasm waned and the fetishization of digital silence became the norm. Flipping the fetish on its head, Laffs & Danger has ripped the test cassette and reissued A Family Disease digitally as A Family Disease (Version).
SIDE A (22:20)
A Family Disease (Upstairs With The Kids Mix)
Total Lust Abyss
Breathe Down Your Neck
Crickets at Dawn
Wake In Fright (Keep Coming Back)
SIDE B (22:18)
Mental Process of the Mind (One Less Crazy)
Hallway Carpet (Ha Ha)
Nail Gun (Holiday Season)
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You decide to go to a Tibetan ashram, and your tutor sends you to a secluded period in the Himalayan mountains. After seven days of absolute silence, some sounds invade your mind. They come from within, and confirm: the union has been made. Morumbeer