Angular Recording Corporation was conceived in the June 2003 by two young men both called Joe: "Whilst wandering in a park in South London, we discovered an obsolete 'Triangulation Station' that belonged to the Ordnance Survey. We took this as a sign that they should also attempt to 'plot a map', albeit a musical one rather than a geographic one. We took the name Angular (and the acronym ARC) from the glossary on the O.S. website. Angular is not to do with guitar sounds or haircuts. It represents our interest in elementary geometry."
The initial start up funding was secured through Joe M taking part in medical trials for a new cancer drug. Unfortunately that drug has not gone into production. Fortunately for us however, this was enough to pay for our first CD. The release was 'The New Cross' compilation album, featuring the first recorded appearances from future stars Bloc Party and the Rough Trade re-released Art Brut track 'Formed A Band'. Little did we know that this album of local talent would win 'Compilation of the Year 2004' in NME, and spawn the media hyped 'New Cross Scene'.
2005/06 saw the label go from strength to strength, releasing debut singles and EPs by The Long Blondes, Klaxons, The Violets, The Lodger, and These New Puritans (as well as snaring some more trig points). Joe D also found time to coin the joke genre 'New Rave' while in Deptford library with Klaxons songwriter Jamie Reynolds. 2006 ended with the rapturously received third compilation 'Future Love Songs'.
2007/08 saw the consolidation of the label: Leading the way from the fringes of the underground with new, exciting, envelope-pushing pop; we released long players by These New Puritans, The Long Blondes, The Lodger, The Violets, Wetdog and Je Suis Animal. We also found time to strike up an informal 'Special Relationship' with legendary label Domino (who, naturally delighted, Signed 'Wild Beasts' on our advice). Joe D also ended up playing bass for Klaxons in the summer of 07 when Jamie Reynolds broke an important limb on an on-stage mishap.
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Fresh Touch is the brainchild of producers Richard Russell and Rodaidh McDonald, earlier in the year both Richard and Rodaidh teamed up with Damon Albarn, T.E.E.D., Actress and Kwes among others to produce an album for Oxfam in the Democratic Republic of Congo entitled DRC Music.
However, before DRC Music took place both Richard and Rodaidh embarked on a similar journey when a collaborative project began when the duo travelled to Ethiopia in 2010 as part of a musical and cultural exchange.
During their trip they met with local Ethiopian musicians and chose the capital Addis Ababa and the medieval walled city of Harar as the places of inspiration to record their collaborations.
In spaces ranging from hotel rooms to buses to airport waiting lounges, the plethora of soundbites that emerged from these meetings of musical minds were sampled and re-worked into brand new pieces of original music and Fresh Touch was born.
After minimal additional production and mixing in London and New York studios, the outcome is these four wonderful tracks which make up the debut 'Fresh Touch' EP.
Both Russell and McDonald were responsible for production of the EP while Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame shares a production role on lead track 'Harar Rhythm'.
Prior to this release Richard Russell and Rodaidh McDonald have been involved in numerous other projects as producers in their own right. Most recently Russell produced, and played on Gil Scott-Heron's album 'I'm New Here' and McDonald is credited with recording and mixing the Mercury prize-winning debut album from The xx, 'xx' and more recently his production work with the rising artist King Krule.
Fusing the traditional sounds of Africa with experimental electronic sounds, loops and samples, the four tracks on The Fresh Touch EP represent the fruits of an enlightening experience and a truly unique sounding record.