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20 Years of Praxis (tape & download)

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20 Years of Praxis
Fantastic mega-mix of over 50 tracks from the first 20 years of the label’s history by Darkmatter Soundsystem DJ’s Diskore, Fiend and Baseck available both as a cassette tape and a free download (with donation option) from our bandcamp site.
An intense rapid fire tour-de-force through the Praxis catalogue in three chunks with a total of over 50 tracks.
Finally the second run of the tape is available now!

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Praxis 5 – Bourbonese Qualk: Autonomia on vinyl OUT JANUARY 2018

Bourbonese Qualk’s classic album Autonomia – originally released in 1993 on CD –  appears for the first time on vinyl on January 15, 2018. Double vinyl in fluorescent orange camo sleeve.

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Bourbonese Qualk was formed by Simon Crab in 1979/80. The first performance was an odd non-musical appearance (‘mainly vandalism’). After several cassette releases and the addition of band members, the first vinyl album Laughing Afternoon appeared in 1983 and marked the beginning of a fascinating journey between different musical genres and styles. Always managing to elude mainstream attention and acceptance, while occasionally puncturing the screen of ignorance of the independent press and ‘scene’, Bourbonese Qualk have created a substantial body of work and maintained a compromise-free slate. After half a dozen albums, they had developed a small cult following, though remained hidden behind a curtain of obscurity for most.

Most of their albums were released on their own labels: Recloose Organisation and New International Recordings respectively, and their tours were also organised in the spirit of fierce, autonomous self-organisation.

It seems only logical that Praxis would join forces with Qualk and start experimenting, synthesising musical non-conformism with radical post-situationist ideas. Thus Autonomia became their intervention into what was then a burgeoning counter-position to the musical media establishment… TECHNO!?
An unsuspected alliance in the struggle against spectacular givens of the culture industry.

Autonomia, first released only on CD in 1993, was mostly a solo project of Simon Crab with the aid of Christoph Fringeli of Praxis, recorded after a 2-month tour in the USA and Europe. Typically Bourbonese Qualk, this album delivers the opposite of the listeners’ expectations, breaking the mold set by the two previous albums, My Government is My Soul and Unpop. Autonomia sets out in a completely different direction of harsh electronic ‘no compromise techno’. This album divided Qualk’s fan base, created violent debate and polarised press reviews.

The Bourbonese Qualk project was terminated after the death of band member Miles Miles, but founder and front man Simon Crab continues to experiment and develop his sound, with a tour scheduled to taking place in the winter of 2017/2018 with old comrades Nocturnal Emissions.

In recent years there has been renewed interest in BoQu, as exemplified by the compilation album released by Mannequin records in 2015. This is an official compilation of the group’s work from 1983-1986, covering the albums Laughing Afternoon, Hope, Preparing for Power, The Spike and Bourbonese Qualk.
In 2016, a 4-LP box set appeared on Vinyl On Demand with countless tracks either previously unpublished or only available on the most obscure cassette releases.

Praxis is happy to present the first vinyl edition of Autonomia in the winter of 2017/2018 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the label.

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Psychic Defence + Lazy Bastards + PKO #praxis25 Bratislava 2017

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Today: 25 Years since Official Release of the first Praxis 12″

25 years ago today, on November 30, 1992 – it was a Monday – the first 12″ on Praxis was officially released. Of course there had been activities leading up to this date. I had moved to London at the end of 1991 and decided in the following months to discontinue my previous label Vision and start a new one, which was going to be called Praxis. The close collaboration with Bourbonese Qualk also meant that the Praxis HQ was soon installed in Malt Street – a short street where all the buildings were squatted and where the band had their rehearsal space (and Simon and family lived next door). This was just off the Old Kent Road in North Peckham, South London.

I was recommended a pressing plant called IPS, also located in Peckham and proceeded to have the first two releases manufactured through them. It was run by a guy who was an old punk rocker and his rockabilly secretary. I handed her a grand or so with what seemed like slightly insufficient assurance that I would receive my records in return. It looked a bit of a dodgy place, but things went ok, although not entirely smoothly. Everything was fine with the Scaremonger EP (Praxis 1) but the Bourbonese Qualk (Praxis 2) record had to be recut, because on one of the tracks the needle was jumping on some turntables.

More critically I didn’t receive the amount of Praxis label sleeves I had ordered. They had supplied the right amount for the white label pre-releases, but it turned out that there were no sleeves for the actual releases. One day I decided to go down there and demand the rest of the sleeves. The place was actually a print shop and the record pressing was outsourced to a different factory. But since the printing could be done there and the plates were on location I refused to leave without the rest of the sleeves that were long overdue.

He was a nice enough guy and told me his life story during the printing process and I eventually left with all the sleeves. A very short time after this (perhaps just a week or two) I was in that corner of Peckham again and decided to swing by, but there was no more print shop. The warehouse stood empty.

In the meantime SRD had recommended a different manufacturer, Key Productions, who I used for quite a few pressings in the following years. Praxis 1, much to my surprise, was number one in the techno charts of Echoes magazine and received a rave review by Kris Needs. I was well chuffed, things seemed to get to a good start!

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Praxis 25th Anniversary Party in London confirmed!

There will be a Praxis 25th Anniversary Event on November 3rd in London.
Place & Time: ExFed 199 Eade Road,, N4 1DN London – 8pm-1am
More details and line-up will be posted in the next days!

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Praxis 25th Anniversary on Soundcloud: One track a day

Last week of November and first week of December 1992, the first two releases on Praxis appeared. A quarter of a century later the label still exists, an anomaly in the fast moving world of electronic music. To celebrate we are planning a series of events – and new releases.

And we are [were] posting a track from each release every day for the coming [several] weeks, starting now [late summer 2017]. They are [were] posted in the order of the catalogue numbers (which wasn’t always exactly the order in which the records were released). The tracks will stay [stayed] online for 25 days each [some stayed online longer, but only the first 25 days “counted” for the charts below].

In this period we’ll [we] significantly expand[ed] the discography section on this site and add[ed] lots of additional information and documentation.

As tracks will be [were mostly] deleted after 25 days we’ll [we] compile[d] some stats to see which ones were the most listened/liked/shared tracks.

Plays:
1. Somatic Responses: Warp Spasm (Praxis 18 B1, 1996)
2. Bourbonese Qualk: Escape Velocity (Praxis 5, 12/C2, 1993/2017)
3. Somatic Responses: Incubation (Praxis 23 – Dead By Dawn – B2, 1996)
4. Electric Kettle: Scaled Storm (Praxis 50 B1, 2012)
5. Disciples of Belial: Sell Your Soul To The Devil (Praxis 7 A2, 1993)
6. Base Force One: Welcome to Violence (Praxis 27 A1, 1997)
7. Noface: Master Of The Lost Souls (Praxis 6 A1, 1994)
8. Disciples of Belial: Goat of Mendes (Praxis 17 A1, 1995)
9. Scaremonger: Soon We All Will Have Special Names (Lagowski/Dave Ubik Remix, Praxis 1X, 1993)
10. Lorenz Attractor: Complexity Crisis (Praxis 13 A1, 1995)
11. Metatron: Men Who Hate The Law (Praxis 4 A1, 1993)
12. Heist: Corridors (Neuroviolence Remix By System Exclusive)(Praxis 11, 1995)
13. Cyberchrist – Information : Revolution, Part 1 (Praxis 16 A1, 1995)
14. Pure: King Kong (Praxis 26/Praxis 26CD, 1999/2003)
15. Kovert: Cult of Distraction (Praxis 34 A1, 2001)
16. Bourbonese Qualk: Qual (Praxis 3, 1993)Bourbonese Qualk: Qual (Praxis 3, 1993)
17. Noize Creator: Who I Am (Praxis 51 A1, 2013)
18. DJ Yubba: Acousta (Praxis 12 A1, 1995)
19. Bourbonese Qualk: Pseudocode (from V/A: Paraphysical Cybertronics, Praxis 11, 1995)
20. Metatron: Twisted with Hate (Remix 1999 – Praxis 15, 2018?)
21. Nihil Fist: Resistance is Fertile 3 (Praxis42 A3, 2005)
22. Low Entropy: The Truth (Praxis 36 A1, 2002)
23. DJ Jackal: Drumtrax 1 (Praxis 9, A1, 1994)
24. The Wirebug: Dalbatronica (Praxis 28 – B1, 2001)
25. Test Tube Kid: Marchine (Praxis 22 A1, 1997)

Likes:
1. Disciples of Belial: Sell Your Soul To The Devil (Praxis 7 A2, 1993)
2. Somatic Responses: Warp Spasm (Praxis 18 B1, 1996)
3. Noface: Master Of The Lost Souls (Praxis 6 A1, 1994)
4. Disicples of Belial: Goat of Mendes (Praxis 17 A1, 1995)
5. Scaremonger: Soon We All Will Have Special Names (Lagowski/Dave Ubik Remix, Praxis 1X, 1993)
6. Metatron: Men Who Hate The Law (Praxis 4 A1, 1993)
7. Somatic Responses: Incubation (Praxis 23 – Dead By Dawn- B2, 1996)
8. Base Force One: Welcome to Violence (Praxis 27 A1, 1997)
9. Bourbonese Qualk: Escape Velocity (Praxis 5, 12/C2, 1993/2017)
10. Electric Kettle: Scaled Storm (Praxis 50 B1, 2012)
11. Heist: Corridors (Neuroviolence Remix By System Exclusive)(Praxis 11, 1995)
12. Cyberchrist – Information : Revolution, Part 1 (Praxis 16 A1, 1995)
13. Bourbonese Qualk: Pseudocode (from V/A: Paraphysical Cybertronics, Praxis 10, 1995)
14. La Peste: Safety First (Praxis 43, 2007)
15. Bourbonese Qualk: Qual (Praxis 3, 1993)
16. DJ Yubba: Acousta (Praxis 12 A1, 1995)
17. Lorenz Attractor: Complexity Crisis (Praxis 13 A1, 1995)
18. Kovert: Cult of Distraction (Praxis 34 A1, 2001)
19. Noize Creator: Who I Am (Praxis 51 A1, 2013)
20. Bourbonese Qualk: Digital Domain (Praxis 2 A1, 1992)
21. Pure: King Kong (Praxis 26/Praxis 26CD, 1999/2003)
22. Test Tube Kid: Marchine (Praxis 22 A1, 1997)
23. Anonymous Series Volume One (Praxis 44 A1, 2008)
24. Metatron: Twisted with Hate (Remix 1999 – Praxis 15, 2017?)
25. Nihil Fist: Think & Destroy pt.4 (Praxis 38 B1, 2003)

Final remark: The post was edited nearly 60 times with links to the soundcloud player and the charts being updated every few days. As happy as I am about the interest that some of the older tracks on the label still find, I’m a little bit irked about the fact the opportunity to find out about lesser known (and more recent) records on the label was missed by most. But still some of the greatest tracks on the label do get their appreciation represented in these lists.

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XXV – Praxis 25 Years – Party in Berlin @ Køpi 26-08-2017


Reserve the date!

Saturday August 26

25 Years Praxis Party in Berlin

Køpi – Köpenicker Strasse 137 – Berlin

We celebrate 25 years of Praxis Records, 20 years of Datacide Magazine and also 20 years of Sub/Version Records.

Datacide/ Praxis Soli with:

PSYCHIC DEFENCE

PROLE SECTOR

ZOMBIEFLESHEATER

DJKA LUCHS (LYNX!)

AMBOSS

PURE MANIA

EGON FRINZ

BASE FORCE ONE
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MORE INFO SOON

EXPERIMENTAL HARDCORE / RADICAL BREAKS / MILITANT NOISE & HIGH SPEED

Soundsystem By: Yaya Systems

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Scaremonger EP (Praxis 1, 1992) now on YouTube

For those who like to listen to their music on YouTube we just added Praxis 1 – Scaremonger EP to the Praxis Youtube channel.

More info, download link, press clippings in our discography:
https://praxis-records.net/scaremonger-scaremonger-ep/

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Nihil Fist: Hatecore Video online now

Just posted on the Zombiefleshaeter/Kritik am Leben YouTube channel: Nihil Fist’s Hatecore video from 1999

Four years before his debut 12″ for Praxis ‘Think & Destroy!‘ – Classic harsh riot sounds!

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Videos from Vinyl Resistance festival (first night), Lynx – Psychic Defence – Base Force One

The Vinyl Resistance festival in Monza took place March 3-5, and paynomindtous just uploaded video clips of all the performances of the first night, including Methackus, Pablito el Drito, DJ Balli, Lynx, Psychic Defence, Base Force One,  and A034. It was a great night!

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