Rvng, a small Brooklyn-based record label focused on releasing limited runs of electronic music mixes, edits, and remixes, is launching a new 12" series called FRKWYS.
A play on the name of the legendary Folkways record label founded by Moses Asch in the late 40s to document sound and movement in music from around the world, our FRKWYS (think Freakways) 12" series pairs contemporary artists and their progenitors by way of remix, reinterpretation, and studio / live collaboration.
Like the Folkways releases, each installment in the FRKWYS series lives under a thematic banner (albeit sometimes loose) and explores a different facet of electronic music. The first release in the series features collaborations from NYC's industrial pranksters Excepter with Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti of Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey, JG Thirwell of Foetus and his many alter egos, and Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto. We've set the bar high.
It's been inspirational / exhilarating working with both our peers and artists whom we hold close to heart as heroes. The willingness and enthusiasm on both sides to experiment in this context has created an unbounded feeling to the series. As you'll hear, the results speak for themselves. This is future future music.
Perhaps an anomaly in this current music climate, we are compensating all of the artists involved upfront for their valuable time and efforts and doing everything in our means to create suitable environments and tools for these unique collaborations to happen.
We are housing these limited edition 12"s (900 copies / pressing) in a seemingly simple but financially devastating package using classic tip-on style jackets wrapped in black leatherette and overlayed with Frkwys “family portraits”, creating a truly substantial and archival feel. While we've never encouraged it, our past limited pressings have often found their way to internet auction sites and through trader networks at costs inflated well beyond the original, affordable sticker price.
These financial factors considered, our budget is long spent and we're looking for just enough to complete the jacket & LP production. As part of our backer awards, we are offering a one time initial subscription to the ten part series. Because we are a small crew contending with a ton of mailorder, we are only offering 100 subscriptions to the series, all of them through Kickstarter because we think this site is the shit.
We anticipate one release every other month starting August 2009 and ending February 2010. We will announce the next collaboration a month prior to the release date. Other artists we're lining up for FRKWYS include Psychic Ills, Mirror Mirror, and ARP. We've gotta keep the collaborations tight-lipped for now or it would spoil the fun.
All 12"s + digital downloads pledged / purchased through Kickstarter will ship August 15th from our Brooklyn offices.
For more on Excepter, check out their web worlds. I'd highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter so you can keep updated on their always anticipated live Excepter Streams:
Thanks for reading the rant. We hope to hit that goal and you'll join us along the freakish path.
- (70 days)