Saturday, May 21, 2011
Not Not Fun
The last week or so I have been organising some of my music as I think about what I will play next weekend at our next chill out party. And in the process of doing this, it started becoming very clear how much of the music I have been buying this year comes from Not Not Fun. Over the last 6-12 months I have found myself increasing bored with most contemporary techno and house: it is not bad, but... it is just not that exciting either. Yes, of course there are still some strong releases coming out, but there is too much that is good and not great. Quite simply, I am struggling to remain that interested... In this context, I have found myself increasing gravitating towards and exploring Not Not Fun. NNF is erratic, exuberant, obscure, quirky, but thoroughly interesting and worthwhile. If you check their Discogs page, you can see they put out quite a bit of stuff, and the quality is definitely mixed. But if you dig about, there are some real gems in there. Some of the releases I have been enjoying include: Dylan Ettinger's "New Age Outlaws" and "Lions of Judah", Xander Harris' "Urban Gothic", and Sand Circles' "Midnight Crimes". And on the new sub-label 100% Silk, "Muddy Tracks" by The Deeep is great, as is the new Gillette EP. Actually pretty much all of the stuff on 100% Silk is worth checking - it is more dancefloor orientated and a bit less weird. Pipecock has written a good introduction to the sub-label, which I would recommend reading if you would like to know more.
To be clear, NNF is not to everyone's tastes, and there is plenty of stuff which is a bit 'too much' for me. But I would encourage you to check it out, as they are releasing some excellent music right now, and as I said, it tends to be much more interesting and inventive than what is currently going on in techno and house. If you are interested, an excellent entry point into their sounds is the NNF label mix pontone is hosting:
NNF pontone mixtape
Another good thing about NNF is that even though they release a lot of stuff on tape, they also put out plenty of vinyl and digital. This means it is much easier to get hold of their releases in comparison to some of the other labels currently operating out of the States. So if can handle the over-the-top descriptions and that horrible BEEP, check out the big selection of NNF releases at Boomkat.
That's about all I have to say about NNF, as I am still exploring. But if you want something a bit different and are feeling adventurous, my advice would definitely be to check this label out.