This month marks the final release from eclectic Newcastle-based label Distraction Records, who since 2002 have been responsible for releases from a wide variety of North East experimental and alternative musicians. Having unleashed the belligerent anger of Big Oaks and the post-gabba mayhem of Dressed In Wires to noise-mongers Jazzfinger and highly regarded electro Krautrock duo Warm Digits on an unsuspecting public, it’s time for label head Darren Hubbard to hang up his hat with a final festive hurrah.
Let’s not forget that this is Distraction we’re talking about though – the label that proudly proclaims to be for ‘the strange kid at school’ – so there’s no Christmas whimsy to be had here. Previously released as a download back in 2010, and available from Friday 2nd December as an extremely limited edition clear, heavy-duty 7” lathe cut vinyl, Mushi Mushi’s fittingly desolate In The Bleak Midwinter presents a crystal clear haunting vocal interspersed with drone-heavy fuzz and disorientating static, backed by Shimmer’s trilling synths and dance-inducing drums, which showcase the band’s more upbeat side.
Only available by directly emailing the label themselves at firstname.lastname@example.org, the release comes in Christmas present wrapping, providing the perfect yuletide gift for the strange kid in your family.
While the label may be ceasing trading, the quality of their back catalogue stands as a testament to their passion and belief in artists unafraid to break the mould, and for that they’ll be sorely missed.