Daniel Blumberg

MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW)

Mute and specifically the influential independent British label’s founder, Daniel Miller, have never been ones for looking back. The label has always sought ways to celebrate all of its varied artists, but there has never been a focus on just the label, and MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW) is not about to change that.

We are thrilled to have Mute with us For Sea Change 2018, featuring showcases from Josh T. Pearson, Chris Carter, Daniel Blumberg, Can’s Damo Suzuki and Lost Under Heaven, with Cosey Fanni Tutti in conversation with Emma Warren.

A special series of reissues on limited edition coloured vinyl are planned for October, and will include “probably the world’s first teenage electronic pop group”, Silicon Teens, and their one and only album ‘Music For Parties’; Mute’s first signing, Fad Gadget – ‘Fireside Favourites’; Josh T. Pearson’s lauded ‘Last Of The Country Gentlemen’, Apparat – ‘The Devil’s Walk’; Vince Clarke and Martin Gore’s project, VCMG – ‘Ssss’ and A Certain Ratio – ‘The Graveyard & The Ballroom’.

Pearson will be released on gold vinyl, Apparat on violet and the rest will be on very limited Mute 4.0 orange vinyl.

Rough Trade Books

Embodying the "same original spirit and radical direction" that the independent label has cultivated over the past 40 years and counting, Rough Trade Books is a new literary imprint.

Launching with a set of twelve pamphlets - known as Rough Trade Editions - each publication brings together "The very highest calibre of artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators and thinkers producing work relating to their relationship with the counter-culture".

You can order them now at Drift or via the RTB website.

We are thrilled to have Daniel Blumberg, Babak Ganjei, David Keenan and Sophy Hollington all joining us at Sea Change this year to talk about their contributions to the series.

Minus by Daniel Blumberg

Daniel Blumberg's self-titled debut album Minus was released last Friday and is Record of the Month over at Drift. Some superb reviews in already with much love from The QuietusDIY Magazine, Clash and do read Will Hodgkinson's Times (★ ★ ★ ★ ★) review here for "this remarkable debut in his own name." 

Minus is a statement of intent from an artist who has found his voice and shaken off his past.
— The Quietus

Not only is Daniel playing live at the Church as part of the Mute showcase, he will be in conversation with Emma Warren for Rough Trade Books. Watch the video for the albums stunning title track below.


Released This Week; Rob Young, Daniel Blumberg, James Heather and Bryde

New music and words released this week and getting us excited for the summer months.

Rob Young's amazing 'All Gates Open: The Story of Can' is out on Faber & Faber and we're enjoying it hugely. Also this week are three new albums of very different - and very beautiful - new music. James Heather presents his debut album - Stories From Far Away On Piano - on vinyl for the first time via Ahead Of Our Time - Coldcut’s (Ninja Tune founders) first label and playground for free expression and experimentation. Like An Island is the debut album from Bryde on her own Seahorse Music label and was ROTW at the music excellent Resident in Brighton last week. Minus is the debut album - under his own name - from Daniel Blumberg. His teenage band signed to XL whilst he was still at school, then onto and through the projects of Yuck, Oupa and Hebronix all still at only 27 years old. Minus is an astonishing work, the record weds an improvisational, free-music ethos to the rawest emotional songwriting, rooted deep in the personal turmoil Blumberg experienced whilst making the record.