"While people left on the mainland deal with the power vacuum left by the inevitable and impending collapse of western civilisation, we’ll be on our new beach, vibing to John Holt records and drinking Guinness out of coconuts. Season 4 of ‘Fargo’ as well."
The Scottish label, 12th Isle is quite the mystery, their online bio simply reads: "record label and semi-regular nightlife excursions", but not much else is known about the enigmatic trio, Fergus, Ruaidhri and Stewart.
Their label and the events that they host run parallel, playing out and distributing music that doesn't have much in common with the usual streamlined club grooves. Instead, they dance in an unforeseeable void that likes it leftfield, crossing styles including hip-hop, house, ambient, abstract, experimental, dub, jazz, derivates of techno, sound collage, rhythmic noise, illbient, drone, trance and even non-music.
Their artist roster consists of Canadian one-of-a-kind producer RAMZi, Glasgow based sound explorer and Phase Group label co-runner Lo Kindre, Paris based DJ and producer DK, London based trio Pataphysical as well as a bunch of mystifying producers from the Russian Federation.
This month, the three souls that hang out on the 12th Isle have prepared a mix that blends their musical love affairs into an hour-long journey, that makes deep listeners enter an unknown consciousness with the mind-expanding sovereignty of musical storytelling that does not follow pre-written lanes.
To shed some light on the esoteric 12th Isle, we asked them a few questions that will give their friends and fans some clues about what they are, what they might do next and how they feel. Experience!
Dices - Part 1 (Pandora)
Erick Montgomery - Call (Handrum Records)
Zatua - Silver Horizon (Second Circle)
Olev Muska - Mure Murrab Meele (Esoterix)
Oto Hiax - Plates (Editions Mego)
Wahono - Prambanan (DIVISI62)
Bernard Parmegiani - Matières induites, Etude Elastique, Ondes croisées (GRM) / Material Things - Untitled
Bellows - Untitled 4 (Latency)
DK - Untitled (12th Isle)
Jonquera - ?? (Unreleased)
Oriental Wind - East Trip (Sonet)
Antonio Zepeda - Aztlan (Olinkan) (Vague Imaginaires Unreleased Edit)
C Cat Trance - Shake The Mind (Ink Records)
Riou - M.H. (KK Records)
Andrew Pekler / Ben Vince / Sugai Ken - Crape Myrtle (Not On Label)
Koyil - MiEs (DIG)
Eye Nono - Nibble (Mad Habitat Recordings)
Karin Krog - Freestyle (Odin)
Eddie Detroit - Jungle Captive (Majora)
Sound Control - Think (Not On Label)'