No matter how bespoke your Record Store Day release is, it’ll have to go some way to beat this.
Not to be content with just putting out a standard 12″ on Record Store Day, Ninja Tune regular Amon Tobin is putting out a pair of etched records encased in a white, branded, rubber wheel and housed in a transparent plastic box. The Dark Jovian EP is also his first release since 2011’s ISAM, and is inspired by his interest in space.
“I made these tracks a year or two ago after binge-watching space exploration films.” Tobin explains in a press release. “People have, from time to time, described things I’ve done as “scores for imaginary movies,” which has always irritated me, but on this occasion it’s sort of true. Even so, what I was really trying to do was to interpret a sense of scale, like moving towards impossibly giant objects until they occupy your whole field of vision, planets turning, or even how it can feel just looking up at night.”
Inspired in part by his love of noted science fiction score composers John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith and contemporary classical figure György Ligeti, Dark Jovian also features remixes by Lee Gamble, Logos and Eprom. The physical product itself, designed by Alexander Brown, is said to be inspired by the golden discs launched with both Voyager spacecraft in the 1977, incorporating two single-sided white vinyl 12”s with etched markings.
Dark Jovian will be available on April 18. Until then, you can check a teaser for the EP below and look at pictures of the record below.
B1. Dark Jovian
B2. In Your Own Time
B3. Adrastea Contact
B5. Encounter on Io
C1. Encounter on Io (Lee Gamble Reshape)
C2. Adrastea Contact (Logos Remix)
C3. In Your Own Time (Eprom Remix)