Opal Tapes – one of the cassette scene’s greatest recent success stories, and one of our labels to watch in 2013 – have announced a new all-wax sub-label.

Stephen Bishop’s label has provided an early platform for a host of fringe techno/house artists, some of whom – 1991, Huerco S and Wanda Group among them – have gone onto bigger and brighter things. They’ve kept their output up in 2013, releasing tape after tape of new material; releases of note include a Prostitutes/Basic House split, Mirror & Gate Vol. 1 and Shapednoise’s excellent noise-techno effort Until Human Voices Wake Us.

Opal Tapes has now given birth to a new sister label, Black Opal, which will put out old and new releases on vinyl. The first release will be a reissue of Patricia’s 2013 tape Body Issues, a spooked collection of techno from the Terrence Dixon school of thaumaturgy.

Click below to stream the tape. Future releases are also promised from Opal Tapes graduates Lumigraph, Yves De May and HOLOVR. For more cassette-only goodies, check out Caught on Tape – FACT’s regular guide to the best tape releases of the month.



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