Milo Smee swaps synths for guitars on his new label venture, Inversions.

Techno label Power Vacuum is launching a new sub-label focusing on music made with live instrumentation, with Stereolab member Tim Gane’s Cavern of Anti-Matter project (pictured above) on the first record.

According to Power Vacuum, the new Inversions label is focused on “driving, kinetic music of an exploratory and divergent bent” with the industrial acid techno of its parent label replaced with “electro-kraut, psych-punk, lo-fi popfolk, prog-fusion and drone doom-metal.”

The news won’t be too surprising to those who have been following Power Vacuum boss Milo Smee’s career: alongside his life as a techno producer he was a member of prog ensemble Chrome Hoof.

Inversions’ first release is a various artists EP featuring a track from Gane, Stereolab drummer Joe Dilworth and Holger Zapf’s Cavern of Anti-Matter trio alongside music from Booze, a project of Smee and The Oscillation’s Demian Castellanos.

Other acts on the record include lo-fi reel-to-reel project Fupper, Chrome Hoof collaborator Holger Hartmann’s Apothéose de la Trahison and Clean & Jerk, another Smee project alongside Inversions co-founder Thomas Franklin.

The first record is released on September 12 on 12″ and digital formats. You can get your hands on the label’s releases through its Bandcamp page.

Brush up on Stereolab with FACT’s complete guide to the band, and watch Milo Smee go Against The Clock in his Bintus guise below.


A1. Cavern of Anti-Matter – ‘Bring the Hiss (Version)’
A2. Booze – ‘5 Minute Break’
B1. Fupper – ‘I’m Fine Little Man’
B2. Clean & Jerk -‘Silhouette du Barry’
B3. Apothéose de la Trahison – ‘Escape to the Black



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