Dais Records is a label always worth keeping an eye on – focussed primarily on industrial, black metal, dark ambient and neofolk, it’s a source of solid new work and invaluable reissues from cult artists like Cold Cave, Robert Turman, aTelecine, Deviation Social, Maurizio Bianchi and Lord Foul.
Run by Gibby Miller and Ryan Miler out of New York and Los Angeles, Dais has enjoyed particularly privileged access to the archive of Throbbing Gristle‘s Genesis P-Orridge. To date it’s released two pre-TG P-Orridge works that might otherwise have been lost to the churn of history: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s And Thee Early Worm’s Early Worm (recordings from 1968), COUM Transmissions’ Sound of Porridge Bubbling (the first “proper” COUM album, recorded in ’71).
Now comes the third: COUM Tranmissions‘ Sugarmorphoses. Made in 1974 by P.Orridge in COUM’s Hull commune/headquarters, The Ho Ho Funhouse, it’s comprised of scratchy recordings of the young actionist improvising on piano and messing around on reel-to-reel with years of accumulated field recordings and homework dictations. It’s no easy listen, but, as Dais say, it’s “playful, chaotic, imaginative, and historic.”
COUM was the P-Orridge-founded art collective that he founded while at Hull University in the late 1960s; the group would later take London by storm, causing national uproar with their Prostitution show at the ICA, before morphing into Throbbing Gristle.
Sugarmorphoses is available only on vinyl in a limited edition of 1000. More information and pre-orders here.