B12

B12

Profile:
B12 Records was founded in 1990 by Mike Golding and Steve Rutter as a vehicle for themselves and other like minded individuals to release electronic music for listening and dancing. Many thought the duo hailed from Detroit, as their sound fused many of the elements of techno coming from the Motor City, alongside labels such as Transmat and Plus 8. Every record was hand-engraved in the run out grooves, with cryptic clues and messages, recurring themes of futurism and science fiction.

Releasing under a series of monikers, such as Redcell, Cmetric, and Musicology, their connections with Kirk DeGeorgio’s A.R.T. Records are well documented, each artist featuring on the others label, and even a pair of split 12”s with a label taking each side of the vinyl. The pair were also snapped up by Warp Records, featuring on the seminal Artificial Intelligence series and releasing two albums and an EP on Warp under the umbrella name ‘B12’

Then in 1996, with test pressings of B1215 in their hands, they disappeared without warning or reason. B1215 never made it to release.

Forward to 2005. Illegal bootlegs of old B12 material are circulating – poor quality, without the engravings in the run-out grooves. Mike & Steve return to play a live show in London to a sell-out crowd (the bouncers had to stop queues inside the building). B12 absolutely blew everyone away, a decade away hadn't dampened their sound one bit. The applause at the end was so overwhelming that the following act was shouting at the crowd to shut up and stop cheering so he could begin his set. They announced there was new material to come, and their intentions of re-mastering the back catalogue for release on a 12 CD box set, with bonus unreleased materials.

Now, in 2007, B12 Records has exactly the same goal it did in 1990, to provide quality electronic music for futuristic feet and forward thinking minds.

B1213D was released as T-Shirt.
B1219TA / B1219TB were released as T-Shirts [two different designs, to go alongside the B1219 album]
B1224.1 / B1224.2 / B1224.3 were released as T-Shirts [with 3 different texts printed on the rear]
B1225 BK / B1225 GY were released as T-Shirts [same design, on either a Black or Grey shirt]
Sublabel
Contact Info:
label@b12records.com
Sites:
[l1224]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
art 2 cd The Philosophy Of Sound And Machine  album cover Various The Philosophy Of Sound And Machine(CD, Comp) Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), Rephlex, Rephlex art 2 cd UK 1992 Sell This Version
B12CD1 Redcell : Stasis  album cover Redcell : Stasis Redcell : Stasis - Redcell : Stasis(CD, Ltd) B12 B12CD1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1201 Musicology  album cover Musicology Musicology B1201 UK 1991 Sell This Version
B1202 Space Age E.P.  album cover 2001 Space Age E.P. (EP) B1202 UK 1991 Sell This Version
B1203 Untitled  album cover Future/Past / As One / Zee# Future/Past / As One / Zee# - Untitled B1203 UK 1991 Sell This Version
B1204 Outlook  album cover Musicology Outlook B1204 UK 1992 Sell This Version
B1205 Redcell  album cover Redcell Redcell B1205 UK 1992 Sell This Version
B1206 Hall Of Mirrors  album cover Musicology Hall Of Mirrors B1206 UK 1992 Sell This Version
B1207 Retreat From Unpleasant Realities  album cover Redcell Retreat From Unpleasant Realities B1207 UK 1992 Sell This Version
B1208 Interim Outerim  album cover Redcell Interim Outerim B1208 UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1209 Prelude Part 1  album cover B12 Prelude Part 1(Cass, Ltd) B12 B1209 UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1209CD Prelude Part 1  album cover B12 Prelude Part 1(CD, Ltd) B12 B1209CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1210 Cmetric  album cover Cmetric Cmetric B1210 UK 1994 Sell This Version
B1211 Point Of No Return!  album cover Stasis Point Of No Return! B1211 UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1215 Untitled  album cover Redcell Untitled (EP) B1215 UK 1996 Sell This Version
B1215SE Practopia  album cover B12 Practopia(12", Ltd, RM, RP) B12 B1215SE UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1216 Slope  album cover B12 Slope B1216 UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1216SE Slope  album cover B12 Slope(12", Ltd, RP) B12 B1216SE UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1217 32 Lineup  album cover B12 32 Lineup (EP) B1217 UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1217X 32 Lineup  album cover B12 32 Lineup B1217X UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1218 I Do Not Exist  album cover Kirk Degiorgio I Do Not Exist (Single) B1218 UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1218X I Do Not Exist  album cover Kirk Degiorgio I Do Not Exist(12", Ltd, Cle) B12 B1218X UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1219 Last Days Of Silence  album cover B12 Last Days Of Silence (Album) B1219 UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1219LE Last Days Of Silence  album cover B12 Last Days Of Silence(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Met) B12 B1219LE UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1220 Last Days Of Silence Remixes  album cover B12 Last Days Of Silence Remixes(8xFile, FLAC, Album) B12 B1220 2008
B1220 Last Days Of Silence (Remixes)  album cover B12 Last Days Of Silence (Remixes)(12", Ltd, Pic, Smplr) B12 B1220 UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1220CD Last Days Of Silence Remixes  album cover B12 Last Days Of Silence Remixes (Album) B1220CD UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1222 Monsters And Vortices EP  album cover Posthuman Monsters And Vortices EP (EP) B1222 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1222X Monsters And Vortices EP  album cover Posthuman Monsters And Vortices EP(12", EP, Ltd, Sil) B12 B1222X UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1223 Isomer Shift  album cover Kirk Degiorgio Isomer Shift (EP) B1223 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1223X Isomer Shift  album cover Kirk Degiorgio Isomer Shift(12", Ltd, Ora) B12 B1223X UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.1 B12 Records Archive Volume 1  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 1(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.1 UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1212.2 B12 Records Archive Volume 2  album cover Various B12 Records Archive Volume 2 (Comp) B1212.2 UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1212.3 B12 Records Archive Volume 3  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 3(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.3 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.4 B12 Records Archive Volume 4  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 4(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.4 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.5 B12 Records Archive Volume 5  album cover Various B12 Records Archive Volume 5(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.5 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.6 B12 Records Archive Volume 6  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 6(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.6 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.7 B12 Records Archive Volume 7  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 7(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.7 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1214.1 ART 7.1 / B1214.1  album cover Various ART 7.1 / B1214.1(12", Mono) Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), B12 B1214.1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
B1214.2 ART 7.2 / B1214.2  album cover Various ART 7.2 / B1214.2(12") Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), B12 B1214.2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KUDCD 005 Types - A Kudos Sampler  album cover Various Types - A Kudos Sampler(CD, Smplr) Kudos Records (3) KUDCD 005 UK 1994 Sell This Version
none B12 Records Archive Volume 1  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 1(12xFile, FLAC, Comp, RM) B12 none 2008
none B12 Records Archive Volume 4  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 4(15xFile, FLAC, Comp, RM) B12 none 2009
none B12 Records Archive Volume 5  album cover Various B12 Records Archive Volume 5(15xFile, FLAC, Comp, RM) B12 none 2009
none B12 Records Archive Volume 6  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 6(24xFile, FLAC, Comp, RM) B12 none 2009
none B12 Records Archive Volume 7  album cover B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 7(14xFile, FLAC, Comp, RM) B12 none 2009
RTD 126.1414.2 Artificial Intelligence  album cover Various Artificial Intelligence(CD, Comp) Rough Trade, Warp Records RTD 126.1414.2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
RTD 126.1728.2 Artificial Intelligence II  album cover Various Artificial Intelligence II(CD, Comp) Warp Records, Rough Trade RTD 126.1728.2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
WARP CD6 Artificial Intelligence  album cover Various Artificial Intelligence (Comp) WARP CD6 UK 1992 Sell This Version
WARP CD23 Artificial Intelligence II  album cover Various Artificial Intelligence II(CD, Comp, RE) Warp Records WARP CD23 UK Unknown Sell This Version
WARP LP 9 Electro-Soma  album cover B12 Electro-Soma(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARP LP 9 UK 1993 Sell This Version
WARP LP9 LTD Electro-Soma  album cover B12 Electro-Soma(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, Ora) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP LP9 LTD UK 1993 Sell This Version
WARP LTDCD23 Artificial Intelligence II  album cover Various Artificial Intelligence II(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Warp Records, Warp Records, Warp Records WARP LTDCD23 UK 1994 Sell This Version

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eidoom

eidoom

April 23, 2018
According to Michael Golding and Steve Rutter who started B12 Records, it was named after one of their favourite presets on the Akai AX80 synth (“it sounded like a Larry Heard track”)
AceBeaty

AceBeaty

March 5, 2018
> Warning Information below from B12 Official website <

Bootlegs
A number of records have been circulating since late 2005 claiming to be represses of older B12 releases

We have not repressed any of the older releases. These records are illegal bootlegs, and not mastered from the original plates - they are most likely ripped from CD or mp3, or even recorded from the old vinyl onto CDR.

You can check if the vinyl you have is genuine - all B12 releases have messages etched into the run-out grooves. Also, the bootlegs often have a poor quality label print and tinny/trebley sound.

There are still some shops shamelessly still buying and selling these, claiming that 'we thought they were real' even though they came from a dodgy bloke who turned up in the shop, rather than from our distributors Rubadub, and also ebay sellers claiming to have the originals - so CHECK BEFORE YOU BUY!

If you see any shops selling what they claim to be old stock or 'repressings' - please let us know!!!

We will be making the old material available again - the back catalogue has been completely re-mastered, and will be released on a 12 disc CD box set later this year, with bonus remixes and unreleased tracks. So if you're looking for old B12 - please be patient and get the genuine article!

Remember - the Truth is in the Run-out Grooves
The_Unrest_Cure

The_Unrest_Cure

July 4, 2010
Of the many adjectives I could use to describe the sound of B12, perhaps the most personal may be "sensitive". Sensitive not in a limited way, but sensitive in all its meanings: each track released is a perfect balance of rhythm and melody, obvious in tenderness and attention to detail. There were NO tracks released on B12 that ever sounded incomplete or rushed. The output of the label may have been small, but the effect was tremendous; the claim to a distillation of Detroit style with British experimentation may be oversimplified, but is evident.

No less an authority than Alex Paterson has claimed B12 to be floor-burners, capable of rousing a tired and heavy-footed public to dance with abandon. B12 is exactly that, yet so much more. One album was titled "Retreat from Unpleasant Realities". I can think of few better summations of their output.
Livysound

Livysound

January 10, 2007
edited over 2 years ago
The music that came from Detroit in the late 80s was so important to me.
Artists such as Carl Craig , Derrick May and Juan Atkins literally created a unique style of their own that became Detroit Techno.
Step forward Michael Golding and Steve Rutter in the early 90s , two guys who played these icons at their own game and in my eyes beat them with soulful, emotional and intelligent thinking music.
The B12 label was obviously paying homage to Transmat and Fragile but they had this more mysterious edge than there peers.
A roster of likeminded talented musicians, amazing artwork, ultra limited runs on coloured vinyl and promos that would filter through from small time distributors like Great Asset, Mo's music Machine and Greyhound.
I remember this dodgy bloke from London used to come up in a grey transit van to the record shop i worked in and he had all these amazing records on board for sale and every time i would be guaranteed to take all the B12 stuff off his hands.
These were special records from a very special time.
Every B12 record is for the thinking man / woman.
Truly timeless pieces of Sound n Art and to hear they are back in the studio recording new material brings a huge curve to my face!

toedawg

toedawg

August 31, 2003
B12 to me was the essence of DEEP!!! These 2 fellows, some say, spawned IDM (for lack of a better word) music and their records will go down in history for being some of the most legendary timeless music of the modern music age.