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.
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Contact Info:
label@b12records.com
Sites:
[l1224]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
art 2 cd Various The Philosophy Of Sound And Machine(CD, Album, Comp) Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), Rephlex, Rephlex art 2 cd UK 1992 Sell This Version
B12CD1 Redcell : Stasis Redcell : Stasis - Redcell : Stasis(CD, Ltd) B12 B12CD1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1201 Musicology Musicology B1201 UK 1991 Sell This Version
B1202 2001 Space Age E.P. (EP) B1202 UK 1991 Sell This Version
B1203 Future/Past / As One / Zee# Future/Past / As One / Zee# - Untitled B1203 UK 1991 Sell This Version
B1204 Musicology Outlook B1204 UK 1992 Sell This Version
B1205 Redcell Redcell B1205 UK 1992 Sell This Version
B1206 Musicology Hall Of Mirrors B1206 UK 1992 Sell This Version
B1207 Redcell Retreat From Unpleasant Realities B1207 UK 1992 Sell This Version
B1208 Redcell Interim Outerim B1208 UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1209 B12 Prelude Part 1(Cass, Ltd) B12 B1209 UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1209CD B12 Prelude Part 1(CD, Ltd) B12 B1209CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1210 Cmetric Cmetric B1210 UK 1994 Sell This Version
B1211 Stasis Point Of No Return! B1211 UK 1993 Sell This Version
B1215 Redcell Untitled (EP) B1215 UK 1996 Sell This Version
B1215SE B12 Practopia(12", Ltd, RM, RP) B12 B1215SE UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1216 B12 Slope B1216 UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1216SE B12 Slope(12", RP, Ltd) B12 B1216SE UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1217 B12 32 Lineup (EP) B1217 UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1217X B12 32 Lineup B1217X UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1218 Kirk Degiorgio I Do Not Exist (Single) B1218 UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1218X Kirk Degiorgio I Do Not Exist(12", Ltd, Cle) B12 B1218X UK 2007 Sell This Version
B1219 B12 Last Days Of Silence (Album) B1219 UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1219LE B12 Last Days Of Silence(2xCD, Ltd, Met) B12 B1219LE UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1220 B12 Last Days Of Silence (Remixes)(12", Ltd, Pic, Smplr) B12 B1220 UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1220CD B12 Last Days Of Silence Remixes (Album) B1220CD UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1222 Posthuman Monsters And Vortices EP (EP) B1222 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1222X Posthuman Monsters And Vortices EP(12", EP, Ltd, Sil) B12 B1222X UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1223 Kirk Degiorgio Isomer Shift (EP) B1223 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1223X Kirk Degiorgio Isomer Shift(12", Ltd, Ora) B12 B1223X UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.1 B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 1(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.1 UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1212.2 Various B12 Records Archive Volume 2 (Comp) B1212.2 UK 2008 Sell This Version
B1212.3 B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 3(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.3 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.4 B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 4(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.4 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.5 B12 / Stasis B12 / Stasis - B12 Records Archive Volume 5(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.5 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.6 B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 6(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.6 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1212.7 B12 B12 Records Archive Volume 7(2xCD, Comp, RM) B12 B1212.7 UK 2009 Sell This Version
B1214.1 Various ART 7.1 / B1214.1(12") Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), B12 B1214.1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
B1214.2 Various ART 7.2 / B1214.2(12") Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART), B12 B1214.2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
KUDCD 005 Various Types - A Kudos Sampler(CD, Smplr) Kudos Records (3) KUDCD 005 UK 1994 Sell This Version
RTD 126.1728.2 Various Artificial Intelligence II(CD, Comp) Warp Records, Rough Trade RTD 126.1728.2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
WARP CD6 Various Artificial Intelligence (Comp) WARP CD6 UK 1992 Sell This Version
WARP CD23 Various Artificial Intelligence II(CD, Comp, RE) Warp Records WARP CD23 UK Unknown Sell This Version
WARP LP 9 B12 Electro-Soma(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARP LP 9 UK 1993 Sell This Version
WARP LP9 LTD B12 Electro-Soma(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, Ora) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP LP9 LTD UK 1993 Sell This Version
WARP LTDCD23 Various Artificial Intelligence II(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Warp Records, Warp Records, Warp Records WARP LTDCD23 UK 1994 Sell This Version

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andregurov

andregurov

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 4 months 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.