A part time label run from home in Crouch End, North London. Its first release was in 2014 and came into being when an old friend decided on a change of career path and headed out to Germany to buy a cutting lathe direct from its builder. A first release (Volume Groop) was cut in a run of 20 copies and was assumed at that point, to be a one off stand alone release.
Inspired by a love of key era 1978-82 DIY minimal synth, early Mute, The Sheffield electronic scene, John Bender, Krautrock / Berlin School etc- especially private press / DIY and handmade packaging; interest in PY releases soon expanded to include 300/500 wider scale pressing LPs and 45s alongside it's mailorder small run lathe cuts. This almost 'two tier' approach to releases is still operational today; wider scale releases (though self distro'd) reach all the usual outlets, then the small run lathe cuts sell out same night of release via mailorder list and facebook announcements. (A path that several labels were then to follow, as it bypasses long queueing times at pressing plants).
The label also actively encourages a co-operative feel to it's existence; by using it's large and fiercely committed mailorder list, artists can release their own product under the PY umbrella, having it assigned a PY cat no. and releasing it themselves. Examples of which saw Tomorrow Syndicate's home brewed PY ales, Nick Taylor screenprints and on several occasions artists expanding PY 7"'s to full length EPs on their own cassette released versions.
PY product is available from: Norman Records | Rough Trade | Piccadilly Records | Resident Records | Monorail | Tomentosa | Kernkrach | Heyday Mailorder | Mono/Stereo | HHV | Tommes Schallplatten | Juno | Phonica | Eclipse records and many more; with EU distribution in general covered by Clear Spot.
Best of all the label likes dealing direct, so drop us a line at the contact points below and join our mailout list for guarantees of first offers at the releases...
For all correspondence | orders | demos | paypal: [email protected] facebook: www.facebook.com/polytechnicyouth
website: www.polytechnicyouth.com (though this acts mostly as a reference site: discographies, film clips, twitter feed etc)
sporadic twitter at: @polyyouth
sister label: Deep Distance (https://www.discogs.com/label/330517-Deep-Distance)