Posthuman (band)

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Posthuman
Origin London, England
Genres IDM
techno
electronica
Years active 1999 – present
Labels Seed Records
Website posthumanmusic.com
Members Richard Bevan, Joshu Doherty

Posthuman is primarily a duo of Richard Bevan and Joshu Doherty. Known mainly for multi-layered electronic music, with heavy emphasis on intricate drum programming. A signature to their sound is the extensive use of Roland 808 and 909 drum machines.

Although the bulk of their early releases fall within the IDM genre, Posthuman have been known to widely experiment, their 2002 self-titled EP combined hip hop and Heavy Metal with electronica, and their 2006 album The People's Republic was heavily influenced by post-rock. Nearly all of their output since 2007 has been techno and electronica, with much of it still being released physically on vinyl or CD.

Band biography[edit]

Richard and Joshu are cousins, and claim to have first written music together as teenagers. In 1999, they sent their first demo CD to Skam Records, resulting in a release on the first SMAK series.

In 2000, the duo moved to London and began running a series of electronic music clubnights called 'Seed'. These nights increased in size and soon relocated to Aldwych tube station, a disused underground train station. A number of these events took place between 2001 and 2004, and amongst the artists who appeared were Aphex Twin, Alison Goldfrapp, Richard X, Plaid, Luke Vibert, and Funkstörung.

The last of these events were to be held on 13 and 14 November 2004, however, one of the DJ's set to play, John Peel died around a fortnight before the event.[1] The following week, the night was canceled due to London Underground pulling the venue, and on the night of the event, John Balance of Coil (who were also on the bill to play) also died.[2]

On the back of this series of events, the pair set up their own record label Seed Records, as an outlet for their own material, and music by other artists who had appeared at the 'Seed' events. In October 2006, Joshu left the label to work for B12 Records, and in 2010 founded a new imprint Balkan Vinyl

Since 2007, Joshu has run the Acid House revivalist clubnight I Love Acid, and DJs under the name AGT Rave Cru.

Discography[edit]

Title Format Label Catalog number Formats Year Notes
Grey Album Seed Records SEEDEX01 CD 2000 hand made sleeve, limited edition
Auberginetix Ping Single Skam Records SMAK01 12" vinyl 2001 split EP with Tatamax, limited edition
The Uncertainty of the Monkey Album Seed Records SEEDLP/CD01 CD, Double 12" vinyl 2001
Posthuman EP Seed Records SEEDEP02 CD, 12" vinyl 2002
Lagrange Point Album Seed Records SEED09 CD 2003
Split Single Smallfish Records FISH1201 12" vinyl 2003 split EP with CFM (aka Cold Fusion Mafia), limited edition
The People's Republic Album Seed Records SEEDCD12 CD 2006
Hilda Family EP Myuzyk MZYKN08 Digital only 2008
Hilda Family Remixed Album Myuzyk MZYKN08CD CD 2008 remix album, hand made sleeve, limited edition
Monsters & Vortices EP B12 Records B1221 12" vinyl 2009 Standard edition on black vinyl. Limited edition on coloured vinyl (Cat. no B1221X)
Lander EP Handsette Recordings HANDSETTE003 10" vinyl 2009
Europa Sky EP Uncharted Audio UNCHDUB03 10" vinyl 2010 Limited edition of 300 copies. Hand numbered.
Syn Emergence Album Balkan Vinyl BV07 Double 12" vinyl & CD 2010 Two editions: double picturedisc & double heavyweight. Limited to 250 copies.
Datalinks Album Posthuman n/a Digital 2011 Collection of unreleased material from 2000-2010, including a track about the Feraliminal Lycanthropizer.[3]
Lander Remixes Compilation Tsar Bomba TB101 CD 2011 Featured remixes of 'Lander'. Limited to 100 copies.
Nebula EP Acroplane Recordings ACPR016 Digital 2012
Nebula Remixes EP Acroplane Recordings ACPR017 Digital 2012 Featured remixes from 'Nebula EP'.
The Benz EP Balkan Vinyl BV10 12" vinyl 2012 Heavyweight red & black marbled vinyl. Limited to 300 hand numbered copies.
In Apophenia Single Horn Wax HW04 12" vinyl 2012 Split EP with Paul Mac. Limited to 400 hand numbered copies. No digital.
Hecatism EP RSI Recordings RSI001 12" vinyl 2013 Limited to 400 copies. Hand-written labels. No digital.
Decompression EP Body Work BW011 12" vinyl 2014 Limited to 250 copies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Legendary radio DJ John Peel dies: John Peel was one of the UK's most-loved broadcasters 26 October 2004
  2. ^ John Balance: Joint founder of Coil, a focal point for English avant garde pop 11 December 2004
  3. ^ Posthuman, "Feraliminal Lycanthropizer" (2011), Bandcamp.

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