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YEAR IN REVIEW: MUZAI RECORDS

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It's the end of the year, which means we get to write big lists to show off all the cool stuff that happened, this time round founder of MUZAI Records' Benjii Jackson recalls the releases of 2013...

Thankful.

Thankful is probably the best word I'd use to describe the year we've had at MUZAI Records – and rather than cite the number of releases this year by copying and pasting the press release spin with each release, I think it is the season where overindulgent sentiments can be shared and you, the Flying Out reader, won't feel overtly disgusted as we, MUZAI Records, gush. My, how we are going to gush.

Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing - EELING
(BOOK, DIGITAL)
MUZAI RECORDS - FEBRUARY 
We're thankful for Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, a band with a name that beforehand elicited a sharp breath inwards upon hearing those five words uttered. However with the release of Eeling, their art-book, it's now a name that has generated more interest in their sonic output than it has “that” name. Given the artistic merit of the band extolling those very virtues by eschewing conventional formats, Eeling proved that you don't have to release on the tried-and-tested CD or vinyl format to garner attention. Their follow up a few weeks ago, Darwinning, a three-track EP only available on cassette tape, is following that trend.
THE ALL SEEING HAND - MECHATRONICS
(LP, CD, DIGITAL)
MUZAI RECORDS - OCTOBER
We're thankful for The All Seeing Hand releasing their sophomore effort, Mechatronics, through the label. A highly vaunted live act, the album was a risky idea in terms of the format the band wanted to unleash upon the world – that old expensive 12” gate-fold routine. It has, however, been a watershed moment for us once again as people have picked up on it and, couple with the explosive live performance in Whammy Bar (which we personally attended), have very much proven the risk in getting them pressed on vinyl was well worth it. We're running low people (plug for you to buy it for Christmas.)

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GOD BOWS TO MATH/PAIRS - S/T
(7", DIGITAL)
MUZAI RECORDS/TENZENMEN RECORDS - OCTOBER
We're thankful for god bows to math, who alongside Chinese cohorts Pairs released their long overdue split 7” - though we're run out of that, it's an indicator for what's to come in 2014 when their new album is released and no doubt will be available through the Flying Out store.

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ASTRO CHILDREN - PROTEUS
(CD, DIGITAL)
MUZAI RECORDS - NOVEMBER
We're thankful for Astro Children, who we've continually followed since mid 2012 with their exploits down in Dunedin. Their début album, Proteus, was the last official release of the year and a great way to round off our year – going back to championing the younger generation of New Zealand musicians that create great, if not sometimes very acerbic, works. 

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HOLLYWOODFUN DOWNSTAIRS - THE MANCUNIAN SWING
(CD, DIGITAL)
MUZAI RECORDS - AUGUST
We're thankful for Hollywoodfun Downstairs – where some may have pegged them as the “obligatory rock act” for MUZAI, fundamentally they represent many things the label stands for; helping others out, working hard, lacking pretension. It's these values that have seen them not only picked up by Footstomp Management in Australia but also invited to play SXSW 2014. 

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WILBERFORCES
- PARADISE BEACH
(LP, DIGITAL)
MUZAI RECORDS - AUGUST
We're thankful for releasing WIlberforces' 12", Paradise Beach; a band that we have continually cited as a "dream" to work and continue doing so with stunning release after stunning release. They presented the world with a video from the previous album, Haunted, which became one of our most viewed tracks on Youtube - and we hope many are thankful to see Thom Burton cut a rug in that video.

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THE BEMSHA SWING - AGAINST FRIENDS AND LOVERS
SUNKEN SEAS - CATACLYSM EP
(DIGITAL)
MUZAI RECORDS - FEBRUARY/SEPTEMBER

We're thankful for both Sunken Seas and The Bemsha Swing; who dared not the physical format but instead hedge their bets on the digital frontier – allowing any and all to pick up their music for “pay-what-you-want” (which isn't a code word for “free” either).
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YOUNG HELLIONS - S/T
(DIGITAL)
MUZAI RECORDS - JANUARY

We're pretty fortunate that, come 2014, one of the longer standing members of MUZAI, Maeve Munro, releases her first solo effort under the monicker Young Hellions. A four track EP with the single Best Witchcraft Is Geometry already making it's presence felt on RadioActive in Wellington, we're pretty sure it will be another sleeper hit from this little label of ours.

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We're thankful for Flying Out stocking our stuff and sharing our endeavours with perhaps a generation of New Zealand music fans that are older than many of us on the label – allowing us to engage (nee: whore our wares) to a sect of people who may not have even dared checked us out before.

And of course we're thankful for everyone who has supported us and bought our titles. Because without out, we'd have no money. Naturally.

Love:
Team MUZAI


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