In 2012 Accidental released a new album by Wishmountain, the original moniker of producer and DJ Matthew Herbert, 16 years after the release of the seminal Techno track, Radio and subsequent album ‘Wishmountain Is Dead’.
Championed by Djs such as Sven Vath and Westbam as well as being a club classic for legendary clubs like Fuse in Belgium, ‘Radio’ blasted its way in to nightclubs around the world despite being made only from 8 sounds of a beaten up plastic radio. In many ways it made Matthew’s name, as someone ready to bring real and challenging sounds to the largely synthetic soundscape of club music while being unafraid to make people dance at the same time.
Despite killing off the pseudonym many years ago, Matthew decided to dust off the moniker and write a collection of new songs using the old principles. TESCO is an album made exclusively from sounds recorded from the ten best-selling items in a TESCO supermarket*, and features tracks including Lucozade, Fruit Shoot, Andrex and Dairy Milk. The guiding creative principle of the Wishmountain project – that each track is made exclusively from eight sounds recorded from a single object – originally stemmed from the technical limitations of Herbert’s recording equipment. Using an eight-output Casio FZ1 sampler, Herbert challenged himself to build tracks using sounds from ordinary items found in the home. His debut duly featured the likes of a Pepperpot, Cheesegrater, Crisps and Radio on a release which is still hailed as a minimal Techno classic.
The original 12″ vinyl versions are highly sought after by collectors. Matthew Herbert said: “After all the questioning, controversy, head scratching, mud, straw and blood of the ONE PIG record, I felt like making some old-fashioned dance music. I ended up making this record in 4 days, a spontaneous crunch around the modern supermarket a place of fantasy, trickery, wonder and horror. Two limited edition 12″ vinyl releases with tracks from TESCO will prefigure the album. The Dairy Milk 12″ and the Nescafe 12″ will each have four tracks from the album and be released on 16 July. To celebrate the release of TESCO, Accidental Records will also re-release a special digital edition of Wishmountain Is Dead and a limited-run vinyl 12” featuring ‘Radio’ plus the track ‘Video’, which was not available on the original recording.