A Tension of Opposites Vols 1 & 2 - OYC's first cassette release in 35 years - is out now.
Comprising two solo albums on one cheap and cheerful cassette in a lovely Maltese Cross-format package, it's basically what we did during lockdown when we couldn't play or record together. The tracks on Roger's side are concise and vaguely melodic, while Andrew's are longer, deeper and darker. Future releases in the Tension of Opposites series will continue this 2-in-1 approach, charting the outer reaches of the individual band member’s musical inclinations. Get your copy via our Bandcamp page here.
Artefacts 12" EP out now on Kynant Records' new EX imprint, a new series of non-dancefloor focused records on hand-stamped vinyl. Featuring a reworking of our 2019 album track “Forgotten Summer” into a two-part, 12m45s epic, and two new tracks - the first abrasive and full of dread, the second a bass-heavy ambient cut. Available via our Bandcamp page here.
OYC mixtapes now listenable online
Over the last couple of years we've done a series of curated DJ mixes for radio shows around the world. Enjoy their meaty goodness here:
Them were the days
Good soundtrack to a bad dream
OYC's third album - Peyote (1990) - out now on vinyl for first time ever
Previously only available on CD, Spain's B.F.E. Records have reissued what is probably our most widely-known record on vinyl in a lovely die-cut sleeve. Find out more here.
Vinyl reissue of OYC's second album - Into Dark Water (1987)- now SOLD OUT
The ever-excellent Emotional Rescue lable reissued this classic, only for it to sell out almost immediatly.
May's Koln gig cancelled due to Coronavirus
We're rescheduled to play this gig (and hopefully others across euroland) in October 2020, but who knows? More news as we get it.
Ocean Youth Club 12" out now
The first release from our shadowy electronic alter ego - Ocean Youth Club - is out now on Hivern Discs. Find out more here.
NEW ALBUM OUT
OYC's first album of new material for ten years is out now. Titled "Sleepwalker", it was recorded live across Europe. The music forms the soundtrack to the film of the same name by Andrew Hulme. The music and images were conceived together and the resulting album is compiled from 24 performances spanning nine countries over two years. Listen and buy at auf abwegen.
OYC Madrid madness
The last gig of our current crop of dates at Madrid's La Casa Encendida on Sept 1st 2019 really was super special. Great city, great venue, great crowd. Massive thanks to Andrés for organising everything.
OYC @ OTO a major success
OYC's Cafe OTO debut on July 12th 2019, supported by the fine Psychological Strategy Board and DJs Stuart Leath and Alex Egan, seemed to go well.
OYC and Zoviet France in perfect harmony
We *finally* shared a bill supporting Zoviet France, our old labelmates on Staalplaat, at the excellent Old Hairbressers in Glasgow on June 22nd, put on by the wonderful 12th Isle crew. Great people, great city, please invite us back.
Low Company All Dayer all done
On Sun 26th May we entertained the good people of Harringay at New River Studios as part of an all dayer, courtesy of the Low Company and their supremo Kenny. A great lineup and home in time for Antiques Roadshow - what's not to like? Thanks for having us.
North Europe tour over and out
We're delighted to say our recent jaunt around Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and back to Germany was brilliant beyond measure. With so much marvelousness from venues and fans it's hard to single anyone out for special praise, but DJ Zipo/Till Kinola deserves a major tip 'o the hat for organising everything and putting up with us (and indeed putting us up). We're planning a live album of tour highlights sooner rather than later. More news as we get it.
Gigs in Portugal
Our first-ever dates in Portugal - Porto (5th) and Lisbon (6th) - were a major success, largely thanks to the lovely people at Materia Prima and Nariz Entupido who made it all happen. We feel love for all concerned.
Insect Talk 12" out now
Released on the excellent Utter label via Phonica, it features a rare alternate 'Dry' version of 'Insect-Talk' from our 1995 album 'Equator' alongside contemporary versions by Tolouse Low Trax (Salon Des Amateurs), Howes (Cong Burn / NTS Radio) and OYC themselves. The record includes an insert illustrated by Andrew Hulme and each outer sleeve is hand-stamped with insects in various formations and four different colourways – green, blue, silver and gold. Find out more and buy here.
OYC's Secret Thirteen mix now available
Recently we were asked to create a one hour mix for Secret Thirteen, a web journal focusing on exclusive mixes by artists, musicians and others. As they put is, "Our mixes are heterogenous and eclectic creatures, usually dense in rotation, expressing the adventurous and diverse tastes of participating artists." With something like this it helps to have an angle, and while we were in Barcelona last year playing Casa Bonay we saw an exhibition by UK artist Melanie Smith of the most incredible, hallucinogenic films, including one that documented Fordlandia, an abandoned settlement in the Amazon set up by Henry Ford soon after the First World War (see excerpts here). Melanie's film is amazing and became our inspiration. Anyway, enough blah, you can listen to the result here.
OYC's debut album SCENE IN MIRAGE reissued on vinyl and CDr
We're extremely pleased to announce that our 1984 debut album is available on vinyl for the first time in decades thanks to the prolific Emotional Rescue label. Scene in Mirage may or may not be the "missing link between post punk and ambient" and features an electronic side and an organic side, along with extra tracks taken from the cassette version and a free download code for digital versions of the tracks. We think of everything, we really do. Listen and order from Juno or our Bandcamp page. There's also a CDr version available directly from us at the usual address.
NEW ALBUM in the offing
We're currently recording a new album, our first release of completely new material in - gasp - 10 years. With a bit of luck it'll be ready some time in the new year. More news as we get it.
Say hello to OCEAN YOUTH CLUB
Ocean Youth Club is our experimental electronic entity that allows us to indulge our non-Conjugate impulses. If that's wrong we don't want to be right. We've recorded a 12" and found a label, so it should be out eventually.
This remix 12" is now complete and awaiting release on the Utter label (through Phonica). It features the 'dry' version of this track from 'Equator', along with remixes by Tolouse Low Trax, John Howes and OYC.
NTS RADIO SESSION is still available
Listen to four tracks of embryonic new OYC material here, recorded at Flesh and Bones Studio, Hackney, on March 4th 2018.
REISSUES NEXT YEAR
Next year will see reissues of both 'Into Dark Water' and 'Equator'. Also we've more live dates planned in Europe - assuming the borders won't be closed by then.
OYC ❤️ Barcelona
On Sun 20th May we played our first gig outside northern Europe at the incredibly excellent Casa Bonay in Barcelona. Actually we played twice, first as Ocean Youth Club, an experimental electronic entity, and an hour later as O Yuki Conjugate. Massive thanks to JD Twitch from Optimo in Glasgow for fab sounds, Dani for putting us on and all the lovely people at Casa Bonay for making us so welcome. Invite us back any time.
10" EP on red vinyl
Imaginatively entitled "Untitled", the four electronic, beat-driven tracks were made at home in 1983 and are OYC's first ever recordings. Apparently they "show OYC were doing mad and interesting things with machines as far back as ’83" and underscore how we're "an important missing piece of the UK DIY’s maddening, unsolvable puzzle." Couldn't have put it better ourselves. Find out more here.
2018 Euro minitour: a major success
Our March/April 2018 minitour of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands is now just a happy memory. Huge love to all those who helped make it happen, especially Till Kniola and Fré De Vos. And a plague of boils upon the lowlife who broke into our car in Amsterdam.
OYC on the radio
Following our gig at Flagey in Brussels we guest-hosted a two hour radio programme on The Word Radio, playing lots of OYC and a few tracks that influenced us. Big thanks to Mika for making us feel so welcome and not laughing at Roger's sausage-fingered mixing.
2017 Euro tour: mission accomplished
We're delighted to say our recent jaunt around northern Europe was a major success, taking in London, Munster, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Nijmegen and Antwerp. Massive thanks to everyone who helped, with special love going out to Till Kniola (DJ Zipo), Mark Poysden, Sietse Van Erve, John Jakobs, Danielle Lemaire and Fré De Vos. Oh and of course the wonderful Jolanda. A tip o' the OYC hat to you all. Go to the Gallery page for pics (thanks Rog).
The Euphoria of Disobedience reissued in digipak format
Due to intense public demand we've created a digipak version of our 2006 album The Euphoria of Disobedience (TEOD) minus the infamous icetile that adorned the cover of the original. TEOD was a key release of OYC Mk III, featuring Rob Jenkins on guitar, keyboards and everything else. It was also the first release we described as "dirty ambient" - although we've become considerably dirtier since. Email us at the usual address if you'd like a copy.
OYC now on Bandcamp
OYC's page on Bandcamp is now live - click here to visit. So far we've added TROPIC, Equator (with bonus track), OYC25, The Euphoria of Disobedience (with bonus track), Peyote (with bonus track) and Into Dark Water (with two bonus tracks). All bonus tracks are available to buy individually. For those of you who don't know, Bandcamp is the musician's friend, giving a far higher percentage of each purchase to the artist than other digi sales platforms. What's not to like?
NEW OYC LP out now
Entitled TROPIC, it's our first release since 2011's Ambiguism boxed set and is available on limited edition CD and super-cool clear vinyl, as well as digital. TROPIC is a radical reworking of OYC archive material from the mid/late 1990s and appears on the auf abwegen label run by our pal Till Kniola based in Cologne, Germany. Buy CD and vinyl versions from aufabwegen, Soleilmoon (US buyers) or Phonica (UK buyers). Buy digital version via our Bandcamp page.
OYC track appears on compilation album Miracle Steps
Optimo Music have released a new collection of ambient, experimental and new age music titled Miracle Steps – Music From The Fourth World (1983-2017) on lovely vinyl with a lovely sleeve. It features classic OYC track Cloud Cover, alongside tracks by the likes of Jon Hassell, Jorge Reyes and David Cunningham. Find out more here
Close to the Noise Floor compilation now released
We're delighted to say that Cherry Red Record's four disc box set compilation of early 80's elecrtonica is now out. Featuring not one but two OYC tracks, it's packed with good stuff from all your favourite weirdos plus tracks from the likes of Blancmange, The Human League, OMD and Throbbing Gristle. Get it here while it's hot.