Dear Concerned Employees will be released on 15. December 2018

At the end of the month October 2018 employees of the Duke Energy Building noticed a strange package. They were concerned about the content. It could be a dangerous packet. They called the police.

Read about it here

I sent a request to the artists that already contributed to the Kylie tapes:

My idea is to release a one copy only tape with your contributions.
(say 5 minutes max.)
You are free to send in what ever you like.
The idea, for me, is to comfort the concerned employees,
and give some insight in our approach to the medium ‘cassette.’
 
You can consider the tape that I will send as a tape in an answering machine.
The employee hits play, and listens to the messages.
Your contribution can be spoken word or a copied fragment of a relax tape,
the muzak you hear when you are put on hold, or something of your own creation.
 
I will pack and send the copy to
Concerned Employees
Duke Energy building 
550 S Tryon St, Charlotte, 
NC 28202, 
USA
I sent this copy

But the tracks that the artists contributed were too good to keep them for a one-copy-release.
Dear Concerned Employees is a c46, scheduled to be released on December 15, 2018.
You can preorder it now.
Tracks by Taco Bong, Kylie Minogue, KK, St_St, Sean Jason, Mrs. Mangle, El Tonto Bing Bang, The New Plastic People, Kim Wild 93
Pre-order it at the staaltape shop.
If you get your copy from Bandcamp, you will receive two digital-only bonus tracks

 

Take Care while ordering, buy the Cassette, not the digital album.
Bandcamp says: *The European Union requires us to charge Value Added Tax (VAT) on digital goods sold to buyers located within the EU. We collected and will remit an additional €2.40 for this sale, which represents the buyer’s local VAT rate (20% for United Kingdom).




 

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The Kylie Golden Remixtape: Press Release

Kylie Minogue released her new album Golden also on audio cassette. She announced the cassette release in a video. Kylie inserts the cassette into her Walkman, presses play, waits and gets excited.

What happens next is that the Kylie Minogue management approaches or doesn’t approach staaltape. They ask, or don’t ask to make a remixtape.

Staaltape is Staalplaat’s cassette label. Staalplaat, active since 1981, is a well-established name among the practitioners and fans of a non-established genre. Electronic beats listed staaltape as one of the ten cassette labels, that keep the tape alive in Germany. Staaltape didn’t only help to keep the tape alive worldwide. Hundreds and hundreds of small labels around the globe helped the cassette tape to a renaissance.

The Kylie management wanted to pay respect to the underground cassette movement. They did or did not ask staaltape to take care of a remix of Kylie’s album Golden. Staaltape proposed a remix of the sounds on the video. The management did or did not agree, on the condition that they would choose half of the musicians. The artist’s names had to remain unknown.

Staaltape agreed.

This means that Jack White did or did not give a track to Volume one. It means that Daft Punk did or did not make a track for Volume two. It also means that artists that you have never heard of did or did not make a remix for the two volumes.

Once you have listened to the remixes you will acknowledge that this all doesn’t really matter.

And the tape looks good too.

The Kylie Golden Remixtape was entirely produced at home, with postcards, Plovdiv the typewriter, a pack of sky-blue writing paper, spray paint, scissors, glue and silk paper, and of course a Yamaha 4track recorder and a Marantz CP430.

Early shoppers can fill their cart here