About 1 year ago now a funny thing happened.Funny now, but not so funny then…
H.I.T.S. 001 had just been sent off for pressing and we were all really excited about getting the records back from L.A. When we got the call that the records had arrived in Aus, we excitedly rushed to the depot and carefully packed up our shipment and drove them home. When we opened the first box we were surprised to find that there was no artwork on the record, not single a drop of ink on the labels, or the sleeve. At this stage we thought that maybe they had sent us some extra records for promo? But as we continued to unpack our precious cargo we released that we had been sent an entire pressing of white labels. Hmmm, not so great when it is you're first release on a new label. So what to do?....
We quickly put our heads together and decided that the solution to the first problem was to screen print the sleeves with our intended artwork, cool, we finally found someone that could do this and were now left with the problem of the labels. To fix this, we designed some donut-shaped stickers, one for each side of the record, done! Ok, so the scenario now is that we have 500 empty screen printed sleeves, 500 records with no labels and 1000 little donut label stickers. So one by one, sitting on our couch in our lounge room filled with boxes, records, stickers and sleeves we hand labelled each side of every record and carefully put them inside their new sleeves. Yes, this did take a very long time….
To mark this triumph and to celebrate our first release we used the same silk screen that we used to print the record sleeves, to print some t-shirts. Given that all our money had gone to getting that artwork done, we could only afford to print a few t-shirts, which have since travelled across Australia and are now at home in the hits studio in Sydney. If you would like to take one home for your very own, 30 clams (+p&h) will get you one. Just send us an email using the H.I.T.S contact link with your choice of size and colour (as seen in the photo) and we will send you our payment details.
….1 month after we had solved our artwork crisis we got a phone call saying that our records had arrived (What!?). Low and behold another shipment of 500 records had shown up with the artwork on, but without sleeves!
Posted by H.I.T.S. at 9:51 PM
Our very first H.I.T.S. Mix was kindly put together by Dj Mari.cha (Greece). Check the track listing below (which speaks for itself) and tune out to the voodoo...
02. THEO PARRISH - Nefarious Stranger - UBIQUITY/SOUND SIGNATURE
03. KLAUS WEISS - Dirt Track - COSMIC DANCER
04. 40 THIEVES - Dark and Long - RONG MUSIC
05. JIMMY SPICER - The Bubble Bunch - MERCURY
06. LINDSTROM & CHRISTABELLE - Music [in my mind] / Dj Harvey rmx - FEEDELITY
07. TIM TOH - Two - PHILPOT
08. CODEK - Tim Toum - SONAR KOLLEKTIV
09. CAPTAIN SENSIBLE - Wot - THE DARK SIDE OF DISCO
10. JUJU & JORDASH - African Flower - SUBTERRANEAN EPISODES
11. MOODYMANN - Meanwhile - PEACEFROG
12. VENUS GANG - Space Woman - COSMIC DANCER
14. THEO PARRISH - Love Is War For Miles - SOUND SIGNATURE
15. JAZ - Leg Room - SIXTY FIVE
16. MAXESSA - Lamma Island, 5 am - BEAR ENTERTAINMENT
17. TOM TOM CLUB - Lorelei - THE DARK SIDE OF DISCO
Posted by H.I.T.S. at 3:58 AM
Produced and remixed by Fred Cherry and Canyons makes this record even more interesting. The B side remixes take the current disco/cosmic movement into a new, perfectly matched direction that seems completely natural, yet is so original.
The recording and production has a warm, garage-like glow that is rarely recreated so authentically today. From dance music producers, to acid rock heads, to your mum and dad; this record is one for people who really and truly love MUSIC.
Limited Vinyl - Original Tracks Only Available On Vinyl.
Posted by H.I.T.S. at 11:29 PM
There are definitely pluses to living in New York, but also there are minuses like not being able to have band practice in your dad's garage with your trebley Ibanez guitar starter set. We're not sure if New Zealand's Ladyhawke or Australia's Canyons ever really got the chance to move a lawnmower to set up a drum set, but after listening to this it sounds like they did. Think about it, is it really that hard to picture dudes plugging in their guitars and being confused about if they like disco, but going for it anyway? We can totally picture Canyons calling their mom from the kitchen to have her come in with some Tang and also to do some hand claps because it's what would really pull the song together.
And the track......
Download: Ladyhawke, "Dusk Till Dawn" (Canyons Garage Disco Mix)
Posted by H.I.T.S. at 4:55 PM
Welcome to the Hole in the Sky blog. After many, many months of the H.I.T.S. website seeing no activity at all it has finally been updated. And along the way we set up this blog to ensure things are kept up to date on the regular. So please visit again soon - hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised. There'll be mixes to download from our artists and friends, information regarding new releases and gigs, exclusive downloads and possibly even prizes (not sure what though). We will also post some snaps and other things of interest.
Posted by H.I.T.S. at 4:35 AM