Updates and reveals
I would like to thank everyone for the support on the House Crew Box Set. I know Pre Sales are a pain, but this is a prime example of why we need to do them - I had ordered a certain amount, and I have had to DOUBLE that order. It is nearly impossible to guess what I will need to order when it comes to box sets, but I can tell almost instantly what I will need once the response comes in for the first few days.
I order based on the initial sales, then I can make an educated guess on how many more will sell in the coming weeks and months, and then I add a little more to that so I have enough to cover everyone.
In this box sets case, we quickly reached the amount I had ordered, and have been able to up the order to cover current and expected sales. So a huge thanks to all of you. In this messy time of vinyl ordering, it saves me a huge headache and it assures you will get the music rather than have it sell out because I did not order enough!... View Full Post
Updates and THE HOUSE CREW! WHOOP!
How are you? I am knackered, thank you for asking lol....It has been a crazy few weeks…and I expect it will stay that way for another week or two, really. So lets jump right in with the most exciting thing ever...
The House Crew Box Set
This is finally ready to go live on Friday 3rd December, which, to the regular KF people, means 7pm on Thursday 2nd of December. This Box Set is genuinely amazing featuring a huge range of talent on remix duty, including Manix, Ratpack, Blame, Acen, Hyper-On Experience, Ant To Be and Liquid..., not to mention the first three new tunes from The House Crew in decades, and of course the origianl classic tunes, all lovingly remastered....I am so excited to finally be able to put this up for pre-sale.
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As mentioned previously, this pre-sale, like all pre-sales, is something I would rather have avoided. But remember the Acen Box Set? We ordered 500 of that, and at the time we were worried we would have loads left over. And we ended up needing 1500, all of which have sold. Actually, we could have done...
The Immediate Future....and a little bit after that too....
Right, lots to talk about so we will get straight to it. This blog is here to tell you about the current and upcoming things, and the why’s and how’s!
Firstly, we have the super exclusive Kniteforce Khristmas Hamper, as pictured:
This is limited to a little under 200 units, and will be available from Thursday 18th November - that is, this week!
It contains a 12” vinyl record that has never been repressed and that originally only came out on test press. Like all the items in the hamper, it is exclusive to the hamper - none of these things will be available in any other format or on their own at a later date. Likewise, there is a USB full of goodies, a brand new CD, a mug, a slipmat and a keyring, plus a calendar and an Xmas card from yours truly. I realise the Xmas card might put you off buying it, but it is, at least, amusing.
And we have a video for it, because why not…
A week after that is the Black Friday sale. We are doing that as a 48...View Full Post
KF176 Acen - Trip To The Moon (Dubplate Mixes) - the promised record to apologise for the delays....is very delayed...Update
This is a quick blog to explain the situation with the promised free record:
KF176 Acen - Trip To The Moon (Dubplate Mixes)
To recap (because oh my god this is ridiculously late)…Due to the Acen Box Set being delayed to many buyers way back at the beginning of the year, we told those late receiving customers they would get a free record.
We then cut and ordered the record.
And here we are, nearly 6 months later, without the record.
There is a special sort of irony in the fact that this record, to make up for the late box set, is so very much later than the box set was. It would be funny if it wasn’t so terrible. Sigh.
Now, it SHOULD have been here in July or August. It is one of maybe 10 records that we have in production that should have arrived in August. In fact, August should have seen releases from Fizby, Innercore, Dee Sub, DS1, Sub Foundation, Nutty Tax, Sandman, and New Decade as well as this record.
Since then, there have been the 8 or 9 records due in September, which include Ramos & Supreme, Dj...View Full Post
New releases and updates!
Wow, its been a while since I did a blog post. This makes sense though because it has been insane.
The last 3 weeks Lee and I have been flat out doing orders. Nearly 3000 have gone out.
At this point ALL Baraka orders, ALL NRG Box Set orders and ALL the orders we have that contain KF153 - Jonny L - Hurt You So original (but NOT the KF154 Remixes) have gone out.
We have not yet received KF154 Jonny L - Hurt You So (Remixes). We don’t know when that will arrive, despite asking. Frankly, the delays are so absurd that if we get it before Xmas I will be thrilled.
I know some of you have ordered that along with other records. So if we don’t have it in the next 4 weeks or so, we will probably go through all the orders and send out what we can. We will absorb the extra postage costs as a gift to all you loyal customers and because the wait is ridiculous.
Right, on to all the news! We have a ton of releases about to drop on Thursday 21st! First up we have two new vinyl...View Full Post
All The Vinyl Problems and Solutions
And welcome to the “depressing state of vinyl and what we are gonna do about it” blog.
I am making this post because I find I am answering the same questions repeatedly, so instead of doing that, I can link people to this post and all will be explained nicely!
In a nutshell: Records are delayed because there are not enough pressing plants in the world to meet the current demand for vinyl.
Vinyl has risen in popularity by an insane amount - I cannot offhand remember the figures, but it has been a steady rise in popularity for the last few four or five years, and then late 2020 into 2021 it rose by 400%, or something crazy.
Much of this has been driven by hipsters buying reissues of Fleetwood Mac or whatever hipsters buy. Vinyl is basically the “in” format for music, and has overtaken CD sales for the first time in decades.
The problem is, in the early 2000s, vinyl was deemed dead. Even in our own scene, very few labels still pressed vinyl, and that was the same worldwide for pretty much all the music industry. This meant that many of the record pressing plants...
Liquid - Lethal
Anyone who follows this blog regularly knows that I tend to get very excited and talk about all the things. And today we are talking about an album I have barely mentioned at all, even though it is seminal work by one of the leading artists in our scene, a legend in his own right, and all around thoroughly nice chap. I am of course talking about Liquid, and his brand new album “Lethal”.
Why Chris? Why haven’t you mentioned it until now, the day of the pre sale?
There are a few reasons, but the main ones are that I wanted this album to get your full attention,, and because Liquid and I have been working on how to put this out for a while. It has been a tough one to put together because unlike most of the releases on Kniteforce, this is both full on, proper old skool business release of the sort of quality you would expect from a master of his craft such as Liquid, but it is also more than that.
What do you mean Chris?
Ok, look. Some things are just a thing. Other things transcend the thing they...View Full Post
All the news and excitement!
Sorry for blog that is likely riddled with spelling mistakes and errors. I am writing it in a very short period of time while waiting on a phone call from Liquid about his forthcoming and stunning new album, and Jimmy J arriving in the studio.
I meant to write this on Monday. Its now Thursday. Time is not on my side recently.
So anyway, enough blah. Let me hit you with all the news!
First up, some updates.
Vinyl is still being idiotic. KBN09 - Phat & Phuturistic was pressed and sent 2 weeks ago. But its not here yet. Where is it? Yes. Meanwhile, KBOGR46T - Baraka is also STILL not here. I was told that despite being massively over burdened with orders, the pressing plant isn’t even at full capacity as they cannot get enough of the pic plastic to press the vinyl. We use MPO, one of the worlds largest pressing plants - so its not like some pokey little pressing plant. This situation? Its the new normal. Not only that, they ar enow having trouble sourcing materials for sleeves etc. In case you want to read more about all of this, here is a...
NRG, Dj Rap, Ray Keith and Baraka....
How are you today? The wife is outside in the sun, the kids are flopping about exhausted from swimming, and I am hiding in the shade writing this blog because its too hot for me! Anyway, a few small things to go through...First up, the Extended Six Vinyl NRG Music Maker Box Set is down to its last 75 copies, and I expect that to be gone either by the end of this week or the end of the month. Sales have slowed down a little bit as they do on these bigger items, but I would say if you are thinking about getting it, now is the time as we are defintiely not going to do extras on the Extended set. We spoke to the pressing plant and moved some things around, so that once these are gone we should have stock of the 5 Vinyl version...not many, but some :)
And look, a lovely review from our friends at Life Support...
In other exciting news (July is full of exciting news as it happens) we are assurend by...View Full Post
Coming Soon - The Pre Sale Section of the Site
I should have titled this "Pre Info Re Pre Site Update Re Pre Sales" but read somewhere that titles are important, and shouldnt be confusing. Anyway...before I get into the rest of it!
If you have bought:
KBOGR46T - Baraka - Nutty Bass / I'll Be There or
KBN09 - Phat & Phuturistic - Part 1 / Part 2
As part of the bundle or on their own, you can now download the digital files. We are still waiting for the vinyl, but as it is so delayed, I hope this will keep you going for a minute...:)
Now, onto the business of the day:
We have just configured a pre sale section on the Kniteforce Site, which is now live. This will function to solve a lot of problems at once. Before I get into whats coming when, I wanted to let you know about the changes and how this SHOULD improve things for us all.
The Pre Sale section will only have pre sale items in it. You WILL be able to buy pre sale and non presale items at the same time, but it will make the situation clearer - that is to...View Full Post