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
I Bring You The Future!
Bonus points if you read the title of this blog and added (the future, the future!) in your head. 3rd Party for the win. And no, I havent signed 3rd Party lol.
This blog is about upcoming releases, the when and the how. And also the why, because I know you all love a long winded explanation haha!
So...yeah...ok, a lot of things have happened recently to make a right mess of any type of scheduling I had for upcoming releases. And thats a bit of a problem, because you may or may not have noticed this but...we have a few releases coming out lol. The sheer amount and variety makes release management a challenge at the best of times, even when its just standard 12" release. But what we have coming up? It is not standard. And this is not the best of times, what with the issues at the pressing plants. Even putting that aside, the sheer numbers make things difficult, and then there is every style from 1990 old skool rave, to underground jungle classics, to new material from legendary artists, to modern hardcore, to Empyreals forthcoming gabber EP on Malice. Oh, and releases from our...View Full Post
Please Answer My Question and Baraka Pre Sale updates!
I hope this blog finds you well this fine summers day? I am too hot, as is my standard position for the entire summer months, but other than that, I am great :)
So lets dive right in. I am going to assume most of you read the previous blog about the mess of the press? If not, you can find it by, you know, looking on this very page haha. Anyway, fairly shortly after I wrote that, we got hit with our first major delay, and it is unfortunately on these two titles:
KBOGR46T - Baraka - Nutty Bass / I'll Be There
KBN09 - Phat & Phuturistic - Part 1 / Part 2
These two titles are of course part of the Old Skool Jungle Bundle. We have already received one of the others - KLEG06 - Q Project - Champion Sound, and we are told KBN07 has been pressed and is on its way to us. So we have already sent out ALL the orders that we could, the ones which ordered KLEG06 but not others. And we will do the same with any orders for just KBN07. But the vast majority of the orders...View Full Post
The Mess Of The Record Press - Please Read
A slight departure from my usual blogging, in that I want to talk to you about the current (and general) state of the vinyl pressing industry.
Thanks for reading! See you next week!
Haha, I kid...well...sort of...But there are significant changes (problems) going on and it is an industrywide issue. So I am writing this so that you know what is going on when it comes to pressing records and how it affects Kniteforce, but also our dear friends at Liftin' and Blue Badger and Time Tunnel and MPS and Cantina and, well, everyone.
In a nutshell - demand for vinyl massively outstrips the availability within the pressing plants, and it has come to a fairly alarming head in recent weeks. A little history:
Vinyl is an OLD medium. We are talking everyone wearing a hat in a sepia toned world where leeches were used as medicine old. The actual making of a record is a long drawn out multistep process that has changed very little from its inception, but involves cutting the music into an acetate, “growing” the A/B side stampers in vats of chemicals, heating up plastic with a huge boiler then splatting...View Full Post
Whats coming, whats exciting and whats new.
The answer is Nookie. So now you know. And the answer to the next question is yes, box sets, and yes, all of it. And yes, Daddy Armshouse too. Brilliant eh?
Now thats the way to start a blog! Boom, straight in with the news, and then dont follow up with any more information for ages, or answer any questions! Wheeee....
Unfortunately there really isnt a good way to follow on after that. It kinda blows everything out of the water, so I am gonna do a sort of "hit points" blog to bring you all up to date!
1. As of writing, we are down to the last few Hecticly Hectic Bundles. Which is amazing because we DOUBLED the number of bundles, and still, pretty much sold out in a week. Big thank you to everyone who supported, you are all awesome. And yes, Hect06, 07, 08, 11 and 11R are coming soon!
2. We are about to get the test presses on KF176 - which is the "free" bonus Trip To The Moon Dubplate Mixes vinyl. Once the tp is confirmed as good, I will put in an order for that and we will work out...View Full Post
What we are doing now and soon...
Hi Everyone and Keith,
I hope you all had a smashing weekend full of wonder and joy and small pieces of plastic with one slightly jagged edge suggesting that it was broken from something, but not giving you any hint of what it is, or whether it is important or not so you arent sure if something is about to be really broken or not.
Anyway, this week Lee is busy packing all the Breed31 and KF142 orders and Boxing Day bundles and getting them out of the door. Meanwhile, yours truly is packing the new Out of Romford, Coco Bryce and Influential releases.
Yes, Kniteforce has reached the stage where we now have THREE different areas of packing, the good one (Lee) the other good one (John, who does all the merchanside) and the "this is bound to go wrong" one, me! Huzzah!
Still, look on the bright side....errr....hmm.
Anyway, so here is what is out now:
And here is what will be out next...
And then after that we are probably gonna do this, but by then it might have changed cos all is chaos!
And thats all I...View Full Post
BREED31 and KF142 Update, and other things...
Right, we finally have sent out all of the Acen Box Sets. With a few small issues, that went fairly smoothly. We are very relieved to have that done, and are moving on to the next problems haha!
So lets talk about Breed 31 and KF142.
The latest news is we have been told by the delivery company that they were delivered on the 5th of March. Which, if they were, it wasnt here, so I am calling bullshit. We have demanded a proof of delivery, but are getting silence from the delivery company. So I finally lost my rag and said to the pressing plant that the courier has obviously lost them, and it is time for the pressing plant to repress.
At this point I do not know if they will be found and will appear next week, or if we will need to wait for a repress. If they do repress, it will be swift, hopefull 3-4 weeks, but it is still too long.
So here is what we are going to do:
IF YOU ORDERED OTHER RECORDS with BREED31 and KF142:
We will be packing and sending those orders next...View Full Post
And we are finally back on track...mostly...
Right, so updates on things!
The Box Set is being packed and sent out. We have already done the 5 x Vinyl sets. We did these first because while we got the full delivery of those, we did not get KF140, the 6th vinyl. That arrived a few days ago, and we are now packing as fast as we can. We will work over the Easter weekend and with any luck, we will get the vast majority, if not ALL of the box sets, on their way by next week.
I dont like to swear on my blog too much, words are powerful and should be used sparingly, but might I just say a healthy "thank FUCK for that". I love the support from you all, I will be eternally grateful for the patience you have shown and the amazing success of the release, and I am certain Acen feels the same way. But god damn I will be pleased to see the back of it lol. That many orders hanging about in the store, and the endless frustration for everyone? Not fun. One of my proudest moments in this industry is getting to put this record out...but...View Full Post