Demdike Stare podcast: a mix from the magickal masters of dubtronica

For months, I've been tripping out to the dubby, samply, dark ambient music of Demdike Stare, a collaboration between the UK's Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Whittaker is a producer affiliated with Modern Love records while Canty is essentially a professional crate digger, seeking out weird horror soundtracks, Kollywood rarities, avant-garde curiosities, and other obscure vinyl for reissue by Finders Keepers records. Demdike Stare, the pair's own musical collaboration, was named for one of England's most notorious Pendle Witches of the 17th century. They released three EPs on Modern Love in 2010 that in vinyl form are already collector's items. Fortunately, all three releases plus additional material have been combined into the lavishly-packaged Tryptych CD. Also available (if you can find a copy) is Bookmat's limited edition 3 LP reissue of the vinyl albums. It's a gorgeous set and I hope to nab one sometime soon. Clearly, I'm really enchanted by Demdike Stare. That's why I was thrilled to see that they created an online mix for XLR8R's podcast series. The tracklist reveals the deep eclecticism of their own musical taste.

Demdike Stare mix at XLR8R


  1. Ever find something that you didn’t even know you had been searching for? That’s what this music is for me. Thanks.

    And I’m jealous of the big pile of runes the Bond Girl has in the picture on the right.

    1. That’s a great comment, Rich. I felt the same way when I first heard it! And it was the cover that drew me in!

  2. Have been loving these records! As well as “Tryptych” from last year Demdike Stare released another album the year before called “Symbiosis” which I can also recommend very highly!

    Modern Love is probably my favorite UK label by a line, so many good releases!

    For more moodiness in a similar vein check the label Blackest Ever Black which has been on an excellent streak since forming last year.

    Miles Whittaker has been involved in some excellent music over the years, his involvement means buy on sight for me:

    MLZ – Under which he released his dub techno stuff
    Pendle Coven – Moody techno project with Gary Howell
    Millie & Andrea – Dubstep (ish) project with Andy Stott

    Great to see this kind of music getting some attention on Boomkat!

    1. I should review my posts!

      Great to see this kind of music getting some attention on Boing Boing, not Boomkat, that is proper Freudian slip there as it is Boomkat where I buy most of my music these days!

    2. thanks for your recommendations, properdom! let me add another one: Anworth Kirk, a side project by DS with Andy Votel – beautiful stuff, in the similar vein.

  3. I once lived in a house near seattle with eight other roommates. Have of them were the core of the local college radio station.

    My roommate in the basement, a DJ, had a pair of technics set up through some crazy wiring to about 30 dumpster dived speakers hanging on the studs all around the basement.

    One day, the college radio station (KUPS) decided to ditch its collection of LPs. Something like 20,000 of them.

    Guess where they ended up?

    Yes, we spent the whole summer totally geeking out, scratching all sorts of ridiculous music together…James Brown with Skinny Puppy, Rachmaninoff with Cannibal Corpse, Sonny Rollins with ABBA, Drum&Bass with Frank Sinatra.

    Needless to say, it was waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy too much fun.

  4. Demdike Stare is colder than a witch’s tit but hotter than Satan’s grundle. Thanks for the link.

    1. OK, so I couldn’t help myself. Ran over to Aquarius Records in SF this afternoon and bought the 3LP set.

  5. Woah – I’m having a synchronicity moment with BoingBoing! Mate of mine sent me a link for a richie hawtin mix on xlr8r just yesterday. checking out the site i scavenged the previous podcasts and wet myself when i found this exact mix, and then doubly wet myself when i saw the tracklist and noticed the tracks from Irdial records listed in there, which i’m currently going through a phase of revisiting their back catalogue, and is also freely available on – good chunk of it anyway.

    For the Demdike Stare newbs, do check out the visual counterparts to the music on youtube/vimeo. They apply rapid fire montage techniques from old forgotten westerns, hammer horror, sci-fi to the pulse of the music to mesmerising effect. If you only check one video out check Hashashin Chant

    Also speaking of Irdial, a quick search shows it’s been a while since you caught up with what they’re up to these days; sounds like they’re brewing ideas up for a template to create a libertarian new world order by ignoring the state and not protesting! Sweet!!!

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