File this news from UR headquarters in Detroit under 'mixed', then...
Some good and bad news from Detroit techno titans Underground Resistance today. They've announced that, for the foreseeable future, they won't be putting out any more vinyl: that's the bad news. The good news is that they're making their back catalogue (and that of sub-label Red Planet) available for purchase digitally, via a soon-come store on Bandcamp.
UR main man 'Mad' Mike Banks made the announcement via a post on the Facebook page Somewhere In Detroit. In the post, which you can read in full here, he explained that UR's distributor Submerge has been struggling of late to fulfil orders. That's partly because his sister Bridgette, who runs Submerge, was taken ill at the start of December and is yet to get back on her feet, but it's largely (and somewhat ironically) because of the much-heralded 'vinyl revival'.
With major labels placing large bulk orders for repressings of classic albums, Banks says, it's been getting harder and harder for smaller labels to get their records manufactured - a complaint that we've heard from many underground imprints. What's more, the resulting longer lead times mean labels have to wait longer to recoup the considerable upfront costs of getting the vinyl pressed. "Ultimately this reality makes it extremely difficult for real urban inner city labels here in Detroit," says Banks.
But as we said at the beginning, there's an upside. Underground Resistance member DJ Skurge is currently in the process of remastering the label's entire back catalogue, which will then be made available via an Underground Resistance/Red Planet download store on Bandcamp. This will the first time that much of the material has been officially available in digital form.
We'll bring you more details of the new store when we have them. In the meantime, we're sure all iDJ readers will want to join us in wishing Bridgette a full and speedy recovery.