Total Wkts: Running Tracks: Signed Exclusive Frosted Glass Vinyl

Running Tracks: Signed Exclusive Frosted Glass Vinyl

Total Wkts, JOHN

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  • Release Date 11 September 2020
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Vinyl LP
Pets Care Records

The debut solo album from John Newton, better known as Drum John from Crystal Palace two-piece JOHN. Lockdown compositions and collages starting from post-punk but with space to breathe, and bird song trapped between tracks.

For fans of: JOHN, IDLES, Pigs x7

Original release: 11 June 2020

Format: Signed + numbered Frosted Glass Vinyl LP - exclusive edition of 200 copies

Limited Edition of 300 copies worldwide pressed on Frosted Clear Vinyl LP. The first 200 will have the album sleeve signed and numbered. Includes an art print designed by Newton and printed on Neon Orange paper.

Made in the gap between March and May 2020, John Newton (vocalist/drummer of London based two-piece JOHN) presents Running Tracks under the guise Total Wkts. An album embracing the limitations and possibilities of a spell away from his usual surroundings in South London.

Having moved back into his childhood town in the rural South West of England, the tracks are treated as playful collages, incorporating various sampled sounds in each composition: bird noises become stuck in the programming of drum tracks, inhalation between spoken lines is left to remain. The incidental is encouraged throughout the entire project, opener HP Envy taking its name from the household printer that sets its rhythm, offering overlaid lyrics that repurpose the words of a spam email received during its production. Tracks Animal Dream and Miniature Police follow the same vein, the songs built from the verbal retellings of dreams. The name Total Wkts becomes an emblem of his approach. The two words taken from a sign seen on his daily run through the rural landscape, with most of the tracks also written and arranged whilst on this repetitive circuit.

Following online correspondence regarding an unrelated and unrealised project in March 2020, HP Envy was sent to Graeme Sinclair of label Outré Disque. He premiered the track whilst guesting on James Endeacott's Soho Radio show on the 19th May 2020. Newton felt that it was important for the music to be released in the same spirit of its making, choosing to release the full collection of songs shortly after on June 11th (also his birthday).

1 HP Envy  
2 Poached Bombers  
3 Animal Dream  
4 Devon Loch'd  
5 Miniature Police  
6 Car Dream  
7 Closet Draft  
8 Stealing Lead