Vinyl Corner : Disco Inferno ‘Technicolour’

Vinyl Corner is a feature where we take a look at vinyl pressings of various albums and weigh them up to see just how good they sound, how well they’re pressed and what sort of packaging to expect – as well as giving a brief overview of the music itself. For this instalment of the series, we’re taking a look at the new One Little Indian vinyl pressing of Disco Inferno’s ‘Technicolour’.

The Music:

True originality can be a hard thing to muster up but ’90s experimental outfit Disco Inferno managed to do just that. Their third and final album, ‘Technicolour’, takes shape as a frenetic mishmash of distortion-laden post-punk, sonically uncompromising experimental rock and deeply textural noise music. It’s a densely layered record and it can be a lot to take in but there’s no denying that the group managed to forge a sound for themselves that was resolutely unique.

The Pressing:

The original 1996 release of ‘Technicolour’ was CD only, so this is the first time that the album has seen a lease of life on vinyl, meaning that there’s no other options out there to compare this pressing to. Fortunately, no such alternatives are needed as this is a great release and there’s very little to fault here. Pressed onto black wax, it’s a heavy, solid record that sits flat on the platter during playback and appears clean from new, with an attractive lustre free of handling marks or scuffs. Sound quality is excellent throughout; the album has something of a dirty, fuzzy sonic hallmark, so it’s never going to be an audiophile’s delight – but sound on this pressing is certainly striking. Playback quality itself is likewise impressive. The pressing is clean with practically silent run-in grooves that set the standard for a record that rings clear and true throughout, presenting the music in top form free of surface noise, distortion or pops and clicks. In all honesty, there’s not really anything we’d change about this pressing – it sounds very good indeed.

The Packaging:

Presentation seems to be largely the same as on the original CD issue here. The non-gatefold sleeve looks good and print quality is generally solid (similarly, the spine looks great with a vivid pop-art colour scheme) but it’s not an extravagantly packaged release. Still, presentation is more than respectable given the average price-point on this release, so no complaints there. It would have been a welcome inclusion had a download code been included but, seeing as most buying this will probably already have the album on CD, maybe that’s not so much of an issue. One big plus on the packaging front is the high-quality black polylined inner sleeve that the record comes in from new. Finding a release that provides such a good quality inner sleeve as standard is rarer than it should be, with most releases at a similar price simply opting for low quality paper inners – so big ups to One Little Indian for bucking the trend.

Final Thoughts:

This is a great release and one that will not disappoint anyone who’s been hoping for a vinyl pressing of the album for a while. Packaging and presentation is highly presentable and the pressing quality is even better.