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  • Release Date 2014-08-29
  • Label Home Normal
  • Catalog HOMEN059
On the 21st of March 2014, we celebrated 5 years of Home Normal with a series of shows in Tokyo in December to the 21st itself at Cafe Oto, London. We also celebrated with a handful of small unique collaborative releases.

The first of these was the 'Prototypes' compilation which was a wonderful sample of a rather huge project the label has undertaken over the past ten years due for full 10-disc release in 2015. The compilation featured unique mixes by Ian Hawgood, Aki Sallas, and Sif Sandersen of work which has seen a group of collaborative artists send reels of music around the world in collaboration over a ten year period. The 'Prototypes' compilation also featured reworked pieces by Home Normal artists Christopher Hipgrave and Tsone.

The second collaborative release is 'Elements I-V' which we quietly released during some downtime in April, and is only now finally making its way more publically to the world. The 5 part compilation features friends old and new to the label, and was our way of saying a huge and heartfelt 'thank you' to everyone who has followed us all this time. To get so many amazing and talented friends involved in a project where we could work as quietly as we liked, as well as donating the proceeds to charity, was an enormous blessing.

It is with this element of quietude we wish to continue our work, in an industry that whilst losing its footing seems intent on merely shouting ever louder to gain attention. Hidden from sight, but present enough for those who search to stumble across, this is what Home Normal was always intended to be, and is where we always found our true calling.

So with over 60 artists from our past, present and future involved, this five disc compilation is being used to raise money for 5 different charities which are close to our hearts. All profits from the releases will be donated to the charities as follows:
Elements One

The Archway Foundation is a charity that was set-up by my father which aids those who suffer from loneliness through outreach, social events, and befriending.

Elements Two

The British Heart Foundation fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

Elements Three

ecoACTIVE is an innovative environmental education charity with a reputation for using hands-on, practical and fun approaches to explore complex issues of sustainability.

Elements Four

Habitat Japan is very close to our hearts as they help to build houses for people who lost their homes in Sendai and Fukushima. They also provide valuable support worldwide to those in most need.

Elements Five

Kalaweit is a wonderful charity my wife supports regularly. Its main objective is to save the gibbons of Indonesia and their habitat. In addition to this they also educate the local community about deforestation, as well as the dangers of increased use of palm oil leading to a rapid destruction of their habitat and continuing loss of biodiversity. Such education and protection is fundamental in one of the mot incredible (but poorly protected) countries in the world.

Thanks so much for all your support these past five years x


Elements V

  • Various Artists
  • Release Date 2014-08-29
  • Label Home Normal
  • Catalog HOMEN059