Stenhousemuir record label De-Fence selects 10 of Scotland’s best

The handmade '10X10' box set released by Stenhousemuir-based record label De-Fence
The handmade '10X10' box set released by Stenhousemuir-based record label De-Fence

A tiny independent record label based in Stenhousemuir has released a remarkable compilation that celebrates some of Scotland’s finest musical talent.

De-Fence Records has unveiled ‘Ministry of De-Fence’, a lovingly-crafted ‘10X10’ box set containing 10 individual 10” records from a variety of artists, including local heroes Malcolm Middleton and Viva Stereo.

But what makes this box set different is that each one is handmade by label boss Gavin Brown, with help from Edinburgh-based artist Sharon Kirby. De-Fence, which specialises in electronic music, was established eight years ago to provide an alternative platform for The Fence Collective, a well-known grouping of mainly Fife-based folk musicians.

“The output of De-Fence is mainly electronic but also explores other music styles,” explained Brown (37).

“Some of the artists featured on the 10X10 set have strong ties with Falkirk, including Iona Marshall, Malcolm Middleton, Deltason, OnTheFly, Volg4, and Viva Stereo.

“I’m releasing the 10X10 collection as a full set of 10” vinyl EPs housed in a hand-crafted wooden, silk-screen printed box set.

“The box set release celebrates the end of the 10X10 with the release of our brand new EP, 10X10:10 featuring artists from as far afield as Laurieston, London, Tokyo, Anstruther, New York, and Camelon.

“Music from the new EP was recently featured on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show.”

Malcolm Middleton needs no introduction to music fans, thanks to his time as one half of the internationally acclaimed alt-folk duo Arab Strap, before forging a respected solo career.

Other De-Fence regulars featured in the box set include electro-rock veterans Viva Stereo, whose incendiary live shows recall Primal Scream at their ‘XTRMNTR’ peak and have won them fans across the UK.

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