Drawn and Quartered is due out this June on the beatsmith's new label, BLKRTZ.
Scott Monteith, AKA Deadbeat, will launch a new label called BLKRTZ this June, with his next album scheduled as the first release.
Originally from Montreal, Monteith has built a strong reputation over the years for his minimal, dubby records and his performances at clubs and festivals around the world, not least Montreal's own Mutek Festival. Currently living in Berlin, he's released a string of 12-inches on labels like Cynosure, Wagon Repair, and the Berlin-based ~scape, whose recent closure was part of the inspiration behind BLKRTZ.
"When I received the news a few months ago that ~scape was officially closing its doors, I was incredibly sad to hear it," says Monteith. "Though I hadn't worked with them in a few years, I always saw ~scape as the natural home for a very important part of my work. Not necessarily the more listening side of things per se, but certainly the most unconcerned with genre or function, from a creative standpoint the most free I guess. Barbara [Preisinger] and Stefan [Betke, AKA Pole] worked very hard to promote a great deal of quite marginalized material over the years and did a lot to help me and many other artists out personally who otherwise would have had a much harder time of it. Though I'll be concentrating on my own work for the first few releases, it's my hope that BLKRTZ can serve a similarly honorable purpose in the years to come."
Though details on the tracklist are still forthcoming, Deadbeat's new album is called Drawn and Quartered and will come out June 20th through BLKRTZ. It will be preceded by a live performance at this year's Mutek festival, featuring visual accompaniment by the artist Lillevan.