UK Indie Electro Pioneer Whitey Drops New Album On Bandcamp

20 May 2012 | 9:49 pm | Staff Writer

UK Electrorocker Whitey returns to music with a self-financed album only available on his bandcamp page.

British electro rocker Whitey has given up trying to score a record deal and released his new album Lost Summer himself, through Bandcamp.

The outspoken musician has jumped from boutique labels to self-financing releases over the past decade. After his last totally independent album was issued online, Whitey had indicated that he was in the market for another label deal.

However over the weekend Whitey suddenly dropped the brand new album Lost Summer through his Bandcamp account.

In the early '00s Whitey was considered a white-hot act when his 2004 The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train album pre-empted the indie dance crossover landslide.

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But with demand building for Whitey, as his tracks popped up on numerous must-have mixtapes, his 2007 Great Shakes album was leaked across the internet prior to release.

Expected to be his 'breakthrough' set, Great Shakes was withdrawn from the market by Whitey and he parted company with his label.

Since then Whitey has released EPs on a small labels, licensed tracks to TV shows (The Sopranos, Entourage) and games (Grand Theft Auto 4), threatened another album (2008's Stay On The Outside never materialised) and garnered a reputation for being anti-corporate music industry (read: grumpy).

In a similar fashion to the release of Lost Summer, in 2010 the Canned Laughter album was made available by Whitey independently online and a second volume was promised. 

In the past few months Whitey had quietly made versions of his missing albums available: Canned Laughter (Extended Edition) in April and Great Shakes Vol 2 in March.

Whitey had previously blogged about embracing the changing face of the music industry: "Musicians are now returning from a dream, back to the real life that countless endless musicians lived over and over throughout history. Before this brief 'silly money' period of the last 60 years, musicians... like circus folk, had to go out and perform to survive. And if others wanted to hear it - they went to see it."

Whitey rarely performs live.