→ Sleeperhold is a publication platform.
Sleeperhold will produce 10 outputs.
After #10 it will cease to exist.
Every number is an experiment
in approach / collaboration / distribution / media.
There is no recurring theme, there is no recurring
format, there is no recurring audience.

Shipping statement: UPDATE - all the records have been posted from Germany beginning of this year and are heading your way. We're facing soldout-ness on HTRK and Croatian Amor. Thank you for this and happy 2015.

#1 is a photobook.

→ Sleeperhold #1 is a Two-part photobook called ‘Dark Room’ by Frederik Bruylant. The first hardcover part of the work consists of a series of polaroid pictures. The second poster edition contains a series of pictures taken with a Holga camera. The dimensions are: 18 x 24,5 cm hardcover book + 27 x 37 cm softcover posterfolds.


— 25 euro (SALE) + shipping
— normal price: 35 euro + shipping


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#2 is a poster set.

→ Sleeperhold #2 is a cardboard triangular tube containing 6 one-color silkscreened posters. 33 copies were created, with the artworks from:

Bree Apperley (New York, USA)
Petra Cortright (California, USA)
Henridraws (Paris, France)
Andreas Meinich and Rene Josdal (Oslo, Norway)
Massimiliano Bomba (Rome, Italy)
Justin Morin (Paris, France)

The posters are printed on 170 gr multidesign original whiter paper and measure 51 x 72 cm. Each poster is stamped and hand number.



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#3 is a deck of cards.

→ Sleeperhold #3 is a standard 52-card deck featuring contributions by 14 people. Each artist was giving one index number and the accompanying 4 blank cards and filled it in as they saw fit. This is the list of participants:

– the Aces: Dennis Tyfus (Antwerp, Belgium)
– the 2’s: Eric Yahnker (Los Angeles, USA)
– the 3’s: Andrew Laumann (Baltimore, USA)
– the 4’s: Daniel Eatock (London, United Kingdom)
– the 5’s: Tessa Deceuninck (Ghent, Belgium)
– the 6’s: Haw-lin / Cabinet Of Natural Curiosity (Berlin, Germany)
– the 7’s: Joshua Petherick (Melbourne, Australia)
– the 8’s: Tara Kelton (New York, USA)
– the 9’s: Arnaud Loumeau (Toulouse, France)
– the 10’s: Grant Willing (New York, USA)
– the Jacks: Bree Apperley (New York, USA)
– the Queens: Åbäke (London, UK)
– the Kings: Henridraws (Paris, France)
– the Jokers: Ryan Gander & Europa (London, United Kingdom)


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— normal price: 20 euro + shipping


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#4 are short stories.

→ Sleeperhold #4 is a paperback book which functions as a collection of 14 short stories. The work of the artists shown in this publications can be perceived as one continuous storyline, but every chapter can easily stand on it’s own. This publications is loosely based on a collection of short stories of science fiction writer J.G. Ballard: “War Fever”.

Contributions by Beni Bischof, Jason Fulford, Dr Phillip Cribb, Pelican Avenue, Roma Publications, Karen Vermeren, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen, We Have Photoshop, Hiromi Nakajima, B.H. Friedman, Ferdinand Kriwet, Ward Heirwegh, Lieven Lahaye, Sara Deraedt, Aurélien Arbet / Jérémie Egry / Nicolas Poillot (Etudes Studio), J.G. Ballard, David Horvitz & Peter Sutherland.

A text functioning as an interlude was written by Serge Delbruyère and Dirk Van Bastelaere.


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— normal price: 25 euro + shipping

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#5 is 10 vinyl records.

→ Sleeperhold #5 is a series of 10 vinyl records. Every A-side contains music exclusively written and recorded for SHP and Every B-side contains an artist etching. Each vinyl is printed in limited quantity on 180gr black vinyl. These are the releases so far:

– A New House in a New Town

Chicago’s Disappears are Brian Case (also of the Ponys and 90 Day Men), Jonathan van Herik, Damon Carruesco and Noah Leger. Their latest album “Pre-Language”, released on Kranky records, features Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on the drums. Disappears’ druggy, rythmic rock music has often been compared to Neu!, Spacemen 3 or Jesus and Mary Chain at their noisiest.

This “A New House in a New Town” features the demo versions of 2 new songs and a rework of “Love Drug”, from their acclaimed last album “Pre-Language”, recorded in a single track at their rehearsal space The material could not be more unpolished and this rawness only adds to the magic of the songs. The blown-open sound and potential of these versions is enormous. Brian’s barked, deadpan vocals remind of The Fall’s Mark E. Smith, while the music shivers on. The drumming on this release is taken care of by a drumcomputer, adding a dry rhythm to underline the repetitive nature of the 3 songs. Disappears’ haunting basslines, monotone singing and shivering guitar sound are just enough to convey the mood of 21th century suburbia, with its nihilism and loneliness, the perfect soundtrack for hazy nights. In a unique blend of krautrock, minimalism and garage the group evocates desolation, despair and catharsis. This record seems to build up to an explosion that never seems to arrive. Their smoggy, narcotic sound makes everything come to a stop and builds up in a dynamic thrust, only to stop again. This is truly a thrilling release. Disappears’ interplay between tention and release is seamless and compelling.

The etched artwork on the b-side of this vinyl was done by Belgian photographer Stine Sampers. The diptych she created, captures the mood of the music so perfectly one could see it as the 4th song of the album. Samper’s pictures seem to dissect the beauty of the empty, simple moments within the human lifespan. Her pictures capture the hidden self of her subject. It seems as if the spectator is allowed to gaze into a world that’s completely indifferent to his/her presence. Her work is highly personal, helping her cope with love, loss and regret.

But Sampers doesn’t just register. By taking a picture Sampers builds a visual narrative around the subject, similar to a diary entry. They often speak of despair or desillusion, as often as they evoke happiness. There is no in-between in Samper’s work.

— price: 15 euro + shipping


Moon Duo
– High Over Blue

Moon Duo was formed by Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Sanae Yamada in San Francisco in 2009. Inspired initially by free jazz duos, such as John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Moon Duo counts such variant groups as Silver Apples, Royal Trux, Moolah, Suicide, and Cluster as touchstones. Utilizing primarily guitar, keyboards, and vocals, the Duo plays space against form to create a primeval sound experience. For SHP they recorded a mesmerising, 21 minute long, track. The layout and etching on the back was done by Ward Heirwegh.


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Tropic of Cancer
– I Feel Nothing

Tropic of Cancer is the solo project of LA-based Camella Lobo; Taylor Burch of Dva Damas joins her for live performances, and Juan Mendez (aka Silent Servant) had a hand in the first three Tropic of Cancer records, The Dull Age / Victims, Be Brave and The Sorrow Of Two Blooms. The band’s romantic yet sparse, curiously numbed-out sound yolks together elements of goth, shoegaze, Martin Hannett-produced post-punk and even Angelo Badalamenti’s music for Twin Peaks, and has earned them a sizable cult following. Blending bleak minimal electronics and gorgeously mournful vocals and the spirit of post-punk and industrial underpinnings, Tropic Of Cancer have stoked their slow burning reputation into the makings of what is being referred to as a ‘modern classic’.

Listen to a sample here.

The B-side of the vinyl contains an original, detailed etching of a piece by amazing Portland-based photographer & filmmaker, Miranda Lehman, who also provided the artwork for the front and back sleeve. Miranda takes photographs that are like dreams – stunning and mysterious. For this release she provided 2 haunting images, of which one was etched on one of the side of the vinyl record.

— 20 euro + shipping (Down to our last copies)


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Croatian Amor
– Caviar Glowing

Caviar Glowing is the most realised face of Croatian Amor so far. Over the three pieces that make up the recording a broad spectrum of the projects previous methods are present, but they manage to go further than they have done prior.

Field recordings, voice samples, synthetic melodies and electronic drum rythms blend and bleed in and out of each other. Caviar Glowing is a club record. But rather than being a record to play at a club it is a record trying to portray what it sounds like being there, when night turns back into day under puncturing dance floor beats and in the toilet stalls where you can trade anything you have or is. Where you feel more than you ever did before and know less, the place where ecstasy and paranoia becomes two aspects of the same core emotion, the inescapeable fever of knowing that no matter how hard you dance or how much you take, no one in the room will be as beautiful tomorrow as they are at that point and with every beat morning is getting closer. Caviar Glowing is a record about being in a place, knowing that you are supposed to be somewhere else.

Maurice Scheltens (1972) & Liesbeth Abbenes (1970) provided Caviar Glowing with the b-side etching and cover visual. The duo’s technical refinement and attention to detail, coupled with precise compositional clarity, allows them to create beautiful tableaus with a unique, graphic quality. Objects are meticulously arranged  into configurations. Flat becomes spacial and vice versa. The context of every element gets questioned and becomes part of an landscape of utopian compositions. Scheltens & Abbenes have quite an impressive resumée, with clients including Yves Saint Laurent, Vitra, Hermès, COS, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and magazines such as Fantastic Man, Wallpaper, Pin-Up, and The New York Times style magazine.

For this record they present a tableau of empty glasses, resonating perfectly with the story Croatian Amor is whispering in our ears.

Posh Isolation

Scheltens & Abbenes

— 18 euro + shipping


– Body Lotion

Body Lotion is a collaboration between Belgium’s Sleeperhold Publications, Australian duo HTRK and London-based artist David Ferrando Giraut. The three tracks on the record-“Sugar,” “Punch” and the title track, “Body Lotion”-date back to the sessions that led to the band’s 2011 album, Work (Work Work). For any HTRK fan, the opportunity to hear three unheard Work (Work Work)-era tracks is reason for both celebration and reflection. Two of the songs feature the unmistakable basslines of Sean Stewart, who died in 2010, before Work (Work Work) was released.

Both “Sugar” and “Punch” were recorded live in HTRK’s London rehearsal room, the then trio of Jonnine Standish, Nigel Yang and Sean Stewart. On “Sugar,” Jonnine’s voice smolders through smeared drums and Sean’s bassline. “Punch” is spare and confessionary; “Body Lotion” is suggestive, winking and bruised, a trademark HTRK hook submerged beneath the murk. All three tracks mutated from the recording sessions that ultimately led to Work (Work Work) track “Slo Glo.” While they all stand as striking individual songs, they share subtle elements in common-a lyrical idea here, some guitar parts there.

David Ferrando Giraut’s distinctive artwork adorns Body Lotion‘s sleeve and one side of the wax. (All three tracks feature on the record’s A-side.) The Spanish artist has a deep and intimate connection to HTRK-he was living with Nigel in London at a time when Sean would visit to sketch out songs in Nigel’s tiny room. They’ve collaborated before, too: Jonnine has narrated and appeared in some of his films, while Nigel has provided the music. Giraut’s previous installations have often carried a musical lean-he’s used LP covers and turntables in the past-and he’s found a rich stream of creative inspiration in music’s ability to create meaning and change in memory and behaviour.

This year has seen HTRK return with Psychic 9-5 Club, a bold and triumphant album, one that marked the beginning of a new era for Nigel and Jonnine. Body Lotion presents a beautiful, bittersweet glimpse into the recent past.

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