Comprising a comprehensive career-spanning documentary, a complete performance from London's Bush Hall in 2008 and numerous extras (including newly commissioned and archive video footage), Mixtaped provides a fascinating insight into one of British music's most enduring and idealistic bands.
Since releasing its first single in 1990, No-Man has produced a unique body of work that has developed beyond the band's proto trip-hop/ ambient origins into something beyond easy categorisation.
After receiving ecstatic press reviews, indie top 20 hits and high profile contracts (with One Little Indian and Sony) in the early 1990s, the band has continued to redefine itself and its music.
No-Man has most recently released material through celebrated post-progressive label Kscope and built up a loyal worldwide following drawn to the band's increasingly ambitious and intimate sound.
Drawing from a diverse mix of classical minimalist, singer-songwriter, pop, electronica and progressive and post rock sources for inspiration, No-Man's music is a seductive fusion of lush soundscapes, poignant lyricism and sonic surprises.
Directed by award-winning journalist Richard Smith, Returning is an 85 minute career-spanning documentary including previously unseen footage, photos and images, as well as in-depth interviews with members of No-Man past and present (including Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson, Ben Coleman and Chris Maitland).
In 1991, the band were described as 'conceivably the most important band since The Smiths' (Jon Wilde, Melody Maker). Almost 20 years later they've been hailed as, 'Britain's most underrated sorrowful sonic architects' (Chris Roberts, Uncut).
Returning reveals for the first time the band's full history from their experimental music roots in a teenager's bedroom to a failed career in mainstream Pop; from near obscurity to increasing cult success.
Above all, Returning is an account of two musicians who've stuck to their beliefs in the transformative power of popular music, and the music industry's sometimes tense relationships with art, commerce and its audience.
Mixtaped contains No-Man's complete 2008 Bush Hall performance with 5.1 and stereo options.
Extras on the DVDs include photos from all three of No-Man's first live concerts in 15 years, an exclusive soundtrack of the song Housekeeping (recorded live in Dusseldorf), complete videos for several No-Man songs spanning 1990-2009, a no-man chronology, and deleted scenes.
No-Man's complete Bush Hall live performance with 5.1 and stereo options (90 mins).
Live photo gallery - Including photos from all three of No-Man's first live concerts in 15 years, with an exclusive soundtrack of the song Housekeeping (recorded live in Dusseldorf).
DVD Disc Two:
Returning - An 85 minute career-spanning documentary including previously unseen footage, photos and images, and in-depth interviews with every member of No-Man past and present (including Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson, Ben Coleman and Chris Maitland).
Extras - Complete videos for several No-Man songs spanning 1990-2009. Deleted scenes.