The earnest and well-to-do Tree Cover crew in Harrisburg, PA sent through this gorgeous 7” from Caleb Cossick, aka Uwue, and it’s just ideal for springtime in the sunshine. His vocals are striking in their upfront, dry treatment…Mr. Cossick isn’t afraid to show off that falsetto with a lot of emotion, and “Silent Wave” is all the better for it. Relaxing, contemplative, and soothingly optimistic: Uwue knows how to write a great pop song.
Scoop the “It’s All Lore/Silent Wave” 7” (or if you prefer, cassette!) here, and support passionate musicians who live and breathe good tunes.
Archie Pelago's sultan of sax swings through with a grand little number for April Fool's Day, the Parks & Rec-sampling goodness of “Treat Yo Self”. Seriously, treat yourself today and give this Kroba edit a whirl, it will do some good for all you ugly ducklings out there.
Damn, those crazy Canadian cats up at King Deluxe keep elevating their game. This new video by Renata Gąsiorowska for Alphabets Heaven's plaintive and eerily funky “Birthday” is a masterpiece of hand-drawn animated weirdness…it would be right at home on Adult Swim.
The circadian percussion and hazily-hewn synths are straight out of a uneasy, but memorable dream, while the video expertly captures the creeping but never quite threatening vibe of the beat with aplomb. Too good.
This new album from Cleveland’s James Donadio, aka Prostitutes, burrows deep under the soil and away from the hype of all these purveyors of brash, noise-laden techno with a new LP for Digitalis, Crushed Interior.
Haunting and very affecting for such a quiet, contemplative album, you can almost hear the music scurrying away when you turn on the lights. The sonic arms race to louder and “heavier” levels has created a pissing match in this strange corner of electronic music, and it’s extremely refreshing and enticing to listen to a record produced by someone with their hearing still intact. The subtlety and nuance to each track’s arrangement, with slowly evolving counter-rhythms and stark, meditative melodies creeping out of the gloom, makes for an insular experience that rewards repeated listening sessions.
Whenever anyone talks about acid when describing dance music these days, it tends to revolve around house music and a billionth revival of the “acid house” scene. Which I really don’t know very much about, except that Lory D is a don.
For me, the acid sound and all those little Roland TR-303 burbles makes me think of IDM and Aphexian madness, with skittering drums and sharp left turns littered throughout the jam. DC-by-way-of-bonnie-Scotland madman Beatwife, also known briefly on Planet Mu as Burnkane, has been churning on some real speed demons in this acidic arena lately, but slows it down on “Dwistco” for some really gorgeous synth work and mind-f*cking dance structures.
By golly, there’s also a 4x4 beat in there too…maybe I know mroe than I think I do.
Probably the most menacing track Rustie has put out since that lecherous, scantily clad remix of Zomby’s "Spliff Dub" waaaaaay back when. You can really see how far the guy’s come though, with those opening chords, the melodic breakdown halfway through and a really triumphant finish to the jam.
But I mean, really…that drop at :55 is just plain evil, some monsters under the bed type of business.
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cuttooth - Newcastle-based producer with a variety of sounds under his belt - shared a new collaboration with Hitomi (best known for her work in King Midas Sound) that creaks along trip-hop genre borders, in the same fashion as Blue Daisy’s debut LP on Black Acre pushed t-h into noisier, shoegazerific territory. ‘Old Tape Machine’ feels damn close to a CocoRosie production, actually, and less Reset EP-era FlyLo; Hitomi nails a high-pitched, operatic vocal hook that slinks alongside Cut’s simple and effective beat. dude’s got an album out soon on 4Lux White and an EP on Plynt; Hitomi, I have no idea.
Pretty brutal stuff here, from Portuguese artist Drunk Robots on a new full-length called aftermath. Glitching, stuttering beats underpin caustic waves of synthesizer and crumbling guitar, creating a wall of dystopian-tinged sound that comes across like a Nine Inch Nails, sans the Reznor vox. Bleak but epic, if you ever had a love affair with NIN like we did, you’ll find something to dig here.
Hailing from wheresoever in the American Midwest, SD Laika is an odd sort. His first transmission for Visionist's Lost Codes imprint, Unknown Vectors, was a warped little journey through crystalline synths twinkling lovingly off the surface of serrated, grimey-as-fuck percussion and basslines. This tune is allegedly forthcoming on Glasgow’s shifty All Caps label, and showcases that hissingly gorgeous style of his in all its glory.
Close Kort and Styles Upon Styles confidant Devon Hansen, aka Lotide, crops up on a favorite label of ours with a hazy, lush long player called Moonless. Coming to cassette and digital on Astro:Dynamics on the first of April, the record sees jigsawing textures and atmospheres clasp together unsteadily into a variety of rhythms, often dropping out before you’ve quite got your head around them.
The video for “Monks”, by Camila Carrillo of Mutualist Collective, suits the flickering audio fragments of Lotide’s music very well, as through the crunch and the static we can discern gorgeous little flourishes of melody and image. It’s a technique that resonates throughout the album; keep an eye out for more soon…
Subtle nuances and excellent production mark this free release from Gabriel, with percs that pitter and patter across the stereo range, and a deft use of keys and bass that serves to highlight the artist’s greatest strength: that voice. Elastic and adaptable, the guy’s singing makes you forget the surrounding musical elements…until you realize how well they, too, are executed. Really great stuff, a superb release.
Creeping, off-kilter electronics from techno experimentalist and sound scientist Peter Van Hoesen, on this new track off of his recently released 2nd LP, Perceiver. The tune above sways uneasily through the fog, only gaining focus after the seemingly disparate melodic particles coalesce into a fluid, complex rhythm. This is modular music, constructed not on a screen but on two machines: the brain and the synth. Sit, eyes close, let your mind do the talking.
The gentleman did a full album mix, highly recommend you checker out below.
March 12th, 2013 finds Dutch wunderkind Torus in fine form, with a second emission for Sonic Router by way of a free EP of awesome material, The Yard Sale. ”Shallow Depth” deals in shifting emotions, layers, and surgical sound design to deliver a mutant of a track: think 2008-Flylo funneled through Houston hip-hop with Torus’s signature dose of musique concrete percussion. Slinky, defined, and sharp to a T…this new material from Torus and SR is hot shit. Scope the fullness down below.
Some really, reeeeeally dope grooves coming out of the Further Records camp yesterday, highlighted by this low-slung dub-techno workout by Chris Jones, aka Yard. The Portland producer weaves syncopated basslines, softly strobing synths, and a bulbous kick drum through washes of dilapdiating pads for an early morning roller that never quite lifts the haze.
Never really been into the nasally vocal stylings of Brooklyn R&B wunderkind Autre Ne Veut, but right from the start, his new LP for Oneohtrix's Software imprint is absolutely glorious. There’s many familiar, trendy elements that can be found in everything from trap to Grimes: 808 percussion, trancey arepeggios, and chortling synth choirs… so much so that it makes me a little queasy when dissecting the music.
Taken together, though…this is some weird, abnormal, and just plain epic pop music. Really, whatever your reservations, you should check out this album.
Another week. Another great mix to share with you. This weeks installment comes to us from Glacial23. Glacial23 is Cleveland based Sam Harmon who runs the Glacial Communications label.
Glacial23 will be performing a 2 hour live set at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art on March 15th 2013 for the opening of their Spring exhibitions. Accompanied by live video mixing by Jeremy Bible.
“A bunch of stuff I’ve been digging lately, as well as recent works from my glacial communications label and a few as-yet unreleased tracks.” -Sam
Tracklisting: 1. glacial23 - Let Go (Huerco S. mix) - from Ethanoic: Acetic Remixes (glacial communications GLAC-25e) 2. Terekke - Asdis - from L.I.E.S. Presents American Noise Vol. 1. (L.I.E.S.) 3. Resting Cell - Semblance Matrix - from glacial23/Resting Cell split C30 “9/09” (glacial communications GLAC-28) 4. Future Image - Fnkreturn - from “My Circuits” (via Bandcamp) 5. Anthony Naples - The Beacon (Instrumental Dub) - from “Cold Holiday” collection (Opal Tapes) 6. glacial23 - Chute - from Chute (glacial communications GLAC-29) 7. Perc - Gonkle - from Wicker & Steel (Perc Trax) 8. Container - Protrusion - from “LP” (Spectrum Spools) 9. Forward Strategy Group - Labour Division - from Labour Division (Perc Trax) 10. Skin Graft - Super Intent - from Wet Engines (Compulsion Rites) 11. Mick Finesse - Evacuation Route - from The Disaster Began During… (Perc Trax) 12. Leslie Keffer - Luna Loblolly - from “Finally, Caves!” 12” 13. Truss - Hackney - from Ganymede (Perc Trax) 14. FUNERALS - K-Motion - from Hypermotion B (Mishka) 15. Clay Wilson - Wythe - from BASH002 (Styles Upon Styles) 16. schädel - Merma - from V/A: Sorghum (sorghum.bandcamp.com) 17. glacial23 - Currently untitled - unreleased (No Label yet) 18. Legowelt - I Only Move for U - from The Paranormal Soul (Clone) 19. Polonaise - Trocadero - from Trocadero 12” (100% SILK) 20. glacial23 - sorted [tentative title] - unreleased (No Label yet) 21. Roche - A Night at the Haç - A Night at the Haç (100% SILK) 22. 10-Speed Guillotine - But Suddenly… - Laptop Appetizers (Exoteque Music, Philtre) 23. glacial23 - The path to Spring - from Chute (glacial communications GLAC-29)
An unheralded classic from Dr. Dre, this early-90s LP featured some of his best sampling and a gifted young rapper in The D.O.C., who’s career was cut short after his debut by a larynx-crushing car accident. The stuff legends are made of…
Here’s your first taste of our label’s new act, the Brooklyn/Austin duo known as King Garbage. Their cover of the Portishead classic featured on The Fader today, and adds a creeping, pseudo-masculine element that saunters its way into the soul. The KG sound is on full display, with a beautifully re-harmonised chorus and singer Vic DiMotsis’s sultry croon.
Their debut release, on the 3rd installment of Styles Upon Styles’ Bangers & Ash series, will drop on custom-designed 12” vinyl and digital in April. You can have a look at the artwork from SHVL FCE, and pre-order, herrrrr: http://stylesuponstyles.bandcamp.com/
New Container coming out on Rabih Beani (Morphosis)’s consistently lethal Morphine imprint, featuring this krautrock-meets-noise warehouse monster, “Saturate”. The psychedelic factor has gone through the roof, and the Tennessee native’s music continues to evolve into a tangled, addictive form of rhythmic subjugation. Scope that Treatment EP on the Doser label soon…
Clips came up today for Samuel Kerridge's forthcoming drop on Downwards, furthering his throttled, sludgy sound with an eye-opening array of industrial environments and caustic, face-melting audio debris. The guy is really creating a world all his own, strap on the high quality cans and lock in: you need to hear this sound design, it's other-worldly.
For more, revisit Kerridge’s trip through a heaving technopolis wasteland on our 9th Kort mixtape:
Keith Kenniff - "For Hollie" & Hudmo - "Slowjams VI"
Happy Hallmark Day all you Kortologists…even if you hate all dem valentines, at the very least, lots of your favorite artists are sending the love via free, exclusive tunes. This one is a beautiful little ditty from Keith Kenniff/Helios/Goldmund, enjoy!
Also as a little extra, Hudmo’s always excellent Valentine’s Slowjams mixtape, fresh for 2013.
Trackman Lafonte & BonQuiQui - "A Paradise So Real"
Pretty zany yet awesome tune and video from Long Island Electrical Systems, showcasing Legowelt & Xosar's alter aliases to heavy-lidded, sleazy effect. Poppier than most of the jams on LIES, but still with that lo-fi grubbiness that seams to coat the electro beat and lullaby chorus. Straight goodness.
Heartfelt and introspective with spoken samples, swirling choirs and distant percussion, this new find from the London-based Astro:Dynamics imprint is quite the hidden gem. Quiltland seems to be hailing from the increasingly fertile electronic landscape of Sweden, but there’s little else we’ve been able to glean about who they are. It certainly looks like the Astro crew have mined another artist from Scandinavia that potentially could be that next big thing, following in 1991’s footsteps….keep those ears peeled
We’ve bumped to that bwoy Doshy before, his "Suspiria" update on Rwina was sick… grimey motherfucker. He’s dipping into some weirdout trap ish here, if you dig TNGHT, you’ll shimmy to this…big ups Saturate Records
Haunting and frigid work from German unknowns Oake, who’re preparing their debut release for Regis's expanding Downwards label. “Left Already” intersperses cold-blooded views of barren wilderness and timberwolves hunting with a swirling, ominous pulse; when the spacious vocals and hungry kicks come in, it all becomes a bit Demdike Stare buried in a Siberian wasteland…
Keep an eye out for some big Downwards releases this year, there’s a few really poignant releases from new artists in the pipeline…
Super smooth, kicked back funk and reggae from the duo of Peter Gross and Something Wicked, forming uPhonic Soundsystem to meld dripping dub atmospherics with sultry vocals and searing leads on the guitar.
Admittedly, we tend to get caught up in the electronic realms of music more often than not…but when something this well-executed and conceived is brought to our doorstep, we cannae ignore such excellence. Will be vibing to this as the snow melts and we shift into warmer climes, for sure…
visceral poetry and voodoo rhythms from The Spaceape. composed amidst an ongoing fight with illness, Xorcism was made free to download a few months ago but i’ve only just listening to it in the proper setting: a late sunday night with fried eyes and wandering thoughts. he’s never sounded so raw, unhinged, and driven as he does throughout this abbreviated EP. worth your next 15mins, and as much as you can muster - this man’s unparalleled delivery will hypnotize you.
Coming out like a cross between Rinse.fm and that plush, big-room house sound that Bashmore and many others have been pushing, the duo known as Dusky are setting up to drop a huge EP on Aus Music. Will Saul’s imprint has been on fire over the past 6 months, and this track looks to be another heater that will be rattling summer soundsystems for most of 2013.
The vocal teases us inside the track, but the real screwface moment is when we’re introduced to a fat, wobbling bassline that gives the smooth proceedings a bad-ass, smudgy quality. Inject that vocal over the top, and what you have is a bona fide hit for the guys and the gals.
Floral is photographer Nathaniel Young, operating in the Portland sphere of the US with an abundance of colorful creativity. These two tracks off of his free EP, Diem, show a crafty side to that Brainfeeder hip hop sound: detuning synths playfully interact with counter-melodies for a lilting, doozy effect on “Mornings”, followed by some MPC-bashery on “Afternoons” that slices samples and drums ruggedly and very intuitively.
There’s plenty of folks digging furiously for grungier, creepier, and nastier sounds to conjure techno these days, but the Berlin-based duo of Cassegrain have been perfecting this sound for years. Hailing originally from Austria and Greece, the musical inclinations of this Prologue-signed team are subtle and technically confounding in the variety of ways each track morphs EQs, layers, and environments constantly.
It’s amorphous techno for fathoms-deep listening, and with this upcoming Tiamat release, the Cassegrain concept seems to be evolving even further. Set to be one of the best techno outings of 2013, you should really watch out for this thing.
Pretty spacey new EP out on Beats in Space, enlisting the tunneling Martian psyche of Secret Circuit to re-route a seven-dimensional style of acid house, disco, and pop into a sumptuous whole. “Afterlife” stretches itself into a free-wheeling eight minute epic, complete with zero-gravity vocals and some really stellar work on the keys of several different synths.
There’s also a Vakula remix that really eyes the original’s groove and sends it hurtling past the asteroid belt and towards those icy giants on the outer ring, but you’ll just have to wait for the release to hear that monster. Alien tongue techno, anyone?
The Haxan Cloak - "The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)"
His debut LP was a dense blend of drone and acoustic cello pieces, sometimes tough to penetrate, but always pretty damn creepy. For round two, The Haxan Cloak seems to be laying down more spacious, cinematic arrangements that incorporate electronic elements more prominently than ever before.
His signature strings entering the frame at 3:20 in to ”The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)” are a testament to how powerful his music can be when concocted with the right amounts of synthetic and authentic instruments. This Tri Angle release will be on a larger scale than his debut, and it’s looking like The Haxan Cloak is more than up to the task.
It’s cold and mushy outside, but spring’s coming up quick and Hippos in Tanks KNOWS this. ADR, aka Aaron David Ross who wrote the sumptous debut for the Public Information imprint, has returned in delirious form for HIT with a new record, “Chunky Monkey”, out in April.
"Slush Fund" is a scatting, drifting, roiling journey of old and new: vintage synths waft breezily to hyper-edited slices of vocal syllables and drum breaks, pinned to a central flute motif with gusto. It’s really, really f*cking fun, check it oooooot.
the second release from our label. FACT was kind to premiere the full EP, and XLR8R has ‘End Gap’ for free download. Digital will be available from today to forever, and vinyl gets shipped out by the end of the week.
The announcement of a new Bonobo album is always a treat to look forward to, especially after the success of 2010’s charming Black Sands LP. Accompanying the notice of the new record, The North Borders, was this fantastic collage video set to LP jam “Cirrus”.
An other-worldly trip through 1950s pastiche and advertising cues, the video by Cyriak is an ideal match for Bonobo’s softly whirring melodies and tinkling percussion. Flick the setting to HD and watch it in full splendor…