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Stream: Owen McLean – ‘BOX 2016’

December 20, 2016

Stream: Owen McLean – ‘BOX 2016’ The two new Owen McLean (aka Joseph Nanner) albums recently packaged together as BOX 2016 by the erstwhile Crissy imprint, aka (perhaps at some point fka?) Crazy Iris Records, feel almost achingly apt — titled Eternal Headache and Quorum Sensing, the combined maximalist infusion feels like a close... 

The Fun Years – “Ask For The Omega Man”

December 16, 2016

The Fun Years – “Ask For The Omega Man” The Fun Years, comprised of Ben Recht (guitar) and Isaac Sparks (turntables), began with a number of self-released CD-rs — early experiments that exposed their dim and moody fits of blurred post-rock, flirting with moments of what I would describe as utter perfection. After a handful of years... 

Ropal Jagnu – ‘Junior’s Choice’

December 13, 2016

Ropal Jagnu – ‘Junior’s Choice’ Junior’s Choice is a mighty fine serving of sludge. Not a toxic waste sort of sludge, but a confection with the texture of melted ice cream mixed with the thickest caramel. This music flows, but it resists motion. Ropal Jagnu’s synths, guitars and vocals are slathered in grime, emblazoned... 

Holy Palms – ‘Jungle Judge’

December 12, 2016

Holy Palms – ‘Jungle Judge’ Moscow-based Pavel Eremeev records exotic, expressive music under the name Holy Palms. There’s tangle and humidity in his sound, as this tape’s title suggests, but also plenty of desert. The spicy, distorted guitar riffs could be compared to the work of several artists (old and new) released... 

Dino Felipe – ‘PRŌJEKT​!’

December 7, 2016

Dino Felipe – ‘PRŌJEKT​!’ Miami-area artist Dino Felipe works a bit in the vein of R. Stevie Moore, with dozens of releases of deconstructed pop spanning numerous styles and techniques. Though he’s probably still best known for his mid ’00s glitch/IDM albums on Schematic, he’s also been released by Sublight,... 

Metropol – “Bandido Blanco”

December 6, 2016

Metropol – “Bandido Blanco” This Thanksgiving NY-based Pastel Voids unveiled a new digital white-label series dubbed White Void, with a seven-minute slab of pummeling post-nerd house courtesy of the label’s own Charlie Perez, aka Metropol. The track, “Bandido Blanco,” is limber and subtly wide-ranging, tunneling... 

Stream: BKGD Audio – ‘Fluid City’

December 5, 2016

Stream: BKGD Audio – ‘Fluid City’ For the last of their 2016 offerings, NY’s Sweat Equity has a truly spectacular treat: a new album from Dälek’s Alap Momin, aka Oktopus, via the BKGD Audio moniker he debuted earlier this year with another NY imprint, Internet and Weed. The long story made very very short, it is a corker.... 

Stream: Alleyes Manifest – ‘Fall Colors’

December 2, 2016

Stream: Alleyes Manifest – ‘Fall Colors’ This week Chicago’s devoted 1980 Records unveil their inaugural rap tape, from Oakland-via-Chicago rapper Michael Bridgmon, aka Alleyes Manifest. His latest, Fall Colors, is a self-conscious and charged cassette, not surprisingly for a young but still relatively experienced recorder —... 

Premiere: Meta – “Eva”

December 1, 2016

Premiere: Meta – “Eva” The RE:VIVE Initiative is a relatively new project within the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, touting a mission to bring “together the worlds of archives and music to change the way people hear the past.” Essentially, the project pairs artists and archives, RE:VIVE setting parameters...