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Glass Frog – ‘Hakuna Montuno’

January 31, 2017

Glass Frog – ‘Hakuna Montuno’ Glass Frog does not lie: there is no montuno to be found in Hakuna Montuno. This is no rumba, this music is a slathering of synthetic secretions; a triptych originating from esoteric circuitry, worn knobs, frayed patch cords, and partially-obfuscated LEDs. Konrad Kamm — the personality behind... 

Premiere: Earthen Sea – “Exuberant Burning”

January 27, 2017

Premiere: Earthen Sea – “Exuberant Burning” Jacob Long is no stranger to reinvention. In the late nineties, Long cut his teeth playing bass in the short-lived hardcore band Amalgamation. In the early aughts, he co-founded Black Eyes, the celebrated outfit that, along with Q and Not U, highlighted Dischord’s post-hardcore heyday. With Black... 

Premiere: Babe, Terror – “Mirakel Hoorn”

January 24, 2017

Premiere: Babe, Terror – “Mirakel Hoorn” This Friday UK-based Phantasy Sounds will release Ancient M’ocean, the new album from São Paulo producer Babe, Terror. The work consists of 15 tracks that sound like chapters of a great saga, about a mysterious people on the other side of Antarctica, “in a world adjacent and just out of... 

Premiere: Ok Sure – “Scorpion”

January 20, 2017

Premiere: Ok Sure – “Scorpion” Florida-based label Elestial Sound has teamed up with creative collective She/Folk to host GAZE, a two-day music, art, and film festival this weekend in Gainesville. The event is being organized as a celebration of underrepresented artists, with a focus on ” women-identified, non-binary, trans... 

ARIISK – ‘Fatal Errors’

January 18, 2017

ARIISK – ‘Fatal Errors’ There isn’t much info available about ARIISK. Having said that, apparently he’s currently based in Los Angeles, has also spent time in Chicago, and has been producing music for over a decade. Following some tapes and compilation appearances, this is his first vinyl EP, and it is utterly... 

Me, Claudius – ‘Reasons For Balloons’

January 16, 2017

Me, Claudius – ‘Reasons For Balloons’ Considering the glut of high-profile deaths in 2016, my first reaction to a project called Me, Claudius is a moment of gratitude that Derek Jacobi is still alive. He’s actually one of several surviving and famously well-liked old white men from the BBC’s adaptation of Robert Graves’ novel I, Claudius... 

Ben Zucker – ‘Confluere’

January 12, 2017

Ben Zucker – ‘Confluere’ There is often room in the arts for randomness and chance, disparate elements that work together into something unexpected — poetic word pairings, blended pigments, or unrelated melodies that lace into one another. London expat and now California-based multi-instrumentalist Ben Zucker’s new... 

Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima – ‘God Bless America’

January 6, 2017

Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima – ‘God Bless America’ To say the title aloud of DC-area multi-instrumentalists Tristan Welch and Ron Oshima’s recent drone and brass collaboration, God Bless America, is a weirdly evocative thing to say at the beginning of 2017 — for now at least, it almost automatically captures our deer-in-headlights moment... 

Endurance – ‘City of Signals’

January 4, 2017

Endurance – ‘City of Signals’ The quiet beauty and sheer stillness of abandoned cities must be breathtaking. To take in the crumbling facades, buckled asphalt, and low-hanging wires through which no current flows can only be a humbling experience. But what if a depopulated city sprang back to life? What if the traffic signals began...