V/A – ‘Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse’

Posted by on July 24, 2017

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From Wolf Eyes to Dreamcrusher, DJ Spooky to Sun Araw, and alongside a slew of in-house and Bay Area contributors, Ratskin Records’ 184-track, 10-disc, 12-hour Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse is undeniably “MASSIVE.” The tracklist corresponds to an international outpouring of support after last year’s tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, with Michael Daddona — the proprietor of Oakland lynch-pin Ratskin Records — channeling some of that goodwill into a benefit compilation that undeniably lives up to the city’s DIY and experimental community. So, in that sense, it also corresponds to a “MASSIVE” amount of work on Daddona’s part, and a “MASSIVE” tribute to the friends and colleagues he and so many have to remember and uphold.

Unfortunately, the accompanying call to action is also a sad reminder of how the tragedy has been used against other vulnerable communities. To understand that part of the story better, please click through and read Sam Lefebvre’s very succinct essay for the East Bay Express — though judging from the headline, it may have been written while the comp was still buffering at about 99.45%. In any event, a big part of the story is Daddona. In particular, how conspicuous he’s made Ratskin in imagining an Oakland experimental music scene as diverse as the sounds and community that make it. To that end, proceeds from Rogue Pulse/Gravity Collapse are bound for three different charities: the Black Lives Matter national Bail Fund, San Francisco-based St. James Infirmary, and the Immediate Fire Relief Fund. But if that isn’t a hard enough sell, here’s everything Daddona’s built into the comp’s limited edition pre-order box set…

One artist edition box and slipcase
10 discs of music housed in original art print sleeves
16 page booklet with liner notes, writings, and credits
One full color 5×7 limited edition print
One photograph
Self defense weapon
Pin set
5 additional 5×7 art prints

The limited edition box is appropriately priced (if not generously) at $50, but you can also skip straight to the tracks for just $20 via the Ratskin Records Bandcamp.