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Transport – ‘Milchreise’

May 24, 2017

Transport – ‘Milchreise’ Milchreise’s Transport is a work of ecstasy in collision. At times jarring, others soothing, its smashing of languageless vocals, frantic drums and unhinged arrangements captures the conflicts inherent to modern life. Switching from moments of intense clarity, like the crushing freight train riff... 

Premiere: Cevdet Erek – “Flow 1”

May 23, 2017

Premiere: Cevdet Erek – “Flow 1” For his debut LP, Istanbul musician Cevdet Erek offers Davul, seven improvisations for the eponymous instrument culled from a two-day recording session in Berlin — though the final sequence was prepared without editing or overdubs. A common folk instrument across Europe and the Middle East, a... 

Stream: Blak Saagan – ‘A Personal Voyage’

May 22, 2017

Stream: Blak Saagan – ‘A Personal Voyage’ As Italian label Maple Death Records points out, much of the “benefit of the rediscovery of Italian 60s/70s psych” has accrued for foreign labels, so it’s exciting to see their latest turn into the contemporary field with Blak Saagan, aka Venice’s Samuele Gottardello. Gottardello’s A... 

Stream: Mike Majkowski – ‘Days and Other Days’

May 18, 2017

Stream: Mike Majkowski – ‘Days and Other Days’ Double bassist and composer Mike Majkowski relishes the very-much blurred line between modern composition and electronic atmospherics. On the Days and Other Days LP, his second collection for Austin, Texas purveyors of free jazz and other experimental madness Astral Spirits, this tendency finds a heady,... 

Sadistic Candle/Run Dust – ‘Peach Broth’

May 16, 2017

Sadistic Candle/Run Dust – ‘Peach Broth’ Barrett Avner (formerly of lo-fi garage legends Sic Alps) has been using the name Sadistic Candle for a while now, debuting the moniker with a tape on Sun Ark back in 2011. The project has been way more productive as of late, with another Sun Ark release (a double split with his own AC Band) in 2015,... 

Gao Jiafeng – ‘Selected Works 2013 – 2017’

May 15, 2017

Gao Jiafeng – ‘Selected Works 2013 – 2017’ Shanghai experimental recorder Gao Jiafeng is a bit all over the place, literally and figuratively thanks to a relatively rigorous touring schedule and output over the last several years. His CD-R retrospective for the budding NYC-based Reading Group imprint is no different, with six tracks covering... 

Stream: Endlings – ‘S/T’

May 11, 2017

Stream: Endlings – ‘S/T’ When a species dwindles to its final individual, this last lonely creature becomes known as an “endling.” Famous examples throughout history include Benjamin, the Tasmanian tiger, whose kin were slain by farmers protecting their stock from its incredible jaws, and Martha, a passenger pigeon who... 

Gaffe of a Lifetime – ‘Mansa, and the Far End of the Death Spectrum’

May 11, 2017

Gaffe of a Lifetime – ‘Mansa, and the Far End of the Death Spectrum’ The young Connecticut producer Alexandre Louis Petion recently revealed in an interview with Blake Gillespie on the Bandcamp Daily Blog that his ultimate end game is more far-reaching than simply producing dance floor-friendly tunes. His goal is “to reach something else, trying to transcend something... 

Farai – “Inhale/Exhale”

May 10, 2017

Farai – “Inhale/Exhale” There are at least two types of “anthems.” A common one is the anthem of victory: the propaganda piece, the hit that screams catharsis with no strings attached, the stuff that forces you to feel joy as you walk supermarket aisles with your head down. Farai’s “Inhale/Exhale” is a different... 

DJ DJ Tanner – ‘ICE AT 1991’

May 8, 2017

DJ DJ Tanner – ‘ICE AT 1991’ ICE AT 1991 is the latest from DJ DJ Tanner, a guy from Iowa cultivating what must be a warehouse full with records of apparently any imaginable sound or type — which he uses to make music, weaving samples together and manipulating them with effects and loops. Though the project is a fixture... 

Premiere: Marker – “Now I Know What You Really Think”

May 4, 2017

Premiere: Marker – “Now I Know What You Really Think” Medical Records are a dependable go-to but lately they seem to have the market cornered on squirmy new wave and psychedelic variations. New Orleans artist Mike Wilkinson fits the bill nicely, delivering a fantastic combination of cough syrup beats and muted bad vibes on his eponymous debut full-length... 

Line Gate – ‘Den’

May 3, 2017

Line Gate – ‘Den’ Sometimes a simple premise can be incredibly satisfying, particularly when it strikes an interesting balance or underscores something important, pleasurable, or otherwise. Prague-based experimental recorder Michal Vaľko’s new Line Gate cassette Den is that, a “simple concept with a clear... 

V/A – ‘Siyavakashela Vol. 1: Cincinnati’

April 25, 2017

V/A – ‘Siyavakashela Vol. 1: Cincinnati’ Heligator Records is due to break a recent quiet spell with Siyavakashela Vol. 1, a new compilation series that proprietor Ryan Hall is starting off with a focus on artists from the label’s homebase Cincinnati. For the inaugural collection Hall assembled a “motley crew,” which in... 

Snakes of Pennsylvania – ‘S/T’

April 24, 2017

Snakes of Pennsylvania – ‘S/T’ The last batch of tapes from Field Hymns dropped in late 2016, and alongside crazy synth jammers from the likes of Yves Malone (whose Death House 4 is absolutely mental) and Manville Heights (a video game soundtrack gone awry) is this soothing set of tunes released by a pair of gentlemen obliquely known... 

FIIT – ‘Rat / Venom’ & ‘Horse Stance’

April 20, 2017

FIIT – ‘Rat / Venom’ & ‘Horse Stance’ If you’ve got $4 and a mind to invest in a new black and white and bastion of Indiana weird, consider downloading the inaugural releases from techno label Puff Boys Records: two EPs from Puff Boys proprietor Wyatt Worcel’s project FIIT, both quickly sold out on tape while the rest of the... 

Sarin – ‘Just Beat the Devil Out of It’

April 17, 2017

Sarin – ‘Just Beat the Devil Out of It’ For anyone that grew up napping to Bob Ross’ incomparable The Joy of Painting, there is a secret kernel of violence lingering just below the show’s surface, a shocking nook where aggression is presented very differently. Of course I mean Ross’ uber-violent method for emptying paint... 

Premiere: Justin Walter – “Unseen Forces”

April 14, 2017

Premiere: Justin Walter – “Unseen Forces” Ann Arbor-based trumpeter and producer Justin Walter’s work has always relied on interesting tone experiments and a well-calibrated sense of scale, but his sophomore album for Kranky, Unseen Forces, pushes the extremes of that out into its own closed, interior/exterior loop. Introspection and... 

Premiere: Walker / Harris / English – “The House Part I”

April 12, 2017

Premiere: Walker / Harris / English – “The House Part I” The London/Colorado cassette label Obsolete Future landed a lucky strike for its thirteenth release, a trio recording from Thor Harris, Conor Walker, and Lawrence English. Succinctly titled Walker Harris English, the liner notes are skinny on particulars — we know the group recorded in East Austin... 

Tradition – ‘Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol’

April 6, 2017

Tradition – ‘Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol’ “Out of the cosmic factor, between the years 1952 and 56 anno Domini  / A combination of celestial forces collided with the spiritual powers of nature / to bring forth, tradition.” So begins the fateful adventures of Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol, undertaken by London-born reggae-dub... 

Premiere: Robedoor – “The Tunnel”

April 5, 2017

Premiere: Robedoor – “The Tunnel” That vague feeling of dread you’ve been feeling has finally found its locus, as the long-gone Los Angeles burners Robedoor have re-emerged from the ooze with their signature sonic menace. With their new album New Age Sewage the duo have focused their energy on the primitive occult lurking in the background... 
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