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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... 

Gondwana – ‘Miccaotli’

April 4, 2017

Gondwana – ‘Miccaotli’ Andrea Taeggi’s work both in Lumisokea (with Koenraad Ecker) and in Gondwana never veer too far from their respective conceptual focuses on ancient civilizations and occult phenomena. Despite this, they always manifest as distinctly present, immediate, and engaging. “Huehueteotl”, the... 

Jon Mueller – ‘dHrAaNwDn’

March 30, 2017

Jon Mueller – ‘dHrAaNwDn’ On May 23, 2016, at the Shaker Heritage Society’s Meeting House in Albany, NY, Jon Mueller played four drums for over six hours. Recorded and engineered by Fred Weaver, this session, the result of a minor mobile recording studio odyssey, became dHrAaNwDn (read as “hand drawn”). But to properly... 

Talugung / _blank – ‘Split’

March 27, 2017

Talugung / _blank – ‘Split’ At the beginning of the year Toronto’s Power Moves Library released their second split disc, a beautiful custom package with double inserts and music from prolific recorders Ryan Waldron — Hamilton, Ontario based, aka Talugung, a Power Moves veteran — and Barcelona’s Blanca... 

Pyramidal – ‘Come Home’

March 21, 2017

Pyramidal – ‘Come Home’ A word from the tail-end of 2016 sure to lighten what’s shaping up to be a pretty dismal new year: Pyramidal’s warm and transportive sophomore effort Come Home, on Already Dead Tapes. Come Home is about as fantastic a collection of downtempo beats and atmospheres as you could hope for, with its... 

Gilles Aubry – ‘And Who Sees the Mystery’

March 15, 2017

Gilles Aubry – ‘And Who Sees the Mystery’ My first thought as I begin reading about Swiss-born, Berlin-based veteran musician and recorder Gilles Aubry  and his new LP built from “sound check situations,” is that my soundcheck archive probably sounds a good bit different — not that you’d expect overlap with West Virginia... 

Fuck Lungs – ‘S/T’

March 13, 2017

Fuck Lungs – ‘S/T’ Curt Oren has a new hat — or he did have a new hat back in 2015. He was so proud of his new hat, he went out and rented a billboard to announce it to the world. But enough about Curt’s new hat. Oren also happens to be a nomadic saxophonist, who can turn his lungs inside out and spit fire.... 

Dane Law – ‘r​.​bit’

March 8, 2017

Dane Law – ‘r​.​bit’ First you make a roux. The adage of cajun and creole cooking is so familiar that it can even be applied to music. If the story is to be believed, Dane Law discovered an Orbit techno tape in an abandoned car off a North West England highway — a relic that would provide the source material roux... 

Stream: Michael Vallera – ‘Vivid Flu’

March 7, 2017

Stream: Michael Vallera – ‘Vivid Flu’ Although Michael Vallera is a versatile collaborator and band member — see Cleared with Steven Hess and Maar, with Joseph Clayton Mills —  his solo efforts have proven to be the more emotional and thematically interesting. At times rooted in the realm of abstract techno (as COIN) or conducting... 

Multiple Man – ‘New Metal’

March 6, 2017

Multiple Man – ‘New Metal’ I think aptly named Brisbane duo Multiple Man’s debut longplayer for DKA will be a particularly satisfying record for any fan of the label, particularly as it closes a gap begun nearly a full solar orbit ago with Boy Harsher’s Yr Body Is Nothing. Though in all fairness, each addition to... 

Rake Kash – ‘S/T’

March 2, 2017

Rake Kash – ‘S/T’ Omaha multi-instrumentalist L. Eugene Methe’s Rake Kash ensemble have become a favorite this winter, thanks to their varied and amiable self-titled LP on his increasingly active Gertrude Tapes imprint. Spending time in the Midwest for work the last several months, the album was a timely introduction... 

Vapor Lanes – ‘Hieratic Teen’

March 1, 2017

Vapor Lanes – ‘Hieratic Teen’ No, this isn’t what you’re expecting — strictly speaking, it has nothing to do with the wide world of vaporwave. Though A. Karuna’s new Vapor Lanes album, Hieratic Teen, starts off suspiciously fuzzy and soothing, embedded in tape hiss, it quickly seems to start wobbling off... 

Saint Abdullah – “Mossadegh’s Revenge For 52”

February 24, 2017

Saint Abdullah – “Mossadegh’s Revenge For 52” Tucked into Portland-based Boomarm Nation’s globetrotting new Family Album sampler is an appealing bit of syncretism, a standout track from Saint Abdullah, and the compilation’s longest contribution. Though the origin of their name is a simple juxtaposition, it seems easily provocative... 

Splice Girls – ‘Spliceworld’

February 21, 2017

Splice Girls – ‘Spliceworld’ Splice Girls‘ Spliceworld is the sort of clever aside I hope against hope will somehow come to define 2017 and these early days of confusion and bewilderment — certainly the sort we should all be expecting more often from labels like Suite 309. As you might imagine from the double use of... 

Persona Mercure – ‘Replacement’

February 17, 2017

Persona Mercure – ‘Replacement’ Utilizing a maximum of three sound sources per composition, Samuel Mercure (working under the name Persona Mercure) has honed a quartet of skeletal audio constructions, each of which takes shape like an origami figure, fold by intricate fold. The simplicity of the palette from which these pieces take... 
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