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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... 

V/A – ‘I’m on My Journey Home: Sacred Harp Singing, 1927-1938’

November 29, 2016

V/A – ‘I’m on My Journey Home: Sacred Harp Singing, 1927-1938’ Sacred Harp is a distinctive strain of devotional singing that was popular in early 19th century America, one that originated in New England from the shape-note movement but achieved its peak primarily in the Deep South — Alabama and Georgia, though it spread farther afield, thanks also... 

Premiere: ‘HVRF SAMPLER #3’

November 22, 2016

Premiere: ‘HVRF SAMPLER #3’ Looking back on 2016, ostensibly Ukraine-based hardvapour imprint H.V.R.F. CENTRAL COMMAND and their rapidly expanding catalog have at least been one of the year’s most focused and rigorous developments in underground music. Over little more than half the year H.V.R.F. has accumulated nearly... 

ROW – ‘Live Den’

November 16, 2016

ROW – ‘Live Den’ While most routines invariably revolve around a menagerie of domestic concerns, the Power Moves Library blazes through a wide orbit that encompasses shades of rustic dub, prepared experiments, field recordings, and guitar. In the vein of guitar, proprietor Kevin Cahill and his brother Patrick recently... 

Billy Gomberg – ‘Slight at that Contact’

November 15, 2016

Billy Gomberg – ‘Slight at that Contact’ Students of Decay alumnus and strange-dream-inducing electronic composer Billy Gomberg returned to the SoD fold last month, bringing with him another collection of near-ambient, glitch-sprinkled electro-acoustic sound works. Slight at that Contact offers eight lush fog banks that drift in a space located... 

Honnda – ‘Diamonds in the Microwave’

November 11, 2016

Honnda – ‘Diamonds in the Microwave’ Last September Brooklyn-based producer Honnda helped Orange Milk push deeper into their vein of net-skronk and inquisitive footwork with his Diamonds in the Microwave cassette, a bass-heavy bounce and burst of carefully recycled sonics. Tiny Mix Tapes called it “crispy around the corners and... 

Daniel Wyche – ‘Our Severed Sleep’

November 10, 2016

Daniel Wyche – ‘Our Severed Sleep’ When he’s not booking shows at Chicago’s Elastic Arts, or studying religion at the University of Chicago, Daniel Wyche spends his time among any assortment of musicians and instruments, crafting forward-thinking compositions — compositions not necessarily tied to the linear narrative of imprisoned... 

Devata Daun – ‘Look’

October 18, 2016

Devata Daun – ‘Look’ The debut album from Minneapolis-based Devata Daun (Nikki Pfeifer) is an immediately captivating set of leftfield pop tunes. Her songs fully embrace warped, smudged tape effects, saturating the blown-out bass and queasy synth melodies with a constant warble. As damaged as the textures are, these are... 

Mathieu Ruhlmann and Chris Strickland – ‘This Heap is Greater Light’

October 14, 2016

Mathieu Ruhlmann and Chris Strickland – ‘This Heap is Greater Light’ It took many years for electroacoustic composer Chris Strickland to finely hone the collection of sounds offered on his debut album, the beautiful sonic web that is Animal Expert. He seems to have accelerated his processes since then, because there are three unique releases bearing his name this year.... 

Peter Kris – ‘Labrador’

October 13, 2016

Peter Kris – ‘Labrador’ Hugely prolific San Bernardino sound artist Peter Kris’s new offering from Portland imprint Never Anything, Labrador, is epic stuff, running its course at just a quarter under the two hour mark. What’s more, it’s a far cry indeed from the extensive catalog of minimal synth aggression and... 

Premiere: Givan Lötz – “The Drowned”

October 11, 2016

Premiere: Givan Lötz – “The Drowned” Maw, the upcoming LP from South Africa’s Givan Lötz, sounds weighed down, like a cotton shirt, draped languid, heavy after sticking through rain at a funeral. On “The Drowned,” Givan sounds world weary, but resilient — familiar with pain but owning the descriptor “survivor” rather than... 

Maharadja Sweets – ‘Arctic Century Sunstorm’

October 6, 2016

Maharadja Sweets – ‘Arctic Century Sunstorm’ Earlier this spring NY-based Richard Exelbert, aka Maharadja Sweets, unveiled the third tape in his Orange Milky Way series. Titled The Caprice of Young Gods (Oxtail Recordings), it’s a more “harsh” benchmark in the rollicking, noisy spoken word saga. Begun with 2013 In An Orange... 

Gregg Skloff – ‘The Glacial Enclosure’

September 30, 2016

Gregg Skloff – ‘The Glacial Enclosure’ Seattle’s Eiderdown Records has had a relatively slow summer, so I could feel worse for accidentally keeping Oregon-based contrabassist Greg Skloff’s The Glacial Enclosure under my hat since late spring — but not much. As the name and cool swirls of artist Aubrey Nehring‘s... 

Tom Hamilton – ‘City of Vorticity’

September 27, 2016

Tom Hamilton – ‘City of Vorticity’ There’s a disclaimer on the Pogus label’s website that reads “Caution: Listening to Pogus CDs may cause you to become one with the universe (or at least your immediate environment).” It’s true. The uncompromising experimental music imprint has been an onward-chugging musical force... 

V/A – ‘Stand With Standing Rock’

September 26, 2016

V/A – ‘Stand With Standing Rock’ After spending the last season feeling relatively powerless and immobile in the face of updates on North Dakota’s Standing Rock protests and the Dakota Access Pipeline project that the huge, pan-tribal coalition is blocking, I’m thrilled that I can finally mash my impotent fingers against... 

Premiere: Off World – “Choral Hatch”

September 23, 2016

Premiere: Off World – “Choral Hatch” Off World is the brainchild of Toronto-based musician Sandro Perri, an established member of the Constellation roster with a versatility proven across a range of compositions as Polmo Polpo. Years of collaborative exploration with other producers and songwriters including M J Silver (Mickey Moonlight),... 
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