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Week in Review #104

February 6, 2016

Week in Review #104 This week we wanted to direct attention to a fundraiser for zany, Georgia-based electropop-smith Sunglow, aka Daniel Lynch:  “[Daniel], the human behind the award-winning music project Sunglow, was involved in a car accident when a car in a left turn lane suddenly jerked right and into his path.... 

Sponge Bath – Mainsprings of My Desire

February 5, 2016

Sponge Bath – Mainsprings of My Desire Carrboro-based Sponge Bath debuted in 2014 with four tracks of unabashedly skewed acid-house on a self-titled cassette via the now sadly slowed down Grovl imprint, caught then by our once more North Carolina-based co-editor Bobby Power. I’ve been a bit slower on the uptake than Bobby, that... 

Premiere: Advertising – Sniper

February 4, 2016

Premiere: Advertising – Sniper New York avant-rock trio Advertising create angular shards of music that seem to bounce and skitter across a room, calm one moment then frenetic — the tracks on their new tape via Craft Singles, due February 5th, attest an expertly sharpened energy. Comprised of Joel Heath (guitar/vox), Ricky... 

Deflector – Neural Investment

February 2, 2016

Deflector –  Neural Investment Wrapping up a stressful arc that began late last year with a break-in and recovery effort we mentioned in our Week in Review #99, I’m excited I can say that Philadelphia-based Cameron Potter (Little Spoon, Deflector) and Virginia De Las Pozas (Cc) are gearing up to inaugurate their new Embalming... 

Week in Review #103

January 30, 2016

Week in Review #103 “Greetings and Happy New Year from a very frigid upper Midwest. As I was stumbling into the studio in the dim early morning hours to record this show, the wind chill was hovering in the sub-zero range and slated to drop even further into the negative double digits in the days ahead. So, as we... 

Celer – Akagi

January 27, 2016

Celer – Akagi Celer has existed for a little longer than a decade now, and after more than one hundred releases of calming, silken ambient-drone, the project is still mapping an endless landscape of textures. Akagi is Will Long’s first report from the field in 2016, and even more than most Celer releases,... 

Shingles/Sound Out Light – Split

January 25, 2016

Shingles/Sound Out Light – Split Metaphysical Circuits’ beautiful 400/100 4-tape box-set compilation was my first introduction to the exotic synth-work of Jesse De Rosa, aka Shingles, who offered a short, but brilliant squealing excursion that only gained gravitas from its title: “Theme from Taco Night at 905 North Jackson... 

CDR vs DJ Topgear – split 12″ EP

January 22, 2016

CDR vs DJ Topgear – split 12″ EP CDR (Hikaru Tsunematsu) has long been one of my favorite breakcore producers, mashing up Amen breaks, anime/J-pop samples, chiptune melodies, and classical piano motifs since the late ’90s. He’s also by far one of the genre’s most prolific artists, with well over a hundred releases,... 

Used Condo – American Birthstone

January 21, 2016

Used Condo – American Birthstone For now, Larry Wish’s new Used Condo alter-ego knows exactly what it is… or at least the spectrum of things it inhabits. I mean, the name says it all. Whether the blob manifests for you as a lived in bit of investment real estate or a worn prophylactic, Used Condo and his American Birthstone... 

GLACIAL MOVEMENTS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

January 21, 2016

GLACIAL MOVEMENTS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS Italy’s Glacial Movements label has just clocked up a decade of service. Helmed by Alessandro Tedeschi, who occasionally releases his own icy music as Netherworld, the label’s raison d’être is to try and capture the Earth’s northern-most places as sonic artefacts. Glacial Movements’ roster... 

Week in Review #102

January 16, 2016

Week in Review #102 In anticipation of Monday, keep moving… #1 – 1.11.2016 – Sean McCann put out an open call for singers via his Recital Program imprint, writing on the label’s website… “Open Call for women and men to lend their voice and join the Rose-Paste Chorale. These works will... 

Stream: More Eaze – Abandoning Finitude

January 15, 2016

Stream: More Eaze – Abandoning Finitude I had been a casual David Bowie fan since my manager played Changes for me when I worked in the back room of a Bookstop, but after perusing the Bowie In Berlin book and listening in earnest to Station To Station and, naturally, the Berlin trilogy, I admit to feeling some awe at how a single artist... 

JC – S/T

January 14, 2016

JC – S/T JC are the initials of Liverpool based producer JC, and the project’s self-titled debut via Phinery’s Speaker Footage imprint is his first outing under his own name… as much as initials can appear to constitute that, following obscured roles (on paper) in projects like Blackhoods,... 

Johann Johannsson, with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – End of Summer

January 12, 2016

Johann Johannsson, with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – End of Summer Jóhann Jóhannsson has for you the accompanying soundtrack to your edge-of-earth sea burial. Cello, voice, synthesizer, and electronics (from guests Hildur Gudnadottir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe) comprise the measured, mournful, ambient drone. End of Summer finds the Icelandic composer Jóhannsson... 

Week in Review #101

January 9, 2016

Week in Review #101 #1 – 1.4.2016 – Denver based hyper-realist David Winkler, aka julien — who appeared on the recent Wasabi Tapes comp we mentioned in last week’s review — shared a brisk but vibrant preview mini-mix for his upcoming cassette with Orange Milk. It’s the first I’ve... 

Christian Michael Filardo – Suburban Slowing

January 7, 2016

Christian Michael Filardo – Suburban Slowing Hate Stadium bills itself as a label “based solely on YouTube . . . as a means to create a completely un-monetized label that focuses on individual artists’ creative drives and impulses,” so for the sake of those drives and impulses hopefully you don’t take issue with streaming... 

Space People – SHMM

January 6, 2016

Space People – SHMM The essence of “hip hop,” I think, comes from a love of recorded music and the cultural treasure it represents. A fondness for experimenting with musical possibilities. It snatches up pieces of heard music, or musical sounds, entangling them in their creative universe to make something new. SHMM,... 

Kanelbjørn – Udkants-tripper

January 5, 2016

Kanelbjørn – Udkants-tripper The debut from bouncy technoise project Kanelbjørn, titled Udkants-tripper, is among the few in-print releases left in Metaphysical Circuits’ last batch — mentioned briefly in our Week in Review #96. Details are light but the whole set is a particularly vibrant and varied window into... 

Week in Review #100

January 2, 2016

Week in Review #100 Happy New Year! Hopefully 2016 is off to a great start for you and yours. Thanks for all your support and input in 2015. We’ll be rolling out our 2015 year end coverage shortly, but in the meantime, hopefully you can also find a few interesting bits here… or on our recent highlights mix... 

Seaver & Witscher – Country Music

December 23, 2015

Seaver & Witscher – Country Music Jeff Witscher’s (Rene Hell, et al) Salon imprint has seen a number of stellar CD-Rs appear this year, most notably the Samantha Vacation release that dropped in January. Daryl Seaver is the mastermind behind that project, producing slabs of damaged rhythms that are both aligned with dance forms... 
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