Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Like a dream, "Aether Blueprints" is a familiar yet new and interesting existence. A strange, soothing omnipresence brought on by whispy, almost non-existent dubchords and fragile shards of recordings past, awash in lakes of amplified tape hiss. This is a great companion album to the previous "Surrounded Fog", and i highly recommend listening to both consecutively for some heavy meditation.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
PurpleTrader" and "Robot Whispers" are in a class all their own, blending cracked and fuzzed beats with bursts of swampy synths). oneone's "Initiative", Subp Yao & Bios' "Bubbles", and Manni Dee's "Garlic Squint" all have an overlying jukeness about them while each adding their own bits of ambience, playful melodies, and dub techniques. Plus material by Phokus, Acre, The Next, Coco Bryce, etc., you needn't bother yr ears with other sonic offerings for quite some time.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
1. go to Mali
2. record stuff
So anyway, Dal Ree has this amazingly bizarre song called "Tamashek", dropping you dead center into some odd ceremony of sorts. The mood is electric and never loses momentum, drawing you deeper with each occurring sound. The moment is then revisted with UXO's "Silikon Afrika" remix, rendering the original track unrecognizable through super saturated stuttering synths. Vaghe Stelle's "Black Fever" remix ends this unexpected trip with a quiet and steady chug with what sounds like a woodwind section.
Dhammadiet" (a playful yet academic foray into scratchy ambience and prickly wooden beats) and "Only a Plant Can Help Me" (aimed more towards the head than the feet, although dancing to it would not be discouraged), you would most likely be in disbelief that this is in fact Marcoerre, being that this sound is so open and bright. This time around he focuses on the dubside of things with hazy synths, plenty of delay, and a steady organic shuffle brought on by soft and sweet beats.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
That "NEW" sound: The one yr always trying to find, but finds you; that's end fence, combining the aesthetics of modern bass, world music, minimal techno, IDM, and rave, just to name a few. Here's a quick summary of three releases that really stand out and why.
De Qualia "Grasp"
"Grasp" is a mechorganic artifact unearthed, analyzed and abused resulting in a myriad of swirling growls and grunts. Its movement is that of a kinetic sculpture collapsing and reforming. If dark cybershuffle isnt a genre yet, now it is. The accompanying track "Number Slumber" immediately takes off for deep space with an überchill synth leading into sleek minimal bass thuds which are later met by slow-rolling snares and strange voices.
kuxxan SUUM "Language/Barrier EP"
Blending the elements of big beat, trip hop, musique concrete, ambient, and pretty much everything else under the sonic sun; kuuxan SUUM presents a captivating collection of styles undiscovered. This album really made me think about how i listen to music. Of course, a work of this magnitude could not go unremixed. Included, are reworks by: Awning (who turns the glitchy 2 step of "breakMASTERcylinder" into what seems to be part of a cosmic beat tape), Kelpe (transforming the opener, "Dead Supremacy" into a pophop jumper), DJ Nita (utilizing the wobble of "Bahtel Oot" in his bright, upbeat housey version), and De Quaila (who adds some palm trees and a neon sun to the loungey "3G_Yahmoh").
Doctor Jeep "Aztec EP"
First off lemme just say this: "DAAAAAAAAAAAMN, SHITS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!". Really though, this release caught me by surprise. Not even sure what i was expecting to hear, but WOW! Although the tracks all have an overlying oldskool vibe, they each bring some innovative ideas to this nostalgic sound. It all starts off with the title track's barrage of tribal bootylectro which meets some nasty amens (yr dancing just thinking about it). "XTC" inputs the digits 1-9-9-3 into the revive-o-matic and things get all 808, up next is the twangin and bangin of "Samurai Cinema" followed by the lush ghetto-roller "Level ii".
Welcome to the links section end fence, you've impressed a picky listener.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Since there are zero things that equate to the listening of this pile of weird, i will just have to say "что же это я даже не?" chushi and nipple tapes know what i mean.
Dumblys label brings forth a beautiful example of the lush green dream that is Lithuanian dubtech, with Mikrokristal's "526". The cover art alone evokes a feeling of drifting off into the aether with no intention of return. The trip begins with "Summer Webs", a chilled click'n'cut arrangement immersed in aqueous bass floes. Mnemonic45 then builds a cozy little ambient cottage from these elements, stays there fr a while and constructs two spooky, skeletal versions of the title track. Later on, minimal funkist Esse joins the crew with "Pasakishkas Sodas". Ending this deep trek through the mossy trees is Pabulum's stripped down and chilled out version of "Ta-Ta" which had previously had been ghostified in Coppice Halifax's "Disphenoid Rmx".
Overknights from planet Italy. They're very strange.
The Brown Book". What lies in this Brown Book that would compel so many remixers to slice off its binding and throw its pages about without g'ing an f? Perhaps its the tales of mysterious yet playful detuned honkbags and crumple machines bumping about in the tropical sun. Yeah that's it.....anyway, the remix roster is ridiculous; Lambent, Colossius, Koolmorf Widesen, UXO, Master of Ribongia, Shex, Manuele Atzeni, and it goes on and on. Expect to hear the wonkiest, splunkiest, most primitve future-skwee and blip-trip from beyond the laws of sound.