Crush Collision 8/17/17

August 18, 2017 at 9:17 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:00 pm Baba Stiltz ~ “Reality Sparks”
10:04 pm Ben Lukas Boysen ~ “Golden Times 1 (Max Cooper Remix)”
10:12 pm Cathode Ray Tube ~ “Abundance (Gys Remix)”
10:18 pm Mod303 ~ “L’astrologue”
10:21 pm Pessimist ~ “Grit”
10:25 pm Grey Branches ~ “Acrylic Hunger”
10:29 pm Cylonix ~ “Two Face”
10:33 pm Deepchord presents Echospace ~ “Ghost In the Sound [Live 11]”
10:36 pm Troy Gunner ~ “Fictitious”
10:42 pm Ruven ~ “Jusamin”
10:45 pm Christopher Groove ~ “Secret Garden (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)”
10:55 pm N’conduit ~ “Xtal”
Hour 2
11:01 pm Ross From Friends ~ “Would You Still Be Here”
11:07 pm Oli Furness ~ “Piano4 (Mak & Pasteman Remix)”
11:11 pm CYRK ~ “Bossanova Rock (Claude Young Remix)”
11:19 pm Mark Fanciulli ~ “Deviation (DJ 3000 String Mix)”
11:26 pm Ada Kaleh ~ “Devotare (Cosmin TRG Remix)”
11:32 pm M:I:5 [Wolfgang Voigt] ~ “track 5”
11:34 pm Realitycheck ~ “Replicants”
11:39 pm Detroit Swindle ~ “Tamarindicus Hollandicus (Willie Burns Remix)”
11:44 pm Lake Haze ~ “Love In Lux (DJ Boring Remix)”
11:49 pm CYRK ~ “Absorption (Moiré Remix)”
11:54 pm Tobias. ~ “Vertic”
11:59 pm SW. ~ “B3”

Fracture: Cold & Rain 12″ EP (Astrophonica, 2017)

August 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Fracture: Cold & Rain 12″ EP

I’ve been oblivious to Fracture until now, even though he’s released dozens of records on labels like Metalheadz, Exit, Offshore, Ohm Resistance, etc. since the early 2000s (either solo or with Neptune). This is supercharged club music with tightly edited breaks, lots of energetic samples, and pop elements which don’t seem overly saccharine or cloying. It has the rolling, choppy beats of post-2000 drum’n’bass but doesn’t just settle into looping the same patterns over and over (I haven’t heard drum’n’bass that does this in quite a while, and I’m hoping this style has died out and people are just simply more creative now), and there’s some footwork-ness (he’s collaborated with DJ Earl) but it stays within the d’n’b realm. “So High” (a co-production w/ Alix Perez) uses chipmunk rave vocals to build up its momentum, but it manages to stay somewhat muted compared to how you might expect it to get, and there’s some really inventive bass tones. Looks like this is a back catalog I need to plunge into.

Sug: God’s Clit Vol. 2: Time vs. Flesh tape (Hausu Mountain, 2017)

August 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Sug: God’s Clit Vol. 2: Time vs. Flesh tape

Sugarm is now just Sug, and his first tape in several years is a long, heavy expedition which questions mortality and earthly existence. It’s very noisy and disjointed, with tripped-out distortion and floating, detached samples flying around heavy beats. It has the usual anything-goes spirit of Hausu Mountain releases, but is a bit noisier and darker than a lot of their releases, yet there’s still a cartoonish playfulness apparent. But there’s some very longform drone examinations here, such as “Silent Spiral”, which ends up sampling some sort of dizzy heavy breathing exercise before the speaker-panned beats jumble in and try really hard to make you lose your mind. “The Wizard Drips” is the shortest piece but it ends up being an entrancing psychic death march. “16 16 16” is a half hour long and takes up the entire second side of the tape, and it features the type of mind-warping that can only be accomplished with an EVI.

Khaki Blazer: Didn’t Have To Cut tape (Hausu Mountain, 2017)

August 13, 2017 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Khaki Blazer: Didn’t Have To Cut tape

The newest brain-scrambler from Pat Modugno of Moth Cock features the type of rapidly fluctuating samples and abstract rhythms that are to be expected from him, but in some ways this one feels a bit more spacious and aired-out. There’s some airy drones and sensuous lingering behind all the squeaking and bonking and glitching. After the alarming test tones of “Saturn Rings”, “Passive Demon” is all sparkling constellations and cartoon powerdrills, and it rapidly switches between overwhelming enlightenment and sugar-spiked silliness. There’s moments where it’s like someone getting really starry-eyed and introspective and bordering on profound, and then the yoga mat gets pulled up from under them and they’re beaten over the head with it. Lightly, of course. This isn’t violent music in any way. It’s lopsided and goofy and trippy but not mean-spirited. Also, in a plunderphonic stroke of genius, the 11-minute album-ending dronescape “Death Bedhead” is constantly interrupted with a recurring sample of that annoying Gotye song, revealing the source of the album’s title.

Crypticz: Forever 12″ EP (Cosmic Bridge, 2017)

August 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Crypticz: Forever 12″ EP

Very good modern drum’n’bass, heavy on drizzling rainfall and tension. The production isn’t overwhelmingly dense, but it does sound busy. The beats are fast (although there’s some halftime rhythms as well) and the rest of the sounds are spacious and mist-like. These are not tear-out club tracks, they’re themes for late-night moonlit rituals.

Show #407 – 8/12/17

August 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am King Jammy ~ “Lethal Dub” ~ Waterhouse Dub (new) ~ VP ~ 2017
2:05 am Kutmah ~ “Strangetown” ~ TROBBB! (new) ~ Big Dada ~ 2017
2:07 am Psymun ~ “Confetti” ~ Rainbow Party (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
2:14 am Spencer & Saginaw (local) ~ “Real Talk” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
2:20 am Osborne (local) ~ “Bout Ready To Jak (Hieroglyphic Being Remix)” ~ 12″ ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2004
2:31 am Google Doodle scratching/blending!!!
Hour 2
3:04 am Pulse Emitter ~ “Everteal” ~ Mugen Vol. 9 (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2017
3:08 am Second Storey ~ “Barrel Roll” ~ Lucid Locations (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2017
3:14 am HOM ~ “Xyn” ~ A$X (new) ~ Isounderscore ~ 2017
3:22 am Sleepycatt ~ “Bring Them Out” ~ Main-Room (new) ~ Bedroomer ~ 2017
3:24 am Run Dust ~ “Distant Bloods” ~ Leisure Village (new) ~ In Paradisum ~ 2017
3:31 am Allen Ravenstine + Albert Dennis ~ “Terminal Drive” ~ Terminal Drive ~ Smog Veil ~ 1975
3:46 am Abandoned Footwear ~ “Song 3” ~ 108 Trees (new) ~ Isounderscore ~ 2017
3:53 am Verge ~ “Effigy” ~ Emblematic Ruin (new) ~ Avian ~ 2017
3:56 am Bill Seaman ~ “The Somber Space of a Word” ~ Erasures and Displacements (new) ~ Eilean Rec. ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:02 am Nadia Sirota ~ “Letter X” ~ Tessellatum (new) ~ Bedroom Community ~ 2017
4:05 am John Wiese ~ “Circle Snare (Second)” ~ Circle Snare ~ No Fun Productions ~ 2008
4:11 am Jana Rush ~ “Break It” ~ SISTER Volume One (new) ~ SISTER ~ 2017
4:15 am More Rockers ~ “1,2,3 Break” ~ Select Cuts From More Rockers 12inch Selection ~ Select Cuts ~ 1996
4:!9 am End.user ~ “Shut Down” ~ Shut Down (new) ~ Sonic Terror ~ 2017
4:25 am Birds of Sweden ~ “Upupa Epops” ~ 12″ (new) ~ UN.T.O. Records ~ 2017
4:30 am Tyshawn Sorey ~ “Flowers For Prashant” ~ Verisimilitude (new) ~ Pi ~ 2017
4:41 am Pillow ~ “The Cathedral of Books” ~ From Dusk to Dawn ~ City Centre Offices ~ 2012
4:45 am Steve Coleman and Five Elements ~ “Respiratory Flow” ~ Functional Arryhthmias ~ Pi Recordings ~ 2013
4:48 am Frank Zappa ~ “Move It Or Park It” ~ Guitar ~ Rykodisc ~ 1988
4:54 am Zach Phillips with Sean Schuster-Craig ~ “Fucking Up” ~ How to Slip Away (new) ~ OSR Tapes ~ 2017
4:56 am Chronotope Project ~ “Primordial” ~ Ovum (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:01 am Celestial Trax ~ “Crushhh” ~ Nothing Is Real (new) ~ Purple Tape Pedigree ~ 2017
5:04 am Illumination Boiz ~ “Alibuye Igqomulethu” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2017
5:07 am dj shsHuNj ~ “Feign (s.m.i.l.e. Edit)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2017
5:10 am Flexitone (local) ~ “Moist” ~ State of the Union EP ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2003
5:15 am Plan Tec ~ “Espias Psiquicos (Jonas Kopp Psiquic Remix)” ~ Death Is Nothing To Fear 2 ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2007
5:23 am Ali King (local) ~ “Nebula” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2017
5:31 am Flexitone (local) ~ “Moist (locked groove)” ~ State of the Union EP ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2003
5:38 am Black Noi$e (local) ~ “Brick Wall” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2017
5:41 am diskJokke ~ “Bastard Alliance” ~ En fin tid ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2010
5:48 am Tobias. ~ “Eyes in the Center” ~ Eyes in the Center (new) ~ Ostgut Ton ~ 2017
5:53 am Umfang ~ “Pop” ~ Symbolic Use of Light (new) ~ Technicolour ~ 2017
5:57 am TALsounds ~ “See Through” ~ Love Sick (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2017

Pulse Emitter/Brett Naucke: Mugen Volume 9 tape (Hausu Mountain, 2017)

August 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pulse Emitter/Brett Naucke: Mugen Volume 9 tape

The ninth volume of Hausu Mountain’s split series (consisting of solo live performances with no overdubs) starts with a trio of typically crystalline pieces from Pulse Emitter. They’re clear and reflective, but also three dimensional and sometimes rapidly twisting and swerving. They’re like crystal charms that dance on their own, even without wind. The Brett Naucke side is anything but new age, although it also seems multi-dimensional and holophonic. It’s a lot darker and more haunted, with sinister whispers and dripping beats which skitter and hobble. Right after it’s gotten to the point where you’re sure you’ve been sleepwalking into a black hole, it gets to a slow pounding beat which disintegrates and leaks out into some sort of free-floating metallic ooze, which seems to magnetically form into a loose, prickly rhythm. Does that explain it? Probably not, because it can’t be explained. You’ll only find out if you listen.

Crush Collision 8/10/17

August 11, 2017 at 8:11 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:03 pm Gacha ~ “Voice Image”
10:07 pm Larry Heard ~ “Dolphin Dream”
10:14 pm Moon ~ “Proto”
10:17 pm diskJokke ~ “1987”
10:22 pm Benedek ~ “Afterglo”
10:28 pm Bézier ~ “Stranger”
10:32 pm Joel Kehren ~ “Real Love (Orlando Voorn Remix)”
10:40 pm Florian Kupfer ~ “Can’t Love Life Without U”
10:47 pm Matt Karmil ~ “So You Say”
10:52 pm Shadow Child ~ “Steak Fingers (Rimbaudian Remix)”
10:56 pm Tiga ~ “Blondes Have More Fun (The Black Madonna Immaterial Girl Remix)”
Hour 2
11:04 pm Luka Tacon ~ “Who’s Style?”
11:09 pm Baltra ~ “Twist of Fate”
11:14 pm Nathan Melja ~ “No No No”
11:18 pm Kenny Larkin ~ “Life Goes On”
11:25 pm Lanark Artefax ~ “Touch Absence”
11:29 pm DJ Haus ~ “Flange Attack”
11:33 pm Obscure Formats ~ “Serpentine”
11:38 pm Hantrax ~ “cs70msquad”
11:42 pm Talker ~ “Snub Nose”
11:46 pm Cadans & Kracht ~ “Lompret”
11:50 pm J Tijn ~ “Decimated #30”
11:53 pm Duran Duran Duran ~ “Thacid Under”
11:56 pm FSOM ~ “Pleasure”

Ali King: 12″ EP (Vanity Press, 2017)

August 10, 2017 at 12:06 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ali King: 12″ EP

The latest Vanity Press 12″ starts out with some jazzy broken-beat-but-not-quite house with soulful keyboard licks and bongos over a galloping beat. “Return” brings the lushness, with slightly hazy 808 State-y synth strings, simple but busy beats, a bit of distortion, and not much else. The claps get you totally in the spirit. “Session 28” starts smooth and bubbly, and then the sax loop comes in. “Nebula” rides some bouncy delayed claps and thumps, with a bit more sax tucked underneath, and then some sneaky breakbeats pop up during the second half. A very vibey record overall.

Black Noi$e: 12″ EP (Vanity Press, 2017)

August 9, 2017 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Black Noi$e: 12″ EP

Noted Detroit hip-hop producer flips to house music with this surprising (but unsurprisingly great) 12″ on Vanity Press. “Sunburn” is the 45 RPM A-side, and its sunny beat sort of smooths out its sense of paranoia (although that screwy synth line on top hits you in the jaw). On the 33 B-side, “Freaknik” has more of a swing to it, with some faded jazzy samples and strings. “Brick Wall” starts out with knocking beats making you think you’re in for some sort of knackered UK bass deconstruction, but then it switches to breezy yet very busy electro, with snatches of harps and angelic vocals as well as other wisps of sounds floating around. This is thinking ahead. Pay attention!

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