Leaf Erikson: A Canvas Of Hope (self-released, 2019)

May 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Leaf Erikson: A Canvas Of Hope

Leaf Erikson represents Detroit to the fullest on his excellent new album. Produced entirely by Meftah (whose sister Tanya used to be a DJ at WCBN several years ago), the beats are abstract and jazzy, filled with vinyl crackle and lo-fi grittiness, but they avoid sounding like a direct copy of any other well-known producer. The lyrics are what really make the album shine, however, celebrating Detroit in spite of all of its problems. “D.R.E.A.M.” flips Wu-Tang’s anthem, declaring that “Detroit Rules Everything Around Me”, while “Foreclosure” talks about how various suburbs of Detroit (and even Detroit’s midtown) are becoming the hippest places in the area, while the hood is still being ignored. “H2O” also touches on gentrification as well as the contunuing Flint water crisis. Still, there’s an extraordinary amount of hope and humility throughout, particularly on tracks like “Rescue Mission” and “Gospel from the North End”. Strongly recommended.

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Show #494 – 5/18/19

May 18, 2019 at 12:31 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Com Truise ~ Ultrafiche of You ~ Persuasion System (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
2:06 am Meat Beat Manifesto ~ Bolinas ~ Opaque Couché (new) ~ Flexidisc ~ 2019
2:09 am Khotin ~ Vacation ~ Beautiful You ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
2:14 am Laurence Pike ~ Drum Chant (Luke Abbott Remix) ~ mp3 ~ Leaf ~ 2019
2:18 am Piotr Kurek ~ Vowels ~ Polygome (new) ~ Hands In The Dark ~ 2019
2:21 am Mukqs ~ Six Winged Angel ~ Doom Mix Vol. III (new) ~ Doom Trip ~ 2019
2:25 am Craig Leon ~ The Twenty Second Step As Well As the Tenth ~ The Canon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2 (new) ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 2019
2:31 am Ryan Huber ~ Behind the Sun ~ Ashland Hills (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2019
2:38 am The Caretaker ~ Loss of Want Back There ~ Everywhere, An Empty Bliss (new) ~ History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2019
2:43 am Deaf Center ~ Faded Earth ~ Low Distance (new) ~ Sonic Pieces ~ 2019
2:47 am Drekka ~ Strika ~ No Tracks In The Snow (new) ~ Dais ~ 2019
2:53 am Lovesliescrushing ~ GLNKQ ~ CRWTH (Chorus Redux) ~ Line ~ 2010
2:56 am Amon Tobin ~ Three Different Hat Sizes ~ Fear In A Handful Of Dust (new) ~ Nomark ~ 2019
3:00 am Mana ~ Soaking In Water ~ Seven Steps Behind (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
3:05 am Tim Hecker ~ Not Alone ~ Anoyo (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2019
3:08 am Alva Noto ~ Sonolumi ~ For 2 ~ Line ~ 2007
3:12 am Steve Moore ~ Beloved Exile ~ Beloved Exile (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2019
3:17 am AceMo ~ Myrtle Ave Party Track ~ All My Life (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
3:28 am Eric Copeland ~ United Banana ~ Trogg Modal Vol. 2 (new) ~ DFA ~ 2019
3:32 am Kompromat ~ Herztod ~ Traum Und Existenz (new) ~ Clivage Music ~ 2019
3:35 am Minimal Violence ~ June Anthem ~ InDreams (new) ~ Technicolour ~ 2019
3:39 am CM-4 ~ Hover! ~ Rad Attitude EP (new) ~ Thirty Year Records ~ 2019
3:44 am Coco Bryce feat. Dead Man’s Chest ~ True Rebellion ~ Beats Like This EP (new) ~ Western Lore ~ 2019
3:49 am RiDylan ~ Gun Spit You Run ~ Micro EP (new) ~ Cock Rock Disco ~ 2019
3:52 am Dub Syndicate ~ Forever More ~ Tunes from the Missing Channel ~ On-U Sound ~ 1985
3:55 am Dub Syndicate ~ Mafia ~ Classic Selection Volume 2 ~ On-U Sound ~ 1989
4:03 am Singers & Players ~ Snipers in the Street ~ Staggering Heights ~ On-U Sound ~ 1983
4:09 am Lee Perry & Dub Syndicate ~ Train To Doomsville ~ Pay It All Back Volume 2 ~ On-U Sound ~ 1988
4:14 am De La Soul ~ Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin’s Revenge) ~ 3 Feet High and Rising ~ Tommy Boy ~ 1989
4:18 am Leaf Erikson (local) ~ Rescue Mission ~ A Canvas of Hope (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:20 am Experience Unlimited ~ Free Yourself ~ Free Yourself ~ Black Fire ~ 1977
4:30 am Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen ~ Toward the Horizon ~ Toward the Horizon (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
4:37 am Paleface ~ Burn and Rob ~ What Else Do You Do? ~ Shimmy Disc ~ 1990
4:39 am Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky ~ Dead West ~ Droneflower (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2019
4:43 am Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria ~ We Will ~ Are Sing Sinck, Sing (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
4:46 am River Spirit (local) ~ Worst Case ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:49 am Kedr Livanskiy ~ LED ~ Your Need (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2019
4:52 am Tatira ~ Birdsong ~ Ghosts of Fall River (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2019
4:56 am Shlohmo ~ Staring at a Wall ~ The End (new) ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2019
5:00 am The Art Ensemble of Chicago ~ Chi-Congo 50 ~ We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (new) ~ Pi ~ 2019
5:10 am Longineu Parsons ~ Search for the New Land ~ Work Song ~ Tribal Records ~ 1994
5:17 am Altın Gün ~ Derdimi Dökersem ~ Gece (new) ~ ATO ~ 2019
5:21 am Chris Bowden ~ Retrospective ~ Time Capsule ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1996
5:31 am Chronotope Project ~ Lotus Rising ~ Lotus Rising (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2018
5:38 am Ingrid Laubrock ~ Vogelfrei ~ Contemporary Chaos Practices (new) ~ Intakt ~ 2018
5:56 am Anna Webber ~ Korē II- ~ Clockwise (new) ~ Pi ~ 2019

Show #493 – 5/11/19

May 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:04 am DJ Shadow ~ Stem/Long Stem ~ Endtroducing….. ~ Mo’ Wax ~ 1996
2:13 am Colin Currie & Steve Reich ~ Pulse ~ Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton (new) ~ Colin Currie Records ~ 2019
2:30 am Endurance ~ The Mountain ~ We Can Sleep Now (new) ~ Unifactor Tapes ~ 2019
2:36 am Holly Herndon ~ Crawler ~ PROTO (new) ~ 4AD ~ 2019
2:42 am Caterina Barbieri ~ Fantas ~ Ecstatic Computation (new) ~ Editions Mego ~ 2019
2:52 am Forest Management ~ Blue Leaves ~ Passageways (new) ~ Whited Sepulchre ~ 2019
2:57 am Storm Ross (local) ~ Ioa ~ Gravity & Pandemonium ~ self-released ~ 2009
3:10 am Steve Moore ~ Throne Lane ~ Beloved Exile (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2019
3:15 am Craig Leon ~ Standing Crosswise in the Square ~ The Canon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2 (new) ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 2019
3:21 am Tim Hecker ~ That World ~ Anoyo (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2019
3:31 am Curved Light ~ The Search ~ Airs of Modality (new) ~ Unifactor Tapes ~ 2019
3:37 am Curved Light ~ Flow and Return ~ Flow and Return (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2019
3:44 am Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky ~ For the Sun ~ Droneflower (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2019
3:48 am Amp ~ Will-Oh Dreams ~ Entangled Time (new) ~ Sound In Silence ~ 2019
3:56 am Doomsquad ~ Dorian’s Closet ~ Let Yourself Be Seen (new) ~ Bella Union ~ 2019
4:00 am Basic Rhythm ~ Slice Neck ~ On the Threshold (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
4:04 am Chevron ~ Malibu ~ Memory Disks Volume Two (new) ~ Shipwrec ~ 2019
4:06 am Nobody ~ Sculptures ~ All Too Familiar (new) ~ Ubiquity ~ 2019
4:10 am BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah ~ Nuggets of Wisdom ~ Sour Soul ~ Lex ~ 2015
4:12 am Oscar Peterson ~ Swamp Fire ~ Something Warm ~ Verve ~ 1961
4:16 am Sarah Vaughan ~ Midnight Sun ~ Great Moments ~ Classic World Productions ~ ?
4:21 am The Art Ensemble of Chicago ~ Saturday Morning ~ We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (new) ~ Pi ~ 2019
4:28 am Chronotope Project ~ Crossing the Great Water ~ Lotus Rising (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2018
4:34 am Suzi Analogue ~ Stay Ready / Ur Dreamz ~ Zonez V.4 (new) ~ Never Normal ~ 2019
4:38 am Meat Beat Manifesto ~ Critical Soul Vibrations ~ Opaque Couché (new) ~ Flexidisc ~ 2019
4:43 am The Chemical Brothers ~ MAH ~ No Geography (new) ~ Astralwerks ~ 2019
4:49 am Tó Ricciardi feat. Danae ~ Estrela ~ New Tracks (new) ~ Sururu Records ~ 2018
4:56 am Nutons ~ Rumble ~ DJ Vibe EP ~ Innervisions ~ 2014
5:03 am Kedr Livanskiy ~ Your Need (Deep Mix) ~ Your Need (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2019
5:06 am Kompromat ~ Auf Immer Und Ewig ~ Traum Und Existenz (new) ~ Clivage Music ~ 2019
5:11 am Vitalic ~ La Rock 01 ~ Poney ~ International Deejay Gigolo Records ~ 2001
5:17 am Scissor Now! (local) ~ Vitamin ~ Golden Cuts flexi-disc (new) ~ Arbco ~ 2019
5:19 am Lungbutter ~ Henry Darger ~ Honey (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
5:21 am R.E.M. ~ Just a Touch ~ Dreaming in Paradise ~ Iconography ~ 1983
5:24 am Guided by Voices ~ Thimble Society ~ Warp and Woof (new) ~ GBV Inc. ~ 2019
5:25 am River Spirit (local) ~ Untitled ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:30 am Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen ~ Beneath the Surface ~ Toward the Horizon (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
5:38 am Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria ~ Do the Police Embrace? ~ Are Sing Sinck, Sing (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
5:46 am Longineau Parsons ~ The Gathering ~ Work Song ~ Tribal Records ~ 1994
5:53 am Chris Bowden ~ Telescopic Two ~ Time Capsule ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1996

Forest Management: Passageways LP (Whited Sepulchre, 2019)

May 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Forest Management: Passageways LP

This is already in the running as one of my favorite ambient albums of the year. Its five tracks range from horizontal drones to patches of haunted ballroom music. “Various Sources of Light” rolls on for 15 minutes, gradually becoming brighter and clearer, while “Blue Leaves” (probably my favorite) is deeper and more obscured, seemingly hiding an intense spirit under the festering distortion. This album can be relaxing if you just leave it on in the background, but it seems like there’s something more sinister going on underneath.

Curved Light: Flow and Return tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2019) + Airs of Modality tape (Unifactor Tapes, 2019)

May 4, 2019 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Curved Light: Flow and Return tape

We didn’t hear much from Curved Light last year, but the ambient artist has returned with two tapes so far in 2019. Flow and Return mainly consists of short pieces flowing in and out of each other, producing a sequence of light flickers, audio pinwheels, and the occasional haunting moment. “Flow and Return” sustains its mood for a much longer period, extending to 7 minutes of a glitchy loop and wave-like textures, bringing to mind Justin Walter’s solo work.

Curved Light: Airs of Modality tape



Airs of Modality starts out sounding like music for a haunted temple. The track titles themselves point out a sort of mystic journey that could potentially be the plot of an RPG, and it gets a bit more action-filled during the more frantic “The Search” and the unexpectedly beat-driven “Hidden Ritual, Pt. 2/Revelation”. “The Invocation/Final Encounter” surrounds chanting monks with disorienting, trippy synth swarms and an accelerating bass throb which then rockets up galaxy-ward. There’s a lot of paths this album goes down, making it one of Curved Light’s most unpredictable and exciting releases.

Show #492 – 5/4/19

May 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am The Art Ensemble of Chicago ~ Oasis at Dusk ~ We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (new) ~ Pi ~ 2019
2:09 am Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki ~ (3) Lento, Cantabile-Semplice ~ Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” Op. 36 (new) ~ Domino ~ 2019
2:25 am Jan St. Werner ~ Glottal Wolpertinger Feedback Band 3/B ~ Glottal Wolpertinger (Fiepblatter Catalogue #6) (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
2:32 am Steve Roach ~ Everything Inside ~ Back to Life ~ Projekt ~ 2012
2:41 am Bang! Bros. ~ Stellar Object ~ Big Bang! Theory (Part One) (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
2:44 am Bang! Bros. ~ Eternal Inflation ~ Big Bang! Theory (Part Two) (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
2:46 am Big Bend feat. Laraaji ~ Four ~ Radish (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:50 am Max Cooper ~ Phi (Barker Remix) ~ One Hundred Billion Sparks Remixed (new) ~ Mesh ~ 2019
2:54 am Mikron ~ Aldergrove ~ Severance (new) ~ Central Processing Unit ~ 2019
2:59 am Crazy P ~ Kari ~ Age of the Ego (new) ~ Walk Don’t Walk Ltd/!K7 ~ 2019
3:05 am Kedr Livanskiy ~ Ivan Kupala (New Day) ~ Your Need (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2019
3:09 am Paula Temple ~ Joshua and Goliath ~ Edge of Everything (new) ~ Noise Manifesto ~ 2019
3:13 am Kompromat ~ Herztod ~ Traum Und Existenz (new) ~ Clivage Music ~ 2019
3:15 am Bogdan Raczynski ~ 306 41dr ~ Rave ‘Till You Cry (new) ~ Disciples ~ 2019
3:18 am Mr. Oizo ~ Analog Worms Attack ~ Analog Worms Attack ~ F Communications/Mute ~ 1999
3:23 am Lamb ~ Bulletproof ~ The Secret of Letting Go (new) ~ Cooking Vinyl ~ 2019
3:27 am Orbital ~ The Raid ~ Monsters Exist (new) ~ ACP ~2018
3:32 am Turning Jewels into Water ~ Cave Rain Drumming in My Ear ~ Map of Absences (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019
3:39 am Eki Shola ~ Butterfly ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:43 am Jayda G ~ Missy Knows What’s Up ~ Significant Changes (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
3:50 am Prins Thomas ~ London til Lisboa ~ 5 ~ Prins Thomas Musikk ~ 2017
3:59 am Eric Copeland ~ Blazin ~ Trogg Modal Vol. 2 (new) ~ DFA ~ 2019
4:04 am Tatira ~ Candle and Stone ~ Ghosts of Fall River (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2019
4:11 am Shlohmo ~ We Sat in the Car ~ The End (new) ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2019
4:16 am Sobrenadar ~ Punto de Partida ~ Y ~ Sonic Cathedral ~ 2018
4:19 am Death and Vanilla ~ Wallpaper Pattern ~ Are You a Dreamer? (new) ~ Fire ~ 2019
4:26 am Chronotope Project ~ Homage to the Three Jewels ~ Lotus Rising (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2018
4:38 am Rapoon ~ Another Shore So Blue ~ Little Rocketman and the Planet That Moved (new) ~ Klanggalerie ~ 2018
4:45 am Aseethe ~ To Victory ~ Throes (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
4:55 am Spectres ~ Nazca ~ Last Days ~ Artoffact ~ 2010
5:02 am Spectres ~ Crosses and Wreathes ~ Utopia ~ Artoffact ~ 2016
5:07 am Urochromes ~ Negative Thing ~ Trope House (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2019
5:09 am Reigning Sound ~ Watching My Baby ~ Abdication…For Your Love ~ Merge ~ 2011
5:11 am Guided by Voices ~ Cohesive Scoops ~ Warp and Woof (new) ~ GBV Inc. ~ 2019
5:13 am River Spirit (local) ~ Dim the Light ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:15 am Palberta ~ When I Come ~ Wharf Cat Records ACLU Benefit Compilation ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2018
5:18 am Heart of the Ghost ~ Disintegration Dance ~ II (new) ~ Dagoretti Records ~ 2019
5:25 am Todd Modes (local) ~ Breathing New Life ~ New Life (new) ~ 100 Limousines ~ 2019
5:33 am Craig Padilla & Marvin Allen ~ Beneath the Surface ~ Toward the Horizon (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
5:39 am DJ Nate ~ Come Back ~ Take Off Mode (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
5:40 am Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria ~ Joy Is On Her Mount And Death Is At Her Side ~ Are Sing Sinck, Sing (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
5:46 am Chris Bowden ~ Mothers and Daughters Now Mothers ~ Time Capsule ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1996

Crush Collision 5/2/19

May 3, 2019 at 9:08 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:00 pm DJ Haus ~ Radioactive Dream
10:05 pm Nicolas Bougaïeff ~ Dust
10:11 pm CutOff!CutOff! ~ Décollage
10:14 pm Brecon ~ Scarp
10:19 pm Poison Arrow ~ If You Don’t Love Me (Nathan Jonson’s Falling In Love Even Though It’s A Trap Mix)
10:26 pm DSC & Baby Rollen ~ I C Jangles
10:31 pm Tupido Velo ~ Frequency 250
10:34 pm NEL ~ Equinox
10:39 pm Sophia Saze ~ Lost (Benjamin Damage Remix)
10:42 pm Mark Broom ~ Z Beats (Truncate Remix)
10:47 pm Larry Kucharz ~ U343
10:51 pm HKE ft. Henry Wong ~ Hard v777.777
10:54 pm PHSNWSKY ~ Dryspell (She Spells Doom Remix)
10:57 pm SL2 ~ DJs Take Control (DJ Boring Remix)
11:03 pm LAPS ~ Who Me? (D. Tiffany & Roza Terenzi Remix)
11:06 pm Topdown Dialectic ~ B4
11:10 pm SCB ~ Intelligence Fetish (Rebekah Remix)
11:13 pm Zanias ~ Follow the Body (Agency ‘Body Exit’ Remix)
11:18 pm TML ~ Sandboxing
11:23 pm Donato Dozzy & Mike Parker ~ Patagotitan
11:27 pm Chris Carter ~ Praxiz
11:34 pm Vladimir Dubyshkin ~ Beliismo
11:39 pm VTSS ~ Self Will
11:45 pm Bjarki ~ Sleikjó
11:47 pm Savile ~Taste Breathe Smell
11:52 pm The Vision ~ Protector
11:55 pm Paula Temple & Eomac ~ Kralle

Show #491 – 4/27/19

April 27, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

In commemoration of Kemistry, 20 years after she was taken from this world.
Mic break music = Steve Roden w/ Jacob Danziger: Dark Over Light Earth
2:01 am The Art Ensemble of Chicago ~ Mama Koko ~ We Are On the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (new) ~ Pi ~ 2019
2:08 am Thee Reps ~ Big Bebek ~ Minimal Surface (new) ~ Gold Bolus ~ 2019
2:13 am Death and Vanilla ~ The Hum ~ Are You a Dreamer? (new) ~ Fire ~ 2019
2:17 am Lamb ~ The Secret of Letting Go ~ The Secret of Letting Go (new) ~ Cooking Vinyl ~ 2019
2:21 am Lamb ~ Lusty ~ Lamb ~ Mercury ~ 1996
2:26 am Kedr Livanskiy ~ Kiska ~ Your Need (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2019
2:38 am Kemistry & Storm ~ DJ-Kicks ~ DJ-Kicks ~ !K7 ~ 1999
3:43 am Goldie ~ Kemistry ~ Timeless ~ FFRR ~ 1995
3:52 am Suzi Analogue ~ LOUDR ~ Zonez V.4 (new) ~ Never Normal ~ 2019
3:55 am DJ Nate ~ Talk 2 Me ~ Take Off Mode (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
3:58 am Yogic ~ Trans Maris ~ The Felt Presence LP (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2019
4:03 am Nocturnal Sunshine ~ Radiate ~ mp3 (new) ~ Adult Swim Singles ~ 2019
4:08 am Todd Modes (local) ~ Waves in Love ~ New Life (new) ~ 100 Limousines ~ 2019
4:12 am Charles Trees (local) ~ Think First ~ 2019 (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2019
4:18 am Jayda G Ft. Alexa Dash ~ Leave Room 2 Breathe ~ Significant Changes (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
4:25 am Tatira ~ Clearest Night ~ Ghosts of Fall River (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2019
4:36 am Fire-Toolz ~ ✓ BEiNG ~ mp3 (new) ~ Adult Swim Singles ~ 2019
4:40 am Watabou (local) ~ Sentimental Entropy ~ Coaxial Chaos (new) ~ Realicide Records ~ 2019
4:46 am Bang! Bros. ~ Snack Hole ~ Big Bang! Theory (Part One) (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
4:52 am Bang! Bros. ~ Big Freeze ~ Big Bang! Theory (Part Two) (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
5:00 am Heart of the Ghost ~ Endless Scroll ~ II (new) ~ Dagoretti Records ~ 2019
5:04 am Count Basie ~ T.V. Time ~ Chairman of the Board ~ Roulette ~ 1959
5:07 am Grandmaster Masese ~ Obokano Outside ~ 7″ (new) ~ Dagoretti Records ~ 2019
5:10 am Obnox ~ 40th St. Black ~ Bang Messiah ~ Smog Veil ~ 2018
5:12 am TransFX ~ Sunday Morning ~ TransFX & the Showroom Dummies ~ Jokers Got A Posse ~ 2018
5:16 am Profligate ~ Don’t Let Go ~ Wharf Cat Records ACLU Benefit Compilation ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2018
5:17 am River Spirit (local) ~ Me I Fall ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:20 am Eki Shola ~ Color of Joy ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:25 am Turning Jewels into Water ~ Map of Absences ~ Map of Absences (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019
5:36 am Siskiyou ~ Nothing Disease ~ Not Somewhere (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
5:40 am Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria ~ Fight the Good Fight ~ Are Sing Sinck, Sing (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
5:46 am Shlohmo ~ By Myself ~ The End (new) ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2019
5:50 am Anchorsong ~ Mindscape ~ Cohesion (new) ~ Tru Thoughts ~ 2019
5:54 am Daniel Brandt ~ LTD ~ Channels (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2018

Todd Modes: New Life LP (100 Limousines, 2019)

April 26, 2019 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Todd Modes: New Life LP

Detroit’s Todd Modes, whose previous releases include an EP on Fit Sound and a track on a Detroit Electronic Quarterly compilation, inaugurates a new label called 100 Limousines with this short album of laid-back, reflective tracks. Starting with a loungey intro, “Waves In Love” is where the deep house beats kick in, backed by drifting guitars and dubby traces of vocals. “Time Frame” is on more of a dusty downtempo tip, with carefully folded vocals and sax loops, and it seems to fade away before it really starts to take off. “The Archer” similarly establishes a deeply zoned-out downtempo groove, and before you know it, it’s over. The half-melted “That’s Right” is the album’s trippiest and most addictive cut, and of course it’s only two and half minutes. “Finding Balance” pairs forceful but carefully beting drums with expansive, droning synths and a very sparse bassline and Brazilian-sounding vocals. “Breathing New Life” feels like an unraveled deep house track, with very loose, vamping kick drums and hi-hats that seem like they’re going to a kick into a steady beat but don’t, yet it sounds fine anyway because the pads are so soothing. “Continue In Peace” is a candid but bittersweet reflection focusing around a sample of an old timer talking about how kind and gentle his grandson was as a youth, saying “I keep talking in past turns because that’s how he used to be”.

Thee Reps: Minimal Surface (Gold Bolus, 2019)

April 26, 2019 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Thee Reps: Minimal Surface

Thee Reps play a form of minimalist instrumental rock which seems deceptively simply at first, but once all the layers add up, you’re not quite sure the group managed to fit all the parts together. Some of the parts are jaunty and friendly — the keyboards almost sound like they could’ve been played by a kid — but the parts are arranged into patterns that sometimes aren’t quite in sync, but begin to make sense later. “Head for Sand” ends up with a sparse breakdown, but the group generally keeps an interlocking rhythmic pulse. “Punisher” has a consistent pounding beat, and the stringed instruments and backing vocals play back-and-forth head games. “Music ti Watch ’97 Flyers Highlights To” has a bit more of a complex, proggy arrangement. Things get a bit shadowy with “Qumran (Don’t Spit in the Sacred Place)”, but “Nature Rides Again” ends the album on a breezy, optimistic stride.

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