France Jobin: Singulum (Line, 2016)

February 9, 2016 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

France Jobin: Singulum

France Jobin: Singulum

Typical of the Line label, the latest release by Montreal-based sound artist is ultra-minimal, but it contains moments of beauty. You need to turn it up loud, but it’s worth it, it sounds amazing. The opening track (“n”) fades in slowly, and has very beautiful piano loops and granulated effects. Eventually the loops sort of dissolve into a cloud, but they still retain their beauty, and it ends with an echoing, pulsing bass tone. The other pieces are shorter. “l” starts out with another gorgeous, minimal loop and gradually adds some haunting, engrossing synthesizer drones. “m” starts out a bit darker and more haunting, and eventually seems to drift towards something brighter and calmer, but then it ends up more chilling than before, concluding with a lightly piercing sine wave. “s” doesn’t change too much for the first half, just slowly layering in different synth pads, but the second half has more tonal variation, giving it a half-remembered-melodies feel. Very calm, slow moving, and tranquil.

CHVE: Rasa (Consouling Sounds, 2015)

February 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

CHVE: Rasa

CHVE: Rasa

This one totally came out of the blue to me, but it appears to be a solo project of Colin H. Van Eeckhout from Belgian sludge metal band Amenra, as well as a few other metal bands I’ve never heard of. This album has nothing to do with metal whatsoever. It’s a slow-moving, 30 minute atmospheric song which features hurdy gurdy, bodhran, a stripped-down drum kit, and layers of vocals. The words “I will only rise until I fall” appear in the artwork, and those seem to be the only actual lyrics on the album. Basically, if Dead Can Dance recorded a half-hour droned out song with limited equipment, it might sound like this. Not really, though, because he doesn’t sound like Lisa or Brendan. The point is, it sounds really, really lovely, and you should listen to it.

Jimbo Easter: one-sided 7″ (Total Trash, 2016)

February 8, 2016 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jimbo Easter: one-sided 7"

Jimbo Easter: one-sided 7″

Detroit weirdo Jimbo Easter is best known either as the frontman of bands like Druid Perfume, the Piranhas, Odd Clouds, and Moonhairy, or as an artist, of the visual and performance varieties. This record crams 5 of his tape-damaged Beefheart-like bursts onto one side of a 7″. Expect silly/scary voices, primitive Residents-like synth bloops, poetry, and a ton of tape hiss. If WCBN’s children’s music program Kids On Strike were still on the air, this demented platter of wax might’ve fit in nicely (minus the song that says “shit” of course).

Show #330 – 2/6/16

February 6, 2016 at 3:22 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Irmin Schmidt & Bruno Spoerri ~ “Rapido De Noir” ~ Toy Planet ~ Spoon/Mute ~ 1981
2:08 am Hildur Guðnadóttir ~ “Reflection” ~ Mount A ~ Touch ~ 2006
2:16 am Kowloon_Walled_City ~ “Ego Death” ~ Escape From Walled City (new) ~ Cavern Brew Records ~ 2015
2:23 am Ekin Fil ~ “Still Numbers” ~ Heavy (new) ~ No Kings ~ 2016
2:28 am Ensemble Economique ~ “Nothing is Perfect” ~ Blossoms in Red (new) ~ Denovali ~ 2015
2:35 am Duran Duran Duran ~ “Kmart ’92” ~ Kmart EP (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2016
2:39 am Pietro Riparbelli ~ “Distacco” ~ Vacuum (new) ~ Dirter Promotions ~ 2015
2:45 am Fjordne ~ “Autumn; Wind” ~ Moonlit Invocations ~ White Paddy Mountain ~ 2015
2:50 am Purple Pilgrims ~ “Is You Real?” ~ Eternal Delight (new) ~ Not Not Fun ~ 2016
2:53 am Nonkeen ~ “Ceramic People” ~ The Gamble (new) ~ R&S ~ 2016
2:58 am Aris Kindt ~ “Snowbird” ~ Floods (new) ~ Scissor & Thread ~ 2015
Hour 2
3:03 am Multicast Dynamics ~ “Sonar” ~ Outer Envelopes (new) ~ Denovali ~ 2016
3:09 am PHORK ~ “Talk Don’t Turnt” ~ Disappear in Raveland (new) ~ Time No Place ~ 2015
3:14 am David Toop ~ “Poison Incense” ~ Black Chamber ~ Sub Rosa ~ 2003
3:17 am Hanz ~ “Sink” ~ Reducer ~ Tri Angle ~ 2015
3:21 am DMZ ~ “Part 3” ~ Carex Boréal (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2016
3:23 am Bang! Bros. ~ “Spreadin’ the Nu” ~ Food For Thoth (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
3:26 am Iggy Pop/Tarwater/Alva Noto ~ “Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd” ~ Leaves of Grass (new) ~ Morr Music ~ 2016
3:29 am Cloudland Canyon ~ “An Arabesque” ~ An Arabesque (new) ~ Medical Records ~ 2016
3:36 am Air Liquide ~ “The Increased Difficulty of Concentration” ~ double 10″ ~ Sm:)e Communications ~ 1994
3:44 am Purple Penguin ~ “Mountain (Ratman Mix)” ~ 10″ ~ Cup of Tea/Quango ~ 1996
3:49 am Noonday Underground ~ “London” ~ Self-Assembly ~ M21 ~ 2000
3:52 am Gloria Ann Taylor ~ “How Can You Say It” ~ Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing ~ Luv N’ Haight Records ~ 1973
3:55 am Novos Baianos ~ “Tinindo, Trincando” ~ Acabou Chorare ~ Mr. Bongo ~ 1972
3:58 am Alex Smoke ~ “Galdr” ~ Love Over Will (new) ~ R&S ~ 2016
Hour 3
4:00 am Ricardo Donoso ~ “Versperum (Orphx Remix)” ~ Sarava Exu Remixes (new) ~ Denovali ~ 2016
4:09 am Povab ~ “20” ~ Zarja (new) ~ Offshoot ~ 2015
4:12 am OMAAR ~ “Dogos” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
4:15 am Drumcorps ~ “With Sticks and Stones” ~ Falling Forward (new) ~ Ad Noiseam ~ 2015
4:17 am µ-Ziq ~ “Die Tomorrow” ~ Aberystwyth Marine ~ Bandcamp ~ 1997
4:21 am Chaams ~ “Siest” ~ Untro (new) ~ [RE]SOURCES ~ 2016
4:24 am mieksneak. ~ “Milliliters” ~ W/Codeine (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2016
4:26 am Champion + Four Tet ~ “Disparate” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Text ~ 2016
4:34 am Erik Griswold ~ “Hover” ~ Pain Avoidance Machine (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2015
4:38 am Ausschuss ~ “Regolith” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
4:42 am Shalt ~ “Hypermalthusean” ~ Acheron (new) ~ Astral Plane Recordings ~ 2016
4:47 am Ontal feat. 2nd Gen ~ “Steel Forms” ~ Entropia (new) ~ Ad Noiseam ~ 2016
4:52 am Roly Porter ~ “4101” ~ Third Law (new) ~ Tri Angle ~ 2016
Hour 4
5:00 am Paul Jebanasam ~ “eidolons beginning p = (m2A 2 am to (rho-z)-y ∂t+(ρ see to wait dz/dt = it xy that I -beta* do not z countless” ~ Continuum (new) ~ Subtext
5:10 am Lilly Joel ~ “A Wheel In the Palm of Your Hand” ~ What Lies in the Sea (new) ~ Sub Rosa ~ 2015
5:15 am Jesu/Sun Kil Moon ~ “A Song of Shadows” ~ Jesu/Sun Kil Moon (new) ~ Caldo Verde ~ 2016
5:21 am Solvent ~ “Transfer Function” ~ New Ways ~ Suction Records ~ 2014
5:25 am Citizen Boy ~ “Tribute to DSB” ~ Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban (new) ~ Gqom Oh! ~ 2016
5:33 am Tortoise ~ “Hot Coffee” ~ The Catastrophist (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2016
5:37 am Pumice ~ “Why I Chew My Sleeves” ~ Puddles (new) ~ Soft Abuse ~ 2015
5:41 am Half Japanese ~ “That’s Right” ~ Perfect (new) ~ Joyful Noise ~ 2016
5:44 am Swans ~ “Amnesia (Live)” ~ White Light from the Mouth of Infinity/Love of Life (Deluxe Edition) ~ Young God ~ 1992
5:51 am Clay Rendering ~ “Memory Loses Momentum” ~ Snowthorn (new) ~ Hospital Productions ~ 2015
5:54 am Final Cop ~ “Procession” ~ Castaway Lakota (new) ~ Dub Ditch Picnic ~ 2015
5:56 am Savant ~ “Sensible Music” ~ Artificial Dance ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 1981

Ontal: Entropia (Ad Noiseam, 2015)

February 5, 2016 at 9:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ontal: Entropia

Ontal: Entropia

Frequent collaborators with Dronelock, Ontal are a Serbian duo who have have been putting out loads of crushing industrial techno records since 2013. This is their first album stepping into the spotlight (they also put out an album with Dronelock last year called The Topics), and it delivers the goods with throbbing, dark rhythms which occasionally bring the noise but can still be mixed into a DJ set. The two collaborations, especially the blistering “Steel Forms” with rhythmic noise veteran 2nd Gen, are some of the hardest tracks here. Other tracks have short but powerful repeated melodies, such as the mysterious thumb piano-like sounds on the midtempo “Loa” or the Orbital-like notes in the thudding opener “Foray”. “Entropia” constantly sizzles with feedback, and “Spiritus Ex Machina” is calmer and has a bit more of a shake to it. “Transmigration” is busy, gritty, and breaky, and “Sojitsu” injects rivet-like beats with acid synths. “Invigorated” attacks with a buzzing, distorted d’n’b bassline, but then dissolves into space for its final 2 minutes. The album continues Ad Noiseam’s long-running tradition of bringing quality rhythmic noise and experimental techno, and although this one does have a few super intense tracks, it’s still pretty steady and accessible.

Crush Collision 2/4/16

February 5, 2016 at 8:40 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

The monitors sounded terrible in the studio during this show, I couldn’t tell if it sounded that way over the air or not. I even came on the mic to apologize at one point. I guess it sounds ok, but if it doesn’t, I’m so sorry.

Hour 1
10:00 pm Aris Kindt ~ “Floods”
10:02 pm Solvent ~ “Quantimations”
10:09 pm Krisztian Dobrocsi ~ “Subwolfer”
10:11 pm Ambiq ~ “Meta (Thomas Fehlmann Remix)”
10:19 pm P.H.O.R.K. ~ “Hara (Shff – Falling)”
10:26 pm Ricardo Donoso ~ “The Master Game”
10:29 pm Shit Robot ~ “OB-8”
10:36 pm Module One ~ “Somnambulate”
10:42 pm Architectural ~ “Sapphire”
10:47 pm D-Knox ~ “Africa Calling (Titonton Flip)”
10:52 pm DJ Haus ~ “Eez Werkin’”
10:55 pm Multicast Dynamics ~ “Outer Envelopes (VC-118A Reshape)”
10:59 pm Echologist ~ “Dead Men Tell No Tales (Deepbass Version)”
Hour 2
11:02 pm Heiko Laux ~ “Dry Me (Acid Mix)”
11:07 pm Oscar Mulero ~ “Lights”
11:10 pm UNC & RVO ~ “Thedar”
11:15 pm Metropol x U.S. Hard ~ “Partido Nacional [C. Perez Version]”
11:20 pm Joey Anderson ~ “Amarna”
11:24 pm Oliver Way & Gareth Whitehead ~ “Play the Theme (Mark Flash Remix)”
11:27 pm Matrixxman ~ “Augmented (Gherkin Jerks Bass Vibe Mix)”
11:32 pm Ryan Huber ~ “A Warlike Manner”
11:40 pm Astral Social Club ~ “ASC #5 track 2”
11:45 pm Cassegrain ~ “Kor”
11:50 pm Q3A ~ “Untitled (4)”
11:56 pm Purpura ~ “Hammer Smashed Leisure”

Fjordne: Moonlit Evocations (White Paddy Mountain, 2015)

February 3, 2016 at 11:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Fjordne: Moonlit Evocations

Fjordne: Moonlit Evocations

Japanese electronic producer Fjordne (Shunichiro Fujimoto) has previously been known for processing acoustic guitars and pianos into glitchy ambient tracks. This album, however, is a lot closer to jazz, mixed with experimental hip-hop/illbient production techniques. The pianos are front and center here, but there’s some slow, trippy hip-hop beats, which are often echoed and reversed. Discogs files this under “contemporary jazz”, but I think that’s stretching it. It’s pretty wonderful, though, a nice, twilight crawl through a strange but ultimately safe forest. It’s exquisitely produced, with several layers of instruments and effects which are a little messy but ultimately welcoming, and the piano and guitar melodies are upfront and the drums are slow and uncomplicated, although sometimes they’re riddled with backwards masking and other effects. “Glati” adds a clunking hip-hop beat, sax, and a thicket of voices, and “Reverends” has another laidback, jazzy hip-hop feel, with a clapping rhythm and another dense tapestry of sounds. “Coenbiac” also seems to be a drunken stumble with beats tumbling underneath the thick collage of muttering voices and reverb-heavy pianos. “Capsella” also loops some strange voices, but otherwise it’s not quite as heavily layered. “Behind Exquisite, Tragic” forgoes beats for more eerie drifting sounds, pianos, and voices. This is a remarkably original album with much depth to it, a lot to explore.

v/a: KX 2015 (KX, 2015)

February 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: KX 2015

v/a: KX 2015

This double CD compilation is the inaugural CD release on KX, which is pretty obviously a Kompakt sub-label, although I’m not quite sure what its significance is. Other than Reinhard Voigt, all of the artists on this collection are lesser-known, but they all fit in with the shuffling, hazy Kompakt sound. The tracks are generally minimal but atmospheric, and a few have some eerie touches, like the floating vocals and spare acoustic guitar plucks on Luis Junior’s “Numina”. “Jonas Rathsman’s “New Generation” injects a bit more of a buzzing bass sound, but is an otherwise driving, slightly melancholy melodic tech-house track. “Euripides’ “The Dreamer” is a nice long dreamy breakdown-friendly track that gets a little more playful than some of the other tracks here. Krisztian Dobrocsi’s “Subwolfer” is a bit more heart-tugging, with shimmering starry synths, a crackling beat, a slightly wobbly bassline, and some clipped, tearful vocal samples. Kelly Sylvia’s “Sapphire” is closer to Kompakt’s pop side, with a few spare words calling out only when necessary, and the synths likewise creeping up over the basic beat. It seems like there’s too little going on at first, and the vocals seem like they’re going to be skip-worthy at first, but no, it all comes together really nicely. Reinhard Voigt’s contribution is simply titled “RV 01” and it seems like a pretty nondescript minimal techno track with a slightly squirming bassline, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a need for it to be anything else. Euripides’ “Melancholy Days” builds and blossoms, with triplet arpeggios and a fragile, flower-petal breakdown. It’s also not quite as sad as its title suggests. Gadi Mitrani’s “Key of Stillness” is a classic hippie-raver-girl-babbling-while-on-ecstasy track, similar to (for a recent example) Marco Shuttle’s astonishing “Sing Like a Bird” and I’m sure a ton of ’90s goa trance records that I have no interest in hearing. This one’s good though. It’s all about paying attention to the bubbles in your mind, or something. It makes you want to take out your yoga mat onto the dance floor. Even though this may be the equivalent of Kompakt’s minor leagues, it’s still a good showcase for some hidden gems.

DJ Haus: Burnin’ Up (Rinse, 2015)

February 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

DJ Haus: Burnin' Up

DJ Haus: Burnin’ Up

This one isn’t as generic as it looks, I swear! It was released by London dance radio station Rinse FM, and while it clearly falls under the banner of UK garage, it mixes it up a bit, with influences from early Warp bleep-n-bass groups like LFO and classic Chicago house keyboard melodies. “Won’t Let U Get Away” is early ’90s bleep with just a hint of the current bass music scene, while “Burnin’ Up” does the same for oldschool Chicago acid house. “Hypnotizin'” is a stripped down track with familiar garage house chords, and “Eez Werkin'” similarly loops whistling synths and minimal rave pianos. “Houz Muzik” is the inevitable track with cheaply sampled vocals saying the word “house” ad infinitum. “No More Loving” has some nice fat Derrick May bass tones and some more bleepy notes. “In My Mind” chops up vocals MK/Todd Edwards style, adding another jack-your-body bassline. “Acid Stringz” ends with little more than a bumping beat and a shifting acid synth line, but that’s all it needs. Sure, everything on this album has been done before in some form, many times over, but that doesn’t make these tracks any less effective.

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