Troum: Acouasme (Cold Spring, 2015)

April 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Troum: Acouasme

Troum: Acouasme

Creepy dark ambient for fans of Lustmord, Deathprod, Dead Voices On Air, Zoviet France, et al. Ghostly choirs, bass pulses, metal objects, lots of hissing. Gets intense; liner notes recommend PLAY LOUD. Most tracks are between 7 and 13 minutes, but track “Signe Du Miroir” is 18 minutes. It also has slow, thudding beats, which sound really disjointed and awesome. “Outer Brain Outsourcing” might be the most hair-raising track. All of this is brutal and lovely.

Dimitri Mazurov: Rudiments (Psychonavigation, 2016)

April 3, 2016 at 6:09 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dimitri Mazurov: Rudiments

Dimitri Mazurov: Rudiments

Really impressive dark glitchy IDM from Russia. Some of it has buzzing abstract hip-hop beats and eerie melodies, and other times it’s slurpy, liquid Arovane-ish stuff. Other times it’s more sparse and alien. It seems like he’s manipulating some acoustic drums and bells into his work, but it’s hard to tell. “Nubilum” has a slower, straighter rhythm which still sounds like its sloshing through mud, and it has a dark, astonishing, wide-open melody projecting over everything. The album includes a remix by Oval, which seems to revisit his ’90s melodic glitch sound and combine it with his newer electro-acoustic drum-based sound in a really successful way.

DMZ: Carex Boréal tape (Tanzprocesz, 2016)

April 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

DMZ: Carex Boréal tape

DMZ: Carex Boréal tape

The name DMZ has been used several times before, so just to clarify, this has nothing to do with dubstep, garage rock, or comics. It’s abrasive, cracked electronics that fizzle outside of the constraints of rhythms. Sometimes they lapse into melodies or patterns, it’s not quite a harsh noise wall or anything like that, but it still has nothing to do with proper tunes. The second part is the most scrambled and frazzled, sounding like an entire control room going haywire. The fifth part buries strange scowling voices and mournful drone melodies under piercing, buzzing static. Other tracks sound like rusty kitchen appliances receiving phone calls from the dead. The best way to try to make sense of it is to just download it from Bandcamp and see what messages it’s speaking to you.

D5: Sides of Space (Delsin, 2015)

April 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

D5: Sides of Space

D5: Sides of Space

This CD looks pretty unassuming, but it’s actually a treasure trove of released and unreleased tracks by one of the best Detroit-sounding techno producers who isn’t from Detroit. Seriously, these tracks could’ve totally been released on Metroplex or Transmat or Planet E during the ’90s. Instead, they were released on Delsin during the 2000s and I’d never heard of them until now. Super vibrant, melodic, soulful night drive music. Tracks like “Transglide” and “Future Sense” perfectly blend striding beats and sublime melodies, hitting on whatever magic formulas Carl Craig and Juan Atkins have been concocting for ages. None of these tracks are overstuffed or too busy, and yet they’re not minimal. They also aren’t the type of tracks that just loop endlessly for several minutes. They’re bright and alive, and they feel like they’re inhabited by spirits. Highest recommendation.

Show #337 – 4/2/16

April 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am Albert Ayler ~ “Spirits” ~ Bells/Prophecy ~ ESP-Disk ~ 1964
2:08 am Brian Chippendale/Mats Gustafsson/Massimo Pupillo ~ “Flesh. Transformed. Melted. (excerpt)” ~ Melt (new) ~ Trost ~ 2016
2:28 am Blood Rhythms ~ “Cutter Magnolias” ~ Assembly ~ No Part Of It/RRRecords ~ 2015
2:43 am Amnesia Scanner ~ “AS Chingy” ~ AS (new) ~ Young Turks ~ 2016
2:45 am Sami Baha ~ “Chunk” ~ Mavericks (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2016
2:47 am Joe Mousepad + NorthernDraw ft. Denley ~ “Haight” ~ Lamp with Us (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2016
2:51 am Ash Koosha ~ “Snow” ~ I AKA I (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2016
2:54 am Rabit ~ “Let Moss Be Moss” ~ Excommmunicate (new) ~ self-released ~ 2016
2:58 am Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ~ “Wetlands” ~ EARS (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2016
Hour 2
3:01 am Troum ~ “Omega Melancholicum” ~ Acouasme ~ Cold Spring ~ 2015
3:07 am Andy Stott ~ “Butterflies” ~ Too Many Voices (new) ~ Modern Love ~ 2016
3:10 am RONiiA ~ “Run” ~ Sisters (new) ~ Totally Gross National Product ~ 2016
3:17 am HIDE ~ “Flesh For the Living (WATTS Remix for American Primitive)” ~ Flesh For the Living (new) ~ Midwich ~ 2016
3:23 am HEALTH ~ “Courtship II (Worriedaboutsatan Remix)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
3:29 am Submerged Vs. Bill Laswell ~ “The Driven” ~ After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness? (new) ~ Ohm Resistance ~ 2016
3:35 am The Range ~ “No Loss” ~ Potential (new) ~ Domino ~ 2016
3:39 am Shitmat ~ “S950-003” ~ µ20 – 20 Years of Planet Mu ~ Planet Mu ~ 2008
3:43 am Honzo ~ “Lovesickness” ~ Melancholia (new) ~ Arboretum ~ 2016
3:50 am Simone Gatto ~ “Flux” ~ Detachment (new) ~ Sheik ‘N’ Beik ~ 2016
3:54 am Low Jack ~ “Six in the Morning” ~ Lighthouse Stories (new) ~ Modern Love ~ 2016
Hour 3
4:00 am Dokuro ~ “Nachtgestalten” ~ Avalon ~ Monotype ~ 2015
4:02 am Alex Barnett ~ “Arches” ~ Chew From the Mind (new) ~ Midwich ~ 2016
4:07 am Jason Danny Ivan (local) ~ “Dazed” ~ Jason Danny Ivan (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2016
4:13 am Wil Bolton ~ “Honeywood” ~ February Dawn (new) ~ Eilean Rec. ~ 2016
4:18 am Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke ~ “I Just Want You to Stay (excerpt)” ~ It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry (new) ~ Editions Mego ~ 2016
4:24 am Merrin Karras ~ “Void” ~ APEX (new) ~ A Strangely Isolated Place ~ 2016
4:34 am Federico Durand ~ “Linternas junta a la laguna [Lanterns beside the lake]” ~ A Través Del Espejo (new) ~ 12k ~ 2016
4:40 am Kane Ikin ~ “Crosstalk” ~ Modern Pressure (new) ~ Type ~ 2016
4:47 am Talk Talk ~ “Life’s What You Make It (Extended Dance Version)” (by request) ~ 12″ ~ EMI America ~ 1986
4:53 am Virtual Flannel ~ “Not Techno” ~ Loop City (new) ~ Gohan Tapes ~ 2016
4:56 am Korma ~ “When Cherubs Cry” ~ When Cherubs Cry (new) ~ TAR ~ 2016
4:59 am Pjusk ~ “Demring” ~ Sval ~ 12k ~ 2010
Hour 4
5:03 am Dimitri Mazurov ~ “Wry” ~ Rudiments (new) ~ Psychonavigation ~ 2016
5:07 am myr. ~ “Eleanor” ~ Diamondbacks Make Wonderful Pets (new) ~ PNN ~ 2016
5:14 am More Eaze ~ “D0M@N3” ~ D0M@N3 (new) ~ Never Anything Records ~ 2016
5:21 am R. MEXICO ~ “Scrap That (2011 Refix)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Hoss Records ~ 2016
5:25 am Novelist ~ “Hoax” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
5:30 am Rydberg ~ “Gardening” ~ Rydberg ~ Monotype ~ 2015
5:37 am Illusion of Safety ~ “Access to Core” ~ Surrender ~ No Part of It ~ 2013
5:44 am Baumann / Koek ~ “Where” ~ Baumann / Koek ~ Bureau B ~ 1978
5:49 am Slasher Film Festival Strategy ~ “Foreign Body” ~ Psychic Shield (new) ~ Foreign Sounds ~ 2015
5:51 am Thug Entrancer ~ “Wage Mage III” ~ Arcology (new) ~ Software ~ 2016

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