Show #347– 6/18/16

June 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am MV Carbon ~ “Heavy Curtains” ~ The Sun Will Turn On You (new) ~ Discombobulate ~ 2016
2:05 am Matchess ~ “Mind in Self-Estrangement (at 33)” ~ Seraphastra ~ Trouble in Mind ~ 2013
2:11 am Matchess ~ “The Rafter” ~ The Rafter (new) ~ Monofonus Press ~ 2016
2:17 am Clawed ~ “Why Don’t You Understand” ~ Rob (new) ~ Lalena ~ 2016
2:24 am bhaavitaaH bhuutasthaH ~ “Rückkopplung” ~ The Wire Tapper 40 (new) ~ The Wire magazine ~ 2016
2:29 am Moby ~ “LA4” ~ Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep. (new) ~ Self-Released ~ 2016
2:35 am Snakepiss (local) ~ “/\” ~ Knives (new) ~ Chambray Records ~ 2016
2:39 am Drexciya (local) ~ “Unknown Journey VII” ~ Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller IV ~ Clone Classic Cuts ~ released 2013
2:44 am Drexciya (local) ~ “Flying Fish” ~ Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller III ~ Clone Classic Cuts ~ released 2013
2:46 am Drexciya (local) ~ “Unknown Journey II” ~ Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller II ~ Clone Classic Cuts ~ released 2012
2:49 am Underground Resistance (local) ~ “Jupiter Jazz” ~ World 2 World ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1992
2:53 am Galaxy 2 Galaxy (local) ~ “Star Sailing” ~ Galaxy 2 Galaxy ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1993
Hour 2
3:00 am Andrés (local) ~ “New For U” ~ New For U 12″ ~ La Vida ~ 2012
3:06 am Damian Schwartz ~ “Frau Odd” ~ The Dancing Behavior (new) ~ A Harmless Deed ~ 2016
3:11 am Fumiya Tanaka ~ “Cinematicorc” ~ You Find the Key (new) ~ Perlon ~ 2016
3:20 am Matt Karmil ~ “Be Gentle” ~ ++++ (new) ~ PNN ~ 2016
3:24 am Ryan Huber ~ “Cambridge in Flames” ~ Comoros (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2016
3:29 am Silent Harbour ~ “Descending Radius Curve” ~ Silent Harbour ~ Echocord ~ 2012
3:35 am Pär Grindvik ~ “Shine” ~ Isle of Real (new) ~ Stockholm LTD ~ 2016
3:39 am Unicorn Hard-On ~ “Florida Water” ~ Dream Machine (new) ~ untergang-institut ~ 2016
3:44 am Xeno & Oaklander ~ “Chimera” ~ Topiary (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2016
3:46 am Function ~ “Low Lights and Trick Mirrors” ~ Facticity (new) ~ Infrastructure ~ 2016
3:52 am UNCLE 22 ~ “LOVE” ~ The Orb And Youth Present Impossible Oddities From Underground To Overground (The Story Of WAU! Mr Modo) ~ WAU! Mr Modo ~ 1989
3:56 am Foozool ~ “Lezginka Dance Scene” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
Hour 3
4:00 am Shanti ft. Oxhy ~ “Broke In” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
4:04 am EndgamE ~ “Savage Riddim (WWWINGS Remix)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Purple Tape Pedigree ~ 2016
4:07 am SWAN MEAT x YOSHITAKA HIKAWA ~ “BX3 HEADSPACE” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
4:10 am Chambry ~ “De Temps En Temps” ~ video (new) ~ Vimeo ~ 2016
4:13 am R Gamble ~ “Mas Torque” ~ Teeth Like Foil (new) ~ Lost Soul Enterprises ~ 2016
4:19 am AceMo & Fugitive ~ “SHOOTEM’UP” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2016
4:23 am DJ Rashad X DJ Phil ~ “Come Close” ~ Afterlife (new) ~ Teklife ~ 2016
4:29 am Erik Wøllo & Byron Metcalf ~ “Valley Of Spheres” ~ Earth Luminous (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2016
4:35 am Ilk ~ “Yes, Ruff!” ~ split 12″ w/ Etch (new) ~ Bun the Grid ~ 2016
4:41 am Jake Slazenger ~ “Lolly Girl” ~ mp3 ~ Soundcloud ~ 1994
4:48 am P. Morris ~ “Low” ~ Low (new) ~ Bear Club Music Group ~ 2016
4:51 am P. Morris ~ “Fell” ~ Teeth (new) ~ Bear Club Music Group ~ 2016
4:54 am Asher Levitas ~ “Blessed Mother” ~ Lit Harness (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2016
4:58 am ZYX ~ “Away to Freedom” ~ Trust No Woman ~ Dark Entries ~ 1981
Hour 4
5:02 am Xaõ Seffcheque ~ “Du Und Ich” ~ 12″ ~ Kess Kill ~ 1981
5:06 am Product of Reason ~ “Five” ~ Household Shocks ~ Dark Entries ~ 1980
5:09 am Linda Guilala ~ “Fobia Social II” ~ Psiconáutica (new) ~ Elefant ~ 2016
5:12 am Parlour ~ “Kármán Line” ~ Parlour (new) ~ Temporary Residence ~ 2016
5:18 am Alto! ~ “Piece Twelve” ~ LP3 (new) ~ Trouble in Mind ~ 2016
5:35 am Swans ~ “People Like Us” ~ The Glowing Man (new) ~ Young God ~ 2016
5:40 am Jambinai ~ “Echo of Creation” ~ A Hermitage (new) ~ Bella Union ~ 2016
5:44 am Super Thing (local) ~ “Pandemonium” ~ Super Thing (new) ~ Self-Released ~ 2016
5:52 am SineRider ~ “Finch” ~ Seconds Minutes (new) ~ Sun Sea Sky Productions ~ 2016
5:55 am Julianna Barwick ~ “Someway” ~ Will (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2016

SineRider: Seconds Minutes (Sun Sea Sky Productions, 2016)

June 17, 2016 at 8:43 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

SineRider: Seconds Minutes

SineRider: Seconds Minutes

Chilled out downtempo IDM/shoegaze/post-rock similar to most of the n5MD label, or Tycho. Nice and rich and relaxing and cool yet sunny. Expansive atmospheric washes, clicky beats, sweet nostalgic melodies. Nothing that hasn’t been done before but it sounds really good. “Finch” is one of the more uptempo tracks here. “Winter Months” is slower but it has one of the more flowing beats, and also a really pretty melody which brings to mind Ulrich Schnauss. “Birdcall” is the longest track (over 7 minutes) and seems to have more involved production, making for a mini-epic finale.

Matt Karmil: ++++ (PNN, 2016)

June 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Matt Karmil: ++++

Matt Karmil: ++++

The second of two albums so far this year from an up-and-coming abstract house dude. This is very stare-into-space house, usually just repeating one brief melodic phrase and sample over a thudding beat, maybe fading something in and out, and adding effects. It can be pretty monotonous, and the opening track (which repeats the phrase “it’s not a perfect world” ad infinitum) is irritating. But when this album is on, it’s on. Or rather, it’s off; it feels detached and disconnected but still bumping along. “AF” is the most developed track, and easily the most memorable. “Be Gentle” is really good too. “Crystals” starts very quiet and still, but after several minutes it builds up to a pretty good half-asleep groove. Other tracks don’t do as much. It’s best to just sit back and let this one do its thing and not think too much about it. When it works, it works really well.

Ryan Huber: Comoros CDr (Inam Records, 2016)

June 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Ryan Huber: Comoros CDr

Ryan Huber: Comoros CDr

Doomy drones and ticking loops from the prolific Massachusetts-based CDr-slinger. This one’s actually somewhat poppy in compared to some of his other albums, at least in terms of song lengths. There’s no 20 minute slowly evolving pieces here, most of these are around 2 or 3 minutes, with only two tracks reaching the 5 minute mark. There’s a slight bit more melody to some of these tracks (not too much though), and some tricky rhythmic patterns as well. The tracks don’t flow into each other as one work, so it feels like a collection of short sketches or snapshots. “Parapet” is a cool micro-groove. “Takfir” has a cool splittery effect near the end. “Cambridge in Flames” is the most straightforward 4/4 techno track. “Trinity” is the longest and most droney/ambient track, and it sneaks some shoegazey guitar in near the end. “Vrej” is also eerie and droney, then “Saladin” is more of a Stroboscopic Artefacts-type techno strack. Available from Bandcamp.

Crush Collision 6/16/16

June 17, 2016 at 12:42 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm Buz Ludzha ~ “The Third Mantra”
10:05 pm Suspended in Gaffa ~ “Your Body is My Body”
10:09 pm Matt Karmil ~ “AF”
10:13 pm Ryan Huber ~ “Parapet”
10:14 pm neinzer ~ “The Fear”
10:20 pm Damian Schwartz ~ “Trophic Cascade”
10:23 pm G-Prod ~ “Atomic Creation”
10:27 pm Black Loops ~ “Cassette 2”
10:32 pm Moniker ~ “Phaze Jam”
10:37 pm Blake Baxter ~ “Acid Warp Time Travel”
10:41 pm Dva Damas ~ “Clear Cut”
10:45 pm Ellen Allien ~ “Gates of Light”
10:47 pm Booka Shade ~ “Mandarine Girl [Fakesch Remix]”
10:51 pm Octavcat ~ “Recsxif”
10:54 pm Keita Sano ~ “Mixing Error”
Hour 2
11:02 pm John Osborn & Tallmen785 ~ “Mono Core”
11:05 pm Floorplan ~ “They Can Tell”
11:10 pm Daniel Jacques ~ “The Opposite”
11:13 pm Deadboy ~ “RU4ME”
11:15 pm Chaams ~ “Angstrom Angst”
11:18 pm Ossie ~ “In a House (Dub)”
11:21 pm Distro ~ “Nothing to Prove (Instrumental)”
11:25 pm Detroit’s Filthiest ~ “Watching You (Marshall Applewhite Remake Instrumental)”
11:27 pm Detroit Grand Pubahs ~ “My Own Black Horizons (Horsemans Dub)”
11:31 pm DJ Bone ~ “Black Patterns”
11:34 pm DJ 3000 ~ “Take Me Away (Truncate Remix)”
11:39 pm Planetary Assault Systems ~ “Gated (Ben Sims Edit)”
11:41 pm Paul Mac ~ “Drum Dirt”
11:43 pm Aubrey ~ “Aqua Warrior”
11:46 pm Najem Sworb ~ “K-177”
11:50 pm Drafted ~ “Frequency Graven”
11:53 pm Yen Towers ~ “BID II (Trnch)”
11:56 pm Oliver Ho ~ “Part 4”

Scientific Sunshine: Chaarmy (self-released, 2015)

June 13, 2016 at 12:21 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Scientific Sunshine: Chaarmy

Scientific Sunshine: Chaarmy

Detroit-area songwriter Jordan Sunshine has been writing acoustic folk-pop songs for guitar and ukulele for years, but her debut album Chaarmy (which appeared late last year) is a full immersion into futuristic lo-fi electro-pop. It’s bright and effervescent, and the music and lyrics/vocals complement each other really nicely. The beats and electronic melodies are never heavy, and they let the vocals (especially backup vocals) swim around and underneath without obscuring them. The songs sound like they’re being sung by a cartoon hero traveling to a distant galaxy, but there’s still something very down-to-earth and human about them. An incredibly sweet album which doesn’t sound like much else out there. Free to download on Bandcamp, where physical CDs are available for purchase.

Blochemy: Da Mear (Clean Error/Sun Sea Sky Productions, 2016)

June 12, 2016 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Blochemy: Da Mear

Blochemy: Da Mear

i’m honestly really glad that there’s still people putting out IDM releases that sound like this. Very tightly programmed beats obviously inspired by Autechre but not as overwhelmingly intense, paired with light refreshing melodies. Some of the other Sun Sea Sky releases are closer to the more chillout BoC-but-not-as-weird style of IDM, but this has a bit more bite to it (as well as mostly nonsensical track titles) while still being a smooth, enjoyable listen. A lot of the melodies are kind of cut from the same cloth, there’s more variation to the beats, but it’s nothing to complain about. Like a nice sparkling beverage to go with the summer weather.

Lunapark: Gefangene Vögel LP (Blow Up, 1982/reissued by Dark Entries, 2016)

June 12, 2016 at 11:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Lunapark: Gefangene Vögel LP

Lunapark: Gefangene Vögel LP

So I recently discovered that I’m really into NDW (German new wave). Bands like Palais Schaumburg and Grauzone are totally up my alley now. I know nothing about this group other than that this 1982 album was the only one they put out. Not sure if it’s some sort of cult classic or anything, but listening to this reissue, it sounds fantastic. Lots of minimalist synths, shadowy German vocals, and some more upbeat post-punk moments (“Dieser Tag”). “Lederhosen” seems like the requisite silly German synth-pop single, but other songs here go a lot deeper. Good stuff.

P. Morris: Low + Teeth (Bear Club Music Group, 2016)

June 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

P. Morris: Low

P. Morris: Low

Very unconventional, confusing beats and edits from LA. The producer refers to his sound as “goombawave”. Seems like very abstract hip-hop production, but a lot of times it just seems to stop and start up again like a trick candle. “Hot Life” is a bit more of a conventional rap track with a verse by Haleek Maul, but then it ends and goes into a sad string passage called “Blood King”. “Great Expectations” is a minute of sad pianos with cartoonish strings poking out here and there. “Bad Habits” has traces of that Al Bowlly sample used in White Town’s “Your Woman”, mashed up with horns and some beats and vocals reminiscent of early James Blake.

P. Morris: Teeth

P. Morris: Teeth

Teeth is a literal continuation of Low, even beginning with the same samples. It’s also even more fractured and scattered, with plenty of long silent pauses between explosive beats, short tracks that don’t seem to have a clear beginning or end, recurring samples, orchestral bombast, heavy snapping bass, MORE FIRE, and moments that seem to fall flat on the ground only to be back in the swing of things seconds later. And while it all might sound like a random collage, the release ends with the entire work performed live at Low End Theory. It’s clearly all deliberate. Very strange, and something that encourages many repeated listens. Also, these are both the tip of the iceberg, as there are many more recordings on Bandcamp dating back several years.

Damian Schwartz: The Dancing Behavior 2LP (A Harmless Deed, 2016)

June 12, 2016 at 11:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Damian Schwartz: The Dancing Behavior 2LP

Damian Schwartz: The Dancing Behavior 2LP

Super diverse set of tracks from the long-running Madrid-based producer. A lot of the expected Detroit and Chicago dance influences are present, but it goes further beyond dance music. There’s trippy vocal and sample manipulation, and some blippy/buzzy synths which recall some of Raymond Scott’s electronic inventions. There’s spacy electro, there’s proper house, there’s oldschool IDM type melodies. “Minor Moves” is more downtempo but with crazy Squarepusher rapid bass tones. Lots of ground covered on this one. Super nice.

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