Hills: Alive at Roadburn (Rocket Recordings, 2017)

June 30, 2017 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hills: Alive at Roadburn

Swedish psych explorers Hills (not to be confused with White Hills, who are far more prolific) present an album recorded at the infamous Roadburn festival, held every April in the Netherlands. All four tracks come within a minute or two of 15 minutes, and they don’t take long to launch into mystical heavy grooves. At times it sounds like there’s tamburas droning away along with the distorted guitars, and hints of desert melodies or rhythms. Also, while some of the group’s previous work was instrumental, this one has shamanistic vocals which seem possessed by a dark spirit (at least on the opening track “National Drone”). “Master Sleeps” has a very entrancing rhythm and ends up with some head-spinning patterns of echoed wah-wah guitar. At the end of the set, someone in the band remarks that they were supposed to play 6 songs but they only had time for 4, indicating how heavily engrossed the band are when they’re playing music.

Duot & Andy Moor: Food LP (Repetidor, 2017)

June 30, 2017 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Duot & Andy Moor: Food LP

Spanish improv duo Duot meet up with the legendary guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex, Dog Faced Hermans) for this bracing set. Tracks typically start off quiet, but get jagged and abrasive. Tumbling drums, serrated guitar, wheezing sax. “Arrebato” is probably the most immediate piece. “It’s Your Business” starts off sounding kinda like a mutated version of the “Blister in the Sun” riff. “Gudi” feels like being crushed against the pavement while rapid wolves are hissing at you (but somehow not biting you).

Crush Collision 6/30/17

June 30, 2017 at 9:24 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm Porter Ricks ~ “Port of Tangency”
10:08 pm Olin ~ “People Fix (Huerco S. Remix 1)”
10:15 pm Cliff Lothar ~ “E-String”
10:20 pm 808 State ~ “Would I Could”
10:24 pm Looky Looky ~ “The Handoff”
10:30 pm Veronique Page ~ “Metropolis”
10:35 pm Sebastian Mullaert ~ “Wings of Remembrance”
10:41 pm Sau Poler ~ “Mitre”
10:46 pm Jad & The ~ “Yeah Band”
10:52 pm Kettenkarussell ~ “Just For a Second”
10:58 pm Figure-Ground ~ “Naches”
Hour 2
11:02 pm Kuzma Palkin ~ “13-05-you-have-to-sleep-too”
11:07 pm Sepehr ~ “Step One (D’Marc Cantu Remix)”
11:11 pm Mike Dehnert ~ “Starground”
11:16 pm SHXCXCHCXSH ~ “Stämma #1”
11:20 pm London Modular Alliance ~ “Home Grown”
11:23 pm Umfang ~ “Where Is She”
11:27 pm Floorplan ~ “Let the Church”
11:32 pm A Sagittariun ~ “The Pathway (Matrixxman Remix)”
11:37 pm Remco Beekwilder ~ “Concrete Jungle”
11:42 pm The Martian ~ “Particle Shower”
11:50 pm Ligovskoï ~ “Lethe (Polar Inertia Remix)”

Jib Kidder: New Works For Realistic Mixer (Care Of Editions, 2016) + Pay 2 Play (Lamb Life, 2017)

June 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jib Kidder: New Works For Realistic Mixer

Following his poppiest album (2015’s Teaspoon To The Ocean), former WCBN DJ Jib Kidder released possibly his most experimental album. Instead of dense sample collages or trippy pop songs, this one was made entirely with a mixer and a drum machine. The cryptic, nonsensical track titles point to this being his IDM album, and the songs are a bit glitchy and noisy, filled with jagged, piercing tones and dripping beats. Lots of rusty, metallic feedback twisted into strange shapes. In a weird way, this was more accessible than I expected, but it’s not exactly melodic and the beats are far too abstract to dance to. Somehow the album’s weirdest moment is when a sample of a baby’s voice swoops in during the second to last track. It seems to be a perfect example of the humanity of this album, even though it appears cold and robotic.

Jib Kidder: Pay 2 Play

Pay 2 Play is entirely different, and a return to sample-based psych-pop. This contains some of his most bizarre, densely piled-on sample collage work yet, along with sly, strange songwriting. The album comes with a thick booklet containing stories and surrealist drawings as well as the songs’ lyrics. Just in the first few songs, we hear samples of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, doomsday cult speaking-in-tongues, pan flutes, country guitar, IM notifications, etc. I think I heard the coughing from “Sweet Leaf” somewhere in there too (possibly in reference to a certain WCBN PSA?). “Field of Dreams” is an easygoing groover based on a bagpipe sample. The second half of the album seems to be devoid of samples, however, and it goes into more of a soft rock mode, but in a somewhat strange way. “Fortune Presents Gifts” is a Dead Can Dance cover, and a faithful rendition of Tori Amos’ “Cornflake Girl” appears later, with backup vocals during the chorus that I thought were a sample of Tori herself at first.

Show #399 – 6/17/17

June 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:00 am Goldie ~ “Still Life” ~ Timeless ~ FFRR ~ 1995
2:10 am Goldie ~ “Redemption” ~ The Journey Man (new) ~ Metalheadz/Cooking Vinyl ~ 2017
2:30 am Ellen Allien ~ “Physical” ~ Nost (new) ~ Bpitch Control ~ 2017
2:36 am Shigeto (local) ~ “Detroit Pt II (I94 Mix)” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
2:42 am Ekoplekz ~ “Slipstream” ~ Bioprodukt (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2017
2:47 am Hexagon ~ “Cerebral Trauma/Counter Utopia (excerpts)” ~ Counter Utopia (new) ~ Shipwrec ~ 2017
2:52 am Mukqs ~ “Neo-Venezia” ~ 11,666,666,666,666,666,666 (new) ~ Midwich Productions ~ 2017
Hour 2
2:59 am Mumdance & Logos ~ “FFS” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Different Circles ~ 2017
3:04 am Mvstermind ~ “Chinese Connection FDM” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2017
3:07 am DJ Haram ~ “Body Count” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2017
3:11 am Star Eyes ~ “Make Me” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Cybersonic ~ 2017
3:17 am Celyn June ~ “Veracity Scene” ~ mp3 (new) ~ W-I ~ 2017
3:21 am Pininga ~ “Arrocha Da Gloria” ~ Tormenta Hits Vol. 2 (new) ~ Tormenta ~ 2017
3:25 am DJ Sports ~ “For Real For You” ~ Modern Species (new) ~ Firecracker Recordings ~ 2017
3:32 am Rood Project ~ “Thunder” ~ Special Request: Fabriclive 91 ~ Fabric ~ 1994
3:37 am Date Palms ~ “Yuba Source Part II” (by request) ~ The Dusted Sessions ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2013
3:41 am Glenn Jones & Matthew Azevedo ~ “Across the Tappan Zee” ~ Waterworks (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
3:45 am Kikagaku Moyo ~ “Backlash” ~ Stone Garden (new) ~ Guruguru Brain ~ 2017
3:52 am Jefre Cantu-Ledesma ~ “Tenderness” ~ On the Echoing Green (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2017
3:56 am The Field Mice ~ “Tilting At Windmills” ~ For Keeps ~ Sarah Records ~ 1991
Hour 3
4:01 am Saint Etienne ~ “Take It All In” ~ Home Counties (new) ~ Heavenly ~ 2017
4:04 am Grails ~ “Take Refuge” ~ Take Refuge in Clean Living ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2008
4:13 am Grails ~ “Belgian Wake-Up Drill” ~ Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 1, 2, & 3 ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2006
4:16 am Burning Spear ~ “Columbus Dub” ~ Living Dub Volume Two ~ Burning Music ~ 1980
4:19 am Geri Allen (local) ~ “Vertical Flowing” ~ Eyes… In the Back of Your Head ~ Blue Note ~ 1997
4:26 am Powerhouse Sound ~ “Exit-Salida (For Burning Spear)” ~ Oslo/Chicago: Breaks ~ Atavistic ~ 2007
4:34 am Yarn/Wire ~ “Music for Ensemble and Pitch Shifter/Delay (Tyondai Braxton)” ~ Currents Vol. 0 (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
4:43 am Joseph Shabason ~ “Aytche” ~ Aytche (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2017
4:47 am David Pritchard ~ “An Admission of Guilt” ~ Nocturnal Earthworm Stew ~ Artoffact ~ 1976
Hour 4
5:00 am Physical Therapy ~ “More Sugar” ~ More Sugar (new) ~ Sounds Of Beaubien Ouest ~ 2017
5:05 am Carl Craig (local) ~ “Domina” ~ Versus (new) ~ InFiné/Planet E ~ 2017
5:14 am Hear In Now ~ “Cultural Differences” ~ Not Living in Fear (new) ~ International Anthem ~ 2017
5:22 am Coldcut x On-U Sound feat. Hamsika Iyer ~ “Kajra Mohobbat Wala (Dub)” ~ Outside the Echo Chamber (new) ~ Ahead of Our Time ~ 2017
5:25 am Jib Kidder (local) ~ “06 DopR2RNAi;+” ~ New Works for Realistic Mixer ~ Care/Of Editions ~ 2016
5:29 am Com Truise ~ “When Will You Find the Limit…” ~ Iteration (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
5:35 am Ikonika ~ “Love Games” ~ Distractions (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2017
5:39 am Jlin ~ “Carbon 7 (161)” ~ Black Origami (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2017
5:43 am Wet Hair ~ “Revealed” ~ The Floating World (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2017
5:48 am Slowdive ~ “Don’t Know Why” ~ Slowdive (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2017
5:52 am TALsounds ~ “Grace” ~ Love Sick (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2017

Shigeto: Detroit Pt II 12″ single (Portage Garage Sounds, 2017)

June 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Shigeto: Detroit Pt II 12″ single

Local hero Shigeto started a new label called Portage Garage Sounds with his brother Ben Saginaw (of Ritual Howls). This is its first release, which was limited to 500 copies and is already completely sold out! Shigeto’s recent tracks have been way more club-friendly than the IDM/hip-hop hybrids he’s often known for, and this is an immersion into straght-up deep house. Warm keyboards, thumping beats, echo-covered tenor sax from Marcus Elliot, as well as softly spoken vocals which come back to the word “Detroit” (as does all modern dance music). The “I-94 Mix” on the B-side is more low-key, fixating on the groove, with just a bare amount of dubbed-out sax floating over the bumping beat. There’s reportedly more from Shigeto forthcoming in this vein, possibly on a label owned by a certain WCBN DJ (no, not me!).

Crush Collision 6/15/17

June 16, 2017 at 9:01 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm Mukqs ~ “Hashimoto-Appelbaum Syndrome”
10:12 pm Thee J Johanz ~ “Twice Upon a Time”
10:17 pm Rhys Celeste [R.I.P.] ~ “2016 Untitled 72”
10:21 pm Tudor Acid ~ “Foscle”
10:25 pm Erik Luebs ~ “Crashed”
10:32 pm Christian Piers ~ “Strain”
10:37 pm Angel Alanis & Maria Goetz ~ “LS Sugar”
10:41 pm Christophe ~ “Caravanarambar”
10:45 pm Watson ~ “Safari (Edit)”
10:51 pm Who Ha ~ “Iris”
10:55 pm Circular Vector Patterns ~ “Be”
Hour 2
11:02 pm Svreca & Retina.it ~ “Avenza”
11:08 pm Collin Strange ~ “Private Lives”
11:13 pm Jeran Portis ~ “Depersonalisation”
11:17 pm Ruff Stuff ~ “M.A.M.T”
11:23 pm em x cabesa ~ “chaggah (M)”
11:26 pm Jorek ~ “Back 2 the Future”
11:32 pm Michele Mininni ~ “Rave Oscillations”
11:38 pm Border One ~ “Despair”
11:42 pm Jonas Kopp ~ “Tuning Frequency”
11:47 pm Glaskin ~ “Structure”
11:53 pm Maral Salmassi & DFunc ~ “Pattern Abstraction (Inigo Kennedy Remix)”
11:58 pm Aphex Twin ~ “a2” ~ London 03.06.17

Show #398 – 6/10/17

June 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am Com Truise ~ “Dryswch” ~ Iteration (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
2:06 am Graeme Miller & Steve Shill ~ “Travelling Theme” ~ The Moomins ~ Finders Keepers ~ 1983
2:08 am The Bad Examples ~ “Endlos Kurzer Sommer” ~ Profis Like Us ~ Ata Tak ~ 2002
2:14 am Ensemble ~ “Proposal 11” ~ Sketch Proposals ~ Rephlex ~ 2000
2:16 am Capitol K ~ “Capitol Beat Sticky” ~ Island Row ~ Planet Mu ~ 2000
2:21 am Hypo ~ “Texmex” ~ Kotva ~ Spymania ~ 2001
2:24 am Hop-Frog’s Drum Jester Devotional ~ “You Can’t Do That to Me, I’m An American (Nonsense Mix)” ~ Bets Ov V.1 ~ URCKarm Recordings ~ 2006
2:32 am Yann Novak “Surroundings” Surroundings (new) Line 2017
2:43 am The Freight Elevator Quartet ~ “Downtime Is Becoming Less Of An Option” ~ Becoming Transparent ~ Caipirinha Music ~ 2000
2:47 am Underground Resistance (local) ~ “Analog Assassin” ~ The Technanomicron Volume 1 ~ Third Earth Visual Arts ~ 2002
2:54 am Patrice Scott (local) ~ “Synchronicity” ~ Air Texture Volume V (new) ~ Air Texture ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:00 am Floating Points ~ “Lucerne Valley” ~ Reflections – Mojave Desert (new) ~ Luaka Bop ~ 2017
3:03 am Carmen Villain ~ “Planetarium (Gigi Masin Remix)” ~ Planetarium (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2017
3:13 am 9T Antiope ~ “Telophase” ~ Isthmus (eilean 98) (new) ~ Eilean Rec. ~ 2017
3:23 am Leandro Fresco and Rafael Anton Irisarri ~ “Un Horizonte En Llamas” ~ La Equidistancia (new) ~ A Strangely Isolated Place ~ 2017
3:30 am Kyo ~ “Universal Audio” ~ I Musik (new) ~ Posh Isolation ~ 2017
3:36 am Monolog & Subheim ~ “Sumo Rimi” ~ Conviction (new) ~ Denovali ~ 2017
3:40 am $3.33 ~ “+” ~ Draft ~ Leaving Records ~ 2014
3:46 am Mark Dagley ~ “Paradoxa Emblemata – Untitled #6” ~ Collected Works 1978-2016 (new) ~ Feeding Tube/Negative Glam ~ 2017
3:48 am Aphex Twin ~ “B3” ~ London 03.06.17 (new) ~ Warp ~ 2017
3:51 am Rhys Celeste [R.I.P.] ~ “2016 Untitled 84” ~ Microlith (new) ~ Central Processing Unit ~ 2016
3:55 am Figure-Ground ~ “Bitterness” ~ Out of the Shadows (new) ~ Shadow Story ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:01 am Duran Duran Duran ~ “Drug Life” ~ Duran (new) ~ Power Vacuum ~ 2017
4:07 am Baconhanger ~ “Merciless” ~ Weirdcraft MMXVII (new) ~ Weirdcraft Youth Group ~ 2017
4:09 am Johnlukeirl ~ “Aim 4 Da Starz” ~ Vandalism (new) ~ Magical Properties ~ 2017
4:11 am Jlin ~ “Hatshepsut” ~ Black Origami (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2017
4:16 am Bok Bok ~ “Island Hopping” ~ Salvage 2017 (new) ~ Night Slugs ~ 2017
4:20 am Best Available Technology ~ “Session 9177” ~ Exposure Therapy (new) ~ Styles Upon Styles ~ 2017
4:22 am Trans Am ~ “Alles Verboten” ~ California Hotel (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
4:26 am Wet Hair ~ “Lift the Stone” ~ The Floating World (new) ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2017
4:30 am Matthewdavid’s Mindflight ~ “Super Blooming Always” ~ Springrain Flight (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2017
4:39 am Coldcut ~ “More Beats & Pieces (Beans & Pizzas Strictly Kid Teeba Jam)” ~ More Beats + Pieces ~ Ninja Tune ~ 1997
4:46 am Ennanga Vision ~ “Killing Ghosts” ~ Ennanga Vision (new) ~ Soundway ~ 2017
4:51 am Sylford Walker ~ “Deuteronomy” ~ Lamb’s Bread ~ Greensleeves ~ 1979
4:58 am Grails ~ “11th Hour” ~ Take Refuge in Clean Living ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2008
Hour 4
5:02 am Grails ~ “Black Tar Frequencies” ~ Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 1, 2, & 3 ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2006
5:07 am Swans ~ “The Man Who Refused To Be Unhappy” ~ Deliquescence (new) ~ Young God Records ~ 2017
5:17 am Swans ~ “Deliquescing” ~ Deliquescence (new) ~ Young God Records ~ 2017
5:27 am Claudio Simonetti ~ “Impending Danger – Stefano Rossello Remix” ~ Opera soundtrack (new) ~ Rustblade ~ 2017
5:32 am Christopher Willits ~ “Rotation” ~ Horizon (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
5:39 am Dynatron ~ “Aurora Nights” ~ Escape Velocity ~ Blood Music ~ 2012
5:46 am Dynatron ~ “The Outer Rims of Traversed Space” ~ Aeternus ~ Blood Music ~ 2015
5:51 am Carl Craig ~ “Technology” ~ Versus (new) ~ InFiné/Planet E ~ 2017

Graeme Miller & Steve Shill: The Moomins original soundtrack (Finders Keepers, 2016)

June 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Graeme Miller & Steve Shill: The Moomins original soundtrack

This is the previously unreleased soundtrack to what looks to be a very bizarre children’s television program from the early ’80s, involving a variety of felt creatures which look like hippos. The music was made in the U.K. by post-punk musicians experimenting with synthesizers and cheap instruments, and it’s as playful and creative as the program looks, but also a bit dark and sinister. The opening theme song is a nice jaunty little ocarina-driven number which will get stuck in your head, and you’ll probably be ok with that. “Travelling Theme” is a slower, dubby groove which isn’t too far from Adrian Sherwood. “Moomins Partytime” is suitably bubbly and gleeful, with more whistling melodies and lots of excited cheering. The album gets a lot darker after that, though; “Midwinter Rites” sounds like it’s some sort of evil ritual taking place in a cave filled with flesh-eating beasts (but it still sounds festive). “Comet Shadow” is five minutes of solemn skygazing. This is the type of curious retro-futuristic release which couldn’t have a better home on any other label than Finders Keepers, and it’s simply delightful.

Crush Collision 6/8/17

June 9, 2017 at 9:04 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm The Silent Ech0 (local) ~ LIVE DJ SET!!!
Hour 2
11:01 pm Lawrence Le Doux ~ “Hermanic Age”
11:07 pm Dauwd ~ “Glass Jelly”
11:11 pm Kevin Kendall ~ “When Can I See”
11:17 pm Tuccillo ~ “Renacer”
11:20 pm Reframe ~ “Bahama Ice Cream”
11:25 pm Mr. YT ~ “Reve”
11:31 pm Deep88 ~ “O-Ring”
11:35 pm Rudolf C ~ “No Fuss”
11:39 pm Bodeler ~ “Sampler 10 (Stefan Weise Remix)”
11:44 pm SMBD ~ “Backstreet”
11:47 pm The Crane ~ “Beamer”
11:51 pm Lord Raja ~ “O.K”
11:53 pm JaX Dax ~ “Machine Killer”
11:59 pm Vril ~ “Untitled”

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