Chronotope Project: Ovum (Spotted Peccary, 2017)

August 27, 2017 at 5:51 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Chronotope Project: Ovum

When this first showed up in the mail, somehow I didn’t even realize at first that I already have the album this group released last year. I listened to this a few times while going to sleep and it didn’t make much of an impression at first, it just sounded like pretty standard new age, with flutes and percussion and stuff. It really grew on me, though. It’s super comforting, but not entirely fluffy and light, it gets a bit darker and deeper at times. It’s typically slow, sliding, and fluid, and is equally in tune with nature as well as space. It utilizes a synth called the Haken Continuum Fingerboard, which looks pretty crazy. I’m into it.

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USA/Mexico: Laredo LP (12XU, 2017)

August 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

USA/Mexico: Laredo LP

Austin band USA/Mexico includes guitarist Craig Clouse of Shit & Shine, drummer King Coffey of the Butthole Surfers, and bassist Nate Cross of When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. All of that adds up to expectations that this album will be weird, noisy, brutal, scary, and horribly fucked up, right? Well, you’re still not ready for how insane this album actually is. The noise is as harsh and engulfing as any power electronics record you care to name, but then the rhythm section bludgeons you with even more intense power. And the vocals sound like they’re coming from a combusting Dalek. They just don’t sound human. On top of that, there’s some digital glitch disorienting everything at certain moments, like near the end of opener “Possum Trot”. “Laredo” is ten times harsher than the first track, yet the rhyth, keeps barreling along straight ahead for the whole 7 minutes. “Windsor Park Hardcore” is 90 seconds of the most volatile, noise-blasted hardcore imaginable. The album ends with a just barely recognizable cover of The Fall’s “L.A.” The nice, peaceful cover art is entirely not representative of what this sounds like. Not at all. You are not ready.

Crush Collision 8/24/17

August 25, 2017 at 9:02 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm Iñigo Vontier ~ “Aluxes”
10:05 pm Christophe ~ “West Side Critters”
10:09 pm Felipe Gordon ~ “Rinogal”
10:13 pm Ross From Friends ~ “Crimson”
10:19 pm Biogen ~ “Forever Is Never Again”
10:22 pm Flabaire ~ “M&P”
10:28 pm Jorge Caiado ~ “Moving Forward”
10:33 pm Snuff Crew ~ “We Lost You”
10:36 pm Nas1 ~ “XXX (Marcellus Pittman Sexual Pulse Remix)”
10:41 pm HM505 ~ “Memory Gland”
10:45 pm Moony Me ~ “City of Storms”
10:49 pm Christian Nielsen ~ “Black Ceiling”
10:52 pm Mon(o)taur ~ “Razorwire (Mark Pistel Remix)”
10:57 pm Chiraya ~ “Stalker”
Hour 2
11:00 pm Maya Jane Coles ~ “Werk”
11:04 pm Blondes ~ “KDM”
11:09 pm Eddie Fowlkes and Gareth Whitehead ~ “Upsurge (Juan Atkins Remix)”
11:13 pm Ossie ~ “Space Odyssey (Dub)”
11:17 pm Oslo Roma ~ “Mars Water”
11:20 pm DJ Octopus ~ “Praha”
11:23 pm Akkord ~ “XMTR”
11:28 pm Gurk ~ “Gurk”
11:33 pm Half Nelson ~“Fluorescent”
11:39 pm Denial of Service ~ “Onryo”
11:43 pm Black Asteroid ~ “Space Junk”
11:46 pm Tyoma ~ “Haze (youANDme Remix)”
11:50 pm Parris Mitchell ~ “Rubber Jazz Band (Len Faki Remix)”
11:54 pm Blend Architect ~ “Cloud 1.2”

Show #408 – 8/19/17

August 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am Oneohtrix Point Never ~ “Good Time” ~ Good Time (new) ~ Warp ~ 2017
2:08 am Lapalux ft. GABI ~ “Data Demon” ~ Ruinism (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2017
2:12 am Ryan Huber ~ “Ascend” ~ Suburban Peril (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2017
2:16 am Maduro ~ “Ruin Value” ~ Ruin Value ~ Component ~ 2016
2:21 am ROM ~ “And We Will Go” ~ Possible Mountain ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
2:25 am Amiina featuring Lee Hazlewood ~ “Hilli “At The Top Of The World”” ~ 7″ ~ Bláskjár Records ~ 2008
2:30 am Spencer & Saginaw (local) ~ “Real Talk (AmbACID Version)” ~ 12” (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
2:35 am Abra ~ “No Chill” ~ Rose ~ Awful Records/Ninja Tune ~ 2015
2:40 am Dizzee Rascal ~ “Sick A Dis” ~ Raskit (new) ~ Island ~ 2017
2:44 am King Jammy ~ “Red Square Dub” ~ Waterhouse Dub (new) ~ VP ~ 2017
2:48 am D/A/D ~ “Innersphere Lasergames” ~ The Construct ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2013
2:54 am Trailer Trash Tracys ~ “Eden Machine” ~ Althaea (new) ~ Double Six/Domino ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:00 am Ziúr ~ “U Feel Anything?” ~ U Feel Anything? (new) ~ Planet Mu/Objects Ltd. ~ 2017
3:03 am Patrick Behnke ~ “Drop / In the Desert” ~ Turtle Feet – Simple Growth (new) ~ New Branch Records ~ 2017
3:07 am Schneider Kacirek ~ “Lumpur” ~ Radius Walk (new) ~ Bureau B ~ 2017
3:11 am Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ~ “To Follow and Lead” ~ The Kid (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2017
3:15 am Nobukazu Takemura ~ “Sign (Album Version)” ~ Hoshi No Koe ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2001
3:23 am HOM ~ “Xeremonial” ~ A$X (new) ~ Isounderscore ~ 2017
3:31 am Kutmah ~ “Change Things” ~ TROBBB! (new) ~ Big Dada ~ 2017
3:33 am Abandoned Footwear ~ “Song 6” ~ 108 Trees (new) ~ Isounderscore ~ 2017
3:42 am Wolf Eyes (local) ~ “No Hate 5” ~ No Hate (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2017
3:48 am Aaron Dilloway (local) ~ “Chain Shot” ~ Chain Shot ~ Hanson ~ 2007
Hour 3
4:03 am Michael Gira ~ “Fan Letter” ~ Drainland ~ Young God ~ 1995
4:10 am Cloakroom ~ “Concrete Gallery” ~ Time Well (new) ~ Relapse ~ 2017
4:16 am His Name Is Alive (local) ~ “Answer To Rainbow At Midnight” ~ Stars On E.S.P ~ 4AD ~ 1996
4:18 am Carl Lamoureux and Spaghetti Francis (local) ~ “Berry Juice” ~ Juice Cleanse (new) ~ Cat Congress Recordings ~ 2017
4:20 am Zach Phillips with Kate Mohanty ~ “The One Singing” ~ How to Slip Away (new) ~ OSR Tapes ~ 2017
4:23 am Voigt/465 ~ “Many Risk” ~ Slights Still Unspoken ~ Mental Experience ~ 1979
4:26 am Camo & Krooked ~ “Mandala” ~ Mosaik (new) ~ Ram ~ 2017
4:32 am Lockbox ~ “side B” ~ Demonoid ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2016
4:41 am Mahatma X ~ “I’ve Got Ill” ~ A Mobtown Suite Vol. 1 (new) ~ Home Assembly Music ~ 2017
4:44 am Lord RAJA ~ “Zoro” ~ 2017 Adult Swim Singles (new) ~ Adult Swim ~ 2017
4:47 am KMD feat. Jay Electronica & DOOM ~ “True Lightyears” ~ 2017 Adult Swim Singles (new) ~ Adult Swim ~ 2017
4:49 am Sean Price ft. DOOM ~ “Negus” ~ Imperius Rex (new) ~ Duck Down ~ 2017
4:52 am Vytear ~ “Labir Dey_M2” ~ Kingtrips EP1 (new) ~ Occult Research ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:00 am Joey Negro ~ “It’s More Fun To Compute” ~ Produced With Love (new) ~ Z Records ~ 2017
5:06 am Baba Stiltz ~ “Golden Eye” ~ Total ~ Studio Barnhus ~ 2014
5:12 am Hodge ~ “Swing For The Fences” ~ Swing For The Fences (new) ~ Hemlock ~ 2017
5:17 am Gerry Read ~ “Frankly” ~ New Junk City (new) ~ Ramp ~ 2017
5:23 am HKE ~ “Manila” ~ Emotionless Passion (new) ~ Kudatah ~ 2017
5:29 am Chronotope Project ~ “Starry Messenger” ~ Ovum (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2017
5:35 am Aris Kindt ~ “Several Wolves” ~ Swann And Odette (new) ~ Kingdoms ~ 2017
5:40 am Bushman’s Revenge ~ “Waltz Me Baby, Waltz Me All Night Long” ~ Thou Shalt Boogie! ~ Rune Grammofon ~ 2013
5:46 am Horace Silver ~ “Tippin’” ~ Live At Newport ’58 ~ Blue Note ~ 1958

Crush Collision 8/17/17

August 18, 2017 at 9:17 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:00 pm Baba Stiltz ~ “Reality Sparks”
10:04 pm Ben Lukas Boysen ~ “Golden Times 1 (Max Cooper Remix)”
10:12 pm Cathode Ray Tube ~ “Abundance (Gys Remix)”
10:18 pm Mod303 ~ “L’astrologue”
10:21 pm Pessimist ~ “Grit”
10:25 pm Grey Branches ~ “Acrylic Hunger”
10:29 pm Cylonix ~ “Two Face”
10:33 pm Deepchord presents Echospace ~ “Ghost In the Sound [Live 11]”
10:36 pm Troy Gunner ~ “Fictitious”
10:42 pm Ruven ~ “Jusamin”
10:45 pm Christopher Groove ~ “Secret Garden (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)”
10:55 pm N’conduit ~ “Xtal”
Hour 2
11:01 pm Ross From Friends ~ “Would You Still Be Here”
11:07 pm Oli Furness ~ “Piano4 (Mak & Pasteman Remix)”
11:11 pm CYRK ~ “Bossanova Rock (Claude Young Remix)”
11:19 pm Mark Fanciulli ~ “Deviation (DJ 3000 String Mix)”
11:26 pm Ada Kaleh ~ “Devotare (Cosmin TRG Remix)”
11:32 pm M:I:5 [Wolfgang Voigt] ~ “track 5”
11:34 pm Realitycheck ~ “Replicants”
11:39 pm Detroit Swindle ~ “Tamarindicus Hollandicus (Willie Burns Remix)”
11:44 pm Lake Haze ~ “Love In Lux (DJ Boring Remix)”
11:49 pm CYRK ~ “Absorption (Moiré Remix)”
11:54 pm Tobias. ~ “Vertic”
11:59 pm SW. ~ “B3”

Fracture: Cold & Rain 12″ EP (Astrophonica, 2017)

August 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Fracture: Cold & Rain 12″ EP

I’ve been oblivious to Fracture until now, even though he’s released dozens of records on labels like Metalheadz, Exit, Offshore, Ohm Resistance, etc. since the early 2000s (either solo or with Neptune). This is supercharged club music with tightly edited breaks, lots of energetic samples, and pop elements which don’t seem overly saccharine or cloying. It has the rolling, choppy beats of post-2000 drum’n’bass but doesn’t just settle into looping the same patterns over and over (I haven’t heard drum’n’bass that does this in quite a while, and I’m hoping this style has died out and people are just simply more creative now), and there’s some footwork-ness (he’s collaborated with DJ Earl) but it stays within the d’n’b realm. “So High” (a co-production w/ Alix Perez) uses chipmunk rave vocals to build up its momentum, but it manages to stay somewhat muted compared to how you might expect it to get, and there’s some really inventive bass tones. Looks like this is a back catalog I need to plunge into.

Sug: God’s Clit Vol. 2: Time vs. Flesh tape (Hausu Mountain, 2017)

August 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Sug: God’s Clit Vol. 2: Time vs. Flesh tape

Sugarm is now just Sug, and his first tape in several years is a long, heavy expedition which questions mortality and earthly existence. It’s very noisy and disjointed, with tripped-out distortion and floating, detached samples flying around heavy beats. It has the usual anything-goes spirit of Hausu Mountain releases, but is a bit noisier and darker than a lot of their releases, yet there’s still a cartoonish playfulness apparent. But there’s some very longform drone examinations here, such as “Silent Spiral”, which ends up sampling some sort of dizzy heavy breathing exercise before the speaker-panned beats jumble in and try really hard to make you lose your mind. “The Wizard Drips” is the shortest piece but it ends up being an entrancing psychic death march. “16 16 16” is a half hour long and takes up the entire second side of the tape, and it features the type of mind-warping that can only be accomplished with an EVI.

Khaki Blazer: Didn’t Have To Cut tape (Hausu Mountain, 2017)

August 13, 2017 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Khaki Blazer: Didn’t Have To Cut tape

The newest brain-scrambler from Pat Modugno of Moth Cock features the type of rapidly fluctuating samples and abstract rhythms that are to be expected from him, but in some ways this one feels a bit more spacious and aired-out. There’s some airy drones and sensuous lingering behind all the squeaking and bonking and glitching. After the alarming test tones of “Saturn Rings”, “Passive Demon” is all sparkling constellations and cartoon powerdrills, and it rapidly switches between overwhelming enlightenment and sugar-spiked silliness. There’s moments where it’s like someone getting really starry-eyed and introspective and bordering on profound, and then the yoga mat gets pulled up from under them and they’re beaten over the head with it. Lightly, of course. This isn’t violent music in any way. It’s lopsided and goofy and trippy but not mean-spirited. Also, in a plunderphonic stroke of genius, the 11-minute album-ending dronescape “Death Bedhead” is constantly interrupted with a recurring sample of that annoying Gotye song, revealing the source of the album’s title.

Crypticz: Forever 12″ EP (Cosmic Bridge, 2017)

August 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Crypticz: Forever 12″ EP

Very good modern drum’n’bass, heavy on drizzling rainfall and tension. The production isn’t overwhelmingly dense, but it does sound busy. The beats are fast (although there’s some halftime rhythms as well) and the rest of the sounds are spacious and mist-like. These are not tear-out club tracks, they’re themes for late-night moonlit rituals.

Show #407 – 8/12/17

August 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am King Jammy ~ “Lethal Dub” ~ Waterhouse Dub (new) ~ VP ~ 2017
2:05 am Kutmah ~ “Strangetown” ~ TROBBB! (new) ~ Big Dada ~ 2017
2:07 am Psymun ~ “Confetti” ~ Rainbow Party (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
2:14 am Spencer & Saginaw (local) ~ “Real Talk” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
2:20 am Osborne (local) ~ “Bout Ready To Jak (Hieroglyphic Being Remix)” ~ 12″ ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2004
2:31 am Google Doodle scratching/blending!!!
Hour 2
3:04 am Pulse Emitter ~ “Everteal” ~ Mugen Vol. 9 (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2017
3:08 am Second Storey ~ “Barrel Roll” ~ Lucid Locations (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2017
3:14 am HOM ~ “Xyn” ~ A$X (new) ~ Isounderscore ~ 2017
3:22 am Sleepycatt ~ “Bring Them Out” ~ Main-Room (new) ~ Bedroomer ~ 2017
3:24 am Run Dust ~ “Distant Bloods” ~ Leisure Village (new) ~ In Paradisum ~ 2017
3:31 am Allen Ravenstine + Albert Dennis ~ “Terminal Drive” ~ Terminal Drive ~ Smog Veil ~ 1975
3:46 am Abandoned Footwear ~ “Song 3” ~ 108 Trees (new) ~ Isounderscore ~ 2017
3:53 am Verge ~ “Effigy” ~ Emblematic Ruin (new) ~ Avian ~ 2017
3:56 am Bill Seaman ~ “The Somber Space of a Word” ~ Erasures and Displacements (new) ~ Eilean Rec. ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:02 am Nadia Sirota ~ “Letter X” ~ Tessellatum (new) ~ Bedroom Community ~ 2017
4:05 am John Wiese ~ “Circle Snare (Second)” ~ Circle Snare ~ No Fun Productions ~ 2008
4:11 am Jana Rush ~ “Break It” ~ SISTER Volume One (new) ~ SISTER ~ 2017
4:15 am More Rockers ~ “1,2,3 Break” ~ Select Cuts From More Rockers 12inch Selection ~ Select Cuts ~ 1996
4:!9 am End.user ~ “Shut Down” ~ Shut Down (new) ~ Sonic Terror ~ 2017
4:25 am Birds of Sweden ~ “Upupa Epops” ~ 12″ (new) ~ UN.T.O. Records ~ 2017
4:30 am Tyshawn Sorey ~ “Flowers For Prashant” ~ Verisimilitude (new) ~ Pi ~ 2017
4:41 am Pillow ~ “The Cathedral of Books” ~ From Dusk to Dawn ~ City Centre Offices ~ 2012
4:45 am Steve Coleman and Five Elements ~ “Respiratory Flow” ~ Functional Arryhthmias ~ Pi Recordings ~ 2013
4:48 am Frank Zappa ~ “Move It Or Park It” ~ Guitar ~ Rykodisc ~ 1988
4:54 am Zach Phillips with Sean Schuster-Craig ~ “Fucking Up” ~ How to Slip Away (new) ~ OSR Tapes ~ 2017
4:56 am Chronotope Project ~ “Primordial” ~ Ovum (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:01 am Celestial Trax ~ “Crushhh” ~ Nothing Is Real (new) ~ Purple Tape Pedigree ~ 2017
5:04 am Illumination Boiz ~ “Alibuye Igqomulethu” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2017
5:07 am dj shsHuNj ~ “Feign (s.m.i.l.e. Edit)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2017
5:10 am Flexitone (local) ~ “Moist” ~ State of the Union EP ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2003
5:15 am Plan Tec ~ “Espias Psiquicos (Jonas Kopp Psiquic Remix)” ~ Death Is Nothing To Fear 2 ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2007
5:23 am Ali King (local) ~ “Nebula” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2017
5:31 am Flexitone (local) ~ “Moist (locked groove)” ~ State of the Union EP ~ Spectral Sound ~ 2003
5:38 am Black Noi$e (local) ~ “Brick Wall” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2017
5:41 am diskJokke ~ “Bastard Alliance” ~ En fin tid ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2010
5:48 am Tobias. ~ “Eyes in the Center” ~ Eyes in the Center (new) ~ Ostgut Ton ~ 2017
5:53 am Umfang ~ “Pop” ~ Symbolic Use of Light (new) ~ Technicolour ~ 2017
5:57 am TALsounds ~ “See Through” ~ Love Sick (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2017

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