Tatira: Fire Everlasting (Inam Records, 2018)

June 14, 2018 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tatira: Fire Everlasting

The third (and perhaps final?) release from Ryan Huber’s Tatira alias is a bit less beat-driven than the other two, focusing more on suspense and doom. There’s something fragile about the pinpoint IDM of “Rod of Iron”, while “Second Signal” is more of a dark, glowing sphere. “We Became Light” is a little closer to the new wave-ish techno of the last Tatira release, but it’s heavier on starry sweeps. While there’s tracks like the calm, bleak drones “New Clear Day” and “Weapon of Cowards”, there’s also more dramatic, complex pieces like the goth-techno jam “Fire Everlasting”. “Countermand” is punchy, monochromatic techno which feels like it’s going to build up something but it just goes headstrong until it fades out. “Unimpeded Fall” starts out sounding like it’s going to lead into another steady techno track, but then it abruptly switches into a furnace blast of noise, with some dripping water or ticking clock rhythm behind it. “Shadow Realm” ends the album with seven minutes of foreboding storm cloud drone. Free download at Bandcamp.

The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices: BooCheeMish (Prophecy, 2018)

June 9, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices: BooCheeMish

The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices (or Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares) is a long-running all-female choir who perform modern arrangements of traditional Bulgarian folk melodies. They became an international phenomenon in the ’80s when 4AD released a pair of compilation albums spotlighting their work, the first of which was actually a reissue of an album released in 1975, and the second of which won a Grammy in 1989. Since then, the choir has toured and released several additional albums, in addition to being sampled by countless producers and groups looking to add a dash of otherworldliness to their music. This is the choir’s first album in 20 years, and it unites them with Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, another act synonymous with the golden era of 4AD, and who has also been sampled innumerable times. Gerrard adds her unmistakable contralto to four songs, which are all highlights. While some of the group’s earlier recordings were a cappella, these songs are mostly performed using traditional instrumentation, but a couple of them are a bit more upbeat and modern-sounding, such as “Rano Ranila”, which is credited as featuring beatboxing. While some of the choir’s recordings can be dark and somewhat gothic, there’s some really upbeat and joyous songs here, such as “Tropanitsa”. Whether or not you’re familiar with the older recordings, this one sounds wonderful.

Show #445 – 6/9/18

June 9, 2018 at 6:13 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 3
2:00 am Cannonball Adderley Quintet ~ “You Got It!” ~ The Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco ~ Riverside ~ 1959
2:06 am Bob McFadden & Dor ~ “The Mummy” ~ Re/Search: Incredibly Strange Music, Volume II ~ Asphodel ~ 1959
2:08 am The Fall ~ “I’m a Mummy” ~ Levitate ~ Cherry Red ~ 1997
2:10 am The Amino Acids ~ “The Lost Coordinate” ~ Destroy the Warming Sun ~ Bowlophonic ~ 2004
2:12 am Uniform & The Body ~ “The Curse of Eternal Life” ~ Mental Wounds Not Healing (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2018
2:16 am Young Widows ~ “Checked In/Out” ~ Decayed: Ten Years of Cities, Wounds, Lightness, and Pain ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2010
2:20 am Thor & Friends ~ “Carpet Creeps” ~ The Subversive Nature of Kindness ~ L-M Duplication ~ 2017
2:22 am Amp ~ “Loveflower [into the sun] – Amp Studio mix” ~ Q Factors (a Mixtape) ~ Ampbase ~ 2017
2:31 am Altarmang ~ “Aether” ~ Void ~ Cyclic Law ~ 2016
2:37 am CCFX ~ “The One to Wait (Sunday of Existence Mix)” ~ The Remixes (new) ~ DFA ~ 2018
2:43 am Filter Dread ~ “Still Buzzing” ~ Hardcore Will Never Die (new) ~ Corrupt Data ~ 2018
2:47 am SunFalls ~ “prizm [i.D.” ~ dream’minus ~ self-released ~ 2017
2:53 am SunFalls ~ “sunPetrol” ~ dream’minus ~ self-released ~ 2017
2:57 am Ross from Friends ~ “Project Cybersyn” ~ Family Portrait (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018
Hour 2
3:02 am Color Plus ~ “F’Nesse” ~ Regular Energy (new) ~ Towhead ~ 2018
3:06 am Proc Fiskal ~ “Kontinuance” ~ Insula (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
3:10 am Sami Baha ~ “Path Riot” ~ Free for All (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
3:14 am Skeptical ~ “Cold Fold” ~ Enjoy This Trip (new) ~ Exit Records ~ 2018
3:19 am Oneohtrix Point Never ~ “Same” ~ Age Of (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
3:21 am Sugai Ken ~ “土獅峠 (Toshi Touge)” ~ SUGAI KEN meets G禁禁禁禁 – 岩石考 -yOrUkOrU- (new) ~ Yerevan Tapes ~ 2018
3:26 am Sunareht ~ “Super Suna Odyssey” ~ Sagas EP (new) ~ Paradoxe Club ~ 2018
3:30 am Pink Sky (local) ~ “Going” ~ Forms (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:33 am uon ~ “Bus” ~ uon (new) ~ West Mineral Ltd. ~ 2018
3:38 am Pure Rave (local) ~ “side A track 1” ~ Vol. 5 (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:44 am Minimal Violence ~ “U41A” ~ U41A (new) ~ Technicolour ~ 2018
3:49 am Waajeed feat. Blaktony ~ “Earth” ~ Mother (new) ~ Planet E ~ 2018
3:54 am Benjamin Damage ~ “Malfunction” ~ 12″ (new) ~ R&S ~ 2018
Hour 1
4:01 am Eduardo De La Calle ~ “Phason Jazz” ~ Icosahedrite EP (new) ~ Planet E ~ 2018
4:09 am Avatism ~ “Adamant” ~ Adamant ~ Vakant ~ 2013
4:13 am Inigo Kennedy & Sigha ~ “Minor Ascent” ~ Momentum: 10 Years of Token ~ Token ~ 2017
4:19 am Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture ~ “Technowater” ~ Negative Time ~ My Favorite Robot ~ 2012
4:25 am Felix Leifur ~ “The Tarleton Appreciation Club” ~ The Tarleton Appreciation Club (new) ~ Bobby Donny ~ 2018
4:32 am Hobo ~ “Ipperwash Dusk” ~ Iron Triangle ~ M_nus ~ 2012
4:39 am Historical Repeater ~ “Leisure” ~ EP (new) ~ Earwiggle ~ 2018
4:44 am Martyn ~ “Manchester” ~ Voids (new) ~ Ostgut Ton ~ 2018
4:48 am Nite Fleit ~ “Partly Sunny” ~ SCDD007 (new) ~ Steel City Dance Discs ~ 2018
4:52 am Datawave ~ “Hidden Outpost” ~ EP (new) ~ Natural Sciences ~ 2018
4:58 am Morphology ~ “Traveller” ~ Traveller (new) ~ FireScope Records ~ 2018
Hour 4
5:04 am Ben Agüero ~ “Crystal Edit” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
5:07 am Sharda & Shanique Marie ~ “Wanna Know” ~ single (new) ~ Swing Ting ~ 2018
5:11 am Q ~ “Déjame Ahora Dormir” ~ Interferencias Vol. 2 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster ~ 1984
5:16 am Carla dal Forno ~ “Fast Moving Cars” ~ You Know What It’s Like ~ Blackest Ever Black ~ 2016
5:19 am Johnny Jewel ~ “Loveless” ~ Themes For Television (new) ~ Italians Do It Better ~ 2018
5:22 am The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard ~ “Mani Yanni” ~ BooCheeMish (new) ~ Prophecy ~ 2018
5:29 am Kawabata Makoto ~ “I Can’t Reach Your Lips” ~ We’re One-Sided Lovers Each Other ~ Bam Balam ~ 2013
5:35 am Kadhja Bonet ~ “Second Wind” ~ Childqueen (new) ~ Fat Possum ~ 2018
5:39 am Charlotte Dos Santos ~ “Cleo” ~ Cleo ~ Fresh Selects ~ 2017
5:42 am Black Moth Super Rainbow ~ “Baby’s in the Void” ~ Panic Blooms (new) ~ Rad Cult ~ 2018
5:46 am Express Rising ~ “Unfamiliar Lights” ~ Fixed Rope 2 (new) ~ Numero Group ~ 2018
5:49 am Mary Lattimore ~ “It Feels Like Floating” ~ Hundreds of Days (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018

Waajeed: Mother EP 12″ (Planet E, 2018)

June 3, 2018 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Waajeed: Mother EP

Platinum Pied Piper and Slum Village associate Waajeed has dabbled in house and techno for a long time, but he’s been releasing a lot more house music as of late, and his first record for Planet E is absolutely sublime. The title track features Steffanie Christi’an, who currently sings lead vocals for Inner City, and it’s such a purely uplifting, thankful song. The repeated vocal bits keep the song stuck in my head, then the full vocals radiate with joy and positivity, and I’m just hooked, even if I’m not in that much of a positive mood myself. “Earth” is a bit darker and more sinister, featuring some robotic mutterings from Scan 7’s Blak Tony. “Obba” is a nice minimal house cut which has an undercurrent of joy, but isn’t as overtly celebratory and brimming with optimism as “Mother”. “Frances” has some darker overtones, but isn’t too gloomy, and the strong beats and hand drums push it along, keeping a hopeful spirit intact. An overall wonderful record, and a must for anyone who loves Detroit house.

Eduardo De La Calle: Icosahedrite EP 12″ (Planet E, 2018)

June 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Eduardo De La Calle: Icosahedrite EP 12″

Madrid’s Eduardo De La Calle has released around 100 records, but I wasn’t really aware of him until this one, his first on Planet E. “Phason Jazz” is the track from here that’s been getting the most club play, and it’s a spacey epic with keyboard vamps and astral effects, which really does sound like a jazz combo performing in an outer galaxy, yet there’s also a locked-in house rhythm to it. “Mr Dewey D” is kind of similar, but with a playful up-and-down sequence and some stranger, squeakier noises near the end. My favorite track on the record is the more experimental “Rhythmic Soundscapes”, which begins by starting like the record is constantly winding up and down, then attaches a beat to it, and some free-floating piano echos off the edge. Reminds me of the disorientation of some of the early Kompakt stuff, but from a new perspective.

SunFalls: dream’minus tape (self-released, 2017)

June 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

SunFalls: dream’minus tape

SunFalls is a Portland-based artist making highly complex, glitchy electronic music on a hybrid setup including modular synths. Very dense, abstract pieces with rhythms which constantly sound like they’re melting, struggling to find themselves, or just completely smashed apart. Yes, it’s very Autechre-like, but some of this guy’s compositions get into more of a deep-space alienation zone than theirs. Undeniably machine-driven/generated music, but it still pushes outward into the zone uninhabitable by humans or human technology. When the beats are stronger, it’s REALLY intense (such as “prizm [i.D.”). Even when they aren’t it’s still a heavy listening experience. The track that gets me the most is the tunneling beat shrapnel of “sunPetrol”, especially when the beat overloads and fizzles and then continuously regenerates. It doesn’t make conventional “sense” but to me it’s just so powerful. Totally into what this guy’s doing. Cassette still available from Bandcamp.

Movement Festival 2018

June 2, 2018 at 9:05 pm | Posted in Movement (DEMF), Photos | Leave a comment

Saturday, May 26, 2018

VIP area


VIP area


VIP area


VIP area


VIP area


VIP area


VIP area


Black Noi$e


Black Noi$e


Bill Converse & Carlos Souffront


Bill Converse & Carlos Souffront


Waajeed


Waajeed with Steffanie Christi’an


Andrés


Andrés


Andrés


DJ Godfather


Eris Drew


Resident Advisor took over the underground stage this year


Ed Rush + Optical


Helena Hauff


Marco Shuttle


DJ Hype + Hazard


VIP area at night


Carl Craig


Ectomorph


Ectomorph


installation @ pyramid

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Kweku Saunderson


Milan Ariel (daughter of Juan Atkins) + dancers


DJ Holographic


Shady P


Antenes


John Collins (Underground Resistance)


Avalon Emerson


Eddie Fowlkes playing the main stage (view from behind)


Blake Baxter


Kenny Larkin


Tiga


installation @ pyramid


installation @ pyramid


Marcel Dettmann


Steve Bicknell


KiNK


Nina Kraviz (on the right side of the stage, it was hard to see her)


Nina Kraviz

Monday, May 28, 2018

Marshall Applewhite


Beautiful Swimmers


gate to RBM stage


DJ 3000


Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale


Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale


Stone Owl


Radio Slave


Mike Huckaby


crowd dancing during Todd Osborn


Todd Osborn


Phuture


Phuture


Phuture


Phuture


Mark Flash


Charlotte de Witte


DJ Premier


DJ Premier


Inner City


Inner City


Inner City


BadBadNotGood


BadBadNotGood


BadBadNotGood


DJ Stingray


Wu-Tang Clan


Wu-Tang Clan


Wu-Tang Clan


Wu-Tang Clan


Wu-Tang Clan

Trip Metal Fest @ El Club 5/25/18

June 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Photos, Trip Metal Fest | Leave a comment

Trip Metal Fest was only one day this year, but it was a quality lineup, and NTS Radio did some broadcasting on the patio, which was cool as well. Nídia played afterwards and there were some sound problems but it still sounded excellent.

El Club patio


vegan sliders from The Grim Feeder


BMG (Ectomorph) on NTS Radio


Drew McDowall and Puce Mary on NTS Radio


Universal Eyes (Universal Indians + Wolf Eyes)


Universal Eyes (Universal Indians + Wolf Eyes)


John Olson


Pure Rave


Pure Rave


Pure Rave


dancing to Pure Rave


Gashrat


Gashrat


Puce Mary & Drew McDowall


Puce Mary & Drew McDowall


Puce Mary & Drew McDowall


Puce Mary & Drew McDowall


Puce Mary & Drew McDowall


MGUN on NTS Radio


flyer for the Nigh/Day party my sleep schedule wouldn’t allow me to attend


Guttersnipe


Guttersnipe


Martin Rev


Martin Rev


Martin Rev


Martin Rev


The Art Ensemble of Chicago


The Art Ensemble of Chicago


The Art Ensemble of Chicago


Nídia


Nídia


dancing to Nídia


dancing to Nídia


Nídia

Prefix – A Pre-Festival Function @ Marble Bar 5/24/18

June 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Photos | Leave a comment

Marble Bar patio


Marble Bar patio


Marble Bar patio


Marble Bar patio


Gajiza Dumplins


Vanity Press and Towhead swag


Vanity Press and Towhead swag


Movement after party flyer


Movement after party flyer


Where Are My Keys flyer


Beige


Acemo and Color Plus


Color Plus and Acemo


Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale


Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale


Marble Bar patio after dark


Show #444 – 6/2/18

June 2, 2018 at 6:10 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am Pinkcourtesyphone ~ “Above Chandeliers” ~ Indelicate Slices (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2017
2:14 am Biosphere ~ “Houses on the Hill” ~ Shenzhou ~ Biophon ~ 2002
2:18 am Gas ~ “Rausch 7” ~ Rausch (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2018
2:26 am No Boundaries [Carl Craig] (local) ~ “Pursuit 1” ~ Modular Pursuits ~ Planet E ~ 2010
2:33 am Long Distance Poison ~ “Crop Circle K” ~ Knock Magh (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2018
2:42 am Terlu ~ “Telepathy and Tonic” ~ Big Bingo (new) ~ Not Not Fun ~ 2018
2:45 am Kilchhofer ~ “Lubbari” ~ The Book Room (new) ~ Marionette ~ 2018
2:49 am Honnda ~ “Dizney Flip (Foodman Remix)” ~ Maraschino Mic Drop (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2018
2:52 am Sudan Archives ~ “Beautiful Mistake” ~ Sink (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2018
2:55 am Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou ~ “Moulon Devia” ~ African Scream Contest 2 ~ Analog Africa ~ 1970s?
Hour 2
3:02 am Vital Idles ~ “Chains” ~ Left Hand (new) ~ Upset the Rhythm ~ 2018
3:05 am Kadhja Bonet ~ “Wings” ~ Childqueen (new) ~ Fat Possum ~ 2018
3:09 am Adrian Younge ~ “Dreams With You” ~ Voices of Gemma (new) ~ Linear Labs ~ 2018
3:11 am Charlotte Dos Santos ~ “Move On” ~ Cleo ~ Fresh Selects ~ 2017
3:14 am Ben LaMar Gay ~ “Uvas” ~ Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (new) ~ International Anthem Recording Co. ~ 2018
3:18 am Raffertie ~ “Brevity” ~ Mass Appeal ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2011
3:23 am Oneohtrix Point Never ~ “Myriad.Industries / Warning / We’ll Take It” ~ Age Of (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
3:32 am Lotic ~ “Phlegm” ~ Heterocetera ~ Tri Angle ~ 2015
3:36 am Rabit ~ “Straps” ~ Baptizm ~ Tri Angle ~ 2015
3:39 am Sami Baha ~ “Gambit” ~ Free For All (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
3:42 am Color Plus ~ “Synthroid” ~ Regular Energy (new) ~ Towhead ~ 2018
3:45 am SWISHA ~ “Big Pictures, No Numbers” ~ Digital Space (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:48 am Urban Tribe (local) ~ “Micro Manager” ~ Loyal Opposition ~ Planet E ~ 2010
3:53 am Andre Holland (local) ~ “Inversions” ~ City of Fear ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1995
Hour 3
4:01 am Nomadico (local) ~ “In Your Blood” ~ Ganas EP ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2012
4:07 am Esteban Adame ~ “Home Sick (Mgun Crunch Time Remix)” ~ 12″ ~ EPM ~ 2014
4:14 am Eduardo De La Calle ~ “Rhythmic Soundscapes” ~ Icosahedrite EP (new) ~ Planet E ~ 2018
4:20 am Huerco S. ~ “Skug Kommune” ~ Colonial Patterns ~ Software ~ 2013
4:25 am JAI/MAHL ~ “#UWILLNOT” ~ #DontjusttalkaboutitbeAboutIt (new) ~ Midnight Shift ~ 2018
4:34 am Tangerine Dream ~ “Blue Arctic Danube” ~ The Sessions I ~ Eastgate ~ 2017
4:41 am Waajeed feat. Steffanie Christi’an (local) ~ “Mother” ~ Mother (new) ~ Planet E ~ 2018
4:47 am Camp Candle ~ “Save Me” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
4:51 am Call Super ~ “Music Stand” ~ Arpo (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2017
4:56 am Amp ~ “Hownow [Can We Be] – Challans/Amp Studio Mix” ~ Q Factors (A Mixtape) (new) ~ Ampbase ~ 2017
Hour 4
5:00 am Express Rising ~ “Mansion” ~ Fixed Rope 2 (new) ~ Express Rising/Numero Group ~ 2018
5:04 am Forest Swords ~ “Crow” ~ DJ-Kicks (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2018
5:08 am Universal Eyes (local) ~ “side D track 1” ~ Four Variations on “Artificial Society” (new) ~ Gretchen’s American Tapes ~ 2018
5:19 am Rat Paws (local) ~ “Nurse” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
5:22 am Vono ~ “Im Schein Des Neon” ~ Dinner Für 2 ~ Sky Records/Bureau B ~ 1982
5:24 am Demian ~ “Kopek” ~ Interferencias Vol. 2 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster Records ~ 1983
5:29 am Randall Holt ~ “What Hope We Have, What Hope We Haven’t” ~ Inside the Kingdom of Splendor and Madness ~ Self Sabotage ~ 2016
5:36 am Sophia Loizou ~ “The Interior Life Of Another” ~ Irregular Territories (new) ~ Cosmo Rhythmatic ~ 2018
5:41 am Element ~ “The Inner Light” ~ Fully Automatic ‎– Drum ‘N’ Bass Continuously DJ Mixed By AK1200 ~ Moonshine ~ 1998
5:47 am Shrubbn!! ~ “Echos – The Orb Rmx” ~ The Orb Chronicles: 20 Years of Shitkatapult ~ Shitkatapult ~ 2011
5:52 am Nicola Ratti ~ “R401” ~ The Collection (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2017

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