Philip D Kick: Pathways 12″ EP (Astrophonica, 2018)

July 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Philip D Kick: Pathways 12″ EP

Om Unit has revived his juke/jungle alias Philip D Kick for an EP of original tracks, rather than remixes of established classics. This one explores a bunch of different hybrid sounds, starting with the uptempo acid and breakbeats of “In Formation”. “Work That” is sort of a Chicago vs. Detroit thing, recalling both Steve Poindexter and Underground Resistance, before being nearly consumed by jungle (but keeping the fast 4/4 beat). “Drown” is hard yet liquid jungle which revolves around a Gang Starr sample, then plunges into Amen-land. DJ Spinn guests on “Vibe Off”, and it’s a more jungle-centric version of any of the Teklife tracks which have flirted with the genre. “For Real” knits tightly wound electro beats with some flashes of jungle breaks and a thick level of suspense. Very nice release.

Lunaria: Ascension Now tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2018)

July 7, 2018 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Lunaria: Ascension Now tape

I wish they played and sold music like this at new age bookstores. Purely uplifting and relaxing without being cheesy or seeming like it’s catering to a niche audience. The tape consists of two side-long pieces which richly wave back and forth, enveloping but never overwhelming. Sometimes there’s the sound of gentle rainfall, but it sounds more like it just happened to be raining during the recording session than a piped-in sound effect. Either way this tape is serene and enjoyable.

Show #449 – 7/7/18

July 7, 2018 at 6:15 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Our Solar System ~ “Monte Verita” ~ Origins (new) ~ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond ~ 2018
2:09 am The Electric Nature ~ “Shadow Selves Meet in the Light” ~ Shadow Selves Meet in the Light ~ Tape Drift Records ~ 2017
2:25 am Mark Renner ~ “Half a Heart” ~ Few Traces ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 1986
2:32 am Hatchback ~ “Year of the Dragon” ~ Year of the Dragon (new) ~ Lo ~ 2018
2:44 am Saajtak (local) ~ “Hectic” ~ Hectic EP (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
2:50 am Klein ~ “slipping” ~ cc (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
2:54 am Turning Jewels into Water ~ “Which Way Is Home? (Slikback Remix)” ~ Which Way Is Home? (new) ~ FPE ~ 2018
2:58 am RP Boo ~ “Speakers R-4 (Sounds)” ~ Legacy ~ Planet Mu ~ 2013
3:01 am RP Boo ft. DJ Phil & Crossfire ~ “Flight 1235” ~ I’ll Tell You What! (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
3:05 am Container ~ “Juicer” ~ LP (new) ~ Spectrum Spools ~ 2018
3:09 am Rizzla ~ “Chainsaw” ~ Adepta (new) ~ Fade To Mind ~ 2018
3:13 am Topdown Dialectic ~ “A4” ~ Topdown Dialectic (new) ~ Peak Oil ~ 2018
3:18 am Suicideyear ~ “Path” ~ Color the Weather (new) ~ LuckyMe ~ 2018
3:21 am Yasmine Hamdan ~ “Café (by Acid Arab)” ~ Jamilat Reprise (new) ~ Crammed Discs ~ 2018
3:30 am Carlos Giffoni ~ “We Pay the Price” ~ Vain (new) ~ iDEAL ~ 2018
3:34 am Gossamer ~ “II Path to Understanding” ~ Imperishable (new) ~ Innovative Leisure ~ 2018
3:41 am Alex Crispin ~ “Ohko” ~ Open Submission (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
3:45 am Chihei Hatakeyama ~ “Blue Reminder” ~ Scene (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
3:53 am Endurance ~ “Mercurian Umbra” ~ Shade Terrarium (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
4:00 am Teste ~ “Thieves Are Operating In This Area” ~ The Box Man (new) ~ Bite ~ 2018
4:05 am Teste ~ “Regions” ~ 12″ ~ Probe ~ 1993
4:20 am Radio Slave ~ “Trans (Underground Resistance ‘Hamtramck’ Remix)” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Rekids ~ 2018
4:29 am Ian Hawgood + Giulio Aldinucci ~ “The Wasted Consequence” ~ Consequence Shadows (new) ~ Home Normal ~ 2018
4:35 am Daniel Avery ~ “Quick Eternity (Four Tet Remix)” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Phantasy Sound ~ 2018
4:44 am Merrin Karras / Pev & Kowton ~ “Void / Junked” ~ James Zabiela: Balance 029 (new) ~ Balance ~ 2018
4:50 am Yoshio Machida + Constantin Papageorgiadis ~ “Generation #15” ~ Music from the SYNTHI 100 ~ Amorfon ~ 2017
4:53 am Asmus Tietchens ~ “Dritter Nachtschatten” ~ Dämmerattacke ~ Klanggalerie ~ 1997
5:00 am Jorja Smith ~ “On Your Own” ~ Lost & Found (new) ~ RCA ~ 2018
5:03 am Masta Killa ~ “Trouble” ~ Loyalty is Royalty ~ Nature Sounds ~ 2017
5:06 am Gensu Dean/Wise Intelligent ~ “Damn” ~ Game of Death ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2017
5:10 am The Monkey Power Trio (local) ~ “Gordon Muir, Time Traveler” ~ The Ballad of Christian Wolfcock (new) ~ Pocahontas Swamp Machine Recordings ~ 2018
5:12 am Charles Albright ~ “Louie Louie II/I’m Just a Fine Young Man and I’m Doing So Well/Louie Louie II (Reprise)” ~ split LP w/ the Croissants ~ Sacramento Records/Pleasant Screams ~ 2016
5:22 am Empool (local) ~ “Opaque Mystery” ~ Do Did Done ~ Feeding Tube ~ 1976
5:28 am Ian Hawgood + Danny Norbury ~ “VII” ~ Faintly Recollected (new) ~ Home Normal ~ 2018
5:33 am White Ring ~ “Home of the Brave” ~ Gate of Grief (new) ~ Rocket Girl ~ 2018
5:37 am Pieter Nooten ~ “Vari-Slowed” ~ Stem (new) ~ Rocket Girl ~ 2018
5:44 am Kadhja Bonet ~ “Joy” ~ Childqueen (new) ~ Fat Possum ~ 2018
5:48 am Andrew Tuttle ~ “Sodermalm Syndrome” ~ Andrew Tuttle (new) ~ Someone Good ~ 2018
5:51 am John Coltrane ~ “One Up, One Down” ~ Both Directions at Once: the Lost Album ~ Impulse! ~ 1963

Endurance: Shade Terrarium tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2018)

July 6, 2018 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Endurance: Shade Terrarium tape

This is my introduction to Endurance, even though he’s released over a dozen tapes since 2016. It’s clearly in the ambient zone-out realm, but it combines found sounds and rich tonal drifts, and it expands and travels rather than remaining in the same mode. It’s a bit cold and melancholy, but it’s not totally isolating. While the first side is a bit more melodic, it gets a bit crushed out by the second’s side “Itineranturum”. “Fluminam Ductur” sets chiming melodies over a storm of washed-out tape noise, and they manage not to get swept out.

Chihei Hatakeyama: Scene tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2018)

July 6, 2018 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Chihei Hatakeyama: Scene tape

Chihei Hatakeyama is forever a master of muted, wintry ambient pieces and soft, distant drones. This tape is typical of his trademark sound, but the snowy melodies seem to flutter and wander a bit. It’s not as glacial as you might expect. And the two-part “Blue Reminder” is soft, intimate, and cradling, yet also quite melancholy. There aren’t too many elements here, but they all express so much. This man has dozens of albums, and he simply does not release bad music.

Alex Crispin: Open Submission tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2018)

July 5, 2018 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Alex Crispin: Open Submission tape

Very minimal yet open and resounding ambient pieces which sway back and forth, expressing thoughts and feelings in an unforced manner. It’s pleasant and relaxing, but “Ohko”, with its delicately dripping IDM-like melodies, seems to reflect some sort of concern, and it’s one of the more stirring pieces on the album. “Pharoah” starts out sounding like it’s barely going to squeak out of the gate, but eventually it gets covered in deep, torrential waves of mist. “Cleater” is a Casio dance which turns into a grand guitar duet. Then “St. Stephens” is an ethereal lullaby for pipe organ. Super vast yet at the same time very simple; a standout release without being too far off course.

Carlos Giffoni: Vain LP (iDEAL, 2018)

July 5, 2018 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Carlos Giffoni: Vain LP

The first Carlos Giffoni album in a surprisingly long time is an analog synth soundtrack to a nonexistent movie about a woman with psychokinetic powers. It’s nothing like the harsh, cut-up noise Giffoni was releasing around the mid-’00s, and only occasionally does it resemble the acid techno stuff he was doing at the beginning of the decade, but it still sounds unmistakably like his work. It’s rich and full of mystery, with sorrowful moments like “The Desert” and more playful ones like “We Pay the Price”. “Erase the World” starts out sounding very alien, but then a techno beat slams in and sets things moving, although it still seems a bit out of sync with the other sounds, which drop out before the beat does at the end. Later tracks sort of feel like aural spider webs, with impressive, delicate patterns which seem ready to trap and ensnare. Maybe it’s not quite that ominous, much of the album has a light, curious feel to it, but there’s still something cautious about it. Good stuff in any case.

The Electric Nature: Shadow Selves Meet In the Light CDr (Tape Drift Records, 2017)

July 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Electric Nature: Shadow Selves Meet In the Light CDr

The Electric Nature are a trio from Athens, Georgia who play a heavy yet spacious form of instrumental rock. The group can sound free and unbound, but they also can hone in on a specific detail and work it until it’s been gnawed to the bone, then they take off and explode into total chaos. This happens during the album’s title track, which is also reprised in a half-hour live version, showing how far they can stretch their ideas when they’re in the moment and feeling truly inspired. In between is “The Walker Between Worlds”, which seems a bit more agitated and anxious, but not quite as focused. Still, worth checking out if you appreciate groups like the Dead C.

Asmus Tietchens: Dämmerattacke (Korm Plastics, 1997/reissued by Klanggalerie, 2017)

July 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Asmus Tietchens: Dämmerattacke

This 1997 album from Asmus Tietchens starts out with a 23-minute glowing orb drone accompanied by rowing boat sounds. The rest of the tracks are shorter, and maybe not quite as panoramic, but they’re still quite stunning in their minimalism and subtlety, exploring higher frequencies (and lower ones, as on bonus track “Schlagschatten”) as well as more fluid tones and textures. Tietchen’s early-’80s synth pop releases on Sky are his most accessible works, but as far as his purely experimental recordings, this is one of his better ones.

Our Solar System: Origins (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, 2018)

July 4, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Our Solar System: Origins

This Swedish psych group share their name with a Half Japanese album, but it’s hard to think of anything else they have in common. There’s many members of this collective, and they all wear flowing white suits adorned with different symbols, so it’s easy to assume they’re some sort of cult. They share members with groups like Dungen and the Amazing, but they’re a bit more out-there. The album opens with the sidelong epic “Vulkanen”, which stirs and swirls before exploding about 15 minutes in, puncturing into the void with some sporadic distorted vocals. “En Bit Av Det Tredje Klotet” and “Monte Verità” are the most rhythmic songs here, and they’re both Krautrock=indebted cruisers which take off and glide. Besides them, “Babalon Rising” is a slower, ritual-like zoner with saxophone, and “Naturligt Samspel” is a very minimal piece recorded outdoors, filled with birdsong.

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