v/a: Gradients Volume 2 3xLP (Astrophonica, 2018)

January 27, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Gradients Volume 2 3xLP

More ~160-BPM hybrid bass futurism from Fracture & Neptune’s label. The duo throw Bollywood into the jungle-garage mix with their “Chal Dub”. Teklife’s Taso also teams up with Fracture, combining US and UK future bass styles. BSN Posse’s track is relatively mellow, but then there’s the ferocious bass conquering of Moresounds’ “Shut Up”. FaltyDL’s “A Day at the Races” is one of the more faithful hardcore jungle tracks here. Proc Fiskal’s “Soundwise” demonstrates that his take on jungle is equally bizarre and unconventional as his vision of grime. Dream Continuum (Om Unit and Machinedrum) make an unexpected, welcome return, and OnHell & Sigrah’s “On Sight” storms out of nowhere and ends up being one of the best tracks on the comp. Sully’s “Qualia” shuts everything down with an overload of both intelligence and emotion.

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The Higher: The Core 12″ EP (XL, 2018)

January 27, 2019 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Higher: The Core 12″ EP

Shed’s newest alias appears on XL with some of his nuttiest rave deconstructions yet. “The Core” is an extremely difficult track which knocks the beat sideways, yet still ends up being a total anthem. “Stick 3” is more of a hardcore headrush, made all the more manic by stuck-in-the-machine stutters. Two “Submarine” tracks are separated by year, with “’99” being a little darker and tenser, and “’95” actually being the stranger and more complex of the two. Neither particularly sound like the years indicated by the titles, but it’s hard to imagine what year they could’ve come from.

Precipitation: Earth/Sky tape (100% Silk, 2018)

January 27, 2019 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Precipitation: Earth/Sky tape

A different, refreshing take on ambient house. The “Earth” side has two lengthy tracks with fragile, somewhat shivering synths and minimal beats which set it in motion. Super misty, but not heavy and doesn’t soak you to the bone — this is precipitation, not a storm. Following the steady ambient techo vibes, the “Sky” side is strictly beatless, removing the sense of forward motion, but carrying the same feeling out into the stratosphere. You begin to miss the beats after a while, it does make you feel like you’re being taken far away from home.

Catdog & frank angotti is dead: ADHD (IndustrieStandard Records, 2018)

January 27, 2019 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Catdog & frank angotti is dead: ADHD

Catdog’s tracks on this split range from the usual terror-mashcore (“Move Your Feet”) to somewhat subtler experiments like the Bowie-sampling “Unfocused”. “No Ones Going to Like It” is a footwork-gabber hybrid which samples an old Delta 9/Lenny Dee classic. frank angotti is dead starts out with noisy industrial techno but his other tracks are stranger, more abstract breakcore, with “Not Done Yet” being the most collage-like. The music is fun on its own, but the fact that Longmont Potion Castle designed the artwork puts this one over the edge. Available from Bandcamp (free DL).

Tomat Petrella: Kepler (!K7, 2018)

January 26, 2019 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tomat Petrella: Kepler

Davide Tomat and Gianluca Petrella reach for the stars on this magnificent collaboration. Though partially coming from a jazz background, this is closer to advanced, haunting sound design, with Petrella’s trombone inventively weaved throughout Tomat’s wave-like textures and sporadic yet hard-hitting beats. “Proxima Centauri B” starts out somewhat like Lee Gamble’s inverted jungle flashbacks, never arriving at beats and clearing the way for solemn trombone playing. “Trappist 1 E” is more fractured and turbulent, recalling Roly Porter or the Haxan Cloak, harshly sputtering but briefly pausing for breath and ending up much calmer and resolved. “Hd 40307 G” is riddled with crackling which will make you think something’s wrong with the speakers. “Gliese 667 CC” is filled with doomy, semi-industrial beats. “Tau Ceti E” has sporadic clusters of beats (Second Woman-style) with the trombone gradually peering out over them. “Kepler 186 F” is a 10-minute epic which grows slow, trudging beats and phasing effects, to disorienting yet fascinating effect. Kepler is a truly original album which makes you reconsider the idea of space music.

Show #478 – 1/26/19

January 26, 2019 at 12:56 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Wechselspannung ~ side B ~ 220v ~ Reflective ~ 1994
2:26 am Centrozoon ~ Cathedral ~ Blast ~ Audio Anatomy ~ 1999
2:35 am Reagenz ~ ü ~ Reagenz ~ Reflective ~ 1994
2:45 am Tangerine Dream ~ Breath Kissing Matter’s Mouth ~ Edgar Allan Poe’s The Island of the Fay ~ Eastgate ~ 2011
2:54 am Qluster ~ Tatum ~ Elemente (new) ~ Bureau B ~ 2018
3:04 am Drax ~ Amphetamine (Mike Inc. Remix) ~ Mental Doors ~ Oscillator ~ 1994
3:10 am Turph ~ Jealous? (Pimp Mode) ~ 187th ~ Probe ~ 1994
3:16 am The Mover ~ Over Land & Sea ~ Signs of ’96 ~ Planet Core Productions ~ 1996
3:24 am The Mover ~ Impaler II (The Pentagram) ~ The Final Sickness ~ Planet Core Productions ~ 1993
3:27 am Laura Grabb ~ Ion Spot ~ 12″ ~ Industrial Strength ~ 1993
3:33 am Der Zyklus ~ Biometric Systems ~ Biometry ~ Clone Aqualung Series ~ 2004
3:37 am Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl Feat. Marshall Allen, Greg Fox and Elliot Levin ~ Cimetière Des Innocents ~ We Are Not the First ~ Rvng. Int’l ~ 2015
3:42 am Arthur Russell ~ This Is How We Walk on the Moon ~ Another Thought ~ Arc Light Editions ~ 1984
3:47 am Portishead ~ All Mine ~ Roseland NYC Live ~ Go! Beat Records ~ 1998
3:51 am Mark Stewart + the Maffia ~ High Ideals & Crazy Dub ~ Learning to Cope with Cowardice/The Lost Tapes ~ Mute ~ 1983
3:55 am Kid Koala ft. Trixie Whitley ~ Lost at Sea ~ Music To Draw To: Io (new) ~ Arts & Crafts ~ 2019
4:02 am River Spirit (local) ~ Worst Case ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ Atonuv ~ 2019
4:06 am Kittin ~ Question Everything ~ Cosmos (new) ~ Dark Entries ~ 2018
4:09 am Hydropark (local) ~ Panel of Experts ~ Hydropark (EP2) (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
4:16 am Julia Kent ~ Last Hour Story ~ Temporal (new) ~ The Leaf Label ~ 2019
4:29 am Jon Tulloch (local) ~ My new video project1121 ~ mp3 (new) ~ private ! 2018
4:36 am Tomat Petrella ~ Tau Ceti E ~ Kepler (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2018
4:41 am Sarah Louise ~ Rime ~ Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
4:45 am Natsukashii ~ Bunking Off ~ Driving East (new) ~ Dead Bison ~ 2018
4:49 am Liai ~ O ~ Lili (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
4:54 am Crypticz ~ Lost One ~ The Path (new) ~ Cosmic Bridge ~ 2018
4:59 am Swindle feat. Eva Lazarus ~ Talk a Lot ~ No More Normal (new) ~ Brownswood ~ 2019
5:03 am Magela Herrera ~ Two Sidewalks ~ Explicaciones (new) ~ Brontosaurus ~ 2019
5:09 am Emerson Lake & Palmer ~ Toccata ~ Brain Salad Surgery ~ Manticore ~ 1973
5:17 am The Soft Boys ~ Insanely Jealous ~ Underwater Moonlight…And How It Got There ~ Matador ~ 1980
5:22 am The Go-Betweens ~ Serenade Sound ~ Send Me a Lullaby (reissue) ~ Jetset ~ 1981
5:24 am The Go-Betweens ~ Reunion Dinner ~ Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express (reissue) ~ Jetset ~ 1986
5:30 am Shorelights (local) ~ Love’s Crashing Waves ~ Ancient Lights (new) ~ Subwax BCN ~ 2018
5:35 am Black to Comm ~ A Miracle No-Mother Child at Your Breast ~ Seven Horses for Seven Kings (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
5:42 am Nephew Lagoon (local) ~ durmline ~ Windowood (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
5:45 am Michele Mercure ~ No More Law In Gotham City ~ Beside Herself ~ Rvng Intl. / Freedom to Spend ~ 1985
5:49 am Eraldo Bernocchi / F. M. Einheit / Jo Quail ~ The Inquirer ~ Rosebud ~ Rare Noise ~ 2018

Magela Herrera: Explicaciones (Brontosaurus Records, 2019)

January 25, 2019 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Magela Herrera: Explicaciones

Magela Herrera is a Cuban composer/flautist based in Miami, and her first solo album is an absolute knockout. Her arrangements are complex and dynamic, yet it never feels like she’s stuffing too many notes onto the page. It all goes down easily, but not blandly smooth. She seamlessly blends Afro-Cuban, European jazz (she lived in Norway for a while) and fusion styles, and while all the songs are different, it’s all recognizable as her style. Likewise, the tunes are a mix of original compositions, childhood favorites, and standards, all of which fit together perfectly. She also sings on a few occasions, and her voice is just as stunning and gorgeous as her flute playing. “Danzon Para Papa” is the most traditional-sounding Cuban tune and there’s also a rendition of “Besame Mucho”. Cheers all around.

Kittin: Cosmos LP (Dark Entries, 2018)

January 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Kittin: Cosmos LP

Reverting to her preferred moniker, the artist usually referred to as Miss Kittin steps away from electro, not to mention the surface of this planet, on this album of outer-space ruminations. The whole album sounds like it was made on a satellite floating thousands of miles away from Earth, with Kittin staring at the pale blue dot and picking apart the very fabric of its existence. Much of it is weightless space ballads, but there’s also the crash-zap IDM of “Question Everything”, and other tracks have more aggressive yet forcefully rigid beats. Some of the lyrics are minimal, just reciting names (“Atoms” is self-explanatory, “Multiverse” is a recitation of stars, etc.), but even that seems like a powerful enough declaration of existence. And then “Last Day on Earth” asks “what you gonna do on your last day?” over soft-jungle synths, breaking from the harsh, factory-like clanging. The album ends with a song called “Utopia”, where Kittin laments “I don’t want to leave that place”, assuredly meaning her distant part of the universe. This album has far more in common with the scientific explorations of Dopplereffekt, Der Zyklus, and related projects than the trendy, club-geared electroclash most people probably still associate Kittin with, and it’s a powerful, magnificent work.

Show #477 – 1/19/19

January 19, 2019 at 1:53 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Black to Comm ~ The Courtesan Jigokudayu Sees Herself as a Skeleton in the Mirror of Hell ~ Seven Horses for Seven Kings (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
2:10 am David Behrman ~ On the Other Ocean ~ On the Other Ocean ~ Lovely Music ~ 1977
2:35 am Saloli ~ Barcarolle ~ The Deep End (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2018
2:40 am Dolphin Midwives ~ Jungespell ~ Liminal Garden (new) ~ Sounds et al/Beacon Sound ~ 2019
2:45 am Andrew Livingston ~ Hearth ~ News from the Oort Cloud (new) ~ Gold Bolus ~ 2018
2:50 am Malibu Ken ~ Acid King ~ Malibu Ken (new) ~ Rhymesayers ~ 2019
2:52 am Tricky ~ Ponderosa ~ Maxinquaye ~ Island ~ 1995
2:56 am Oumou Sangaré ~ Djorolen (Remix) ~ Oumou ~ Nonesuch ~ 2003
3:00 am Nkisi ~ II ~ 7 Directions (new) ~ UIQ ~ 2019
3:10 am Christoph de Babalon ~ Shivers and Shakes ~ Hectic Shakes (new) ~ Alter ~ 2019
3:15 am Perceptrons ~ A1 ~ Contempt EP ~ Switch Records ~ 1995
3:21 am Robert Hood (local) ~ Machine Form ~ DJ-Kicks (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2018
3:25 am SEF III ~ The Commute ~ Selling SEF III ~ Ehse ~ 2018
3:28 am Laurence Wasser ~ The Swinging Man ~ V ~ Atomic Bongos ~ 2017
3:29 am Nobuki Takamen ~ Greenwich Village Sometimes ~ Three Wishes ~ Summit Records ~ 2012
3:40 am Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band ~ UNI ~ Live at Moers Festival ~ Zott ~ 2004
3:49 am Fieldwork ~ Telematic ~ Simulated Progress ~ Pi ~ 2005
3:51 am The Nels Cline Singers ~ Raze ~ Initiate ~ Cryptogramophone ~ 2010
4:00 am Steve Coleman and Five Elements ~ Earth-Idi (Odú Ifá Suite) ~ The Mancy of Sound ~ Pi ~ 2011
4:06 am Thad Jones ~ Thadrack ~ The Magnificent Thad Jones Vol. 3 ~ Blue Note ~ 1956
4:12 am Nat Adderley ~ Images ~ Naturally! ~ Jazzland ~ 1961
4:16 am George Russell And His Orchestra Featuring Bill Evans ~ Waltz From Outer Space ~ Jazz In the Space Age ~ Decca ~ 1960
4:23 am Duke Ellington/Charlie Mingus/Max Roach ~ Very Special ~ Money Jungle ~ United Artists Jazz ~ 1962
4:27 am Duke Ellington and His Orchestra ~ Suddenly It Jumped ~ The Treasure Shows, Vol. 25 ~ Storyville ~ 1944
4:32 am J.J. Johnson & Nat Adderley ~ Melodee ~ The Yokohama Concert ~ Pablo Live ~ 1978
4:40 am Charlie Parker ~ Tico-Tico ~ South of the Border ~ Verve ~ 1952
4:43 am Paco Zambrano Y Su Combo ~ Meshkalina ~ Peru Maravilloso ~ Tiger’s Milk ~ 1969
4:47 am The Ventures ~ Caravan ~ Live in Japan ’65 ~ EMI ~ 1965
4:56 am Dick Dale ~ Caravan ~ Tribal Thunder ~ HighTone ~ 1993
5:01 am Sigurd Brokke ~ Nordalaupen ~ Munnharpe ~ Etnisk Musikklubb ~ 2012
5:03 am Dion McGregor ~ The Great Waltz Party ~ Dreams Again ~ Tzadik ~ 1960-67
5:06 am Patrick Elkins (local) ~ That Boy ~ Hobo-A-Go-Go ~ We’re Twins ~ 2004
5:07 am Add N to (X) ~ Lick a Battery (Tongues Across the Terminals) ~ Loud Like Nature ~ Mute ~ 2002
5:10 am Psychic TV ~ Papal Breakdance ~ Hex Sex: The Singles Pt. 1 ~ Cleopatra ~ 1986
5:16 am Grinderman ~ No Pussy Blues ~ Grinderman ~ Mute ~ 2007
5:21 am Black Sabbath ~ Snowblind ~ Early Days – Live On Air ~ Laser Media ~ 1974
5:25 am Ramones ~ Havana Affair ~ Transmission Impossible ~ Eat to the Beat ~ 1978
5:28 am Year of No Light ~ Perséphone (Coré) ~ Ausserwelt ~ Conspiracy ~ 2010
5:37 am Sonic Youth ~ Society Is a Hole ~ Bad Moon Rising ~ Blast First ~ 1985
5:43 am Wyatt, Atzmon, Stephen ~ Lush Life ~ For the Ghosts Within ~ Domino ~ 2010
5:50 am Taylor Graves ~ Goku ~ Brainfeeder X (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2018
5:53 am Nephew Lagoon (local) ~ on the prairie ~ Windowood (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
5:55 am Michele Mercure ~ Dinosaur Dancing ~ Beside Herself ~ Rvng Intl. / Freedom to Spend ~ 1984

Crush Collision 1/17/19

January 18, 2019 at 9:21 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:00 pm MUSK ~ Cynic Games
10:05 pm Posthuman ~ Cobra Structure
10:09 pm Pedro Vian ~ Côte Picardie
10:12 pm Carl Finlow ~ Exige
10:15 pm Moiré ~ Lisbon
10:18 pm John Tejada ~ Can’t Tell Time Anything
10:21 pm Selling ~ Keeping Txme
10:25 pm Wa Wu We ~ 003 A1
10:29 pm Pupkulies & Rebecca ~ Atlas
10:35 pm Precipitation ~ Earth 1
10:41 pm Rose Tinted & Anna Be ~ Blood Moon
10:46 pm Harrison BDP ~ Fade Back From Reality
10:52 pm Stereociti ~ Motion 1
10:56 pm DJ 3000 ~ Raki
11:02 pm Ejeca ~ Attack (Matrixxman Remix)
11:05 pm Fax ~ Aslip (Jonas Bering Mix)
11:09 pm Scuba ~ From Within (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
11:15 pm ES-Q ~ Casting Patterns
11:21 pm Sepehr ~ Frantik
11:27 pm RAAM ~ 7 (Skudge Remix)
11:31 pm SHXCXCHHCXSH ~ ggg
11:37 pm Stare5 ~ The Adverse Within
11:41 pm Jon Dixon ~ Five 15
11:46 pm New York Transit Authority ~ Moschino Youts
11:49 pm Taraval ~ Aardvark
11:55 pm Cassius Select ~ HERD
11:58 pm Glenn Astro & Hodini ~ RND_ARP
11:59 pm Flora FM ~ Convex Reed Walls

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