Nazar: Enclave 12″ EP (Hyperdub, 2018)

February 24, 2019 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Nazar: Enclave 12″ EP

Revolutionary sounds from Angola, turning kuduro rhythms into brutal industrial warfare. Very jagged, blown out, punishing, even bloodthirsty, but always danceable. “Warning Shots” is my favorite, but the slower “Airstrike” (with battlefield report vocals from Shannen SP) seems to be the hit-of-sorts. Very dense grids of galloping rhythms, gunshots, warped bass, and explosive distortion. Super exciting, definitely looking forward to hearing more from this artist.

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Protovulcan: Psychic Pinball tape (Toy Moon, 2018)

February 24, 2019 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Protovulcan: Psychic Pinball tape

Sinister madness conjured from several vintage synths, hyperactive drumming, and trusty old vocoders. Synth-punk (or -prog, or -psych) made by robots whose main desire is to crush all the puny humans. Think the center of a Venn diagram between Servotron and Black Moth Super Rainbow. It’s definitely not as hazy as the latter, but there’s far more of a groove to it than the former. It’s pretty dystopian, but also kind of funky at points (see “Waking Up Dinosaurs”). “Celestial Slingshot” will make you feel trapped in a satellite hurdling across the galaxy as far from Earth as possible, and it’ll be supremely exciting. Oscillator Bug and Odd Nosdam conclude the tape with some dramatic remixes.

River Spirit: Me I Fall (self-released, 2019)

February 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

River Spirit: Me I Fall

River Spirit’s second EP was one of my favorites from last year, and the Detroit trio have now released a short but powerful album. The majority of the nine songs on Me I Fall are brief, but they’re filled with tight, unpredictable arrangements, mostly for guitars and drums but also incorporating synths and strings. Vanessa Reynolds’ vocals twist along with the instruments, sometimes blossoming into harmonies or becoming dreamier with a splash of reverb. Some tracks switch between several ideas in a short time, like “Dim the Light,” highlighted by the proclamation “I changed my mind”. The catchiest tune is the comforting love song “You”, which is under three minutes but memorable enough to seem much longer. “20 Years” actually does repeat its hook more, meditating on time going by and not knowing what to do but knowing that something has to change, and building up to a more transcendent bridge. All the while, the arrangement is constantly shifting and developing, underscoring the impact of the words.

Eki Shola: Possible (self-released, 2019)

February 23, 2019 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Eki Shola: Possible

Eki Shola’s second album, the first of a trilogy titled Pieces, is a vast step beyond her 2016 debut. While Final Beginning was a bit more easily identifiable as jazz, Possible is at least as much of an abstract electronic and future soul album. Ultimately, all of these categories are irrelevant; this music is all about fearless creative expression. And she has a lot to express here — her house was destroyed in the 2017 California wildfires. Despite such tragedy, her music is about healing and moving forward rather than grief or anger. As for the music itself, it’s a refreshing blend of detailed beats, soothing synths, and unconventional vocals (she’s not afraid to contort her voice with alien effects, or even run it backwards). The closest immediate comparisons I can think of might be Pursuit Grooves or Georgia Anne Muldrow, and even then mostly just because of how different and creative this music is rather than how it actually sounds. “Butterfly” is the immediate standout, with daydreaming vocals and lightly swirling bass. “December Glow” is more of a daydreamy trip-hop number, and “Four Letter Word” is a more lyrical neo-soul song with a bumping beat. “Can’t Breathe” hints at a bit of panic but it smooths itself out soon enough. “Looped” is one of the most out-there tracks, with a weird froglike noise throughout and trippy vocals which drift away. A post-dubstep/wonky influence threads throughout some of the beats, with “Beat of Life” mixing glitches and wobbly bass with jazzy keyboards, and “Suspension of Life” blipping partially backwards over relaxed keyboards. The song also houses motivational words from Eki, continuing with a thread started on “One”.

Show #482 – 2/23/19

February 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Spellling ~ Haunted Water ~ Mazy Fly (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2019
2:05 am River Spirit (local) ~ You ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:08 am Eki Shola ~ December Glow ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:11 am The Detroit Escalator Co. (local) ~ The Inverted Man Falling ~ (Excerpts) ~ Peacefrog ~ 2000
2:15 am Hideki Matsutake ~ Nemureru Yoru (Karaoke Version) ~ Kankyō Ongaku (Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980 – 1990) ~ Light In The Attic ~ 1983
2:21 am Jane ~ Berserker ~ Berserker ~ Paw Tracks ~ 2004
2:29 am Air Liquide ~ Robot Wars Symphony Part I – System Engaged ~ The Increased Difficulty of Concentration ~ Sm:)e Communications ~ 1994
2:43 am Euglossine ~ Eternal Mouse ~ Coriolis (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
2:46 am Black Taffy ~ Jaguarundi ~ Elder Mantis (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2019
2:49 am Sofheso ~ 0109 ~ Archive (new) ~ First Terrace ~ 2018
2:55 am Sofheso ~ 0201 ~ Archive (new) ~ First Terrace ~ 2018
3:02 am Modeselektor ~ Wake Me Up When It’s Over ~ Who Else (new) ~ Monkeytown ~ 2019
3:07 am Om Unit ~ Sleeping Dragon ~ Violet (new) ~ Violet ~ 2018
3:11 am Om Unit & Kid Drama ~ Untitled 3 ~ Untitled Works (new) ~ Apollo ~ 2019
3:17 am Christoph de Babalon ~ Are You Talking to Me? ~ Exquisite Angst ~ A Colourful Storm ~ 1993-1998
3:23 am Shiro the Goodman ~ track 9 (Dis*ka vs. Lions Den Dubshower/Machine Drum/Odd Nosdam/Doormouse) ~ Dance Crazy, Till a Meal Gets Rotten ~ ROMZ ~ 2003
3:33 am Andy Stott ~ For the Love ~ 10″ ~ Modern Love ~ 2006
3:38 am Forest Swords ~ The Weight Of Gold ~ Engravings ~ Tri Angle Records ~ 2013
3:43 am Arovane ~ Revart Amx ~ Atol Scrap ~ Din ~ 2000
3:48 am Solar X ~ Bullet Gum ~ Little Pretty Automatic ~ Worm Interface ~ 1998
3:52 am AFX ~ Cuckoo ~ Analogue Bubblebath 4 ~ Rephlex ~ 1994
3:58 am Robert Hood (local) ~ Minus ~ Internal Empire ~ Tresor ~ 1994
4:03 am Pete Swanson ~ Punk Authority ~ Punk Authority ~ Software ~ 2013
4:09 am Nazar ~ Konvoy ~ Enclave (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
4:14 am Digger ~ Ghettoblaster (Dreams of Old School) ~ 12″ ~ Sun-Up Records ~ 1996
4:21 am Alkahest ~ Eternal Opuscule #70 ~ Twist & Shake E.P. ~ Post Contemporary ~ 1995
4:32 am Sly & Robbie ~ Fatigue Chic ~ Drum & Bass Strip to the Bone by Howie B ~ Palm Pictures ~ 1999
4:36 am Mark Stewart + the Maffia ~ Don’t You Ever Lay Down Your Arms ~ Learning to Cope with Cowardice/The Lost Tapes ~ Mute ~ 1983
4:41 am Scientist ~ Blacka Shade of Dub ~ Scientific Dub ~ Clocktower ~ 1981
4:44 am Gregory Isaacs ~ Lonely Girl ~ Soon Forward ~ Tad’s Record Inc. ~ 1979
4:47 am Michael Rother ~ Feuerland ~ Flammende Herzen ~ Sky ~ 1977
4:54 am Mueller/Roedelius ~ Daumenwalzer ~ Imagori II (new) ~ Grönland Records ~ 2018
5:01 am Cop Funeral ~ Part-Time Pay ~ Part-Time Pay/Paid Vacation ~ 1980 Records ~ 2017
5:06 am Red Stars Theory ~ Our Nearest Neighbors ~ Red Stars Theory ~ Touch and Go ~ 2000
5:15 am Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch ~ The Unclouded Day ~ At Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2019
5:21 am Richard Skelton ~ Threads Across the River ~ Landings ~ Type ~ 2009
5:31 am Susie Ibarra ~ The Ancients ~ Flower After Flower ~ Tzadik ~ 2000
5:40 am Julia Kent ~ Through the Window ~ Temporal (new) ~ Leaf ~ 2019
5:46 am Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends ~ Fanfare ~ Nue (new) ~ Rvng Intl ~ 2018
5:53 am Matt Nelson ~ Ego ~ Starting (new) ~ Eschatology ~ 2018

Om Unit: Violet 2×10″ EP (Violet, 2019) + Om Unit/Kid Drama: Untitled Works 12″ EP (Apollo, 2019)

February 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Om Unit: Violet 2×10″ EP

Continuing to blur the lines between drum’n’bass, footwork, and dubstep, Om Unit is still putting out records at an astonishing rate. All four of these tracks would work perfectly in practically any 160-170 BPM set, but the reggae samples and extra dubwise basslines make “Righteousness” and “Sleeping Dragon” stand out. “City Lights” is closer to a more dubbed-out version of mid-’90s ambient jungle, and “Shackup” is similar but with more skeletal breakbeats. Very concentrated and high-energy.

Om Unit/Kid Drama: Untitled Works 12″ EP

Less club-ready is Om Unit’s first EP for R&S ambient sister label Apollo, which is co-produced by Kid Drama (aka Jon Convex). These tracks have fast beats but they aren’t as complex or busy, and they seem to move much slower overall. The second track has some shoegaze-y guitar which gives it an extra dose of heartache. Then there’s some heavier jungle breaks and bass on the third track. The fourth track is a bit cooled out but it’s still gliding along with thick, floating waves of bass and kicking beats.

Rich Pellegrin: Down (OA2 Records, 2019)

February 17, 2019 at 2:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rich Pellegrin: Down

Rich Pellegrin’s third album for OA2 features the brilliant Seattle duo Bad Luck as well as the Mizzou New Music Ensemble (on the alternate version of the album’s title track). Opening piece “Trial” is an instant attention-grabber, filled with complex, stop-on-a-dime arrangements and an overabundant amount of energy. Absolutely fresh and exciting. “Birthright” isn’t quite as explosive or colorful, but it’s still intense in its own way, slowly boiling and featuring an incredible bas solo by Evan Flory-Barnes. “Down” and “Acceptance” both seem semi-mournful, but not entirely, and “Exile” is reserved but gradually buds into a joyful state. For the concluding, alternate version of “Down”, Pellegrin successfully pushed the Mizzou New Music Ensemble out of their comfort zone, making non-jazz-trained musicians improvise, and it sounds completely natural.

Paint Thinner: The Sea of Pulp LP (Oblek, 2019)

February 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Paint Thinner: The Sea of Pulp LP

Detroit’s Paint Thinner (including former members of Frustrations, Terrible Twos, and Human Eye) make their long-awaited vinyl debut, three years on from their demo tape and following gigs with bands such as His Name Is Alive and Ritual Howls. This band make stark, uncompromising post-punk reflecting a lifetime of dread and disillusionment. The music is all barbed wire guitars and starethrough vocals, and it’s as bleak as it is tense and electro-shocked. The album starts with “A Day In My Head”, which stretches out to a sort of desert-psych extended solo ending. Then most of the album is relatively straightforward songs like the dream-dashing “Fell Flat” or the harsh surf of “Glistening Dots”, songs which for all their bitterness and disappointment and offputting nature, still contain attention-grabbing hooks. After “Hidden Key” ends in several minutes of off-the-rails noisy soloing, there’s a space-clearing instrumental “Interlude”, and it all ends with the blistering 9-minute confessional “In Your Tower”, which ends up rushing into a dramatic faux-orchestral section. Now available from Bandcamp.

Show #481 – 2/16/19

February 16, 2019 at 1:47 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Rich Pellegrin ~ Trial ~ Down (new) ~ OA2 ~ 2019
2:08 am Eli Keszler ~ Corrosion Kingdom ~ Empire (new) ~ Shelter Press ~ 2019
2:13 am Inoyama Land ~ Apple Star ~ Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 ~ Light In The Attic ~ 1983
2:18 am Yellow Magic Orchestra ~ Loom ~ Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 ~ Light In The Attic ~ 1981
2:24 am KTL ~ MadHIT ~ The Pyre: Versions Distilled To Stereo (new) ~ Shelter Press ~ 2018
2:33 am Stephan Haluska ~ Empty Room ~ Empty Room (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2018
2:40 am Nivhek [aka Grouper] ~ After its own death: Side B ~ After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house (new) ~ Yellow Electric ~ 2019
3:02 am Lucy Echo [aka Scientific Sunshine, R.I.P.] (local) ~ FLUX ~ Dandere (new) ~ Trashfuck ~ 2018
3:06 am King Midas Sound ~ The Lonely ~ Solitude (new) ~ Cosmo Rhythmatic ~ 2019
3:12 am Jessica Pratt ~ Crossing ~ Quiet Signs (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2019
3:14 am Julia Kent ~ Conditional Futures ~ Temporal (new) ~ Leaf ~ 2019
3:18 am Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends ~ Niagara ~ Nue (new) ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 2018
3:25 am Green Dome ~ Da Puzzle ~ Thinking in Stitches (new) ~ Case Study Records ~ 2019
3:29 am Black to Comm ~ Licking the Fig Tree ~ Seven Horses for Seven Kings (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
3:34 am Nektar ~ Desolation Valley / Waves ~ A Tab In The Ocean ~ Purple Pyramid ~ 1972
3:42 am Russian Circles ~ Burial ~ Memorial ~ Sargent House ~ 2013
3:47 am BadBadNotGood ~ Lavender ~ IV ~ Innovative Leisure ~ 2016
3:50 am Homeshake ~ Just Like My ~ Helium (new) ~ Sinderlyn ~ 2019
3:54 am Eki Shola ~ Suspension of Life ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:58 am TOKiMONSTA ~ Fallen Arches ~ Brainfeeder X ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2011
4:01 am David Holmes ~ Let’s Get Killed ~ Let’s Get Killed ~ Go! Beat ~ 1997
4:09 am Mark Stewart + the Maffia ~ Liberty Dub ~ Learning to Cope with Cowardice/The Lost Tapes ~ Mute ~ 1983
4:13 am Czarface/Ghostface Killah ~ Iron Claw ~ Czarface Meets Ghostface (new) ~ Silver Age ~ 2019
4:17 am Endemic Void ~ Inflections ~ Equations ~ Language ~ 1996
4:23 am Mirage [aka Source Direct] ~ Deep Rage ~ Leon Vynehall: DJ-Kicks ~ !K7 ~ 1995
4:29 am VT100 ~ bio ~ The Burden of Irrational Optimism (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:37 am Laurel Halo (local) ~ Sweetie (DJ-Kicks) ~ DJ-Kicks (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2019
4:44 am KX Noizsystem ~ Donate Your Sonic Organs ~ Donate Your Sonic Organs ~ KX Noizsystem ~ 1995
4:49 am Arzach ~ Arena ~ 12″ ~ Acid Orange ~ 1995
5:00 am Freddy Fresh ~ DJ Unfriendly ~ Blinky & Hud E.P. ~ Analog Records USA/Digidl ~ 1993
5:06 am Infarct ~ Brain Spasms ~ Nuclear Fission ~ IST Records ~ 1995
5:12 am Alkahest ~ Seance 33 ~ Universal Constant E.P. ~ Post Contemporary ~ 1994
5:19 am Radioactive Goldfish ~ Pink Potassium ~ Sonik Friktion / Pink Potato ~ Majii Records/Cheetah Records ~ 1992
5:24 am Mouse on Mars ~ Diskdusk ~ Niun Niggung ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 1999
5:29 am Lubomyr Melnyk ~ Son of Parasol ~ Fallen Trees (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2018
5:37 am Paint Thinner (local) ~ Hidden Key ~ The Sea of Pulp (new) ~ Oblek ~ 2019
5:43 am Fred Frith Trio ~ Love and Other Embers ~ Closer to the Ground (new) ~ Intakt ~ 2018
5:50 am Magela Herrera ~ Ahora ~ Explicaciones (new) ~ Brontosaurus ~ 2019

Crush Collision 2/14/19

February 15, 2019 at 9:11 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Posting the audio for this one cause it BANGZZZZZ

Hour 1
10:00 pm Blue Veil ~ Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse
10:08 pm Jakwob ~ Paranoid
10:11 pm Ancient Methods ~ Twelve Stones to Divide Jordan’s Sand
10:14 pm CutOff!CutOff! ~ Reversed Effort
10:19 pm Silent Servant ~ Loss Response
10:21 pm Oli Furness ~ Tension
10:26 pm Denise Rabe ~ Lucy’s Dream (Orphx Remix)
10:31 pm Flaminia ~ Fear of Fire (Headless Horseman Remix)
10:34 pm Outlander [NOT the one who did “Vamp”] ~ Cant Change Weapons While In Combat
10:39 pm HVOB ~ Zinc (Vril Remix)
10:45 pm Marcelus ~ Parenthesis
10:51 pm Shifted ~ Pyx
10:55 pm Vril ~ Kaoz
Hour 2
11:03 pm DiNT ~ Shovel (Ontal Remix)
11:06 pm Kaltès & Nene H. ~ Resist
11:10 pm Milo Spykers ~ Zenith
11:15 pm Regina Demina ~ Pyromane (Fifth Era Remix)
11:19 pm Moment Trigger ~ Zeta Reticuli
11:23 pm Sciahri ~ Heedless
11:30 pm Rommek ~ Grintstone (James Ruskin Remix)
11:35 pm CutOff!CutOff! ~ Fluxus
11:39 pm Ansome ~ British Steel
11:44 pm Oliver Way ~ Lucky Dip (Scan X Remix)
11:50 pm Alexander Kowalski ~ The Carbon Boy
11:55 pm Arctor ~ Selfish Lover (Patrick Walker Remix)

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