Disaster Passport: Score tape (Dagoretti Records, 2019)

March 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Disaster Passport: Score tape

Madison, Wisconsin quartet Disaster Passport composed an alternate score for a filming of Koyaanisqatsi last year. This recording presents the performance of the score, and it’s a warm, slowly unfolding piece of cosmic Americana. The band’s lineup consists of two banjo players, a baritone guitar player, and a percussionist. After a slow warmup, it moves into a series of rustic, hypnotic movements which seem to fuse bluegrass with desert blues (and probably other styles I’m not picking up on). It’s unhurried, with lots of vibrant soloing, but the music doesn’t stay in one place for too long. It never resembles the iconic Philip Glass score of the original, but its influence is unmistakable, particularly in the pacing of the score’s second half, which features soft hums/chants followed by rhythmic clapping. The full score can be downloaded from Bandcamp.

Dead Man’s Chest & Posse: SNKR018 12″ EP (Sneaker Social Club, 2019)

March 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dead Man’s Chest & Posse: SNRK018 12″ EP

Dead Man’s Chest is one of the absolute best artists making oldskool jungle right now, and Sneaker Social Club has similarly been issuing top-notch breakbeat hardcore and neo-rave music. This EP isn’t quite as heavy and junglistic as other DMC releases. Most of the tracks are collaborations and they’re a bit more spacious and club-friendly. “We All Got a Little Mad Sometimes” (with Response) is straight up alien-channeling music; I can’t tell where that droney synth bed is from but it sounds like some sort of horrifying sci-fi thriller. “The Dead Will Dance” (with Coco Bryce) has fun with zombie movie samples and an evil bassline. Solo track “Exorcisms” is all storming breaks and horror movie samples (at least one is from Poltergeist), and it’s equally fun and terrorizing.

Meat Beat Manifesto: Pin Drop 12″ (Flexidisc, 2019)

March 16, 2019 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Meat Beat Manifesto: Pin Drop 12″

I drove to Chicago to see MBM at the Coldwaves festival last year, and it was probably the best set I’ve ever seen them play. Granted, the first two times, I was seated and at a distance; this time I was right up front in the crowd, and it was exhilarating. Super hard, funky, and manic, with amazing visuals. They played a lot of old classics too, which was great, but the new stuff they announced as being from their next album was spectacular. “Pin Drop” was a particular highlight. Very choppy and breaky but not quite jungle by numbers. It’s more proto-jungle, which makes sense seeing that MBM arguably invented jungle with tracks like “Radio Babylon” back in the ’80s. B-side “No Design” is pretty much the same track except it’s actually a bit faster and crazier. MBM are one of my favorite bands ever and their new album is going to be astonishing.

Show #485 – 3/16/19

March 16, 2019 at 3:10 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Shlohmo ~ Hopeless ~ The End (new) ~ Friends of Friends ~ 2019
2:05 am Spiral Joy Band ~ Down the Lane the Park is Still and the Water Chill ~ Summoning (new) ~ MIE ~ 2019
2:28 am Banabila & Machinefabriek ~ Unearth ~ Entropia (new) ~ Eilean Records ~ 2019
2:36 am Turning Jewels Into Water ~ Map of Absences ~ Map of Absences (new) ~ FPE ~ 2019
2:41 am Seahawks ~ Moon Bump ~ Eyes of the Moon (new) ~ Cascine ~ 2019
2:44 am Surachai ~ A Sign From Decay ~ Come, Deathless (new) ~ Bl_k Noise ~ 2019
2:48 am Rian Treanor ~ ATAXIA_B1 ~ ATAXIA (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
2:53 am Meat Beat Manifesto ~ No Design ~ 12″ (new) ~ Flexidisc ~ 2019
2:58 am Basic Rhythm ~ Too Nuff ~ New Style EP (new) ~ Sneaker Social Club ~ 2019
3:02 am Bulu & Etch ~ Collide (Itoa Remix) ~ Fiyah (new) ~ Bun the Grid ~ 2019
3:06 am Tarquin & Jammz ~ Sly One ~ single (new) ~ TARQS ~ 2019
3:09 am Paco Sala ~ Impossible Places (EQ Why Remix) ~ Put Your Hands On Me Remix EP ~ Bandcamp ~ 2015
3:13 am badsista ~ MONTAGEM DA XERECA (FUNK RAVE COLAPSO 160 BPM) ~ mp3 (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
3:17 am BLÆRG ~ Recursive Iteration I – Benevolent Charlatan ~ Stimulation Over Stagnation ~ Reject ~ 2014
3:22 am Richard Devine ~ Pngtrk ~ Sort\Lave (new) ~ Timesig ~ 2018
3:28 am Ricardo Donoso ~ Disconnected Visions ~ Calibrate (new) ~ Denovali ~ 2018
3:33 am Silk Road Assassins ~ Blink ~ State of Ruin (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
3:36 am Model Home ~ Sign Me Up For ~ 1 (new) ~ Ornette Coleman Fiend Club ~ 2018
3:38 am Angel-Ho feat. Queezy ~ Good Friday Daddy ~ Death Becomes Her (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
3:40 am Matmos ~ Breaking Bread ~ Plastic Anniversary (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
3:44 am Joni Void with Sarah Page ~ Abusers ~ Mise En Abyme (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
3:47 am RAP ~ No Mixer ~ Export (new) ~ Jolly Discs ~ 2019
3:52 am Daniel Brandt ~ Sailboats III ~ Channels (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2018
3:59 am Negative Gemini ~ Different Color Hair ~ mp3 (new) ~ Adult Swim Singles ~ 2019
4:02 am How To Live Together ~ Hidden Costs ~ Resister (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:05 am Ouri ~ Trance Parent ~ mp3 (new) ~ Adult Swim Singles ~ 2019
4:09 am Jayda G ~ Stanley’s Get Down [No Parking on the DF] ~ Significant Changes (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
4:14 am Powder ~ New Tribe ~ Powder In Space (new) ~ Beats In Space ~ 2019
4:20 am Bonobo ~ Ibrik ~ Fabric Presents Bonobo (new) ~ Fabric ~ 2019
4:24 am Eki Shola ~ Color of Joy ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:30 am Steven Halpern ~ Deep Theta 2.1 432 Hz ~ Sound Healing 432 Hz ~ Inner Peace Music ~ 2018
4:36 am Daniel Blumberg & Hebronix ~ Off and On ~ Liv (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
4:41 am Jessica Pratt ~ As the World Turns ~ Quiet Signs (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2019
4:44 am River Spirit (local) ~ Active Space ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:46 am Julia Holter ~ Underneath the Moon ~ Aviary ~ Domino ~ 2018
4:53 am Bim Sherman ~ Haunting Ground Dub ~ Sherwood at the Controls 2: 1985-1990 ~ On-U Sound ~ 1986
4:56 am Suburban Lawns ~ Computer Date ~ Suburban Lawns ~ I.R.S. ~ 1981
4:57 am The Fall ~ Town and Country Hobgoblins (Live) ~ Bend Sinister/The ‘Domesday’ Pay-Off Triad-Plus! ~ Beggars Banquet ~ 1986
5:00 am Pixies ~ Something Against You ~ Surfer Rosa ~ 4AD ~ 1988
5:02 am Suicidal Tendencies ~ Suicidal Failure ~ Suicidal Tendencies ~ Frontier Records ~ 1983
5:04 am Dead Kennedys ~ MTV – Get Off The Air ~ Frankenchrist ~ Manifesto ~ 1985
5:08 am The Wedding Present ~ Anyone Can Make a Mistake ~ George Best 30 ~ Happy Happy Birthday To Me ~ 2017
5:11 am TV Dinners (local) ~ (To Party!) [You Gotta] ~ Eat (new) ~ L87 Records ~ 2018
5:14 am R.E.M. ~ Cuyahoga ~ All the Way to the End: German Broadcast 2001 ~ bootleg ~ 2001
5:18 am Slowdive ~ Brighter ~ Just for a Day ~ Creation ~ 1991
5:22 am Xiu Xiu ~ Hives Hives ~ Knife Play ~ Graveface ~ 2002
5:25 am Black Moth Super Rainbow ~ Twin of Myself ~ Eating Us ~ Graveface ~ 2009
5:30 am Forrest Fang ~ Dream of the Last Fisherman ~ The Fata Morgana Dream (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2019
5:36 am Jazzpospolita ~ Lot ~ Jazzpo! Live Made In China ~ Audio Anatomy ~ 2016
5:48 am Chris Bowden ~ Retrospective ~ Time Capsule ~ Soul Jazz Records ~ 1996
5:55 am Nephew Lagoon (local) ~ stepth ~ Sendy Q (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019

Crush Collision 3/14/19

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

WCBN X MEMCO X Interdimensional Transmissions @ Club Above 3/30! SAVE THE DATE!!!
10:01 pm HRTL ~ Someone Stole Your Sweetroll
10:06 pm Oliver Koletzki ~ Kusskompatibel
10:09 pm Jasper James ~ These Are The Beats
10:14 pm Rob Clouth ~ Shedding Layers (Max Cooper Remix)
10:20 pm Another Alias ~ Mind Wipe
10:23 pm Squane x Rees ~ Buzz Kill
10:29 pm Nathan Jonson ~ Space Between Breath
10:33 pm Cassy x Art Alfie ~ On the Low
10:38 pm Fouk ~ F3000
10:42 pm I:Cube ~ Fractal P
10:47 pm Vyvyan ~ Source Rocks (Paul Woolford’s 48hr Fever Dream)
10:53 pm Violet ~ Abyss
10:57 pm Chimpo ~ DidDieDoDat (Ghost Remix)
11:01 pm Blackdown ~ Halcyon Skies (Rollage Mix)
11:05 pm DJ Katapila ~ African Techno
11:07 pm Bubas Produçoes ~ GgENERAL 2017
11:10 pm Yasha ~ MAX 95, Donnin’
11:12 pm CLUBKELLY ~ Need U
11:16 pm Sim Hutchins ~ Like Herding Cats
11:18 pm The Burrell Connection ~ Orbit_458
11:25 pm 2 Bad Mice ~ Limit of Paradise (FaltyDL Remix)
11:29 pm Fatima Al Qadiri Feat. Bobo Secret & Lama3an ~ Alkahaf
11:33 pm Lailah Reich & Tahif Attiek ~ Mbira In NYC
11:35 pm iZem ~ Beni Lane
11:38 pm Djrum ~ Sex
11:46 pm Sharda & Bassboy ~ Drifting
11:50 pm Girls of the Internet & Peven Everett ~ Love Delicious (Sully Remix)
11:53 pm Roska ~ Schmuck
11:57 pm Gerry Read ~ Fuck That Bounce
11:59 pm Trinity Carbon ~ Smacky Dove

Joni Void: Mise En Abyme (Constellation, 2019)

March 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Joni Void: Mise En Abyme

Joni Void’s second album is a reconstructive snapshot of various aspects of the Montreal-based artist’s life, built from sounds captured from daily occurrences, recordings of family events such as weddings and birthday parties, and even samples from throughout the album itself. The first half is based on performances by guest vocalists, and combined with airy textures and clicky beats, it’s not too far off from Mira Calix’s older albums and EPs for Warp. The album seems to be about communication and recording; “No Reply” is made from phone sounds and some modem noises, and “Cinetrauma” has a beat constructed from camera clicks and whirrs. The second half is definitely more claustrophobic than the first, peaking in the text-to-speech exorcism of “Deep Impression”, although “Persistence” is a more reflective denouement. “Resolve” is a whirlwind of moments from throughout the album set to an early Boards of Canada track.

Light Conductor: Sequence One (Constellation, 2019)

March 9, 2019 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Light Conductor: Sequence One (Constellation, 2019)

Departing from the dreamy indie rock of their respective main bands, Young Galaxy and the Besnard Lakes, Stephen Ramsay and Jace Lasek venture through several different shades of space rock on their first album as Light Conductor. The lengthy opener “A Bright Resemblance” does the standard “set the controls for the heart of the sun” mode of droning, with several layers of modular synth pulsations phasing and dancing around each other. This extends into “Chapel of the Snows”, which develops an overwhelming, all-consuming cloud of guitar noise. “Far from the Warming Sun” is a 10-minute skim of the surface of Mars not unlike early Cluster/Kluster, but with a broken, humming static pulse. “When the Robot Hits the Water” is a slowly shifting, ticking beat with a rapid arpeggio threading through it, building up anticipation for “Light Conductor” (the song). Following the previous track’s pulse, it explodes into color after nearly two minutes, turning into futuristic psych-rock which really does sound like Spacemen 3 being beamed into a distant galaxy.

Basic Rhythm: New Style 12″ EP (Sneaker Social Club, 2019)

March 9, 2019 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Basic Rhythm: New Style 12″ EP

The latest EP from Anthoney J Hart bends grime and garage rhythms into club tracks which feel a little clinical but also have an undeniable amount of floor power to them. Snippets of pirate radio ragga chatter are abound, and “Too Nuff” lets some Moodymann-like pads float among its industrial-tuff beats. “Ready Again” is far more minimal and almost struggles to hold together; it would probably be a lot harder to work it into a set than the other tracks. But the more active tracks hint at the London warehouse vibe while taking it somewhere else.

Show #484 – 3/9/19

March 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Matmos ~ Plastic Anniversary ~ Plastic Anniversary (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
2:05 am Meat Beat Manifesto ~ Pin Drop ~ Opaque Couché (new) ~ Flexidisc ~ 2019
2:11 am Skee Mask ~ TH808 ~ 808BB (new) ~ Ilian Tape ~ 2019
2:15 am Xeno & Oaklander ~ A World Without Sun ~ Hypnos (new) ~ Dais ~ 2019
2:19 am Cherushii & Maria Minerva ~ A Day Without You [Leech Edit] ~ Cherushii & Maria Minerva (new) ~ 100% Silk ~ 2019
2:23 am Angel-Ho feat. K-$ ~ Baby Tee ~ Death Becomes Her (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
2:27 am Eki Shola ~ Floating ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:30 am Erik Wøllo ~ Infinite Moments Part 1 ~ Infinite Moments (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2018
2:41 am High Tides ~ Summer Reflections ~ Paradise Daze (new) ~ Rad Cult ~ 2019
2:46 am Chrome Sparks (local) ~ Ultraviolet Rainbow ~ Be on Fire (new) ~ Counter Records ~ 2019
2:50 am Brainwaltzera ~ Triangulate Dither (Fairytale Version) ~ Epi-Log EP (new) ~ Film ~ 2018
2:53 am Dabrye (local) ~ Prospects (Marshall Law) ~ Instrmntl ~ Ghostly International ~ 2002
2:57 am SolarX ~ Hot Cherry ~ Xrated ~ Galaxiid ~ 1997
3:01 am Scratcha DVA x Gage ~ Flytnurse (Darqmix) ~ Piffd (new) ~ Keysound ~ 2019
3:06 am End.user ~ #2 ~ Unreleased 1997-1999 ~ Bandcamp ~ 1997-1999
3:11 am Franck Vigroux ~ Supernova ~ Désastres EP (new) ~ Jezgro ~ 2019
3:16 am Jlin ~ Phyre ~ mp3 ~ unreleased ~ late ’00s/early ’10s
3:20 am Finlay Shakespeare ~ Amsterdam ~ Domestic Economy (new) ~ Editions Mego ~ 2019
3:26 am Nonlocal Forecast ~ The Evolutionary Game ~ Bubble Universe! (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
3:30 am Xosar ~ The Possessor Possesses Nothing ~ The Possessor Possesses Nothing (new) ~ Bedouin ~ 2019
3:37 am Joni Void ~ Cinetrauma ~ Mise En Abyme (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
3:41 am Xiu Xiu ~ Scisssssssors ~ Girl With Basket of Fruit (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2019
3:45 am Model Home ~ Jungle Tape ~ 1 (new) ~ Ornette Coleman Fiend Club ~ 2018
3:48 am Nurse With Wound ~ Astral Dustbin Dirge ~ Homotopy to Marie (reissue) ~ Rotorelief ~ 1987
4:01 am Daniel Blumberg & Hebronix ~ Caught ~ Liv (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
4:18 am Karkhana with Nadah El Shazly ~ Dans Ma Bouche, Une Autre Bouche ~ Carte Blanche (new) ~ Unrock ~ 2019
4:25 am Buzzcocks ~ Lester Sands (Drop In The Ocean) ~ Time’s Up! ~ Domino ~ 1976
4:29 am Klaus Schulze ~ Thor (Thunder) ~ Kontinuum ~ Synthetic Symphony ~ 2007
4:38 am Light Conductor ~ Chapel of the Snows ~ Sequence One (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
4:44 am Nephew Lagoon (local) ~ Hoot Outside ~ Sendy Q (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:50 am Max Brand ~ Stormy Sea ~ In Memoriam – Max Brand ~ Rhiz ~ 1963
4:54 am Quehenberger-Kollreider ~ Exit ~ In Memoriam – Max Brand ~ Rhiz ~ 1999
5:00 am Zu & Nobukazu Takemura ~ Alone with the Alone ~ Identification with the Enemy: A Key to the Underworld ~ Atavistic ~ 2006
5:05 am Test Dept. ~ Information Scare ~ Disturbance (new) ~ One Little Indian ~ 2019
5:10 am HEALTH ~ Loss Deluxe ~ VOL4::SLAVES OF FEAR (new) ~ Loma Vista ~ 2019
5:13 am Coil ~ Circles of Mania ~ Horse Rotorvator ~ Relativity ~ 1986
5:18 am Drew McDowall ft. James K ~ False Memory ~ The Third Helix ~ Dais ~ 2018
5:23 am Slowdive ~ Souvlaki Space Station ~ Souvlaki ~ Creation ~ 1994
5:30 am Steve Roden w/ Jacob Danziger ~ Dark Over Light Earth ~ Dark Over Light Earth ~ New Plastic Music ~ 2007
5:37 am River Spirit (local) ~ 20 Years ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:43 am Zilched (local) ~ Tool ~ Pulling Teeth (new) ~ Jett Plastic ~ 2018
5:46 am Red Stars Theory ~ Thinkpiece ~ Red Stars Theory ~ Suicide Squeeze ~ 1995
5:49 am Jessica Pratt ~ Here My Love ~ Quiet Signs (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2019
5:52 am Luca D’Alberto ~ Love Song ~ Exile (new) ~ 7K! ~ 2018

Nonlocal Forecast: Bubble Universe! tape (Hausu Mountain, 2019)

March 2, 2019 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Nonlocal Forecast: Bubble Universe! tape

The newest project from Angel Marcloid isn’t as chaotic as Fire-Toolz, but it’s still as intensely detailed and genre-agnostic. It’s a bright, glittering blend of prog-rock, jazz fusion, nature sounds, and what new age would sound like if it was made by hyperactive kids. Fire-Toolz is actually credited as a featured artist on “Triangular Format”, one of the album’s most ambient tracks. “Classical Information” is a laid-back stroll through a crystal village, and “Foam, Vacuum, Om” is a rippling, refractive reflection. “Conscious Agent Combos” works a perky Muzak melody into its meditation, and “Wave Nature” concludes the tape with a living forest aglow with harmonic vibrations.

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