Western Edges: Prowess CDr (Sound In Silence, 2019)

June 16, 2019 at 11:30 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Western Edges: Prowess CDr

This is the first release from the new solo project of Richard Adams from Hood. The short album primarily consists of brief ambient pieces which are built around simple, gentle melodies, floating between moments of reverie (“Suddenly a Dream”) and dark, fearful reflection and yearning (“Western Edges”, “You’re Going To Miss My Love”, and others). Surprisingly enough, some tracks also feature stiff, crunchy kick drums. “Solid Gold Soul” is a bit of bliss out in the tundra, while “Very Good on the Rushes” peers up at the stars hoping for release from soul-crushing loneliness, with a huge orb of bass and bitcrushed beats keeping hope alive. “Absence” is the only long track here, and it begins with a shower of synth pads before a sparse kick (similar to the Sight Below) comes in, followed by a dubby post-punk bassline and just a few synth notes, which nevertheless help keep things alert. Then it all strips away and all that’s left is the dusk.

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SDEM: Index Hole 12″ EP (Central Processing Unit, 2019)

June 16, 2019 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

SDEM: Index Hole 12″ EP

The latest release on the currently blazing-hot Central Processing Unit comes from a mysterious artist with a Slayer rip-off logo on his Discogs page. Opening track “Arc Rail” is fast, hard, and crunchy electro-IDM which manages to keep directly on track. You can follow exactly where it’s going, yet it’s still a monster bowling over anything in its path. “BX16” is basically the opposite – slower, crushed stutter-breaks with very sparse layers of koto, or some other type of stringed instrument. Very subtle and nuanced, and there’s no obvious answer as to where this is going. Then “Mitherer” just drills your head in and repeatedly fills your brain with electric shocks until you start bleeding sparks. “6448” returns to the land of propulsive beats and buzzing synths which approximate a bassline, but this one’s more of a steady meander than a forceful progression. No telling what to expect from this artist from here, but I’m on board.

The Astounds: Ancient Flying Ghosts (self-released, 2019)

June 15, 2019 at 11:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Astounds: Ancient Flying Ghosts

The Astounds is the newest group fronted by Dean Wells, formerly of the Capstan Shafts. If you’ve heard that group, you pretty much know what to expect here: noisy, jangly, somewhat messy lo-fi indie rock similar to Guided By Voices. Like that band, as well as disciples such as Graham Repulski, this alternates super revved up, catchy tunes with brief, snippet-like tracks which nevertheless stand as their own compositions. “Holistic Missiles” is a minute-long psychedelic sway, which dovetails into the power pop anthem “Never Felt Alone” (which even has a guitar solo). Then there’s a brief acoustic bedroom lament called “Can We Go Too Far”, which precedes another full-band rocker, “New Lip Impressions”. The album continues in this fashion, ending with the driving singalong “Right Complete”, which stretches to an epic four minutes. Free download on Bandcamp.

Steven R. Smith: A Sketchbook of Endings (Soft Abuse, 2019)

June 15, 2019 at 11:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Steven R. Smith: A Sketchbook of Endings

Space/psych rock veteran Steven R. Smith’s latest solo album is a concise set of instrumentals which generally last around 2 minutes, but are filled with moods and melodies. It feels more accurate to call this his idea of a pop album rather than the usual “soundtrack to an imagined film” cliche. Smith’s guitar, which sounds somewhat rustic yet hotwired, leads the charge, but he plays other instruments such as the spike fiddle and hurdy gurdy, giving songs like “Everything in Circles” a mini-epic Dirty Three-like feel. This guy has an extensive back catalog spanning work with groups such as Hala Strana, Thuja, and Ulaan Khol, plus over a dozen solo efforts, but this seems like the easiest introduction to all that.

Show #498 – 6/15/19

June 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Plaid ~ Drowned Sea ~ Polymer (new) ~ Warp ~ 2019
2:06 am Oliver Way ~ Dust Storm (Plaid Remix) ~ Dust Storm Remixes ~ EPM ~ 2018
2:12 am Burial ~ Claustro ~ 12″ (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
2:17 am Special Request ~ Vortex 150 ~ Vortex (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2019
2:22 am Chase & Status ~ Disaster ~ RTRN II JUNGLE (new) ~ Virgin EMI ~ 2019
2:26 am the_nyhylist (local) ~ Zjungled 1 ~ split w/ Bullshit Market ~ Trashfuck ~ 2017
2:31 am Mikkel Oldrup ~ pcb_bly ~ pcb_bly (new) ~ No Technique ~ 2019
2:41 am A Beacon School ~ I Don’t Believe It ~ Cola ~ Grind Select ~ 2018
2:44 am Stef Chura (local) ~ Jumpin’ Jack ~ Midnight (new) ~ Saddle Creek ~ 2019
2:46 am The Astounds ~ Holistic Missiles ~ Ancient Flying Ghosts (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:47 am The Piggies ~ Wanna Go To Heaven ~ Something to Chew On (new) ~ Sparkle Time ~ 2019
2:51 am Vanishing Twin ~ Magician’s Success ~ The Age of Immunology (new) ~ Fire ~ 2019
2:54 am Jane Weaver ~ Arrows (Loops Variation) ~ Loops in the Secret Society (new) ~ Fire ~ 2019
2:59 am L’Eclair ~ Still Steeve ~ Sauropoda (new) ~ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond ~ 2019
3:02 am Nobody ~ Seventy-Seven ~ All Too Familiar (new) ~ Ubiquity ~ 2019
3:06 am Mark Peters ~ Shaley Brow (Odd Nosdam remix) ~ New Routes out of Innerland (new) ~ Sonic Cathedral ~ 2019
3:12 am Steven R. Smith ~ Grainstacks ~ A Sketchbook of Endings (new) ~ Soft Abuse ~ 2019
3:15 am Slithis Survival Kit (local) ~ The Turtle Race ~ Slithis Survival Kit (new) ~ Dagoretti Records ~ 2019
3:24 am Earthen Sea ~ Spatial Ambiguity ~ Grass and Trees (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2019
3:29 am William Selman ~ Extension of the Domain of Interdependence ~ Picture of the Climates ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2015
3:33 am Stuart Chalmers ~ Lake at Dawn ~ In the Heart of Solitude ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2016
3:43 am Ian William Craig ~ (I Have Seen) The Edges of Your Content ~ A Forgetting Place ~ Bandcamp ~ 2013
3:52 am Ian William Craig ~ Always Something More ~ Cloudmarks ~ Bandcamp ~ 2012
3:59 am Konx-om-Pax ~ The Paleontologist ~ Ways of Seeing (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
4:03 am Christopher Willits ~ Coast ~ Sunset (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
4:09 am Jan Jelinek & Computer Soup ~ Ballads ~ Improvisations and Edits, Tokyo 26.09.2001 ~ Faitiche ~ 2001
4:15 am Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples ~ Nijo-jo ~ uguisubari ~ Faitiche ~ 2017
4:18 am Tiger Village ~ Ooh La La ~ Modern Drummer (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
4:21 am Lockbox ~ Pridenjoy ~ Prince Soul Grenade ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2014
4:25 am Dabrye (local) ~ Nova ~ Three/Three Instrumentals (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
4:29 am Devonwho ~ melod2 ~ Betaloops ~ Leaving Records ~ 2017
4:31 am bvdub ~ Explosions in Slow Motion ~ Explosions in Slow Motion (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2019
4:39 am Tadahiro Nitta ~ An-Un (Ominous Clouds) (Kode9 Rmx) ~ Diggin In The Carts – Kode9 Remixes (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
4:44 am Isosceles ~ Possibly Winston ~ Third Noise Principle ~ Cherry Red ~ 1983
4:48 am The Local Moon ~ Kingdom Comes ~ Ende Vom Lied: East German Underground Sound 1979-1990 ~ Play Loud! Productions ~ 1987
4:53 am Download ~ 23 Years ~ Unknown Room (new) ~ Artoffact ~ 2019
4:57 am Radiohead ~ Soft Pain II ~ MD114 ~ Bandcamp ~ 1996
5:01 am Stones Taro ~ Full Train ~ 12″ (new) ~ Third Place ~ 2019
5:06 am Singers & Players ~ Resolution Pt 2 (Version 2) ~ Revenge of the Underdog ~ On-U Sound ~ 1982
5:13 am Lee Scratch Perry ~ Makumba Rock ~ Rainford (new) ~ On-U Sound ~ 2019
5:18 am African Head Charge ~ Dinosaur’s Lament ~ Environmental Studies ~ On-U Sound ~ 1982
5:23 am African Head Charge ~ Depth Charge ~ Drastic Season ~ On-U Sound ~ 1983
5:27 am African Head Charge ~ Further Off the Track ~ Return of the Crocodile ~ On-U Sound ~ 1985
5:30 am Ian Boddy ~ Remnants ~ Altair (new) ~ DiN ~ 2019
5:38 am Sandwidi Pierre ~ Fils Du Sahel ~ Le Troubadour De La Savane 1976-1980 ~ Born Bad ~ 1984
5:42 am Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo ~ Finlin Ho ~ Madjafalao ~ Because Music ~ 2016
5:46 am uKanDanZ ~ Gesse ~ ይቀጥላል / Yeketelale ~ Buda Musique ~ 2018
5:52 am Matt Mitchell ~ Stretch Goal ~ Phalanx Ambassadors (new) ~ Pi ~ 2019

Show #497 – 6/11/19

June 12, 2019 at 9:58 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

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10:05 pm Stef Chura (local) ~ All I Do Is Lie ~ Midnight (new) ~ Saddle Creek ~ 2019
10:11 pm Wolfmanhattan Project ~ Braid of Smoke ~ Blue Gene Stew (new) ~ In the Red ~ 2019
10:13 pm POW! ~ Disobey ~ Shift (new) ~ Castle Face ~ 2019
10:17 pm Ian Boddy ~ Unquiet ~ Altair (new) ~ DiN ~ 2019
10:20 pm Christelle Bofale ~ Where to Go ~ Swim Team (new) ~ Father/Daughter ~ 2019
10:25 pm Blackhouse ~ Be Good ~ Third Noise Principle ~ Cherry Red ~ 1984
10:31 pm Khaki Blazer ~ Nose Cover ~ Optikk (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
10:33 pm Scientist and Prince Jammy ~ The Princess Takes Her Revenge ~ Scientist And Jammy Strike Back! ~ Trojan ~ 1982
10:37 pm Singers & Players ~ 91 Vibration ~ War of Words ~ On-U Sound ~ 1981
10:44 pm Maribou State ~ Feel Good (Khruangbin’s A Well Nice Version) ~ Kingdoms in Colour Remixed (new) ~ Counter Records ~ 2019
10:49 pm Lee “Scratch” Perry ~ African Starship ~ Rainford (new) ~ On-U Sound ~ 2019
10:53 pm Chase & Status ft. Cutty Ranks ~ Retreat2018 ~ RTRN II JUNGLE (new) ~ Mercury ~ 2019
10:57 pm Little Snake ~ Message ~ Lost In Spirals (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2019
10:59 pm Rian Treanor ~ ATAXIA_C1 ~ ATAXIA (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
11:05 pm Underscore ~ 122414 ~ Phaset ~ Bandcamp ~ 2015
11:08 pm Von Tesla ~ e v e r y t h i n g ~ Ganzfeld (new) ~ Boring Machines ~ 2019
11:15 pm Underground Resistance (local) ~ X2 ~ Electronic Warfare ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1996
11:19 pm Underground Resistance (local) ~ Back Road To Nirvana ~ Waveform ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1991
11:25 pm Souns ~ Sun Inside the Sun (Synkro Remix) ~ Sun Inside the Sun (Remixes) (new) ~ Subtempo ~ 2019
11:30 pm Massergy ~ Cold White Smoke ~ Fire Opal (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
11:42 pm Reese (local) ~ Just Another Chance ~ Kevin Saunderson: Faces & Phases ~ SSR ~ 1988
11:46 pm Keynotes (local) ~ Let’s Let’s Let’s Dance (Party Mix) ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 1987
11:53 pm Rhythim Is Rhythim (local) ~ It Is What It Is ~ 12″ ~ Transmat ~ 1988

Show #496 – 6/8/19

June 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Underground Resistance (local) ~ The Final Frontier ~ 12″ ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1991
2:09 am Mayday (local) ~ Sinister (Undisputed Mix) ~ 12″ ~ Pheerce Citi ~ 1988
2:14 am Reese & Santonio (local) ~ Grab The Beat ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 1988
2:22 am MK (local) ~ Mirror/Mirror ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 1989
2:29 am Massergy ~ Fire Opal ~ Fire Opal (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2019
2:38 am Chris & Cosey ~ October (Love Song) ~ Electrical Language: Independent British Synth Pop 78-84 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1983
2:41 am Box of Toys ~ I’m Thinking of You Now ~ Electrical Language: Independent British Synth Pop 78-84 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1983
2:45 am Futurhythm ~ It Never Rains In Outer Space ~ Electrical Language: Independent British Synth Pop 78-84 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1982
2:48 am Martin O’Cuthbert ~ Committed to Vinyl ~ Electrical Language: Independent British Synth Pop 78-84 ~ Cherry Red ~ 1981
2:51 am Plaid ~ Recall ~ Polymer (new) ~ Warp ~ 2019
2:54 am Download ~ Tuff Paws ~ Unknown Room (new) ~ Artoffact ~ 2019
3:00 am dTHEd ~ crom ~ Hyperbeatz Vol. 1 (new) ~ Boring Machines ~ 2019
3:06 am Author & Punisher ~ Nazarene ~ Beastland ~ Relapse ~ 2018
3:10 am Amon Tobin ~ Heart of the Sun ~ Fear in a Handful of Dust (new) ~ Nomark ~ 2019
3:13 am Com Truise ~ Departure ~ Persuasion System (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
3:16 am Kedr Livanskiy ~ Bounce 2 ~ Your Need (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2019
3:19 am J-E-T-S ~ Fire Fly ~ Zoospa (new) ~ Innovative Leisure ~ 2019
3:23 am Ikonika ~ Bodied (OG Mix) ~ Laurel Halo: DJ-Kicks (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2019
3:25 am Kompromat ~ Herztod ~ Traum Und Existenz (new) ~ Clivage Music ~ 2019
3:29 am Kreem (local) ~ Triangle of Love (Dub Mix) ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 1987
3:37 am Symbols & Instruments ~ Science of Numbers ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 1989
3:44 am Jeff Mills (local) ~ i9 ~ Mix-Up Vol. 2 ~ S3 ~ 1996
3:48 am Underground Resistance (local) ~ Orbit ~ Sonic EP ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1990
3:54 am Mayday (local) ~ The Darkside ~ 12″ ~ Pheerce Citi ~ 1987
4:02 am Urban Culture (local) ~ The Wonders Of Wishing (For You) ~ 12″ ~ Eclipse ~ 1993
4:08 am Kevin Saunderson (local) ~ Tranzister ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 1988
4:13 am Underground Resistance (local) ~ Sometimes I Feel Like ~ Nation 2 Nation ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1991
4:20 am Catdog ~ Great San Fran acid wave (by request) ~ From Lakewood to Denver: Best of (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
4:24 am Tengger ~ Wasserwellen ~ Spiritual 2 (new) ~ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond ~ 2019
4:41 am Tangerine Dream ~ Diamond Diary ~ Thief ~ Virgin ~ 1981
4:51 am Desiderii Marginis ~ The Scattering ~ Vita Arkivet ~ Cyclic Law ~ 2018
5:01 am Alison’s Halo ~ Always April ~ Eyedazzler ~ Manufactured Recordings ~ 1992-1996
5:07 am Stef Chura (local) ~ Degrees ~ Midnight (new) ~ Saddle Creek ~ 2019
5:12 am Jamila Woods ~ Betty ~ Legacy! Legacy! (new) ~ Jagjaguwar ~ 2019
5:16 am Leaf Erikson (local) ~ Gospel from the North End ~ A Canvas of Hope (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:19 am I-Roy ~ Musical Air Raid ~ The Magnificent 7 ~ Burning Sounds ~ 1978
5:22 am Kölsch ~ KM477 ~ Fabric Presents Kölsch (new) ~ Fabric ~ 2019
5:28 am Ian Boddy ~ Two Blocks ~ Altair (new) ~ DiN ~ 2019
5:41 am Steve Moore ~ Your Sentries Will Be Met With Force ~ Beloved Exile (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2019
5:46 am Craig Leon ~ The Gates Made Plain ~ The Canon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2 (new) ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 2019
5:54 am Petra ~ Grace ~ Filament (new) ~ Gold Bolus ~ 2019

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