Flora FM: Chaos Light EP 12″ (Kalahari Oyster Cult, 2019)

June 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Flora FM: Chaos Light EP 12″

Flora FM continues his winning streak from last year with one of two new records for 2019. “Hallucinogenic Worm” is a mellow, driving May/Saunderson type of track with some strange mumbling voices buried underneath, and “Chrome Grass” is a little quirkier and choppier but still feels more excited than nervous. “Storm Cleaned”, however, is the business. Exactly the type of heavy breaks and fluid, fluorescent synths that made his Vanity Press record so special. “Insist On You (Brain Mix)” is filled with cute robot noises and springy, chimey sounds, as well as filtered beats moving everything through the tunnel.

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Davis Galvin: EP 12″ (Vanity Press, 2019)

June 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Davis Galvin: EP 12″

This EP has one of those opening tracks that’s hard to get past. “All Night Long” starts out a bit fragmented and tentative, but then crystalline trills and lush “everything’s gonna be fine” synths trickle in, along with flickering amen breaks and ray-of-sunshine vocals. It seems wrong to suggest that Vanity Press has a “sound”, but this is exactly the type of high-quality feelgood club banger the label regularly puts out. “Return from the Sky” is significantly darker, with killer bass and a UFO documentary melody over intense, pressurized breaks. “Bass-Biology Interface” starts out eerie and warped but gets friendlier, and it seems to rapidly ping through the air with a grin on its face. “Loudspeaker Situation” is just perfect summer music, with heavy, shuffling breakbeats and super gorgeous synths that just feel like the sun shining on your face. “Waterbody” seems way more detached, but the 4/4 thump keeps it from completely floating away.

Show #500 – 6/29/19

June 29, 2019 at 11:42 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:02 am Control Panel (local) ~ side B ~ Technological LP (reissue) ~ Senseless Empire ~ 1995?
2:21 am Amnesia Scanner & Bill Kouligas ~ Lexachast IV ~ Lexachast (new) ~ PAN ~ 2019
2:30 am bvdub ~ Us Again In Amber ~ Explosions In Slow Motion (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2019
2:38 am Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein ~ Affluenza ~ Native Son soundtrack (new) ~ Milan ~ 2019
2:42 am Kaczmarek ~ 6666 ~ K.A.C.Z.M.A.R.E.K ~ KCZMRK ~ 2018
2:48 am Lorem ~ 3402 SELVES ~ Adversarial Feelings (new) ~ Krisis Publishing ~ 2019
2:51 am VORRS ~ MMMEAT ~ XXXXX ~ Bedroom Research ~ 2015
2:54 am Moby ~ Thousand ~ Next Is The E ~ Instinct ~ 1992
3:00 am Elevation ~ Fuzakeruna ~ Misconduct hellnaw.com ~ Trekkie Trax ~ 2018
3:04 am J Majik ~ The Crow Knows ~ Full Circle (new) ~ Infrared ~ 2019
3:09 am ALEPH ~ The Evil Spirit ~ Vol. 1 ~ Renraku ~ 2017
3:12 am Flying Lotus ~ Post Requisite ~ Flamagra (new) ~ Warp ~ 2019
3:14 am André Bratten ~ Recreation 26B ~ Pax Americana (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2019
3:21 am J. Shaw (local) ~ Levels of Space ~ Destination: Space ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:26 am Davis Galvin ~ All Night Long ~ Davis Galvin EP (new) ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2019
3:32 am Flora FM (local) ~ Storm Cleaned ~ Chaos Light EP (new) ~ Kalahari Oyster Cult ‎ ~ 2019
3:39 am Huey Mnemonic (local) ~ Hydrocity ~ EP (new) ~ Vanity Press Records ~ 2019
3:43 am Leron Carson ~ Sof N Thik ~ 12″ ~ Sound Signature ~ 2016
3:49 am Underground Resistance (local) ~ Ma Ya Ya ~ 12″ ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2004
3:56 am Mark Flash (local) ~ The Synthetic Bump ~ The Audiofluid EP ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2016
4:02 am S² [Santiago Salazar] ~ Slide ~ 12″ ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2004
4:07 am Orlando Voorn & Pushmann ~ Riba ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 2017
4:12 am Kevin Saunderson & KiNK (local) ~ Idyllic ~ KMS 30th Anniversary EP ~ KMS ~ 2017
4:19 am Inner City featuring Steffanie Christi’an (local) ~ Heavy (Dub Mix) ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 2018
4:24 am Kreem (local) ~ Now Is The Time (Chez-N Trent Club Mix) ~ The KMS Remixes Vol. 2 ~ KMS ~ 2015
4:31 am Ian Boddy ~ Quantum of Memory ~ Altair (new) ~ DiN ~ 2019
4:37 am Bicep ~ Vision Of Love (C2 Edit) ~ 12″ ~ KMS ~ 2013
4:46 am Designer Music [Carl Craig] (local) ~ No Control ~ Remix Vol. 1 ~ Planet E ~ 1995
4:53 am Paperclip People [Carl Craig] (local) ~ Throw ~ 12″ ~ Planet E ~ 1994
5:09 am Simulation ~ How the Universe Is With You ~ Death’s Head Speaks (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
5:14 am Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt ~ Cyclone 2 ~ Electric Smog (new) ~ Unrock ~ 2019
5:18 am Guided by Voices ~ Unspirited ~ Isolation Drills ~ TVT Records ~ 2001
5:21 am Michael Bain ~ So Far ~ Tidal Ways (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:24 am Tomasz Bednarczyk ~ Rainy Drive ~ Illustrations for Those Who ~ Room40 ~ 2018
5:31 am Cat Hope/Lionel Marchetti ~ The Earth Defeats Me ~ The Last Days of Reality ~ Room40 ~ 2018
5:36 am Konx-om-Pax ~ Missing Something ~ Ways of Seeing (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
5:41 am Plaid ~ The Pale Moth ~ Polymer (new) ~ Warp ~ 2019
5:45 am Laurie Spiegel ~ From a Harmonic Algorithm ~ Unseen Worlds ~ Unseen Worlds ~ 1991
5:48 am Daniel Thorne ~ From the Heavens ~ Lines of Sight (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2019
5:54 am Xavier Lecouturier ~ Event Horizon ~ Carrier (new) ~ Origin ~ 2019

Charles Trees: 2019 12″ EP (Portage Garage Sounds, 2019)

June 24, 2019 at 10:37 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Charles Trees: 2019 12″ EP

Charles Trees’ newest EP arrives on Shigeto’s Portage Garage Sounds, and it’s another scorching set of forward-thinking dance tracks fit for multiple occasions. “Got No” is a fast, hypercharged boogie track with a sophisticated bassline and choppy vocals, filled with minute details. “Think First” has a more direct, booming kick drum with jazzy snares/cymbals, and it builds suspense and just gets deeper and deeper. “In Arms” cruises along with dubby chords and swift, electro-ish beats, and has a bit of an off-the-ground feeling. “Acja (Club Mix)” is a steady acid-ish house cut with saxophone playing by Marcus Elliot which starts out subtle and harmonic before calmly blooming later on. Elliot doesn’t hog the spotlight, though, his playing gently rides the rhythm and adds to the track’s sunny atmosphere.

Pengo: File Under WTF??? LP (Carbon, 2019)

June 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pengo: File Under WTF??? LP

Pengo are a longstanding free rock collective from Rochester, New York whose members are behind the label Carbon Records. This album title is fitting more because of how unstructured and unpredictable the band’s music is rather than the level of bizarreness. A lot of it sounds like simmering and smoldering, with rusty, buzzing guitars swarming and drums erupting at will. That said, there’s certainly some head-scratching moments. The craggy distortion that opens “Bumper Stickers” will probably catch you off guard, and the enthusiastic YouTuber sampled at the beginning of the second side, who freaks out over witnessing some sort of rare locomotion, honestly kind of annoys me more than anything else. The best track is probably “Doorway to the Sky”, the steady extended jam that ends the first side. The end of the second side, “Doctrine of the Flame”, is also pretty swell.

Show #499 – 6/22/19

June 22, 2019 at 12:03 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Konx-Om-Pax ~ Rez ~ Ways of Seeing (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2019
2:04 am J-E-T-S ~ Q Natural ~ Zoospa (new) ~ Innovative Leisure ~ 2019
2:08 am Hairy Butter ~ Office Tart ~ Hairy Butter ~ Lo ~ 2001
2:11 am Social State ~ Contact ~ Implied Tension EP (new) ~ Ordinary Love ~ 2019
2:15 am Special Request ~ Levitation ~ Vortex (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2019
2:20 am Khaki Blazer ~ Conga Line ~ Optikk (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
2:22 am SDEM ~ Arc Rail ~ Index Hole (new) ~ Central Processing Unit ~ 2019
2:32 am Yellow6 ~ First Day #1 ~ About the Journey ~ Sound In Silence ~ 2017
2:43 am Simulation ~ The Reverse Can Be Said ~ Death’s Head Speaks (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
2:48 am Edward ~ The Lagoon ~ Underwater Jams (new) ~ DFA ~ 2019
3:00 am June Chikuma ~ Broadcast Profanity Delay ~ Les Archives ~ Freedom To Spend ~ 1986
3:10 am The Mike Flowers Pops vs. Aphex Twin ~ Debase (Soft Palate) ~ The Freebase Connection ~ Lo ~ 1996
3:16 am PTU ~ After Cities ~ Am I Who I Am (new) ~ трип ~ 2019
3:21 am Big Hands ~ Tecnologia Avanzata ~ Time Horizon ~ XCPT Music ~ 2018
3:27 am Blipvert ~ Blast Dimension 642 ~ Billions of Cicadas (new) ~ D-Trash ~ 2019
3:32 am Qasim Naqvi ~ No Tongue ~ Teenages (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2019
3:36 am Western Edges ~ Suddenly: A Dream ~ Prowess (new) ~ Sound In Silence ~ 2019
3:39 am HIDE ~ Mommy ~ 7″ (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2019
3:43 am Bamboo ~ Weeping Idols ~ Daughters of the Sky (new) ~ Upset the Rhythm ~ 2019
3:48 am Letherette ~ Pal Mal ~ EP5 ~ Wulf ~ 2018
3:50 am Rob Burger ~ Harmonious Gathering ~ The Grid (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2019
3:56 am F.U.S.E. ~ Into the Space ~ Dimension Intrusion ~ Plus 8 ~ 1993
4:04 am Lovesliescrushing ~ QNGL ~ Chorus + 3 ~ Line ~ 2007
4:08 am Forrest Fang ~ Song of the Camel ~ Letters To The Farthest Star ~ Projekt ~ 2015
4:11 am His Name Is Alive ~ Guitar Rev ~ All the Mirrors in the House ~ Disciples ~ 1980s
4:13 am Tomasz Bednarczyk ~ Sunday ~ Illustrations For Those Who (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2018
4:16 am Laurie Spiegel ~ The Hollows ~ Unseen Worlds ~ Unseen Worlds ~ 1991
4:21 am Merzbow ~ Monoakuma (excerpt) ~ Monoakuma ~ Room40 ~ 2012
4:29 am bvdub ~ Enemies In Your Eyes ~ Explosions In Slow Motion (new) ~ n5MD ~ 2019
4:37 am Pengo ~ Doctrine of the Flame ~ File Under WTF??? (new) ~ Carbon ~ 2019
4:42 am Bad Brains ~ Unity Dub ~ Live at CBGB 1982 ~ MVD Audio ~ 1982
4:47 am The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu ~ All You Need Is Love ~ 1987 What The Fuck’s Going On? ~ KLF Communications ~ 1987
4:52 am Slowthai ~ Dead Leaves ~ Nothing Great About Britain (new) ~ Method ~ 2019
4:55 am Chase & Status ft. Irah ~ Program ~ RTRN II JUNGLE (new) ~ Virgin EMI ~ 2019
5:00 am Tapper Zukie ~ Massacra Dub ~ Escape From Hell ~ Jamaican Recordings ~ 1978
5:03 am Earl Cunningham ~ Waiting ~ Earl Cunningham ~ Burning Sounds ~ 1983
5:07 am Neil Hamburger ~ Lonely ~ Still Dwelling (new) ~ Drag City ~ 2019
5:11 am Jane Weaver ~ Did You See Butterflies (Loops Variation) ~ Loops in the Secret Society (new) ~ Fire ~ 2019
5:15 am Stef Chura (local) ~ 3D Girl ~ Midnight (new) ~ Saddle Creek ~ 2019
5:19 am Steven R. Smith ~ Let Us Return ~ A Sketchbook of Endings (new) ~ Soft Abuse ~ 2019
5:21 am Death and Vanilla ~ Mercier ~ Are You a Dreamer? (new) ~ Fire ~ 2019
5:25 am Plaid ~ Ops ~ Polymer (new) ~ Warp ~ 2019
5:31 am Ian Boddy ~ Two Blocks ~ Altair (new) ~ DiN ~ 2019
5:39 am Mad Mike (local) ~ Hi-Tech Dreams ~ Hi-Tech Dreams / Lo-Tech Reality ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2007
5:45 am Simian Mobile Disco ~ Hustler (Kevin Saunderson Remix) ~ History Elevate ~ KMS ~ 2007
5:50 am Klauss & Craig ~ Repeat After Me ~ 12″ ~ Planet E ~ 2018

Tomasz Bednarczyk: Illustrations For Those Who (Room40, 2018)

June 21, 2019 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tomasz Bednarczyk: Illustrations For Those Who

A few years ago, Tomasz Bednarczyk released an ambient album on Room40 under the name New Rome that I really enjoyed, and I was kind of astonished that nobody seemed to talk about it. I’m not sure if there’s a difference between New Rome and Bednarczyk’s material under his own name, but this is along the same lines as the New Rome album I heard, and it’s similarly fantastic. These pieces usually aren’t too long, and they all seem to suspend a certain moment at a specific location in time; titles like “Botanical Garden” and “Rainy Drive” (which samples rainfall and somehow manages to make it sound almost shoegazey) make it clear what’s going on. Although, “Sunny Ambient” is maybe a bit cloudier than you might expect. Still, it’s all relaxing and enjoyable; he gets a lot of mileage out of limited sets of grainy loops. Perhaps the best track is “Sunday”, a short piece which captures the gloominess of an uneventful weekend and makes it sound lovely.

Crush Collision 6/20/19

June 21, 2019 at 9:20 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:01 pm Rose ~ Phosphorene
10:06 pm Prins Thomas ~ Fra Miami til Chicago
10:12 pm Claudio Crispo ~ Sunnyhill
10:14 pm John Daly ~ What If
10:19 pm Octo Octa ~ Loops For Healing
10:22 pm Sonny ~ The Hike to Bushrangers Bay
10:25 pm DJ Jenifa ~ ES1A31Flora
10:31 pm Eric Copeland ~ United Banana
10:33 pm Foodman ~ Funiki
10:36 pm K-Lone ~ Dance of the Vampires
10:37 pm Kompromat ~ Niemand
10:41 pm Minimal Violence ~ New Hard Catch
10:45 pm Osborne ~ Different
10:48 pm Xander Harris ~ I Am Thee Traveler
10:50 pm Mikron ~ Ghost Node
10:56 pm Plaid ~ Maru (Orbital Remix)
11:01 pm DJ Haus ~ See U In My Dreams (Lone Remix)
11:07 pm Chevron ~ Branches
11:08 pm Kedr Livanskiy ~ Sky Kisses
11:12 pm Santiago Salazar ~ The Night Owl
11:17 pm Mickey Oliver ~ Pump Up the Acid
11:20 pm Phortune ~ House Rights (Fight For It)
11:25 pm The Hacker ~ Analog Blizard
11:28 pm F.U.S.E. ~ Substance Abuse
11:32 pm Hunter/Game & Altman ~ Arctic
11:36 pm Ectomorph ~ Satori
11:41 pm De Bons en Pierre ~ No Cure for Cancer
11:44 pm Basic Rhythm ~ The Light
11:48 pm Dense & Pika ~ Hands Up
11:52 pm Konx-om-Pax ~ Optimism Over Despair
11:54 pm Psyk ~ Deep Breath

Neil Hamburger: Still Dwelling (Drag City, 2019)

June 20, 2019 at 6:09 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Neil Hamburger: Still Dwelling

The latest from America’s Funnyman is one of those albums where he sings. It’s not quite the sequel to Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners, but it’s along the same lines — the songs are basically all about how much of a lonely, pathetic loser he is. But like that album, this is remarkably well produced and arranged. Aside from a version of Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound”, he largely steps away from country, instead going for more of an epic ’60s orchestral pop sound. He turns a Mark Eitzel song (“Lonely”) into something that sounds like it could’ve been sung by Tom Jones, and he covers “Everything’s Alright” from Jesus Christ Superstar, with Jack Black playing the role of Judas and Mike Patton as Jesus. He covers “Standing On the Corner” (“watching all the girls go by”) and “The Straight Life”, seemingly oblivious to how their lyrics simply wouldn’t fly today. Perhaps the funniest song here is the over-the-top rendition of “World Without Love”, and the album ends with a backhandedly optimistic original called “Little Love Cup”, with the moral of the story being that “nobody loves a hater”. While this might be the grandest, most accessible musical statement Neil has made, it’s still probably a lot funnier if you’re familiar with the character’s backstory. My favorite albums of his are still Laugh Out Lord, the absolutely brutal Hot February Night (performed in front of an unsuspecting crowd of Tenacious D fans), and the underrated radio drama Great Moments at Di Presa’s Pizza’s House. This isn’t on the level of those, but like all of his albums, he’s doing something a little different and adding to his strange, hilarious legacy.

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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