Debugger: Thread Safety EP (Beatnik Boulevard, 2019)

July 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Debugger: Thread Safety EP

Microhouse is back!? This EP is a flashback to the sort of micro-edit-riddled click-house you probably haven’t even thought about since Akufen’s heyday. This artist doesn’t do the “surfing the dial” random samples the way Marc Leclair did, but he has a similar knack for twitchy yet danceable rhythms which slip in the occasional jazzy organ, soul vocal, or other traces of humanity into the android deep-house rave. Certainly this sound has been done before, but it was such a niche style then, and it’s been dormant for so long that it just ends up sounding like the future again.

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Minimal Violence: InDreams (Technicolour, 2019)

July 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Minimal Violence: InDreams

Vancouver duo Minimal Violence have made the undisputed best dark rave album of the year. Using nothing but analog hardware, they play fast, heavy, nightmarish techno that seems designed to trigger fear and excitement in equal measure. They mix vaguely trancey synths and gabber-ish beats on tracks like the punishing “June Anthem” and it never sounds contrived or cheesy. Then there’s “New Hard Catch”, which is somewhere between EBM and breakbeat hardcore, and just as awesome. “InDreams” is the album’s anthem, with an instantly iconic melody, and a remix by Cardopusher is rawer and more goth. Fantastic stuff.

Sam Hooker: On the Water (self-released, 2019)

July 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sam Hooker: On the Water

Well known throughout the Detroit noise scene for his solo project Tarpit, Michigan Underground Group member Sam Hooker’s latest album bears his own name. This is a disorienting set of pieces filled with ghastly tape loops, murmuring voices, and a constant feeling of being distracted and swept away, yet you’re still right in the center of everything. After the nearly nightmarish opening track, “Moving in the Way” is a flurry of detuned clatters and clangs with a sinister, tape-smudged monologue buried underneath. “On the Water” is a bit less musique concrete-sounding, with bells floating around scratchy, drawn-out guitar notes and resonations. “Smoke Downstairs” mixes creaking sounds with swerving bass and the vaguest hint of a bubbling melody, and sounds really bizarre, mysterious, and beautiful. “Seven Cars” had lots of wayward echo along with its lumbering thumps and sinister muttering. “Dock” feels like it was recorded on one during a coming storm, with splashing joined by booming noises with accelerate near the end. “Warm Down” is one of the trippiest tracks here, filled with ominous piano notes and some absolutely mutilated noises. A must for anyone who appreciates Aaron Dilloway, and other noise artists who focus more on tape manipulations and voices rather than harshness.

Crush Collision 7/18/19

July 19, 2019 at 9:08 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:01 pm Bajram Bili ~ Divided Flash
10:06 pm Nmesh ~ KSR Reverse Osmosis Hook
10:10 pm Xander Harris ~ We Smoke the Northern Lights
10:14 pm Ouri ~ Surreal
10:17 pm Crazy P ~ We Will Fuck You Up
10:20 pm L’Eclair ~ Castor MacDavid
10:23 pm Harry Light ~ Basement Dub
10:29 pm Dogpatrol ~ Groundhog Day
10:36 pm Hammer ~ Dance Since
10:43 pm F.U.S.E. ~ Runner
10:45 pm Roy of the Ravers ~ 1999
10:56 pm Violet ~ New Visions
11:00 pm DJ Haram ~ Body Count
11:04 pm Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends ~ Niagara (Laurel Halo “Lilith” Mix)
11:08 pm DJ Lag and Okzharp ~ Sambe
11:13 pm T.Williams ~ Be Alone
11:17 pm VONDA7 ~ Werk It (Lauren Flax Remix)
11:23 pm Minimal Violence ~ InDreams (Cardopusher Remix)
11:28 pm Xosar ~ Heavens Gate
11:36 pm Air Liquide ~ Ek-Stasis
11:40 pm Lyric Hood ~ 11:11
11:45 pm Florian Meindl ~ Industry 2.0
11:50 pm Kwartz ~ Contortion
11:55 pm Makaton ~ Dreaming While the Cities Burn

Show #502 – 7/13/19

July 13, 2019 at 11:40 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Ben Hall & Don Dietrich ~ side B ~ Tiger Swallow Tail (new) ~ Radical Documents ~ 2019
2:16 am CFCF ~ Translucently Happy ~ Liquid Colours (new) ~ BGM ~ 2019
2:20 am CFCF ~ Healing Kurage ~ Liquid Colours (new) ~ BGM ~ 2019
2:22 am CFCF ~ Oxygen Lounge ~ Liquid Colours (new) ~ BGM ~ 2019
2:25 am CFCF ~ Anodyne Industries ~ Liquid Colours (new) ~ BGM ~ 2019
2:29 am Control Panel (local) ~ side A ~ Technological LP ~ Senseless Empire ~ 1995
2:37 am Underground Resistance (local) ~ side A ~ Codebreaker ~ Underground Resistance ~ 1997
2:43 am DJ NJ Drone ~ 1000mg ~ The Cold Habit (new) ~ Mind Club ~ 2019
2:46 am Baby Blue ~ Visage of Truth ~ Death of Euphoria (new) ~ Ascetic House ~ 2019
2:49 am Odete ~ First, It Takes Your Words ~ Amarração (new) ~ Troublemaker Records ~ 2019
2:51 am Net Gala ~ Kiki ~ re:FLEX*ion (new) ~ NBDKNW ~ 2019
2:54 am N1L ~ Neural Uberization (Via App’s Roadkill) ~ Neural Uberization (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
3:01 am Kush Jones feat. DJ Swisha and DIYR ~ Sin City ~ Strictly 4 My CDJZ 4 (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
3:05 am DJ Spooky Vs Scanner ~ Uncanny ~ The Quick and the Dead ~ Sulphur ~ 1999
3:10 am Karl Marx Stadt ~ Ode to the Fate of Mankind ~ 1997-2004 ~ Lux Nigra ~ 2004
3:16 am Brothomstates ~ Te Noch RP ~ Claro ~ Warp ~ 2001
3:22 am Blamstrain ~ Alive In Arms (Proem Remix) ~ Remixed ~ Merck ~ 2005
3:27 am Funkstörung ~ Economy ~ Post.Art ~ Chocolate Industries ~ 1999
3:35 am Alder and Elius ~ Baretta ~ Parental Guidance ~ Skam ~ 2000
3:41 am Ricardo Villalobos ~ Fizheuer Zieheuer ~ Fizheuer Zieheuer ~ Playhouse ~ 2006
3:45 am Tæt Music ~ Vane ~ Icer (new) ~ TruthTable ~ 2019
3:51 am Pas Musique ~ A Finnish Bedtime Story ~ The Phoenix (new) ~ Alrealon Musique ~ 2019
3:56 am Franck Vigroux ~ Sabotage ~ Barricades ~ Eroto Tox Decodings ~ 2017
4:00 am Zonal ~ Cage Version ~ single (new) ~ Relapse ~ 2019
4:05 am CVN ~ Snippets of Heaven ~ I.C. (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2019
4:10 am Rafael Anton Irisarri ~ Visible Through the Shroud ~ Solastalgia (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2019
4:17 am Nickolas Mohanna ~ Spectra ~ Smoke (new) ~ Aagoo/REV. Lab ~ 2019
4:21 am Guilio Aldinucci ~ Aphasic Semiotics (Wire Tapper Edit) ~ The Wire Tapper 50 ~ The Wire ~ 2018
4:25 am Angelina Yershova ~ Tumbleweed ~ The Wire Tapper 50 (new) ~ The Wire ~ 2019
4:30 am Tomasz Bednarczyk ~ Six Sounds ~ Illustrations For Those Who (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2018
4:36 am Seekersinternational ~ side B ~ Guncontrolla (new) ~ ICS Library Records ~ 2019
4:51 am Carl Stone ~ Han Yan ~ The Wire Tapper 50 (new) ~ The Wire ~ 2019
4:54 am Umberto ~ Reflection ~ Helpless Spectator (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
4:59 am Kevin Lazar ~ First Mutation ~ Third Noise Principle ~ Cherry Red ~ 1981
5:06 am NON ~ Mode of Infection ~ Third Noise Principle ~ Cherry Red ~ 1979
5:08 am Smegma ~ Dancing Hairpiece Wears Two Left Shoes ~ Third Noise Principle ~ Cherry Red ~ 1985
5:11 am The Legendary Stardust Cowboy ~ Paralyzed ~ Launch Pad Favorites ~ Munster Records ~ 1968
5:14 am Sequencer People ~ Police Story ~ Third Noise Principle ~ Cherry Red ~ 1982
5:16 am Mental Anguish ~ Sad Horror Film ~ Third Noise Principle ~ Cherry Red ~ 1984
5:20 am Algebra Suicide ~ Horizon ~ The Wire Tapper 50 ~ The Wire ~ 1986
5:23 am Earth to Mickey ~ Brace & Bit ~ Brace & Bit (new) ~ L.A. Club Resource ~ 2019
5:30 am Dean Hurley ~ Birth ~ Anthology Resource Vol. II: Philosophy of Beyond (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2019
5:38 am Tycho ~ Weather ~ Weather (new) ~ Mom + Pop ~ 2019
5:42 am Aarktica ~ Nostalgia = Distortion ~ …Or You Could Just Go Through Your Whole Life And Be Happy Anyway ~ Darla ~ 2002
5:48 am Volt ~ 86 Friends ~ Volt EP ~ Polly Maggoo Records ~ 2002
5:51 am Throwaway (local) ~ I Work! ~ What? (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:53 am Grave Nature ~ Barco ~ Ascending (new) ~ Flag Day ~ 2019

Rafael Anton Irisarri: Solastalgia (Room40, 2019)

July 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rafael Anton Irisarri: Solastalgia

Rafael Anton Irisarri continues to tower over everyone in his ability to build these dense, overwhelming, abundantly emotional musical environments. The title Solastalgia refers to mental or existential distress caused by environmental change, and that could refer to the entire globe, but it takes on a more personal tone knowing Irisarri’s recent past (all of he and his wife’s belongings were stolen when they were preparing to move a few years ago). Either way, this is heavy, devastating stuff, compounding gloom and hope and anger and despair until it all just becomes this giant all-consuming force. If you’re familiar with his other Room40 releases like The Unintentional Sea and A Fragile Geography, this is a similar type of experience, and just as vital.

Pas Musique: The Phoenix (Alrealon Musique, 2019)

July 12, 2019 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pas Musique: Phoenix

Pas Musique’s latest mixes several types of rhythms with improvised sounds and vocals. It’s industrial, Krautrock, noise rock, and techno all at the same time, and while it could be overwhelming or messy, it works. There’s a few sampled snippets (including a bit about an electronic brain, and one assuring that you’re among friends), but the actual vocals are all stretched, contorted vocalizations rather than lyrics. You think they’re saying something just outside of your comprehension, but it’s all an illusion. But it still feels like they’re speaking in some sort of code and this is a transmission from a top secret lab somewhere. Not to mention, there’s a song on here called “Miss Globule”, which I assume is a takeoff on a certain Stereolab song, and anyway it’s just fun to say globule.

CVN: I.C. (Orange Milk, 2019)

July 12, 2019 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

CVN: I.C.

CVN is
Nobuyuki Sakuma, formerly of Jesse Ruins, and this is his second album for Orange Milk. While representative of that label’s hyper-detailed, surrealist output, this is notably more pop-influenced, especially on the opening track, a sweet R&B/rap tune featuring NTsKi. A few tracks have trap or club beats, but there’s also more abstract pieces like “Snippets of Heaven”, which set sporadic glitches and samples against a blank background, similar to Seth Graham and other Orange Milk artists. “Local Pain” is more wistful and has some smooth waiting-room guitars. “Zen of Equilibrium” is sort of relaxed, spring garden techno, while “Ikasama” has harder beats without getting too aggressive, then switches to a more dramatic beatless section during the second half. Throughout the album, CVN’s productions are intenselt designed, but there’s always enough human feeling so that it doesn’t sound too clinical.

Kompromat: Traum Und Existenz (Clivage Music, 2019)

July 12, 2019 at 6:09 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Kompromat: Traum Und Existenz

Vitalic’s “Poney Part 1” is an all-time goth-rave classic, but most of the stuff he’s done since that first single hasn’t really been quite as exciting. However, this first album from his duo with Rbk Warrior is electrifying. Very solid dark electro-pop with French and German vocals, alternating between hard stompers and a few slower, dreamier tunes. The more pumped-up tracks absolutely bang, particularly “Herztod”, which I can’t get enough of. Check that one out if nothing else, but the whole album is really well done.

Crush Collision 7/11/19

July 12, 2019 at 8:34 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

9:03 pm Debugger ~ Preserve File Premissions
9:07 pm Aārp ~ Gemmae II
9:10 pm Liquid Soap ~ Desert Elf
9:13 pm Reset Robot x SCB ~ Arp
9:20 pm Perel ~ Pastarella Al Limoncello (12″ Version)
9:27 pm Jayda G ~ Renewal (Hyla Mix)
9:31 pm FaltyDL ~ If All The People Took Acid (Octo Octa’s Loop Me Into Infinity Remix)
9:33 pm De-Bons-En-Pierre ~ Least Liked
9:36 pm John Barera & Will Martin ~ In the Depths of the Madness
9:41 pm The Chemical Brothers ~ Gravity Drops
9:44 pm Khidja ~ Don’t Feed The Animals (Hiding In Your Room)
9:51 pm Mickey Oliver & Joe Magic ~ Take It To The Top
9:56 pm Blake ~ The Black Goddess
9:59 pm Greg Gow ~ Lantana
10:08 pm Marquis Hawkes & DJ Haus ~ Feel So Real
10:13 pm Fear-E ~ Jump On the House Train
10:18 pm Detroit’s Filthiest feat. Yolanda Sergeant ~ Deep Love
10:21 pm Jon Dixon ~ Want It (Waajeed’s I Know Dub)
10:25 pm LadyMonix ~ Track 39 (Dub)
10:30 pm Robert Hood ~ Rotate
10:35 pm Floorplan ~ I Feel Him Moving
10:40 pm Mark Flash ~ Running Towards the Future
10:47 pm Patrick Conway ~ Cobby & His Animals
10:53 pm Chris Moss Acid ~ Strontium
10:57 pm Doc Sleep ~ Crème Fraîche (Violet Remix)
11:02 pm Vonda7 ~ Graceful Movements
11:07 pm Hans Berg ~ Fading Sun
11:14 pm Sterac ~ Another Moog On Acid
11:19 pm Kr!z ~ Deflection
11:23 pm F.U.S.E. ~ F.U.
11:30 pm Peder Mannerfelt ~ I Stand Up And Say, Toxic Masculinity Has Got to Go Away
11:35 pm Ellen Allien ~ Take a Stand (Cosmin TRG Remix)
11:40 pm JK Flesh ~ House of Mirrors
11:45 pm Paula Temple ~ Gegen
11:49 pm Scissor ~ Reflections (Truncate Remix)
11:53 pm Pfirter ~ Asylum
11:57 pm Nej!las ~ Unleash the Chaos

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