W00dy: My Diary (self-released, 2019)

October 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

W00dy: My Diary

Astounding new EP from an artist pushing breakcore/complex beat music forward. Based in Pittsburgh and associating with artists like Five Star Hotel and Machine Girl who have been covered extensively on this site, the producer’s tracks are a whirlwind of blown-out breaks, slivered vocal samples, and elevating tension. These tracks all seem to swirl and collect elements rather than jump from one section to the next, so they gradually get deeper and heavier. Incredible anxiety party music. Don’t miss out on this.

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v/a: Om Unit Presents Cosmology – Dark Matter 3xLP (Cosmic Bridge, 2019)

October 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Om Unit Presents Cosmology – Dark Matter 3xLP

The incomparable Om Unit presents a wide-ranging compendium of contemporary bass music. Tracks by artists like TMSV demonstrate that legit dubstep is still alive and well, which is a relief to me because I think the golden era of the genre is unbeatable and I’ve been revisiting a lot of it lately. There’s also a Proc Fiskal track which is a bit more dubby and less gonzo than the stuff he’s usually known for. J:Kenzo’s track seems to lurch towards drum’n’bass but it’s also a slow, smoked-out dub, and producers like Rude Operator and Vromm tip closer to d’n’b while remaining sort of grey area. The James Blake-sampling track by Margari’s Kid is a low-key stunner, the breaks sneak up on you at the end. Crypticz’ 12-minute epic “Chrysalis” takes a long time to develop, with Amy Kisnorbo’s weightless vocals providing a bit of guidance, and the breaks go a bit haywire without overpowering anything. Most of this album is suspenseful and restrained, providing space for meditation but moving forward as necessary.

Soundbwoy Killah: Halcyon Daze 2xLP (Sneaker Social Club, 2019)

October 13, 2019 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Soundbwoy Killah: Halcyon Daze 2xLP

This album starts out with a sample of a rave being busted by the police, and it continues in the mode of surprisingly subdued tracks rather than full-on peaktime bangers. There’s melancholy garage (“Wanna Hold U”), bassy ambient (“Tom Loves to Rave”), and rootsy dubstep (“Loiner Dub”), but it all seems somewhat hindered from club ecstasy. Even when the album reaches full-on jungle, with the track “Heartbeats”, it seems strangely hollowed out, with long stretches of stillness and cries from the void in between the thundering breaks. It kind of seems like an album for people nostalgic about going to raves, but too old to actually go to them without feeling exhausted after 2 hours. That is me entirely (last weekend I had to sit down an hour into LTJ Bukem’s set at Marble Bar in Detroit, even though it was absolutely amazing), so I feel like I get this album.

CDX: Lion Cuts tape (Doom Trip, 2019)

October 13, 2019 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

CDX: Lion Cuts tape

Tim Thornton makes frantic, circuit-bent improv electronics as Tiger Village, but his work as CDX is far more melodic and rhythmically structured. These songs have the classic sort of pretty/sad melodies and snappy electro beats of all the best IDM, with moments that are a little more dancefloor-friendly (opener “Friends”) or closer to palm tree racing video game soundtracks (the choppy yet chill “Tiger Breaks”). One track is co-credited to Tiger Village, but it sounds barely more unhinged than the others. “Five Short Arguments”, however, ends the album with a blast of scattered breaks and heavy bass, breaking out of the contemplative mood of most of the other tracks.

Show #515 – 10/12/19

October 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:02 am Savage ~ Don’t Cry Tonight ~ The World of Italo Dance ~ ZYX ~ 1983
12:08 am Blawan ~ Potchla Vee ~ 116 & Rising ~ Hessle Audio ~ 2011
12:13 am Blasta ~ Black Muscatel ~ The Incredible Adventures Of Kenzolika And Quetzalcoatl Among The Air Castles ~ Argon ~ 2009
12:19 am Bass Clef ~ Welcome Back to Echo Chamber ~ A Smile Is a Curve That Straightens Most Things ~ Blank Tapes ~ 2006
12:24 am Cyrus (Random Trio) ~ Calm Before the Storm ~ From the Shadows ~ Tectonic ~ 2007
12:30 am DQ1 ~ Wear the Crown ~ Tectonic Plates ~ Tectonic ~ 2006
12:35 am Dusk + Blackdown Vs. Grievous Angel ~ DisEast ~ Margins Music: Redux ~ Keysound ~ 2009
12:39 am Plastician featuring Skepta ~ Intensive Snare ~ Steppas’ Delight ~ Soul Jazz ~ 2007
12:43 am Mad Professor ~ The Other Side of Dub ~ Dub You Crazy With Love ~ Ariwa ~ 1997
12:48 am Atom Heart/Tetsu Inoue/Bill Laswell ~ Landing Circle ~ Second Nature ~ Submeta ~ 1995
12:53 am Slowly ~ On The Loose (Autechre’s For Internal Use Only Mix) ~ Ming ~ Instinct ~ 1995
1:01 am While ~ Shape ~ Even ~ Chocolate Industries ~ 2000
1:06 am Kayla Painter ~ Greeting Your Enemies ~ Cannibals at Sea ~ Drawstring ~ 2018
1:10 am Welsh Modular Alliance ~ broken1 ~ WMA Live at the Mutilation Chamber ~ Welsh Modular Alliance ~ 2018
1:18 am Venetian Snares ~ Screaming Mothers Drag the Seine ~ This Silent Sea ~ Raumklang Music ~ 2015
1:22 am Photonz ~ Genisis ~ Nuit (new) ~ Dark Entries ~ 2019
1:30 am Keith Fullerton Whitman ~ track 1 ~ 21:30 For Acoustic Guitar ~ Apartment B ~ 1999
1:41 am Emptyset ~ Blade ~ Blossoms (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
1:45 am Lindstrøm ~ Really Deep Snow ~ On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever (new) ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2019
1:55 am AM Kinem ~ Now ICE Verything ~ Combo Breaker (new) ~ ava. ~ 2019
1:56 am Eliphino ~ I Don’t Want To Wait For You ~ Breaking Up Is Hard (new) ~ Secretsundaze ~ 2019
2:00 am Bonnie Baxter ~ Skyrat ~ Axis (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
2:05 am Lightning Bolt ~ USA Is A Psycho ~ Sonic Citadel (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
2:08 am Spray Paint ~ Middle Relief ~ Punters on a Barge ~ Homeless ~ 2015
2:13 am The Body ~ Off Script (Remixed by Moor Mother) ~ Remixed (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
2:18 am clipping. with The Rita, featuring Elcamino and Benny the Butcher ~ La Mala Ordina ~ There Existed An Addiction to Blood (new) ~ Sub Pop ~ 2019
2:24 am MC 900 Ft Jesus with DJ Zero ~ Born with Monkey Asses ~ Hell with the Lid Off ~ Nettwerk ~ 1989
2:30 am Keith Fullerton Whitman ~ track 2 ~ 21:30 for Acoustic Guitar ~ Apartment B ~ 1999
2:39 am People Like Us ~ The Other Side ~ The Mirror ~ Cutting Hedge ~ 2018
2:44 am Gary Moscheles ~ Gary’s House ~ Shaped to Make Your Life Easier ~ SSR/Crammed Discs ~ 1996
2:50 am The Hecks ~ The Fool ~ My Star (new) ~ Trouble In Mind ~ 2019
2:51 am The Stargazer Lilies ~ Monsters of Your Thought ~ Occabot (new) ~ Rad Cult ~ 2019
2:57 am Chromatics ~ Touch Red ~ Closer to Grey (new) ~ Italians Do It Better ~ 2019
3:03 am Angel Olsen ~ What It Is ~ All Mirrors (new) ~ Jagjaguwar ~ 2019
3:06 am Chelsea Wolfe ~ Dirt Universe ~ Birth of Violence (new) ~ Sargent House ~ 2019
3:10 am Carla dal Forno ~ So Much Better ~ Look Up Sharp (new) ~ Kallista ~ 2019
3:14 am HTRK ~ Into the Drama ~ Venus in Leo (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
3:19 am Bill Orcutt ~ All Your Buried Corpses Begin to Speak ~ Odds Against Tomorrow (new) ~ Palilalia Records ~ 2019
3:23 am Anaïs Maviel ~ I Am You ~ In the Garden (new) ~ Gold Bolus ~ 2019
3:32 am Atom Heart/Tetsu Inoue/Bill Laswell ~ Green Paste ~ Second Nature ~ Submeta ~ 1995
3:36 am Bruno Bavota ~ Sneaking Behind the Falling Sky ~ Get Lost (new) ~ Temporary Residence ~ 2019
3:39 am Penguin Cafe ~ Adelie ~ Handfuls of Night (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2019
3:43 am Tinariwen feat. Warren Ellis, Stephen O’Malley ~ Wartilla ~ Amadjar (new) ~ Anti- ~ 2019
3:49 am Land of Kush ~ Sand Enigma ~ Sand Enigma (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
3:57 am Matana Roberts ~ Wild Fire Bare ~ Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
4:03 am Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn ~ A Shifting Design ~ The People I Love (new) ~ Pi ~ 2019
4:07 am G&D ~ Jacobs Ladder ~ Black Love and War (new) ~ Some Otha Ship ~ 2019
4:11 am Sampa the Great feat. Whosane ~ Any Day ~ The Return (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
4:15 am Black Milk (local) ~ Blame ~ DiVE (new) ~ Mass Appeal ~ 2019
4:19 am Kano ~ Good Youtes Walk Amongst Evil ~ Hoodies All Summer (new) ~ Parlophone ~ 2019
4:23 am L’orange and Jeremiah Jae ~ Dead Battery ~ Complicate Your Life with Violence (new) ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2019
4:28 am Present Quartet ~ Walkabout ~ Routes, Paths, Courses (new) ~ pfMENTUM ~ 2019
4:36 am Pharmakon ~ Homeostasis ~ Devour (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2019
4:40 am Telefon Tel Aviv ~ arms aloft, ~ Dreams Are Not Enough (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
4:48 am Trentemøller ~ Try a Little ~ Obverse (new) ~ In My Room ~ 2019
4:52 am Automatic ~ Damage ~ Signal (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2019
4:54 am Vivian Girls ~ All Your Promises ~ Memory (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2019
4:59 am Bodywash ~ Paradisiac ~ Comforter (new) ~ Luminelle ~ 2019
5:02 am Sequoyah Murray ~ Sublime ~ Before You Begin (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
5:07 am Belle and Sebastian ~ Safety Valve ~ Days of the Bagnold Summer (new) ~ Matador ~ 2019
5:09 am Mikey Young ~ It’s Walkable! ~ You Feelin’ Me? ~ Castle Face ~ 2017
5:12 am M83 ~ Lunar Son ~ DSVII (new) ~ Mute ~ 2019
5:15 am Alessandro Cortini ~ Batticuore ~ Volume Massimo (new) ~ Mute ~ 2019
5:20 am Corbo ~ One 4 Dirac ~ Quatro Treses (new) ~ Chewing Foil ~ 2019
5:24 am nephew lagoon (local) ~ dreamstream ~ isPlorica (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:28 am Carter Tutti Void ~ t3.2 ~ Triumvirate (new) ~ Conspiracy International ~ 2019
5:36 am Philip Perkins ~ maria 4 ~ Yeah Machine (new) ~ Artifact Recordings ~ 2019
5:39 am Suss ~ Wetlands ~ High Line (new) ~ Northern Spy ~ 2019
5:42 am Inutili ~ Seeds (Japanese) ~ New Sex Society (new) ~ Aagoo ~ 2019

Crush Collision 10/10/19

October 11, 2019 at 9:34 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Sometime soon I’ll be doing a 2010s retrospective mix. If it turns out well I’ll actually post the audio here this time.

10:01 pm Opal Sunn ~ Aura
10:06 pm Together ~ Boacidche
10:09 pm Marquis Hawkes ~ Light of My Life
10:13 pm Human Resources ~ Desilu [U Edit]
10:17 pm Joey G ii ~ 2003, South London
10:21 pm Nightwave ~ Rainbow Body
10:24 pm Latmos ~ Momentum Shift (Mike Parker Remix)
10:28 pm Delikwe ~ African
10:32 pm Hannah Holland ~ Street Person
10:35 pm Interplanetary Criminal ~ Tension
10:39 pm Volor Flex ~ Blowing Smoke
10:42 pm Cop Envy ~ Rat Break
10:47 pm Maribou State ~ Vale (HAAi’s Requiem for a Remix)
10:53 pm Footshooter ~ On Telegraph Hill (Romaal Kultan Remix)
10:57 pm Piotr Cisak ~ Kinross
11:03 pm Blaukoma ~ Azure
11:08 pm Thee J Johanz ~ Bombay Spring Rolls
11:13 pm Jacek Sienkiewicz ~ George
11:18 pm Fahrland ~ 5/4
11:21 pm India Jordan ~ Through Lacuna (ELLLL Remix)
11:26 pm Almaty ~ Sonic Signature
11:31 pm Ciel ~ Tech House Is My Evil Best Friend
11:37 pm Sol Ortega ~ The Underground Establishment
11:42 pm Sanso ~ Manfred
11:45 pm Scuba ~ Ants
11:49 pm Basic Rhythm ~ Too Nuff
11:52 pm Arp Frique ~ Kamajo
11:54 pm Camera ~ Gizmo

Show #514 – 10/5/19

October 5, 2019 at 2:36 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:02 am Ween ~ Mourning Glory ~ Pure Guava ~ Elektra ~ 1992
2:07 am Mark Solotroff ~ live set recorded at the Green Door, Detroit on June 24, 2005 ~ Solo Live 001 ~ BloodLust! ~ 2005
2:17 am Minor Pieces ~ Tender Fire ~ The Heavy Steps of Dreaming (new) ~ Fatcat ~ 2019
2:21 am Vacationer ~ Treat ~ Wavelengths (new) ~ Paxico ~ 2019
2:25 am Special Request ~ Vortex 164 (Sully Remix) ~ Special Request & Fwends (new) ~ Houndstooth ~ 2019
2:31 am Eluvium ~ Perfect Neglect in a Field of Statues ~ Pianoworks (new) ~ Temporary Residence ~ 2019
2:37 am Failed Flowers (local) ~ Faces ~ 7″ (new) ~ Slumberland ~ 2019
2:39 am Vivian Girls ~ Sick ~ Memory (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2019
2:41 am Vivian Girls ~ Never See Me Again ~ Vivian Girls ~ In The Red ~ 2008
2:43 am Throwaway (local) ~ Rabbit Hole ~ WHAT? (new) ~ self released ~ 2019
2:46 am Matana Roberts ~ Raise Yourself Up ~ Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
2:49 am Brittany Howard ~ 13th Century Metal ~ Jaime (new) ~ ATO ~ 2019
2:54 am Gong Gong Gong ~ Ride Your Horse ~ Phantom Rhythm (new) ~ Wharf Cat ~ 2019
2:58 am Nick Cave ~ From Her To Eternity ~ Songs From a Diary ~ Unicorn ~ 1992
3:04 am Motor!k ~ Neutrinos ~ Motor!k (new) ~ Out of Line ~ 2019
3:08 am HTRK ~ Dream Symbol ~ Venus In Leo (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
3:14 am Telefon Tel Aviv ~ not seeing, ~ Dreams Are Not Enough (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2019
3:20 am Trentemøller ~ TRNT ~ Obverse (new) ~ In My Room ~ 2019
3:30 am Pantha Du Prince ~ Florac ~ This Bliss ~ Dial ~ 2007
3:35 am Ramadanman ~ Don’t Change For Me ~ 116 & Rising ~ Hessle Audio ~ 2010
3:41 am Ikonika ~ Please ~ Steppas’ Delight ~ Soul Jazz ~ 2008
3:46 am Kode9 ~ 9 Samurai ~ Steppas’ Delight ~ Soul Jazz ~ 2006
3:49 am Teledubgnosis ~ Polar Cap Dub ~ Magnetic Learning Center ~ WordSound ~ 2003
3:55 am Black Milk (local) ~ DiVE Pt. 2 ~ DiVE (new) ~ Mass Appeal ~ 2019
3:57 am L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae ~ Part Two: Conscription Service ~ Complicate Your Life With Violence (new) ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2019
3:59 am G&D ~ The Power of Your Brain ~ Black Love and War (new) ~ Some Otha Ship ~ 2019
4:00 am Corbo with Sudan Archives ~ Hadd 2 Do It To Em ~ Quatro Treses (new) ~ Chewing Foil ~ 2019
4:02 am Kano ~ Teardrops ~ Hoodies All Summer (new) ~ Parlophone ~ 2019
4:07 am Sampa the Great ~ Freedom ~ The Return (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019
4:11 am Resavoir feat. Sen Morimoto ~ Escalator ~ Resavoir (new) ~ International Anthem ~ 2019
4:15 am De La Soul ~ D.A.I.S.Y. Age ~ 3 Feet High and Rising ~ Tommy Boy ~ 1989
4:19 am Basehead ~ 2000 BC ~ Play With Toys ~ Imago ~ 1991
4:23 am Big Stick ~ Crack Attack (Remix) ~ Crack Attack EP ~ Buy Our Records ~ 1987
4:28 am Global Communication ~ 9:39 ~ 76:14 ~ Dedicated ~ 1994
4:38 am Claudia Bonarelli ~ Disarm the Police ~ Clicks & Cuts 3 ~ Mille Plateaux ~ 2002
4:41 am Ido Gouvrin ~ Breaking Through the Frequencies ~ Clicks & Cuts 4 ~ MillePlateauxMedia ~ 2004
4:46 am Plaid ~ Tether ~ Reachy Prints ~ Warp ~ 2014
4:50 am T.Raumschmiere ~ Musick ~ The Great Rock’N’Roll Swindle ~ Shitkatapult ~ 2001
4:57 am T.Raumschmiere with Miss Kittin ~ The Game Is Not Over (Vocal Version Edit) ~ Monstertruckdriver ~ Shitkatapult/Novamute ~ 2003
5:00 am Phuture ~ Rise From Your Grave (Original 7″ Edit) ~ Rise From Your Grave Remixes ~ R&S ~ 1993
5:04 am Alessandro Cortini ~ Momenti ~ Volume Massimo (new) ~ Mute ~ 2019
5:10 am M83 ~ A Taste of the Dusk ~ DSVII (new) ~ Mute ~ 2019
5:14 am Bruno Bavota ~ Darkest Light ~ Get Lost (new) ~ Temporary Residence ~ 2019
5:17 am Penguin Cafe ~ Pythagoras On The Line Again ~ Handfuls Of Night (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2019
5:23 am James Blackshaw ~ Skylark Herald’s Dawn ~ Sunshrine ~ Digitalis ~ 2005
5:27 am Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman ~ Cryptoporticus ~ Time Gone Out (new) ~ Intakt ~ 2019
5:34 am People Like Us ~ Step Inside ~ The Mirror ~ Cutting Hedge ~ 2018
5:42 am Suss ~ Sundowner ~ High Line (new) ~ Northern Spy ~ 2019
5:46 am nephew lagoon (local) ~ blue odyssey ~ isPlorica (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:51 am J. Pavone String Ensemble ~ By and Large ~ Brick and Mortar (new) ~ Birdwatcher ~ 2019

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