Jessica Ekomane: Multivocal LP (Important Records, 2019)

January 20, 2020 at 11:58 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jessica Ekomane: Multivocal LP

I haven’t yet witnessed one of Jessica Ekomane’s quadraphonic performances, but turning this LP way up gives me a sense of how transportive they must be. It seems simple on the surface — steady pulse in each speaker being generated with a millisecond’s difference in tempo, gradually interlocking and falling out of sync and forming strange, complex bent polyrhythms — but it just scrambles my brain to hear it all play out. So much seems to going on, all of these rays of sound are darting out and rapidly circling and returning at the same time, but when they’re close to being in sync it all just feels like it’s actually really simple and direct. I feel like I could just bounce around this head-vortex forever.

Thyme Lines: Geodesists tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2019)

January 20, 2020 at 11:32 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Thyme Lines: Geodesists tape

This tape consists of crystalline synths along with several types of flute, readily bringing to mind Emerald Web but with more of a concentrated, made-for-VHS-documentary feel. Most of the tracks are brief, momentary scenes with Pascal Nyiri adding curled tufts of flute-smoke to Sébastien Durand’s translucent, brightly colored synth vistas. Some of it sounds very improvised and unplanned, like “Earth Call for LFO & Flute”. In fact, very little of it really sounds premeditated. It all flows naturally, but at the same time it couldn’t have just sprung from nowhere, there’s some definite personality to it.

Thomas Dimuzio: Sutro Transmissions LP (Resipiscent Records, 2020)

January 19, 2020 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Thomas Dimuzio: Sutro Transmissions LP

Longtime experimental musician and mastering engineer Thomas Dimuzio has been working with Buchla modular synths for some time now, and this is his first LP created entirely using the setup, edited down from two live improvisations recorded on Haight Street in San Francisco, near where the synthesizer was invented. The first side (recorded in 2018) begins with a scrambled burst of FM radio transmissions and algorithmic processes, eventually all concentrated into a drone-ray. Right when it all seems tranquil, a cosmic bubble bursts and a loud electronic interruption occurs; it’s always startling every time I listen, even when I know it’s coming. The second side, recorded three years earlier, starts out with another soup of voices, shredded tones, and scrambled frequencies, seeming to rise up in tension without settling into a proper rhythm. Still, there’s some recurring voices and tones that emerge from the sonic gumbo, including a man saying “Don’t worry” and a particularly longing vocal manipulation. It all feels like it’s whirling around in the ether, but at the same time it’s all being deliberately stirred around by some invisible force. The audio particles hold together, but infrequent infusions of static still occur, with remnants of voices allowed final chances to be heard before completely disintegrating.

The Glass Path: Recurring Faces Through The Spiral Of Time LP (Hologram Label, 2019)

January 18, 2020 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Glass Path: Recurring Faces Through The Spiral Of Time LP

All of the sounds heard on this album were sourced from field recordings made in Peru in 2016. They’re hardly recognizable as such, though, as they’re processed through muddy tape loops that make them sound like they’re shivering at the bottom of a well. On a few occasions, such as the brief “Cosntanera”, a remnant of a tune pokes through, in sort of a Caretaker-like fashion, and it sounds like it’s gasping for air. “Llaulipata” sounds like a sputtering airplane flying overhead while diseased birds chirp. “On Train, On High” is a much brighter, more uplifting melodic organ spiral. After that, it gets frigid and unforgiving again. People are busy plowing the streets and snowblowing sidewalks outside right now, and some of this sounds like a disfigured version of that. Then the final track, “Clap In The Oasis”, is another blown out, exhausted distortion of another long-forgotten melody. Super discomforting but really intoxicating.

Local Talent: Higienópolis (Projectwhatever, 2019)

January 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Local Talent: Higienópolis

Toronto’s James Hill (who is currently touring with BadBadNotGood, and is also a member of Autobahn Trio) leads Local Talent, a jazz trio heavy on atmospheric synths and flowing, spontaneous rhythms. On this brief album, sounds and moods shift from kaleidoscopic daydreams to classical piano introspections; “The Silent Cry” starts out the latter and ends up the former. “Tundra” and “Sailing At Night” are appropriately dusky and/or wintry, but then “Skeletons” is more rousing and colorful, and easily the album’s most exciting track. The somber “Blue Rainbow” showcases Rich Brown’s electric bass playing more than the preceding tracks.

Show #531 – 1/18/20

January 18, 2020 at 1:14 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am The Glass Path (local) ~ part of side B ~ Recurring Faces Through The Spiral Of Time (new) ~ Hologram Label ~ 2019
2:11 am Brett Naucke ~ Pulse Reader ~ Electronic Hypnosis Program (new) ~ Make Noise Records ~ 2019
2:14 am exclusiveOr ~ Estampie ~ Modules (new) ~ Carrier Records ~ 2019
2:19 am Andrea Parkins & Matthew Ostrowski ~ Collisions ~ Elective Affinities (new) ~ Infrequent Seams ~ 2019
2:24 am Pulse Emitter ~ Ripples ~ Swirlings (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2020
2:32 am Steve Roach ~ Trance Genealogy ~ Trance Archeology (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2019
2:39 am Oval ~ Improg ~ Scis (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2020
2:43 am Oval ~ Eksploio ~ Eksploio (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
2:47 am Clandestine Syndicate ~ Voice Obsession ~ Rocket Science (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:52 am Georgia feat. Maurice ~ The Thrill ~ Seeking Thrills (new) ~ Domino ~ 2020
2:56 am Kai Schumacher ~ Rausch (Paul Frick’s Kraut Mix) ~ Rausch (Paul Frick Remixes) (new) ~ Neue Meister ~ 2020
3:01 am Holy Fudge ~ Near Mint ~ Deleter (new) ~ Holy Ef Music ~ 2020
3:07 am Local Talent ~ Skeletons ~ Higienópolis (new) ~ Projectwhatever ~ 2019
3:12 am OOIOO ~ tisou ~ Nijimusi (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
3:19 am En Attendant Ana ~ Down the Hill ~ Juillet (new) ~ Trouble In Mind ~ 2020
3:24 am Vivian Girls ~ Memory ~ Memory (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2019
3:26 am Thomas Dimuzio ~ Lower Haight 2.21.18 ~ Sutro Transmissions (new) ~ Resipiscent ~ 2020
3:30 am Art Paul Schlosser & Frankie Pobar Lay ~ Car Commercial ~ Car Toons ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:32 am DJ Shadow feat. Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Infamous Taz ~ C.O.N.F.O.R.M. ~ Our Pathetic Age (new) ~ Mass Appeal ~ 2019
3:34 am Mura Masa feat. slowthai ~ Deal Wiv It ~ R.Y.C. (new) ~ Polydor ~ 2020
3:37 am Animals Within Animals ~ Fresh For 88 W~ e Fail for a Living (new) ~ Bad Taste ~ 2019
3:43 am Double 99 ~ RIPGroove – Fixate Refix – Count Donkula Re-Donk ~ mp3 (new) ~ Bouncylvania ~ 2019
3:48 am Asquith ~ Time & Space ~ Time & Space (new) ~ Hypercolour ~ 2019
3:52 am Bluematter ~ Revel ~ Blankness (new) ~ E-Beamz ~ 2019
3:56 am Photek ~ One Nation ~ Form & Function Vol. 2 ~ Sanctuary ~ 1995
4:02 am Baraka ~ I’ll Be There ~ 12″ ~ Boogie Beat Records ~ 1995
4:08 am Reflection ~ A Journey Around the Unnamed Border ~ The Errornormous World ~ Clear ~ 1996
4:13 am Icarus ~ Benevolent Incubator ~ Six Soviet Misfits ~ Temporary Residence ~ 2002
4:23 am DAT Politics ~ track 10 ~ Tracto Flirt ~ Tigerbeat6 ~ 1999
4:27 am Alex Cortex ~ track 7 ~ Laconic ~ Source Records ~ 2000
4:30 am John Chantler ~ Tomorrow Is Too Late ~ Tomorrow Is Too Late (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2019
4:41 am Paul Wirkus ~ Déformation Professionnelle ~ Déformation Professionnelle ~ Staubgold ~ 2006
4:44 am Russ Waterhouse ~ Too Many People ~ 1 Minute 2 Midnight (new) ~ Drag City ~ 2019
5:02 am Eluvium ~ Abyss Forms ~ Virga I (new) ~ Temporary Residence ~ 2019
5:13 am Hakobune ~ Suiu ~ Rain Studies (new) ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2019
5:17 am Christopher Willits ~ Green Faces ~ Tiger Flower Circle Sun ~ Ghostly International ~ 2010
5:20 am Geeez ‘n’ Gosh ~ I’m Determined (Jesus Changed My Soul) ~ Nobody Knows ~ Mille Plateaux ~ 2002
5:24 am Saint Etienne ~ Sylvie ~ Good Humor ~ Sub Pop ~ 1998
5:30 am Tangerine Dream ~ Death In The Shadow ~ Edgar Allan Poe’s the Island of the Fay ~ Eastgate ~ 2011
5:39 am Jean Michel Jarre ~ Fourth Rendez-Vous ~ Images: The Best of Jean Michel Jarre ~ Disques Dreyfus ~ 1986
5:42 am Pan•American ~ Lake Supplies ~ Pan•American ~ Kranky ~ 1997
5:47 am Uriel ~ Space Is Forever ~ Fresh Emissions ~ Emissions Audio Output ~ 1995
5:54 am Floating Points ~ Bias ~ Crush (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2019

Clandestine Syndicate: Rocket Science EP (self-released, 2019)

January 16, 2020 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Clandestine Syndicate: Rocket Science EP

While the cover of this EP makes it seem like a collection of smarmy college rock songs for frat boys, surprisingly enough it ends up being four tracks of legitimate electro-techno. “Apache” is a cool blue electro-glide with astronaut transmissions echoing in the background. “Voice Obsession” has more of a playful bounce to it, having fun chopping up a chatty voice over a cruising electro beat. “Drone Gangsta” is a long similar lines, but without as much of a vocal presence, other than the title line. “Cool Thing” is a more Detroit techno-sounding sequel to “Voice Obsession”, and perhaps my favorite track here.

Animals Within Animals: We Fail For A Living (Bad Taste, 2019)

January 12, 2020 at 11:49 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Animals Within Animals: We Fail For A Living

Plunderphonic collective Animals Within Animals finally resurfaced last year, encompassing hundreds of years of failure, detritus, and making do with what’s available on the gargantuan, hilarious We Fail For a Living. Opener “Unlikely Things” arranges a tune out of a clip of someone taking non-musical sounds and talking about making music out of them, essentially doing his job for him. “Trashy Music For Trashy People” is a brief collage based on Oscar the Grouch’s “I Love Trash”, incorporating several other songs and audio clips about trash, and touching on the whole trash art philosophy. “Fresh For 88” is a collage of hip-hop samples which directly reference the year the songs were recorded, starting with BDP and then progressing through the golden age to gangsta to Busta Rhyme’s pre-millenial paranoia, kicking off a Y2K theme which continues through the album. The three-part “Chronological History of the United States” series is absolutely bonkers, smashing together hundreds of suspenseful movie clips, intense dubstep drops, death metal growls, Freddie Mercury a capellas, and loads of profanity into dense pieces of sonic overload. Also, Negativland’s Weatherman warns of impending failure, and there’s a lengthy lecture on “brain warshing” set to waves of industrial noise.

Show #530 – 1/11/20

January 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:01 am Thomas Dimuzio ~ Upper Haight 2.18.15 ~ Sutro Transmissions (new) ~ Resipiscent ~ 2020
2:17 am Chikh Ayyad Ou Haddou & Ensemble ~ Aili ya Mali Mixed Chorus (Tahala) ~ Music of Morocco ~ Dust to Digital ~ 1959
2:27 am Bergsonist & Speaker Music ~ Sublime Language ~ Sublime Language of My Century (new) ~ bizaarbazaar ~ 2020
2:35 am Jlin ~ I Hate Being an Adult ~ Adult Swim Singles (new) ~ Adult Swim ~ 2020
2:40 am Robot Speaker ~ Booska De Hypersonic Sound ~ The Placenta Family Tree Volume 7 ~ Placenta Recordings ~ 2016
2:45 am Fat Frumos ~ Black Mettal Reage (Sleepy Cat Remix) ~ The Placenta Family Tree Volume 11 ~ Placenta Recordings ~ 2017
2:48 am DJ Scratchin’ ~ Rave Crime ~ The Placenta Family Tree Volume 14 ~ Placenta Recordings ~ 2017
2:51 am Briain ~ Aisling Sequence ~ E-FAX004 (new) ~ Art-E-Fax ~ 2019
2:54 am Chevron ~ Harðkjarna Unglist ~ split single w/ Púlsvídd (new) ~ Móatún 7 ~ 2020
3:01 am Watabou (local) ~ The City of Ypsilanti [DenverSnackMix] ~ The Placenta Family Tree Volume 9 ~ Placenta Recordings ~ 2016
3:02 am Argiflex ~ Beautiful Nature Forever ~ Topographic Relief Vol 8 ~ Swamp Circle ~ 2018
3:10 am Chopstick ~ Pumpkinday ~ The Placenta Family Tree Volume 8 ~ Placenta Recordings ~ 2016
3:14 am Lou Karsh ~ Extraterrestrial Highway ~ Against the Flames (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2020
3:21 am Mall Grab ~ There Is A ~ Don’t Keep the Fire Burning (new) ~ Looking For Trouble ~ 2020
3:26 am Patrick Holland ~ Up to You ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2020
3:31 am DJ Plead ~ Massari and Me ~ Massari for Relief (new) ~ SUMAC ~ 2020
3:36 am quest?onmarc ~ Phoenix ~ Phoenix (new) ~ Club Chai ~ 2020
3:39 am J. Albert ~ crash ~ my rave ended yours just began (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2020
3:44 am Pulse Emitter ~ Electron Central ~ Swirlings (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2020
3:52 am Georgia ~ 24 Hours ~ Seeking Thrills (new) ~ Domino ~ 2020
3:55 am Lamb ~ Little Things ~ Fear of Fours ~ Fontana ~ 1999
3:59 am The Chemical Brothers ~ Flashback ~ Surrender (deluxe reissue) ~ Virgin ~ 1999
4:04 am Dave Clarke ~ The Wolf ~ Devil’s Advocate ~ Skint ~ 2003
4:08 am Percy X ~ Whatever When Ever ~ Gain ~ Soma ~ 2000
4:14 am Mark Verbos ~ Torn Cones ~ Simple Answers ~ X-Sight ~ 1998
4:19 am Shadow Huntaz ~ Shout ~ Corrupt Data Instrumentals ~ Skam ~ 2004
4:24 am Dr Who Dat? ~ Viberian Twilight ~ Beat Journey (bonus disc) ~ Lex ~ 2006
4:27 am Rob Swift ~ Dope on Plastic (Scratch Version) ~ Dope on Plastic ~ Asphodel ~ 1999
4:32 am Ricardo Villalobos ~ Zuipox ~ Dependent and Happy ~ Perlon ~ 2012
4:41 am Public Enemy ~ Don’t Believe the Hype ~ Twelve Inch Mixes ~ Columbia/Def Jam ~ 1988
4:46 am DJ Q-Bert vs D-Styles ~ excerpt ~ Hot Sauce in the Dick Hole ~ Mom ‘N’ Dad Productions ~ 1997
4:50 am Oh No ~ Plain Love Pts. 1 & 2 ~ Oh No vs. Now-Again 3 ~ Now-Again ~ 2017
4:53 am Hyper On Experience ~ Half Stepper ~ Orbital: Back to Mine ~ DMC ~ 1993
4:59 am Sweet Exorcist ~ Feel Your Hands ~ Spirit Guide to Low Tech ~ Touch ~ 1994
5:04 am Blacworld ~ Europeanz ~ Subduing Demons (In South Yorkshire) ~ Alphaphone ~ 2000
5:09 am Sandspider ~ Visions ~ Spider ~ Worm Interface ~ 2001
5:13 am The Bitniks ~ Mindo ~ Halograms ~ Hypnotism ~ 1994
5:19 am Krok ~ Amp Error (Ectomorph Version) ~ Electro Jewels Mixed By Frank Lorber ~ Intergroove ~ 1997
5:24 am Meta.83 ~ Metalgroove ~ Unser:Eins ~ Festplatten ~ 2001
5:31 am Tangerine Dream ~ Livemiles II (Berlin Concert) ~ Live Miles ~ Castle ~ 1988
5:38 am Vangelis ~ Ask the Mountains ~ Voices ~ Atlantic ~ 1995
5:46 am Jean Michel Jarre ~ Equinoxe IV ~ Les Concerts En Chine Vol 1 ~ Disques Dreyfus ~ 1982
5:53 am Christopher Willits ~ Clear ~ Opening ~ Ghostly International ~ 2014

Briain: E-FAX004 12″ EP (Art-E-Fax, 2019)

January 5, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Briain: E-FAX004 12″ EP

Really high quality blend of electro, breaks, and braindance. “Laniakea” immediately comes booming at you in full force, but there’s also subtler, more intricate tracks like “Aisling Sequence” and “It’s Never Enough”. “Truth or Shnare” sort of leans into dubstep as well. Loads of ideas on this one, it’s easy to mix but it has its mentalist moments as well.

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