Pursuit Grooves: Sustainable Movements For A New Age (self-released, 2009/2020)

September 28, 2020 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pursuit Grooves: Sustainable Movements For A New Age

Pursuit Grooves recently brought back an obscure beat tape she briefly released for Earth Day in 2009. Sustainable Movements For A New Age is 20 short instrumental tracks with environmentally conscious titles, urging the listener to make an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint. There’s some boom-bap style beats that avoid the usual crackly-vinyl funk breaks associated with the style (check out opener “Ecosystematics”), and there’s also the sort of wobbly, handmade, inventive rhythmic patterns that are instantly recognizable as her work. “Nuclear Rainbows” is one of the more punch-drunk beats here, and “Crap Snacks” sounds like broken reggaeton. “Solar Panels” is a mixture of hard, off-center beats and delicate pads and melodies, and several other tracks add soothing atmospheres to beats that otherwise seem a bit more tense. “Fresher Than Yours” has a chunky, thumpy beat pattern which maintains a smooth flow with its minimally layered bass and synth lines; “Tricycle Network” is a more bass-heavy variation. While clearly fitting within the “beat tape” category, with its shorter track times and exploratory feel, this release is still as conceptual as PG’s other releases, and it demonstrates her singular approach to beatmaking and sound construction just as much.

Show #549 – 9/27/20

September 27, 2020 at 10:55 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

HAAi ~ Head Above the Parakeets
clipping. ~ Chapter 319
Basic Rhythm ~ What Would I Do
Dev/Null ~ Busy
Stazma ~ Blue Screen
Klara Lewis ~ Ingrid
Michael Rother ~ Fierce Wind Blowing
Profligate ~ Just a Few Things Wrong
Molchat Doma ~ Zvezdy
White Poppy ~ Rainbow

Sully: Swandive (Astrophonica, 2020)

September 26, 2020 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sully: Swandive EP

One of the most anticipated neo-jungle releases of the year, Sully’s new EP is a master class in tightly controlled break smashing. “Werk” walks along a tight rope, a short fuse which threatens to detonate at any moment. “Poison” has more hip-hop/rave swagger and is a bit more of a roller. “Swandive” is way more explosive and skittery, like a roller coaster designed to feel extra turbulent but always keeps right on track, and shot through with emotion. “Memories” is a lot more wistful, and the most melodic track here, with some epic gliding solos which almost sound like cyber-smooth jazz, but more inspired.

Basic Rhythm: I Don’t Know What I Would Do EP (Sneaker Social Club, 2020)

September 21, 2020 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Basic Rhythm: I Don’t Know What I Would Do EP

Anthoney J Hart’s newest Sneaker Social Club EP contains 4 tracks that are something like sticky dancefloor grime. The synths are fizzy and feel like they’re dissolving in acid but and the beats are dislocated but all of it manages to keep afloat. These aren’t bangers the way the last Basic Rhythm LP for Planet Mu was, but there’s undeniably some sort of strange unplaceable energy to them. The first side is definitely the more active and brain-teasing side; both tracks have straight up weird, squishy beats but the twisted vocal samples and synth pads point to more uplifting club vibes. The tracks on the other side are slower and more spaced out; “Annihilate” makes use of a familiar Grace Jones sample and “Plodding Along” does just that.

Show #548 – 9/20/20

September 20, 2020 at 10:56 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Tiger Village ~ Prism (Acoustic)
FARWARMTH ~ Onwards, Forever
Christoph De Babalon ~ Sawtoothed Shin
Matmos ~ No Concept
Evicshen ~ Fever Pitch
박혜진 Park Hye Jin ~ Can You
Foul Play ~ Feel the Vibe
Evil Robot Ted ~ Simulacra II
Kara feat. Jenna Noelle ~ Over U
Derrick Hodge ~ Color of Noize
Sam Prekop ~ The New Last
Bebel Gilberto ~ Agora

Dexplicit: Digital Monk EP (Pastel Prism, 2020)

September 20, 2020 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dexplicit: Digital Monk EP

Grime/bassline heavyweight Dexplicit’s newest EP is centered around inspirations from ’80s video games, TV shows, and movies. It doesn’t attempt to imitate the soundtrack of any specific example of those, as far as I can tell, and it doesn’t really sound like chiptune or synthwave. But there’s definitely something wide-screen and panoramic about it. The synth melodies are big and dramatic, the vocals seem closer to arias than the more R&B-influenced singing commonly heard in garage, and it all feels like it’s leading to something grand. It’s just a 4-song EP, though, not a complete soundtrack, so it feels like a way to drop some big emotions into the club for a few minutes.

Loris S. Sarid: Music for Tomato Plants (Constellation Tatsu, 2020)

September 19, 2020 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Loris S. Sarid: Music for Tomato Plants

Plant-themed electronic albums are clearly nothing new, but this one specifically focuses on small, household ones that appear simple but bravely carry out their function. The sounds are gentle and delicate, clear and melodic, and the vibe is a little similar to Japanese environmental music (particularly on “Ferns and I”) but there’s also some ASMR tendencies, with some close-up sounds and whispers appearing on some tracks. The first track also has a kettle whistling away. It’s just very domestic, household music, music to tend to your houseplants while stuck in your apartment during the endless pandemic. Yet there’s also spacey qualities to tracks like “Toad”.

Anthéne and Andrew Tasselmyer: Progressions (Constellation Tatsu, 2020)

September 17, 2020 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Anthéne and Andrew Tasselmyer: Progressions

This one captures just the right amount of resolved peace mixed with gloominess. Perfect for dismally staring outside but relaxing and let time just wash by. Yet it’s not downer music at all, the stillness and soft, natural breeze feel refreshing. It’s empty in terms of kinetic activity, but that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of feeling, or care. It flows from nostalgic reflection to trippier notions, as more reversed notes and other effects are gradually applied. Some of it has a vague shoegaze tint to it, also. This music doesn’t quite progress, though, unfold might be more accurate. But either way, it’s perfect for airing thoughts to, or just laying still and making an attempt to find inner peace.

The Beneficiaries: The Crystal City Is Alive (Axis, 2020)

September 16, 2020 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

The Beneficiaries: The Crystal City Is Alive

The Beneficiaries is the trio of techno old-schoolers Jeff Mills and Eddie Fowlkes along with Detroit poet, playwright, and performance artist jessica Care moore. As with much of his space-themed full-lengths on Axis, Mills’ productions find him in astral traveling mode, constructing electronic comets and shooting stars for moore’s words to traverse. Speaking of hope for a better tomorrow, she namechecks Octavia Butler, Sun Ra, and Samuel Delany, as well as Juan Atkins’ cosmic cars.
The two Eddie Fowlkes tracks are both lengthy jams with live percussion babbling over the percolating electronics, with moore’s vocals dropped in somewhat dub-like, especially scattered with effects during “The X” (which also features space-gospel organ from Amp Fiddler). “When the Sun Loves You Back” and most of “Star Children of Orion” are swirling Mills instrumentals turning solar energy into electronic sonatas.

Show #547 – 9/13/20

September 13, 2020 at 10:57 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

RXM Reality ~ B4
Etch ~ Darksides
Drumskull ~ Braincleaner
Philip D Kick ~ Summer Moods
Jlin ~ Lotus
Luke Vibert ~ Animen
Model Home ~ Damn Disco 99
Devonwho ~ blas
Loraine James ~ Messy
Jordana ~ The Circle
Shygirl ~ Freak
Alewya ~ Sweating (Breakage Remix)
Fauzia ~ Progression
Nappy Nina ~ Dipped
Jyoti ~ Bop For Aneho

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