VTSS: Projections EP (Technicolour, 2022)

January 31, 2022 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

VTSS: Projections EP

The new VTSS EP is far from the industrial techno she’s often known for, though it is caustic and heavy. “The need to avoid” starts out almost like warped dancehall before exploding with frantic breaks. “For your safety” is brittle and jittery, somewhere between footwork and glitchy IDM, but with a smooth atmosphere elevating it. Ultimately it is definitely dance music more so than head music, but works as both. “Live laugh leave” is more intensely blown out not-quite-dancehall with splintering, erratic beats. “Propaganda of success” creeps and lurches, then donks you over the head with gabber kicks. “Why we don’t deserve nice things” seems a little less intense than the other tracks, but still rustles and bubbles over with feverish anticipation. The EP is short but dense, and highly impressive.

Show #615 – 1/30/22

January 30, 2022 at 11:06 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:00 am Can ~ Brighton 75 Vier ~ Live in Brighton 1975 ~ Mute ~ 1975
12:16 am Martha Skye & Maxwell Stirling ~ 93.3km ~ Distance on Ground (new) ~ American Dreams ~ 2022
12:26 am Maya Shenfeld ~ Body, Electric ~ In Free Fall (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2022
12:31 am LEYA feat. Julie Byrne ~ Glass Jaw ~ single (new) ~ NNA Tapes ~ 2022
12:34 am Kreidler ~ Unframed Drawings ~ Spells and Daubs (new) ~ Bureau B ~ 2022
12:38 am John Beltran ~ Miss the Colors ~ The Peninsula (new) ~ npm ~ 2022
12:44 am Jacques Greene ~ Leave Here ~ Fantasy (new) ~ LuckyMe ~ 2022
12:49 am Denzel Curry ~ Walkin ~ Melt My Eyez, See Your Future (new) ~ Loma Vista ~ 2022
12:54 am Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad w/ Gary Bartz ~ Visions of Love ~ JID 9: Instrumentals (new) ~ Jazz Is Dead ~ 2021
12:57 am Doug Carn w/ Jean Carn ~ Revelation ~ Revelation ~ Black Jazz ~ 1973
1:01 am Miszk / Pękala / Rogiewicz / Sokołowski / Zemler ~ Cietrzew ~ JAGD (new) ~ Dux ~ 2021
1:17 am Ian William Craig ~ A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold, Pt 3 ~ A Turn of Breath (Deluxe Edition) ~ Recital ~ 2014
1:20 am Sir Richard Bishop ~ The Coming of the Rats ~ Oneiric Formvlary ~ Drag City ~ 2020
1:24 am The Amorphous Androgynous & Peter Hammill ~ Physically I’m Here, Mentally Far, Far Away ~ We Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal ~ FSOL Digital ~ 2020
1:29 am Craig Taborn ~ A Code with Spells ~ Shadow Plays (new) ~ ECM ~ 2021
1:38 am João Selva ~ Se você ~ Navegar ~ Underdog Records ~ 2021
1:43 am Chiemi Eri ~ Kushimoto-Bush ~ Chiemi Eri ~ Akuphone ~ 1958
1:46 am Françoise Hardy ~ La Fille Avec Toi ~ Françoise Hardy ~ Disques Vogue ~ 1962
1:48 am Ebo Taylor ~ My Love and Music ~ My Love and Music ~ Mr Bongo ~ 1976
1:55 am Wildflower ~ Flute Song ~ Spiritual Jazz Now! Vol. 13 Part Two ~ Jazzman Records ~ 2017

Crush Collision 1/29/22

January 29, 2022 at 9:31 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

12:01 am Basic Rhythm ~ Pepper
12:05 am Bored Lord ~ Women’s Wisdom
12:08 am Bonobo ~ Rosewood
12:12 am Furr ~ Scribles
12:15 am Mandy, Indiana ~ Alien 3 (Daniel Avery Remix)
12:20 am Locked Groove ~ The Core
12:23 am Mark PM ~ Foundation
12:27 am Belief ~ I Want to Be
12:30 am Daze ~ Lips (’07 Skyline Mix)
12:34 am The Cyclist ~ Skateboarding in the Jungle (Mor Elian Remix)
12:38 am Carlton Doom ~ What Lies Within
12:41 am 1800HaightStreet ~ Ankh
12:45 am Borai & Denham Audio ~ Clouds Across the Stars
12:49 am Dusky ~ Invisible
12:52 am Dance System ~ Can’t Stop (Lovin U)
12:56 am Baltra ~ Work (It) Out
12:58 am Dan Curtin ~ A23
1:02 am AceMoMA ~ Finding Polaris
1:06 am Breaka ~ Mass Gathering
1:11 am HAAi ~ Keep on Believing
1:15 am Floating Points ~ Coorabell
1:19 am Aria Rostami ~ Bolbol (Sepehr Dark UKG Mix)
1:23 am Disco Vumbi ~ Jo-ducuroma
1:26 am legsss ~ ixes
1:30 am Anz ~ Inna Circle
1:35 am 96 Back ~ Party Animal
1:39 am Big Miz ~ Opia
1:45 am Atrice ~ Tetrapoda
1:48 am Flora FM ~ Bronze Teeth
1:54 am John Healy ~ Open Doors

Phil Ranelin: Infinite Expressions (ORG Music, 2021)

January 27, 2022 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Phil Ranelin: Infinite Expressions

82-year-old trombonist Phil Ranelin, founder of Detroit’s legendary Tribe collective, recorded his latest album in September 2020 after several months of pandemic-induced isolation. It took some effort and soul searching to be able to work with other musicians again, but it was worth it, as this session clearly shows. The title of the first song namechecks Eric Dolphy as a guiding inspiration, and it continues in that adventurous realm. The recording sounds live and spontaneous, with Ranelin’s trombone perhaps a little distanced in the mix, or perhaps he’s not playing as loudly as some of the other musicians. Carlos Niño contributes fluttering, sparkling percussion alongside Andre Beasley’s drumming, while Hideaki Tokunaga plays nuanced electric and acoustic guitars and Michael Alvidrez and Ian Martin play acoustic bass on certain tracks. “Infinite Expressions” eventually gets the furthest out, while “In the Time Being” feels more relaxed, intimate, and acoustic, but not mellow. “In Time with the Times” is a more abstract, amorphous 15-minute suite, while the more compact “Blues for Paula” has more of a ragged New Orleans swing to it. “Weaver of Dreams” is a short, ruminative solo piece, and then “One More Blues” is a peppy solo melody that’s barely 30 seconds long.

Nubdug Ensemble: Volume 2: Blame (Pest Colors Music, 2021)

January 25, 2022 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Nubdug Ensemble: Volume 2: Blame

The second Nubdug Ensemble release is another 20-minute prog-jazz-pop nugget made up of accessible songs with knotty time signatures. Opener “Blues” has the longest lyric sheet and seems hookier than the other songs, but the lyrics are generally poetic, industrious, and a little philosophical. Amanda Chaudhary’s magic touch is felt on the synth-heavy “Bleep” and “Blaze”. “Blaze” is especially mind-blowing, progressing from an interstellar synth odyssey to a playful jazz-rock fantasia. “Block” shows that the group can put aside tricky time signatures and just lay down a heavy dance groove, with shuffling drums and gargantuan funk bass setting the pace for freewheeling sax solos by Steve Adams of Rova.

John Beltran: The Peninsula (npm, 2022)

January 24, 2022 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

John Beltran: The Peninsula

Michigan’s John Beltran presents an EP that evokes the expansiveness of the upper part of the state rather than the concrete roughness of the Detroit metro area. “Begin Again” is colored by light, shuffling percussion which floats across the auburn sky without settling down. “Peninsula” has an intricately webbed percussion pattern which trickles along with delicate synth pads which breathe softly. “Miss the Colors” has a faint rattle rather than a beat, and the constant loops of eerie, apparition-like voices give way to a denser formation of sounds and more fluttering pulsations. “Une belle matinée” is more of a soothing, playful Balearic house tune, with lightly elastic bass and cool woodwinds. It’s very much a dance track to cool off to at sunset, but it’s busier than it seems. After the sun has fully gone down, the EP ends with a Luke Hess remix of the first track, which retains a sense of detachment from the original but affixes a more straightforward club beat and some 303 acid tweaks.

Martha Skye Murphy & Maxwell Sterling: Distance On Ground (American Dreams, 2022)

January 23, 2022 at 4:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Martha Skye Murphy & Maxwell Sterling: Distance On Ground

What starts out sounding like an ethereal float in the clouds ends up being an unexpectedly dark, distorted trip through some unexplored corners of your mind. It’s basically some sort of psychological drama in the form of two drone compositions around 10 minutes each. “93.3 km” is especially gripping, with a psychedelic swirl beginning and more suspenseful melodies, as well as some ear-catching edits and effects. The artists explain that this came out of periods where Martha was in a wordless trance for hours, and it truly seems to follow a logic that doesn’t correspond with verbal language.

Show #614 – 1/23/22

January 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:00 am Longmont Potion Castle ~ Flipwild ~ LPC 19 (new) ~ D.U. Records ~ 2022
12:08 am Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson ~ A Cat ~ Refuge (new) ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2021
12:12 am Heathered Pearls ~ Caveat Emptor (Private Press Remix) ~ Cast Remixes Part III (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2022
12:18 am Michael Rother and Vittoria Maccabruni ~ You Look at Me ~ As Long as the Light (new) ~ Groenland ~ 2022
12:23 am Chromatics ~ Touch Red (On Film) ~ Faded Now ~ Italians Do It Better ~ 2020
12:25 am Oceanator ~ The Sky Is Falling ~ Things I Never Said ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2020
12:31 am Lily Konigsberg ~ Roses, Again ~ Lily We Need to Talk Now (new) ~ Wharf Cat ~ 2021
12:33 am R.E.M. ~ Undertow (live) ~ New Adventures In Hi-Fi (25th anniversary reissue) ~ Craft ~ 1996
12:38 am Pet Shop Boys ~ Some Speculation ~ Disco 2 ~ EMI ~ 1994
12:44 am Immersion with Laetitia Sadier ~ Unclustered ~ Nanocluster Vol. 1 (new) ~ swim~ ~ 2021
12:48 am Hawthonn ~ Odo Galse ~ Earth Mirror (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2021
12:55 am hackedepicciotto ~ Trebbus ~ The Silver Threshold (new) ~ Mute ~ 2021
12:58 am Sebastian Mullaert, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich ~ No Words For A Beautiful World ~ Natthall ~ Neue Meister ~ 2020
1:05 am Tyler Mitchell featuring Marshall Allen ~ Cerefree ~ Dancing Souls (new) ~ Mahakala Music ~ 2022
1:07 am Nubdug Ensemble ~ Bleep ~ Volume 2: Blame (new) ~ Pest Colors Music ~ 2021
1:10 am Jaga Jazzist ~ The Shrine (Ian Chang Remix) ~ Pyramid Remix (new) ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2021
1:15 am EMS Synthi 100 ~ Movement 6 ~ Deewee 050 – Foundations ~ Deewee ~ 2020
1:21 am Benny Boeldt ~ Phone Call ~ 8 of Cups ~ Carpark ~ 2016
1:24 am Jacques Greene ~ (Baby I Don’t Know) What You Want ~ ANTH01 ~ LuckyMe ~ 2010
1:31 am Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters ~ Clair-Obscur ~ Destiny Waiving (new) ~ Bureau B ~ 2021
1:37 am Techno Animal ~ Intercranial (Ejector Mix) ~ Electric Ladyland III ~ Mille Plateaux ~ 1996
1:42 am Nimco Jamaac ~ Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains) ~ Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From the Horn of Africa ~ Ostinato ~ 1980s
1:48 am Amara Touré And Orchestre Massako ~ Lamento Cubano ~ Afro Exotique – Adventures In Leftfield Africa 1972-1982 ~ Africa Seven ~ 1975
1:54 am Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Obed Calvaire ~ Bring It Back Home ~ Another Land ~ Edition Records ~ 2021

Crush Collission 1/22/22

January 22, 2022 at 9:43 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Crush Collision is now on Friday nights (Saturdays 12-2AM)!
Will be switching between live broadcasts and archival shows, at least until more DJs join the rotation.

12:01 am Cyanide Tooth ~ Slow Dance the Abyss
12:05 am Kucharczyk ~ Bity Exextechno Another
12:08 am Max Cooper ~ Resynthesis 3d
12:12 am Systm B ~ Life In Blue (Loop 4 Life Mix)
12:17 am Shades of Gray ~ Monday Toxins (DJ Schwa’s Red Dub Mix)
12:22 am Credit 00 ~ 909ish
12:27 am clipping. ~ body & blood (sleeparchive remix)
12:33 am Garbage Cannon ~ World War
12:36 am Fotomachine ~ BBoy
12:40 am Mukqs ~ False Minoshiro
12:47 am Nídia ~ Mambos Fudiz
12:49 am Locked Groove ~ Forever Young
12:56 am Hyperloop ~ Alone with the Gods
1:00 am MOD3LLR ~ Resonance Criteria
1:06 am John Healy ~ Meta Removal
1:10 am Welsh Modular Alliance ~ A Good Steady Pounding (2nd Dose)
1:17 am Current 909 ~ Hospitalism
1:21 am Peder Mannerfelt ~ Let’s Get Metaphysical
1:23 am Karen Gwyer ~ Six Foot Crack
1:25 am DJ Girl ~ Music for an Untitled Film
1:39 am Robot Speaker ~ Guitar-less House
1:41 am Lee Gamble ~ Polis
1:45 am Odete ~ FIRST, IT TAKES YOUR WORDS
1:47 am Uncrat ~ Studnick
1:52 am Josh Wink ~ Liquid Summer (Remix)

Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O: UMDALI (Mushroom Hour Half Hour, 2021)

January 21, 2022 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O: UMDALI

South African composer, trombonist, vocalist, pianist, and arranger Malcolm Jiyane leads an ensemble of more than three musicians with his debut album. Shaped by the deaths of his mentor and a bandmate as well as the birth of his daughter, Jiyane’s album contains five lengthy compositions which flow from solemn mourning to joyful celebration. Opener “Senso seNkosi” is somewhat funereal, but “Umkhumbi kaMa” picks up after a soft but spirited beginning, eventually howling with delight. “State Gwangwa’s Stroll” starts out calm but also has a loud squeal from a squeaky toy, and it gradually warms up to a light shuffle, then cools down again by the end, when Jiyane beams in with encouraging vocals. “Life Esidimeni” is a lengthy procession which feels like it takes time to properly mourn loss while also getting caught up in amazing memories and celebrating. “Moshe” is another bittersweet one that gets especially heavenly with the addition of Tubatsi Mpho Moloi’s vocals.

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