Saajtak: Spokes EP (self-released, 2017)

March 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Saajtak: Spokes EP

Easily one of the most original, captivating live bands I’ve seen in a long time, Saajtak are a prog-jazz-glitch ensemble from Ann Arbor but now based in Detroit. Alex Koi’s haunting, operatic vocals float over the complex, twisted backdrop of sounds provided by Simon Alexander-Adams (keyboards, electronics), Jon Taylor (drums, percussion), and Ben Willis (bass guitar, upright bass). Witnessing this group fuse their powers together and lock into their form of magic is nothing short of astounding. I just can’t even imagine how their songs and performances come together. This CD comes as close as possible to capturing their live energy. Songs like “The Keeper” are just pure mysticism. “Spokes” is more jazzy and chaotic, with synths approximating tapes rewinding at hyperspeed, and Koi’s vocals nearly lapsing into spoken word over the tumbling, crashing drums. Best of all is “Underscore [ _ ]”, a truly brilliant piece with haunting vocals and splattery, drum’n’bass-like rhythms. That one grabbed me when I saw them perform for the first time and it hasn’t let go. Too amazing for words. CD and digital available at Bandcamp.

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Saajtak: Hectic EP (self-released, 2018)

July 1, 2018 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Saajtak: Hectic EP

Detroit’s Saajtak follow up their excellent debut EP with two jazzy avant-pop songs. “Hectic” starts out with a steadily paced rhythm, but gradually becomes emotionally overwhelming, with layers of soaring vocals, rapidly fluttering waves of synth which sound like fast-forwarding tapes, and clattering metallic percussion. Yet while a lot is going on, and the lyrics describe emotional turbulence, there’s still an even, composed flow to it. “If You Ask” is along similar lines, with yearning rounds of vocals and a rhythm which steadily builds into a sort of choppy prog-rock pattern, with a heavy bass guitar growl offset by lighter, more crystalline keyboards. Both songs are mini-epics, and they’re both accessible entry points into the fascinating, ever-evolving world of Saajtak.

Show #425 – 12/30/17 – Best of 2017 edition!

December 30, 2017 at 11:34 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | 1 Comment

Mic break music = Gas: Narkopop
Hour 1
2:01 am Four Tet ~ “Two Thousand and Seventeen” ~ New Energy ~ Text ~ 2017
2:06 am Jefre Cantu-Ledesma ~ “A Song of Summer” ~ On the Echoing Green ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2017
2:18 am James K. ~ “My Sorrow is Luminous” ~ Physically Sick ~ Allergy Season ~ 2017
2:22 am Colleen ~ “Separating” ~ A Flame My Love, A Frequency ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2017
2:33 am Nabihah Iqbal ~ “Something More” ~ Weighing of the Heart ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2017
2:36 am Mini Dresses ~ “Fantasy Nails” ~ Mini Dresses ~ Joy Void ~ 2017
2:41 am Stef Chura (local) ~ “Spotted Gold” ~ Messes ~ Urinal Cake Records ~ 2017
2:44 am Fred Thomas (local) ~ “Voiceover” ~ Changer ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2017
2:46 am Do Make Say Think ~ “And Boundless” ~ Stubborn Persistent Illusions ~ Constellation ~ 2017
2:54 am Saajtak (local) ~ “Underscore [_]” ~ Spokes EP ~ self-released ~ 2017
Hour 2
3:00 am Nicole Mitchell ~ “Egoes War” ~ Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging World ~ FPE ~ 2017
3:07 am Second Woman ~ “////” ~ S/W ~ Spectrum Spools ~ 2017
3:12 am Lapalux ~ “Petty Passion” ~ Ruinism ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2017
3:15 am Visionist ~ “No Idols” ~ Value ~ Big Dada ~ 2017
3:19 am Jlin ~ “Kyanite” ~ Black Origami ~ Planet Mu ~ 2017
3:23 am Aaron Dilloway (local) ~ “Switch” ~ The Gag File ~ Dais ~ 2017
3:31 am Mumdance & Logos ~ “FFS” ~ 12″ ~ Different Circles ~ 2017
3:35 am Spencer & Saginaw (local) ~ “Real Talk (Talk Mix)” ~ 12″ ~ Portage Garage Sounds ~ 2017
3:41 am Pan Daijing ~ “Very Uncomfortable, Please” ~ Vectors 3 ~ Power Vacuum ~ 2017
3:45 am Duran Duran Duran ~ “Untitled 3” ~ Duran ~ Power Vacuum ~ 2017
3:50 am Machine Girl ~ “Bullet Hell” ~ …Because I’m Young Arrogant and Hate Everything You Stand for ~ Orange Milk ~ 2017
3:53 am Igorrr ~ “Houmous” ~ Savage Sinusoid ~ Metal Blade ~ 2017
3:56 am Jana Rush ~ “Frenetic Snare” ~ Pariah ~ Objects Limited ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:01 am Detboi ~ “Secret Venom” ~ Secrets EP ~ Metalheadz ~ 2017
4:06 am Pessimist ~ “Through the Fog” ~ Pessimist ~ Blackest Ever Black ~ 2017
4:13 am Iglooghost ~ “Peanut Choker” ~ Neo Wax Bloom ~ Brainfeeder ~ 2017
4:16 am Paul White & Danny Brown ~ “Accelerator” ~ Accelerator ~ R&S ~ 2017
4:19 am Wiley ft. Manga ~ “Laptop” ~ Godfather ~ CTA ~ 2017
4:22 am Nídia ~ “I Miss My Ghetto” ~ Nídia é Má, Nídia é Fudida ~ Príncipe ~ 2017
4:25 am Lee Gamble ~ “Ghost” ~ Mnestic Pressure ~ Hyperdub ~ 2017
4:34 am Giraffage feat. Japanese Breakfast ~ “Maybes” ~ Too Real ~ Counter ~ 2017
4:38 am Kelela ~ “Take Me Apart” ~ Take Me Apart ~ Warp ~ 2017
4:42 am Zola Jesus ~ “Siphon” ~ Okovi ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2017
4:45 am Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ~ “Searching for a New Day” ~ Soul of a Woman ~ Daptone ~ 2017
4:48 am Future Islands ~ “Cave” ~ The Far Field ~ 4AD ~ 2017
4:52 am Joey Agresta ~ “I Feel Like Shit and I Want to Die” ~ Let’s Not Talk About Music ~ Wharf Cat Records ~ 2017
4:55 am Mount Eerie ~ “Real Death” ~ A Crow Looked at Me ~ P.W. Elverum & Sun ~ 2017
Hour 4
4:59 am CCFX ~ “The One to Wait” ~ CCFX EP ~ DFA ~ 2017
5:05 am Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ~ “To Follow & Lead” ~ The Kid ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2017
5:10 am Lusine feat. Vilja Larjosto ~ “Just a Cloud” ~ Sensorimotor ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
5:15 am Sherwood & Pinch ~ “Charger” ~ Man Vs Sofa ~ On-U Sound/Tectonic ~ 2017
5:19 am Ziúr ~ “Don’t Buy It” ~ U Feel Anything? ~ Planet Mu/Objects Ltd. ~ 2017
5:22 am NHK yx Koyxen ~ “Dignity” ~ Exit Entrance ~ DFA ~ 2017
5:24 am Godflesh ~ “Mirror of Finite Light” ~ Post Self ~ Avalanche ~ 2017
5:31 am Laibach ~ “Das Glück” ~ Also Sprach Zarathustra ~ Mute ~ 2017
5:35 am Ben Frost ~ “Threshold of Faith” ~ The Center Cannot Hold ~ Mute ~ 2017
5:42 am Jacaszek ~ “Love” ~ Kwiaty ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
5:44 am Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ “Stakra” ~ async ~ Milan ~ 2017
5:48 am Justin Walter (local) ~ “Soft Illness” ~ Unseen Forces ~ Kranky ~ 2017
5:52 am Godspeed You! Black Emperor ~ “Undoing A Luciferian Towers” ~ Luciferian Towers ~ Constellation Records ~ 2017

Local Music Show 4/5/17

April 6, 2017 at 9:12 am | Posted in Local Music Show | Leave a comment

Live performance by Throwaway!
Hour 1
9:04 pm Saajtak (local) ~ “Spokes” ~ Spokes EP (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
9:18 pm Tristan Cappel (local) ~ “Dualism / Physicalism” ~ Deadbird (new) ~ Envoi ~ 2017
9:24 pm ADULT. featuring Dorit Chrysler (local) ~ “Inexhaustible” ~ Detroit House Guests (new) ~ Mute ~ 2017
9:28 pm JDSY (local) ~ “Plication” ~ Justify ~ self-released ~ 2011
9:31 pm Viki Viktoria (local) ~ “What 2 Do” ~ New Victorian (new) ~ Midwich Productions ~ 2017
9:45 pm Psyche [Carl Craig] (local) ~ “Crackdown” ~ Elements 1989-1990 ~ Planet E ~ 1990
9:51 pm Drexciya (local) ~ “Depressurization” ~ Deep Sea Dweller ~ Shockwave ~ 1992
9:56 pm Model 500 (local) ~ “Techno Music (M500 Version)” ~ Classics ~ R&S ~ 1993
Hour 2
10:00 pm Throwaway (local) ~ “LIVE IN STUDIO!!!” ~ Local Music Show (new) ~ WCBN ~ 2017
10:42 pm Wolf Eyes (local) ~ “Texas” ~ Undertow (new) ~ Lower Floor Music ~ 2017
10:46 pm Wolf Eyes (local) ~ “Empty Island” ~ Undertow (new) ~ Lower Floor Music ~ 2017
10:50 pm Kiln (local) ~ “Lux (RPF Rebuild)” ~ Sunbox ~ Ghostly International ~ 2004
10:56 pm Kiln (local) ~ “Blackberry Soldiers” ~ Ampday ~ Thalassa ~ 1999

Show #386 – 3/25/17

March 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Jacaszek ~ “To Perenna” ~ Kwiaty (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2017
2:07 am Saltland ~ “I Only Wish This For You” ~ A Common Truth (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2017
2:11 am Saajtak (local) ~ “Underscore [_]” ~ Spokes EP (new) ~ self-released ~ 2017
2:16 am Shobaleader One ~ “Squarepusher Theme” ~ Elektrac (new) ~ Warp ~ 2017
2:22 am Blanck Mass ~ “The Rat” ~ World Eater (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2017
2:29 am Earthen Sea ~ “Also An Act of Love” ~ An Act of Love (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2017
2:36 am Pharmakon ~ “Transmission” ~ Contact (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2017
2:40 am Throwaway (local) ~ “Milk Song” ~ lathe cut single ~ self-released ~ 2016
2:43 am Ettlinger ~ “bzw” ~ Sammlung – Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Düsseldorf 1982 – 1989 ~ Bureau B ~ 1982
2:45 am Jamka ~ “Derazor (short edit)” ~ The Wire Tapper 43 (new) ~ The Wire ~ 2016
2:48 am Herva ~ “Jitter” ~ Hyper Flux (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2017
2:52 am Retina.it ~ “Comunicazione Postmoderna” ~ Manifesto 12″ ~ Hefty ~ 2001
Hour 2
3:00 am Frak ~ “Don’t Break the Beat” ~ Alice in Acidland ~ Börft Records ~ 1993
3:04 am Machine Girl ~ “Electronic Gimp Music (’92 Hyper Acid Mix)” ~ Electronic Gimp Music ~ Bandcamp ~ 2013
3:10 am Machine Girl ~ “Explode” ~ Minnesota/Explode (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2016
3:13 am Ol Dirty Bastard ~ “Baby I Got Your Money (Machine Girl Mix)” ~ Phantom Tracks ~ Bandcamp ~ 2015
3:16 am Catdog ~ “Who Dem Wan Sound” ~ Resisting Arrest (new) ~ Legs Akimbo Records ~ 2016
3:20 am Solypsis ~ “Millions of Splinters” ~ Resisting Arrest (new) ~ Legs Akimbo Records ~ 2016
3:23 am Solypsis ~ “Glumb” ~ Smoke Signals (new) ~ Component ~ 2016
3:28 am Solypsis ~ “The Shed” ~ Noise is Natural (new) ~ TRASHFUCK Records ~ 2016
3:35 am Michael Vallera ~ “Pollen Blot” ~ Vivid Flu (new) ~ Denovali ~ 2017
3:40 am Forest Swords ~ “The Highest Flood” ~ single (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2017
3:45 am SlowPitchSound ~ “THK SKN: Act1 – Freak Show” ~ THK SKN (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2017
Hour 3
4:00 am High Plains ~ “Hypoxia” ~ Cinderland (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2017
4:04 am Longmont Potion Castle ~ “LPC 13 Medley” ~ 13 (new) ~ D.U. Records ~ 2017
4:19 am Object Collection ~ “I Didn’t Really Prepare For This But Probably That’s Best” ~ cheap&easy OCTOBER (new) ~ Infrequent Seams ~ 2017
4:23 am Paul White & Danny Brown ~ “Accelerator” ~ Accelerator (new) ~ R&S ~ 2017
4:26 am Joakim ~ “Cannibale Pastorale” ~ Samurai (new) ~ Tigersushi ~ 2017
4:31 am Gigi Masin ~ “Clouds” ~ Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2 ~ Sub Rosa ~ 1989
4:36 am Gnoomes ~ “TSCHAK!” ~ TSCHAK! (new) ~ Rocket ~ 2017
4:41 am Sherwood & Pinch ~ “Charger” ~ Man Vs Sofa (new) ~ On-U Sound/Tectonic ~ 2017
4:45 am Xosar ~ “Wildlyfe Genesis” ~ 12″ ~ Crème Organization ~ ‎ 2013
4:52 am Person of Interest ~ “Plotting With A Double Deuce” ~ 12″ ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2014
4:55 am Nitzer Ebb ~ “Join In The Chant (Burn!)” ~ 12″ ~ Mute ~ 1987
Hour 4
5:01 am Model 500 (local) ~ “Time Space Transmat” ~ 12″ ~ Metroplex ~ 1985
5:07 am East Wall ~ “Eyes of Glass” ~ 12″ ~ Dark Entries ~ 1985
5:13 am Big Ben Tribe ~ “Tarzan Loves the Summer Nights” ~ 12″ ~ Dark Entries ~ 1984
5:21 am Vex Ruffin feat. Fab 5 Freddy ~ “The Balance (Peaking Lights Remix)” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2017
5:29 am Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren ~ “Sleepless On The Kostomuksha-Petrozavodsk Night Train” ~ We Never Came To The White Sea (new) ~ Spotted Peccary ~ 2017
5:34 am Xiu Xiu ~ “Forget” ~ Forget (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2017
5:38 am Vagabon ~ “The Embers” ~ Infinite Worlds (new) ~ Father/Daughter ~ 2017
5:41 am Jay Som ~ “Take It” ~ Everybody Works (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2017
5:45 am Stef Chura (local) ~ “Messes” ~ Messes (new) ~ Urinal Cake Records ~ 2017
5:48 am Fred Thomas (local) ~ “Open Letter to Forever” ~ Changer (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2017
5:50 am Swimsuit (local) ~ “At the Falls” ~ Swimsuit ~ Speakertree ~ 2011
5:54 am Nathan Fake feat. Raphaelle ~ “RVK” ~ Providence (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2017

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