Show #649 – 11/5/22

November 5, 2022 at 12:50 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

R.I.P. Norm Chambers
12:01 AM Panabrite ~ Octopus in Your Dreams ~ Sub-Aquatic Meditation ~ Aguirre ~ 2012
12:05 AM Jürgen Müller ~ Sea Bed Meditation ~ Science of the Sea ~ Digitalis ~ 2012
12:08 AM N Chambers ~ Hypoesthesia ~ Spectrum Garden ~ Soft Profile ~ 2021
12:12 AM Dr Pete Larson ~ Range ~ Field Drift 1 ~ Dagoretti ~ 2022
12:15 AM Candi Nook ~ Stinkdrone ~ How I Invented Sound and Redesigned the Human Ear ~ Spleencoffin ~ 2022
12:21 AM rRoxymore ~ Fragmented Dreams ~ Perpetual Now ~ Smalltown Supersound ~ 2022
12:28 AM Keith Kelly ~ And Then It Was ~ Departure ~ Edgetone Records ~ 2022
12:31 AM Daniel Avery ~ Ultra Truth ~ Ultra Truth ~ Mute ~ 2022
12:36 AM George FitzGerald ~ Cosmonaut Alley ~ Stellar Drifting ~ Domino Recording Co ~ 2022
12:41 AM X-Altera ~ Afterworld ~ single ~ Bopside Records ~ 2022
12:47 AM Argiflex ~ Global Summit Island ~ Summer Is a Relative Term vol. 3 ~ self-released ~ 2022
12:53 AM Roman Flügel ~ Giant Talking Vegetable ~ Ten Years of Phonica ~ Phonica Records ~ 2014
1:00 AM Special Interest ~ Midnight Legend ~ Endure ~ Rough Trade ~ 2022
1:03 AM The Soft Pink Truth ~ La Joie Devant La Mort ~ Is It Going To Get Any Deeper Than This? ~ Thrill Jockey Records ~ 2022
1:07 AM Charlotte Dos Santos ~ Away From You ~ Morfo ~ Because Music Ltd. ~ 2022
1:09 AM Mount Kimbie ~ Say That (feat. Nomi) ~ MK 3.5: Die Cuts | City Planning ~ Warp Records ~ 2022
1:13 AM Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin ~ Tongo Barra ~ Ali ~ Dead Oceans ~ 2022
1:19 AM Deon Jamar ~ North End Funk ~ DJ-Kicks: Theo Parrish ~ !K7 Records ~ 2022
1:24 AM Abraxas ~ La Estampida ~ Monte Carlo ~ Suicide Squeeze Records ~ 2022
1:26 AM Monogamy ~ Traspasada ~ Never Seen You Dance/Traspasada ~ Flintlock Records ~ 2022
1:30 AM Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers ~ Hey There Little Insect ~ Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers ~ Omnivore ~ 1976
1:33 AM Zorak ~ Don’t Send In The Clowns ~ Space Ghost’s Musical Bar-B-Que ~ Rhino ~ 1997
1:36 AM Tony Conrad w/ Faust ~ The Side of Man and Womankind ~ Outside the Dream Syndicate ~ Superior Viaduct ~ 1973
1:42 AM Carla dal Forno ~ Come Around ~ Come Around ~ Kallista ~ 2022
1:45 AM Liv.e ~ Ghost ~ single ~ In Real Life Music ~ 2022
1:48 AM Beauweiss X Twonski ~ OMG (Little Snake De-Construct) ~ single ~ Bandcamp ~ 2022
1:51 AM People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz ~ In the Waking (2022 extended mix) ~ single ~ Bandcamp ~ 2022

Candi Nook: How I Invented Sound And Redesigned The Human Ear 2xCD (Spleencoffin, 2022)

October 30, 2022 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Candi Nook: How I Invented Sound And Redesigned The Human Ear 2xCD

U.K. artist Candi Nook released a handful of cassettes and CD-Rs from 1998 to 2005, and she was in a group called the Shite Girls. That’s more or less everything I know about the artist based on this collection and Discogs, but the audio contained on these discs is a treasure trove of amazing oddities, revealing its composer to be a curious and creative noisemaker. The tracks from the earliest releases are definitely in the noise realm, but it’s the type of noise that incorporates silly voices and rhythmic loop samples as well as harsh feedback. Around 2002, her work gets way more synth-heavy, from not-quite-techno to music for a makeshift space station. “Dreamfeed” is a massive mood shift, a haunted nightmare world consisting almost entirely of eerie, reversed voices and other sorts of squeaks or chirps. Candi Nook is the type of artist who will name a lovely ambient piece “Stinkdrone”, as a previously unreleased track attests. A bit more conceptual is “It Flies”, a bizarre collage of ticking clocks, computerized voices, and operatic wailing. “onward” and “TOOTHACHE” are variations on the same theme, with a clock-chiming synth melody and a playfully menacing attitude. “Maybee” is a twitchy technoid track with calming accordion-like droning. “Saskatchewan” is sort of close to what I guess people call “comfy synth” now (I’m guessing, I’ve never listened to it), and “Teaspoon” is a fun caper with cartoon sound effects and whimsical melodies. There’s a lot of humorous tracks on here but Candi Nook’s music gets deep when it needs to. Well worth exploring.

Show #648 – 10/29/22

October 29, 2022 at 5:53 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:01 AM Neil Cicierega ~ Bustin ~ Mouth Moods ~ self-released ~ 2015
12:04 AM Xerex ~ VI ~ Meets Dracula ~ No Part Of It ~ 2022
12:08 AM Persher ~ Patch of Wet Ground ~ Man With the Magic Soap ~ Thrill Jockey Records ~ 2022
12:12 AM Keiji Haino & SUMAC ~ That “regularity” of yours, can you throw it further than me? And I don’t mean “discarding” it ~ Into this juvenile apocalypse our golden blood to pour let us never ~ Thrill Jockey Records ~ 2022
12:18 AM Torn ~ Laughing Gull ~ single ~ Bandcamp ~ 2022
12:25 AM Hagop Tchaparian ~ GL ~ Bolts ~ Text Records ~ 2022
12:28 AM Mabe Fratti ~ Cada Músculo ~ Se Ve Desde Aquí ~ Unheard Of Hope ~ 2022
12:32 AM Burial ~ Exokind ~ Streetlands ~ Hyperdub ~ 2022
12:44 AM Kelela ~ Happy Ending ~ single ~ Warp Records ~ 2022
12:48 AM Steffi ~ The Red Hunter ~ The Red Hunter ~ Candy Mountain ~ 2022
12:53 AM Apollo Brown ~ Watch the Ball Drop ~ This Must Be the Place ~ Mello Music Group ~ 2022
12:57 AM Pauline Oliveros & James Ilgenfritz ~ Altamirage V ~ Altamirage ~ Infrequent Seams ~ 2022
1:01 AM Inkarose ~ Cloud Waltz (feat. Yeuda Ben-Atar & Carlos Niño) ~ A Love Letter to Water ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2022
1:06 AM Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn ~ Cerulean ~ Pigments ~ Merge Records ~ 2022
1:09 AM The Mary Lou Williams Collective ~ Cancer ~ Zodiac Suite: Revisited ~ Mary Records ~ 2006
1:11 AM Deru ~ We’re Not Needed ~ We Will Live On ~ Friends Of Friends ~ 2022
1:17 AM Oren Ambarchi, Johan Berthling & Andreas Werliin ~ II ~ Ghosted ~ Drag City ~ 2022
1:31 AM Deepspace ~ Leaving Earth ~ Superradiance ~ Projekt:Archive ~ 2022
1:38 AM The Soft Pink Truth ~ Deeper Than This? ~ Is It Going To Get Any Deeper Than This? ~ Thrill Jockey Records ~ 2022
1:42 AM Carl Stone ~ Apsara ~ Wat Dong Moon Lek ~ Unseen Worlds ~ 2022
1:46 AM Hannah Jadagu ~ Say It Now ~ single ~ Sub Pop Records ~ 2022
1:50 AM Madison McFerrin ~ Stay Away (From Me) ~ single ~ MADMCFERRIN MUSIC ~ 2022
1:53 AM The Comet Is Coming ~ LUCID DREAMER ~ Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam ~ Impulse! ~ 2022
1:56 AM Scissor Now! ~ G.I. Joe (Mango) ~ Oh, God! It’s… ~ ARBCO Records ~ 2021

Argiflex: Summer Is a Relative Term Vol. 3 (self-released, 2022)

October 29, 2022 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Argiflex: Summer Is a Relative Term Vol. 3

The third volume of Argiflex’s Summer Is a Relative Term series is another mesmerizing set of hardware-based club music. Not as heavy on smashed-up Amen breaks as some of her other releases (aside from the tear-out breakcore of “Global Summit Island”), this still has plenty of hard-edged distorted kicks and acid synths, as well as lighter, steel drum-like tones. The breaks are definitely there, though, and they keep the tracks sharp and on their toes. Easily one of the most club-friendly Argiflex releases, this is loaded with secret weapons for adventurous DJs.

Crush Collision 10/27/22

October 28, 2022 at 12:33 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:00 PM Woody Sullender ~ Life Without Objects
10:04 PM Donald Alfred ~ What Changed Your Mind?
10:06 PM Farben ~ Live At the Sahara Tahoe, 1973
10:11 PM The Soft Pink Truth ~ The Anal Staircase
10:15 PM Alexander Robotnick ~ Problèmes d’amour (KDJ Edit)
10:18 PM TSHA ~ Power
10:21 PM Forest Drive West ~ Time
10:27 PM Coffee Enthusiast ~ Panic Buy
10:31 PM Shcuro ~ Suspension
10:37 PM LP Giobbi ~ All In A Dream (feat. DJ Tennis & Joseph Ashworth)
10:41 PM Rochelle Jordan ~ Dancing Elephants (DJ Minx Remix)
10:45 PM Zeno Amsel ~ Spellbinder
10:47 PM Shygirl ~ Poison
10:50 PM Hagop Tchaparian ~ Round
10:53 PM DJ Q & Todd Edwards ~ Sweet Day
10:56 PM Jamie xx ~ KILL DEM
10:59 PM Bonobo ~ ATK
11:03 PM Argiflex ~ Rocky Isle Corridors
11:08 PM AceMo ~ Ace’s House of Acid
11:14 PM Bicep ~ Waterfall
11:18 PM UNIIQU3 ~ Microdosing (Conducta Remix)
11:21 PM Ahadadream ~ Spaceship
11:24 PM LSDXOXO ~ Taking Me High
11:26 PM Joy Overmono ~ Blind Date (feat. ABRA)
11:30 PM I. JORDAN ~ Hey Baby
11:33 PM Robert Hood ~ Teflon
11:37 PM Floating Points ~ Problems
11:40 PM Martyn ~ Why
11:46 PM DJ ADHD & Nikki Nair ~ Mountain
11:51 PM D-Knox ~ Heart Chakra
11:55 PM David Storrs ~ Aerobic Exercise Music (Driving Beat II) [Edit]

Jordan Reyes: Everything Is Always (American Dreams, 2022)

October 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jordan Reyes: Everything Is Always

Jordan Reyes’ latest solo work is a meditation on tragedy and existential dread, seamlessly threading together disparate genres including doom metal, modern composition/drone, and the darkest fringes of country. The opening track “The Void” centers around the line “I can see my body in the void”, and the multi-layered string-fuzz drone “Would I Were a Moth” opens with the question “Could I become the wind?” travis of the band ONO delivers a series of spoken verses on “Translineation”, tying folklore together with science fiction. “Kraken” does something similar in a different manner, setting deep, commanding narration to mesmerizing synth sequences and doom metal drone. “Maybe I’m the Dust” progresses from gentle acoustic guitars and plaintive singing to dark incantations and an overwhelming mass of guitar noise. Lastly is the album’s comforting title track, repeating the title phrase until it ascends with the help of strings and horns.

Dev/Null: Microjunglizm Remixes (Evar Records, 2022)

October 26, 2022 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dev/Null: Microjunglizm Remixes

After Dev/Null proved that it’s possible to make killer jungle tekno with a handheld, calculator-like device, several vastly different artists tear his tracks apart and do exciting new things with them. Of course there’s a Tim Reaper and Dwarde mix, which is top shelf, but it’s remarkable to hear hybrids from non-jungle producers, like DJ Marfox’s high-speed kuduro breaks and the stuttering, elastic beat contortions from Shanghai’s GOOOOOSE. DJ Swisha cools us down with more of a dubby atmospheric cut, and False Witness goes for dark, trancey techno with a hint of darkside breaks. Easy recommendation, just like the originals.

Show #647 – 10/22/22

October 22, 2022 at 12:37 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:02 AM John Coltrane ~ Blue Train (Alternate Take 7) ~ Blue Train: The Complete Masters ~ Blue Note ~ 1957
12:10 AM Terrence Dixon & Jordan GCZ ~ Above Ground ~ Keep in Mind I’m out of My Mind ~ Rush Hour ~ 2022
12:16 AM Burial ~ Streetlands ~ Streetlands ~ Hyperdub ~ 2022
12:31 AM Rival Consoles ~ Eventually ~ Now Is ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2022
12:36 AM The Soft Pink Truth ~ Moodswing ~ Is It Going To Get Any Deeper Than This? Thrill Jockey Records ~ 2022
12:45 AM Daphni ~ Mania ~ Cherry ~ Jiaolong ~ 2022
12:49 AM Coco Bryce ~ Ironing Service ~ Dubcore 15 ~ Sozialistischer Plattenbau ~ 2018
12:54 AM Machine Girl ~ The World to Come ~ Neon White Soundtrack, Pt. 1 (The Wicked Heart) ~ Angel Matrix ~ 2022
12:59 AM Tarotplane ~ Auximenes ~ Aeonium ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2022
1:03 AM Led Er Est ~ Bladiator ~ The Diver ~ Sacred Bones Records ~ 2012
1:07 AM Persher ~ Ten Tiny Teeth ~Man With the Magic Soap ~ Thrill Jockey Records ~ 2022
1:09 AM Candi Nook ~ TOOTHACHE ~ How I Invented Sound and Redesigned the Human Ear ~ Spleencoffin ~ 2005
1:15 AM Dan Friel ~ Rust Clouds ~ Factoryland ~ Thrill Jockey Records ~ 2022
1:19 AM Jockstrap ~ Greatest Hits ~ I Love You Jennifer B ~ Rough Trade ~ 2022
1:23 AM Fire-Toolz ~ Vedic Software ~ Wet Interfacing ~ I Will Not Use the Body’s Eyes Today. ~ Angel Marcloid Music ~ 2022
1:29 AM Andy Aquarius ~ La Force Aquarienne ~ La Force Aquarienne ~ Constellation Tatsu ~ 2022
1:36 AM Jessica Moss ~ Memorizing and Forgetting ~ Phosphenes ~ Constellation ~ 2021
1:42 AM Emeralds ~ Photosphere ~ Solar Bridge ~ Ghostly International ~ 2008 (bonus track from the new reissue)

Collin Sherman: Organism Made Luminous (Ex-Tol Recordings, 2022)

October 20, 2022 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Collin Sherman: Organism Made Luminous

Continuing his strong discography of multi-tracked solo recordings, Collin Sherman delves deeply into modular synths and other electronics on his 14th effort. Opener “Failed Deontological Promise” has the longest list of gear in the liner notes, but the following “Across Three Fields” is a bit more ear-catching, with a nice balance of sparkling analog synths, vibraphones, saxophones, and flicking drums pulling it all along. “Hegemonic Virtues” has a fat, distorted Moog sound and way-out sax, calling out to Sun Ra’s side of the galaxy. “Dialectic Rejected” has a bit of a cyber-Western flavor, with desert guitar melodies and a rattling electronic textures which act like the spurs of the steady drum beat. The longest track, “Says Flowers”, puts away the synths but still conjures up unearthly sounds from a bowed Telecaster and an alto sax. “Late Edition” is one of the more synth-heavy tracks, and its beats were made by loading typewriter sounds in electronic drum software, creating organic-sounding IDM. “Space Mission of the Immortals” is a dazzling mix of glowing circuits and freewheeling sax melodies. Sherman has used a lot of these instruments in his previous work, but this album is a unique evolution of his sort of solo space jazz.

Persher: Man with the Magic Soap (Thrill Jockey, 2022)

October 19, 2022 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Persher: Man with the Magic Soap

In one of the least expected directional shifts of the year, techno producers Blawan and Pariah, otherwise known for their live analog collaboration Karenn, made a noisy industrial metal record and Thrill Jockey is putting it out. The modular textures are still present, but there’s demonic growling and overwhelming distortion. Punkish blasts like “Ten Tiny Teeth” provide the most energy, but there’s also dense, bludgeoning industrial tracks like “World Sandwiches 2”, and “Patch of Wet Ground” has some convulsing blastbeats and sinister riffs. “Calf” is really the only track that slows down and gives at least a little room to breathe. Skinny Puppy going sludge metal is the only top-of-the-head comparison I can think of for parts of this album, and that’s not really even close.

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