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.

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Michael Beharie & Teddy Rankin-Parker: A Heart From Your Shadow (Mondoj, 2018)

July 1, 2018 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Michael Beharie & Teddy Rankin-Parker: A Heart From Your Shadow

The first collaborative album by Michael Beharie (of Zs) and cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker is a dense yet concise expression of fear, astonishment, abject terror, and a bit of offbeat humor. None of the tracks sound alike. There’s intense sound design and glitching alongside furious cello bowing during standout “Paper Tiger”, which ends up unexpectedly calm. The intro track begins nakedly calm before plunging into sheer panic, with police sirens wailing through pitch-black cello noise. The acoustic, percussive “So Much Trash” ends with a computer voice imitating an old woman, thanking someone for cleaning up the trash in her yard. “Gully” is all clanking percussion, recalling Konono No. 1 as much as the rhythm track from one of M.I.A.’s early singles. The police sirens return during “Smooth Face”, surrounded by swooping strings and percussive splatter. “Roses” is the album’s intense centerpiece, surrounding spiraling prog-rock/Berlin school melodies with swarms of crushing distortion. “Icon” is even harsher and more hellbound, especially considering the two calmer interludes surrounding it. Excellent album.

Pieter Nooten: Stem (Rocket Girl, 2018)

July 1, 2018 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pieter Nooten: Stem

Former Xymox member Pieter Nooten’s latest work is a lush, organic orchestral ambient song cycle, filled with solemn pianos, sparkling music box-like melodies, and billowing tone clouds. It sounds bright and clear rather than hazy, however, and the melodies are never obscured. It’s a major step up from the vocal-based works he was releasing earlier in the decade; this material is much more affecting. “Freefall” adds some chilly dub-techno echo, which is a nice touch. He slowly tiptoes toward percussive rhythms on “Vari-Slowed”, and “I Felt” ends the album with some soft yet intricate techno beats, and it sounds utterly joyous and free.

Show #448 – 6/30/18

June 30, 2018 at 6:14 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am John Coltrane ~ “Untitled Original 11386” ~ Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album ~ Impulse! ~ 1963
2:10 am Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin ~ “Modul 59” ~ Awase (new) ~ ECM ~ 2018
2:21 am Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra ~ “Surfer’s Hymn” ~ LAGEOS (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
2:26 am Marisa Anderson ~ “Sant Feliu de Guixols” ~ Cloud Corner (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2018
2:35 am Yann Novak ~ “The Inertia of Time” ~ The Future is a Forward Escape into the Past (new) ~ Touch ~ 2018
2:38 am Orphanage (local) ~ “Warmer” ~ Warmer // Heavy Water (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
2:40 am John Maus ~ “Outer Space” ~ Addendum (new) ~ Ribbon Music ~ 2018
2:44 am Jerry Paper ~ “Your Cocoon” ~ 7″ (new) ~ Stones Throw ~ 2018
2:47 am Longmont Potion Castle ~ “UPS Throwdown” ~ LPC 15 (new) ~ D.U. Records ~ 2018
2:54 am Mike Jourgensen ~ “Iceland Zenith” ~ Late At Night ~ D.U. Records ~ 2003
Hour 2
3:00 am The Phantoms ~ “X-L3” ~ Surf-Age Nuggets: Trash & Twang Instrumentals 1959-1966 ~ Rock Beat ~ 1962
3:02 am The Fall ~ “Jungle Rock” ~ Levitate ~ Cherry Red ~ 1997
3:05 am Von Hayes ~ “Field Goal Decisions” ~ You Vape? (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:07 am Wax Chattels ~ “Shrinkage” ~ Wax Chattels (new) ~ Captured Tracks/Flying Nun ~ 2018
3:10 am Container ~ “Retractor” ~ LP (new) ~ Spectrum Spools ~ 2018
3:13 am Tzusing ~ “Category III” ~ 東方不敗 ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2017
3:17 am Blawan ~ “Stell” ~ Wet Will Always Dry (new) ~ Ternesc ~ 2018
3:23 am Prequel Tapes ~ “Two Moons” ~ single (new) ~ Gaffa Tape ~ 2018
3:29 am Doon Kanda ~ “Crinoline” ~ Luna (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
3:33 am 2 Bad Mice ~ “Gone Too Soon (Sully Remix)” ~ 2 Bad Mice Remixes (new) ~ Sneaker Social Club ~ 2018
3:41 am X-Altera (local) ~ “Entry” ~ X-Altera (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
3:46 am Iglooghost ~ “Niteracer” ~ Steel Mogu (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
3:51 am Object Blue ~ “Do You Plan To End A Siege? (Heavenly Yasha Remix)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
3:54 am Primitive Art ~ “Sequrity (M.E.S.H. Remix)” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Arcola ~ 2018
Hour 3
4:01 am Jeff Mills (local) ~ “Incoming” ~ And Then There Was Light (new) ~ Axis ~ 2018
4:04 am Radio Slave ~ “Screaming Hands (Tuff City Kids ‘Krautdrums’ Mix)” ~ Skream: Fabriclive.96 ~ Fabric ~ 2017
4:13 am Oscar Huang ~ “Heel N Toe” ~ 7″ (new) ~ Vanity Press ~ 2018
4:18 am Videopath ~ “A Cure For Melancholy” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Peach Discs ~ 2018
4:24 am Mor Elian ~ “Sci Si” ~ DJ Seinfeld: DJ-Kicks (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2018
4:30 am Gas ~ “Rausch 3” ~ Rausch (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2018
4:37 am JK Flesh ~ “Different Species” ~ New Horizon (new) ~ Electric Deluxe ~ 2018
4:43 am Phase Fatale ~ “Reverse Fall” ~ Reverse Fall (new) ~ Ostgut Ton ~ 2018
4:51 am Ariel Zetina ~ “Oil Rig” ~ Extreme Hits (new) ~ Sweat Equity ~ 2018
4:56 am Réelle ~ “All I Have Left (Dis Fig Remix)” ~ Kissing Myself (new) ~ Danse Noire ~ 2018
Hour 4
5:00 am Ytem ~ “Chute” ~ Dangereux EP (new) ~ Abime ~ 2018
5:04 am White Ring ~ “Fields of Hate” ~ Gate of Grief (new) ~ Rocket Girl ~ 2018
5:07 am xin ~ “Black Light, Blind Fire” ~ To Shock the Sky and Shake the Earth (new) ~ Subtext ~ 2018
5:14 am AMAZONDOTCOM ~ “i Luv 2 Dance” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Soundcloud ~ 2018
5:18 am CVX ~ “Exhibit ‘A’ Smartphone” ~ Zibaldone (new) ~ Berceuse Heroique ~ 2018
5:23 am Qnete ~ “Copa Copa” ~ RM12002 (new) ~ R.A.N.D. Muzik Recordings ~ 2018
5:28 am Laertes ~ “Argonaut (Neel remix)” ~ Argonaut (new) ~ Mental Modern ~ 2018
5:36 am Mark Peters ~ “Windy Arbour” ~ Innerland (new) ~ Sonic Cathedral ~ 2018
5:40 am Andrew Tuttle ~ “Boarding Zone” ~ Andew Tuttle (new) ~ Room40 ~ 2018
5:46 am Michael Beharie and Teddy Rankin-Parker ~ “Paper Tiger” ~ A Heart From Your Shadow (new) ~ Mondoj ~ 2018
5:50 am Pieter Nooten ~ “Quarter Moon” ~ Stem (new) ~ Rocket Girl ~ 2018
5:56 am Kadhja Bonet ~ “Second Wind” ~ Childqueen (new) ~ Fat Possum ~ 2018

Crush Collision 6/28/18

June 29, 2018 at 8:10 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm I:Cube ~ “Etire en Avant (recorded live in Paris, 1995)”
10:05 pm The Orb ~ “Pillow Fight @ Shag Mountain (Roger Roger Mix)”
10:11 pm Yoshinori Hayashi ~ “0208”
10:19 pm Carl Craig ~ “Desire (Secret of Elements Remix)”
10:24 pm Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra ~ “Hubble”
10:27 pm Roman Flügel ~ “Another Love Dance”
10:32 pm Kollektiv Turmstrasse ~ “Kisses in the Dark”
10:36 pm Jody Barr ~ “Telepathic Seduction”
10:42 pm Varg ~ “Rush/Wickr”
10:45 pm Lockbox ~ “Wildchild”
10:49 pm Bulkhead ~ “Aft Pressure”
10:55 pm Zombies In Miami ~ “Where Is The Voice Of That Man On Acid”
Hour 2
11:01 pm Cardopusher ~ “Geotropism”
11:05 pm Leonidas + Kay Suzuki ~ “Asteroid (Jackin Acid Dub)”
11:09 pm LFO ~ “I Love Acid”
11:15 pm Cursor Miner ~ “Clockwork Banana”
11:19 pm The Subdermic ~ “The Scrub”
11:23 pm Mark Forshaw ~ “Acid Train”
11:27 pm Cadans ~ “Dof”
11:31 pm Marco Bailey ~ “Chroma”
11:37 pm Blawan ~ “Vented”
11:42 pm Perc ~ “Exit (Pessimist Remix)”
11:48 pm Charlotte de Witte ~ “Kuda”
11:53 pm Surgeon ~ “The Vibratory Waves of External Unity”
11:59 pm Tatira ~ “Twisted Arms”

Longmont Potion Castle: 15 (D.U. Records, 2018)

June 23, 2018 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Longmont Potion Castle: 15

The biggest addition to the LPC canon from this new album is definitely the part at the end of “LPC 15 Medley” when he calls up a record store and asks for some country song that goes “Where’d ya gitcha donkey donkey?” with tons of wet echo effects on his voice. It’s like a long lost Western cousin of Dougan Nash’s hit “Check, Double Check, Triple Double Check” and it’s the new hit sweeping the nation. It’s all over the radio now. Besides that, someone keeps calling up all these bookstores and hardware stores and asking for hedge clippings and books about egg nog and wart hogs. And trains keep going by and birds keep chirping. Also, the way LPC keeps pronouncing “card” and “charge” is mindblowing. And when he’s doing his UPS guy shtick, claiming he’s from fleagenie.com, and asks someone for a “long number that begins with a four”…. I lost it. One of the album’s bonus tracks is the most revealing thing to appear on an LPC recording so far. There’s a Q&A with people from a record store where he demonstrates his process on the fly. He gets asked if he’d ever want to appear on Jeopardy and he calls Alex Trebek up and asks about casting information. Also he says he’s spoken to Alex between 600 and 700 times. Also, he calls Andy Breckman who tells him to go screw himself. Too perfect.

Color Plus: Regular Energy + TOWMIX01 tape (Towhead, 2018)

June 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Color Plus: Regular Energy

The EP Color Plus released on Vanity Press last year was way too slept on. The Brooklyn producer has loads of other releases, though, including these 2 new ones on his own label. Regular Energy is his first CD, and it’s a set of hyped-up club tracks with heavy but skeletal rhythms embellished with breaking glass, turntable scratches, crowd chants, and some melodic textures on a few tracks, such as the ambient fizzling on “Ut”. Sometimes the beats slow down and approach trap territory, like on the Girl Unit-esque “456 Fatality”, but others are faster club versions of trap’s percussive elements. Some powerful club ammo right here.

Color Plus: TOWMIX01 tape

Of course, while Color Plus constructs some deadly club tools which are exciting enough to listen to on their own, his work shines best in the mix. Just witness one of his live sets. Or take a listen to TOWMIX01 which you can download for free on Bandcamp. Way more of a journey than his CD, this one winds album tracks (and Acemo collab “Da Back” from the Vanity Press EP) through tracks by DJ NJ Drone, Izy, Kanyon and others. Each track gets about 2 minutes before rushing into the next, so it’s always moving from one rush to another. And yet it’s not absolute sensory overload, or like a contest to cram as many tracks in as possible. It has a natural, logical flow to it. The first side dips into a couple of trap songs, and around the beginning of the second side, it gets into more of a basement rave vibe. The tracks seem to bleed into each other more, creating a feeling of unity but not monotony, but it’s also a bit choppier and scratchier. Also, just want to say that the “bite marks” sound effect that pops up every so often makes me smile.

Show #447 – 6/23/18

June 23, 2018 at 6:05 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Mic break music = Matt Dunkley: Cycles 7-16
Hour 1
2:00 am Arp ~ “Reading a Wave” ~ Zebra (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2018
2:09 am Jon Hassell ~ “Picnic” ~ Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (new) ~ Ndeya ~ 2018
2:14 am Brad Garton & Dave Soldier feat. William Hooker ~ “The Wild” ~ The Brainwave Music Project ~ Mulatta ~ 2017
2:21 am Tangents ~ “Terracotta” ~ New Bodies (new) ~ Temporary Residence Ltd. ~ 2018
2:36 am Dave Soldier and Komar & Melamid ~ “The Most Unwanted Song” ~ The People’s Choice Music ~ Dia Center for the Arts/Mulatta ~ 1997
Hour 2
3:00 am Turning Jewels Into Water ~ “Vishwas” ~ Which Way Is Home? (new) ~ FPE ~ 2018
3:03 am Sun Ra And His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra ~ “Cosmic Strut” ~ Sun Embassy ~ Roaratorio ~ 1968
3:09 am Sun Ra ~ “The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters” ~ The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 ~ Modern Harmonic ~ 1973
3:16 am Ben LaMar Gay ~ “Kunni” ~ Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (new) ~ International Anthem Recording Co. ~ 2018
3:20 am Kadhja Bonet ~ “Delphine” ~ Childqueen (new) ~ Fat Possum ~ 2018
3:26 am The Midnight Hour ~ “Mission” ~ The Midnight Hour (new) ~ Linear Labs ~ 2018
3:29 am Angélique Kidjo ~ “The Great Curve” ~ Remain In Light (new) ~ Kravenworks ~ 2018
3:33 am Ebo Taylor ~ “Ankona’m” ~ Yen Ara (new) ~ Mr. Bongo ~ 2018
3:41 am The Orb with Hollie Cook ~ “Rush Hill Road” ~ No Sounds Are Out of Bounds (new) ~ Cooking Vinyl ~ 2018
3:46 am Oliver Yorke ~ “The Gift” ~ The Gift (new) ~ Cosmic Bridge ~ 2018
3:52 am Sinistarr (local) ~ “55555 (Philip D Kick Remix)” ~ Swinging Flavors #6 (new) ~ Beat Machine Records ~ 2018
3:56 am X-Altera (local) ~ “In My Life” ~ X-Altera (new) ~ Ghostly International ~ 2018
Hour 3
4:02 am Color Plus ~ “Kram (Stab)” ~ Regular Energy (new) ~ Towhead ~ 2018
4:06 am Blawan ~ “Tasser” ~ Wet Will Always Dry (new) ~ Ternesc ~ 2018
4:13 am Monrella ~ “Fixed” ~ Process & Report ~ Berceuse Heroique ~ 1996
4:20 am Verraco ~ “Entry Of The Gods Into Aburrá” ~ Medellín Rave Society (new) ~ Insurgentes ~ 2018
4:25 am Charles Green ~ “Resolute” ~ 12″ (new) ~ Revenge Techniques ~ 2018
4:35 am Sharif Laffrey (local) ~ “Tangier” ~ 12″ (new) ~ ESP Institute ~ 2018
4:48 am Helena Hauff ~ “No Qualms” ~ Qualm (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
4:52 am Metasplice ~ “Teleric” ~ Mirvariates (new) ~ The Trilogy Tapes ~ 2018
Hour 4
5:00 am qgb ~ “Hornets” ~ Hornets (new) ~ Present Tense ~ 2018
5:04 am Wen ~ “Grit” ~ EPHEM:ERA (new) ~ Big Dada ~ 2018
5:07 am White Ring ~ “Angels” ~ Gate of Grief (new) ~ Rocket Girl ~ 2018
5:11 am Sami Baha ~ “NAH” ~ Free for All (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
5:14 am Bulkhead ~ “Ways to Grow” ~ Aft Pressure (new) ~ 2MR ~ 2018
5:18 am Tatira ~ “Rod of Iron” ~ Fire Everlasting (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2018
5:21 am Necro Deathmort ~ “Obey” ~ Overland ~ Profound Lore ~ 2017
5:34 am Leon Vynehall ~ “Envelopes (Chapter VI)” ~ Nothing Is Still (new) ~ Ninja Tune ~ 2018
5:39 am Ozmotic ~ “Whisper” ~ Elusive Balance (new) ~ Touch ~ 2018
5:46 am Zimpel​/​Ziołek ~ “Memory Dome” ~ Zimpel​/​Ziołek ~ Instant Classic ~ 2017

Crush Collision 6/21/18

June 22, 2018 at 8:12 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:02 pm Soulphiction ~ “Ann Arbor”
10:06 pm MGUN ~ “SIL”
10:12 pm Guy Incognito ~ “I Think I Need You In My Life”
10:16 pm Mike Schommer ~ “Invitation to Love”
10:21 pm Gui Boratto ~ “Alcazar”
10:25 pm Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture ~ “Bass Is A Many Splendored Things”
10:29 pm Kiasmos ~ “Paused”
10:33 pm Demian Licht ~ “Eve”
10:37 pm Rob Clouth ~ “Shedding Layers”
10:44 pm Raj Pannu ~ “FSOP (Cosmin TRG Remix)”
10:47 pm Tatira ~ “In Darkness Reign”
10:49 pm Western Versions ~ “Española Nights”
10:55 pm Eduardo De La Calle ~ “Dayalu”
Hour 2
11:00 pm SCB ~ “Precision Incision”
11:05 pm The Analogue Cops ~ “The Marshall”
11:10 pm Robert Hood ~ “Low Life”
11:15 pm DJ Bone ~ “The Chase”
11:20 pm Mark Broom ~ “King”
11:25 pm SSTROM ~ “Baslinjen”
11:30 pm Inigo Kennedy ~ “Mood Shift”
11:34 pm Carl Craig ~ “At Les (Antigone Remix)”
11:39 pm Simian Mobile Disco + Deep Throat Choir ~ “V Formation”
11:44 pm ANNA ~ “Dreamweaver”
11:50 pm DJ Lily ~ “///////// (Forward)”
11:55 pm Special Request ~ “Brainstorm”
11:59 pm Ténèbre ~ “Jungle Frontier”

Turning Jewels Into Water: Which Way Is Home? 12″ EP (FPE Records, 2018)

June 21, 2018 at 12:20 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Turning Jewels Into Water: Which Way Is Home? 12″ EP

Percussionist Ravish Momin and Haitian turntablist Val Jeanty (aka Val-Inc) present a brief but potent EP of broken rhythms and lost afterlife transmissions. With eerie voices asking existentialist questions and diced up on a turntable, and heavy, unsteady beats booming on top, this sounds like the ’90s WordSound illbient scene updated for the era of footwork, Principe Discos, and Nyege Nyege Tapes. Not coincidentally, two producers from the latter label remixed the title track, although one of the mixes is digital-only. Slikback’s remix reminds me of Addison Groove’s juke/dubstep crossover tracks from nearly a decade ago. “Lights Below the Water” houses fractured earth rhythms, and “Vishwas” is an absolutely heavy bass killer, shaking right down to the foundation and responding with snapping snares and dubbed-up b-boy chants. Then it all builds up to a near panic attack before the very end.

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