Golden Feelings: s/t (Impermanent Records, 2022)

June 13, 2022 at 6:56 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Golden Feelings: s/t

Moving beyond the subliminal drone-dub-noise of his previous work as Skin Lies, Dustin Krcatovich make his debut as Golden Feelings, creating music with meditative purposes in mind. The entire album is tuned to 432 Hz, but it’s not the kind of mind massage you’d expect from Steven Halpern, where the music is generally more of a sea of notes designed to heal and soothe rather than stimulate. This is plenty soothing, but it also has its tripped out elements, like all the backwards flowing and note bending during the dusky opener “Body Betrayal”. “Tripper John” also has some slowly dripping drum machines and softly blazing guitars in the spirit of early HNIA. “The Dregs of Me” is a darker, more sideways drift, with an eerie sort of tunneling noise beneath it. Little else compares to the way it levitates, but also feels invisibly ruddered. “‘To’ Is A Preposition” is the 20-minute conclusion, and while it’s the easiest track to zone out and do breathing exercises to, some brighter, hotter, more concentrated sun rays cycle through, especially near the end.

Show #631 – 6/12/22

June 12, 2022 at 2:21 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:00 am Yoo Doo Right ~ Feet Together, Face Up, On the Front Lawn ~ A Murmur, Boundless to the East (new) ~ Mothland ~ 2022
12:16 am µ-Ziq ~ Turquoise Hyperfizz ~ Magic Pony Ride (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2022
12:21 am µ-Ziq ~ Goodbye (Xylitol Remix) ~ Goodbye Remixes (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2022
12:26 am The Range ~ Violet ~ Mercury (new) ~ Domino ~ 2022
12:29 am Peter Coccoma ~ clouds of understanding ~ A Place to Begin (new) ~ Whatever’s Clever Records ~ 2022
12:34 am 700 Bliss ~ Sixteen ~ Nothing to Declare (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2022
12:37 am Your Old Droog ~ .500 ~ YOD Wave (new) ~ Nature Sounds ~ 2022
12:40 am Shygirl ~ Come For Me ~ Nymph (new) ~ Because Music ~ 2022
12:44 am Chimpo ~ Broad ~ On the Dial (new) ~ Astrophonica ~ 2022
12:48 am Z.I.P.P.O ~ There Is No Light ~ Sense (new) ~ VOITAX ~ 2022
12:53 am Walton ~ PJD ~ Rush (new) ~ Sneaker Social Club ~ 2022
12:58 am Matt LaJoie ~ Icefloe ~ Pan-Gaia ~ The Jewel Garden ~ 2021
1:03 am Mano De Fuego (local) ~ Mito ~ Mano De Fuego (new) ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2022
1:08 am Wavejumpers (local) ~ Sunken Treasure ~ The Sunken Treasure EP (new) ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2022
1:11 am Jeff Mills & the Zanza 22 (local) ~ When The Time Is Right (Original Version) ~ Wonderland (new) ~ Axis Records ~ 2022
1:18 am Cinthie ~ Organ ~ DJ-Kicks (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2022
1:21 am Jeff Phelps ~ Phase Shift (Instrumental) ~ Magnetic Eyes ~ Numero Group ~ 1985
1:26 am Hassan Ideddir ~ Ydouchababe ~ Atfalouna ~ Dark Entries ~ 1989
1:31 am Jeff Mills (local) ~ Transmutation ~ Mind Power Mind Control (new) ~ Axis Records ~ 2022
1:41 am Worldwide Epidemic ~ Aroha ~ Diamond Life 02 ~ Diamond Life ~ 2018
1:48 am Nanoray ~ World ~ Gacha ~ Bandcamp ~ 2019
1:51 am DJ FLP (local) ~ celestial ~ [ I n t u i t i o n ] ~ Bandcamp ~ 2020
1:58 am Matthew Bourne ~ Armando ~ Irrealis (new) ~ The Leaf Label ~ 2022

Underground Resistance mega-post

June 11, 2022 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Wavejumpers: The Sunken Treasure EP

Underground Resistance doesn’t release new music very often, so a new batch of fresh releases and reissues is major news. Unfortunately Submerge wasn’t open this year during Movement weekend, but the nearby Underground Music Academy hosted a popup shop which stocked some UR merchandise. The most buzzed-about new UR release is the EP by Wavejumpers, a duo including Tyree Stinson, brother of the late James Stinson of Drexciya. Tyree previously released music on UR as part of the Aquanauts. As expected, this is Drexciyan electro machine funk, although it seems a little more repetitive than that group. The tracks are meant to be played at 33, but there’s pitched down voices and kind of stiff midtempo beats, yet it clearly sounds wrong at 45. The last track has a pretty excellent groove but the ending is surprisingly abrupt. It’s a good record but it isn’t going to surprise anyone who is familiar with Drexciya or UR.

Mano De Fuego: 12″ EP

Mano De Fuego, on the other hand! I had no idea what I was in for, and as soon as I put the needle down on the first side, I was just grinning from ear to ear. Straight up classic UR, at their most positive and uplifting. “Sol” just bleeds sunshine and I could listen to it on loop for hours. “Descenso” is more electro, and “Mito” is another truly joyous, lightbringing UR-style techno-soul track. Just a lovely, amazing record. Essential UR and an excellent first showing from the mysterious Cedillo Brothers.

Mike Ellison: Covalence 12″

I also picked up a new reissue of Electric Soul’s “X²”, a classic Mad Mike electro track originally released on Direct Beat in 1996. I hadn’t even heard this track before, but it was a huge late night radio hit in Detroit back in the day apparently, just a fantastic night cruiser with effects-shrouded vocals and a levitating synth break. The reissue has a remix by Tommie Cool, which I guess must be new, but it’s minimal and barely has any vocals and it’s just not as memorable or exciting as the original. Finally, the other new UR release I picked up was “Covalence” by Mike Ellison. It has four versions of the same track, two on a house side and two on a techno side. Mark Flash’s edit on the house side is the winner, with more UR-style uplifting synth chords backing and elevating the spoken poetry, which touches on Detroit techno’s legacy and its future. The poem is then isolated on its own. On the other side, the Detroit Tech Edit strips out nearly all the words and just sticks to the beats, then the Extended Edit incorporates the full lyrics, but there’s a lengthy instrumental intro so it’s easy to mix. Definitely more of a DJ tool side, I like the fuller emotions of the Mark Flash mix better, personally.

Peter Coccoma: A Place to Begin (Whatever’s Clever Records, 2022)

June 7, 2022 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Peter Coccoma: A Place to Begin

Ambient composer Peter Coccoma’s first album was inspired by a trip to a frozen island in the far north part of Lake Superior, following the near death of a loved one. Coccoma worked on music there as winter turned to spring and the lake gradually thawed away, and eventually the water burst forth into motion. His music seems to capture that seasonal awakening, from the rising of “Opening” onwards. Reverb stretches the keyboard notes and strings (by Clarice Jensen and Oliver Hill) outward, dissolving them into mist and regenerating. “A Connection to All Things” has a much deeper bass swerve than you would expect for an ambient piece (that one Stars of the Lid track notwithstanding), and “Towards Light” has some similar rumbling at the beginning, reminding me of Thomas Köner’s best work. “Clouds of Understanding” has richer strings, turning into more of a neo-classical meditation. The short but sweet album ends with the cloudy, slightly warbly tone poem “Begin”.

µ-Ziq: Goodbye Remixes (Planet Mu, 2022)

June 6, 2022 at 6:08 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

µ-Ziq: Goodbye Remixes

Right in front of this Friday’s release of the new µ-Ziq album, I figure I’d better post something about his latest EP, which is remixes of the EP built around the album’s first single. Magic Pony Ride is intended to be a sort of sequel to Lunatic Harness, which is getting a 25th anniversary reissue soon, so it’s a return to the more jungle and breakbeat hardcore-influenced side of µ-Ziq, but not quite the type of inspired madness present on his most legendary album. “Goodbye VIP” is basically just a bass-heavier variation on the single. The remixes come closer to the footwork influences of his work from the 2010s, and the Planet Mu label as a whole, since that sound is generally missing on the album proper. Still, footwork-adjacent producers like RP Boo and Jlin incorporate more breakbeats than on their usual work, and DJ Manny seems to toughen “Goodbye” up a little bit without losing its essence. Newcomer Xylitol helps the track bloom a bit more, giving it more springlike synths as well as harder breaks and more biting acid.

Show #630 – 6/5/22

June 5, 2022 at 10:39 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

12:01 am Fela Kuti ~ Ikoyi Blindness ~ Ikoyi Blindness ~ African Music International (AMI) ~ 1976
12:15 am Peter Coccoma ~ a connection to all things ~ A Place to Begin (new) ~ Whatever’s Clever Records ~ 2022
12:20 am Saajtak (local) ~ Concertmate 680 ~ For the Makers (new) ~ American Dreams ~ 2022
12:23 am HAAi with Obi Franky ~ Purple Jelly Disc ~ Baby, We’re Ascending (new) ~ Mute ~ 2022
12:29 am G Jones ~ On the Platform ~ Acid Disk 2 (new) ~ Illusory Records ~ 2022
12:34 am Basic Rhythm ~ Satta ~ Cool Down the Dance (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2022
12:39 am Jana Rush ~ Clown ~ Dark Humor (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2022
12:42 am Torn ~ Oar ~ Exit EP (new) ~ Samurai Music ~ 2022
12:50 am Dälek ~ Devotion (When I Cry the Wind Disappears) ~ Precipice (new) ~ Ipecac ~ 2022
12:55 am Mano de Fuego (local) ~ Sol ~ Mano De Fuego (new) ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2022
1:03 am Jeff Mills (local) ~ Vibrant Sanguine ~ Mind Power Mind Control (new) ~ Axis Records ~ 2022
1:08 am Animals Within Animals ~ Today ~ Animals Within Animals Presents Skipmunks Volume 3 (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2021
1:11 am Raphy (local) ~ baby ~ You Can Have a Piece of My Soul for the Lows (new) ~ Bruiser Brigade ~ 2022
1:12 am Model Home feat. Phew ~ naked intentions ~ A Saturn Companion (new) ~ Disciples ~ 2022
1:19 am Sir Tad ~ Quinn ~ You’re Home (new) ~ Tynan Tapes ~ 2022
1:23 am King Jammy ~ Closed Border Dub ~ King Jammy Destroys the Virus with Dub (new) ~ Greensleeves ~ 2022
1:27 am Wave Jumpers (local) ~ Decoding the Maps ~ The Sunken Treasure EP (new) ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2022
1:30 am Cool Maritime ~ Amphibia ~ Big Earth Energy (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2022
1:37 am K. Hand (RIP) (local) ~ Candlelights ~ Project 5 EP ~ Acacia Records ~ 1997
1:44 am Electric Soul (local) ~ X² (Original Mad Mike Mix) ~ 12″ ~ Electrostatic ~ 1996
1:49 am Mike Ellison (local) ~ Covalence (Mark Flash Touch Remix) ~ 12″ (new) ~ Underground Resistance ~ 2022
1:54 am Jeff Mills & the Zanza 22 (local) ~ A Life Aquatic ~ Wonderland (new) ~ Axis Records ~ 2022

Movement 2022, Memorial Day Weekend, Detroit

June 4, 2022 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Movement (DEMF), Photos | Leave a comment

The Girl With The D Earring mural


Greetings From Techno City


D at the fountain


Ladymonix


Hiroko Yamamura


Respect the Architects exhibit presented by Underground Music Academy






Stacey Hotwaxx Hale just happened to be at the exhibit when I was taking photos!


Jerk x Jollof


Waterfront stage, left


Waterfront stage, right


Eris Drew & Octo Octa


Sheefy McFly’s artwork at the pyramid stage


Sheefy McFly’s artwork at night


Delano Smith


Henry Brooks


Rebecca Goldberg


Stacey Pullen


Sama’ Abdulhadi


DJ Godfather


Jon Hopkins


Jon Hopkins


Nastia


DJ Stingray 313


Derrick Carter


Carl Craig


Carl Craig


mural at Tangent Gallery


Anthony Shake Shakir @ Tresor 313, Tangent Gallery


Claude Young @ Tresor 313, Tangent Gallery


Specter


Uun


Ash Lauryn


Lady Starlight


Natasha Diggs


I attended a film screening of Jeff Mills’ Mind Power Mind Control and he signed my copy of the LP


2manydjs


E-Dancer (Kevin Saunderson)


Adam Beyer


Adam Beyer


Paula Temple


Blawan


Juan Atkins


Diamondstein


HAAi


HAAi


Ellen Allien


Huey Mnemonic


Meftah


Overmono


Duck Sauce (LOL)


The Blessed Madonna


Flying Lotus


Flying Lotus


DJ Minx


Deon Jamar


Tammy Lakkis


Jeff Mills


Goldie & LTJ Bukem with Armanni Reign


LTJ Bukem

Raphy: You Can Have A Piece Of My Soul For The Lows (Bruiser Brigade, 2022)

June 4, 2022 at 11:51 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Raphy: You Can Have A Piece Of My Soul For The Lows

A member of the Detroit Lines collective as well as Danny Brown’s Bruiser Brigade, Raphy presents this mixtape made up of 16 vignettes, each of which seem to be fashioned from old soul records played with a needle that constantly skips. The tracks are slowed, stuttered, and played at shifting speeds, and there’s also a sort of morse code beep pinging through it all. It’s just a masterful example of how to take broken, malfunctioning “mistake” sounds and incorporate them into something that sounds complete and deliberate. Glitch-hop rarely ever sounds this soulful.

Saajtak: For the Makers (American Dreams, 2022)

June 3, 2022 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Saajtak: For the Makers

Detroit electro-prog band Saajtak have finally released a full-length after putting out several mesmerizing EPs and becoming a must-see live act. Their songs are unpredictable collisions of hard-to-contain rhythms, synth cascades, and Alex Koi’s operatic, expressionist vocals. “Concertmate 680”, early on in the album, is the type of Saajtak track that catches my attention, with fast, rattling drums and tumbling synth notes and glitches, plus vocals that soar and re-sample and fold in on themselves. “There’s a Leak in the Shielding” is one of the album’s progressive epics, flowing from poetry to dream pop to freewheeling drum alchemy. Detroit saxophonist Marcus Elliot guests on the prismatic funk jam “Borders”, then “Oak Heart” is a time-dilating duet with the stunning David Magumba. “Mightier Mountains Have Crumbled”, the final 8-minute suite, has space for both tender, floating vocals and abrasive noise-spiked frenetic, physical percussion. I’m absolutely amazed to see the progression this band has made, landing on a well-regarded label like American Dreams and expanding their collaborative circle.

Crush Collision 6/2/22

June 3, 2022 at 9:18 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:01 pm Slacker ~ Tape Rock
10:04 pm Zodiac ~ Verdigris
10:07 pm TRP ~ The Future
10:10 pm Kowton ~ Doing Nothing
10:13 pm Souldynamic ~ Dawn Escape
10:18 pm Octo Octa ~ Mine (Second Chance Mix)
10:22 pm Jules ~ Miss U
10:25 pm Kllo ~ My Gemini (DJ Boring Remix)
10:30 pm Mark Flash (local) ~ Dementia
10:34 pm T99 ~ Anasthasia (Dave Clarke Remix)
10:39 pm G Jones & EPROM ~ On My Mind
10:41 pm Fixate ~ Gristle
10:45 pm Snow Bone ~ Cubic
10:48 pm M:I:5 ~ Logorrhöe 3
10:51 pm Jeff Mills & the Zanza 22 (local) ~ Gateway
10:55 pm Lyric Hood (local) ~ Let Me Tell You (Dub)
10:59 pm Mark Broom ~ The Three Swords
11:04 pm Locked Groove ~ Wally’s Groove World
11:09 pm Monolake ~ Alaska (Substance Mix II)
11:13 pm Maruwa ~ Electrain
11:19 pm Julien Bracht ~ Apocalypse (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
11:23 pm Ken Ishii ~ Disquiet
11:29 pm Automatisme & Stefan Paulus ~ Blau Schnee
11:34 pm object blue & TSVI ~ Turing Machine
11:39 pm Nikki Nair ~ Way of the Void
11:42 pm Yosh ~ Go With It
11:47 pm HAAi ~ FM
11:50 pm Neil Landstrumm ~ Milano
11:53 pm Perc ~ Greed Dance
11:58 pm Safiyahh & Authentically Plastic ~ STATIC ROOM

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