Joni Void: Mise En Abyme (Constellation, 2019)

March 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Joni Void: Mise En Abyme

Joni Void’s second album is a reconstructive snapshot of various aspects of the Montreal-based artist’s life, built from sounds captured from daily occurrences, recordings of family events such as weddings and birthday parties, and even samples from throughout the album itself. The first half is based on performances by guest vocalists, and combined with airy textures and clicky beats, it’s not too far off from Mira Calix’s older albums and EPs for Warp. The album seems to be about communication and recording; “No Reply” is made from phone sounds and some modem noises, and “Cinetrauma” has a beat constructed from camera clicks and whirrs. The second half is definitely more claustrophobic than the first, peaking in the text-to-speech exorcism of “Deep Impression”, although “Persistence” is a more reflective denouement. “Resolve” is a whirlwind of moments from throughout the album set to an early Boards of Canada track.

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Light Conductor: Sequence One (Constellation, 2019)

March 9, 2019 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Light Conductor: Sequence One (Constellation, 2019)

Departing from the dreamy indie rock of their respective main bands, Young Galaxy and the Besnard Lakes, Stephen Ramsay and Jace Lasek venture through several different shades of space rock on their first album as Light Conductor. The lengthy opener “A Bright Resemblance” does the standard “set the controls for the heart of the sun” mode of droning, with several layers of modular synth pulsations phasing and dancing around each other. This extends into “Chapel of the Snows”, which develops an overwhelming, all-consuming cloud of guitar noise. “Far from the Warming Sun” is a 10-minute skim of the surface of Mars not unlike early Cluster/Kluster, but with a broken, humming static pulse. “When the Robot Hits the Water” is a slowly shifting, ticking beat with a rapid arpeggio threading through it, building up anticipation for “Light Conductor” (the song). Following the previous track’s pulse, it explodes into color after nearly two minutes, turning into futuristic psych-rock which really does sound like Spacemen 3 being beamed into a distant galaxy.

Basic Rhythm: New Style 12″ EP (Sneaker Social Club, 2019)

March 9, 2019 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Basic Rhythm: New Style 12″ EP

The latest EP from Anthoney J Hart bends grime and garage rhythms into club tracks which feel a little clinical but also have an undeniable amount of floor power to them. Snippets of pirate radio ragga chatter are abound, and “Too Nuff” lets some Moodymann-like pads float among its industrial-tuff beats. “Ready Again” is far more minimal and almost struggles to hold together; it would probably be a lot harder to work it into a set than the other tracks. But the more active tracks hint at the London warehouse vibe while taking it somewhere else.

Show #484 – 3/9/19

March 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

2:00 am Matmos ~ Plastic Anniversary ~ Plastic Anniversary (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
2:05 am Meat Beat Manifesto ~ Pin Drop ~ Opaque Couché (new) ~ Flexidisc ~ 2019
2:11 am Skee Mask ~ TH808 ~ 808BB (new) ~ Ilian Tape ~ 2019
2:15 am Xeno & Oaklander ~ A World Without Sun ~ Hypnos (new) ~ Dais ~ 2019
2:19 am Cherushii & Maria Minerva ~ A Day Without You [Leech Edit] ~ Cherushii & Maria Minerva (new) ~ 100% Silk ~ 2019
2:23 am Angel-Ho feat. K-$ ~ Baby Tee ~ Death Becomes Her (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
2:27 am Eki Shola ~ Floating ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
2:30 am Erik Wøllo ~ Infinite Moments Part 1 ~ Infinite Moments (new) ~ Projekt ~ 2018
2:41 am High Tides ~ Summer Reflections ~ Paradise Daze (new) ~ Rad Cult ~ 2019
2:46 am Chrome Sparks (local) ~ Ultraviolet Rainbow ~ Be on Fire (new) ~ Counter Records ~ 2019
2:50 am Brainwaltzera ~ Triangulate Dither (Fairytale Version) ~ Epi-Log EP (new) ~ Film ~ 2018
2:53 am Dabrye (local) ~ Prospects (Marshall Law) ~ Instrmntl ~ Ghostly International ~ 2002
2:57 am SolarX ~ Hot Cherry ~ Xrated ~ Galaxiid ~ 1997
3:01 am Scratcha DVA x Gage ~ Flytnurse (Darqmix) ~ Piffd (new) ~ Keysound ~ 2019
3:06 am End.user ~ #2 ~ Unreleased 1997-1999 ~ Bandcamp ~ 1997-1999
3:11 am Franck Vigroux ~ Supernova ~ Désastres EP (new) ~ Jezgro ~ 2019
3:16 am Jlin ~ Phyre ~ mp3 ~ unreleased ~ late ’00s/early ’10s
3:20 am Finlay Shakespeare ~ Amsterdam ~ Domestic Economy (new) ~ Editions Mego ~ 2019
3:26 am Nonlocal Forecast ~ The Evolutionary Game ~ Bubble Universe! (new) ~ Hausu Mountain ~ 2019
3:30 am Xosar ~ The Possessor Possesses Nothing ~ The Possessor Possesses Nothing (new) ~ Bedouin ~ 2019
3:37 am Joni Void ~ Cinetrauma ~ Mise En Abyme (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
3:41 am Xiu Xiu ~ Scisssssssors ~ Girl With Basket of Fruit (new) ~ Polyvinyl ~ 2019
3:45 am Model Home ~ Jungle Tape ~ 1 (new) ~ Ornette Coleman Fiend Club ~ 2018
3:48 am Nurse With Wound ~ Astral Dustbin Dirge ~ Homotopy to Marie (reissue) ~ Rotorelief ~ 1987
4:01 am Daniel Blumberg & Hebronix ~ Caught ~ Liv (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
4:18 am Karkhana with Nadah El Shazly ~ Dans Ma Bouche, Une Autre Bouche ~ Carte Blanche (new) ~ Unrock ~ 2019
4:25 am Buzzcocks ~ Lester Sands (Drop In The Ocean) ~ Time’s Up! ~ Domino ~ 1976
4:29 am Klaus Schulze ~ Thor (Thunder) ~ Kontinuum ~ Synthetic Symphony ~ 2007
4:38 am Light Conductor ~ Chapel of the Snows ~ Sequence One (new) ~ Constellation ~ 2019
4:44 am Nephew Lagoon (local) ~ Hoot Outside ~ Sendy Q (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
4:50 am Max Brand ~ Stormy Sea ~ In Memoriam – Max Brand ~ Rhiz ~ 1963
4:54 am Quehenberger-Kollreider ~ Exit ~ In Memoriam – Max Brand ~ Rhiz ~ 1999
5:00 am Zu & Nobukazu Takemura ~ Alone with the Alone ~ Identification with the Enemy: A Key to the Underworld ~ Atavistic ~ 2006
5:05 am Test Dept. ~ Information Scare ~ Disturbance (new) ~ One Little Indian ~ 2019
5:10 am HEALTH ~ Loss Deluxe ~ VOL4::SLAVES OF FEAR (new) ~ Loma Vista ~ 2019
5:13 am Coil ~ Circles of Mania ~ Horse Rotorvator ~ Relativity ~ 1986
5:18 am Drew McDowall ft. James K ~ False Memory ~ The Third Helix ~ Dais ~ 2018
5:23 am Slowdive ~ Souvlaki Space Station ~ Souvlaki ~ Creation ~ 1994
5:30 am Steve Roden w/ Jacob Danziger ~ Dark Over Light Earth ~ Dark Over Light Earth ~ New Plastic Music ~ 2007
5:37 am River Spirit (local) ~ 20 Years ~ Me I Fall (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
5:43 am Zilched (local) ~ Tool ~ Pulling Teeth (new) ~ Jett Plastic ~ 2018
5:46 am Red Stars Theory ~ Thinkpiece ~ Red Stars Theory ~ Suicide Squeeze ~ 1995
5:49 am Jessica Pratt ~ Here My Love ~ Quiet Signs (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2019
5:52 am Luca D’Alberto ~ Love Song ~ Exile (new) ~ 7K! ~ 2018

Nonlocal Forecast: Bubble Universe! tape (Hausu Mountain, 2019)

March 2, 2019 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Nonlocal Forecast: Bubble Universe! tape

The newest project from Angel Marcloid isn’t as chaotic as Fire-Toolz, but it’s still as intensely detailed and genre-agnostic. It’s a bright, glittering blend of prog-rock, jazz fusion, nature sounds, and what new age would sound like if it was made by hyperactive kids. Fire-Toolz is actually credited as a featured artist on “Triangular Format”, one of the album’s most ambient tracks. “Classical Information” is a laid-back stroll through a crystal village, and “Foam, Vacuum, Om” is a rippling, refractive reflection. “Conscious Agent Combos” works a perky Muzak melody into its meditation, and “Wave Nature” concludes the tape with a living forest aglow with harmonic vibrations.

Show #483 – 3/2/19

March 2, 2019 at 3:02 pm | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

R.I.P. Mark Hollis and Ken Nordine :(:(:(
2:01 am Talk Talk ~ Such a Shame (Extended Version) ~ 12″ ~ EMI ~ 1984
2:07 am Talk Talk ~ Today ~ The Party’s Over ~ EMI ~ 1982
2:11 am Talk Talk ~ Life’s What You Make It (Dub Version) ~ 12″ ~ EMI ~ 1986
2:17 am Talk Talk ~ Eden ~ Spirit of Eden ~ EMI ~ 1988
2:23 am Ken Nordine ~ Sound Museum ~ Word Jazz ~ Dot ~ 1957
2:30 am Haruomi Hosono ~ Original BGM ~ Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 ~ Light In The Attic ~ 1984
2:39 am Lee Gamble ~ Folding ~ In a Paraventral Scale (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
2:42 am Watabou (local) ~ Synaptic Viaduct ~ Coaxial Chaos (new) ~ Realicide Youth ~ 2019
2:46 am Angel-Ho ~ Muse to You ~ Death Becomes Her (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2019
2:49 am Modeselektor feat. Flohio ~ Wealth ~ Who Else (new) ~ Monkeytown ~ 2019
2:53 am Model Home ~ Center Uv The World Swing ~ 1 (new) ~ Ornette Coleman Fiend Club ~ 2018
2:56 am Nazar feat. Shannen SP ~ Airstrike ~ Enclave (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
3:01 am Czarface/Ghostface Killah ~ Mongolian Beef ~ Czarface Meets Ghostface (new) ~ Silver Age ~ 2019
3:04 am Protovulcan ~ Celestial Slingshot ~ Psychic Pinball (new) ~ Toy Moon ~ 2018
3:10 am Beastie Boys ~ Intergalactic (Prisoners of Technology/TMS 1 Re-mix) ~ 12″ ~ Grand Royal ~ 1998
3:16 am Beastie Boys ~ The Negotiation Limerick File (Ganja Kru Remix) ~ 12″ ~ Grand Royal ~ 1999
3:21 am Bentley Rhythm Ace ~ Ragtopskodacarchase ~ Bentley Rhythm Ace ~ Skint/Parlophone ~ 1997
3:30 am Christoph de Babalon ~ Marble Stairs ~ Exquisite Angst ~ A Colourful Storm ~ 2018
3:37 am Matmos ~ Fanfare for Polyethylene Waste Containers ~ Plastic Anniversary (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2019
3:41 am Mad Professor ~ Rasta Interpreter ~ Dubbing With Anansi ~ Ariwa ~ 2014
3:45 am Bentley Rhythm Ace ~ Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out ~ Bentley Rhythm Ace ~ Skint/Parlophone ~ 1997
3:50 am Eki Shola ~ Floating ~ Possible (new) ~ self-released ~ 2019
3:53 am Hooverphonic ~ Cinderella ~ A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular ~ Sony ~ 1996
3:57 am Spellling ~ Hard To Please (Reprise) ~ Mazy Fly (new) ~ Sacred Bones ~ 2019
4:01 am Dina Maccabee ~ It Doesn’t Have To Be Okay ~ The Sharpening Machine (new) ~ Geomancy ~ 2019
4:04 am Boy Harsher ~ Fate ~ Careful (new) ~ Nude Club ~ 2019
4:09 am Bronski Beat ~ Junk ~ The Age of Consent ~ London ~ 1984
4:13 am Test Dept. ~ Landlord ~ Disturbance (new) ~ One Little Indian ~ 2019
4:17 am Aviador Dro ~ Varsovia En Llamas ~ Interferencias Vol. 1 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster Records ~ 1982
4:21 am Astral Social Club ~ Cloud War ~ Happy Horse ~ Happy Prince ~ 2010
4:25 am Mount Kimbie ~ Southgate (DJ-Kicks) ~ DJ-Kicks (new) ~ !K7 ~ 2018
4:27 am John Wiese ~ Recorded At Jason Mantis Studio In Troy, NY, 02/08/05 ~ Black Magic Pond ~ Blossoming Noise ~ 2005
4:31 am Tim Rutili ~ Zabriskie After Midnight.Morning Coyotes.Long Ash (Goodnight), CA ~ Arthur King Sampler 2019 (new) ~ Dangerbird ~ 2019
4:40 am Arthur Russell ~ Not Checking Up ~ Fragments du Monde Flottant ~ Bongo Joe ~ 1985
4:45 am Jessica Pratt ~ Aeroplane ~ Quiet Signs (new) ~ Mexican Summer ~ 2019
4:48 am Michael Rother ~ Blauer Regen ~ Sterntaler ~ Sky ~ 1978
4:51 am Zilched (local) ~ Hollow ~ Pulling Teeth (new) ~ Jett Plastic ~ 2018
4:55 am Black Merda (local) ~ Doomsday ~ 7″ (new) ~ Jett Plastic ~ 2019
4:59 am The Dead C ~ Laver ~ Rare Ravers (new) ~ Ba Da Bing ~ 2019
5:18 am Guru Freakout ~ The Snows of Mt. Bonnell ~ Mothership ~ Purple Pyramid ~ 2014
5:32 am Do Make Say Think ~ Goodbye Enemy Airship ~ Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is Dead ~ Constellation ~ 2000
5:45 am Air Liquide ~ Synsonic ~ The Increased Difficulty of Concentration ~ Sm:)e Communications ~ 1994
5:55 am The Detroit Escalator Co. (local) ~ Faith As Rain ~ (Excerpts) ~ Peacefrog ~ 2000

Model Home: 1 LP (Ornette Coleman Fiend Club, 2019)

March 1, 2019 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Model Home: 1 LP

I’m having a hard time finding any information about this group, and I missed their recent show in Hamtramck, but this is an absolutely jawdropping noise/hip-hop project from DC. They’ve released 6 albums on Bandcamp since last June, and an LP of their first one showed up on my desk at WCBN and it knocked me into a stupor. Very, very strange street poetry smothered by cracked electronics and spluttering drum machines. On tracks like “Center Uv the World Swing”, all of the sounds are jumbled together and struggling to break free and it sounds marvelous. “Move Immediately” and a few other moments seem to have a dancehall influence seep into them, while “Jungle Tape” sounds like just that, if it were being blasted from a malfunctioning tape deck in a sewer. “Fake Feet” inevitably brings to mind Chicago footwork, but if anything, this is closer to the stranger corners of that style like DJ Nate or RP Boo than the more danceable stuff from the Teklife crew. The LP ends with an unlisted bonus track filled with shout-outs and excited synth bubbles and bloops. Super exciting, way avant-garde stuff recommended for fans of Occasional Detroit and Sensational at his weirdest.

Zilched: Pulling Teeth 7″ EP (Jett Plastic Recordings, 2018)

March 1, 2019 at 6:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Zilched: Pulling Teeth 7″ EP

Detroit trio Zilched play a hazy sort of garage-psych-gaze. While the vocals are sometimes submerged under guitar fuzz and tape hiss, the lyrics are uncomfortably direct, reflecting an inescapable loneliness, even when in the company of others. The chorus to “Tool” laments “I’m so sorry that I get so lonely at night, I can’t help it if I wanted you only”. “From the Grave” is slower and has more of a rumbling bassline, and a slightly more hopeful outlook. The B-side contains “Hollow”, a shambling, jangly indie pop tune which is easily the highlight of the EP. “(hatefucked)” is one of the record’s more upbeat-sounding songs, but the lyrics are actually quite deadly. The group obviously haven’t been around for too long, and they sound pretty shaky, but there’s some exciting songs on here. Digitally available at Bandcamp.

Crush Collision 2/28/19

March 1, 2019 at 9:30 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

10:00 pm Octo Octa ~ Bodies Meld Together
10:07 pm Derek Carr ~ Hanging On A String
10:13 pm Pierre Moritz ~I Swear I Don’t
10:16 pm ASOK ~ Wrap
10:22 pm Roza Terenzi ~ Lilli’s Lounge
10:26 pm Torn Hawk ~ Drain the Club
10:33 pm Donato Dozzy ~ Cavallina Matta
10:38 pm S3A ~ Influences
10:44 pm Kerri Chandler and Niam Johnson ~ Music Saved My Life 1989
10:52 pm DJ Boring & DJ Haus ~ Los Apson?
10:55 pm Detroit Swindle ~ Can’t Hold It (Nachtbraker Swing)
11:00 pm AMOR ~ Full Fathom Future
11:07 pm TRP ~ Stellar
11:15 pm Hammer ~ Electric Fields
11:20 pm Logan Takahashi ~ Crema
11:26 pm Bottin ~ Microdisco
11:31 pm Crooked Man ~ Echo Loves Narcissus Part 3
11:38 pm Swayzak ~ Blufarm (Abbey Road Version)
11:49 pm Maayan Nidam ~ Trail of Glitter
11:55 pm Essaie Pas ~ New Path (Anthony Rother Remix)

Nazar: Enclave 12″ EP (Hyperdub, 2018)

February 24, 2019 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Nazar: Enclave 12″ EP

Revolutionary sounds from Angola, turning kuduro rhythms into brutal industrial warfare. Very jagged, blown out, punishing, even bloodthirsty, but always danceable. “Warning Shots” is my favorite, but the slower “Airstrike” (with battlefield report vocals from Shannen SP) seems to be the hit-of-sorts. Very dense grids of galloping rhythms, gunshots, warped bass, and explosive distortion. Super exciting, definitely looking forward to hearing more from this artist.

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