Crush Collision 5/3/18

May 4, 2018 at 9:16 am | Posted in Crush Collision | Leave a comment

Hour 1
10:01 pm Jon Hopkins ~ “Emerald Rush”
10:06 pm Body-San ~ “Pacific Reasons”
10:12 pm Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program ~ “The Great Return (Racing Seed)”
10:14 pm Klauss & Craig ~ “Repeat After Me”
10:22 pm Perel ~ “Die Dimension”
10:27 pm Alien Sex Fiend ~ “Haunted House”
10:31 pm Makeness ~ “14 Drops”
10:36 pm Hammer [not MC Hammer, obv.] ~ “C-Space”
10:41 pm Doc Daneeka ~ “Ur Salvation”
10:45 pm Aera “The Sun Will”
10:50 pm Daniel Avery ~ “Clear”
10:53 pm Bicep ~ “Helix”
10:57 pm Yann Polewka ~ “All I Doo”
Hour 2
11:02 pm DJ Koze ~ “Pick Up”
11:08 pm Ross From Friends ~ “There’s a Hole In My Heart”
11:13 pm Waajeed ~ “Obba”
11:19 pm Afriqua ~ “Aleph”
11:24 pm DJ Seinfeld ~ “Battery”
11:28 pm KiNK ~ “Suncatcher”
11:31 pm Mak & Pasteman ~“Vector”
11:38 pm M-Twelve ~ “Time Spent (Transparent Sound Remix)”
11:43 pm LA Synthesis ~ “Agraphobia”
11:50 pm Dark Comedy ~ “Without a Sound (Long “White Label” Version)”
11:57 pm N.A.D. ~ “A Sense of Finitude”

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RXM Reality: Panic Cycle tape (Hausu Mountain, 2018)

April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

RXM Reality: Panic Cycle tape

This debut Hausu Mountain tape from a Chicagoan wielding an untold amount of hardware expresses both paranoia and joy, with a FOMO rearing its head on occasion. The track title “I Haven’t Been Invited In” implies being shut out of both a club and society in general, and the music follows suit; highly energetic and intelligent, but not populist or DJ-friendly. Very broken and non-liner, sometimes sounding more collage-like, other times with more of a progression to it, as on the longer tracks. There’s dub pressure anchoring “Your Problem”, but it develops a nervous footwork twitch before plunging deep into deadly bass drops. Sometimes it seems like once he finally gets into the club, he can’t decide which room to stay in, so he just rages hard in all of them during the same short timespan. Eventually it all crashes into the matrix with “Under”, a ruthless loop of destruction which continually erodes, winds itself back up, short circuits, and breaks down all over again. It takes several listens to piece all of this together mentally, but it all belongs, and is it ever strong. Powerful.

Severed+Said: Incorporeality tape (Not Not Fun, 2018)

April 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Severed+Said: Incorporeality tape

Psychic dreamwave which high-tails it into chase scenes at key moments. Repetition induced by possessed states. Dream flashes. Energy psychosis. Recorded in a garage near the Florida swamps, this one buzzes and shocks. It most definitely sounds like a Not Not Fun cassette release, but there are some sinister premonitions here. Sometimes, like “Dimensional Drifter”, it lurches towards techno but doesn’t quite connect with the rhythm, so it pulls back. Other times it starts steady and then explodes onto the killpath, like “Psychic Incision”. There’s lots of mood-setting interludes too. This could easily just be the soundtrack to a low-budget horror film made in someone’s living room and the forest next to their backyard, but it’s so much more than that.

Benjamin Finger: Scale Of Blindness (Eilean Rec., 2018)

April 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Benjamin Finger: Scale Of Blindness

Somewhere between fluid waves and electrical currents, Benjamin Finger’s fuzzy, formless sound constructions lapse into rhythms of their own devising before spilling out into pools of static. It’s often chaotic and dense, but even when a track seems sparse, there’s still several layers operating at their own paces, but still connecting to form a whole. Extended closing piece “Vanishing Faces” is one of the more evenly layered, paced out tracks here, and it gets broader (but not necessarily heavier) near the end, with some particularly striking strings making an impact. Not crazy about the track with the long monologue, but the rest of the album is alluring.

Birds Of Passage: The Death Of Our Invention (Denovali, 2018)

April 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Birds Of Passage: The Death Of Our Invention

Alicia Merz makes music you travel to and inhabit, rather than simply listen to. It seems easy to describe any music with lots of reverb and intimate, precious vocals as sounding like it’s coming from an enchanted forest or the heart of a vast glacier, but she absolutely nails that type of sound. The second track, “Haunt My Existence”, is over seven minutes, and it’s easy to lose track of time and not even notice that many minutes slipping away. Other tracks are frozen, isolated love songs dedicated to strangers, and to the unknown itself. Pianos sound like they’re vibrating from under an ice floe, and guitars are like melodic rustling leaves. I remember last time I listened to a Birds Of Passage album, Grouper had released something new around the same time, so that grabbed my attention more. This time, however, the new Birds Of Passage is far more captivating than the new Grouper, which is underwhelming to me so far.

Show #440 – 4/28/18

April 28, 2018 at 6:14 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:01 am God Is An Astronaut ~ “Seance Room” ~ Epitaph (new) ~ Napalm ~ 2018
2:07 am The Body ~ “Nothing Stirs” ~ I Have Fought Against It, but I Can’t Any Longer. (new) ~ Thrill Jockey ~ 2018
2:13 am Belbury Poly ~ “The Moonlawn” ~ The Owl’s Map ~ Ghost Box ~ 2006
2:17 am Tangerine Dream ~ “Astral Voyager” ~ Green Desert ~ Relativity ~ 1973
2:24 am SlowPitchSound ~ “Silently Alarmed” ~ single (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
2:33 am Night Tempo ~ “Night Side” ~ Nighty Tape (new) ~ Neoncity Records ~ 2017
2:41 am Oliver Coates ~ “Charlev” ~ single (new) ~ Rvng Intl. ~ 2018
2:49 am Aquaserge ~ “Virage Sud” ~ Déjà-Vous? (new) ~ Crammed Discs ~ 2018
Hour 2
2:59 am Grouper ~ “Driving” ~ Grid of Points (new) ~ Kranky ~ 2018
3:03 am Sami Baha ~ “Discreet (Instrumental)” ~ single (new) ~ Planet Mu ~ 2018
3:05 am Lotic ~ “Hunted” ~ Power (new) ~ Tri Angle ~ 2018
3:09 am Sharda ~ “Chin Up” ~ Sharda EP (new) ~ Coil Records ~ 2018
3:13 am Perel ~ “Alles” ~ Hermetica (new) ~ DFA ~ 2018
3:19 am Delroy Edwards ~ “On My Mind” ~ Aftershock (new) ~ L.I.E.S. ~ 2018
3:25 am Imaabs ~ “Osmosis” ~ Discretización (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
3:31 am Walton ~ “Erhu” ~ Black Lotus (new) ~ Tectonic ~ 2018
3:36 am Tsembla ~ “Gravitating Bones” ~ The Hole In The Landscape (new) ~ NNA Tapes ~ 2018
3:42 am Night Tempo ~ “Tempo Side” ~ Nighty Tape (new) ~ Neoncity Records ~ 2017
3:46 am Alien Sex Fiend ~ “R.I.P. (Blue Crumb Truck) (Demo)” ~ Fiendology ~ Cherry Red ~ 1982
3:50 am Alien Sex Fiend ~ “Ignore the Machine (Dub)” ~ 12″ ~ Relativity ~ 1983
3:57 am Alien Sex Fiend ~ “Buggin’ Me” ~ The Impossible Mission ~ PVC ~ 1987
Hour 3
4:00 am Alien Sex Fiend ~ “Now I’m Feeling Zombiefied” ~ 12″ ~ Anagram ~ 1990
4:08 am Severed Heads ~ “Propeller” ~ Brave New Waves Session ~ Artoffact ~ 1986
4:13 am Le Syndicat Électronique ~ “Losing Our Control” ~ 1996-2016 ~ Dark Vinyl ~ 1998
4:17 am Belief Defect ~ “The Conduit” ~ Decadent Yet Depraved (new) ~ Raster ~ 2018
4:20 am Sote ~ “Plural” ~ Sacred Horror in Design (new) ~ Opal Tapes ~ 2017
4:25 am House of Blondes ~ “Why It Happened in the West” ~ Time Trip (new) ~ Alrealon Musique ~ 2018
4:30 am Henning Christiansen ~ “Op.192 Umwälzung – fluxorum organum 1990 EURASIENSTAB ist immernoch ANGELPUNKT” ~ Op.192 Umwälzung ~ Penultimate Press ~ 1990
4:36 am Tatira ~ “Poison Dreams” ~ Blood Return (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2018
4:40 am Rone ~ “Brest” ~ Mirapolis (new) ~ Infiné ~ 2017
4:43 am Chrome Sparks (local) ~ “To Eternity” ~ Chrome Sparks (new) ~ Counter Records ~ 2018
4:48 am Rival Consoles ~ “Phantom Grip” ~ Persona (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2018
4:53 am Daniel Avery ~ “Stereo L” ~ Song for Alpha (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
[Hour 4 won’t upload “for security reasons”, says WordPress…]
5:00 am Aera ~ “Flowers Under Water” ~ The Sound Path (new) ~ Permanent Vacation ~ 2018
5:03 am Makeness ~ “Who Am I to Follow Love” ~ Loud Patterns (new) ~ Secretly Canadian ~ 2018
5:07 am µ-ziq feat. Kazumi ~ “Sad Inlay” ~ Challenge Me Foolish ~ Planet Mu ~ 1999
5:12 am DJ Taye feat. Odile Myrtil ~ “Same Sound” ~ Still Trippin’ (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
5:15 am Séptimo Sello ~ “Burdel” ~ Interferencias Vol 1 – Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 ~ Munster ~ 1984
5:18 am Venetian Snares ~ “Who’s The Symbol Remix” ~ Bangface – Neo-Rave Armageddon ~ Bangface ~ 2013
5:24 am Chris Carter ~ “Rehndim” ~ Chemistry Lessons, Volume One (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
5:26 am Phase Fatale ~ “Beast” ~ Redeemer ~ Hospital Productions ~ 2017
5:32 am Kenneth James Gibson ~ “Her Flood (Album Version)” ~ In the Fields of Nothing (new) ~ Kompakt ~ 2018
5:37 am GLvis ~ “Turtle Rain” ~ GLvis (new) ~ Owlsnest ~ 2018
5:41 am Locate S,1 ~ “Ask Me Where I Touch the Plush” ~ Healing Contest (new) ~ Nicey Music ~ 2018
5:43 am Seth Graham ~ “Nai” ~ Gasp (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2018
5:47 am Goldmund ~ “Bounded” ~ Occasus (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2018
5:50 am Mind Over Mirrors ~ “Halfway to the Zenith” ~ Bellowing Sun (new) ~ Paradise of Bachelors ~ 2018
5:55 am Yo La Tengo ~ “For You Too” ~ There’s a Riot Going On (new) ~ Matador ~ 2018

GLvis: s/t 1-sided 12″ LP (Owlsnest, 2018)

April 25, 2018 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

GLvis: s/t 1-sided 12″ LP

First off, I really appreciate how lo-fi the packaging is. This is a 1-sided LP, and the center sticker was just pasted on over the record’s playing side, and I had to poke a whole through the center label in order to play the record. Likewise, the front and back covers were merely pasted on a sleeve for a 12″ single. As far as the music, GLvis (pronounced “jel-vis”) is a street musician from Milwaukee. He’s sort of like a cross between Madison, WI’s Art Paul Schlosser and Ann Arbor’s own Shakey Jake Woods, to name two famous street musicians. Maybe throw Jandek, Wesley Willis, Eugene Chadbourne, and the eternally single Robert Alberg into the equation too. He strums an open tuned guitar and sings in a slurry, sometimes nasal voice about race, religion, and relationships. He also seems to crack himself up a bunch of times. Apparently he used to work at a restaurant and would sing to the patrons after his shift, until too many people complained and he was forced to stop. “Turtle Rain” seems to be a take-off on “Purple Rain” but it’s hard to tell exactly what it’s about. He has a truly bizarre inflection to his voice, so it’s kind of fascinating. He then begins singing a gospel song, but without warning it turns into the vicious “Bitch Take a Hike”, and then a song about hypocritical Christians called “Preacher Cheater”. Then he plays a cover of John Lennon’s “God” (credited to “some other guy”) with new lyrics, such as “I don’t believe in talent”. Fans of Irwin Chusid’s Songs in the Key of Z and Incorrect Music Hour, meet the latest addition to the outsider music canon.

Show #439 – 4/21/18

April 21, 2018 at 6:12 am | Posted in The Answer Is In The Beat | Leave a comment

Hour 1
2:02 am Miles Davis & John Coltrane ~ “On Green Dolphin Street” ~ The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 ~ Columbia/Legacy ~ 1960
2:17 am Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra ~ “Moon Dance” ~ Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy ~ Evidence ~ 1963
2:23 am The Caretaker ~ “Childishly Fresh Eyes” ~ Everywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 1 ~ History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2016
2:26 am The Caretaker ~ “Quiet Dusk Coming Early” ~ Everywhere at the End of Time – Stage 2 ~ History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2017
2:30 am The Caretaker ~ “To The Minimal Great Hidden” ~ Everywhere at the End of Time – Stage 3 ~ History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2017
2:31 am The Caretaker ~ “Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions (1)” ~ Everywhere at the End of Time – Stage 4 (new) ~History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2018
2:40 am Sam Gendel ~ “Trudge” ~ Pass If Music (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2018
2:43 am Sarah Bernstein Unearthish ~ “Safe” ~ Crazy Lights Shining (new) ~ Phase Frame ~ 2018
2:48 am The National Jazz Trio of Scotland ~ “Passing By” ~ Standards Vol. IV (new) ~ Karaoke Kalk ~ 2018
2:50 am Tatira ~ “Ten Times Bleach” ~ Blood Return (new) ~ Inam Records ~ 2018
2:53 am Rival Consoles ~ “Sun’s Abandon” ~ Persona (new) ~ Erased Tapes ~ 2018
Hour 2
3:00 am Rob Clouth ~ “Like a Second Sun” ~ Transition (new) ~ Mesh ~ 2018
3:05 am Rob Clouth ~ “Silica (Chihei Hatakeyama Remix)” ~ Transition Remixes (new) ~ Mesh ~ 2018
3:11 am Simone Gatto ~ “Survival of the Beautiful” ~ Heaven Inside Your Frequencies Part 1 (new) ~ Pregnant Void ~ 2017
3:14 am Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program ~ “Quest to Find Anu Stargate” ~ Stargate Music (new) ~ Leaving Records ~ 2018
3:17 am Hanz ~ “The Approach” ~ Plasty II (new) ~ Tri Angle ~ 2018
3:19 am Machine Girl ~ “うずま” ~ …Because I’m Young Arrogant and Hate Everything You Stand For ~ Orange Milk ~ 2017
3:23 am Jesusbeams ~ “Death Dump” ~ E crack (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
3:25 am Jesusbeams ~ “1100s8b” ~ Exphr (new) ~ Bandcamp ~ 2018
3:30 am Autechre ~ “xflood” ~ NTS Session 2 (new) ~ Warp ~ 2018
3:40 am Suzi Analogue ~ “POWERUP Mix One” ~ mp3 (new) ~ Never Normal ~ 2018
3:51 am Machine Girl ~ “side B (excerpt)” ~ MRK90 Mix Vol. 1 (new) ~ self-released ~ 2018
Hour 3
4:00 am Object Blue ~ “Act Like It Then” ~ Do You Plan To End A Siege? (new) ~ Tobago Tracks ~ 2018
4:06 am Amnesia Scanner feat. Pan Daijing ~ “AS Chaos” ~ mp3 (new) ~ PAN ~ 2018
4:10 am Galaxian ~ “Life Force” ~ Paradise Engineering (new) ~ Return to Disorder ~ 2018
4:17 am AnD ~ “Manchester” ~ 12″ (new) ~ AnD ~ 2018
4:25 am Proc Fiskal ~ “Who Can’t Hear” ~ Hello Boss (new) ~ Cosmic Bridge ~ 2018
4:29 am The Caretaker ~ “Take Care. It’s A Desert Out There…” ~ Take Care. It’s A Desert Out There… (new) ~ History Always Favours the Winners ~ 2017
4:36 am µ-ziq ~ “Carpet Muncher” ~ Royal Astronomy ~ Astralwerks ~ 1999
4:39 am µ-ziq ~ “Ceiling” ~ Challenge Me Foolish ~ Planet Mu ~ 1999
4:42 am DJ Taye ~“Closer” ~ Still Trippin’ (new) ~ Hyperdub ~ 2018
4:45 am Chrome Sparks feat. Angelica Bess (local) ~ “What’s It Gonna Take” ~ Chrome Sparks (new) ~ Counter Records ~ 2018
4:48 am Daniel Avery ~ “Glitter” ~ Song for Alpha (new) ~ Mute ~ 2018
4:54 am Black Dog Productions ~ “Flux” ~ Deetron: DJ-Kicks ~ !K7 ~ 1992
4:57 am Youandewan ~ “Insel 2000” ~ Will Saul: Inside Out 1 (new) ~ Aus Music/!K7 ~ 2018
Hour 4
5:00 am DeepChord (local) ~ “Underwater Galaxies” ~ Auratones (new) ~ Soma ~ 2017
5:07 am Jah Thomas Meets Scientist ~ “Number One Dub” ~ In Rock Dub ~ Clocktower Records ~ 1996
5:10 am Godflesh ~ “Wound” ~ Streetcleaner: Live At Roadburn 2011 ~ Avalanche/Roadburn ~ 2011
5:13 am Silver Dapple ~ “Vibration” ~ Moody Boots (new) ~ Pink Haze ~ 2018
5:16 am Gajek ~ “Feld” ~ ’17 ~ Monkeytown ~ 2017
5:19 am ensemble, et al. ~ “Medal Meddle Metal” ~ The Slow Reveal ~ Imaginator Records ~ 2017
5:24 am Shuta Hasunuma & U-zhaan with Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ “Lal” ~ 2 Tone ~ Commmons ~ 2017
5:26 am Seth Graham ~ “Shi” ~ Gasp (new) ~ Orange Milk ~ 2018
5:30 am Tomoko Sauvage ~ “Clepsydra” ~ Musique Hydromantique (new) ~ Shelter Press ~ 2017
5:37 am Tangerine Dream ~ “Meteor” ~ Light Flux ~ Eastgate ~ 1983
5:43 am Mind Over Mirrors ~ “Vermillion Pink” ~ Bellowing Sun (new) ~ Paradise of Bachelors ~ 2018
5:52 am Goldmund ~ “Circle” ~ Occasus (new) ~ Western Vinyl ~ 2018
5:55 am µ-ziq ~ “Goodbye, Goodbye” ~ Royal Astronomy ~ Astralwerks ~ 1999

Tatira: Blood Return (Inam Records, 2018)

April 19, 2018 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tatira: Blood Return

Just 2 months after The Light Will Disappear, Ryan Huber’s second album under the name Tatira has arrived, and it continues with the artist’s progression into Tresor-worthy techno. The synths seem a bit more energized, the beats are punchier, and it just seems more alive than his drone work. There’s still a heavy drone element to these tracks, however, and they slowly build rather than make startling transitions. He does tend to give tracks abrupt endings, though, sometimes accompanied by some sharp feedback. The main exception is “Dissolving Thoughts,” which seems to not want to escape its blissful house reverie, but after about 7 minutes, it gets swept under waves and continues thumping along for 13 minutes. Most of the rest of the album is more succinct, with “Abscessed” and “Ten Times Bleach” playing with polyrhythms and keeping things exciting. “Drifting” is the album’s lone ambient interlude, and “Recompense” is a soft minimal pulse which seems to probe for life on a faraway moon. During the final minute, it frees itself and floats into nothingness. BTW, the artist started a blog recently and interviewed me for it, so check it out if you’re interested!

Jesusbeams: E crack EP + Exphr EP (self-released, 2018)

April 18, 2018 at 10:56 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jesusbeams: E crack EP

The artist also known as Evil Robot Ted has been quietly releasing music as Jesusbeams for a few years now. E crack is one of two recent EPs, and it’s a short blast of fast, fractured beats, but not exactly in a breakcore way. The first three tracks are brief, explosive, and pretty much entirely percussive, and aren’t all that different from each other, so they can all be taken as one track. “Atrax (Slow)” is much different, sounding like listening to a droning robot from the other end of a vast, dying factory.

Jesusbeams: Exphr EP

The other recent EP, Exphr, is noisy ambient glitch, with crystalline melodies shredded into shards over a faint click track. Once you get into the headspace, it projects directly into your mind and distorts your dreams. The rhythms push and pull, then free themselves, leaving starry residue. The last track is a noise piece, which slowly grinds upwards, revealing some zig-zagging sparks, but then getting completely electro-shocked out by the end.

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