Sifaka Kong (a.k.a. o . o துஈசிதிசி திஇல்டூ)
Lemme be real here: I’m not really looking forward to MORE coverage of the latest Quantum Natives musician Sifaka Kong (a.k.a. o . o துஈசிதிசி திஇல்டூ). However, that’s the point of making an EP dedicated to remixing his last album, entitling the six-tracks Ballad Remixes. And it’s a HUGELY respectful aspect I find admirable about Quantum Natives. They pimp their artist AGAIN, but yeah, in a different sounding way. But they also pimp OTHER artists doing remixes. Then it’s potentially an opportunity for one or all these artists to get their name out there and on to other labels OR straight up get on Quantum Natives. Though – in comparison to my personal ethics – I deeply appreciate how the organizational aspects of having a “remix EP” not only perpetuates PR without it appearing like a scheme sales technique, but it also reaches into a variety of honeypots that gets a good stick for those who need it on the way out.
Either-way, RESPECT Quantum Natives for the hustle. RESPECT to Sifaka Kong (a.k.a. o . o துஈசிதிசி திஇல்டூ) for allowing/sacrificing his tracks to be remixed by others. And RESPECT to making it a MediaFire download, below:
Ray Phaze Tropic
Remembering isn’t all that important. The actual experience is what matters. Feeling the thick air, full of humidity and heat, stepping over puddles and pools of mud and muck, handling leaves in your cut hands, gripping them for support and guidance. This is where it’s at. The actuality of the instance. Not the retelling. Not the remembrance. The “right now”.
So, I could tell you about Ray Phaze Tropic’s Afrowigwam, how it’s a cut-and-paste dreamland, soaking in synth goo and laidback rhythmic repetition. How at times it sounds as if you’re aboard an ancient spaceship, hovering over fresh vegetation and growing life, blinking between phrase changes and fuel replenishment. But listening to the album is so much more than those words. That’s right, I just admitted I’m obsolete. See for yourself below.
Enclosed: epic character studies of rap group Injury Reserve as jaded antiheroes, deeply symbolic images of faceless throngs of people dressed completely in black, and a spectral image of white shoes on a wire against a black sky. All this cinematic overture in the service of one simple idea: Phoenix, Arizona fucking suuuucks. Forget Chance the Rapper and his fatherly advice; Injury Reserve spit bars for the Xanax generation, kids who lash out at a world (town, neighborhood) full of lifeless drones by becoming lifeless drones themselves. These guys are up next, so if anyone finds Ritchie With A T, please let me know. Last spotted in bed, with cold sweats. Wishy wishy wishy wishy wishy wishy wishy wishy…
Hannah Diamond & A. G. Cook
“Pop Cube Trailer 1: In The Studio”
Clear Licorice is the debut of Wellington, New Zealand’s Wywy Brix and the only glimmer of hope in a search field overrun candy crush forums. Web MD uses words like “Possibly Safe” and “Likely Safe” to consume Clear Licorice, but consult your doctor or f-that noise this is the internet, you’re an adult here. Grab a pack, share with your friends or your cat and put Clear Licorice on the speakers. Cats love DIY House because they relish in their independence and never pass up an opportunity to sleep on whatever is available to them. Wywy Brix is the feline king.
Clear Licorice is the second of two May releases from 1080p (Keita Sano is out tomorrow), the fourth party-rock album from New Zealand from the label (Mongo Skato, Mark Wundercastle, Tlaotlon), and cluster of individual existentialist techno experiments. Ryan Bennett’s Wywy Brix came to fruition after a run under the moniker Cartoon – chaotic let-the-good-times-roll electro-funk – a transition not 100% clear until the funk kicks back in. Tracks like “Bush Walk,” the hazy “Polydactyl,” and “Solar Power,” spacial and elevated, are gifts to the heavens. “Superb B.O.P” and “wywy b wywy” bring the acid, precursors to both Xiao Feng features – the second “Freak Me” is elegant minimal house and maybe my favorite. Find out for yourself in the stream below. Clear Licorice is up for pre-order now and out May 19.