Ahnnu vs D/P/I

Not far from all this Drake’ry lies the truth: a contemplated, spastically mellow-centered versus match between 2013 sound legends Ahnnu and D/P/I. As few can only legally murder the character formally known as Jimmy Brooks, Ahnnu and D/P/I slay the Drake outta Aubrey Graham in a pile of sizzled samples and stretched slices. So much so, the release’s name SHE WAS NO TAME THING isn’t far from sonic truth. Shoot, if you don’t find serenity in this mammoth mother fucker of glitch swank, you might be incapable of all… nah, I got nothing. SHE WAS NO TAME THING is both beautiful and grimmed out. Smooth and crisped. Conversational and completely stuttered. Yet, one thing is for DAMN sure, if you don’t download SHE WAS NO TAME THING by AHNNU vs D/P/I right here, right now, I don’t know how to help you any further this year. GRIP THIS SHIT AND FRY YOUR TUESDAY!!!!

On the streaming angle, post-“Language” listeners are given “305.00” below:

AGAIN, download SHE WAS NO TAME THING by AHNNU vs D/P/I immediately!!

• D/P/I: http://chanceimag.es
• Ahnnu: http://www.dogtropic.net

Dean Blunt

“Love Me Thru This”

Former Hype Williams enigma Dean Blunt continues his work with English folk singer Joanne Robertson on a new clip posted via the cplnd SoundCloud on Nov. 29. “Love Me Thru This” continues on a meditative, sorrowful trip as Robertson sings over sampled violins and trumpets. As is always the case with Blunt, it’s impossible to say where the track belongs in the context of his fragmented back catalog or whether it’s hinting at another potential release.

This year has already seen him drop two incredible albums, both of which earned our Eureka! distinction: Hippos In Tanks issued The Redeemer back in May, while the Stone Island release was a lot more discreet to say the least. Fingers crossed there will be more Dean Blunt to celebrate before the year is through!

• Dean Blunt: https://soundcloud.com/cplnd



Adventures were made to be explored. The one of 회사AUTO is presented in extent in the depths of _N. Vastly flaying nostalgia beyond the place and being of sound, listeners find a lost familiarity to each knowing in tune. In tune with chi. In tune toward enlightened being. In tune on the pathway of clarity in crystal shards hanging low in minds of ears to eyes yet seen or unseen. The plethora of meaning shatters in _N; as known as one can discern a particular sound, it’s best to just let it go. Let 회사AUTO spirit guide you through the imagination of one. Journeys were meant to be continuous.

The perception of scent and memory meet at an unusual crossroads. What does one remember at THAT time? How do you incorporate the surrounding NOW to THEN? Who’s to say the packaging for _N isn’t that of purity? Of new memories. Of sheer desire. Tripping is believing. Thus, begs the machine of 회사AUTO, “do U believe?” Let the rhythm of what you remember fuck with your entire state of being. Absorb the saturation. Satiate mystique. You owe it to the past, to your memory, and to what the future becomes.

Out TODAY on cassette (GRIIIIP) via Purr Tapes is _N by the mental/zonal entity 회사AUTO; streaming below:

• 회사AUTO: https://soundcloud.com/auto-7
• Purr Tapes: http://purrtapes.bandcamp.com


“Healthy Life”

Thanks to years of obsessive listening and a deep-seated impulse to taxonomize, I tend to place most bands within the booming #EmoRevival #KrautrockRevival into two distinct and vastly overgeneralized categories:

1. The Neu! School (by way of Stereolab and related projects):
Characterized by: crisp production; relatively dry guitar tones; rhythmic precision; concurrent incorporation of tropes from other 50s/60s/70s genres (lounge, library music, jazz, funk, prog); minimalist instrumentation; the motorik beat; incessant repetition.
For example: CAVE, Beak>, Siinai, Fujiya & Miyagi, newer Lower Dens material.

2. The Amon Düül [II] School (by way of Spacemen 3 and related projects):
Characterized by: freewheeling “psychedelic” exploration; heavily effected guitar tones; swirling trails of distortion/delay/feedback; detours into dissonance and/or eerie atmospheric passages; non-motorik rhythmic vamps; shredding; incessant repetition.
For example: Wooden Shjips, Psychic Ills, White Hills, Moon Duo, Eternal Tapestry.

Denver-bred contempo-kraut cosmonauts Woodsman, balanced on the ledge between these two schools, defy efforts at taxonomy. After previous releases with Mexican Summer, Lefse, and Fire Talk, the band prepares their self-titled full-length LP to see the light of day after the new year. “Healthy Life,” our first preview cut, kicks off with an eminent Neu! School rhythm section groove that grounds the track’s first half under a haze of chordal guitar phrases. By the time the extra toms kick in and the drifting layers of synth squelch/guitar drone accumulate around the edges of the session, we’re speeding towards a deep Amon Düül School climax — but with enough restraint left in the leads to keep us from spinning too far off into the void.

New LP by Woodsman lands on February 14 via Fire Talk.

• Woodsman: http://woodsmanman.tumblr.com
• Fire Talk: http://firetalk.tumblr.com

Lil Kim

“I Am Kimmy Blanco”

Meet Kimmy Blanco, the new alter-ego of legendary lady MC Lil Kim. To be completely honest, Kimmy isn’t all that different from Kim: she’s got a lot of money (so much that the bills pay themselves!), a lot of honey (enough to kill bees!), and she’s so hot, she makes hell seem like tepid bathwater. Ostensibly, Kimmy will feature pretty heavily into the rapper’s anticipated — and oft-delayed — Hardcore 2k13 mixtape (guess they’ll have to bump it up to Hardcore 2k14); the haters might say that tacking on another intimidating persona to the already intimidating Kim is redundant, but really, you can never be too fierce. Backed by an ominous trap beat, the Brooklyn native calmly lays down the law, armed with little more than her cocky deadpan. No need for auto-tune or saccharine singsongs here (*cough*Nicki Minaj*cough*): just a tenured femme fatale doing what she does best. There’s already talk of a Miley Cyrus collaboration on the new tape, but my fingers are crossed for a team-up with Mykki: a battle of the Blancos, if you will. Now that would be dope.

• Lil Kim: http://lilkim.com

Tabs Out: Laser Focus #2

Hooker Vision

Tabs Out is an all-cassette podcast that’s been documenting the prolific tape underground with joyful obsession and humorous expertise since 2012. Tiny Mix Tapes has teamed with Tabs Out for a show called Laser Focus, in which tape aficionados/fetishists Mike Haley, Dave Doyen, and Joe B hone in on a specific label or artist. Check out the archive here.

For the past five years, the lawfully wedded duo of Grant and Rachel Evans have been dispensing generous amounts of drone and synth chillers on their label Hooker Vision. With releases by their own projects (Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, Crippling, Quiet Evenings, etc.) and a proficient crew of worldwide jammers, they have racked up well over 100 releases, mostly on cassette.

We talked with Grant and Rachel about their home/noise lives and played tapes from the Hooker Vision catalog by Coyote Image Classic, Cliffsides, Sparkling Wide Pressure, Crippling, Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, and Rambutan.

Here is a list of what we played:

- Coyote Image Classic - Coyote Image Classic 2xCS (HV129)
- Cliffsides - Liquid Mirrors C72 (HV091)
- Sparkling Wide Pressure - Pretending Eternal C38 (HV127)
- Crippling / Digtal Natives - Split C24 (HV123)
- Motion Sickness Of Time Travel - Eclipse Studies C41 (HV133)
- Rambutan - Partial Wires C30 (HV101)

Hooker Vision proprietors Grant and Rachel Evans

Hooker Vision gear + cat

Hooker Vision gear + cat pt. II

Hooker Vision cassettes

• Hooker Vision: http://hookervision.blogspot.com
• Hooker Vision (SoundCloud): https://soundcloud.com/hooker-vision
• Hooker Vision (Facebook): http://on.fb.me/1b6MOAY
• Tabs Out: http://www.tabsout.com



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