“How The Thing Sings”
First off, I love Editions Mego. Not only is the label responsible for one of the most provocative releases of the year, but it also releases amazing music from sub labels Spectrum Spools (curated by Emeralds’ John Elliott) and Ideologic Organ (curated by Stephen O’Malley). Soon, eMego will be releasing a new album from Bill Orcutt, ex-guitarist for Harry Pussy. It’s titled How The Thing Sings, and it’s due September 20.
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com
“Make Me Feel Human (Chrissy Murderbot DUB RMX)”
When he’s not eating Doritos at the local Holiday Inn, Nashville’s Kyle Andrews is electro-popping in the underground with some seriously saccharine songs. And guess what? He’s got a new album, Robot Learn Love, and it’s due this month. One of its tracks, “Make Me Feel Human,” has been remixed and dubbed out by the one and only Chicago DJ Chrissy Murderbot. According to Chrissy: “When I first heard the track, I realized pretty immediately that I wanted to make two versions of my remix — one with the full vocals that’s more like a pop song for people to listen to in the car or at work or whatever, and then a more dubbed-out, stripped-down mix for slutty 6am sunrise loft party dancefloor madness.”
Hear the original, non-slutty version of “Make Me Feel Human” off the new album August 16.
Check out the new Four Tet single, which can also be heard as the closing track from the 59th Fabric mix series. For those wondering, Fabric is not a person but a London nightclub… get with it. In related news, Four Tet continues his dive into nuanced late night minimalism while Justin Timberlake wishes he was blacker.
• Four Tet: http://www.fourtet.net/
Nâ Hawa Doumbia
Here’s a track to celebrate the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog’s transition into a record label! Brian Shimkovitz, Awesome Tapes creator, plans on reissuing some of his favorite tapes on LP, CD, and MP3 format with 50% of all profits going to the artist. According to him:
The first release is by Mali’s Nâ Hawa Doumbia, a recording the singer made in 1982, La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3. It comes out October 18 and will be distributed by SC Distribution.
It’s easy to separate ourselves from rare or obscure releases, especially when it comes to older non-American artists. Blogs often support rabid downloading with little context or consideration that we exist with these musicians in the same musical continuum, so it’s nice seeing a free-music site take an active stand in artist support, a trend that will hopefully continue.
• Awesome Tapes From Africa: http://www.awesometapes.com
Moduli TV is a pretty consistent source for inspirational videos from the synthesizer underground and beyond. This new one from Noah Wall is definitely traipsing that ‘beyond’, with monotone vocals barely pushing through stabs of electric guitar harmonies and a steady backbeat. I’ll just throw out there the flickering Berlin-era David Bowie similarities, even if it’s a somewhat lazy assessment. Whatever. Definitely look out for this guy in the future.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo gave us the great state of California, which in the year 2011 gives us Yalls, who now offers this interesting electro funk compilation, modern style. The record in question jams two previous EPs together along with nine new tracks. I’m particularly into the weird, almost nasally vocals that drift around the edges of many of these songs, along with the varied orchestration and (most likely) MIDI flute sounds. Stream the whole album below, or pay what you want for it on bandcamp, or buy a cassette, or suck on my asshole.