Derek Rogers / Sparkling Wide Pressure
Tension in a Field of Nothing [excerpt]

As if we needed more from two of the most prolific of experimental musicians… Hang on, that came out all wrong. What I meant to say is this: despite the fact that each of these artists have released more music than any of us possibly have time to hear in our lifetimes… Oof. How do I frame this so you’ll be excited about another release from Derek Rogers and Sparkling Wide Pressure, a pair of musicos who together have authored hundreds of releases over the past couple of years? Maybe I’m putting too much pressure on myself (no pun intended… unless you’re laughing). After all, apparently enough people have already gotten excited about it since the tape has sold out, released just shy of two months ago. One edge this split has: this is old material. Shelved for two years for who knows what reason, the fine folks at No Kings have decided this music worthy of your aural attention. Not only does the excerpt stream below hint that these are two challenging and beautiful sides of music, but this is also a very cool look into these artists’ pasts, helpful in getting some kind of a grip on where each of their now highly developed and individual styles came from.

Take Rogers’ portion especially, which includes a very heavy Dead C psycho-psychedelia vibe I wouldn’t have expected knowing what he’s been up to this year. SWP’s side, meanwhile, stretches out a much denser and meandering drone than some of the more structured and composed works of the guitarist’s current output (check his Preservation CD or his wonderful tape on Fadeaway, both released earlier this year).

As I previously mentioned, this one’s all gone from the source, but check distros and with the artists individually for available copies.

• Derek Rogers:
• Sparkling Wide Pressure:
• No Kings:

Dean Blunt

“Need 2 Let U Go” / “And I’ll Show You Heaven If U Let Me”

In true Dean Blunt fashion, “And I’ll Show You Heaven If U Let Me” has already been taken down and replaced with a weird little number called “Need 2 Let U Go,” which features fragmented piano, floundering trumpet, and out-of-tune vocals. Listen here while you can:

Fresh off the reissue announcement of The Narcissist II, an excellent mixtape (TMT Review) released earlier this year by Dean Blunt (Hype Williams, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland), comes a new track that’s a bit less ominous, less freaky than other Blunt-related songs. But “And I’ll Show You Heaven If U Let Me” is still decidedly fucked: the sweet, twinkling melody floating high above passively battles with a scuzzy guitar riff that barely knows what to do with itself with each iteration. The drums, meanwhile, sound like someone doing a soundcheck, as a quiet keyboard hums in the background, barely heard but certainly felt. Like the best of Blunt’s music, it’s hazy, aggressively sloppy, and ends before you know it.

The remixed/remastered version of The Narcissist II is out November 26 on Hippos In Tanks/World Music. There’s no release date set for its follow up, The Narcissist III, so you might as well re-spin Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland’s Black Is Beautiful (TMT Review) before you finalize that geeky year-end list of yours.

• Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland:
• Hippos In Tanks:

Lil B

Halloween H20 [mixtape]

Just in time for Halloween, Lil B The Based God has released a positively sp00ky mixtape with lots of sp00ky tracks for you to listen to while you’re on your way to the sp00ky costume party that will probably be cancelled because there’s a hurricane eating half the country right now. But there’s lots of talk of Based candy. And Based bitches. There’s even a track on here called “Merry Xmas,” so you can get excited for Christmas while you get sp00ky. At some point, he also yells out “Happy New Year’s!,” so there you have it: the best three holidays all on one mixtape. Download it here and stream below:

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High aura'd

“River Runs Like Jewels”

“Sanguine,” as in Sanguine Futures, the title of High aura’d’s sublime new album on Bathetic Records, means “optimistic.” I think that’s nice. Especially as I’m watching the sangria-soaked video for “River Runs Like Jewels” off the album, the title just works perfectly. Omar Mashaal’s visuals offer a glimpse of the future here in the old lady and her crimson bejeweled dress, and it shouldn’t be the prettiest picture; wrinkled skin, gnarled knuckles, hands shaking in arthritic pain. But those guitars gently moan, soothing like aloe on an emotional burn, and the camera’s soft focus blurs the imagery into something serene, warm, and comforting. Bah, I’m trying too hard, and this video is too gorgeous, so I’ll quit while I’m behind and let this one give your brain the rubdown it so desperately needs on a Monday.

• High aura’d:
• Bathetic Records:

Andy Stott


“Numb,” the lead off track of Andy Stott’s new album Luxury Problems, takes all of those ghostly vocal samples from artists like Burial or Kid Smpl, removes nearly everything that resembles drums, and highlights why those artists are praised for soundtracking rainy, midnight cityscapes. However, “Numb” seems to also remind us of all the creepy stuff that happens in those broken city streets after everyone has fallen asleep. It’s like being followed by a whispering presence that you can’t see while your heart begins to race. Perhaps it’s appropriate that Luxury Problems is being released so close to Halloween.

You’ve probably already heard “Numb” by now, but re-listen to it below, and look for Luxury Problems this week from Modern Love.

• Andy Stott:
• Modern Love:

Chocolate Grinder Mix 65

Dead Man’s Party

“Waiting for an invitation to arrive,
Going to a party where no one’s still alive”

– Danny Elfman, “Dead Man’s Party”

“This is the greatest song in the history of mankind,”
– My dad when he first introduced me to Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party”

For some reason, whenever I think about Halloween, I think about Oingo Boingo. Maybe it’s because Danny Elfman (frontman of Oingo Boingo) created the score to Nightmare Before Christmas (and just about every Burton film), which is the ultimate Halloween soundtrack. Or maybe it’s because Oingo Boingo’s arguably most famous cut, “Dead Man’s Party,” is all about death and skeletons and stuff, and can sometimes even be heard on classic rock stations around the haunted holiday. Either way, it doesn’t really matter. What also doesn’t matter is that I love Oingo Boingo. When I was in sixth grade or so, my dad got me a best-of Oingo Boingo CD, which joined Astrolounge to begin my beloved collection of recorded music. While Boingo may serve as the gateway to an embarrassingly serious ska phase back in eighth grade, they were one of the first bands to make me listen to music meticulously; I would listen to Only A Lad, Dead Man’s Party, and Good For Your Soul repeatedly, challenging myself to listen to single instruments throughout the entire song. Oingo Boingo’s extensive instrumentation and top-notch musicianship blew my little preteen mind. Now I write about obscure electronic music and Oingo Boingo kinda sounds annoying as fuck, but I just wanted to express my appreciation for Danny Elfman and his weirdo big-band in honor of the upcoming holiday.

Don’t worry, there is no Boingo in the mix. In fact, the mix isn’t even all that Halloween-y sounding, until I added some sounds from Ultimate Scary Songs and Sounds for your Halloween Bash!!! *maniacal laughter* That’s right! You better watch your back; I think I hear footsteps. *spooky ghost noises*

Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.

[00:00] Ultimate Scary Sounds and Songs for Your Halloween Bash
[00:22] Kane Ikin - “Ebbing”
[01:54] bittertv - “zen-racing (ritual teaser)”
[04:00] Mood Tattooed - “Honey Shade”
[04:56] WARM THIGHS - “VODKA 8”
[06:39] Altar Eagle - “Fledgling”
[10:45] Infinity Frequencies - “Those Eyes”
[12:08] INTERNET CLUB - “(魔术)”
[13:53] YYU - “MOVE(know)”
[15:29] Afrika Pseudobrutisimus - “2013”
[17:53] Hanetration - “Jurassic”
[24:52] Amun Dragoon - “FANTASY BREEZE”
[25:41] Greeen Linez - “Fantasy Glide”
[28:40] cakedog - “fuk da game”
[30:35] Diskette Romances - “Champagne in Hong Kong”
[31:55] Karriem Riggins - “Ooooooooaaaaaaa”
[32:33] Martin Eden - “Vlad”


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