Diamond Black Hearted Boy
zᵉʳº / “Jacksonville Extended Stay Hotel Selfish Intellectual Blues”

Diamond Black Hearted Boy (a.k.a. Chino Amobi) has just dropped a three-track follow-up to his bizarre Father, Protect Me album from earlier this year. While that release explored an intoxicatingly ineffable darkness through various stylistic, dissociative permutations, his new release (whose cover art features model Barbara Palvin, for no apparent reason) is much more straightforward but no less weird: each song consists of someone on loop saying “zero,” with the occasional ambient swell and whispered “I miss you” peppered throughout. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, all three tracks are the same, despite their titles indicating different versions. But this is perhaps DBHB’s oblique strategy, underscoring the very important idea that even repetition is a form of change.

Meanwhile, Diamond Black Hearted Boy also just updated his SoundCloud account with a new track called “Jacksonville Extended Stay Hotel Selfish Intellectual Blues.” It’s really quite amazing. I’ll spare you my interpretation and let you just bathe in it:

• Diamond Black Hearted Boy: http://soundcloud.com/diamondblackheartedboy

Waka Flocka Flame

From Roaches To Rollies

Prepare to get your FLEX on, because Waka Flocka Flame is back with a new mixtape!! From Roaches to Rollies goes so hard in the paint you might as well call him the rap-game Jackson Pollock. The mixtape’s 15 tracks span the whole spectrum of intensity, from HARD (“7 Days of the Week”) to HARDER (“Alpo”) to “OH DID HE JUST DISS GUCCI MANE? YES HE DID!” (“Ice Cream Cone”). That diss track will inevitably draw a ton of traffic, given Gucci’s recent fulfillment of his long-anticipated transformation into “that guy,” and hearing the Brick Squad overlord go psychoanalytical in his digs is an experience that’s as awesome as you’d expect: “All in your feelings, all in your emotions,” hypothesizes Waka Flocka Freud, “Just for attention/ you cause all of this commotion.” By contrast, Flocka has got it all under control: spitting his rager-ready rhymes over beats that shudder and sweat like the participants of a middle school dance gone terribly, terribly wrong. Fun stuff!

Listen to Waka Flocka Flame’s newest mixtape From Roaches to Rollies below, hosted by DJ Scream:


• Waka Flocka Flame: http://www.wakaflockabsm.com
• Brick Squad Monopoly: http://bricksquadmonopoly.blogspot.com

Armand Hammer

“Shark Fin Soup”

The first dish of Armand Hammer’s heavily anticipated Race Music has been served. Named for a once-popular Chinatown delicacy soon to be semi-banned in New York, “Shark Fin Soup” is a mouth-watering appetizer prepping our palates for more locally-flavored, internationally-informed cuisine to come. Locavores and culinarians delight, as woods and Elucid plate their finest courses in Iron Chef-style competition.

The single – streaming below – has almost nothing to do with food. Race Music comes out on CD October 22, but reservations are available here. Order up!

• Backwoodz Studioz: http://backwoodzstudioz.com
• billy woods: https://www.facebook.com/williambodega
• Elucid: https://twitter.com/elucidwho

Chocolate Grinder Mix 92

The Mario Coin Mix

Last year, I posted a mix of 10 songs that sample the sound of a gun cocking (you know, that “chk chk” sound), but it was terribly timed: it coincided with the day of the Dark Knight shooting. While I’ve already collected enough gun-cock tracks to do a couple more this year, I’ve decided to challenge myself instead with an even more obscure sample: that cute, chimey little sound effect heard when Mario, ever the capitalist, grabs a coin.

First off, I love that sound (who doesn’t?) — not only for nostalgic reasons but also because, in the context of the sampling world of electronic-based musics, it now vaguely signifies achievement, using a simple two-note melody (B to G) that can be easily appropriated for both its cultural resonance and its harmonic potential.

Second, I just barely found enough songs to constitute a mix. There were 8-bit tracks and joke-y songs that I could’ve included, but I wanted a mix that I’d actually listen to. In fact, I cut out this $yrup remix track at the 11th hour because it was so annoying to hear on repeat. Luckily, the rest I genuinely do enjoy, and I think they all make great use of the Mario coin: the classic version can be heard on tracks by Sugar C, Paisley Parks, and Tedy, and the newer version on a track by Co La. It’s pitched down on “Coins For The Canopy” by Maximillion Dunbar, one of two artists (the other being Paisley Parks) who use the coin to signify its monetary nature, and it’s so heavily effected by Huerco S. and Quiet Evenings that I’m not even sure they’re sampling it (update: neither are).

But my two favorite uses of the Mario coin come at the end of the mix, where TONY FERARRI (a.k.a. SP wiz aaronmaxwell) has the audacity to chop the coin mid-sample and where Lil B, like on the gun-cock mix, concludes the mix with a humorously absurd, surreal deployment.





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[00:00] Sugar C - “12 VAPORIZER” [prod. VHS LOGOS]
[01:09] Co La - “Melter’s Delight”
[04:42] Paisley Parks - “We Got”
[07:05] Heurco S. - “Hopewell (Devil)”
[07:40] Tedy - “Hashclub Party”
[09:31] Maxmillion Dunbar - “Coins For The Canopy”
[14:40] Quiet Evenings - “A Blue Dream” [excerpt]
[19:28] TONY FERRARI - “SPORTS”
[20:31] Lil B - “1000 Bitches”

Sky Needle

“End Games”

Man, oh man, it’s been a great few weeks for videos. First came Oneohtrix Point Never’s amazing (and sadly temporarily non-existent) collaborative techno-erotic exploration with Jon Rafman. Next came Tim Hecker’s exquisitely warped and washed-out gothic video for “Black Refraction,” a track from his forthcoming album Virgins. Now, viewers are presented with this little bit of genius from Brisbane’s Sky Needle.

So simple and yet so totally intense and absolutely effective, like some sort of primitive psychedelia, build, build, building to its demented Dionysian climax.

ME AH BOY THE STAR OF THE HEAD BORN A STAR YOU THAT STYLE THE FLOOR FLAWED WE ARE VILE THE GASSED OF DOOR PLAN BORED IS BY THE WAR RYE KNOW EYE WE ARE BY THE GUEST OF THE HEAD BORE A PIE THE BOAR HIGH RISE HORSE BEER OR MILES THROUGH OUT THE N I G H T BUY BILE STARTS SKY ONE WHY WHALES BE BEE OUT SIDE WALK THE…

And what are these words now but squawks of sound and passion: phlegm, lungs, loud, wind, whine, throat, thrust?

(UNINTELLIGIBLE) WE ARE SO HOT SO SOLAR…

In promotion of their latest album, Debased Shapes (out NOW on Bruit Direct Disques), Sky Needle just finished a European tour alongside Melbourne skuzz-rock act Mad Nanna. If you dig Debased Shapes, make sure you check out 2012’s Rave Cave. It’s similarly fucked up, but in the best possible way, of course.

• Sky Needle: http://www.skyneedle.org
• Bruit Direct Disques: http://bruit-direct.org

Patrick Farmer & David Lacey

Pictures Of Men. [excerpt]

One may not immediately associate emotional noise music with the unaltered sounds of pigs and geese, but the first five and a half minutes of Patrick Farmer and David Lacey’s Pictures Of Men. does a lot to make that connection much more apparent. The unaffected agricultural recordings that open the album are among the more gutturally moving musical moments I’ve heard this year. There’s something about the unidentified squawking and oinking that immediately registers as “pained,” in the same manner that a black metal vocalist’s yelps signify despair despite the incomprehensibility of their words. However, with the case of black metal, a listener can always look at the lyric sheet and see the source of the singer’s pain. Pictures Of Men. requires close listens to reveal the origins of certain sounds.

Throughout these opening minutes, it’s easy to hear some kind of industrial clangor that could be the source of the animals’ distress, and it’s pretty much a given that the producer of that clangor must be human. In that case, it seems that Farmer and Lacey use the opening material to establish a subtle dichotomy between man and nature that continues throughout the duration of the 45-minute composition.

As Pictures Of Men. progresses, this dichotomy between the natural-sound world and the man-made world is explored through the juxtaposition of field recording and EAI performance. It’s often difficult to tell what’s a natural sonic occurrence and what’s the result of the duo’s extended percussion technique. As the timbral textures eventually move from farmland to factory, it becomes clear that the album’s opening material presents an unedited relationship between human technology and nature that informs the rest of work. As a result, Pictures Of Men. is an amazingly thorough composition that raises interesting questions about sound source while managing to warp its own sounds into an arresting piece of music.

Pictures Of Men. is out now via Copy For Your Records. You can stream an [excerpt] of the work below:

• Patrick Farmer: http://www.patrickfarmer.org
• David Lacey: http://www.discogs.com/artist/David+Lacey
• Copy For Your Records: http://www.cfyre.co

  

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