Dntel
“If I Stay a Minute”

Yes, this is real: 1) Dntel is coming out with a new album and 2) this is my second day in a row that I’m covering Leaving Records’ glory. Since his (Jimmy Tamborello) come-back Tour Tape 2012 into LP Aimlessness, Dntel has been circuiting the Dublab dynasty, then low-and-behold: Human Voice!

Remember when Dntel was progressing pop to the point of beyond musical territory and then the Postal Service fucked it all up and got that UPS commercial? Fuck all that! ‘Cause his single “If I Stay a Minute” blows all intentions of advancing music outta the atmosphere. “If I Stay a Minute” really means, “I’ll stick around, but will end up here a bit longer than a minute because this shit is good.” There’s even vocals (?) on this track. And sampled or not, it’s backward. I mean, it’s backward that Dntel went to cassette on this, which also means Human Voice’s release on cassette is a highly admirable move and deserves every ear on this Earth because it was made by people.

Leaving Records is straight up PEOPLE. Like, there are human beings at work there, and are humble about his art, as well as crushing the small-run label scene this year: D/P/I, new Diva (!!!!!!!!!), and now Dntel. Makes me think Matthewdavid will start going by Datthewmavid… just to fit in with the alliteration. But there’s no doubt Dntel’s newest tape Human Voice on Leaving Records needs a solid listen from everyone reading this post. Check out “If I Stay a Minute” below and let it linger until the tape pops September 23:

• Dntel: https://soundcloud.com/dntel
• Leaving Records: http://leavingrecords.com

Live Island

“King”

Royalty sucks, but “King” by Live Island doesn’t. I’m confused. But maybe its all this pinned nostalgia that’s making me crazy. Glum synthesisers hovering over drum machines, machining drums and drumming machines to death, security cameras, sculptures, digital humans, earth shitted on by computers… %)… Whoa! That cot damn lead synth line got me going for a second. Was getting some heavy vibes rustling within. Back to the subject at hand. “King” is being released via a 10” piece of what cool-kids and hip-adults call vinyl on Acoustic Division, and the visuals for the video were supplied by fellow Lexington, Kentucky resident and all-around #1 stunna Robert Beatty. So, yeah, you should probably watch this video already.

• Live Island: http://liveisland.bandcamp.com
• Robert Beatty: http://remainsstreet.com
• Acoustic Division: http://www.acousticdivision.com

Ak'chamel

“Ghosts Of Phi Am”

So, in a way, it’s good I can’t dive too into Ak’chamel’s new album in a Chocolate Grinder post because 1) Lowlands of Hteklum is not up for stream and 2) I’d slobber all across your screen via text, and anyone who wants that can go to their favorite erotic literature website. Luckily, for the big-tease, Moon Glyph has only released three tracks off Ak’chamel’s newest tape, and “Ghosts Of Phi Am” – the second burner off this seven track reeler – goes fucking IN on them psyche-kraut slaying vibes. And if your head ain’t spinning during or after, then check y our pulse, because technically a song just killed you and reanimated the body that once claimed your name.

Moon Glyph can’t stop themselves from cranking out the freshest psyche. Grabbing from all ranges of the genre’s spectrum, their love for various versions of mind blasting sonic trickery flickers bright in the world of small-run labels. Thus, not only was Ak’chamel’s newest Lowlands of Hteklum an emerald within their world of jewels, but it’s also a wonderful transitional release into their first 2014 LP release by Leisure Birds, which I’ve also heard, and just swore off the label because I’ll end up spending all my money there if I’m not careful. Kidding… I just spent ALL my money at Moon Glyph and now I’m rich with brain traveling.

Dig on “Ghosts Of Phi Am” below, and beware of the journey ahead:

• Moon Glyph: http://www.moonglyph.com
• Ak’chamel: http://akchamel.bandcamp.com

D/P/I

“L.M. (Switch)”

^^^^^^^NOT ACTUAL ALBUM FOOTAGE!!^^^^^^^

“from upcoming,
MN.ROY (Leaving Records)..

“video / release date
coming soon ;”

• D/P/I: http://chanceimag.es
• Leaving Records: http://leavingrecords.com

Così e Così

“Being You” (feat T. Funk)

Could it get any darker than a j-card dick pic? Actually, it COULD! And this just in from the blackened prince, Così e Così (featuring T. Funk), comes some fuzzy violence via Guillaume Vallé in the video for “Being You” off Being You Black Utopia. This is in co-joining release with Self Exit, both in cassette formats on August 6 via Jeunesse Cosmique.

Here in “Being You,” there’s a heavy Angels in America vibe, but with way more palpable standards to textured melody and beat. No DOUBT this is some brooding sounds and atmospheres, but it’s Così e Così, son. Which means so-so, right? Well, that might be how the fellah is doing emotionally, but song-wise, “Being You” makes trans-body experiences feel like a marvel in sound. Shit, I’m curious if Faith Hill’s “Someone Else’s Dream” was inspiration for Così e Così on this track, for FAKE.

Word-is: “official launch show is this Wednesday at Casa del Popolo in Montreal. Booking an official tour finally with Montreal artist Echo Beach too, so will be in NYC approx October 1!” So grip (the super super limited) Self Exit and Being You Black Utopia tomorrow on tape via Jeunesse Cosmique, and scope what it’s like “Being You” below:

• Così e Così: http://cosiecosi.tumblr.com
• Jeunesse Cosmique: http://jeunessecosmique.com

SOPHIE

“Hard”

SOPHIE cannot be stopped! “Hard” is (naturally) harder, darker, and more agressive than the bubbly (and equally danceable) sister single “Lemonade,” but not in any sort of way we might expect. It still features the chaotic, tiny, bright sounds that define SOPHIE’s music, but it’s the driving vocals, use of silence, and metallic noises that deaden the saccharine emotion and grime up the bubbliness, creating the evil twin that’s smoking cigarettes in the corner while “Lemonade” is licking her little red lollipop. SOPHIE works side by side with the likes of PC Music, and “Hard” actually sounds a bit more like their music than SOPHIE’s own past work — GFOTY is even the vocalist here — but the track still manages to sound totally fresh. “Hard” too feels like SOPHIE’s most poetic work to date. By showing us the many uses of the word ‘hard,’ it challenges what we associate with that word in the context of electronic music. SOPHIE celebrates the danceable hardness of the track, but also celebrates its emotional and technical difficulty. The female vocal saying “I just get so hard” contains a subversiveness that effectively challenges sex and gender norms. I could write about the theoretical worth of this track for hours, but at the end of the day, it’s just really straightforward, and at its core, it’s just fun to listen to.

• SOPHIE: https://soundcloud.com/msmsmsm
• Numbers: http://nmbrs.net

  

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