Francis Bebey
African Electronic Music 1975-1982 [album stream]

What happens when you work for free? You dream of escaping to somewhere exotic while working for free! Sometimes thoughts of escaping are essential. But with the internet, this notion is weird, since escaping within the internet is both a place to find where to escape to and where you want to burn down. Can’t burn down the internet, th’oh. However, if you found African Electronic Music 1975-1982 on the internet, which here you are doing exactly that, buy and download it so you can escape the reality of driving home. And what an escape it is. Not only is this shit FUCKING clever (@”NewTrack”), but it’s both African flavored and (mostly, I believe) sung in French. Yeah, I get why it’s French and African, but it’s beautiful and a delight to run to when you down on travel dough.

• Francis Bebey: http://www.bebey.com/news
• Born Bad Records: http://www.bornbadrecords.net

P Villa

“Beliefs Are Free”

Astro Nautico, the label responsible for putting out solid releases by howse, Time Wharp, Kuhn, Obey City, and Paul Jones, recently dropped Atlantics: Vol. 2, a beastly (and free) 41-track compilation of bass-heavy dance tracks, suffocated hip-hop, and ethereal bathdub constructions. Each morning this week, I’ll pick one of my favorite tracks, so you can start your day off astronautically.

Fuzzy bass, watery synths, chilled beats all the way through. I haven’t heard of P Villa before this compilation, but now I’m keeping tabs on him (I’m on a laptop outside his apartment right now). Villa released a full-length called Revist in late 2010, and he has a new one, Volacious, coming this summer. If the tracks are anything like “Beliefs Are Free,” then mark me down, +1. I’ll buy merch, promise!

• P Villa: http://www.bluntgutsnation.com
• Astro Nautico: http://astronautico.com

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO

“Son of a Bitches Brew”

And from the womb comes colors dripping:

- The doctor runs his finger along the seam, tastes it, and mouth sticky he says, “It’s a boy.”
- The nun raises the baby as mucous stretches from him to the pool he was birthed in.
- The shaman places his hands in the pool and throws the goo-colors into the air.
- The guru releases a green fog entombing everyone in its eminence.
- The baby aura’s an almond glow separating itself from this green.
- The P premiers his haunting chant, sucking in plumes of fog.
- The Z freshens the baby and depletes green air.
- The Acid Mothers Temple seers the psychic wavelength received from the baby.
- The Melting Paraiso UFO channels the brew into chaos.
- The you can further find out about this through Important Records on June 28.

• Acid Mothers Temple: http://www.acidmothers.com
• Important Records: http://importantrecords.com

d'Eon

Music For Keyboards Vol. 2: “Whats My Age Again?” Variations [album stream]

I first heard Blink-182 in 6th grade. My initial exposure, to “All the Small Things,” must have made its way through my pores and found its way to something inside me primordial and fundamental, because I remember the song pervading my consciousness for months. In fact, I remember that whenever I was part of a class group or creative project and we had to make a presentation, my sole resource was to do a parody of “All the Small Things.” Maybe this owes more to Weird Al, who also played a dubious role model in those days. Either way, my fellow group members must have been weak-willed, or also of questionable taste, because I remember my grand plan winning out more often than was healthy or reasonable.

It matters not what generated my weird year of Blink-182 variations. What does matter is that, many years hence, d’Eon has embraced the passed torch with his own Blink re-imaginings. And thankfully the tracks here — vibing on “What’s My Age Again?” — are light-years better than a 12 year old’s “All the Small Things”/Julie of the Wolves mashup. Better, even, than the originals. Better than they have any right to be.

This mixtape, Music For Keyboards Vol. II, is out now from Hippos in Tanks (and premiered by Stereogum). d’Eon’s LP, LP, is also available from Hippos in Tanks.

• d’Eon: http://hipposintanks.net/artists/deon
• Hippos in Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net

Sick Whips

“Saudeleur”

Astro Nautico, the label responsible for putting out solid releases by howse, Time Wharp, Kuhn, Obey City, and Paul Jones, recently dropped Atlantics: Vol. 2, a beastly (and free) 41-track compilation of bass-heavy dance tracks, suffocated hip-hop, and ethereal bathdub constructions. Each morning this week, I’ll pick one of my favorite tracks, so you can start your day off astronautically.

Sick Whip’s “Saudeleur” is the penultimate track on Atlantics: Vol 2, and with good reason. It’s lulling ambience and tinkly aesthetic is the perfect way to wind down such a frenetic compilation of mutated dance tracks. Sick Whip’s SoundCloud claims that he/she/they/it is/are from Nan Madol, Micronesia, a ruined city located off the shore of Pohnpei island. This track makes me almost believe it.

• Sick Whips: http://soundcloud.com/sick-wips
• Astro Nautico: http://astronautico.com

Daniel Bachman

“White Oak”

If you boil it all down, it’s possible to accredit the United States as being the roots of most modern music, at least on a superficial level. This country popularized jazz music, which eventually led to rock ‘n’ roll, which may have led to everything we’ve ever heard since. This is a huge over-generalization, I know, but stick with me here. Although the origins of rock-oriented music may be in the states, we all know that some of the greatest achievements in the genre have come from places beyond our borders. So much so that there are very few styles that we still consider to sound “American.”

One sound that does recall images of the new world is the finger-pluckin’ steel string American raga, the kind of acoustic music that makes us all think of the old Takoma Records days. One modern master of this sound is Daniel Bachman (once known as Sacred Harp). His output lately has been plentiful, and his newest LP is yet another mesmerizing account of the grand American landscape. The album is called Oh Be Joyful, and it’s out on One Kind Favor. Check above for an inspiring video for the lead-off track “White Oak” which features Bachman strumming and plucking away like it ain’t no thang. His music has always sounded effortless, but the video makes it look even more so. With hints of drone from what I think is called a Shruti box, the record travels through scenes of frantic storms of guitar to simple sleepy folk songs.

• One Kind Favor: http://www.onekindfavor.net

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