Inspired School of Astral Music
10:10 Opening The Digital Door [excerpt]

It seems like I get into music buying so much more in the warm weather. Aside from jamming some hard cassettes at the beach, I also like using a bunch of shitty clearance-priced equipment to put LPs to digital to cassette to blare to beach to bikini. My bikini. Cause I keeps it Euro when I dig long jams. Long jams such as 10:10 Opening The Digital Door really get me moist… with sea breeze. Sunlight just beating down on my body, no shades; the vastness of the beach and flesh. Sand and bodies become one. And the copy I made of this reminds me of sitting in the same sunlight, on my patio, patiently waiting for 10:10 Opening The Digital Door LP to rip and rec on cassette. The LP is out now, co-released by Sonic Mediations and Psychic Sounds Recordings, limited to 147 copies. They also include a sunlight-absorbing essay on the Cybergenetic Fugue State and the meaning of 10:10.

• Inspired School of Astral Music: http://billdoob.blogspot.com
• Sonic Mediations: http://www.exposeventy.com/sonicmeditations
• Psychic Sounds Recordings: http://psychicsounds.com

Lil Silva

“Gobble That”

Amid the commercial dubstep craze that’s sweeping the nation right now, it’s easy to forget to pay respect to the genre’s founders across the pond. Before there was Skrillex, after all, there had to be Burial and Benga. And while some UK artists have adapted grime and UK garage to reflect a broader four-on-the-floor appeal, there remain plenty of stalwarts determined to stay true to the sounds of the London underground. Case in point: Lil Silva.

“Gobble That” is an abrasive, mechanical piece of EDM, with enough sexually-charged sound effects to attest to its suggestive namesake. The hydraulic, hissing beats mesh perfectly with the whirling bass, with some nice dancehall-inflected samples thrown in the mix — call it one of the sexiest tracks in the Funky scene right now.

• Lil Silva: http://soundcloud.com/lilsilva

Heat Wave

“JUICY J CAN’T (CYBERFUCKVERSI•N) (STR TRPP¥RMX)”

Who gon’ be ridin’ low to Heat Wave this spring/summer? Hopefully y’all with this new REMIX SERIES Alex Gray is cyberfucking. All this bathdub ‘bout to drown someone in all this infra-pop. Floodin’ knowledge with mind-grape flicking and old funk smmmuring — nahhh, fuck it. Bounce that bass. Trip it a bit. Feel the wave that “JUICY J CAN’T (CYBERFUCKVERSI•N) (STR TRPP¥RMX).” Reality precedes character precedes lying precedes music precedes the internet precedes Heat Wave produces a beholder. Scope “JUICY J CAN’T (CYBERFUCKVERSI•N) (STR TRPP¥RMX)” and “THE REAL HER (SEAOFSILKSTYLEZ),” part of the Heat Wave remix series always coming soon. Don’t be shy.

• Heat Rave: http://heatrave.com
• Heat Rave: http://rrrash.tumblr.com

King Felix (Laurel Halo)

“SPRING02”

It’s Laurel Halo season, readers. Next week, Halo will release the Spring EP under her King Felix moniker. The EP is due on Liberation Technologies, a new imprint of Mute Records. Check out “SPRING02” below, courtesy of Liberation Technologies’ SoundCloud:

Meanwhile, Quarantine, Halo’s upcoming album on Hyperdub, is due June 5. Can you feel the love?

• Laurel Halo: http://www.laurelhalo.com
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Death Grips

RETROGRADE

Death Grips were really good at the promo game from the start, tossing off their Exmilitary mixtape in 2011 for free like it weren’t one of the best albums of the year, letting vultures pick at it with Black Google, and offering a video companion for any song you’d like to share with potential pals. Now with major label backing, they’re doing promo like they’re doing rap, firing off “Blackjack” then “Get Got” then “Lost Boys” then AYE AYE AYE AYE AYE AYE.

Where to go from there but into the fucked unknown: RETROGRADE is Death Grips’ new video inspired by Mercury being in retrograde until Wednesday. Fair enough. But that video is made up of 109 separate videos meant to loop as “GIFs” (really, short YouTube clips), all original Gripz footage. Head to the RETROGRADE site and start/stop as many of the clips as you’d like in whatever order, or just press “PLAY ALL” to hear what I suppose is the “full song”! You can also check out each RETROGRADE video in order via the YouTube above.

Read a lot more about RETROGRADE in this statement/interview at The Creators Project.

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
• Epic/Columbia: http://www.sonymusic.com

Madalyn Merkey

“Siren”

Well it looks like somebody got a vocoder — and I ain’t talkin’ ‘bout Kanye West. It’s Madalyn Merkey from Chicago, and she’s using it to emit some pretty bedazzling sounds. By simply rambling off improvisational cycles of vocal rhythm into her her fuzzed-out vocoder, Merkey constructs music which feels refreshingly aimless and free yet thoughtful and beautiful.

Available now through New Images Ltd., Merkey’s LP is called Scent. Smell it now.

• Madalyn Merkey: http://soundcloud.com/cyndi
• New Images Ltd.: http://newimagesltd.tumblr.com

  

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