Mass At Dawn
“Demons Of Fire”

Three-inch CDs, what’s that all about? A one-holed circle in which 21-24 minutes of music has been transferred, that’s what. Well that’s all well and good, but how the devil do I play it? According to Kimberley Dawn:

**********NOTICE************
SPECIAL MUSIC NEEDS A SPECIAL PLAYER-
DON’T PLAY TINY CD’S IN SLOT LOADING
CD-PLAYERS. remember: “spindles and trays
… are okay!”
********************************

As one should be aware, any aphorism that (sort of) rhymes is irrevocably true. Anyway, I for one am excited that this dying format is being reignited by the underground. Can’t wait for these little blighters to get back into circulation as well.

Kimberley Dawn is, among other things, proud presenters of Tennessee’s unique and grubby take on psychedelia. Trimutation, from Nashville’s Dylan Simon a.k.a. Mass At Dawn, is all laid back and languid. You can almost feel the weight of that finger as it lies heavy on the unwavering synth note throughout “Demons Of Fire.” Expect more of the same on the remaining 18-21 minutes of seething composition that these three glorious inches offer.

• Mass At Dawn: http://www.myspace.com/massatdawn
• Kimberley Dawn: http://kimdawn.blogspot.co.uk

nipple tapes

iii [album stream]

Music is absorbed in penetrating repetition deez-dayz. But how about just CD skips? Like, ever think Replica is due to a glove box full of scratched discs? For really, listen to each of these iii nipple tapes tracks (all less than two minutes) over and over individually for, like, an hour each and absorb yourself in this stink. Shit gets slow. Maybe. Maybe it’s all the same speed. Right? YOU do something about it. Put it in Audacity and slow it down more. Or pump it up to um-hum. It’s also good for highway-driving zones. And, love the cover art.

• nipple tapes: http://nippletapes.bandcamp.com/album/iii

Oneohtrix Point Never with Roger Robinson

“Replica (Falty DL Remix)”

Today sees the digital release of the Dog in the Fog EP by Oneohtrix Point Never. To celebrate, label Software has released a remix that didn’t make the cut. The track is by Falty DL, who remixes a version of “Replica” by Mr. Lopatin and King Midas Sound’s Roger Robinson. I can most certainly fuck with that. Check it out here:

• Oneohtrix Point Never: http://www.pointnever.com
• Software: http://softwarelabel.net

Ellen Allien

“Take Me Out”

BPitch Control founder Ellen Allien may have quietly released Galactic Horse back in March, but now a clip has surfaced for “Take Me Out,” the woozy, throbbing highlight of that two-track release. It’s a slice of trippy German IDM that’s still accessible enough for most house fans. The video, meanwhile, relies on kaleidoscopic images and heavy shadows — those bits of familiar but nonetheless alluring discotheque imagery that cause a dancer to resemble an Indian goddess. The pulsating lights in the background further add to the trippy, phosphorescent feel of the track.

• Ellen Allien: http://www.ellenallien.de
• BPitch: http://www.bpitchcontrol.de

GECKO AFTERLIFE

“☺ EARTH JUMP”

James Ferraro. I’ll give you a minute…

Okay, now that you’ve stopped rolling your eyes, let’s get ready to grumble! James Ferraro is back from having never left, this time with a project presumably called GECKO AFTERLIFE. A “video” was posted recently for “☺ EARTH JUMP,” which has a little BEBETUNE$, a little BODYGUARD, and a whole lot of barbed-wire soul. Enjoy this 10-minute-plus track from our Last American Hero.

• James Ferraro: https://twitter.com/#!/JFerraro_zip
• BODYGUARD: https://twitter.com/#!/BODY_GUARD_
• Hippos In Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net

Meadowlands

“Pumpernickles”

Too often these days, bands get accused of coating everything in too much reverb. I don’t see what the big deal is, personally. Take “Pumpernickles,” a track from Meadowlands’ new tape Cross-sectional Studies for example. Sure it sounds like a real club banger buried in so much reverb that I want to use telling words like “landscapes,” “ethereal,” and a bunch of ocean metaphors to describe it, but that doesn’t mean it’s “bad reverb.” It’s like a party-next-door kind of thing — probably just a bunch of obnoxious, drunk teenagers, but I’ll be damned if they don’t listen to good music. I just prefer to listen to it next door, in the safety of my own home, thank you.

Listen to this water-buried beauty below, and buy the tape, ya damn Mediafire-ing kids!

• Meadowlands: http://soundcloud.com/meadowlands
• Exo Tapes: http://exotapes.tumblr.com

  

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