Mick Barr

Mick Barr, the man behind/in front of Ocrilim, Orthrelm, and Octis, has a new solo album, Coiled Malescence, due September 13 via Safety Meeting. The album, which I haven’t heard but am expecting to blindly love, is available for pre-order right now. It reportedly “shreds.” (via Pitchfork)

• Safety Meeting: http://www.safetymeeting.net

Ricardo Donoso

“Conditional Formatting (Descent)”

Progress Chance, the new album by Brazil’s Ricardo Donoso (who is now situated in Boston — you want his mailing address too??), is out this week on Digitalis. The idea for the album, according to the label, “was to strip out the four-to-the-floor beats and any other drum programming and create his own version of the ‘morning dance music’ he grew up with in the Brazilian rave scene.” Any remixers want to overdub some shitty four-to-the-floor beats? No? Good. Check out the terrifying video for “Conditional Formatting (Descent)” above.

• Ricardo Donoso: http://rdonoso.com
• Digitalis: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/rec_index.html

Stylus Rex

“Blatant Elephant”

It’s been a long time coming, and getting increasingly longer, but underground breakbeat sensation Greg Marshall (a.k.a. Stylus Rex) is closing in on the release date for his debut album. Initially slated for release in early 2011, Ground Level Records boss Andy McAllister assures fans it will see the light of day in December (fingers crossed). In the meantime, the label has just released an official video for “Blatant Elephant.” Set to the work of a few visual artists, the A/V experience gives the viewer a slice of yummy nostalgia, sending us right back into that mid-90s warehouse then of necessity and now of legend. Here’s looking forward to that Christmas present.

• Stylus Rex: http://www.myspace.com/stylusrex
• Ground Level Records: http://www.groundlevelbreaks.com

Mahmoud Ahmed

Jeguol Naw Betwa

There are quite a few Mississippi Records fanatics out there, and it’s easy to see why. The preservation of roots music from all walks of life – not just blues and Americana – is a good thing, right? Head over to Little Axe, Mississippi’s distributor, for a reissue of Ethiopian “urban star” Mahmoud Ahmed’s 1978 Jeguol Naw Betwa LP, which, according to the label, is “as good as it gets & as close to universally perfect music as ever has been made.”

• Little Axe/Mississippi Records: http://littleaxerecords.com/
• Mahmoud Ahmed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmed

Diamond Terrifier

Himalayan Appalachia [preview]

Sweet Valley High! Sam Hillmer of Zs has gone solo! On September 17, Sockets Records is releasing Himalayan Appalachia, a cassette release that features two 20-minute tenor sax noise excursions by Hillmer and his fancy new moniker, Diamond Terrifier. The cassette is limited, so get on that.

Zs have plenty of stuff coming up too, so don’t worry your pretty little head.

• Diamond Terrifier: http://diamondterrifier.tumblr.com
• Sockets: http://socketsrecords.com


“Dead Echo”

Pigeons, the Bronx duo of Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin, have a new mouthful of an album called They Sweetheartstammers. RIYL: Pigeons. Look for it November 8 on Soft Abuse (represent!). In unrelated news, anyone else see that Jaguar ad on the site?

• Soft Abuse: http://softabuse.com



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