Nicholas Szczepanik
Sueños

Although Nicholas Szczepanik often plays with different timbres and textures, the one element that is always prevalent in his work is stasis. Szczepanik is fascinated with what happens when a single sound is very gradually altered during an extended period of time. This basic concept has permeated all of the composer’s work, from the queasy monolithic beauty of Please Stop Loving Me to the warbly miniatures of We Make Life Sad, but the recently released Sueños may be the sparest and most transparent illustration of Szczepanik’s musical process yet.

Sueños’ four tracks work with oscillating sine waves and microscopically shift in tone/texture over long durations in a manner very similar to Eliane Radigue’s work. Throughout, the transparency of Szczepanik’s process allows the listener to fully revel in the shifting stasis of his gorgeously minimal drones.

Sueños is available now as a pay-what-you-want download from Szczepanik’s bandcamp. You can stream the record below:

• Nicholas Szczepanik http://www.nszcz.com

james matthew

untitled album

Looking only to BEAT you senseless, james matthew (one half FAMILY EVENT and all that is LOU TENNANT) returns with nine of the freshest tracks clobbered together as untitled album. Here, the myth/deity/king of feel good rhythmings births babies out of all dem yuung samples. untitled album is the ultimate lil Frankenstein of music. I don’t even think it’s more than 10 minutes. Yet, james matthew remains one-hunto percent repeatable. As well, it was marketed with a rare untitled item, limited to two or three sales, which I hope comes in a bag, cause that’s why I bought one; I need a bag, gurl.

Just let the Bandcamp description do my work:
crass (krs)
adj. crass·er, crass·est
So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.
stupid; gross
[Latin crassus, dense.]
crassi·tude (–td, -tyd), crassness n.
crassly adv.

Listen to james matthew’s untitled album below; fly shit:

• james matthew: http://jamesmatthew.bandcamp.com

Raum

Two Songs

LIZ HARRIS + JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA (a.k.a. Raum) = YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!

RAUM’S Event Of Your Leaving WILL BE OUT NOVEMBER 15 ON Glass, house! YES!

• Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: https://soundcloud.com/jefre-cantu-ledesma
• Liz Harris: https://sites.google.com/site/yellowelectric
• Glass, house: http://glasscommahouse.org

Roc Marciano

The Pimpire Strikes Back

It’s a Roc Marciano mixtape featuring production by Madlib, Alchemist, Evidence, Arch Druids, Lord Finesse, and of course, Roc himself. If you need any more convincing to stream/download The Pimpire Strikes Back below, then this post is not for you. Carry on:

Roc’s production album Marci Beaucoup drops December 10, meaning it’ll probably miss my year-end list, but don’t be surprised if you see The Pimpire Strikes Back on there.

• Roc Marciano: https://www.facebook.com/MarcianoReloaded
• Man Bites Dog Records: http://manbitesdogrecords.com

James Ferraro / Triad God

“Swarovski”

James Ferraro just took us to the hell that is New York, and now he’s dragging us to another kind of hell: the mall. “Swarovski” is a collaboration between Ferraro and fellow Hippos in Tanks signee Triad God (who released the fantastic NXB mixtape last year), and its barely-there beats, sparse sample placements, and tense, moody electronics are perfect backdrops to the passive mutterings of Triad God and the swallowed-by-Auto-Tune crooning of Ferraro. It’s luxury-cut anxiety, crystal ornaments of a sensually lurid dread, a glass sculpture of anguish. And it’s oh so beautiful.

• James Ferraro: http://hipposintanks.net/artists/james-ferraro
• Triad God: http://www.soundcloud.com/triadgod
• Hippos In Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net

Alison Gold

“ABCDEFG”

Fat Usher, I’m sorry I doubted you.

At first, I thought you were a hack, a phony, a man cruelly bent on capitalizing on the dreams of privileged children and their willing parents. When “Friday” came out, my first inclination was to laugh at you, riding along in that fake car, because you were emasculated by a tween. And it was sad. Ditto with “Thanksgiving:” how downtrodden were you donning that turkey suit? And the final nail in the coffin: “Chinese Food,” with its sickening swathe of rainbows and problematic racial contextualizations (and here we go again with the animal costumes; you should consider playing at Anthrocon). Fat Usher, believe me when I say, ‘I cried. I cried for the dollars spent, the time wasted - but most of all, for humanity itself.’ Touch my cheek. Feel my tears.

But you’ve really redeemed yourself with “ABCDEFG.” I can tell you’ve been studying your Foucault, because that dollhouse is one hell of a Panopticon. When you peer into the windows of that dollhouse, you’re peering into the shining, collective soul of humanity, mocking it, and making it your own. When you enlist the noodle guy from the “Chinese Food” video to play Cupid and strike that poor girl with your arrows, you may as well be shooting America in the heart, because pageviews = love (no matter how twisted), and you’ll get a lot of love for this, I guarantee it. And the puppets. Oh god, the puppets. You’ve really gone meta, Fat Usher. I will kowtow till my knees give in.

• ARK Music Factory: http://arkmusicfactory.com

  

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