Broken Arrow EP
You know all those beats that take the rhythms of footwork and throw some jazzy chords all over it, often to undeniably lush effect? Well, if Astro Nautico aren’t behind it, they’re at the very least blogging about it night and day. Now on their 12th release, it appears to be the turn of label founder Paul Jones to reveal his takes. Yet contrary to his labelmates (Kuhn, Obey City), Jones mostly chooses to slow things down and makes things a little more wonky. It’s less juke/jungle hybrid and more late-night, drunken slow-jams, with a subtle dash of the humble bitcrusher and a less subtle spray of wildly panning noise. However, if you feel you’re missing some fine time at 160bpm there’s always the ludicrous Kuhn remix. It’s also free, which is a difficult thing to have qualms with.
• Astro Nautico: http://astronautico.com
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland
Black Is Beautiful [trailer]
Celebrity superstars/fashion icons Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland (also sometimes known as Hype Williams) are set to release Black Is Beautiful, an exhilarating 15-track album of their fuzzy brand of surreal, trash-humping pop. It’s really fucking great. Check out the album’s trailer above, which (as Clash points out) features audio from a WWE advertising campaign. Sounds about right.
Look for Black Is Beautiful April 16 on Hyperdub. And while you wait, don’t forget about Blunt’s latest mixtape and please do yourself a favor and put Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby” on repeat. You’ll thank us later.
LiL ♎ JaBBA
Whenever I think of the name LiL ♎ JaBBA, I always think of this, only replace “girl” with “name.” Listen, the more Jurassic Park links I put in, the more points I get with the old ball-and-chain (she’s a J-Park fanatic). But she never reads these, so in light of that, she also does a good verbal version of footwork/juke when she’s in her talking-zone. I was also hoping for some James Brown sampling here, using that lounge sound errrbody else is fronting on the scene. But, wherever. Originality, ya lingo? So, what do you think? Is LiL ♎ JaBBA just an imitation of? Or a new cutter and stacker? We’ll find out if he’s ever picked up through someone/thing major. At this moment, I’ve listened to this track so many times, it’s hard to say if the music is making me anxious to hear more tracks, or turn it off.
*****OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, wait wait wait wait. Scope this shit out. WTRCLR fucking picked up his newest release? That’s AMAZING!! HAH, talk about a quick turn of events.
This is fun. Sam Hillmer here playing only [one] note on his sax as an exercise in being. It’s an interesting notion and read. He’s pretty lighthearted about it or is just being an asshole. He also has an enormous tour coming up, that y’all’ll hear about here shortly. For now, he’s playing Sunday here. Stop on by. I’ll be the dude there with the crooked forehead and oblivious peninsula hairline. WHOADEY!
Object Permanence [album preview]
One would be forgiven if, after reading that the bio of Excavacations describes them as “the catchiest drone you’ll ever hear,” one uttered a faint tut of skepticism. But after hearing the final swelling waves that close “Sine 1” on Object Permanence, one would not be forgiven. This is because the suggestion that Excavacations are simultaneously a “pop” and “drone” act somehow fits exceptionally. Much like some of the earlier No Age wanderings, random specks of noise are flecked over husky guitar feedback. This frames some well-strained vocals that drift subtly in and out of rhythm and clarity throughout the tracks. The whole album forms a surprisingly coherent structure considering it was cut from several tape releases (on the wonderful Stunned, Avant Archive, and Paramita labels), and Weird Forest have only gone and partially remixed and remastered the lot, the lovely sods.
• Weird Forest: http://www.weirdforest.com
Y’ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! This is the first decent release Moon Glyph has put out so far in 2012. Saying that is a conflict of label-interest with my bruva Henning, but he got the song-scenario to the teeth: “decadent and rotten city.” It’s hard not to transport yourself to cyber-punk dystopia upon hearing tracks like this, but moreso, where would you want “The Driver” to take you? If you had the opportunity to see/do anything in NYC 2416, what would be your first choice? Something more familiar, or would you future the fuck out? I’d axe “The Driver” what the best, most culturally abrasive experience he has to offer, and he’d probably just drive me around the city. ‘_’ Wiff my decent drift? On the flip side, Ettinger’s track is the slick-nasty, if you’re familiar with his new works.