Prince Rama (channeling Hyparxia)
“Welcome to the Now Age”
If you didn’t already know, the world as we know it will be ending in about a month and a half. In celebration (?) of this event, Prince Rama has channeled the top singles of 10 of the bands that surely would have been a big hit had the world continued existing. “Welcome to the Now Age,” by Hyparxia is a real sensation filled with cerebral one-word stanzas echoed out over a bed of 90s instructional video beats. If this is the future, then I guess music really is doomed to repeat itself indefinitely. I guess Simon Reynolds was right with his concept of Retromania.
Listen as Prince Rama channels Hyparxia below, and buy the album from Paw Tracks on November 6.
If post-pop is possible, I guess this is it.
It’s time to practice your freestyle, because Knx (Glen Boothe, a.k.a. Knxwledge) is bumping fresh beats like “j∆M.FRºZE” via Leaving Records, who dubbed him as “bandcamp king of the beat-scene.” Buttrskotch is Knx’s first cassette, so prepare your local cypher for that next level-style shit. Also, I’m really into this repetition culture happening in my own head right now. Like, okay, the physical is fly. Owning and having a beat tape destroys. But also having it digital gives you the opportunity to put it on instant repetition. Take a Nipple Tapes, CULP, or Bolo Yeung track and just ride it out repeat style for about 15 minutes. Mmm… that overwhelming numbness flushes your brain full of searing stagnant bliss. And right now, “j∆M.FRºZE,” on repeat for the last hour, seems to be taking this week into that dimension where you feel like nothing needs to happen to be happy. Hit up Leaving Records ASAP, or maybe this has already been sold out. Either way, give it love and find it anywhere you can listen to it. HYPE!
“Let’s Go” [feat. High Priest]
“Let’s Go” — it’s Rone’s new joint featuring High Priest, and it’s time to pump. Okay, so aside from its cliché electronica noises and amusing rap crossover effect, this track is pretty PRETTY. Pretty fresh from the production room, that is. Like, the lyrics sound kind of awesome when Rone fucks with High Priest’s vocals, but they’re so blurred together with this cawing and warped siren sound that it’s hard to discern, yet High Priest got “ok” natural flow and somewhat slick verbiage. I’m not on Gchat right now, but I swear Rone sampled the “messaged received” sound in this track too. Maybe this is his nod to all this digital wipeout style of music currently being sampled/made. Wrapping it up: this track is worth 10 repeats in a row. #pumppumppumppumppumppump
Alan might be geeking about this new Rone album, Tohu Bohu, due November 5 on InFiné. Fuck, I gotta get my listening fingers back up and running after Sandy.
Legendary Danish DJ Flemming Dalum has treated us all to another of his superb themed mixes. Featuring exclusive edits and unreleased demos alongside the usual Eurodisco excavations — not to mention previously unreleased goodies from the Bordello A Parigi family — it’s required listening for anyone with even a passing interest in the vast and vague hinterland separating house and disco.
Flemming Dalum – Italoween (unreleased)
Heinrich Dressel - Blue Atmosfear (upcoming Bordello A Parigi)
Kid Machine – Assault On John Carpenter (exclusive For Italoween)
Don Shelley – Dance To The Music (discomagic)
Tomoyasu Hotei - Battle Without Honor Or Humanity (josh Benzin Sunbird Remix) (unreleased)
Kid Machine & Flemming Dalum – Fantasmi (upcoming Red Laser Records)
Pastry - Lover Boy (blow Up Disco)
The Late Great Fitzcarraldos - Jesu (flemming Dalum & Kid Machine Remix) (unreleased)
Ray Cooper – Breakdown (many Records)
Dilemma - Il Buffone (bijou Productions) (unreleased)
B.b.bonsai - Prince Of The Night (holy Records)
Emile Strunz - Deception (upcoming Release On Flight Recorder)
Italoconnection - My Rhythm (paramour Dmt Rmx) (upcoming Disco Modernism)
Lost Years - The Harbour Heist (upcoming On Rosso Corsa Records)
Kid Machine - Forever In The Stars (unreleased Demo)
Synthia - Shadow Dancing (bijou Productions) (unreleased)
Visions – Everybody (ram Productions)
Tba - Don’t Give Up (upcoming Bordello A Parigi)
Starion – Darkstar (upcoming Red Laser Records)
Army Of God - Salvation (spaventi D’azzurro Remake) (aog)
Casionova - Mystery Desire (exclusive Upcoming Release)
Mechanical Principle - Cobalt (audio Visual Algebra)
Marc Fruttero Feat Polymnia – Hero (upcoming Bordello A Parigi)
Fred Ventura - When I Let You Down (flemming Dalum Remix) (upcoming Bordello A Parigi)
Ghost Of Garrasco – Love Sex For Sale (exclusive Demo)
Box 20th - Midnight Horror (f1 Team)
Mario Moretti – Spaziotempo (upcoming Bordello A Parigi)
Cherook – Licanthrope (trash Records)
Savino D.j. - We Rock You (unreleased Demo)
The Sweeps - Optimistic Melancholic (flemming Dalum Remix) (emerald & Doreen)
Stylar - Blue Cars (unreleased)
D.f. & Pam - On The Beat (crash Records)
Retrolazer – Visitors From Space (unreleased Demo From Radio Cosmos)
City Center - Profondo Rosso (discomagic)
Private - Everywhere (flemming Dalum & Kid Machine Remix)
Nouvelle Phenomene - Au Fond De Mon Coeur
Fred Ventura - Looking For A Western Beat (demo ‘88) (upcoming Bordello A Parigi)
Stylar - Feeding On The Souls (unreleased)
• Flemming Dalum: http://soundcloud.com/flemming
Like a dying Nintendo playing the music from those training cut-scenes between matches in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, this new one from Portland’s Tough Fuzz hits the broken-up concrete hard. If anyone is bringing back dance-fighting, like some serious West Side Story type of stuff, it’s this guy.
Get tough below and look for the tape on Ewe of Now Records very soon.
Also, interesting note, the Ewe people were known for their variety of war dances, so this whole release is kind of coming around full circle.
• Tough Fuzz: http://toughfuzz.bandcamp.com
Hot off a very busy and successful set of showcases at the 2012 CMJ Marathon, Angel Haze has released her new mixtape Classick, continuing to shatter our expectations. Although the 21-year-old Michigan MC generally sticks to confident, upbeat tracks, she lets down her guard on “Cleaning Out My Closet,” sharing the story of the sexual abuse she faced as a child over the same beat that unraveled Eminem years earlier. There are also impressive re-interpretations of Missy Eliott’s “Gossip Folks” and Lauryn Hill’s classic “Doo Wop (That Thing).”