I suppose it’s only natural that 8-bit synths would become increasingly popular in a realm of music so dominated by nostalgia these days. It seems like every week I read about a new ‘chiptune’ artist trying their hand at manipulating some 20-something’s heartstrings. But, “Cuspcake,” the most recent reveal from Time Wharp’s upcoming debut, later., is much more than reminiscing afternoons spent with an NES. Jazzy hooks, arpeggio rainbows, and a stutter-strut will make this a go-to 2011 Summer Jam.
Gang Gang Dance
Stream the 11 minute opener from Gang Gang Dance’s upcoming Eye Contact:
Chocolate Grinder Mix 45
Sometimes it feels like media coverage travels at light speed — we try to post two or three tracks a day, while other zines highlight waaaay more. Thus, it is only natural to pause at the beginning of a new dawn (March) to highlight some of the songs that tickled our sacs and vaginas within the period of time we like to call “February.” Can you pick the trends apart from these 12 blazing jingles? Hint: we are elevated above trends. Please enjoy.
01. Sean McCann - “Star Charge” (Start time: 00:00)
02. Siriusmo - “Einmal in der Woche Schreien” (Start time: 02:51)
03. Vagina Vangi - “Christ” (Start time: 06:52)
04. Nightsatan - “Karelian Starmaster (Evil Lucifer)” (Start time: 09:54)
05. Aaimon - “Amen” (Start time: 15:32)
06. Psychic Paramount - “RW” (Start time: 19:45)
07. Mandelbrot & Skyy - “TT Races” (Start time: 25:33)
08. Grasshopper - “Trouble Ain’t Nobody Seen, But Me” (Start time: 30:18)
09. Com Truise - “Innerfacer” (Start time: 37:11)
10. Hard Mix - “Now Her” (Start time: 40:08)
11. W-H-I-T-E - “Fountain” (Start time: 44:09)
12. Gatto Fritto - “Hex” (Start time: 48:52)
The fact that this 1985 recording from Martin Newell could have been released yesterday to heaps of praise probably says more about the vast modern musical landscape than Newell’s songwriting itself. Which is to say that Songs For A Fallow Land, which is being reissued on Taylor Richardson (Infinity Window) and Gary War’s new label Fixed Identity, is very much a product of the 80s: an early home recording opus steeped in pop songcraft but obscured by hiss and sonic charm. Sound familiar? Listen to the production quality on “Golden Lane” – might as well be a new Ariel Pink single. Importantly, Newell and the new crop of lo-fi pop anti-stars share the revisionist tendency to re-imagine old tropes through a warped, half remembered lens. In Newell’s case, there is a visible Syd Barrett influence (visible because Barrett’s “Late Night” gets covered) fused with an eerie, 80s propulsiveness especially evident on the track “Gamma Ray Blue,” which you can hear below.
• Info on Martin Newell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Newell_%28musician%29
• Fixed Identity: http://www.fixedidentity.blogspot.com/
Blanche Blanche Blanche
It’s interesting how normal a song is hiding behind the murky – dare I say trendy – production on this track from Blanche Blanche Blanche. The song’s highlight is an overly loud, shredding solo about a minute in. Is that a guitar or a synth? I like being able to ask that question. Get Blanche Blanche Blanche’s new album soon on Night People, the guys from Racoo-oo-oon’s label.
• Night People: http://www.raccoo-oo-oon.org/np/
• OSR-Tapes: http://osr-tapes.blogspot.com/2011/02/blanche-blant-blamp-45-news.html
“Einmal in der Woche Schreien,” “Idiologie”
“Idiologie” is a wonderful post-Justice, synthed out banger from Siriusmo, aka Moritz Friedrich, who has been wasting his time releasing only EPs, remixes, and singles for the past ten years or so. Now he has a full length titled Mosaik coming out March 1st on Monkeytown Records. “Einmal in der Woche Schreien” sounds a bit more of-the-moment, with a chopped up, reverb-soaked vocal sample flickering in and out of the gloomy backing track.
• Siriusmo: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Siriusmo/70782848029
• Monkeytown: http://www.monkeytownrecords.com/