Traxman
Heat [EP stream]

It’s been a good year for Traxman, which also means it’s been a good year for us. Back in April, Planet Mu released Da Mind of Traxman, an 18-track beast so in command, so refined, so seductive that the album effortlessly footwork’d its way onto our mid-year list of favorite albums. Traxman soon followed the album with Unreleased Trac, a compilation of over 20 equally-great odds and ends, all while making a shit-ton of edifying dance mixes, readying a release for Lit City Trax, and uploading even more unreleased tracks to his many SoundCloud accounts.

But that’s not it from this crazy Ghettoteknitian. Yesterday, the mighty Sewage Tapes released Heat, a new EP that features five more tracks to throw on the Traxman heap. It’s an unexpected but fitting collaboration, and the resulting tracks are, of course, really great. THANK YOU TRAX GOD! Listen here:

• Traxman: http://soundcloud.com/traxman
• Sewage Tapes: http://sewagetapes.bandcamp.com
• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu
• Lit City Trax: http://litcitytrax.com

Alex Cobb

“Landscape Dissolves” [directed by Paul Clipson]

The last Paul Clipson-directed video this site premiered, Young Moon’s “Crystal Text,” was a study in dissection. The man took pieces of plants and bodies and put them side by side to underscore their associations. Now, in this womb-like meditation for Alex Cobb’s lush, intimate track “Landscape Dissolves,” Clipson dissects for the more classic purpose of dissociation. Look at all these objects that Clipson films with such invention, so intensely, that you can no longer see them plainly.

Alex Cobb’s music is one of wide-eyed wonder. These are the kinds of sounds that assist your vision in going panoramic, that soundtrack moments of astronomical scope. It’s interesting, then, that Clipson’s video chooses instead to get close up, to find feelings of the sublime in the micro. It is in turn a form of distortion; the landscape dissolves as the camera crumbles it into its infinitesimal individual parts. When light glitters against the water, the mirage becomes a robust cosmos. When Clipson films a globe of light through the abstract flicker of tree trunks, then repeats the footage, it looks like a time-lapse of twin setting suns.

The very first image, a dust-shrouded sky scraper, suggests that this video will be dark, harrowing, catastrophic. But, staying close to Cobb’s warm sounds and optimism, the video instead demonstrates a cycle, where dissolution doesn’t lead to oblivion, but ever new landscapes, again and again.

Alex Cobb’s Passage to Morning will be available from Students of Decay on August 30.

• Alex Cobb: http://studentsofdecay.com/098
• Students of Decay: http://studentsofdecay.com
• Paul Clipson: http://www.withinmirrors.org

Magnétophonique

Tales From The Earth, And Beyond [album stream]

Tales From The Earth, And Beyond from French electronic musician Magnétophonique is a manifestation of nostalgia that would sound at home in both a made-for-television sci-fi soundtrack or an 80s downtown nightclub. It is documented on home dubbed cassettes courtesy of Sunup Recordings. It seems that the altar of cassettes as a medium in a digital age was originally built around secrecy; the only way to hear the contents was to purchase the tape. However, there’s been a shift of the physical artifact embrace that sheds the coyness. Tales From The Earth, And Beyond is available in its totality through Sunup’s Bandcamp site, and even with a handy Mediafire link to download if it behooves you.

• Sunup: http://sunuprecordings.bandcamp.com

Enslaved

“Thoughts Like Hammers”

The prog-metal wizards in Enslaved make their triumphant return on September 28 with RIITIIR. That title isn’t an alternate speller of Josh Ritter’s name, mind you — in true black metal tradition, the band is naming its latest LP after a norse word for “The Rites of Man.” “Thoughts Like Hammers,” the band’s latest taste of destruction, brims with blood-curdled fury. You’ve got your clean vocals, your dirty vocals, some downright serpentine solos, and, most importantly, dual walls of noise that threaten to blow a hole in your fancy-schmancy Beats by Dr. Dre. Oh, and those drum fills are downright murderous. If this track is any indication, RIITIIR might be shaping up to be one of the heaviest hitters in a fall release schedule full of blockbusters.

• Enslaved: https://www.facebook.com/enslaved
• Nuclear Blast: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com

☪♀co ᴐaᴚᴃ☉ᵯᴃ / NANOBRAIN

“No Eyes No Hands”

☪♀co ᴐaᴚᴃ☉ᵯᴃ (Coco Carbomb) is the pseudonym of Carmen Incarnadine, an intoxicating visual artist/musician who has worked with a host of obscure yet notable electronic producers. Most of her collaborations are with ❚W❙IT❚C❙H❘B❚O❙Y❘ (Nikhil Singh), a South African cyberpunk producer/artist/writer/etc. who often places Coco in noisy, apocalipstick contexts (sometimes not), but she’s also worked with both \\^◊^/// of MATER SUSPIRIA VISION on a Twin Peaks tribute and with ʄ≜uxmuℭica (Zane Michael O’Brien) on a cover of Kraftwerk’s “Das Model,” a cover of Devo’s “Jocko Homo,” and on a terrifying requiem for Austrian poet/author Ingeborg Bachmann. One of my favorites is her collaboration with Velours Rose (Spf5Ø + General Reef) on this stunner of a track, which appears alongside a couple other Coco-related songs on Baku Shad-Do and Glitterhell’s †PURRSSESSIØN† compilation.

Her latest track is called “No Eyes No Hands,” a dark, cold cut of tripped-out minimalism and paranoid beats by Argentinan brothers Matias and Fernando Alonso as NANOBRAIN. The dragging production suits Coco Carbomb well, with the added space allowing her disconnected, lethargic speak-sing delivery to stretch out in a sort of subdued terror that’s not far away from the bizarre fetishim of 18+. It’s great. Check it out:

• ☪♀co ᴐaᴚᴃ☉ᵯᴃ: http://soundcloud.com/co-a
• PU$$Y POWA: http://www.mixcloud.com/coco0carbon/deutsche-carbomb-bitchzzz

Chocolate Grinder Mix 54

SUMMER BLUNTED

You wait for your mom’s minivan to pull up in the parking lot. Your chapped lips and sunburned eyes match your crimson toasted nose and cheeks. Your hair solidified in sand-crusted curls: A long day at the beach. You think you’re really getting good at boogie boarding. You can’t wait to tell your mom about the huge wave you caught, but you know she will be pissed when she sees your sunburn. The joys and pains of SUMMER: sandy bedsheets and freezing cold aloe vera.

The other day, I saw a group of kids who were clearly part of a summer camp and had just visited the beach. They seemed completely drained of all energy as they walked back to the van; dazed with pink cheeks, they were jaded by summertime freedom. I realized then that in childhood, summertime is magic. In adulthood, after we’ve graduated and drudged into the real world, summer is just another season — often one that can be miserably hot and humid. This mix is to remind us of the magic of summer, and that even as adults we can revel in the heat of the season.

Another good thing about being adults is that we can responsibly consume moderate amounts of slightly illegal substances and listen to abstract, convoluted, screwed-up hip-hop and not get in trouble for it — BLUNTED. That’s also what this mix is about. I’ve selected a handful of my favorite super-fresh beats, entwined with sunny guitars, tribal drums, and creepy cinematic orchestrations to create a steamy soundtrack to these hazy, sweaty August days.

Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.

[00:00] Monster Rally - “Waltz”
[00:58] Diamond Terrifier - “Define The Style”
[01:46] QuentinBrooks - “THANKS BILLIE”
[02:46] Arca - “2 Blunted”
[04:32] knxwledge - “ami[werthit]”
[04:45] MJ Linckoln - “Call It”
[06:20] Raymond Scottwalker and Vicktor Vibes - “DAT”
[07:02] Exaveyur - “Goth Party”
[08:54] aaronmaxwell - “DIREDOCKS”
[09:47] Alexandre Navarro - “Universes”
[10:20] Lazy Arrows - “Hovomantsina”
[13:30] chushi - “V026”
[14:10] Warm Thighs - “Coral Reef”
[15:05] Lasership Stereo - “Circuit Heroes”
[16:32] Mirror to Mirror - “Burning Life”
[18:03] VΞRACOM - “The Weeknd - The Morning”
[21:14] Time Wharp - “しばらく待ってください”

  

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.