“Rove” (feat. Sham Baron)
Like blacking out from huffing duster a bit too long after losing consciousness. Reflecting upon the birth of life within an area of pure grit. Success in the amount of ambition you have just to awake again. Almost finding the single atom inside you that created your being and existence.
PUN COLLINS (a.k.a. Outmoded ) is still soaring with the October release of Blueprints, but is gearing up for a split with [SECRETS!!!] on DIRTY TAPES. His side is entitled Worldwide Wave (including tracks “Narcissist” and “Hummer Seat” with cover art by Nate James) is sure to win over those future-future listeners and beat-heads, alike.
And luckily, PUN’s newest single “Rove” (feat. Sham Baron) got picked up by them Paris Group International boiis for a bit of their old video-wobble science, which is a sure crowd pleaser throughout the current Brooklyn night-life. Along them lines, PGI been doing a ton of Astro Nautico parties and heavy duties on the DIRTY TAPES Boiler Room TV visions too, gripping listeners through extreme analog aesthetics and a fuzz unlike anything you’ve ever experiences. So without further adieu:
Today, I Wrote Nothing, billy woods’ forthcoming fifth solo LP, borrows its title from a collection of short stories by Daniil Kharms, a long-deceased Russian writer, whose works went mostly unpublished during his lifetime and who met his untimely fate, staving to death during the siege of Leningrad, in the psychiatric ward of a Soviet hospital. If, as we might suspect, the album took more than titular inspiration from the anthology, this perhaps offers some insight into why woods chose “Warmachines” for its first single, or at least into the song itself. A quick shuffling of wartime vignettes and soldierly observations, “Warmachines” seems to simultaneously speak to the weapons of modern warfare (the missiles and drones) and the people who, whether threatened by or wielding these weapons, become machine-like themselves.
A heavy sneeze of sectioned snowflakes and coarsely xeroxed genitalia, not to mention negative plaid turbo coils, flat-lined by rolling bobs and blobs of color-spliced bass hits, ladled out through anticipatory momentum, grow together to make “Daily Drift” by Chicago’s own Quicksails all so alive.
Rapscallion that Sara Drake is, she’s lobbed the deft visuals for “Daily Drift” at your peepers, and you’d be right to take the time to see what it is. Do so below, ya friggin’ dum-dum, and try to hunt down a copy of the sold-out tape (alongside other such gems as Witchbeam’s Shadow Musick Vol. 2 and OLD SVRFERS’ Ain’t Scared of Shaka) ASAP, because maybe you don’t truly, madly, deeply need the cassette in your life, but it sure wouldn’t hurt!
If I had been born even one year later, I might have been part of a generation in which Pokemon played a substantial role; as it is I know almost nothing about it (about them?) – but that only makes Emma Stamm’s version of “Jigglypuff’s Song” that much more exotic and mysterious.
You heard right – Jigglypuff, exotic, mysterious, all in the same sentence. That little round pink thing (which if I’d been born one year earlier I might liken to Kirby, but I missed her [him? it?] too) who is one of the more famous Pokemon(s?) apparently had its own song, which this track draws heavily from. On the show all you see is the song putting everyone to sleep – Emma Stamm’s version takes this a step further, showing the myriad dreamscapes the song transports its listeners into.
Emma extracts only a brief segment of the original melody as a base for the larger explorations that follow. She takes a Taterbug-ian approach to recording, with half-whispered, unintelligible words perhaps recorded to four-track and layered with sparse piano droplets, compelling yet always elusive. As auto-tuning, pitch-correction, and studio-quality software obtainable at the click of a button become inexorably more common, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear a fragile vocal note take baby steps into the world without fanfare or pretension.
After years of ironic Nickelodeon puns as band names and VHS gak splatter as album art, one might have developed a healthy skepticism towards any 90s reference. It’s easy to forget that people have been looking to small memories or moments from the past as inspiration for thousands of years, and here we have a rare example of a childhood memory being used in a non-kitschy way, alluring and valuable in its own right.
I probably sound like Grandma (–pa?) Papaya over here explaining Pokemon in such terms, and to those who grew up with it, the idea of riffing on Jigglypuff’s theme might seem a bit silly. But as someone who had no prior knowledge of the original “song” at all, Emma Stamm’s version called to mind other sentimental musical experiments - the toyland samples of Orphan Fairytale’s Ladybird Labyrinth, and the childlike simplicity of The Family of Apostolic’s sublime “Taking Me Home.” I know absolutely no Pokemon lingo, so I can’t close this article with a smart Pokemon pun, as I’d have liked - either way, check the track out for yourself.
• Emma Stamm: https://soundcloud.com/emmastamm
“Alone and Insane on a Friday Night”
New Juiceboxxx track off the upcoming 28-track mixtape Highway to the Heartland, out next Tuesday, March 10. Very emotional track here, people.
Alone and insane on a Friday night,
it’s never gonna be alright.
Springsteen meets Beastie Boys meets Public Enemy. JB’s 2k13 mixtape Beyond Thunder Zone is essential listening, so get hyped for another nightmare-confronting journey into the darkness with Juiceboxxx. And if you want to brush up on your JB history, get deep in this in-depth profile in N+1 Magazine.
• Juiceboxxx: www.juiceboxxx.com