Chocolate Grinder Mix 54
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.
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[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”
irr. app. (ext.)
As an earlier part of the development of modern minimal noise recordings and pioneer for artists with digital-age monikers (e.g., Macintosh Plus, Mediafired, INTERNET CLUB, USRNM, LMFAO, etc.), we owe a lot to irr. app. (ext.). Having produced a slew of soft and sinister sounds for over a decade, irr. app. (ext.), known as Matthew Waldron to his mother, has released a new track on his SoundCloud. The track is called “Ollottrilotlillittaialiattat” (have fun with that) and is described as being a “cross-section of 10 years of accumulated textures” by the artist. He also mentions that he’s added “abstract free-zz so the youth market has something to dance to.” Those LMFAO kids don’t know shit — irr. app. (ext.) is true party rock.
• irr. app. (ext.): http://irrappext.com
“☾ ℳOONLIT ℬAY ☾”
For all I know, ☯ARPEGGI8☯ isn’t a moniker at all. Which is to say, I know very little about about the artist, except that s/he (or it) seems to identify with the seapunk microgenre. But while most of the songs at the artist’s SoundCloud are labeled as such, one of them is curiously labeled “memory.” Unlike another ☯ARPEGGI8☯ track, “♒ BEAUTIFUL ♒ BRINY ♒ SEA ♒” — which begins with a sample of “The Beautiful Briny Sea,” left-turns into a fragmented beatscape, and then finally lines up again with the sample in a rather uncomfortable hybridization — “☾ ℳOONLIT ℬAY ☾” starts with a non-sampled section of tinkling bells and robotic accompaniment, then slowly fades out after the breezy introduction of a sample that seems so culturally embedded it feels like we’ve only just recently experienced it. And, as it turns out, we have, in a beautifully decayed form beyond this world.
Memory, memory, m e m o r y, m e m o r y, m e m o r y.
• ☯ARPEGGI8☯: http://arpeggi8.tumblr.com
Black Sky Chants
I’ll Sleep Until I See The Moon [album stream]
Russian minimalist Sergei Dmitriev is used to playing Sandman and putting our asses to bed. Previously known as Bedroom Bear, Dmitriev layered gentle loops upon gentle loops, creating music that could serve as a splendid soundtrack to anyone’s sleepytime. Recording now under the slightly less cuddly moniker Black Sky Chants, Dmitriev sculpts just as dreamy sounds, veering just barely towards haunting visions and distant nightmares.
Representing the second cassette release from Belgian experimental label Aguirre Records, I’ll Sleep Until I See The Moon is a dream. From the Close Encounters of the Third Kind-esque spacey call-and-response melody on lead-off track “67 km of Capricorn” to the tangled guitar echoes of “Strobe Glide,” you’ll leave this record feeling like you just woke from a wondrous dream but can’t remember shit. Luckily you can just listen to it again.
“It’s Not Because of You”
Swedish doom-rockers Witchcraft are back with Legend, due September 21 on Nuclear Blast. “It’s Not Because of You” is a continuation of the band’s Sabbath-steeped strain of rock, with one major difference: the production. Unlike the band’s past efforts, which operated under a bare-bones, almost lo-fi aesthetic, the guitars here are downright glossy, with lead singer Magnus Pelander’s vocals much more prominent than before. It almost hinges on alternative rock — not any type of watered-down Killers-type stuff, mind you, but not far from the sound Baroness perfected on the excellent Yellow and Green. Acolytes of HEAVY music might roll their eyes, but at the end of the day, we can always use more great rock bands. Definitely a tantalizing taste of what’s to come.
O L D M O M S
MELT JAMS [EP stream]
There’s a new label in town/on the internet, and it’s called Pho King Tapes. The Edmonton, AB-based label has so far released two short-run cassettes, one being a reissue of Moons’ Discography Tape, the other being this particularly sensual release, MELT JAMS. The EP, written by Seattle artists Aubrey Mangrum (a.k.a. Brugele) and Reice Humenik as O L D M O M S, features seven exquisite R&B cuts, ranging from the synth-heavy (“ROUGH TONGUES”) to the trippy (“MEMORY FOG”) to the appropriating sort (“ICING”) to the downright sublime (“SOME PLACE ELSE”). Hat tip to All, Everyone, United. Listen here: