Chocolate Grinder Mix 64
This casual segway tour focuses on some wonderfully frayed house music. Of particular note is the amazing diversity of destructive approaches emerging in the last few weeks. Gerry Read batters his music until it sounds like it’s been fed through this. Pete Swanson submerges everything but the slightest kick drum in smears of noise. Hnny augment their productions with tape-saturated bongo fills and bit-crushed hi-hats. Austin Cesear crams in grainy static and a deeply distorted vocal. Affie Yusuf just keeps it old school.
Elsewhere, there’s new batch from the ever exciting Senufo Editions label that includes recordings from a sonically enhanced halogen bulb, which is as disorientating as it sounds. There’s also some Dro Carey freebies that he somehow created between tossing out tapes on microlabels and lining up plenty of vinyl to release. If you aren’t exhausted, there’s also some gorgeous ambience, some choppin’ and screwin’, and the icy echoes of a former BBC broadcasting house. Git yer lugs round it, eh?
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[00:00] Gerry Read - “Evidence (Single Edit)”
[02:17] Hnny - “Trummor”
[02:42] Austin Cesear - “The Groove”
[05:24] Marcel Fengler - “Mosaique”
[08:30] Affie Yusuf - “I’m Free”
[09:49] Kane Ikin - “In The Arc”
[13:58] Hypno - “Kancourde”
[14:24] Chris Corsano - “The Attendant”
[17.01] Pete Swanson - “College View”
[21:12] Dro Carey - “Suade Automata”
[23:22] Pearson Sound - “Underdog”
[24:58] Ssaliva - “ADFH1”
[26:43] Minoru Sato - “Irregularity/Homogeneity: Emerging from the Perturbation Field”
[27:50] KRTS - “Fire”
[30:40] Robin The Fog - “Part 3 - Cold Space and Peeling Oxide”
“Temper of the Age”
Technology is inherently human. Whether you judge this now or 500 years from now, there will always be human characteristics in technology. Thus, playing an acoustic guitar through the most effects-absorbed production makes Villages something of tomorrow’s sensitive songwriter. “Temper of the Age,” and most noted by the video, presents a time and art once passed, still struggling to project through the softest and most delicate environment. Fragility is key here, as sound is carefully swelled and molded into a sculpture of acute ear massage. “Temper of the Age” is off Villages (Ross Gentry, Asheville, NC resident droner)’s Theories of Ageing LP on Bathetic Records. He also released a tape on Bathetic this year and a 3-inch CD-R on KimDawn. Hit it all up now before you hear it from someone two years from now and physical shit’s all expensive. Dig?
The other day, Mike Reid over at the news section made us all excited about FORMA’s upcoming release, OFF/ON. Well, now we all can enjoy the lead-off title track until the real thing is released all proper-like. The track teases Mr. Reid’s postulation that this molten lava-covered album is somewhat “darker” or more “aggressive” than FORMA’s previous recordings, yet it also feels significantly more straightforward and sober than my recollection of FORMA’s self-titled debut last year. Hear for yourself, and keep anticipating the release.
OFF/ON is due November 12 on Spectrum Spools.
Math The Band
Math The Band is HUGE supporters of pizza. First and foremost. They sound like, like if the Ninja Turtles aged to around 30, went back in time, and tried to make peace with Horse The Band. (Oh, holy shit: Horse The Band is still around.) More specifically, Math The Band’s track “Horses” is reminiscent of that cutie gurl/boii ought-period keyboard-smashing that grew and grew until it became something like Matt & Kim, and I’m all like, “Math The Band, please pull through. You’re not lame and could do some wild shit. Thank you for going on tour with Andrew W.K. Oh my g-oooooooooooooooo-dness.” Anyway, check out the video for “Horses” here:
And, on the real, also check out both their tourdates — fuck! — and they’s truth-bomb album Get Real, out now on CD/LP formats via Anchor Brain. Then get a little juvenile, bring it straight to the heart, and pound out some jams.
“Still Born, Shut Up”
Fire Talk is calling this Alphabets’ “debut.” Sure. I guess if Colin Ward’s gonna make anything “officially official,” in terms of it being a debut for his solo project, it’d better be this new On Champagne and Greyhounds tape. For as wild and outrageous as this kid’s known to get (especially at one of his shows), here he’s actually showing a little maturity. But don’t tell him I wrote that. Maybe landing a label release calmed him down a little — just listen to the control. Such subtle dynamic interplay among the rhythms, every texture constantly playing a role in this very complex network of balances. I guess the result does feel a bit like Ward playing tribal congas on your eardrums, yet those volumes are all so exactly, exactly exact and organized, they make this march the heaving stomp it is, not just another impatient pile of blips. There can only be so many next levels, right? Even if this is Ward leveling out, it’s still crazy as hell, nothing else quite like it.
“Held (Tim Hecker remix)”
Conjure a few criticisms of Holy Other’s music, and a lack of atmosphere is bound to be one of the last things to enter your mind, right behind “not enough vocal samples that sound like human beings undergoing demon/gender transformations.” However, like that now passé meme about cowbells, some people just can’t get enough atmosphere, and who better to satisfy that desire than the musician who may as well live up there… no, not Felix Baumgartner. He’s not a musician. Tim Hecker. He’s a musician, who has in fact remixed the track “Held” from Holy Other’s 2012 album by the same name (TMT Review). Press play below, and please also take note of the Mogwai-inspired remix album due November 23, on which Tim Hecker will also appear.