Guest Mix: Ba Da Bing & Northern Spy
SXSW 2014 Showcase Mix

Last year, Tiny Mix Tapes had the pleasure of throwing a big party with Northern Spy at SXSW called Unisex Earplug. This year, TMT’s sitting this one out due to a torn ACL, but Northern Spy’s back in Austin once again to fight the good fight, this time putting on an official SXSW showcase with like-minded Brooklyn label, Ba Da Bing. Their showcase features a tasty experimental-/psych-leaning lineup of Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl), DVA, NYMPH, Slothrust, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, and Cross Record. Watch the trailer for the “best showcase if you just wanna be held” here, and then RSVP to the whole shebang here.

In anticipation for the showcase, we’ve asked both Northern Spy and Ba Da Bing to create guest mixes. And they did! Check them out below, and if you’re out at the clusterfuck that is SXSW 2014, then check out their showcase this Friday at Palm Door.

Ba Da Bing:

[00:00] Arnold Dreyblatt & the Orchestra of Excited Strings - Group Velocity
[04:00] Helado Negro - “Mamember”
[11:06] Heaven’s Gate - “I’m Forgetting”
[13:30] Slothrust - “Magnets Pt. 2”
[18:18] Fall of Saigon - “The End” [The Doors]
[27:25] Cross Record - “Cups In The Sink”
[32:05] Phurpa - “Emanating the Retinue of the Deity”
[38:10] Circuit Des Yeux - “My Name is Rune”
[43:12] Cüneyt Sepetçi & Orchestra Dolapdere - “Karsimila”

Northern Spy:

Since December, Northern Spy has been booking a weekly series (Thursdays!) at Trans-Pecos, a performance space in Ridgewood, Queens. To highlight the incredible bands that have graced the non-stage, we put together a lengthy mix. Many of these bands are local Brooklyn/Queens/NY, a few are from out of town, all deserve your attention.

[00:00] Bob Bellerue & Philip White - “Live at Trans-Pecos 2/27/2014”
[16:44] Gnaw - “Worm”
[21:22] Invisible Things - “Rockets”
[27:38] Helado Negro - “Lechuguilla,Bassapella”
[31:41] Dva - “Durango”
[34:40] The Kinematics - “Asterism”
[39:12] Ancient Ocean - “Diamante”
[46:03] The Dreebs - “Baby Shower”
[49:36] Josephine Foster and the Supposed - “(You Are Worth) A Million Dollars”
[56:16] Sam Kulik - “Bellarthur an Albino”
[51:57] Alien Whale - “5 Oz. To A Gram Exchange Rate”
[59:56] Platinum Vision - “Pinot Grigio”
[60:02] Horse Lords - “Wildcat Strike”
[78:18] Blood Warrior - “Snake Seer”
[81:24] Andrew Barker Trio - “Inner Vortex”
[85:21] Marry Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler - “White Balooon”
[88:29] Deblase/Fisher/Millions “No Mind”
[97:54] Notekillers - “Braindance ‘Splosion”
[105:11] Sunshine Soldier - “Liek (excerpt)”
[107:10] Peter Kerlin Octet - “Bulbs”
[113:00] A.M. Gems - “Married Girl”

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Abdu Ali

“Mad Ambrosia”


“Mad Ambrosia” is pissed! Channeling his earthly frustrations through a virtual storm of saturated, Post-Yeezus synth distortion while he wriggles his way through a matrix of shapeshifting etherchromes lined with flossy technicolor ectoplasms (courtesy of video artist Helen Jackson-Adams and cinematographer Corey Hughes), Ambrosia throws his head back in abandon, half-overwhelmed and half-exulted, lightnight bolt synth crackin’ thru his fuckin’ mind and out into the network. So Ambrosia, y u mad? [Editor’s note: OH, DAMN! oh, snap?]

“Three shots in the head/ I ain’t dead/ Instead/ I was fed/ Red wine and coco bread.”

Trauma. Pacification. A cycle of hope and doubt. Abdu Ali, the Baltimore-based rapper/performance artist/scene figurehead behind all this madness, has this to say about his incarnation as Ambrosia:

“mad ambrosia; a furious feral fucka, who’s blessed to be a blessing to humanity,by provoking visions in the visionless, a voice in the voiceless, and giving weight to the weightless. ambrosia can not be mad too though. in this song, ambrosia is very frustrated and fed up and almost at a quits, yet ambrosia finds the fire to keep blazing, like weezy f bb. ambrosia will be young money. no ambrosia will be bby money. trust and believe.”

Bless up. Stream and download PUSH + SLAY, the mixtape to which “Mad Ambrosia” belongs, here, and look for new ish from Abdu Ali on the not-so-far horizon.

• Abdu Ali:

Exoteric Continent

Primera Norma [Promo Mix]

You’re by a lake. You’re by a lake in the hills and the sky is darkening across a melted sun-lit horizon harnessing a log hanging mist in the trees long the landscape. Face painted the color of war and you’re running toward a well-moving highway. Licking off bullets gains you “Accés” to the pathway before you to seep pure evil into the surrounding city and suburban areas.

The “Primera Norma” to driving here relies on manifesting as much fear in the bubble that grows around you, so feel free to continue flinging as many slugs out the window as you own. Slowing down is never an option, your heart is about to grow hands and rip itself out of your body, and the pulse in your neck, thighs, wrists, and eyes feel as though a beat is steady through pistons and gunfire.

Cast yourself out to society. Become the violent “Cap de turc” people come to expect from you now that they’ve seen you on the news and every television screen for the past hour, having robbed six corner stores and run over and/or shot enough people to fill a hilltop cemetery. And less is more, but all the while having everything is not as expensive as it always seemed.

But to break it all down, gaining momentum to the inevitable tragedy to all this, the “Sinòpsi d’una crisi” seems to be darkness. Now that it’s nearly black outside, even the red and blue blaring light in all directions is nearly visible. Maybe just overrun the ramp, hit those clear mountain tops, ramp, dive out, and see if your parachute takes wind. So does it?

Hospital Productions put out Exoteric Continent’s latest reeler Primera Norma, and a [Promo Mix] was made of it, which is streaming below. The mix misses the violence of length that the full-length tracks bare on the release, but the preview is worth listening too. Only bad part about owning this tape: you have to flip it over half way through. But putting it on repeat is essentially welcomed.

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Crash Symbols

Touched By an Angle Compilation

Saw track one from The Cyclist and hit the play button. I haven’t heard from this dude since that Leaving Records/Stones Throw compilation, and his contribution to that 2CS(LP) turned heads, leading to the full-length, Bones In Motion on Leaving Records later that year. “Heated Cliff” here keeps it just as dirty and analog as all of my favorite digital releases. And Touched By an Angle keeps a fuzzy length of the contributor list, moving through Luxury Elite to Foodman, and Cream Dream. Then there are the other twenty-nine on the list who are all new to me, dropping tunes I was never not going to like. Yet, for a compilation, the thing moves with a fluidity that had me thinking I was still finishing out that Cyclist track when I was already five cuts in. Recordings of a field filled with failing software and wires pieced together with electrical tape and impoverished technical intuition. Kind of hard to tell where one stops and another begins. Just one big string of electrical tunneling.

The whole compilation is available for free over at the Crash Symbols Bandcamp page; a map of an underground system connecting laptops ‘cross the globe through, like, LoJack and… and built-in webcams. From here, the hyperlinks are practically infinite.

• Crash Symbols:

Barnaby Bennett & Patrick Whitten


Relax and find the center of your self. In a haze you see certainty that’s unlike any truth you’ve ever bared. Zoning toward your psyche with the speed of a bubble popping at fruition. Secrets hidden within will just be as hard to decipher as they are to witness. Feelings of near-pain become of pleasure when everything stops burning. Like synaptic sizzle that starts from the front lobe and travels in pulses of purple and [colorless] on to the back bit and down the spine. Crawling along ever porous bit of bone and brain. The body remains still and unwrithing. Poised in stature the physical remains complacent as the internal battles constantly to determine reality.

Good old Barnaby Bennett is making with that nU-trance-age “NAMASTE” riffage here with the bloops following Patrick Whitten’s lead on slick-lined bleeps. And just more than 26 minutes of pure mind stirring creativity breathes into nodes lightly while expanding vastly. Like how condensed air cells suck in small but blow up into burst of dimensional visions and life. Listen to “NAMASTE” below and dig the sight of Barnaby Bennett and Patrick Whitten.

• Barnaby Bennett:

Gucci Mane & Young Thug

“Hot Boys”

Gucci Mane won’t shut the fuck up. That’s a good thing. In addition to starring in Harmony Korine’s fantastic Spring Breakers (the man unintentionally slept while filming a sex scene!), the Trap God unveiled 10 solo releases last year, the last of which was The State vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings, released on Christmas Day. But while 2014 has started off relatively quietly for him, Gucci revealed on Sunday two new releases set for April 1: Brick Factory Vol. 1 and Young Thugga Mane LaFlare.

The latter release is (duh) a collaboration with man-of-the-moment Young Thug, who contrary to reports is indeed still hooked up with Gucci’s Brick Squad — at least for now. Check out the first preview of the album, “Hot Boys,” below. I haven’t heard it yet because I’m having some thots count my gwop — let me know how it is.

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