Guest Mix: SPF420
Loud Pack Mix

Over the course of just over a year, SPF420 has flourished from a small vaporwave-heavy online community to a bona fide e-venue. It has mostly played host to a wide variety of weirdo electronic-based artists, such as Vektroid, coolmemoryz, SAINT PEPSI, Transmuteo, DJ Paypal, Meishi Smile, and Choongum, its overall aesthetic influenced variously by everything from trap, house, and footwork, to pop, vaporwave, ambient, and beyond. But SPF420’s reach keeps expanding, having done several high-profile events, like a Japanese footwork edition (with Paisley Parks, Foodman, and Giant Claw) and other installments with the likes of Traxman, DJ Earl, and, most recently, Ryan Hemsworth.

We invited SPF420 to make a guest mix for us, which comes courtesy of co-organizers Stress (master of ceremonies and kush) and Chaz Allen (visual wizard who also goes by Metallic Ghosts, Sugar C, and more). They included this special message with their mix:

“Because we specialize in virtual parties, we wanted to compile a mix of some of our favorite virtual party-startin trax. With some *lower-fi* rare gems such as F R E E B A S E’s ‘Jamaican Weed’ and Temporary Suicide’s ‘LACINOJ,’ some old SPF standbys like Taquwami’s ‘vvi+h you,’ Window’s ‘Ki,’ and Ryan Hemsworth’s outstanding Flocka-vapor mashtrap. There’s also some newer, hot hot jams from TEKLIFE’s Deejay Earl, Spanish producer Alizzz, and young gun Say Ikko. Plus, a world premiere from Sugar C and Contact Lens. Any night can be SPF420 now with this essential, fuckboy-free dance party mix!! Type 420 in the chat if ur turnt up 4 this shittttt!!!!!!!!!!”

Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.

[00:06] HD-ROM - “SPF420 Theme”
[01:19] Temporary Suicide - “LACINOJ”
[03:07] Freebase - “Jamaican Weed”
[04:45] Sugar C - “Candy To Dollar (prod. Contact Lens)”
[06:47] TV Nicks - “Sony”
[08:20] Deejay Earl x Heavee D - “We Juss Smokin”
[09:06] Taquwami - “vvi+h You”
[11:50] Window - “Ki”
[15:49] Ryan Hemsworth - “Bill Russell” (情報デスクVIRTUAL Mix)
[17:48] Alizzz - “In Chains”
[19:17] Say Ikko - “Forever”
[22:02] DJ Rashad - “Kush Ain’t Loud” / Brian Eno - “An Ending (Ascent)”

• SPF420: http://www.spf420.com

Sia

“Elastic Heart”

Catching Fire, the latest installment of the Battle Royale rip-off highly successful science fiction franchise, is set to hit theaters in only a few short weeks, and as expected, anticipation has reached feverish highs. Seriously, I’m pretty sure every last Subway restaurant in the New York metropolitan area has a life-size cardboard cutout of Jennifer Lawrence leering at me while I wait for my Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki®.

Anyway, “Elastic Heart” is the crown jewel of the film’s forthcoming soundtrack • which also includes cuts from Antony and the Johnsons, The National, and somewhat incredulously, Patti Smith. Brandishing her massive vocals with a battle-cry, Sia delivers a worthy theme for tough-as-nails heroine Katniss, all “thick skin and an elastic heart.” The Weeknd stops in from Kiss Land (TMT Review) to deliver a voice, his puppy-dog whimpers melting on the spot, kind of like my Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki® when it hits my tongue. Revisiting the icy palette that worked so well on Usher’s “Climax,” Diplo takes the productional helm, offering up some steely, staccato production to weave all the feels together. “Elastic Heart” is as moody as Hunger Games fanfiction, and yet it proves an irresistible listen. Like the stare of cardboard Jennifer Lawrence, it creeps into your head, never flinching once.

• Sia: http://siamusic.net
Catching Fire: http://www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us

Seth Graham

“Heirloom Sunday”

“Heirloom Sunday” hath cometh. Witness the eyes of infinite beyond. Flicker yourself into the next dimension of being. Have faith in the journey. Follow in the footsteps of pAthakanauts Seth Graham and Charles Barabé. They’ll bring you to the land where nothing stands. Live in the existence of worldly ouroboros. Continue to absorb throughout an eternal atmosphere.

Or, just scope out (my pal) Seth Graham’s “Heirloom Sunday” video (directed by Charles Barabé). It’s one of ten tracks off Seth’s tape Vision Burst on Los Discos Enfantasmes. It’s true prophecy. As is ALL Seth’s works, it’s straight up nothing you’ve ever heard EVER, so you should constantly be listening. The man is of funny/serious purity. He is the kiss on your cheek in the most lavish Creaky Clumsy fashion. He is all the noises that make you smile. So grip on Vision Burst (AND Creaky Clumsy) to see/hear/EXPERIENCE it all.

• Seth Graham: http://sethgraham.bandcamp.com
• Los Discos Enfantasmes: http://www.losdiscosenfantasmes.com

Fatima Al Qadiri

“Knight Fare (post-war Dub)”

War is a racket
War is over.
War is peace.
War is hell.

Get our of your search box and join the fight, coward.

“A theory of sonic warfare is particularly fascinated by [the] turbulent boundary layer between dance and violence.”

MOVE. THOSE.LIMBS.

I’m late for the Grime Wars, but so is Fatima Al Qadiri. We’ll cruise the littered battlefield in our luminescent hovercraft, spraying tinny bullets, revving the Mario Kart engine, never upended by the synth-pad hillocks.

It’s a nice irony that nobody really knows who said “History Is Written by the Victors,” not even Jeeves. So we’ll plunge any old flag into the bleeding ground, and not write a thing.

• Fatima Al Qadiri: http://fatimaalqadiri.com

Ahnnu

Battered Sphinx

Wanna feel LAX while also getting your spacy on this Friday? As always, NNA Tapes is here to the rescue, reeling a SoundCloud stream for one of their three new tapes, Battered Sphinx by Ahnnu. And, “as always” seems to be a phrase catching up with the prophet Ahnnu these days.

However, today is Ahnnu day! See what I did there? ‘Cause Ahnnu does that consistently with sound. Thus, Battered Sphinx is no different from his other works in terms of subtly charming listeners. Sounds seep into your ears, warmly harness your brains, and gently deflate all swollen nodes.

Be good to your mind immediately. Enjoy a fresh mental cleanse. Listen to the digital of Ahnnu’s new Battered Sphinx cassette on NNA Tapes below:

• Ahnnu: http://www.dogtropic.net
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

Rhys Chatham

Harmonie du soir [Excerpts]

Do0oO0dz and doOo0odettezz!! Rhys Chatham is such an underrated shredder, right? I know we all often place him next to Glenn Branca because Branca shreds equally hard and writes similarly minded minimalist guitar music, but it’s important we remember Chatham as a unique shredd-tastic shredder, and what a better way to do that than with a new album of pure unadulterated shred? And trust me, the three pieces on Chatham’s new record,Harmonie du soir shred.

The opening title piece is one of the most beautifully recorded examples of Chatham’s shred yet, with the guitars’ harmonics shimmering and resonating with more prominence than ever before. The second piece explores another side of Chatham’s shred with a beautiful slow burning work for brass ensemble and percussion, showing how effective Chatham’s large group writing techniques can be when applied to any number of instruments. Finally, the record closes with an awesomely rearranged Chatham shred classic. Look, you guys,Harmonie du soir shreds in a way that is distinctively Chatham, and it firmly reestablishes his position as a modern master of compositional and instrumental shred.

Harmonie du soir is out now on Northern Spy. You can stream excerpts of the record via Experimedia below.

• Rhys Chatham http://www.rhyschatham.net
• Northern Spy http://www.northernspyrecords.com
• Experimedia http://www.experimedia.net

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