In the last couple years, DJ Rashad and the TEKLIFE crew have put footwork so forcefully on the map that it’s easy to forget just how many artists on Planet Mu’s Bangs & Works comps weren’t from that crew. Which is also to say: many of the footwork tracks a lot of us initially fell in love with back on those first two comps were produced by lesser-heard artists, many of whom haven’t been as visible (or at all) since the Ghettoteknitianz took the spotlight. Of course, respect was due to footwork’s progenitors, so it made sense, but Rashad has been swimming in international waters lately, and since a lot of the more paranoid, schizophrenic Chicago-based music was brushed aside by The Great Teklife Upswing, often the way to hear the weirder strands of footwork was to look to other countries (namely Japan, with the likes of Paisley Parks, Foodman, and Satanicpornocultshop).
But producer EQ Why has been going strong throughout. Former member of the now-defunct all-star crew Bosses of the Circle (which boasted DJ Roc, DJ Diamond, Young Smoke, Jlin, etc.), EQ Why first made his presence widely known with a few tracks on the second Mu comp as DJ T-Why — including this hot number — and now, after releasing on labels like Moveltraxx, Booty Call Records, and Duck N Cover, he’s back with another album, The Dynamic Time, an 18-track footwork monster that comes from the school of RP Boo minimalism and DJ Roc suspense, with several juke- and ghetto house-flavored tracks.
“Grind” is an exemplary cut: rhythmically tense with the barest of elements; sub-bass tempering the violent, chaotic Morse code-like synth; complexity more befitting of an underground footwork circle than a fashionable European dance club — more dirt, less sheen; mood over matter. It’s one of the rawest footwork tracks of the year, a reminder that, while the TEKLIFE crew is making the headlines, there are plenty of gems if you dig beneath the footwork mainstream.
Brooklyn guitarist/composer/filmmaker/Radiolab collaborator Sarah Lipstate is Noveller. Her newest record No Dreams just came out on Important Records, and it’s amazing (!!!!). This video accompanies the title track “No Dreams,” which shows off Lipstate’s experienced technical ability — she’s a heavily trusted guitarist to many, having contributed her talents to projects like Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army and pop-art band Parts & Labor — as well as her natural psychedelic instinct. The visuals here capture the complexity and intricate organization behind the seemingly free and organic sounds of Noveller. Definitely worthy of a listen and a drug or two.
Chocolate Grinder Mix 95
“Day of the Dead: The Halloween Hangover Mix”
Awaken to the ticking time bomb of impending hangover. Enjoy these final seconds of drunken delirium, for the temple knives are about to turn, slowly grinding skull to bone ash. The pain is so unspeakable that uncontrollable diarrhea comes as a welcome reprieve, and yet each toxic release brings flashes of last night’s ceremonial madness — animalistic rage, anarchistic mayhem, inhumanity as the last rite of passage.
Drifting again from nightmarish corporeality, the disembodied mind retreats to relative comfort in the familiarity of folkloric superstition and primal fear, but not even these can maintain control of a consciousness exposed to the eldritch truth of primordial existence. From the cradle to the grave, languageless wails give way to entombed tongues. Perhaps ritual is the only means of escape. Perhaps…
Fuck it, here are some of my favorite dark/scary/weird songs of 2013 accompanied by samples culled from my collection of novelty horror LPs. Hopefully, it provides the perfect soundtrack to the phantasmic phantasmagoria of your own Halloween hangover. ¡Felíz Día de los Muertos!
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[00:16] The Body - “Melt Away”
[03:59] Gore Elohim - “Lord of Plagues”
[07:42] Chasms - “Darker Outside”
[12:39] Gucci Mane - “Decapitated”
[15:37] Nickelus F - “Da Reaper”
[20:11] Dismembered Cattle Fireworks - “Churches are the real faggots”
[20:12] 3:33 - “BB-6”
[23:09] Wormlust - “Á Altari Meistarans”
[29:14] Killah Priest - “Shadow Landz”
[32:52] Armand Hammer - “Duppy”
“Perdition (Austral Road)” featuring Ann Deveria
When you wake up, your head is splitting. You left the window open just a crack — just enough for the spit of the midnight thunderstorm to push its way inside, wetting the pane. At least the sun-rays aren’t lancing your eyeballs. At least it’s still gray, still dark enough that you lay back and try to coax your screaming brain into sleep.
“Perdition,” it’s called? That state of damnation — although, really, it’s probably just like being stuck in a waiting room forever and ever — they told you about in Sunday School that one time? The teacher — a Greek lady with the skin that smelled like paper and a bum-hip limp — she used the word “eternal” in describing it. She said, “It’s impossible to avoid, but we can lessen the brunt of the never-ending blow if we follow Him,” and you cross yourself. You tried to heed her advice, but here you are, bedridden and miserable.
Of course you’re not in hell, silly. You’ve just got a headache. And hey, those spasms behind your eyes and in your teeth — there’s poetry in that. Relish it.
“Perdition (Austral Road)” is off Oikos’ upcoming LP, Vigilia, out November 1 through new label Knockturne records.
Darkness shadows the dank cave as gleaming daylight sharply beams toward the sunken face of “Laustinom.” Her eyes peer open slowly, then WIDE, and she disappears into the black. Smashing of rock against rock, metal on mantle, and heavy breathing turns to guttural gurgles. The sound of stumbling stops, echoing only violent taring and pooled dripping.
“Laustinom” emerges from the hollowed entrance, carrying a hunk of chewed flesh and wearing tattered skin as clothing soaked in fresh blood. Immediately, she smells her breakfast traveling at a hurried pace along the empty valley, and she spares no time staring. In a heartbeat, she is a cheetah running/racing toward this caravan of meat, gets close, and uses a stick to jam the wagon wheel, which splinters into smithereens and tumbles the rest of the party.
As the wounded driver blinks, lying on the ground, between bursts of vision, he witnesses “Laustinom” slit the throats of the fallen animals and passengers. She stakes their bodies together upon a stick, heads toward the driver, and his eyes bulge into bloodshot vision. His last feeling is her tossing him atop the stake of bodies, and then hearing her spark a fire.
Den is releasing a new C30(ish) tape on (their drummer’s label) AVRCRC called Blossom Juice consisting of improv jams/bangers/grinders/murderers like “Laustinom.” Listen to the track below, and bang your head in agony:
Blue Chips 2
Action Bronson walks into a bar and orders a drink. He reaches into his pocket and sets a frog down on the bar next to him. The bartender asks him what’s up with the frog. Action replies, “This is the greatest frog ever; I’ve taught this frog how to eat pussy.” The bartender nods, “Interesting.” He rolls his eyes and walks away.
At the other end of the bar, a woman is drinking alone. She asks the bartender, “What’s up with that guy and the frog?” The bartender replies, “His name is Action Bronson, and he claims that his frog can eat pussy.” The woman says, “Really? That sounds kind of interesting. I might be into that.” The bartender says they’ll be closing in a little while, but he could talk to Action and see if he was willing to hang around.
Sure enough, after closing time, the woman drops her panties, lays back on the bar, and hikes up her skirt. Action Bronson places the frog right between her legs and says “Go on.” The frog does nothing. Action gives the frog a little prodding, and says again, “Go on.” The frog ribbits, but otherwise just sits there. Action prods again and again — nothing. Infuriated, Action suddenly picks up the frog and throws it across the room, shouting, “This is the last goddamn time I’m going to show you how to do this!”
• Action Bronson: http://www.actionbronson.com