Following his Contrail EP on 12k, Kane Ikin (of duo Solo Andata) is set to release his debut full-length this month, Sublunar. On this album, Ikin seems to be taking a particular interest in the awareness of being tied down to mythology (“Titan,” “Oberon,” “Hyperion”) while desiring to go beyond it (“Slow Waves,” “Ebbing,”). If his track “Prometheus’ Trail” is explicitly intended to signify this feeling of striving (Prometheus being a Greek mythological figure who represented a quest for knowledge), then perhaps opening track “Europa” (the sixth closest moon to Jupiter) represents the destination. But Ikin’s emphasis on “Europa” is not on the deterritorialization and subsequent reterritorialization of its music, but on the processes through which these acts are materialized. In other words, the music on “Europa” doesn’t sound like what one might imagine the music on Europa to be: by taking choral music and deconstructed club beats into darker, bleaker, desolate realms and situating them in the context of failed transmissions and interrupted communication, Ikin is instead foregrounding static, obfuscated rhythms, warped textures, the process of reification itself. It sounds at once futile and noble, and it’s all paralleled beautifully in the video below for “Europa”:
Look for Kane Ikin’s Sublunar September 18 on 12k.
INTERNET CLUB, the incredibly prolific project of Will Burnett (Datavis, co-owner of Hexagon), has just dropped a new release out of nowhere/everywhere. PURE TRANCE continues the screwed corporate aesthetics of previous releases like Dreams 3D and Vanishing Vision, but this time with many of the track titles evoking the nightlife over capitalist dread. Interestingly, the majority of the songs here cut out abruptly, halting the otherwise smooth aesthetics of the generic samples and giving you just a brief moment of contemplation before jerking you right into another anonymous jam. Even the more ambient tracks like “OXYGEN LOUNGE” are treated with the same arbitrary chop, making for a bewildering but welcomed anti-aesthetic experience that mirrors in part the confusion, illogistics, and discontinuity of extra-sensorial modern living.
A direct link to the PURE TRANCE ZIP can be found here, and watch the video for “MAXX 999” below:
Chocolate Grinder Mix 57
Tomorrow’s September 1st, people. We have made it through August. And it’s still hot as fuck, and that pisses me off, but at least it’s September. And it’s the end of a long-ass work week, the start of a three-day weekend — how could anyone be upset about that? It is impossible to be upset about that, that is the answer. If this mix has a theme at all, I think it’d be something like “pre-fall music for not being upset,” although I’m not entirely sure that works across the board. For the long weekend, I imagine many folks are packing up the Subaru and planning to GTF outta town (like I am), so maybe load this one up to the ol’ music playback device before you leave, yeah?
The mix came together a little strange — lots of different styles, from rock to pop to jazz to dance to hypnagogic-whatever — but it came together nonetheless. It flows, but perhaps not always in the direction you’d think. Flow with it anyway, folks, because this one’s got some of my absolute favorite jams of the year in it, stuff that I’ve been meaning to share for a long, long time. Heavy Midgets came to me all the way back in January and has found heavy rotation since then. Chris Weisman’s entry here is from his recent Feeding Tube reissue. There’s even a new one from Chicago Underground Duo, highlighting the insane Bill Higgins-meets-Tony Williams drumming of my hero Chad Taylor. You’ll like it. Promise. It’s me, Strauss. Trust.
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[00:00] Chris Weisman - “999”
[03:56] Minden - “Big Because”
[08:37] Heavy Midgets - “Indian Summer”
[14:21] Mirror To Mirror - “Take a Day”
[17:04] Paco Sala - “Gifts of the Bloom”
[20:54] Each Other - “Freak Heat”
[22:59] Chicago Underground Duo - “Moon Debris”
[27:09] High Counsel - “Circadian Rhythm”
[31:26] Black Eagle Child - “Eighteen and Six”
Shader [album stream]
New Dreams Ltd., the umbrella moniker of 情報デスクVIRTUAL, Macintosh Plus, Laserdisc Visions, and more, has reached its likely conclusion. Listen to how it all ends with Shader by Sacred Tapestry, then read the following announcement from Prism Corp. and prepare your body accordingly:
Subject: New Life Now! A Critical Alert From Prism Corp. Executive Branch, Hong Kong.
The life as we know now, after death therefore moves on to another form of life based on the merits and demerits it accumulated in its current life. The path to becoming a supreme soul is to practice non-violence and be truthful.
Prism Corp urges You, SUBJECT A5587505618800000, to finalize your body transmigration as scheduled on THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012. We are honoured and deeply humbled to receive Your host body donation and look forward to Your continued involvement in the Genetic Re-Engineering Program (GREP). Thank you all for visiting Virtual Casino during our final transmission.
We look forward to reconciling with You in the New World Embassy!
Report to the New Dreams(TM) Body Chamber Facility at address code MEM# 046D:0880 when you are ready to enter hibernation.
Prism Corp. Integrated Solutions, Hong Kong Branch
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aaronmaxwell’s back, making sweet, fuzzy beats with his SP-404 and manipulating them to no end, this time on a track called “Socks.” The song comes off aaronmaxwell’s side of a synth-heavy split cassette called Twins via Microwaved Meows. Not sure who the other beat maker is, but the preview on the label’s website sounds fucking tasty. Listen to “Socks” here:
Meanwhile, do yourself a favor and check out aaronmaxwell’s latest full-length, Dianetics, also available on cassette via Microwaved Meows.
The only really, truly, positively “groovy” track on that amazing compilation tape from Tranquililty is by the one and only Imperial Topaz. It’s got a bass line in it. And some drums. There’s more of all that on this little pay-what-you-want single, plus a slinky guitar line to boot. But that’s not even the real draw here: it’s Caroline Teagle’s voice. So noncommittal, so “I don’t care about you,” so nonchalant… did I just say the same thing three times in a row? Gah, and it’ll drive you nuts! She is so in the complete, exact zone of this jam it’s not even funny, which of course is why I’m smiling so wide and have the damn thing on repeat. At least this one is digital (whereas with “Angel of the Overpass” on the tape, I had to keep hitting the rewind button and waiting for a minute). Okay, enough. Obsess, you!