Svamps
“Pink Beam”

Svamps is a new project consisting of Kansas City’s Brandon Knocke (of the beat-beaming Discoverer, whom you might remember from a little mix, no?) and Tilly & the Wall’s Kianna Alarid Cameron. Yeah, I wrote Tilly & the Wall — you remember them? That band with the tap dancer? Weird. In any case, together, the two have created Zebra, a new tape out soon on Digitalis, and “Pink Beam” represents our first official introduction to what’s in store, an extended improvisation recorded live just moments after the two collaborators met for the first time(!). Neon synths, pulsing chord progressions, New Age-y flute melodies, and animal yelps/howls slicing through only to trail off with a haunting echo. Ohhhhh, yes, no less than seven solid minutes of pure “unnnggghhhh.” But it’s really the beat here, ain’t it, which is one of the heavier four-on-the-floors in recent memory, with just about the roundest of round bass hits possibly ever. Successive guttural punches with feather-laden fists of subdued fury. The final product will be manipulated and edited together by the inimitable Brad Rose of Altar Eagle, Charlatan, etc., so watch out for it and try to control your glutes, if you can.

• Svamps: http://svamps-music.tumblr.com
• Digitalis: http://digitalisindustries.com

Svamps

“Pink Beam”

Svamps is a new project consisting of Kansas City’s Brandon Knocke (of the beat-beaming Discoverer, whom you might remember from a little mix, no?) and Tilly & the Wall’s Kianna Alarid Cameron. Yeah, I wrote Tilly & the Wall — you remember them? That band with the tap dancer? Weird. In any case, together, the two have created Zebra, a new tape out soon on Digitalis, and “Pink Beam” represents our first official introduction to what’s in store, an extended improvisation recorded live just moments after the two collaborators met for the first time(!). Neon synths, pulsing chord progressions, New Age-y flute melodies, and animal yelps/howls slicing through only to trail off with a haunting echo. Ohhhhh, yes, no less than seven solid minutes of pure “unnnggghhhh.” But it’s really the beat here, ain’t it, which is one of the heavier four-on-the-floors in recent memory, with just about the roundest of round bass hits possibly ever. Successive guttural punches with feather-laden fists of subdued fury. The final product will be manipulated and edited together by the inimitable Brad Rose of Altar Eagle, Charlatan, etc., so watch out for it and try to control your glutes, if you can.

• Svamps: http://svamps-music.tumblr.com
• Digitalis: http://digitalisindustries.com

Automating

Somnambulist

Amazing Australian artist Automating (how’s that for alliteration) makes screechy industrial-tinged experimental music, mixed with murky strings and plenty of drone. They also release free albums. Somnambulist consists of 18 bits of avant-garde goodness specifically designed to tickle your primary auditory cortex. With track titles like “Alpha Wave” (there’s also Beta, Gamma, and Theta), “EEG Test,” and “Lucid Dreaming,” and appropriately mind-bending tunes to match, listening to this album is like getting your brain picked by the most expert of audiophiles — and it’s a blast.

• Automating: http://automating.bandcamp.com
• Wood & Wire: http://woodandwire.com.au

Kreng

Works For Abattoir Fermé 2007-2011 [preview]

If there were ever a noise that could make the entire world crap their pants at once, Kreng would be the musician to create it. Working with a palette of tones in dark shades of brown, black, and gray, Belgian composer Pepijn Caudron has been making bowels rumble and poops dribble for years. By sampling eerie, haunting recordings from the past while lathering layers of rich drone and molasses-covered symphonies, Kreng makes some of the most original and frightening ambient music out there. Last year he released a record called Grimoire, and it made our list of favorite albums from 2011.

Turns out, this whole time (since 2007), Kreng has been making music for Belgium-based theater group Abattoir Fermé. As you might presume, the theater company specializes in dark, strange, graphic productions, which work splendidly with Kreng’s startling score. Released by Miasmah Recordings, Works for Abattoir Fermé 2007-2011 is a collection of pieces recorded for four separate plays and several episodes of an equally bizarre television show called “Monster!”, set for release on October 5. Miasmah has provided a sort-of overture of several pieces from the compilation on their SoundCloud, which can be heard below. Check out some clips from the Abattoir Fermé site, and order the whopping 4LP+10-inch box set from Miasmah.

• Abattoir Fermé: http://abattoirferme.tumblr.com
• Kreng: http://www.miasmah.com/recordings/kreng.html
• Miasmah: http://www.miasmah.com/recordings/index.html

RP Boo

“AREA 72!”

Pre-pubescent Japanese kids know every DJ Rashad track by heart; Londoners can be found fucking with lesser-knowns like DJ YB and DJ Rolow; even extraterrestrials are battling to Young Smoke’s Planet Mu LP Space Zone. But not nearly enough people are getting down with the raw, gritty trax of RP Boo, the “creator of footwork.” (That’s not a self-proclaimed title — dude has a trophy to prove it.) Of course, any claims to actually “creating” a whole genre of music is crazy, but there’s no disputing the fact that RP Boo, with his classic Dude Off 59th Street mixtape and specifically with quintessential footwork track “Heavy Heat” (1999), pioneered the dominating template that has since been copped many times over.

Aside from appearing on both Planet Mu comps, RP Boo (also known as Arpebu and Kavain W. Space) has been relatively quiet throughout footwork’s ascension to international recognition, but every now and again he’ll release a track via SoundCloud. His most recent is “AREA 72!,” an ode to Chicago’s community 72, Beverly, which features the skittering snares, paranoid atmosphere, and syncopated bass thuds that characterize the type of footwork tracks that drew many of us to the style in the first place. Respect is due:

• RP Boo: http://soundcloud.com/arpebu

DāM-FunK

“I Don’t Want to Be a Star”

Have you ever wanted to live a day in the life of DāM-FunK? Well, with his video for “I Don’t Want to Be a Star,” now you can. The Los Angeles funk prophet has so graciously allowed the cameras to follow him as he goes about his daily routine: smokin’ blunts, making smokin’ beats, and most importantly, driving around in his smokin’ Cadillac listening to his smokin’ beats while smokin’ blunts. Plus, there’s even a vehicular tour of L.A. in the mix, with some pretty awesome shots of the City of Angels at night. Now, typically one should never look at YouTube comments — although this rule applies more to VEVO videos — but as an especially astute viewer points out, at 1:10 there are some palm tree shadows that, bizarrely enough, closely resemble Prince. Let’s take that as a sign of divine approval.

• DāM-FunK: http://stonesthrow.com/damfunk
• Stones Throw: http://stonesthrow.com

  

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