Tranquility Tapes
Duets C100 [preview]

ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP [slash] It’s here. And peeps is sweating, like mad, yo. Who doesn’t love a good plug? I know. But bit-by-bit, I’ll bum-bust Tranquility Tapes’ newest compilation adventure Duets C100, as I see fit. I’ll definitely be doing that soon, once I can order it off the Tranquility Tapes’ website over the weekend (which is CART ready now, rather than e-mail order only). Like, it’s my birthday next week too. That means I’ll be receiving little presents from Quiet Evenings, Super Minerals (RIP??????), Velvet Chrome, Brother Raven, Seziki Tetrasheaf, Century Plants, Big Sky, Afterlife, Imperial Topaz, Telecult Powers, Concessionaires, Blood On Tape, Sundrips, Grasshopper, The Circle And The Point & Coventry Music. Clean your pants. Clean your keyboard. Crack your knuckles. And order ya copy this weekend [slash] ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP ASAP

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Ekoplekz / Wanda Group

“Dead Escalator Suite” / “Slow Down Your Blood”

Something’s about to happen. Synthesizers everywhere are malfunctioning. Recordings are clouded. Those sounds from the deepest parts of the world’s largest forests are creeping through our cords (chords) and trying to reclaim the noises we’ve been working so hard to recreate through our canyon echo and cavernous reverb. Vines may burst forth from our speakers and break through the boards on our dance floors.

The Ekoplekz and Wanda Group split is out digitally now. Cassette version ships tomorrow. Listen and be warned.

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Dylan Ettinger


Sequenced to secrete your salivary sensory, Dylan Ettinger pops the “Tipoff” with that B-sides style shit on Moon Glyph. Yeah, I realize I covered the A-sides of this awhile ago. But ignore what No Fear of Pop had to say via Ad Hoc about [new shit]. This “Tipoff” track gets right there, mixing Ettinger’s cyber-noir with new-style frost vocals. It’s dig-able, and possibly a good starting point for those of you finding it hard to transition from New Age Outlaws to Lifetime of Romance. Sure, Lion of Judah directed us, but “Tipoff” is a nice thanks-dude-type of direction listeners may have needed to start feeling Lifetime of Romance as a summer banger. So chill with some more Ettinger on his 7-inch split with Xander Harris brought to you by Moon Glyth. “God bless” knows when you’ll hear something fresh again from the fellah.

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DJ Final Trip

“Clap Deh Batti (Cho)”

DJ Final Trip is the leader of the Ghettoteknitianz, Flight Muzik, BOTC, and Geto DJz. He was a pioneer dancer in House-O-Matics, founded several 90s dance crews (The Dungeon, Wolf Pac, Gutter Thugs), and has gone on to perform in the circle with Terror Squad, The Red Legends, Taliban, Take Over Game, Tribe National, HaVoc, Creation, and more. Not only has he started several footworking hotspots like Da Warzone, Battle Grounds, and Tuff, but he’s also the man behind Dance Mania, Juke Trax Online, Ghettophiles, and Lit City Trax. I’m also pretty sure he started BootyTune in Japan with DJ Fulltono, invented the “dribbles” footwork move, and is the father of Ant Brown.

Read more about DJ Final Trip here. Meanwhile, check out the second exclusive track he threw our way, which is “about girls clapping there [sic] butts.”

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Towel Crown [excerpt]

The southeast has long been stitched with warm pockets of noise and experimental communities. Asheville, North Carolina fits the bill of the “Keep ______ weird” mantra and does so in an earnest way. It’s the soon-to-be new home of the vinyl and cassette label Hooker Vision and its proprietors, Grant and Rachel Evans. Their latest batch of tape releases includes Asheville resident Will Isenogle, who performs and records under the nom de plume Merryl. The excerpt below, taken from Towel Crown, is a soft, meditative raga-like drone. Although Merryl’s arsenal includes synths and electronics like most of his drone counterparts, the output sounds more naturalistic, like blended field recordings of ocean waves washing onto the shore, serving as a substrate underneath the repeated tone interval.

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Polaric Field [album stream]

When I drove out to Portland for the first time, I spent most of the trip listening to episodes of a Myth, Science, and Paranormal podcast called Mysterious Universe. The hosts (two dudes from Australia) talk about the kind of stuff you hear paranoid burnouts talking about on downtown street corners, only the hosts accept it all as possible and present it to their listeners without a sliver of doubt. Hearing stories of bigfoot sightings, abductions, and shadow people sift like fog from my speakers driving day and night through the ever-changing landscapes of the western states was a convincing experience on its own. I began to see lights in the sky and shadows off in the distance. I’ve been hooked to the podcast ever since.

I could have listened to Polaric Field from California’s Candescent that entire trip and had the same experience. Synth waves rise and fall out of night sky that seems to move behind those clouds and mountains and horizons. Each track feels infinitely long as you fall into it, staring, and you forget that the sky is only moving because you are.

Gaze deeply into the Polaric Field below, and buy the tape from Chicago-via-Denver’s Laser Palace.

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