Black to Comm
One of the year’s strongest albums came out this week, and it’s not by Andrew Bird. It’s called EARTH, and it’s by Marc Richter a.k.a. Black to Comm. The album is the soundtrack to a 2009 silent film of the same name by Singaporean artist/director Ho Tzu Nyen. Here’s how Richter described it: “The film basically is a post-apocalyptic collage based on paintings by classical European painters (Caravaggio, Delacroix, Rembrandt, Géricault) — the music tries to translate that concept employing similar collage-based sampling techniques using loops made from vintage vinyl and shellac records combined with acoustic and electronic instrumentation and voice.”
Check out the video for “Water” above, and grab the album via De Stijl.
“Fu2” / “476/572_2”
Attention human beings: Osaka-born producer Kouhei Matsunaga has a new split 12-inch with SND (Mark Fell and Matt Steel)! One of Matsunaga’s tracks, filed here under his NHK moniker and created with the help of Toshio Munehiro, is called “Fu2,” a minimal techno dance track that flitters, flutters, then flails its way to a slow-motion rave ender. Ugh, I love it. Check it out (and while you’re at it, also check out an excerpt of SND’s side here):
Meanwhile, Matsunaga recently released Dance Classics Vol. I as NHK’Koyxeи. Here’a video for “476/572_2”:
Matsunaga’s 12-inch with SND and his full-length Dance Classics Vol. I are available on PAN. Which makes sense, because PAN fucking rules.
“Another Time and Place”
Oh shit, we got some creep beats here, y’all. Back up. Back up into space. Not the universe, but space. This is where it’s at: dancing liquid, flailing orange, romance bubbles, caption-works, sequin rhythm. All coming from this gal. Aww. And forget the “aww,” just haze out. Dance; don’t think. Get outside and chill. Steam the night away in the best way possible: street-speed-contortion. What does Maria Minerva have in store for 2012? Keep on the lookout.
4Eva N A Day [mixtape]
Big K.R.I.T.’s latest mixtape, 4Eva N A Day, is out now at Livemixtapes. It’s 17 tracks. Stream here:
Meanwhile, K.R.I.T.’s preparing an LP for Def Jam called Live From the Underground. Should be out in the summer. Hope Willie B is on it!!
• Big K.R.I.T.: http://bigkrit.com
“Hi. Hi, ladies. Can I play volleyball?” - Hodad
“You ain’t got the moves, br’oh.” - Spiker
“Stay inside the green flags!” - Nose Sunscreen
“Ain’t your ocean, Pusseidon.” - Surfer
“It’s just right-style bright out here.” - Shades
“This shit’s tight, y’all.” - Brief Bottoms
“*crashing*” - Moon Movement
“[All of the above]” - Winter Imagination
New Rangers cassette underway, Peter?
Los Angeles musician Eric Michael Vallely (EMV) has released his debut full-length,Resolutions, with Leaving Records. The album is rich with layers of tripping beats and deep static – it’s the kind of record which seems to make time pass by slower. On “Repeater” a certain riff is certainly repeated, but it is drowned in so many levels of noise that each time we hear said riff it is completely new and refreshing.
Take a listen to a couple tracks on the label’s site, and purchase that shit for real cheapy cheap.
• Leaving Records: http://leavingrecords.com/releases/lr018-resolutions/