Brogan Bentley
“Ask When I’m Night”

Oddly enough, if it’s not a straight dance LP, all the other records I’ve obtained this year (aside from SONNE and Clear Moon) have been from dance labels (Hyperdub, 100% Silk, etc.). And, I don’t mean to mark “Ask When I’m Night” as this exactly, but it’s definitely MY “I’m Trying” track this year. Only, “I’m Trying” sounds like void’s voice on 45rpms, and Brogan Bentley’s new Self Titled EP on Leaving Records is a cassette. But I’d never say vinyl is better than cassette. It ain’t my place/generation to say that. Grew up using cassettes. Only wish I had a machine to slow my reels down. Especially late-night-style featuring Brogan Bentley. Crisp air blowing in through your car windows. Air you’ll miss come November/December — shit, maybe even October or August. So, suck it all in deep, and exhale when you feel right; then visit Leaving Records for your copy of Brogan Bentley’s new Self Titled EP today! Make them summer nights last a reel lifetime.

• Brogan Bentley: http://www.soundcloud.com/brogan-bentley
• Leaving Records: http://www.leavingrecords.com

Razoreater

“Hashishins”

With all the popularity of blackened EVERYTHING nowadays — blackened shoegaze, blackened crust — you would think the metal world is now the world’s most BRUTAL seafood restaurant. If blackened soul comes into existence in the future, I’ll just need to start calling this type of music pescatariancore. But sometimes you need a break from all the blackened everything, and British thrashers Razoreater are just what we need right now: a back-to-basics band with a sludgy, simple approach that’s all about playing loud, playing fast, and letting the noise speak for itself. This song is an unmastered demo, but it sounds fantastic; the guitars have a nice coat of grime and the vocals have a snarly edge to them that recalls Matt Pike in his glory days. Blackened may be buzzworthy, but sometimes there’s nothing better than a full-throttle thrash attack.

• Razoreater: http://razoreater.bandcamp.com

Airbird

“Free Mind”

Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit! Mariah’s gonna be piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssed! Joel Ford (as in the Ford of Ford & Lopatin) has chopped, screwed, and synthed-out Mariah Carey’s powerful cut “Prisoner,” and he didn’t even ask her if she was down! It’s the new Frank Ocean vs. Don Henley! Nah, just kidding. Ford, who calls himself Airbird when he’s alone, has utilized the loophole-jumpin’ Legitmix to promote his new record Romance Layers. Legitmix makes you purchase the tracks he’s sampled (if you don’t already own them, and you know you own that Mariah track) in order to avoid legal confrontation. Maybe it’s not as badass as Ocean’s blatant theft of “Hotel California,” but it’s pretty chill I guess. Good thing is you can listen to the song right here, right now and get excited about the rest of Airbird’s new recording, which also includes reworks of music by Steve Roach and Basia.

• Airbird: http://soundcloud.com/airbird
• Legitmix: http://legitmix.com/Airbird/artist/3661/Free_Mind/mix/1312

Chocolate Grinder Mix 51

The Gun-Cock

Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed an increasing number of artists sampling the sound of a gun being cocked. You know, the “chk-chk” sound usually heard before someone’s brain splatters on the wall (hahahahah!!). Perhaps it’s been here all along and this “trend” that I’m picking up on merely reflects my current predilection toward sample-based musics. But already in the first half of 2012, this sound, this aural signifier of threat, has played such a prominent role in specifying what I consider to be a signature sound of 2012 that I was compelled to make a mix out of some of my favorites (yes, I found more than these 10 songs).

I included a couple rappers (Lil B, Joey Bada$$), but I generally avoided rap since it already has such a rich history with the gun-cock (which perhaps speaks to the influence that rap has had on the rest of the tracks here). Aside from Alex Gray (as DJ/PURPLE/IMAGE on “02” and as Heat Wave on “Every Fuck Shop”), the gun-cock sample is featured prominently in these tracks, either for narrative or aesthetic purposes. Of course, in this context, it all boils down to aesthetics in the end, but the gun-cocking in tracks like “SEX TAPE” (BODYGUARD) and “Bludgeon Riddim” (Massacooramaan) do little in service of any kind of storyline. Instead, the gun-cock is included here as a sound among many others, oftentimes without the subsequent gunshot, a sort of democratization that deflates the cocked gun’s implied violence while acting as an aesthetic shorthand for a tension that’s internalized rather than released.

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[00:00] White Rainbow - “DUUUUK IT OUT”
[01:33] Heat Wave - “Every Fuck Shop”
[06:11] BODYGUARD - “SEX TAPE”
[09:40] Joey Bada$$ - “Survival Tactics”
[13:02] Alphabets - “Made U Sick. Kill Them All.”
[21:09] Dean Blunt - “The Narcissist II” [excerpt]
[26:43] Massacooramaan - “Bludgeon Riddim”
[31:31] DJ/PURPLE/IMAGE - “02”
[35:26] Ahnnu - “db4ser”
[36:28] Lil B - “Dirty Game”

Thanks to C Monster and Strauss for a couple of the more siginficiant tracks (Lil B’s “Dirty Game” and Alphabets’ “Made U Sick. Kill Them All,” respectively).

Raymond Scottwalker and Viktor Vibes

Watchin Yu [EP stream]

Fallopian Tunes is a new label and collective based in Melbourne and specializing in experimental electronics. Formed by one half of Yolke during a recent stint in Berlin, they’ve been releasing material for a couple of years now mainly on tape and MP3. But the pace and quality has really picked up in 2012.

Following the release of the excellent Gloss & Moss compilation with New Weird Australia in May, this collab between Raymond Scottwalker (also of Yolke) and Victor Vibes dropped this week. “Watchin oVR Yu” is maybe the standout track (though Clikk Up has a mighty fine groove too), proving it’s not only those crazy cats at DIS Mag riding the vaporwave, yo.

• Raymond Scottwalker and Victor Vibes: http://fallopiantunes.bandcamp.com/album/watchin-yu
• Fallopian Tunes: http://fallopiantunes.bandcamp.com

Merchandise

“Time”

It seems rare for a band of such sonic genotype and high ambition to have unleashed an album that’s both so low-profile yet so fully gestated. That’s to say, Merchandise’s recent Children of Desire is fantastic and, so far, fantastically overlooked. The band, rising from a sector of Tampa’s authentic punk scene, is an astronomically rare example of authentic “post-punk.” What happens when punks grow up? When their pallets overspill and flourish? Something like this, full-throated and honest and honed.

“Time” is a fine choice for the record’s lead single, even if it lacks the awe of the album’s 10-minute “Become What You Are,” which tames an 80s breed of melancholic euphoria into a 2012 reality. As for the video, if you see palimpsests of Space Men 3 or Spectrum’s cosmonauts, it can only be augury of Merchandise’s great things to come, as there’s already been a great start.

Children of Desire is out now from Katorga Works.

• Merchandise: http://katorgaworks.bigcartel.com/product/merchandise-children-of-desire-lp
• Katorga Works: http://katorgaworks.bigcartel.com

  

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