Maria Minerva
“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.

• Maria Minerva: http://www.myspace.com/mariaminervamusic
• 100% Silk: http://www.listentosilk.com

Big K.R.I.T.

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

Rangers

“Glass Facade”

“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?

• Rangers: http://www.myspace.com/rangerzz
• Brunch Groupe: http://www.brunchgroupe.com

EMV

“Repeater”

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/

Riviere Amur

Le Chant Des Pistes

Here’s a new slab of deep raga drone from two bespectacled ladies working long-distance correspondence style. Portland’s Jackie McDowell of Inez Lightfoot and Brussels’ Felicia Atkinson of Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier have joined musical penpal forces for their second release as Riviere Amur, entitled The Songlines, on underground powerhouse Hooker Vision. Le Chant Des Pistes could be a lost track from Jodorowsky’s Eastern chant inspired soundtrack to The Holy Mountain, though honestly it’s much more grown-up than that somewhat spastic material. This piece is so dialed-in, I’m amazed they weren’t in the same room together. Are taped field recordings and looping pedals as sacred as temple bells yet?

• Riviere Amur: http://riviereamur.bandcamp.com
• Hooker Vision: http://hookervision.blogspot.com

Dreams West

“Southern Safari”

So, I feel like the importance of everything is energy and how we “transfer” it. I’m not talking about a spiritual or ethereal energy, but straight-up energy we exert and its repercussions. For example, my writing energy right now is transferring to your energy’s capacity to comprehend and listen. Furthermore, you’re listening to James West’s music energy because Jennifer Baron transferred her knowledge energy from her husband’s production energy. Now, I’m using the word “energy” loosely, and I realize what I’m saying is a little obvious, but I’m trying to point out more a way of living rather than perception. Not that I’m telling you how to live either, just jesting a way of sharing and being. That being sai -err, written, I love the idea of south and the notion safaris, and I’m going on one right meow via reality ///my mind grapes\\ with “Southern Safari.”

• Dreams West: http://dreamswest.bandcamp.com
• As Above So Below: http://asabovesobelowtapes.tumblr.com

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