Ratking
“So Sick Stories” feat. King Krule

Once upon a time, I saw the super raw NYC trio Ratking open for the swoon-god King Krule in the middle of nowhere in Connecticut. Both groups were incredible in their own right, as expected, but perhaps what got me most hype about the show was the connection between the two. Ratking opened the show with encrypted rhythms and overflowing energy, smacking mics against temples while the crowd’s stomachs vibrated. King Krule followed with one of the tightest (slang and not slang implication here) sets I’ve ever seen; casually flawless. The love between the two seemed profound even in the casual encounters between sets.

If you really dig the Krule, then you probably dig his hip-hop thangs too. If you can put two and two to make four, then you can dream of a collaboration that has recently manifested in a new collab track, “So Sick Stories”. The young Archy himself flows like fine wine on a super smooth chorus that feels very right. The ever explosive Wiki tears up verses naturally, popping in and out at his own volition. Hak comes in with a fluid and honest flow, speaking out of intellect and truth, very reminiscent of a young Andre 3000 in the scene if you feel me.

• Ratking: http://www.xlrecordings.com/ratking
• King Krule: http://kingkrule.co.uk
• XL Recordings: http://www.xlrecordings.com

Symbol

“Clear Passage”

I read the alien writings and learn from their incomprehensibility: nothing can ever be fully elucidated. A glistening surface hides a blackened underbelly. A single layer provides clues to decode the layers surrounding it. Given infinite time, a session of static and sustained tones gathers details with each overdub and mixing decision, blooming into a rarefied time-lapse of many hours spent staring down the screen. The resultant waveform offers enough stimulation in one go to fuel hours of nothingness, hours of everything.

“Clear Passage” shines and moans. What sounds on first listen like a lone slab of driftwood passing through the waters of Returnal gathers mystery and momentum as the minutes tick by, burgeoning into a chunk of iridescent droning matter with enough mass to satisfy all the tributaries beckoning into adjacent waterways. Wait for the tidal shifts in the root note, churning out new harmonies somewhere behind the haze, implying alternate routes to low-end enlightenment. Select any torrent of bleached synth and trace its path through the session. Lose it for a moment and find it across the mix, lending weight to the slow burning upper-register poised at the tip of combustion.

Holodeck Records has extended its tentacles across the international underground, scooping up artists and collaborators as far flung as Montreal and as close to home as Austin, TX. Having found spiritual relatives among the roster of Constellation Records, the introduction of Symbol (Christopher Royal King of Texan orchestral instrumental ensemble This Will Destroy You) to the Holodeck roster cements the label’s prime position along an evolving spectrum of experimentalism that continues to spark new tape labels into existence with each passing moment. Symbol claims the next peg up on the “post-” trajectory, carrying any inklings of “rock” to their deepest point of ambient departure and bidding them good luck on their journey through the waves.

Online Architecture, the debut LP from Symbol, arrives on April 8 on LP, CS, and digital via Holodeck Records.

• Symbol: https://soundcloud.com/lightlodge
• Holodeck Records: http://holodeckrecords.com

Ratking

“So Sick Stories” feat. King Krule

Once upon a time, I saw the super raw NYC trio Ratking open for the swoon-god King Krule in the middle of nowhere in Connecticut. Both groups were incredible in their own right, as expected, but perhaps what got me most hype about the show was the connection between the two. Ratking opened the show with encrypted rhythms and overflowing energy, smacking mics against temples while the crowd’s stomachs vibrated. King Krule followed with one of the tightest (slang and not slang implication here) sets I’ve ever seen; casually flawless. The love between the two seemed profound even in the casual encounters between sets.

If you really dig the Krule, then you probably dig his hip-hop thangs too. If you can put two and two to make four, then you can dream of a collaboration that has recently manifested in a new collab track, “So Sick Stories”. The young Archy himself flows like fine wine on a super smooth chorus that feels very right. The ever explosive Wiki tears up verses naturally, popping in and out at his own volition. Hak comes in with a fluid and honest flow, speaking out of intellect and truth, very reminiscent of a young Andre 3000 in the scene if you feel me.

• Ratking: http://www.xlrecordings.com/ratking
• King Krule: http://kingkrule.co.uk
• XL Recordings: http://www.xlrecordings.com

Guest Mix: naps

Augmented Survival

Earlier this month, Melbourne’s premiere beat fetishist and fidelity manipulator naps released a 14-track album called Hydrate. It’s his debut full-length and strongest material yet, an exploration of the awkward juncture between the precision of digital music and the out-of-focus aesthetic of the SP-404 wizards, a record that chases the decaying rhythms of hip-hop into more abstracted, impressionistic realms. Our own Nico Callaghan described it as “weirder, denser, and headier” than his previous releases, with the artist turning to “coloration of the tropical and psychedelic to reform his miniatures from rough and banal percussive messes into twisted technicolor beauties.”

To celebrate his latest release — which is available on cassette via This Thing — we asked naps to compile a guest mix. In addition to a couple songs by naps himself, Augmented Survival features tracks by TMT favorites like Diamond Black Hearted Boy, D/P/I, Triad God, Wooshie, Gobby, Borden/Ferraro/Godin/Halo/Lopatin, and more.

Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.

[00:00] naps - “Word Shapes”
[01:50] Nuno Rebelo – Sagração Do Mês De Maio (excerpt)”
[04:02] DIAMONDBLACKHEARTEDBOY - “Formulation of the Higher P”
[06:32] naps - “Tristate”
[07:50] Triad God - “Lo Mor”
[10:31] D/P/I - “2CHAINZIDONTCARE (IMAGEREVISION)”
[15:38] Gregor Kompar - “Shape”
[18:25] Wooshie - “???”
[20:00] Cat 500 - “Chilk”
[23:00] Lucki Eck$ - “Boomin’”
[24:40] Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin - “Internet Gospel Pt. 2”
[27:20] Gobby - “Trans.09”
[30:13] Celer - “Fill Your Light With Lessness Untitled Guilt As A Return To Melancholy”
[31:24] Nara Lea~o - “Insensatez”

• naps: http://notaquatic.net
• This Thing: http://www.thisthing.us/tt

Gora Sou

“Bay of Seven Moons {Swan Dive Prelude}” (Rose Modular Remix)

It’s that feeling you get when you wake up on a dewy morning, and in the year 2603, faith is a totally different animal internally. The moon had deteriorated by obliterating asteroids around 2212, the Earth lost plenty of tidal shifts, experienced unusual gravitational wakes, moods that have bugged the study of psychology, and pure dark nights. Around 2410, the population growth hit it’s max, and starvation was at an all-time high, thus began a massive exodus for open land and food. Between the times ROCKS showed up – the first three around 2481, the last four almost immediately around 2532 – human life decreased and emotionally evolved into families and clans; grouped beliefs became pinnacle for survival. Until the seven moons began rotating our Earth, helping us gravitate and process psyche much quicker, humans were never in a darker state. Now, after nights of hunting and foraging new foods and shelters, you awake at and take the “Bay of Seven Moons {Swan Dive Prelude}” into collective praise of the Gora Sou monument afloat above the water, backed by the power of Rose Modular.

Rose Modular (duo including Holly Waxwing) remixed a track by Gora Sou called “Bay of Seven Moons {Swan Dive Prelude}.” Above is inevitably the prophecy of time that Gora Sou beholds in the tips of his key scaling fingers. Layer upon layer of pure sound explorations and melody mixture, Gora Sou just “let’s it happen,” as humans will always TRY, but continue to submit to the adaptation of life and art. Glad Rose Modular was around to spin their take on “Bay of Seven Moons.” Noumenal Loom popped out Gora Sou’s newest album Living XXL on tape, and you can grip it here. Enjoy the remix below:

• Gora Sou: https://soundcloud.com/marc-bel
• Rose Modular: https://soundcloud.com/rose-modular
• Noumenal Loom: http://noumenalloom.com

Divino Niño

“Initials LV”

A sense of leisurely romanticism infuses Camilo Medina’s croon. Youth. Lust. The pursuit of virgin flesh with hedonic tenacity. Like Polaroid revelers well-versed in Springsteen-ian games of seduction, the Chicago-by-Columbia singer and the other three members of Divino Niño play like they’re leaving bloody fingerprints on the diaries of every “long blonde hair[ed]” lover along the coast of Lake Michigan. In a blanket of floral harmonies, the band initially sounds too hypnotized by their own swagger, but soon hit a pleasingly psychedelic stride in the song’s bridge. Lyrics like “rip my clothes in half” are expressed halfway asleep, as if written on a sunset train journey through the desert, daydreaming about the girl who left two single initials in liquid cursive at the base of his thumb.

“Initials LV,” the first off of Divino Niño’s debut album Pool Jealousy, serves three directives:

1. To let us ignore Alex Turner, Medina’s British foil, since he is dangerously close to going off the deep end.

2. To let us release that hot, hot pressure in our loins that has been building up all winter in a pelvic thrust that carries us out the front door and onto the new spring lawn, where the grass is more than happy to perforate our skin with microscopic cuts.

3. To let us, once again (I say once again, but Oh Joy! For some of you, it will be the first time), do what we do best: try to get the attention of the opposite sex in a way that is cool, confident, and ultimately meaningless.

Pool Jealously is out April 8 on The Native Sound. Go here for more information.

• Divino Niño: http://www.divinoninoband.com
• The Native Sound: http://thenativesound.limitedrun.com

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