Ricardo Donoso

“Gallicinium”

Boston-based, Brazil-born electronic composer Ricardo Donoso produces monolithic technoid nocturnes uniquely fit to soundtrack your solitary reveries: in the throes of slo-mo underwater drift; in the light cast off of a film projector; in the post-rave self-assessment undertaken before sneaking back into your dreary apartment. His compositions thrill and awe us by way of finely sculpted synth details, overlapped rhythmic grids, and dramatic upward trajectories, as each piece spirals off into the darkness with the certainty that something, however grisly, will be uncovered out there among the steel and the fluorescent haze of the city.

On his upcoming album Saravá Exu, due January 30 on Denovali Records, Donoso forsakes the certainty of resolution and tips the scales in the opposite direction: the descent into a pandemonium of one’s own devising. He lays out the album as a variation on the rituals of the Quimbanda belief system practiced in Brazil. The called-upon Exu guardian spirits share human vices, human needs, and human struggles. If asked, they can curse enemies or bewitch objects of desire. Donoso sonically summons his Exu in a trabalho ceremony. He alights at a crossroad. He lights a white candle. He sips rum. He writes a name in the earth. He incants a melody.

If we glimpsed some hope in the streetlights before, “Gallicinium” brings the chaos to extinguish it. As the track spreads reverbed click patterns and thundering toms out over choral synth pads and bursts of bass, we inhale deeply, unsure when our next opportunity for oxygen will arrive. We know that the descent into madness is necessary to truly understand every corner of our self. We know that the climb out of the pit will restore us.

• Ricardo Donoso: http://www.ricardodonoso.com
• Denovali Records: http://www.denovali.com/?main

Uncommon Nasa

“KUNDUZ”

Fun in the Kunduz: This laid-back soundtrack, laid-back like Lateef’s Eastern Sounds, is centered around the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Maybe the liner notes would help align the sounds with the historical context / concept, but “KUNDUZ,” as a stand-alone piece, is giving off nothing but good and weird vibrations rich with vitamin D. No conflict in sight, as the tempo leans back and sways, dropping red Solo cups in the aftermath of a beer commercial shoot. Measured intervals of single note stipples accent the arrangement. One note clocks in faster than the others, paced like an automatic rifle. A weird, slightly neurotic and humorous baritone “voice” groans, mumbles, and wobbles in backdrop of the mix. Live left-and-right-panned wind, with dynamics preserved, puts the human mouth and touch in the otherwise machine-repetitive and sample laden track, and assists in bringing the track to an aurally and emotionally satisfying climax.

• Uncommon Nasa: http://www.uncommonnasa.com
• I Had An Accident: http://ihadanaccident.tumblr.com

Dr. Dundiff

Frenemies with Benefits [preview mix]

Always going deep with the beat, Grand Garden Records is starting off 2015 on the path of glory with Dr. Dundiff’s first solo album Frenemies with Benefits. In the little [preview mix] below, y’all can tell the doctor when through some ivy league times on old vinyls for loops and samples, while studying some heavy discographies of beat surrounding the scene. Feel cured? That’s because Dr. Dundiff knows what to do in the [preview mix] to get you feeling ALMOST right, but the antidote is in the entirety of Frenemies with Benefits. Thus, the Benefits are an insatiable feeling of being bullet proof and trill, same-time. No, you can’t snag Frenemies with Benefits at your local pharmacist. Actually, I’m sorry to disappoint, but Grand Garden is still gripping these tapes from the dubber and the pending release of Dr. Dundiff’s all-cure album is mid-February-ish. Though, impatience isn’t something the [preview mix] protrudes because of that uplift. It’s practically like a mix-stream of what is to come! Shit, for nearly nine minutes you get pure beat glory. But get this, sucka: Frenemies with Benefits is going to be about 40 to 60 minutes long. I can’t remember because it’s at my work computer with another rough-draft of this post, but Dr. Dundiff inevitably goes in, and Grand Garden followed. You can follow a taste below, but keep on the look out for Frenemies with Benefits SOON:

• Dr. Dundiff: https://soundcloud.com/dr-dundiff
• Grand Gardens Records: http://www.grandgardenrecords.com

Serengeti

“Dennehy”

Who’s that? WHO’S THAT?! IT’S “DENNEHY.” IT’S “DENNEHY” BY THE KENNY DENNIS. Now put it in the Chocolate Grinder. YOU GET THE “DENNEHY,” YOU PUT IT IN THE CHOCOLATE GRINDER.

OK, so it ain’t new. IT AIN’T NEW BUT IT’S THE SERENGETI - DENNEHY

You don’t got the Dennehy cassette. YOU DON’T GOT THE SERENGETI - DENNEHY ON CASSETTE TAPE.

THEY ONLY MADE 100 … SO YOU GOTTA BUY IT. YOU GOTTA BUY IT NOW WHILE YOU STILL CAN BUY IT. IT’S ONLY 6 BUCKS SO YOU GOTTA BUY IT NOW.

• Serengeti: http://thekennydennis.com
• Hope For The Tape Deck: http://hopeforthetapedeck.limitedrun.com

Sefff

“Congo (flip)”

After C asked if “YOU even have a YouTube channel??”, I remembered that I do indeed have one of thems, so I moseyed on over and descovered a sweet little treat: the above plastered and framed collage for Sefff’s understated track “Congo (flip)”. Now, the track and video may not seem like much to you at first glance/listen, but give it time. Listen closer. Dig deeper. See… better, I guess.

“Congo (flip)” is off Sefff’s debut album Coats, out soon on BLUEZR’s label SICKONASTY. But when, you ask, when?! Wouldn’t YOU like to know… Ahahahaha!

• Sefff: https://soundcloud.com/sefff
• SICKONASTY: https://sickonasty.bandcamp.com

  

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