A. G. Kush

Nu Jack Schwag

There’s something insatiable about first-times. Enough that it’s a necessity to try and repeat it. Sometimes, repeat it every night. Most days, in the morning, afternoon, drive home, cooking dinner, and before bed. It’s (un)healthy mentally, right? But what is this now, ritual? Is it eating or masturbation or whistling or smoking? Is it a good combination of all four?

The rouse of PC Music popped up for me toward the end of 2013. Then back tracking made the collective’s existence seem pliable and intimate and mysterious. But is it fading now? Do we all really give a shit still about hyper-collectives beginning and fading? Because if we do, it’s about time that PC Music sorta began their own forum and/or called it an online venue.

This is the time to SHINE with acts like A.G. Kush. Just like vaporwave had shit like FLORAL SHOPPE 2, and the 90s fucked with Ween, PC Music and Manicure are getting the A.G. Kush/Pedicure act. But the best part is that it’s not a fucking gimmick or tossed together. Legit made by the Treasure Hunt[er] himself (Myles Byrne-Dunhill), A.G. Kush leads the troupe of Pedicure Records producers with their first release Nu Jack Schwag, three tracks that are clumped into the most whistlable out of the handfuls of previous works he’s already done.

My favorite is “Kush You Eyes.” Find your favorite below:

• A.G. Kush: https://soundcloud.com/agkushmsmsmsm
• Pedicure Records: https://soundcloud.com/pedicure-records

Hong Kong Express

HK

You are okay. Here at Dream Catalogue™, your health is of no concern to you anymore. It is being monitored. You are safe, no matter the circumstance, so long as you are with us. You are valuable to us. You are needed. Remember, your laptop warms the top of your lap, and this can be very comforting. It is good to feel comfortable. It is necessary. Your laptop on top of your lap could very well cause cancer, but we can help with that. We can fix anything. Set your fears aside, and, please, continue working. You work for us, but always remember that we work for you. We are a team, and you are a member of our team. Trust in us. We will always have your back.

• Hong Kong Express: https://soundcloud.com/hongkongexpress
• Dream Catalogue™: http://dreamcatalogue.net

Ritual Howls

“Zemmoa”

Detroit three-piece Ritual Howls dropped their second album Turkish Leather on felte back in September. It’s a dark, hybrid thing, built on Morricone-esque riffs, hard-boiled lyrics, and big, crunchy drones that twist around industrial beats. The vibe lends well to film, and here, now, we have the album’s first single, “Zemmoa” (named after a Mexican disco artist the trio met on tour). The band produced the single’s video in their Detroit studio, with local visual artist Kiril Slavin providing digital projections coded in a deconstructed 80s Macintosh. Check it out here:

The trio of Ben Saginaw, Chris Samuels, and Paul Bancell provide a fresh angle on Detroit’s musical culture, often reduced to techno, or J Dilla, or Motown — though that’s a hell of a thick reduction. The feeling is that all these essential histories hold some weight in the band’s aesthetic, as well as in the sound of Death and other early punk groups. But tracks like “Zemmoa” demonstrate the broad potential for synthesis, for making something new and vibrant out of the past, which Detroit artists have always been exceedingly good at.

• Ritual Howls: http://www.ritualhowls.com
• felte: http://www.felte.net

Strange Mountain

Glass Clouds II

Looking into the eyes of Strange Mountain, one hears the tinge and ting of musical instruments, but not distinguishably. Time seems to fluctuate with the sax/synth, and minds begin to remember that one person. That single person in your life you’ve always kept in your glass cloud. But what of the multiple? One can obviously pinpoint a piano, but what of the symphony? Easy: Glass Clouds II.

Glass Clouds II emits an orchestra of distortion for the ears, blending the lines of multiple instruments, one instrument, a computer, a classroom of five-year olds and effects, too many stereos left on different volumes of [quite] in the basement. This is where your imagination with those multiple SINGLE persons. Like a color photo so old it’s fading to black and white, and then all you can see is that person, in your minds eye, between the strings and the vibrating sounds.

EXO Tapes will never stop shitting gold. Proof is in Glass Clouds II by Strange Mountain, below:

• Strange Mountain: http://www.discogs.com/artist/3328089-Strange-Mountain
• EXO Tapes: http://exotapes.com

Arca

Sheep (Hood By Air FW15)

Diverting from his nightly routine of taking “Which [x] Are You?” BuzzFeed quizzes until he gets tired, Alejandro Ghersi, the Venezuelan producer better known as Arca, was instead in Florence, Italy yesterday for Hood By Air’s FW15 show. At the fashion event, Arca performed 11 new tracks live, featuring samples from the likes of Lana Del Ray, Robert Wyatt, and his new collaboration buddy, Björk. The score for the event has been titled Sheep and has been made available in its entirety for our listening pleasure. You can even download it! <3 <3

Sheep (Hood By Air FW15) tracklist:

01. Mothered
02. Pity
03. Drowning
04. En
05. Faggot
06. Submissive
07. Umbilical
08. Hymn
09. Don’t / Else
10. At Last I Am Free (interlude)
11. Immortal

Arca’s latest full-length Xen was released last year, making it to #20 on our Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014 feature.

• Arca: http://www.arca1000000.com
• Hood by Air: http://www.hoodbyair.com

  

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