Duppy Gun Prod.


Duppy Gun has always been a unique experiment, beginning more or less by chance after RVNG Intl. approached future co-founder Cameron Stallones about doing a collaborative album as part of RVNG’s “FRKWYS” series. To make a very long story short, RVNG soon had Stallones and frequent collaborator M. Geddes Gengras on a flight to Portmore, Jamaica to meet and record with dub legends The Congos, during which time CS & MGG affiliated themselves with other producers and vocalists, leading to the earliest Duppy Gun bullets.

Three years later and Duppy Gun is coupling with Stones Throw to bring together the best tracks so far, plus some new ones, on a 2xLP compilation dubbed Multiply (serio, grip it rite here, rite now). For my money, the tracks are all pretty fucking out of this world, ranging from trippy-but-plausible dancehall numbers to total space cases that make the former sound tame by comparison. The production is most decidedly (and refreshingly) non-throwback, the tracks often bordering on arhythmic yet inexplicably danceable, reminding me of the Black Dice dub album that never existed, but I always fantasized about. Best heard through semi-legit headphones or speakers for maximum effect (i.e. not through your computer speakers). There are certain other things that can enhance the listening of these tracks, but I’ll leave it to the listener to decide. Some of my favorites from Multiply are “What Would You Say About Me” by Fyah Flames, “No Tek 9” by Lukan I, and all the ones produced by Nice-A-Bunks.

If you’re not familiar with Duppy Gun, this release is first and foremost an excellent opportunity to get acquainted. It compiles a huge chunk of the label’s output to date, plus a few new trax. If you are familiar, but find walking all the way over to the record player, taking the old record off, putting the new one on, then a few minutes later walking back over, flipping it again, etc., to be such a tedious ordeal that buying and listening to singles for you is an impossibility, then perhaps this is an opportunity to give your music library a long-overdue GD maxout in one fell swoop.

Duppy Gun has included a semi-related promo video below for their newest 2xLP compilation Multiply OUT RIGHT HERE and you can find more detailed release information in our twin-posting with News OVER HERE.

• Duppy Gun: http://www.duppygun.com
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com


“Color Separated” w. Peder

Like being in the biggest crayon box in the world, stuffed with every color imaginable, Beem is here to take refracted light and flip it in a way that was once humanly unimaginable. In short: “Color Separated.” Shorter: this video! Animated and edited by color-wheel extraordinaire (and NOT a PR dude) Sam Rolfes of Join The Studio, the “Color Separated” (w. Peder) video pulsates more in vein with something that is beyond error of fantasy.

Hrmm, to explain, I suppose I mean ERROR in the “Color Separated” video is intentionally employing mishaps in computer-art by recycling images torn and cut and removed, and then regenerating their presence via FANTASY of Beem playing within this world. Which is where the lyrics “All figured out” comes in with the LOLs as viewers are thinking, “This is AWESOME, and the colors being separated while the vocals pop, also… wait, wtf?!” Following this, I’m assuming viewers experience a bout of joyous uncontrollable laughter. Then a heavy need to witness something the “Color Separated” video live at the next Beem show.

Beem’s newest album Peel is out now on cassette and digital, including buttons and t-shirts and remixes… the WORKS. Feel it!

• Beem: http://beem.bandcamp.com
• Ausland: http://ausland.bandcamp.com


“Space-Waste Drain Hole Song”

“The need to give voice to suffering is the condition of all truth. For suffering is the objectivity which weighs on the subject; what it experiences as most subjective, its expression, is objectively mediated.”

Elijah Elysia Crampton: https://soundcloud.com/eande

Soft Vision


I received a digital copy of Soft Vision’s newest EP (out October 20 on Hi-Definition) and listened to it back-to-back-to-back. This sorta music is typically NOT what I listen to, but I get the odd sense that Soft Vision doesn’t listen to the sorts of music they make. At first, the EP starts off way more commercial-pop than my interests appreciate, though the striking harmonies both Bradley Barr and Kelly Winchester front are EXACTLY my interest. And I do listen to a lot of synthetic-wave-ish sorta musings – especially from what Night People fronts – thus “Walpurgisnacht” is up my alley. “Which alley?” you ask…

“Walpurgisnacht” is the sorta alley that is luxuriously lit by the moon, but also a bit damp and grimy, while noticeably inviting, as the smells from city stores waft a fusion perfume/cologne, fresh linens and cottons and silks, steamed milk, and a hint of car fumes. This isn’t a well-traveled alley, but “Walpurgisnacht” is more like a scenic route for the senses. As if a hooded figured were approaching you from the other road, only to hear shaded face mumble, “Great night out.” Glimmering still off that damp spots scattered on bricks and cement and iron is the moon hanging high, making “Walpurgisnacht” appear as if it were being presented on a game show, and twinkles spark out every corner. Yet, in your pursuit to get through and to the other side of the alley, if figure you time is best spent going home and ordering Soft Vision’s Self Titled EP on Hi-Definition – which is a sub-label of Acoustic Division – out October 20. Have a taste of their atmosphere as “Walpurgisnacht” is streaming below:

• Soft Vision: https://www.facebook.com/softvision/info
• Acoustic Division/Hi-Definition: http://www.acousticdivision.com

Douglas Pipes

Trick ‘r Treat [score sampler]

Halloween is less than three weeks away, and I still haven’t gotten close to my self-imposed October horror film viewing quota. All is not lost, though, for today Chocolate Grinder’s resident Monster hipped me to the concept of the haunted pumpkin. “You don’t pick it; it picks you.”

This too seems to be the case with the Trick ‘r Treat score composed by Douglas Pipes and soon to be issued on vinyl by the horror cinephiles over at Waxwork Records. As I learned today by freakish coincidence, Trick ‘r Treat, the film directed by Michael Dougherty, tracks the movements of a diminutive trick-or-treater who wears a burlap sack to mask his jack-o-lantern-shaped cranium. The name of this 21st century pumpkin-head? Sam! So you see, C was right. The haunted pumpkin picks you.

The Trick ‘r Treat score gets its first ever release on October 28 and comes packaged with a full sleeve of treats, including: deluxe heavyweight tip-on gatefold jacket with satin coating, full artwork and design by Francesco Francavilla, liner notes by director Michael Dougherty and composer Douglas Pipes, an inserted 11” x 22” poster, and a Bonus Spooky Sound-FX Album, from which the “Rock Quarry” track below was taken. Pre-orders start October 14.

• Douglas Pipes: http://www.douglaspipes.com
• Waxword Records: http://waxworkrecords.com



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