The reappropriation of sound is nothing new, if not a mainstay. In January’s The Trouble with Contemporary Music Criticism, James Parker and Nicholas Croggon, in the midst of deconstructing retromania, touch on the democratic values of vaporwave “challenging the notion of a history as the endless progression of one damn thing after another” – where “the listening experience (is) all about that original; maybe even about the discourse of originality itself.” (It’s a dope feature, check it).
Yung Bae and a fast-growing group of soul calibrated producers (Architecture in Tokyo, マクロスMACROSS 82-99, Hong Kong Express) are working in a realm between reframing and sampling. In response to a followers “tell me your source” inquiry, Stratford, CT’s Yung Bae said simply, in a matter of words, ripped vinyl and ableton. A methodology seen in bright big city lights in “Honey” – a direct reinterpretation of A Taste of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie.” While vaporwave gets a democratic tag through its ability to resurrect “forgotten muzak dredged up from the depths of the web” (ref to article above), Future Funk/Nu Disco are pump life into well-known – universally recognized in the matter of “Boogie Oogie Oogie” – songs and sounds of yesteryear.
• Yung Bae: https://soundcloud.com/therealyungbae
“‘67 Dressing Room”
Head Boggle, Headboggle, Hillboggle… who is this guy and how exactly do I type his name properly into a post on Tiny Mix Tapes? Answer: D-e-r-e-k G-e-d-a-l-e-c-i-a is how you properly type at least the name of the person who’s behind this synapse-zapping music. He’s a Bay Area noisenik who’s been known to incorporate a plethora of different instruments into his work while collaborating with a number of different musicians over the last several years, leaving yard upon yard of spent tape in his wake.
The music he’s made has hovered somewhat unstably within a bubble of the more typical, run-of-the-mill bedroom synths and string-based instruments for the most part. But here for his first release on Experimedia, Serge Modular in Hi-Fi (which follows a full-length LP on Spectrum Spools and flurry of cassette releases), Gedalecia employed what’s known as a Serge Modular synthesizer, or in layman’s terms, one of those big boxes with all the cables and jacks on it — the type of thing that looks a lot more impressive than you might think it probably sounds, that is, until you actually hear it being played by someone who knows what they’re doing. And so, the question becomes: Does Gedalecia know what he’s doing with this Serge Modular for “‘67 Dressing Room?” The answer to that I can say with a certain degree of honesty that…. well, I just have absolutely no idea.
Whether or not Gedalecia knows what he’s doing with a gigantic modular synthesizer at his disposal doesn’t keep this video sample and music from being any less mesmeric, unsettling, and awesome than it actually is, which is precisely why I keep clicking play on the following clip. Rumbling static, raygun blasts and radar blips with a healthy dose of fuzz to fill out the spaces while colored faces peek through sheets of video noise with sunken eyes and menacing smiles. It’s creepy as fuck and totally weird, and we’re here now, so… you know, why the hell not? Ga’head, hit play:
Music genres come and go all the time. Some of them leave an audible mark on all the music to come. Others just become short-lived fads with little to offer. Some musicians jump the bandwagons and quickly leave for another one, others just keep doing their thing, unphased by the changing currents. The Californian ambientalist known as simply Sun An is the latter.
On Sun An’s newest album, Ice Cream Memory Card, he keeps doing the most classic ambient meditations one can imagine – lengthy, floating, and about as varied as Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s a prime-time wall of deep relaxation, the kind of music one plays when they wish to stop to exist for a moment and just dissolve into aether. To assist in doing this, Sun An has collaborated with Californian multi-media artist Jennifer Juniper Stratford to create a wonderfully smeared lo-fi video, where abstract shapes and patterns float through one another and slowly shift, as if pushed forward by a lazy generative process reminiscent of the good ol’screensavers.
If you wasted hours as a kid staring at the abstract shapes of screensavers, you’ll love “Rest Easy” by Sun An and Jennifer Juniper Stratford
• Sun An: http://www.sun-an.com
TRAXMAN & PAISLEY PARKS
FAR EAST EP
Who drives a tank together down the streets of Yokohama? It’s TRAXMAN & PAISLEY PARKS, of course! And as the great-minds of juke and footwork collide like the arcade game, Rampage, you can tell which set of masterminds are working during each sample, beat, and rythm here on FAR EAST EP.
Shit in the FAR EAST EP is getting cut-the-fuck-UP, ‘cause TRAXMAN & PAISLEY PARKS are bringing the badness throughout some nasty madness. Like being balled up in millions of rubber bands, the collaboration sand singular tracks bounce around for infinity, blending the grittiest bass licks and twitchiest quick hits. So fire it up and feel the intoxication of FAR EAST EP by TRAXMAN & PAISLEY PARKS below:
Arkansas’ Pagiins are tracking dirt into your house and calling you on your shit, again, with “Doo Doo” from their forthcoming LP Opium Den Pool Party. Hell, why not, Arkansas is American rock and roll incarnate and we were tired of hearing about your black bargain bin boots, Eric.
The five-piece dropped two EPs since forming in 2012 – Good Things Take Time and Bad Things Don’t – and stuck them together on a totally still available 12”. The two EPs drive as hard as any west coast noise rock outfit, keep that Black Lips/Fat Possum-era Bass Drum of Death southern jangle, and can be downloaded free of charge on Bandcamp.
Their upcoming, not two EPs in one LP debut, Opium Den Pool Party, aside from being a generally good idea, looks like a defunct Fort Smith, Arkansas garage-rock super group that Damon Tillonson, one of Pagiins’ two drummers, took part in. None of their sounds found their way onto the web unfortunately, but the name stands strong and I think we’re all better because of it.
Mix botany and aquatics below and party with the boys and The Coathangers in the low midwest this week.
• Pagiins: https://www.facebook.com/Pagiins