Shlohmo

“Buried”

I dunno. I’m always feeling and then instantly NOT feeling Shlohmo. Sorta landing along the same lines as Teengirl Fantasy or Ratatat or something just slightly outdated. Like, this video for “Buried” I’m down with, but not because the content is “dark” – as it’s actually WAY far from dark than it is realistic. Mostly into the perceptual mindset of this women’s reality giving birth alone in the back of a car. Sorta like “If a tree falls in the woods…” like sorta, “If a pregnant woman gives birth and dies in the back of a car, does she see a flashing light?” And the “score” to this mini film, –er, shit wait, right right it’s a music video for Shlohmo’s newest track “Buried,” from the album Dark Red, out April 7, 2015 on True Panther. Also, nobody gets “Buried” in the video.

• Shlohmo: http://www.shlohmo.com
• True Panther: http://www.truepanther.com

E.M.I.R.S.

“Fieldsecretions”

Make a field day of scrunching and wringing clothes in the pond near a closed set of Nebraska. A ring around the steel strings learns as it goes. Split chairs on a splitting porch, littered with horseshoe nails, creak near the wash. Dead wringer.

The closed set I refer to is near the same set one might find, in memory or in dreams, Mother Abigail. In this Nebraska, though, they’re preparing to shove off to Europa.

You see, “Fieldsecretions” is a little more alien than any field of dreams. Its core, a quaint guitar-and-liquid-hooves duet, is split open spatially by stereophonic interruptions: eradicating snare cracks, staggered synth tones, jangling train spurs, and the cavalry crunching on snacks.

• E.M.I.R.S.: http://belchkitchen.tumblr.com

Florian Kupfer

“Sad Edit”

Florian Kupfer has been on a straight up tear lately. After dropping a 12-inch entitled I Feel You on WT Records no more than a month ago and playing several live shows around Australia and Europe in the meantime, he still takes time to crank out the sort of low-key-yet-groovy house numbers he’s known to make. Case in point: “Sad Edit” – which he released earlier this month on his SoundCloud. Starting with some ethereal synth textures tucked deep in the mix, held in orbit by a four-on-the-floor kick-/hi-hat beat, all of which is set the fuck off by a cryptic Sade vocal sample and accompanying keyboard juts. From this simple set of components Kupfer concocts one of the most “sweet,” “oh hell yeah,” and “fuck. yes.” tracks of the year so far. For fans of Terekke, fog machines, or cigarettes – y’know, the good shit.

If you’re in Paris or Berlin, you have a chance to see Kupfer live with WT Records honcho Willie Burns on the 27 or 28 of this month, respectively. Also, if you live in Paris or Berlin, will you marry me, so that I can get EU citizenship? I’m a catch, C Monster can vouch for me! [Editor’s Note: This text was sent from my fiancée after she saw a picture of Papaya’s specialty pasta dish he cooked for me on Tuesday: “Handsome and a cook. What a catch! We’ve a keeper on our hands.” Somebody knock him up into dual citizenship.]

• Florian Kupfer: https://soundcloud.com/kupfer

Kid Antoine x Divoli S'vere

“Nightvision x Like This” (Fraxinus Remix)

The Heterotopia remixes were just released and there’s already a bootleg that’s furthering the original’s utopian ideals. Chilean producer Tomás Urquieta blends Divoli S’vere’s iconic “Like This” and Fraxinus’ & Kid Antoine’s Heterotopia submission: two largely different club sounds. This isn’t vogue-grime, but vogue-club also seems inaccurate. Like recently released Sapphire Sweat, Urquieta’s rework is clearly post-Night Slugs, who started the trend of mixing vogue vocalists and producers with their grime/club machinations. This new 2015 trend, however, is more emotional and more organic. Perhaps it sacrifices a bit of danceability, though we’d argue that is not the case. This bootleg is meant for the body even more so than the mind.

• Tomás Urquieta: https://soundcloud.com/tomasurquieta
• Kid Antoine: https://soundcloud.com/kid-antoine
• Divoli S’vere: https://soundcloud.com/divolisvere
• Fraxinus: https://soundcloud.com/fraxinus
• Astral Plane: http://astralplanerecordings.bandcamp.com

  

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