There’s something important going on in the bryantcanelo world. Pick a track. “Pic-A-Watt.” Listen to how the fellah switched sounds from 928 / cold sweat to around PC_MUZAK. Like, there’s that same type of playful and jovial vibe. And similar depth in layers and maximilism controlled with focus in expansion. The sounds in comparison are even similar when relating them to general emotional response; no matter how opposite boom-bap to synthetic keys are, when you compare bryantcanelo’s works and find the basis of his musicianship, all the dude wants is to make you smile. “Pic-A-Watt” sounds like finding a pile of electronics in a dump – all fairly NOS, but technology ain’t cyclical, so it’s tossed out – and picking out parts for hours with the biggest grin. bryantcanelo turn’ts tossed technology into a goldmine. But most importantly, as if this tech had feelings, he repurposes it’s life.
“Pic-A-Watt” is also similar to what other beat-heads been advancing into recently. bryantcanelo is not EXACTLY like D/P/I, Ahnnu, OBLIV (as DarkTwaine), LORD SMS, and Susan Balmar… but definitely someone who stems and wants to further advance from beat tapes, while not wasting what he’s learned in the process. Progression is the name of the game. Though, I’m SURE we haven’t heard the last of his sample-/loop-affairs, bryantcanelo’s new direction sounds boundless and bountiful for the near future.
• bryantcanelo: https://soundcloud.com/bryantcanelo
Five Star Hotel
Five Star Hotel (a.k.a. Michael Jerome) drops Outlands today on noise-leaning experimental-sound label, Visual Disturbances. The Detroit-based label – created by MJ and Otto Peyer (Spirit Waves) – hosts different shades of electronic-like Tokyo Death Watch, Smith Comma John’s bubblegum, and my favorite White Christian Male, but none as mean as Five Star Hotel.
Conflicting sensory information is what Five Star Hotel’s music is built on. On one hand, the name and recent album artwork draw lines toward luxury: the cover of #HOTELSEASON looks like an expensive Chihuly piece and the glass fixture on Outlands cassette artwork (above) is hanging up in higher-end hotels, everywhere. On the other hand, MJ’s music treats the name like one of those rent-a-hotel-room-and-destroy-everything type of stress relievers. The contradicting palms play into FSH’s powernoise, and combined, each make up a sinister aesthetic. Are we looking at an penthouse secret where debauchery runs the gamut or an alleyway door protecting a dim lit, tongue-in-cheek play against the prior.
In under three years, Five Star Hotel has gone from quiet electronic initiate to utter destruct-mode. The ferocity of Outlands speaks to the seasoned speaker killer FSH is. “Pendant” and “HEV” were the only two tracks out before today – “Pendant” on Visual Disturbances’ #VD1 compilation and “HEV” as the album’s stadium trap standout. Breakbeat, Trap, Jersey, all blitzed into blood-dealing night terrors and paired with rhythmless noise breaks in “Dimensions” and the album’s closer “End of Life Sequence.” Outlands is a monster throwing bows in a crowded room. Please give yourself ample space before continuing on.
The album is up for grabs at no cost on Bandcamp, where you can grab the hot looking cassette via Visual Disturbances’ tape label Emergency Tapes. All Visual Disturbances are available to download on their easy to love spreadsheet.
My dad worked as a soda jerk for a bit in his youth. When he first told me this, I thought he was claiming to have been a Grade-A sodie-pop snob. That, or a dude who’d fiddle your ding-dong for some soda. Turns out, I was wrong. Completely.
Turns out I was also wrong about the new Wether tape, Organics. With a title like that, I thought the album might contain a musical 180 from Mike Haley — the man behind Wether, various other projects, 905 tapes, and OG of Tabs Out. Heck, when I plopped it into my deck, I was prepared to hear the Hale-storm plucking away on a guitbox, singing praise to some sort of Tape Lord or something. But NOPE! He’s still cranking out (!) modular gold.
Clearly a human in-touch (!) with his funny bone, early on you get some rhythmic robot farts tossed in with his finely crafted rotations, oscillations, reverberations, sensory manifestations, Playstations, and other words that rhyme with those words. Things progress from there, in a (insert a “jerk-off” joke here that KILLS IT!!!) kind of way. All in all, Organics is a trip.
Peep below, and snag yourself a copy from Oxtail Recordings.
• Oxtail Recordings: https://oxtailrecordings.bandcamp.com
Rmx Pack 2k15
Rambow is back and state-side, clubbers. Boii did a bit of that UK grind last month, turn’t the heat in “DECLINE 2k15 LIVE MIX RADAR RADIO,” and how he already planning for the warm weather with “Rmx Pack 2k15.” Consisting of tracks “Throw Away (Rambow 2k15 Eclipse)” and “Moletoso (Rambow Rmx)” (including a bonus track if YOU CLICK HERE AND DOWNLOAD THEM ALL), the timbre Rambow uses for his sounds are remarkable. In “Moletoso (Rambow Rmx),” there’s (potentially) a cellphone vibrating in rythm, the “Allo” from Hello, Motto phones, a foreign language flare, and it almost sounds like a lot of these drum sounds are blown out, as if whoever is playing them hasn’t tuned/tightened them for years. “Throw Away (Rambow 2k15 Eclipse)” is perfect for that hip-hop to club transition using the Future track from 2014 in a 2k15 Eclipse – which is literally LAWLZ in itself – with respect for the lyrical content while focusing on the movement of the music.
Other than the fact that ALL the Swim Team crew are all pretty hilarious and clever, each in their own regard, Rambow will be helping bring home his noise to NYC, as this Friday will be the crew’s first event together like this in the city at Happy Ending. In 2010, I was standing around Sara D Roosevelt Park waiting for a drop while Philip Seymour Hoffman was low-key filming a movie behind me, and to my front: Happy Ending. I’d never heard of it before, but it looked sketchier than me lingering in the park for three hours around-past midnight. Red velvet rope. Giant bouncers. Shitty plastic and cracked massage parlor awning and signage. It was club. It was Chinatown. It’s where Swim Team is taking over Happy Ending for the night, so the door will be extremely strict (as they don’t have control over it) so y’all be there at the stroke of ten, or find yourself sanding around Sara D Roosevelt Park for the night.
Hot below by Rambow. Fire this Friday at Happy Ending.
JEAN’S WORK-OUT MIX // SPRING BREAK MEGA-JAM
Strap on your best sweat-bands and -attired and prepare of some crank. You’re in the JEAN’S WORK-OUT MIX // SPRING BREAK MEGA-JAM training class, and maximalizing your tonality is key! Don’t even fuck on the frantic or fast-paced sessions. Them long stretches of drones, popping notes, and lightly composed drum machine just gives protein more time to enter them muscles. With help from Cathedrals., you’ll be strutting up and down the quarry beach, back in rural [wherever-the-fuck], and macing all the hawt, as you sport short shorts and a barely nip-slip cut-off. Think this winter did it in for you? I heard JEAN’S WORK-OUT MIX // SPRING BREAK MEGA-JAM took Cathedrals. every second of 2015’s cold thus far, and flipped it into straight HEAT on the synthetic game. Sure, it’s a lingerer, but the more time you put into your body, the more you’re get out of it, so defrost! Click play below and feel an uplift of weightlessness on a Wednesday like this one. Feel what Cathedrals is realming. Find YOUR groove to JEAN’S WORK-OUT MIX // SPRING BREAK MEGA-JAM.
• Cathedrals.: https://soundcloud.com/underwater_cathedrals