Kristian Nairn

Summer Night Mix 1 & 2

Ariel has been really good at keeping Chocolate Grinder up-to-date on the various club scenes around the nation, but I figured I could chime in on some, considering NYC worships at the alter of dance culture. And who better to get down with than Kristian Nairn (a.k.a. Hodor)? Having flared off two volumes of a Summer Night Mix since his Australian tour, the heavy house producer is now invading the shores of New York to start off his American tour this fall!

Now listed as an “OFFICIAL” after-party event of NYC’s 2014 Comic Con, Kristian Nairn (with special guests Trance Rayder and Zedd Stark) will slay the city at B.B. King Blues Club on W. 42nd Street on October 10 (event information here). As the tour has been dubbed “Rave of Thrones,” Kristian Nairn will be bringing in the cold weather with a heck of a lot of warmth – backed by party/club conglomerates Good Looks New York and Decadance – from 11PM to 4AM, and tickets can be snagged HERE! So if you didn’t grip Comic Con tickets fast enough, but still want to get a taste of the town without sneaking in, head on over to B.B. King Blues Club this October 10 to experience the party.

In the mean-time, just GEEK out to Summer Night Mix 1 & 2 below by Kristian Nairn, and enjoy the pre-game:

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Lotic has given us the #PARTING GIFT of a small 3:18 Adagio: tight, anti-Samuel-Barber, somber – a weepy, seminal (in the “dick” sense) jam spilled out onto a concrete club floor, in Germany. Hmmm, strange that these gifts are being spilled in ALL 3 points on the “freedom arc,” AKA the “cradle of freedom,” a geographical axis made up of West Virginia (E+E), NYC (Total Freedom), and Lotic’s own Berlin. Please, for me, draw a dot on all three points on a map, make your triangle, and visualize total annihilation as we begin to welcome these new soundtracks for (cis)(dys)-topian landscapes (our landscape). Given the geographical circumstances, the triangle is extremely obtuse (or acute?). It’s oversized and lopsided.

“Trade” is packed with a choir of blazing synths that seem to color the whole piece fiery gold; they sketch out potentially dangerous, sexy circumstances (a short one-act with Future playing lead). In Lotic’s own words: “THIS TRACK WAS INSPIRED BY LARGE AND OVERSIZED BODYPARTS (MOSTLY MALE) AND BY FANTASIES ABOUT NAYVADIUS AS A HARD FAGGOT.” Nayvadius, our good pal (and prophet) Future, is no stranger to emotionally transcendent “hardness.” He joins in to provide extra goosebumps. The result is an eternal-anima/animus jam that masons another conceptual brick in the Lotic-ian tower; a large, phallic obelisk that seems to be reaching further and further into new heavens. Thank you!

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Collecting odds and ends and mixing and making it; Eludem has made it. And what he’s made is FADEAWAYS​/​/​2. This lil-old collection of “some ideas” is chock full of offbeat beats, nasty snaps and crackles, shrewd synths, and amazingly stacked samples. So, basically what I’m saying is this album is stupid good. Got a busted, dark vibe to boot.

My boy Top Heavy never hit me back after I sent this to him, so I imagine he’s been too busy groovin’ to respond. That, or he’s still miffed at me for all those fruit flies that appeared in his apartment after I accidentally left some chopped up watermelon out. Whoops! Regardless, Eludem’s FADEAWAYS​/​/​2 is streaming below, so go ahead and press play and step into impressed-to-furrowed-brow mode.

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((PRESSURES)) / Roladex

“The Voices” / “Glass Statuette”

Seattle’s Medical Records has unearthed plenty of lost cold wave and post-punk records over the past few years, and amid all the reissues they’ve spent time seeking out and releasing new music from like-minded artists operating out of different corners of the world. For their latest release they’ve just announced a split 7-inch between New Orleans based ((PRESSURES)) and Seattle/Texas group Roladex. Both acts bring chilly synths and jittery pogo beats to their respective tracks, “The Voices” and “Glass Statuette.” Both tracks are short and to the point, with the former’s vocodered vocals providing a detached yet dancey vibe, while the latter’s girl/boy singing provides a little human touch to juxtapose all the cold electronic instrumentation. Medical Records have carved out an unique niche within the electronic music world, with old and new sci-fi synth pop groups churning out off-beat yet catchy tunes. Stream the 7-inch below and head over to the Medical Records Bandcamp for info on ordering up a copy.

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“Scar 5 (Robin Williams)”

Umm, I have a lot of pathetic theories revolving around Robin Williams’ recent death. None-of-which I’ll share here, as they’re excruciatingly inappropriate, but if you know my e-mail, I’ll tell you there if I’ve time (something I’ve LOADS of, actually, if you couldn’t tell). But even through my vile and potentially psychologist worthy theories, I still feel weirdly emotional watching movies of his now that are both dark and family-friendly. So, it’s all definitely surrounded by weird e-motions.

In light of not sharing my darker thoughts on Robin Williams’ death, AyGeeTee sent me (NOT SPAM, for once, which I loved anyhow) a new mixture of sounds entitled “Scar 5 (Robin Williams).” Here’s what I recieved:

hey man, I made this the night Robin Williams died. I wasn’t a particular fan but it’s a sad, sad thing when a force of nature, so vibrant, clever and funny decides to take their own life, made me angry too… and.. so… this informed me and I just let it do it’s thing – which meant it’s pretty long but I liked that.

Now, I’m still on the wave of his two 2014 release Inorganic Excess and Organic Excess, but this track blips all the bleeps AyGeeTee got on his computer, and I think it’s a nice bit of 14 minutes. Start nodding to “Scar 5 (Robin Williams)” below, and follow that shit up with the above hyperlinked albums for MAX AyGeeTee ear-dom!!

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