Everybody, I let you down. I wasn’t on top of my game for this one, and I’ll be the first to admit it. I wanted to tell you about Delofi’s HEX​[​ago​]​N before it sold out, but it didn’t happen. I mean, I ordered a copy in time, so that’s all that really matters, but for you who are just hearing about HEX​[​ago​]​N, you’re gonna have to live that digital life with this beat tape. Now, if you want, you can try and get a hold of me, and I can lend you my copy for the low, low price of only one dollar per minute (that’s including the time it takes to ship to you and back to me). That, or you could just dub a copy yourself, burn a CDr, or, if you’ve got the means, go ahead and privately press a vinyl copy for your collection. I know that seems extreme, but it may be your only option at this point. With that said, I do NOT condone any of these, because that would be bootlegging, which is to be left for rum-runners and gin-soaked flappers, not music dwebs.

But I guess how you listen to HEX​[​ago​]​N isn’t the important thing; it’s that you listen to it. Go ahead and stream it either below or here.

WAIT!! I GOT SOMETHING (ELSE) TO SAY: Hex tapes is run by a fine young cannibal by the name of REZ, and he recently put out a cassette entitled Feels (calm down AnCo nerds) on Snow Broth. Luckily, it’s still available, so at least I haven’t completely failed you.

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Syd Kemp


My main-man Josh runnin’ the illustrious Illuminated Paths passed along my e-mail to this fellah Syd Kemp, I gave his album a listen, and it reminded me of how much I miss just getting stoked on new rock music coming out. Actually, an article published in the dark-side of P4K’s print-mag, Simon Reynolds talks about the speed and obtainable nature of music these days in “Worth Their Wait,” and in relation to this, I’d TOTALLY wait for THE HORROR if it had been released in single>radio>single>album>radio standard promotional practice. Shit, even NOW that it’s out and rockin’, I’m feeling the weight of my day lift a little in the levity of entertaining rock I enjoy.

In Syd Kemp’s THE HORROR, he mixes all the perfect elements of brass deployed in all 90s alt-rock tracks, mixes it with Deerhunter and Sufjan Stevens, then adds a slice of his own brand of modern-rock swag, creating what I consider to be a fully rounded release. Like, aside from each track, they all flow together. There’s an introduction, it’s not all over the place (which is never BAD, but if done poorly, could be sloppy), sounds fluctuated, but are never intrusive, fluidity is at an all-time MAX, and guess what: IT’S A FUCKING 7-inchs of vinyl. OK, technically the tracks play upon 14-inches, but who’s counting? Oh, I guess you’ll be counting on flipping that sucker non-stop once it arrives on your doorstep!

I love short releases. THE HORROR by Syd Kemp will blow your mind. Stream it below before you can spin it at home:

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Horse Lords

Hidden Cities [trailer]

Horse Lords can save rock music.
Horse Lords can abandon rock music.
Horse Lords can discover new forms.

Fresh material from the Lords used to arrive in our eager brainspaces by way of cassette mixtapes. Maybe it will again. Maybe you discover one in the rack at True Vine. Maybe you cop it on Bandcamp. You pop it in and shake your flabby abdomen through thirty-plus minutes of hypnotic post-kraut shredding interspersed with swathes of laptop concrète abstraction and West African breakdowns, animated by winding sax lines and surgical cascades of guitar repetition, tethered to the ground by that thick-ass bass. Together and in their solo incarnations, Horse Lords constitute one tetrahedral center of the Baltimore DIY scene, heading out into the fog and placing flags in still unclaimed avant territories. They haven’t finished exploring yet.

Up next: their second full-length LP, Hidden Cities, conveyed to our turntables by the fine heads at NNA Tapes, due November 4. Bassist/synthesist/visual sorcerer Max Eilbacher put in some hours 3D rendering a trailer just for your hooded little red eyes to behold. Feast on some fractal text, deep zooms, and like two minutes of recorded music. Don’t get drool all over yourself in front of your loved ones. I’m keeping one ear to the ground and the other pressed right up against an iPhone screen until I hear more news about this LP. Stay tuned.

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Luca Lozano

“Immer Mittwoch”

100% Silk just put out two pulsing, late night dancefloor burners as part of their always enjoyable tape collection. I can’t tell you how much I love throwing on one of their cassettes while I’m making dinner (as I’m too boring to go out to the clubs), and the latest from Berlin’s Luca Lozano is a bumping ride you’ll want to take again and again. “Immer Mittwoch” sweeps you up in the groove, and if you dig the vibes on this one, the rest of the Isolation Distorts cassette jacks like the suave love child of Detroit and Berlin house. Try not to find yourself bobbing your head at your desk to this one, take it to your next party, and get wild on the weekend.

• 100% Silk:
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Balinese Beast


Go riding along the pine rafter’s rails where splinters, grooves, shrills, and repeaters are props for the possibility of slapstick. Physical harm, as a goal, is likely to be achieved, due to inner imbalance, not external factors. An unsteady ride such as this should not be undertaken under our current conditions. The body stiffens, fumbles, falters; natural vision is in error.

As previously stated, external forces are no longer a threat. The borders are clear. Prohibition repealed. To celebrate: a run along the frets of an upright. The upright is joined by sectionals of strange electronic matter. Go run along the obstacle course with its uneven streets, reckless and teetering, barely upright.

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