“Thousand Arrows” [rough]
Coming off an explosive performance at a recent Paxico Powwaw, Chicago’s own Sidewalk Kal blesses us with a quick one. Featuring the celestial Virginian beat-god Tuamie, on the boards, “Thousand Arrows” furthers Kal’s ever-present sensibility for silky beats primed for lyrical explorations. Consistent with his prior efforts, Kal’s verbal versatility is exceptional, blending a certain opulence with calculated and patient poeticism. With Deity Gang as his alliance, boasting membership of TMT favorite’s Mattron and **Ł_RD//$M$ among others, Sidewalk Kal is a surefire heat-source for the winter months. Peep “Thousand Arrows” below and be sure to stay keen on Deity Gang for 2014.
• Sidewalk Kal: https://soundcloud.com/sidewalkkal
As a music lover, maker, and follower during the past half-decade or so, it’s hard to think of a track I was more willing to get behind than “Sleigher” by Biosexual. The tune is far from new. I first mentioned it damn near two years ago, and I’m 128% more than willing to write about it yet again, here now. Some of you heard it way back then. Some of you heard it on Biosexual’s digital EP. Many more of you will hear it here for the first time, because this is a video, and we were given the gracious opportunity to premiere it. And visuals are so, so helpful, aren’t they?
This one is about our generation’s dependence on decadence, our willingness and eagerness to indulge in the unnecessary but oh-so sensory-pleasing pleasures, namely weed, wine, hamburgers, stuffed animals, and dead cats with ketchup. All things I didn’t realize I needed more of until I watched this thing ten times in a row. But to hear Zachary Nelson croon about forgetting what assholes like me have to say about his music, and instead stuffing his face with junk food and rollerblading… that’s the important thing, and somehow it’s all magically put into perspective now two years after the fact.
Nelson joins the ravishing Jocelyn Noir of Alak and Michael RJ Saalman of his own bad self in the band, and “Sleigher,” among other things, is a part of Biosexual’s brilliant, sorely overlooked debut long-player, The Window Wants the Bedroom, out the latter part of last year on Debacle Records. You’ll find in it on a vinyl record tucked away inside a gorgeous sleeve with strike-through gloss varnish typeface, buy the way. Not too shabby.
“Black Ark (Blockhead Remix)”
If you think about it, Blockhead is an obvious choice to remix an Armand Hammer track, not only because he produced billy woods’ 2013 solo project, Dour Candy, but because his sound could be described as world music on its way to or returning from outer space, while the combination of Armand Hammer’s billy woods’ geopolitics and Elucid’s metaphysics results in something similarly of and not of this planet. The title of the song being remixed here is presumably derived from Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark Studio, a recording space centrally located at the intersection of genius and insanity. There’s a certain shamanistic quality at work in the music of Perry, Elucid, Blockhead, and to a lesser extent, woods too. Understanding that reinforces the already apparent cohesion of this remix, which you can stream or download below. Originally released as a loosie on Backwoodz Studioz’s SoundCloud page, “Black Ark Remix” was more recently included by Blockhead himself on a remix compilation that the producer put together for his fans, which I highly recommend.
C Monster has gotten so frustrated with finding words to prop his best mates’ music that he’s started asking me to do it. I’ve tried telling him before that everybody’s all over Orange Milk, that we already get how wonderfully manic the label founders Seth Graham and Keith Rankin are in all their artistic incarnations – they don’t need more press! He’s all “prophecy”, “FUCK,” and “let’s stop eating meat….” Consider that some disclaimer. [Editor’s note: hi]
Graham put out a belting record this year on Tranquility Tapes called Creaky Clumsy. It was a berserk and tempestuous experiment in electronic composition that also featured the likes of Foodman and Giant Claw, with Sean McCann on mastering duties. The album came after the release of Man Feelings – which Tabs Out, who recently interviewed OM for their Laser Focus podcast, proclaimed to be the Number-One Cassette of 2013 – AND an announcement that Orange Milk would be going full-time hence forth.
“Serious Shart” is the first batty nugget of muddle to come from Graham’s forthcoming split with Chris Bush (a.k.a Flower Man). It’s a frantic nine minutes to say the least and a firm indication that it’s gonna be another HOT year for the Brooklyn/Columbus based label. Check the track out below and be sure to keep an attentive eye on Orange Milk for upcoming releases as January rears its smooth, valiant head.
“Fit,” the first track tossed into the world by a post-Hype Williams copeland, served to demonstrate the producer’s ongoing float-game finesse, cooing at a comfortably high altitude and protected from any ragged realities below. On new track/video “copeland657,” she’s back on the dirty Earth, getting in a few stretches with new trainers before bounding off down a forest trail with confidence and start-stop precision. The meandering city-synth twinkle of earlier material gives the song a familiar wooziness but mixes with dangers more immediate than malaise — namely, swooping owl attacks — to give the track a hard edge, something akin to exerting yourself within a dream.
Interested in where things might lead from here? Nab tickets to the Sonar festival this June, where copeland will “present her new unreleased material.” Londoners can also catch her performing with Martyn on February 2 at Corsica Studios.
• copeland: https://www.youtube.com/copeland657