“NEAR DARK” (produced by Palmistry)
Hundebiss Records does it right because of Dracula Lewis (also, owner of the label; a.k.a. Simone Trabucchi). So what better than follow up his last album, Use Your Illusions, with a mixtape (that is potentially popping off on DatPiff, if I’m not mistaken) entitled Technical XTC. Following the label’s lineage, after popping off a slew of noise, dance, and weirdo releases, the label-head is going straight hip-hop. –Err, contextually… in the same way Rick Ross will release Mastermind on double LP, but come out with a mixtape – just as long (digital) and just as good – a year after. Not to mention, Dracula Lewis employees a smattering of A-List undergrounders: D/P/I, Jaws, Helm, Ramzi, Three Legged Race, Sewn Leather, and Palmistry.. who produced the teaser track “NEAR DARK.”
And I used “teaser” there because “NEAR DARK” sounds like it adds to the suspense of finally hearing the entirety of Technical XTC. As if Dracula Lewis and Palmistry KNEW they were making “NEAR DARK” as a lingering and pensive jam that’d introduce the album to the world, but leave people waiting for that STAB that is Technical XTC. To be honest, I’m ready for the mixtape to murder the FUCK outta me, but I’m willing to wait. Stoked to interview Simone next week too! Got plenty of stuff to ask him. Maybe I’ll toss in, “What’s your favorite part of the movie, Near Dark?” Though, now that I typed that out, it appears way lamer in text than in my mind. Hi!
Holly cow, have you heard this? Bilo 503 (do you think Bilo 1-502 were already taken?) just dropped some serious grooves onto this planet, and whoa buddy, am I in FULL ON relaxed mode. Like sitting on a lawn chair, dreamin’ sky thoughts and occasionally grappling with imperfect precision. Those slightly off hit-hats always get me. Everytime.
Piper Spray & Benzaldehyde Monster
“Fucking Singapore Sling, guys. Every damn time. Starting to get a little tired of telling you, but I just gotta.” - Strauss
Back again like a sweet VD, Singapore Sling Tapes brought together SST and Orange Milk vet and Babylonian astronomy enthusiast (learn more here) who previously teamed up to make ↓this incredible video↓ for “Krolorog 99.”
Piper Spray and Benzaldehyde Monster, understanding we can only communicate through dating sites, emojis, and subtweets, gave the a/s/l for each song so we, the sad and alone, can appropriately plug them into our match making algorithms to find our favorite cuts! It was a toss up between “Moon/Click/Trance” and “Death/Bottle/Spam” because the Devil’s Kettle is a waterfall to nowhere and so is my life. Find your match below!
The s/t the cassette is a Russian Kinder egg and features twenty extra minutes of sound.
On Neana’s Facebook post for “Scrub”, he shares these words:
“that boy is a nothing but a dirtbag,
he is a low down dirty piece of shit,
he is nothing but a mother fucking scrub
also known as a buster”
Is this track a more aggressive attack on scrubs than TLC’s first attack almost fifteen years ago? Or is the track “The Portrait of A Scrub”? Whatever the intention (and maybe it’s both), Neana has succeeded in making something that is club poetry. Literally every Night Slugs and Fade to Mind set and mix released in 2014 has featured like six Neana tracks. “Scrub” is no different, being ripped from Bok Bok’s Resident Advisor set (which also features two other Neana tracks). There’s many reasons for this, but I think it’s mostly because of this club poetry, Neana’s ability to speak in tangible metaphor (through a vocal sample, or some sad melody) in the midst of a really dank kickdrum sequence. The metaphoric satisfaction for “Scrub” has more to do with the title and language around the track, but I would argue that’s precisely what Night Slugs and their affiliates want to create: an artistic universe around the music that is as important as the music itself.
• Neana: https://soundcloud.com/neanatrax
You know what I like about echoing pianos? Arca fucking with ‘em. Dunno if Arca plays piano. Dunno if Arca is playing piano in this video “-.” Dunno if Arca intentionally wanted some fucked text surrounding the title of this track. I DO know Arca is going on a “DJ TOUR.” Hear Arca shed a bit of light on “-” while you wait for the tour to blow up your spot. -Err, y’all know Arca, yeah?
• Arca: http://www.arca1000000.com