The latest burner from L.A.’s 100% Silk comes courtesy of Temples, a.k.a. Portland, OR based, Avalon Kalin. Although this is the first Temples release on Silk, Kalin released a 12-inch on the label under the Polonaise moniker (with fellow PDX-er Scott Goodwin), and his Northwest style fits in perfectly with Silk’s smooth dancefloor aesthetic. The track below, “Earrings II,” is a crisp, shuffling techno banger that contains the best of Temples’ cerebral 2012 LP, Temples I-VII, while pushing his sound towards a denser, all-night party vibe. Avalon, Scott Goodwin, and Strategy (another Portland producer and Silk alum) are just a few examples of the great dance music coming out of the Pacific Northwest.
This is what’s up: new video for “Teardrops” by Sweet William. Further-more, I’ve never heard Sweet William (a.k.a. Willie Thurlow) before Beau just hit me up about him and this new video merely a few hours ago. And what an angel he was for doing so, because “Teardrops” got me in a solid chill-productive mood.
One of my favorite things is being recommend music that’s tite like this: real creep-crooner style vocals atop an irresistible beat. Another of my favorite things is mystery, and I have NO idea what I’m looking at here. I print B&W zines of NBA photos or trash or Las Vegas and leave them around NYC because the photos are sometimes impossible to initially distinguish. Thus, Sweet William’s newest video for “Teardrops” is definitely something y’all gotta sit down with a couple of times. And letting it sink in is as easy as pressing play a dozen times.
“Teardrop” is the semi-title track off Sweet William’s new tape Teardrop Drip. He actually played keys on “Human Voice” by Samantha Glass (a.k.a. Beau Devereaux), and I figure this video was Beau’s way of living up to “I owe ya one.” So scope the video below, Sweet William tour dates with Golden Donna, STACIAN, & Magic Key below-below, and listen to the full stream of Teardrop Drip below-below-below. Just follow the program and enjoy:
*w/ Golden Donna
$ w/ STACIAN + Magic Key
8/15 Columbus, OH*, The Summit w/ Jacoti Sommes, Brass Orchids
8/16 Pittsburgh, PA*, BOOM Concepts w/ TMC
8/17 Washington D.C.*$ via Select DC, Ghion w/ Claire + Poor Blood
8/18 Baltimore, MD*$, The Crown w/ Adventure
8/19 Philadelphia, PA*, The First Banana w/ DJ Dreyfus (Noah from Profligate/Form A Log/Social Junk)
8/22 Brooklyn, NY*, Body Actualized
8/23 Brooklyn, NY*, FANCY
8/24 Boston, MA, Middlesex Lounge w/ Coralcola, @DJ Won’t
8/25 New London, CT* TBA
8/27 Buffalo, NY, Facility
8/28 Cleveland, OH*, Pats In The Flats w/ Glacial23 + Witchbeam
8/29 Madison, WI, Mickey’s Tavern w/ the Tea Heads
• Sweet William: http://sweetwilliam1.bandcamp.com
Stretched with no slack, resigned to repetition, grated strings singe plectrum after plectrum. The wound strums, wounded, resonate through hollows as Silvia Kastel aims anti-aircraft vocalizations at malefic heights. Guest percussionists follow the leaders with brick-heavy mechanizations. Hardwired hard lines cannot stall the climb.
The astral projections of gray shivers and echoes sail close to the wind, skirting it then steaming forward through circuitous streams, formed by burned rubber, of odd upended evensongs: meditations that got the nose of evil and tread while remaining in the cosmos, peaceably enveloping, nosediving over void.
Remix Collection 2009-2013
FUCK WITH IT. NMESH JUST FUCKED YOUR WORLD. FOUR YEARS. FUCK WITH Psychedelic Cat .GIFS Unlimited
• NMESH: https://soundcloud.com/nmesh
Alphabets (Denver-based producer Colin Ward) dropped the mammoth Thru Tha Rip at the tail end of 2013 and I’m still jamming it in the middle of the year on the reg. The album’s 70+ minutes of battering polyrhythms, kinetic synth melodies, and chilly cyborg atmospheres lead me by the hand down spiral stairs into a subterranean bunker zone stocked with enough drum machines, patch cables, and Carlo Rossi to survive the gottdamnn apocalypse when it hits. I jam tracks like “NASTY FUTURE” and “LEMON SLICES IN MY CUP” and I wonder under exactly what conditions such future-tech bangers could have been conceptualized/programmed/created in the real and physical world in this, the year of our demonic overlord 2014.
The video for album centerpiece “RAPTOR JAZZ,” created by Ward and a posse of ninja collaborators on the roof of the impossibly fertile Denver DIY zone Rhinoceropolis, snuck onto the Tube last month. I watch it and I begin to understand exactly what we’re dealing with here, and let me tell it straight to your face that it’s something like anarchism. No rules on the roof. No faces on the roof. Dance the way you want to dance. Feel how you wanna, too. Fire some fireworks. If I were present for the filming of this video, I would have blended right the F into the proceedings and poured some wine all over the face and umbrella of a masked compatriot in the name of that one “Clever Girl” raptor that made sure that hunter dude got got in act 3 of JP1. Jam this, jam it again (optional), and pay what you want to grab Thru Tha Rip on Bandcamp (mandatory).