Tarquin

“Kid U” / “Lost My Marbles”

The other night I was at a house party that got shutdown.
The landlord turned up, a great hulking 30-something in a V-neck, facing down about 25 pale kids dancing in a kitchen. “I OWN THIS BUILDING”, he kept shouting.
We all watched in horror as he proceeded to suck hard on a long, fat cigarette, continually tapping it nonchalantly into a nearby salad.
What a prick.
Eventually someone rightly told him to, “Fuck off and ring the police”, if there was a problem, which of course he did.

I’m sure Tarquin never had similar problems, not with such assuredly posh name.
He’s got the right idea.
Right now we need less bearded Techno shufflers using women’s names for their contortions of ‘Hiss & Thump’, and more people appropriating the monikers of England’s upper class elite.

SOPHIE? Patricia? Karenn? Daphni?
Montague! Kenneth! Randolph! Errington!

Despite the name, Tarquin is joyously antisocial. Signed up for the latest release on Mr. Mitch’s Gobstopper Records, here he moves from “Kid U’s” elastic helium balladry, to “Lost My Marbles”, a violently cartoonish assortment of frankly horrible sounds. About 2 minutes in there is a high-pitched dial tone noise I can only imagine would be utterly unlistenable on any loud PA system. Brilliant.

• Tarquin: https://soundcloud.com/tarquin-1
• Gobstopper Records: http://gobstopper-records.co.uk

Slim Twig

“Slippin’ Slidin’ (Eric Copeland Remix)”

Just last week, Slim Twig — a.k.a. Max Turnbull — premiered the video for “Slippin’ Slidin’,” the intro track to his forthcoming (and fifth) full-length, Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig. This week, he drops a remix of the track, courtesy of TMT favorite Eric Copeland (Black Dice, Terrestrial Tones). What was once a “cock rock analogue to Kanye West’s similarly phallic ‘On Sight’” has now stretched into a hypnotic club banger in the hands of Copeland. The vocal-less remix sits in an entirely different dimension, its forward-momentum undercutting the original’s crunchy immediacy in favor of a more transitional, moodier headspace.

Check out Copeland’s remix below, and look for Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig, out August 7 on DFA.

• Slim Twig: http://www.slim-twig.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

Elestial Sound

Chefs Vol. 1 & Chefs H20

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. PUT SYNTHS ON EVERY STREET CORNER AND LET THE KIDS WAIL ON THEM. FILL EVERY UNUSED CORNER IN EVERY AMERICAN HOME WITH WAR EAGLES AND DRUM KITS. LIMIT DJEMBE OWNERSHIP. FLUTES ARE COOL. LET ARPEGGIOS REPLACE CREDIT SCORES AND HANDSHAKES BEGAT RENT HIKES. RIFT THE WAGE GAP. COOK DANK FOOD. SHARE SAID FOOD. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO PLAY THE SOUSAPHONE? GET RAMONA XAVIER TO VAPOR THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE AMERICA LIT AGAIN.

The sounds that followed the caps are appendages of Gainesville, Florida’s community-minded music and arts collective and label Elestial Sound – a label TMT is a big fan of – who have started a series of tape splits called Chefs. Chefs Vol. 1 featuring He Dog (the solo synth project of Neal Macowiak a.k.a. Jazz Prison) and High Rule (collaboration of Tristan Whitehill a.k.a. Euglossine and Alex Crook of Gainesville mega-group MSNRA). Chefs H2O has Floating (Dillard Wiseheart’s electro-groove outlet) with Orchal and Vir (longtime collaboration of Kane Pour and Tristan Whitehill).

• Elestial Sound: http://www.elestialsound.com

Druid Cloak

“Chronotaurs (Translated by Giant Claw)”

Druid Cloak (a.k.a. Joseph Morris) gathered a group of friends and got them to translate 2014’s Lore: Book One for the aptly titled Lore Translations: Book One. (Book Two came out when Spring 2015 peaked, and the framework for Book Three is still in its infancy.) Each book will eventually have an accompanying translation, but the first of the three is already dropping next month on the Druid Cloak-run label Apothecary Compositions, which recently brought us Magic Fades & Soul Ipsum’s Zicornia Dynasty and Bangkok Snobiety’s To The New Era.

One of the eight artists brought on by Morris for Book One is TMT Gold Card member Giant Claw, whose DARK WEB brought home the #7 spot on our Favorite Music Releases of 2014 feature. The track that Giant Claw took on was the frosty “Chronotaurs,” and what he delivers is definitely attuned to his DARK WEB lens and self-sketched plunderphonic rosetta stone (see below). Here, “Chronotaurs” is broken down to the shell of its original form, slimmed down by buildups and isolations, and repackaged in a space akin to an Escherian wet dream.

Lore Translations: Book One, which also features Throwing Snow, Strict Face, Spurz, Broshuda, City, Silkersoft and Morkebla, is officially out August 7 and currently up for early DL and limited-edition CD pre-order. Lore Translations: Book Two is in the works now, so stayed tuned.

• Giant Claw: https://giantclaw.bandcamp.com
• Druid Cloak: http://www.druidcloak.com
• Apothecary Compositions: http://www.apothecary-compositions.com

  

News

  • Recent
  • Popular

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.