Echo in the Valley

After having released his incredible debut album Black Light Spiral earlier this year, Untold (a.k.a. Jack Dunning) returns with a mixtape “addendum” titled Echo in the Valley. In contrast to Black Light’s aggressive, synth-noise workouts, Echo in the Valley is an understated affair, marked by dented harmonies, static brushstrokes, and concentrated air shot through glass tubes. It’s tentative and provisional, patient and lurking, looped phrasings from down below.

Order the limited-edition USB Box here, download the mixtape here, and stream it all below:

• Untold: http://www.untold-official.com



I’m one of those listeners that are like, “Whaaaat?” when it comes to shit outside of the music in musicians’ lives. ‘Cause I don’t give a shit about their lunch or music making process, I’m just interested in how it’s getting from my findings and into my ears. It’s not even a sound thing; the headphones I’m currently wearing are from TJ Maxx. And I listen to plenty of music. Same with, well… my phone died this weekend, so I ain’t even got an “mp3” player, let alone think about how people have 32GB of music memory full-up on their phones/mp3 players. How does this relate to Knx’s new video for “churrrch.?” Easy: Knx does lyrics??

I know the fellah is a HARD looper, and goes for samples. But maybe he rapped on an EP last year? Though, I don’t know. Nor do I really care if it’s him or some unnamed “feat.” All I’m into is “churrrch.” These lyrics are LOL. The beat is tightly wrapped around the vocals. Would I go THAT nuts in the club if I were to hear Knx’s “churrrch.?” HELL YEAH! Not only do I care less about the musician who makes the music that drives my live, but if you EVER see me in the club poppin’ off ALL SORTS of (lame-ass) hyped moves, don’t talk to me. I’m doing something without you. Unless you wanna join, go judge elsewhere. Then I set myself on fire, the entire club shuts down for bad codes and shit, and then everyone sees Knx at “churrrch” the next day and are like, “That fuckin’ guy last night up in the club, my goodness.”

And Knx will be all like, “You hear my newest Bandcamp release streaming below?”

• Knx: http://gloof.bandcamp.com

Nigro / Primitive Fiction

Meeker / Chapters

Everybody has a few go-to-moves, like flipping a table over to get your point across or high-fiving someone with your foot instead of your hand. Well, the newly sprung Oxtail Recordings is no different, even if they are just a wee little baby of a label (thanks to the Tabs Out crew for the heads up). So far, Oxtail’s go-to-move is rocking shit in the slumped and disfigured department. Twisted loops of bent static, atmospheric swells of moody drones, and damaged and contorted samples make up the bulk of their first two tapes, Meeker by label captain Nigro and Chapters by Primitive Fiction. Now, the label’s Bandcamp description claims their output to be “ambient noise and broken songs,” but my editor wouldn’t let me just re-post the label description and call it a day for some STUPID reason, so I had to give you all the above mumbo-jumbo just to keep the Sea Moan-stir at bay. Blame him, not me!

Oxtail Recordings got themselves a bundle deal, too, where you save a few dollars if you grab both tapes. Maybe put that money towards some sort of refreshemnt, or perhaps fill up your local gas station’s take-a-penny, leave-a-penny tray to an annoying degree. The choice is yours!

• Nigro: http://mikenigro.bandcamp.com
• Oxtail Recordings: http://oxtailrecordings.bandcamp.com

Chocolate Grinder Mix 110

“I’m Sleeping… OR AM I?!”

Yo, you livin’ and catchin’ the breeze? The boss is out, motherfucker. Wanna feel the spray of mango water on your tongue? Eh, just put a splash in your vodka on ice. What was it she said about eternity and fruit? Could you please not e-mail me about my co-worker’s breast and nipple sizes? Thank you for being there when I needed you the least. Is that coke I smell or just stolen thunder sulfur? Come along and die a little more with me. Shit gets grimmer. Everything eventually comes down to: “WHAT?” Adam Sandler references are always the rage. How much internet do you need before leveling up?

Pictured above is my good pal Mick la’Cheah changing on a nearly-empty Atlantic City beach at around 8 AM on some July weekend morning…. caught his ass.

Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.

[00:00] Digital Natives - “A5” [excerpt]
[00:23] Lumisokea - “Flares” [intro]
[00:45] Sophie - “Hard”
[03:47] Satanicpornocultshop - “Pee eWy Tee e”
[06:33] Rick Ross - “Drug Dealer’s Dream” [intro]
[06:38] Eleventeen Eston - “Shoelace Episode 1: Hugo’s Theme (Prelude)”
[08:48] AyGeeTee - “Head Over Rags” [intro]
[08:55] Torn Hawk - “Motivation & Reward”
[09:55] nima - “New City Grip” [end]
[11:27] Pure X - “Valley of Tears”
[14:00] Teams - “Paloma” ft. 18+
[16:14] Waka Flocka - “Danny Glover (Remix)” ft. Waka Flocka Flame
[17:35] Nick James - “Noh Noh Hack Mask” [intro]
[17:43] James Ferraro - “Pimp”
[19:37] Danny Brown - “Smokin & Drinkin”
[22:03] Karmelloz - “Citrus Acid CPU” [intro]
[22:35] Tonstarttsbandht - Soap Shop Rock [breakdown]



There’s a full moon out. You just found out the love of your life is leaving for someone else. So take a NIGHT DRIVE, try to get away from yourself, but being stuck in your own head doesn’t let you get away. There was cum on the steering wheel when you got into your car. You had to wipe it off. Now your fingers are where it once was. Old life overtop new life. Potential life. Unable to steer clear. Love is sad. All things take time, though, especially loss. Loosen your grip on the wheel. Let チェスマスター take you away.

• チェスマスター: https://soundcloud.com/chesumasuta
• Dream Catalogue™: https://dreamcatalogue.bandcamp.com


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