“Som Hassel”

Helllll yes! 555 (Food Pyramid’s Christopher Farstad) is laying out the straight BEAT against synths set on stun. Like baby steps into the pool, “Som Hassel” notices your frigidness to the body of water, and before you know it, your head is two feet below the water-line, as 555 straight up tossed your ass in! And in less of a drowning sense, but more flailing, “Som Hassel” makes big splashes utilizing a plethora of sounds and shapes. Shapes? Uh, yeah. It’s like watching a plant grow in fast motion to sped up “classical” music.

Frantic is more of a subtly to 555’s “Som Hassel,” so it could sure put you in a “Let’s get to work” mood. Oh, SICK. Our pals at Decoder also scoped out “Som Hassel,” along side the other single “Killing Joke.” Listen to “Som Hassel” below, head to Moon Glyph NOW NOW NOW for the new Nine Gates tape from 555, and enjoy the movements!!

• 555: https://soundcloud.com/555sounds
• Moon Glyph: http://moonglyph.com

Jay Curry


Similar to E+E, Jay Curry is cookin’ up a vat of maximalism, and you’d be surprised if Bootleg Tapes DIDN’T pick up his brand of smooth jazz gone rythm & blues. Just look at the intensity of that SoundCloud shape-wave below. And if that ain’t visual enough for you, scope that album art. The green and hush blue tones. Scattered, but never-the-less linear. That hazy Sunday morning (afternoon?) vibe. It’s all the perfect package for Jay Curry’s style.

Here in “W_O,” the West Coast transbeatist Jay Curry layers multiple levels vocals and lush instrumentals that swirl within 2 minutes and 22 seconds of pure nirvana. And it’s like the rythm (sampled) section makes the lyrics way less harsh. Weird. AMAZING. Also, this ain’t the first time Jay strayed away from his previous lite-jazz flavor of beat-slamming: the fellah been producing big deals with A$AP Rocky & A$ton Matthews on “What You Need too.”

Jay Curry’s S/L cassette is out on Bootleg Tapes this FRIDAY! Scope “W_O” below in the meantime:

• Jay Curry: https://soundcloud.com/JAYCURRY
• Bootleg Tapes: https://bootlegtapes.bandcamp.com

Acrid Lactations

The Rotten Opacity Of It All (All This Rot) (Excerpt)

“Beneath every audible and jointly recognized utterance is a world of unheard, unthought and accidental aural excretions.”

He says each word with a steady, privately educated surety, confident of his critique.

“This is the realm of unsound and unmeaning; the radical potentiality of John Cage’s collapsed binary between silence and noise, the burbled inanities of Lars von Trier’s Idiots.”

The group listens intently, straining to hear each delicious syllable, crowding closer to the acrid aroma of his extinguished smoking pipe. His goatee fizzes with excitement.

“Those who wonder ‘how does it sound’ or ‘what does it mean’ are nothing but reactionary amateurs in the business of understanding. From the first mourning mews of an orphaned Velociraptor, to the impending dread of a robotic alarm clock ringing in the distance, life-forms on planet earth have basically never understood anything, let alone been able to express it.”

A wave of gasps and yawns passed through the group, all eyes set down.

The silence stretches out like ash from an urn tossed in the wind.

“But if this is so,” a new voice whispers, barely audible above the breathing of the group, “How then can we understand what you’re saying, how can you express it?”

“My dear. My dear,” the man responds, “of course you can’t, and neither can I.”

Glasgow’s Acrid Lactations are Susan Fitzpatrick & Stuart Arnot. They have a newish CDR, The Rotten Opacity Of It All (All This Rot), out on Chocolate Monk. The above audio is an excerpt from this recording.

• Chocolate Monk: http://chocolatemonk.co.uk

Larry Wish

Free Willy Style

Full-on faux-karaoke crooner Larry Wish will make all your dreams come true. Having been recording under various guises since 2007, with a handful of CDs and a tape on Moon Glyph, Larry is finally here to grant listeners with a bit of Free Willy Style. Just when the longing was getting to be a little too much, Mr. Wish’s delectable energy strolls on by, notices and says “Hi,” and sticks to brains as fat does to ribs. And throughout the twists and turns that maze about for 13 tracks, Free Willy Style keeps itself sharp and to the edge of all that is cheesy. And this is some classy kinda cheese. So grip a corner off the block that is Free Willy Style, ‘cause Larry Wish is serving up some fancy on the reel. Also, Orange Milk ain’t sleeping, suckers! There’s two more tapes that popped off with Larry Wish, so cred up them PayPal accounts!! Scope Free Willy Style below:

• Larry Wish: http://larrywish.bandcamp.com
• Orange Milk Records: http://www.orangemilkrecords.com

Sun Araw

“Solo Wallet Shuffle”

Definitely one of the best songs off the best albums this year, Cameron Stallones is a mad man. Like, Sun Araw is unstoppably impenetrable. And if Belomancie (TMT Review) doesn’t prove that much, scope this brilliant new video for “Solo Wallet Shuffle.” Filmed by old-pal Matthew Lessner, “Solo Wallet Shuffle” features the candid happenings of a random man’s sporadic stretch routine. To be honest, I also heard “Solo Wallet Shuffle” as more of an endearing piece to a potential lover who’s always got his back in tite billing situations. This video follows that meaning, but down another wonderful pathway.

Figure it: pals hanging, and it’s been a minute. THAT is the intimacy of this endearment. The romance is making art together that represents each other. Thus, insanely enough, this fellah on the corner is making similar moves as Cameron does in his music. And as a careful filmmaker, Lessner abides by providing the candidness of emotion, and encapsulates a Sun Araw doppelganger. Only in this instance, this dude is the Sun Araw of gettin’ ready to work out.

Become immersed, because it’s worth it, so why not?!

• Sun Araw: http://www.sunaraw.com



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