King Tears Bat Trip

“Stolen Police Car”

King Tears Bat Trip is a seven-piece operating out of Seattle, and after having their debut record see release on cassette and digital, it is soon coming out on a beautiful picture disc courtesy of Debacle Records. “Stolen Police Car,” the 18-minute first side of the record, pummels your senses with an amazing amount of Neil Welch’s twisted saxophone work, coupled with the crushing percussive work of not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR drummers! Part heavy metal, and with equal bits of noise and otherworldly ballroom jazz, King Tears Bat Trip are tearing it up with this one. After debuting the LP live at Debacle Fest back at the end of May, the group is set to release the record in the next week, but you can pre-order that vinyl right now.

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Young Chop

“All I Got”

Yeeeeah Young Chop Pretty MF dropped the only track you’ll find him rapping on this year. In the studio with his own Chop Squad DJs, we get a soft toned boast from the drill scene pioneer. “All I Got” leaks early off official producer of rising emcee Lil Herb and now incarcerated Chicago rapper RondoNumbaNine: DJ Bandz and his #WeMeanBiz compadre DJ Victoriuz upcoming Chilanta mixtape.

All I Got, All I Got. That’s Money and Music That’s All I Got, Chop breathes throughout a muddling mix of 808 fan fair and concert hall strings. Chop’s in a long line of producer-gone-rapper and his quiet demeanor and infrequent trips to the booth are worrisome for those thirsting for more, but the dude is still on top of the production game. So there’s that.

Chilanta drop date is TBA.

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“Imolação Hidrostática”

“Absorbing nutrients from various regions was essential, after all it’s a creature that comes from the sea floor, which is a territory with no boundaries … The music itself is inspired by Caribbean sounds, and I tried to leave it too much organic as possible, with traditional percussive elements, like you could feel the bones floating between your feet while you’re dancing in the mud of destruction.”

Forget the retro-futuristic stylings of seapunk, witch house and vaporwave. Or rather, since that process is already in motion, take the darkness, the organic oceanic and the Web 1.0 planes and mash them up (remember mashups? … with fondness?) into a Mysty, Lovecraftian primordial soup of a clip for Marli’s new clip, “Imolação Hidrostática” (= Hydrostatic Immolation … if that helps). The track is the third single from Marli’s singular 2013 album Maremotrix, a distant and possibly inbred (in the best sense) cousin to the mutant and abject doom folk of artists like Perera Elsewhere. The self-taught Brazilian artist is inspired by horror films and weird plants …but then, who isn’t?

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Norm Chambers

Mix #5

The name Norm Chambers may not ring a bell, but you’re likely familiar with Panabrite (Chambers’ main musical alias). Under Panabrite, he has released a consistently heady brew of trippy, synth-based excursions. On this mix for the Transversales blog, Chambers dusts off some of his favorite obscure mellow jams, from Picchio Dal Pozzo to Roberto Cacciapaglia, for your listening pleasure. I highly recommend giving this a listen as you’re getting up in the morning or settling in at work for the day, preferably with a good cup of coffee or tea nearby. Listen below and click on the pic for the track list:

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Joey Molinaro

“The Don Quixote Youth Brigade”

I went to a friend’s wedding recently, and at said wedding there was a DJ (a.k.a. a guy with a laptop) playing stringed versions of old standards throughout the night. T’was nice and appropriate. It’s too bad Joey Molinaro didn’t get a call, though, ‘cause that would have been a WAY different reception. Reeeeal intense and sweaty and scary. Instead of throwing the bouquet, the bride could have thrown Joey’s goat hoof leg rattler. Allow me to clarify. Last time I saw him, I nearly got smacked in the face by his homemade tambourine after it flew off his leg and was launched into the audience.

But enough about his crowd work; let’s talk about the man’s tunes. His latest CD — Say at Last- Who Art Thou? – is available now, and it’s a burner. Out of all the controlled chaos, “The Don Quixote Youth Brigade” takes the wedding cake, ‘least for me. Vocals of total fucking menace, bursts of drum violence, dissonantly distanced guitars, and Mr. Molinaro’s signature rapidfire foot stomps and corpse-nails-on-a-chalkboard violin squeals fill each second with terrifying madness. But that ain’t nothing new from the rest of the disc… so it must be… the variety of changes? Yeah, that’s why I really dig this one. Wow! A personal musical revelation right before your eyes.

He’ll be galloping around the US this summer, so try to catch him live, ‘cause if you haven’t had goat hooves almost hit you in the face, then you haven’t lived. Or maybe you have… how the hell should I know?

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