Pink and Teal
Melbourne’s finest RaRa just dropped some colorful vibes within their newest EP Pink and Teal. Featuring Martin King , Kwasi, friendships, and S I L E N T J A Y throughout eight tracks, the fellahs hit on some DAMN good vocals, but the production on this is BONKERS. It’s looped, sampled, experimented, based out, and, well – RaRa is just running the gamut on renaissancing the perfect modern-day set of instrumentals.
But there’s also a theme in Pink and Teal, as the tags suggest it’s a “concept album.” If I were judging it based on both the lyrics and the cover art, I feel like the common theme and/or motif here is ritual celebration. As in, just people coming together, getting weird (but not TOO TOO weird), and enjoying the challenge of making pop music acceptable, while destroying it ever-so-slightly.
They also popped a new video for “Green Beat w/ friendships” a few days ago, and it’s a trip. It actually REALLY reminds me of the Samiyam cover art off Leaving Records. Scope below:
• RaRa: http://rarakin.com
It’s been a minute since Leland Jackson — Los Angeles experimental producer best known for the sample opulence of Ahnnu — put the Cakedog mask on and done left the block quiet. Cakedog is the club-goer ying to Ahnnu’s block-cooling yang, but the project hasn’t seen much daylight since 2012’s fun-for-feet WERKS, when Leland was still living in Virginia. Two years later, Leland jumps right out the house popping off “Finish Line,” a flowery footwork track with slices of 2 Chainz — whose Freebase EP made our second-quarter favorites (long)shortlist — and a swaying piano that’s cut from the loins of his Ahnnu aesthetic.
It’s like you’re at a múm show and “Green Grass of Tunnel” is playing and all you can do is close your eyes, move a little, and be genuinely happy you’re alive. Except it’s footwork, and you’re sweating through a white tee in a basement.
By the way, the 2 Chainz verse is off Chicago rapper Jay Stonez’ “Cooking All Morning,” which I like a lot too.
• Cakedog: https://soundcloud.com/cakedog
“Dream Sequins® (Official)”
Another product of NMESH, another piece of [something physical] is saved. And it’s really beyond that of experience too. “Dream Sequins® (Official)” is something so intangible that, not only is the narrator always lying, but even if you were to try and retell this dream and/or bring it to life, it would be merely 100% deja vu. Like, not even in your dreams can you sequence, or – in the case of “Dream Sequins® (Official)” – “visualize” if sequins are actually what you’re dreaming about. Most of my dreams end up just white light and me grinding my teeth into dust.
NMESH just popped off a double cassette “collector’s edition” of Dream Sequins® & Nu.wav Hallucinations, and it’s OUT NOW on AMDISCS, dripping for you to reel the vape off it! Shit is it gone yet? I’m buying the rest. You can find it on Discogs.com for $500, now. Thanks for your patronage! ;) I think there’s some left? Oh, shit. Are they even on sale yet? Sean Paul is playing on the sales floor, I gotta go.
NMESH will not only rock your world, but YOU can come closer to HIS in this interview he and I done-did earlier this month HERE. HUSTLE!
Laurel Halo & Julia Holter
Despite today’s 1-0 loss to Germany, the US men’s soccer team advances, finishing second in its World Cup group. But the nation is mourning anyway — at least Laurel Halo and Julia Holter are. The two musicians collaborated to turn the United States’ official jam, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” into a dirge. A dirge! More depressing information: the track is called “SCHADE,” which is German for “shame” and has a subtitle of “Asses Handed 2 US.”
NOW, I’VE HELD OFF ON WRITING ABOUT SOCCER FOR A DECADE — OR ABOUT THE LENGTH OF THE AVERAGE SOCCER GAME — SO AS NOT TO OFFEND ANYONE. BUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. ANY GROWING INTEREST IN SOCCER CAN ONLY BE A SIGN OF THE NATION’S MORAL DECAY. IF MORE “AMERICANS” ARE WATCHING SOCCER TODAY, IT’S ONLY BECAUSE OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC SWITCH EFFECTED BY TEDDY KENNEDY’S 1965 IMMIGRATION LAW. I PROMISE YOU: NO AMERICAN WHOSE GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS BORN HERE IS WATCHING SOCCER. ONE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT, IN ADDITION TO LEARNING ENGLISH, THESE NEW AMERICANS WILL DROP THEIR SOCCER FETISH WITH TIME.
— Imran Hassan (@imranhworld) June 26, 2014
In the newest music video by the Japanese psychedelic rock unit Bo Ningen, geometric minimalism clashes with a deformed, trippy take on erotic fetishism. “Slider”, directed by avant-garde cinematographer Marie Schuller, feels like a modern-day, HD horror vision suspended somewhere between Robert Longo and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Shot in stark black and white, with splashes of hallucinatory, hologram-like pallette of colors every once and then, and distortions of vision, like after ingesting a powerful psychedelic drug. The contorted members of the band (in the vein of Longo’s “Men in the Cities” series, quick tip: the cover of Glenn Branca’s The Ascension) are contrasted with strangely S&M-like theater of symbols and gestures, with warped vision of naked posturing, reminiscent of the old exploitation films and kitschy, psychedelic horrors. And the track itself is a killer, too, with a perfect equilibrium between distorted, soaring freakouts to quieter lines and interludes and a great chorus to boot.
“Slider” is set to promote Bo Ningen’s newest LP, entitled simply III, to be released in physical form on June 25. You can buy the digital or material form either from iTunes, or the Stolen Recordings shop.