D. Tiffany

“I Want To”

Turn your speakers all the way up for British Columbian D. Tiffany whose slow-churning house tracks sport what 1080p label-head Richard MacFarlane called “the areas in-between some sort of club and anti-club dichotomy” in a great editorial covering the upswing of digital DIY labels by Adam Harper earlier this month on The Fader. D. Tiffany (a.k.a. Sophie Sweetland) uncoils some head-space hypnosis on her first physical release from her new(er) moniker. “Tranq Moon” - the top summer jam out right now tied with the entire Caustic Window LP because daaaaamn Richard Davis James is a prophet - bookends the self-titled 52~ minute tape with “I Want To,” the direct and fierce coupling of minimal techno’s intoxication and dark, driving funk build for a sweaty, strobe-lit dance party. The two stretch the pervasive mix of grooves like siblings fighting over a Macho Man Randy Savage Stretch Armstrong in the very best way possible.

D. Tiffany is out now on cassette.

• D. Tiffany: https://soundcloud.com/d-tiffany
• 1080p: http://1080pcollection.bandcamp.com/

Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte

“We Are One (Ole Ola)” [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Song]

Other than the World Cup being a repeat-faux WWIII – watching the battlefield, the politics, and big businesses all collide – Pitbull was hired with J Lo and Claudia Leitte by someone to sing “We Are One (Ole Ola)” [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Song]. Why did nobody tell me Claudia Leitte was the Celine Dion of Brazil, WTF? Pitbull did it right too, btw: went bald, shaved the rest, thickened his accent when singing, raps words together from his bastard son’s rhyme book he stole last he saw the boy sleeping (when Pitbull ONLY visits his abandoned/fatherless son)…. and became famous. J Lo is great, but 11 years older than everyone in this video, and much more appropriate in performance; I smell defeat on the rise, though and I’m all “:,( J Lo, gurl. You made it this far, but…”

Aside from all that “We Are One (Ole Ola)” [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Song] nonsense, listening to the FIFA World Cup™ has been a nice experience: it makes me feel more apart of a community in New York than I have ever before. And by that, I mean I caught myself talking alone in my car to and about nothing while listening to yesterday’s. I have noticed the American announcers pointing out individuals (celebrity; success) than foreign announcers talking about the TEAMS (community; cooperation). Also, other stuff. Got a coworker who’s all jacked about it. I’ve been blazing dozens of World Cup joints too.

But I still don’t understand the idea of rooting for one team. The only thing I have faith enough in is hating Pitbull’s flaccid swag so much I could probably hunt him down and make him pay for every word of “We Are One (Ole Ola)” [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Song] …that’s if I hear it 100 more times this summer, then I’ll do JUST that. Hope everyone is enjoy the games. Who likes that new soccer ball? OO, SPORTS!!

• Pitbull: http://www.pitbullmusic.com/us
• Jennifer Lopez: http://www.jenniferlopez.com
• Claudia Leitte: http://www.claudialeitte.com/en
• FIFA World Cup™: http://www.fifa.com

Khaki Blazer

Headband 2

Patrick Modugno — Moth Cock-er and sole proprietor of the shop with the most affodable and comfortable Khaki Blazer’s in town — just dropped HEADBAND 2, the follow up to HEADBAND 57. Wait a second, that doesn’t sound right… what the hell’s it called? Uhhhhhhh… oh, yeah! Okay, so what I was going to say is Patty-cake — Moth Cock-er and sole proprietor of the shop with the most affodable and comfortable Khaki Blazer’s in town — just dropped the follow up to HEADBAND, his mix from last month. That’s more like it!

If you’re looking for your fix of BASEketball, The Fugees, James Brown, and Reggie Noble (a.k.a past mingler with Mr. Do-Rag himself) all in one place, then look no further. Honestly, I don’t think a garbage disposal could have done a finer job of chopping all this up. Stream it below and indulge.

Shout out to Jordan, btw.

• Khaki Blazer: https://soundcloud.com/khaki-blazer

Marble Sky

“A Shining Juniper”

One thing I’ve admired about Alex Cobb’s Students of Decay imprint is the consistently jaw-dropping array of noise, drone, and ambient works he has put out for close to a decade. From the complex electro-acoustic compositions of Anne Guthrie to the gorgeous oceans of sound on the recent Mark Banning reissue, SoD adds another stellar entry to the catalog with Marble Sky’s forthcoming eponymous 2xLP (due out in mid-September). One of the many musical aliases of Jeff Witscher (best known as Rene Hell), the record is a vinyl reissue of a set of limited cassette releases from the latter half of the 2000s. “A Shining Jupiter,” which is streaming below, is a 15-minute piece that leaves an indelible mark with its stirring, contemplative sound. Find a quiet, secluded place, throw on some headphones, and let this track work its magic. It’ll whet your appetite for the rest of the record, and based on the other samples available at the SoD Soundcloud, Marble Sky will be a prized possession for all those ambient/noise heads out there.

• Jeff Witscher: http://www.salonturnkey.blogspot.com
• Students of Decay: http://studentsofdecay.com

L-Vis 1990

Overdrive Infinity #30 (Part 2)

I’m gonna coin a new term here, if that’s okay – it’s called “FOMBO,” short for FEAR-OF-MAYBE-BEING-“OFF.” Now, this fear primarily arises when you see someone who is especially “on.” Here are a few examples of this playing out:

1. You see someone dressed perfectly. Maybe they look like this, just casually hanging with BF Bok Bok and Super Mario. You know they’re all so on; you feel a slight mixture of intrigue and self-consciousness. And then…*FOMBO*

2. Someone says the perfect thing in a high-pressure conversation. Maybe they deliver a great punchline, or, maybe they say something like “Pope Francis is so down to earth.” You say nothing, maybe grab a drink, and then…*FOMBO*

3. You watch this mix by L-Vis 1990. First, you may notice his sunglasses, his haircut, how fucking cool the guy looks. Then, you observe how well he plays off spilling his beverage, taking note how he nonchalantly pats Teki Latex on the back. He probably whispers something like “Thanks Teki, you’re a real pal.” You witness incredible transition after incredible transition, and realize how much of a maestro the dude is. You remember that he just helped pen the Club Constructions manifesto, and think to yourself, “Oh great, there might be an opportunity for me to be that on. ” But FINALLY, you see that L-vis 1990 is making Greek / Roman sculptures and squishy 3D projections seem totally FRESH. You mutter “Wow, that dude is fucking on,” then, inevitably…*FOMBO*

Get over the FOMBO, then re-watch the fantastic Overdrive Infinity Mix via Dailymotion above.

• L-Vis 1990: https://soundcloud.com/lvis1990
• Overdrive Infinity: http://www.dailymotion.com/OverdriveInfinity


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