Matthew Dotson


In psychology, sublimation is the process through which socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are consciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behavior, possibly resulting in a long-term conversion of the initial impulse. The music of Matthew Dotson is largely concerned with how this process can play out sonically and creates a logical new form of vaporwave in the process. Like most vaporwave, Dotson’s music is based on samples of leftover musical schmaltz that are then processed and blurred but instead of the simple chopping, screwing, and looping that usually takes place, Dotson goes a step further by collaging and blurring his sound sources into stunning slabs of danceable musique concrète. This process on Sublimation’s is gradual. The record’s first side still retains some referential familiarity with slowed down beats and voices rising out of ambient noise. However, as the album progresses, Dotson begins to further process/stretch his sources until they become almost entirely unrecognizable. The second side of Sublimation in particular is a masterpiece of forward looking sample music that takes the recent work of Wakesleep to the next level by collaging and processing various bits of chopped and screwed cultural ephemera into miniature suites of acousmatic bliss. Throughout, Sublimation uses the process of its title to create a whole new style of process based electronic music that blurs the line between the simplicity of vaporwave and the formal academicism of electroacoustic music.

Sublimation is out now via Already Dead Tapes. You can stream the album in its entirety below:

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Pearls Negras


DAMN! Pearls Negras are like THE hot topic right now, right? I mean, I dunno. Their label, Bolabo Records, has “These girls are HOT!!” quoted on their Twitter page at the top. K. But everybody be covering the trio (Alice, Jeni, and Mari). And I haven’t been reading.

Just wanted to shout out to the three Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro natives, ‘cause in “Guerreira” (translation Warrior), they get frontal. I’m talkin’ ice cream sundae on the floor and it’s all about the ride. Pearls Negras making locale moves. Flavor is licking around corners. Biggie Apple Mixtape available here.

These beats could stop hearts. These gals could out rap your best pal’s free-style. And hot-shots want all up on this cypher, but could never handle this flow.

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Mincemeat or Tenspeed

“Big Daddy Sunshine”

David Harms T^!@$&% produces squalling {(!#%^ workouts of &!M%! rhythmic noise >”:!#@%< tethered to !#^(()( a steady !%@$# pulse and &?:;:”:: goaded into ^!@$T& ecstatic overdrive !^@%$!@ by whatever !@$&% tone obfuscating *)(^&!#)^ death gear &^!@*% he sprawls }}{@!}$ before him !@&%^^$* in skull-shattering !$#%@^&*()::: live performances.

☑ Mincemeat
☒ Tenspeed
☃ Mincemeat or Tenspeed

On new “{}@$ album Waiting @:#!#%Y For Surfin’ |}{^2[\];. Bird, Harms @$?<:| eschewed the >:^)#&* feedback-loop-based compositional !$?”% processes of }&%!><” classic previous &!@%& releases (remember “%>|@// Strange Gods?) &%$#%^ in favor _=_+|%% of somewhat ^$%!), “more traditional” %$!>< synths and ?”)(&% drum machines.

☞ mutant techno
☭ technoise
☻ no-wave
☷ no-rave

I hear *J&%$! this track :><*!&@ “Big Daddy *&!%@ Sunshine” and *%$# relish in “}+&^% its clipped *!@&% synth voices, &!@($ finely grained &!@%^ static blasts &!@^*&% and blitzkrieg %&!Y forward motion, “}{_(* observing that &!@%^ a somewhat })&^$ more legible |}”:{)* mindfuck is ^&!@^$ still a *!@($& mindfuck no ^!@%$ matter which }”{:>? way you |}{_)&! slice it.

Stream Waiting for Surfin’ Bird on the to-date-100%-dope Decoherence Records’ Bandcamp, or buy the LP direct from the label.

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The MNLF is not an artist so much as it is an acronym standing for Moro National Liberation Front — a secessionist political organization in the Philippines. “Whistling” is not a song title so much as it is a description of what you hear when you press play below — one MNLF member’s “instrument” of choice for a field recording documented by David Blair Stiffler in 1988.

It is fitting that the MNLF’s slightly ominous, if also gloriously captivating, “Whistling” should close out the forthcoming Music From the Mountain Provinces compilation, as it was an MNLF breakaway faction called the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (yes, MILF) that kidnapped recordist David Blair Stiffler and his wife, Elpidia, and held them for ransom on the southern island of Mindanao for two weeks, presumably not long after their recordings of “cultural groups living lives of extreme isolation in the mountainous Philippine regions of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and Luzon” were made.

News of the Stifflers’ release remains archived by the Associated Press. However, as fate would have it, the recordings themselves have been shelved ever since the Stifflers returned home with them almost 26 years ago. The songs were originally intended to be cataloged by Moses Asch’s Folkway Records, for which Stiffler had previously recorded eight LPs, but after Asch died in 1986, the label’s business papers and files were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution, and for one reason or another, Smithsonian Folkways never picked up the Philippine field recordings, so they’ve remained in a kind of archivist limbo, captured on tape and held hostage by circumstance … until now, that is.

On July 1, 2014, Numerophone, “The Numero Group’s vinyl-only legacy imprint,” will spring Music From the Mountain Provinces on the public, freeing it from decades of obscurity. Pre-orders for the LP and MP3 releases are available here, along with 30-second clips of the album’s 12 tracks. Please take a moment to enjoy the last of those, in its entirety, below.

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Ben Vida

Slipping Control [video preview]

YO! This video is BUGGED!!! It’s like, how can we make the commercial for 5.∞ surround sound? Or would it be ∞.∞ surround sound? Well, it don’t matter questioning, cause Ben Vida been “Slipping Control” via Shelter Press in an unprecedented and completely fucked video of vocal effects. It’s like the fellah IS and ISN’T of some plane that became Earth. He’s RIGHT THERE, in front of you, and just BARELY can one hear his actual voice, but it’s mostly just a mesh of electronics that cocktails any set of ears into an oblivion of sound. The textures are of that you cannot touch. And it’s infinite tonal awkward brevity puts listeners in a place of pleasure and *funny face*. So, shit is still nice/pleasant, in an extremely awkward way.

Pressed at Pallas, in an edition of 500 copies, Ben Vida’s Slipping Control gets deep in LP length, put out by Shelter Press, and mastered and cut by Helmut Erler at D+M. It’s available to grip ASAP ASAP ASAP at Shelter Press!!!

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