March [mix]

Cartoon violence, a smooth plastic playground of ergonomic slopes and bars. There’s a gleeful smirk to all the frankly brilliant instrumental grime that has been streaming out of UK inner-cities this last year. Fleshy, lurid sounds that wouldn’t stick out of place at a child’s birthday party – or piped into the background of an advert for acupuncture – mix sleazily with gunshots and happy slapping, crunching kicks. Whoever said grime grew up too fast?

Slackk is all stamina. He even makes low-slung digital dub feel energetic. His prolific steering of the good ship Boxed London recently culminated in the release of a fierce free compilation to celebrate their first birthday. Every one of his monthly mixes has been a killer, each feeding off the accrued aural capital of the ones that came before. The fear that he’ll slip up and give us some shonky, sub-par selection just adds to the fun of each month. And he never disappoints. I’m going to take the authoritative ground here and say that this March mix is the best yet, if only because it forced me to go out an buy a super-strength lager and sit in my cold flat nodding my head with my shadow for at least two hours. Discipline motherfuckers!

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Arca & Jesse Kanda

TRAUMA [Scene 1]

Dahhh!!! Fooled you, fuck-o. This isn’t NEW-NEW Arca. It’s just the first cut of &&&&& (TMT Review) in support for a new video project Jesse Kanda made called TRAUMA [Scene 1]. Here’s the scoop:

Trauma is an ongoing film project by Jesse Kanda and Arca first exhibited at MOMA PS1 at the end of 2013. The film follows a nonlinear narrative about the death of a salaryman, a drunk driving infant and takes place within a subconscious world. TRAUMA’s score will span through Arca’s existing and future works.

Scene 1 depicts a trio of disfigured children locked in synchronised dance, celebrating their inner and outer beauty in the limelight.

The Film in its entirety will be shown in various galleries through out the world over the course of this year..

Also, the press releases manager at my work just came up to me on break convinced WWIII is about to happen because of this Malaysian airplane gone missing. Thanks for wasting my break, boss. P33P!

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Eternity’s Conceit

Behind Eternity’s Conceit lies an endless day job involving infinite initiative. Think about eternal life. You always gotta have a spot some where you can continue to make a “living.” And ain’t nobody want a job forever. But, we submit and join the grind of life. However, AyGeeTee has come to make it much more clear and understandable. As shaman of all things fuck-beat, Ay Gee Tee readies the minds of willing listeners for their continuous uphill journey in the working world. Drawing from wet money, cyberfuck, and bathdub influences, this witch doctor continues to sprinkle inspiration across all the rinse-and-repeat processes.

“Oh, shit, I spilled the water.”
“Neat, you make coffee at your desk?”
“The weather is supposed to be salad.”

Stare at your screen. Crunch them numbers/words. Flesh out reality as though it was meant to be paid for. Eternity’s Conceit is endlessly saturated in AyGeeTee’s keen power to make musical inebriation. Reckno released it digitally, which you can hear below, and on cassette, with art by Jónó Mí Ló, in a limited edition of 50. “The two tracks on this album are AyGeeTee’s longest and most emotional works yet,” so grip NOW while they burin’ in the pit!

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Black Hat

“Imaginary Friends”

Walls must be built, the streets shall be raised, the buildings will be made of stone and brick. The sea will never reach the streets again. The second floor becomes the ground floor, the ground floor will become the basement, and the basement becomes the underground. Seattle’s Nelson Bean, known as Black Hat, dwells in this dank underground, spewing sinister sounds and steamy rhythms that spill out from the mossy manholes and grab your ankles as you cross the crowded intersection. The newest LP, Thought of Two from Black Hat is released by Hausu Mountain and includes this striking video from visual artist Zara Ruckus to accompany the lead-off track “Imaginary Friends.” The film adds bold color to grating grainy images of industry and nature, projecting vibrant imagery onto dark, daunting sounds of howling synths and itching rhythms. The video features just an excerpt from the full piece, which can be streamed in full, along with the other two tracks, or purchased on vinyl or CD from the label.

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I gripped this premiere from our very own news editor, Squeo. And thankfully, it’s bugged out. “GEISHA” by N.i.c.o.l.e. stands alone as a track involving the muted beauty of one’s voice, smeared in echo and synth rhythms. Cleverly, the video for “GEISHA” meets that point of visual storytelling the song was hiding, both flagrantly avoiding eyes on the camera and zoom-in shots of these women and men. Shoot, N.i.c.o.l.e. is in Death Valley here, huh? What kinda crime did these two commit? Now escaped, riding away free on their motorcycle, casting visions of love and metaphor across their gaze of the landscape. They’ve found each other to once again lose themselves in their arms and eventually part ways. Is posing as a “GEISHA” the ultimate get-away plan? Or is being “GEISHA” the ultimate plan to get away?

Directed by the careful eye of Caitlin Denny, the video for “GEISHA” brings to life a slew of new creativity through N.i.c.o.l.e.’s lyrics. This is what we got from N.i.c.o.l.e., “This is a total VHS love affair collab between Caitlin Denny and myself. We were heavily inspired by Daisies/ 70s & 80s video & performance art (Pipilotti Rist!) and wanted to incorporate surreal Liquid Sky-ish effects. Overall, very “mystery”! The song is a heady slow jam for total creeps, featuring Alex Barnett and Mr.666.” Enjoy the video below, and scope her previous tape Six Hands on Catholic Tapes.

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CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we'll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.