Balam Acab


You have to turn it up until it dropzzout. Thug-lean that four-door. And shit’s rattling #yourchange ;) Don’t be ashamed blasting that 100% high school vibe; just feel it. Suggestion: if you proceed to ride Tri Angle, continue for the visceral experience. Cuz, that beat freshens errrything. The vocals are a nice touch of hushed-harmony too. Even that thunder clap-clap intro invokes some sort of competition to turn up the volume. It’s perverse almost. Almost. And then the song plays again and how does my chell-faun work(?) and where is my computer and this song again? You can get the new BALAM ACAB album Wander/Wonder off TriAngle in LP, CD or digital formats (sales began 8/29). Play once daily for supreme satisfaction. Leave it at one moment each day. Then you straight.

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Matthewdavid sets a good example for electronic artists by distributing his music without aggression. This year, Brainfeeder dropped Outmind on LP/CD and the digital Internatinal EP, and the track you’re listening to now is off his recent Sweedish Fish CS42 split with Odd Nosdam, released on Leaving Records (Matthewdavid’s label). You may have hit up last winter’s banger Livephreaxxx!!!! when he remixed Sun Araw live at Sun Ark studios. I thought them bumps broke my cassette player; proof: Matthewdavid can absorb Cameron Stallones. Well, “Reunited” is much easier listening, showing off his professional dub-synth collage workout while utilizing his beat and texture production styles. These sounds are nothing to furrow your unibrow at when viewing Leaving Records’ line-up: dak, Ras G, and split-mate Odd Nosdam. Though you can’t find the Sweedish Fish CS42 on Discogs (yet) or the Leaving Records homepage, keep on the distro-lookout for it. It’s always nice hearing a few more digital-drips from Matthewdavid. I also guarantee this will pump up the volume for Odd Nosdam in modern cassette culture. Can I guarantee that?

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Viktor Timofeev

“Flying Zonogons”

Viktor Timofeev’s 15-minute epic paints a pretty desolate landscape. The press release compares “Flying Zonogons” to Godspeed You! Black Emperor as well as Norwegian black metal, and it’s apt — I haven’t heard burned-out guitars screeching this menacingly in a while. It’s total in-the-red, bristling at the edges, visceral droning horror. Haunting shit. Don’t miss the the full album, titled GIVE HEALTH999, when it comes out September 14 via Lo Bit Landscapes.

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Hobo Cubes

“Next Level Guidance”

Tagged “Psych-kraut” by Montreal analog apostle Francesco Ouellette, this synth anthem does what a lot of spacey instrumentals don’t: it moves, and it moves fast! With an urgent drum machine beat, wailing non-wanky keyboard licks, and boiling-hot electronic tones coming from all directions, it creates conflict, tension. It probably helped that I first listened to the Center 4 Mentalists tape — from fresh Chicago label Goldtimers — while I was driving very fast in my car. The titles may have a new age infomercial vibe, but this is not late-night, half-dead insomnia music. It’s dance music for the reanimated. The liner notes threaten that this is the “2nd and final” edition, and it is sold out at the label. But you can download it from the Hobo Cubes Bandcamp for a few bucks.

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Translations [full EP]

Dig the new Mush signing Jeavol. This gaggle of faceless Belgian hooligans is so confident that their product kicks ass, they are giving away free samples. That’s right! Their heavy, ethereal Translations EP is available for tasting, with detectable notes of Sean Paul, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Jay-Z. But what begins as a club fantasy soon turns dark. The drywall start to rot, lights flicker, shadows move, and people look strange. This isn’t the Billboard Hot 100. Is this a scary dream or a comfortable nightmare? Who is dreaming it? After the unearthly “Just In Lov” climaxes and “Re: N/A SOS” clambers into your ears, you will be ready to plead along with the words, “Help me.” =V.v=

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