Brooklyn synth freaks OPPONENTS have released a good amount of material in just the span of a year. Their latest release is called Ambivalent Cloud Designs, and it serves as a ‘companion’ piece to last year’s debut I Swarm With A Thousand Bees. The new album has just been released on Obsolete Units in an edition of 100 professionally-made cassettes, so do what you gotta do.
Already bolstering one of the most intense albums of the year, Liturgy give us the video we’ve been waiting for: the band playing harsh blast beat metal while looking kind of chilled out/mellow. I guess it takes some relaxation to be able to play that fast – you can’t bust out blast beats with a tense arm and wrist, right? Also, apparently death metal aficionados are pissed that these guys aren’t wearing white facepaint with black robes.
Tyler, The Creator
“Tron Cat,” another song from Tyler, The Creator’s forthcoming album Goblin, leaked late last week. Check out these recent tweets from Tyler regarding the leak:
“Aww Man, Some One I Know Personally Leaked Tron Cat. That’s Fucked Up. I Know This Cause Only OF Had That Version Of It.”
“Damn, That Actually Is Like Fucked Up, Not Even The Album Version. Fuck.”
Tyler, The Whiner? JK. Goblin’s due May 10 through XL Recordings.
Madlib & Frank Nitt
“What Can U Tell Me (feat. MED)”
Finally, the missing piece of the puzzle: Madlib’s Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 presents Nittyville, a concept album about a fictitious TV station, is seeing release May 17 (CD) or May 31 (LP) via Stones Throw. Yeah, yeah, Madlib has already released entries #8 and #10, so the purity of the series’ chronology is effectively ruined, but I dare you to care as you listen to Frank Nitt drop his rhymes over Madlib’s hot-as-always production. As one SoundCloud user put it: “Damn Son Its Neck Wrenching!”
Moon Pool & Dead Band
Here’s a clip from Moon Pool & Dead Band’s tape/CD-R release on AA Records. I have to admit, it was the record’s insane cover that caught my attention, but it turns out the music within – a mixture of distorted arpeggios and live/programmed drum work – matches the warped sci-fi cool art. Hear more on the group’s Facebook.