Skoal Kodiak


I’m picturing David Lynch remaking Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange with the milk replaced by purple drank and Alex’s threesome taking a dark-yet-consensual turn. The soundtrack would consist of songs by Skoal Kodiak, the Minneapolis/St. Paul combo (for lack of a better term) that Load Records has decided to pinch between our lip and gums until their circuit-bent synth blats and analog belches ooze through our cheeks and leave us with the freakish perma-grin of a cautionary chewing tobacco poster. But, ya know — sexy-like.

“Teapot” is the opening track off Skoal Kodiak’s Kryptonym Bodliak, and it delivers some seriously demented dub: PiL with Frank Booth on vocals, Kaos padding his contact-mic’d oxygen mask (okay, it’s actually a dude named Markus Lunkenheimer, but don’t tell me there isn’t a “daddy wants to fuuuuuck!” buried somewhere under the blurps and the glugs and the bit-crushed gasps of undifferentiated release). Point being: Skoal Kodiak is delivering some seriously disturbing dance grooves that may require something between a shower and a full-on de-lousing after your hips make you question your own sense of human decency. Blort.

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Bestial Mouths

“Rattling the Teeth”

I wonder what the members of L.A.’s Bestial Mouths do to themselves to get this super-amped before they write and record tracks. Their new album Hissing Veil, on the masterful DAIS label, is 14 relatively quick song-bursts blown out with great intensity, a cyberpunk opera with tendrils reaching back towards no wave. “Rattling the Teeth” is a rare moment on the record when singer Lynette Cerezo lets her voice come down a little bit from its usual muscle-tensing heights. Screaming guitars and bass synth take over, and the existential urgency is tangible.

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Ray & The Prisms


Why can’t we all wield synth sounds this immaculate and warm? In under a minute, Ray & The Prisms create a full sonic world ripe for exploration — the Juno, the massaging bass tones, random whistles, a stew of percussion that makes you want to slip into a blank dream. Can we have more please? A 16-minute release on the fresh Data Garden imprint might not be enough. This shit is hot. Eitherway, check out the label’s physical products, which are “digital album codes on artwork that can grow into living plants.” As in, you plant the album art in the ground and it sprouts. Definitely keep an eye out for these guys in the future.

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Olli Aarni


The first piece from this young Helsinki artist’s new cassette, Ylitse, on Michael Jantz’s (Black Eagle Child) Avant Archive label, is a staggeringly beautiful construction of soft loops and tape-distorted tones that I could listen to for hours without thinking a moment has passed. That aching, blurry melody. This is his first full-length album and seemingly definitive release, coming after several CD and CD-R releases as Ous Mal on Australia’s Preservation and UK’s Under The Spire.

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Co La

“Vanity Plate”

BBC did the best job of reporting Co La’s listening experience. That is, except for Mr. Papich himself (à la Shea Stadium). But couldn’t you imagine his set live? As soon as “Vanity Plate” hits: errybody gets down. You sweatin’ and that sound-suspense is just teasing ya. Checking that honey next to you; questioning if you should smile/nod or get your grind on. Maybe buy her a bottle of water first. Only you’re acting coy, cause this the first time IRL role-playing with your girlfriend. And she nervous cause you can smell her farts.

Role-play make me question where all this pseudo-screw/sampling spawned. Seems like it’s battle royal between Replica (TMT Review), I’m Fuckin You Tonight (TMT Review), and Daydream Repeater right meow. Who can sound the most postmodern? While you decide, don’t let this video persuade your opinion or nothing. Holla at NNA Tapes immediately for your copy of Daydream Repeater, and check out they’s revamped website!

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