Drexciya compiled for the third time (out of four) on Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III

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Understandably, if you’re not an enthusiastic follower of electronic music (particularly of the Detroit techno variety), then the probability of you being familiar with Drexciya is likely on the low end. On the other hand, given the duo’s previous (and continued, through surviving member Gerald Donald) preference for avoiding personal limelight, it’s unlikely that even fans are really, truly familiar with Drexciya — at least not in the same way that fans of Skrillex, for instance, are really, truly familiar with him and his, shall we say, fascinating haircut.

That preference ultimately stems from a philosophy, as described by Drexciya in an unsurprisingly impersonal, e-mail-based interview with Clash: “The music is more urgent than the organizers of it and should take a place of primary importance, so it does not matter if one is known or not known directly. Personality is not a requirement for serious music production and they should remain separate.”

Certainly, there’s no reason to associate media reclusiveness with a lack of accomplishment or talent. Numerous other artists have disproven this theoretical correlation, and Drexciya were/are/is no exception. Their sci-fi inspired, electro-pioneering back catalog is so extensive that it has needed four separate compilations to, um, compile it all, in editions of a set entitled Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller, a name referencing their debut 12-inch in 1992.

Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller II was released at the beginning of summer, and now Dutch label Clone have announced Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III, set to be released December 3. This third installment includes material from 1992’s Deep Sea Dweller 12-inch, 1993’s Bubble Metropolis EP, and 1994’s The Unknown Aquazone, as well as two previously unreleased tracks, “Flying Fish” and “Unknown Journey IV.” Not often talked with, Drexciya at least deserve to be talked about. Dive in and spread the word, why don’t you?

Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III tracklisting:

01. Smokey’s Illegitimate Report
02. The Countdown Has Begun
03. Aquabahn
04. Intensified Magnetron
05. Sea Snake
06. Flying Fish
07. The Mutant Gillmen
08. Unknown Journey IV
09. Nautilus
10. Vampire Island
11. Aqua Worm Hole
12. The Bubble Chamber
13. You Don’t Know
14. Red Hills Of Lardossa

• Clone: http://clone.nl

Domino makes ceremonial alliance with Julia Holter, reissues Ekstasis

Julia Holter, Los Angeles’ sorceress of weirdo pop, has signed with indie big boys Domino for an as-yet unrecorded third album. To facilitate the deal, Holter gave Domino three goats and a magical amulet that would make people lose their shit over every single Animal Collective release, and Domino gave Holter (and the world) a reissue of her second release, this spring’s Ekstasis (TMT Review). Originally released on RVNG Intl., the new version of Ekstasis, clad in ceremonial robes and purified in the blood of six chickens, will hit stores December 17.

It has been a busy year (plus some months) for Holter. Tragedy, her debut album, a conceptual piece based on Euripedes’ play Hippolytus, started fanning up heart fires once it was released in August 2011. Then this spring, Ekstasis made its inaugural appearance on this veil of sorrows. Julia Holter’s first album for Domino will be released sometime in 2013.

Ekstasis tracklisting:

01. Marienbad
02. Our Sorrows
03. In The Same Room
04. Boy In The Moon
05. Fur Felix
06. Goddess Eyes II
07. Moni Mon Ami
08. Four Gardens
09. Goddess Eyes I
10. This Is Ekstasis

• Julia Holter: http://juliashammasholter.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Atoms for Peace to release debut album AMOK in January

Atoms for Peace have announced their debut album, according to Radiohead fansite AtEase. The band, which consists of Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, and Flea, will release AMOK on XL Recordings, the label responsible for releasing Thom’s solo album, The Eraser. Apparently there was a release page here on XL’s website that’s no longer there. Hmmmmm. HMMM. That’s strange! (JK, I don’t care.)

For the latest and greatest news, be sure to follow Thom’s Twitter. He’s really getting the hang of this social media thing.

Look for AMOK on January 28, and listen to the album’s second track, “Default,” here:

Tracklisting:

01. Before Your Very Eyes…
02. Default
03. Ingenue
04. Dropped
05. Unless
06. Stuck Together Pieces
07. Judge, Jury and Executioner
08. Reverse Running
09. Amok

• Atoms for Peace: http://atomsforpeace.info
• XL Recordings: http://xlrecordings.com

Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) compiles sinister percussion + the War on Terror on 3xLP release It Stands to Conceal

Active participants in this year’s Halloween festivities are probably appreciating the fact that the holiday doesn’t usually come and go in a vacuum on the evening of trick-or-treating. Depending on your age and/or level of maturity, you may still be finding yourself each following morning, hungover, facepaint smeared, and in bed with a fully-donned member of the Power Rangers. What happened last night? The helmet’s on, so the only tangible affirmation of your sexual preference is the color of the ranger’s suit. It’s red. You’re a straight male. There’s no way you’re investigating further, and there’s no way you’re forgetting this year’s Halloween. Also notable: Halloween candy tends to last for weeks.

It’s important to keep in mind the relative continuance of this most ghoulish of holidays when you hear the news that this December (possibly later), Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow) will be releasing It Stands to Conceal, a 3xLP compilation of his most recent cassettes — Jordanian Descent, Ghosts of Chechnya, and Atta’s Apartment Slated for Demolition. While not quite as ominous as Demdike Stare (who Fernow has cited as an influence), there’s an appreciable darkness to the evolving tribal rhythms characterizing Vatican Shadow’s work. No, it’s not explicitly reminiscent of modern Halloween in the same way that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is, but when you consider the holiday’s roots, as well as its alternative celebrations, there’s definitely a relevance to acknowledge. Aspiring and current occultists, never stop celebrating Halloween! Every day and forever! Pre-order the 3xLP set (limited to 911 copies) here.

It Stands to Conceal tracklisting:

LP I - Jordanian Descent
01. Jordanian Descent (Sharia Law)
02. Jordanian Descent (Guantanamo Military Commissions)

LP II - Ghosts 0f Chechnya
01. Encryption Nets
02. The House of the Followers
03. Peace Rage
04. The Hamburg Cell Was Born in Chechnya
05. He Held the Victims Responsible
06. Voices Came Crackling across a Motorola Hand-Held Radio
07. Chechnya’s Ghosts Loom Large in Death of Former Spy
08. Snipers as a Breed Tend to Be Superstitious

LP III - Atta’s Apartment Slated for Demolition
01. There Was a Black Banner on the Floor
02. Al Qaeda Possess Nuclear Capacity
03. Wahhabi Money Flows
04. Once This Fire Gathers Strength

• Hospital Productions: http://hospitalproductions.net

Big Boi’s new album gets bumped back, Hendrixesque cover art revealed

In these turbulent times, Americans of all races, creeds, and views on the the actual funniness of NBC’s Community must all come together in unity and a willingness to really, really get down. (Whether it’s “getting down” to business or booty-droppin’ beats, it’s all the same.) And who better to lead us out of our collective desire to bitchslap one another than Big Boi? I mean, this is the man who cowrote “Ms. Jackson,” a dance floor uniter if ever there was one.

And so, today the news that Big Boi’s second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, has a new release date and Hendrix-y lookin’ kinda artwork comes like a breath of fresh air after too long on a dancefloor where the DJ just can’t mix songs. (There’s a metaphor for our national state in there somewhere but hey, let’s not beat this dead American horse over the head or whatever.) Originally slated for a November 13 release, America will now receive the gift of Big Boi on December 11 via Purple Ribbon/Def Jam. Big Boi for president 2014?

• Big Boi: http://www.bigboi.com
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

Toy Love (Chris Knox/Flying Nun) reissue long-lost live LP this month on Goner

Memphis garage/punk label Goner Records is releasing a long-lost live album from influential, if shamefully short lived, New Zealand band Toy Love. The Chris Knox-led band put out one full-length before dissolving, leading Knox and guitarist Alec Bathgate to form the (amazing) Tall Dwarfs.

The album, titled Live at Gluepoint 1980 and released on CD/2xLP, contains the complete set from one of their last shows at the Gluepoint in Ponsonby, Auckland, NZ. It’s mastered from an original desk tape recorded by the band’s soundman Doug Hood.

The album is available for preorder now and is due out November 27. Check the tracklist after you check track 20, “Squeeze,” below.

Live at Gluepoint 1980 tracklist:

01. Fifteen
02. Unscrewed Up
03. Amputee Song
04. Toy Love Song
05. I Wanna Die With You
06. Don’t Catch Fire
07. Photographs of Naked Ladies
08. Lust
09. Second to Last Song Toy Love Ever Wrote
10. Sheep
11. Swimming Pool
12. Fast Ostrich
13. Good Old Joe
14. I’m in Love
15. Green Walls
16. Horror Comic
17. Rebel
18. Cold Meat
19. Don’t Ask Me
20. Squeeze
21. I Don’t Mind
22. The Crunch
23. Death Rehearsal
24. Bride of Frankenstein
25. Pull Down the Shades

• Toy Love: http://www.toylove.co.nz
• Goner: http://www.goner-records.com