Kelela drops debut mixtape CUT 4 ME, featuring Kingdom, Jam City, NGUZUNGUZU, and more dog-piling the production duties

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An immediate draw of the Night Slugs crew is their seemingly innate ability to churn out brutally funky rhythms conducive to dancing — not normally, but with a certain awkward aggressiveness. Anecdotally, I recall listening to the first edition of their All Stars compilation, and despite taking precautions to ensure my tranquility (donning a microwaved neck pillow and having a nice cup of herbal tea), it was but two tracks into the album before I found myself having an air altercation with a mythical (and, needless to say, imaginary) dragon. That’s what it looked like, anyway. Album complete, and numerous fire dodges later, a realization came: “it wouldn’t hurt for them to soften things up a bit.”

Enter Los Angeles-based vocalist Kelela Mizanekristos, who isn’t officially affiliated with Night Slugs, but whose brand new (and debut) mixtape CUT 4 ME is literally filled with NS (and Fade to Mind) production credits, to quite complementary ends. As it happened, Fade to Mind founder Kingdom had discovered Kelela in Los Angeles, and after being sufficiently enamored, the feeling then spread to such artists as Girl Unit, Jam City, NGUZUNGUZU, and Bok Bok, who are all featured on the mixtape.

Kelela herself was born and raised outside of Washington, DC, and despite third-party insistence to the contrary, she never received formal vocal training during her younger years. Having just listened to CUT 4 ME, I was initially going to remark on her style being a little too subdued given the backdrop, but that feeling quickly faded by album’s end. The emotion subtly becomes apparent. Here’s the release in full:

Cut 4 Me tracklist:

01. Guns & Synths (prod: Bok Bok, Napolian, Tariq & Garfield)
02. Enemy (prod: NGUZUNGUZU)
03. Floor Show (prod: Girl Unit)
04. Do It Again
05. Go All Night: Let Me Roll (prod: Morri$)
06. Bank Head (Extended) (prod: Kingdom)
07. Cut 4 Me (prod: Kingdom)
08. Keep It Cool (prod: Jam City)
09. Send Me Out (prod: Kingdom)
10. Go All Night: Let it Burn (prod: Morri$)
11. Something Else (prod: NGUZUNGUZU)
12. A Lie (prod: Bok Bok)
13. Cherry Coffee (prod: Jam City)

• Kelela: https://www.facebook.com/kelelamusic
• Fade to Mind: http://fadetomind.net

Kelela drops debut mixtape CUT 4 ME, featuring Kingdom, Jam City, NGUZUNGUZU, and more dog-piling the production duties

An immediate draw of the Night Slugs crew is their seemingly innate ability to churn out brutally funky rhythms conducive to dancing — not normally, but with a certain awkward aggressiveness. Anecdotally, I recall listening to the first edition of their All Stars compilation, and despite taking precautions to ensure my tranquility (donning a microwaved neck pillow and having a nice cup of herbal tea), it was but two tracks into the album before I found myself having an air altercation with a mythical (and, needless to say, imaginary) dragon. That’s what it looked like, anyway. Album complete, and numerous fire dodges later, a realization came: “it wouldn’t hurt for them to soften things up a bit.”

Enter Los Angeles-based vocalist Kelela Mizanekristos, who isn’t officially affiliated with Night Slugs, but whose brand new (and debut) mixtape CUT 4 ME is literally filled with NS (and Fade to Mind) production credits, to quite complementary ends. As it happened, Fade to Mind founder Kingdom had discovered Kelela in Los Angeles, and after being sufficiently enamored, the feeling then spread to such artists as Girl Unit, Jam City, NGUZUNGUZU, and Bok Bok, who are all featured on the mixtape.

Kelela herself was born and raised outside of Washington, DC, and despite third-party insistence to the contrary, she never received formal vocal training during her younger years. Having just listened to CUT 4 ME, I was initially going to remark on her style being a little too subdued given the backdrop, but that feeling quickly faded by album’s end. The emotion subtly becomes apparent. Here’s the release in full:

Cut 4 Me tracklist:

01. Guns & Synths (prod: Bok Bok, Napolian, Tariq & Garfield)
02. Enemy (prod: NGUZUNGUZU)
03. Floor Show (prod: Girl Unit)
04. Do It Again
05. Go All Night: Let Me Roll (prod: Morri$)
06. Bank Head (Extended) (prod: Kingdom)
07. Cut 4 Me (prod: Kingdom)
08. Keep It Cool (prod: Jam City)
09. Send Me Out (prod: Kingdom)
10. Go All Night: Let it Burn (prod: Morri$)
11. Something Else (prod: NGUZUNGUZU)
12. A Lie (prod: Bok Bok)
13. Cherry Coffee (prod: Jam City)

• Kelela: https://www.facebook.com/kelelamusic
• Fade to Mind: http://fadetomind.net

Hey! Look! Clipd Beaks have a new album out on Moon Glyph!

It’s hard to believe Clipd Beaks have been making ears bleed (in a good way) with their particular brand of psychedelia for a decade. It feels like it was just yesterday we thrilled to the sounds of 2007’s (!) Hoarse Lords and 2010’s excellent To Realize (TMT Review), but it’s true.

So, after self-releasing a couple releases last year, the Oakland-based outfit is back with a release from a proper label. Lost Offerings, the newest release from the band, is now available from Moon Glyph. Available on the delightfully antiquated cassette format, it’s a four-song EP that sees the band shifting their tactics; while known for their blasting, cacophonous sound, Lost Offerings is dense with a stronger emphasis on refined melodies, dynamics, and structure.

To see what I mean, you can check out “All Ways Closer” directly below this sentence:

Lost Offerings tracklist:

01. Womb to Tomb
02. Black Vacuum
03. All Ways Closer
04. Tied Sky

• Clipd Beaks: https://www.facebook.com/clipdbeaks
• Moon Glyph: http://moonglyph.com

Steve Gunn tours Europe to escape the wrath of the very real diaper mafia

What follows will be a very serious news post. I know I joke around a lot on here. To be honest, I think it’s a defense mechanism. If I could swing it, my heart would be wrapped around in a prickly wall of dick jokes 24/7. My whole life I’ve been coasting, riding high on a spaceship powered by laughter, chortles, and retweets. Probably part of the reason I’ve felt comfortable joking like this is because I’ve never seen the human cost of my tomfoolery. That is, until now.

You might remember that back in April I wrote up a pretty glib little post about a new LP guitarist Steve Gunn was planning to release with Cian Nugent and John Truscinski as Desert Heat. The album is called Cat Mask in Huggie Temple so I did what was natural and made a couple diaper jokes. What’s the harm, right? Well that’s what we all thought, too, right up until the diaper mafia hits started happening.

It was a Friday afternoon. I was about to take a nap, and Steve Gunn was prepping for a little relaxing “time off” when people just started dropping like flies. Friends, families, neighbors, all of them. It turns out that not only is the diaper mafia actually a thing, but they also HATE being misrepresented, and they make “corrections” with a vengeance. There was never any Huggies® sponsorship. It was a dumb joke — I can see that now! That’s why I’m writing this from hiding, and why Steve is leaving for a European tour soon. He’s got to keep moving, and he’s traveling with bodyguards/rhythm section De Stervende Honden, which consists of Erik Heestermans on drums and Tommy De Nys on bass. Steve, I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but if you do, know that I am so very sorry. If I had any idea that things would turn out this way, I would have never joked about you and about diapers. I would’ve kept my mouth shut. Things would’ve been different.

Dates:

10.12.13 - Barreiro, Portugal - Outfest #
10.15.13 - Vigo, Spain - Sinsal +
10.16.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Miscelanea +
10.18.13 - Paris, France - Espace en Cours *
10.20.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII *
10.21.13 - Ghent, Belgium - 019 *
10.22.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ateliers Claus *
10.23.13 - Köln, Germany - King Gerog*
10.24.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Elmo Delmo *
10.25.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg *
10.26.13 - Torino, Italy - Blah Blah *
10.27.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave12 *
10.28.13 - Bologna, Italy - Modo Infoshop +
10.29.13 - Rimini, Italy - Neon Club +
10.30.13 - Warsaw, Poland - Pardon To Tu +
10.31.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Din Nye Ven +
11.01.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Koloni +
11.02.13 - Moscow, Russia - Oldich Dress & Drink +

# duo show w/ Mike Cooper
+ solo show
* w/ De Stervende Honden rhythm section

• Steve Gunn: http://steve-gunn.com
• Paradise of Bachelors: http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com

Chris Douglas invites you to stretch out your freakishly long calves with his new Dalglish full-length on PAN

Are you just sick to death of not having any legroom when you listen to music? It’s about as cramped as flying coach on an airplane, right? And don’t even get me started on the food! It’s despicable! Should be totally banned! Doesn’t even count as food if you ask me. Anyhow, I just flew in and my arms are totally exhausted, so I’ll get right to the point: I’ve got a solution to your no legroom conundrum in contemporary electronic music. It’s a brand-new release from Chris Douglas (a.k.a. O.S.T.) as Dalglish. Out on PAN November 8, it’s called Niaiw Ot Vile, which, according to Google Translate, is an old Swahili proverb meaning “such ot niaiw.”

Using the last 20 years of legroom technology combined with years of experience putting on his own ambient techno shows and getting all chummy with folks like James Stinson (Drexciya), Mike Banks (Underground Resistance), and Autechre, Douglas has finally perfected making a record big enough for even those of us with pathologically long calves. This will be Douglas’ first release with those legroom-jockeys over at PAN, and they’ve described it as “cavernous,” with “clangorous landscapes,” and “expanses even Leonid Stadnyk would be totally down with.” Niaiw Ot Vile is dedicated to Douglas’ late friend Wai Cheng, founder of Isolate Records. The artwork comes from Bill Kouligas (PAN label head) and Kathryn Politis, with mastering by… can you guess? You are correct: Rashad Becker.

Niaiw Ot Vile tracklisting:

01. Venpin
02. Noscrlu
03. Viochlm
04. Out_Kutzk
05. Ciaradh
06. Donsfe
07. Seit Nuin
08. Sclunt
09. Mothlitz
10. Oidhche

• O.S.T. (Chris Douglas): https://www.facebook.com/pages/OST/30279863388
• PAN: http://www.pan-act.com

Migrations in Rust announces Two Shadows LP for NNA Tapes, whilst dreaming of a cushy life in the Andromeda galaxy

Jesse Allen’s Migrations in Rust project — one of several (Hollow Seed, Goldeater, current performer in Cowards, former member of Cathode Terror Secretion), though this one has been given the most attention — stays true to the “migratory” bit if you contrast his previous, sometimes purely ambient work with the brand new track below, and presumably the album on which it appears, Two Shadows, due out October 29 on NNA Tapes.

Likewise, there’s a certain textural quality to the music that belies straightforwardness in favor of varied sources and element interspersion. When a press release describes this complexity as a diverse (if not necessarily conscious) draw from “noise, ambient, hip hop, musique concréte, and sci-fi R&B,” I can personally confirm that there isn’t a single exaggeration here, even if “sci-fi R&B” has yet to receive coinage among any particular musically inclined group. Would humanity open up to the idea of spontaneous probings if R. Kelly simply romanticized the idea a bit in his lyrics? Doesn’t the possibility of a violent machine uprising otherwise get the blood flowing to those alluring, candle-lit nether regions? Regardless, the soulful Holy Other comes to mind.

And it’s an aspect that really shouldn’t be underemphasized. Two Shadows, the creation of which coincided with Allen’s physical migration from NYC to Western MA, seems to be a release that avoids stasis but is nonetheless consistent in its emotion, as well as its fluid multifariousness. Probably a difficult thing to pull off in practice, but have a listen for yourself, and be convinced of its feasibility:

Two Shadows tracklisting:

01. Had We Left / Doors Between
02. Two Shadows Cast
03. Canticle for Melting Gold
04. Cradled Under Fern
05. Behind My Skin
06.You’re Near
07. Drawing Down the Moon

• Migrations in Rust: https://soundcloud.com/migrationsinrust
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com