Late into the night, under a pale moon and starless sky, Berlin-based producer Shackleton released his latest macabre creation unto the masses with no warning and no remorse. He has christened it Deliverance Series No. 1 and I can report to you with absolute certainty that hundreds will soon fall victim to its monstrous groove. To minimize risk, avoid the following spaces:
1. Dark, misty woods
2. Old cathedrals
4. Record stores
As well as anything bearing the signature of Shackleton’s Woe To The Septic Heart label. It is an evil, funky thing. We can only pray that when No. 2 arrives we are better prepared.
Amazingly, a group of brave monster ‘chune hunters have managed to track and capture samples of the beast. They are here, at Hardwax, for your listening terror. We also have archival audio of Shackleton’s last release below.
Deliverance Series No. 1 tracklist:
01. Be At His Command
02. Vor Und Zurück
Yuji Kondo reveals his unique superpower, announces debut EP on Perc Trax Radiate The Ocean From My Back
My car-less existence in a major metropolitan area almost necessitates my walking more than the average person, but outside of that, I haven’t really been working out lately. Bless the circus-level state of my metabolism, first and foremost, as it allows me to consume copious cheeseburgers without having to worry about the resulting fat storage. Instead, in a display of biological wonder, all calories from fat proportionately increase both the power and size of my brain. Thus, I should probably work that out. What artist will give me the motivation I need so that I won’t have to keep angling through doorways?
Yuji Kondo!! The Japanese producer who sometimes goes by the name Duceray Ada Nexino, and who’s one-half (but not in a metaphysical sense) of the duo Steven Porter, will be releasing his debut EP on Perc Trax on August 28. His music would be a fitting complement to any strenuous physical activity, especially the kind involving spandex, but he’s also a part of a more recent burgeoning of what websites tell me is called “industrial techno.” Think Vatican Shadow, Planetary Assault Systems, Shifted, or the CEO of the label on which Kondo now finds himself, Perc. Minimal frills and driving 4/4 rhythms allow for focus, as well as concern from bystanders as to why you’re rocking back and forth like that.
I’m all about reducing my cranial girth. Thank you, Yuji.
Radiate the Ocean from My Back tracklisting:
01. Radiate the Ocean from My Back
02. Unvanquishable Number
03. Something for Those Who Wait
04. Lose the Ability to Withstand Existence
JR Seaton operates as Call Super, a Berlin-based producer that pushes a fractured, funky take on acid and techno. Seaton was the very first signing to the Fabric-operated Houndstooth label, who put out his Naive Reception 10-inch back in 2012. After various other excursions and plenty of time to sharpen his sound, we can now expect a Call Super full-length LP on the imminent horizon.
We don’t have too many details aside from the following ominous transmission from the artist himself:
The fears and passing joys of the world pouring in through mouth, nose, eyes and ears. React against what we cannot stand: the co-opted postures all over the land. Here now with the contradictory mix of the blissful, the panicked the paranoid that thrives place to place. Drowning us. Veins, organs and mind are filled until we blur into these cities and skies and our reactions fade away.
A positive assertion is staked and I see that this is no longer a part of me.
So, there’s that, a release date, a name (Suzi Ecto) and a tracklist. The former is September 15, the formats are vinyl, CD, and digital, and the latter is below. Pre-order the album from Houndstooth right here.
Enjoy Call Super’s eclectic FACT mix in anticipation of his LP below:
Suzi Ecto tracklist:
03. Sulu Sekou
04. Hoax Eye
06. Fold Again At Last
08. Rosso Dew
09. Coney Storm Drain
10. Okko Ink
11. Acephale I
TUSK Festival’s 4th edition dates and early line-up have just been announced. The festival will take place between October 10 and 12, in the Star & Shadow Cinema in Newcastle. As usual, the festival will include live music, movies, art installations, workshops, and exhibitions.
To stoke our expectations through the summer, the festival has also shared the first bands in their line-up: the US avant-jazz trio Borbetomagus, Japan’s legendary abrasive-noise multimedia project Hijokaidan, Swiss improv maestro Norbert Möslang and the Irish harpist Áine O’Dwyer. These are not necessarily the headlining acts, but an international batch of artists tangentially connected by their will to experiment beyond stylistic conventions — and their ability to fit so many vowels in their names.
• TUSK Festival: http://tuskfestival.com
• Borbetomagus: http://www.borbetomagus.com
• Norbert Möslang: http://homepage.swissonline.ch/bots
• Áine O’Dwyer: http://www.secondlanguagemusic.com/SL022.html
Manchester producer Lone a.k.a. Matt Cutler is coming to the United States in support of last month’s excellent Reality Testing LP, with one date in Toronto to make it a “North American” tour. Oldest DJ trick in the book, Cutler. The Canadians will take what they can get though, I guess — one basketball team, one baseball team, and one show from Lone. Everything in moderation.
Featuring an audio-visual component from Glasgow artist Konx-Om-Pax a.k.a. Tom Scholefield, the quick American jaunt will see Lone’s prismatic house and hip-hop in a smattering of large cities, including a token Austin date and two New York shows in one day. You can almost hear the Canadians in Montreal and Vancouver muttering, “Wait, that’s not fair” at a moderate volume. I kid because I love, my Northern friends, and I know you can take it. But until Lone announces a string of Saskatchewan dates, you guys should enjoy the blissed-out beauty of Reality Testing and then caravan your asses to Toronto for a Blue Jays/Lone dream weekend.
08.29.14 - Chicago, IL - Smartbar
08.30.14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Dolphin
09.04.14 - Miami, FL - Bardot
09.05.14 - Toronto, ON - Tattoo Queen West
09.06.14 - Long Island City, NY- MoMA PS1 **
09.06.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands ±
09.11.14 - Austin, TX - Empire
09.12.14 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
09.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
** Early show
± Late Show
Just last week, we shared our consternation over the energy level Oren Ambarchi has displayed this year, having released at least three albums so far, while concurrently participating in several tours and side projects. Not to be outdone, Nick Edwards has announced Four Track Mind, his second album under the Ekoplekz moniker this year. The LP comes as a companion piece to March’s Unfidelity, and is also Edwards’ second album on Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu label. In fact, several of Four Track Mind’s songs originated during Unfidelity’s recording sessions; but whereas the latter immersed itself in early-90s electronica — murky beats and all — the new album opens up Ekoplekz’s sonic repertoire, letting more diverse moods and ideas into the songs. For instance, it combines long, gnarly pieces like “Ariel Grey” or “Return to Annex” with more melodic tracks “Meek Street” or “In Teak Effect.”
Nick Edwards is one of the main agitators of the fertile Bristol electronic music scene, and has taken part in many side projects (Ensemble Skalectrik, eMMplekz, The Nunton Complekz, Kid Rude), collaborating with several fellow young composers/DJs like Bass Clef and Baron Mordant. His many aliases notwithstanding, Ekoplekz is Edward’s main creative outlet, a prolific project active since 2010. Although it would be difficult to categorize all of Edward’s output, it’s identified by loopy industrial dub drones, adventurous rhythm-tweaking, and a very tactile approach to sonic textures.
For Four Track Mind, Edwards has planned a very low-key release, keeping publicity to a minimum and putting the LP out in a limited, vinyl-only edition. The album will be available in a double LP format, limited to 300 numbered copies and sold through Planet Mu’s own store (and a handful of specialized retailers). In Ekoplekz’s words, this one is for serious fans only. But don’t feel left out just yet. Edwards will follow the album’s release with a short tour of the European electronic music festival circuit. That’ll give you a chance to hear some of these tracks live, in case you can’t get your hands on one of the precious few copies out there. Check the dates below.
Four Track Mind is out August 18 on Planet Mu.
Four Track Mind tracklisting:
01. Ariel Grey
03. Meek Street
06. Death Watch
08. In Teak Effect
09. Four Track Mind
10. Return to the Annex
11. Fox Eyes
Euro tour dates:
09.12.14 - Odense, Denmark - Phono Festival
09.13.14 - Aarhus, Denmark - Aarhus Festival
09.19.14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate
10.03.14 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Club Fuga
10.04.14 - Budapest, Hungary - UH Festival
10.24.14 - Geneva, Switzerland - Cave12
At age 15 I loved punk music, but given that I weighed about 90 pounds at the time, I didn’t have a strong connection to the “You Have the Right to Remain Violent” mentality of bands like Slapshot. One day I downloaded Pissed Jeans’ Shallow (illegally, because I was a wild 90-pound iconoclast), an album that situates lyrics like “I’ve got a stuffed head/ I’ve got boogies” next to otherwise caustic sounding noise-rock. “Hey!” I thought, “I’ve got the immune system of an octogenarian too! Finally, an album for me!”
For better or worse, as my body continues to deteriorate, the lyrical and musical stagnancy of Shallow only continues to resonate. I’m assuming most of our readers are familiar with Pissed Jeans, which is great, because I realize I’m not exactly selling the hell out of this album. But for those of you that missed out on this great slice of aural despondence back in 2005, great news! Sub Pop is remastering and reissuing the LP on October 7, and they’re adding both songs from the band’s debut 7-inch Throbbing Organ to the tracklist. For those of you that think I’m embellishing the spiritlessness of this release, early buyers can pre-order the “Loser Edition” of the album, which includes the LP on colored vinyl. A great addition to any estate sale!
01. I’m Sick
02. Boring Girls
03. Ugly Twin (I’ve Got)
04. Ashamed of My Cum
05. Closet Marine
06. I Broke My Own heart
07. Little Sorrell
09. Throbbing Organ
10. Night Minutes
Pissed Jeans dates:
08.13.14 - Brighton, UK - Haunt
08.14.14 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
08.15.14 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
08.16.14 - London, UK - ExCeL London
11.01.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
11.02.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
11.04.14 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
11.05.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
11.06.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
11.07.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Park
11.09.14 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
M83 will be reissuing their/his first three albums on dreamy vinyl (and CD and digitally) along with a couple of digital EPs containing remixes and B-sides from said releases. M83, Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts, and Before the Dawn Heals Us will drop for a second time on August 25. Additionally, Before the Dawn Heals Us Remixes and B-Sides will see the light of day on September 9.
All three of the early full-lengths have been out of print since 2009, so grab them before the rest of your hip, record-hungry neighborhood does! Anthony Gonzalez has been busy scoring and sharing music in all your favorite films (22 Jump Street, what up!), so he hasn’t had a chance to provide a follow-up release to 2011’s much-loved Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, but all these reissue goodies are a sure sign that something brand-new-new should be right around the corner.
Much like the Greek god of the same name, PAN (the record label) is fucking slammin’. Unlike the Hellenic deity, label boss Bill Kouligas isn’t half-goat, but instead has a predilection for putting out killer electronic records. You do you, Bill.
Come September 12, PAN continues its streak of greatness with the release of KOCH, a new double LP from Lee Gamble (though if I personally had a name like Lee Gamble I would call the album Roll the Dice — feel free to use it for the B-sides and rarities, Lee). Some of you may remember Gamble as the guy behind the hollowed-out jungle music of 2012’s Diversions 1994-1996 and the wandering techno of last year’s Dutch Tvashar Plumes; KOCH meets halfway in between, with lush textures and thunderous beats taking turns consuming each other like some kind of aural ouroborus. And as I (a seasoned music blogger and the furthest thing from a pharmaceutical technician you could possibly imagine) just read that description, I gotta say, you should pull a Richard D. James Album and simultaneously ingest an Adderall and an Ambien before listening to this. Just kidding, I would hate for something to happen to you and have us lose the page views. Whoa — I even surprised myself with that ending!
I’m going to step up and extend an apology: as a peace offering, peep album opener “Untitled Reversion” here, courtesy of the kind folks at The Wire.
01. Untitled Reversion
02. Motor System
03. You Concrete
05. Oneiric Contur
06. Head Model
08. Frame Drag
09. Voxel City Spirals
10. Yehudi Lights Over Tottenham
11. Jove Layup
Unsound has always given me a fair amount of festival jealousy. Their booking seems designed only for me — I’m sure they’ve read everything I’ve written and hacked my iTunes all in an attempt to make the ideal, unreachable musical experience. Unreachable only because of location: Unsound takes place October 12-19 in Krakow, Poland.
We announced the first wave of performers back in January (which included Swans, Ben Frost, and Container) as well as the festival focus on “The Dream” as critical reflection. Now, we have a second batch of artist announcements to tempt your autumn plans with. I’ll save most of the drool for the list below, but some TMT favorites include M.E.S.H., Powell, Russell Haswell, Jam City, Lotic, Amnesia Scanner, Wanda Group, and Pharmakon. Other notable performances include Craig Leon doing his recently reissued Nommos live with Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia as well as a newly commissioned work from ATOM™ and laser-artist Robin Fox.
Check the full list of Unsound 2014 performers right here. Week-long passes are already sold out, but you can pick up individual show tickets at the end of August. If you go, promise you won’t tell me how fun it was.
• Unsound: http://www.unsound.pl