This might be a slight understatement, but it’s shaping up to be one hell of a year for Elysia Crampton (catch Jrodiguez6’s stunning interview here, if you haven’t already). Her new full-length, American Drift, is released today, following the stellar “Moth / Lake” 7-inch released on Boomkat Editions in May; now she is gearing up for a “series of reissues” on Total Stasis, with previously digital-only works receiving shiny new vinyl pressings.
First in line to get the reissue treatment is Bound Adam, a release from 2011. According to Crampton, it pays tribute to the Ford Ranger, which was discontinued that year: “it is a speculative/ontological poem about a relationship with a car.” If anything, the series will shine a light on the extensive (not to mention fascinating) backlog of recordings under the E+E moniker and, who knows, maybe even give the world a physical edition of TMT’s beloved The Light That You Gave Me To See You. We can never have too much Elysia Crampton in our lives, that’s for sure.
Bound Adam can be purchased here. Stay tuned for more E+E reissue goodness.
For those who were unsure of Cooly G’s turn toward more pop-oriented structures on her last album, Wait ‘Til Night, you can perk up. The London soundsystem queen has a new EP coming way of Hyperdub, and it’s a real tracky affair.
Armzhouse drops September 18 with five cuts of shufflin’ techno “at house’s slower pace.” It’s just hot. Check out the lead single, “Trippin B,” the full tracklist below that, and a 2012 interview conducted by TMT’s John Crowell. She’ll also be DJing alongside other Hyperdub heavies Kode9, Ikonika, and Okzharp tonight at The Nest, London. Tickets are still available here.
Armzhouse EP tracklist:
01. Trippin B
03. Flange City
04. WayBay feat Marc Perrineau
05. Horrors in the Dance
Whoa. This is totally freaky, because I was literally JUST WONDERING when Pennsylvania’s ONLY living rapper (Benjamin Franklin presumably dabbled, but he died a little while back) Mac Miller was planning on releasing his first new album after signing to Warner Bros. last year. And then: blam-blaugh! Along comes Complex with the spittin’-rooibos-tea-all-over-my-Chromebook news that Miller had not only announced that the new album was completed a week or so ago via his Twitter, but also that it has a title and a release date! I’m, like, seriously freaked the FREAK out right now, y’all!
The album is called GO:OD AM and is officially comin’ at us on September 18, after which there will be a whole crazy parade of tour dates and whatnot. Citing an interview Miller did with radio station Hot 97 (the video of which has since been removed I guess?), Complex reports how, when pressed for more details about the lineup, our 21st-century reincarnation of Ben Franklin seemed to be “not sure exactly who is confirmed and who’s not,” before going on to eloquently espouse the following gold:
Look, I’ma tell you where my focus has been, baby. My focus has been on making classics, the best that I can. Making music the best that I know how to. Getting everything right for the people, I am a man of the people…All I did for two-and-a-half years—everyone’s like, ‘Where you been? Where you been?’—it was just me in this room with the door closed making music.
Either way, I’m going to embed the video for the album’s first single, “100 Grandkids,” because that’s just how this news-post stuff works. Feel free to watch and listen — hang out here as long as you want. Just going to sit here stunned by my own odd bit of clairvoyance for a while… after which I’ll probably smoke some weed or somethin’, I don’t know.
It kinda goes without saying that Blackest Ever Black mainly trades in deeply bleak, dread-flecked music. That’s not to say their outlook isn’t broad: through Secret Boyfriend’s frazzled confessionals, Dalhous’s memory recall, or the industrial whump of Raime, BEB deliberately specializes in mood over genre. It’s a headspace that TMT has been delighted to engage with, resulting in numerous positive reviews and EUREKA! designations. Basically, we like what Blackest Ever Black have got going on.
2015 sees the fifth anniversary of Blackest’s founding, and the label is celebrating accordingly with two events: one at the ICA in London, and one at Berghain in BEB’s home city, Berlin. On September 26, the ICA will be host to daytime and evening programs, with performances from Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay, Officer!, Af Ursin, Raime, Ashtray Navigations, Stefam Jaworzyn, Dalous, F ingers, and Ad Jacques, as well as a screening of Jane Arden & Jack Bond’s 1979 film Anti-Clock. The Berghain event, happening on October 30, features a “concert” from Tropic of Cancer, Diät, and Death Disco DJs, followed up by the “party” comprising Raime, Prurient, Regis, and Felix K.
Suffice to say, BEB are going all-out with this one. Oh, and there’s also a PAN-helmed night in Berghain’s Panorama Bar featuring Bill Kouligas, M.E.S.H., Objekt, Lee Gamble, and Josey Robelle, if Blackest’s offerings don’t take your fancy. Though they really oughta. Tickets for the events can be scoped out here and here.
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What if the Hulk killed Wolverine? Up until 1993, that was mankind’s greatest unanswered question. Turns out Hulk gets arrested. So with the Hulk-zone of our brains (roughly 80% of total brain mass) freed from nonstop pondering of that one particular question, humankind has been allowed to ponder unlimited visions of alternate universes. But we just use mostly that power to regret stuff. Oops.
Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls, formerly of Menomena) have matching “No Regrets” tattoos, though. That’s why they’ve formed a new musical project solely dedicated to imagining an alternate universe. The project is called EL VY, which the press release says rhymes with “Hell Pie” and is said like the plural of Elvis, which I would have guessed was “Elvises,” but I regret not paying more attention in grammar class, so okay. In this universe, Universe-1, their debut album Return To The Moon will be out October 30 through 4AD. Just in time for Halloween, which is like an alternate universe where everything is spooookier.
All this alternate universe talk isn’t just the fever dream of a certain music news writer; it’s essential to EL VY’s artistic goals. Let’s let the press release tell it:
EL VY is not a replacement or a side project, but a glimpse into an alternate musical universe: a universe in which Berninger never left Cincinnati, and Midwestern punk Mecca the Jockey Club never closed. A universe in which Mike Watt and the late D. Boon of the punk band Minutemen are every bit as iconic as Mick and Keith, and a teenager’s sense of rebellion is fed by the dark social politics of middle America.
Kooky stuff, press release! Sounds like a great universe: The Minutemen were excellent and deserve recognition, the Jockey Club I bet was a nice place, and Cincinnati’s a real city on the rise! But in our universe (Universe-1), EL VY are going on their first tour this fall, so we’re doing just fine. Now imagine other universes while listening to The Minutemen-referencing sorta-title-track “Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo)” below.
Return to the Moon tracklist:
01. Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with
02. I’m the Man to Be
03. Paul Is Alive
04. Need a Friend
05. Silent Ivy Hotel
06. No Time to Crank the Sun
07. It’s a Game
08. Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
09. Sad Case
10. Happiness, Missouri
EL VY dates:
11.02.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11.03.15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11.04.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
11.06.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.07.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.10.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.11.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.13.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.14.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.15.15 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
11.16.15 - Montreal< QC - Theatre Fairmount
11.17.15 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
11.19.15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
11.20.15 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
11.21.15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
12.01.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuse
12.02.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
12.03.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
12.04.15 - Cologne, Germany - Kantine
12.06.15 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
12.07.15 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
12.08.15 - Paris, France - Trabendo
12.10.15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
12.12.15 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
12.13.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
Here’s some disappointing news for unrealistic X-Men fanatics: NY-based singer-songwriter Autre Ne Veut (Arthur Ashin) doesn’t believe in a gaudy showcasing of his powers, and he hasn’t started levitating from venue to venue courtesy of his own ridiculous lung force, à la Banshee. What could’ve been a financially lucrative lifestyle change, in which Ashin, with a whisper, sends people clear across town for $10 or $20 a pop, has instead been mentally relegated in favor of a couple of old loves, singing and redirecting blood flow to a particular region. The wonderful Anxiety came out back in 2013 to TMT (and otherwise extensive) fanfare, and now, an announcement has been made concerning his next studio venture.
The Age of Transparency is out October 2 on Downtown, and according to Ashin, its premise is the “impossibility” of being totally revealing. “Truth and transparency are just ways to sell things and honesty is its own kind of performance,” he elaborates, stopping short of going full-on Morpheus with professions of the unreliability of human senses. You’ll surely be able to hear the inclusion of electronic instruments though, as that unique complement to Ashin’s dire vocals is definitely returning. Find out more about the album here.
The Age of Transparency is available to pre-order now, which includes a free download of the album’s first single, “World War Pt. 2.” Anyone taking votes for the weirdest (and by extension, coolest) music video of 2015? Check out the Allie Avital-directed video here:
The Age of Transparency tracklisting:
01. On and On (Reprise)
02. Panic Room
03. Cold Winds
04. Age of Transparency
05. Switch Hitter
06. Never Wanted
07. World War Pt. 2
08. Over Now
09. Get Out
The good people at SHAPE, a platform of 16 European music & art festivals aimed at supporting emerging artists, has put together a few shows in August ahead of a busy fall season. The two SHAPE-affiliated artists involved this time around include Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir and post-techno producer Ketev (a.k.a. Yair Elazar Glotman).
Guðnadóttir will open for Sunn O))) (featuring its original Greg Anderson/Stephen O’Malley duo lineup) on August 8 at Berlin’s Heimathafen Neukölln, presented by CTM Festival. She’ll follow that up with a performance August 29 on the Ljubljana river in Slovenia, as part of SONICA’s “Classics” concert series. Ketev, meanwhile, is performing a club night August 13 at Berlin’s Berghain Kantine, presented by label Where To Now? and CTM. Go to them all!
Listen to samples of each artist here:
Also check out SHAPE artists we’ve covered recently, such as N1L, who made an incredible mix for us back in June; Aïsha Devi, who just released Conscious Cunt on Houndstooth; and DJ Nigga Fox, who dropped Noite E Dia earlier this year on Príncipe.
[Photo: Antje Taiga Jandrig]
Death is coming for you! No man can escape Death! Well, if you live in Texas, at least, or if you’re attending Chicago’s Riot Fest. I’m referring, of course, to the hard-rocking Detroit proto-punk band Death, not the natural final cycle of our life stages that inspires existential angst and suburban teenage goths. It has been a mere eight years since Drag City unleashed the band’s previously-unreleased, yet instantly-beloved LP For the Whole World to See, and since that time, the band hasn’t quit, touring nonstop and releasing old and new material such as this spring’s aptly named N.E.W.
Fans can catch Death as they take over Texan cities from Austin to San Antonio to Dallas this month. In September, they’ll be journeying to beautiful Chicago, home of TV’s Perfect Strangers and Family Matters, to share the Riot Fest stage along with the likes of Motorhead, Iggy Pop, Merle Haggard, and Bootsy Collins.
08.20.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7 Club
08.21.15 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
08.22.15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
09.11.15 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
With all this bullshit talk about ghostwriting, it’s about time we get some new BasedGod. As we wait for his long-anticipated Thugged Out Pissed Off mixtape, Lil B has bestowed this monster of a mixtape upon the faithful/faithless, teaming up with Chance The Rapper for six new, highly collectible tracks.
HISTORY BEING MADE.
Stream Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) here:
Meanwhile, look for more BasedGod in the near future, including collaborations with Frank Ocean and… Damien Lillard?? #blessed
Young Echo member Ossia, a mainstay of the Bristol underground scene, is releasing Red X, a dub/techno/noise hybrid out on Blackest Ever Black. When not chanting “corruption” over a slightly ominous, slightly awesome 10-minute-long dance track, Ossia runs the RWD>>FWD mail order and is the guardian of labels Peng Sound, No Corner, and Hotline Recordings. He has previously recorded as DJ Oa$is, but the Ossia release is his first full-on solo release.
Red X’s title track was recorded in the winter of 2014-2015, with inspiration taken from Peter Tosh’s taped diaries, wherein he discusses his dissatisfaction with city living, Babylon, and people in his life. The song was made using sliced source material, a Roland synth, and resampled guitar. As Fergie says in the Black Eyed Peas’ living aural nightmare “My Humps,” “ch-check it out!!!!”
Red X will be available on 12-inch vinyl in a limited edition of 500, complete with screen-printed sleeve by Studio Tape-Echo.
A1. Red X (9:20)
B1. Ice & Blood (3:33)
B2. Blood & Ice (Version) (4:58)
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