ATP recruit the Chapman Brothers, Max Richter, Holly Herndon, Blanck Mass, and more for a UK holiday camp revival

Especially if you aren’t in the UK, the volume of ATP-sponsored events around the world might’ve caused you to overlook an announcement made almost two years ago, in which the London-based organization formally declared an end to the holiday camp events that had served as a forerunner to the marked success enjoyed today. A desire to increase ATP’s focus on a “growing schedule of city and international based events” was the paraphrased explanation offered by founder Barry Hogan at the time, so naturally, with a goal like that, who would’ve expected a somewhat hasty return to the British countryside? We’re all music-loving heathens traversing concrete now!

Except, you know, not, since ATP has just announced the renewal of their holiday camp series, set to take place in a brand new location! ATP 2.0 Nightmare Before Christmas will occur November 27-29 at Prestatyn Pontins in North Wales and will feature the following artists: Max Richer performing The Blue Notebooks, The Notwist performing Neon Golden, The Album Leaf performing In a Safe Place, Holly Herndon, Death, Blanck Mass, Iceage, and more. Visual artists Jake and Dinos Chapman will also be renewing their curative role after handling those duties more than a decade ago.

Supposedly Prestatyn is a lovely spot, filled with laughing and playing and children handing you recently bloomed daffodils…

• All Tomorrow’s Parties:

Feingold announces new album Nuff Zang, wants you to experience kenshō through techno

Adam Feingold, the Montreal-born producer you may remember from 2014’s genre-bending EP Apron, has announced Nuff Zang, his first full-length album, to be released by 1080p. Feingold has described his new album as a “record for the whole self,” where he sets aside the fervent experimentation of his previous work, looking for new textural and emotional registers in the combination of energetic dance music and zoned-out electronic pieces. Indeed, the eight tracks comprising Nuff Zang suggest a more holistic approach to the genre-crossing manners some critics refer to as “power ambient”; the result is an album for you to dance your way to satori.

Yet, Nuff Zang does not bring an entirely new stylistic veneer to Feingold’s work: the mixes he put out via Temple Records already hinted at a dance floor-ready music that didn’t scoff at trance detours. The album’s novelty comes in how balanced and mutually sustaining these two strands appear. Feingold achieves this objective at times, putting classic house inflections (“Don’t Fuck with My Chi”) next to introspective tracks (“Night of Scorpio,” “Zang”), but more often than not, seamlessly pulling out meditative segments in the middle of jaunty techno beats (“Palo Santo,” “Back to Earth,” “Reflex”).

Nuff Zang is out on April 21, via 1080p.

Nuff Zang tracklisting:
01. Night of Scorpio
02. Palo Santo
03. Peace, God
04. Back To Earth
05. Reflex
06. Don’t Fuck With My Chi
07. Zang
08. Offering

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• 1080p:

Death Grips stream final album Jenny Death

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The Powers That B is out in physical form on March 31.

Jenny Death tracklist:

01. I Break Mirrors with My Face in the United States
02. Inanimate Sensation
03. Turned Off
04. Why a Bitch Gotta Lie
06. The Powers That B
07. Beyond Alive
08. Centuries of Damn
09. On GP
10. Death Grips 2.0

• Death Grips:
• Harvest:

DANGERDOOM return… to reissue their debut The Mouse and the Mask

Way back in 2004, MF DOOM was riding high on the back of his excellent Madlib collaboration Madvillainy while a relatively unknown producer who called himself Danger Mouse had just blown people’s minds with the landmark “mashup” album The Grey Album, which fused Jay-Z’s Black Album acapellas with samples lifted from The Beatles’ White Album. 2005 was the year the planets aligned to see those two join forces and create DANGERDOOM, releasing a pretty amazing album called The Mouse and The Mask. 2005, that’s about… ten years ago now.

If you read that brief summary and were all like “yeah, whatever, I know about that album, it’s was awesome,” then you’re in luck, because Lex Records is re-releasing the record on vinyl.

If, however, you read that brief summary and were all like “whoa, that sounds incredible, how did I not know about that dream team collaboration?” then you are also in luck, because Lex Records is re-releasing the record on vinyl.

The only thing that makes this win/win situation even more winning (shout out to Charlie Sheen circa 2011) is the fact that Lex will be not only re-releasing the record but using the original deluxe artwork put together by EHQuestionmark, which uses fancy translucent plastics and layers forming a pattern that looks like a Rorschach test, while “the inner sleeves, visible through the outer at first glance pattern based on an Ishihara test, but inside the circles in the pattern are tiny icons depicting a different disasters — climate change, acid rain, holy war, nuclear leaks.”

So yeah, totally awesome artwork probably worth the price of admission alone, notwithstanding the fantastic wax featuring DOOM raps, Danger Mouse production, and guest spots from Cee Lo Green, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, and the cast of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

You can get your pre-order here.

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• Lex:

Cold Cave to release Full Cold Moon on vinyl, here’s hoping the vinyl is cold moon-colored…

Ah, darkwave music. Gotta love it, right? Damp, spooky, messy, awkward… kinda like the results of the last time I tried to make crepes for breakfast! LOL!

Hey, speaking of crepes! Crepes are kinda shaped like VINYL. Which is just too serendipitous, because that’s just what this article is really about: darkwave champ Wesley Eisold — a.k.a. Cold Cave — officially releasing last year’s EP compilation release Full Cold Moon (which was only available on the far less crepe-shaped medium of the CD at the time) on full-on, 12-inch crepe-pan-sized vinyl for the very first time! Convenient AND delicious-sounding, wouldn’t you say?

But wait. What’s that? You’re “darkwave” and therefore can’t waste your exuberance unless it’s on something truly special?? Why should you care??? Well, specifically, this will mark the first-ever vinyl appearance of the song “Dandelion,” as well as the entire Nausea, the Earth and Me EP, which was only available previously as a limited CD or digital-type thing. So come on. Buck up and get excited (or whatever it is you do).

Oh yeah. And the whole thing is going down on June 16 via the Deathwish Inc. label. Why June 16, you ask? Why not, like, I don’t know… Record Store Day or something? Pssssssht! Because that’d be way too logical and predictable and profitable. And if there’s three things that darkwave is NOT, it’s logical, predictable, and profitable. Come on, you knew that.

Full Cold Moon tracklisting:

01. A Little Death to Laugh
02. Young Prisoner Dreams of Romance
03. Tristan Corbiére
04. Oceans with No End
05. People Are Poison
06. God Made the World
07. Dandelion
08. Black Boots
09. Meaningful Life
10. Nausea, the Earth and Me
11. Don’t Blow Up the Moon
12. Beaten 1979

• Cold Cave:
• Death Wish:

Merzbow and Xiu Xiu announce MERZXIU LP after sending angry sounds to each other via the web

Your preordained perusing at the local record shop in about a month should be a wonderful occasion to cop some awesome limited-edition vinyl, but for the pessimists among us, it’s important that we spend a little time focusing on the possible throngs of humanhood who will have the exact same idea in mind on that particular day. “Fuck, these rows are too narrow, and the dude in this one is wearing an overstuffed backpack while literally stroking the cover art of the Is This It LP. I must purchase and escape. OR, I must express my misanthropic rage through the unilateral wresting of the store’s stereo system!”

The music of choice, as an employee wonders why this individual has just rushed past under the guise that he/she is “filling in for Joe,” is a brand-new collaboration between Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Japanese noise… ahem, legend Merzbow (Masami Akita), naturally dubbed MERZXIU. Akita and Stewart collaborated via e-mail and through translator, which resulted in two lengthy and unsurprisingly intense, pulsating tracks. You can listen to them both below (via The Wire), but know that the music itself is being pressed to record and will be released on… oh, you know when, in an edition of 1000 (with 50 available online, shipping the day after RSD).

Ignore their stares; the patrons just don’t know good music.

• Merzbow:
• Xiu Xiu:
• Kingfisher Bluez:

Loren Connors receiving 1990 LP reissue courtesy of Family Vineyard

On May 12, historic avant-garde blues guitarist Loren Connors is receiving a beautiful reissue of his 1990 album Blues: The “Dark Paintings” of Mark Rothko courtesy of Indianapolis-based label Family Vineyard. Connors first released the 1990 album under the name Guitar Roberts through his own label, St. Joan, in an edition of 300. You basically can’t find it nowadays (though looks like there’s one copy on Discogs for $80 if you want to be that guy), and the reissue is a doubly good call given the recent reevaluation of dark, bluesy guitar by the likes of Darkside, Dirty Beaches, etc.

As the title suggests, Rothko’s work inspired Connor’s playing here, and the reissue cover art is an untitled 1969 painting by the artist (above), one that influenced the album in particular. The vinyl reissue will also include the original LP jacket as an inner sleeve and liner notes by music critic and poet Byron Coley.

You can listen to “Blues No. 4” all nice and remastered by Taylor Deupree below, and you can pre-order the album here.

• Loren Connors:
• Family Vineyard:

Gucci Mane drops three albums, collaborates with iLoveMakonnen and Chief Keef, still follows us on Twitter

Gucci Mane might be serving time, but he’s certainly making the most of it. Since Christmas 2014, Gucci’s released two albums, one EP, and two mixtapes. And now we can add three more albums to the list, which makes a grand total of

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The albums are titled Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, presumably because GUCCI MANE’S GOTTA EAT!!!, and it feature everyone from Chief Keef and iLoveMakonnen, to Quavo and Fredo Santana.

Stream below or purchase via iTunes.

• Gucci Mane:

Earl Sweatshirt details I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, drops video for “Grief”

March has been a busy ol’ month for hip-hop. The world is still reeling from the early K-Dot release, there’s now a (seemingly) concrete date for Death Grips’ denouement jenny death, Bronsolino’s Mr. Wonderful is ready to go, and we’re awaiting Ye’s next move with baited breath. Add Earl Sweatshirt to that congested list of heavy-hitters: he’s just announced his new album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, by way of iTunes pre-order. Sounds good, but was it his doing? The string of tweets would suggest not:

Not to worry, as his loss is our gain: 10 tracks, features from Vince Staples, Dash, Na’kel, and Wiki, AND a brand spanking nu new video to boot. Pretty decent for a label fuck-up, I’ll say! It’s out March 23, and those who grab the pre-order also get a DL for “Grief,” the track that got the aforementioned vid. Been a lengthy period of studio silence since the kinda-underrated Doris, and if that title is anything to go by, OF’s shining beacon is gonna be doing his moody, introspective thang once again.

I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside tracklisting:

01. Huey
02. Mantra
03. Faucet
04. Grief
05. Off Top
06. Grown Ups (feat. Dash)
07. AM // Radio (feat. Wiki)
08. Inside
09. Dna (feat. Na’kel)
10. Wool (feat. Vince Staples)

• Earl Sweatshirt:
• Columbia:

Kiasmos announce limited-edition Looped EP + North American shows destined to cause mass swooning

Kiasmos are an Icelandic duo consisting of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. They released their debut self-titled LP last October, and since I’m sure Erased Tapes put in a considerable amount of effort trying to get us to open our ears to its brilliance, I’m going to blame the subsequent under-appreciation not on a devastating release temporally close to the compilation of our year-end lists, but a… aw, fuck it. There is no excuse. The collective we in the music journalism trade owe everyone involved a huge favor. Can I be offered a free trip to Iceland so that I may deliver some Long John Silver’s personally? Long John reps tell me it’s nearly as good as the local Nordic fare.

Or here’s another, more practical attempt at atonement: Kiasmos have a new limited-edition EP out April 18 (Record Store Day), and they’re going on a short North American tour beginning this May. Looper features a remix from the specially sought Ghostly producer Dauwd, who remarked in a press release about what a pleasure it was to work with music that already had “so much texture and warmth.”

Quite so! Here’s the original and the remix, with tour dates following:

Looped tracklisting:

A1. Looped
A2. Held (Dauwd Remix)
B1. Burnt (Lubomyr Melnyk Rework)


05.01.15 - Las Vegas, NV - Further Future Festival
05.26.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
05.27.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.28.15 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.29.15 - Montreal, QC - Mutek
05.30.15 - Toronto, ON -The Drake
05.31.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.02.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.03.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever

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