Blackest Ever Black announces new LP from Raspberry Bulbs; band still kills it with the pink album cover
If Raspberry Bulbs had only done the provocative-pink-album-cover-thing for their first and second LPs, it might have seemed half-assed. However, it is clear from their recent announcement of a third LP (and subsequent proof of that LP’s album cover color) that these Bulbs take their provocation seriously. Nice follow-through.
Privacy will be issued by Blackest Ever Black on November 15. BEB also released the bands’ sophomore LP, Deformed Worship, just last year. Raspberry Bulbs was originally conceived of as the solo effort of Bone Awl co-founder Marco Del Rio. He expanded his project to a quintet following Hospital Productions’ release of RB’s debut, Nature Tries Again, in 2011.
Since Privacy is meant to be a call for internal resistance to modern trends of “‘connection’, exhibitionism, and peer approval,” I strongly encourage you not to listen to or publicly share the album’s preview track, “Light Surrounds Me,” below.
• Blackest Ever Black: http://www.blackesteverblack.com
The Italian electroacoustic composer Andrea Belfi has announced a new album, Natura Morta. This LP is his first solo work since 2012’s Wege, though earlier this year he released Dust & Mirrors as a member of the Andrea Belfi/David Grubbs/Stefano Pilia trio. Unlike Wege’s grainy explorations of electroacoustic systems, or Dust & Mirror’s quasi post-rock dynamics, Natura Morta marks a full-on immersion in experimental composition for the Veneto-born musician.
With a clear pictorial inspiration, the album’s title references Renaissance ‘still lifes’ while describing Belfi’s working method: an intense focus on detail that progressively erupts into a complex figure. Indeed, Caravaggio may have spent a few days on a single fig leaf, but one cannot consider his Canestra di frutta anything but a masterful study of light and its representation (with a neat trompe l’oeil to boot). In Natura Morta Belfi pursues a similar approach, adopting sustain and repetition as primary tools to work on an aural canvas, which, after a slow and careful development, results in pieces of opulent tension and truly tactile beauty. Moreover, Natura Morta qualifies as an accomplished synthesis of Belfi’s work up to date, fusing the structurally ambitious ambient pieces of 2006’s Between Neck & Stomach, the comparatively more chill synth waves of 2008’s Knots and Merge’s minimalist leanings.
Andrea Belfi started as a punk rock drummer in his teens and through most of the past decade served as instrumental-rock combo Rosolina Mar’s percussionist, and has kept rhythmic exploration at the forefront of his work ever since. A compulsive collaborator, Belfi is currently playing drums with Mike Watt’s Il sogno del Marinaio (with Stefano Pilia in tow too), but has worked with a plethora of artists in the past, including: Aidan Baker, Carla Bozulich (most recently on her album Boy), BJ Nilsen, and Renato Rinaldi, among many others.
Partially recorded at Berlin’s Funkhouse and mastered by Nils Frahm, Natura Morta will be out on November 11 via Miasmah.
Natura Morta tracklisting:
01. Oggetti creano forme
02. Nel vuoto
04. Forme creano oggetti
05. Su linee rette
Jon Hopkins announces Asleep Versions EP, consisting of compositions created deep in the throes of slumber
Most things are harder to do when asleep than when awake. Driving a car? Way harder when asleep. Eating dinner? Definitely harder if not awake. Dreaming? Easier when asleep, the rare exception. Making music? Oh man, almost impossible when asleep. Didn’t stop Jon Hopkins, though! On November 11, Hopkins will release the Asleep Versions EP through Domino in 12-inch, CD, and digital formats. This new EP from the Immunity musician features four compositions made while Hopkins was completely unconscious. Three of the tracks feature total silence, while the fourth features a buzzing synthesizer that Hopkins rested his head on.
Huh? What’s that? Oh. I’ve just gotten word that the tracks on Asleep Versions are not, I repeat NOT, tracks composed in Hopkins’ sleep. In fact, the record consists of four dream-like reinterpretations of tracks from his 2013 record Immunity recorded in Reyjavik this past February. Very embarrassing mistake I’ve made here. Anyway, the EP features contributions from BRAIDS/Blue Hawaii vocalist Raphaelle Standell and previous Hopkins collaborator King Creosote. Watch a trailer for the release below, directed and designed by Robert Hunter and seemingly featuring some sort of ghost Batman.
Beyond reaching into the world of dreams, Hopkins has a busy schedule in the coming months. His tour itinerary finds him doing an impressive amount of globe-trotting, featuring dates in locations including Singapore, Taiwan, India, and Japan. He’ll also find himself in Brooklyn for a rare US date, headlining the Fixed 10 Year Anniversary Party. Additionally, he has some major events planned in his native UK, being set to curate The Warehouse Project in Manchester with Jamie xx in December and performing his biggest show to date at London’s Brixton Academy in April. Amazing, really, that the man can do all this and still get his typical 18 hours of sleep per day.
Asleep Versions tracklist:
01. Immunity (w/ King Creosote)
02. Form by Firelight (w/ Raphaelle Standell)
03. Breathe This Air
04. Open Eye Signal
10.01.14 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast
10.03.14 - Warsaw, Poland - FreeFormFestival
10.04.14 - Bologna, Italy - Robot Festival
10.18.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Trouw
10.24.14 - Mexico City, Mexico - Mutek.MX
10.26.14 - Co Wicklow, Ireland - Samhain Festival
10.30.14 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival
11.03.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
11.05.14 - Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Taipei Legacy
11.08.14 - Singapore, Singapore - Hostess Club Weekender
11.09.14 - Bangalore, India - NH7 Weekender
11.21.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Output (FIXED 10th Anniversary)
12.04.14 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Dome
12.12.14 - Manchester, UK - The Warehouse Project
12.16.14 - Cape Town, South Africa - Sónar Cape Town
04.24.15 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
Grime upstart Mr. Mitch has recently joined Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu label and shared details of a new EP, titled Don’t Leave. He must have very low self-esteem if he’s begging his listeners not to leave before they even hear a song. It’s alright Mr. Mitch, we don’t even judge you for having a first name as a last name. And we certainly won’t leave — well, some of us will, after skimming through each track on Spotify for 30 seconds before deciding that Mr. Mitch is not for them. But the diehards, the true fans, they won’t leave. They’re in it for the long haul, which isn’t even that long, because it’s a four-song EP.
Not to worry though, because Don’t Leave is only a taster for Parallel Memories, a full-length that Planet Mu will be releasing not long after the EP drops. For now, snippets of the four songs are available to preview here — the London-based producer runs through some bizarre and stark takes on grime, with a deftly understated touch. Don’t Leave will be released on November 4, with more info about the Mr. Mitch LP to arrive in the near future. Details about the Mr. Mitch picture book for children, however, have yet to be announced.
Don’t Leave tracklist:
01. Don’t Leave
02. Be Somebody
Big day in Arca news. We just posted his NSFW video for “Thievery,” a track off his upcoming album, Xen. And now, according to The FADER’s Cover Story on Arca (by ex-TMTer Emilie Friedlander), we find out that he’s the sole producer on Björk’s forthcoming album [UPDATE: Arca is co-producing the album with Björk].
Ghersi relocated from New York to London a little over a year ago, a move he says was motivated primarily by his desire to be closer to his boyfriend, the photographer and multimedia artist Daniel Sannwald. It was also a way of working more closely with Kanda, who, despite growing up in Canada, has been Ghersi’s best friend and closest artistic collaborator for a decade (Kanda himself moved to London seven years ago). Since they took up residence together, Ghersi has completed work as the sole producer of another very anticipated pop album: a new full-length from Björk, whose phantasmagoric, synth-pop power ballads from the early ’00s now feel eerily prescient of Ghersi’s rubbery approach to sonics.
FACT also points out that Björk went to London last week to check out a show featuring TMT favorites/lovers/PC Music staples GFOTY and Danny L. Harle. (!!!!!!)
Xen is out November 4, courtesy of Mute.
Hyperdub releases Hyperdub 10.4, the fourth and final installment of its 10th anniversary compilations, on November 4. If you’re saying, “Man, it feels like Hyperdub 10.3 just came out days ago!,” well, that’s because it sorta did. And now this party rages on for at least another 84 minutes.
While 10.3. focused on the more ambient and minimal side of Hyperdub, this final installation is curated with the dancefloor in mind, culling two discs of new and classic house and techno from artists like Cooly G, Laurel Halo, and Kode9 (a.k.a. Hyperdub head Steve Goodman). Of course, it wouldn’t be a Hyperdub party without Burial, and he’s bringing the aural stripper in the cake by dropping a previously unreleased song. The name of that song? Well, the label refuses to divulge that information until the album comes out. But don’t worry — per my duties as a professional journalist, I plan to bribe Goodman and company with a decent amount of money to tell me the name of the song. From there, you, our loyal readers, can have access to the song title for a mere $30. And yes, I realize times are tight, so I’ll give you the 27 other song titles on the house.
Hyperdub 10.4 tracklisting:
01. Burial - TBA
02. Cooly G - Him Da Biz
03. Ossie + Phrh - Ugly Observation
04. Funkystepz - Vice Versa
05. Walton - Laser War
06. Kode9 - Oh
07. Ikonika - Position VIP
08. Funkystepz - Fuller VIP
09. Martyn - Mega Drive Generation (Dorian Concept Rmx)
10. Fhloston Paradigm - The Phoenix T
11. DVA - Monophonic Dreams
12. Jessy Lanza - Fuck Diamond (Bambounou Rmx)
13. Cooly G - Love Again
14. Kyle Hall - Kaychunk
01. Burial - Street Halo
02. Kode9 & the Spaceape - Love is the Drug
03. Cooly G - Love Dub Refix
04. Walton - Need to Feel
05. Darkstar - Gold (John Roberts remix)
06. DVA - Step 2 Funk
07. LV feat. Okmalumkoolkat - boomslang
08. Ill Blu - Bellion
09. DVA - Walk it Out
10. Cooly G - Narst
11. Walton - 808 Vybzin
12. Laurel Halo - Noyfb
13. DVA - Polyphonic Dreams
14. Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net
Admission: I don’t know much about Latvia. No idea about their capital city, forms of government, art, cuisine, et cetera et cetera. By any measure, my Latvian knowledge is lacking. I can pre-suppose this, though: they are probably hurting for performances from drone musicians. To be fair, most places are, but I’d wager Latvia more than most. With that said, I bring excellent news. Drone guitarist Noveller (a.k.a. Sarah Lipstate) is embarking on a European tour next month. Included in said tour: a stop in Durbe, Latvia for the Zemlika Festival!
Noveller’s forthcoming tour will also include stops in Austria, the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden. Most of these stops are probably less starved for experimental music performances than Latvia, yet all could use more. Last year, Noveller put out No Dreams, her sixth album.
10.23.14 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.24.14 - Durbe, Latvia - Zemlika Festival
10.25.14 - London, UK - Café Oto
10.26.14 - Bristol, UK - Café Kino
10.28.14 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
10.29.14 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall
10.30.14 - Norwich, UK - Epic Studios
10.31.14 - Paris, France - ESPACE B
11.01.14 - Nantes, France - SOY Festival
11.04.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Spion
11.07.14 - Den Haag, Netherlands - REWIRE Festival
11.08.14 - Bremen, Germany - Spedition
11.12.14 - Hamburg, Germany - Westerwerk
11.13.14 - Malmö, Sweden - Inkonst
11.14.14 - Göteborg, Sweden - Koloni
11.15.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fylkingen
• Noveller: http://www.sarahlipstate.com
[Photo: Daniel Ahrendt]
I just found a rotten banana peel at the bottom of my stupid backpack that I stupidly forgot about for at least two weeks. It’s disgusting. It got all over my stupid fancy books and headphones and I’m filled with materialistic self-loathing.
Then, oh boy, Tomaga show up envisioning an even uglier future. The London-based duo of Valentina Magaletti and Thomas Corvid have only transmitted one shadowy, scattered tape so far, promising that Sleepy Jazz for Tired Cats was the beginning of a longer career. Now French label Hands in the Dark has announced Tomaga’s first full-length: Futura Grotesk is out November 12.
This promise of a nasty time to come is unnerving, sure, but at least it’s paired with broken jazz rhythms and woozy synths. Seven whole tracks of dystopic, psychedelic visions, on an edition of 500 LPs, each with a download code. No pre-order yet, but keep your eyes peeled. “Peeled.” Like banana peel. Ewwwww.
Futura Grotesk tracklisting:
01. Alphabet of Night
02. Long Term Green
04. Futura Grotesk
05. Taste the Indifference
06. Mountain Opener
07. Days Like They Were Before
• Tomaga: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tomaga/380900608694860
• Hands in the Dark: http://www.handsinthedarkrecords.com
Sure, we can talk about footwork. Let’s talk about how those crazy dance moves associated with the genre have led to NY label Lit City Trax (founded by J-Cush, DJ Spinn, and DJ Rashad) figuratively dancing off the reservation, narrowly missing the oncoming locomotive, and into serious organ-vibrating territory! The Visionist EP I’m Fine is certainly one such example of this, and now an associate of Louis Carnell himself is set to join in on the increasingly inclusive fun. We’re in the African grasslands somewhere, and the herbivorous Saga is approaching Lake Lit City in order to quench his thirst. There’s nary a croc in sight!
Last year, Dublin-born producer Saga released his debut Crescent EP on Visionist’s Lost Codes label, and this year marks the release of a different debut for a different (but loosely affiliated) outfit — Flight Risk on Lit City Trax October 21. Sans original vocals, the EP falls squarely within the “grime” category, with each track being hard-hitting, save some synth strings necessary for the alleviation of the soul.
No tracks to share yet, but listen to some snippets from that Crescent EP here. The new one’s generally in the same vein.
Flight Risk tracklisting:
01. Flight Risk
05. Whistle Grip
06. With Slap
• Lit City Trax: http://www.litcitytrax.com
Mike & Cara Gangloff (Pelt, Black Twig Pickers) set to release new album Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life
Mike and Cara Gangloff (both of Pelt and Black Twig Pickers fame) seem to have a compulsive attitude to recording and releasing some iteration of the “down-home folk with a psych twist” album. In some sort of brief pause between Pelt and Twig Picking duties, their co-conspirator Nathan Bowles has gone off and done a solo album, so Mr. Gangloff has upped the bid and assembled a triptych of goodness.
Hot on the heels of his solo effort Poplar Hollow and the sublimeMelodies for a Savage Fix he recorded with Steve Gunn, both Gangloffs are now offering up Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life via MIE Records on November 3.
As opposed to the knee-slapping solo album and the far-out Gunn collaboration, Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life is promised as being stripped back, gut-wrenching folk, with a couple of traditional standards thrown in for good measure.
Because Pelt crew can’t help but collaborate, they’ll also be performing a super showcase in London on November 16 that will see Pelt being supported by solo sets from each member of the band. Love-in ahoy! More details are here.