PAN announce the second LP by the collaborative Lifted ensemble, share its first fragment “Now More Than Ever”

PAN announce the second LP by the collaborative Lifted ensemble, share its first fragment "Now More Than Ever"

In 2015, Berlin-run PAN released Lifted: a gorgeously unconventional, bicontinental collaboration spearheaded by Matt Papich (a.k.a. Co La) and Future Times’ Max D. With the help of Dawit Eklund of 1432 R, Motion Graphics, Jeremy Hyman, Jordan GCZ (Juju & Jordash), and Gigi Masin; the pair concocted a strikingly seamless, improvised fusion of wispy laptop ambient, jazzy percussive waterfalls, and prancing techno with academically-minded experimentalism lurking in the background.

Flying Lotus Flamagra

[Warp; 2019]

Styles: A double album? In this economy?
Others: Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Thundercat

Even when just casually seeking out cultural criticism, you will likely read pieces on what a creation supposedly means for “our current moment.” This approach is oftentimes used as a conduit to lazily discuss hot-button issues — Trump, Brexit, Game of Thrones, you name it. It’s a fixation on the modern landscape that leads to a kind of regression, one that yields to what has been previously stated or taken for granted. In short, honing in on Twitter topics gives your analysis an expiration date, one that hardly warrants coming back to.

Weyes Blood details her tour on top of a tour (hint: it involves more tour dates)

Weyes Blood details her tour on top of a tour (hint: it involves more tour dates)

Hey, WTF? Is an affiliation with the Sub Pop label THAT powerful, or is Titanic Rising enough of an achievement that even boomers are reentering “the scene” for the sake of all that 70s-style folk-ing? Chances are it’s a mixture of both when it comes to explaining Natalie Mering a.k.a. Weyes Blood’s recent — and still-rising — popularity. (And hey, what a coincidence: mixture, paradox, and purgatory are some of the themes presented on Weyes Blood’s latest album!)

♫♪  Tabs Out: Laser Focus #17 - Suite 309

Tabs Out is an all-cassette podcast that’s been documenting the prolific tape underground with obsession, humor, and expertise since 2012. Tiny Mix Tapes has teamed with Tabs Out for a show called Laser Focus, in which tape aficionados/fetishists Mike Haley, Dave Doyen, and Joe B hone in on a specific label or artist. Check out the archive here.


, you’ve heard of “Sweet! 420,” but what about Suite 309??

Rabit announces this summer’s going to be KOLD, decides to tour Northern Europe (a.k.a. the KOLDEST of Europes) anyway

Rabit announces this summer's going to be KOLD, decides to tour Northern Europe (a.k.a. the KOLDEST of Europes) anyway

Following one… two… three DJ Screw-indebted mixtapes of “slowed and throwed” turntablist makeovers, our favorite genre-dodging, electronic-sap-extracting overlord, Rabit, has just dropped another screw tape via Gangstalkers’ bandcamp.

♫♪  High aura’d & Josh Mason - “Silver”

In an interview with Ohio-based John Kolodij, who records as High aura’d, he said of his recording process, “I often try, when working on a piece to envision myself, somewhere else: in a desert, at the edge of an ocean, nighttime in Sonoma, crossing a footbridge in Miami, wherever feels evocative, and then trying to score that moment.” Scroll a little further down the page and you’ll feel like the sounds and images that unfold in the video for “Silver” were crafted simultaneously, along

♫♪  Jon Mueller - “Oil”

Photo: Mark Darwursk

Centuries before bringing epicness to symphony orchestras and stadium rock money shots, gongs of nearly every material and size have been used in music and meditation, often making distinction between the two pursuits utterly pointless.

Matthew Sullivan Matthew

[Recital; 2019]

Rating: 3.5/5

Styles: autobiography
Others: Graham Lambkin, Jason Lescalleet, Sean McCann, Taku Unami, Simple Affections

How are ya’ll doing today? “Well,” I hope. Good, good. Thank ya’ll for showing up, I appreciate your audience. Here are some thoughts about why we’re all here. This kind of noise, these sounds that Matthew Sullivan has shared with us, has never “slapped,” as they say, just because it’s cerebral; contrarily, we all know, it rarely is. Legends like Graham Lambkin aren’t storytellers, they’re documentarians. We just imbue it all with our baggage. And how beautiful is that? Like how Taku Unami made me unexpectedly beam by simply recording dribbling basketballs.

XT Palina’tufa

[Empty Editions; 2019]

Rating: 3/5

Styles: cybernetic free improvisation
Others: Nate Wooley, Paul Lytton, Container

Palina’tufa opens with sounds that make me want to laugh out loud. “A,” or, eliciting the feeling of a few drafts gleefully torn up straight away. A poke at a giggle and haunting mumbles: a wiggle. Coo to yawn and tricks of some proverbial tongue, like saxophonist Seymour Wright’s. Words like floozy and knobbly. Loose comedy. Hunches bent all the way back, like the blithe boomery of percussionist Paul Abbott. Outcroppings sent forth from the depths of moving bodies and weird, previously unheard of stresses gurgling up from within.

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