Loscil Equivalents

[Kranky; 2019]

Rating: 3/5

Styles: ambient, drone, minimalism
Others: Stars of The Lid, Christina Vantzou, Eluvium, Deadbeat, Pop Ambient, Dedekind Cut

Steadily active since 2001, Vancouver musician (and VG sound director) Scott Morgan’s Loscil project has given us one immaculate ambient album after another. Although it still sounds amazing (“Emma” in particular remains a potent, solace-instilling slice of brain raki), First Narrows and its skittering dub have since nearly folded into a templated sort of bed/study music role. But so has Eno’s ambient work. Both artists make albums that are somewhat utilitarian in a fashion that befits their chosen genre.

Khruangbin Hasta El Cielo

[Dead Oceans/Night Time Stories; 2019]

Rating: 3/5

Styles: dub
Others: Scientist, Lee “Scratch” Perry

No topic is ever exhausted. There is always another voice, another way to voice. An iteration might literally arrive on the wispy tail of a reverberation or inspirationally from the ghosts riding that same trail. We wonder, what was its origin? And from where? And/or. In the space of that dash, in one more laterally elliptical, Hasta El Cielo stretches out as/in an unending echo.

Kanye West reportedly releasing new album Jesus Is King next month

Kanye West reportedly releasing new album Jesus Is King next month
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THIS JUST IN: Everybody’s favorite “On Sight” rapper is reportedly releasing a new album next month, and it’s NOT the much-delayed Yandhi.

According to a tweeted image by the “Black Skinhead” rapper’s wife, Kim “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Kardashians-West, the “I Am A God” rapper appears to have a new project coming called Jesus Is King, and it’s out September 27.

Favorite Rap Mixtapes of August 2019 From hip-hop’s “Sung Tongs” to a magical blend tape to something coughed up by the Matrix’s SoundCloud

Sometimes riding at night, Channel Tres punches off the headlights and rockets blind into the dark.
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With a cascade of releases spewing from the likes of DatPiff, LiveMixtapes, Bandcamp, and SoundCloud, it can be difficult to keep up with the overbearing yet increasingly vital mixtape game. In this column, we aim to immerse ourselves in this hyper-prolific world and share our favorite releases each month. The focus will primarily be on rap mixtapes — loosely defined here as free (or sometimes free-to-stream) digital releases — but we’ll keep things loose enough to branch out if/when we feel it necessary.

Klein announces new album Lifetime, performance at London’s Serpentine Galleries, shares track “Claim It”

Klein announces new album Lifetime, performance at London's Serpentine Galleries, shares track "Claim It"
Photo: Josiane M.H. Pozi

Hypermagic audio allstar Klein has returned with a new album called Lifetime // and a performance of the same name.

The album hits on September 6 through ijn inc. // That night, she’ll be delivering “a multisensory performance” at London’s Serpentine Galleries, and later at Poland’s Unsound festival.

The record is an intimate experience, like “giving someone your diary,” according to Klein. // The performance explores “the fragility of one’s culture through memory and loss using this performance as a tool of preservation.”

Ziúr announces new album of “intersectional support,”ATØ on Planet Mu

Ziúr announces new album of "intersectional support,"ATØ on Planet Mu
Photo: Stefan Fahler

Despite her reticence to use the phrase, Ziúr spoke fondly of “safe spaces” (or “bubbles”) in a recent interview, so maybe it’s no surprise that the Berlin-based producer would use her second full-length on Planet Mu to celebrate WORLDWIDE inclusion.

“Kamala Harris rap:” JPEGMAFIA announces new album by enlisting gallery of kinda famous musicians to take a dump on it

"Kamala Harris rap:" JPEGMAFIA announces new album by enlisting gallery of kinda famous musicians to take a dump on it
'Normal' is just a setting on a washing machine (photo: Alec Marchant)

Of all the rap tropes Peggy “JPEGMAFIA” Peggyson has devicefully inverted over the years, egoism has paid off maybe the most. After all, who doesn’t want to enlist a bunch of famous dudes to talk trash about your album like it’s the worst thing they’ve ever heard? Wait, is this a DIY band dominatrix thing? That’s actually a cool idea.

“The fake Death Grips shit was working but now what-what are we on, what, what is????” -Kenny Beats

Sunn O))) return to the surface world yet again with new improvised album Pyroclasts

Sunn O))) return to the surface world yet again with new improvised album Pyroclasts

You know, if I wasn’t such a HARDCORE atheist/nihilist/solipsist, I’d swear that those cats in SunnO))) were on a “divinely inspired” streak of productivity right about now.

PC Music founder A. G. Cook shares “Lifeline,” his first single since 2016

PC Music founder A. G. Cook shares "Lifeline," his first single since 2016
Artwork: A. G. Cook

Now that Charli’s Charli is almost out, could it be time for PC Music to “PC Music” its way back to hyper-prolificacy??

MAYBE!!!!!

Sabiwa explores dream states and virtual reality on DaBa, coming via Chinabot

Sabiwa explores dream states and virtual reality on DaBa, coming via Chinabot
Photo: Sabiwa

Taiwan-born, Berlin-based audio-visual artist Sabiwa has announced her second album, DaBa, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 輪迴. Out October 2, the release is the artist’s second for Chinabot, a platform and collective created in 2017 to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music (and one of our favorites!). The album will be celebrated October 19 with a release party at Berlin’s ACUD.

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