RIP: Ras G, L.A. producer, DJ, and co-founder of Brainfeeder

RIP: Ras G, L.A. producer, DJ, and co-founder of Brainfeeder
Photo: LEAVING

It is with great sadness to report that Ras G (Gregory Shorter) has died. The L.A. producer and DJ released music on such labels as LEAVING, Rump, and Brainfeeder, the latter of which he co-founded. RIP Ras G.

From LEAVING’s Twitter account:

DJ Python Derretirse

[Dekmantel; 2019]

Rating: 4/5

Styles: deep reggaeton
Others: Anthony Naples, Bad Bunny, Chris Jeday, Project Pablo

As the sun ascends with stunning regularity and undulating light, so Derretirse opens as a warm mouth. These six songs rise up from the heat like wet masses of swollen dough — sublime eventualities of nature. Thick carpets of mosses and lichens unroll in earthen colors. Sticky pollens lick the hands that touch them. To blow a dandelion into the wind: each time is as beautiful as the last.

Chance The Rapper drops The Big Day, featuring everyone but Kanye West

Chance The Rapper drops The Big Day, featuring everyone but Kanye West

WONDERFUL NEWS, EVERYONE! Chance The Rapper has just revealed that Tiny Mix Tapes is his favorite music webzine!!

Wait, what? It was PaRappa the Rapper!? Who gives a shit about that stupid mutt!!!! Not me, that’s for damn sure!!!!

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Bandana

[ESGN/Keep Cool/Madlib Invazion/RCA; 2019]

Styles: hip-hop
Others: Mobb Deep, Slum Village, Madvillain, Scarface

By creating new works, artists fit another piece into the vast, swirling mosaic of stylistic development that links all compositions into one staggeringly complex, interconnected whole. An intricate matrix of factors determines where their piece will fall, but the artist has limited agency in choosing the general proximity and engages (knowingly or unknowingly) in conversation with nearby works.

Octo Octa returns from the woods with third LP Resonant Body, shares “Spin Girl, Let’s Activate!”

Octo Octa returns from the woods with third LP <em>Resonant Body</em>, shares "Spin Girl, Let's Activate!"

Get ready to party like it’s exactly 2019! Octo Octa (Maya Bouldry-Morrison) is set to unveil her third full-length, Resonant Body, which follows the For Lovers EP from earlier this year.

Khaki Blazer Optikk

[Hausu Mountain; 2019]

Styles: new zones, a Vlad Guerrero Jr. homerun, “a million feet for the world we’re gonna make”
Others: Moth Cock, Toiret Status, Foodman

When I was a little thing, I wanted a million Brannock devices.

When you’re a little thing, a million is incomprehensible — if you asked a little thing what a million things looked like, they’d probably describe what a hundred looks like. Which honestly is enough of most things, a hundred. If we let our little things mete out how many things each person got to have, the disparity might look more even.

♫♪  Tabs Out: Laser Focus #18 - No Rent Records

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.


Experimental duo Emptyset to get all ambitious and flowery on forthcoming AI album (despite the relatively dispassionate band name)

Experimental duo Emptyset to get all ambitious and flowery on forthcoming AI album (despite the relatively dispassionate band name)
Photo: James Ginzburg

I know what you’re thinking: “Goddamn, how much more ‘experimental’ can James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas of the U.K./Berlin visceral electro superduo Emptyset even GET, Dan?”

Well, first of all: thanks so much for swearing. I really think people should swear more. Seriously. I think it’s great.

Second of all, I got four words for you: fuckin’ MACHINE LEARNING, pal!

Dis Fig PURGE

[PTP; 2019]

Styles: cinders, purgatives
Others: Pain Teens, Pharmakon, Paramore










The problem is the elsewhere.












called to the voice, to voices





(Truong)
(Derrida)
Il y a là cendre




Percussive breath backbone and ligament




because
Drum Fife Bugle
doused
Là cendre


about
could only ever be

Patient Sounds to cease operations at the end of 2019, announces forthcoming releases and farewell celebration show in Chicago in August

Patient Sounds to cease operations at the end of 2019, announces forthcoming releases and farewell celebration show in Chicago in August

For ten years, Matthew Sage has been running his Patient Sounds imprint decidedly outside “the music industry,” releasing a mess of enigmatic electronic/ambient/free noise music and small press publications as a DIY labor of love. It is with some summertime sadness to hear that Sage has announced that this year will be the last for Patient Sounds.

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