Big up. It's the 100th Bandcloud, and also this Sunday marks two years since the very first mail. It wouldn't exist without readers, so thank you!
Bumper edition because of the occasion.
Memory Theatre - Toxic Crystal Citadel
This artist featured here before as Normal Human Woman. This album, coming from the same label that gave us Wakesleep's Three Thousand Flora, is a gloriously turgid and unsettling piece of droning fog. Eerie ambience gives way to dank, crumbling noise.
VA - Art of The Muses (Syrphe)
I came across this compilation from a post shared by Syrphe, an outlet that shares electronic and experimental music from Asia and Africa. It basically laid down the challenge that "western" music sites and magazines are utterly insular, failing to look for new music outside Europe and the US. This is definitely, sadly true. Hands up! I need to make more of an effort. For a start, this compilation features 10 artists from Far East Asia, with links to each artist's respective home page. This is all good stuff.
KING - The Greatest
Found via the Bandcamp weekly thingy, this is a sweet r&b jam from KING, a trio made up of twins and their musical sister. Their site calls their sound "dream-soul", which is pretty apt. Hazy, effected vocals sit atop lush, 80s synth and percussion. Slick.
Margriet Kicks-Ass - The Equator Upside Down
"The starting point of this prototype is the sound of falling drops on hot pieces of metal." That hot metal is visceral, you can hear the steam.
Katie O'Neill - Slow Life
Two painfully short pieces by Irish noise artist Katie O'Neill. Both explore found sound — from open taps and washed dishes to birdsong — but while the first seems open and relaxed, the second is heavy and disquieting.
Unknown Mobile - Doctor Doctor
Unknown Mobile cooks up a slightly deranged jam that's gentle and playful but just a little bit menacing.
Campfire Stories 14 (The Gila Outdoor Immersion) by Erin E
Yet another fire (geddit) mix shared by Silent Season, this time from Santa Fe's Erin E. It's delightfully deep, inspired by ancient customs and mythic places. There are familiar tracks from the Silent Season catalogue, and gorgeous vocal tracks that are all too rare in this kind of mode. This SoundCloud comment nails it: "real nice set very cool chilled layed back [sic] bless."
Nidia Minaj - 19th birthday
Deliciously understated, this is a celebration of Nidia Minaj's 19th birthday (obviously). It's got direct but forceful percussion and it makes great use of 90s organs, faintly reminiscent (to me) of classic house jams like Elastic Reality's 'Casa De X'.
Nathan Jonson - THINK about LYN COLLINS Mixtape
Out to Ruaridh Law for sharing this one. It's a simple concept — lots of tracks that feature the Think break. Considering it's been sampled by artists in just about every conceivable style and genre (I swear I heard it in an Oliver Lieb remix I was listening to this week) there's a wealth of classics to mine. And hey if you don't already know 'Think (About It)', consider this mix an eye opener.
The Bunker Podcast 116 - Resom
It's no surprise that The Bunker has yet another killer podcast, but it's welcome nonetheless. Resom starts off on a nightmarish electro tip, moves in the direction of melodic techno throwback mode, and just generally dances around a particular area of paranoid electronics.
BLORP label_____ coming soon to a universe near you ______
I like this label's name, partially because it makes me think "bleep bloop", partially because it reminds me of this great recent tweet. This preview mix is good: crunching acid techno, emotive tribal synth washes and space-age electro.
The Point Of Everything - TPOE 24: Ros Steer (Morning Veils)
The Point Of Everything is a music blog run by Corkman Eoghan O'Sullivan. Last year he started a podcast, and within a few episodes was interviewing cultural figures such as Panti and Louise Bruton, artists like Girl Band and Owensie and even literary figures like Kevin Barry. For this edition, Brid O'Donovan spoke to Roslyn Steer, who did a Bandcloud mix last year. They discuss Steer's musical origins and discoveries, notions of performance (both on stage and more generally in life). I particularly liked the distinction between two of her bands, — Crevice, which comes from outer space, and Morning Veils, which is all earth and grass.
Howes - 3.5 Degrees
Friend of Bandcloud™ John Howes releases his debut album. I think he was kind of excited about potentially being featured in the dramatic final edition but I'm gonna keep on muddling through. This is a great collection of modular workouts, too weird to be ambient, not direct enough to be techno. Not a world away from Anthony Child'sMaui Jungle album (except literally, in that it was recorded in Manchester, not Hawaii).
autumn drones - Staticwash
Ten minutes of hazy, blissful drone.
Phew. Made it. Thanks for sticking with me.