Hi. Last week I believe I sent the first ever broken link in these mails. I am hugely embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done so. I hope you can forgive me.
gut nose - Citadel Supreme
This is a hugely enjoyable release, a hodge-podge of hip-hop tempo beats, electronic impulses and stretched sounds. It's fun!
JiFlure - Extraits
Coming out on Low Jack's Gravats label, this four-track EP is quite subtle. It's almost entirely percussive, with little melody of which to speak, but it's engaging and thrilling in its own quiet way.
Sound Meccano / Jura Laiva - Sireli Aeg
Out to Mumdance for telling me about this label. This release is based on a series of field recordings from Estonia. It's part of a collaborative series but it's the only one I've heard thus far so I can't speak for the others. It's lovely, all lilting drones and lapping water and manipulated animal sounds.
Dawn Tuesday - Papilionidae
Dawn Tuesday's latest is unnerving and chilling, two lengthy passages of swirling synth patterns and flagrant unease.
FAR AWAY Guest Mix: CL
Obviously we're fans of CL here as we got her to do a mix for us last year. She's been an unstoppable force in Toronto club culture, playing, promoting and working at the Toronto edition of Intersessions, a beginner DJ workshop for females and femme-identifying individuals looking to learn the basics of DJing and mixing in a safe space. This mix is stellar; its pacing, energy and track selection all masterful.
Alis - Corporeal
Alis drops her new album on Plus100, and it's a wonderful blend of all her styles — narcotic grooves, gorgeous layered vocals, all wrapped up in a weird foggy haze. Twilight music.
Varial - Dig It
Stompy banger from Varial, a young producer from Washington now based in LA. He's got a tape forthcoming on Seattle's Budget Cuts label (cool name), who also have something in store from Simic, who had that release on Major Problems last year.
Suzanne Ciani Synth Hero Mix
Gloriously sublime, e̶t̶h̶e̶r̶e̶a̶l̶ mix from Suzanne Ciani, with hilariously straight-laced descriptions of each track too. Gorgeous synth music chosen by a legend.
Folklore Tapes - The Lost Village of Clicket
I want to make some joke about click-bait but I just can't get there... Folklore Tapes killing it as usual, this track a preview for Somerset Folklore Tapes Vol.I. An ominous tableau of spooky forest and farmyard animal sounds, barely there bass and ritualistic voice and percussion, which gives way to a more expressionistic vista. Haunting.
Joanna Brouk - The Creative
Joanna Brouk's list of accomplishments is pretty astonishing (see here) but it's her music that sees her feature here. She's just been subject to a retrospective compilation from Numero Group, gathering together her deep cuts and archival recordings. This long passage of instrumental music is a beautiful intro to her work.