Me again. Big thanks for Tayyab and Eradj, both of whom brought their own personalities to this lil' project of mine. This week it's back to my own selections, which, as ever, I hope you enjoy. My inbox is always open to responses, suggestions and whatever else.
Sissel Wincent - Illusion of Randomness
Swedish artist Sissel Wincent is the latest on Peder Mannerfelt's label, with five tracks of gloopy, strange techno on this 12". Great title, right?
Various - Extraction Music 2016
Extraction Music was an event that took place in Cardiff late last month to raise money for refugee charities. This compilation was put together to continue fundraising efforts, and features studio tracks and live cuts from the event itself. Lots of key names from the UK noise scene feature, like Marlo Eggplant, Kevin Sanders and Kek-W, there's a lot to unpack here, from unending drone pieces to clanking field recordings.
Fuzzy Hell - Hex Songs
I can't really find out too much about Fuzzy Hell, "a secretive creature that dwells on the shores of a lake somewhere in the middle of Ireland", but I really like this album. Forgive me for my ignorance, but I feel this is best described as... psych folk.
Roslyn Steer - You'll Know
Not sure if this counts as psych folk, but it's in a similar vein. Last year's Keep Movingtape was a demented slab of noise and repetition, but You'll Know is on a straight-up songwriting tip. It's quite lovely, albeit in a haunting and unsettling way.
MJ Guider - Lit Negative
This surfaced last month I believe but I've only got round to the album this week. MJ Guider started as the solo project of Melissa Guion, but it's expanded to a trio, andPrecious Systems is their first album in this incarnation. I described it to a friend as something between shoegaze and Tropic of Cancer, so if you like that heavy wash of noise and treated vocals, imbued with true melancholy, this is for you.
Dviance - 2sik2breathe
Not sure where this came from but here it is. Shrill and upsetting post-club weirdness.
HOUZ'MON ((IT'S U))!!!
This guy is so Chicago he's got the John Hancock building atop a load of speakers on his Bandcamp page. This bangs, while retaining a level of grace from its soft vocal samples.
starbellavm - Far Away
This sounds like it's decades old but it's from earlier this week. I mean that in a good way of course. Somewhere between Vangelis, Carpenter and Kraftwerk.
Andrew Pekler - Synthetic Gamelan and Frogs
This popped up after I listened to that new Fousek / Hansen / Tellier-Craig preview (which also sounds great!), and the title alone grabbed me. It's pretty much what you'd expect from that title, so if you're into that kind of thing, it's definitely for you.
Mitamine Lab — ML191: DJML aka The Globule
Dan Letson, aka DJML aka The Globule, provides the latest Mitamine Lab mix. "Lots of feels in this one," he told me, and a glance at the tracklist shows new stuff from himself and from Wonja, some AR Kane, and a whole lot of stuff that's new to me. It's starts off drippy and floaty, but then heads into a heady melange of bouncy electropop, jazzy weirdness and I don't even know what else. Cool stuff.
Now is not the time for snark. Peace and love to you all.