Hi. This week has been strange, particularly from a musical point of view. At times it's felt like an afterthought, a needless frivolity. But it's too important to brush aside because something is happening in politics. In the musical sphere, questions of forgiveness have been asked, but a line must be drawn.
TT004: Dr. NoiseM / Theo Nugraha
Okay so this is just noise. Beautifully calming noise. Perfect for when you just want to get on with things. It's on Indonesian label Tandem Tapes, with one side coming from German Dr. NoiseM and the other from Borneo's Theo Nugraha. It's their fourth tape and they've got a bunch of names lined up for 2016 and beyond. See here.
Shedbug - Acceptance
This is the latest from thrhndrdsvntnn, and it's just superb. Beautifully paced electronica, heavy with beats yet retaining a kind of grace for earphone listening.
Emily Glass & Memory Leaks Onto The Rug
More turgid yet beautiful noise. There's an accompanying website but my browser can't work it out at all.
White Collar - Spectrum
White Collar sent this my way, saying "it's all music taken from 100 years ago and stretched out over my self pity". First off, not many people get in touch with me so that was much appreciated. Second, how could I resist that description? It's lovely.
Helicopter Quartet - Electric Fence
Helicopter Quartet is in fact a duo, made up of Chrissie Caulfield and Michael Capstick. Last year's Ghost Machine was really striking, one of the tracks featured in my BC15 mix, and this is similarly sharp and austere. The interplay between Caulfield's cello and Capstick's guitar is just superb, harrowing in its minor melancholy.
TEXTURE Mix - Jarvi
Total mix of electro bangers from Chicago's Jarvi, a resident at Smart Bar. Kraftwerk into Hauff is a particular high point, and it also features a track from my man Effy.
HELM — Olympic Mess (Beatrice Dillon Remix)
Olympic Mess came out this time last year and PAN unexpectedly released a pair of remixes on the world last week, one from N1L and one from our pal Beatrice. There are shades of the same playful style that we've heard in 'Curl' and 'Halfway', but there's a bombastic house vibe that brings to mind peak-time laser business. Huge.
Jon Hopkins - Cold Out There (2016 Vinyl Remaster)
Jon Hopkins is rereleasing his debut album Opalescent on vinyl. It's not that far removed from the wide-eyed bliss of Immunity, but there's a simple grace to it that belies the fact that its creator was just 20 when it was recorded.
Airhead - Kazzt (Mumdance Remix)
Mumdance has been playing Airhead's 'Kazzt' on his Rinse shows for at least a year, and it's a blindingly good track. Squawks and gurgles, a bubbling phrase that rises and builds, it's so good. Mumdance's own take on it, the flip for this Different Circles release, is a harsh and airy deconstruction, industrial mechanics and blaring hiss start to finish. Oof.
Midland - Decompression Suite
I'll be honest, I'm not really into the majority of stuff on Aus, and the forthcoming Aus 100 compilation hasn't really won me over, but this track is a gem. Midland's been on a roll lately, and 'Decompression Suite' continues that streak. It's harsh and discordant and then builds towards these operatic spacey synths that really open things up.
ABRA - CRYBABY
I've really been enjoying ABRA's Princess EP, and this track sums up a lot of what's great about it. 80s pop vibes, super vocals, huge bass. It's so fun, yet brimming with emotion.
Nadia Khan ~ Variations
Nadia just dropped this super track, a solid techno banger. Straight up.
I've gone and set up a Bandcloud Instagram, if you're interested in seeing me post pictures of tapes and records and whatnot.