Okay so things are back to normal. Last week was an aberration, I'm very sorry!
odi me - line cook music
This is a really cool release on Jacktone Records. odi me is a chef and he composed the music here for his kitchen. Much like myself, odi me didn't get into electronic music through clubs and drugs (I was too young for all that when I first got into it anyway): "I came up in this craft because I needed the energy for dinner service." There's a track called 'idontliketheguitar', so we really are kindred spirits.
Ziúr - Deeform
This is the first physical release from Objects Ltd. It's post-club or whatever that is. Beats, wobs, caverns, claps and explosions, gated rhythms, human cries, it's all in there. The final track, 'Bud Dallas', is a real winner. Slower than the rest, it features weird layered electronic flute melodies and syncopated drums and bass. Killer.
Hugo Jay - Spent LP
I've really been enjoying a lot of warm, lush, vibey house lately. Very uncharacteristic, I know. This tape is a lot of fun, it's from Auckland's Hugo Jay, and it's got thick bass lines and misty synths. That all sounds played out but trust me! It works.
Faten Kanaan - The Botanist & The Archaeologist
Here we have an album of retro synthpop shoegaze sci-fi dirges from Brooklyn's Faten Kanaan. Gurgling and breathy, these synths are awash with urgent melancholy, a strained passion threaded throughout each song.
Strict Face - Rain Cuts EP
Strict Face knocks out bangers and jams all the time, but this EP is such a well rounded affair that it's warmed my heart. It's full of his own personal take on grime, but it's just that: personal. The artwork sees him sitting on his car bonnet in the rain, paper flying around him. 'White Rovers' has Asian flutes, Timbaland-esque kicks and tonnes of empty space, making it a contemplative banger. 'Honour Avenue' jacks head-noddingly but feels like it's the track to soundtrack joyous tears on the floor. Meanwhile, 'Rainfall' and 'The Calm' are wistful odes to whatever you feel. Such a good release.
ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş - Ģăīă
Witch house is back, baby. Not really, this is dark ambient classical operatic stuff. The Bandcamp page is indeed tagged witch house actually, but no. It's not. This is good!
Marta De Pascalis - Nox
I was going to include excerpts from this artist's new tape on The Tapeworm but they last all of about 40 seconds. Instead enjoy this longer track from 2014. More gloopy ambient fog laced with uncertainty. The best kind!
Catriona Shaw - Aerial Holding Hands
This is really fascinating! I nearly didn't share it but hey, you deserve the best. Catriona Shaw grew up on the Orkney Islands and clung to her radio as a link to the rest of the world. Here she tries to recreate that experience with a 26-minute piece that's full of hiss, static, spoken word, phased vocals and wild singing.
Kroba - Sax on the Lot Radio 9.26.16
Sax haters, the door is behind you. This is New York's Kroba playing and looping and editing live sax over techno on air earlier this week. Simply wonderful. He's such a fine player, his sound is beautifully warm, crystal clear and foggily subdued when the mood calls for it, and the manipulation adds so many layers of excellence to the experience.
FrustPhase - PoorPoise
BoB SwanS, aka FrustPhase, drops some neat ambient stuff. There's a proper release page but the Bandcamp section is full this week. This track is a gorgeous floaty number, a globular theme bumbling down with viscous charm.
Counting down the days till my first live radio show in Dublin! Go like the station!