The spoopiest time of the year. My baby's in a skeleton outfit today, of course. Pics on request.
David Fyans - Esplanade
I've been delicate all week and I've come back to this several times. David Fyans has an excellent subscription service on Bandcamp, as you pay a relatively paltry amount and receive long-form pieces like this several times a month, of uniformly high quality.Esplanade is built around a gentle 5/4 theme that lopes unendingly for 50 minutes. Embellishments come and go, ideas knock in and dart away, but this theme is constant.
Malte Cornelius Jantzen - No One Does It Like You Do
Another great piece to soothe the mind. This is a deep and immersive half-hour piece that rumbles along with no great movement, a giant glacier of a piece. I need to listen to it louder to pick out the intricacies, but for now, float away.
We will fail - Hand That Heals / Hand That Bites
I caught a tiny bit of We Will Fail's set before M.E.S.H. at Unsound and really enjoyed it, so I ran for this recent release on the Polish MonotypeRec. It's a two-part album that covers a huge variety of sounds, with great success. Noise, clanks, bleeps etc.
VA - Death on the Hour: Aural Apparitions from the Geographic North
Geographic North dropped this a few weeks back but I held off on sharing it until now. It's a compilation of seasonal music to spook and seduce. I'm particularly into Auburn Lull's 'Uncertain Color' and Windy & Carl's 'Witch & a Cauldron'.
Jordan GCZ has just put the bulk of his Off Minor back-catalogue on Bandcamp, largely for vinyl sales, but you can at least hear stuff like The KM20 Tapes Volume 2 in full here. T-shirts available too! No mugs yet though.
TTB Mix For The Astral Plane
Truant, NTS high-flier and killer DJ, TTB came through with a beautiful mix for The Astral Plane last week. It's as diverse and nourishing as one of her shows (this week's was stellar as ever). The accompanying interview is an inspiration too: "My dream right now is to have a bigger heart, and to become a kinder person." <3
Groove Podcast 80 - Paula Temple
I've listened to and needed a lot of soothing stuff this week, but sometimes you want the blood to pulse. This will help that. Paula Temple mix, goes hard, yeah, but it starts off at a low speed and ramps up in moments. There's a track around 36 minutes with a really amazing synth line over a hard-as-hell beat that kills me. She's one of the best.
Entro Senestre - Lets Make Things Great Again
Is this trite? The title alludes to a commonly found phrase in our current landscape, but the track is beautiful and the intention seems genuine.
Studio OST - Eventide
In which Galcher Lustwerk and Alvin Aronson return to their Studio OST collab. Apparently this release of four tracks is more floor-focused than its album-length predecessor. Cool with me. This is smooth, and there's a beatless version to come.
ABYSSAL 32 | E-SAGGILA
I loved E-Saggila's recent release on Opal Tapes, and this mix gives a fascinating insight to her productions. It's centred around a style called Chobi, which is an Iraqi form of dance music, all rattling drums and powerful singing. That said, it features her own discordant effects and mutations, rendering the whole thing perfectly E-Saggilan.
Larry Leaba & Bell Le Roy - 22 - 04 - 16 (Warmy - Parm Mix)
As I've said to many people this week, leaba is the Irish for bed. This track is not sleepy but will prepare you for bed, with its warm and cosy grooves and familiar chirrups. It's out on Proibito next month. It sounds like it could be a Dublin lad working with a New Yorker, in fact they are apparently two musos from the east and west of the Atlantic, though that's the only part of that blurb I'd believe.
I've written a huge screed about Unsound, which may (should) be published next week. If you'd care for a read before then, let me know.