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Pod Blotz - The Voltaic Eye
This is some wild 80s shoegaze meets EBM stuff, walls of noise and sound messing around with no regard for anything straightforward. It comes from San Francisco multidisciplinary artist Suzy Poling aka Pod Blotz and it's on the Nostilevo label. It will really help you shake the cobwebs off and open your eyes.
Damon Bell - Altered Visions EP
Speaking of seeing things, Damon Bell brings Altered Visions on this release for Meda Fury. Some of the tracks are harder and faster than his recent releases for Burek and Don't Be Afraid, but 'Ether' still brings the melody, twisted as it may be. The title track is a return to that kind of unctuous flow, while 'Kinetic Energy', which features Afrikan Sciences, is a grinding sludgefest of a track. And that's a compliment.
shawné michaelain holloway - XXXSTINCTIØN
This is from last December, but I just discovered thanks to a recent Twitter threadstarted by Vapor Lanes people of colour working in the ambient/noise scene (the whole thread is a worth a look!). This release is really striking. The second track, 'XXXST1NCT+1ØN.TECHNOlog - 20151124 2009.WAV 0', features a solid stream of noise over which we hear a deadpan description of killing, presumably from a veteran talking about his first kill, firing missiles, and the brevity of his colleagues at this horrible event. The track then disintegrates, that noise becoming gated and broken, reflecting the victim's last moments. It's a more overtly political approach than I've seen recently, jarring in how it foregrounds such horror.
Vapor Lanes - Hieratic Teen
And speaking of Vapor Lanes, here's his latest album, which I missed last month. It starts off with hazy electronica that's even woozier than BoC on their best day, then moves into some thick noise, a blanket of sound that's smothering and comforting.
Galdoors Radio w/ Junes & Tames feat. Duckett - 21.11.16
Ahead of his release on Galdoors (I played a track from it on DDR last month) Duckett provided a guest mix for the label's KMAH radio show. It's "99% exclusive material", he says, and it's a wonderful mixture of the floral and fluid style he has, along with some juddering acid for good measure.
Motion Cast Vol. 8: Nadia Khan
Nadia Khan has put together an incredible mix for Motion Ward, and it's full of slightly unnerving weird tracks, some of which I recognise but just can't place (but also featuring the sublime '147 Stars' from Telephones). It moves from that harrowing sound into gently uplifting house, opening up a world of joy. If you've heard her superb Open Interior tape for Where To Now? you'll have an idea of her sorrowful sound palette.
Wilted Woman - böse mango #1
Just a weird track! Wilted Woman is cool, this track is gnarly, the artwork is a hoot.
m. geddes gengras - study #4 11.18.16
The fourth in a series of pieces made with Make Noise Voltage Controlled Oscillators, this passage of drifting space is as good as anything you'll hear from the prolific M. Geddes Gengras, whose thoroughly dreamy sounds are nothing short of epic.
Breakfast Club Cast 020 - Regelbau Label
Regelbau is my new favourite crew, their take on what one might term Balearic house has really touched me lately. Here C.K. represents them with a solid two hours of soothing ambient and house with just the right amount of bounce.
Lara Sarkissian - Geghard
Club Chai's Lara Sarkissian shared this track, from a short film called Sara. It's a recording of an Armenian monastery choir over undulating flute and beautiful percussion.
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