Hallo. Music for fighting and loving this week.
VA - Lives Through Magic
Lives Through Magic is a new label established by former DFA label manager Kris Peterson. Its first release is a sprawling compilation with big names like Owen Pallet and Daphni (who collaborate here) and Róisín Murphy, as well as (relatively) lesser known artists such as D Tiffany, Malory and Ankle Shards. The latter contribute my favourite track, a juddering disco-tech number, but there's a host of class here. On top of that, proceeds are going to the Oakland-based Gray Area Foundation For The Arts and the Trans Assistance Project, specifically in the wake of the Ghost Ship fire.
V/A - Rhinoceritis: Voices in Dissent (corpus callosum distro)
Another fundraiser, this one is from Ladyz in Noyz and Corpus Callosum Distro, both run by Marlo Eggplant. It's in response to a wave of global tyranny, and aims to raise money for Border Angels, a volunteer programme advocating for immigration reform and social justice focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border; and Forward Together, a "multi-racial organisation that works to transform culture and policy to catalyse social change". It's got 46 tracks, spanning genres from noise pop and free jazz to sound art and collage. You can order a cool sticker with the album art on it too.
Ghost Signs - These Small Things Rebuild
Belfast-based Ghost Signs shared this wonderful four-track suite with me. It was released last month, and features lengthy explorations of humming bass and soaring guitar, muted drone experiments with real emotion and treated samples rendered unrecognisable. I'm not sure if the title 'What Comes After The Bomb?' is meant to be fearful or hopeful, but the muffled vocals and major key suggest the latter, so I'll go with that. A cheery end.
Luka Productions - Fasokan
This is new age from Mali. It's one of several new releases on Sahel Sounds, and it's a blissful and evocative trip through the skies. Sampled West African instruments mesh with synths and digital instruments beautifully. 'Terriya' is my pick.
Oscillate Podcast N°16 selected and mixed by Low Power FM
Late pass here, but Johanna Knutsson and Kate Miller put together a gorgeous mix that swims slowly from languid ambient towards low-slung chugging beats, moving into a final third of sci-fi sounds and outer-world communications.
Louis Vuitton A/W 2017 Men's Show Soundtrack mixed by Honey Dijon
A short mix from Honey Dijon, which soundtracked the recent Supreme x Louis Vuitton show. It's just three tracks, but it bangs — positive vibes only.
Jacktone Radio #80 - CMD (modular_systems)
One of CMD's new tracks featured on Bandcloud radio last week. She's a Montréal DJ and producer who makes dark-tinged electro/techno, and here she put together and hour of such gems for Jacktone's radio show. It's thrilling, incessant and energetic. It also ends with some beautifully lush sounds from fellow Montréal artist France Jobin.
Yoko Higashi - Impovisation song for a sunday early night by hamaYôko
Yoko Higashi is based in Lyon and is both a composer and dancer. She calls this recent work, which features the vocals of Kyô MH, a heavy drone pop song. It's about three times longer than your average pop song though. Grinding and eye-opening.
rkss - Brostep In The Style Of Florian Hecker (Excerpt, CON006)
As this is a minute-long excerpt, it seems there's more to say about the concept than the music. In a kind of influence chain, rkss has used dubstep presets to emulate the work of Hecker, who was emulating David Tudor. Interestingly, the music is being released as a stereo mix of eight channels, four mixes of two channels each, all eight channels individually, a video game and a limited-edition lanyard. This 84-second excerpt is nothing like you'll expect from the above. It's a whirlwind.
Silent Season 10 Year Collection 2007-2017 [SSX10]
The wonderful Silent Season turns 10 years this year, and to celebrate they're putting out 10 special records from artists who continue to inspire the label's sound. Here are five tracks from the first five records, with some unsettling ambience from Earthen Sea, lurching dub techno from BLNDR, acidic wob from Odes of the Kabatian etc.
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