I asked Twitter how many SoundCloud links to include. The answer was many as I liked, so it's a big mail. Bank holiday crew, loads to soundtrack your weekend!
Cloudface - Variations
Cloudface often makes sumptuous synth house (if you can call it that?) but here he provides music for (non)concentration. It's an exploration of the Korg Mono/Poly Synthesizer, and sees him dabble with this machine with varying output. It's all delightful, but some parts are more energised than others. 'Unhex' is my favourite.
sad_rave - Add Red
I don't really know what to say about this tape from Doug aka sad_rave. It's on Don't Drone Alone, who previously provided a Bandcloud guest mix. It's from a score by Michael Pisaro, and it features humming drone that's lower than any bass note, like the rumbling sound of a far-off flight, and rustling real-life sounds that creep in and out furtively, taking you by surprise.
Ingrid 0xE0 - Shift in shift out
I just discovered this artist and I'm in love. She (I think?) dropped a bunch of albums this week, and it was really hard to pick just one. Really interesting and bolshy house jams with a corroded techno flair.
Jorge Caiado - Me And My Head EP [GR028]
I've been on a classic house kick lately - I'm not sure if this is brought on by the stack of old records I sifted through in All City recently, the record fair I attended in Dublin last Saturday or the nice weather we've had. Maybe it's a combination of all three. Either way, this is a delight. 'Moving Forward' is a crisp and driving track that feels like a mix in one track, its disparate elements coming together to give unexpected pleasure. The title track is a deeper cut, yet no less energetic, while 'Street Corner View' is built around a two-note phrase that's set to ebb and flow in different patterns. Love it.
It Works Podcast #75 mit M//R (LIES / Great Circles, Philadelphia, USA)
This is on a similar tip to the Jorge Caiado release above. It's bouncy, crunchy, bleepy and FUN. I don't know any of the tracks (well, there's one I faintly recognise) so it's a lovely tread through some timeless party gems.
Liquid Asset - her tomb is empty
For the weekend that's in it... This is a nice and dreamy techno cut. I think it's techno? I don't know what to call it.
Brother M - Bee On
I could have picked any one of a number of tracks on this guy's account really. It's nice foggy droney stuff, it sort of judders along with a hint of rhythm before squelching away into the ether. His profile pic is amazing too.
Jyun Jyun - Do Hits Set - Music Without Borders
This is an incredible mix, its focus is electronic music but it's built around samples and ideas from folk-inspired music from around the world; a "borderless musical expanse".
ripprs - Time
Short but brilliantly executed - this is just the sound of a clock embellished with beats.
motiv-a - Live set @ Nothing Changes w/ Varg, Greg Z. 3-22-17 [Childhood Industries]
Banging techno m8. It's a wonderful live set from this New York-based artist.
Nymphaea - Levertov Suite I - The Danger Moments
Nymphaea - Levertov Suite II - Tragic Error
This is a suite in two parts in honour of the poet Denise Levertov. The artist calls it ambient but the first piece is more unsettling than that, Goblin-esque synths and melodies chilling the bones as the poet's words are spoken with force and determination. It does drift into a protracted flow, but that main melody is never far away. The second is much more ethereal, reminding me of something I can't place.
josephpanama - Chinos Prick
Joe Panama went to see Music For 18 Musicians and, understandably enough, started tapping his foot. A fellow audience member chiding him for doing so. On arriving home, Joe wrote this piece of music as a tribute. It's haunting.
Happy Easter. Or not. I've got a four-day weekend baby and I'm gonna eat a tonne of chocolate. Also seeing Herron and Machine Woman on Sunday, BOOM.