I had a moment this week. I was listening to some mournful ambient or whatever and I realised it was making me feel quite sad. So I switched it off. There won't be much of that this week. Good vibes only. Well, to a point.
Body In The Thames - Plasticine Pyramids
Wonderful album from a brilliant person. BITT is wise and kind, generous with his time and ideas. He also makes really interesting music with synths and drum machines. I especially love the frenetic 'Kidds' and the gentle '[hold me]'. Fluid, propulsive music with graceful warmth and clinical precision.
Black Hat - Impossible World
Hausu Mountain put out loads of music, lots of it experimental and weird, but this is almost straightforward dance music??? Not quite. 'Diary' is a huge track that shifts and darts about with broken beats appearing here and there under wild synth melodies. 'Headband' sounds like Duckett if he went full Skynet. There are moments that are coldly aquatic, others that feel like forest techno. It's rich and varied, and hugely enjoyable.
Tectorum Tapes - Vol. Three
Tectorum Tapes - Vol. Four
Tectorum Tapes have put out two new compilations and both are excellent. Lots of drifting ambient with an edge, both releases feature music that's slightly outside of whatever genre you might place it in. Highlights come from Echavox, Phexioenesystems, Dimitar Dodovski, vv. and my online pal Leaaaaaaves. On top of the great music, for every purchase Jeff from Tectorum is going to donate the price of a tape ($5) to Direct Relief, which helps those hit by hurricanes and other natural disasters. Furthermore, he's offered a discount to Bandcloud readers, but he'll still donate the full amount. Just type in "relief" and you can order the tapes for a dollar each.
Marcus Fjellström - Skelektikon
I'd never heard of Marcus Fjellström until his untimely death this week. It's a tragic reason for doing so, but I went and checked out his most recent work and it's quite impressive. It's beautifully strange ambient/soundtrack-type music with hints of orchestral and abstract classical music. Shame it took his death for me to hear it.
BKV 013 7FO - Quiet Flash / Water Vapour
Nobody does it Bokier. New 7" from Bokeh Versions from Japan that defies any simple description, as all the best Bokehs do.
Morning~Gardening With Jenn #4 DDR 17.09.17
This is a lovely morning-time set from Jenn aka Dreamcycles.
Mike Crawford - Wild Error EP (incl. Brendon Moeller Remixes)
Mike made a really cool ambient thing as Discount Drones a few years back but has gone down a different path here. Driving dub techno, if that makes sense, Wild Error sees him combine the lush ambient tones he made before with a more energetic pulse. Brendon Moeller aka Echologist is on hand to contribute a brace of remixes of the title track, one bleepy and frantic, the other more languid and heartfelt, while retaining its power.
MHYSA - SAD MANIC SNACK
For when you're sad but you're still looking like a snack. A bold and courageous mix that features Frank Ocean, Spice Girls, Kelis (from 1999 but still sounding perfectly fresh) all mixed up with rock that I don't know (maybe some White Stripes?) and a cacophony of noise. Speed, tempo and pitch all get played around with to blistering effect. Incredible. Closer to God.
echocycle - Float Point
Rounding things off with this nice floaty track.