Wow! This week is a big one. To mark the occasion I've written a few pieces myself, as usual, but I've also asked some guests to talk about something they've been really feeling lately.
steffi neuhuber - Theory of Nebulous Moss - Waiting for Departure
I heard of this on Twitter from Cinchel, who tweeted about buying it this week. It's a four-track release filled with abstract noise — it's hard to tell if the bass sounds are computer-generated or in fact bass clarinet. Surrounding these notes are cranked-up field recordings and electronic fizzes, footsteps and whirs looped like beats and synths. The final track is part alien transmission, part mournful, wordless dirge.
Darya Spivakova - moscow-petushki
This is from December 2016 and I've flicked through it so many times I had to open my heart/wallet to keep listening. Glad to do so. More strange abstract noise and field recordings (lots of passing trains), this time coupled with the sound of ambient fog, radio transmissions and samples from olde worlde movie films. Just like the world around you, but more so, and more interesting, I'd guess.
Deep Club Podcast #20: Bert Gan
Deep by name, deep by nature. The latest entry in this series is from Bert Gan aka Soul Tangler aka Ryan Wurst of Always Human Tapes, the US label that just put out its 100th release. This set is a live recording of a set he played opening up for D'Marc Cantu last year, and covers a gorgeous range of sounds, moving from yawning ambient to slow, chuggy techno, a delicate mist hanging over it all.
Doc Sleep (Jacktone/Room 4 Resistance) chose:
Bleid - Bleid
I first heard Bleid when they remixed Violet on her 1st Naive EP. I love the complex adds yet complementary vibe on the remix, they managed to keep the breaks and “fun” intact, yet took a left turn through darker territory but in an expert move, managed to not overpower it with darkness and rather added an evocative layer of moody pads and some signature sizzling/hissing texture electronics sprinkled throughout. It's just very well done.
For their 8-track debut on Labareda, we get to hear the Bleid touch — fractured/almost-malfunctioning electronics (I picture live wires flailing around a dark synth studio and maybe someone with a blowtorch), heavy on the subs, but also eerie melodies rooted in industrial, ebm, or something like Pan Sonic, Cabaret Voltaire, even Ziur at times. This is first-rate freshness! To me it's equal parts Modern Love, Jealous God, Planet Mu... and, Labareda. Hat tip to Sonja who is another strong, creative, community-focused voice in the Portuguese scene elevating local artists through her label, Quântica show and events in Porto and Lisbon.
Doug from Hausu Mountain chose two:
Grasshopper - Zombie Flesh Eaters b/w Assault on Precinct 13 - (2017)
One of my favorite labels, Baked Tapes, recently launched Not Quite Archaic — a label that's only doing lathe cut records. Their first release was the first Grasshopper material since the LP we did a few years ago on HausMo. Amazing, freaky takes on iconic horror themes from Fabio Frizzi and John Carpenter.
Prince Far I and the Arabs - Cry Tuff Encounter Chapter III - (1979)
A mostly instrumental album coming from a dub-producer mostly known for his awe-inspiring, off-the-cuff, improvised vocal delivery. "Plant Up" begins with some of the most 420-core, manipulated vocals in his career. The rest of the album that follows is an incredibly groovy, technically complex, tropical sci-fi odyssey.
Violet (Naive) chose:
LSDXOXO - BURN THE WITCH
This particular one on LDSXOXO is really vibey. The whole album is really interesting although a bit goofy at times (see the Depeche Mode sampling one). I love how it’s very sample-heavy and cut-n-paste hip hop in aesthetic but still manages to feel super fresh and even socially minded somehow.
Charles Drakeford (FTD/NTS) chose:
How To Get Rich In Rotterdam, Geluidshouwerijw - ..../efening Kunstbaardt in Rotterdam
I've been pretty pumped on Discos Transgénero recently. Everything on the label is pretty great, but this latest comp of How To Get Rich In Rotterdam, Geluidshouwerijw is particularly enjoyable. "brilliant, plodding art-slop that reeks of inside jokedom" says it all really...
CCL (TUF) chose:
Truancy Volume 201: Yu Su
Whatever grey and uneasy time you may be having this winter, I know I can always count on Yu Su as a colorful and therapeutic guide into tranquil moments ... like picking wildflowers and making pasta.
Thank you to all my guests for contributing! And thanks to Paul Guinan for the banner up top. As always, I hope you find something you love, whatever it may be. I'm on DDR on Sunday night! For real this time...