I never thought this day would come. Back in the early days I would share a stupid number of links, until someone suggested it was too much to get through. Since this is the last one for a while, here is a glut. As it happens, gmail WILL cut this off so I recommend clicking "view this email in your browser" if you want to get the full experience.
Lunaria - Water Mind
This one could just play all day and I'd be happy. It's a tape of ambient stuff, two long pieces that balance each other out in mood. The first is all glistening splendor, shiny beauty with the occasional distorted crunch. The second is just as beautiful but its tone is darker, slightly sinister, rueful perhaps. It closes with a long passage that dwells on a single chord, occasional modulation leading towards a graceful fade.
Emerging Industries of Wuppertal - Traditions from a Vestigial Intranet
Strategic Tape Reserve is a weird label that I haven't quite got a handle on just yet. Lots of cool electronica, some song-based stuff that I can't get with. But that's cool. There's a weird mystique around them that's really intriguing, so I always check out what I can. This release lands very much on the 'good' side. It's almost like 90s IDM-tronica as seen through the eye of the "wink/tongue out" emoji. It's silly, charming, weird, hummable, noisy. 'Bathysphere' sounds like a duet between floaty syth and weird human wail.
DINA - Boarding Gate 009
This is a sweet radio show from DINA, originally broadcast last week on n10.as. Deep and trippy techno, it features the excellent Another Place by upsammy - this track was in my head all week but I couldn't place it, then it popped up here. Thanks for Christian for IDing it. And DINA for playing it! She says the mix contains "mellow vibes" but I could not find them. It's hard and fast. Maybe I'm gone soft in my old age.
Dere Moans - Brain Mountain Disciples
Something about the word 'plunderphonics' just rubs me up the wrong way but I like this release. It's got warbled tape stretch, creepy melodies, chopped up samples, blips, and that's just in the first two minutes. It goes off into a kind of beatsy direction, rattling along with synthetic bass and strange noises, almost like a computer game soundtrack playing in the background while someone messes around with sticks and cutlery held together by cling film. The second track opens with the chilling fuzzy dankness of a Sim Hitchins track before going fully 8-bit. It's pretty weird. And cool.
Glenneth - Gaze
This is the first release on a new label called Maquette Records. It comes from Laurie Carter aka Glenneth, and it's a beautiful set of tracks. To grasp at a comparison, think the lush sounds of Four Tet or imagine Jon Hopkins crossed with mid-00s James Holden. Long tracks that start off simply but unfurl into shimmering cascades of colour. Gonna go full on #musicwriting here while I still can.
Lily Ackerman - Weiter EP
This is a sweet electro-tinged techno release from San Francisco DJ/producer Lily Ackerman. Opener 'Bathroom' is bittersweet, deep chords evoking past regrets while looking to a different future. This track comes with a gnarly remix from Gayphextwin. 'Weitergehen' is similarly paced but opts for a more sparse approach. Kickin' stuff.
Fuckault - Sine Works Vol.1: Organics
[16:30, 8/28/2018] A: just listened to a 10-minute piece composed of dial tones and modem noises
[16:56, 8/28/2018] T: Pass
Bridget Hayden - Pure Touch Only From Now On, They Said So
I first came across this label via Al Sundvall. They feature some drifting guitar and lots of weird sound art. This is sort of in between, not entirely unlike the softer Grouper stuff but just as weird as her darkest. Lots of muted, shredded guitar and whispered vocals.
Sarah Hennies/Lenka Novosedlíková - Sisters (for Vibraphone)
This came to my attention via a tweet from Sietse van Erve aka Moving Furniture. It's almost too subtle for words. It's a beautiful performance piece that was inspired by and a recorded in a church in Kyjatice, Slovakia. "When you pulse one note on a vibraphone for 20 minutes, why do you need to do anything else?" Proceeds from physical purchases will go towards maintenance of the church. I don't have the right words for this.
Groove Podcast 173 - Russell E.L. Butler
I nearly didn't share this because a) I tweeted about it and b) it's got 3k+ plays. But it's so good. It's a right classic house party mix. But when I say classic, it's all stuff that's a little bit left of field and unknown. Or at least I don't know it. It's pumping exhilarating drum machine music from a wonderful DJ and producer. It all ramps up towards a super exciting finale. I shared Butler's Dropping Out of Life EP earlier in the week and people picked up on that to say that they don't get the credit they deserve. It's true!
KS 3 - Synapse - Night Moves / Untitled #4
Preview here of a monster re-release. Jack Murphy's Knowing Something is repressing Synapse's Night Moves. In case you didn't know, Synapse is a duo made up of John Selway & BPMF. If you liked Selway's 'Shimmerdown', which got the reissue treatment from Future Times last year, you'll like these tracks. The A-side is a gorgeous slice of electro that's graceful yet tough, while the B-side is a slower jam that's unnervingly tense.
HUE NYC - HOT 'N SPICY 006
Hue is a party in New York that centres people of colour (hence the name, I guess). From what I can gather they've put recordings from all their parties online, which is cool. This latest one features a set from AceMo and one from residents NK Badtz Maru and KA WAI. I've been really enjoying both but I got a jolt of enjoyment when Rod Lee's 'Dance My Pain Away' kicked in during the latter mix. There's also some wild track that samples 'Toxic', if anyone could ID that one it'd be great!
Magnétophonique - Une Cartographie Idéale
This one on Not Not Fun follows the amazing record from Les Halles in its gauzy sun-drenched beauty. The label calls it 'evocative mirage exotica'. That's perfect. It's nice and woozy and hazy, stuff you might enjoy while reading in the sunlight on a nice beach.
Algorave is where people code music in real time. This is a fresh attempt from Dane Law, who's part of the Quantum Natives crew and has in recent years featured here with his wild deconstructions of music by Celine Dion and William Orbit. This one is a bit different. Weird and strange noises culled from digital birdsong and other stuff. Nice.
US_MX003 - THE CREATRIX
This is quite unlike any mix I've heard lately. It's "a collection of unreleased original material, soon to be published writing, interviews with Andean feminists, friend's music (Nackt, Juba Kalamka, Osheyack) and Betty Apple, The Scientist, Toymob, A maze, Jon Z/Ozuna, Deep Learning plus some youtube sensations". It jumps from style to style with no regard, spoken word distracting but not detracting from the various sounds on offer. It also features that lady who loves cats who wants to hug every cat in the world.
In Session: Eris Drew's 'Thundering Goddess Mix'
Mixmag published a wonderful profile on Eris Drew last week. It's a thorough feature that covers her life and career over the past two decades with geuine love and care. The only downside to me was the lack of mix. In the interests of maximising clicks and creating content, that was shared this week! And what a mix. It opens with a solid 20 minutes of eye-opening rave, every drop a serotonin rush in itself. The mix breaks down with Leftfield's ‘Fanfare of Life’, only to build again slowly, taking in deeper corners, opening out and expanding into life-affirming piano house.
UNIIQU3 - PHASE 3
Utterly slamming release from Jersey's UNIIQU3 on NLV Records. Literally shaking with grooves at my desk to this one. Heavy bass drum hits, crisp 'Think' breaks, lively samples, invigorating rhymes, this release has it all.
White Material Mix Series #4 - Galcher Lustwerk
Party like it's 2014 Bandcloud with this all Galcher mix! 100% Galcher 2018 edition, this one contains outtakes from the Dark Bliss album. This is... exactly what you want out of such a mix. It sounds like Galcher but it's new. That may not interest you any more but it's making me feel alive. I love this. The music cuts out around half an hour in a low bass line creeps in quietly. Dreamy island club music, Galcher-style. Then he starts to rap: "I'm flying in a jet... It's a big jet." And then a sax line comes in. I never want it to end.