The music's coming through me. It's about that time again. Apparently spring is here but I've got plenty of sad, angry music to remind you of the darkness.
Übung - Rashida EP
A few weeks ago I shared Lumigraph's mix for Mines Clarence, a Dublin-based cross-platform operation. This is the label's first release, a wonderfully murky tape from Wicklow's Übung. It's outsider house, but in a good way. Pneumatic basslines meet droning synth washes, dreamy vocals sit over Galcher-like lushness. I don't know anything about this Übung character, but I look forward to hearing more.
CFM - EICV7" No. 64
Speaking of Mines Clarence, head honcho CF Meister dropped this collection of "lost tracks" as he put it. It's nice, jazzy, sample-led stuff. The New York influence is heavy, largely from the time Meister spent there last year.
Olli Aarni - Kimalle
Another first release here, this time from Ghent-based tape label Dauw. "The aim of the label is to combine the graphic work of Femke Strijbol and some music we like. We want to create an unique hand-made piece of art that flatters both the ear and the eye."That's definitely the case with Kimalle, which came in gloriously beautiful packaging. Sadly, I didn't cop one. The music is that slow, ambling ambient style, single tones drifting and undulating across lengthy periods of blissful contemplation and introspection. Just my bag.
More ambient noodling here, only it's not new. It's actually from 2012, but it came to my attention this week after Sam Wild tweeted about it. Cheers Sam. I love the Bandcamp support comment underneath: "clearly illustrates a deep understanding of what this all means"
Rebecca Brandt - Jewelry Box (Rabit Remix)
The Green Village label has released a compilation of remixes of tracks from Rebecca Brandt's Numbers & Shapes. Rabit's entry is the standout for me, a mistily percussive take that's somehow dreamy and urgent. The Dakini9 and Ryan Cole remixes are also worth a look.
More tape stuff here. Tapes are so cool right? This is Detroit techno from and inspired by Detroit, all different tempos and moods. 'Visitor Badge For The Devil' is a great opener, but the whole latter half is superb. Nice work.
Bass Clef - Bugbranded EP
Public Information is great. Their (its?) BUTW mix for Christmas was delightfully odd. They put out what was probably my favourite electronic work that wasn't made by Boards of Canada last year. This is their first release since, a four-tracker from Bass Clef with some seriously amazing titles. Spacey yet jacking, twisted, and all in all quite fun.
Ricardo Donoso - Iro/erse Remixes
Yet another release of interest from Digitalis. The Paul Jebanasam and TM404 remixes are my picks - ambience and acid.
Yamaneko - Pixel Juice Mix
My man Joe did a mix for Fujoshi Made Me Hardcore on Sub City FM, and here it is. Not sinogrime, more like ... Mangagrime? It's the sort of stuff that will have you tripping while tears drip down your cheeks on the floor. And with titles like Noises In The Wave Wires Like The Kissing Of The Sea it's hard not to smile through those tears.
In The Mix 009 – Parris
Garage non garage post bass riddim Boxed. I think that might sum it up, but I'm an outsider round these parts. It's just a damn fine mix.
Boxed Vol. 1
Did someone say Boxed? The club night celebrates its first birthday this week and has dropped this mammoth free collection for our pleasure. All the different strands of the grime spectrum are in here, if you're into the scene you'll recognise all the names and feel all the styles. Personal highlights are William Skeng's lovely 'Visit Me', Slackk's strings-laden 'West of Rome' and the Prince Lazio's Ursher refix 'Go On & Hit It'.
Jaffe - Untitled (H.S. Mix) 2012
Seemingly some sort of unreleased remix, a perfectly Huercy slab of murk. Yeah that was really reaching, wasn't it.
Nate Forest Presents - O/A Records Showcase For Future Music
Organic Analogue has been dipping about on the scene for a while, with its first release finally appearing this year in the shape of Jeremiah R's New Wave EP. Label co-founder Nate Forest put together an hour of techno, forthcoming label goodness and 80s electro. Nice.
Inhalants - No Hats
This is coming out on LIES so it probably doesn't need a cosign from me, but hey, I like it. Twanging techno noise and claps. It's Friday after all.
Suzanne Kraft - Make-Out City mix
I was pretty miffed when I learned that Suzanne Kraft is the pseudonym of a dude from LA, so I wasn't jumping into this one with both feet. That said, it's a delightful collection of dreamy emo-electronica jams. Art of Noise and Janet Jackson feature, if you really need convincing.
Nina (Golden Pudel, Nina Trifft) Berceuse Heroique mix
I honestly can't big this one up enough. I listened to it three times in one afternoon, and more since. It's dark and moody as fck, perfect for my psyche right now. In the middle there's a more sinister take on DJ Shadow’s 'Gloaming' remix - terrorists, chemical weapons etc.
* ISM Final Mix Series * Magic Mountain High LIVE for Tape @ Trouw, Amsterdam
A live set from Magic Mountain High! What more do you want from me?!
SertOne - Finest Ego | Monthly Mix #037 – February 2014: 'Falling Thirty Thousand Feet' Ego
My man SertOne did a mix for Finest Ego a little while back. It starts with Vashti so I shouldn't need to say more. But he features a load of new stuff from friends and fam and more. Check it.
Basecamp - ATSW
The other day I tweeted: "The thing about listening to ambient soundscapes is that there's nothing to stop you getting Ace of Base in your head." Within two hours this appeared in my life, via The Hairpin. I know twee covers of pop/rnb/dance songs are the worst, but this is more like an electronic cover of a pop song if anything. I duno. I'm not morally opposed to it, I guess.
Clu - Opal Jelly
Irish duo Clu turn in a set for DiS Mag. Unreleased jawns and two non-Clu tracks.
Jam City - Earthly II
If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me refer to "Jam Shitty" the other day. Full disclosure, I was more in my Nina mood and couldn't deal with happy boppy sht like this. The first 10 minutes are great, rap and chunk and whatnot, then it gets into a weird almost reggaeton vibe or something. A second listen in a better mood and I was more into it. Good fun like. I'm not the biggest fan but this is all right. The accompanying artwork, with JC dressed up like Whistler's mother, is hilariously odd.
Peace out my friends. Have a fantastic weekend. Tell me all about it - I'm always keen for you to hit the reply button and start typing.
All the best,