Hey! It's been a strange week worldwide. Not really my place to comment, all I can do really is share good music and good vibes.
Aymeric de Tapol - Les Horizons
New Vlek, whose standard is always pretty high. This comes from Brussels-based Aymeric de Tapol, who clearly has a sense of humour underneath these serious tunes. The label describes the release as "7 tracks that explore his love of ghostly drones and proto techno pulses". Spot on.
Kinlaw - YM/K
The latest release on Seagrave is from Kinlaw, who turns in dank, corroded electronic workouts, not unlike Rezzett's recent work (see below for more on him/them). Offbeat grunts, distorted trumpet samples and phased synth work make this one a hazy trip. Like lumpy, mutant trap music.
YUKA - Datura
Intense, fizzing techno, that goes from an incessant drone to subtle, driving beats.
Lack - Undoing Gaze
This was going to go down below for its excerpts, but then I found the full thing on Bandcamp. After buying the tape, which I thought was not available digitally. D'oh. It's a good release though, a class venture into ominous, unsettling drone, so I'm not mad!
Anna Homler and Steve Moshier - Breadwoman & Other Tales
Just one track, from a release due next year on RVNG. It's a weird sort of concept piece: "Breadwoman is a being who exists outside of time, yet surfaced on tape during the perfect storm of performance art, renegade DIY avant-garde, gallery culture, and esoteric mysticism of early 80s Los Angeles." Check this pic on FACT! She's literally a bread woman!!!111 etc. Music's cool though. Really interesting. Fuzzy percussive sounds, trippy vocals. Big up RVNG.
Michael Claus - JKTN009
I was alerted to this release by its masterer Worker/Parasite, whose brand of hard-edged techno led me to expect similar styles herein. I couldn't really have been more wrong. This is sumptuous, ghostly music that flutters and whispers beautifully, part blissful ambient, part thoughtful dance-floor killers, with a dash of outsider house stylings thrown in for good measure.
I have a BC playlist on SoundCloud, to which I add things, listen, then remove, but some things end up staying in there for a while for whatever reason. As well as some new stuff (as standard) this week I'm trying to shine a light on things I've come across that have a criminally low play count. Incidentally, the day I started writing this, Electronic Beats shared this interesting project, "a site where you find songs you've probably never listened or wanted to listen to", ie all those tracks that are lost in SoundCloud's forgotten, unheard wasteland. Happy digging...
Nichola Scrutton - Word of Mouth
This is two years old yet only has 30-something plays. It's a brilliant example of the power of the human voice. Glasgow-based Nichola Scrutton uses "phonetic gestures to project the emergence of vocal sounds on the breath, which are extended and woven together to evoke metaphorical and spatial associations". There are a fair lot more tracks on her page but this was my introduction to her work.
Edoc - Rainy Days Sessions_Vol 1.
We had a particularly rainy day this week, I got drenched on the way to work. I'm talking soaked through my Timberlands wet. I can't find much about Edoc, but putting some pieces on him from PlayGround Mag through Google translate turns out words like 'elusive' and 'furtive', as well as describing his sound as "crackling and drenched in melancholy wet". Apt. This 52-minute mix is gloriously crunchy and skittery beat music. The choppy sax-laden track at 16 mins is a delight.
Jordan GCZ - Bol
Absolutely gorgeous new one from this half of Juju & Jordash. The first Lushlyfe record, for Rush Hour's 'No Label' imprint, was a beaut, and if the other tracks on this release are as good as 'Bol', we're in for a treat. It's... lush.
Valesuchi - Wake Up (For You!)
Valesuchi crafts a grinding house tune around a vocal sample screaming "WAKE UP", I thought it was Missy but it seems it's actually Patti Smith.The high hats and claps on this one are crazy. It's on a comp from Santiago-based Discos Pegaos, check the rest!
Queef - galway rain
"the pissing rain in galway and some cars and mostly its raining."
thanks,bye - last day
This account followed me on SC and their one track sounds like a darker Talbot Fade offcut. It's not Talbot Fade though.
Omar Souleyman – Heli Yuweli (Rezzett Rerezz)
Rezzett rerezzes Omar Souleyman, with unsurprisingly Rezzettish rezzults (sorry).
That's a lot of music and a lot of words. Too much? What would Luther say...