Bandcloud 96. It's a big one.
Elizabethan Collar - /\\0
The masterful Aught project comes to an end with this release from Elizabethan Collar (also responsible for the first — the cycle saw two tapes each from five different artists). While /\\s 008 and 009, from De Leon and Topdown Dialectic, were each similarly dank and muggy, this one adopts a cleaner, more direct approach. The vibe is still dark, but the sound is pristine and razor sharp. A fitting end, particularly the oppressively harrowing '09' (all nine minutes of it). Many thanks to Aught for the great music, and of course to De Leon for the Bandcloud mix some months back.
Adam Oko - Diet of Germs
The latest release on Ast:Dyn (and it's been quite a while since the last) comes from Adam Oko, and has one of my favourite titles in ages. The title track is an hypnotic 3/4 jam, woodblock and guitar licks meeting floating synth patterns. Hold tight for the incredible BAT remix.
Isobel Ccircle~ - Sampled And Remixed EP
Another excellent free release from Sector 12/12, made up of three tracks from The Isobel Ccircle~ collective (including April Larson, another Bandcloud mix contributor). The Rory McCormick RMx of 'Voiseven' is chilling, as is 'Heart Beat', while the Terminus take on 'Vapourized' is utterly enlivening.
Various Artists - Death May Be Your Christmas Gift
Death Is Not The End specialise in lost and forgotten blues — penitentiary field recordings and the likes — and this seasonal offering is full of Christmas songs with titles like 'Will Hell Be Your Santa Claus?', 'Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over' and the unforgettable title track. A pertinent reminder that it's not all Santa suits and mulled wine for everyone. The music is damn good too, not just functionally informative.
Call Super 27th Nov 2015 - NTS Radio
Call Super was in London for a Houndstooth gig last week, so he popped over to the shack for a two-hour set. Inside find new Ondo Fudd, classic CS favourites from the likes of Chicks on Speed and Blaze and plenty of unknowns cuts.
Petre Inspirescu - Vin Ploile [Mule Musiq]
Another great release from Mule Musiq, this time from Petre Inspirescu. Turning his attention towards deeper sounds, there are plenty of languid synths, as well as lots of piano and bongos. I think 'Delir 2' is my favourite, that echoing rattle kills me, but closer Pan'la Glezne is also a delight.
BIS Radio Show #810 with Carl Craig
It's Carl Craig on BiS. Like you need more of a blurb than that.
stringing the red line - LUNALIA#4 - Sharon Gal - Maja Jantar week1
Two bodies and voices exploring the cycle of the moon.
LUNALIA, lunalala, lunala, lunal, luna, la lune.
luna: as in moon, tree, moth.
alia: almost as in non-normative forms of speech.
Humanimal - Rainbowbody
This is a weird one. It's a live performance from a duo called Humanimal, part human, part animal (with pig masks to boot). It's a trippy collage of sound, with a nauseatingly repetitive loop running for the final few minutes. When it reached that point I thought my phone was broken, to be honest.
Talbot Fade - Forever, We Weren't Here [from LOCLP006]
We're huge fans of Talbot Fade, and we're delighted that he's teamed up with Local Action to release a collection of some unheard tracks, both his own originals and reworks for other artists. 'Forever, We Weren’t Here' is the lead track, a truly haunting piece that wouldn't be out of place on a Hans Zimmer score. It'll be a name-your-price release, showing how big his heart really is (if that wasn't already apparent from his music). I'd really love this on wax though, if you're listening guys.
The Bunker Podcast 113 - Ital & Halal
The Bunker follow up that stellar Voices From The Lake podcast with one from Ital and Halal. If you've heard either of their solo releases or heard their live sets, or even justthis one track that they shared a while back, you'll know there'll be gloriously sensuous techno, dark, light and every shade in between.
Spokes - Tradegy In The Jasmine Garden
This exceptional Spokes track is finally coming out — I shared it as a demo back in January (way back in Bandcloud 53), and now it's featuring on a Boxed 12" alongside tracks by Slackk & Dullah Beatz, Lloyd SB and Geeneus. He could do a lot worse. It's a gut-wrenchingly beautiful piece of music.
Samoyed - Fawn
This Samoyed album is dope. I feel like it's 80s boogie but tinged with that woozy sound beloved of the likes of his peers Lukid and 1991. The wide-screen OST vibes of 'Fawn' —all Eastern flutes and huge synthetic bass — capture that feeling perfectly.
NO LISTS PLEASE. NO LISTS. The year isn't even over ffs.