I have a sneaking suspicion that the legendary Divan poet Fuzûlî didn’t dabble in modern hip-hop during the 1500s, though who am I to suggest that the young, enterprising souls in bastrd didn’t go back in time and ask him to sample a few grooves for him?
Rather elegant jazzy lo-fi beat music out of Northern California. A worthy purchase.
I wasn’t quite sure what to make of glič, a DJ out of Manchester, England. Within a moment, any concerns were immediately allayed with his really funky groove. His music and the music of the artists he’s remixing covers R&B, electro and delves a bit into dubstep.
glič reaches back to Manchester’s venerable tradition of electronic music, and he updates the hell out of it in these remixes.
Nervu is a Portuguese ambient music record label who debuted with this split release between their countrymen Sturqen and Finnish brothers Janne Liimatainen and Jarko Hedenius (who operate under the monicker vÄäristymä).
This release reminds me of the gorgeous minimalism of Pan Sonic and their side project Ø. Perfect headphone music.
From the Bandcamp article, which can be found here:
Russian techno is stylistically varied—from ultra industrial to sleazy disco, hazy cassette labels to crisp and urbane house. But often there’s a moodiness, an underlying bleakness to the sound that feels like it’s channeling a harsher Soviet past. Certainly, experimentation is rife, and “live”-ness is important—musicians performing live hardware shows seem to be every bit as important as DJs. But most important of all, there’s a freshness, a lack of cynicism, a sheer delight in crazed sounds and textures that can make even the most familiar musical tropes feel like you’re hearing them for the first time.
Though Markus Popp’s Oval is best known for his glitchy compositions, he’s been branching into rather sublime, Brazilian-inflected pop music as well. Lovely stuff.
His back catalog is 50% for the time being over at Bandcamp as well. Now’s a good time to stock up on his work.
Taylor Deupree is practically a legend in the world of electronica. Marcus Fischer is a very new name to me. Judging by how well these two work together, I can’t wait to hear more collaborations like this one.
Imagine a Japanese Tina Turner clone singing on top of a muffled, claustrophobia-inducing drum & bass track upholding a 60s soul groove. This is the glorious mess Thomas Gerendás and his collaborators have made.
From our friends at diNMachine Records:
The Opposites of Unity VINYL is now shipping
Shortly available at Record Grouch, Rough Trade Records etc.
“…takes listeners on what at first appears to be a disjointed exploration of noise. But with a little deeper effort, the complexities of sound clearly come together…” Indieminded
Pressed at Gotta Groove Records
Mastered at Saff Mastering
Produced by Greedy Dilettante Records
The song “Fawcett” is a welcome addition to the small field of danceable experimental jams. If you don’t start dancing along with its tribal rhythm, I’d be very surprised. It has a samba feel paired with strings and piano that not only work together but work hand in hand. Still – there are jolts here and there of unconventional additions (is that a bike tire sound? A whirring paint shaker? What is the break sound?). –Huffington Post
The collagist tendencies are on full display in “Jabbr Wawky,” which invokes the ethos of the nonsense poem of the (nearly) same name. Atop a classic hip-hop rhythm, diNMachine churn out air horns, wonky instrumental blips, and a bunch of vocal samples. Later, in the track “Brisé,” dissonant piano flourishes, ghostly electronic pads, obscure warbles, and mosquito-like buzzing offer a crash course in what psychosis might feel like. –AXS
“The pop music envelopes continue to be pushed by diNMachine on ‘The Opposites of Unity’ where composition minded creations roll forth into new forms & self-styled structures that defy convention and pigeon holing.“ –IMPOSE Magazine
The music of New York City-based outfit diNMachine isn’t easily characterized or deconstructed—their dance rock/electronic hybrid concoctions are built upon unexpected rhythms and a need to confound assumptions. By drawing influence from across the musical spectrum, they force their listeners to meet them halfway, to give just as much in the observation and experience of the music as the band does in creating it. –Nooga
“Imaginative, full of surprises and anything but bland and stale.” –Brooklyn Rail
“Schumacher…allows sounds rather than their source to hold the attention, and his results are outstanding.” –The Wire
Last night, I had the pleasure of viewing a performance by Norwegian vocalist/composer Maja Ratkje, something I’ve wanted to do for well over ten years, though my schedule never seemed to allow this to happen. It was even more of a wonderful experience than I expected, but as I don’t think anyone took video of the performance, I am happy to share a similar performance from 2013.
Dark, scratchy, and feverishly creepy. This is the hallucinatory soundscape of Klara Lewis, an amazing artist recording for Editions Mego, one of Austria’s coolest weirdo-electronica labels.