House and techno alchemists Pezzner and Lusine turn found Seattle sounds into an eerie ambient track in the course of five hours. For our third installment of our occasional Tune in an Afternoon series, we challenged Seattle producers Dave Pezzner (a.k.a. Pezzner) and Jeff McIlwain (a.k.a. Lusine) to record a track using mainly sounds collected on a light-rail trip to the waterfront. Watch here as they talk to birds, use secret microphones, and ponder bpms, and then download the track!
Under the Covers: A new Soul Jazz cover-art retrospective traces the visual roots of '60s free-jazz radicalism.
Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art 1965-83 (SJR Publishing; hardcover; $39.99), a stunning retrospective of jazz cover art, is about much more than cool-ass graphics, though, that is undeniably a vast part of its appeal. Read more »
Hot on the heels of Friends of Friends Vol. 2 (if you need a refresher, we posted a couple of mp3s from the release), the LA-based label is coming back with the Self Awakening EP from Texan Ernest Gonzales. Featuring remixes by Faunts, Yppah, and Mexicans with Guns, the EP should also whet appetites for Gonzales' upcoming full-length, slated for release on FoF early next year. In the meantime, they've offered up the EP's title track for download—its melancholy guitar work recalls bands like Tristeza, but Gonzales' music is also backed by peppy laptop beats and glazed with a warm Nintendo fuzz.
As a former member of the genre-bending Black Strobe, Ivan Smagghe's contribution to the popular Robert Johnson mix series suitably features an eclectic selection of different dance music styles, from the hypnotic minimal sexiness of the Wighnomy Brothers to the campy disco revival of In Flagranti. While employing this sort of catholic selecting technique is laudable, the individual tracks here have such personality that the overall feel is one of scattered incohesiveness. Read more »
When it comes to dubstep and the outer fringes of UK garage, few names ring out quite like Kode9. Next week, the Hyperdub label head will release 5, a two-disc compilation that both looks back at the influential label's history and lays the groundwork for its future. To help commemorate the release, we asked Kode9 to submit something for the XLR8R podcast. Read more »
Los Angeles beatsmith and FlyLo compatriot Samiyam is yet another foot soldier in Southern California's army of electro-crunk futurists. Taken from the Cinnaman- and Jay Scarlett-compiled compilation Beat Dimensions 2, "Swamp Tarts" glides on a stuttering beat while speaker-rattling synth stabs and woozy melodies creep into your earlobes. Blunted beats for 2010 and beyond.
Known to many as Helado Negro or as collaborator with Guillermo Scott Herren on Savath y Savalas, Brooklyn-based overachiever Roberto Carlos Lange has contributed his productions to Volume 5 of Asthmatic Kitty's ongoing Library Catalog Music Series. His 12-track exploration of elongated rhythms, warped analog effects, and found-sound collages, entitled Music for Memory, is a stand-up addition to the series' other installments (we previously shared tracks from Volumes 1 and 3). Here, "Amazonian Pacific" starts out like a warbled Flying Lotus b-side before it descends into rhythmic field recordings, vocal loops, and reverberated machine noise; returning occasionally to friendlier, head-nodding beats.
Drawing inspiration from the halcyon days of juice bars, loft parties, and the earliest glimpses of the Chicago rave scene, Melvin Oliphant’s skewed vision of the past is a creative force unto itself. Read more »
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