"The strange thing about altered states of consciousness in regards to music is that the vehicle is also the means by which one stays tethered to the world. Even the Gregorian Chants are a result of intensive voice training, and happen in the body. No matter the transcendent intention, music is a deeply physical act "
Mix: Appleblim | XLR8R)
Let’s see: Old fave, ran Skull Disco label with the great Shackleton, Bristol-based. Full of hypnotic skip and dirty whomp, this mix is a workout.
“Over the course of 76 minutes, he touches upon house, techno, garage, jungle, and some skippy bass permutations that are all but impossible to classify. That description may give the impression that Appleblim has put together something scattered, but the podcast is actually rather coherent. There’s a narrative at work, one that’s dark, occasionally brooding, and very much rooted in UK bass culture. And with Appleblim at the helm, it’s a story that’s very much worth hearing.”
01 Henry Liam Collins “Field Recording: East Prawle Seaside Carpark”
02 Echoes from the Temple “Body Memory”
03 Appleblim “Echos Retreat” (Aus)
04 Code 6 “Quad 1” (Nu Groove)
05 Bruce “Tilikum” (Dnous Ytivil)
06 October “The Gate to Yesterday” (Skudge)
07 Spatial “Recover” (Ultramajic)
08 t.s.s.k. “Burrs Tim”
09 Zenker Brothers “Mount Eleven” (Ilian Tapes)
10 Rhythmic Theory “Tales of Dystopia” (Idle Hands)
11 Carl Craig “A Wonderful Life” (Planet E)
12 Logos “Savannah Overlord”
12 Roxy “Watch Dis” (ShelfLife)
13 Addison Groove “Allaby”
14 Acre “Powerlines”
15 Kevin McPhee “In Circles (Kamikaze Space Programme Drum Tool)” (WNCL)
16 DVA “Mad Hatter”
17 Fracture & Sam Binga “Grippin’ Grain” (Exit)
18 Second Storey “Shamen Champagne” (Houndstooth)
19 Appleblim “Ignite”
20 Henry Liam Collins “Field Recording: Rain Drips”
While we’re on the subject of killer mixes, Ikonika’s FACT mix is a complete stunner as well. Her set with the Hyperdub crew in Osaka earlier this year remains one of my musical highlights of the year. (RIP Rashad)
FACT’s blurb articulates it better than I can at the moment:
“Loosely speaking, her sets revolve around r’n’b, grime, house and techno, but even when pulling the floor out from a 4×4 pulse (as she does several times in this mix), they never feel disjointed – instead, she’s one of the best around at working club dynamics to their maximum.”
1. Ikonika feat Dam Funk – I Know (That You Are The 1) Re-work
2. Jessy Lanza – Fuck Diamond (Bambounou Remix)
3. Fiedel – Step Aside
4. Scratcha DVA – PERXOFLYF
5. Ikonika – Tug Zone (Georgia Girls & Neana Bootleg)
6. Benjamin Damage – Splash
7. Ikonika feat Optimum – Mega Church (Perc Remix)
8. Ikonika – Position VIP
9. Ben Sims – Orbit
10. BillieJean feat Dice – STFU & Blow Like A Thot (DJ Android Remix) (Kaka Edit)
11. Ikonika – Stick Shaker
12. Tinashe – 2 On (Uniiqu3 Remix)
13. Ikonika – You Won’t Find It There (Deamonds Edit)
14. Scratcha DVA X Mickey Pearce – Spoon Bender
15. Ikonika – Shovel
16. Lil Durk – Dis Ain’t What You Want (EMG Remix)
17. Rabit – Thug Rotorvator
18. S-Type – Rosario VIP
19. August Alsina – Down Right Now (Deamonds Edit)
20. Moleskin – Digital
21. Ikonika – Strawberry Underlay
22. Copeland – Advice To Young Girls
23. Ikonika – Time/Speed
24. Trey Songz – All We Do
Vanessa Ament explains the difference between SFX and Foley
Revealing the somber underpinnings of his Loscil recordings, Scott Morgan has given us Stases - A collection of drones based upon the backgrounds of his work for Kranky Records, from 2001 to now.
As with his previous output, Stases follows theme and concept with further reference and meaning given through the title’s definition: “..a condition of balance among various forces; motionlessness”. Textured, aqueous, warm and pleasingly rich in (often bright) tonality giving us a deeper focus and alternate view into the corners of Morgan’s music. Seemingly so surrounding, submersive, and natural - that it becomes easy to forget the complex overtones and flowing mixtures involved in the creation of them.
Download in the Youtube link.
Your next afternoon off sounds like this.
Jean-Luc Ponty - Individual Choice
TANGERINE DREAM - “LIVE AT COVENTRY CATHEDRAL 1975”
The Drone - Ian Svenonius
Secret: I sold/boxed up/pdf’ed/gave away 95% of my books before I moved across the Pacific. The Psychic Soviet was one of the handful that came along with me.
From Nation of Ulysses to The Make-up, Weird War and onward,to his work as an essayist and as an interviewer for Vice’s Soft Focus, what I’ve always liked about Svenonius is what turns many people off, I’m sure: his pretentiousness, his affectation and obvious intelligence. He’s full of shit a lot of the time and he knows it. Do you?
Like one guy in the comments for this vid put it, Svenonius is still “the greatest satirist Rock has to offer.”
Another one from ol’ reliable Wire mag:
“You can never be 100 per cent certain what you’re going to get from an Adam Bohman performance. You might see him coaxing tiny acoustic tones and textures from a tabletop of bric-a-brac and junk; reading a cut-up of found texts incorporating snatches of Chinese takeaway menus and TV screenplays; or telling a long and convoluted joke that gets more doggedly hilarious with every passing minute. But these recordings from 1977–2010 show that, throughout his whole career, the tape recorder – and, specifically, the art of tape collage – has been a constant.”
Six highly-recommended listening experiences. Compelling - and at points, insane.
Trevor Wishart was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1946. After winning a scholarship to Oxford, he studied chemistry but soon switched to music. After gaining a PhD at York University, he stayed on as a freelance composer. His early experiments involved improvisation with found objects, performance art and installations. Then he began to focus on electroacoustic composition, while establishing himself as a pioneer of sonic art – a field defined by his writings in On Sonic Art (Routledge, 1996) and Audible Design (Orpheus The Pantomime, 1994).
Currently, Wishart is touring his eight channel surround sound composition Encounters In The Republic Of Heaven – consisting of voices recorded in North East England – around concert halls and more unusual venues of the UK, including old people’s homes. His latest ongoing composition, Supernova, transforms scientific data into sound, using the changing light spectra emitted from supernova explosions.
“Anticredos” and “Imago” are must-listens, and all tracks are completely bonkers on headphones.
Argentinian composer Ulises Conti covers a lot of ground as a composer, working with field recording, acoustic, electric, analog sources and digital processing.
As mentioned before in this space, he has a knack for crafting lovely, emotive piano and chamber pieces, with a resolutely cinematic feel to his work. The acoustic flutter speckled with sandpapery digital glitch evokes luminous flickering images upstairs to the extent that you can imagine what old masters Nino Rota or, say, Lalo Schifrin would sound like if they had access to all of the new doohickeys and processing options of today’s digital workstation.
Here, Conti returns with a collection of 27 miniatures, each titled for a letter of the alphabet, plus Ñ (I’ll admit to my own not-knowingness here- I finally searched that mark on top: it’s called a “diacritical tilde”)*. Taken as a whole, it’s an experience similar to going through a notebook or sketchbook: there are simple three-line drawings, short stand-alone couplets and quickly-composed aphoristic bursts meant to be enjoyed for their brevity, while other pages appear studious and well-crafted. Impressive, as only a few pieces appear off-the-cuff, like a jumble of ideas quickly jotted down with the promise of fleshing out later.
[*-More of my know-nothingness: according to The Fader, the title translates as The Greeks believed that the stars were small holes where the gods listened to men. English, French - ok. Japanese -working on it. Spanish? I never said I was a polyglot.]
Source: SoundCloud / _flau