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Sunday
Jun282015

Weekend Listening: Treader Records

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01. A selection of releases.

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Treader is a small but perfectly formed record label, run by Ashley Wales and John Coxon (of Spring Heel Jack fame). The consistent and beautiful artwork should be enough to warrant your attention, and at least have you considering a reasonably priced purchase or two. However, if you feel you need further convincing, I'd recommend listening to J Spaceman's two releases on the label: his first solo record under his own name Guitar Loops, and a collaboration with Matthew Shipp, entitled SpaceShipp. Both were the reason I discovered Treader in the first place, and I'm certainly grateful that I did.

Treader
Guitar Loops via YouTube
SpaceShipp via YouTube

Sunday
Apr052015

Weekend Listening: John Carpenter's Lost Themes

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—01. Sacred Bones Records, 2015.

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Recently released on the always outstanding Sacred Bones Records, John Carpenter’s Lost Themes takes a step away from the icy, repetitive synth scores he usually pairs with his filmmaking efforts to concentrate on compositions unconnected to the visual medium. His work on films such as The Fog, Halloween and Escape from New York ranks as some of the best and most distinct synthesizer-based music in cinema. These are all fantastic listens in their own right, so I am excited to hear what he has done with the impetus of composing entirely for a standalone album. I've picked up a copy but have not yet found the time to play it; I look forward to taking that opportunity this weekend – free of distractions, to fully digest an unexpected release from one of filmmaking's most interesting composers.

Available from Sacred Bones Records

Saturday
Jan242015

Weekend Listening: Kambo Super Sound

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01. Released as part of the annual Graff et Grill event.

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Anytime I get into an argument about music it always comes back to the statement, "It's whatever sounds good to you." While I don't deny anyone's right to listen to shitty music, there is actually a way dance music is supposed to sound, and no group of contemporary artists have better personified that than the heads behind the Norway-based label Sex Tags Mania. They are best known for techno, house and jungle variations from mainstays Sotofett and Fett Burger, but I'm going to shine the light on the lesser-known Kambo Super Sound's additions to sub-label Sex Tags Amfibia. While I enjoy nearly every artist to ever release music on the label, there is something especially captivating about the fact that a producer in Norway is making some of the best contemporary dub reggae on the planet. Listen to the older cut Moss Dub Massive above and then grab his new 7-inch 1537 Dub from Hard Wax below.

Hard Wax

Saturday
Dec202014

Weekend Listening: Grouper – Ruins

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—01. Released on October 31, 2014.

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The latest album from Grouper entitled Ruins was released earlier this year, having been recorded in 2011 while Liz Harris was staying in Portugal. Intimate, dark, dreamy and beautifully restrained, the record features a generally sombre tone, "living in the remains of love," as Harris puts it.

Available from Kranky

Saturday
Dec062014

Weekend Listening: PartyNextDoor – PND Colours

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—01. Let's Get Married.
—02. Don't Worry (Feat. Cash Out).
—03. Jus Know (Feat. Travis Scott).
—04. Girl From Oakland.

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To coincide with his world tour announcement, PartyNextDoor issued PND Colours this week. The four-track EP includes cameos by Travis Scott and Cash Out, and represents the Toronto-based artist's first release since his debut album earlier in the year.

SoundCloud

Sunday
Nov022014

Weekend Listening: Coil - Gold is the Metal (With the Broadest Shoulders)

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I was looking through the most expensive records bought on Discogs this month, and right there at the top, was a limited edition of Coil's 1987 masterpiece Gold is the Metal (With the Broadest Shoulders). While I recently found that this is actually an album of outtakes from their first two records, you certainly wouldn't know it listening to the LP as a whole. Coil as a group are widely known as 'experimental noise' artists, which, to an outsider, can sound like the most daunting description of music imaginable. I think if you give this record a chance though, you will find more often than not this 'noise' resembles pretty beautiful music. The cuts range wildly in variety, you will hear everything from classical compositions, to screeching madness, to the more rhythmic numbers that ended up being the catalyst for the creation of industrial techno. The song I feature here falls into the more classical category, accompanied by the original video directed by Coil co-founder Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson, of Psychic TV fame. Please keep any jokes about its vague similarity to the Game of Thrones theme music to yourself, thanks.

Coil discography via Discogs

Sunday
Oct052014

Weekend Listening: Ornette Coleman – Town Hall, 1962

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—01. Recorded on December 21, 1962.

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An oft unappreciated or completely overlooked release in Ornette Coleman’s formidable and rewarding discography, his only album on the always impressive ESP-DISK’ label, and one that comes shortly after a complete overhaul of his classic quartet line-up. While the use of a string ensemble on ‘Dedication to Poets and Writers’ might not make much sense next to the rest of the material and could be skipped altogether, in my honest opinion, the highlight is really ‘The Ark’. Clocking in at just under 24 minutes, this composition stands out as ranking with some of Coleman’s most free and intuitive playing and further shows the incredible talents of his new band members at the time, bassist David Izenson and drummer Charles Moffett. Both of these talents would have a further opportunity to showcase their musical charisma with Coleman on his masterpiece live recordings, At the 'Golden Circle' Stockholm Vol. I and II, and their connection is readily apparent during the rewarding 24 minutes that close this release.

Available from ESP-DISK’

Sunday
Sep142014

Weekend Listening: Mercston – Back to 95 Part 2

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01. Track six of twelve.

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Although it seems unreal to say this, my obsession with Grime is now a decade old. I was going to mark the occasion by posting a Footsie instrumental tape from 2004, the year I discovered the genre, but last night I downloaded the newest installment of Mercston's Back to 95 series and thought I'd highlight that instead. While Mercston has never massively impressed me, with the exception of his garage-tinged, Ghetts-featuring single 'Good Old Days', it has become clear from listening to both parts of this series that he is definitely more comfortable rapping over the signature swung UK sound than he is rapping over the contemporary sound of Grime. Mercston won't come with one liners that will have you rewinding tunes, but his nostalgia-packed delivery flows beautifully over these timeless instrumentals, hijacked from artists like Roy Davis Jr. and Colours. This tape also has typically memorable appearances from Newham Generals' D Double E and Ruff Sqwad don Prince Rapid, making it well worth a click.

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