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electronics, synth, post-rock, jazz, beats, house, avantgarde, musique concrète
Asura Revolution - VOL.1: Pure Evil (2017, Asura Revolver)
Some prime electronics may be found on Asura Revolver’s Vol. 1: Pure Evil comp (2017), which has a bunch of vapor scenesters showing their dark side. Deftly mixed, with ambient and beat-based material from Hantasi, Chungking Mansions, Elemental et al.
Out on 2 Nov on n5MD, Axel Rigaud’s Transformation is a superb blend of synth beats and woodwinds. From smooth electro-jazz and ambient bits, all the way to drum & bass, this one’s a real bullseye. (as heard on our latest show: http://www.eveningoflight.nl/2018/10/18/city-grid-gravity-01/)
Time for an oldie. Crisopa’s Biodance (2012) is classic n5MD: An album full of diverse, melodic beatwork. This album is particularly lively and energetic, moving from mid-tempo post-rock-inflected pieces through faster pure electronic works.
Daniel Saylor’s latest is a hard one to classify: jazz, hip-hop, rock, electronics. Fusion is the right word in this case. Opaque Summer (2018) is held together by warmth, experimentation, and freshness.
Origin of Conflict by Fae & Seffi (2018, Girly Girl Musik) is a hyper-cool mysterious piece of synth ambient and wave. Plodding beats and alien melodies make this a strange but alluring entry into their collaborative world.
And now it’s time for some A+ ritual electrodoom from the esteemed Primitive Knot. Less crunchy than their recent albums, Thee Opener Of The Way (2018, Aurora Borealis) is a droning and hypnotic tour de force. +1 tape you need to grab ASAP.
The Sebastian Spanache Trio is one of my favourite jazz trios. Their last album Furnace (2017) is an extremely coherent 5-part work where drums, bass, and piano/rhodes are in perfect harmony.
Shabaka and The Ancestors - Wisdom of Elders (2016, Brownswood)
One of the best jazz albums from 2016, hands down. Shabaka Hutchings’ first album as leader is a modern spiritual jazz classic: standing on the shoulders of giants, with a modern cadence that’s entirely its own.
The Third Eye Foundation - You Guys Kill Me (1998, Merge)
A murky, clever drum & bass album that stands out from many of its contemporaries through its dark, even mournful timbre and gradual buildup of rhythm. As heard in the recent City Grid Gravity show.