structure, texture, movement
electronics, synth, post-rock, jazz, beats, house, avantgarde, musique concrète
Black Spirituals - Black Interiors (2015, Ratskin)
What do you mean do I want 25 minutes of sick drum solo? Of course I do! There’s a bunch of really cool drones too.
Boy is Fiction + Ghosts of Tyto Alba conjure a dreamy, wistful kind of pop. A Single Beam of Light has a slight post-rockish spine, but it branches out into electronic, velvety songs underpinned by new-age-poppy beat structures. Out now on n5MD.
The Charlie Mingus Jazz Workshop - Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956, Atlantic)
This is very relaxed, and with a strong ludic touch, especially on “A Foggy Day” when the band does a proper imitation of inner-city traffic.
Dhafer Youssef - Divine Shadows (2006, Jazzland)
This is gold. Youssef effortlessly pairs Tunisian traditional influences with electro-jazz. The result is an album that is not so much timeless as that it evokes a time and place that is not quite there. Poetic, meditative, and with a sharp, ominous edge.
Here’s one ‘from the old box’, as we say in Dutch: Geskia!‘s 323 Sayonara Memories is a bright, shimmering, fun album of glitchy electronics. There’s a very nice remix album too! Both were released in 2012 by good old Home Normal.
Waking up to the lovely live minimal synths of Jonathan Fitoussi’s Diagonals. Two long meditations explore simple cycles and subtle timbre shifts. (2018, Hands in the Dark)
Smoooothy slick post-rocking on Déjà Rêvé by LTO. Synth-heavy, very melancholic, and with a masterful touch on blending piano and guitar melodies through more abstract arrangements. (2018, Denovali)
STURQEN’s Survivalismo (2018, kvitnu): this is proper noisy techno, with a dash of 90s cyberpunk atmosphere. Consistently pumping and plowing, with subtle shifts in melody. Mommy like.
Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Idrees Sulieman - The Cats (1959, New Jazz)
A proper all-star collaboration right here. These cats have a gorgeous cool synergy on tracks with a variety of intensities. (Also playing: Doug Watkins, Louis Hayes).
In December 2018, Round Planet Entertainment put out valyri’s Horizon’s Fade, a characteristic collection of beats and melodies warped through v’s trademark haze. The kind of mobile ambient that turns into a comforting dance. Lovely!