voidassembly progenitrix v∞, 14 November 2019


struc­ture, tex­ture, move­ment

elec­tron­ics, synth, post-rock, jazz, beats, house, avant­garde, musique con­crète

Aaron Novik has been put­ting out inter­est­ing exper­i­mental jazz stuff left and right this year. In the com­pany of those other works, the Rot­ter­dam EP is gentle, mourn­ful, even nos­tal­gic. Flow­ing wood­winds with violin, accor­dion, bass, and drums. Loc­ated in memory, between place and ima­gin­a­tion. A little gem. Out through Avant LaGuardia.

Just some rad cut-up vocal/noise pieces from Annie Anxi­ety on Barbed Wire Halo way back in 1981. This came out on a Crass Records 7″ at the time.

Per­fec­tion in the blend of piano, accor­dion, and oud on Le Voy­age de Sahar by Anouar Bra­hem (+ François Cou­tur­ier / Jean-Louis Mat­inier). Del­ic­ate, subtle, warm and rich. (2006, ECM)

Bil­lie Hol­i­day - Songs for Dis­tin­gué Lov­ers (1957, Verve)

Some­times, often­times, it’s time for the clas­sics. Smooth, oh so warm, and as dis­tin­guished as the invoked lov­ers. If you can’t go to the nightclub, why not have the nightclub come to you?

Des­pite severe men­tal dis­turb­ances I am pleas­antly absorbed by the tex­tured noises on b l a c c l o d g e’s dust of dei­mos. Almost half an hour of fuzzy sound lay­ers, bells, and fine grains of stuff. Enjoy. (2017, Junk Maker Sounds)

These sooth­ing post-rock shoegazy tunes from Lavinia on Sal­lowed are appre­ci­ated. Con­tains plenty of nice emo­tional moments, but does­n’t stray far from the beaten path in terms of melod­ies and struc­ture. Out since July 26 through Pax Aeternum.

Milt Jack­son shreds on the vibra­phone, and don’t you for­get it. This early Blue Note com­pil­a­tion from 1952 (also known as Wiz­ard of the Vibes) with the Thel­o­ni­ous Monk quar­tet is a mix of agit­ated and chill bluesy num­bers that are hard to res­ist.

Sur­pris­ingly catchy lounge jazz grooves on Resa­voir’s s/t debut LP. It goes down very easy, but it nour­ishes, too. Warm, with lovely bass, harp, trum­pet, flute, drums, and more, all of it subtly hiphop-inflec­ted. Out since June 26 on Inter­na­tional Anthem.

Wak­ing up to the cooold, intric­ate, lovely beats of THUGWIDOW on ULTRASPIRIT. This one chan­nels some of the best of rave and jungle into our present age. Build on the past—look to the future. Out now on aur­awire.

Yes, these are the dark beats that I like. VVV’s Can­son Months EP builds up an excel­lent atmo­sphere and drives a great pulse. Var­ied and grip­ping. (2018, Hell­s­cape Record­ings)