structure, texture, movement
electronics, synth, post-rock, jazz, beats, house, avantgarde, musique concrète
Dark dark dark songs on This Behaviour by ADULT. (2018, Dais) This is DAF through a black modern electropunk filter. Dancefloor material, with an ice cold warbly woman declamation and uncompromising slap synth beats.
Amon Tobin - Bricolage (1997, Ninja Tune)
Jazz UDM originator.
No one does beats quite like Argiflex. On Generative Being (2018, Junk Maker) she presents us with a perfect distillation of post-vaporwave dance music.
There’s a trap swing to it, but a also a hefty dose of old school rave, through a distorting lens.
A-Sun Amissa present some masterful fusion soundscapes on Ceremony in the Stillness. Guitar-heavy, enriched with cello, saxophone, guitar, ondes Martenot. Out now on Gizeh / Consouling. Full review in the upcoming issue of Ex Abyssō.
Björk - Medúlla (2004, One Little Indian)
Full vocal focus on this one. Particular appreciation for the ones in Icelandic. Exempli gratia:
Bright melodies and bubbly rhythms on HYPERLIGHT by boycalledcrow (2018, Hairs aBlazin’). There’s something light and effervescent about part of this collection of seemingly simple tracks—at the same time there is weight too. Post-vapor spacefaring tunes.
Throwback to ten years ago, the early days of Front & Follow: Elite Barbarian made a great collection of dark rhythmic electronics on It’s only when you get to the end that it all makes sense (2008). Wish I could’ve nabbed an original copy with the patch.
Dark, minimal techno with a drop of acid. Polish project ERZH with Death Is A True Prophet (2018, FALK) Repetitive, compelling. 38 minutes of dancefloor seduction.
In deft fashion, Seas Of Grease moves from floaty space ambient to watery noise, glitchy beats, and back again. This self-titled debut (2018) is the result of a long gestation, and the vision it presents is commensurately coherent. More to come, I hope.
Gothing up our Sunday afternoon with Sidewalks and Skeletons’ debut This Is Your Escape from 2013. Clubby witchhouse: batcave without the grime. Extra kudos for the Lycia-esque darkwavey ending.
VGM Days - NES Days - Volume 1 (2018, Ghost Diamond)
Stellar selection of tunes from, indeed, the NES days. Part of a larger series of game music curated by Ghost Diamond.
Hedda likes a lot of these tunes as well!
Geinō Yamashirogumi - Akira OST (1988)
Superb. This is what a soundtrack should be, and I keep returning to this one. Yamashirogumi weds traditional Japanese music and chants to the cyberpunk sensibility of the anime in a way that few would be able to.