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Collocutor – "Instead." – [On The Corner Records]

aarbor   2/17/2021   12-inch, A Library

From 2014, five fine tracks from Tamar Osborn and her colleagues in Collocutor. There’s a magical blend of influences here. As Osborn says: “I’ve always been interested in music from other places, of what happens when humans from different cultures interact, seeing which ideas stick and how it comes together to create something new and redefining. And, hopefully, that comes through in the music,” The music sounds both old and new, and it has roots in different parts of the world. New London Jazz at its finest. AArbor

Loscil – “Coast/ Range/ Arc//” – [Kranky]

cinder   2/15/2021   A Library, CD

Ambient electronic project of Vancouver Canadian, Scott Morgan. He chose the name Loscil from the ‘looping oscillator’ function in Csound (some computer language programming thing). This is a release from 2011, looks like originally on Glacial Movements, but re-released on Kranky. Gorgeous, lush tones, drift and wave like soft fluffy clouds after a winter storm. Rays of light bursting through. Mellow, relaxing, and dreamy. Planetarium vibes. 

Gravite – “Gravite” – [Empty Cellar Records]

cinder   2/15/2021   12-inch, A Library

A duo of Matthew Riley and Aaron Diko. For their debut release, they’ve used a collection of classic and reissued analog equipment: Juno 60, Prodigy, Mono/Poly, Minimoog, SH-01A, MS20, Minilogue, Volcakeys, & a TR-08. It’s a fantastical journey through the cosmos, with an edge on the rainbow crystallized comets and colorful oil hues of the horizons. Happy and optimistic. Definitely has a Kraftwerk vibe. Synth-tastic!

Mophono’s Halftone Society – “Sinicism Ep, The” – [Bastard Jazz Recordings]

SlartiBartfast   2/15/2021   12-inch, Hip Hop

Delicious beats and saxophone samples galore in this 2010 project from SF producer and DJ Mophono. A perfect mix of great sampling and driving beats, this Mophono project is sure to keep your head glued to the hypnotic pulses and over samples that would make Quantic blush. Released on Bastard Jazz this is the perfect recipe to keep your head bobbing and the rhythm flowing. The flip side to this EP is remixed by “Sinicism” in a wicked beat down of percussive sound that is sure to enhance that bluntish beat in all of you.

Paisiel – “Paisiel” – [Rocket Recordings]

SlartiBartfast   2/15/2021   12-inch, A Library

Dreamy, spaced out, psychedelic saxophone and FX float over driving, trance inducing, rhythmic percussions on this 2019 freshman release from Paisiel. Hailing from Porto, Portugal, the duo of Julius Gabriel (saxophone & fx) and Joao Pais Filipe (percussion) create an atmosphere filled with tabla inspired Afro-Caribbean beats and mind melting melodies of saxophone and fx that is other worldly. The duo met in 2014 while Joao was working in a record store and Julius was a customer. In 2017 they decided to start collaborating and this self titled, release is just the beginning of that partnership. Get your refreshments ready, sit back, and enjoy the stimulating dreaminess pressed onto this luscious translucent blue vinyl.

Dora, Delphine & Cooper, Sophie “Divine Ekstasys” – [Feeding Tube Records]

SlartiBartfast   2/15/2021   12-inch, A Library

Forest Sirens call from a hauntingly, dreamy musical atmosphere of piano, organ, trombone, guitar, and fx. This 2018 Feeding Tube Records release from France’s Delphine Dora and Yorkshire’s Sophie Cooper is sure to satisfy the soundtrack cravings of your near nocturnal state of mind. Brilliantly composed as a two part suite of music, side A takes you from the beginning of a journey filled with ominous underpinnings to a side B that is redemptive and speaks to rebirth. Relax, rest your weary head and let Delphine and Sophie invite you in to their musical dreamscape.

Sashash Ulz – "Pingvinia" – [No Part of It]

humana   2/14/2021   A Library, CD

I read that this music is Russian experimental folk. The first track starts and ends with what may be field sounds, and they bookend a repetitive theme that is not unpleasant. The second track is a soothing and folkloric-feeling palate cleanser, while the third track is an uplifting hazy-vocal surf-reminiscent outing. Tracks 4 and 5 are definitely folksy, and Track 6 is upbeat strumming. Tracks 7-9 are the noise tracks, while 10 is a field sounds collage. Track 11 gets back to a more melodic sound (sort of like the soundtrack to a spy movie), while 13 and 14 bring back the pleasant haze, and the final long track is a long reverie appropriate to its name, Cannabis.

Presley, Vincent – “Music To Die To” – [Secret Records]

cinder   2/11/2021   12-inch, A Library

Slow pulse droneage from Vincent Presley (Those Poor Bastards, Zebras). Quarantine apparently had him going mad, and he ended up expanding on his vintage synthesizer collection, creating this lovely hazed out release. The A side brings low ambient drones, giving you the feeling of waking up on an unknown alien desert, the sun so bright it blurs your vision. Side B’s first track has a more lighter essence to it, still low but also hopeful. The final track takes you straight into Blade Runner, with that sci-fi score vibe. Love it. Only 100 copies made on vinyl!

Wolf Eyes / Blank Hellscape [coll] – [12XU]

cinder   2/10/2021   12-inch, A Library

Two sidelongs each from Wolf Eyes and Blank Hellscape. Sludgy, dark, ominous, dirgy, muddy and ghostly. The Wolves sound like a sad horn trying to make its way through an industrial damp warehouse, stuck in a mucky mess. Pulsing sets in about halfway through, before the horn is devoured under the lava and words arise from the molten. But alas, the horn returns. Blank Hellscape brings has more of a sizzling rhythmic cacophony of sound. Effected vox lay inbetween layers and twisted wires, also pulsing with disastrous intentions.

Music of The Andes [coll] – [Aymuray]

aarbor   2/10/2021   CD, International

A beautiful collection of instrumental music from the Andes. You’ll hear the zampona or siku, a traditional Andean panpipe, other flutes like the quena and stringed instruments like the charango a kind of lute and guitars. Most of these tracks are dances: the cueca, huayno, trote and morenada. AArbor

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