Joining the South London producer on the bill – and alumni the XX, Joy Orbison, SBTRKT, These New Puritans, Actress, Hudson Mohawke and Hype Williams – will be Tri Angle Record’s outlying synth producer oOoOO; spectral songwriter Slime playing one of his first live sets, Birmingham’s grime prodigy Preditah, and more.
No Disappointment – The Kings Messangers
The Waterfront – Dylan Ettinger
Lego – Lady Leshurr
I Tried So Hard – Nightworks
Lonely – Tom Waits
Preyouandi – Oneohtrix Point Never
88 – Haleek Maul
Waking the Witch – Kate Bush
Touch N You (Balam Acab edit) – Rick Ross
Emotional – Autre Ne Veut
Xplosion – Outkast
Sweet Synergy – Maria Minerva
Kangaroo – This Mortal Coil
Chemically romantic “post-Ceefax” bedroom house Balearia from London’s Real Life. Rushes in and out of our hearts, leaving nothing but a bad hangover, a mobile number (07989 746710) and First Big Weekend Of The Summer cooings about “the death of a cigarette”. Video by the ever-illuminating Rollo Jackson.
Swelling, minimalist stylings and Aguirre-atmospherics from London’s perma-underground composer Christos Fanaras and his new movement, which seems to hint at some incalculable sublimity. The full “solitary electronic improvisation” is self-released and over at Rough Trade.
Ex of Joseph Nanner, Pittsburgh native producer Owen McLean now makes dance tracks as Vandal Hearts. It’s sloppy stuff – vaguely reminding of the Samps‘ cut-n-screwed, sample-amnesia or the splazh-y, hyper-real recontextualisation of “new Mozart” Actress – but my, does he pull it off.
Vandal Hearts – Mermaids (mp3)
Shah Marg make desert peaks and mountain troughs; malleable, sticking mirages; magic lamp guitar lines. A dead, dancing funk, it reminds of last-gen’er Arch M – a Polar Star hermetically seared in each eulogy that crosses our lips and rediscovered with each listen.
UPDATE: Desert EP released May 22nd 2012.
Shah Marg – Ashram (mp3)
Scratchy downtempo from London’s Dear Earth which kinda comes floating in and up whilst we move across some sonus Tree Of Life. ‘Rugs’ asks some stellar questions on the elasticity of percussion, ’Orange Saft’ comes as a gasping Thomas Köner piece until anchoring piano keys cut through from the 2:30 mark.
Dear Earth – Rugs (mp3)
Love’s penultimate titan - Pierce McGarry – and company’s Walter TV project just launched a great debut album, Appetite. ‘Africa’shits on Paul Simon from a great height, ‘In My Room’ is probably about rubbing out over your Tascam, and ‘Ludi’ shits on Vampire Weekend from a greater height. And check out another fresh off the Jizz Jazz Studio – Montréal’s Black Ark – production line, Homeshake’s maudlin ode to the sixties he never had.
Walter TV – In My Room (mp3)
Walter TV – Africa (mp3)
Walter TV – Master Ludi (mp3)
Homeshake – Northern Man (mp3)
Tony Onuchuckwu is Beams and Brother Caan, from Nigeria to London and currently Plzeň, Czech Republic. These tracks have some great Atlantic breeze beneath them, trans-cultural AM airwaves ruining the dial, a bit of PAN; the sound of – in Onu’s words – “a singular man’s journey through the hyperreal, the cosmos, taking a breather, and expanding aspects of the afro-futurism” / “pitched-down chanting bundling rythm from the depths of Benin’s rare caves”.
Beams – Garbadine (mp3)
From St Paul – just east of Minneapolis’ purple hues – and following last month’s It’s Okay Because Some People Still Love Each Other EP (which sounds all the world like a Miranda July project) come new Olsen Twinns tracks. It’s pretty triumphant stuff - ’How We Grow’ centres around creeping Vernon chorals and ’165’ has a D’Eon-ish working-through-the-ages continuum bending approach; all messy 80s synths, rave breaks and a drum & bass coda shock.
Olsen Twinns – 165 (mp3)
End of a long weekend in Toronto; Mickey Newbury, A Grave With No Name, Yoko Ono, Russell Haswell, Julian Casablancas, Lawrence English, Windy & Carl, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Red Alder and Women (RIP Chris Reimer) helping to fill in the gaps.
“A mix about losing things, even weekends”
Russell Haswell – Falling Snow 4 +20dB
Women – Venice Lockjaw
Kyle Bobby Dunn – Movement For The Completely Fucked
Mickey Newbury – Some Memories Are Better Left Alone
Julian Casablancas – I’ll Try Anything Once
Mogwai – R U Still In 2 It?
Windy & Carl – Remember
Red Alder – Winterdress
Lawrence English – Waves Sheet Light
A Grave With No Name – I Know How Long She Haunts This Place
Yoko Ono – I Don’t Know Why (acapella, demo)
Erik Satie – Gymnopdie No2