Thursday, January 1, 2015

favorites from 2014

as i looked back at my favorite music releases from 2014, i realized it would be way too hard to trim down to a simple top-10 list like i've done with my previous yearly picks. there was just way too much good music, including, very happily enough, a lot of great ambient and experimentally-inclined stuff, to try and limit myself. so this time around, i've made three lists covering more than 60 total releases, and i'm keeping words to a minimum. first, a group of albums i loved and listened to more than anything else. then, a set of "honorable mentions" or whatever - great albums i discovered (and remembered) throughout the year, along with a few key reissues. lastly, another long list of some of my favorite EPs. also, i've included links to free full online streams (bandcamp and soundcloud) when i could find them.

i'm sure i've missed something, but for now this will do. in no particular order (and with discogs links for more info), my absolute favorites:

anjou - anjou 
kranky (discogs 

vladislav delay - visa
ripatti (discogs) (free stream)

Ø - konstellaatio
sähkö (discogs

pan sonic - oksastus (live in ukraine)  
kvitnu (discogs

peder mannerfelt - lines describing circles 
digitalis (discogs) (free stream)

HTRK - psychic 9-5 club
ghostly international (discogs)

abdulla rashim - unanimity 
northern electronics (discogs) (free stream)

eric holm - andøya
subtext (discogs

kassem mosse - workshop 19 
workshop (discogs)

... and in alphabetical order, here's more great albums, including a few reissues, that are definitely worth a trip or two (or more).

alan backdrop - eria | ekar (free stream)
alessandro cortini - sonno | hospital productions
ambarchi/o'malley/dunn - shade themes from kairos | drag city

angel - terra null. | editions mego
black rain - dark pool | blackest ever black (free stream)
cloudface - untitled | opal tapes (free stream)
deru - 1979 | friends of friends (free stream)
dj sprinkles - midtown 120 blues | comatonse [reissue]
donato dozzy & nuel - the aquaplano sessions | spectrum spools [reissue]
the durian brothers - das macht modern | kontra-musik

efdemin - decay | dial
function : vatican shadow - games have rules | hospital productions
grouper - ruins | kranky
hands - the soul is quick | ecstatic (free stream)
imaginary softwoods - the path of spectrolite | archives intérieures [reissue] (free stream)

jo johnson - weaving | further records (free stream)
jonas reinhardt - ganymede | constellation tatsu (free stream)
kettenkarussell - easy listening | giegling
lawrence - a day in the life | mule musiq
lawrence english - wilderness of mirrors | room40
lee gamble - KOCH | pan
lucy - churches schools and guns | stroboscopic artefacts
millie & andrea - drop the vowels | modern love (free stream)

murcof & eric truffaz - being human being | mundo recordings
NHK'Koyxeи - dance classics vol. III | pan [december '13 release but whatever]
patricia - body issues | black opal (free stream)
perc - the power & the glory | perc trax (free stream)

sons of magdalene - move to pain | audraglint (free stream)
scuba death - nitrogen narcosis | further records (free stream)

talker - hari/LP | downwards
ulwhednar - 1520 | northern electronics (free stream)
various - collection | field records [compilation]

... lastly, a stack of very nice EPs that proved to be keepers, including lots of techno records. alphabetical order, again:

arkadelphia - new sun | NORD
bookworms - compact visual nature | NORD
broken english club - jealous god 04 | jealous god
casual violence - expression unrelated | plector

claudio prc - moderskärlek | trolldans
conforce - depth over distance | delsin
dasha rush - timid ocean drawings | deep sound channel
dscrd - panopticon | DEMENT3D
donato dozzy - dimensions | mental groove [reissue]
donato dozzy - terzo giorno | stroboscopic artefacts
drøp - vasundhara | arboretum

earthen sea - mirage | lovers rock

erika - hexagon cloud RMXD 2.0 | interdimensional transmissions
ESHU - chlore | ESHU records
grey branches - lower bounds | inner surface music
J&L - ramayana chant | ESHU records 
juho kahilainen - dyson sphere | M_REC LTD
ko-ta - festimask | tikita [reissue]
ligovskoï - dilip EP and remixes | DEMENT3D

max_m & fabrizio lapiana - 1002 | M_REC LTD
orphx - sacrifice | sonic groove
outer space - phantom center | editions mego 
phil moffa - elevation / ENO-UGH | most excellent unltd
PMH - entrance | finitude music
samuel kerridge - deficit of wonder | blueprint
sigha - the purification loops | avian
skarn - revolver | avian
stanislav tolkachev - right angle | semantica

surgeon - fixed action pattern | token
T.E.W. - eighteen |
yuka - episodes of yesterday | silent season

various (stephanie sykes, fjäder) - luna tactus | fullpanda
various (etapp kyle, mod21, artefakt) - prologue portefuille 3 | prologue
voices from the lake - velo di maya | the bunker new york
wata igarashi - junctions | midgar

.... and that's that. lots of great music, i say!

if you've made it this far, thanks for reading! smilecoldanatomy will continue to be slow-moving for the time being, so feel free to follow me on twitter. i post fairly often there, including about music and art and science things.

end: 2014, begin: 2015

Monday, September 29, 2014


on september 29th, 2009, i started smilecoldanatomy, which means this blog is now five years old! thanks a bunch to everyone who has ever found anything of interest here - music, words, art, whatever - and special thanks to the artists who've joined the fun and shared their sounds by way of the anatomy mix series. the next set will be coming soon, and i'm really excited to say that it'll be the very first to come from a US artist. stay tuned...

Monday, September 1, 2014

monday moods

it is now labor day, which will mean a nice and lazy monday... so here's all this:

LOOK OUT FOR A NEW CASUAL VIOLENCE EP the manchester DJ and producer of dark, abstract techno is returning with a new four-track EP, expression unrelated, on plector. you might already be familiar with some of the music, which was actually layered into casual violence's extra-twisted anatomy mix from late 2011. this is his first vinyl release in a long time, and there will be more coming soon... in the meantime, try previews of the plector EP, apparently due in late september, below/on soundcloud.

DIVE INTO THIS MYSTERIES OF THE DEEP PODCAST it's the 21st entry on the very nice new york-based podcast, and it's from the russian-born LA-based artists ed vertov and lena deen. this includes tracks from the likes of mika vainio, gas and aphex twin, which is a good way to keep me listening. very nice, slowly developing soundscapes here.

also of note: mysteries of the deep will also host an event in new york in october, featuring live sets from alessandro cortini and ricardo donoso. cortini, a member of the nine inch nails live band, put out an intriguing solo album on hospital productions a few months ago, called sonno. you should give this track "di passaggio" a try:

ALBUM FROM FUNCTION AND VATICAN SHADOW COMING SOON again on the ambient tip - and on that hospital productions tip - is a new collaboration from function (dave sumner) and vatican shadow (dominick fernow). the album is called games have rules, and it'll come through fernow's label on september 22nd. sadly no previews but it sounds like a promising collaboration... you can read about it here.
another event alert, this time for chicago: function will play smart bar in october to headline oktave's five-year anniversary event. more details here.

NOW DIGITAL: THE PATH OF SPECTROLITE the album from john elliott's imaginary softwoods alias, originally put out just on vinyl on amethyst sunset in 2011, was issued on CD by peter van hoesen and yves de mey's label archives intérieures a few months ago. now the artist himself has made it digitally available for the first time. check it out below/on bandcamp, where you can - and if you haven't yet, you must! - listen to it in full.

LISTEN TO THIS FELIX K MIX it's from earlier this year, for the experimental techno label diametric.'s podcast. you can only stream it, but it's worth your time: felix k, who in 2013 released his debut LP, the excellent flowers of destruction, turns in a 57 minute-long set that's mostly light on drums but heavy on moody, abstract ambient.

... AND THEN LISTEN TO THIS STANISLAV TOLKACHEV MIX two years old now, but still (really really) good. this set of all original material was recorded for the addicted podcast, and i can't even count how many times i've listened to it since it first came out. to me, tolkachev is uniquely talented, and definitely one to keep track of. if you're not familiar, this set is a perfect, free introduction to his sound. and oh yes... it can be downloaded!

OH, AND A NEW APHEX TWIN ALBUM IS COMING SOON you've maybe, probably heard all about it. the hype is almost suffocating and certainly a bit annoying. anyway, it's called syro, it's the first aphex album since drukqs (2001), and it'll come out on september 22nd. details, tracklist etc here.

... and that's all for now. happy monday...

Monday, August 25, 2014

coming in november: a new VLADISLAV DELAY album!

the best news for a monday morning: vladislav delay has a new album, visa, in the works!

compounding the excitement, this is being described as the first ambient album from sasu ripatti's longtime alias in more than ten years. it was crafted in just two weeks, apparently in the time period when ripatti *should* have been touring the US. unfortunately, like countless others, the finnish artist seems to have had "visa issues" and couldn't make it into the country. fortunately, he took the time to focus on new productions, and if the seventeen-minute "medley" he's just posted to his soundcloud page is any indicator, this sounds like it should be a good one...

visa will come through ripatti's newer, self-titled imprint on november 10th. you can find a short interview and a few more details at RA. now, listen in and get ready:

Monday, August 11, 2014

patty - process part 381 (no couples)

i am really, really excited to be sharing my contribution to modyfier's fantastic process series!

the title for this one is no couples; it's an all-vinyl set that might be softer and more relaxed than any of the others i've shared. along with the mix, i wrote an essay about myself and my music pursuits. you can read that here. and as is usual for the series, rayna, the mind behind modyfier, prepared some very cool artwork. finally, that's the tracklist below.

it took me quite a while to finally put this all together, and i'm very happy with the results. modyfier has been the source of so many great mixes over the years, so it's a pleasure and an honor to be involved and contributing my own set of sounds (and thoughts). thanks to anyone who's decided to tune in... i hope you enjoy!

Auji - Conclusion Came To You (Part 2) - Aniara
Rick Wade - No Place - Laid
DJ Sprinkles - Kissing Costs Extra - Kolour LTD
Orlando B - MK-12 - Yore
Steve O'Sullivan - Midnight Creeper (Extended) - Sushitech
Sven Weisemann - Amity - Mojuba
Deepchord - Electromagnetic Dowsing (Step 1) - S Y N T H
KS - Contrail - Stratosphere
Emmanuel Top - Addiction - Planete Rouge Records
Abdulla Rashim - Semien Terara 2 - Abdulla Rashim Records
Ko-Ta - Comptine - Stratosphere
Redshape - Violet - Delsin
Kassem Mosse - Workshop 12 B1 - Workshop
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Vertical Ascent 3 - Honest Jon's Records
Alan Backdrop - Snit - Enklav