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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

mixes: body boys, voiski, svreca

happy early wednesday morning! now, for your consideration, three fairly fresh and definitely dope mixes.

body boys - all city mix 005 to date the mysterious artist known as body boys only has a few credits to his name over the past year or so, but they've all come on opal tapes. most prominent is his growth window album, released in november - a strange trip through moody nocturnal ambiance that stirs in effects-laden vocal snippets. stream it in full here. this mix has body boys combining those introspective vibes with a range of head-down, lo-fi techno jams. certainly an artist to watch, methinks. (link)

voiski - melbourne deepcast 122 french producer voiski has a nicely growing catalog of productions. powerful, sophisticated techno has been the norm for his records, including particularly fantastic tracks like "ad infinitum" on his own label construct re-form and a recent cut on L.I.E.S., "wax fashion". for his contribution to the melbourne deepcast (which comes with a concise interview), he practically hits the ground running and never relents until the final sprawl of blissed-out synths. dynamic, raw, percussive and yet still hypnotic and emotional - very nicely done. (link)

svreca at trouw (amsterdam), june 28th 2014 this is a 72-minute recording of semantica boss svreca in action recently at the club trouw in amsterdam. svreca's stuff (tracks and DJ mixes) is distinctively sleek, tense, angular and atmospheric. his selections here are top notch, starting with that first one from antigone, and they come mixed and layered nearly to perfection. (link)

... and also, i recorded a new mix and it should be ready to share soon. look out!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ben frost, chicago, halloween!

this should be fun: ben frost will be coming to chicago on friday, october 31st. that's right, halloweeeeeeeeeeen...

a few months ago frost put out his latest album, A U R O R A, the sounds of which he's taking on tour. it's a challenging album, as usual, and one that sounds more futuristic than his other work, yet it has a curiously polished touch to it - but yes, it's still filled with plenty of distorted heft. i think i still prefer by the throat; i saw frost play live during sonar chicago in 2010, shortly after the release of that LP, and he had the seated crowd enthralled as he slowly let loose his swells of guitar noise and pensive beats. but the new album is still an interesting listen, so i can't wait to see how frost performs the new material live. the empty bottle-related show is happening at constellation, formerly known as the viaduct theater, and (though i'm not sure if i've ever been) i've heard good things about the spot. tickets and more details are right here.

also on the lineup with frost is cleared, a chicago duo consisting of michael vallera (aka COIN, an alias that's appeared on opal tapes) and steven hess (who's been involved with groups like pan-american and locrian). spaced-out, reverberated guitars and rattling, loose percussion seem to be the norm for the duo, as they've put out a trilogy of albums on the local label immune over the past few years. you can try all three at the label's bandcamp page.

so, it sounds like an interesting night. zoinks!

Monday, July 14, 2014

monday moods: stream for free

happy monday evening... now here's this: a list of musical stuff that's graciously been made available to stream in full online. some new stuff, some stuff that's a little older, all alphabetically arranged stuff. and if you like it, consider buying it!

cloudface - untitled here's some fresh jams from opal tapes. the seven-tracker comes courtesy of vancouver artist cloudface (aka david reynolds), who's put out a couple other very cool releases over the past two years. i suppose you can call most of what he does spacey, subdued, analog deep house, though sometimes the pace quickens, and other times it dissolves into ambiance. either way, nice. (link)

... oh and on that opal tapes tip, nyc label affiliate patricia - whose body issues i just had to blog about a few months ago - will be coming to chicago next sunday, july 27th! he's on the bill for body talk - free the body, a show taking place at the burlington. only $5 cover; keep it in mind...

dasha rush - "ocean shy" (video) the more ambient and introspective half of dasha's recent record for deep sound channel gets an official video. given the sounds involved, it's a suitably aqueous and dreamy trip. (link)

nuel - aquaplano ltd 01 there's been much celebration about the recent reissue of donato dozzy and nuel's aquaplano sessions on spectrum spools, but let's not forget this excellent 2010 solo release from nuel, whose textured, tribal, ambient-inflected sounds are likely imprinted into the minds of certain techno heads as well. over at bandcamp you can also check out his other, electro-leaning aquaplano record. (link)

... also here's some interesting to note: nuel seemed to have gone away in recent years, but following a solo live show at tresor in berlin a few months ago, he's now booked again in berlin alongside donato dozzy for an aquaplano sessions set, and their agency has announced they'll be "available for a selected few worldwide gigs"...

voiski - smoke machine 095 voiski is a french producer of intriguingly eclectic, often wonderfully evocative techno. this live set dropped through smoke machine at the beginning of the year, and it's still fresh. (link)

yuka - episodes of yesterday a brand-new digital EP on silent season, and what looks to be the most expansive release in yuka's catalog. it's a pleasantly personal journey with hypnotic drums, warm bleeps and field recordings. (link)