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Amable – The Bundle EP by Chris

As promisedAmable‘s The Bundle was released today and it’s a neat collection of various experimental trip-hop tunes produced by the Florida-based beat-maker that have appeared all over the net these past few years.

A dynamic compilation of rarities, we’ll be catching up with Amable later in the week for a chat, so make sure you subscribe to the blog and check out the album, released by the quasi-avant-garde label Geweih Ritual Documents here:

http://geweihritual.bandcamp.com/album/the-bundle

You can also check out Amable‘s Spooky Bounce here.

And his soundcloud here.

 



Yellow Tangerine – First Juice EP by Chris

I bought Yellow Tangerine‘s First Juice EP a little over a week ago and burnt it to CD so I could listen to it in the car. Now I’m worried the CD will disintegrate inside my player because I’m playing it to oblivion.

Throwing elements of electronica, future beat, trip-hop and even a hint of funky house into a blender, the resulting smoothie of sound is something to be appreciated by fans of FlyLo and Bibio.

The EP’s standout track for me would have to be Paul Goes To Paris, which combines funky dance elements with some quasi-experimental glitching effects to produce a real head-bopper. Douu-Eeen sounds to me like something between The Avalanches and Daedelus. There’s a free download up of what I assume is the demo version of the track, which contains more letters in the title than the album version:

Yellow Tangerine – douuu-eeeeeeeeen

And the entire 6-track EP is available on bandcamp for roughly the cost of a large cheesburger meal at McDonalds:

http://yellowtangerine.bandcamp.com/album/first-juice-ep

If Soundcloud is your thang you can also check him out here:

http://soundcloud.com/yellow-tangerine



Kwala – Werewolf Barmitzvah by Chris

Everyone has bizzare rituals; whether it be conditioning thier hair before they shampoo, purposely wearing socks inside out- or something a little more involved, like sitting in the same seat at the same bar every Friday after work and ordering the same drink. We all have little things that we like to keep to ourselves- it’s what keeps us sane. For me, every Sunday night after I get home from the radio station, I pour myself a small glass of red wine, turn the TV onto the ‘classic movies’ channel (where they play all the old black-and white films), mute it, and listen to music.

Kwala‘s album Shabang may be the perfect soundtrack for these moments. As wine slowly stains my lips and the suave-looking detective in the movie lights up his cigar, Kwala‘s expansive pads and smooth down-tempo rhythms fill the full aural spectrum. Not demanding enough to be abrasive or distracting, yet far from being boring or repetitive- the best way to describe Kwala‘s music would be something like ‘post-trip-hop’. Excuse my ‘typical-music-blogger-making-up-meaningless-genres-to-avoid-actually-describing-the-music’, but being superfluous when it comes to these things does nothing justice. Plus I want to enjoy my wine.

Kwala – Werewolf Barmitzvah

The full album is available here for a pick-your-price download and it comes with my highest recommendation:

<edit: It seems to have disappeared, but there is still some great stuff up there>

http://kwala.bandcamp.com

 

 



Fuck Melody Mixtape by Chris

I’m going away for the week to enjoy the great Australian summer, so to keep your ears satisfied while I’m gone…

Another Fuck the Radio mixtape!

Fuck Melody features some artists you’ve already seen on this blog, and some you haven’t- it plays out like a DJ set,  however the tracks are all split into individual files to make listening a breeze. Also included are links to all the artists featured.

I guarantee you’ll love it- or your money back it’s free! You literally have NOTHING to lose.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE



Sound Toned – Dark Waters by Chris
January 12, 2012, 10:50 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Electronica, Experimental | Tags: , , ,

Sound Toned‘s works are all unique examples of audio-art rather than traditionalist ‘music’. Also found on his Soundcloud page are a unique variety of spoken-word soundscapes and world-music.

Dark Waters is a space-y electronic piece, with beautiful sounds and tight percussive sounds that go against the normal conventions of ‘ambient’, while not quite crossing over into the miasma of ‘experimental’.

Download:

Sound Toned – Dark Waters

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/sound-toned



Caribou – Village by Chris
November 30, 2011, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Concrete, Experimental | Tags: , , , , , ,

So the first thing I posted on this blog was Rachel’s with Wouldn’t Live Anywhere Else (read the post here) which is an abstract-sound scape-meets-experimental-chamber-music piece. Caribou has posted a more raw soundscape on Soundcloud, and I’m a real sucker for the genre so I thought I’d share it.

I understand a-lot of people can’t really get into the idea of ‘found sound’ pieces; in-fact awhile ago I quoted Edgar Varèse in saying “Music is organised sound”, and Village is a track that challenges this idea to it’s very core.

Simply put, Village is a recording of two or three men having a causal conversation about text messaging in what sounds like a restaurant- but I think there’s a somewhat romanticised idea behind recording and sharing the sounds of civilization. I think John Cage put it best when he was talking about his composition 4’33” (an infamous contemporary peice which consisted of nothing but 4’33” of silence, which I’ve linked here)

There’s no such thing as silence. What they thought was silence, because they didn’t know how to listen, was full of accidental sounds.

While Cage‘s 4’33” is very much about experiencing the present moment that the piece is being performed, Caribou‘s Village presents a twist to the idea, which gives you the opportunity to experience a different setting, on the other side of the planet. Upon each listen your imagination adds more and more to the piece, at first I was interested in the conversation that can be heard, then the surrounding environment- the cars, the clanging of cutlery, the subtle noises of distant chirping birds.

Village is a minute-long moment captured forever through sound, bottled up in an mp3 file and able to be revisited again and again.

Caribou – Village



Astro Nautico – Kuhn Version by Chris
November 16, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Acid, Electronica, Experimental, Jazz | Tags: ,

Kuhn has been getting some attention for his release Slime Beach, played by XFM dj Mary Anne Hobbs last month. This release with Astro Nautico is more a of a trip-hoppy acid-jazzstep style track which is quite intriguing.

Download:

Astro Nautico – Kuhn Version

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/kuhnmusic

Website:

http://kuhnmusic.com/

(Note to self: I have to stop making up genres like acid-jazzstep)



Magnetic Man – Flying Into Tokyo by Chris
September 28, 2011, 10:49 PM
Filed under: Classical, Experimental | Tags: , , , ,

I caught two of my favourite artists Skream and Benga perform as part of Magnetic Man at Parklife Festival recently. My god it was mind-blowing. Their dubstep sound has elements of classical drum and bass/jungle and even progressive/minimal techno.

Flying Into Tokyo however is none of these, but rather a contemporary classical piece that really breathes life. Quite stunning, something to lie on your bed and listen to on a rainy day.

Magnetic Man – Flying Into Tokyo



Venetian Snares – Chainsaw Fellatio by Chris
September 12, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Acid, Dubstep, Electronica, Experimental, Psychadelic | Tags: , , , , ,

Venetian Snares does some pretty rad stuff. Similar to Aphex Twin, not quite accessible to the virgin listener, his breakcore/acid sound is pretty hectic, and the brilliantly named Chainsaw Fellatio is no exception. On my first listen I was enjoying the acid bassline melody until I felt like I was getting assaulted by some fucking hi-hat sample (you’ll see what I’m talking about). Then it all fades away, and at about the 1:30 mark, shit gets TIGHT. A hip-hop beat takes you off guard and suddenly you feel like c-walking your ass to the nearest DMT dealer. Give it a listen, I guarantee you’ll have trouble finding anything quite like it:

Venetian Snares – Chainsaw Fellatio

 



Amon Tobin – Foley Room by Chris
September 9, 2011, 12:14 PM
Filed under: Concrete, Experimental, Noise | Tags: , , ,

Have I not posted this yet!?

An experimental track from one of my fave record labels Ninja Tune, Amon Tobin‘s Foley Room is an ingenious creation that takes the theory of musique concrete to a new level. In fact, they even made a freakin’ documentary about how it was recorded because it’s so bad ass. Pick up the album, andtake a listen to the title track in the meantime.

<download removed at request>



Shlohmo – Spoons by Chris
March 26, 2011, 4:10 PM
Filed under: Dubstep, Experimental, Noise, Upbeat | Tags: , , , , ,

Shlohmo is a legend, taking the art of a ‘dubstep drop’ to a whole new level. It’s sophisticated, beyond the cliche “GET THE FUCK OUTTA HEREEE WUB WUB WUB WOBBBBB WOBBBB” style filth that makes your body contort and bang around like something out of the exorcist on the dance-floor, Spoons is dubstep for your brain, allow the various lobes to bob around to the beat while your cerebellum chills with the groove. There’s something almost acidic about it, like an acid-meets-hip-hop hybrid, the sounds coming out of the Wu Tang Clan’s mouths if Aphex Twin and Skream were spit-roasting them rhythmically one at a time.

Before this gets any more sexually charged and disturbing, I think you should give Spoons a listen…

Shlohmo – Spoons

 



Autechre and The Hafler Trio – æ³o by Chris
February 4, 2011, 1:01 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Electronica, Experimental, Febuary, Noise | Tags: , , , , ,

Here’s a challenge dear reader. Tell me what music is.

Encyclopædia Britannica stated, “while there are no sounds that can be described as inherently unmusical, musicians in each culture have tended to restrict the range of sounds they will admit.”

Autechre push the boundaries with experimentation of the aural landscape, immerse yourself in æ³o and you’ll find yourself able to be moved emotionally by abstract noise. A slight increase of heart rate, soothing oceans of bass and ambiance, Autechre & The Hafler Trio are really able to take control of your body with sound. Perhaps this could be music in it’s most raw, pure form.

Not quite as easily accessible by our brains- we are too accustomed to the musical codes and conventions that most modern musicians adhere to- melody, basslines, tempo, rhythm do not need to exist for something to be music. Now is your chance to get up and really say FUCK THE RADIO because you are able to break through the musical limitations that have been drilled into you and experience music on a whole new level. æ³o is an exceptionally brilliant work of art- using your mind as the canvas and sound as their tool, allow Autechre & The Hafler Trio to move you.

-DOWNLOAD LINK REMOVED AT REQUEST-

The answer to the challenge? “Music is organised sound” – Edgar Varèse



Tokimonsta – Aching Nodes by Chris
December 7, 2010, 9:30 PM
Filed under: Electronica, Mellow | Tags: , , , , , ,

Tokimonsta is one of those girls who are beautiful, pretty and cute all at the same time. I mean, just look at her!

Similarly, her music is mysterious, playful and mellow all at the same time. This Los Angeles producer is another prime example of the trip-hop sample-based tunes coming out of the underground LA scene. Her Cosmic Intoxication EP was released April this year and contains some amazing stuff reminiscent of Daedelus and Nosaj Thing’s sound. Aching Nodes brings together some glitchy beats with some other elements that let you relax, but not let your musical guard down. Give it a download:

Tokimonsta – Aching Nodes

 



Nosaj Thing – 1685/Bach by Chris

Nosaj Thing‘s album Drift is AMAZING.

Simple as that. go out and get it.

1685/Bach is an electronic, glitchy mesh of beats, synths and other noises.

Nosaj Thing – 1685/Bach

And here’s a bonus video of a live set he did for KEXP.



Daedelus – Lights Out by Chris

Daedelus would have to be one of my favorite artists at the moment. His personality is as quirky as his music. Reminiscent of Aphex Twin meets The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, his live performances with the monome are so great I’ve posted a link to one as a bonus.

~I’ve been having some trouble with the audio streaming, sorry! Check out the download link bellow~

Daedelus – Lights Out

BONUS VIDEO




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