Yo. Summer is here, I am busy stripping and re-building a 1921 house and neglecting my readership (Hi!). Meanwhile, interesting music keeps pouring in through the leaky roof, open window and cellar door. Time for a rundown.
//Arthur Russell first appeared on my radar in the late nineties, and has been a mainstay ever since. His ever-growing body of posthumous releases offers nourishment for all types of moods and seasons. My current fave is “the letter“, from the 2007 singer-songwriter-y “Love is overtaking me“. Perfect pop.
// I could’ve sworn I had already shone my online spotlight on Ondo Fudd’s “Blue Dot” EP on Trilogy Tapes. Whimsical artist name, same dude who as Call Super. Melancholic, Seussian, octagonal and weirdly organic sounds. One of my releases of 2016 so far.
// Compilation “Sky Girl” suffers from an overserious marketing angle (“Sky Girl is a mysteriously unshakeable companion, a deeply melancholic and sentimental journey through folk-pop, new wave and art music micro presses that span 1961-1991, etc…”)… but is effortlessly saved by the musical content. Moody, fragile and often wearing questionable amounts of eyeliner, this is a perfect companion to summer rain. And an imaginary sequel to the Donnie Darko OST. Listen here.
// I’ve got
two turntables and a microphone a few well-placed samples and a rubadub bassline. Leviticus’ “The Burial” is 22 years old this year, and as catchy as the day it was released.
// The word “techno” doesn’t excite me. Sounds like the sort of music a warehouse full of drugged-up white men listen to. In actual fact, the word is home to worlds and universes of sound. Swinging and clattering? Check. Unreleased and forgotten since the mid-nineties? Not a problem. Sucked into a black hole? Yup. Mediterranean and melancholic? Over here.
// Looking for an adventurous debut album to sink your teeth in? Try Kaytranada’s “99.9%” or Steven Julien’s (aka Funkineven) “Fallen”