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Cauto | Despertar

Born into a family of musicians, it’s unsurprising that it’s taken Barcelona’s Cauto no time at all to make his mark on the dub/step & electronic community. With releases on dj/Rupture‘s Dutty Artz (on the excellent Dutty Remix Zero release), and Spanish labels Discontinu and Disboot, he’s quickly developing a small, yet impressive, back catalogue that’s about to augmented by a Filastine remix and a second EP for Disboot. His new, free download ...

Micachu | Filthy Friends Mixtape

21-year-old Mica Levi aka Micachu has already done her work for the year. She’s already delivered an album (Rough Trade, March 9th), ‘Jewellery’ produced by Matthew Herbert, that sounds undeniably authentic and original, which – in this day and age of spiraling, referential hype – is nothing to be sniffed at. And whilst it’s just as undeniable that a press and blog deluge is sure to follow, Micachu’s skewed take on genuine post-punk sensibilities, ...

Lemonade | Sunchips (Bookworms Remix)

Let’s talk about the name first: Lemonade sounds as if they are a pre-teen, happy-clappy, singalong, soda-popping bunch of adrenalised muppets. It is not the wisest choice of names for what is actually a rather interesting band – it’s the sort of name that actually encourages people to look away, to say to themselves “I’m not the sort of person who listens to bands called Lemonade”. This would be a great shame, for there is actually much to enjoy from ...

Underlapper | Meanderthal (Cleptocleptics Remix)

When Underlapper first emerged, a collection of their own homespun CD-Rs went into circulation, track titles scrawled in green biro on TDK branded inlays. This demarkation clearly suggested that Underlapper were still in their embryonic phase, that they hadn’t quite decided that the world was ready for them. Yet the music itself, and their accompanying gigs, clearly showed a band who were more than ready to face the future. What they lacked in confidence, they more than made up for in ...

Three Trapped Tigers | 1

One of the best things about the recent All Tomorrows Parties was getting my brain scrubbed with dirty wire wool by Fuck Buttons. A blissful assault from start to finish, it was one of the most sensational live aural experiences I’ve had since witnessing The Boredoms live back in 2002 (who were incidentally supporting John Cale at the time, oddest master & servant relationship of all time). But imagine if Fuck Buttons did actually believe in taking a breath, in pausing for a ...

Discontent – Mixtape One

This mixtape features a selection of tracks posted on my Discontent music blog since its launch in November last year. All the tracks have been published freely online by artists or labels, so feel free to post the link or distribute the mixtape. Downoad: Discontent – Mixtape One 1 Fever Ray – If I Had A Heart (Instrumental Edit) [Sweden] 2 Harmonic 313 – Dirtbox [Australia] 3 Lone – Beach Bump [England] 4 The Long Lost – Woebegone (Flying Lotus’ Luckiest ...

Mountains | Choral

A few weeks back, I hit All Tommorrow’s Parties in Sydney and caught Harmonia, featuring some of the legendary players in 1970s krautrock and electronica – Neu’s Michael Rother, Dieter Mobius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. They appeared on a sun-drenched harbourside stage in the middle of the afternoon, which – depending on your point of view – was either the best or the worst place to see them. Nonetheless, it ticked off another in the ongoing list “Artists ...

Various Production & Gerry Mitchell | Clerks

For their next full-length, Various Production indulge in the type of Scottish miserablism not seen since the early days of Arab Strap. As evidenced on this upfront promo, Scottish poet Gerry Mitchell‘s intense, suffocating readings could be well served by Various’ incessant need to hop genres with each release. Let us hope that the album, ‘The Invisible Lodger’ fuses more than just their regular dramatic dubstep productions, and additionally opts for the rural ...

Gyratory System | Utility Music

Described by one of their labels, Angular Recording Corporation, as a “utilitarian instrumental marching band”, UK collective Gyratory Systems are born from the cremains of London’s One More Grain – themselves an avant employer of the brass section, albeit in a post-punk vein. Certainly the description has some merit – picking out individual instruments on this track, ‘Utility Music’, proves almost entirely fruitless. A melee of percussion, wind ...

Frikstailers | Baile Frik

When I first blogged about Frikstailers back in 2007, it was clear that something frisky was being dunked in the water in Argentina. Laid out in front of us, we had a seemingly endless outpouring of twitchy, fidget electro from the very same territory that was simultaneously bombarding us with chopped and screwed re-cuts of old school cumbia. Ralf & Sandro Lee’s latest EP is once again a prime example of South American genre-bending, brandishing a clear lack of concern when it ...

T++ | Therefore Version 5

Although his releases under the T++ alias have gained a small yet hardcore tribe of clipped electro & dubstep devotees, Torsten Proefrock has long been an influential figure in the ever-evolving rabbit hole of interconnections that is Berlin electronica. Of late, Proefrock has surfaced with exceptional remixes for the late Skull Disco label – versions of Shackleton’s epic ‘Death Is Not Final’ and Appleblim’s ‘Vansan’. However, his role as Senior ...

Dizz1 | RBMA Mix

More local product from out of Australia: Dizz1 has been a player in the Australian music scene for a long while, as turntablist, promoter, producer, drummer and teacher. He’s been part of known Australian hip hop / beats projects such as db Chills, Wicked Beat Sound System, Nubreed, The Shook Daily Crew, Budspells and The Lordz of the Fly, and more recently has stacked up an impressive list of new creative partnerships: Mark Pritchard, Steve Spacek, Bobby Singh and Om’Mas Keith ...

Salem | Whenusleep

I’ve finally just taken delivery of Salem‘s ‘Water’ 7″ on Merok, a tiny moment of tactile pleasure that prompted a post. Salem (Michigan trio John, Heather and Jack) do a good job of keeping themselves buried. Their music thus far has been vinyl-only, no digital sales available. Interviews and facts are scant, photographs more so. The music itself actually feels buried; melodies trapped beneath multiple layers of dark, audio sediment. If this were a hype-style ...

Lone | Naomixxx

‘Superficiality is everything’ – that’s a mantra I hear a great many times these days. In a world of blipverts, unlimited free availabiity of music and micro gen-Y attention spans, the days of long, languid periods of pre-coital courting with musicians appear to be gone. First impressions count, and a bad first impression counts double. So here it is – my superficial confession: Lone‘s album cover reminds me of bad, Euro-Minstry-of-Sunshine-electro-house ...

Amon Tobin | The Foley Room Recorded Live In Brussels

Brazilian Amon Tobin has been targetted with a lightning bolt of generosity and is giving away a full-length live album on his site at amontobin.com. ‘The Foley Room Recorded Live In Brussels’ documents last year’s tour in support of the recent Ninja Tune album, in which Tobin dropped his usual reliance on vinyl sample sources and set about creating his own sound library, recording fx or ‘foley’ from unique sources such as roaring tigers, wasps and ...

AGF | Disturbia

Even back when she was flogging her ‘Pon De Replay’ schtick, I always suspected that Rhianna was hardcore – that at any moment, she would squint her eyes, furrow her brow and come on over and kick the living shit out of you. I think my assessment still stands, or at least it did until I heard AGF‘s cover of Rhianna’s ‘Distubia’. AGF, aka East German poet, artist, musician and vocalist Antye Greie has an illustrious ten-year career behind her, with a ...

Fever Ray (Sweden) – ‘If I Had A Heart (Fuck Buttons Remix)’

The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson in her solo Fever Ray guise releases her new album digitally today from Klicktrack and iTunes (physical formats follow, oddly, in over two months on March 21st). [See previous post for info on this project]. The cover art brings to mind comic artist Charles Burns – indeed, it may well be Burns, given that The Knife’s ‘Silent Shout’ video was apparently deeply inspired by his work. A 7″ single also drops shortly (Jan ...

The Sight Below | With Her Kiss (I’d Pass The Sky)

There are some musicians that come at you like a sonic ninja, smacking you hard in the face and then plunging your bloody head into a bucket of ice cold water until you scream for air. Yesterday’s Mi Ami being a good case in point. Today, we take the opposite, somewhat more restrained approach, with music that lightly tickles your brain with a duck feather and whispers nocturnal lullabies in your ear. Seattle’s The Sight Below mines a tradition of ambience, drone, shoegaze and ...

Mi Ami | African Rhythms

Mi Ami‘s ‘African Rhythms’ cropped up defiantly in the recent Fat Planet end-of-year show – defiant against the fact that the other 40+ records were all from outside the Anglo American axis, whereas the Mi Ami trio root themselves firmly in San Francisco. ‘African Rhythms’ was, however, the record I’d been waiting to hear for a very long time: with a considered nod to its source material, the track launches almost immediately into a tight tom ...

Spoek Mathambo | H.I.V.I.P. Dezemba Liazonz Mix

There’s a grand debate that rages around the blogverse: that it takes Euro-focussed filthy electro hip hop or a verse from M.I.A. or, in the case of Vampire Weekend or El Guincho, afro-beat & other ‘tropical’ sounds refracted through the lens of skinny white kids, for most Westerners to engage with African music. This is not a new debate: traditional ‘world music’ has often faced similar charge – that ‘vehicles’ such as Peter Gabriel or ...

Pacheko | Green Bull

DJ C‘s Mashit label has been going hard and not even considering going home throughout 2008 with releases from the label boss himself, alongside DJ Flack, Zulu, Bong Ra and Murderbot. Coming on like a bottom end Santa Claus, DJ C dropped some yultide cheer at the tail end of the year with a split release that went some way towards representing the new sound of Caracas – four tracks from the prolific producer Cardopusher (who recently dropped his Hyperdub debut), and three from ...