Monthly Spins: May 2017

El Mahdy Jr: Time To Sell The Golden Teeth
File Under: middle-eastern dub, electronica
There’s a lot I could say about this wonderful new release but I thought that this snippet from the Bandcamp page said it all: "a very deep and dubwise center of gravity." Then again Mahdy steers true to his Algerian roots, while making the East-meets-West-meets-dub sound above and beyond how this sort of thing usually turns out. Stellar. On heavy repeat.

Available from Bandcamp




Georgia: All Kind Music
A little bit of everything in this potent mix by New Yorkers Brian Close and Justin Trip, who are also video and installation artists: calypso, bossa nova, jazz, digital funk. "Ama Yes Uzume" features the luminous vocals of Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek while opener "Slow Dance" also features the vocals of performance artist India Menuez. Harpist Mary Lattimore, saxophonist Wednesday Knudsen and Gabonese vocalist Abang Essone round out a recording heavy on talent. This is a tight, swinging record that brings the wider world to the fore.

Available from Tidal




Nerftoss: Crushed
If you can’t tell already I’m a big fan of Baltimore soundscapper John Jones aka Nerftoss. Crushed is the most recent album we have from him and it is an evolution in that he uses live samples of percussion such as maracas, congas, bells, marimbas and drum kits, to name a few, giving these House-inspired experiments quite a hefty bang.

Available from Bandcamp




Lisa Papineau: Blood Noise
File Under: electronic, avant-pop, synth
Lisa Papineau is a consummate artist who has worked in experimental theater and collaborated on film soundtracks (Pina) and with AIR, Jun Miyake, Technology and many others. Blood Noise is her third solo effort and reveals a musician working at the heights of her creative powers.

Available from Bandcamp




Stromboli: Stromboli
There are four kinds of Stromboli. One is very cheesy and from the 80’s, another is a hip hop artist and yet another hails from Spain. This particular Stromboli, I am happy to say, is the creation of Bologna resident, Italian Nico Pasquini. In the continued parlance of food this Stromboli is meat-filled, meaning there’s an abundance of audio protean, a mixture of cascading guitar tones and dronish punk-edged sonic exploration. Pasquini has just released a new album on Maple Death Records entitled Uno. And I highly recommend that as well if you like what you hear on this one.

Available from Bandcamp




H. Grimace: Self Architect
File Under: Brits rockin
A tight little UK rock outfit with Hannah Gledhill (vocals/guitar) and Marcus Browne (guitar), Syde Shan Pasha (bass) and Asher Preston (drums).

Available from Tidal




Guided By Voices: August By Cake
I personally have a playlist with ten different live versions of Hot Freaks so I can’t be neutral on this. I think that Robert Pollard, Elvis Costello, Stephen Merritt and Beck are three of our most talented and prolific (male) songwriters. 35 years on and this is GBV’s 24th studio album and Pollard’s 100th overall release (he turns 60 this year). This one doesn’t disappoint. It’s the original band and they’re tight and there’s very little filler or tossed off songs, just the normal surreal, zen-bonsai-topiary 32 track songsmithing.

Available from Tidal




Eli Keszler: Last Signs of Speed
File under: jazz, classical, composition
Percussionist/drummer extraordinaire Eli Keszler gives up a syncopated revelry of cross beats and undulating waves of tonal structures that belie a dub-influenced maelstrom. Complex and rewarding stuff, whatever you decide to call it.

Available from Bandacmp




Iuna Niva: Primeval Guilt
File Under: electronic, beats
Dirgewave with some Purity Ring dreamlike evanescent chillwave. The female vocals make this really memorable. Good, underaprecieated record.

Available from Bandacmp




Jay Som: Everybody Works
File Under—pop-haze, singer, songwriter
Melina Duterte hails from Oakland and has just released her second full length, Everybody Works, which continues in the pop atmosphere of her DIY first record, which was resplendent with pop gems mined from her teen years. This record is all new material, supposedly recorded over a month and it does not disappoint.

Available from Bandcamp




Goomes: Ngan!
File Under: star-gaze, komische, space-rock
A revelation from the Russian Federation. Who knew the Russians could get down and swing like this so convincingly? Getting their spaced-out Kraut on. This is their 2015 release and they also have a split ep up on Tidal and a March 2017 release called Tschaki! that I haven’t wrapped my head around yet.

Available from Bandcamp




Great Panoptique Winter: Wildness
File Under: Late Talk Talk, Sylvian’s Gone to Earth, Labradford
A project of Adelaide, Australia musician Jason Sweeny (Hood, Pretty Boy Crossover and Panoptique Electrical), Wildness began as a series of drum loops, piano, bass, and synths tracks that were then sent to Richard Adams in the UK who added vocals that he wrote. As with everything Sweeny is involved with Wildness is a rigorous and inventive collage of styles and intricate beauty that can rightly take its place amongst the afore mentioned

Available from Bandcamp




Vex Ruffin: Conveyor
Punk, hip-hop, dub, ska, house, jazz and avant and psychedelic rock. I know it sounds crazy but Ruffin pulls a rabbit out of a box on this his second and best release.

Available from Bandcamp




From The Archives
Having a 1500 album archive, access to Tidal, Bandcamp, Spotify and Soundcloud means that eventually you want to dust off something that you played the shit out of back in the day that you may not have listened to in 20 years. Was it as enjoyable and as good as I remember it? So, in that spirit (why bother archiving otherwise) I occasionally take a break from searching for new sounds to replay something old and frankly, forgotten.

Gomez: Liquid Skin
File Under—Trippy Brits do Americana
The critics fell all over themselves when Gomez debuted with 1998’s Bring It On, giving it a Mercury Prize and tons of gushing press. But for some reason they were not as keen on the sophomore effort Liquid Skin, which eschewed the former’s DIY lo-fi aesthetic for a much richer and better crafted sound. Perhaps it’s the sheer novelty of Brits unselfconsciously and unironically taking on the trippy-bluesy-roots-swamp-thing vibe that made them stand out. After all, would we be half-impressed if a band from Georgia had made this? So, I put it on and have to say that it was just as enjoyable and good as I remember it being. Ditto Bring It On, which they remastered recently, adding additional tracks. It’s a very specific thing made at a time when it really stood out and was fresh sounding. Not for everyone to be sure, but loose, laid-back and great for rolling the windows down and turning up loud on a fine May day.

Available from Tidal

COMMENTS
garrettnecessary's picture

Loving the Georgia record! On to the others.
Have you heard the new Sophia Kennedy? Might be up your alley.