Fay’s uniquely irregular mosaics of art-pop and dub-fractured, minimalist funk bubble with a more elusive, wordless quality in Deal; the L.A.-based artist’s perfectly curious 3rd album with local label Time No Place.
Succinctly abstract and playfully suggestive, Deal finds Fay articulating a more refined, clipped vocabulary in eleven simmering, wordless poems that feel something like a somnolent antithesis to the anxious choral arrangements of Visionist, or even like Katie Gately and Shackleton writing Korean classical court music.
By stripping her vocal arrangements of literal meaning she makes a clean sidestep from the popwise elements of her previous records to something more akin to chamber music, but the melodies are still alluringly inventive and cute, even, now duetting with equally off-kilter synth daubs and crisply punctuated by her patented, spare and pensile syncopation, rending a moire of rhythms that transcend modern dancehall, dembow, hip hop and other integers.
Anyone would be hard pushed to slot Deal into any box other than its own. Comparisons are easy enough to make but they’re only analogies, and Fay’s sensitivity to nuance and finely graded, ambiguous emotions places her and it into most rarified styles.
Electro, jazz and jungle-gilded house from Vlad Gavrilov a.k.a. DJ Heure, who’s previously turned out on Lobster Theremin’s Distant Hawaii sublabel and Natural Sciences as Warren Raww. The first release on All My Thoughts, the 2nd label from Seb Wildblood alongside his personal SW imprint.
Who are we now, in the era of the internet? Former Americanmen artist Sevendeaths looks to answer this on his new album of hi-def power ambient for Luckyme.
Edinburgh-based musician Steven Shade expands on the VST-centric grandiosity of his 2013 debut Sevendeaths set ‘Concreté Misery’ with this rather enveloping new album for the Luckyme crew.
A certain cinematic quality has always been evident in the Sevendeaths sound, but he really ups the ante on ‘Remote Sympathy,’ the ten tracks benefitting from the inclusion of natural sound sources via spectral resynthesis and sampling techniques and contributions from Rafe Fitzpatrick and Iban Perez.
Fans of Jóhann Jóhannsson and the recent output on Subtext should pay attention as Sevendeaths really captures a stunning snapshot of expertly crafted drone and power ambient geared as “both a celebration of life and human strength and an acceptance of the frailty of the human spirit.”
The conceptual nature of the album doesn’t weigh too heavily on the music however, this is no forlorn exercise in noise brutality; rather the moments of darkness act as brief interludes to Shade’s undoubted capacity to sculpt and orchestrate synthesis of shimmering incandescence.
"Nobody—and I do mean nobody—has a funkier band than Syl Johnson! His famous Chicago outfit cooks up such powerful rhythms that there isn’t an R&B band in all the land that can come close to touching them. When Syl’s out front in the spotlight, delivering his dynamic vocals while his funky, funky band lets loose with their unstoppable rhythms, I defy anybody with two working ears not to head straight to the dancefloor."
Complete, Re-mastered and Expanded Soundtrack
"Expanded film score re-issue to H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond, directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Castle Freak) and starring Jeffery Combs and scream queen Barbara Crampton, it was a 1986 Science-Fiction Body-Horror film featuring an immense and dynamic score by composer Richard Band (Re-Animator, Puppet Master).
The music by composer Richard Band won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Catalonian International Film Festival in Stiges, Spain. Waxwork’s newly re-mastered release marks the first time that the complete soundtrack has been released on vinyl."
Tasty skanks from a new name, Butterfred, doing it for themselves on a natty white label pressing.
Calibrating Detroit, UK and Berlin styles to their own bendy balance, EP1 leans in with the laid-back eaze of Spread The Butter’s percolating dub chords and thick spread subs beside the industrial dancehall bug Dark Butter on top, then with a darker inversion of those vibes in the B-side’s squashed and gloomy stepper, Liquid Butter, and a buckled dancehall techno bumper named Butter Break.
A four track baroque masterpiece by Rian Murphy sharing vocals with his good friend Will Oldham.
Produced by Rian, with string arrangements by Jim O’Rouke and vocal harmonies by Archer Prewitt. Featuring a chorus of voices including BillCallahan, Laetitia Sadier, David Grubbs and Jim O’Rouke amongst many others.