Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Here's a piece I wrote for Frieze about Mute's 40th anniversary  - pegged to the recent and  graphically sumptuous book Mute: A Visual Document from 1978 → Tomorrow - and focused on the label's sustained commitment to futurism and Europeanism.

Just some of the futurism and / or Europeanism emanating from Mute and its affiliated subsidiaries (Product Inc, Rhythm King, Blast First, etc) over the years:

Monday, December 25, 2017

slices + loaves


Travis Scott featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Goosebumps”

Future, “I’m So Groovy”

Migos, “Bad and Boujee”

Moon Wiring Club, "Crumbling Toffee Town"

Big Sean, “Bounce Back”

Future, “Zoom”

Future, "New Illuminati"

Robert Haigh, "Winter Ships"

Migos featuring Gucci Mane, "Slippery"

Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour Llif3"

Migos, "T-Shirt"

Robert Haigh, "From the Mystery"

Future, "Mask Off"

Post Malone, "Rockstar"

Zomby, "Mercury's Rainbow"

Robert Haigh, "Sunken Pavilions"


Moon Wiring Club, Cateared Chocalatiers 

Robert Haigh, Creatures of the Deep

Travis Scott, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (technically 2016 but who's counting)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, The Kid 

Sarah Angliss, Ealing Feeder 

Moon Wiring Club, Tantalising Mews

ArteTetra compilation, Exotic ésotérique Vol.2

Future, Future

Laurel Halo, Dust 

connect_i-cut, Rage Coma

Zomby, Mercury's Rainbow

Future, HNDRXX

Migos, Culture

Jlin, Black Origami

The Radiophonic Workshop, Burials in Several Earths

Travis Scott + Quavo, Huncho Jack Jack Huncho

also tasty and nourishing

Genteel Decay, A Crumpet or Two

Kink Gong, Erhai Floating Sound

Trevor Wishart, The Secret Resonance of Things

The Focus Group, Stop-Motion Happening with The Focus Group

Ekoplekz, Bioproduct

Lo Five,  When It's Time To Let Go

Toi Toi Toi, Im Hag 

Children of Alice

the pantry of the past

Franco Battiato, Fetus

Franco Battiato, Sulle Corde di Aries

Franco Battiato, Pollution

Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present English Weather

Patrick Cowley, Afternooners

Doctors of Madness, Perfect Past 

Jean-Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline (my liner notes)

Bernard Parmegiani,  Rock

Jonny L, Sawtooth

creel crusts

Antero Honkanen / Åke Andersson, Reidarin Sähköiset Kuvat / Ode To Marilyn

Electronic Music by Canadian Composers, Volumes 1 & 2 / Music Canada Vol XIII, Electronic Music in Canada

William S. Fischer, Omen

Suomalaista Elektroakustista Musiikkia, Finnish Electro-Acoustic Music

Thursday, December 21, 2017

After releasing one of the year's highlights with the post-rock-that-ROCKof Rage Coma, connect_icut a/k/a Sam Macklin sneaks out a last-seconds-of-2017 surprise extra release: Music For Granular Synthesizer, part reversion to his customary glitch mode and part exploration of gnarly new zones steeped in influence of early computer music. 

A reminder that Rage Coma is still available, completely free - now "Angel Vomit," that's got to be one of the titles of the year!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Haunty things that somehow escaped my notice (get just the faintest suspicion sometimes that outfits don't send me the stuff precisely because that they don't want to get stuck with the H label - well tough titty, Vanishing Twin!) until the LP Choose Your Own Adventure was introduced to my ears by Italian decktician + journalist Chiara Colli last week, when we both deejayed at the minimum faxmas party in Rome.

She also played a track by this native operator in the neo-library vein -  L.U.C.A a/k/a  deejay Francisco a/k/a Francesco De Bellis.

Another release from Vanishing Twin, whose line-up is international but who are based in London