@@@ Lord Tang: Butterflies (Lord Tang, 2016). I continue to chew through the Quietus’ top records of 2016 and thus far I’m feeling this record. This first tune features vibes/marimba, some demented synth bass, and mangled/processed vocals. I’m on the third ‘tune’ and I would put this record down as a collage. The focus is on the collision of organic and synthetic sounds which it does well. Whether you need tunes and/or more structure to these sounds, that’s up to you.
@@@ Jute Gyte: Perdurance (Adam Kaimbach, 2016). Black metal with a drum machine bitches! I like the guitar tones and the singer flirts with turning into an orc but he retains some humanity. I would guess this is a one man project, but I could be wrong. These are all long bangers, the shortest one clocking in at 8 minutes so there’s plenty of time for exploration which happens and which lends a different vibe to the proceedings. This is a weird and kinda cool record.
@@@ Huerco S.: For Those of You Who Have (and Those of You who Haven’t) (Proibito, 2016). We jump now to some ambient music and I dig this first piece — it’s got a dreamy yet not cheesy texture, with some slowly arpeggiating synths, some vinyl crackle for authenticity, and a small repetitive whir. I’m on the third tune and it’s my favorite as it’s got this abstract, watery loop that is quite high quality. I’m hearing elements of lost in space ambient music, as well as abstract sound layering. Peep this third tune, Hear Me Out, which is clipped below because I care about high quality shit for your earholes.
YTD recordings listened to: 972
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 543
Not good music: 369
Honorable Mentions: 21
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest