I couldn't be happier. This week there's quite a range of stuff here, from massively different artists around the world.
Drooping Finger - Three Spheres
"More lo-fi sounds recorded from broken speakers, telephones, disc drives, printers, kettles, turntables and spheres." This weirdly brilliant release comes from Drooping Finger, a Newcastle-based noise artist who's also behind the metal promotion companyInverted Grim-Mill Recordings. Three Spheres is not metal though. It's somewhere between field recordings and thoughtful drone, with hints of techno drifting through, intentionally or otherwise. Dank!
Tanner Garza - Eventide
Tanner Garza has a few releases to his name, but the most impressive is surely Always, his four-hour double-cassette pack for J&C Tapes. This tape for Psychic Troubles Tapes follows the tone of that languidly beautiful release, refining its breadth to a relatively succinct four tracks (though three of them pass the 10-minute mark).
Jae - The Trace of Princeton
A real tale of two halves. The first release from Mount Baker Records, I found this through Silent Season. The A-side is a searing drone, high-pitched and ominous, staring out over a frozen wasteland. It feels like it's forever building towards something, yet never reaches any concrete destination. It's not unlike Mats Gustafsson's Piano Mating. The B-side is deeper, squeaking effects and bass melodies lending serious urgency, while driving drum patterns adding to the sense of journey.
Dawn Richard - Not Above That
Do we need limited frosted vinyl? No. Does it look lovely? Of course. In an unexpected turn, Dawn Richard linked up with Local Action, dropping the stellar 'Not Above That' last month. Now it's on wax, backed with a characteristically dreamy flip from Deadboy. No repress, just in case you're dithering.
Hybrid Palms - Celestial Mirages
Sounds of The Dawn is a neat-o blog that generally posts lost and forgotten new age gems, as well as hosting a regular show on London's NTS Radio. Now they're branching out and starting a label. Moscow-based artist Hybrid Palms is behind the first release, and 'Celestial Mirages' is a gorgeous intro to the tape, which is called Pacific Image.
Good Room Podcast 025 - Analog Soul
This absolute gem popped up after a playlist in "related tracks", so I'm keen to include it even if it's not brand new. A lot of the tracks are classics anyway, so newness is irrelevant. Analog Soul are a Brooklyn-based DJ duo of twin sisters who've been playing for more than a decade. This mix is an hour of dreamy, sultry and soulful house. Nice.
Peggy Gou - Six O Six
Super track from Peggy Gou, part of a two-track release that's forthcoming on Phonica. Hugely enjoyable and accomplished house. She's just put out a record on Rekids (and there's a part two in that series) so she's really flexing her muscles. A great talent.
Phormix Podcast #41 Pan Daijing
Pan Daijing released the wonderful Sex & Disease tape on Noisekölln last year, and featured in the BC15 mix I shared recently. This mix sees her traverse noisy terrain by way of EBM, gurgling acid, eastern jams and more. If you're interested in the artist, check out this lengthy interview with the artist conducted by Lauren Martin.
Wonj - The Frame Breaks
We're used to sporadic mixes from our friend Wonja but this track is an unexpected delight. Recorded with an NSX-39 Pocket Miku singing synth, it side-steps the usual novelty of hearing the machine sing real tunes, instead chopping up these vocals for trippier purposes.
Bruce Mix 4 Turban | Radio Wave
Bruce's mind-bending 'Steals' is finally coming out soon, and here we have a mix from the man himself, which featured on Czech radio station Wave last month. Twisted techno jams from Vessel, Different Fountains and Golden Teacher feature alongside total unknowns (to my ears), before turning to liquid funk at the death.
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