It is March. This has been an interesting week for me. I saw a bad film in the cinema. This is rare for me; since cinema trips are rare I try to see films I know I'll enjoy, or at least tolerate. This was awful. I also started and promptly stopped reading a book because I fundamentally disagreed with one of its premises. Oh well.
Club Fitness - Mix 40 (BOCCARA)
Absolutely belting mix from Toronto DJ now based in London, Club Fitness. A trippy intro leads into high-energy belters right from the start. Percussive, unnerving, heavy.
Taso & Siete Catorce - Grandes Éxitos Vol. 1
'2 for $20' featured in the above mix, I stopped everything to find out what it was. Genuinely stopped me in my tracks, as they say. It takes a well-worn break and tears it to pieces, with wild syncopation, stretchy synths and wobbly modulation making it totally new. The other tracks are great too — the riotous 'Gotas' in particular.
LACED - live @ zona 005
Not sure if this is live live or recorded live. It says "DJ technical difficulties" so perhaps it's a DJ set. It's pulsing and intriguing techno, prickly like the cactus in the attached artwork. Only half an hour though.
MSL - Careful, Thinking Could Become A Habit
Pristine moody electro straight out of Montreal. Undeniable Other People Place vibes but nice all the same.
Leaaves - Death Metric
I love this so much. it's a new release from Leaaves, who did a Bandcloud mix last year, and it's on Orb Tapes. It's got amazing titles. 'Pack Your Things for the Rapture'. '(I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream) for Chemtrails'. Brilliant. The whole release straddles a line between soothing ambient and scuzzy disquieting noise, but the final track ('Chemtrails') is a particularly beautiful effort, almost like a lush Balearic number minus the bongos and tablas. Great stuff.
Was Fret - Pairs I
Really interesting stuff here, not quite techno, definitely not house, too modern and squidgy to be prog but too vocal to be warehouse. I don't know. Full of melody, heart, breaks, ideas, particularly the desperately emotive melodies of 'Murmurations'.
Missy Elliott - She's a B*tch (Pasquinel Edit)
Do you want to hear Missy Elliott's 1999 classic over a baile funk beat and the Tetristheme? Of course you do.
ouri - Trance Parent
This isn't ~trance~ trance but it's trippy alright. Gorgeous vocals, melodies formed from 808 cowbells. Need to hear more from ouri. This is her Ghostly debut. She thanks Priori in the blurb, and I believe he's a member of MSL above. Circles.
Nick León - Crazy4U Dub
I initially thought this might be a Madonna rework, so I contacted the biggest Madonna fan I knew but they couldn't make any connection. Then I noticed the word "evidwols" on the artwork. Cognoscenti will know that this is a rework of Slowdive's song of the same name from the 1995 album Pygmalion. Listening back, I recognise the vocals used at the start. Anyway this is a nice lumpy track with heavy bass and delicate melodic patterns.
ana roxanne - ~?~?~
Absolutely gorgeous album, beautiful shades of ambient, spoken word, delicate blips, drifting vocals and shimmering cascades of bells over gentle field recordings. Sounds like that could be anything else but this one is particularly special.