This will be brief as I fell asleep.
John Beltran - Resol E.P
Resplendent deep house/crispy techno from the master John Beltran.
VA - Clubless (Cloak)
This is a compilation from Chinese-based community radio Cloak. It's all non-club music, largely ambient, but mainly driven by loss, anguish and anxiety. It's beautiful and sad and powerful. Each track page has full info on the artist and their intentions. Thanks to @chuan_p for putting me on to this one.
Pamcy - BINIBINI
Pamcy is a Manila artist who deals in retro-leaning deep house. It's got a real classic sound but it's also big and warm and thoroughly modern. I was sold from the opening track, but it only gets better from there.
Forest Management - 08/17/2019 @ Tonight Only (studio edit)
I listened to this live recording and subsequent tweak of a Forest Management performance three times the other day. It's 16 minutes long so that means a lot.
Litt - Scene12 93.850.257 00
Choppy, fun 90s-sounding crisp electro techno goodness.
Elizabeth Joan Kelly - Music for the DMV
I'm literally a year late with this one but hey. I played one of Elizabeth Joan Kelly's tracks from the big Strategic Tape Reserve release on radio last week and then saw a tweet about this a few days later. To mark this release's birthday EJK put together a recap of where it's been along the way, including news coverage, global reach, most played songs etc. It led me to the album so that's cool. It's a concept album about visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles, and it mirrors the agitation and unease many feel there. It's clubby, ambient, expansive and weird. I like it. It also refigures Satie.
Oracula - Unbreak
Gotta love some expansive noisy ambient beats.
Juarta Putra – Pembukaan
Javanese horse dance music for rituals and celebrations. Lengthy and trance-like, this music is powerful and fascinating. Read more here.
D. Strange - Philando / Before (Pre-vers2)
I don't know much about D. Strange but his SoundCloud reads "midwest creation and decay in all its forms__somethingouttanuthin". This is crunchy electro that comes with a kick. The first track is an ominous bumper that closes with the voice of Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, who was shot dead while sitting in his car by a police officer in 2016, saying: "They murdered my motherfucking son with his seatbelt on, so what does that say to you? Now they got free rein to keep killing us any kinda way they want to." It's a powerful and important inclusion and reminds you how techno can be political. Techno is black. The second track is faster and brighter but retains an edge of disquiet.
Golden Chorale - Midnight
"midnight is a reflection on the anxious side of love, relationships and family." Lots of anxiety this week. This one is an ambient gurgler, low and slow, that features some plaintive guitar alongside your standard washy synths.