Finally back home to a normal life. Or something close enough, I duno.
Anni Nöps - Burial Ashtray Wasp 
I don't think I ever spent much time with Kindred, Burial's 2012 release. So hearing this was a welcome reminder of its existence. This edit takes a particular chunk of 'Ashtray Wasp' and ramps up the tempo and emotion. I think it's the same track, just truncated, but it's a super job.
Death Kneel - Adaptive Emotional Use
After a long trip to Paris with some long working days and fraught emotions I came back into the office and this made the most amount of sense to my fragile ears. Alternating between dank, metal sludge and starkly emotive ambience, it perfectly mirrored the undulations in my emotions. Black emptiness and cataclysmic sorrow. Not to be overly dramatic or anything, that wouldn't be me.
Centinno Feli - No Need to Sacrifice
Centinno Feli is a duo based in Seoul, and this is their first release. It's a kind of instrumental grime rnb love song, if that makes any sense. Maybe it might have sounded better in 2013, but it sounds pretty damn good to me now. Also the accompanying text closes with the words "Let yourself be precious", which I find touchingly beautiful.
ZIGTRAX - LIVE IN ZIG
Tapes, Kassem Mosse and Mix Mup in action for 30 minutes of electronic weirdness. The blurb is hilarious: "live in zig" is a 30 minute musical equation recorded live in dingy Leipzig. wait: recorded live? how did they do that? and it's all unreleased jams. why didn't they play the hits... can someone explain... this tape makes no sense. pure noiseisch tweakage. slide into this session. glitzy chrome tapes. no returns.
BIS Radio Show #1008 Part1 with Batu
Is it cheating to feature a Beats in Space mix? There must be some readers who aren't aware of Tim Sweeney's long-running Tuesday night mixup that plays host to some of the best DJs in the world. This mix from Batu is .... I don't want to say it's everything I like about dance music, but it's almost everything. It's deep, trippy, atmospheric. The only thing that's missing is a sense of silliness or frivolity, but that aside it's pretty much perfect. One tune in particular, 'Ghost Trance' from David Kochs, really blew my mind.
VA - the beauty of melting (oblast)
I listened through a load of these tracks a few times during the week, most memorably while doing some bits and pieces around the house. One lengthy track synced up beautifully with the noise of building works happening on my street. Imagine my shock when I got an email from the label with the subject line "Ambient tracks for those in their 30s". I'm not mad. The music is great. Clanky and crabby, skittery and foggy...
JUST LIKE ME, RIGHT???
Eoin DJ - Bloom
Eoin is a DJ from Galway who I believe is based in Dublin. I didn't know he made tracks. Here's one from him that's gloopy and crackly but also emotive and full of wide-eyed ideas. I look forward to hearing more from him if this is anything to go by!
Ivy Nostrum - Self Own
I used to devour everything Invisible City Records* put out but somehow I've managed to fall behind. this is a new one from Ivy Nostrum, aka Paul Margree of We Need No Swords. It's delightfully dank and deliciously droney. (*Not the Toronto record store but the Gateshead tape label.)
Aos ~ Deep Mind Music Vol.9
I can't tell you how many times I've listened to this since it popped up a fortnight ago. I played it on one of my flights home from Paris but fell asleep (I also slept through Chihei Hatakeyama's Forgotten Hill, which is out today) so put it on again almost as soon as I woke up. Since then I've played it every other day. It's a beautiful selection of deep music, with sublime sounds from Donnacha Costello, Ondo Fudd, Mr YT and Jonah Sharp & Fred P among others. My only complaint is that it's too short. Mixes are like meals — sometimes you get too much and you're full, sometimes it's just not enough and you want more. In this case, I don't know how it could be any longer but at the same time, I'm always disappointed when it ends.
VA - Women in Experimental 01 (Musica Dispersa)
Women in experimental what, you ask? Music, I guess. Lots of cool and weird sounds here. I particularly like A.Y's 'Don't Squeeze Me!' and Leonie Roessler's 'Grind'.
LNS - Live @ Ääniwalli Helsinki (2019-09-07)
An hour of party music that moves between crisp electro, bottom-heavy house, M1 vibes, swirling techno and some 2000 Photek (the other track with Robert Owens on it).
Topdown Dialectic - Vol. 2
Hard to believe it's five years since the first TDD tape on Aught surfaced??? And even longer ago since the rare tape on Tailings (the last release on that label)????? Whenever I say things like that at home my wife says "yes, that's how time works". This is the second edition of music from the quiet producer on LA's Peak Oil. It's more of the same. Yeah, fuzzy, distant sounds, a sheen of electronic crackle, hints of percussion and exuberance but understated to a fine degree. I listened to the album backwards yesterday (on my recently added playlist) and it sounded even better. The closing track is a haze of funk, while the tracks in between drift and sway like reeds in a summer breeze.