It's the last Bandcloud of Q3 '19. Not that that means anything. Don't succumb to lists.
AceMo - POWER EP [HOA005]
AceMo and MoMa Ready have been bringing you big and loud and quality dance music of late, both together and separately. This new one from the former is a cry out for a world in peril. "As we fight against the apocalypse, a signal is sounded, a sonic message, across the world, we must come together, as the people of earth, to save it." This is music for thunderous raves, kicking off appropriately with 'Apocalypse Now', a heavy roller with raucous squobs of sound and syncopated stabs. 'The Signal' is driven by a nightmarish riff over rattling drums, with everything just the right side of distortion. 'Earth Rave' is the perfect mixture of trance and techno, its no-nonsense percussion meeting gorgeous melodies, while 'Power Strings' evokes the very best sounds of classic house, the celebration that staves off the world's end.
dj lostboi - new life
This is ambient sheen that builds and grows slowly, a deep and heavy bass lending a slight hint of gravitas and power.
JamesBangura - DS - 1
WOOOO this bangs. It's really interesting punchy techno, with breaks put to interesting and innovative use over thick kicks and swirls of heady synth.
Herron - YIELD/WIELD
The 10th tape from VIS comes from Manchester's Herron. The first side is a rehearsal of a live set he was due to perform before GAS but then had to cancel for technical reasons. It's muted and murky and weird and I absolutely love it. The second side is full of weirdo dance-floor sounds. Thick and choppy, it's unclassifiable, beyond genre, but it's ace. Side A is still the winner for me, however.
Violet - Run Free
Violet just dropped her debut album, which features a more varied palette of sounds than you may be used to, but fear not* — here's a choppy banger from a massive Love On The Rocks compilation. The lead sound is this one particular noise that's stretched and modulated before a kind of plucked string melody comes in over muted organ chords. It's an irresistible shuffle ripe for sweaty floors. (*I'm kidding, of course. Go buy it!)
Terri Lee - A Cloudless Jaunt
The image accompanying this piece of music is a washing machine, which is pretty funny. I don't know if you've seen it but there's a terrible ad on TV at the moment where a long-haired dude with a guitar starts an impromptu gig in a launderette after hearing the rhythmic thump inside the washing machine. It's like he's never heard a Blawan track. Anyway. This improv piece opens up with five minutes of beguiling haziness before moving into pulsed, energetic tones with trippy, loopy themes.
J. Tijn - Ambience, Loops & Samples
I can't recall hearing anything from J. Tijn in a while so this was a welcome surprise. As the title says, it's a collection of loops and samples, some clubby and beatsy, some washy and hazy. They're all quite short but the ideas and sounds are great. I love 'Astralude' in particular, and 'Elm Street Dreams' is unsurprisingly unsettling. 'Darth Faders' is on a sci-fi electro tip without ever fully letting go, so I'd love to hear what someone could do with it. The same goes for 'Scanner' and 'Yeah', which are both fully formed yet still cry out for further development. I hope this means we'll hear more from Jazzy T soon.
Palto Flats with Jack Murphy @ The Lot Radio 09 - 25 - 2019
It's Jack Murphy! Now based in New York, the man also known as rapdotcom and Techno Columbo showed up at The Lot this week for the Palto Flats show. He was due to interview Jill Mulleady, an artist whose work is being shown at the Swiss Institute at present, but she was unwell. Thankfully Jack was on hand to play some sublimely intriguing music with PF's Jacob Gorchov. Apparently Jack prepared some edited field recordings for the show, and he played these alongside some lovely sonic oddities. Between the two of them there's some nice jazz, some outré sounds, some 80s-type boogie stuff and some chat about art. Lots to love.
Medulasa - Typhoid Mary
This is huge and lumpy and sprightly at the same time. It's beautifully mournful, an elegy for a friend that's somehow triumphant and funereal at the same time. The accompanying text is also quite lovely: "Written in the aftermath of the passing of a dear friend, in part to celebrate their impeccable tastes, in part to process the tragedy of their death, and in part to give her a lullaby to help her rest easy."
Dj George Washington - Incel Tear
This sounds like a trance track with all the high end removed. I had to jack up the volume to hear it properly, it's so muted. It bangs, in a weird kind of a way. I'm mainly sharing it because of the title though.
Lanoche - Lovefall (Snippet)
I've listened to this snippet so many times. It's utterly gorgeous, swampy deep house with shades of Sprinkles in that thick and dubby bass line.
Sunun - CL003
Beautifully murky and delicate sounds from Sunun on Bristol label Cold Light. This is part of a double drop, with another release featuring Birthmark, label boss Withdrawn, VMO$ & Boofy and Sunun herself appearing on the same day. The artwork features coffins and what appears to be Death standing among a crowd of children at a water pump.
Relate 5 - ComposureSquad
Finally this week, we have a live set from Composuresquad. This was recorded at the Relate party at Smart Bar in Chicago earlier this month, on a night that also included sets from DJ Slugo, Mukqs and others. This set runs from racy electronics to boogie-inflected head-nodders, jungle slammers, hip-hop, gqom, techno, breaks, all without ever feeling forced or disjointed. A real party.