Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Larry Heard - Sceneries Not Songs, Volume One

I'll be gone for about two weeks, wrapping things up over here then crossing the pond for a year. Once I'm settled more posts will follow... I know, you've heard it all before... lemme leave you with a good one for now. 


Some essential house, more complexity and ear for the melodic than I'm used to from the genre. This guy's great, looking forward to sharing more of his recordings with you. Lovely stuff for bittersweet end-of-summer sunsets. 



Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bobby Hutcherson - Happenings


Just heard the sad news that this wonderful musician passed on a few days ago. I remember going to a certain record store as a high school/college know-nothing and getting turned on to this guy's beautiful sounds (thanks, Dr. Jazz). This is definitely one of my favorite jazz records of all time, you're captivated from those opening notes.  

Rest in power, Mr. Hutcherson.




Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pluramon - Pick Up Canyon

Before listening to my spiel, go over to Listen to This! and snap up David Astri's Do it Right. First heard "Safe and Sound" over at Warm and Gooey and have been vibing to it ever since. Cheers. 


Pluramon is a project headed by Marcus Schmickler, who makes some pretty sick loop-based electronica and apparently has some really cool friends (Jaki Liebezeit, Julee Cruise). This one features Jaki on drums, with Marcus layering murky, oscillating tones on top. Antecedents that come to mind... Harmonia's first album (this really does sound like the perfect marriage of kraut and 90's loop/glitch), definitely the tape-loops of This Heat, even a darker Jan Jelinek. Couldn't recommend this more highly with your morning coffee or your nightly rambles. 





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dif Juz - Soundpool (Huremics + Vibrating Air EPs)


Don't know much about these guys other than their affiliation with 4AD/Cocteau Twins, and I'd really love to hear that unreleased collaboration with Lee Perry (see their discogs page)! This one's great for long days of summer reading, I love the sound of the drums in the mix, and those guitar-playing brothers can make a lovely racket with their delay pedals. I also recommend their LP Extractions.




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Teddy Lasry - e=mc²


Gentle electric piano soliloquies into Mike Oldfield-esque prog bombast, Riley/Reichian minimal progressions meet hand drums and synthesized birds of the jungle. This one's both out of this world and firmly within it, depending on the moment. All killer no filler. I look forward to listening to and posting more of this man's work and that of his French library music colleagues.