In case you needed any reminding, today Violetshaped is professing via techno that you will never be redeemed in God's eyes. The duo of Britain's Violet Poison and Berlin's Shapednoise is turning out to be pretty prolific. In addition to having just released its debut in March, each member put out solo work on Hospital Productions This track, though, is culled from their self-titled debut on Shapednoise's Repitch Recordings. Keeping the BPM urgent and the timbres aggressive, Violetshaped uses "The Lord Won't Forget" as another opportunity to produce bangers for the club in Hades, a place where the floor is made out of hot coals and all the pretty people have gangrenous limbs.
The Don of dance music, Giorgio Morder, never spun the steel wheels until Monday night. The Italian vocoder enthusiast who devised the ubiquitous four-to-the-floor drum pattern for a Donna Summer song took to the turntables for the first time, and most likely not the last. He recently told Time Out New York "Yeah, I am becoming a DJ... and I don’t know why, really." It's been an eventful year for the formerly hibernating hitmaker. In addition to collaborating with Daft Punk on Random Access Memories' "Giorgio By Moroder," Repotoire Records put out an anthology of his early hits called Schlagermoroder (Volume 1: 1966-1975). The DJ set went down at Brooklyn's new dance spot, Output.
What a Debbie Downer, this Nate Young guy. He's always choosing such negative song titles and scary album covers. Why not "When Everything Works," Nate? Following up the oppresively good Wolf Eyes record, No Answer: Lower Floors, Young is releasing the fourth entry in his Regression series. Notably, Blinding Confusion, will be the first album on NNA with a black cover, breaking the tradition of the label's white background aesthetic. Blinding Confusion is shaping up to be the most sonically complex Regression yet, eschewing the topographic minimalism of Stay Asleep as well as the overt horror soundtrack referencing on Between Worlds' "Blind Corner." Witness "When Nothing Works" then do as Young suggested and "lose your mind in an empty street."
Regression: Blinding Confusion is out June 25 on NNA Tapes.
Steal this news item. NME reports that System of a Down bassist, Shavo Odadjian, gave a good old fashioned Facebook rant about the fact that the band has not released new material since 2005's Mesmerize/Hypnotize. Odadjian placed all the blame direclty on angel mourning frontman Serj Tankian, claiming that the goatee aficianado is stealing this band's creative energy. This hasn't stopped System of a Down from touring during the past eight years, but Odadjian suggested that System of a Down should kick the singer out and steal someone who can contribute. The band then released a press release which basically told Shavo to shove it. If Limp Bizkit has proven anything, it's that now is the time for bands that were huge a decade ago to make tons of money off fans who haven't bothered checking out new music. Steal this opportunity, System of a Down.
Conceptually alone, a video made by filming projected images is pretty rad. Such is the case for Paw Paw's vibey clip for Temporalis/Epiphysis cut, "Lennon." Woodsman's Eston Lathrp chose a smart aesthetic collaboration with video maker Greg Tate, with the dim lighting and grainy images complimenting the Eastern form and slow psych guitar very nicely. Paw Paw's debut release is one of the better things you can listen to on Bandcamp right now, contributing to Fire Talk's excitingly strongyear so far.
Keeping up the album-a-year clip, Julia Holter announced her third full-length today, Loud City Song. It will be her first album that was recorded in a studio, meaning that she perhaps no longer has a synthesizer next to her bed. With the announcement of the album comes a dreamy, mostly monochrome video for the record's opening track, "World." The song itself is pretty typical Holter-- studied structure, ponderous vocals-- with the substitution of orchestral instrumentation for the the electronics that soaked her debut and sophomore albums. The songs themselves, though, are older, predating Tragedy.
For the 37th and latest episode of Experimental Half-Hour-- Portland's aptly titled experimental music and performance show-- one of the city's foremost synthesists, Daryl Groetcsh (aka Pulse Emitter), gives a live performance alongside choreographed performances by Keyon Gaskin and Portland dance company bobbevy. The episode waivers between dream and nightmare, contrasting the feeling of being lost with the feeling of being hunted between cuts of patterned psychedelia and eerie jams. You can stream the whole episode above.
You kind of have to admit it if you're a fan of all things house and UK garage: Bristol's band of misfits are killing it right now. Appleblim finally struck it out on his own with the dynamite "Fluorescent," while Julio Bashmore and Kowton have been making impressive moves both in the studio and outside of it. Kowton and synth alchemist Hyetal recently announced their new collaborative venture as Systems of Desire, but before that gets underway, Hyetal (pictured above) has been busy prepping the follow-up to his 2011 effort for Black Acre, Broadcast, with a new sophmore LP. Earlier today on his SoundCloud, the producer unveiled two news, the plodding, pondering "Moving Statues" and this D&B-tinged synth banger "Jam the Network." A lot of "Jam the Network" and its appeal lie directly in the overdriven bass that ebbs and flows between gorgeous hooks that only become more prominent over the tune's brief three minutes.
Tonight, Ad Hoc will be presenting a night of music at The DL in NYC as an after party for night two of Angelina Dreem and Valerie Veatch's internet based art exhibition, The FEED. Blondes, Shams (record release!), and Teengirl Fantasy will all be DJing on the roof alongside Mr. Ad Hoc himself, 10pm doors, no cover.
The FEED is a B.Y.O.Device show that functions through QR codes-- whether relaying original pieces in full or clues about things in the room itself, left up to the discretion of the artist. In attempting to "present an environment in which content is simultaneously being created, consumed, and shared," attendees' behavior in the gallery is intended to mimic, and also expose, the ways in which we consume or interact with web culture. The show features original work from Vuk Cosic, Nick DeMarco, Deanna Havas, Alexandra Gorczynski, Travis Egedy, Jónó Mí Ló, and many others. It's located at Jack Chiles Gallery, and will be open today and tomorrow from 2pm-9pm, more details here.
Gone is the sneak attack that unleashed Deafheaven's "Dream House," the monstrously blistering opening track to their forthcoming LP, Sunbather. With the title track, the band sound even more focused, making room for an absolutely gorgeous middle section that leaves the listener at a loss for words. There are sections of the tune that suddenly screech to a halt for a quiet breather before launching into another, changing riffs at the drop of a hat but still finding room to let in some guitar acrobatics and reverb-rusted moments of solitude. All the while, vocalist George Lesage Clarke's emotional performance is kept front and center. Admittedly, Deafheaven's assault might be an acquired taste, but if it's going to hit the potential listener, it's going to hit them hard. (via The FADER.)