Holly Waxwing: Goldleaf Acrobatics (Noumenal Loom)
God damn. This tape is like a tanning booth for your brain. Holly Waxwing blends elements of hip hop, R&B, and various avant grooves into a Spicoli-style max relaxer. I must have listened to this tape 50 times in the past month and may never get the sand out from between my toes. You can read a bit more in depth about it in the most recent Tabs Out Tape of the Month feature. An essential grip!
Maurice’s Hotel Death: Hot Jone (Rano)
70 minutes spread out over eight tracks of slither along creep-outs and thunder-clunks over the noggin. Hot Jone is a diverse and dissonant collection of clanking noise that stays interesting for the entire ride. Plus it comes with matches if you want to burn shit. Limited to 30 copies.
In this second installment of Who Has Tapes Anymore?, Mike Haley, Dave Doyen, and John Pyle from Tabs Out bring you some of their favorite cassette releases of the last two months.
Unguent: Scanning (Refulgent Sepulchre)
Audio Jello Shots from Philadelphia bloop/beat architect. Scanning is Tabs Out’s most recent Tape Of The Month, and for good reason. Unguent pings phantasmagorical tones into plunges, sweeps, and magnificent patterns that will mutate your pupils into rainbow LEDs. A fine mixture of sonic glitches and composed textures.
There is no sound sample available for this cassette, but it can be listened to in the most recent episode of Tabs Out.
The Smoke Clears: Listen (Further)
This brand new offering from Further Records sees Irish house/techno producer John Daly trading his deep house and dub trance jams for a slightly more abstract direction under his newish moniker, “The Smoke Clears." Keeping the tempo down, Daly calls to mind the hazy horizontal vibes of early Aphex Twin and the trance-inducing sensibilities of Seefeel. Perfect late-night burner.
Since March 2012, Tabs Out has been broadcasting over The Cloud with hours-long podcasts comprised solely of music from recently-released cassettes. Between its regularity and its comprehensiveness, Tabs Out has lent cohesion to a diffuse, underground scene of far-flung weirdos. Considering the nature of such a community, and the sheer number of musicians who comprise it, a lot can fall through the cracks here at Ad Hoc. We invited Tabs Out to report on the best. In the first edition of their new column, Mike Haley and Dave Doyen remember some standouts from this summer.
PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises: Home™ (Beer On The Rug)
One half of a set of cassettes (its partner being ClearSkies™) of virtually unedited, webring-inspired MIDI melters. So f’n cheesy the Turtles could have a field day with it during The Hyper Stone Heist, throwing these vaporwaves all over a 16-bit pizza pie. Warning: If you get a phone call while listening to this tape, you may get kicked off. Just log back on and check the FAQ if you’re still confused.
Shingles/Josh Millrod Split (Hausu Mountain)
Brooklyn’s premier ex-ska-gone-drone darlings Grasshopper disconnect for a solo-style split. This pairing is Volume 4 of Hausu Mountain’s Mugen Series, which we wrote about here. These two gentlemen tackle a loop-based, no edit challenge in a bugs-under-your-skin process. Break out your meditation crystals for this one.