WARM, a side-project of WS favourite Gap Dream (aka Gabriel Fulvimar) is essentially an example of top notch synth nerdery. Fulvimar’s latest WARM release, Low Frequency Dude (He’s A) features everything you could ever ask for to that effect: he arpeggiates, oscillates, modulates delays and freaks out. It even gets a bit krauty with some live drums on tracks like ‘My Body’, which sees some serious filter action.
I don’t really have much more to say about it, it’s just really really rad and satisfying to listen to. ‘Some Have It, Some Don’t’ in particular is a track which warms (ha) my heart.
- CARL WS .❍.
Count Bass D – the man with a flow like smoked butter – took his journey to Cologne and has bubbled back out with an EP of consummate material for all the heads. Recorded during a two week stint in and out of Treehouse Studio with Twit One, Retrogott and Lazy Jones, the record is a true session inside a critical craft.
“My music is introverted, so it doesn’t matter if I decide move to Cologne or if I lived in Indonesia…” (Count Bass D)
Most certainly peep this splash! Mag short documentary that was filmed alongside the recording time. The Count discusses rap music’s move into sound design and the contemporary quandary of using a laptop and software like an instrument (“By the time that they start to get familiar and comfortable with it – the new update comes out… More people are more concerned with workflow than they are with the actual music…”), hip-hop culture as religion and its relationship with modern rap.
Orders for the record are going from the Melting Pot Music online store right now, so go on ’n get it.
- br_dge WS .❍.
Waves of The Evernow, by Solaris is the album I’m always hoping to find while wading through show tunes, classical, and garish religious albums at my local church opportunity shops. Something so far out from a local church shop – such a beauty would surely hover out for your fingers as you see one another for the first time, willing you to whisk it away and re-enter it into the light (or perhaps the confines of your dark listening room).
Check that tracklist, good god…
1. ‘Solar Winds + The Waves Of The Evernow’
2. ‘Star Creeper’
3. ‘Hour Of The Wolf’
4. ‘Process Sonic Rebirth’
5. ‘Alien Intrusion’
All parts American kosmische, deeply drenched discordant effects, and loping and tumbling prog-infested wizardry, Solaris’ collision of drums, farfisa and guitar could only have come from an Amon Düül-addled band that recorded the album in a room with “two coloured light bulbs hung from the ceiling, one representing the red universe, the other the blue universe.” Yessus.
A major thank you to Numero Group for liberating such a dense release. Physical copies are limited to 500 pieces, from their web-store only. I will indeed be doing my very best to get this slice of space glory on wax pronto.
All I can do now is urge you to take a long form listen, wax or otherwise, in that aforementioned dark listening room…
- br_dge WS .❍.
“Getting real high
make you feel nice
Motherfucker I’m freeze-dried
feel like I was deep fried
like three times, man, I’m crispy shit
like fucking fish and chips…”
From the opening seconds of ‘Jive‘ one’s only destiny is to hang inside the fresh wrappings of New Flavour Unit and be fed crystalline crunch. It is beautiful, low-down grease – but forget your previous familiarity with grease – this is high class. Shining, shimmering, shaking.
Headily selected samples tracks hover in and outside of the mix, a sanctioned seasoning of recognition. These track extracts provide a brief connections to the world outside, but other than this it’s the Unit’s lines that dig deep into your ear, nose and throat. NFU’s use of repetition is soporific, you’ll find yourself riding with the tracks long after Disco Diamonds rolls out.
These diamonds scintillate in a way that you can’t see with your eyes, so go get that soy, boiiii and eat it all up with your shutters shut. This is slowlife at its finest.
(Before the release of Disco Diamonds Wee Wah Recordings let out a wondrous sequence of releases, including the Mirrors Up EP, featuring remixes from Auckland’s Tawahinga and Stockholm’s Las Lou – and Lobstershiit, three tracks of prime delectables.)
- br_dge WS .❍.
London based psych gig-promoters Bad Vibration add another feather to their cap with the release of their label-launching first record, ‘Live at Bad Vibrations’.
The multi-venue compilation showcases such chaotic live performances of such choice acts as Black Angels collaborators Night Beats, surf madmen The Wytches and WaxSat favs Cosmonauts. I particularly dig Holy Wave’s Dr John reppin (I think?) track ‘Night Tripper’, chugging out a little shy of 5 minutes of hypnotic guitar and organ bliss.
Have yourself a stream and get envious of the sweet gigs you’ve missed, and pick up the LP if you’re on the vibe!
- Carl WS .❍.
The Groove Gods have rained down upon us a three track EP of glorious cosmique funk – through everyone’s favourite three-frontman band The Stepkids. Only they could create such a delicious salmagundi to get you hopping and striding.
Seeing them live is another jaunt again, so please do when you can. For the good of us All.
Free D/L too. Throice as noice.
- br_dge WS .❍.
“I’ve enjoyed being…real life.”
New Flavour Unit – ‘Disco Diamonds’
Mo Kolours – ‘Mike Black (John Wizards Remix)’
食品まつり aka foodman – ‘HOW’
Spacemen 3 – ‘Big City (DEMO)’
DâM-FunK – ‘Mystery’
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army – ‘Me! I Disconnect From You’
Hanali – ‘StopGo‘
redHat – ‘Fr0n7nL1k3‘
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – ‘Almost Cut My Hair’
食品まつり aka foodman – ‘BOKAN_KUN‘
M|A|R|R|S – ‘Anitiиa (The First Time I See She Dance)’ (ᵮ)
Backyard Brew – ‘Tekfunk II’ (ᵮ)
Backyard Brew – ‘Subway’ (ᵮ)
Mink Mussel Creek – ‘They Dated Steadily‘
HANZ – ‘Dues‘ [WS .❍. exclusive]
New Flavour Unit – ‘Mirrors Up (Las Lou Remix)‘
poivre – ‘were‘
Wooden Shjips – ‘I Believe It’
Queens D. Light – ‘Everything Special‘
(ᵮ) = Face Value: unheard gems, or duds, you will find out with us…
- WS .❍.
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