“Then you’ve got $85,000 for chocolate…and sugar…nothing illicit.”
Jungle – ‘Platoon’
Orchestra of Spheres – ‘Journey’
Rep – ‘Rep Times’
Iggy Pop – ‘Nightclubbing (Live 1977)’
Sabba Rabba – ‘”Mm Hm Hm”‘
The Budos Band – ‘Reppirt Yad’
Beak> – ‘Green Machine’
Crash Course In Science – ‘Flying Turns (J Rocc Edit)’
The Juan MacLean – ‘Dancehall Modulator Dub’
Kan Sano – ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’
@peace – ‘Gravity’
Queens D.Light – ‘Everything Special’
Machine Girl – ‘Out By 16, Dead On The Scene’
Moderat – ‘A New Error’
食品まつり aka foodman – ‘TATAKI’
Orchestra Of Spheres – ’2,000,000 Years’
BEAK> – ‘Dursley’
David Byrne and St. Vincent – ‘Road to Nowhere (Live)’
Darondo – ‘Such A Night’
Vic Mensa – ‘Orange Soda’
- WS .❍.
Phantasmagoria is Machine Girl’s M.O.
When listening to WLFGRL as a whole, you’ll find yourself careening down a sonically dense, dark hole that intermittently glows with pachinko-esque lights. All the while you aren’t quite sure if the lights are comforting, or if they are perhaps more hostile than the darkness that accompanies the sounds.
And what beautiful sounds they are indeed. The tags found at the bottom the Bandcamp page tell the stories of the influences found in the album, but it’s when they are compounded that they flourish. Tracks like ‘Krystle (URL Cyber Palace Mix)‘ have a Hideki Naganuma/video game music feeling about them. Video game music, but a hardcore juke rendition of the classic video game feel, heavy with amen breaks and gyrating filters. Junglist, acidy synthesizers run rife throughout, though it’s the twinkling, lighter layers that float around these that lift the whole record up and out. Ginger Snap samples also litter the album, taking a psychically dark spirit of the work to a more horror-ific plane, while also extending its visual reach.
Listening to WLFGRL three times in succession can lead to cerebral incertitude. Try not to be too scared.
In the end the wondrous sensory barraging becomes a paranormal gush that you have to just roll with. Dance, if that’s what feels right. Otherwise just lay down, let it all run over you, and be thankful that eight minutes of ‘Hidden Power (Phase δ)‘ comes after five minutes of ‘Excruciating Deth (Phase γ)‘.
- br_dge WS .❍.
“The cement mixer that is the void is not always clear with its logic…”
George Harrison – ‘Awaiting On You All’
Dawn of Midi – ‘Algol’
Zweipunktnull – ‘A Space Drama’
Factory Floor – ‘Two Different Ways (Second Way)’
Beatslave – ‘Floating For the First Time’
Connan Mockasin – ‘Megumi The Milkyway Above (Live)’
August Rosenbaum, Jameszoo and Stephen Bruner (Thundercat) – ‘Fusion’
Black Mountain – ‘Wucan’
Duckwrth – ‘Voltron (feat. Queens D.Light & Dunzo)’
Shabazz Palaces – ‘A Mess, The Booth Soaks In Palacian Musk (Live at KEXP)’
Mykki Blanco – ‘She Gutta’
Crocodiles – ‘Stoned To Death’
Seven Davis Jr – ‘I Don’t Wanna Answer (Vocal Version)’
Digital Mystikz – ‘Haunted’
Mr OIZO – ‘PEEHURTS’
食品まつり a.k.a foodman – ‘KA SA GO’
DUCKWRTH – ‘Hadouken! (feat. Rglnd)’
Ayun Bassa – ‘(No) Numbers on the Board’
- WS .❍.
“Waxing Satellite: Ghost fighters from this week onwards”
Mandrill – ‘Two Sisters Of Mystery’
Mandrill – ‘Africus Retrospectus’
The War on Drugs – ‘Red Eyes’
Hyperthink – ‘Hey Science’
Nicolas Jaar – ‘Don’t Break My Love by’
MACHINE GIRL – ‘Krystle (Cyber Palace Mix)’
Black and Brown – ‘Jordan VIII’
Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra – ‘Take Away These Early Grave Blues’
King Cyst – ‘Djinn’
Brian Eno – ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’
D E N A – ‘Boyfriend’
The Kleptones – ‘Are You a Visionary? (Flaming Lips vs Public Enemy vs MLK)’
Pursuit Grooves – ‘Liquid Crystals’
Sureshot Symphony Solution feat. Myron & E – ‘You Can’t Keep Running Away From Love’
Syd Barrett – ‘Gigolo Aunt’
Crowbar – ‘Electric Infa’
Anywhere – ‘Infrared Moses’
Duckworth – ‘…TRAVEL’
Astro Children – ‘Eden’
Phonographiq – ‘Ghost Card’
- WS .❍.
Thank you very much brrd for brrdVEVO, and to hapless hunters.
Parameters: The removal of birds, and major titles.
All other coincidences are cosmic.
- br_dge WS .❍.
“I love these dudes!”
released independently in February 2014
The other day I was watching a… (bootleg) copy of Space Is The Place. The video file had subtitles loaded into it. So I watched the movie with them, all the while thinking about how disoriented they seemed in relation to the speech in the rest of the film. Afterwards I decided to do a bit of research into these subtitles. I discovered what I had been reading were in fact the subtitles for Save The Green Planet!. This was a film I had never heard of until then, and one that was released twenty-nine years after Space Is The Place.
I then began to reflect on the idea that this was not a glitch or an error in an internet download, but a conscious decision by someone else – another human – to include these subtitles. They were spasmodic, sure, but rather than taking anything from the original picture, they added to its strange nature – I enjoyed having them there.
This same considered juxtaposition is something that flows through ‘War Fiction’, and indeed throughout all of Hanz’ work. It is non-music that is all at once intensely musical. It comes across as instantaneous and free-formed, but is somehow haunted by a patina that seeps through from the backgrounds of sometime else. The sounds recapitulate in a way; some revisiting us from previous Hanz tracks, re-announcing and placing themselves where they deem pertinent. The sounds have their own sporadic disposition, but you know empirically that Hanz himself is hidden amongst the sonic hustle and bustle.
So, dance with the conscious creator of the sporadic. I know you’ll enjoy it.
‘War Fiction’ comes from Hanz’ next EP, Reducer, which will arrive in the northern spring. Meaning you have enough time to familiarise yourself with his previous works.
- br_dge WS .❍.