BH011. Killer new release forthcoming on shadowy UK imprint Berceuse Heroique. Specializing in limited run 12”s, the label has amassed an impressive string of raw techno records in the past year from the likes of and Gesloten Cirkel and Breaker 1 2. Here Detroit artist Manuel Gonzales (aka MGUN) opts to go by his given name alongside newcomer(?) Ramon Ramirez. The tense and oddly soothing ‘Blowout’ centres around a beautiful weighty kick amid elegant strings. The recent NGLY white label on LIES comes to mind here. Don’t sleep on this one.
Video by Dro Carey.
Young Braised - Life Is Good
Cool, collected smoothness from Vancouver urban artist Young Braised. The very clever ‘Life is Good’ shows the rapper (Jaymes Bowman in real life) in fine form with its buoyant, celebratory spirit. From his much acclaimed 1080p tape from last summer, 'Japanese Tendencies'. Amazing video treatment here by Will Wilkinson and Strawberry Jacuzzi.
Also, a good opportunity to revisit the first single from the album— the timeless, exotic ballad 'Murakami'.
Auscultation - Wave Rejection
From the self-titled debut release by Auscultation, the latest project from Joel Shanahan, the Wisconsin artist best known for his contributions to 100% Silk under the Golden Donna moniker. Released last week on 1080p, it glides nicely into the tape label’s catalogue with its blend of playful, careening energy and sophisticated production. Glimmers of dance music and saturated internet warmth characterize the 7 tracks that span the cassette.
'Wave Rejection' is a triumphant, seductive bounce, complimented by this vivid, kaleidoscopic video by Italian artist Federico Cosci. Other highlights from the tape include ‘Automated Jade’, with its chunky textured grooves, and the shimmering deep house of ‘Ash’. Another compelling release from 1080p and a complimentary follow up to Lnrdcroy’s ‘Much Less Normal’ tape, one of our favourite releases so far this year.
Ninos Du Brasil - Sombra Da Lua
Italian duo Ninos du Brasil bring this stirring, intense percussive piece. 'Sombra da Lua' builds with style until tribal vocals lead into a raucous breakdown. From the very compelling Novos Mistérios LP, released last month on Hospital Productions.
The don Theo Parrish comes correct with this lead track from his forthcoming LP on his own Sound Signature imprint. Everything he does at this point continues to cement his legend status, nearly 20 years into his career. We (of course) loved his 12” from earlier this year for the Trilogy Tapes / Sound Signature.
Ever since they released 'Sayso', back in 2012, we’ve been looking forward to hearing more from Vancouver duo Evy Jane. Released on Canadian label King Deluxe, the song was a striking piece of modern RnB. Today they announced a forthcoming EP with Ninja Tune, and shared this wavy video for the icy, textured ‘Closer’.
Elevated experimental house from UK label Levels. The cascading, detuned synth melodies and sharp claps highlight lead track ‘Rare Birds’. The track is complimented with this nostalgia tinged video. Check out the whole release here. The B-side cuts are also amazing. This follows up Levels 001 by Lord Tusk.
Gang Starr - Mass Appeal
The Hard to Earn LP turns 20 this week. The fourth Gang Starr album, it signalled a cleaner, darker direction for DJ Premier, while Guru was at the top of his game. ‘Mass Appeal’ is a legendary track. Originally released March 8, 1994 on EMI subsidiary Chrysalis Records.
The Passenger - sometimes dreams can trick you
Chilled ambient soundscapes from Vancouver artist The Passenger. He had a great performance at last years New Forms Festival. Check out his most recent EP on More Than Human records here.
Route 8 - Memory Disorders
Classy video from upstart Greek label Nous Disques. Grainy textures with nice pace and attention to melody. A sort of working man’s house music. The stacked rimshots really give this track motion. Route 8 is a DJ/producer from Hungary. This one is from the Eleda EP, out this week on vinyl.
'Modern rubbish is still life'. Everything here is so charming and weird at the same time. Both nostalgic and futuristic at once. The video is comprised of vibrant, rotating flowers beside our monotone host. Love the spoken word poetry amidst the cascading Casio synth lines in this track. The video perfectly encapsulates the feeling conjured up by Steven Warwick’s disjointed tape music compositions. From the excellent Re-Engineering LP, released last fall on PAN. His previous releases on PAN are also great.
Thug Entrancer - Death After Life
This video is unreal. So many ideas contained here. Love the retro-futurist vibes. Perfectly compliments the hypnotic music made by Denver’s Thug Entrancer. From the album ‘Death After Life’, out this week on Daniel Lopatin’s Software Recordings label.
Isaiah Rashad - Soliloquy
A nod to golden age hip-hop here from recent Top Dawg signee Isaiah Rashad. He sounds hungry on this track, coming in with an impassioned verse that spans its entirety. The beat here goes hard as well. From Civilia Demo, released last week on TDE. Love the grainy textures in this black and white vid as well.
Graze - Airror
The latest video instalment from the Edges LP, released in December on New Kanada Recordings. Everything we’ve seen from Graze so far has been top notch. As per usual, stunning visuals from DSMV.
Holly Herndon - Chorus
This video (Dir. Akihiko Taniguchi - http://okikata.org/) is a beautiful and disorienting examination of the modern musician’s creative process. The lush, cascading vocals on this track ebb and flow from improvisational passages to dancefloor leanings.
From the Chorus 12”, out today on the always compelling Brooklyn label RVNG Intl. Herndon’s previous release, 2012’s Movement LP, was a really interesting foray into experimental, vocal-driven electronics.