Fell in love with Sofia Senna by way of my new jizz Gucci Goth when one of my killers posted this amazing video. Holocaust beats flow syrupy-hot while basement beauties twerk. No links and no MP3s yet but soon; in the meantime get ready for electric body explosions.
I’ve been wrapped up in my own world and sitting on way too much stuff and not posting stuff I said I would and for that I’m sorry. I Am Unreliable. Just way too much on my mind and I keep locking myself up with Lil B and chronic and just making art and trying to decide between Berlin and NYC and just ugh. But this I gotta talk about. Mr. Manic is the project of Kyle McKay, a multi-genre producer and DJ from Philly. I’ve seen this dude evolve from a drag-queen synth player into day-glo punk-hop into his current incarnation of deep deep mutated house. This stuff is jizzle jam, seriously has my mind buggin’ in all the best ways. Check out his latest track he composed on a train, and the killer choppy anthem ‘Indo 2 Hydro’ with his trademark intergalactic vocals processed into oblivion. This is how we party in outer space.
Apartment hunting in Brooklyn has been an exercise in depression and has kept me from doing multiple things including updating this blog; however I’m compelled to mention this new demo collab from LA’s Nguzunguzu and my old favorite LE1F. Odd that such a bleak, clicking slab of ghosted-out hip-hop could be one of the things keeping me from spiralling into black helplessness but these two have always had a certain magic about them. Anyway, back to Craigslist.
I was catching up on blogs when I stumbled across this post from Mishka. Eerie parallels to the last few weeks of my life, from the ’90s rave up to discovering Redlight the other day. When I saw the video for ‘What You Talking About’ I yelled “HOLY SHIT” so loud I woke up my German friend and got yelled at in German (I’m still trapped in Europe, by the way.) No apologies, if anything is worthy of a loud cuss, this video is. Hurling fistfuls of color and shapes into your eyes, getting you in trance mode and then bashing your teeth in with heavy grime rhymes. Taking me back to the days of Fly Girls, massive sounds weaving through the air with dirttty diva vocals. The dopest flows. The dopest prose.
Damn, what can I say. It’s been a slow few days, not much to write about except a few key leaks and such and I’m stuck indoors with only a copy of 28 Gun Bad Boy to keep me company. So it’s another dance mixtape, from me to you. A bit of Chicago house and a newer cut from the awesome Spoek Mathambo, but mainly some of my fave late ’80s/early ’90s rave, with some nasty ol’ bad vibes tossed in at the end from a buddy of mine. And yeah, those are snippets of dialogue from Clarissa Explains It All….late-night viewing going hand-in-hand, just how I work. Too much flava for witches but just enough power for my bitches. Cutting-edge? Maybe not. Fun as hell? Believe.
Yeah, I know I’m late writing about this one, but it ain’t about the race, it’s about the style. Which is something Brenmar has in spades. Not only is he one-third of ever-evolving ghost punks These Are Powers, he’s also making some of the best remixes and club music in NYC. After soundtracking the summer with his banging 24K Mix and DJing as part of the GHE20 GOTHIK crew, he’s been hard at work on his At It Again EP, which he recently finished. This is going to be one of the essential dance cuts of the year; you can check out a sample of it below along with another dancefloor killer and his bomb-ass remix of Aaliyah’s ‘Are You That Somebody’.
London synthpunks TEETH have been wowing me with their bouncy, noisy goodness for a couple years, but with their new single ‘See Spaces’ they’ve created something truly beautiful. Veronica So has channeled her vocals into something more dream than scream, and the result has me melting in my chair. Check out their new video below, and get the 7” single from Moshi Moshi.
Ever since my heady days in Paris I’ve been sipping on the champagne sounds of Rikslyd. Sweet, sexy, and oh-so-dreamy are the key words here, luscious drops of electro-pop served chilled by the lovely Diis Paradiis. Even if you’re not wandering down the streets of the 11th arrondissement, this is perfect music for an early-night’s scheming and dreaming.
Sweden’s Oreda is all across the board with his sounds; hitting club-ready electro with a banging Death In June reimagining and riding the chillwave on ‘Stressed Out’, but two of his songs really blew me away. ‘Wake Up’s Arabic-inspired wails and throbbing beat was like the sinister ClubKid cousin of Rainbow Arabia, while ‘Going To The Sea’ channels mid-’80s industrialists and now-wave Witch House gone falsetto. He still hasn’t found his full sound yet, but what he’s uncovered so far is delicious.
I’ve endure way too many sweltering, unairconditioned buses and trains on this tour; thankfully Unison are icy relief. They’ve already got blogs dripping with lust thanks to their outstanding remix of White Ring's 'Suffocation', but the French duo of Julien and Melanie will make you positively gush with their debut EP Outside. Crackling menace haunts their every beat, from the skeletal guitar notes to the wavering synths that pulse in time to Melanie’s siren song. A perfect example of another side of what the enfant terrible Witch House can be, Outside is the cold gust of electronic dank to the warm cup of chopnscrwd drank.
I can’t believe I haven’t written about one of my absolute favorite nights in NYC yet. GHE20 GOTHIK is everything a true darq s0ul could want. Hosted by the lovely Venus X and featuring some amazing guest DJs (including Pictureplane's Travis Edgy, Dutch E Germ from Gang Gang Dance, and Brenmar of These Are Powers) as well as a regular crew of spin-spectres, this is THE place to be to hear the illest sounds of the night. I’m talking chopped ‘n’ screwed hip-hop, ghost juke, witch house, dutch house, deep house, creeped-out R’n’B, oldskool industrial, and the dankest dubstep this side of the UK. Resident DJ Physical Therapy also makes some incredibly heavy remixes, my favorites being his haunting rework of Alicia Keys’ ‘Unthinkable’ and his nearly hour-long megamix dedicated to fellow GG DJ $hayne. Grab a taste of what’s dark and delicious in New York.
I met Dan Serbanescu, one half of Romanian couple Divine Muzak, when he requested Xiu Xiu’s ‘Chocolate Makes You Happy’ from me during a recent party. I wish I’d had some of of his music to play as well, because it’s lovely stuff. Together with his girlfriend Iulia, he churns out size zero dreams that make my tummy feel happy. Even more than chocolate.
It’s too hot in Greece. I feel a powerful urge to inhale x100 + never leave the crystal clear ocean. This mix is an extension of my BeachLife. Life under the sand. Shades for days. Watching X-files with no lights on. And if I die from blunt trauma, bury my bong at Wounded Knee.
For sheer art weirdness, nothing beats Tonetta. This Toronto weirdo has been releasing some of the best videos on Youtube for several years, but he’s been creating his blend of bizarrely erotic mutant lo-fi minimal for 26 years. He’s also recently put together a live band so that you can experience his visions in 3D:
"Since Tonetta does not currently himself appear live he has personally requested that a band be put together to perform as him. This is not an imposter or a covers band. This is the Tonetta live experience."
This is true art, freak music for monster people and not to be missed. Watch his videos and get converted.
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