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KCRW Video Premiere: Atmosphere – “Fortunate”

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,410 views]
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Generally speaking, the state of the music industry is in critical condition.
The industry’s award winning “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist” is a blonde Australian girl. Even with people curiously buying vinyl again, album sales are at an all time low.
After 25 years of grinding, Minneapolis’ underground hip-hop kings, Atmosphere have proven against all odds, that survival (and relevance) in (or outside) the game is absolutely possible, if not …

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VIDEO: Portable’s sublime “Surrender”

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 584 views]
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South African producer Alan Abrahams produces exciting variations of Techno/Machine Funk/House under several monikers.
As Portable, Abrahams released pretty heady House Music with a distinctly European leaning on Sud, Background and Live at Robert Johnson labels and intermittently Abrahams releases work as Bodycode via Spectral Sound in the US.
These distinctions between projects though notable are negligible as it’s literally “all good” as they say.
For the first time in a couple of years, Abrahams …

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Psychemagik’s COSMIC CODE Mix

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 790 views]
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The rad dudes of Psychemagik collaborated with video artist Ari Russo for a one-off, live improvised performance  at The Ace Hotel’s Miranda Bar in Shoreditch, called “Cosmic Code.”
Diving into their unbelievably deep stacks of records and VHS tapes and laserdiscs, Psychemagik mined thousands of sources for tracks, clips and samples to create a unique soundtrack which they played over a gnarly collection of found footage, manipulated by Russo.
The result by all accounts was a decidely …

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Slim Twig: Artist You Should Know

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 937 views]
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Toronto’s Slim Twig is literally an art brat.
Born Max Trumbull, Twig’s parents are filmmakers and quite obviously made him feel comfortable acting, performing and trying on different masks from a seemingly early age.
Still in his early 20s, he’s been in films with Ellen Page, done some film scoring and aside from releasing his own work as Slim Twig, has done production on albums by U.S. Girls and (Toronto band) Tropics.
His self-released 2012 album …

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John Carpenter’s Lost Themes

Posted November 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 831 views]
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John Carpenter is one of Science Fiction and Horror films all time masters.
Carpenter’s a master not just because his films are obviously spectacular or terrifying (which they are) but because his films move at a particular pace. From Assault on Precinct 13 to Halloween to Escape From New York, Starman to Big Trouble in Little China to Christine, all of his great films (regardless of genre) are essentially built around …

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KCRW Premiere: Talk in Tongues Remixed by Dungen

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,559 views]
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Lots of folks can articulately argue that time is a loop.
Often times, the people who tend to have sorted it out are people deep in the throes of a psychedelic experience. I don’t think I’m one of those people, but…
Take for example this scenario: In actuality it begins over 40 years ago, but let’s start about 15 years ago when Swedish psych-rockers Dungen start mining their country’s INSANE legacy of 70s super fuzzed out, …

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Joakim Shares His in a New Video

Posted November 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 858 views]
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Earlier this year, Joakim released a fantastic album called Tropics of Love. It’s a truly spectacular album from a truly spectacular artist.
One of the highlights of the album is an autobiographical jam called “This is My Life” that traces (with heartbreaking sincerity) epic and sometimes mundane life-changing moments in Joakim’s life.
After an instrumental bridge, he plaintively asks the listener, “This is my life. What will you do with it?” and it’s one …

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KCRW Track Premiere: Empathy Test — “Here Is The Place”

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 4,198 views]
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Alan Turing’s test to determine whether a machine is capable of thinking like a human was so ahead of it’s time that over 60 years on, it is still utterly fascinating.
Blade Runner introduced the concept into pop culture some 30 plus years ago, and then added an additional question as to whether perhaps they can feel.
This notion is suddenly very present in a slew of science …

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Brassica: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 818 views]
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Mysteriously named after the cruciferous genus of plants that give us cabbages and mustard greens, UK producer Michael Anthony Wright creates smart, emotive House as Brassica.
The classically-trained musician has spent the last few years deejaying, playing in bands, performing with the London Sinfonetta, remixing a slew of amazing artists and creating custom software as a foundation for his original series of EPs for the Civil …

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Ghost Culture: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 669 views]
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Always under the excellent curatorial tutelage of Erol Alkan, UK based record label Phantasy has been around for 7 years but has hit it’s stride in the last 3 years.
Between the rise of wavy space cowboys Connan Mockasin and Daniel Avery, banging solo work by Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands, and Alkan’s own foray into producing original work…Phantasy is doing the damn thing.
And with the recent announcement of a full length …

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