JaMile’s 2011 beat tape: more of that postindustrial, filthed-out greatness. In one sense it’s a tightly controlled range of (mostly) harsher sounds, pounding out some raw, serious beats amid washes of texture, using samples of his own music, others’ music, and synth melodies from some cybernetic overbrain. In another sense it’s a solid, diverse set of instrumentals, putting itself in conversation with psychy L.A. hip-hop, steppy UK beats, and German electronics. But in the truest tradition of American techno, this music is about the relationship between something organic and chaotic (sex) and something powerfully manipulated, like the codes that machines use to commune with one another.
Aaron Harbour dropped his new collection of beats ‘Sinthome’ this morning on Bandcamp. Some tasty, steppy, broken, sample-only hip-hopicity for your 2011 brain from a serious Oakland loop digger. The title’s a Lacanian term that uses an old French spelling of symptôme to describe psychoanalytic symptoms as “the way in which each subject enjoys the unconscious in so far as the unconscious determines the subject” (Wikipedia). In other words, a sinthome isn’t a decipherable message or a container of meaning; it just evidences the way someone plays with their self.
'Minimal wave' is a favorite fetish of mine. It's come about from the reissuing, stylejacking, & rare cassette & vinyl blogposting of analog & lofi synth music from the ’80s (but also similar music from now). So beats, melodies & synth sounds. And often heavily filtered vocals. Take for current example Brotman & Short in Oakland. A unique sort of damaged, DIY 'electro' sound, coming on very protoindustrial but very fresh. With their own way of chaining gear, and their own tweaked out hardware, that is not a surprise. (Photo source: Flickr)
First time I met Max Brotman I was playing frisbee golf in Golden Gate Park with some mutual friends from Humboldt. Literally minutes after talking about their ‘friend Max in Oakland who makes synth music’ Max and a cute girl walked out from behind the trees, glassyeyed on mushrooms. The most random. Got cheap Vietnamese sandwiches later, and actually just went mushroom hunting (chanterelles, not the wacky kind) at Max’s spot behind Oakland last month. Man knows his spores.
DL two tracks from upcoming LP ‘Heights’ here:
Cameron Stallones AKA Sun Araw from Long Beach, CA will be in Oakland at The New Parish in a couple days, with that other beatsy spirit-realm psych outfit Prince Rama. Someone on YouTube edited Bugs Bunny footage to the A-side of Sun Araw’s ‘Sun Ark’ 7” from 2010. Appropriate!
And some way noisy live pics from Flickr:
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Nice performance of a track from the new full-length SAFE album ‘North American Music’. A sweet jam, also a hate jam. Jam!
A 75-MINUTE RECAP OF 2010 DJ’D BY LIL BEN ON ‘NEW HISTORIES FOR NEW TIMES!’ AT 9TH FLOOR RADIO.COM!
DL LINKS: http://traffic.libsyn.com/newhistoriesfornewtimes/BEET_YIELD_-_38_GROOVES_FROM_2010.mp3 // http://www.mediafire.com/?iy45l012f7222n2 (cover & tracklist included)
AN UPTEMPO DANCE MIX OF 2010 MUSIC BY LIL BEN // 78 MINUTES // TRACKLIST INCLUDED