Upset The Rhythm says:
Here’s a collection of some current Upset The Rhythm required listening. Some of the tracks like the Group Inerane and Halo Halo songs are anticipating our excitement about next month’s upcoming shows, whilst we’ve also included a lot of demos and forthcoming tracks from upcoming UTR releases, including a frantic pulse grab courtesy of Ed Schrader's Music Beat, and a fist-pumping outtake from John Maus' Pitiless Censors. Thoroughly rubbing shoulders with all of this is a selection of tracks we’ve been recently loving from near and afar.
Peep the full tracklisting at International Tapes
Rick Milovanovic of the Twerps says:
It was impossible for us to make you an Australian pop compilation without including some songs from New Zealand too. There's so much music that we love from down our way, both old and new, that this compilation could've easily blown out to a 20-disc deluxe box set. From legendary bands likeThe Go-Betweens and The Great Unwashed to contemporary friends' bands like Bitch Prefect and Lost Animal, we hope this mix gives you an idea of the kind of pop music we make down here.
I had a lot of great things to say about Harmonizer's World Complete EP last week, but only one word-- the one word to rule them all?-- can truly sum up their suite of electronic atmospheres: vibes. So we can continue vibing as hard as Greg Davis and Toby Aronson, they've graciously assembled this mix of all-stars that cover the spectrum of global jazz fusion, light pop, ethno-techno haze, and ECM explorations. You'll feel it from the ambient works of Eno & Friends to the suave dad-rock of Steely Dan while gaining a glimpse into some of the records that inspire and enliven this talented duo. --Matt Sullivan, Altered Zones
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Welcome to the 13th installment of AZ's monthly mix series. This time around, Raleigh Moncrief volunteered to make us a mix of what he's been listening to as of late. The Sacramento-based producer is the newest member of the Anticon Collective, and while he may not be as recognizable as labelmates Why?, Baths, and Serengeti, he's been working behind the scenes in the indie rock world for a while now, collaborating with Hella drummer Zach Hill on various projects, playing guitar in Marnie Stern's live band, and co-producing Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca. Clocking in at just under 20 minutes, this short but sweet collection highlights the bubbly sounds of Monterrey, Mexico's White Ninja, devonwho's smooth take on Nappy Roots' "Awnaw" (which is way better than P.O.D.'s version), as well as a remix Moncrief did for fellow Sacto resident and Life's Blood artist Pregnant. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones
This past Tuesday, London's OG IDM-ers Plaid dropped their latest LP for Warp, Scintilli-- their first proper album in 8 years-- and thousands of electronic music fans around the globe rejoiced. However, just after all of that hard work, they managed to put together an organic and eclectic mix of house, dubstep, and IDM just for us. --Matt Sullivan, Altered Zones
Grab Scintilli from Warp Records
The Glass Haus mix does not want your undivided attention.
I've spent more time than I probably should have in thought or debate about various types of music. One area of fascination is the music we choose to play when we intend to focus on something else-- sex, reading, having a conversation.
Glass Haus is best experienced while performing tasks that require only a fraction of your attention. Nothing important.
What we hear while trying to concentrate can be distracting and impair our ability to memorize and recall information.
Nick Perham, PhD, and researchers at the Wales Institute in Cardiff signed up 25 people aged 18-30 to examine their ability to recall information while listening to various sounds.
They were asked to recall a list of eight consonants in a specific order in a test known as Serial Recall, and tested under several different conditions: in a quiet environment, while music was playing that they liked, and while music was playing that they disliked. They were also tested while a voice repeated the number three or spoke single-digit numbers randomly.
The study participants performed best while in a quiet environment or while listening to a voice repeating the number three over and over-- what the researchers called a steady-state environment.
"The poorer performance of the music and changing-state sounds are due to the acoustical variation within those environments," Perham comments. "This impairs the ability to recall the order of items, via rehearsal, within the presented list."
Perham concludes that to reduce the negative effects of background music when recalling information in a specific order, people "should either perform the task in quiet or only listen to music prior to performing the task."
"Listening to music you prefer prior to, rather than at the same time as task performance, does increase performance."
01 Arvo Pärt: "Tabula Rasa: II. Silentium"
02 Charlemagne Palestine: "Tritone octave 1, Pt. I"
03 Edgard Varèse: "Poème Électronique
04 Luigi Nono: "Como Una Ola de Fuerza y Luz: Beginning"
05 Karlheinz Stockhausen: "Studie 1"
06 Herman Heiss: "Elektronische Komposition 1"
07 Raymond Scott: "Cindy Electronium"
08 Rob Ellis: "Slightly Exotic Little Fake Alarm Clock Piece"
09 The Knife: "Colouring Of Pigeons"
Octavius' Laws is available now from Mannequin
This latest mix from Los Angeles' Alex Gray is like trying to find your way in the desert after the hallucinations and the dehydration have fully taken hold. The palette here reflects a steady diet of obscure world psychedelia, and DJ Screw. While those who have been paying attention to the Deep Magic and Sun Araw member will find much of what they have come to expect and love, there are some pretty surprising sections of minimal rhythm. And it's these sorts of ruptures make Heat Wave, his solo project, one collage-art journey worth keeping an ear out for. --Samantha Cornwell, Visitation Rites
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Welcome to the 12th installment of our monthly mix series! For the past year, we've been getting some of our favorite artists to compile their favorite tracks posted on AZ in the past month, along with whatever else they've been loving lately. This time around we got Star Slinger, who's been making waves with his remixes for Toro Y Moi, Daedelus, and Washed Out as he gears up for a month-long North American tour with Mux Mool and Shlohmo. In this mix, the UK producer highlights straight-up sick jams like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Crossroads," Big Krit's "R4 Theme Song," and Guido's "Mad Sax"-- a cut also chosen by Hard Mix back in February. The dude also throws in a few tracks of his own, including reworks of Musical Youth and Gold Panda, while also spotlighting Zach Hill's newest project, Death Grips, and past collaborator Teams. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones
You can still grab the Teams Vs. Star Slinger 12" from Mexican Summer. Autumn North American tour dates after the jump
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Welcome to the 11th installment of our monthly mix series. For July, we got Stefanie Franciotti of Sleep ∞ Over to select some of her favorite cuts from AZ last month and sequence them together with picks of her own. Ranging from the vintage dream-pop of Dead Can Dance and Strawberry Switchblade to the dark-and-rheumy synth experiments of Austin contemporaries SURVIVE and Troller, v11 showcases the ear for electronic texture, symphonic swells, and ineffable melancholy that has kept her recent "Romantic Streams" single on repeat over here. Other highlights include some Vashti Bunyan-esque atmopsheres from France's Twinsistermoon and the blown-out title track of LA Vampires' recently Zoned In collaboration with Ital, Streetwise. --Emilie Friedlander, Altered Zones
11 Decadance: "On and On"
Sleep ∞ Over's Forever LP is out September 27th from Hippos in Tanks
Patricia Hall from Soft Metals says:
"These songs are spacey and free-form, which may seem out of character for us, but we wanted to share some of the inspiration for the hints of psychedelia that we incorporate into our recordings. This mix would be best enjoyed in the early hours of a summer morning while lying in a dew-covered meadow gazing at the approach of dawn."
01 The Psychic Stewardess: "E.S.P. Training Center"
02 Chris Carter: "Walkabout"
03 Something Completely Different: "Poly 800 Sequence 1 Song"
04 Ceramic Hello: "A Grey Man"
05 Cluster: "Marzipan"
06 Between: "Devotion"
07 Jon Hassell & Brian Eno: "Charm (Over Burundi Cloud)"
08 Conrad Schnitzler: "Ballet Statique"
09 Duet Emmo: "Heart of Hearts"
10 Art Ensemble of Chicago feat. Brigitte Fontaine: "Le Goudron"
11 Bruce Gilbert: "Eline Cout Ii"
12 Zdenek Liska: "Aquatic Babicak"
'SUP Magazine just packaged their recent Solar Bears interview with a special mix curated by the Irish duo, including tracks from Blondes, Ford and Lopatin, John Maus, and Thundercat. Since Solar Bears' 2010 synth-heavy debut full-length, She Was Coloured In, dropped several months ago we've been patiently awaiting something new. The release date for their upcoming album hasn't been confirmed, but Solar Bears' John Kowalski dropped this tantalizing sound bite: "There’s a lot of instrumentation we haven’t tried, a lot chord progressions, a lot of rhythms we haven’t tried, a lot of keyboard sounds we haven’t tried, a lot of guitar tones. The fact we’re aware of the stuff we haven’t done makes it so that the next record will probably sound different." Here's to hoping the album arrives sooner than later. --Jasmine Zhu, Altered Zones
Some website told me that the Summer solstice began on June 21st at 1:16 pm EDT, but I'm going to go with Steve Hauschildt on this one and lay it down: Summer starts July 7th at 12pm-- right here, right now. One of the three Emeralds, Steve also has a slew of releases under his own name, and heads up the fantastic Cleveland-based label Gneiss Things. He's been nice enough to help us forget the intermittent rain and wind with a glorious "First Day of Summer Mix." Opening with a too-good-to-be-true cut from '60s LA outfit The Fraternal Order of the All, the collection cycles through some classic B52s, a hip-hop yarn from 805 Locos, and a slice of sexy from The Controllers before moving into a brand new Fennesz track and some Ken Seeno. We close with some syrupy melodies and jangles from The Dovers before reaching "Responsitrannity," a timeless cut from everybody's favorite drag queen, RuPaul. This summer, take RuPaul and Steve's message to heart, and remember that we are all stars. --Daniel Gottlieb, Altered Zones
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After a stellar submission from Holy Other, the tenth installment of our Monthly Mix series is here, and who better to inaugurate that second digit than Pictureplane? Though he calls Rhinoceropolis--Denver's leading DIY venue-- his home, this coiner of witch house went on a tour binge over the past 365 days, making freaks and geeks shake it 'till daybreak. I'm not even sure where he found the time to record his latest for Lovepump United, Thee Physical, which is his first since 2009's Dark Rift. Here in his "Deep Wound" mix, Egedy hits us with a few early '90s darkwave industrialists--X Marks the Pedwalk, Panic on the Titanic, and No Minds-- right off the bat, segueing into some hot jams from club contemporaries Darq E Freaker, Nguzunguzu, and Brenmar (formerly of These Are Powers). --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones
01 X Marks the Pedwalk: "Paranoid Delusions"
02 Panic on the Titanic: "Major Tom"
03 No Minds "Twice Inside"
04 Unknown to the Unknown: "Assassin"
05 Darq E Freaker: "Rhythm and Slags"
06 Lil Internet: "Britney Spears Illuminati Glitch"
07 Tim Dolla: "Switch (Samo Sound Boy Remix)"
08 Kontigo: "Here I Come"
09 Nyx: "Letting Go"
10 Jhene Aiko "Club Stranger (Nguzunguzu Remix)"
11 Jamie Foxx: "Can I Take You Home (Lucid Bootleg)"
12 Rogerseventytwo: "You Take Me Higher (Brenmar Re-vision f. China)"
13 Ryan Trecartin: "Katy" (Pictureplane's Push the Button Remix)
Right now over on FACT (but for a limited time only) you can download a mix that beatsmith Laurel Halo made. This one's called "Pornoviewer," and it's named after Dopplereffekt track that appears near the beginning. Given Laurel's sensibility for hypnotic and futuristic takes on the Detroit and German template, you can expect a seamless mix that is equal parts deep and psychedelic. Alongside real solids from VHS Head, New York native Ezekiel Honig, and techno institution Shed, there are also some other noteable standouts. Having previously received the remix treatment from Laurel for their track "Casual Diamond," there is a sampler of the forthcoming Sleep ∞ Over LP with "Behind Closed Doors." There is also a sick remix of Eric Copeland's "Krankendudel" off his recently Zoned In Waco Taco Combo, not to mention an unreleased track from Laurel Halo herself, "Slugs" that closes out the mix. --Daniel Gottlieb, Altered Zones via FACT
Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Powers has turned a few heads with his texturally rich, aurally engaging solo project Blanck Mass. Celebrating his recent album on Mogwai's Rock Action label, Powers made an awesome mix for The Quietus that features the likes of Rhys Chatham, Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Ennio Morricone, and wrote:
"I like the challenge of taking tracks and pieces of music I love that jar with each other and attempting to make them blend and work somehow side-by-side. I wouldn't have said that's what makes a good mix across the board, I’ve just been enjoying that process of late. A good mix should be about sharing what makes you happy, whatever that might be. Is this an extension of Blanck Mass? I think it would be a bit rich to say so, as these tracks aren't mine. I just tried to add a narrative. It is certainly an peak at where my head is at though. Yes, I’ve said I’d rather soundtrack nature documentaries than do Blanck Mass live. Anything Attenborough will do just nicely!"