Should I change the title of these posts that share what creative wonders I’ve been enjoying recently? (It’s mostly music, but there are other things I throw in there occasionally when I have the forethought to do so.)
I call it Pick of the Week, but since starting WYRD DAZE I’ve neither posted weekly nor picked from a single week of creative consumption. Probably it doesn’t matter, and if I don’t change the title, maybe it’ll encourage me to try and post more. Perhaps posting little and often would be better, even if I just chuck a few things up here with few words of explanation…
Even more likely, I should just shut up and get on with it!
First off: gratuitous self promotion!
I’ve just releases an EP of tracks from my alter ego The Ephemeral Man, composed throughout 2013 for various other projects. I’ve called it Kudos Music, and you can listen and download for free below.
It came as a pleasant surprise to see that The Amorphous Androgynous aka The Future Sound of London have released some new music – this one slipped by me for a month or so, which is unusual because I’m a big fan of their work. (Having said that, the FSOL: From the Archives are up to Vol.7 now, and I really should catch up)
Of course, you all know who The Future Sound of London are, right? For me, the real pulsing vibrant core of 90’s electronica was created by them and The Orb – their musical legacies still fresh and vital today, their influence continuous and far reaching. The Prodigy and Leftfield were the poster-children of that era, and their music was vital too, but FSOL and The Orb were the true pioneers of sound.
The more recent incarnation of The Amorphous Androgynous explored a departure from pure technologically-based electronica to forge deep into multi-instrumentalist psychedelia, with their excellent 2002 album The Isness, as well as 2005’s Alice in Ultraland and 2008’s The Peppermint Tree and Seeds of Superconsciousness.
The Amorphous Androgynous also compiled three magnificent compilations of psychedelia under the banner of A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Their latest release (or pair of releases) is called The Cartel, and is “a study of psychsploitation (where psychedelia meets blaxploitation) and traces the lineage from Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, Curtis Mayfield, John Barry, Ennio Morricone, through to Oceans 12.”
Huh? I know, but it’s great! You can check out a half-hour mix of the new material below, and then go explore and buy at fsoldigital.com
I don’t know much about Navel, except that it is one of the projects of modern day komische legend Günter Schlienz, who I am delighted to say has contributed an exclusive track and interview to the forthcoming Issue 4 of Wyrd Daze
Lose yourself in the sublime soundscapes of Lunokhod below, then go check out their other releases at their Bandcamp HERE
I think the new release by Pye Corner Audio: the Black Mill Tapes Volume 4, may be my favourite of all of his works. Magnificent rhythm & space.
As you may well know by now, I love me a bit of komische syntopian spacescapes, and here’s the latest by Pulse Emitter called Equinox
I’ve got two releases of note to share with you from Brooklyn-based RVNG Intl. The first is this great collection of avant-garde deep space-techno called Syndrome Syndrome by Gardland
The second is this very pleasant bubble-dub trip Domino by Dukes of Chutney
The Metaphysical Circuits label is putting out some great komische kraut-psych. Here’s No Way Out by Amalgamated.
I’ve been digging the weird electronica of Hobo Cubes recently, so why not obliquely introduce you with this split release?
A special mention of this release on the excellent Jehu and Chinaman label, a compilation of tracks for the label honcho’s recently life-emerged daughter. It features a track by my super-electo-internet pals Wizards Tell Lies and Joshua Levesque: their interpretation of the classic nursery crime Clementine.
There’s more lovely music I’ve got lined up waiting to share with you, but that’s probably quite enough to keep you going for now. I’ll do my best to try and post the rest soon, so watch this space. Enjoy!