We’ve been treated to a very easy fall thus far (not counting the brief but intense Halloween weekend blizzard), filled with warm days and sunlight that illuminates the beautiful colors before the leaves fall and leave behind bare branches that only look good in a blanket of snow. I’ve been completely wrapped up in a wide range of sights, sounds and flavors, here is an eclectic selection for you to check out.
Autumn Park – Aldom – Old Oliver EP
As we wait for Autumn Park’s forthcoming EP on the Spacebreaks imprint, I got into an EP of his released at the beginning of the year. It’s rare these days to find good dub house and techno, and most of it is released in the colder months, let’s hope this winter will bring more solid dubs than in weak winters past. I really think dub techno is best consumed in colder environments, there’s something about that sonorous echo of everything that keeps winter warm and beautiful (and bearable).
Aeroc – You Say That – R+B=?
Since I’m getting a bit nostalgic, I figured I’d share this with the IDM heads out there– it’s a new (as in newly-released, apparently the material is over seven years old) LP from Aeroc that was released exclusively on Ghostly Music Service and is coming out on digital Dec 13th. I’m hazy on the specifics, but since I’m a GMS subscriber I got access to this gem of relaxing blip and guitar ambiance that reminded me of my days listening quietly to Merck Records, lots of Ilkae, and Limbik Frequencies Internet Radio (which if you have been following H/34 for a while now, you might be interested to know is what led me to Moodgadget and Ghostly).
Beacon – So Anxious – (single)
Speaking of Moodgadget, here is the newest signing, R&B outfit Beacon, who has emerged this fall as one of Brooklyn’s most promising debuts. It’s tough to pinpoint the undeniable appeal of Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett if you just listen to their studio material– their live performance is what has gotten people talking. Mullarney demonstrates the fidelity of his voice with natural ease, moving like some kind of 21st-century Jim Morrison or Elvis, while Gossett controls the majority of the instrumental with razor-precision, managing to sound better live than on the album. The two have chemistry on stage, and when tracks peak and drop, they make sure the crowd is having as much fun as they are. Can’t wait to see where these guys take it from here.
Mirko Loko – Gloria – Visionquest Fall Winter Collection
Was talking to someone yesterday about Wolf + Lamb, and how the musical/cultural statement they made in 2009 cascaded and hasn’t resided since then per se, but it’s like everyone went off and started to do their own thing. W+L hasn’t gone anywhere, it’s certainly more than just a label, but if you look at where many of their original producers are today, it’s like it crystalized and many have gone in their own directions and are now finding success. An example of this is the Visionquest label, run by Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves and Lee Curtiss. Every release of VQ since founding has featured worthwhile tracks from relevant producers with solid art direction, and their new Compilation for this season is no exception. I really love a good Mirko Loko beat that bumps along with that unconventional groove.