1080p Collection is one of our favourite labels out there. They are based in Vancouver, and release dance music and electronica that is often noisy, fuzzy or distorted (here’s a nice interview with Richard McFarlane, who runs the label).
Noise, distortion and fuzz are often used as signifiers for violence or chaos, but in 1080p’s releases they are generally deployed in a fun and optimistic way. To us they represent flow and communication. This makes for a nice break from all the dystopian/bleak stuff out there (which we also love of course), and harkens back to the visionary, futuristic attitude of early dance pioneers (and sci-fi writers).
Weirdly but logically, this dual use of sonic techniques and tropes reminds us of a comparison between “Good Guy moustache” and “Bad Guy moustache” we read once (it might have been by Cormac McCarthy or Lester Bangs, can’t remember). 1080p are good guy moustache.
There is a lot of 1080p material that we want to write about. Today we are going to focus (apparently premiere LOL) on Scorpio Moon, by Vancouver’s NAP, whose Uncharted tape will be coming out on July the 7th.
As other artists in 1080p (and many others in the contemporary dance scene that interests us), NAP comes from a noise/DIY background. Uncharted contains a bunch of wide-ranging (“rhizomatic”) electronic explorations, including wobbly acid, exponentially expanding ambient and rattling techno, that remain cohesive in their diversity.
It is hard to specify the thread running through all of this stuff that makes it more than the sum of its parts. Perhaps it is the fact that the songs themselves feel like sentences more than words, modular compositions bubbling up into moods stitched as the chapters of a story that we would explain to you if we understood NAP’s abstract, informationally dense language. We don’t, so we dream.
Scorpio Moon is perhaps the most psychedelic stage of this journey, a spilling soup of normalised gamelan drones, reverberations, grooves and synthetic whispers, the peak-time banger of the party with which a mysterious civilisation abandoned its capital in the middle of the jungle, as it echoes through the ages.
Nap – Scorpio Moon
Read more about NAP/pre-order the tape here.