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12th June 2014

We Are His Willing Disciples

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(art is Misconceptions Of The Courageous Mind by Anai Georg.)

In the forest there is bass. The hues of the foliage fade in perfect sighs with the lull and throb. Purple. Red. Orange. Purple again.

In the trees there is THE WIZARD. His mind glittering all evil.

Hack at the grass. Stalk your own psyche. We’ve been strung out for so long in here that we’ve forgotten what we came in for. But aren’t these military uniforms beautiful?

El Remolon – Vestido (feat. Lido Pimienta)

This could be Argentina or Ganymede. Only the one they call El Remolón knows for sure. He pushes the buttons on his keytar and the scenaries change.

He entrances his prey with heat haze-thick digital cumbia. His eyes are spinning zoetropes. We are his willing disciples.

He pedals the ferocious drug “Selva.” No, not salvia. SELVA. You must partake of the ritual dose and kneel before the shrine of Caetano Veloso for approximately 489 revolutions of Alfomega before you may enter the temple.

Caetano Veloso – Alfomega

Buy Selva from ZZK

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  1. Caetano Veloso – Alfomega : fanstastic!
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    Marc


    Yours sincerely

    Marc

    13th June 2014


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11th June 2014

Psyche of Parasites

Featuring:

Rachel's & Toby Driver

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(art is Folly by Meghan Howland.)

We don’t do much dancing nowadays, outside of popping fistfuls of Mimezine and waltzing through Hard Light with Terra, our 90s cyberspace G(uy)I(n)R(eal)L(ife)friend.

And dancing as art… nope, sorry. We don’t know about that one.

But we want to, because this has to be one of the most interesting Kickstarter hivemind projects we’ve come across.

A butoh dance piece by Michelle Morinaga with music composed by Kayo Dot’s Toby Driver, Ichneumonidae apparentlyexplores the astounding psyche of parasites, touching on dualities of survival and self-destruction, the perilous tensions of coexistence, and the subtle horrors of the colonized body.”

Which is appropriate, because if there’s anything XXJFG is about, then it is exploring the astounding psyche of parasites, touching on dualities of survival and self-destruction, the perilous tensions of coexistence, and the subtle horrors of the colonized body.

Toby Driver – excerpt from Pale Hesychasm

You can view some of the performance here.

It’s fierce, beautiful stuff. Violin comes courtesy of Secret Chiefs 3′s Timba Harris.

The entire soundtrack is on Toby’s Bandcamp. Once you’ve gone and bought it you should also rediscover Rachel’s, from the early 00s:

Rachel’s – Moscow is in the Telephone

Because we like reminding you about things!

Buy Ichneumonidae from Bandcamp

 

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9th June 2014

Informational Pagan Party

Featuring:

3rd Face, ooioo & prins thomas

gamel

You don’t step into OOIOO’s Gamel.

It engulfs you.

Like a swarm of psychic teens warping into the lounge or bedroom or public transport system or whatever geographical coordinates your physical body occupies, flipping the perceptual lights on and off at stroboscopic speeds and generating an REM effect or accelerating drone full of flashbacks like Eli Vance’s botched attempt to teleport Gordon Freeman for Black Mesa East, but faster, ravier, weirder.

And what is the substance of these flashbacks?

It’s varied, and includes: cosmic harmony and the explosion of life. This is conveyed by the seamless integration of gamelan’s evolutionary melody-sequences, standing for the clockwork logic of the cosmos, majestic like Zeus’ brow whence jumps Life, Athena-like, fully formed and armed, fierce and ready for a post-punk brawl. Or remember the awe-inspiring sequences of the universe in transition in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, and shift them from the temple to the dance-floor.

Which brings us to spirituality. There are no words that we could use to convey the joyous sense of peace, unity and harmony conveyed by the transcendental dynamics that unfurl in OOIOO’s music, or rather, there are but they have been hijacked by a zillion new age cults, to use them would be to taint the purity of the emotions surfing over OOIOO’s progressive information age animism. Not that we need to, here’s the music.

OOIOO – Atatawa

Gamel is coming out on the 1st of July. Pre-order it from Thrill Jockey.

canto

Somewhat serendipitously, we stumble upon last years reissue + remixes of 3rd Face’s Canto Della Liberta, a song that we featured in 2004. The sonic (and sensorial, sensual and emotional) parallelisms between that track and OOIOO are obvious, which makes sense given how strongly they are both influenced by the ur-banger Secondo Coro Della Lavandaie, from Roberto de Simone’s play, La Gatta Cenerentorola.

(This is clearest in OOIOO’s Uma and Umo in their previous album, Taiga, and Gamel Uma Umo in Gamel, which does what it says in the tin)

Prins Thomas’ is our favourite remix of the lot (which you might have expected). He bumps up the drums into a disorientating vortex somewhere in between Liquid Liquid, The Boredoms and Kelis’ Milkshake, and organises the drop around some 1970s double-denim rock riffage, burly Godzilla to OOIOO’s aerodynamic M.U.T.O.  There’s no-way anyone could ever go wrong with that, kids, we swoon.

3rd Face – Canto Della Liberta (Prins Thomas Remix)

The vinyl for this is sadly sold out, but you can get it digital from Beatport.

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  1. I am very delighted to have stumbled upon your blog. Not just for the sounds (ooioo being a bit too far fetched for me, yet again 555 – Som Hassel is just spot on!), but in particular for the looks of it. What a peaceful blog. And great reviews, eloquately put, giving me the appetite to listen more.
    I will be back!


    Yours sincerely

    Herr Flemm

    9th June 2014


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