Bass Drum Of Death: “I Dunno”.

26 Oct 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Cats Purring fellows Bass Drum Of Death are about to head across the Atlantic to grace the Old World with a couple of shows, finishing the tour here in Berlin on December 1. Surely something you wouldn't wanna miss, as the upbeat fuzziness of the brand new jam "I Dunno" perfectly emphasizes. Bass Drum Of Death - I Dunno Read more → Cats Purring fellows Bass Drum Of Death are about to head across the Atlantic to grace the Old World with a couple of shows, finishing the tour here in Berlin on December 1. Surely something you wouldn't wanna miss, as the upbeat fuzziness of the brand new jam "I Dunno" perfectly emphasizes. Bass Drum Of Death - I Dunno

Hunt In Pairs: “Slow Dance”.

26 Oct 2011 — Tonje Thilesen
Tropical pop meets stripped-down dubstep rhythms in this gorgeous track by the young duo Jake and Zan from Cape Verde, with the track "Slow Dance" being their first single under the moniker Hunt In Pairs. We're excited to see what they're up to next. Hunt In Pairs - Slow Dance Read more → Tropical pop meets stripped-down dubstep rhythms in this gorgeous track by the young duo Jake and Zan from Cape Verde, with the track "Slow Dance" being their first single under the moniker Hunt In Pairs. We're excited to see what they're up to next. Hunt In Pairs - Slow Dance

しsd (aka Shisd) - “River Hymnal (Guerre Cover)”.

25 Oct 2011 — Tonje Thilesen

Our Australian friend East To West Blog was early out on posting about しsd (pronounced Shisd) aka Felix Idle from Darlinghurst, Australia, and his rather splendid electronic trip 'Bay Wash' that was uploaded on his Soundcloud around seven months ago. The seven-track EP ホめ (Home) is planned to see its light of day in "a roughly two months or so", but in the meantime we have a special little treat for you — however probably not ending up on any official release, as far as I understood. We thought was a pretty good tune anyway, and when also happening to be a cover of NFOP favourite Guerre and his gorgeous 'River Hymnal', we couldn't help but showing it some love. Also, don't forget to listen to 'Bay Wash' below. Shisd - River Hymnal (Guerre Cover) Shisd - Bay Wash Read more →

Our Australian friend East To West Blog was early out on posting about しsd (pronounced Shisd) aka Felix Idle from Darlinghurst, Australia, and his rather splendid electronic trip 'Bay Wash' that was uploaded on his Soundcloud around seven months ago. The seven-track EP ホめ (Home) is planned to see its light of day in "a roughly two months or so", but in the meantime we have a special little treat for you — however probably not ending up on any official release, as far as I understood. We thought was a pretty good tune anyway, and when also happening to be a cover of NFOP favourite Guerre and his gorgeous 'River Hymnal', we couldn't help but showing it some love. Also, don't forget to listen to 'Bay Wash' below. Shisd - River Hymnal (Guerre Cover) Shisd - Bay Wash

Coolrunnings Get the Vinyl Treatment.

25 Oct 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Coolrunnings' most excellent album Dracula Is Only The Beginning, the first proper full-length by the four-piece led by Knoxville, Tennessee-based creative multitalent Brandon Ian Biondo, has already been out for a while, first as a (still) free digital-only, formally dropped via Biondo's own Dracula Horse label, and a little later as an extremely limited cassette version put out by our beloved Wonder Beard Tapes. But, as we said, it really is a brilliant effort, so it's only natural that someone had to step in eventually to give it the appropriate vinyl treatment - Enter Portugal's bustling LebensStrasse Records, who will reissue the album on both LP and CD. Below, take a listen to "BTC" (formerly known as "Behold The Cunt"). Dracula Is Only The Beginning will drop on CD November 22, the LP is scheduled to follow in December. Both formats can be ordered over here. Coolrunnings - BTC Read more → Coolrunnings' most excellent album Dracula Is Only The Beginning, the first proper full-length by the four-piece led by Knoxville, Tennessee-based creative multitalent Brandon Ian Biondo, has already been out for a while, first as a (still) free digital-only, formally dropped via Biondo's own Dracula Horse label, and a little later as an extremely limited cassette version put out by our beloved Wonder Beard Tapes. But, as we said, it really is a brilliant effort, so it's only natural that someone had to step in eventually to give it the appropriate vinyl treatment - Enter Portugal's bustling LebensStrasse Records, who will reissue the album on both LP and CD. Below, take a listen to "BTC" (formerly known as "Behold The Cunt"). Dracula Is Only The Beginning will drop on CD November 22, the LP is scheduled to follow in December. Both formats can be ordered over here. Coolrunnings - BTC

Horsebladder: “Fountains”.

25 Oct 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Northampton, Massachusetts' Elaine Kahn sent over a very charming mail to tell me about her "group" named Horsebladder, "consisting of myself, my keyboard, and sometimes a drum". What at first faintly appeared like just another nice yet dilettante bedroom project instantly took my breath away after hearing the very first few bars of "Pioneer", the gloomy, menacing opener of Kahn's forthcoming 12 inch Not I'll Not. Three tracks into the EP, the unsettling intimacy of "Fountains" ultimately spellbound me, with its slow-burning rhythm and tenuous synth progression, calmly meandering over the course of nearly six minutes. The sound of Elaine Kahn's work - who's already released a cassette, called Nicole, last year on Night-People - is mostly eerie and dark, as is the general atmosphere, yet in a less palpable way compared to, say, (early) Zola Jesus or Chelsea Wolfe, to take rather obvious examples of contemporary female artists that slightly follow the same path as Kahn. The means to achieve the enchanting, deeply absorbing mood are stunningly simple and distinctly lo-fi, sparse patterns of analog synth, a restrained drum part and layered vocalization, all blurred and hidden behind a constant hiss of distortion and clipping, all of which adds up to a wonderfully unique, occasionally disturbing trip to the unacknowledged melancholy of your soul. Not I'll Not will soon be is out on Ecstatic Peace. Update: The LP is indeed already out and can be ordered, inter alia, via Insound. Horsebladder - Fountains Read more → Northampton, Massachusetts' Elaine Kahn sent over a very charming mail to tell me about her "group" named Horsebladder, "consisting of myself, my keyboard, and sometimes a drum". What at first faintly appeared like just another nice yet dilettante bedroom project instantly took my breath away after hearing the very first few bars of "Pioneer", the gloomy, menacing opener of Kahn's forthcoming 12 inch Not I'll Not. Three tracks into the EP, the unsettling intimacy of "Fountains" ultimately spellbound me, with its slow-burning rhythm and tenuous synth progression, calmly meandering over the course of nearly six minutes. The sound of Elaine Kahn's work - who's already released a cassette, called Nicole, last year on Night-People - is mostly eerie and dark, as is the general atmosphere, yet in a less palpable way compared to, say, (early) Zola Jesus or Chelsea Wolfe, to take rather obvious examples of contemporary female artists that slightly follow the same path as Kahn. The means to achieve the enchanting, deeply absorbing mood are stunningly simple and distinctly lo-fi, sparse patterns of analog synth, a restrained drum part and layered vocalization, all blurred and hidden behind a constant hiss of distortion and clipping, all of which adds up to a wonderfully unique, occasionally disturbing trip to the unacknowledged melancholy of your soul. Not I'll Not will soon be is out on Ecstatic Peace. Update: The LP is indeed already out and can be ordered, inter alia, via Insound. Horsebladder - Fountains

Video: Rimar - “Higher Ground”.

25 Oct 2011 — Henning Lahmann
When we first featured Columbus native Rimar on our humble pages, I wondered why this amazingly talented dude doesn't seem to receive the amount of love he deserves, blog- and more generally music biz-wise. Well, to my delight it turns out that this has changed since, as Bella Union has wisely decided to put Rimar's stellar debut EP Higher Ground, up to now only available digitally, on shiny black vinyl, due November 7. To celebrate the occasion, the artist has just dropped an appropriately laid-back and stylish video for the EP's title track, directed by Dylan Knight. Previously: Rimar - Higher Ground Read more → When we first featured Columbus native Rimar on our humble pages, I wondered why this amazingly talented dude doesn't seem to receive the amount of love he deserves, blog- and more generally music biz-wise. Well, to my delight it turns out that this has changed since, as Bella Union has wisely decided to put Rimar's stellar debut EP Higher Ground, up to now only available digitally, on shiny black vinyl, due November 7. To celebrate the occasion, the artist has just dropped an appropriately laid-back and stylish video for the EP's title track, directed by Dylan Knight. Previously: Rimar - Higher Ground

Erkin White: “The Shining”.

25 Oct 2011 — Tonje Thilesen
These dark, atmospheric sounds from Russia's Erkin White passed my radar the other day by a complete coincidence, and I instantly caught interest in his rather diverse, but interesting Soundcloud collection. Consisting of both of the dark, electronic ambient with samples from films such as Trainspotting to the more fragile and mysterious soundscaping, Erkin White is still in the process of exploring different spaces of sound, curiously peeking into small cracks hidden in the dry, deserted earth. Oh, and wear a pair of good headphones obviously. Erkin White - The Shining Erkin White - Intro 1-2-3
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These dark, atmospheric sounds from Russia's Erkin White passed my radar the other day by a complete coincidence, and I instantly caught interest in his rather diverse, but interesting Soundcloud collection. Consisting of both of the dark, electronic ambient with samples from films such as Trainspotting to the more fragile and mysterious soundscaping, Erkin White is still in the process of exploring different spaces of sound, curiously peeking into small cracks hidden in the dry, deserted earth. Oh, and wear a pair of good headphones obviously. Erkin White - The Shining Erkin White - Intro 1-2-3

Premiere: Ghibli - “Kristina”.

25 Oct 2011 — Tonje Thilesen

Our Canadian friend Thomas Michael, the glitch-pop craftsman that goes under the moniker Ghibli these days (previously known as Jaded Hipster Choir), recently sent us this funky, new cut off his upcoming 7 inch which will be officially released next week. We're keeping it short today — listen to his new baby "Kristina" below. Ghibli - Kristina Read more →

Our Canadian friend Thomas Michael, the glitch-pop craftsman that goes under the moniker Ghibli these days (previously known as Jaded Hipster Choir), recently sent us this funky, new cut off his upcoming 7 inch which will be officially released next week. We're keeping it short today — listen to his new baby "Kristina" below. Ghibli - Kristina