Stream: Imre Kiss “Raw Energy” (exclusive)

10 Jul 2014 — Henning Lahmann

It is mainly thanks to the still criminally overlooked yet consistently excellent and reliable Eastern Daze that we're aware of the exciting things happening east of Berlin, as we all too often almost ritualistically turn our gaze towards London and New York and whatever else we may find in the west. Of course, there was S Olbricht's compelling contribution to Opal Tape's catalogue, but that Budapest's electronic music deserves our close attention first became obvious when Farbwechsel emerged from the shadows, a label that by now has almost become a synonym for the Hungarian capital's ascending scene. Not only putting out S Olbricht's superb The Last Act of Dorothy Stratten, it is also the home of the first cassette by Budapest producer Imre Kiss.

With the tape’s strong blend of zeitgeist-informed, muffled textures evoking cinematic impressions and impulsive beat patterns reminiscent of Legowelt and other luminaries of the Clone/L.I.E.S. school of gritty dance music, it was only a matter of time until someone from more exposed shores would take notice. Prolific and rising fresh London imprint Lobster Theremin came first to pick up Imre Kiss and release his Raw Energy EP, a 12” that’s every bit as compelling as the producer’s debut effort. The five tracks cover a wide sonic range from more introspective, calm soundscapes to straight-up 4/4 ‘floor bangers, all knit together with a satisfying degree of coherence.

Raw Energy is out on July 14. Stream it in full exclusively below and pre-order a copy over here.

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Stream: OxenFree “Fire If We’re Anything” EP (exclusive)

08 Jul 2014 — Ashley Canino

It is getting hot and humid and New York and I am getting careless. Strange how OxenFree was able to to capture that exact mood in their forthcoming EP Fire, If We're Anything despite recording in the New York wintertime. Maybe it is the brass on "Signal Fire," or the imagery of "Make Out," but this release says everything you need to think, feel and know about connection in this moment. Streaming this preview will pull you deeper into the present than you knew was possible, or your money back.

Fire, If We're Anything is just a taste of what OxenFree put together this past winter. They have seven more tracks in the bank. (Like, stop holding out, guys!) For sure, the coyness and vulnerability of these three tunes is mirrored in their release strategy. At least we will all get to see where this relationship is going before we demand any more of each other.

Fire, If We're Anything will be available on cassette and for digital download July 15.

 

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Stream: The NFOP Show #32 on BCR with Julia Holter & Jason Grier

06 Jul 2014 — Henning Lahmann

Listen to the latest episode of our show on Berlin Community Radio, this time around with dear friends and very special guests Julia Holter and Human Ear Music's Jason Grier, playing some rare tunes, a few even never to be heard anywhere before, and chatting with me about Berlin, LA, and other things that came to our minds spontaneously. Check the tracklist below and find the archive of NFOP radio shows right here.

Tracklist:

(1) Julia Holter "Don’t Make Me Over" (orig. Bacharach/David)
(2) Jason Grier "Karma (feat. Julia Holter)", from "Clouds", 2013, HEM
(3) Background Music: Selections from "Solitudes: Acoustical Environmental Sound Experiences" — Dan Gibson (Vinyl LP, 1984, Holborne Records)
(4) Jason Grier "Der Wind und das Meer (feat. Lucrecia Dalt)", from Unbekannte, 2013, HEM
(5) Lucrecia Dalt "Selections from Dizzygy"
(6) Background Music: Erik Satie "Mass for the Poor", from Esoteric Records, Vinyl LP, 1960s, organ by Marylin Mason
(7) Julia Holter "Ground Bass Aria #6", unreleased, HEM Archive, 2008
(8) Marc Sabat "Two Commas", from Les Duresses, 2014, Care Of Editions
(9) Julia Holter & Jason Grier "No GDM", live at CalArts, 2009, orig. Gina X Performance
(10) Ivan Gomez "Calling Human Ear Music" (Answering Machine Message, 2006)
(11) Weave "G is for Gangsta", Demo, "Weave EP", 2008, Pacific Reasons
(12) Shira Small "Eternal Life", from Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies of the Canyon, Compilation, 2006, Numero
(13) Jason Grier "J-J-Julia", unreleased, HEM Archive, 2009
(14) Julia Holter "Cookbook", John Cage’s Roratorio, Sleepy Mammal Sound

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Watch: JJ “All White Everything”

01 Jul 2014 — Johanne Swanson

It seems the last couple years have been marked not only by awkward celebrity cultural appropriation and racist consequence, but also a public calling-out of their problematic nature. Thanks to Swedish dream pop duo JJ--no longer lower-cased jj--and the release of their newest single and music video “All White Everything”, we have apt demonstration of vexed racial implications outside of the mainstream sphere.

“All White Everything” takes place beyond reality in a sterile psych ward. Religious themes are heavy. “Let us pray,” singer Elin Kastlander opens, but what follows is nothing stale or ritual. The world is one of monochrome creep filled with white bodies who are even injected by needle with white goop that leaks out of their ears. The chorus, "All white everything, from my face to my wings…from my face to my sins," is epic and expelled like a warning. In structure and melody the song is compelling, perhaps JJ’s best work to date.

Still, the creepiest facet lies in their rendering of whiteness as pureness, a trope that perpetuates white supremacy. Placed in the context of JJ’s R&B influence and collaborators like Ne-Yo, whiteness from face to wings and the construct of a world without brown bodies is uncomfortable and misguided at best. Find the video for “All White Everything” and a horrific trailer for their new album V below. V is out August 19th on Secretly Canadian/Sincerely Yours.


 
 
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Suno Deko “Bluets”

01 Jul 2014 — Tonje Thilesen

We're excited to be releasing the debut EP of Atlanta based, solo pop project Suno Deko, aka one-man wonder David Courtright, over at our NFOP curated imprint Stratosfear. Thrown Color EP is out July 22, with "Bluets" and the title track, "Thrown Color" on 7" LTD colored vinyl. "Bluets" just premiered with our friends over at The Fader earlier today — a subtle, yet undeniably catchy pop song, spawned from Courtright's pellucid ability to make everyone around him feel loved and unique: or maybe that's just my own, slightly naïve image of his music, seen from the perspective as a friend. Either way, we're pretty sure you will enjoy this. 

David Courtright recently performed at Hundred Waters' mini festival and record release weekend in the desert community of Arcosanti, Arizona, alongside Majical Cloudz, How To Dress Well, Kodak To Graph and Julie Byrne, and is set to tour with Mutual Benefit in the fall, plus additional shows with Hundred Waters and How To Dress Well. Check out the tour dates below, and don't forget to pre-order the EP/vinyl over at our bandcamp page. No pressure, though we would very much appreciate it (cough). 

7/01/14- Atlanta – The Earl *
9/8/14 – Atlanta – Terminal West ^
10/18/14 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress %
10/19/14 – Albuquerque, NM – House show %
10/21/14 – Austin, TX – Red 7 %
10/22/14 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada %
10/23/14 – Norman, OK – Opolis %
10/24/14 – Fayetteville, AR – House show %
10/25/14 – Kansas City, MI – Czar %
10/26/14 – Columbia, MO – House show %
10/27 /14 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Arts %
10/28/14 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
10/30/14 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe

* = w/ Hundred Waters, GEMS
^ = w/ How To Dress Well
% = w/ Mutual Benefit

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Watch: Quiltland “A Billion Know”

25 Jun 2014 — Henning Lahmann

A forthcoming release of the music by Stockholm-based one-woman project Quiltland was first announced by London-based imprint Astro:Dynamics well more than a year ago, and while we cannot say what took all involved parties so long, the passage of time has definitely not deminished the appeal of Frida Li Lövgren muffled synth pop. The ten-track LP collects three older tunes by the artist, the best most well-known being "Days", accompanied by six new arrangements and a remix by acclaimed fellow Swedish artist (and friend) 1991. Watch the premiere of the visuals for album track "A Billion Know" below, a video that fittingly complements the track's wistfully dreamy atmosphere with some standard elements of the North (aurora borealis!) – plus wild horses, and quite a few of them.

Quiltland's self-titled debut LP is out via Astro:Dynamics on June 30. It's preceded by a likewise recommended limited cassette named Sisto, which is available now over here.

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Half Waif “Ceremonial”

24 Jun 2014 — Henry Schiller

“Ceremonial” is a brief (but stunning) showcase of Celtic melodies, delivered as mystic gospel by the significant singing voice of Nandi Rose Plunkett, who records music as Half Waif. The Brooklyn singer seems to hang her coat on some rung between the lulling grace of a new age artist like Enya and the jarring discomfitures of academic composition.

An ancient folk song from an era when aurochs charged through subway, “Ceremonial” is awash in a stunning blend of neolithic imagery and postmodern anguish. Plunkett’s lyrics track the small, almost ceremonial repetitions associated with the everyday failings of everyday relationships. “Ceremonia"l presents a longing for a mystic, sea-drenched cove in which one may finally rid oneself of such petty little cycles of failure.

Half Waif is currently working on her debut full-length album KOTEKAN with producer Devin Greenwood.

 

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Ellie Herring “Cool It”

23 Jun 2014 — Evelyn Malinowski

Getting excited about Ellie Herring, who is proving to be quite prolific, is not a new thing for us. Check out this new track, complete with showy and fun artwork. Could just be me, but I think there's something both awesome and playful afoot here.

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