After putting out one of the best singles of this year, Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht team up for another track under the name Jorge Elbrose. The song streaming above is actually set to land on a forthcoming Mexican Summer 10″ compilation and book that celebrates five years of the label’s existence. Check it out here.
Next week, Matthew Dear will be putting out his career-spanning Audion retrospective Audion X. He teased this sweet compilation of techno last month with the single “Motormouth” and now we have the 11-minute-long “Sky” to further pique our interest. Dear describes the piece perfectly as “a long burning wave of joy and exultation.” It’s certainly enough to leave any Matthew Dear/Audion fan giddy and excited for Audion X‘s December 10 release via Spectral Sound.
Stream: Stuntman – “Bag of Dicks”
Next month, French hardcore outfit Stuntman will drop its third studio album, Incorporate the Excess. The band flaunts its unremitting brutality with lead single “Bag of Dicks,” a song whose title pretty much says it all. It’s an exceptionally confrontational three minutes of sharp, noisy grindcore leads; frenzied, whiplash-inducing drumming; and snarled, caustic vocals. Give a listen above if you’re feeling brave!
Incorporate the Excess is due out January 18 via Solar Flare Records.
Singer-songwriter Joan Wasser (aka: Joan as Police Woman) has a new album coming out next year, The Classic, the follow-up to her wonderful 2011 LP The Deep Field. She has just released a video for the title track depicting Wasser and some friends performing the song on the sidewalk. It looks like everyone is having a joyous time, and the video has an old-timey vibe to it, appropriate given the old school pop feel of the song. (It even features Reggie Watts!)
Look for The Classic on March 10.
Some Brazilian baroque pop from Baleia on the song “Breu,” which features some pretty beautiful melodies, rushes of strings, and piano segues. I like how lavish the instrumentation is, and how the really distorted, lo-fi guitar contrasts that with some overt roughness. It’s a nice touch. The instrumentation always seems to be changing up in some significant way, which keeps things engaging from beginning to end. Enjoy, and stream the rest of the album here.
Bristol rapper ThisisDA packs a lot in a short amount of time with new single “Unstoppable.” The track last only a minute and a half, but features a sweet, jazzy instrumental from Ecstra Kool and a compelling set a bars from ThisisDA (a teetotal himself), detailing a man in a troubled relationship with an alcoholic girlfriend.
“Unstoppable” is further evidence that the young MC has a keen ear for beats and a gift for storytelling. However, it will not be on ThisisDA’s upcoming debut album Super Arkane, which is due out later this month.
Recording for Allentown grindcore quartet Orphan Donor’s new EP Empty apparently took place over the course of three years – starting in January 2011, in a barn, and ending in November 2013, in a basement. Clocking in at a seemingly meager 15 minutes, Empty might just be the most rawly affecting extreme music listen you’ll have all year. Check it!
If you dig this, be sure to check out the band’s live (and incredibly murky) self-titled EP here. You can also look forward to the band’s first full-length, which is in the works.