Death Grips – Fashion Week

With the title and track names of new instrumental soundtrack Fashion Week, Death Grips at last answers the age-long question “jenny death when?” – probably in time for the New York and London Fashion Weeks, which start 12 and 20 February, respectively (the 10th would seem to be a safe bet).

That said, I’m happy to find that this collection of 14 new tracks is much more than a mere hint. Ride’s vocals are of course absent, but these instrumentals do well to amass potency along their decidedly linear paths. These cuts themselves really seem to be up on the runway, strutting their stuff with an unprecedented balance of boldness and poise.

Oneohtrix Point Never/A.G. Cook – “Rush”/”Bubs”

Oneohtrix Point Never has just shared an outtake from R Plus Seven called “Rush,” supplementing it with a short-but-sweet collaborative track with A.G. Cook,  founder of London label PC Music, which specializes in a brand of “bubblegum bass” that I’m not sure I get yet. This feels right.

Clark – Self-Titled

Clark heads back into familiar territory on his new self-titled album.

Mr. Oizo – The Church

Mr. Oizo’s new album for Brainfeeder Records takes on a punchier, more West Coast sound.

Wilting Sun – Self-Titled

Some strange and relaxing drone and experimental music on this new Wilting Sun album here. While Wilting Sun is careful not to step into anything too accessible, there’s quite a bit of variety on the six tracks here. Some tracks, like the intro here, deliver a mind-numbing drone, but manage to maintain an unsettling atmosphere pregnant with tension. Other moments sound like they’re pulled straight out of the Tim Hecker or Boards of Canada playbook, combining beautifully haunting melodies with soul-crushing noise and fuzz . As the name implies, the music of Wilting Sun is apocalyptic, desolate, and an ideal soundtrack for the end times.

Co La – “BB Burn”

Baltimore-based electronic musician Matthew Papich (a.k.a. Co La) is back with a new album that delivers more of the complex beats and disorienting samples that have intrigued us in his past work. Hegemony of Delete‘s six tracks offer subtle, digressive, and glitchy compositions that revel in both the banal and the tangential. In Hegemony, there is no difference between work and play–Co La conflates the relative coldness of the workplace with the distractive element of leisure. The result is something at once mundane and captivating. See what I mean with track “BB Burn” above. Happy listening!

Hegemony of Delete is out now via Primary Information. Our review of Co La’s previous full-length:

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Thom Yorke’s latest solo endeavor has an interesting aesthetic, but the appeal of these tracks doesn’t extend too far beyond that.

Tiger Village – “Cascades”

With some synths that sound like they’re on their dying breaths and some absolutely batshit rhythms, this new track from Tiger Village has me looking forward to this project’s forthcoming tape via Hausu Mountain. The release date: October 21st. The title of this thing: V.

If you didn’t already know, Tiger Village is spearheaded by producer, multi-instrumentalist, and lone wolf Tim Thornton, and I’ve got to know what else this dude’s capable off after hearing this track. I love his use of distortion and a generally lo-fi aesthetic, but he manages to pack it with so much detail in this single track. And I’m not just talking about sonic detail, but compositional, too.

“Cascades” literally does what its title states as one strange musical passage psychedelically folds into another. The song’s quirky, glitch-heavy beginnings are a surprising contrast from some of the epic and tense synth sequences that occur in the middle of this track. The ending is quite cacophonous, but still quite different when eating up the minor details beyond the flurry of synths and percussion. A dizzying track, for sure!

i.o – Edit Architect

Get ready for a challenging listen on this one! This i.o album titled Edit Architect is a dense, tangled web of multi-tracked guitars, relentless drums, and whatever other glitches this Victoria-based bedroom recording project manages to throw into the works.

It’s like a fusion of free jazz, math rock, and the avant-garde. Give a listen and enjoy!

Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

The new Tobacco album is one of the most demented sonic adventures I’ve gone on this year.