Light a candle. Draw the required sigils. Now, do you have your Magick Mirror? The secret of mirrors is: they’re ALL magic, because they reflect the falseness of Physical Reality, rather than the truth of Spirit. Or some bullshit, who cares. This is Audioccult, and it’s time to get low.
HEY KIDS!!! It’s time for another AUDIOCCULT, featuring plenty of things to make you rage. You know the drill by now, it’s as easy as
1. TAKE OUT YOUR MAGICK MIRROR
2. SIT BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER (SAFETY POSITION) WITH THE MIRROR FACING THE SCREEN
3. THE SECRET TEXTS WILL BE REVEALED BETWEEN THE LETTERS! LEARN THE SPELLS TO MAKE YOUR EARS ASCEND INTO THE SPIRIT REALM
Have you ever entered a mental space where you suddenly, inexplicably need to listen to some weird-ass trance music? Well, I have, and for a person who’s not very interested in clubbing, it’s an odd compulsion. Don’t send in any prayers or worried emails; two sick remixes have me covered for now. White Ring twist Armin Van Buuren‘s ‘I Don’t Own You’ into an acid-flavored ballad, complete with those chunky-deep ‘hey’s thrown into the background and Pikachu punctuations on the chorus. Watch out for that third drop, boy. Ana Caprix goes even harder and hazier with a remix of ‘Alien’ by Ritualz. This is ForeverRave to resurrect ghosts.
A new obsession is a slightly older release, but one that is highly worth your time. Thee Source ov Fawnation‘s beautiful cassette I Missed You, Black Diamond came out in 2011 on Healing Light Records, and it’s fairly rare and hard to get ahold of. Vocals alternate between wails of pain and blues-influenced chants, giving off a sort of Jay Munly-meets-Blixa Bargeld vibe that makes me drippier than a faucet. The nine-minute+ opener ‘Hello Black Diamond’ is my favorite, a ritualistic drone piece that evolves into a throbbing, industrial-flavored space jam.
SpaceghostPurrp‘s Mysterious Phonk is on repeat as well. The LP, essentially a better-recorded version of older tracks, dropped a couple weeks ago, and repeated listens have given me further proof that 4AD are once again one of the greatest labels in existence. ‘Bringing The Phonk’s claustrophobic, hypnotic flow is deadly, and I feel like a ghost. I’m already dead and this is my ringtone.
Hundebiss is another label that never seems to stop releasing nice things. Their latest offering is from the great and godly duo Angels In America, marketed under the moniker Angels USA. A no wave junk opera in the vein of John Gavanti, VH1 Drunk mostly features the voices of both members and a whole lot of spaced-out, noisy synth noodling. Best observed completely sober, as is literally everything in life.
The secret of the Magick Mirror is that it reflects the fact that you’re trying to find truth in a computer screen…which I suppose is as good an explanation as any. Real truth is in music, and if you like a rich, creative music scene, you’re probably more creative than rich. If you’re local to Berlin, you should let GEMA know that you don’t want them to dictate how much you should pay or charge for your party. I’ll be attending this demonstration against GEMA’s ridiculous tariff hike. If you care about independent music, I hope you’ll also be there.
Published June 25, 2012.