Our favorite DIY Los Angeles label Deathbomb Arc is gearing up for some serious Summer cassette releases in a variety of sounds; from the experimental R&B electronics of Yola Fatoush to the harsh noise/hip-hop of Clipping (featuring, among others, Jonathan Snipes of the godly Captain Ahab). It’s the latest junt from Denver’s Alphabets, however, that mosts excites us. This kid is probably one of the busiest underground musicians around, at least in terms of output—there was a time when he was releasing a new album every month (for free!), every one containing audio gold. The minimalistic beats on Sweatbee Dance Mix stay true to his formula of experimental, sub-ADD techno, but hearing it on cassette takes it to another level entirely. Here, it seems, is the proper home for Colin Ward’s strange and wonderful dance music: tape wrapped in plastic, an outdated concept (like techno, perhaps?) refreshed by a shining face. We’re pleased to bring you a glimpse of Sweatbee Dance Mix in the form of ‘IV’. As the title suggests, it’s the fourth track of five, a nearly twelve-minute opus of bouncing, chirping rhythms that build and build without giving release. Such a tease!
Deathbomb’s Summer 2012 cassette batch comes out September 11th. We highly suggest you order them.
It’s hard to believe that Deathbomb Arc has been around for ten years now. The Los Angeles label, founded by Foot Village‘s Brian Miller, has plowed steadily forward since 1998 with a DIY attitude and a passion for weird and exciting new music. There is no ‘typical’ DBA release; here you’ll find everything from noise rock and breakcore to witch house and punk-influenced trance, along with a whole plethora of sounds that simply fall under ‘Unknown’. It’s a mish-mash of styles that makes for an exciting time whenever Miller announces a new release.
To celebrate ten years of esoteric pleasures, Miller has revamped DBA’s website to include a full discography (large) and the first installment of an anniversary compilation series (awesome.) Featuring roster artists including tik///tik, YumaDudes (Not Not Fun noisemaker Yuma Nora and Monster Dudes), and I.E. performing covers of other roster artists, it’s a digital mind-melter that will leave your ears ringing. Join the celebration: download it here.
Once again regular Videodrome tyrant Moritz is out of the office, so once again our editor Daniel will be hosting Videodrome this week. Lean back, relax, and press play.
1. o F F – YING YANG…BOY BAND
The Parisian Prince of FogPop delivers not just a video, but a video mixtape. Containing cuts from Extacy, Min Ronnersjö, How To Dress Well, Sjur Nyvold, Cyan Kid, and of course o F F himself, it’s pretty much the best thing we’ve seen (and heard) all week.
2. Drainolith – Lasalle Walks Out
The new project from Alex Moskos (AIDS Wolf) is seriously evil, and this shaky, bleak winter imagery captures the pagan-noise aspect of his sound perfectly.
3. Ñaka Ñaka – El Pequeño Edgar
It’s funny how mindblowing old computer graphics can be when applied in the right situation.
4. Ga’an – Black Equus teaser
Despite how short it is, it was just too exciting to exclude. Watch the teaser vid for what will surely be one of our favorite albums of 2011.
5. Fatima al Qadiri – Hip Hop Spa
The newest video from one of our most-watched artists examines hip hop culture and the parallels of luxury solitude and imprisonment. Plus it’s just so tropical-hauntingly good.
6. Captain Ahab – Girls Gone Wild
While perhaps not as awesome as their previous video ‘Kingdom of Light‘, this one’s still definitely high on the spazzometer. Might bring back memories of trying to watch scrambled softcore on HBO. Definitely not for epileptics.
7. Lil B – Unchain Me
Lil B on the beach rapping over ‘Cry Little Sister’. Petite wordsmith delivering realness on top of goth music, beach beats and coral reefer. Lil B is cool.
8. M83 – Wait (Unofficial)
Anytime stuff has this type of visual and aural aesthetic it’s too much like watching The Wonder Years. Just keep waiting for Daniel Stern to start talking about kissing Winnie.
9. Stingray Enters The Unknown – The Sadist Pt 1
This one’s closer to watching some random Liquid Television short. Much better.
10. Xaver von Treyer – Lunar Rover (Utao Okami)
Life is a prism and I just wanna disco.
11. Alva Noto – Uni Acronym
Pretty much what the title says; this one’s a whole lotta acronyms. The best part was the literal shoutout to money. Nice to see another non-jaded fan of cash; money owns.
12. The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble feat. Emika – Pretend
The single from forthcoming album ‘Mr Machine’ by The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, out October 2011 on !K7 Records.
What do you love in this world? Captain Ahab want you to stop holding on to your passions and unleash them. Our time in this world may not be long; 2012 approaches all all the signs are there. With their new video for ‘The Kingdom of Light’, the duo bust their lust all over LA, celebrating all the best things in life while they still exist: friendship, flipping out, carnivals, and In-N-Out Burger.