Audioccult Vol. 5

Light a candle. Draw the required sigils. Now, raise your arms above your head and slowly, gently, exhale your soul. You won’t need it here. This is Audioccult, and it’s time to get low.

I get money. You get funerals. Actually, I get Funerals too. I’ve watched these two evolve gently, from post-witch whatever to juked-up bass, and it’s certainly been a fun trip. They recently posted a preview of their forthcoming Mishka split with Ritualz, and it’s pure liquid sonics all the way, lush beats that would slip nicely between Jam City and Kingdom. I bet it would still play well in a foggy, strobelit room if that kind of thing is your bag, baby. Meanwhile, UK-based grungy noise-pop trio Bitches are celebrating their latest 7″ selling out by giving the tracks away for free. This summer soundtrack takes me back to disgustingly hot New York City summers, sweating and thrashing to whatever cool-ass band happened to be playing in Brooklyn that weekend…..god, do I miss Mika Miko. Head over to the perpetually sick Deathbomb Arc to grab more free tracks from these kids, and plenty of other rad stuff too.


Bitches – Winner 7″

Denver’s Men In Burka is finally releasing his debut. I say ‘finally’ like it’s been a while, even though the Modern Witch synthesist has only been around a short time. Oh, Internet. How you shorten our attention spans. Still love you, digital boo, though not quite as much as these Techno Allah beats. As I was typing that last sentence, a friend PMd me with a link to a Swedish project called G?Z?. Not too down with the triangles post-2010; the world I live in has way more dimensions. So at first I was like huhh, but then I was all hmm. Drilling, buzzing electronic experiments that create an intense feeling of claustrophobia. Cocooned in vinyl, suffocating as you’re lowered into chugging machinery. This is Intelligent Death Music, a soundtrack for David Cronenberg‘s dentist waiting room. Then I started playing it under the Men In Burka tracks and now I have some ideas. And I am calm.

G?Z? – EtherealRabies

Over the weekend, I did a really, really fun party with Destroy Culture, BL4CK M4G1CK, and M.E.S.H. So many good songs, so much intense dancing, so many happy friends. One of the highlights of the night was discovering M.E.S.H.’s edit of ‘Unsere Gegend’ by German rappers Alba Kingz. No idea what they’re talking about, but those beats go hard. It was definitely a high point in a party that was pretty much all high points. I didn’t even have to use my MDMA. I got to say, it was a good day.

Alba Kingz – Unsere Gegend (M.E.S.H. Baby-centric Edit)

It was difficult to pick a favorite for the week, but these final two tracks are special to me. The first is by Croatian weirdos Crawander, and oh my fucking god did I lose my shit when I heard this. Hyper-goth vocals underscored by shrieks (pretty similar to my own, actually) and a bouncy cartoon-core synth beat. The other tracks are even more hectic and strange; this one’s filed under ‘new musical obsession’. The final cut for today is also a debut track. The Berlin-based Bruises features both Philip and Grayl of the monstrous reliq, but instead of earth-shattering rage, this is pure bliss. Densely-packed 808 beats surround Grayl’s vocals, threatening to choke them before they burst free, soaring and weaving amongst the sea of churned synths. This is going to be big.

Crawander – Prophit

Bruises – Fruit

Stay cold. Stay aware. These are the weird years.

When he’s not writing and editing for Electronic Beats, Daniel Jones is a music promoter and creator of the subculture reconceptualization & aesthetics tumblr Gucci Goth.

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Audioccult Vol. 3

Light a candle. Draw the required sigils. Now, raise your arms above your head and slowly, gently, exhale your soul. You won’t need it here. This is Audioccult, and it’s time to get low.

My coworkers tend to think of me as not a particularly pop-oriented guy. This is true, up to a point; my brain has always veered toward left-field sounds. Still, there’s a sort of pop-not-pop that trickles down into the underground and, subsequently, into my ears. Ghosted versions of Top 40 skewed in a way that makes them somehow more. Take London duo AlunaGeorge, for example. A liquid blend of repitched R&B vocals and 2step vibes is typical UK fodder these days, but when done well it still has the power to make my tendons twitch. Small wonder that Tri Angle have assimilated them into their roster. Trill beast Craxxxmurf does it even dirtier. Dude’s latest mixtape for DIS Magazine is a corruption of hip-hop and dance music, dragged and industrialized sonic evil that would turn an Ibiza crowd into a pulpy mess…someone’s been sneaking a peek at my seasonal wishlist. R.I.P., party people.

AlunaGeorge – Just A Touch

Craxxxmurf – R.I.P.

Mashups are another form of production (if you’d like to call it that) which, when done well, touch the reconceptualist destroya in me in a way that originals often can’t. Both Grimes and Busta Rhymes are pretty beloved on different levels for me, but Lake Radio‘s Busta Grimes refix is seriously worth your time.

No, really.

I get you, naw, I feel you. I spent a few days myself being all, ‘No. No way. Do not post this on my facebook. Do not put it on my blog’s wall or I’m going to whip your posting lips off’ but actually it’s pretty enjoyable in a really goofy sort of way. You don’t even have to be intoxicated to get down on this one, it’s pure summer fun and Busta’s vocals blend seamlessly with Claire’s synthy bliss. Myrryrs‘ Fantom Doze’, on the other hand, feels like one of those tracks designed for sizzurp drinkers. Take a listen and tell me honestly that you don’t want a sip. The Nashville producer has freaked this bitch out slowwwww, a heavy juke-hop combination of stretched-out 808s, perfectly timed breaks, and down-low vocals that’ll make any ghetto goth throw his crosses up and say damn. His I’m A State Of Mind EP is begging to drip into your music folders. Lil Jabba‘s new junt ‘Spektor’ lurks in the same grave, but as a shuffling mechanical haunting. Is the sound of death beautiful? I suppose it can be.

Busta Grimes – Dangerous Vs. Oblivion

Lil Jabba – Spektor

What the hell is up, Kloaks. Where’s the ‘Dreams Are Gone‘ followup? Do you know how much I’ve played that track, and do you understand how hard people freak out and beg for more every time I do? Now do you understand that was in June 2011, and you haven’t released a single thing since then (unless you count ‘Last Dance’, which isn’t even on your soundcloud anymore) and now the goth authorities are lobbying to change your name to Jokes. Okay, so this new NVR MND mixtape is pretty aight, I guess, but this is getting a bit OD. We want to love you, and we want to experience that black magick we felt when that chorus of ‘Now that all of our dreams are dead/ a coffin or a bed‘ kicked in. Hands up, heads back, fog machine button taped down. Work it out, guys.

Hundebiss, on the other hand, have some serious output happening; particularly when it comes to videos. Earlier this year label boss Dracula Lewis‘ ‘Spacies II‘ got a 3D render that’s as hypnotic as his track, but the latest visual for the mighty Jaws is geared more toward disorientation. A fitting treatment, as Jaws’ sounds are aimed toward a certain mutant segment who like their electronics raw and nihilistic. Me, in other words, and hopefully you too.

Kloaks – Distortion, Love Songs and Brain Damage

Jaws – Sufferer’s Song

I was both surprised and pleased when Baku Shad-do asked to have my X-Files-soaked refix of Bestial Mouths‘ postpunk rager ‘Gulls’ for their latest compilation, alongside other audio pleasures like Men In Burka and ?AIMON. The…imprint? musician? persona?…actually, I’m not quite sure what to label Baku Shad-do, other than ‘dedicated’, perhaps. Regardless, there’s real love here, an honest need to showcase sounds that they feel are worthwhile. Since that’s essentially my job as well, I can connect to †PURRSSESSIØN† heavily. While not all 35 tracks are necessarily my cup of tea, they’re all based around something that is: underground community, DIY aesthetics and a deep love of music. We see that dedication, babe.

On the subject of highly aggressive dubstep, I’m pretty much the only one in the office who actually enjoys it. Whatever, man. Parents just don’t understand. DJ Skull Vomit‘s ‘Antigoon’ was already a heavy thrashpleasure for me, but Gore Tech‘s rework is just. Too. Good. The amount of vicious joy this remix gives me is hard to describe; possibly it can only be articulated in a series of capitalized ‘A’s and snarling goats-head pentagram emoticons, the HTML for which is currently nonexistent or incompatible on any browser in this mortal plane. But if you seriously can’t get down with a track title like ‘DJ Skull Vomit – Antigoon (Gore Tech’s Gut Sucking Sluts Mix)’, you’re literally 2 Old 2 Live. True fact on Snopes.

If you’re one of the cool readers who does enjoy stuff like this (virtual fist bump, by the way), may I also recommend a mix of my own? ‘Witchburner’ is a live set by my DJ alias BlackBlackGold, recorded at my collaborative PURGE party earlier this month. It’s filthy and hard as heck, but there’s more than just your basic dubstep droppage going on here. Since my background is based on darker sounds, this one is packed with intense refixes/remixes of Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, NIN, and SALEM, amongst others. Perfect for dispelling good vibes.

DJ Skull Vomit – Antigoon (Gore Tech’s Gut Sucking Sluts Mix)

PURGE IV: Witchburner (Live set recorded 4/14/12)

Finally, Beyoncé With Elongated Skull. It’s how I spell culture.

Daniel Jones is a music promoter and creator of the subculture reconceptualization & aesthetics tumblr Gucci Goth.

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Destroy Culture!

Destroy Culture! There are few things we love more than reconceptualization/re-appropriation of pop symbols and culture; naturally, a name like Destroy Culture is bound to make our brain-boner twitch. The London art and party collective describe themselves as ‘massive ejaculation of cultural entropy; Destroy Culture aims to break down the oppressive boundaries of genre and scene that have caused London’s creative party scene to stagnate’. They look damn good while doing it, too, thanks to a new collaboration with New York’s NVR MND.

The DSTRY YR MND collection features the symbols of Imperial culture transformed: Mickey becomes the antichrist, acid culture gets turned upside down, and black metal logos bounce to Britney. It’s the perfect example of how the visual world is being shaped and reformed, new meaning given to ancient symbols. Not the death of culture, but a rebirth.

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NVR MND: Collection III

NVR MND: Collection III NVR MND, the NYC/LA t-shirt designer who brought us classics like TEEN GIRL DIES AFTER RAVE and I *upsidedowncross* NY, has just released their third collection of witchy, internet-inspired designs. Crosses and yin-yangs join forces with undead heavyweights like Tupac and Yves Saint Laurent for some tumblr-friendly eye candy that will look great in your next photobooth .gif. Whatever your current theme is, these will help keep your future summers on point. Seapunk fans can stay wet with spiritual tie-dye, and thanks to their I Luv U But I’ve Chosen SALEM shirts, goth teens can look surly in style.

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