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.
If you pay close attention, you’ll be hearing the little Moroder’s singing. Well, metaphorically, since Xaver von Treyer can’t be pigeonholed with just Italo disco – though you can hear rhythmic and melodic references such as spherical, bubbling synthesizers sounds throughout The Torino Scale, von Treyer aka Xaver Naudascher’s debut album.
Further earthly pleasures come in the shape of mesmerizing guitar licks, 10-minute-long studies in Krautrock and the collaboration with Japanese singer Yuko Matsuyama on ‘Lunar Rover (Utao Okami)’, a piece which was originally released on Kompakt‘s ‘Japan Relief’ compilation in early 2011.
The base of the Supersoul Recordings founder’s LP is electronica and cosmic music though, both musically as conceptual. Most obviously, the track titles refer to deep space: ‘We Are Alien’, Spit From the Sun’, ‘Solar Fire’, to name a few. And then there’s ‘The Torino Scale’ itself of course, a “method for categorizing the impact hazard associated with near-Earth objects such as asteroids and comets” (Wikipedia), which places the album in a context of impact on earth.
You don’t need to travel the universe though to get the idea: ‘The Torino Scale’ is out on October 21st on Supersoul Recordings, you can stream the whole record in advance below.