Papillon | Cercueil Flottant Sucata Tapes/Discrepant (CS/DL) A wild loop as if primates are screeching into a microphone traipse over a tripping beat. A radio-type narrator speaks in few words through static. Les Radiadeurs de Mika is an unusual opener on the latest from Papillon, Cercueil Flottant. This blend of experimental effects and field recordings […]

THE TONESHIFT TOP THREE: Though we managed to crank out more than four-hundred reviews in 2018, there were certain releases that broke the highest of expectations, or came in from left field here at Toneshift headquarters. Instead of another boring Top 10 list we decided to be extremely shrewd in our curation and pare down […]

For the last three months we have truly been inundated with diverse new releases, and because of volume and curation many of them miss hitting the pixels we produce here at Toneshift.net. We are so lucky to be able to have access to such a wide breadth of innovative sounds. Out of these numerous works […]

Mike Cooper | Tropical Gothic Discrepant (LP/DL) The septuagenarian artist only shows vital signs on Tropical Gothic. On these nine tracks, eight short works on side one, and a singular lengthy work on the flipside we begin to hear jungle vibes on The Pit, an abbreviated overture running less than a minute. The setting becomes […]

A self-titled debut filled with the manipulated field recordings of San Francisco artists Only Now & Orogen (Kush Arora and Lucas Patzek) is now out on Discrepant/Sucata Tapes (Cassette and Digital formats). These guys admit they’ve been inspired by Zoviet France, Brume, Lustmord, Alio Die, and Hafler Trio. Since I’ve worked with, or reviewed these […]

Out at the end of the month on Discrepant is the latest by Monopoly Child Star Searchers (Spencer Clark), the record (LP, Digital) is Make Mine, Macaw. Transfixed in a tropical world where the other side of the world always hold fascination, this is where you’ll land. From the 70’s inspired coverart to the wavy […]

Stridulations (LP, Digital) is released tomorrow from French sound artist Pali Meursault on UK’s Discrepant label. The composer has been recording since 2002, though this is my introduction to his work. With one track per side the musique concrète rattle and tick of pour chaque solution il y as un probleme kicks things off. This […]

Discrepant presents Japanese sound manipulator Sugai Ken‘s latest, てれんてくだ tele-n-tech-da out on April 27. These nine tracks go down very smoothly, especially for lovers of clean field recordings collaged seamlessly with vibrating sci-fi harmonies. The base hiss meets the gentle caress of lapping waves and random squeeky fiddling around on Shinpenkitokusen. Available in both digital […]