Ivan “Mamão” Conti | Poison Fruit (Far Out Recordings, CD/LP) Orpheón Gagarin | self-titled (Verlag System, LP/DL) Saba Alizadeh | Scattered Memories (Karl, LP/DL) Kuhzunft | Slotmachine (Gruenrekorder, 10″/DL) This month has been embedded with so many strange surprises including these four brand-new selections from various corners of the world expounding upon and stretching traditions […]

Jasmine Guffond | Degradation Loops Karl (LP/DL) Australian sound artist Jasmine Guffond‘s Degradation Loops was just released via Berlin imprint Karl who have been serving many delights in 2018. This half hour long singular piece starts with incidental chatter in a public place in what the artist refers to as being “initially a sixteen day […]

Audrey Chen | Runt Vigor Karlrecords (LP/DL) Out later this week is the new recording from Chinese-American electronic artist Audrey Chen, featuring cello and voice. Runt Vigor is packed with four unusual compositions opening with the pairing of Heavy that flows gently right into In The – an acoustic journey. In what sounds like a […]

R.A.N. | Şeb-i Yelda Karlrecords (12″/DL) Berlin-based Turkish artist Hüma Utku, better known as R.A.N. (short for Roads at Night) releases her first recording since 2015 with a four track 12″ EP, Şeb-i Yelda – and it opens with the title track. A disgorged drone roams freely, and its bloated mane crisscrosses through the entire […]

OUT JUNE 29: When this record kicks off it’s a bit like changing channels on the radio dial as Cuck Rock invades the space in a jumbled hip-hop, rock and operatic overture. Berlin’s Nicolas Wiese is a chameleon artist and Unrelated (Karlrecords; LP/DL) may be his most sly effort to date. The vinyl is clear […]

MAKING (+ Breaking) SOUND BARRIERS + TAKING NAMES!: Compilations are often a dime a dozen, ordinarily they are showcases for a label, and unless the material is exclusive to it, are a bit of a hard sell in general. Though, I always give them a spin, for context, for the hopeful discovery of hidden gems. […]

Today I’m zoning in on two sets of Beyerdynamic DT Pro headphones: the DT 990 Pro ($179 MSRP) and the DT 1990 Pro ($599 MSRP) respectively. These are true ‘cans’ as the slang would have it, big, bold ear covers that enrapture your head in a contemporary sound universe. I’ve got a slew of new […]