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Friday, August 17, 2001
++ Prefuse 73 + Ubiquity Records + Up Bustle and Out + more
++ Fresh off his appearance on Prefuse 73's Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives
a record with more cuts than a Ginsu commercial New York's
Aesop Rock drops Labor Days, his debut release for El-P's Def Jux
imprint, on Sept. 18. With the so-five-minutes-ago distinction of having
been MP3.com's most-downloaded artist for a month straight, Aesop Rock follows
in the footsteps of Cannibal Ox and Mr. Lif as Def Jux goes about establishing
itself as one of the most dynamic platforms for independent hip-hop in recent
++ Ubiquity Records continues its nonstop autumn release schedule on Sept.
4 with Love from the Sun, a mix CD of exclusive and unreleased tracks
from recent signings As One, Beatless, Interfearance, Loquate and John Beltran,
as well as label stalwart Greyboy. Mixed by Ubiquity's Andrew
Jervis who regularly shows off his chops at San Francisco parties
and No Categories Love from the Sun is the first mixed album
in the label's 10-year history.
++ Bristol's Up, Bustle and Out traveled to Cuba two years ago and took
up with a crew of seriously old-school salseros, the result of which
was Master Sessions, a kind of trip-hopped-up Buena Vista Social
Club full of breakbeat-backed spy themes. For Master Sessions 2,
they team up with Richard Egües, master flautist and septuagenarian
session player, for a disc of similar musical fusions. The CD-ROM is fleshed
out with film footage of Cuba's coffee plantations and the Cuban community
in New York.
++ San Francisco's Six Degrees, the label that made electronica safe for
your mom with Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo, roughs things up a bit
on Sept. 18 with the release of the inaugural edition of its Under the
Influence mix CD series. Mixed by producer/critic DJ Spooky, the album
veers from Future Sound of London's old-school chillout to the rugged drum
'n' bass of Paradox and the hardcore hip hop of Anti Pop Consortium
en route, it swerves through the uncategorizable terrain of Sonic Youth,
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Saul Williams.
++ Techno Animal the heavyweight duo of God's Kevin Martin and Godflesh's
Justin Broadrick will release The Brotherhood of the Bomb
on Matador on Sept. 11. Quite possibly their heaviest release yet, it's
also their most purist take on hip-hop, with contributions from El-P (Company
Flow), Vast (Cannibal Ox), dälek and Toasty Taylor (New Flesh). Still,
there's bastard noise aplenty from these former collaborators of Berlin
techno duo Porter Ricks, who claim that "Brotherhood of the Bomb
marks the point at which we can abuse techology and make it scream."
++ While the Wall Street Journal reports declining record sales for
the majors, savvy indies keep gathering momentum. Brooklyn microsound label
12K, run by Taylor Deupree, has just released its 14th CD with Sogar's Basil.
The debut recording from a German living in Paris, Basal combines
the lushness of classic ambient music with the austerity for which 12K has
come to be known. 12K sublabel Line, curated by Washington, D.C.'s Richard
Chartier, also maintains its momentum with Z.e.l.l.e's Nth. The sixth
CD for the limited-edition imprint, Nth is described in a 12K press
release as "a collection of points strewn across an implied graph of a sound
++ Northern Ireland's Fällt is
an MP3-centric platform for microsound, post-techno and other strains of
digital experimentalism. The InvalidObjects series is the label's
most ambitious release to date: a series of 24 three-inch CDs from some
of the most respected names in the field: Pita, Scanner, Kim Cascone, Taylor
Deupree, Richard Chartier, Stephan Mathieu, Pimmon, V/VM, Goem, Ekkehard
Ehlers and others. The series was available for free download in MP3 format
during November 2000, resulting in more than 60,000 downloads of the material.
In contrast, the current issue is severely limited: 250 copies of each CD,
100 sets of which were boxed in a special edition. The discs, following
a uniform silver-and-white color scheme, are a design fetishist's dream,
and the sounds within should stir the pulse of any glitch enthusiast. Along
the lines of Carsten Nicolai's 20' to 2000, it's a remarkable document
of a vibrant artistic community and a critical moment in the evolution of
digital music. InvalidObjects is available directly from Fällt
or, in the US, through Forced Exposure, Bent Crayon and Anomalous.
++ Richard D. James best known as electronica's court jester-cum-evil-archduke
Aphex Twin will release his umpteenth album, Drukqs, on Oct.
22. In the meantime Warp, keen to the fidgety nature of James' most dedicated
fans, has released streaming audio for "54
Cymru Beats," in advance of even review copies of the album. In the
era of the Internet, are there no perks left for music journalists? If keeping
up with the Christgaus isn't enough for you, the white label "2 Remixes
by AFX," James' "cockney raver" flashback, has also just been released on
12" vinyl and CD.