Thursday, December 29, 2011

Elekidz - Elekidz's Plasma Horoscope [EP]

Two song EP from Japan's punk/rock Elekidz.
2011 successor to their only prior full-length 'Elevator Action' (2008). They win me over with their unique transitions/enduring and punchy female vocals, even if my initial impression was something of a corn-blender anime intro/outro. It's a quick go, but worth re-visiting.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Log.Os - λόγος

One lovely Nikko Gray passed this on to me:

New (free) project from Ken Barrientos (aka KenBts.) – producer/engineer/sound-designer for Blu's 'NoYork!', Bilal's 'Levels', Shafiq Husayn's 'En' A-Free-Ka', SA-RA, & J*DaVeY.
Vocals by Nikko Gray & Iman Omari.

*features vocal appearances by Bilal and TY$ (of Ty & Kory)

*features bonus remix of "Levels" by Bilal.

Cool chilldown material, only thing missing is the kaleidoscope.
Nice ethereal blend of beat/soul/electronic.

Dead Elephant - Thanatology

Dead Elephant are a doom/post-hardcore/noise trio from Italy.
Drawing influences from artists like Unsane, Cherubs, Jesus Lizard, Ash Ra Tempel and Neurosis, the trio established themselves with their 2005 debut 'Sing the Separation' -- landing them gigs with bands like Lair of the Minotaur and Zu (whose saxophonist contributed to their 2007 album 'Lowest Shared Descent').

Their latest 2011 release is entitled 'Thanatology', and in their words:
In this order of things life sometimes is cruel. Sometimes we feel caught in a strange trap. The events appear to us as a dark spiral and our destiny is get lost in it. There, it’s very difficult to understand what is right and what is wrong. There, something must burn and you must accept to lose it. From the consciousness that some things must die in order to change is born Thanatology...
Musically the core of the album is represented by the meeting between the Dead Elephant music approach and the funeral march of South Italy.'

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Riddlore? - The West Wing

Riddlore? is an underground producer/MC/DJ active since 1983. I checked him out after some affiliation with Aceyalone, leading me to his latest 2011 output, 'The West Wing'. The album is Riddlore's? fourth solo full-length, his first release since his self-titled in 2003.

Hoping 'The West Wing' gets some love -- tight production and really unorthodox styles throughout.
Has definitely made me try to track down his previous material.