Following appearances on Brussels’ Slagwerk, Angoisse and Sacred Phrases, Kota Watanabe is about to enter a new cycle in his young, yet much promising career. Under
Pursuing his transgressive dismantlement and reshaping of current hip-hop and trap motifs as seen from a proto-technoid perspective – fitting somewhere betwixt the growingly influential legacy of the chopped-and-screwed sound of the Memphis and Houston rap scenes and Merzbow at his most savage, French producer Crave does it again on his new EP ‘Loco’ for Mind Records.
With the defunct Boston-based duo’s originals trading at indecent prices on the second-hand market, the long-overdue publication of Onyx ‘Complete Works 1981-1983’ fills a gaping hole as much as it unlatches a comprehensive view into Judd Stone and Beveur’s definitely unique mutant punk-wave universe. Stream ‘SOS’ within.
Fresh off an excellent split of AFX-indebted electro and chopped-and-screwed rap courtesy of Crave and Lieu Noir, Parisian label Mind Records returns with Deeat Palace’s self-titled debut, serving up a pair of blustery mind-benders, harnessing the power of convulsive noise strata and rogue synth waves rising from the abysses. Not for the faint of heart.
Imagine Giorgio Moroder boarding KITT, the face stroken through by thick black sunglasses, moustache gleaming and synth blazing as the red-hot sun sinks beyond the horizon. Aussie producer X.I lands on Mind Records with an EP that just as convincingly explicits his ability at melding a serious art of the groove and a superior sense for well-built atmospherics.
Mind Records honcho MOYO takes the helm with a rough and rugged mix of gloomy industrial, off-kilter electronics and dystopian proto-tech blends. Since good things often come in twos, you can also check our quick fire Q&A with Abraham where we discuss the label’s neatly thought-out audiovisual designs and aspirations.
Initially released in May, Femminielli’s sixth full-length ‘Plaisirs Américains’ was recently re-issued in a one-off, buy-it-or-miss-it edition featuring two new unreleased tracks. Driven by a carefree, deliberately obscene attitude, the Montreal-based artist keeps on carving out his own lane, delivering yet another tight-laced symphony of hypnotic, unsettling lullabies.