Thursday, May 31, 2018

Amber London - Tru 2 Tha Phonk (2013)
Amber London
Tru 2 Tha Phonk (2013, Self Released Mixtape)

"As you may or may not know, I loooove Amber London and this mixtape is remarkable in every way. Loads of sizzurped screwin and choppin, gnarly gangster rhymes, some tightly phonked out beats, and all the 90's infused, lowdown, dirty south swagger one can muster. This is a bit more polished than the last one I posted, but not by much. So grab these primo summer jams now fuddy-duddies, and remember to stay tru 2 tha phonk. Raider Klan for life!!" - DD

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Bill Dixon Orchestra - Intents And Purposes (1967)
The Bill Dixon Orchestra
Intents And Purposes (1967, RCA Victor)

"Here's some real nifty jazzmatazz for all you skronkin' wailers, an oft-forgotten classic of the genre featuring a stellar cast of mainstream and free jazzers alike. You can't go wrong with Dixon, one of the big guns instrumental in the development of avante-garde and free jazz, so dig in and chew that phonk sweet babies! xoxo" - DD

Friday, May 18, 2018

Les Vampyrettes - Les Vampyrettes (1981)
Les Vampyrettes
Les Vampyrettes (1981, Self Released)

"Some hypnotic, slow-jam, dark 'n dingy surrealism for y'all, courtesy of belle-of-the-ball and space traveller extraordinaire Holger Czukay (former Can bassist ). German experimentalism and minimal synthery at its most uncanny, if you ask me. I wish there were a lot more recordings of this project. Also, it may actually be from 1980 (as per Discogs). Oops! Rub-a-dub, kitties!" - DD

Sacred Sound Choir - Mantra for Healing: Ancient Chant for Healing & Peace (2003)
Sacred Sound Choir
Mantra for Healing: Ancient Chant for Healing & Peace (2003, Sacred Sound Productions)

"The Mahamrityunjaya is an ancient Sanskrit mantra which, I believe, involves overcoming our fear of mortality through embracing our immortal nature. Essentially? I think? If not, I'm sorry. Regardless, it's a gorgeous mantra and this hour-long rendition is the pure definition of bliss. Om Try-Ambakam Yajaamahe / Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam / Urvaarukam-Iva Bandhanaan / Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa-[A]mrtaat ||. Stay light my lil' fuddy-duddies!" - DD

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Async (2017)
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Async  (2017, Commmons / Milan)

"I'm sorry for the enormous break, things got away from me. But I'm back, again, and I'll start 2018 off with one of my favourites of 2017. The triumphant return of Ryuichi Sakamoto, after an eight year hiatus, was a sweet one for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it's his first release since conquering throat cancer, and hopefully just the first of many more to come. It's also my favourite of his career thus far. Apparently, Sakamoto "envisioned async as a soundtrack for a nonexistent Andrei Tarkovsky film," and that seems perfectly apt. Incredibly diverse textures, dark and light, envelope and morph, and sometimes tear through every inch. If you haven't heard this masterpiece then now is the time to chug, foolies and coolies." - DD