Do people surf in France? I really don't care, but these La Femme kids seem to have the sound down, pinching a little Broadcast and the propulsive nu-kraut of early Stereolab into an organ-laced stunner. Also, the video has a lady with an eye-patch and leather jacket doing some crazy shit. It's cool.
Chilean psych-warriors Föllakzoid show a multi-dimensional cosmic touch to your traditional trance-laden Krautrock jam on "Rio." It's pulsating and locked-in, yet also loose and jazzy enough to blow through the rigid walls of genre while keeping a firm hold on sonic hypnosis. Hear more on January 22 via Sacred Bones.
Today's guest mix comes courtesy of friend-of-RCRD LBL Adam Rathe.
Ideal For: Thrashing, Speeding, Loud Wallowing, Punching, Defenestration
Savages - Husbands
Lower Dens - Brains
Dum Dum Girls - I Got Nothing
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
Chairlift - Sidewalk Safari
How To Dress Well - & It Was U
METZ - Sad Pricks
Modern Rivals - Defenestrate You
Grimes - Oblivion
Holograms - Chasing My Mind
Beak>, the side project of Portishead's Geoff Barrow, has always traded in driving, hypnotic, Krautrock-indebted jams that are shrouded in a distinct murkiness. "Mono" lifts the veil a bit, hitting the same propulsive push but coming across as cleaner, poppier and bouncier than past efforts. It's from a 7-inch that comes December 10 on Barrow's Invada Records.
If it's the eve of Halloween, then it's time for a new album by The Soft Moon. Check out Zeros – a propulsive collection of hyperdrive, Kraut-inflected, distorted synth workouts. From the scream-laden tension of "It Ends" to the slash-and-run pressure of "Insides" to a title-track that oozes with Manchester trappings, the album is yet another feather in the cap of Captured Tracks, which is really having a hell of a year.
Album Stream: The Soft Moon - Zeros [Captured Tracks]
Download: The Soft Moon - Insides [RCRD LBL]
On "Appian Way," Land Observations, a solo project of one James Brooks, immediately locks-in to a tension-filled hypnosis that could easily culminate in a rhythmic explosion. It really confounds, though, opting for beautiful layered guitars in a subtle, minimalist build that emphasizes small differences and languid, cascading arpeggios. Roman Roads IV-XI is the album, and it's coming October 23 on Mute.
Oakland musician Luis Vasquez has a mind that's either demented or thoroughly cinematic. As The Soft Moon, his music has often struck a balance between kraut-poppiness and pure horror. "Die Life," the first taste from a new LP called Zeros, is all spraying electronics, tied-up bass and propulsive percussion that sounds like a factory was turned into a drum kit. More menace is on the way October 30 via Captured Tracks.
Can! So wild, so influential, so impenetrable and so unique in their conception of groove. The band is getting a new compilation on Mute called The Lost Tapes, which boasts three CDs of unreleased tracks. "A Swan Is Born" is a never-before-heard one with swatches of drums that careen like a crashing helicopter. Close those eyes, lock in and get more as the album comes out this week.
Geoff Barrow has surely become one of the music world's brightest minds and most interesting recording artists. In addition to his gold-standard band Portishead, his project Beak> trades in often stunning hypnotic music. "Yatton" is stripped-down and concise with a motorik Krautrock-checking beat and textured synthesizer pulses that gives the ears a nice lil acupuncture treatment.
(Photo: Dan Pak)
Because what's Thursday without indulging in a ten-minute krautrock cut with keyboards that sound like ooze dripping from our corneas and drums that had to have been played by someone with ten arms? (Answer: boring.) Ulysses is New York resident Elliot Taub, one half of the Neurotic Drum Band and seasoned NYC nightlife dude (that's him standing in front of the old club Fun, where he threw the Regressive Technologies parties in the early 2000s). He just put out a 12-inch of some more club-appropriate stuff on Wurst, go buy that here when you get to the other side of this unreleased epic.
Sounds like: Faze Action, Permanent Vacation, Liars at their most wasted