Lanky Strum #19b: The recent switch up from face -chewing bangers to simple, uplifting disco and house continues with K&F’s Persies A-side - so soulful, you’d want two bodies to simply accommodate it all. Returning to primo-hedonism and giddy thrills, this is all thumping kicks and sonic trix. Vinyl already shows sold out on Bandcamp but at least you can hear it in full. Follow link in bio to listen to ‘Goin To The Disco’, K&F edit.
Lanky Strum #18b: My attempts to not make the obvious choice here by featuring Parrish’s new record have been begrudgingly foiled, as I despaired over a general lack of fulfilling releases that exist outside the emerging spectrum, which in turn only served to push me closer to the former for I adopted it as a sort of private litany hoping to manifest better music. It didn’t drag me out of that predicament, but it made me contemplate roots and engage in auto-hypnotism by way of clever vocal and clap layer overlapped to accomplish exactly that. At least something works around here, eh? Listen to ‘Gullah Geechee’ now, link in bio.
Lanky Strum #17b: Gonna take a moment to savour the fact that we are no longer at a point (largely) where for a song to be heard the repetitive beats must be leavened with words. That ‘Around The World’ was a jab at this insouciance is a commonly held belief and the reason I am talking about Daft Punk suddenly is because this cheeky post-disco bassline reminded me of it, along with the hint at campy eurodance revival, colluding with Physical Therapy’s pre-existing hardstyle sensibilities. But that’s just one song, and God I had trouble picking out just one. Time Saving Tips for DJs Vol.1 is a workout dance hole-in-one in its entirety. Listen to my pick ‘Down Down’, follow link in bio.
Lanky Strum #16b: Not knowing stuff drives me nuts, and in this specific instance I know nothing about this record - not the artist, the collaborators, not even the label. I know, however, that the Side A1 has a peak time vocal sample dripping with soul making it near ecclesiastical. I know that rolling, chugging, bordering on mariamba-ing workout to this disco beat is exactly what my day warrants. I also know that whence I hear this sexed up beat pour out of a proper soundsystem when I least expect it, I will surrender to it entirely no questions fucking asked. Listen to ‘Hypochondriac’ off the Hypochondriac EP, follow link in bio.
Lanky Strum #15b: When musicians really step into their own, sliding into the little niches they carved through tiny experiments and letting these envelope them like gloves, as opposed to their previous playful flirtation are moments to be relished. Lakepeople’s Amrint Keen identity is seemingly designed for exactly that, venturing beyond his usual repertoire into more daring electro sounds, deconstructing and integrating warehouse + bleep techno elements in a very satisfying way. The sheer abundance of microhouse clones has very nearly driven me mad, each one more similar to the last than ever. I hope this transition remains and strengthens, but if wishes were horses... #lakepeople#amrintkeen#uncannyvalley#electronicmusic#electro#technomusic#techno#bleeptechno#berlin
Lanky Strum #14b: This past week? Not the best, discovery-wise. Everything began to sound the same, no new friends of sound. A bulwark against this prevailing doom-mongering attitude is UK resident Sameed’s sample-heavy white label release for Spy Edits 03. Joyous gospel sound, sampling Shirley Brown and Billy Brooks - brimming with dusty bluesy basement-deep house grooves destined to creating heaving dancefloors. I think things will be okay again. Listen to the sampler, follow link in bio, and order vinyl off of Bandcamp which is a bonafide steal at 10 quid.
Lanky Strum #13b: It is inherent to the process of making things to want to be taken seriously. All artists, without exception, chase after this fantasy: to become part of the wider view, deliberately or through sheer chance. Carl Gari has already overcome this by attributing a sense of history to their music. They weave dubby, delayed kinesis and psychedelic progressions and ambient squalls, but beyond that their records are innately lucid in their abstraction, a quality most rare. The staunchest critics will be hard put to deny the indelible impact of their first record, but with this follow-up mini-album, Carl Gari have also proven to be consistent, meaning that the first was no accident. Listen to ‘Dysfunctional Love’, follow link in bio.
Lanky Strum #12b: From the imprint that brought Roe Deers’ ‘Rush’ EP barreling into my life and made it that much better, comes Anthony Rother’s ‘Omnitronic’. That all-consuming, throbbing future-horror electro sound is prevalent in the eponymous track, giving us lot a new excuse to gyrate like filthy animals, complete with too-large pleather coats and sunglasses indoors at night.
Lanky Strum #11b: I was mildly inquisitive about who would make the first double feature on here, and my curiosity has been quelled with Textasy’s ‘I’m The Needle’. The strutty adrenaline rush of old hardcore instigated by the fiery subwoofer lashings and crispy drum breaks - this is the rave I want to go to and fuck someone righteously up in. Probably my own self. Listen now, link in bio.
Lanky Strum #10b: Is Mexico leading the way in delivering techno / EBM style disco (or the converse) with a consistency unmatched by other established electronic music scenes? The claim is debatable, and at this point only my opinion which is anything but objective but I have evidence sufficient for me to form it. A scene that was firmly embedded in rock, but instead of leaving it behind during its transition, it chose to marry it into its burgeoning electronic landscape birthing a novel sound full of rolling bass lines. This time it is elevated using what I suspect are Indian classical music Raga chants, not out of place at all but adding to the menacing funk and musicality. Listen to Mijo’s remix of ‘Primitive’ by Zombies in Miami. Follow link in bio.
Lanky Strum #9b: During my time in Goa, I regularly crossed an establishment called Avni Motel on my way to work. My brain would superimpose Avni Yotam over the name on auto-pilot every single time, in a very specific and inexplicable compulsion. Every single time. In a way, ‘Avka’ is the sonic manifestation of that weird phenomenon. The obsessive loping build-up is simultaneously indicative of what’s to come in the song and shrouding it in mystery. Drums almost like deep sighs roll into a thoroughly good techno tune, suffused with great ambience and punchy acid synth. Listen now, follow link in bio.
Lanky Strum #8b: Camped out near a hippie commune (a self-sustained and volunteer-led open community but potayto potahto) for a bit to spend New Year’s Eve on the low, not expecting much of the music at all but found myself sprightly in presence of a DnB stage and decided to quit being a stick in the mud, and forego the presence of the ratchet and completely unnecessary emcee. This future classic reverberated over the crowds several times over the duration of the Skalator and YLS B2B, and I came back and tracked it the hell down. Listen to ‘Hey Judas’, by Ulterior Motive ft. DRS, follow link in bio.