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Prostitutes: Truncheon Cadence (Parts 1 and 2)

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Another Prostitutes release, another review. Actually, Truncheon Cadence is two releases, a pair of separately packaged 10-inchers courtesy of Shifted and Ventress’ Mira imprint. I tend to align James Donadio’s project with the “technoise” thing. (I even included a track from the producer on Feral Grind, the technoise / industrial techno compilation I co-curated for Perc’s Submit label.) But while he certainly shares a few basic commonanlities with Profligate, Container, Unicorn Hard-On, etc., these two plates are solid proof that Donadio has developed a singular sound built upon a tension between punk energy and techno craftsmanship. Needless to say, Truncheon Cadence Parts 1 and 2 are outstanding.

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Euglossine: Tristaria

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Euglossine, the alias for Tristan Whitehill, just released the digital album Tristaria, and I reviewed it for Resident Advisor. The multi-instrumentalist hails from Gainesville, Florida, home to a really cool underground scene, one obsessed with psychedelic exploration and subtropical hedonism. Here’s a teaser from my piece: “Tristaria is pure fruity cuteness. If it were a cocktail, it’d be served in a hollowed-out coconut with a half-dozen pink parasols sticking out.”

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Secret Boyfriend: This Is Always Where You’ve Lived

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Here’s what I would call a curveball from the Blackest Ever Black imprint: American-bred, lo-fi exploration in the form of Secret Boyfriend’s This Is Always Where You’ve Lived LP. S.B. is the alias for the North Carolina-based Ryan Martin (who also runs the top notch Hot Releases label). I reviewed the album for Resident Advisor.

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Various Artists: Halha (20 Years Of Downwards)

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For Resident Advisor I reviewed Halha, the new label retrospective from Mr. Karl O’Connor’s pioneering Downwards label. If you know anything about the always unorthodox O’Connor, then you know to expect a very unique package. As I detail in my piece, Halha is more of a rarities compilation than proper retrospective. Actually, I liken it to The Who’s 1974 rarities compilation Odds & Sods. I wonder if any of RA‘s club-centric readers caught the classic rock reference?

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Charles Cohen: The Middle Distance

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Charles Cohen is a longtime electronic composer and improviser living in Philadelphia. I first was made aware of the musician in the late ’90s, thanks to drummer and part-time collaborator Ed Wilcox. Cohen can be heard on Bullet In2 Mesmer’s Brain!, the lo-fi, psych-noise epic form Wilcox’s (Laser) Temple of Bon Matin ensemble. What I didn’t know was that Cohen had stashed away a wealth of avant-garde recordings made with his Buchla Music Easel (a type of semi-modular synthesizer). Some of these tapes reached as far back as the late ’70s. Thanks to Rabih Beaini’s Morphine Records label we can now hear alot of this previously unreleased material on a trio of archival titles. I reviewed the first installment, The Middle Distance, for Resident Advisor.

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Profligate: Can’t Stop Shaking

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Less than a month after reviewing his The Red Rope EP for Resident Advisor, I now tackle producer Noah Anthony’s Can’t Stop Shaking 12-inch. Released on the Gooiland Elektro imprint, the plate’s title cut is the most fully realized track he has yet produced. It also happens to be one of the catchiest dance tunes I’ve heard all year.

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Prostitutes: Shatter and Lose

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James Donadio’s Prostitutes project continues to slay my eardrums. I reviewed his new 10-inch Shatter and Lose for Resident Advisor. A little bit of everything is to be found on the Diagonal-released plate: basement techno crunch, instrumental hip-hop damage, robo-rock trope-a-dopes, etc. Beware the bass frequencies; they rattle sphincters.

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Unicorn Hard-On: Weird Universe

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I reviewed Unicorn Hard-On’s Weird Universe for Resident Advisor. Released on one of my favorite modern labels, the one and only Spectrum Spools, it’s a rumbling journey through gargantuan grooves, both tweaked and abstract electronics and electro-pop deconstruction.

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Profligate: The Red Rope EP

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Dig my Resident Advisor-published review of Profligate’s Red Rope EP released via DKA Records (a new imprint operating out of Atlanta, Georgia). This is the first of two 12-inch plates producer Noah Anthony has unleashed this fall. The other, Can’t Stop Shaking on Gooiland Elektro / Efant Terrible, is just as boss.

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Youth Code: self-titled

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I reviewed Youth Code’s debut full-length for Resident Advisor. It’s not a perfect album, though it is one audacious shit-storm of BPM violence that has hooked me. Fellow critics who frame this record as EBM revivalism aren’t picking up on its scuzzy-ass metalcore, groove metal and grindcore influences. Yet it’s how the young duo slyly works these influences into their sound that allows them to stand out. Also, keep an eye on their label: Dais Records has been dropping some heavy jams.

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