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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

ISO50 Exclusive: Loscil Album Stream

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Excuse the silence recently.

The master of tone is back with another album on Kranky. Loscil has been a blog favorite since the beginning, we are proud to be debuting this album stream, as always, ENJOY.

Sea Island is a collection of new material composed and recorded over the past two years. While many of these compositions were performed live extensively prior to recording, others were constructed in the studio and are being heard for the first time here. Musically, the album represents a range of compositional approaches. Murky, densely textured depths of sound are explored with subtle pulses and pings woven within, contrasted with composed or improvised moments of acoustic instrumentation making a move into the foreground. Certain tracks on Sea Island such as album opener Ahull make rhythm their focus by exploring subtle polyrhythms and investigating colliding moments of repetition and variation.

Though staunchly electronic at its core, instruments such as vibraphone and piano make appearances, and layers of live musicality, improvisation and detail appear in the looped and layered beds of manipulated sound recordings. A varied cast of players appear in the loscil “ensemble”, some familiar collaborators from the past such as Jason Zumpano on rhodes and Josh Lindstrom on vibraphone, and others new to the mix such as Fieldhead’s Elaine Reynolds who provides layered violin on Catalina 1943, and Ashley Pitre contributing vocals on Bleeding Ink. Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse, who collaborated with loscil on his 2013 edition of piano-centric reworks Intervalo, performs on the tracks Sea Island Murders and En Masse.

OUT: November 17th 2014 on Kranky
SUPPORT: 2X VINYL / CD

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Jam City + Wolfey + TEIFII + Biosphere

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Jam City pushes away from the Night Slugs club usuals and embarks on a more experimental emotion, I definitely have it on repeat.

Expecting a slow disco Woolfy single and stumbled on this happy accident from Canadian producer Wolfey. He has that deep melodic house groove that captures that live take from a session, raw and smooth heat.

TEIFII & IZELIKA collab for a compilation by SOMICO, SOMICO is an electronic music collective for artists age 18 and under. Laying the foundations for young artists futures. This is the stuff that makes me feel like kids under 18 should be allowed to sample music just to sort give them a deadline to get comfortable with production then give them a reason to switch up out of sampling to then recording.

Earlier this year, Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below) and his wife had all of their possessions stolen while moving across the country. This theft included Rafael’s gear and entire library of music and data.

Here’s a chance to help Rafael help rebuild and as a bonus, receive awesome music and art in the process.

Donate here.

Out of this awful situation comes lovely music already, please click the link above while you enjoy this Biosphere remix.

Dolphins + Austin + No Body + Dirty

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With Fall creeping in I have more time to get cozy and discover new music. One of the best possible choices i’ve made is following musicians on bandcamp, soo many good surprises pop up in the email box. This Dolphins In The Future is flooring, grabbed the limited cassette right away, only a few more left.

Somehow Opal Tapes just keeps getting the best underground music delivered to them, they nurture and expose some of the most interesting electronic music out there.

No Body is a project by 800beloved’s frontman Sean Lynch. Easy on the ears and resonates for a wide range of music listeners.

Been waiting for the new Dirty Beaches LP but if you haven’t been on his bandcamp you’re in luck, piles upon piles of good material that never hit the Spotify’s and iTunes of the world.

ISO50 Premiere: Fernando Infinite Ways

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International Feel had me at the Gatto Fritto album a few years back then Mark Barrott LP hit me hard this year and then I got to preview this single Road Music by Fernando a bit early and had to share it with you guys. Its a return to Italo but less stylized and has some innocence left in it instead of a making pop to make pop feel to it. The full EP is above and out in mid October, vinyl link below, don’t see a pre-order yet though.

The artist known as ‘Fernando’ once washed up on the shores of Uruguay after a freak boating accident off the coast of Carilo, Buenos Aires in 2008. An incident that occurred while on a submarine studio mission conducting sonic experiments aboard a renovated and highly customised Uboat circa 1945. Free from constraints & operating outside territorial waters, Fernando was putting the finishing touches to a new collection of music, setting out to bottle those sweet and indescribable moments in suspended time and space when we feel weightless and surrounded by sounds richer than reality…. an inexact science, yet a universal privilege that life and ears afford us. Presumed dead, what in fact happened was a serendipitous encounter between the lucky survivor and a roaming associate of International Feel, who, during a walk along the sands of Punta Del Diablo, found an airtight USB stick clutched inside the hand of a partial amnesiac, dazed and shivering but with a sly smile stretched across his sun and sea worn face. It seems that whatever Fernando was looking for, he had found and thanks to the saviour of that day and (much further down the line) Fernando’s blessing, it sees the light of day on October
13th, 2014 in all good record stores.

SUPPORT VINYL / DIGITAL HERE

Christopher Willits Album Overview

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Our good friend Christopher Willits album came out today, make sure to stream it and if you’re feeling it use the link below to swipe up a CD or 12″.

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“For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space,” says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It’s an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. “Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations,” he continues. “It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness.” And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist’s new immersive audio-visual project.

Across seven tracks of widescreen ambient music, 45 minutes of visuals shot over four years in multiple countries, seven photographs, and a multi-sensory, multiple channel live performance, Willits has created something which might better be thought of as an experience than a simple album. OPENING features Willits’ latest music since Ancient Future, his 2012 collaboration with Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and his recent production and mastering work on Tycho’s Awake. The vibrant, enveloping sounds we’ve come to expect from him are on full display. The quiet majesty of “Vision” ushers us into the sacred world Willits creates, a living universe that billows and heaves alongside slow-grooving songs like “Clear” and “Connect,” or with the textural minutiae and harmonic subtleties in “Ground” and “Now”. Closing out the album, “Wide” and “Release” offer the listener a gentle comedown through 15 minutes of transcendent audio, with Willits’ delicate guitar manipulations breathing life into the aether of finely textured atmospheres and soft-glowing synths.

The other integral facet to the experience of OPENING is Willits’ visual work. After building a library of images from his travels around California, Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand, Willits is unveiling an abstract narrative film, with seven scenes that correspond with the seven songs from the album along with seven limited edition photo prints. The 45-minute film interfuses music and a first-person perspective of meditative scenes—inspiring nature sections reminiscent of the films Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi and Planet Earth—to create the space of OPENING.

Willits says, “There are no actors or dialogue in this film. The audience and their perception is the main character, and everyone’s imagination is going to create some meaning that’s relevant to their own experience. My intention is to create a space where people can open up and expand into, relax and recharge.” OPENING is unlike anything Willits has accomplished before, perhaps because the audio-visual project is about expanding one’s mind to invite something new. Or, as Willits puts it, “For me, OPENING is about transformation, the experience of changing oneself to be more of who you know you can be, and, ultimately, the joy that comes with that change.”

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The Rippingtons Cat Album Covers

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Can we file this under fine art? I think we will. I might be too young to say i’m a true fan, if anyone ask Beamer he turned me onto them and probably has the whole catalog on vinyl and cassette.

I am into this art, reminds be of my mom’s airbrush homework but with detail and a story. You might write them off one by one but as a collection i’m sort of feeling it.