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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

Old News: Vaporwave came and went

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People have talked about Vaporwave for years as a genre we even posted the music on the blog for years, no one really cared to call it that besides the deepest end of the bandcamp and tumblr culture and its looked down upon to even say it at this point. So instead of talking about it here on ISO50 i’ll just dig up a few classic free albums for you guys and post them up here. The genre is too fun not to share, its mostly just slowed down soft pop from the 80s and 90s that is pitched down, I imagine it was paraded around by Japanese teens and maybe some 15 year olds in California.

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ISO50 Premiere: Mark E remixes Brett

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Mark E might be our generations most consistent edit wizard. Always soo smooth and always thinking about the dancefloor, he did stunning things to make this Brett single
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SUPPORT: Vinyl / Digital

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June 2014 Brett Tour Dates
16 June – PHOENIX, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
19 June – Los Angeles, CA – The Standard
20 June – Agoura Hills, CA – The Lab Brewing Co.
21 June – Ojai, CA – The Deer Lodge
22 June – Laguna Beach ,CA – KX 93.5
25 June – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
26 June – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
28 June – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

ISO50 Premiere: USF Album Stream

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I needed something light and fresh for the weekend and Ceremony allowed us to premiere this USF release. It has its moments of that speedy digital chopped up sound that makes you feel like your scrolling through a teenagers tumblr, but what separates them from the rest of the pack is the thoughtful softness chosen to form the melodic side of this record.

SUPPORT: Digital via Bandcamp

USF (formerly Universal Studios Florida) is an ongoing collaboration between longtime friends and Seattle natives Jason Baxter and Kyle Hargus. Since their inception in 2008, USF has recorded and released over five hours-worth of hypnotic, genre-bent music, including three EPs, the seminal debut full-length Ocean Sunbirds, a record inspired by the writing of Jonathan Lethem (2011’s The Spray), and a myriad of remixes for an eclectic mix of artists.

SIMISM is their most adventurous release to date and the duo’s first for Ceremony: a pulsing, club-worthy collection of tracks that departs from their established, diaphanous sound towards something more immediate and direct. Songs like “Sibilant,” “Free ‘Til Midnight,” and “Outtamind” (which features soulful guest vocals from Fatha Green) reach for euphoric new highs and refute the increasingly impersonal, rapidly-digitizing world around us. Ultimately yearning for intimacy from the lonely heart of the concrete jungle.

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Caustic Window 1994 Unreleased Album

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Finally had some time to settle down and dive into this Caustic Window LP, the great thing about it that I noticed right away was how quickly my music life flashed before my eyes and I calmly ended back up at the record store I bought my first Aphex Twin LP. I’ll just shut up and let you listen, for some this is still a sacred moment.

Back in 1994, there were plans of releasing a full LP of music from Richard D. James, aka The Aphex Twin, under his “Caustic Window” moniker on his own label, Rephlex Records.

This album unfortunately never saw the light of day until around 1999, when Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) granted a rare interview with the Aphex Twin fansite, joyrex.com (no longer active). In the interview, Mike described the tracks in detail, and went on to explain that only 4 people at the time were known to have a vinyl test pressing of the album – Richard James, Chris Jeffs (aka Cylob), Grant Wilson-Claridge (co-founder of Rephlex Records) and Mike himself. Each person was sworn to never make copies of the music, and for 20 years, not a single track had ever been commercially released (with the exception of two tracks that appeared on compilations).

Until now.

Nightlife in SF presents ISO50

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I’ll be DJing in San Francisco tomorrow evening from 6pm – 10pm along with live shows from Beacon and Small Black for the first ISO50 installment at NightLife at California Academy of Sciences. Details and tickets here: http://bit.ly/NL020140

• RSVP: http://on.fb.me/1kAwufO
• Event Webpage: http://bit.ly/NL020140
• Tickets: http://bit.ly/NLtix2014

55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118

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Lone Reality Testing Album Stream

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Surprisingly this is Lone’s 6th album which is a bit mind-boggling but very exciting to have someone this prolific sharing soo much. Right when I thought Lone was going to head the Rustie / Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack route he rewards us with this mellow collection of tracks that touch on New Age intros and his earlier material without the heavy lo-fi touch.

The album is out June 16th via R&S records: Support VINYL | CD | FLAC

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World Cup + Napolian + Lee Bannon + Lapti

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World Cup and Driftless Recordings clock in with the shortest EP sampler ever made but it might be just enough to get me hooked.

I’m becoming a bigger and bigger Napolian fan, dug up this Oneohtrix Point Never remix that didn’t get enough love.

Lee Bannon is the torch bearer of this indie drum n’ bass scene that keeps growing. I love how constant and direct he is, not too flashy just focuses on the quality of it.

The Russian youth internet culture writing songs about Hawaii? i’m in.