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.
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A great interview of an ISO50 alumni Beamer went up on Urban Outfitters. The piece goes deep into his travels in his vintage Westfalia Van and includes a playlist that is near perfection.
You have a lot of personal affects on the dash…what always stays in the van?
Everything in the van got there on a trip…and never left. Some favorite items a Kachina doll from a roadside stop, some instant photos, and a little leather pouch full of my “spirit stones” that I got in Joshua Tree. The woman who was selling them picked out this assortment for me, one to help with sleep, one for stress.
One of Dial’s more exotic stylings is producer John Roberts, this is the sort of material that gets me excited, no gimmicks, fusion of interesting sounds and instrumentally pushing for something fresh and moving.
Vancouver’s 1080p label has carved their place in the lo-fi techno totem as one of the more reliable homes for quality, proving that point with their release from Journeymann Trax.
The man behind the Cafe Del Mar compilations releases a stunner of an LP, Jose Padilla revives Mediterranean infused electronics into class of its own with this release on International Feel.
The West Coast mid tempo veterans over at Dream Chimney are releasing edits on a new label American Standard, also check this stunner of a mix from Daniel T. who’ll be up to bat next on the release schedule.
Our 2nd installment of the ISO50 Colorcast Mix Series has been carefully put together by the lovely Berlin duo Evvol. Tons of gems in this one, just look at the tracklist below:
1. Harmony In Blue III – Tim Hecker
2. Holifernes – Grouper
3. B:/ Start Up – Blank Banshee
4. Do It Again (prod. NA) – Kelela
5. This Is What It Feels Like – BANKS
6. p u l l – Ricky Eat Acid
7. No Love – Evvol
8. Bunsen Burner – CUTS
9. Hiffle – Throwing Snow
10. The Way I Feel (Ana Caprix Mix) – Doss
11. Now And Forever – Massimilllano Pagliara
12. A Brain In A Bottle – Thom Yorke
13. Still Sleeping – Chrome Sparks
14. Gem Landing – Ellie Herring
15. Abrazo – Anthony Naples
16. Still Here – Claro Intelecto
Really proud to announce my sophomore album ‘Body Complex’, there are a few things that come along with the announcement: the first single Interior “Architecture Software” which started streaming today. The record comes out August 7th on Ghostly International on vinyl/CD/Cassette, pre-order is below.
PRE-ORDER Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl / CD / Emerald Green Tinted Cassette HERE
This sculpture that I created which is about 7 inches tall and weighs close to 6 lbs made out of hydrostone which is a hi-tech cement pretty much. Also, I went more in-depth on the story of this album and sculpture below. As always, would love some feedback! Thanks for reading and listening.
For Jakub Alexander, the languages of music and visual art are permanently intertwined. And he’s always been this way—from his birthplace in communist Poland, to growing up outside of Detroit, to his current home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “When music like Gas, early Dial Records, and Mille Plateaux releases in the 2000s popped up in my headphones,” Alexander begins, “it was completely visual for me. Something clicked from collecting pages out of old Architectural Digest magazines and being completely overwhelmed with inspiration for my own visions of interior architecture.” The concept carries on still, now as an integral part of Body Complex, his second album as Heathered Pearls. Body Complex represents a new form of Alexander’s visually inspired sound creation, but just as it points to changes in direction for the ambient-inclined producer, it also revisits the past experiences that make his music possible.
Perhaps the most important era referenced in Body Complex is Alexander’s mid-teens, when he was a 15-year-old DJ going to raves with the older kids. Sure, the parties themselves were influential, but it’s the afterhours that resonate the strongest on Body Complex. “I remember those mornings better than the holidays during those years, the drives home from Detroit at 7AM were always stimulating. Everyone was so content, we’d usually listen to something deep and easy on the ears. This was a perfect time to let your mind wander.” It was also an opportunity for him to discover the likes of Terrence Dixon and Lawrence, artists who would eventually offer encouragement to Heathered Pearls as he moved into a new beat-centric sound. “I respect [Terrence Dixon and Lawrence] because they can ride the same thin lines of what I love: electronic music that is heavily repetitive, melodic, and deep. They both can find this elegance in techno beyond the dark warehouse.”
Body Complex doesn’t necessarily aspire to recreate the music of Alexander’s youth. But while taking inspiration from !K7’s classic audio-visual mix series, X-Mix, and early-aughts techno compilations, Heathered Pearls has moved himself closer to the dancefloor. “Loyal was these indirect, huge, heavy, slow ocean waves off in the distance at night,” he says of his beatless debut album, “and Body Complex is a stunningly bleak, uncharted landscape of man-made cement and artificial foliage.” Take a track like the desaturated “Sunken Living Area”, where flickering synths and chrome-plated drum patterns sketch out Alexander’s conceptual backdrop. You can almost envision the sounds as columns and plateaus protruding from a dusk-lit valley. “Personal Kiosk”, an exuberant ambient-techno highlight with The Sight Below (who also mixed and mastered Body Complex), might best represent everything Heathered Pearls brings to his second album: whorls of deep texture, abstract melodic drifts, elegiac beauty, and illusory dance music.
Of course, the artwork is another integral aspect of Body Complex, especially as it was conceived around an object designed by Alexander. “The shape came from wanting to create an imperfect sculpture that, from a distance, looks like a display piece,” he shares, “but when you get closer and you have more time with it, you see its flaws.” And that sort of ever-changing perspective reflects how the album itself can be heard differently in various contexts. Put on the Shigeto-featuring “Abandoned Mall Utopia” at home, and it’s a softly pulsing current of astral dust; put it on in a DJ set, and the music becomes a heady balm for the dancefloor. “You’re given this body and mind to build on, and everyone has their imperfections they don’t love,” Heathered Pearls explains in regards to the double meaning of his album title. Indeed, Body Complex is an elaborate expression of personal memories and visual metaphors as nuanced electronic music, and just like any fully realized body of work, it’s best understood from more than one vantage point.
What a soulful stunner from Jack J, i’m starting to think that summer jams should be solid deep cuts only.
Future Times is very pleased to introduce this killer 12″ to the globe, a serious disc by JACK J. His 12″ for Mood Hut last year flipped many wigs and this 12″ is further proof that the dude is full-fledged. “Thirstin'” takes the day-in-the-life quintessence of “Something (On My Mind)” even farther, using his voice to beautify the sparkling, spaced track. The B-Side “Atmosphère” is just as mighty, as Jack channels a velvet Patrick Adams vibe in this gorgeous instrumental, the pianos in particular take the song to a galactic place. Both tracks feel like you could live inside them, each as good for walking around This Life chillin’ as they are for the party. Essential Summer Music.
Recorded & played by J. Jutson at Mood Hut Studio, additional mixing by Christopher Wang
I put some love into this one, as deep and Detroit feeling as I could, has a lot of new favorites as well, enjoy!
Jakub Alexander (aka Heathered Pearls) injects a heavy dose of distilled and audible imagery in his new THUMP mix, one he calls the soundtrack to an “Inner City Morning.”
The Polish-born is proving his experience with the ambient, yet desolate nature of a concrete jungle. “As someone who was largely raised in the Detroit area, this mix reflects my love for the world of deep and its roots in Detroit’s sound,” he tells THUMP. “From spacey to tribal and techno to house, everything is originally sourced in Detroit.”