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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We’re excited to be able to giveaway 1 pair of these Warby Parker X Ghostly International sunglasses to the ISO50 readers. All you need to do is list off an album from 2015 that has soundtracked your summer in the comment section below. We’ll pick a winner next Wednesday. Enjoy your weekend!
Ghostly’s latest collaboration with Warby Parker features the beautifully minimal Henning frames. The desire with Henning was to showcase quality, character and resilience without being distracting. Crafted from premium matte acetate, and Japanese titanium the Henning boasts a one-of-a-kind cutout-keyhole bridge and wraparound temples. Each purchase comes with a lens cloth designed by Matthew Shlian, and a Warby Parker carrying case.
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For those of you that are on Spotify there’s a lovely 25 song playlist featuring everyone from J Dilla to The Sea And Cake to Lone, head over here to check it out.
The refreshing efforts on putting out new styles of music has to be born somewhere and 1080p seems to be the front runners when it comes to revival of new age and IDM music. The above collection of demos really shows that off, really been enjoying the CFCF album too if you haven’t had a chance to hear it.
All new 1080p tracks—demos and rough cuts and direct takes from upcoming cassettes and 12″s.
Earth Boys – Spring Fling
Image Man – Esle1on
Trust Image – Sun
Co La – Suffering (Tuesday)
Dialect – Chewing Springs
I Am Just A Pupil – Apothecary
Talk Story – Water Baby
??? – River Drum
Sasha, Jan + Rezzie – Wild Heart
Kirk The Flirt & Peter Pressure – Never Ever Give Up
Project Pablo – Lalime (OG Mix)
Loophead – Aesthia
Khotin – Human Voice
??? – Clouds of David
Journeymann Trax – Inside
Mall Grab – Drive
Max McFerren – Hard To Say
??? – Bounce With
??? – ???
Trust Image – Rory’s Dream
Beta Librae – Wavy
Via App – Set You
What gorgeous repetition, if you’ve been following the collection or any LV releases then you knew Vynehall was going to deliver and did he ever.
The first Musik For Autobahns was a delight: softly-softly ambient and subtle cuts from the likes of Move D, Suzanne Kraft, Roman Flügel and plenty more besides. Even amongst Rush Hour’s bounty that year, it stood proudly out. A ripple of excitement went through BR HQ upon finding out Gerd Janson was lining up a second, with no shortage of marquee signings all coming correct with their A game.
Recorded May 2015 at La Berceuse, Seattle WA with guitar, magnetic tape and voice Thomas Meluch is back at it again in the ambient ring. Some William Basinski style repetition here, with only 2 tracks being reviewable you can still get a good sense of what is gifted to us. The calmness and delicate crackling is almost too clean for Thomas but its a great change up and beautiful edition to his discography.
Not much is explained on why Galcher Lustwerk has the alias Road Hog besides that he misses driving which relaxed him and i’m sure there’s less pressure it. This release is a bit looser and bright in my opinion, there’s a ton of repetition as always but the meat and potatoes of it all has a positive raise. The track Stretch is the most Galcher because of the chord progression, either way its worth your time and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
So my 2nd album is out, if you remember Loyal then this is his less lo-fi less moody cousin. Body Complex has a pulse to it, I needed to also make sense of my DJ sets which have always been Detroit Techno heavy so I set off to create that with a few honest thoughts, passions and a collection loops i’ve been working on over a 6 or so month span. I talk way more in depth about the album in its bio, a lot care has gone into not only the music but the piece of art I made for the cover. Hope you enjoy!
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.