September is coming to a close, but before we dip deep in to the Autumnal doom that is Seattle in the Fall/Winter, I have a batch of three fantastic releases from the three of best electronic underground operators around.
All three for cheap!
You can pick up all three physical CD's and digital downloads for $20!
End of Summer Batch
TJ Max – Wrong to Run
TJ Max is Timm Mason and Jayson Kochan, the guitarist and bassist respectively of Seattle psych-lords Midday Veil. They also go by Mood Organ and Airport, two of the core projects associated with MOTOR Collective, an event night and cousin imprint of Debacle where the two exhibit their more rhythmic proclivities for outsider electronica. Wrong to Run is the culmination of the first era of TJ Max, deliberately recorded well before the duo had ever performed or rehearsed live and geared toward the two finding a rhythm for their collaborative composition; it was made entirely by both producers, only when the two could meet up in person. Hence the name, according to Mason, "I think the arc is sort of like Logan's Run... but if Logan's partner also ran, instead of trying to hunt him... a buddy flick! Fleeing this utopian society and experiencing the different levels of defenses that exist to keep people inside, then bringing something from the outside back in." Somewhere between Glass Candy and the Chemical Brothers soundtrack to Hanna, the album is a moody and atmospheric introduction to the expanding partnership of Mason and Kochan, which has since evolved into a stomping industrial techno team with a forthcoming 12” single on MOTOR.
$8 CD & MP3
We Are Everywhere at Once
Dylan McConnell of Field Hymns Records recently got in touch with me to work on this new Adderall Canyonly album, his tenth or so depending on how you count collaborative albums with his alter-ego Oxykitten and double album length splits. We Are Everywhere At Once reminds me of why I love Panabrite or Food Pyramid... it's a synth zoner, but still not content with only being a 'synth record,' so to speak. There are even echoes of Brian Eno’s pop treatments, or post-rockers like Red Sparrows, floating around in it.
$8 CD & MP3
Mind’s Far Continents
Nicolò Tescari worked with Debacle last year to release his debut, Fractures. It was one of those great releases that came about from a cold demo submission to the label. I immediately gravitated toward the work of this young northern Italian and proceeded to release the album and a video for 'Abell 2667,' which you can check out here. This time around, Nicolò continues with a second mini-album, provocatively titled Mind's Far Continents, that appropriately combines further the scorched earth hip hop of Techno Animal with the dark techno and library music of the Modern Love label. One thing to note is I believe Nicolò performs all these songs live with no overdubs, which for a damaged beats project is pretty interesting, and adds a focus on texture and slow sound evolution. Shortly after the formal release, we'll be sharing a video for the second track 'Electrical Fauna.'
$8 CD & MP3