Upcoming: Brainfeeder Sessions with Kode 9 and special guests
Considering how many of the contributors to Pop and Hiss are ardent admirers of the mutant bass music booming out of Hyperdub’s offices, we’d be remiss not to mention Sunday’s installment of the Brainfeeder Sessions featuring the London label’s boss, Kode 9. Redefining the “intelligent” in intelligent dance music, the PhD in philosophy from the University of Warwick will be doing an audio and visual presentation of his new book, “Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and The Ecology of Fear, recently released by MIT Press. Additionally, there will be a screening of the 1995 Afro-Futurism documentary “The Last Angel of History.”
Starting at 9 p.m. at the Downtown Independent, Brainfeeder artist Dr. Strangeloop will be there to add visuals and to premiere his live sci-fi feature, “2010 (or) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Technological Singularity.” Expect something well beyond Power Point and stereotypical stoner screensaver graphics. The evening will also feature special guests, plus sets from KNXWLEDGE and the Los Angeles debut of the newest Brainfeeder signing Jeremiah Jae. This promises to be the only music show this side of an Aesop Rock/Mountain Goats double billing where bringing a dictionary is recommended.
Sunday, Brainfeeder Sessions at the Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St. 9 p.m. $12
1. An Armada Approaches
“This singular undertaking is entirely typical of Daedelus’s fertile, butterfly imagination – a mini-album conceived as an imaginary soundtrack to the Chinese Boxer Rebellion of 1899. Thankfully, LA’s Alfred Darlington approaches this self-imposed task from an oblique angle. Hoary old kung-fu movie samples are conspicuously by their absence, and it’s difficult to discern any overtly Chinese touches at all. Instead, there are eight characteristically mellifluous compositions that combine warm, melodic lyricism with simple but subtle arrangements, skipping blithely across stylistic boundaries. Daedelus neatly combines vintage textures, skittering beats and plaintive oboe for his scene-setting opener, and then goes on to introduce elegant flamenco picking (“Tidal Waves Uprising”), airy bossa nova (“Order Of The Golden Dawn”) and even reedy stylophones (“Succumbing”). Some of the tracks are little more than sketches, but there’s enough imagination on display across these 25 minutes to put many larger scale works to shame.”
- WIRE MAGAZINE
“The usual frenetic on-record personality of eternal gentleman Daedelus couldn’t be more removed from his humble, gracious self, but this time his sounds are more reflective of their maker. Righteous Fists Of Harmony, the L.A.-based producer Alfred Darlington’s first EP for Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label, is all about dignified dream sequences and romantic strings colliding with hypnotic electronic rhythms, all the while pointing to the core of Daedelusâ€™s calm and surprisingly zen being.”
“The upcoming album from Daedelus is a study in juxtapositions: 19th-century China rubs up against the tele-technological future, organic sonic textures play with electronics, and hope is mixed with an uncertainty about a sinister future. Righteous Fists of Harmony is a sonic tribute to the thousands of Chinese martial artists who died during the Boxer Rebellion, as well as a musing about our society’s reliance on contemporary technologies. Coming out on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, the record continues Daedelus’ claim as one of the more intellectually engaged heads in contemporary electronic music.”
“The ridiculously talented Daedelus offers his latest exploits for Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label. In fine style, Daedelus constructs an unpredictable and winding narrative starting with the mini-epic ‘An Armada Approaches’, swelling from craftily harmonised beginnings to become a scene of surging strings and pitching hiphop rhythms. ‘Tidal Waves Uprising’ follows with impossibly strummed guitar strings before arriving at the yachting synth vistas of ‘The Open Hand Avows. ‘Order Of The Golden Dawn’ offers a lush 4-minutes of tropicalia more in tune with his Long Lost project, carried through with the breathy vocals and Latin handclaps of ‘Succumbing To’ and the echoic chamber pop of ‘Stampede Me’. This is a lush trip that we’d recommend to any fans of his many, many projects. Brilliant.”
“Daedelus, known for his fascination with the Victorian era and its costumes, picks up this theme for his album to create a surreal soundtrack to these historic events. He imagines the events from the idealistic perspective of the Boxers, creating dreamlike soundscapes filled with soft acoustic guitars and melancholic strings. While mostly instrumental, some of the tracks feature seductive vocals, like the samba-esque â€œOrder Of The Golden Dawnâ€ with Darlingtonâ€™s wife Laura. Or â€œSuccumbing Toâ€, a track that might as well be taken from one of BjÃ¶rkâ€™s earlier albums. As with most concept albums, the result is very consistent and thatâ€™s what makes Righteous Fists the best work from Daedelus Iâ€™ve come across. Running for only 26 minutes, it leaves you with the wish for more â€“ like a pleasant nap on a summer day.”
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1. Twilight Speedball by Mos Def
In pairing with L.A. producer Gaslamp Killer, Gonjasufi has found a powerful outlet for his otherworldly strain of singing. Together theyâ€™ve created A Sufi and a Killer, one of the most fascinating slabs of hallucinogenic head-nod music to arise from Southern Californiaâ€™s post-hip-hop vanguard. Unlike the digital bleeps and squelches of SoCal contemporaries FlyLo and Nosaj Thing, however, Gaslamp Killer and Gonjasufi draw from their hip-hop background to create an LP that could as easily fit on the Stones Throw roster as well as it does IDM-centric Warp. The beats knock, but for every moment of b-boy-friendly atmosphere, thereâ€™s another momentâ€“ or a simultaneous oneâ€“ that makes like 21st century acid rock.
Gonjasufiâ€™s vocals are both haunting and haunted, coolly assertive yet frequently fixated on mortal matters, and they bleed vividly through Gaslampâ€™s corroded analog wall of zero-fi psychedelic noise. The results are stark: Brooding, bad-trip laments (â€œKobwebzâ€), a doo-wop number punctuated by spacey twang (â€œDuetâ€), a warping of the blues (â€œAgeingâ€). Even the more straightforward stuff has a grimy quality to it, particularly the heavy soul of â€œChangeâ€, the bar-jazz tension of â€œAdviceâ€, and the woozy â€œKowboys & Indiansâ€ with its Eastern vocals looped against a rust-covered revision of club rap beats circa 2003.
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