Monday, January 19, 2015
These things are generally pretty stupid. But here we go.
I chose some of my standout releases / shows here.
Nic Warnock selected the Dry Mouth 7" and Flat Fix tape in his list here.
Flat Fix somehow creeped into a list of the best Australian tracks of the year at Mess and Noise.
Aaaaand finally Flat Fix was selected by Stacey Wilson as one of her local releases of the year here.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
AST045: ENAK – “CUSSION” c17
Kane Ewin is a former member of Castings / Cistern Corrupt and one half of relatively new duo Mince Poppers. He has gone under a variety of aliases over the last coupla years, Dingbats and Pisstank among them, but he has settled on Enak for his solo debut, Cussion. You could think of him as carrying on the tradition of early Severed Heads and the Terse Tapes compilations, but that would still not be doing justice to his oddball tape, synth and reel-to-reel antics. Recorded by Moocow Leechskinz in Hamilton, Newcastle and housed in artwork and with an insert designed by the Enak himself. Unique muzak from a unique guy, a rare feat to be sure. NOTE: while I'm taking orders for these, they will take awhile to get out as each one is being assembled in Newcastle before I get them.
AST046: DRY MOUTH / CLUB SOUND WITCHES – “SPLIT” c92
Two zoned duos team up for a split of bucket bong-rippin’ proportions. First up is Melbourne’s Dry Mouth. After a 7” on Vir Rash and the Imm8rtal cassette on Breakdance The Dawn, their side-long track sees them continuing the long-form psychedelic noise of the latter, constructed from tape loops, oscillator, synth, vocals, drum machine and more effects than you can poke a stick at. CSW is the electronically-focused duo of Matt Earle and Nicola Morton. Following a string of releases, both on Earle’s BDTD and other fine purveyors of damaged sound, their piece here is a drippy and swirly goop of vocals and minimal electronics. Amazing artwork by Moocow Leechskinz, image of Charlie The gammy-eyed Chook courtesy of the Newcastle Herald.
AST047: FREE JACK – “TRAGEDY / COMEDY” c14
Free Jack is the solo electronic guise of Liam Osbourne, also the mug behind PE project Lucid Castration and the excellent Future Archaic label. The A-side, “Tragedy”, is a bass and kick driven number showing the project at its most caustically danceable yet. The intensity of his sound only increases as the track progresses. “Comedy” strips away any rhythmic elements leaving you with something much closer to Lucid Castration in its searing feedbacked synth textures and crackling distortion.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
After a laughable amount of technical setbacks, I’m happy to put forth these three long-gestating new releases. All orders already made will be posted out in a week or so. Thanks for your patience.
AST042 TLAOTLON – RASH MAXIMS c31
A much-anticipated (by me) new release by Jeremy Coubrough’s distorted electronic project. As Tlaotlon, Coubrough has released two LP’s and a slew of cassettes of his disjointed and wholly unique take on techno.Rash Maxims is comprised of four tracks, half of which veer into more banging territory than his past releases have betrayed. There are still enough tectonic shifts here to satiate the average AST listener I’d say though. Excellent cover art by Coubrough too.
AST043 MATCH FIXER / GLASS BRICKS – SPLIT c45
This is the debut release for both of these Melburnin’ sound switchers and I’m proud to lay it out. Match Fixer is a new nom de plume of Andrew Cowie (Angel Eyes, Legendary Hearts). MF is a much more beat driven affair, taking cues from D n’ B while still maintaining the melted psychedelia that makes Angel Eyes an enduring project. Glass Bricks is the name under which visual/sound artist David Mutch (Pissypaw) has been crafting sampler-based pieces for the last few years. The side-long composition on offer here sees the unlikely collision of abstract field recordings with more recognisable cinematic motifs.
AST044 GURNER – HOUSE OF HERCULES BUCKS PARTY MEGAMIXXX c40
First release by this new-age noise power-trio. Made up of Fjorn Butler (Oranj Punjabi, N3 Warriors), Emma Albury (Eko Eko Azarak, Leopard Leg) and Sharryn Koppens (Dick Threats), Gurner have been warping Melbourne venues for around a year now, expanding their auras with each performance. Recorded and mixed by Errol Green (with assistance from the Gurn squad) at The Palace in October 2013, House Of Hercules Bucks Party Megamixxx (yeah, that’s the title) is a puff of synths, tape murk and smoky electronics for the cosmic-minded.