Rinse is a radio station and label based out of London which has been on the forefront of keeping club music interesting since it was founded in 1994. Their newest release Jump Pack by Taraquin is no exception. This EP is very, very fun. It’s unique enough to hold its own ground, experimental enough to keep music heads entertained, upbeat enough to drop at a club and accessible enough for the general audience. These beats are all over the place; filled with breaks and drops in good taste.
RIYL: Inkke, Kode 9, Mumdance
Favorite track: C-Mine
Do you ever think about if you were to show albums you listen to now to a younger version of yourself? This one’s made me think about that a lot. I can’t imagine 14 year old me hearing this one and thinking anything too positive about it. This album feels like it should be played in a spa while you’re getting a massage, and I mean that in the best way possible. This is album comes from Melody As Truth, which has been putting out some fantastic chill out music for awhile now and is ran by Nash himself. Eden features a lot of deep percussions, harps and chime sounds and is an extremely easy listen from start to finish. Give this album a listen, close your eyes and let all of your worries melt away.
RIYL: Mark Barrott, Suzanne Kraft, Sirius XM Channel 68 – Spa
Favorite track: Police Bribe
Putting out the first LP on a label seems like a lot of pressure. Fracture by Kailin will forever be listed in the history books as Mistry’s first album and it sure does set an intriguing pace. This album is not for the faint of heart and appeals to a pretty specific clientele. Expect the type of dark ambient vibes that you’d find in a Trent Reznor soundtrack, but with darkness turned up quite a bit along with traces of club elements. Mistry described the album as being “uplifting whilst also being dread filled…”, which is a better description than I could have ever came up with.
RIYL: Haxan Cloak, Pangaea, being spooked by music
Favorite track: Chatter
Sunshine is about as eclectic of an album as you’ll find. Sometimes it feels like an instrumental hip hop album, sometimes an afrobeat album, sometimes an indie album. It doesn’t really matter what it is though, because it’s a very enjoyable album. The whole album is really percussion heavy, so I imagine Hector’s background is in drumming. This is his first full album and he’s certainly off to a great start. Sunshine features artists And Is Phi and Drahla, neither of which have much of a presence anywhere online so it’s cool that he’s collabing with otherwise unknown artists. Overall, very enjoyable release which displays tons of potential out of South London and I’m excited to see where this takes him.
RIYL: Uffe, Jay Daniel, Ash Walker
Favorite track: Eastern System
Hauschka is a German pianist who has been around for quite a while. He’s scored movies and has an extensive back catalogue of music that is primarily soothing. “Constant Growth Fails” is the first single off of his upcoming album What If, which will be released on March 31st off of Temporary Residence Ltd. This track isn’t soothing and is actually quite stressful. It has a very mechanical feel featuring multiple layers of fast-paced pianos, which certainly suggests the philosophy that “Constant Growth Fails”, so I expect political elements within the full LP. Watch the beautiful video directed by Daniel Gray below:
There was thread on 4chan awhile back where users used Spongebob quotes to describe albums. In the case of Mirelet Unsette Moiyana, I would use “The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma”. This album is totally dissociative and isn’t for the faint of heart. Newcomer hails from London, which is pretty expected given how this EP sounds, but according to their Bandcamp page, have previously released music under another moniker and released this anonymously, which is extremely intriguing. I’m not entirely sure how to describe this project and I don’t think there’s any point in doing so anyways. It’s pretty avant-garde and has moments of total glitch and total ambiance. In fact, it would make a great addition to my “Oh, so you like Aphex Twin?” playlist. It’s unsettling at times but also beautiful at times, so basically just enter this album with a completely open mind.
RIYL: Aphex Twin, Sqaurepusher, Arca
Favorite track: Marrrd E
Blanck Mass is Benjamin John Power’s side-project that he focuses on when he’s not focusing on Fuck Buttons. For those of you not familiar, Fuck Buttons have been a favorite of mine and I’d consider them a Mitchfork.com Required ListenTM. World Eater is Power’s third LP under the alias and, by many measures, is already his best. This album goes everywhere, featuring moments that sound like something that would be on pop-radio to being full on harsh noise. Overall, it’s certainly a more accessible version of Fuck Buttons. In fact, Lorde recently featured the single “Please” on a playlist that she made for the New York Times. This album comes from the ever-reliable Sacred Bones, which I would argue is the most eclectic, yet most on point record label out there.
RIYL: Fuck Buttons, Oneohtrix Point Never, Arca
Favorite track: Please