Branefood

April 20, 2008

Happy Record Store Day, you conscienceless, lecherous, downloading whores. (I kid, I kid. But seriously: go the record store occasionally. It’s good for you.)

In celebration of a certain, erm, hazy rite of spring many of you slacker college students are probably participants in, I present to you a few items of possible interest:

Everything I’ve read about Bristol-based dub warrior Peverelist has described him as “hotly-tipped” or some derivative thereof. I’ve loved his output on the excellently drrty Punch Drunk label, but it’s this most hotly-tipped of all hotly-tipped Peverelist singles, “Infinity is Now/Junktion” (Tectonic), that really shows him living up to his purported potential. For me, B-side wins (though that’s not at all to fault the epic “Infinity is Now”): playing up dubstep’s inherent debt to Aphex Twin’s sense of sonic detail, “Junktion” coats the darkness in a blanket of reverb and organ before an insistent bassline rips the softness apart. (And big ups for the locked-groove ending… classy.) With Shackleton’s best work now firmly in the 4/4 camp, dance music’s cavernous underworld may have found its new dark lord. DISCOGS/MYSPACE

Kode9 and Badawi go head-to-head on “Den of Drumz” (Roir), and it’s a pretty unrelenting affair: the snares come raining down early, and the low-end is absolutely pulverizing. Yet this may be one of the most sensitive Kode9 productions I’ve heard yet. I’ve been playing it pitched down a bit, and I find that the treatment really brings out the trippy circular bongo line and taudry mids. But however you play, we’ve got ourselves some pretty fantastic headspace here; use wisely. DISCOGS/KODE9 MYSPACE

A few nights ago, Momo brought by a King Tubby reissue he’d snagged at Jammyland (E. 3rd @ 1st Ave., Manhattan) on his way over. We put it on after our rehearsal for tonight’s Mo/rdan tagteam set (2am at Raev ii, by the way… see below) and subsequently decided it was the best music we’ve ever heard. I went by the shop this afternoon, and hells yes: we were absolutely right in our assessment. I admittedly know very little about dub, but on a purely visceral level, Original King Key Dub (Jammyland Distribution, 2001) is an absurdly brilliant piece of studio craft. According to the guy at the shop, this record was made after King Tubby had stopped mixing records; these were productions he’d been coaxed into providing with his magic touch. To my ears, this is absolutely essential listening. Acquire while you still can. DISCOGS

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