As always, the world is in chaos, so last Friday, Bandcamp waived it’s revenue share for artists . Decaycast sounds off thirty MORE releases that are essential from 2018-2020 spanning noise, experimental, rap, neo-soul, black metal, post-punk, and more. Make sure to buy these records and support the artists. In times of chaos, artists, cultural producers, and activists are often left in the dust to fend for themselves. Here’s some of the music that got us through the last few years. This is by no means a complete list, more so what we’ve been listening to the last few months on heavy rotation. SUPPORT THESE ARTISTS! Please see part one here.
Lara Sarkissian “Disruption”
“DISRUPTION is Lara Sarkissian’s debut EP release via CLUB CHAI. The project is an electronic soundtrack to an imagined fictional film inspired from stories of Armenian mythology, the transition from the worship of nature to the roles of gods and goddesses and tying these narratives to encounters with familial spirits. The soundtrack uses electronic composition, instruments with roots in the Armenian Highlands, sounds shaped from plateaued landscapes and geography, samples from old cartoons, and distorted narrations of rituals. “
Black Quantum Futurism “The Afterlife Of Events”
Luke Stewart “No Tresspassing”
King Vision Ultra “Pain Of Mind”
Dense, and nuanced electronic stylings from Nihar of TVOD / Left Hand Path / Surface Tension SF etc. Highly recommeded for dark and hazy dancefloor nights.
Doc Sleep “Your Ruling Planet”
The Modern Folk & Andrew Weathers “Five Remote Duos”
Ritmos Tropicosmos “Tumba de la Momia / Beso de Muerte”
Cumbia from hell / or halloween, or helloween. Heard they’re a ruse live, but this electro-cumbia banger is a must spin for hallows eve.
Kohinoorgasm “Chalo EP”
Deena Abdelwahed “Khonnar”
The Creatrix “Approaching An Abandoned Helm”
Bran (…) Pos “Cosmic Mushmouth”
Metal Prayers “Metal Preyers”:
Snake spit defenders , slither drippers , screwed metallic preyers , helicopter drums , pulsing incinerator sounds .’
London producer Jesse Hackett ( Ennanga Vision / Owiny Sigoma band) and Chicago based artist Mariano Chavez team up with Nyege Nyege Tapes for NNT18 music and art collaboration METAL PREYERS . Hackett and Chavez have been working together for two years on their audio visual project Teeth Agency. Together a plan was conceived to invite London underground music veteran Lord Tusk to Nyege Nyege’s head quarters Uganda to work on the project Metal Preyers .
Metal Preyers turned into six weeks of music , art making, directing night shoots, and gin fueled hell rides into the Kampala night world. Hackett had dreamt of making an industrial / ambient film sound track to accompany the collection of Mariano’s striking visuals and pairing it with Lord Tusks tough sound system sensibilities.
Featuring an all start cast of Ugandan musicians including Acholi singing star Otim Alpha, multi instrumentalist Lawrence Okello and drummer Omutaba . Slow chopped screwed slabs of sound, fast paced to oozing sludge the LP moves between syncopation’s with a cut and paste type feel that nods to DIY cassette tape post punk-ism era and machine-esqe drone ambience.
Voicehandler “light from another light”
Cosmic Surveillance “Live At Visions Of A New World”
They Hate Change “Now, and Never Again”
Hiro Kone “A Fossil Begins To Bray”
Lingua Ignota “Above Us Only Sky”
Demonsleeper “Dream Sequence I”
Debby Friday & DJ Haram “Searching”
Marlo Eggplant “Loose Footing”
Conscious Summary “Fathers Day In The Park”
Clipping “There existed An Addiction To Blood”
V/A: “Sacred Spells” Compilation
Yugen Blakrok “Anima Mysterium”
“Five years after releasing Return of the Astro-Goth, Yugen Blakrok descends from the vast cosmos and delivers to the world an impressive lesson in style, with her second album Anima Mysterium. Far from the stars but heavy with their radiant wisdom; it’s towards Earth, humanity and the obscurity at its core that the South African rapper directs her incantations.
Accompanied by Kanif the Jhatmaster’s beats, Yugen’s flow sows the frontiers of a world where the subconscious frees itself and confronts man with his most hidden secrets. Yugen’s poetry has something Ovidian, depicting her as an agent of Metamorphosis, a reincarnated goddess in terrestrial form calling humanity to itself.
“Why in the deepest darkness my soul beams like a lantern
Engineered in female form…silent carrier of the force
I’m a sandstorm in desert dunes, a shadow with a torch”
Land of Gray, Yugen Blakrok
The osmosis between Yugen’s words and Kanif’s instrumentals comes across from the first listen. On Return of the Astro-Goth, the astrological ideas covered by the rapper found a perfect canvas in the mix of wind instruments, dub and electronic echoes from the beatmaker. Here, Yugen lays hers flow over instrumentals of rock, jazz and even at times something that sounds close to witch-house. The project, released under French label I.O.T Records, extracts the essential oils from hip-hop as seen by the two artists, whose creative freedom and artistic integrity contrast with the current rigid codes of the genre. At their sides they have rallied to their musical odyssey artists from South Africa and the US, including hip-hop legend Kool Keith himself. “
Headboggle “Live At Stasis”
Cel Genesis “Entropy Vain”
Saariselka “The Ground Our Sky”
Quinton Barnes “AARUPA”
Watkins / Peacock “Acid Escape 2”
The Caretaker “Everywhere At The End Of Time”
“When work began on this series it was difficult to predict how the music would unravel itself. Dementia is an emotive subject for many and always a subject I have treated with maximum respect. Stages have all been artistic reflections of specific symptoms which can be common with the progression and advancement of the
different forms of Alzheimer’s. Thanks always for your support of this series of works
remembered by The Caretaker.
STAGE 1 – (A+B)
Here we experience the first signs of memory loss.
This stage is most like a beautiful daydream.
The glory of old age and recollection.
The last of the great days.
STAGE 2 – (C+D)
The second stage is the self realisation and awareness that something is wrong with a refusal to accept that. More effort is made to remember so memories can be more long form with a little more deterioration in quality. The overall personal mood is generally lower than the first stage and at a point before confusion starts setting in.
STAGE 3 – (E+F)
Here we are presented with some of the last coherent memories before confusion fully rolls in and the grey mists form and fade away. Finest moments have been remembered, the musical flow in places is more confused and tangled. As we progress some singular memories become more disturbed, isolated, broken and distant. These are the last embers of awareness before we enter the post awareness stages.
STAGE 4 – (G+H+I+J)
Post-Awareness Stage 4 is where serenity and the ability to recall singular memories gives way to confusions and horror. It’s the beginning of an eventual process where all memories begin to become more fluid through entanglements, repetition and rupture.
STAGE 5 – (K+L+M+N)
Post-Awareness Stage 5 confusions and horror.
More extreme entanglements, repetition and rupture can give way to
calmer moments. The unfamiliar may sound and feel familiar.
Time is often spent only in the moment leading to isolation.
STAGE 6 – (O+P+Q+R)
Post-Awareness Stage 6 Is without description. ”
Abdu Ali “F.U.F.M.”
Moira Scar “Wound World, Part 1”
Jonathyan Snipes – “Excess Flesh”