It’s a spoil of riches out there with a ridiculous amount of top-notch albums, reissues, and twelves floating around. After surveying just some of the many hot-fire releases currently making the rounds, we take in recent transmissions from Poland’s outlines label and Brazil’s RHR before diving into five exceptional releases from the UK that includes Daniel Ruane, K-Lone, Tibia, Agrippa, and Glances.Read More
The midwest throws it down too hard with releases from is / was and StabUdown, Pang chart a new chapter in weird Icelandic dance music, Walton keeps dropping bangers, Ryan James Ford makes more brainy big-room thumpers, we take a closer look at the Frame of Mind label and its new Mark Broom reissue, and so so much more!Read More
For a 2010 paper in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the Yale researchers Victoria Brescoll and Tyler Okimoto showed study participants the fictional biographies of two state senators, identical except that one was named John Burr and the other Ann Burr. (I referred to this study in an October 2016 article for this magazine called “Fear of a Female President.”) When quotations were added that described the state senators as “ambitious” and possessing “a strong will to power,” John Burr became more popular. But the changes provoked “moral outrage” toward Ann Burr, whom both men and women became less willing to support.
For John Burr, this wouldn’t be a problem. As the management professors Ekaterina Netchaeva, Maryam Kouchaki, and Leah Sheppard noted in a 2015 paper, Americans generally believe “that leaders must necessarily possess attributes such as competitiveness, self-confidence, objectiveness, aggressiveness, and ambitiousness.” But “these leader attributes, though welcomed in a male, are inconsistent with prescriptive female stereotypes of warmth and communality.” In fact, “the mere indication that a female leader is successful in her position leads to increased ratings of her selfishness, deceitfulness, and coldness.”
It’s tempting to believe that computers will be neutral and objective, but algorithms are nothing more than opinions embedded in mathematics.
First up, a siren call to all those in NYC tonight. I’ve been meaning to do a proper review of the blinding Manonmars album released by the Young Echo collective/imprint last month, but as I’m just not in the headspace for much extended anything, please take this as a proper notice that the MC’s debut album, produced by faves O$VMV$M, is a proper greyscale mindmelter. Last heard on that blistering Young Echo album, the vocalist unleashes a full blast of associative thinking and melancholic millennial musings. It’s a really fucking special album and as it doesn’t seek to announce how special it really is, I fully expect it fly under most scribes’ radars (though, hey, prove me wrong, PLEASE:) Not surprisingly, my fave NYC record store 2Bridges is all about the record as well and they’ll be hosting Manonmars backed by O$VMV$M tonight at 8pm so don’t miss out!!!
And for those who haven’t yet, be sure to scope the blinding album that they’ll be promoting, which I’m embedding below for y’all<3 Such a special album….
I was totally unfamiliar with the Sbire label in Switzerland, as well as its founders Isolated Lines and Gaspard de la Montagne. But after marveling at the latter’s Spectres EP released back in March, it’s a label that I’m going to be tracking closely as de la Montagne specialized in the type of cinematic ambient thump that just renders me paralyzed by bliss. The track “Masque” is an exceptional example of the label’s snowed-in, gauzy aesthetic that is evocative of sequential snapshops depicting a wintry Swiss countryside. Pure class.
I’ve known of DJ/producer Ryan James Ford for well over a decade now, though I’ve weirdly never had the pleasure of seeing him play. Turns out he’s also one of the more compelling production voices currently out there and just released a new four-track affair on the excellent Happy Skull label (which put out a delightful D’Arcangelo EP earlier this year). So far, “Hobrv Kegdit” is my favorite cut on the record as it stitches broken, stuttering breakbeats with wistful library synths for a genuinely headspinning assemblage.
Moving onto a couple of older releases that just worked their way into my life, I slept on this stunning Maximillion Dunbar remix of Adjowa from 2014 on the marvelous Don’t Be Afraid imprint (incidentally, the other label he’s released on is Happy Skull.) I’ve been quite interested by the number of temporally dilated productions currently floating around that seek to break the spatial-temporal grid while piecing it all back together and Dunbar’s MPC-mashing remix more than fits the bill.
I’ve just started diving into Horo & Auxiliary’s Grey Area label and man, what a charming little operation. Been particularly digging this collection from 2016 that features four slices of invitingly thorny miniatures that update the homespun electronic shtick for a DAW-enabled world. Lovely stuff.
And to conclude things on a properly greyscale and overcast note, I’m not sure when I first heard this Carol jam (aka Snowy Red) but the homie Tiago finally ID’d this longstanding mourn-pop favorite for me yesterday and I couldn’t be more grateful. Love love love.