T.O.M.I.S.L.A.V. - 'S.t.o.n.e.s.' (2017)

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:19 -- bryan

had it been the case that this music was a new album by the band portishead, people would be flipping there wigs right now.  as it happens, this music is actually by some group from croatia who carry that same kind of torch that probably very few people have heard of, so, you know, no big deal.  i find it funny that if i described this music as trip-hop, you might turn up your nose.  let's say we call it horny white peopple let's get it on music?  no, that doesn't quite work either.  well, at least they have a couple of cool music videos here and here.  

_mink nun 


O.v.e.r.l.o.o.k. - 'S.m.o.k.e. S.i.g.n.a.l.s.' (2017)

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:02 -- bryan

approximately from age 16 to age 26, my favorite film in the whole wide world was lynch's lost highway.  approximately from age 26 to now, my favorite film in the whole wide world has been zulawski's possession.  both films are sampled on this fine album of drum 'n' bass music, and i happen to think that is a very fine thing indeed.   _alibi


a.n.n.a. w.e.b.b.e.r.'s. s.i.m.p.l.e. t.r.i.o. - 'b.i.n.a.r.y.' (2016)

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:52 -- bryan

i've only had this record for one week, and it has already catapulted itself to becoming one of my top favorite jazz records in my collection.  all about jazz describes it as it being akin to math rock.  now, while i must admit that i do find the term math rock to be cringe inducing, i also must admit that that music has always sizzled my bacon from a very early age.  my wife once described one of my favorite mathy rock bands as playing 'angry man music'... and, truth be told, that description does apply to most rhythmically complex heavy rock music.  so, i found it to be quite vindicating that here comes anna webber, canadian born brooklyn based jazz composer, who makes music that is intensely heavy, rhythmically next level, and at the same time very cohesive and catchy.  the fact that this is accomplished in such a way that is neither angry nor manly is especially impressive and exciting.  when it comes down to it, it's all about the tunes, and the tunes on this one are fully baked explosions of flavor.  a masterpiece, this.