Tag Archives: electronic

Literary Dance

This is a song that I made some time ago by sampling a couple of 80s songs and a couple of William Carlos Williams’ poems; two fields of interest for me which are not syncretized enough.

Mp3: Braveyard – Glazed with Kentucky

Artwork by the immaculate Will Bryant

Pixelord on the Porch

Pixelord is the name from which Alexey Devyanin, a Moscow dwelling man, makes some sick beats. He appeared on the Fly Russia compilation that I posted about last time, therefore lumping him into this group of artists is easy to do, but I believe he stands far above his contemporaries. Listen for yourself to the track below, a meandering, twinkling, future-funk number. I got in contact with Alexey and the result is a micro-interview which can be found after jumping.

Mp3: Pixelord – Boss Worm

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Moscow’s Wonky Soundtrack

Moscow is home to the embalmed body of Vlad Lenin, as well as the busiest McDonald’s in the world, and a group of laptop musicians/producers which were recently highlighted in a compilation titled Fly Russia. These Soviet-born artists have created a unique, distinguishable beat style to soundtrack their lives with, which they’ve labeled with a rather funny word, Wonky. Wonky‘s underlying commonality that defines it as such is rather hard to pinpoint, just as the artists that make Wonky music are quite hard to label as well due to their ever shapeshifting nature. However, I’ll try. Wonky falls somewhere between hip hop instrumentals, electronic glitch, and video game soundtracks. It’s usually overflowing with sound but never chaotic, and it avoids smooth, danceable rhythms in favor of strange or inconsistent time signatures. Wonky embodies in so many ways the seemingly contradictory elements from which it’s born, modern-day Moscow.

Mp3: 813 – Zondor Fo

Shah Shah Shahs

Shahs are misleadingly just one guy named Tom Helgerson, who creates warm, electronic bedroom-pop straight out of Montana. His Divine Interest EP, from which the below Mp3 comes from, is a lo-fi gem, completely blown-out and occasionally peaking. The quality of the recording becomes the perfect setting for Helgerson’s howling, passionate vocals that are interrupted intermittently by quirky keyboards. Always there remains a bubbling bass underneath it all and an echoey scratching that somehow kindles a homogeneity where you might expect to find chaos. Take a listen for yourself below to hear the wrangling of the warbling.

Mp3: Shahs – Handreader