I revived an old music blog at the end of 2021?

Maybe it’s been a foolish endeavor, and maybe I’m the only one who misses the blog ol’ days, but I’ve been giving it a shot. I’ve been working on restoring some of the old content, though much of it was lost. I’ve slowly been rebuilding the old remix sunday archives, and even posting the occasional new edition. And I’ve been writing again.

You can find all the label’s releases here, on bandcamp, or most anywhere you listen to music these days. I’ve still got copies of some of the old vinyl releases, and I recently released the first in a set of charitable cassette compilations to raise awareness about the continued [mis]use of broken windows policing methods.

Plus, I put together a playlists section with a handful of spotify lists that hopefully start to capture a [slightly] updated version of the moods we used to peddle. Give those a listen and a ❤ if you would be so kind. If you want to get in touch, just give me a holler.

– Haldan/Boody

  • Mailbox: bad snacks – iiwannabe

    Like many of her fans, I became aware of LA-based bad snacks from that great track she made during a session of Andrew Huang’s “4 producers 1 sample” challenge. Notwithstanding her violin chops, at the time, she was primarily putting out LA beat scene-type stuff (there’s still no great name for that subgenre, but you know the wonky stuff I’m referring to, right?), which she continued to focus on for quite a while afterwards. She did some great performances in that context too, including online during the pandemic for the likes of Brainfeeder’s twitch channel.

    Lately though, she’s been putting out sublime dance music. She shies away from calling it house music, instead referring to it as “home music.” Cute joke, sure, but it’s honestly a pretty apt description. I can’t really see “iiwannabe” fitting all that well in most club sets, but I sure do see plenty of people (myself included) really enjoying a romp around the living room to it.

    Grab this on bandcamp or find it for streaming. Her youtube persona, much like her music, is also as earnest as can be, and a great resource for producers and other music people of all sorts—I recommend you check that too, if you’re not already there.

    bad snacks – “iiwannabe” (sc)

  • Mailbox: kmodp – 2023:01.2 Electric Telegraphy 24 May 1844

    Today is just a day for experimental composition and ambient explorations, I guess. Seattle-based composer and producer Stephen Karukas, aka kmodp sent me this curious piece a couple of weeks ago. The title refers to Samuel Morse’s first message sent over telegraph: “What Hath God Wrought.” As Karukas tells it, because this first transmission was the basis of all electronic communication that followed—including music distribution—he sought to write something that would juxtapose Morse’s “weathered quasi-religious” message with other elements more “enigmatic and futuristic.” The song does just that. It feels like its the product of time travel, like something that might have been made by a church organist from 1844 transported to the present and plopped in front of an open Ableton Live session.

    The song is available now on bandcamp or for streaming. It’s the first single from kmodp’s upcoming album Crimée No. 7 scheduled for released in early February.

    kmodp – “2023:01.2 Electric Telegraphy 24 May 1844” (bc)

  • Mailbox: Keli & EstHer – Gufunes

    Pristine percussive downtempo from Icelandic couple Keli (Hrafnkell Örn Guðjónsson) and EstHer (Esther Þorvaldsdóttir). “Gufunes” is named after the area of Rejkavik where the couple live — once a thriving settlement, it became a waste disposal site, and has now been repurposed as a sculpture park and center for creative innovation. Þorvaldsdóttir is herself a member of the Intelligent Instruments Lab, which developed the proto-langspil—used as the lead on the song. The instrument is based on the traditional Icelandic langspil or trichord, but has been augmented with an embedded computer running algorithms to manipulate the strings’ vibrations, in an effort to bring unpredictability to the instrument’s tone and resonance. Guðjónsson, an accomplished drummer and percussionist, used a violin bow to create the lead rhythm, while Þorvaldsdóttir adjusted the strings’ suspension in real time to modulate the instruments’ pitch and rhythm. The result is haunting.

    Pick up the song on bandcamp, or stream it anywhere streaming is done.

    Keli & EstHer – “Gufunes” (bc)

  • Mailbox: Joseph Salazar – The Main Sequence

    When Joseph Salazar, a producer and composer from Austin, sent over this song, he included only a link to the following tweet by writer and illustrator Tim Urban:

    The last stars will die out 120 trillion years from now (at most) followed by 10^106 years of just black holes.

    Condensed, that’s like the universe starting with 1 second of stars and then a billion billion billion billion billion billion billion years of just black holes.

    Stars are basically the immediate after-effects of the Big Bang. A one-second sizzle of brightness before settling into an essentially endless era of darkness.

    We live in that one bright second.

    As much of a mind fuck as the thought of all that is, how can you not feel a little luckier to get to live within that “one bright second”? The thought of an eternity of darkness before and afterwards is terrifying, but I’m comforted by my luck to have landed where and when I did. I think this is applicable on a smaller scale too: sometimes I wish I’d been born in another era, especially when I worry about how the world will change throughout my daughter’s lifetime, but I should ultimately just count myself lucky that I get to have lived now versus having missed it all altogether. The luck is in the living itself.

    This song must have been made in the same stargazing frame of mind. It sounds it–contemplative synthwave with a fuzzy euphoric finish.

    Grab it on bandcamp for whatever you wish to pay, or find it for streaming anywhere.

    Joseph Salazar – “The Main Sequence” (bc)

  • Mailbox: an:mu – 04

    Apache chops and hurdy-gurdy drone on this bouncy breakbeat number from Berlin-based an:mu, who describes their material as “just some music.” Their naming conventions are similarly understated—despite having released dozens of tracks on several releases in the past year alone, almost all the songs are just numbered, with no names, and the EPs are also just named by catalog number. “04” is from an:mu’s latest AN016, which includes five other similarly expressive breakbeat-heavy tracks. “02” is from their previous AN015, released this past October, which is a little deeper and nods closer to outsider and ambient house.

    Grab these on bandcamp for whatever you wish to pay. Or stream them to your heart’s content wherever you do that.

    an:mu – “04” (bc)

    an:mu – “02” (bc)

  • Mailbox: Fermi Lëkundë – April

    Gentle warble meets satisfying rattle on this easygoing breakbeat exploration by Toronto-based Fermi Lëkundë. The winter feels insurmountable here right now (Toronto’s probably worse), but as its title would imply, this track has genuine springtime vibes. I’m here for it; sun and sky, please.

    Grab this on bandcamp or stream it wherever you do that. (And while you’re there, check the club mix version, which is something else entirely.)

    Fermi Lëkundë – “April” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Bermano – Xyloflare

    Clean lines and overall precision on this lovely bit of melodic brain dance from Guadalajara-based Australian pianist Bermano. I’m also including an older track— “Humo”— which he sent me a couple of years ago and I previously overlooked. Similar melodic exactness on this, but based on a 2-step shuffle.

    Grab these on bandcamp or stream them on your outlet of choice.

    Bermano – “Xyloflare” (sc)

    Bermano – “Humo” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Chaos Control – Praying

    Seven minutes of dramatic metallic techno from Chaos Control (aka Darion Bradley). Bradley is based in Greensboro, NC, but there’s no doubt this cut from his latest EP Shed Skin is waist deep in the waters of Lakes St. Clair and Eerie. It’s undeniably Detroit.

    Grab Shed Skin on bandcamp or stream it wherever you do your streaming.

    Chaos Control – “Praying” (bc)

  • Mailbox: Maurice Schirm & Panksovic – Plethora

    Two and a half minutes of jitter, spikes, and wash-out from German producers Maurice Schirm and Panksovic. Isolating Northern European melancholia complement perfectly these dreary midwinter days here in the Northeast.

    Out now on Schirm’s own Signal Weltfunk imprint as part of the Absence Presence EP. Grab it on bandcamp or stream away.

    Maurice Schirm & Panksovic – “Plethora” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Qwazdyn – Lamp


    It’s the second time this week I’m covering an artist from New Zealand. This time it’s a young producer named Qwazdyn who I don’t know much else about except that they’re 18 years old. The first track they sent has some of the same loose everyday gloom I described the other day, but this time in the deceiving form of a mellow little dub roller. I’ve never been to NZ, but maybe this kind of gloom isn’t an uncommon emotional mode there? I always imagine it lush and framed by exceptional landscapes, but I expect as westernized as it is, it’s probably plenty ripe for the same afflictions as anywhere else. The other track is much more ominous — still essentially rooted in dub and 2-step, but with a lead that says the world isn’t just sick and tired, it’s fucking dying.

    Both of these are available on bandcamp pay-what-you-wish, or on streaming services.

    Qwazdyn – Lamp (sc)

    Qwazdyn – Kownk (sc)

  • Mailbox: Nimbe – Truce (Nodal Edge Remix)

    London-based producer Nodal Edge (real name Antoine Follea) recently sent me this crisp treatment of label mate Nimbe‘s latest single. The single title probably doesn’t refer to the ongoing atrocities in Isreal/Palestine, but the sentiment is applicable. More than ever, we need to be promoting the concept of truce, all over.

    This is out now on One Horse Town records, grab it on bandcamp, or stream it all over.

    Nimbe – “Truce” (Nodal Edge Remix) (sc)

  • Mailbox: flip for garth – Tortoise

    Sometimes the right kind of gloom can really be charming. I like when a song isn’t too overtly drenched in melancholia, but still has enough drowsiness and dread to let you in close to the artist and whatever they may be struggling with. I can get into the full-on drama of vibrant sorrow or heartbreak, but I don’t think that’s where most people actually spend most of their emotional time—we only have enough fuel for that much intensity of emotion sometimes. For most people, even those of us with mournful or depressive streaks, the applicable feels level isn’t usually at a ten, it’s more a six. I count myself lucky to be one of those people, because I’ve known too many bright stars who burned out too quickly because they felt all of their feelings so much.

    These songs from Wellington, NZ’s flip for garth capture that more everyday dread and gloom. This isn’t necessarily the music of heartrending pain or uncontrollable love, but rather the more everyday human versions of those feelings—the versions of those feelings that persist and that usually still make it possible for us to get up in the morning and go to work or cook for our families. I really appreciate the sincerity of expressing the versions of sadness and woe that feel compatible with real life.

    Both of these songs are from flip for garth’s 2023 record Automosphere. Grab it on bandcamp for whatever you wish to pay, or find it on all the usual streamers.

    flip for garth – “Tortoise” (sc)

    flip for garth – “Gentle Breeze” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Robin Meure – Solo

    Assiduous mid-tempo acid from Utrecht’s Robin Meure. It feels as if more and more of the acid I hear lately is rising to nosebleed tempos, probably to fit in with all the hi-NRG techno, gabber, and trance that’s en vogue. Not knocking it, but it’s nice to hear some are sticking to the basics, not overcomplicating a good thing, and giving the 303s a little room to breathe.

    These are both available on Meure’s latest EP, available on bandcamp, or wherever you do your streaming.

    Robin Meure – “Solo” (sc)

    Robin Meure – “Jack” (sc)

    PS. did you know we have an acid playlist? If you like acid, give it a follow.

    image/ NYT & phatmedia.co.uk

  • Mailbox: Rex Kalibur – Sidequest LM

    Rex Kalibur (real name David M. Young) is an artist based in Joshua Tree, California, making downtempo inspired by the desert. Until I read that, if I had to pin an element to this music, it would have undoubtedly been water, not air. But maybe that’s just as fitting — the desert conceals its water, but it’s no less important. To the contrary, it’s all the more important in the desert, and every bit of it needs to be treasured, preserved, and reused as much as possible.

    Young is dedicated to connecting his music to nature; he releases each of his records on the first day of a given season. Both of the included songs are delicate short-form explorations of a respectively tidy melodic theme. The first one “Sidequest LM” is from Young’s latest record, Lopen (released this past winter solstice). Its title is perfectly apt; it really does sound like the music you might encounter during a sidequest in a game like Ecco the Dolphin or Fez, full of slightly uneasy beauty. The second is from his previous record, Diametric (released this past autumnal equinox), and it’s a burst of gentle romance, really sweet stuff.

    Find Rex Kalibur’s catalog on bandcamp, or for streaming.

    Rex Kalibur – “Sidequest LM” (sc)

    Rex Kalibur – “Love, Pt. I” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Sound of Fractures – Totes Emosh

    Appropriately tongue-in-cheek title for this lovely submission from North London’s Jamie Reddington, aka Sound of Fractures, whose previous single I covered last month. Reddington describes it as one of his favorites of his own songs because it feels “so [him]” including for its wonkiness and imperfection. It’s a tough thing as an artist to strike that balance of trying to perfect one’s work, but also leaving in enough of the idiosyncrasy to assure the listener knows it was made be a real life human with real life feelings. Reddington definitely keeps this human, but it’s also plenty polished. Just a lovely track, and yeah, totes emosh.

    No bandcamp for this, so catch this streaming. Or/also, check Reddington’s super-cool Scenes project, which allows listeners to generate the official artwork for each of a series of six singles (this one’s the second). Give it a try and also get to listen to the next single in the series. You can also buy the downloads through the platform if you’d like. The whole thing is really nicely executed.

    Sounds of Fractures – “Totes Emosh” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Dr. Sepi – She’s a Killer

    Utterly effective genreless club tool from Norwegian Dr. Sepi. One part Sister Nancy, a pinch of ragga, a little carioca, a bunch of rave, and a lot of thump. All dancefloor.

    DJs, grab the mp3 for free below, but be sure to check the rest of Dr. Sepi’s catalog on bandcamp too.

    Dr. Sepi – “She’s a Killer” (mp3)

  • Mailbox: Mattr – Gaija

    More shimmering midtempo electronica from London-based Mattr (real name Matthew Clugston) who I covered about a year back. At the time, I postulated that Clugston’s prolific output in the years previous must have been a result of all the extra time afforded by lockdown. I need to admit now that assumption was almost certainly wrong. In the year since wrote that, Clugston has had no fewer than seven solo releases, and a handful of remixes (including an lovely official remix for Max Cooper) — the fella is just extremely productive. And the quality of the music is all really high.

    These two just came out on Clugston’s own imprint, Loft & Sound. Grab them on bandcamp, or stream them wherever.

    Mattr — “Gaija” (sc)

    Mattr — “Eno” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Graffick – Momentary

    More elemental barreling electronica from San Diego’s Graffick (aka Blaine Counter), who I wrote about a couple of months ago. Counter seems to have a real handle on the sound he’s pursuing as an artist, which is eniviable. It also means that if you like this, I suggest you keep an ear out for more from him in the future.

    No bandcamp for this, unfortunately, so seek this out on streamers instead.

    Graffick – “Momentary” (sc)

  • Mailbox: yung pope – MPTA (yung pope mix)

    Corporeal experimental pop from Spain’s yung pope. Bodies let us down sometimes, but gosh are they ever just infinite inspiration.

    Grab these on yung pope’s bandcamp. Or stream them at the usual places.

    yung pope – “MPTA” ft. Menend (yung pope mix) (bc)

    yung pope – “Parpageo” ft. Diphda (bc)

  • Mailbox: shiro12 – Afterimage / 残像

    More of that dreamy online jungle/y2k breakcore I’ve written about a few times previously. This time from producer shiro12, who I don’t know much about except that they describe themselves as “home-bound.” I assume they’re located in Japan, but I’m not actually sure about that either. Again, as is the case with this strain of revivalism, what’s probably most important is that they’re online, and their music is too.

    No bandcamp, so stream away.

    shiro12 – “Afterimage / 残像” (sc)

    shiro12 – “カレイドスコープ” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Tarva – Hollow

    Excellent icy tension, stutter, and clatter on this steppy submission from Meanjin/Brisbane-based producer Tarva. This one was just released, but I’m also posting his last single from a couple of months ago, which is a touch warmer and more sentimental, but still plenty refined and cool.

    Neither of these are on bandcamp, unfortunately, but for those of you interested in including this in a set or mixtape, Tarva was kind enough to let me post the hi-res mp3 of “Hollow.” For the rest of you, find either track for streaming anywhere.

    Tarva – “Hollow” (mp3)

    Tarva – “Close My Eyes” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Pozibelle – Wait

    Strange when you can tell just by listening to an artist where they’re from. I could tell right away Pozibelle was from NYC, and not necessarily because she’s doing music particularly stylistically emblematic of my hometown. Something about it though just feels like the city. Dreamy breakbeat house that’s simple in the most effective way; perfect for a warm up or come down set, or just waiting for the train.

    This is the first single from the upcoming Nightlike EP, to be released on January 18th on cassette and digital. Until then, you can grab this on bandcamp as a single or as part of the pre-order.

    Also, check the rest of Pozibelle’s catalog on bandcamp, she’s got some real gems.

    Pozibelle – “Wait” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Moosa x Nis Murphy – Step Back

    Gorgeous bit of contemplative left-field R&B from Moosa and Nis Murphy, both based in India. This is all about the concessions we each have to make to live life on earth, and the irony that most progress and individual growth is non-linear. Don’t expect to reach those goals in the new year without a few detours!

    This is the first single from an upcoming album the pair are preparing for release in 2024. No bandcamp yet, but it’ll be out on Nis Murphy’s Mayaa imprint when the album is released. For now, find this for streaming.

    Moosa x Nis Murphy – “Step Back” (sc)

  • Mailbox: Swimming Paul – The Way It Goes

    Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. I count myself really lucky that my whole family is wonderful, so holidays like this really do feel enriching. But for those of you who don’t have families, or for whom time with family is fraught, just remember that’s just the way it goes on days like this. Today, try to make the most of what you do have, and then spend tomorrow and next week thinking about what you’d like to build in the new year, either practically or emotionally.

    <3 to you all!

    Swimming Paul – “The Way It Goes” (sc)

  • Mailbox: PTMC – Infrared System

    Forward-thinking electro from Boorloo/Perth-based PTMC (real name Peter McAvan). “Infrared System” strikes a nice balance between clattering percussion and 30,000ft atmosphere. It’s the B-side of a new two-tracker he just released on Midnight Elevator, a label that’s worth paying attention to (it’s also run by PTMC). Midnight Elevator only started releasing in 2020 and seems exclusively focused on artists from the Boorloo area. Building community like that is always commendable and important, but it’s impressive that as a curator PTMC has nonetheless been able to keep the label’s stylistic range narrow enough to give it a distinct sound. I suggest checking out the rest of the catalog.

    I’ve also included two tracks from PTMC’s last record, which came out on Midnight Elevator earlier in the year, also really worth checking.

    Grab “Infrared System” on bandcamp, or stream it wherever you do your stream shopping.

    PTMC – “Infrared System” (sc)

    PTMC – “Mutant Hardcore” (sc)

    PTMC – “Music For Clubb Kids” (sc)

  • Mailbox: re:abel – Concentrate

    Sultry 2-step from Melbourne’s re:abel (real name Ryan Gasparini). This is music to soundtrack the night you realize your heart is no longer broken. Music that says, fuck it, what do I have to lose?

    I can’t concentrate today, so it’s helpful to have someone whispering in my ear insisting I do. This is from re:abel’s upcoming EP on Mammal Sounds.

    No bandcamp for this, unfortunately, but it’s out now for streaming everywhere. Thankfully, re:abel was also kind enough to grant permission for me to host the mp3, for any DJs eager to play this out. Grab it below.

    re:abel – “Concentrate” (mp3)

  • Mailbox: yeong – Do You Ever Think of Me?

    Bittersweet vapor twitch from LA-based yeong. On instagram, yeong described this as a ‘getting laid off from corporate america type beat.’ That explains why this is a little melancholy, but also has a vein of fuck y’all attitude running through it.

    No bandcamp, unfortunately, but you can stream it on all the usual outlets.

    yeong – “Do You Ever Think of Me?” (sc)

  • Mailbox: omniboi – Panorama

    omniboi is a Los Angeles-based producer and composer, originally from Arizona. He rose to some prominence in 2016-17 with a viral video in which he married a Migos acapella with Nintendo-jazz-chic chords, followed soon after by a string of notable singles and albums. He’s current with a new EP, Panorama, out now on Canadian powerhouse label and management group, Nettwerk.

    After listening to a few songs from Panorama, it won’t be hard to gather that this is music heavily inspired by video game culture. But it’s not really 8-bit or chiptune. Instead, songs like “Ghost Town, USA” or “Marathon” feel distinctly 64-bit, and would fit right in on an N64 of Wii score. Music from that era of Nintendo games was deeply charming; these songs carry much of that charm because they’re so clearly the product of omniboi’s sincere love for that music.

    Nevertheless, I’d say omni is strongest when approaching the less overtly video game-inspired fare on the record. The EP’s lead track “Set Apart” (featuring vocalist Dona) and “Omni-Vision” (featuring nelward) both temper the rubber and sodapop aesthetic that omni’s most comfortable in with a touch of red leather and champagne. Neither would be out of place in the context of a late aughts fluokids party in Paris where the DJ was playing nothing but French Touch and bloghaus. None of that is to say these are stuffy songs only for millennials either—they’re not—they just seem aimed at a broader audience. (I caught my two-year-old absent-mindedly shaking her stuff to “Set Apart,” and babies don’t lie, so that might also tell you something.)

    Ultimately, Panorama is omniboi continuing to write the kind of music he loves, but there’s also evidence he might be eager to see his music working a few more dancefloors.

    Panorama is out now. Grab it on bandcamp or stream it anywhere streams are sold.

    omniboi – “Set Apart” ft. Dona (sc)

    omniboi – “Marathon” (sc)

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  • Mailbox: Danube – Vienna

    Yet another nice submission from Belgium here. Something is drawing my ear to music from Flanders lately. This time it’s from Brussels-based producer Danube. Like his namesake river, Danube’s latest string of singles all relate to major European cities from which he’s drawn inspiration. Though none of the other singles are named after cities actually in the river Danube’s path, the latest is. It’s an elegant cut of soulful cosmopolitan electronica that captures Vienna well.

    No bandcamp for this, unfortunately, but you can find it on any major streaming outlet.

    Danube – “Vienna” (sc)

  • Mailbox: borne – DIEDA

    I mentioned the other day that I’ve been rediscovering my appreciation for a nice heavy-bassline-driven banger. Why be shy about it? I pride myself on avoiding pretentiousness where I can, and what’s wrong with rattling a few bones, anyway? This track I got in the inbox by Montreal-based borne fits that bill. The song is from borne’s latest EP, Deep End, out on Nightmode. The whole record is full of this sort of bass-heavy 2-step, so check out the rest if you like this one.

    No bandcamp for this, unfortunately, but you can stream it wherever, and if you want to play this out, you’re going to have to go to a place like beatport, sorry.

    borne – “Dieda” (sc)

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