Monsoon Music – June 2017

Was forced to take a little break from writing here primarily because of DJ stuff, radio shows and a house renovation, but sh*t, I suppose I’m really not a music journalist anymore, especially when it turns out that being a music journalist in India means being part of an ongoing rat race to be the first to introduce new Indian music to a niche audience of Indian music consumers, and presenting it without criticism all the while assuming your audience needs to be spoon-fed cliched muso adjectives to keep them interested. The last thing I want in my life is to buddy up to musicians. In fact, a bunch of them hate my opinion and I find that very satisfying. So, fuck it all. Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately.

Conway – Reject On Steroids
I fucking told you 2017 was the year of The Machine. And BTW FYI ICYMI, I’m also calling the winner of the McGregor – Mayweather bout. Daringer. Yes, Daringer will win that bout and just about every other bout henceforth.

B L A C K I E – Remains
M E T A L R A P N O I S E S Y N T H S W A R P E A C E A N G E R R A G E C O N T E M P T S E X L O V E H E A T S W E A T D E P T H S P A C E L I F E D E A T H S L U D G E D I R T W E I G H T G R I M E K N I V E S B O M B S G U N S C R I M E
R E S T I N P E A C E D E A T H G R I P S

Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don
You could argue that the irresistibly braggadocios GxFR “sound” (if ya wanna call it that) is an almost direct descendent from the style Kool G Rap and a number of other ‘90s New York rappers made famous. You could argue that Kool G Rap at 48 is somewhat past his prime. You could argue that Childish Gambino is great (fuck that – please do me a favour and stay quit, “Donald Glover”). But here’s something you can’t argue with – the eternally humble Juice crew alumni and mafioso rap God can obliterate a generation of opportunistic rap kids by just being himself. And that, my friends, is what you call being a REAL don.

The Sine Painter – URL Utopias
Jayanth Ramachandra’s switch from melancholic mid-tempo house music to experimental club traxxx couldn’t have come at a better time. URL Utopias arrived in May with the added weight of a Red Bull Music Academy co-sign. That put aside, it’s just plain firepower whichever way you wanna look at it, and above all a taut package of four club-ready bombs tailor-made for risk-taking DJs. I had the additional honour of receiving one of the EPs earliest mastered copies back in January of this year and played part of it out during a radio show at dublab in Los Angeles. Preview all of it on SC below but it’s definitely best experienced in glorious A/V format over here

Career Crooks – Good Luck With That
There’s a fair chance I won’t be digging this come December but for right about now, I think this combo of laid-back Small Pro beats and Philly native Zilla Rocca’s inward lyrics is extremely dig-able. Most of all, it’s fun.

Okmalumkoolkat – Holy Oxygen II
WOW. Heavyweight sh*t like this makes a strong-as-ever case that gqom, unlike all this “wavey” shit, is here to stay. Bump this over and over again. And then buy it.

Jlin – Black Origami
Black Origami, just like Dark Energy, will go down as an absolutely essential part of the Jlin catalogue, even more so knowing that LP number three will by all means help complete a trifecta of futuristic electronic music that goes miles beyond club-oriented footwork. You could argue that Teklife have taken the style to the masses, but there’s nobody on earth as dedicated to pushing it into the depths of outer space than sister Jlin from Indiana. I feel privileged to be listening to something as beautiful, as complex and as deep as this.

Varg – Nordic Flora Series Pt. 3: Gore Tex City
In my most humble of opinions, Gore Tex City showcases Varg’s best work in a number of years. This longplayer has everything from warehouse bombs to fuzzy EBM to modern-classical collaborations with the like of Alessandro Cortini. 100% for drone enthusiasts and fans of slower (not always) and brooding techno. Not recommended for slick technobois.

Anthony Linell – Consolidate
Absolutely cracking LP and another feather in the Northern Electronics cap thanks to Anthony Linell, much of which is tempting me to move to Scandinavia and bathe in all of this music 24/7.

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