Tag: electro

New Canadiana :: Claudio – Long Weekend

Claudio - Long Weekend
This new supra formation of fringeward minds takes a slice of sleaze from Man Made Hill and channels his sexual purity through a classic electro lens. Claudio sees our favorite synth-funk predator fuzed with Bennifer‘s Jacob Harwood, a pairing of extravagant space and narrative that grants Long Weekend solice amongst rare instrumental jammers of its calibre. Guaranteed to jack your Radioshack™ speakers and sizzle the chromium dioxide plating their groove. Lovingly packaged in a die-cut J-Card and produced for maximum dance-floor overdrive by Brandon Hocura.

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Claudio – 20Wenty

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Claudio – Long Weekend

New Canadiana :: Smoki Tygr – Cybrtygr

Smoki Tygr - Cybrtygr
Smoki Tygr (a.k.a. Smoky Tiger) was sent on a mission to follow the gospel of our holy prophets and save the rest of Manitoba, the prairies, and possibly North America. Meanwhile, he’s fighting with copyright laws for the good and entertainment of the common person, leading an ornery crowd in a sing-a-long and making them roll around in laughter, incapacitated. Finally, after a long bout of crime fighting, at some drinking establishment or art space, he sings our Canadiana lessons. Yes, ‘tis nothing but a peaceful day here in the greater Manitoba area, thanks to Smoki Tygr and his robotic companion.

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Smoki Tygr – 300 pds

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Smoki Tygr – Terry Fax

New Canadiana :: Jef Barbara – Contamination

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Huge late-pass on this monster groove. Between the subtle hushes of “cocaine love” and damaged guitar slank of “Larmes de crocodile” resides the sequenced genius of Jef Barbara. The subtle streams of pop consciousness run rampant in Barbara’s work; somehow existing in a nether-genre equally perplexing as inastiable. Contamination‘s surreal jaunt through NRG minimalism will wreck the havoc of permanence as you clamour for softer heights amongst Montreal’s erotic synth explosion (complete with cameos from Femminielli and JLK).

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Jef Barbara – Larmes de Crocodile

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Jef Barbara – Wild Boys

Departures :: Ken Lewis – Cosmic Cars b/w Best Beat

Ken Lewis’ reverent cover of Cosmic Cars released in 1982, the same year as the original Cybotron 45, proves that people were almost immediately feeling Juan Atkins’ electric ripples just North of the assembly line. Released on Scorpio Records, home of countless dubious disco, boogie rap and dub records with peculiar provenance, Ken’s whip is more deluxe DeLorean than hot Spinner, his cruising spin more Grace Jones than The Normal. Although his version almost mechanically reproduces the original, it feels like a glossy photograph of a photocopy; the recording less raw and in-the-red, the drum machine less biting, the cold-creep synth noises replaced by a cold-sweat guitar riff. Still, Ken’s facsimile evokes a dystopian future, not the super-industrial cyber-sexuality of Cronenberg, but a world of simulacra coated in a vacuous veneer of replicated pleasures, like Ryu Murakami’s depictions of Tokyo. Still this record bumps and burns when played loud, so thumb a ride if you ever see this avant-coupe roll by.

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Ken Lewis – Cosmic Cars

New Canadiana :: D’EON – Palinopsia

D’EON
Palinopsia
(Hippos in Tanks)
Montreal, QC
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From the plainopsimania of Jesse Locke:
In the months after melting minds during Wyrd Alberta this April, Haligonian turned Montrealer Chris D’eon has ascended to new levels of spiritual unity. This week sees the long-awaited physical manifestation of his Palinopsia LP, and unsurprisingly, it’s just as beguiling as catching the cosmic joker in the flesh. Cleanse yourself in the shimmering waters of the broke-but-blissed anthem “Recession Proof ($40 Pay Cheque)” and incandescent g-funk of “Keep The Faith”, then level-up for the war-as-videogame banger “Kill a Man With a Joystick in Your Hand.” Refracting the squiggly synths of A Rainbow In Curved Air through the prism of 1990s House and R&B, D’eon conjures a kaleidoscopic ying yang of the past and future in posi vibed embrace. [Levin’s Note: GOAT 2010. Grip an album with a credit card in your hand.]

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D’EON – What We Want To Be

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D’EON – Kill A Man With A Joystick In Your Hand

New Canadiana :: Rich Aucoin – Public Publication

Rich Aucoin
Public Publication
(Sonic Records)
Halifax, NS
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From the glittering chaos of Aaron Levin:
What starts out like a cosmic tiki lounge briskly lunges into a heady array of dance-floor filling funky white-man soul. Rich Aucoin’s effortlessly catchy waves of rad will caress your shoulders and ease you into any evening mood, so chant along to the smooth gang vocals and silky strings while they hang in the vibrant air. But do this for real, as the sound is really something you need to experience; the Rich Aucoin live show is an unparalleled journey into the furthest reaches of his self-proclaimed fun-core. All it takes is one grip.

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Rich Aucoin – Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E.

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Rich Aucoin – PUSH

New Canadiana :: Homosexual Cops – Sleep Now In The Fire

Homosexual Cops
Sleep Now In The Fire
(Self Released)
Montreal, QC
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From the homeopoliteia of Aaron Levin:
The double XY supra-hits conjured by this blood-lined erectro-pop duo have enough ectoplasm to put your vertebrate on full swerve. Their infectious infomercial anthems and baritone intimacy burst with emotional imminence, forcing your repressed inner-teenager to stand-up and scream “so what! I’m a homosexual cop!” And you know It’s the truth because it’s silly; party the problems away and welcome love with the reverberations of a new dawn. Why do you cry? Is it for me? Yes. We cry for you. GRIPNOWINTHEFIRE.

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Homosexual Cops – So What (I’m A Homosexual Cop)

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Homosexual Cops – Why Do You Cry (Is It For Me?)

New Canadiana :: Grimes – Halfaxa

Grimes
Halfaxa
(Arbutus Records // Self Released)
Montreal, QC
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From the cosmic slop of Aaron Levin:
If Grimes’ tour CDR (to be officially released via Arbutus on September 30th at Pop Montreal) is any indication, the cosmic-pop deity is transcending into a vocal-cruising eidolon of celestial proportions. Layers of wyspy vocals form the cooling galaxies of Halfaxa while her minimal drums synthesize Enja‘s lingering espers into a club anthem fit for the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Or the Mos Eisley Cantina. Either way, Grimes’ future-stream sinusoids are peeling wigs.

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Grimes – devon

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Grimes – wereglid

Reverberations :: Flash Palace – Some Misinterpreted Sunsets

Flash Palace
Some Misinterpreted Sunsets
(Mayan Chorus)
Vancouver, BC
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From the flashing teenage fantasies of Aaron Levin:
Brilliant genre-pollination from this out-of-left-field Vancouver quartet. Their highly visceral pressure waves ooze a strange hybridized pop-psych with flashes of electro digitalia and sampledelic cut-ups. The blotted magnetic threads of Flash Palace’s debut tape are filled with this phenomenal pilgrimage into pomo-pop principalia and has me excited beyond most hyperbolic means. A voyeuristic adventure into a genre-less future. GRIP÷0.

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Flash Palace – Slow Beams

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Flash Palace – Sasa

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Flash Palace – Seventy Lives

Review :: Pastoralia – Across Living Room Floors

Pastoralia
Across Living Room Floors
(Self Released)
Halifax, NS
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From the tuesday-night pasta of James Goddard:
I once had the good fortune to go drinking with underwater welders. I was left with the distinct impression that were I fonder of Whitesnake submarine metal-working might have been the life for me. Pastoralia, like underwater welding, is a strange combination of things; clown makeup, throw-back samples, and choreographed dance sequences all blended seamlessly with a power-pop trio. Mitchell Wiebe‘s vocals float disaffectedly over thalassic bass lines and discarded C&C Music Factory beats. What Pastoralia do may be more akin to making collages out of US Weekly in a wading pool than actual under-water welding, but isn’t that just a matter of scale?

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Pastoralia – Daddy Daughter Dance

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Pastoralia – Fuschia of Architecture