REVIEW: Master Musicians Of Bukkake’s “Far West”

 photo MasterMB13_cover_zps46b636b5.jpg For Master Musicians Of Bukkake’s latest journey, they are heading Far West (Important) but how far are they going? Upon entry, it seems that we’re listening to Pink Floyd’s “Welcome To The Machine”, but are we? Is there a thin line between a cover version and outright thievery, or is there a curtain of illusion where one might have to cross the line in order to not being able to detect the difference? It may not be an exact note-for-note cover but it seems these Master Musicians have found Richard Wright and brought him from the dead to jam with them.

The rest of album is a different (and arguably more original) means of tranquility, as they travel by foot from place to place, trying to find a bit of civility in these hectic times. Perhaps the recreation of “Welcome To The Machine” is the group’s way of making a successful accept out of it in order to enjoy the benefits of a more genuine world, and that the Far West may also be the distant East, depending on your means of direction. As with their latest album Totem Three, they continue to be explorers of that inner sound that many of us try to seek and find, and they’ve very much in tune with reaching it so that they’ll never stop being inspired.

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REVIEW: High Wolf’s “Kairos: Chronos”

 photo HighWolf_cover_zpsffd0d8f9.jpg Kairos: Chronos (Not Not Fun) is the latest project from French artist High Wolf, whose press material seems to be dedicated to calling him a world traveler, which may be a wise way to describe how his music sounds so vast but plays literally no role on whether or not I enjoyed the music on the album.

Sarcastic rudeness aside, High Wolf has been releasing music for four years, usually two or so albums a year so will this be High Wolf’s first project of a few? We’ll see. What I hear on Kairos: Chronos is someone who enjoys the wonders of multi-track recording, as many electronic producers are, but instead of hyping up the beats, the rhythm tracks are almost secondary. This allows the listener to really immerse themselves into other parts of the music, be it a bassline or muted bassline, a counter melody, atmosphere, or random sounds. In a song like “Rip X” there is an evident rhythm track but it is almost subdued and by not being the core of the song, one is able to groove into other portions of the song. Some have called his music a weird variation of dub, and I definitely hear the dub influences, especially in the aptly-titled “An Empire Upon An Empire”. Even in a song like “707” where the drum loop sounds brickwalled, you almost want to not pay attention to it and hear the electric piano, the bass, and other portions. Yet that beat drives you in and you want to bless the ground in a tribal fashion, just so you can thank the world that you exist in this time period, allowing you to hear something as interesting as this. The 13 1/2 minute “Alvarado” ends the album on an incredibly high note, and one might find it akin to other electronic-based albums of the 1990’s where it was about venturing into the sonic unknown while hopefully creating music that would please people in the clubs or in the comforts of their own home. It is drawn out and unleashes itself slowly like a web, only for you to see the albums skeletal design so you’re able to understand, at least in part, how High Wolf presented himself and his music.

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REVIEW: Svarte Greiner’s “Black Tie”

 photo SvarteGreiner_cover_zps55633a15.jpg Svarte Greiner is a pseudonum for artist Erik K. Skodvin, and on Black Tie (Miasmah), he explores two different spectrums in a long form manner.

The title track runs for 20 1/2 minutes and basically goes through different phases, all based on a singular note. The repetition of that note may lead some to call it drone, but it’s the sounds behind the notes that help to push everything along towards coming to a nice conclusion. A bit more hairy in presentation is the 21-minute “White Noise” and if “Black Tie” is meant to be the presentable piece of this project, “White Noise” is very much what the removal of the tie sounds like. It’s nothing but a soundtrack of a gory haze, but one that keeps the listener there throughout the duration, wherever there may be. It’s quite nice if you’re into experimental and avant-garde sounds, but I found the title track to be meditative, quite relaxing, even during the portion when the space between the repetitive notes may make you drift off and jump out of your seat.

(Black Tie is available digitally, on vinyl, and CD directly from Miasmah.com, or from Amazon.com below.)

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REVIEW: Raw Geronimo’s “Dream Fever”

 photo RawGeronimo_cover_zps8b21a872.jpg The music of Raw Geronimo is bold and honest, big and bright and meant to be heard in a direct manner. This six-member Los Angeles combo have released Dream Fever (Neurotic Yell) and for those who like their brand of pop on the edge to the point of feeling like you’re going to fall into oblivion, you’ll love the music and the vocals of Laena Geronimo. There are moments when her vocals sound like a more polished version of a well known Icelanic chanteuse, complete with the throatiness and anger that she carries in her music. With Raw Geronimo, it carries some of the traditions of late 80’s/early 90’s indie/alternative rock but with a constant push to be heard through the stories being told. A song like “Manic Cruiser” could easily become one of the songs that brings in people to see them live, but the entire album is quite satisfying. It will be interesting to see how the public takes to them, but I think they’ll be quite happy and in for a treat. For those who love hearty bands with strong and courageous sounding women in front, Raw Geronimo are the perfect choice.

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REVIEW: Congo Natty’s “Jungle Revolution”

 photo CongoNatty_cover_zpsd2c0288e.jpg Hearing about a release by Congo Natty, I wanted to check it out since I’m into a bit of jungle. Reading the bio, I was surprised to discover that this guy is someone I knew of in 1990 as Rebel MC, creator of the track “Rebel Music”. I knew Rebel MC had done one or two more songs before fading out of my scope. I had heard of Congo Natty before but was not aware that he and Rebel MC were one and the same, and on top of that, he has released music under a number of other names. This means I have a lot to catch up, but for now, my focus is on Congo Natty.

If you were a fan of the jungle movement from England in the mid to late 90’s, you’ll be happy to know that Congo Natty continues up with the vibe by pumping some incredible sounds that is sure to move dance floors and cause it to melt, including tracks like “UK Allstars” and “Get Ready”, with the kind of Daddy Freddy-style toasts that is sure to make everyone smile. “Revolution” is neck deep in the reggae dub stylee, where entering its mentality will lead to much deeper mentalities of the smokey variety. “Jah Warriors” has that jungle beat but also is a slight throw back to the days of hip-house, while keeping in hints of reggae and ska.

Essentially, Jungle Revolution (Big Dada) not only celebrates the majesty of jungle, but also the influence of the many offshoots and sub-genres England has helped to create in the last 25 years or so, where one style of music coming in helped to spawn 20, 40, or 200 others. Congo Natty has chosen to create this music under this moniker, but regardless of what name he uses, it is a part of the moving musical capsule that allows him to move forward with subtle hints of the past, along with powerful lyrical wisdom, in order to keep it going for the next generations,

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FREE MP3 DL: Peven Everett’s “Taking Me Back”

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Peven Everett calls Chicago home and not only is he a singer, but he writes, arranges, produces, and plays a wide range of instruments. He’ll get a chance to display his talents with his album called King Of Hearts, and if you missed the first single from it, you can now listen to the second called “Taking Me Back”. It has a slight disco feel, or maybe I’m imaginging a vibe not unlike Jazzanova. Either way, enjoy.

FREE MP3 DL: WL’s “You’re Not Really Here”

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Talk about a simple name: this 3-piece from Portland, Oregon are called WL. Two letters, three people, that’s it. They will be releasing an album on Prospect & Refuge called Hold, due out July 16th, and “You’re Not Really Here” is a song you may not only listen to, but download for free to take wherever you want. You may thank, drummer Stevie Sparks, guitarist Michael Yun, and vocalist Misty Mary whenever you’re ready.

VIDEO: Bishop Nehru’s “Muffled/M.I.C.”


There are a small number of young cats in hip-hop who are pushing forward, almost as if they’re saying “what you’re all doing is foolishness, now pave the way for me”. Bishop Nehru is one of those young cats, and with an opening slot in the Wu-Tang Clan’s forthcoming tour, he may be the person you’ll want to come early to the venue for. This video merges two tracks, and while brief, this is sure to make you want to demand more from this 16-year old, and some of that “more” will come on July 27th when his Strictly Flowz will be released.

SOME STUFFS: The Dodos offer some “Substance” for the future

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Ever had a hit of dodo love? How about Dodos love? How about…

Doesn’t matter. The Dodos have finished their new album Carrier (Polyvinyl), due out on the 27th of August, and they’ve decided to share a song for the impatient, and you may be one of those people. No more, you can press play and check out said song, called “Substance”. If you’re into it, you may pre-order the MP3’s/record (vinyl)/CD/cassette of Carrier by heading to PolyvinylRecords.com.