via the desk of Asthmatic Kitty: You wanted it, we paid people to make it.
"My computer crashed last night. Is there a soundtrack for that?" wrote Elenor Hilt, a teacher in Maryland. From Frank Edds, a landscaper in Miami, we received this request: "I am trying to remember where I was on August 22, 1997. I think a song might help. Can you make one?"
We get letters like this all the time. We carefully take these letters, send them to our Department of Communique Statistics and Analysis, and wait. Six months later they provide a 600-page report detailing what kind of music to pursue next in our ever-growing Library Catalog Music Series.
With Elenor and Frank and that 600-page report mind, we present Music for Troubled Machinery from Leb Laze, of Prefuse 73 touring band fame, and Music for Primordial Recollection from SUNY biology student slash glitch producer InfinitiRock. We've thoroughly tested these on multiple focus groups, including primates, and the result is the same: betterment of life through background music. With each new release to the Library Catalog, we find another mood, temperament, and life situation that can be scored. These are no exception to that rule.
LEB LAZE - Music For Troubled Machinery
What started out as a total bummer--musical sketches and ideas hindered by a conked out machine--actually turned into an album. What you are hearing on Music for Troubled Machinery is the slow and unruly death of Leb Laze's core production tool..the MPC 2000 (R.I.P). When this device begins to die it randomly "freezes" at any given moment, often times wiping out anything that has been created within its path. What is interesting though is when an MPC freezes it begins to uncontrollably spit out all of the sounds that are loaded within it in their raw and unedited form..over and over and over. This occurrence is like nothing I have ever heard. The machine begins to have a mind of its own.
Leb Laze began to record and embrace these freakouts, using them as a basis for the majority of the songs on this album..adding to them, enhancing them and/or sculpting around them. Two shorter pieces, Revelations and Dial In/Dial Out were actually created entirely from these freakouts. Think of this record and, most importantly, these two tracks, as my MPC's last words--a testament to the idea that the nonliving world is actually very much alive.
INFINTIROCK - Music For Primordial Recollection
By day, InfinitRock is an 18 year old biology student at SUNY Purchase, by night a fuzzed glitch and fump hip-hop producer. In second grade he was digesting The RZA and Aphex Twin and has been making instrumentals since the age of six. As a son to parents from India, he would also hear a lot of classical indian music around the house and since he could not understand hindi, voices became instruments rather than a lyrical tool. His music reflects the conceptualization of sounds, and what makes music music and the world musical. InfinitiRock draws inspiration from the everyday, incorporating their sounds into his music. Music for Primordial Recollection contains a motif of sounds and rhythms that trigger ancient memories. Ambient layers and interludes featuring field recordings of wind chimes, children playing, glass breaking, the chewing of raw pasta, the crumpling of paper bags, and flowing water. The album is an auditory documentation of the evolution of entropic sound, tamed by the laws of rhythm. Everything breathes.
Big Pauper Beyond My Means drops April 26th from Circle Into Square Records!
Big Pauper has had a busy twenty six years on earth. Formerly performing under the name Panzah Zandahz, Portland's Big Pauper is an acclaimed producer, deejay and visual artist with a penchant for forgotten media and discarded technologies. His ten year stint managing the abstract hip hop label Token Recluse found a wide variety of projects in his lap. Pauper established himself with the notoriety of a full length cut and paste reinterpretation of first Radiohead, and then Beck. In their wake, Pauper performed at Scribble Jam & the Red Bull Music Academy, toured Europe a handful of times and worked with the likes of Two Ton Sloth, Cut Chemist and the Dandy Warhols. Big Pauper also has been producing circuit bent video work within the world-renowned sound art collective Folktek and gearing his projects towards a variety of video-art installations.
His most recent effort Beyond My Means sits comfortably somewhere between a 93 era instrumental hip hop record and some of the best downtempo electronic work out there today. It is a dusty, glitchy and often times noisy tapestry of found sounds, VHS beats and analog synth textures. The album has it's roots deep in sixties psych rock, the dregs of new age tape crustiness, our waning industrial society and most evidently, schlock cinema (everything from Portuguese horror, to the sleaziest of nunsploitation). The album draws comparisons to recent works from the Books, Broadcast, Odd Nosdam and Edan. Beyond My Means unfolds like a grindhouse double feature, that private press record you can't believe you found, or your third eye chakra babbling on after a group reiki session.
Big Pauper's Beyond My Means will be available on vinyl, cassette and digital this April 26th, 2011 via Circle Into Square Records/Fake Four Inc! Download and share last fall's Cops Eat Flowers EP, your free introduction to Big Pauper's planet.
MP3: Kosha Dillz f/ Mojo Hannah - "All These Years"
Kosha Dillz is approaching the last leg of his 35 city 'Give Me Five' tour, where he's raising charity in support of the Tipitinas Foundation of New Orleans which provides musical instruments/lessons for less fortunate youth in more than 60 schools. Kosha is raising a nickel at a time by connecting with his fan base via "high fives' at shows & use of the social media hashtag #GiveMeFIve (in addition to merch sales, etc.). In promotion of Kosha's tour and his forthcoming EP Gina & The Garage Sale, which drops later this month, Kosha is pleased to present the EPs debut leak "All These Years" (feat. Mojo Hannah), produced by Shuko & Fonty. #GiveMeFive
For his third free download, Illin' P decides to revisit a classic P.Diddy/G.Dep instrumental. When asked about the track Illin' P stated "these words had no home, but felt good over this beat. I simply call this exercise".
Illin' P is one of the most respected lyricists in the underground. After having memorable guest appearances on projects by artists such as KRS-One, Mr. Lif, The Snowgoons, and Ripshop, Illin' P is set to release his debut album in Fall of 2011. Titled "Gentleman Sings The Black And Blues", Illin' P will be serving his fans plenty of appetizers as he plans on releasing a free download every week for 3 months straight, leading up to the release of a new mixtape called "3 Lefts 2 Make a R1ght."