I really enjoy throwing on this album when I’m chilling in my room, looking out the window and smoking a cigarette. Mothership ’88 is a slim-down wonky-ish sut of So-Cal hip hop. There’s something amazing about american ambient that’s never cold and isolating, even when there’s no strong groove. It’s flavoured with the influence of Dilla, Doom and Heat Sensor, but there are also elements that remind me of Ultra Milkmaids, Caribou and Colleen too.
Highlights are Goblin Tree, Goblins in Outta Space and Can’t Fathom. Check it.
In the quest to find new music for Open Music, I often just cruise MySpace looking for artists that I can approach. Often, I don’t really pay attention to what’s on the page. It sometimes goes ‘Load,,, tune,,, skip,,, tune,,, skip… ah!!!!’… and so on. So, having never heard of Lorn before [and I like to think of myself as a bit of a chin-stroker] I thought.. “Cool… Savage beats from the US for Open… People will love this”. I put up a little status update saying ‘New Lorn release on Open’ and then the emails started to arrive… Lots of them. It seems that he is already loved, worldwide, and I was just behind the times…
7&13 is less an EP, and more a beat tape teaser, for something really special to come.
Salad Toss (the preview) is a beast and Lorn rules – End of story.
I love John Cohen. His eponymous release on Net-Lab is awesome and this one is even better… I love his music so much, that I couldn’t think of a single thing to say about this release that didn’t sound massively biased (we’re in Dead Fader together) or just plain sycophantic. So instead, I pasted (below) a badly translated paragraph from a review by French musician and writer Stephane Obadia [aka Nudist with Laptop (Wrong Music) and Rob Steady (Net-Lab) – if you fancy your french, the full review is linked below.
How to describe it; it’s like after a great cataclysm… a few scattered traces of life on the earth’s surface. And there, we try to get in touch with our loved ones. It’s very cinematic listening this music is like seeing a film in a blockbuster with lots of bass… really full… Except that you are urged to imagine behind your eyelids, behind the deluge of sound John, the Apocalypse according to Cohen, is complacent in the dark, hoping, destroying everything. It is just a magnificent universe projected by the brain of this young man of 18, the age when he recorded this disc… And I can not help but find it incredible to make a record like this at 18. I can not help but imagine that it would do him a world of good to listen to something like this:
… or offer him a home for life in a haunted southern England castle, for it saves a lot of great hymns and other large pieces of this kind. Beaches in the area where violence is always latent (sometimes it looks like a storm in the mountains), benefits for wandering ghosts on the premises of their misfortunes.
I approached Lorn on a blag. Blown away by Running Ink on his myspace, I had hoped to snag it for the upcoming Primer 02. Little did we realise that he was down with a full length release, and just like that, the unbelievably slick 7&13 EP drop on our laps. A more american take on the same cut-up collage super-compressed hardness as Glitch Mob [featuring edIT Planet MU] french hard clipper Mr. Oizo and our own Syl Kougai. Very exciting.