The album produced by Dan Carey is scratchy, intense and discordant. Roaring with riffs, locked in rhythm section and a truly unique vocal make black midi stand head and shoulders above all in 2019. Think Radiohead split into atoms and then fused back together with spirit of Battles and 90's era Touch and Go Records. black midi - Georgie Greep (vocals / guitar), Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin (vocals / guitar), Cameron Picton (vocals / bass), and Morgan Simpson (drums) - have a dynamic energy, playing as a musical unit that’s constantly in a state of flux and development. Schlagenheim was recorded with Speedy Wunderground producer Dan Carey, who the band praises for his quick, unfussy approach. black midi laid down eight of the record’s nine tracks in just five days. The process was one of refining and rebuilding tracks around the initial structures. Five hour jams would sometimes yield a riff that then became a few bars of a song. As anyone who’s been lucky enough to catch black midi live over recent months will testify, black midi’s songs are slippery creatures.
Rich wonderful records sometimes come in perplexing packages, and somewhere near the top of that list must be the dizzying Dysnomia. Here, a Brooklyn group with an EDM-styled name that's shaped like a jazz trio (piano, standup bass, and drums) plays music in the minimalist style of classical composers Glass, Reich, and Adams, but there are inflections right out of the world of indie rock, with drumbeats shooting out unexpectedly and dramatically. Dance music is an influence too, as this is a minimalist joint to shake your hips to, and most tracks build into grand, trance-inducing whirlwinds, making a random needle drop unrepresentative of the album's power. Strap in, tune out, tap your feet, and let the loops take over.
Futurista (未来派野郎, translates literally as "Futurist Bastard") is a 1986 album by Ryuichi Sakamoto with themed references to the Futurist Movement. "Parolibre" and "Milan 1909" include voice recordings of Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti "G.T. II" contains samples from the song "Legs" by Art of Noise.