Earthly: Mix & Interview [Moogfest Edition]

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We have teamed up with Moogfest to bring you an exclusive mix by Earthly, fresh off playing the festival. Earthly is Edaan and Brint from North Carolina. Their debut LP, Days (Noumenal Loom) LP, announced their arrival last year, earning praise for their imaginative, trippy sample work that they mold and paint into a strange kind of pure sonic expression.

Edaan and I met through Animal Collective, and though Earthly comes from another sonic planet, what’s similar to me is their evocation of childlike playfulness/freedom. Edaan works for Red Eye, runs the label Break World (Teengirl Fantasy, Elysia Crampton, Goth Money) and seems to treat all strains of music with equal seriousness. Thusly, this mix is an incredibly diverse and creative suite in rapid-fire succession, held together with thoughtful interludes and found sounds. Including several stops in Japan, classical composers like Satie to syruppy rap and ending it all on a spiritual note with Alice Coltrane, they manage to make it all work.

We asked Edaan and Brint a few qs about the mix and their process..

What you guys up to?

E: Cooling listening to Rihanna a lot. Last weekend was Savage Weekend which was truly incredible. Prepping for our show. Trying to eat healthy.

Any particular narrative or theme for this mix?

E: We wanted to present various different types of synthesis. I don’t know how many Moog synthesizers are on tracks on this mix, but I kind of tried to approach it showing what perhaps came after and was a result of the Moog synth. Lots of computer music on here. The computer is the most powerful synthesizer. You heard that here first. And with most mixes I ever make, always try to represent a romantic sense of life. Also shouts out to Wendy Carlos, you are an incredible inspiration. <3 <3 <3

B: i wanted it to feel kinda like a studio tour or like a museum of the exciting things that synthesizers have brought to music.

The mix to me, with the quick cuts, sounds like flipping through radio stations, or like Dilla’s Donuts..

E: Dilla is a hero. I love quick cuts. Sometimes can create more powerful drama in a mix. And when done right can be the most satisfying. We have a couple tracks we made that we put on here. 15 Green is one that we put on there, and that track was created to represent an album teaser to an album which will never come out. We flipped between demos we had started but never finished. Adds another 15 moods to the mix in approximately 3 and a half minutes.

B: I think that quick cut idea is fun, espcially with a mix that isnt so dance oriented, also let’s me be more free with what parts of songs i want to point out etc… also, since the mix is kinda varied it made it easy show how so many innovative artists are influenced by the machines/whats available to them/time and space.

Songwriting process?

E: Really hard to put my finger on this one. Songs can start in many different ways, but in the end it involves a ton of discussion, deletion, dissection to get to where it feels like whatever melody, rhythm, texture, has always existed. Finding that permanence is really important.
B: yeah, i feel like it totally changes time to time. but for a good example, i like to go in with an idea like “country song” or something really specific and see what i can dig out of myself and my abilities to replicate something I’ve been interested in or researching. I like to think of melody a lot too, most of the time i’ll see what starts to pop into my head after ive improvised a catchy little tune that doesn’t tire me out on loop

Particular musical aspirations, or messages you are communicating?

The music represents the hum*n struggle to find balance between the light and dark. We are beautiful and ugly and incredibly kind and harsh and often whether we are aware or not, are navigating the spectrum of good and evil. We are pulled in many directions. I think our sound is most inspired by navigating that. We’re both sensitive emotional people, I think that comes across. Aspiration wise, I’d love to see more of the world, and to continue to challenge myself.

Whats your main source of sample material?

E. Samples come from anywhere. Lately for live performances and new recordings I’ve been sampling ASMR videos in order to get really crisp sounding rhythms and textures. Really adds something erie to the mix. Weirdly familiar and subliminal.

B: lately i’ve been playing more guitar and running it through max for live and learning how to sample that.

Any particular samples on the record that come to mind as a fav or that nobody would ever guess?

E: On Pure In Between we were recording the sound of the room and Brint Slammed the door to the studio without realizing we were still tracking. It sounded so good we kept it and looped it, and it kinda became a bass part in the track.
B: on the new stuff i’m really into all the different file bit rates and VST’s we were using. Like mixing Youtube Rips with real crispy clean VST’s. The mix of all these textures make me feel like i’m in some weird thrift store or pawn shop or something.

What are you into lately?

E: Chula, Rihanna, Via App, Elysia Crampton, Misha, Chino Amobi, everyone on NON, Young Thug, Doom Asylum, Dej Loaf, Drake, Goth Money, Foodman, DJ NFox, Gaika, DJ Paypal, Murdermart, Karl Raymar

B: Been into the new El Guincho record, a tribe called quest, and Skip Spence recently

What’s next?

E: We are working on a second album.

Last words

E: Rezzie you are a positive force, much love!

B: Same!

Aw guys. Right back at you.

TRACKLIST:

Earthly – Car Wash
Chip E – Time to Jack x Fennesz + Sakamoto – oto
Dj Sprinkles – Midtown 120 Blues
Art of Noise – Paranoimia
Black Kray – Codein Tears in Her Fanta [prod. by Loudmouf Gang]
Nidia Minaj – Sentimentos
Art of Noise – Snapshot
Erik Satie – Descriptions Automatique
Earthly – 15. Green
Apogee & Perogee – Professor Persec
Aphex Twin – Lichen
El Guincho – Muchos Boys
Yasuaki Shimizu – Seiko 1
Shiner – Mags
Arthur Russell – Lucky Cloud 2
Oneohtrix Point Never – Undercover Firefighter
Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda – Rama Ramaya – Krishna Krishnaya


Mix: Introducing Haweii Ma

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It’s 2016 and as the floodgates have been opened up for new sounds and ideas, any ties to convention seem distant in the rear view. It’s a post-Arca world, and Haweii Ma is a student of the new school. A 20-year old South African now living in NYC, this mix serves as his statement of intent & introduction, featuring all original productions. Haweii Ma makes alien club music from the future, turning his back to the current landscape and carving his own ground. Above all, Haweii Ma is a sound sculptor, twisting and warping found sounds, mainstream rap, and his own voice beyond recognition and into something almost intangible yet personal.

In his own words:


a catharsis balanced on the edges of alienation and euphoria
anesthetic in the midst of chaos
shrouded in a veil of pollen and blessings.

a whirl of original music created from:
embracing a new environment
exorcising disconnection
exhibiting sensitivity.

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Purple Trax Label Night VI

Recordings and pictorals from the 6th installment of our label night. Featuring DatKat, Shredder, Plebeian, Greem, and Richard Kennedy. All photos by Erez Avissar.

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AUDIOVISUAL: Discwoman 1-year Anniversary

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Discwoman took over Bossa Nova Civic Club this past Saturday for their one-year, and we’ve got the recordings and visual evidance. In just one year, local fire starters Frankie Hutchinson, Umfang, and Christine Tran (who also is behind the events for Chromat and Witches of Bushwick) have thrown a bright, much-needed spotlight on female-identifying DJs, signing local and international artists to their roster, traveling throughout the US and Canada, and throwing events from Brooklyn to Movement in Detroit and beyond. It has all led up to the craziest turnout that Bossa Nova has likely seen in its 3-year lifespan, brought about by a group hell-bent on challenging gender stereotypes in music.

What resulted was an undeniable vibe, and a perfectly curated genre-bending music blend. Juliana Huxtable, who made a Weird Magic mix of her own recently, went possibly harder than we’ve ever seen her before, dropping WM favorite “Feel it in the Air” and her own Bjork remix, while Honey Dijon brought a set of well-blent classics that culminated in her mouthing the words to “Baby Wants to Ride” by Frankie Knuckles while clutching the discoball and watching everybody freak.

Big ups Discwoman!

Shy Eyez > Katie Rex > Juliana Huxtable

Honey Dijon > Star Eyes

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Purple Trax Label Night #2 With A Jellyfish Special

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Weird Magic’s Purple Trax has teamed up with our pals at The FADER for this incredibly creative and adventurous mix by our resident Jellyfish, Greem. Get wet, and catch her in the flesh this Sunday at our second Bossa Nova label night, along with Lizzi from Gang Gang Dance, Logan Takahashi (live), Max McFerren, and Lamin Fofana.

Read up on The FADER, and RSVP.

Greem Jellyfish: Mix: High In Public: 2015 Sep: Purple Trax: Weird Magic: Fader: Ruth: House by Greem Jellyfish on Mixcloud


Purple Trax Mix for The Fader

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New feature in The FADER today featuring a whole bunch of new/unreleased Purp Trax, and a little Q&A about the label. [Read it here.]


Mix: Introducing Far Out Far Out

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There’s no telling why Brooklyn’s Far Out Far Out has been so quiet, but he’s been making the prettiest noise. This mysterious producer has a talent for glistening emotive house tracks, including “Zodiacal Light” off our Purple Trax compilation. His tunes have had us transfixed for a while, so we’re proud to present this masterful mix which includes all original productions. Come along for the ride and you will go Far. Watch this space for more..

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Mix & Interview: Masahiro Ueda

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Our man Masa the Vibe Masta takes the helm for the latest edition. Formerly on staff at Japan’s legendary WOMB club, he made the move to New York two years ago to pursue his passion for house music. His club night at Bossa Nova, Down By Low, has managed to book the elusive Galcher Lustwerk, have dibs on Terekke when he comes to town, and bring Specter out for his first New York show, as well as inspiring Resident Advisor to wax poetic about Bossa as a whole.

Like any Vibe Masta, Masa understands the importance of pacing, and the early moments of the mix recall his opening dj sets, with ambient and beatless landscapes, before entering grittier and rawer territory. Check it out and read our candid conversation, below.

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MIX: Juliana Huxtable – The Awakening

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It was over three months ago that Juliana Huxtable began to cook this one up. Over a month in, the mix seemed like another lost promise, until we learned that Juliana had been touring and finished the first “movement” in transit. That’s when we knew we were dealing with something Heavy.

A giant beam of light in NYC’s queer and music scenes, Juliana brings us The Awakening, a journey that hits on everything and compromises nothing. Anyone in this generation will identify with the familiar faces that pop up, which include – spoiler alert – Madonna, Korn, Star Wars, Bone Thugs, and Dragon Ball, over a hyperactive and cunty bed of beats. Steeped to perfection, Bjork won’t be the only one dropping this at parties.

Thank you Juliana <3

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WM Mix: Max Pearl

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Some of the best selectors are pure sound travelers who would probably call themselves “historian” before “musician”. Max Pearl is a music documentarian by blood, from his own publications, including Cluster mag, to launching Thump/working with Vice to Resident Advisor (where we covered Sustain-Release). But he also will dj with a live conga player and drop killer mixes like this one, which effortlessly jumps around the globe calling on deep ethnic and club strains, as well as some killer footwork cuts, in a stew he describes as “hardcore”.

Max has been keeping busy in Mexico, we caught up with him to see what he’s up to, and get his predictions for 2015.

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Mix & Studio Session: Tripletrain

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Our 4-yr mix series continues with New York’s finest in Teklife.

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“This is probably our best, or our most personal mix yet… just because it’s our shit — that we touched.” DJ Mel Gibson and DBK come to the table with a fresh bag of exclusive/unreleased tracks and cook up one of the most inviting platters of footwork we’ve heard since Double Cup. DJ Rashad introduced us when he put them up during SXSW presenting them as peers, and you can feel the kinship in the music – they both have a tight grip on that comfortable zone between turnt-up and chilled-out, where you can dance or smoke. And when they recall his jazzier, more soulful side, like when the horn section peaks out on mix opener “All I Can Do”, I swear I can hear the ghost of Rashad.
“We sought out to kind of do [footwork] but not really copy it, to use that sound to guide you.” (Their penchant for soul and jazz samples probably owes just as much to Dilla, whom they close the mix with an edit of.) “All I Can Do” is distinctly their own, but then when Rashad/Spinn/Taso’s “Cream” VIP slips in sounding like a continuation of that same thought, it all kind of makes sense. Fittingly, then, their next appearance will also be alongside all of them on Hyperdub’s upcoming Teklife compilation, Next Life. They’ve also got two EPs in the oven, and you can get your first dibs on all that right here.

We visited the duo at their Sunset Park studio….

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Mix: xorzyzt

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Our 4-yr anniversary mix series continues with xorzyzt’s URLxUSA tour mix.

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Brandon Rosenbluth aka xorzyzt, a well-known and pervasive force in Berlin’s dark underworld, is a busy man —- producing events, djing and touring alongside BlackBlackGold and Tom Ass as UnReaL; playing in bands reliq and Shaddah Tuum; booking European tours for littlebig Agency; engaging in video and performance art of the ‘metaphysical, shamanistic thread’; all while launching two new labels: Portals Editions (with Niko Shaddah Lfo, Ketev, and Marijn Degenaar), and UnReaL Audio, which just saw its first release with Born in Flamez. During our stay in Berlin last year, we caught him djing Stattbad & playing with his band at Berghain within our first few nights, and he remained a constant presence from there, throwing parties featuring House of Ladosha, ITAL, Stellar Om Source, and Light Asylum, to name a few.

Hot on the heels of a US tour (including a stop at our beloved Bossa Nova), this is the set he put together and fine tuned on the road: “In my signature style, I’ve consistently layered a number of tracks on top of one another including layers of drones and ambience in order to create an impenetrable wall of body-obliterating techno bliss.” From the first whispers of “what am i doing here?” we knew we were in for a ride, and as expected, this mix perfectly demonstrates his ability to drag you through the darkest corners of hell and still leave you gasping for more.

Brandon’s new project Shaddah Tuum’s EP dropped last week on his label Portals Editions, you can have a listen here.

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WM Mix & Interview: Jan Woo

To celebrate our 4-year anniversary, we are re-launching our mix series and highlighting some of our favorite artists/selectors.

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Jan Woo is Brooklyn’s best kept secret. Meticulous curator of all musical genres trance-inducing, his impeccable filter has landed him gigs alongside Juan Atkins and a festival-closing set at Sustain-Release. A Jan Woo track is one that stays close to your heart, and this mix is one you can put on and dance to start to finish, knowing you’re in good hands.

Up until now, unless you’ve caught one of his dj sets in the flesh, it is unlikely that you’ve gotten to experience the Woo, but this mix is a perfect distillation/introduction: one amazing tune after another — most that you probably would never find — and then a surprise blend like “Makin’ A Living” into Mr. Fingers “Can You Feel It”, that makes you want to cry. Thankfully, Jan has more in store for the world: He is prepping his first 12″ for Greek label Echovolt which includes “Whyfor” (below), a dancefloor stunner, and he’s got a new label Tripper Disc in the works, with an upcoming reissue/compilation of the appropriately-named obscure New Age band, Woo. Some things can only be kept tight for so long…

We spoke to Jan at home at Body Actualized Center in BK…

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