Doon Kanda (Jesse Kanda) releases Luna EP on Hyperdub

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Jesse Kanda’s debut musical release as Doon Kanda came out last year in the form of Heart, and looking at the cover art for that release, it’s almost as though Kanda was trying to draw (no pun intended) a hard line between his fantastic and striking work as a visual artist and his hew newfound preoccupation creating sounds that are evidently fit for the Hyperdub label.

The cover is ugly in a way that appears deliberate and not a continuation of Kanda’s otherwise “beautifully ugly” portfolio (it also gives Bjork a run for her money). It’s basically the equivalent of when Michael Jordan decided to try baseball, and instead of waltzing out to home plate wearing his basketball short-shorts and inexplicably handing the catcher a Fisher-Price basketball hoop, severed all obvious ties to his prior sports life (he carried a baseball bat and everything).

The tracks on Heart dabbled with electronic experimentation recalled (on a basic level) the work of longtime collaborator, Arca. Luna likewise conveys a sense of Kanda feeling things out, and it’ll be interesting to see how his musical style evolves should he decide to keep with this creative route. Hyperdub’s on the bandwagon, at least!

You can buy Luna here and now, and be sure to check out Jesse Kanda’s new website, which was launched in conjunction. Feel free to stream the release below as well.

doon kanda, Luna (HDB116D) by doon kanda

Luna tracklisting:

01. Bloodlet
02. Molting
03. Luna
04. Crinoline
05. Burning
06. Shed
07. Lamina

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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I wrote the last one of these columns almost a month ago, so this is really the five best videos of the last three weeks. Don’t worry, though. Not that many videos came out during the holiday, and most of the ones that did come out weren’t that good. Some of them were, though, including … More »

Björk – “Arisen My Senses” Video (Feat. Arca)

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Björk released her new album Utopia last month, and she’s already made lush, surreal videos for the album tracks “The Gate,” “Blissing Me,” and “Utopia.” Today, she’s got a new one for the hazy, twinkling album opener “Arisen My Senses.” It might be the lushest, most surreal of these videos yet. More »

Björk Reveals Utopia Cover Art By Jesse Kanda

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Björk has been giving us a slow drip of information about her upcoming album these past few months. First we learned it was her “Tinder album” and that it dealt with learning to love again after the heartbreak depicted on Vulnicura. We later heard lead single “The Gate” and saw itsMore »

Jesse Kanda, artist and frequent Arca collaborator, releases debut EP heart as doon kanda via Hyperdub

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Jesse Kanda, an incredible visual artist and frequent Arca collaborator, has released his debut EP as doon kanda, titled heart. And if there’s anything we could use plenty of today, it’s heart. The five-song EP is available now digitally and February 24 on vinyl via Hyperdub.

From Kanda:

ok here is my humble attempt to try and put these songs in context .. to reflect and describe what they mean to me:

axolotl is like a chant for giving it your best try

womb is maybe like the moment you’re out and you hear the world unmuffled

wings is like a conversation .. maybe with yourself, maybe between two aspects of you, or with another spirit

feline is sensual like a courtship

heart is losing someone you love and your self

and on the sound of these melodies:

my work might sometimes be coated with a layer of sharp pain like a blade to the eye or ears. but at the heart of it is always love, compassion, empathy.

I think this coating is created to protect itself, like the walls of a womb, or armor. the same way that what’s within us can protect itself and can be hard to crack. it’s kinda in my nature to always try and turn this stuff inside out and expose it.

each of the songs on this ep have this quality. the melodies are treated to cut you like a serrated knife.

but hopefully they are beautiful enough that you’d want to listen anyway.

Go to Hyperdub’s Bandcamp site to pre-order, and listen to the EP here.

doon kanda – heart (HDB105) by Hyperdub