♫ Listen: Theodore Cale Schafer – “Midwest”

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I have a weird relationship with compilations. In my heart, I know they can be good, but I doubt every new one that I see, by default. Maybe it’s PAN’s fault – theirs from a couple years back was pretty much faultless and now I just know that nothing will ever top it, so why bother? Well, I’m not really sure why, but I did bother with The Warmest Hum on Berlin’s Vaagner/Vaknar imprint.

Just kidding! Actually, I do know why – it’s ace and filled to the brim with notable underground ambient sounds. Prolific Denmark-based musician øjeRum makes an appearance, Canadian producer and label head Anthéne contributes a track too, both sitting alongside the likes of Stijn Hüwels, Sequences, Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet or Machinefabriek. Basically, everyone’s on this thing.

My favourite of the bunch is Theodore Cale Schafer’s “Midwest”, a real ambient delight where the gentle tape-y mist you hear at the beginning gives rise to an impenetrable bright drone. Throughout, it hints at a melody, but never fully reveals it, keeping things pleasantly mysterious. Have a listen to the song below, and check out the full compilation through Bandcamp here. It’s a free download too, so definitely get it (sorry, tapes were snagged by the few lucky early customers).

The Warmest Hum by Various Artists

♫ Listen: Various Artists: PRIMORDIAL VOID – Primordial Chaos

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Let’s primarily focus here on the Primordial Chaos compilation being the first release on MMJ’s new imprint, PRIMORDIAL VOID: a Massive debut compilation release collecting 20 electronic and live recorded works, featuring Jeff Witscher, Gobby, HKE, Olan Monk, Mukqs, Lockbox, Sentient Gyre, Terribilis, Oxhy, Emamouse, LXV, Theodore Cale Schafer, Angelo Harmsworth, M/M, Waterhouse, Constellation Botsu, Yolichika, Kazumichi Komatsu, Snakepiss, and Modelock & EMBASSY. No-lie, every track is worth it. Told Marcel a while back that he’ll be someone people expect to product/recommend good shit as we all get older. Primordial Chaos is living up to that standard. And sets a potential above ground. In a spastic, paranoid, and tru-g0D mode sonics. Stream and explore:

♫ Listen: Kate NV – GMA11 (Grey Matter Archives mix)

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Japan’s CVN (angoisse, Orange Milk, Where To Now?) plans his dream dinner, draws up the menu, cooks for days, sweeps the floor, folds out the extendable table, lights candles, and welcomes most wonderful friends to the family-style banquet that is his Grey Matter Archives mix series.

The ever-growing guest list includes Cemetery, Kareem Kool, and LXV; Where To Now? labelmate Morkebla; angoisse’s founder David M. Romero and labelmates fdg., Theodore Cale Schafer, and ultrafrog; Orange Milk’s co-founder Seth Graham and labelmates G.S. Sultan and the inimitable Kate NV.

Kate NV turns up dressed like a perfect Pierrot. Kate KV brings flowers for the table. Kate NV drinks aperitifs out of tiny glasses. Kate NV sends pigeons flying out of her high hat. Kate NV does not check her phone, but, actually, no one does. The grandfather clock strikes 11, tick tock, ding dong. Kate NV skips out through the front door.

Click through the audio player to see the tracklist and head here to hear the rest.

♫ Listen: Theodore Cale Schafer – “Track 3”

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angoisse in Brazil pimped new literature and sound-installation CDr fuckery by Theodore Cale Schafer, and it’s sorta completely amazing, having only heard the 30-second[ish] “Track 3” of the project. But there’s an FaceTime: Intimacy After the Fact by Sandra Moyano Ariza that comes along with the release (here’s a sample from the essay). Released in collaboration with hypothetical.tech. Enjoy the vibe: