Alabaster Jones

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Suis La Lune Demo 2010
It's hard not to consider Suis La Lune's style of passionate screamo mixed with evocative post-rock as one of the best around, given that every release of theirs has exemplified this with a consistency in songwriting quality to die for. Demo 2010 is no different, and though it may only be seven minutes, every second of those seven is spent with Suis La Lune in their prime (2008-2012 Suis La Lune > most things). Both tunes here are phenomenal, and would surely constitute as highlights on any of their larger releases. That one gets this type of quality from a mere demo is testament to how fantastic the band truly is.
The Red Scare Capillary Lockdown
A little screamo/post-hardcore gem that was lost to the new millennium, Capillary Lockdown was the debut for a short-lived and overlooked band from Knoxville known as The Red Scare. Most people's knowledge of the band doesn't extend past the split they did with Orchid, and that's truly a shame given the quality of the material found here. The production on this thing is pitch perfect and improved in every way from the split, with a loud bass presence, a clarity to the guitars that retains rawness, and a lively punch to the drums. The songwriting, while wholly solid, isn't the most creative for its time, but everything sounds so great
Future True Story
While signs of something greater for Future were first heard on his breakthrough mixtape Dirty Sprite, he didn't start realizing that potential until True Story. The problems that bogged down his previous effort are more than ironed out here; the inconsistency that so defined it being replaced with an impressive and static high quality. The production, while not featuring a triumph the likes of "Racks" was, matches this quality by constantly providing a hard-hitting, sometimes celebratory backdrop, complete with top-notch synth work and massive underlying bass. Future himself sounds insatiably hungry here, especially on an e
Paul White Everything You've Forgotten
Paul White is one of those producers that is best when pulling from a wide range of influences rather than just one pool, as evidenced by the somewhat lukewarm production on his collaboration with Open Mike Eagle last year. However, on Everything You've Forgotten, he's back to letting all sorts of genres blend in his production, and thus creates an enjoyable and pleasing mixtape all in under a half an hour. The individual sections of the one giant song here flow a bit choppy sometimes, but that kind of comes with the territory when speaking of plunderphonics. Influences fly in from world music, soul, jazz, and even psychedelic rock o
Napalm Death Death by Manipulation
The early 90's saw Napalm Death making a full transition from a grindcore/crust outfit to a death metal group with slight grind leanings. You hear this evolution backwards on Death By Manipulation, which gathers, in order of listening, the Mass Appeal Madness EP, the Suffer The Children single, the Mentally Murdered EP (which was the last Napalm Death recording to feature drummer Mick Harris) and the material from their side of the S.O.B./Napalm Death split. All of the material here is pretty solid, and it's cool to hear how the band was adjusting and shifting their sound from one style to another.
Moby Disk
This is more or less a condensed version of Everything Is Wrong, which means it's pretty sweet. It's got a few tracks that were already on that album, but they're all some of the better ones anyway. The reason to hear Disk is for the remix of "Feeling So Real", which is really good, and the beautiful unreleased track "Shining", which would've been a great track on the LP. It's quick, fun eclectic electronic, as is the case with most Moby releases.
The Body Christs, Redeemers
The Body have always been one of the most forward-thinking sludge/doom acts or their time, putting out release after release of unnerving, depressing, hateful, and sometimes even the slightest bit hopeful droney doom. The use of choirs, strings, and operatic female vocals juxtaposed with nervous ambient drone, crushing sludge riffs, intensely plodding drums, and wailing vocals is in full effect on Christs, Redeemers. It may not be quite as dynamic as their last solo full-length, but what it lacks in that department it makes up for in palpable passion and a smothering atmosphere. In this regard, it is somewhat of a transitional album

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  • protokute thanks for the recs, will check them as soon as possible
    January 12 11:25 AM
  • protokute hey man, could you rec me some cloud rap? and nice list!
    January 10 02:47 PM
  • OvDeath glad you liked the new lsbp ep ! :)
    December 29 12:13 PM
  • joshrhodes if he can stop getting into legal trouble hopefully, plus he's bound to drop a debut project at some point anyway
    November 13 03:36 PM
  • sosabirdman I live for the PING
    October 31 11:03 PM

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