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February 18, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Africans With Mainframes

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

I’ve recently revisited one of my favorite albums from 2016, K.M.T. by Africans With Mainframes. The Chicago-based duo consists of two acid house producers, Jamal Moss and Noleian Reusse, and at points the album is so intense that it becomes overwhelming, in the driving, pounding beats and unrelenting energy. The pair uses distortion, fuzz, and undulating layers of noise to tremendous and cinematic effect. The tracks get trippy as soon as you’re almost at your breaking point, and these textural variations that change from moment to moment bring you deep into the music. The track above is the most mellow on the album; it is at times lush and juicy, and dark and fuzzed out. I can’t quite get over how deeply I end up listening when I put on this album. 

February 18, 2021

Talk Thursday To Me – Leon III

Today we take time to chat with Andy Stepanian of Leon III about staying busy during the pandemic, the evolution of their sound and Antlers in Velvet.

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February 18, 2021

The B-Side: Soft Streak

One of the cool things about hearing all this new music all the time, is how our brain connects the new with our storied musical consumption of days gone by. Take for example, “Never Call” by Soft Streak, a song that from first listen gave us serious Alison Moyet vibes. I mean, Soft Streak’s vocalist doesn’t sound that much like Moyet and production wise this is a far cry from Yazoo or Moyet’s solo work. But that’s what we keep coming back to. Big Moyet Vibes. Perhaps it’s the effortless vocals that give us a melody that glides and dives and rises in all the right ways or perhaps it’s that the song works in that realm of specifically hopeful longing Moyet was known for. Either way it feels as familiar and comfortable as a recently unearthed favorite oversized sweater,

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