Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
CD – Aesthetics
Suspended between dub and restless electronica, with flashes of jazz and spoken word, this new album by Daniel Mercellus Givens dispenses a handful of groove experiments following a ‘black’ and postmodern rhythmic tradition. Destructured sounds, full of cuts, jumps and narrative hyperboles sketch raw, poetic horizons of metropolitan life. The structures are hardly new, inspired by the abstract hip hop tradition embodied by Mo Wax and Ninja Tune in the last decade, but a researching attitude is nonetheless still alive, with a passion for a certain union of street stories, avant-garde vocals and a spiritual approach. ‘Egress’ unravels well, modulating images and concepts in a very pleasant and subdued listening experience, with many sensual variations merging into crooked, dilated and sensitive songs. It’s a top notch work supported by state-of-the-art mixing, thanks to the collaboration with Fred Ones (Beans, Mike Ladd) and Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Ariel Pink).