Monthly Archives: August 2017

New Release: Isalot EP from Low End Theory/Flying Lotus Favorite ALEPH: “Vol 1” on Renraku

“Isalot” is from ALEPH’s EP “Vol. 1″ – out Friday, September 8 on Renraku.

The ALEPH project is a reflection of the heavily textured aesthetic found in today’s electronic music, and exists as the evolution of the previous bass music incarnation known as Prophet. Where much of mankind’s history in the exploration and study of music lies in the evolution of melody and harmony, the ALEPH project seeks to explore the nature of sound itself. When ideas are left unbound by dogma and tradition, the base concept of music blurs and breaks, yet foundations still lay within the wreckage of the old. ALEPH Vol. 1 seeks to capture this aesthetic, in both texture, experimentation, and raw power.

Solomon was a once great king whose legacy was forever tarnished by sin. The track of the same name was inspired by the fall from grace while in a position of power, and the devastating effects that can have. Goliath was the giant who conquered all in his path with his pure might and only fell due to his own arrogance. The song representing Goliath attempts to capture this fury with the simple yet heavy handed saw bass. “Monolith” represents a change in form, from a slow pounding rhythm, to a more complex percussive force, inspired by the stone that enlightened the Neanderthals in Arthur C. Clark’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“Scintillations” is an even more complex song furthering this evolution, changing time signatures multiple times and meshing rhythm and bass with melody. “Lull” seeks to lure the listener into a trance, carefully changing its rhythm under the trembling bass and dust covered wind chimes. “Isalot” returns to the broken beats with a droning dull siren, exposing the forced imperfection of time and tone one can forge in electronic music. The evil spirit calls us back to the past, with archaic rave stabs, but modern power.

This project attempts to follow the change of form that music takes as the countless musicians of the past have shaped its previous incarnations, and attempts to explore what the future might hold, while still holding onto the lessons of old.

Buy the EP here:

Cannabis Travel Guides for Labor Day Weekend


With Labor Day this weekend, and people across the country are planning for the long weekend. This year, with more Americans supporting cannabis legalization than ever before, many travelers are opting for vacations that include cannabis.


Enter Brett Konen – a culture and lifestyle editor at, the world’s cannabis information resource. Adult use cannabis is now legal up and down the West Coast, so this summer, Brett and her team have created the ultimate cannabis travel guide, including customized itineraries for WashingtonOregon, and California.


New Release: Sidibe “Prove My Love”

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Sidibe Sets Herself Apart with “Prove My Love”

Sidibe is a five octave vocalist, songwriter and guitarist with roots in Louisiana and Senegal. With a voice described as effortless, ethereal and otherworldly, Sidibe’s vocal range is as dynamic as her musical style. She manages to meld the classic and the contemporary to create a sound that is unique to her. Her identity is clear and it comes through her voice on every song.

With a natural ease and confidence, Sidibe brings the listener into her sensual world and leaves no doubt that she is a true romantic. In April 2016, she brought Prince into her world with “I’m Only Dreaming”, a song he loved enough to include in his personally curated Purple Pick of the Week playlist. It was his final co-sign.

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Sidibe’s role as executive producer on her projects and her enduring collaborative relationship with Nico Stadi (Justin Beiber) and the legendary Warryn Campbell (Musiq Soulchild, Kanye West, Angie Stone) have brought a sense of continuity to her music while still allowing for expansion. It has also earned her a loyal following. Music lovers in Japan will be able to grab an exclusive release there this fall. Her plans also include releasing several singles over the next several months.

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While staying true to the autobiographical and revelatory lyrics heard in many of her songs, Sidibe finds herself moving into new emotional territory with her latest material. The lyrics, instrumentation and vocal styling all work together to reflect the feelings of a woman conflicted by love. She explains, “In the past, I have often written about the joyful and romantic side of relationship. My newer songs are equally passionate, but they include a tone of conflict too. I feel that in a way, the music and my voice have more layers, just like the stories I am telling.”

Sidibe 1“Prove My Love” is Sidibe’s newest offering and she had this to say about its creation, “I wrote the lyrics for “Prove My Love” rather quickly when compared to many of my other songs. When I am deeply immersed in the moment, the lyrics just pour out of me and I wrote most of this song in an hour. The music was created with Nico Stadi and Nate Mercereau in about the same amount of time. There was so much turmoil in my life during that period and this was the perfect opportunity to channel my feelings.”

She adds this about “Prove My Love”, “As if writing with Nico Stadi and Nate Mercereau was not enough of a blessing, I have the most incredible group of musicians playing on this song – Mononeon on bass, Nate Mercereau on guitar, Warryn Campbell on the Rhodes and clavinet, Aaron Spears on drums and Nico Stadi bringing it all together.”

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VICE Short Films Presents: The Paris Project


New Short Film Discusses Black Identity as an American Ex-Pat in Paris [NSFW]

Writer- Director Tamara P. Carter (THE LEFTOVERS) introduces an experimental drama about a Brooklyn based artist who moves to Paris to get married and start a new life. As a harrowed past catches up to him, he enters the depths of Paris’ underground art and spiritual drug scenes to settle a score.

The series was inspired by Tamara‘s decades long experience as an expatriate and merges art & film collectives from her native Brooklyn and adopted home in the City of Lights.  Shot on location and produced by Paris-based Quentin Daniel, the series is an amalgamation of stories, relationships and other realistic-fiction associated with moving to a foreign city with hopes of running from one’s past.

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DETROIT: Movie Review

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DETROIT. The story is riviting and told from a point of high tension that remained on and turned up through the entire film. The camerawork – which reminded me at times of some of Katherine Bigalow‘s previous direction – lent to the pressure on screen and allowed this film to feel a bit like a ‘War Movie’, which, in a way, it is.


The production quality was top par and everything seen on the screen from the realistic riots to the impeccable Costume Design (who did that and where did they get all those clothes?!) was incredible!


Which brings me to the characters and perfomances – most of which I would give VERY high marks. I was very impressed with the cast – and casting – primarily made up of people I had never seen or heard of – and I see a great many films and movies.


One larger character: Black Folks – as a Collective People, weren’t given a great deal to do – or say. We were seen as mistreated and unfairly treated. As angry and overwrought. As violent and opportunistic.


Without the intellectual content that often sparks an emotional connection (more empathetic, more sympathetic or at least more understanding) for viewers who may not have been around in those days, didn’t learn much about it or just don’t understand, “… why are y/our people so violent”.


I’m not bothered by anything in this film, specifically. I just found it jarring that we went from zero to Six-Sixty – from breaking up a juke joint and taking a perp walk to breaking locks and taking bicycles and typewriters.

A bit more of and about the reasons and reasoning behind the riotous uprisings of the 1960′s (1990′s and 2000′s) could have been given more context. That became trivial as the film rolled on and grew.


I would highly recommend DETROIT to any/all of “Us” – and to a great many others. With the caveat that they should be prepared to be upset, sad and angry. A lot of tension (and hand-held camera) and could perhaps use another edit. The acting performances and tech work were more than solid and the film itself was very, very well done.

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Review by Jason Sugars jason(at)fusicology(dot)com