Track-by-Track: Sinemis’s “Dua”

Sinemis is the new moniker from Circassian-Turkish producer Sine Buyuka, and her debut, Dua, is a wonder. Fusing disparate styles in surprising yet seamless ways and imbuing each passage with a wealth of emotion opens an immersive, transportive world. Buyuka channels the fraught unknown of experiencing and recovering from a life-threatening illness into every facet of Dua. It’s a moving, often intense listening experience that rewards repeated … Continue reading Track-by-Track: Sinemis’s “Dua”

Track-by-Track: Kasper Bjørke Quartet’s “Mother”

Albums and compositions about climate change and humanity’s impact on our planet have become a regular fixture in my listening habits in recent months. I dug into these themes and explored them via sound with Frederik Croene last month, and now Kaspar Bjørke Quartet’s Mother is occupying a central location in my mind.  Mother is an intense listening experience, even if that’s not immediately obvious. Bjørke’s … Continue reading Track-by-Track: Kasper Bjørke Quartet’s “Mother”

Track-by-Track: Eli Winter

I finished writing this piece a few days ago before news of jaimie branch’s passing broke, and amidst the heartbreak, I keep thinking of her irrepressible, generous spirit. She always showed up. Listening to her irrepressible, searching runs on “Dayenu,” and thinking about where the title comes from (a Passover song) and what the word means – “it would have been enough” – it’s a … Continue reading Track-by-Track: Eli Winter

Track-by-Track: 700 BLISS on “Nothing To declare”

700 BLISS (DJ Haram & Moor Mother) slice mantras into the city’s concrete skin on the visceral, cathartic, and even hilarious Nothing to declare. Backyard breakbeats and fried, snaking synths build madcap webs. Future rhythms take a sawblade to squarewaves, fusing proto-electronics with hip hop reveries and free jazz energies. Moor Mother and DJ Haram alternate raining fire on the world and wrapping it up … Continue reading Track-by-Track: 700 BLISS on “Nothing To declare”