2021 & The Year That Was

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. It’s been almost a year since I announced Foxy Digitalis was coming back in 2021 and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first big surprise came when there was an instant outpouring of excitement and support. I honestly wasn’t sure if anyone remembered Foxy Digitalis, but then I started … Continue reading 2021 & The Year That Was

Irreversible Entanglements “Open the Gates”

It only takes about 15 seconds for Tcheser Holmes and Luke Stewart to get into a locked a tight groove. It only takes 15 seconds for Irreversible Entanglements to grab us by the scruff of the neck and drag us over to the edge to show that’s it’s time to open our damn eyes. “It’s energy time,” hollers Camae Ayewa as the lights go out. … Continue reading Irreversible Entanglements “Open the Gates”

Angel Bat Dawid “Hush Harbor Mixtape Vol. 1 Doxology”

When Angel Bat Dawid sings through raw emotion and subtle auto-tune on “Heathen Practices at Funerals,” “There is no one like you. There is no one like me,” she feels it. Angel Bat Dawid s a singularity. There’s never been anyone like her and there never will be again. I often quote Oui Ennui’s description of Dawid as “a movement, a mode,” in response to me calling … Continue reading Angel Bat Dawid “Hush Harbor Mixtape Vol. 1 Doxology”

Angel Bat Dawid “Harkening Etudes”

I don’t know that I have enough superlatives in my vocabulary to adequately express my admiration for Angel Bat Dawid. A defining musical moment in 2020 was from her live recording with The Brothahood on International Anthem on “Black Family” when you can practically feel her entire being transcending, bellowing out, “Affirm my family! Affirm my family!” It’s a transformational moment from a transformational artist, … Continue reading Angel Bat Dawid “Harkening Etudes”

Weekly Video Break – March 5

Welcome to the weekly video recap. Well, I hope it’ll be weekly, but if not it will be close. This week there’s two killer offerings from Koen Holtkamp and Damon Locks – Black Music Ensemble. Koen Holtkamp “Atmos 02” Short but sweet track off Koen Holtkamp’s excellent new album, Atmosphere, out today on Love All Day. Damon Locks – Black Monument Ensemble “NOW (Forever Momentary … Continue reading Weekly Video Break – March 5

Rob Mazurek – Exploding Star Orchestra “Dimensional Stardust”

Rob Mazurek’s work has always pushed boundaries and dissected common ideas and approaches. Eschewing already-blazed paths, he creates sprawling worlds of sound uniquely his own whether it’s with his solo work, various groups he’s part of, or, in this case, with the always great Exploding Star Orchestra. On Dimensional Stardust, you find yourself estranged on an alien planet where familiar pieces are everywhere, but nothing … Continue reading Rob Mazurek – Exploding Star Orchestra “Dimensional Stardust”

Notes From the Jewel Garden #1: Back to the Future

Picking up old threads as 2013 bleeds into 2021. Hello again… On January 31st, 2013 when I pressed ‘publish’ on the final installment of my long-running column, The Long Decline, I 100% believed that was the end of Foxy Digitalis in any form. I hadn’t dropped any hints or made any announcements leading up to the formal declaration I made in that piece, but I had … Continue reading Notes From the Jewel Garden #1: Back to the Future