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”

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #28: Pinkcourtesyphone

I’m not sure much needs to be said here, but when Pinkcourtesyphone delivers a mix subtitled “gelatinous suspension of beliefs,” there’s only one way this is going. Hit play, fall down jagged chasms and get stuck in a vat of enchanted ooze where dance parties wobble enthusiastically and scientific discovery is etched in puddles of spectral recitations. Massive. His new album, All Intensive Purposes, will be … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #28: Pinkcourtesyphone

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”

Moor Mother “Zami”

Blown-out bass snarl burns like a massive fuse beneath Moor Mother’s new track, “Zami,” while she spits napalm-laced truths over graveyard rhythms. “Yeah, I’m being erased. And you don’t fucking care. And you was never there,” smashes through walls, the heavy distortion glowing electric. Translucent keys flicker through melancholy scales, trying like all hell to add points of light to the solid darkness, but the … Continue reading Moor Mother “Zami”

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