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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Muttley - 15 MOF PTY.111 - Stories Of Solace In Miniature Episode 3 - Black Eyes

Muttley - 15MOF Pyt 111. Black Eyes

>SoundCloud 1h58min Mixtape Link<

Depression. Difficult, isn't it? Everyone has it, don't they? Seems so in the last ten years in Great Britain. Yes, besides the unaware club at school who don't yet know what depression is, the germinating angst-turned-despair of the mental illness that becomes all-consuming to some of us is no stranger. It's the black dog following us home, as Oxford's Little Red like to say. "Black Eyes" is a concept mix for the accompanying lyric, "this black dog, is everywhere I go". Because: how does depression "change" us? Personally this is highly interesting - not for the sob stories, but for the perception area.

Say I am having a conversation with my mate - let's call him Rob. Rob likes good conversation, but has a bit of a temper. The depression latches onto Rob's temper and creates a facsimile - or a false projection - of the actual reality at hand. In the interest of attachment psychology, this could be referred to as "predestined selection". What makes depression different? For me, there is something about the parasitic logic of hormones in the body, gestating and losing it - to bring us back to the conversation, my spiel is where "Rob" loses his temper, and opens a bottle of Scrumpy Jack. Depression - the notion - leads to a device for depression - the dis-ease; the alcohol; the black eye in a fist fight at worst; the black eye, rather in the eyes of the depression sufferer.

Do not worry if this does not make sense to you. But to document depression for my family, it does explain much. Take me at secondary school. Before Americanised "High School", I was a cheerful infant. I used to look at cars all day from a closed window on the road passing by (I lived on a main road at the time). What you should know: at secondary school, I came home regularly miserable, this is no lie. Yet, in long term recall, there were several moments per week when I had lots of friendly
encounters. At times, I was high as a kite! Does this not seem odd? Fanciful, even? Seems so. But perhaps the gain (mixology) I put on the volume of the encounters - i.e putting myself into lots of situations at school where I felt uncomfortable, but what created almost heavenly sociological results in terms of maturing and maturing my obsession for music - which I was very kindly allowed by tutors and heads without bullying or confiscation obtruding it - created a seismically big paradox.

The paradox being, and reasoning, is this where my bipolar started?

Is this where I started to become schizophrenic?

I would like to think, not unreasonably so for my own sanity, that this was the case. It also leads me to believe everyone has the time of their life at school, in their own way. Despite me never being bullied, yet occasionally being a popular choice for conversation (I was always either quiet or rejecting, but not awkward, just peaceful), me, I, had the time of my life. And this is the polarisation of wide-eyed-wonder, not black eyes at all. Man and woman often thinks of what is to be achieved by undergoing a task, any task at that, great or small, it all comes down to priorities these days, simples life, yours gratefuls, kisses. But let's recoup our logic on depression and my theorising. Life seems to change when we positively engage with it; life seems to disappear when we move away from it. This is simple and related to the laws of physics, acceleration and entry and exit gates. So to suggest a neutralising (depression) additive to create a neutralising outcome, is not implausible. But we really need to get a "hold" on the actual physicality of the life environment for any of this to mean something worthwhile. In short "actions speak louder than words". Life is bigger than

Summary: depression is neutralising of an environmental perception by the individual, whether observer, undertaker or pacifist; life is bigger than these events sound, and adds a large sense of reality to the proceedings.

Whether we choose to believe the emotions in "Black Eyes": well, that's another story entirely...

Love x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

2017 Mrb Poetry - To Myself

Mrb - To myself

Where my mind bleats for quiet, my heart skips for an answer
Where my head loses memories by the second, a whisper is often something I can muster
I muster
To myself
that cold cold chill
That permeates the radium of the world
Turning pipes inside out
Piping hot food used for body charcoal
And the ash of time as a vanguard for nails on a cross.

Friday, 6 January 2017

2017 FN (Foodie Noodlings) - Home Made Pasta Carbonara

home made pasta carbonara recipe

20p packet noodles with bbq sauce powder
4 rashes bacon, sliced thin
3 spring onions, chopped coarsely
3 mushrooms, chopped small
pancetta powder packet mix
2tbsp semiskimmed milk
2 green chillies

chop all ingredients
transfer in any order to a wok, ideally pancetta and milk into the oil or water base first
cook and stir continually for 15-20 minutes, until mix congeals and thickens to taste.


Sunday, 25 December 2016

Subversion Stop 268: Muttley's Reflections On The Year 2k16 (Shortform; all)

A little diary entry to sum up the year. 2016 has been very strange. In every way, it's the year that at 28, I REALLY grew up.

Good times: First Floor, Aangon, Suwanna Thai (birthday), World Chef (virtual), My Cafe (new Xmas game), Angrid restaurants.

Understanding what copyright really means: respecting the rights to privacy by the creator not to literally spread recordings.

Wishing Uncle Paul a safe passing on at this time on Xmas day. To me he fell asleep 2 days ago, I had a moment at 1131pm Fri.

Made him and the rest of the family an emotional instrumental mix. First time I've felt inspired to bind tracks in a while. (Ed: that's on www.subvertcentral.com in time - search "Dust Bowls")

Gifts from wifey this year. The love, the laughs, the chance encounters, the doting, soft tender care, her tailored river mix.

Music: Locrian, Haffenetty, Sharon Van Etten, Ulrich Schnauss, Radioactive Man, Macc & dgoHn, DJ Trax, new FL, ASC, Bat FL,

Ryan Teague, Reinier Van Houdt, Drawing Virtual Gardens, LYEF, Francis M. Gri, Alan Courtis, BJ Nilsen & Stillupsteypa, Steve Roach, Steve Brand, all the Soma.FM artists, Delia Derbyshire, Jandek, Harry Bertoia.

Electronica: Hed Kandi 2006 3CD, Chicane, Noname, Daniel Thomas Freeman, Aphex Twin, Brigid Mae Power, Peter Broderick, Marina and The Diamonds.

Live: seeing any of these people out, otherwise Toney Batey, Sal, Sparky and crew, The Firegazers, Kosmosis, Ras Brother John, James Berwale, Matt, Hurricane.

Treasured memories: David Bowie for Blackstar (RIP), Tremble & Medika & Shady Novelle MC for my tracks of the year, "Trouble" and "Penitentiary Dub".

All the ZIPDJ.com music from their sub service, eMusic's ever-growing catalog and excellent app. Ableton Live 8 and studio production.

Games: for two. Me and soulmate. Me and friend. Pvp. P&P. No postage and packing, all app games and 3DS and PC games. Easy. Retro City Rampage much fun. Super Street Fighter IV channelling aggression and anger of my old fighting days. Also inspiring me to train and stretch limbs. Game Of War, Slotomania Free Slots Game, Candy Crush, Nano Assault on 3DS. Zelda: A Link
Between Worlds. Sonic Shattered Crystal. Advanced Wars Dual Strike. Command And Conquer on PC and Rogue Assault and RedSun S6. Challenging games with structure and good rewards systems.

Converts beauty into my waking life and portion controls on BMI. Knowing smaller is really bigger.

Benefits: changed and stayed the same. Provided with money to eat. Left with no money to save, or a paltry sum. Cut back as much as possible.

Mental health: still schizoaffective. Worse in some ways than ever. But importantly more wise. Capable of real EFT therapy.

...Read my full spiel and more writings on the year at www.subvertcentral.com; search "SubVersion".

Merry Crimbo and Happy New Year.
All the best

Sunday, 11 December 2016

SubVersion Stop 267: Wire Chart 2016

Now in its fourth year: “buying one record reviewed in The Wire each month” – plus three more to make up a proper Wire 15 chart. The lists for the previous three years can be found by following the following links: 2013, 2014, and 2015.

And here's my chart for 2016. The # marks denote the issues in which the records featured.

SubVersion 2016 15

#383 The Sprawl - EP1 (Death of Rave)
#384 Roscoe Mitchell - Sustain and Run (Selo Sesc)
#385 David Bowie - Blackstar (ISO / RCA)
#386 eMMplekz - Rook to TN34 (Mordant Music)
#387 Puce Mary - The Spiral (Posh Isolation)
#388 Elza Soares - The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos)
#389 Ben Johnston - String Quartets 6, 7 & 8 (New World)
#390 Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Black Stabat Mater (Rune Grammofon)
#391 Teresa Rampazzi - Immagini per Diana Baylon (Die Schachtel)
#392 Moor Mother - Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni)
#393 Joëlle Léandre & Théo Ceccaldi - Elastic (Cipsela)
#394 Peter Evans - Lifeblood (More is More)

+#383 Guttersnipe - Demo (Arcane Pariah)
+#388 Let’s Eat Grandma - I, Gemini (Transgressive)
+#389 Der Zyklus - Renormalon (WéMè)

Compiled by Jonathan Tait, subvertcentral.blogspot.co.uk

No, not a “best records of the year” list. It's a set of releases that each piqued my interest when reading the reviews, and then made me sit up when checking out audio online. But if I was to pick one out as a favourite, it'd be Camae Ayewa's Fetish Bones LP as Moor Mother, which is the best hiphop I've heard in a long time.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Retrograde Reviews: Reinier Van Houdt - Paths Of The Errant Gaze LP

Reinier Van Houdt - Paths Of The Errant Gaze LP
Your only enemy is atrocity.

The only enemy in your life is your imagination...

But then, heck, it was mine for many years when it came to creating ambient music. And as an empath thing, the piano is a solid beginner's point that can, for one, cause a lot of inspiration, and second, in a see, saw, fashion, formulate a lot of writer's block. While it is difficult to believe in yourself, believing in your own music is the biggest factor, for me in my own experience, in whether me and my acquaintances succeed or not. For most of us, the guitar and piano are the main two instruments one starts with, after all...and the piano is exactly what Reinier Van Houdt does best on this new promo from Hallow Ground label. "Paths Of The Errant Gaze" is a portentuous meditation on the 81-note instrument, and a album that presents many twists and turns in the pianistic repertoire.

It's not all flurries of furore by a long shot, though. Opening the album is a dark Murcof-like set of atmospheres that are positively disconcerting in a Demdike Stare catalogue kind of way. Sonic Pieces is a touchstone in theatrical menace. This isn't dark ambient however; there is something sinister but it's more deep and chilled, a strange foreboding chill without the fright at the end of it. The music is deeply transcendental, like the hum of a ghost ship, or the echoes of bat sonic supersound from a cave exit. Maybe it's time to get out? No, let us wallow in these atmospheres a little longer, for we are dreamers who at one point are on our own memorising elephant and next we're in the shallows like a hippopotamus, resting in uncandid serenity. These resonances are heavy on pastoral drone without the irritable hum. They start to fissure and rattle like bones in a dementia fit on second piece "The Fabric Of Loss". Sounds from a torture chamber set into an unpleasant - but strangely comforting - catharsis. It is frightening and gravitates to a dislocated navigation of the spices of life.

By this third track, we need a certain peace. The violins, high pitched in their operatic stalagtite status, create a fair come down period, where the mood irons out any turbulence. Turbulent is a good word to describe this album. If you've ever heard the dissonance of Kevin Drumm or Merzbow you'll get an idea of exactly what this album is going for. Scary, gripping stuff, but not stuff to keep the kids on your side. It is nightmarish at points, but never evil. It sounds like the contents of a troubled mind fighting with a demon that keeps prodding a scythe in the subject's back. For that only you get the feeling this music is from some other dimension, a place where angels are in purgatory (13 minutes into track 2) and the subject is trying desperately to find his or her way out.

When we get past the crackling trail of "Transfinite" there is a vignette to close us out. Impending doom, and all the light goes out on a truly remarkable release.

By track five, "Gaussian Veils", which I've no idea what it means but sounds like some Greek linguistic variant on gossamer, a crepuscular rhythm is held together by stalking piano and the introduction of a ghostly choral voice. This is the stuff of legends. Pure transcendence, "springs of light, I chase upon your reach, this situ, a path of ideas I lose". The sound of it, just the sound of it! It is utterly doueur and utterly fantastic. The minor and augmented aeolian modes of the piano paint a haunted mid section to the record, and the spectral tones of the voice in question is like a magisterial tormented soul doing naked cabaret for the pleasure of Satan and his little elves.

Mick Buckingham

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Various Artists (Friends Of Foci's Left) - SlipStreamDreams

Various Artists (Friends Of Foci's Left) - SlipStreamDreams

by VA (Various Artists: FL; K3Bee; Shiva; FRight; Dredge; Naphta; RST; Keiretsu)

  • Naphta - Are U Ready? 00:00 / 07:12
    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    The disc is not a vinyl, but I like to think of it as such, because it is a collection of long form recordings. It will work on hifis with MP3 function.
    The download only includes the 16 tracks, the unique MP3 disc includes one exclusive mix per customer.

     £5 GBP


  • Edit

    Limited Edition MP3 Disc (20 copies happy to be hand-pressed and labelled individually with inserts. Also includes bonus outtakes from huge mix catalogue by Muttley, Foci's Left producer. Each unique copy has a unique bonus mix featuring a track or more on this comp!!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Various Artists (Friends Of Foci's Left) - SlipStreamDreams via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around October 5, 2016
    edition of 50 

     £10 GBP or more


  • Full Digital Discography Edit

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    A celebration of sounds themed on the nineties, but not made in the nineties. Jungle, breakbeat, ambient, weird, library music, all in a sound collage textured in a nature that slipstreams moods into one another.
    Hence, the name, "SlipStreamDreams".

    Slipstreams are stealing of speed in a car journey, where the elements are in force to act against us.

    Slipstreams can be quite awkward problems with malfunctioning intent.

    Slipstreams can be depressions or decompressions of the mind.

    Slipstreams can be resonances that seem impersonally illogical.


    released October 5, 2016

    "2nd", "Imprint", "Matter" and "Meringue" produced by Kevin Beegan, AKA K3Bee. Find some of his dubplates at www.soundcloud.com/k3bee. He is part of the NuKillaBeats Cru.

    "Gene Thief" produced by James Alexandre Pathan, AKA Shiva Lab Creation. James runs www.bitratemusic.com, where you'll find some of his tunes and others released. Reach him on FaceBook or Twitter.

    "Are U Ready?" and "Home" produced by Shane 'O Shea, AKA Naphta. Naphta contributes to 'shwontological' blog www.weareie.com - take a look. These two tracks are re-released from his digital download album on THE Fear Recordings, in 2007.

    "Telemetry (Original)" by Robert Scott Thompson, AKA RST of Aucourant Records A&R. Robert has a Bandcamp page with over 60 albums released, some on labels such as Relaxed Machinery. Check "Arcana" for a good example.

    "Addict" and "Only Forward" produced by Keiretsu. Thanks to Stephen Mercer from Keiretsu for entrusting me with these on the release. Originally released on D:ART Recordings in the 2000s. About 2006.

    All other work (artwork, compilation ordering, trimming, Artillery Software mastering) by Michael Robert Buckingham, AKA FL, FRight, Dredge, owner of Foci's Left label and operator of www.focisleft.bandcamp.com.




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