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OK, time for her to get her own thread. New album dropping this year and the stuff that's come out from it so far is straight fire - here's the latest.

https://soundcloud.com/t4tluvnrg/can-you-see-me

I love love love how uplifting and positive her stuff is.

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Thursday, 15 August 2019 16:47 (one year ago) link

Fun little clip of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLwn33iDHWQ at the end of that!

vcrash, Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:23 (one year ago) link

"I need you" is one of my favourite tunes of the year

The World According To.... (Michael B), Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:24 (one year ago) link

mine too xp

highly highly highly anticipating her new album

https://soundcloud.com/t4tluvnrg/can-you-see-me

Papa Triste (Thee Macallan 18 Year), Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:32 (one year ago) link

she's also the best dj

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 15 August 2019 20:03 (one year ago) link

i just relate to her music soooo fucking much, like i've heard dance music before but the shit she does connects with me, she's out there doing pure fucking gender euphoria and i love it to the point that i feel like a cliche, except that i've never actually heard any other trans people express enthusiasm about her. and i don't know what that means to me, i'm still awkward and dyspraxic as fuck and can't imagine dancing, anyway she is a total goddamn hero to me

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Friday, 16 August 2019 23:33 (one year ago) link

that's awesome, i've always loved her music too, i think she's making really beautiful and uninhibited music with a lot of depth.

she's just so banging when she djs, her whole vibe is like "being a banjee girl saved my life and now it will save yours"

cheese canopy (map), Friday, 16 August 2019 23:46 (one year ago) link

might as well put this four-hour set from last year here, it's everything

https://soundcloud.com/discwoman/discwoman-40-x-octo-octa-polyglamorous-year-3

lowercase (eric), Friday, 16 August 2019 23:52 (one year ago) link

y’all otm

her music is exhilarating

marcos, Friday, 16 August 2019 23:56 (one year ago) link

and I really love all the 90s euphoric house & rave stuff her music recalls, that music was really special to me as a teenager and has been since

marcos, Friday, 16 August 2019 23:59 (one year ago) link

Violet is also about to release her own album on Dark Entries. Violet's label Naive has released excellent OO and Eris tracks.

https://soundcloud.com/lagasta/violet-half-crazy-dark-entries

Funky Isolations (jed_), Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:19 (one year ago) link

immense love for Naive's logo and for the designer that came up with that.

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0937258302_10.jpg

Funky Isolations (jed_), Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:24 (one year ago) link

things that just have to be mid 90s tshirt designs

echoing everyone who says what a great DJ she is. rescued an otherwise miserable freezing club night in January of this year. new album is mint too

wot's the tea mum? (not beef again) (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:58 (one year ago) link

I love how much she plays speed garage live, especially her fondness for Boris Dlugosch’s “Hold Your Head Up High (Julian Jonah’s Bad Boy Mix)” aka my favourite speed garage track.

Tim F, Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:28 (one year ago) link

As wonderful as house music is, it's never quite as full-on amazing as the *idea* of house music that you had in your head if you were ten years old in 1989.

This mix actually is: https://mixmag.net/feature/the-cover-mix-octo-octa

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:09 (one year ago) link

She’s a great crate digger. That’s a brilliant selection of non-obvious classics. Haven’t heard that Stealth Sonic Soul Apollo 440 mix since about 1994

the article don, Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link

Loving “I need You” so much. Brings me back to when I first got into partying around 2000.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:28 (one year ago) link

Can You See Me? is
exactly what I needed
thanks rushomancy

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Monday, 19 August 2019 18:22 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

out now on bandcamp!

https://octoocta.bandcamp.com/album/resonant-body

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:29 (one year ago) link

lol you beat me to it eric

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:39 (one year ago) link

looking forward to seeing this live in a few weeks!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:59 (one year ago) link

thanks for the tip - other digi outlets weren't selling it until next week.

stirmonster, Thursday, 5 September 2019 19:14 (one year ago) link

out tomorrow on beatport (though beatport sucks tbh).

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 5 September 2019 19:31 (one year ago) link

DJing at an elementary school pot luck tonight and definitely dropping something off this WHEW

Papa Triste (Thee Macallan 18 Year), Thursday, 5 September 2019 20:16 (one year ago) link

haha have fun

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 5 September 2019 21:01 (one year ago) link

this sure is 1000 percent wonderful

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 September 2019 21:08 (one year ago) link

Hmm this sounds sick as fuck

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 5 September 2019 21:48 (one year ago) link

ecstatic beat is blowing my mind

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 5 September 2019 22:22 (one year ago) link

“Can you see me?” 🥂

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 5 September 2019 22:24 (one year ago) link

this is what I need

house music

marcos, Thursday, 5 September 2019 22:29 (one year ago) link

I love how this album is so much more energetic and ravey than the last album and yet still holds into that eerie, haunting, bittersweet quality.

“Can You See Me” is A++++++++

Tim F, Thursday, 5 September 2019 22:46 (one year ago) link

this is an extremely enjoyable record.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Thursday, 5 September 2019 23:08 (one year ago) link

ecstatic beat mindblow here too.

stirmonster, Thursday, 5 September 2019 23:27 (one year ago) link

Spin Girl, Let's Activate! is a fun ride.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Thursday, 5 September 2019 23:38 (one year ago) link

I love this record but now I'm self-judging about how much I relate to this right now and whether it's all gender euphoria or whether I just want to get super high

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Friday, 6 September 2019 00:27 (one year ago) link

i know exactly how you feel

cheese canopy (map), Friday, 6 September 2019 00:31 (one year ago) link

whether it's all gender euphoria or whether I just want to get super high

― sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Thursday, September 5, 2019 5:27 PM (nine minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

the answer is: yes

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 6 September 2019 00:38 (one year ago) link

i'm perfectly sober and affect-free and this is a nice record

j., Friday, 6 September 2019 00:44 (one year ago) link

First track is amazing also 🌅

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 6 September 2019 00:47 (one year ago) link

really liking this so far

"I Need You" from the For Lovers EP is still my favorite track of the year though

Dan S, Friday, 6 September 2019 00:49 (one year ago) link

this is so much fun

ufo, Friday, 6 September 2019 00:55 (one year ago) link

the slowing down then speeding up of "spin girl" is like v gradually being put through a blender

"spin girl" -> "ecstatic beat" -> "can you see me" oh my GOD

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 6 September 2019 13:55 (one year ago) link

this is really really good

cheese canopy (map), Friday, 6 September 2019 19:45 (one year ago) link

yes!

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 6 September 2019 20:42 (one year ago) link

Indeed so.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 6 September 2019 20:46 (one year ago) link

I am 2:30 into the first track and super angry that I wasted all of that time listening to a Lana Del Rey album I knew I wouldn't like instead of this

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 6 September 2019 20:46 (one year ago) link

wow this album is something.

calzino, Saturday, 7 September 2019 12:34 (one year ago) link

I fux w/this

k3vin k., Saturday, 7 September 2019 14:24 (one year ago) link

TURN IT OVER.

LET IT SPIN.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 06:53 (one year ago) link

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Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Sunday, 29 March 2020 17:20 (seven months ago) link

par for the course i guess

if anybody has a decent rip of the stream lmk, i don't really have any stream ripping software so i tried to catch some of it in audacity but it wasn't exactly an ideal solution, lots of dropouts and crashes

not that i'm really convinced that i'm emotionally equipped to repeat the experience rn

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 29 March 2020 17:25 (seven months ago) link

missed it entirely as i went down an animal crossing hole; would welcome a stream rip

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 29 March 2020 19:52 (seven months ago) link

The Resident Advisor review of them in Glasgow a few weeks back suggested that they played big and cheesy with "Freed From Desire" and "Out Of Space", which is fun but if they're really meant to be the next big thing in dance music then the world should be watching out for me and any other 30-something with a Wi-Fi connection to Youtube and an aux cable

boxedjoy, Monday, 30 March 2020 17:29 (seven months ago) link

lots of fun, positive vibes, feel of a party I'd like to go to

mh, Monday, 30 March 2020 17:47 (seven months ago) link

Freed From Desire did indeed happen on the stream, at which point I turned it off for a while, so maybe I missed Out of Space, which I am still fine with ftr

(I acknowledge that being OK with one and not the other merely underlines that I am from the very end of that 30-something aux cable bracket)

a passing spacecadet, Monday, 30 March 2020 18:42 (seven months ago) link

anyway it was fun & good vibes, as mh said

a passing spacecadet, Monday, 30 March 2020 18:43 (seven months ago) link

I mean I absolutely don't have a problem with pop-house bangers, just confused by the seeming narrative constructed around them of being singular visionaries etc if that's what they do when you can go any high street club and expect to hear similar.

boxedjoy, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:06 (seven months ago) link

I mean rather that than Raving Disco Breaks mix which I didn't get at all, the slowdown in tempo just killed any sense of kinetic energy it had for me

boxedjoy, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:08 (seven months ago) link

where is this singular visionaries thing coming from?

mh, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:08 (seven months ago) link

seeing a lot of praise for them across the board here and in all the usual places - RA, FACT, etc

it's not that I think this stuff is bad - some of Resonant Body is decent but it really trails off for me and it's not massively memorable, and yet the way they're talked about feels reminiscent of Villalobos in the noughties or whatever

should probably have posted in the music-you-don't-get-thread I guess!

boxedjoy, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:14 (seven months ago) link

i love villalobos too tbh!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 30 March 2020 19:15 (seven months ago) link

oh I love Villalobos too - I mean more the *way* they're being written about, the measure of enthusiasm seems much higher and broader than dance acts usually get

boxedjoy, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:18 (seven months ago) link

praising form and content vs. praising form and context imo

mh, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:19 (seven months ago) link

or rather, for the octo octa stuff, maybe content and context without broad innovations in form

thought better of my parallelism there

mh, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:20 (seven months ago) link

of course, context is vital part of understanding the content of this: queer struggles and dancefloor utopia are a huge part of dance music culture, I just wish the music itself was stronger

boxedjoy, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:21 (seven months ago) link

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

mh, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:22 (seven months ago) link

"raving disco breaks" was the shit tho

the late great, Monday, 30 March 2020 20:02 (seven months ago) link

in general i agree that the hype is outpacing the music in this case

but that's always already the case with whatever is currently
popular w the dance music press

the late great, Monday, 30 March 2020 20:05 (seven months ago) link

(shrug) idk, i don't actually know shit about dance music, maybe there are tens of thousands of other djs who play good music, maybe i'm primarily interested in their music because i am directly and explicitly their target audience. when they dj, it's the best dance music i've heard, it speaks to trans experience like no other music i've never heard, it's intense and powerful and affecting like nothing else i've ever heard. if that makes me street team, fine.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 30 March 2020 20:39 (seven months ago) link

they're really good

plax (ico), Monday, 30 March 2020 20:52 (seven months ago) link

like, i'm not usually personally invested in the music i listen to the way for instance imago gets. if you want to talk shit about robert wyatt and be, like, "well i don't know what makes what he does any better than richard sinclair", no skin off my nose

but for me, the way i feel about octo octa's music is inextricable from my lived experience as a transgender woman. you don't get it? fine. just, you know, maybe use a little more sensitivity in how you express that, because it's really easy for me to read a lot of things into that expression that are dismissive of that lived experience, which i'm certain you're not intending to do.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 30 March 2020 21:22 (seven months ago) link

I don't mean my criticisms to come off as dismissive of trans experience and I feel terrible that you would interpret it as such, apologies rush

boxedjoy, Monday, 30 March 2020 21:33 (seven months ago) link

thank you!

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 30 March 2020 22:04 (seven months ago) link

I don't come to this music for the reason I come to, like, Objekt or something but I sure saw both Objekt and OO/ED at the same festival!

mh, Monday, 30 March 2020 22:18 (seven months ago) link

I hoped that a full rip would surface - I missed the first 30 mins or so and didn't think it had worked at all, but in fact I got the last 3 hours. It's a bit big for me to upload uncompressed (2.8gb) but if anyone wants the video and has a preferred reasonable bitrate I'm happy to convert when I get some time.

In the meantime I made a V0 mp3, send me your email through ilx webmail if you want a link.

toby, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 19:50 (seven months ago) link

The YouTube video is working again, the first minute has been muted to resolve the copyright issue

I am using your worlds, Friday, 3 April 2020 10:23 (seven months ago) link

Also, new Octo Octa mixtape on Bandcamp

https://octoocta.bandcamp.com/album/love-hypnosis-vol-1-2

I am using your worlds, Friday, 3 April 2020 10:24 (seven months ago) link

oh rock on, i'm glad they got it working!

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 3 April 2020 14:30 (seven months ago) link

also glad i could actually buy this physical... i suspect it'll sell out quick...

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 3 April 2020 14:33 (seven months ago) link

have spent some more time thinking about this thread. i feel a lot of guilt whenever i pull out the "lived experience" card, not that i wasn't honest about it because i was, but i try not to do it lightly and i try to adequately explain it whenever i to. and i'm not sure i did.

i feel like i have this issue relating critically to a lot of creative work. i experience it in a context that is fundamentally different from how other people experience it. the temptation is to say that one context is more important than the other, but i don't think that's true. it's just hard to reach that state of irreconcilability.

i've quit watching doctor who completely because of the way the people on the doctor who thread approach the show. i don't think that's what any of the posters there want. i also don't think any of the posters there are wrong in their fundamental approach! chris chibnall is a hack writer who writes stories that work on a superficial level and still have lots of plot holes and incongruities. what was frustrating to me though is that i saw something _else_ in the show, something that was more important to me than his shit writing, something that rendered his shit writing completely irrelevant to me. and i couldn't explain to anybody else on the thread what it was i saw, why it was watching the show invigorated me so much, and every time i watched the show i wanted to talk about how much i loved it, and everybody else was talking about how shit it was, and it was so demoralizing i gave up.

anyway, i don't _know_ if octo octa and eris drew are anything better than mediocre as house music djs. i think they're pretty damn good myself, but i don't know any of the songs they're playing, have never heard them before, don't know how any of the other people do it. i know a little bit about house music, but i don't know nearly as much about it as i do about, say, prog rock, or about doctor who.

or about being trans. i can't talk about their music without talking about being trans, because they're both extremely clear about what it is they're trying to do and why they're trying to do it. and i can't speak for anybody else, trans or otherwise, but i can say, with reasonable certainty, that i understand pretty well what they're trying to do, and that they are exceptionally good at it.

i get annoyed at hyperbolic praise myself. we've all had a good laugh at the garden state "the shins will change your life" bullshit, i mean seriously the fucking _shins_? on the other hand, fuck it, the shins probably did change someone's life, right? probably made as much difference to theirs as octo octa and eris drew have made to mine. someone, somewhere, saw a shins concert and just cried for three days straight and came to some hard understandings about their life that they didn't have the words to explain. and it doesn't make the shins not a mediocre indie band, and it doesn't invalidate their lived experience for me to think of the shins as a mediocre indie band.

Kate (rushomancy), Saturday, 4 April 2020 16:36 (seven months ago) link

Thank you for writing that wonderful post.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:45 (seven months ago) link

Thanks Kate, and I’m glad you managed to get a copy of the tape!

I am using your worlds, Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:54 (seven months ago) link

lol the shins

plax (ico), Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:59 (seven months ago) link

Aww, thank you y'all.

Kate (rushomancy), Saturday, 4 April 2020 19:17 (seven months ago) link

this mix is fucking excellent

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 5 April 2020 19:18 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

btw Kate (and everyone else) this art of the DJ on RA with Eris is really great:

https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3352

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 23:24 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

this is incredible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ef_mtKA12g

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 01:17 (one week ago) link

Awesome

She's on The Residency now btw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000nw0m

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 12:07 (one week ago) link

Quazar! <3

willem, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 13:10 (one week ago) link

https://www.thefader.com/2020/11/18/octo-octa-river-premiere?utm_source=tftw

On streaming services now too.

Jeff W, Thursday, 19 November 2020 00:10 (five days ago) link

I will honestly say that I didn't "get" the most recent album until a month or so ago, when one of the tracks came on while I was driving and I straight up had an excellent dance party in my car. Went home and listened and danced to the whole thing, love OO now!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 20 November 2020 12:22 (four days ago) link

Oh shiiiiiiiiit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLGG4fYpdBo

Tim F, Monday, 23 November 2020 10:24 (yesterday) link

posted by map a week ago!

Running up that hill but fleeting (a deal with Gop) (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 15:38 (seven hours ago) link

tim f alerted me to it ftr

fleet doxes (map), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 15:43 (seven hours ago) link

I will honestly say that I didn't "get" the most recent album until a month or so ago, when one of the tracks came on while I was driving and I straight up had an excellent dance party in my car. Went home and listened and danced to the whole thing, love OO now!

― healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, November 20, 2020 12:22 PM (four days ago) bookmarkflaglink

awright! that album is evergreen, probably in my top ten of the decade. she is just so fucking great i can hardly believe it.

fleet doxes (map), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 15:46 (seven hours ago) link

River is also dope. i'm looking forward to an end of year release hopefully? Anybody know anything?

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 16:15 (six hours ago) link

"River" is from their Fabric mix out this Friday

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 16:19 (six hours ago) link

coolio, thanks!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 16:26 (six hours ago) link


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