Audion album mix

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Ghostly have put up a 20-minute-ish mix of the new Matthew Dear album as Audionhere on the epilepsy-inducing, retina-scarring Suckfish album site. It's great, very nasty and meaty and crunchy. Hopefully the songs will work well in an album context.

Telephonething (Telephonething), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 19:40 (sixteen years ago) link

i was a bit underwhelmed by the album, nothing really lives up to 'just fucking'

direct link to the mix: www.suckfish.org/audionmegamashupmix.mp3

don't be jerk, this is china (FE7), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 20:25 (sixteen years ago) link

wow this is fantastic!!

tricky (disco stu), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 20:43 (sixteen years ago) link

That's a shame about the album...I had high hopes after "Just Fucking" and the "Kisses" 12". Thanks for the direct link, though- now I'm wondering who mixed this, since the artist field just says "DJ ??What??".

Telephonething (Telephonething), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 20:48 (sixteen years ago) link

i think the album's fantastic!

toby (tsg20), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 20:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Did Jon Williams design that site?

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 21:50 (sixteen years ago) link

haha my first thought was 'now that looks really fucking noize'. also the album is pretty great if listened to drunk with fellow enthusiasts, as i just found out :D

don't be jerk, this is china (FE7), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 22:39 (sixteen years ago) link

That site is going to give me a seizure.

William Selman (William Selman), Thursday, 8 September 2005 16:15 (sixteen years ago) link

i think it was mixed by ryan elliot.

rc2005 (cogar), Friday, 9 September 2005 12:31 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...
This album is pretty much as I expected it to be. All about the singles but it's okay I suppose.

The other stuff is fair-to-decent but I can't help skipping it, as far as low tempo techno goes it's sub-Monolake, probably sub-Kalkbrenner... it's okay but not anything outrageously special and frequently aimless and overlong.

The singles though. f*** me! I listened via iPod - yeah good, tried through a real hi-fi... BANG BANG LOUD BANG LOUD LOUD BANG BANG SIZZLE!!!

They've been through the Daft Punk Louderizer alright. And that NOISE out of nowhere in the last 50 seconds of "The Pong" - My ears!! It's like a rave whistle overdriven two bars into the red :-O

Hurts so good.

fandango (fandango), Thursday, 19 January 2006 23:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Holy crap, check this out:

Fabric 27: Audion!

telephone thing, Friday, 20 January 2006 03:29 (fifteen years ago) link

oh fuck yes

mike h. (mike h.), Friday, 20 January 2006 03:46 (fifteen years ago) link

holy shit!

Incidentally, I gotta say Audion >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Matthew Dear

I wasn't remotely interested in most of Ghostly/Spectral's offerings before (except that if I was more of a hip-hop head I'd probably admire Dabyre a bunch) but Audion is pretty astounding at times.

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 04:52 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm kind of warming to this as an "album" now... the singles are still just aaaargh!!! though. In a good way.

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 19:12 (fifteen years ago) link

In the aftermath of the ILM poll, where this album didn't shine [despite ranking #2 on my ballot], I wrote:

I'm not really surprised this didn't show up in the top 100. But one of the most common complaints I read about album-length dance-music releases is how they're spoiled by attempts to provide relief/contrast. Suckfish is full-on and relentless and it still manages to hold my interest from start to finish. I have a feeling the jokey track titles prevented some folks from taking it seriously.

To which I'd add that filling out an album with contrasting, less-dancey tracks (or with genre studies, dancey or otherwise, outside the artist's main focus) runs two risks. First, it can put artists in the position of doing stuff they're just less good at. And second, even when those filler tracks are all right on their own terms (so I'm not using "filler" in a negative sense here), they turn the album into a "journey through a series of moods" that's not likely to match what I'm feeling, or hungry for, as a listener. These are just "risks", not automatic pitfalls, and sometimes an artist can pull it off (the way Isolee does on wearemonster, by making it so much fun to go along for the ride).

I'm not always in the mood for Suckfish, but when I am I think it plays rather brilliantly from start to finish. (Caveat: maybe if I were more tapped-in to to the fine distinctions of the dance-music world, I'd here some of those tracks as "genre studies" after all?)

National Roffle Association (Paul in Santa Cruz), Friday, 20 January 2006 19:32 (fifteen years ago) link

And maybe if I were more tapped-in to the dance-music world I wouldn't think of Suckfish's consistency as anything remarkable; I'm sure there are plenty of album-length releases that stay on a single path. (For instance, there's Autechre's Untilted, which I also like a lot.)

National Roffle Association (Paul in Santa Cruz), Friday, 20 January 2006 19:35 (fifteen years ago) link

"sometimes an artist can pull it off"

I think your example of Isolee is a good one ... also Vitalic, which has mostly bangers but I definitely don't fast-forward the slower ones like "The Past" ....

With Audion, though -- if I have all the singles, do I need to get Suckfish? (i.e., the fact that I bought all three singles shows I like Audion, but I'm thinking maybe I don't need any more of this stuff right now.) Verdict?

Renard (Renard), Friday, 20 January 2006 19:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Actually (am I "tapped in"? tapped maybe...) I find the less-dancey tracks to be very distinctly his, the textures are really compelling and a bit different, they have gristle and not really 'genre studies' at all. The comparisons upthread weren't meant to be direct, there isn't much Berlin Dub, or Moody-Nu-Trance in this.

I do think they're less good than the singles though, by a fairly huge margin, of excitement, mainly. Even if they're alright on their own. That's where I'm having difficulty playing this through as a whole piece at times. Also (techno album y'know) some of them could do with trimming down a couple of minutes. That said this isn't a particularly overlong feeling record IMO.

I'm kind of struggling getting my head around this as a detroit techno record though! It's just such a white-hot burning RAVE MONSTER when it peaks. But what it does have, is that odd squiggly, jacking Derrick May-esque FUNK, along with the headbanging... and thats why I think I (at it's best) LOVE this, but feel almost nothing for the similarly "full on" sounds of Vitalic.

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 19:51 (fifteen years ago) link

If you have the singles.. I think you have the best of the record already sadly yes. At least four of those tracks from the 12" are on here... I'm not sure if any of the moodier pieces are on the vinyl?

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 19:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Sorry, not "sadly" because the singles are f*cking blinding. But you know what I mean...

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 19:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Untilted is pretty much another POWER record that entertains by way of pure brutal force & physicality too... I can see how these could both seem similar on that level.

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 20:01 (fifteen years ago) link

I like how the whole disc works, straight through, and I'll confess that I don't even know which tracks are the singles (although I could probably guess and certainly google it). But I don't consume much music in the form of singles unless they're mainstream enough that I hear them at my gym -- I don't DJ, I don't have an mp3 player, and I rarely compile mix CDs.

But if you already have the singles and enjoy them in that form, then ... well, to summarize, fandango OTM.

National Roffle Association (Paul in Santa Cruz), Friday, 20 January 2006 20:04 (fifteen years ago) link

oh, xpost, yeah Untilted does have a similar "relentlessness"

National Roffle Association (Paul in Santa Cruz), Friday, 20 January 2006 20:05 (fifteen years ago) link

But I don't consume much music in the form of singles unless they're mainstream enough that I hear them at my gym -- I don't DJ, I don't have an mp3 player, and I rarely compile mix CDs.

I'm totally in the same boat fwiw (except I do have an iPod, and occasionally grab a 12" if unavailable on CD). By ILM standards I'd never claim to be more than a fairly 'casual' music lover, despite the slight germanic electronic obsession of the last few that drew me here in the first place... The "singles", that is the A-Sides of the three, are the ones which bang with the most furious bangingness (you can probably work it out from that, but I won't spoil it by saying if you prefer to appreciate the whole of it as "album".

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 20:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I deserve some blame on the poll because I didn't get my ballot sent in time -- I had Audion in my top ten. The Audion album works as a whole in the same way that a lot of Matthew Dear stuff does. He often makes use of these buzzing, distorted samples of dialog that border on mumbling/moaning that either serve as bookends to sections of music or as a platform to build intensity and volume. There's a little monologue at the beginning of "Vegetables" that gets worked back into another song later. I can kind of phase out while listening and then be repeatedly drawn in by these themes as they float in...

By ILM standards I'd never claim to be more than a fairly 'casual' music lover, despite the slight germanic electronic obsession of the last few that drew me here in the first place...
That's the boat I'm in.

mike h. (mike h.), Friday, 20 January 2006 20:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Now I can't stand the suspense!

*quick visit to discogs.com*

Kisses - The Pong - Just Fucking - Suckfish

(This actually means nothing to me until I get home and have a chance to check out these tracks again.)

National Roffle Association (Paul in Santa Cruz), Friday, 20 January 2006 20:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I actually meant "at the END of Vegetables," but that was probably obvious.

mike h. (mike h.), Friday, 20 January 2006 20:23 (fifteen years ago) link

*last few years (I'm sure you got that but still grr typos)

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 20:30 (fifteen years ago) link

It's just such a white-hot burning RAVE MONSTER when it peaks. But what it does have, is that odd squiggly, jacking Derrick May-esque FUNK, along with the headbanging... and thats why I think I (at it's best) LOVE this, but feel almost nothing for the similarly "full on" sounds of Vitalic.

"Suckfish" is also a far more minimal record, building up to its RAVE MONSTER moments in very different (and less obvious) ways.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Friday, 20 January 2006 21:18 (fifteen years ago) link

(one of the many reasons why I prefer Audion to the hands in the air style of Vitalic)

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Friday, 20 January 2006 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Kisses and The Pong, the title tracks are both great, the b-sides not really memorable

on the Just Fucking 12" the b-side is a Roman Flugel mix that I like better than the original

Renard (Renard), Friday, 20 January 2006 21:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm probably going to have to retract some or all of the less complimentary things I said about this... it's growing on me all the time. And far more fulfilling as a full length than that little megamix I had (which itself, took an age to worm it's way into eventual constant rotation).

I fucking love how raw & ripped sounding it is, whether in the textures or the sudden bursts of noise or just the rhythms. I've been sorely missing that in a lot of softly-softly electrohouse 'dance' (but I still like Kompakt!, this isn't trying to join in with the techno purist snobbery backlash... just a feeling I've had that I can be more certain of now). Yeah, this is a really good record I think! (belated) Top Ten '05 contender perhaps.

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 22:35 (fifteen years ago) link

It's actually very deceptive, I hadn't noticed how densely layered and changeable it actually is on the non-single tracks. That's taken a good four or five listens to come out properly.

fandango (fandango), Friday, 20 January 2006 22:38 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...
So then, the Audion Fabric mix!

Any thoughts yet?

It strikes me as strange that this is a release as Audion, as it's far less upfront and 'sexual' than Suckfish and it's singles were.

Raffles: Gentleman Thug (Raffles: The Gentleman Thug), Tuesday, 21 March 2006 14:25 (fifteen years ago) link

perhaps to protect innocent, throw the lawyers off the scent, etc

harshaw (jube), Tuesday, 21 March 2006 18:01 (fifteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...
dude was not great last night. his lack of subtlety or variation got old fast. the shining moment that was ame-rej only made the rest sound more unimaginative.

jergins (jergins), Thursday, 20 April 2006 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Good to know. I was thinking of catching him tonight in SF, but I know how Mr. Dear can be (Zzzzzzz).

Chantilly Bass (ChantillyBass), Saturday, 22 April 2006 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

TITTY FUCK

YAAAAAAAAOW!!!

WHALE WARS (jabba hands), Friday, 21 November 2008 02:37 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

thread was tl;dr

but listening tonight, after many failed attempts to get it via normal listening, on headphones for the first time ... and ... YAAAAAAAAOW!!!

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 27 February 2009 09:46 (twelve years ago) link

But what it does have, is that odd squiggly, jacking Derrick May-esque FUNK

finally hearing this in tracks like "your place or mine"

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 27 February 2009 09:48 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

"Look At The Moon" is really exciting here where I'm sitting.

What other Audion stuff in, oh, say the last year?

ok star grumbles (lukas), Sunday, 6 September 2009 18:30 (twelve years ago) link


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