“He had a rare ability to illuminate the varieties of human ugliness. No one ever did it so beautifully.”A.O. Scott on the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Such sad news.
Beautiful essay by Jon Sands on poetry, family, aging, love, and Andre 3000 buying bananas at Trader Joes.
Spacious ambient techno lightness, reminiscent of Aphex Twin’s immortal Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Really lovely. You can stream the whole album here or on Rdio (which is free now) here.
To my fellow hopeless IDM nerdz-for-life, prepare to have your minds blown. I present to you Autechre, live, in 1991 (or just watch it above).
In related news, Autechre’s music sounds really different now and they have a new EP out.
Roberto Carlos - Quando
This week’s best thing ever is this. Discovered via nerdboyfriend and their very this-inspired new video.
Les Amazones de Guinee - Samba
Fantastic all-female afrofunk jam, via this wonderful Giles Peterson/Four Tet mix. Pure fire.
Enjoying the new µ-Ziq album — nice fusion of vintage 90’s melodic IDM with more current euphoric house styles and footwork beats — but this John Wizards remix might have it beat. Smooth afrotronic vibes.
PS: In case you couldn’t tell, this is my jam.