Beyond Boundaries is a 10-track playlist aiming to feature 10 “out-of-the-box”, outstanding gems! Not exactly unclassified, but certainly unique and uncommon.
“Sound Explorer”: Christos Doukakis
(drone, post rock)
Quick pitch: Paris-based band Bank Myna’s ‘Los ojos de un cielo sin luz’ is a dark litany, with slow, climax, and eerie female vocals that loosen the tension. Progressive & intense stuff heavily inspired by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Anna Von Hausswolff, Big Brave & Swan… Unmissable for fans of Southern Lord or Constellation!
Quick pitch: Rome-based bassist and producer Lorenzo Corrias’ ‘Equilibrium’ is a 7-minute,, immense, avant-jazz composition with, considerable, soundtrack-ish value and a killer bass performance. Virtuoso, but most importantly a competent composer whose biggest influences include Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Stuart Zender…
(experimental electronic, noise, heavy metal, drone)
Quick pitch: A demanding 6+ minute experimental, noise odyssey with heavy metal finishing touches, based on modular synths records, processing external hardware by eurorack, granular processing techniques, custom Pure Data/JUCE processing and field recordings. The sonic universe of Russian Spiraal Aurel is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but it’s the definition of a “Beyond Boundaries” goodie!
Quick pitch: NYC-based artist and producer natureplayer’s ‘petroleum’ is an uncanny blend of hyperpop with addictive and super catchy indietronica hooks, with an impeccable production and sound. Just in case you’re curious, this otherworldly, ear-candy is “about moving on from something that you know you need to leave behind but keeps calling you back”. Twisted beauty!
JJ’s Music Retaliation
(experimental rock, psychedelic rock)
Quick pitch: Enigmatic & genre-bending, experimental Canadian rocker JJ’s Music Retaliation sounds like Mike Patton on magic mushrooms! Enjoy responsibly…
(art rock, funk)
Quick pitch: Veteran singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Portka, still remains uncompromising and productive after almost 2 decades of music making, and this wacky, “space-disco” treat is the absolute proof. Sounds like LCD Soundsystem having a massive hangover in the studio!
(contemporary music, ethereal pop, chamber pop, opera)
Quick pitch: Totally obsessed with the latest track by emerging artist Uhl: ‘Miss United States’ is a boundless piece of art, ranging from contemporary to ethereal pop and chamber pop with its most powerful element being the stunning operatic vocals. A spine-chilling experience which describes “Miss United States” as “a personification of the idealization of beauty and it’s inevitable disillusionment. It’s a bit early, but this one belongs to the “defining 2022” category. Priceless!
“…Come in closer
My life’s not as it seems
I’m a winner
Miss United States
but my hearts still here
and it’s always beating softer….”
(electronicore, experimental, noise)
Quick pitch: Maryland’s DICQBEATS welcomes you to “his” perverted, electronicore sonic sphere with a gen form his latest ‘DICQTATOR’. According to the press release “this one is about a guy named scott who hates tiddies”. Well….
(leftfield bass. experimental electronic)
Quick pitch: Taken from INTRASoL’s ‘Caldera’ album, this track is a bleak leftfield bass experience with a healthy dose of experimentation and colossal sound!
Roqy Tyraid & Nameless
(alternative hip-hop, indie electronic)
Quick pitch: The latest collaborative single between Roqy Tyraid & Nameless is a idiosyncratic, chaotic 6-minute banger, with killer rapping and intense electronic soundscapes. Not for all but experimental hip-hop aficionados will appreciate this!