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NGA2: heavy gore interview

Who's in the mood for some heavy gore ? 18 year-old Jordan Sigmund extracts brutality from her delicate piano compositions, each bar painstakingly mutilated in Audacity. Her latest release, nothing ever happens like it does in the movies , came as a breath of fresh air amidst 4ZZZ's endless stream of local music submissions. Barely reaching the half-hour mark, nothing ever happens wastes no time dissecting ambience with surgical precision. Arcing melodies become stuttered motifs, stripped of context until new meaning emerges. Sibling cuts sulphur and sage inject momentum into oscillating chords through sharp bursts of glitched intensity. Each track's brevity comes as welcome respite, cutting ideas off before they've had a chance to get stale. I was interested to learn Jordan's background as someone whose music doesn't quite fit into a physical scene. Our interview covers her classical training, creative process, and various inspirations. nothing ever

NGA2: Hot New Deconstructed Club World Tour

Our second episode kicks off with a Hot New Deconstructed Club World Tour (tm), where I play Hot New Deconstructed Club music from around the globe. Among the countries visited are Poland, China, Uganda, Switzerland, and Tasmania, representing a diverse spread of left-field dance music released this year. Here are 5 of my favourite tracks.  CALSUTMORAN - DIABOLIC SYNTAX A member of the post-Memphis collective Waistdeep Clique , CALSUTMORAN re-examines trap music's roots through an extra-terrestrial lens. In other words, he's equally obsessed with both xenomorphs and Three Six Mafia . It's a strange Venn diagram of interests, but the overlap sounds like no-one else. Diabolic Syntax opens with a skin-crawling soundscape of sculpted alien communique before unfolding into an otherworldly, mechanical trunk-knocker. It's an early single off Cal's next release PARASITOIDAL BIOCHEMICAL , and truly embodies those two words. Due early next year. https://soundcloud

Griselda - WWCD (2019)

DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOT DOO- If you're a hip-hop fan who hasn't heard the names Conway the Machine , Benny the Butcher , or WestsideGunn , then it's only a matter of time. Collectively known as Griselda Records , after Colombian coke-mogul Griselda Blanco, the trio of Buffalo rappers have been grinding their way to success for nigh on seven years. Each member has their own mixtape series, collabs between themselves, collabs with other rappers, and countless features on a whole host of New York projects. Success in the internet age is usually a matter of luck, but these homies sure mitigate the odds. More than just a rap clique, it's a family affair. Gunn and Conway are brothers, and Benny their long-time associate. A string of shootings and incarcerations culminating in Conway's partial paralysis led the three to focus on music full time, hustling their way out the streets. It's an origin story most hip-hop fans have heard before

Clipping - The Deep (2019)

LISTEN I DO MY BEST TRIPPIN' UNDERWATER Fresh off the release of horrorcore masterwork There Existed An Addiction To Blood , experimental hip-hop wunderkinds Clipping have dropped a 3 song EP of sea-faring sci-fi shanties. Appropriately titled The Deep , it explores the afro-futurist fantasies of Detroit techno heavyweights Drexciya , whose music soundtracked an Atlantis-esque society of drowned African children whose mothers were thrown from slave ships across the Atlantic sea. It's a concept so high-minded the Extended Play format seems restrictive, but Clipping's decade-long creative crescendo makes them ripe for the task. The trio have flexed their world-building muscle before, most notably on 2016's Splendour and Misery . There, MC Daveed Diggs ' narrated a space-bound slave's descent into madness following a ship-wide uprising-turned-massacre. Production team William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes flexed their foley skills to animate abandon