Go "goo-goo, ga-ga" over an all new, all spontaneous, all long-awaited, all technical-difficulty-laden installment of the CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION!
This week El Keter and Emeyesi hit you with some underground and alternative Rap joints, a couple of new tracks from some of our Indie-Pop favorites, and a handful of soulful Alt-R&B jams.
As usual there are shenanigans aplenty, including a total breakdown of our recording studio, leading to El Keter just saying "fuck it" and chucking the outro.
We promise to get it right next time.
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1. Yoni & Geti "The Lore"
2. Gold Panda "In My Car"
3. Deerhoof "The Devil and His Anarchic Surrealist Retinue"
4. of Montreal "It's Different for Girls"
5. Twwth "Animal(a), Forcible, Corporeal, Object"
6. James Blake "Radio Silence"
7. J.Viewz "Don't Pull Away" feat. Milosh
8. SBTRKT "TBD" feat. Sampha
9. Sepalcure "Devil Inside"
10. Richie Brains "Heattbreaker"
11. Aesop Rock "Dorks"
CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION//Vol. 28, June 28th, 2016 feat. EL KETER & EMEYESI (.MP3)
Sorry to say it, but there will be no revelation of deep esoteric wisdom in this week's entry in our Monday Magick series. The only thing this week's feature, "Pentagram" from Cake's 1994 debut album 'Motorcade of Generosity', has to offer is good old fashioned goofy fun!
A throwback to the "real" Country sound of the '50s and '60s, with melodramatic organ stabs accentuating the down-home sound, "Pentagram" is a hoedown of unholiness. The lyrics turn the standard Country tropes regarding love on their head, transforming the normal narrative about attraction and heartbreak into a story of devotion and sacrifice of a completely different kind. There are pentagrams, naked bodies shimmering under "sacrificial light", and feet kicking up "the ashes of dead babies" while "dancing and chanting" at this barn dance. And the narrator's obsession ends with his heart under the knife of a seeming Satanic sacrifice rather than in the cruel hands of his paramour. But then maybe the two are one and the same in this instance?
Cake released five albums since dropping 'Motorcade of Generosity', scoring hits with songs like "Never There" and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" along the way. The Sacramento, California-bred outfit released their most recent LP, 'Showroom of Compassion', in 2011.
Summon a claymation Devil with the experimental Noise-Pop of Deerhoof and their new video "The Devil and His Anarchic Surrealist Retinue".
"The Devil and His Anarchic Surrealist Retinue" is from their newest album 'The Magic', which just dropped on Polyvinyl Records.
"Mirror" by Detroit-bred beatsmith Samiyam featuring Earl Sweatshit is not a hip-hop cover of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror".
It's from Samiyam's Stones Throw Records debut 'Animals Have Feelings'.
Watch LA-based bassist/vocalist Thundercat play lupine necromancer in the animated video for "Song for the Dead" from his 'The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam' EP.
'The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam' is out now via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label.
I got put on to "John Dee" by Florida-based Crunk/occult rapper Ghostemane thanks to a random post on one of the occult groups I'm member of on Facebook.
I dug what I heard and was surprised I hadn't stumbled across this kid who was name-dropping noted sorcerers and occultists in his raps on my own.
But I was a little bummed homeboy didn't pronounce Crowley's name correctly.
The clearly Three 6 Mafia-inspired rapper's newest project 'Blackmage' can be found on his Soundcloud page.
I hope you're ready for something swingin' and sexy. Because that's exactly what this week's Monday Magick feature track is all about. The tune in question is "I Want to be Evil", a Top 30 hit recorded in 1953 by actress and singer Eartha Kitt.
Kitt is probably best remembered for portraying Catwoman on the campy '60s Batman television series, and by a later generation for portraying an aging sexpot beauty magnate opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992's 'Boomerang'. But she had a long and storied career, as a cabaret star, Jazz vocalist, sex symbol, and activist. She was known for breaking barriers and advocating on behalf of African Americans, the poor, and the LGBT community, as well as taking a stance against the Vietnam War. But she is perhaps best known for breaking rules and challenging people's views of race, gender, and sexuality by presenting herself and her sensuous nature in a relatively uncompromising manner that was especially striking in it's day, when sexual repression and racial segregation were the norm. "I Want to be Evil" is pretty emblematic of that, and is something of an anthem for the type of transgressive spirit required of practitioners of the occult. The song begins with Kitt sweetly opining the "goody-goody" facade required of a woman in the 1950s over somber piano tinkles before she growls that she "wants to go to The Devil" and the band kicks in with buoyant Jazz accompaniment. As the song progresses she declares how she desires to succumb to several of the vices feared by the gentry of the time. Finally she sexily coos what sound like the words of a true magician, or just anyone willing to treat with forces diabolical, "whatever I've got, I am willing to lose". In this live version she hams this part up for the camera, gesticulating wildly, to spectacular effect. Her dead eyes and prayer hands, and clutching fingers with gritted teeth, are particularly charming.
Sadly Ms. Kitt passed away in 2008. But she remains one of the most memorable figures from the era just prior to the fight for civil-rights and the sexual revolution.
Music is magick!
Drugs and sex obsessed emcee Danny Brown is back on his Detroit shit with his thumping new Paul White-produced single "When it Rain".
"When it Rain" is from his as-yet-untitled fourth LP which is due out at some point in the near future.
There is way too much going on with French actress and performer (and M83 collaborator) Mai Lan's "Technique" to even begin describing it.
It's out right now on GODMODE and can be streamed or downloaded via all the usual sources for digital music.
Due to time constraints, this week's Monday Magick is going to be a bit of a drive-by installment. Our featured track is called "Disco Wizard" and it comes from an artist I know little to nothing about, Francisco, a purveyor of retro-sounding but totally modern Italo-Disco.
Why am I posting this mix of thudding, motorik drums, interstellar synths, and dramatically whispered vocals? Well, it's about a fucking Disco Wizard and his "magic wand", and Monday Magick is all about Wizards and magic wands. But more specifically, I had a particularly magickal weekend thanks to good friends and a rare visit to a House music night at a local nightclub. So I'm in a dancing mood, feeling good, and would like to pass on some of the positive dance-music-fueled vibes to you all. Well, that, and I was so busy shaking my ass this weekend that I didn't have time to do a whole lot of research for this week's post. But this has to be better than another one of my "No Magick This Monday" posts, right?
Francisco, whoever he may be, dropped "Disco Wizard" as a special limited edition picture disc back in 2011 via Slow Motion Italy. That's pretty much all I got.
Music is magick!
Paranoid (and sorta sexy) visuals accompany the Synth-Funk-meets-Boom-Bap beats and fly lyricism of Homeboy Sandman's new single "Eyes".
"Eyes" is from Homeboy Sandman's newest LP 'Kindness for Weakness' which is out now on Stones Throw Records.
It feels like Róisín Murphy just put out a record. But she's back with a new album, 'Take Her Up to Monto', and a kaleidoscopic new video for its first single "Ten Miles High".
'Take Her Up to Monto' is out July 8th on Play It Again Sam.
Love is a bum trip in the hallucinogenic animated video clip for former Das Racist member KOOL A.D.'s laid back Electro-Rap ballad "Prove It".
"Prove It" is from KOOL A.D.'s 'O.K.' LP, one of the thousand projects he's released during the last year or so via his BandCamp page.
After no entry last week and a lightweight entry the week before Monday Magick is back on that hard shit. And I mean hard as in "challenging" and "tumescent". The magickal mastubatory fantasy we'll be exploring this week is titled "Beat Boy" and comes courtesy of South Afrikan Hip-Hop trio-cum-performance art project Die Antwoord and their 2009 debut '$O$'.
As Rap tracks go, "Beat Boy" is long. It clocks in at over eight minutes in length. It's also extremely explicit, incredibly weird, and undeniably infused with occult ideas. Allegedly inspired by 'Angel Claws', an erotic comic created by writer, director & occultist Alejandro Jodorowsky and celebrated artist Jean "Mœbius" Giraud, the lyrics offer up an increasingly surreal series of intricate sexual scenarios. At first it doesn't seem all that different from any other foul-mouthed sex-Rap committed to a recording medium over the years. But it quickly becomes clear that the verses on "Beat Boy" are not your normal beat-the-pussy-up rhymes. Things take a turn for the weird when group frontman Ninja mentions third-eyes and violet skies, but the minute the subject of menstrual blood comes up and tentacles sprout from his face you know there's no going back to "normal". The several minutes that follow feature all manner of sexual "perversion", including bondage, sadomasochism, group sex, possible rape, bloody violence, genital mutilation, several fetishes, and homosexuality. And through it all, the subject of transformation, both mental and physical—including changes back and forth between gender and ultimately species—looms large. What is being described isn't simply debauched sex, but an occult working, an alchemical ritual that uses sex to fuel the literal transmutation of matter into something new and different. As the song progresses it becomes clear that reality itself is malleable and the sexual rites being performed by the characters in the song are the catalyst for their transformation. During my tenure writing this column I've discussed the concepts of sex magick and alchemy with some frequency, but in that time I've never encountered a song that encapsulates the transgressive spirit and transformative power behind those traditions as thoroughly and strikingly as "Beat Boy". Oh, and it's got a funky beat, and you can dance to it.
Group members Ninja, Yolandi, and DJ Hi-Tek have released two albums, two EPs, and a mixtape since '$O$' dropped back in 2009. Their most recent project, the 'Suck on This' mixtape, was made available for download in May of this year. They're said to be preparing their fourth LP, 'We Have Candy', for release soon.
Music is magick!
From Iceland comes co-ed Electropop trio Samaris, and the 'Let the Right One In'-reminiscent clip for their uptempo new single "Wanted 2 Say".
"Wanted 2 Say" is from their forthcoming LP 'Black Lights', due out June 10th via One Little Indian.