Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has long held the opinion that speghettification would be the likely result of attempting to pass through the "event horizon" of a black hole.
Other scientists have countered that supposition by offering an alternative theory that a person falling into a black hole might actually result in them being absorbed as information and converted into a "hologram".
Hawking has apparently re-evaluated his position and come out in favor of the hologram hypothesis, suggesting that black holes may be potential gateways between dimensions, and even proposing that one might hope to escape the black hole into an alternate universe.
“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up,” he told the audience at the end of his speech. “There’s a way out.”
This week Monday Magick indulges in some head-nodding goodness in the form of a breakbeat classic well known in beat digging circles. "Sorcerer of Isis" from Detroit four-piece Power of Zeus, from the band's 1970 release 'The Gospel According to Zeus', an oft-sampled slice of psychedelia, is that "from the crate" classic.
A product of Motown's short-lived Rare Earth subsidiary, Power of Zeus were a bit "funkier" than the average "heavy" Rock acts of the era. Don't get me wrong though, they still lay it on pretty fucking heavy, and get as psychadelic as you'd expect any group of long-hairs in the late '60s or early '70s to. Try to imagine Black Sabbath in the style of The Electric Prunes as produced by David Axelrod and you should get it. "The Sorcerer of Isis", which may or may not be as "mystical" as the title seems, starts with a dramatic gong before jumping into a monster drum break. I mean monster as in Cthulhu style! Then the rest of the band comes in like another monster made of insistently throbbing bass and searing Middle Eastern-flavored guitars that wants to fight the badass drum monster like Gidora wanted to fight Gojira. There's also a crazy tempo change and a bunch of freaky weirdness later in the track that takes the whole thing "way out" there as the hippies used to say. I'm not really sure what any of it has to do with Isis or sorcerers, subjects dear to any occultist, but it sure is funky.
Sadly, Motown didn't really have the golden touch when it came to promoting their Rock acts and 'The Gospel According to Zeus' languished as an unheralded classic until being unearthed by record collectors as potential sample-fodder in the '90s. The band dissolved soon after releasing the record, and three of the for members have passed away in the decades since.
I'm pretty sure the last FKA twigs video I shared was among the posts we lost in last week's database fiasco but this new 15-plus-minute short film released in promotion of her new 'M3LL155X' EP more than makes up for the loss.
In fact, it looks like that last video, for "Glass & Patron", is actually included as part of this epic adventure into futuristic R&B, amazing choreography, and incredible (not to mention incredibly weird) visuals, so score all around!
1. Black Atlass "Geneviève"
2. Same Smith "Lay Me Down (Flume Remix)"
3. Shlohmo "Dark Red"
4. Phony PPL "End of the Night (Louis Futon Remix)"
5. SBTRKT "Relics" feat. Tev'n
6. Shamir "Ratchet"
7. Hot Chip "Need You Now"
8. Hoodboi "Palm Reader" feat. Lido
9. Toro y Moi "The Flight"
10. of Montreal "Embyrean Abattoir"
1. Nomine "Blind Man"
2. Jamie xx "Gosh"
3. Hot Sugar "Raining Blood"
4. Nosaj Thing "Cold Stare" feat. Chance the Rapper
5. milo "a day trip to the nightosphere" feat. Anderson .Paak
6. Hot Sugar "Slaughter"
7. Young Fathers "Shame"
8. Doomtree "Off in the Deep"
9. TOOTHTAKER + MESTIZO "2"
10. Hot Sugar "The Child They Left Behind"
11. Heems "Flag Shopping"
12. Kendrick Lamar "King Kunta"
13. Hot Sugar "Athena"
14. Chromatics "In Films"
1. Czarface "Nightcrawler" feat. Method Man
2. MF DOOM "Dead Bent (Instrumental)"
3. Tyler, The Creator "2Seater"
4. Action Bronson "Brand New Car"
5. Leaders of the New School "Sobb Story (Remix Instrumental)"
6. Lyrics Born "$ir Racha"
7. Mark Ronson "Feel Good" feat. Mystikal
8. MURS "Black Girls Be Like"
9. The Budos Band "Tomahawk"
10. L'Orange & Gift of Gab "Circles Around Circles"
11. Camp Lo "Black Jesus"
12. Prefuse 73 "Applauded Assumption"
13. WHY? "Rubber Traits"
14. Serengeti & Polyphonic "Eleven"
15. Stranger Cat "I Lost It"
16. Lapalux "Push N' Spun"
17. A$AP Rocky "L$D (Love x $ex x Dreams)"
1. Hot Chip "Bruning Up"
2. Hoodboi "Shallow"
3. A$AP Rocky "Fine Wine" feat. M.I.A., Future and Joe Fox
4. Stranger Cat "In the Wilderness"
5. Pony Bwoy "Creature Comforts"
6. Shlohmo "Slow Descent"
7. Prefuse 73 "See More Than Just Stars" feat. Helado Negro
8. Pyramid Vritra "Grey"
9. Ibeyi "Weatherman"
10. Nosaj Thing "Don't Mind Me" feat. Whoarai
11. Nite School Klick "Nice Nightmares (Eprom Remix)"
12. Young Fathers "Dare Me"
1. Panda Bear "Crosswords (Pete Rock Remix)"
2. SELA. "But I'm Not Worth It (No Matter)"
3. Your Old Droog "Gentrify My Hood"
4. Open Mike Eagle "Celebrity Reduction Prayer"
5. Vursatyl "High Horse"
6. Ta-Ku "Trust Me"
7. Active Child "Stranger"
8. Princess Nokia "Young Girls"
9. Tinashe "Cold Sweat"
10. Nomine "Nomine's Robot"
11. Soft Lit "I Can't Help It"
If you're a regular reader you may have noticed that for the last few days the blog was experiencing some downtime accompanied by some funky error messages.
That was all caused by an unforeseen hosting error which left us with a "corrupted database" which has also resulted in us losing all of the content we had posted to the site since late December of 2014.
We will do our best to recover as much of the content we published during that time, particularly all of our recent podcast episodes, as well as some of the items we've shared over the last few weeks which are still current.
It probably goes without saying that we've been hit hard by this loss, but we'd also like to extend out apologies to the creative folks behind the projects we featured in these now lost posts, as well as our readership who has now lost access to this material.
This week sees Monday Magick make its return after an absence due to stifling heat and not feeling like posting last week. This entry also sees the return of a previous Monday Magick featuree, Thelemic bluesman Graham Bond, who penned this week's choice cut, the Aleister Crowley-inspired "Love is the Law", from British Jazz & Blues-influenced Prog/Psyche outfit Eyes of Blue's 1968 debut 'Crossroads of Time'.
"Love is the Law" was written by Bond, a storied white R&B bandleader with a penchant for illicit substances and an interest in the occult, and also appeared as the title track to his own album also released in '68. The version cut by Eyes of Blue, which reminds me of both Procul Harum and The Animals, puts a little extra "stank" on the composition. The vocal, which turns the latter part of Crowley's maxim from his 'Liber AL vel Legis' that to "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" into something of a ballad, is still haunting. While the organ chops are precisely what one might expect considering Bond's bona-fides. But the gutbucket grind of the main groove just feels a little funkier here. And the drum track on this one just has that head-bobbing feel a Hip-Hop head like myself is bound to appreciate.
Eyes of Blue would go on to release another album, 'In the Fields of Ardath' featuring a couple more tunes written by Bond, in 1969. They also collaborated with Quincy Jones, and recorded as backing musicians for several other acts over the years. Additionally, drummer John Weathers and Phil Ryan became member of Prog-Rock act Gentle Giant, and experimental jam-band Man, respectively.
Original Art-Rap shaman Bunny Michael just announced a new record/art-project called 'Book of Lucid' which she describes as "medicine songs for the club".
The first single is "Sex Majik", a Techno-Rap jam "about creation. The unbounded possibility from 2 forces when they come together to manifest. Light and dark. Giving and receiving. Masculine (energy) and Feminine (energy). It is the beginning of the journey, the seed or child. It's a celebration of sex energy. And its power."
Visit her Soundcloud, and don't forget to peep "Bliss", her remix of Danny Brown's "Dip", while you're there.
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