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!

Posted by El Keter
At 02:28 PM on 06/20/16
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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.

Danny Brown

Posted by El Keter
At 01:55 AM on 06/19/16
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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.

Mai Lan

Posted by El Keter
At 01:20 AM on 06/19/16
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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!

Posted by El Keter
At 07:12 PM on 06/13/16
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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.

Homeboy Sandman

Posted by El Keter
At 03:44 AM on 06/11/16
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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.

Róisín Murphy

Posted by El Keter
At 03:31 AM on 06/11/16
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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.


Posted by El Keter
At 03:19 AM on 06/11/16
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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!

Posted by El Keter
At 03:56 PM on 06/06/16
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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.


Posted by El Keter
At 02:36 PM on 06/04/16
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Chicago-bred singer and producer Lance Skiiwalker recently signed with Top Dawg Entertainment. He celebrated by dropping a new single and video "Could it Be" which explores the subjects of romance, murder, and necrophilia...or maybe just drugging and molesting?

This shit is really dope, musically progressive, and visually transgressive. When I saw it I immediately thought "people are gonna hate it". Reading the comments on the video on YouTube I can see I was not wrong.

Top Dawn Entertainment

Posted by El Keter
At 07:37 PM on 06/02/16
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Australian sample-mavens The Avalanches are back from a 16 year hiatus with a new single called "Frankie Sinatra" that features vocals from underground wonderkind Danny Brown and metal-faced villain MF DOOM.

I was kinda lukewarm on the song at first. But the video is psychadelic and kind of awesome. Then Danny Brown's voice came on. Then DOOM's. Then DOOM said "maybe you go sing calypso like Farrakhan". And I was sold.

I own that Farrakhan calypso record.

"Frankie Sinatra" is from The Avalanches very long awaited sophomore LP 'Wildflower', which is out July 8th on Asktralwerks, a label I didn't know still existed.

The Avalanches

Posted by El Keter
At 07:28 PM on 06/02/16
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BBQ Wizards

Due to the Memorial Day "holiday", and the weekend being fucking awful, Monday Magick will be taking this week off.

We should be back with another entry of our magickal musical feature next week.

Posted by El Keter
At 07:41 PM on 05/30/16
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Recently our Monday Magick posts have been getting pretty heavy. So this week I wanted to lay off the deep occult exegesis and let the music speak for itself. Tonight's candidate is a first-time featuree, Free-Jazz architect and Afro-Futurist figurehead Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra, and the song is "Angels and Demons at Play" from his 1965 LP of the same title.

The bassline is playful and meandering. The percussion sounds like a table tennis match between Lucifer and The Archangel Michael. The scampering rhythm is offbeat and very influenced by African tribal drumming. The flute on the other hand is extremely "eastern" sounding as if inspired by traditional Japanese music. And is that actually a koto I hear in there? I don't know, but it's all all at once playful, dark, and mysterious. And it's a helluva way to unwind on a Monday night!

'Angels and Demons at Play', which featured recordings made between 1956 and 1960, was just one of the well over 70 albums released by Sun Ra and his collaborators during his 30-plus year career. Sadly, he passed away in 1993 after contracting pneumonia during a visit to his birthplace, Birmingham, Alabama. His influence on music, Afrocentric thought, and futuristic weirdo culture is undeniable.

Music is magick!

Posted by El Keter
At 09:27 PM on 05/23/16
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The last episode was just uploaded a couple days ago, but the CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION is already back at it with another new podcast episode for the weekend!

This week El Keter and Emeyesi mix it up with some rappity-Rap, laid-back hippity-House, and super-siggitty-smooth electronic siggitty-siggitty-Soul.

They also abandon the "full-body-denim" for the "full-body-camo", introduce you to the wonders of the "camo pocket", discuss why James Blake might be a much-needed surrogate for the recently deceased Prince, and tell you why you shouldn't be excited about Chuck D teaming up with Rage Against the Machine!

Fun will be had by all!

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1. A$AP Mob "Yamborghini High" feat. Juicy J
2. TASO "We Gon Make It VIP"
3. Justin Martin "Hell Clouds" feat. FEMME
4. Kaytranada "Vivid Dreams" feat. River Tiber
5. Richie Brains "The Blips"
6. Kyson "Black Dreaming"
7. Lafawndah "Crumb"
8. James Blake "Put That Away and Talk to Me"
9. Kilo Kish "Distractions I: The Opposite Sex"
10. DJ Rashad & Traxman "Lost Worlds"
11. Mayhem Lauren "Dragon vs. Wolf" feat. Action Bronson


Posted by El Keter
At 01:39 PM on 05/22/16
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Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn-bred rapper Desiigner is so hype in the new video for his single "Panda" you'd think it was the most popular song in the country or some shit.

Really though, this video is dark and grimy as fuck, on some classic "shot in the projects" rap video shit, which is a bit of a surprise.

Hopefully the ruggedly classic style and undeniable energy of the video is enough to please some of the Rap purists out there.

I mean, I'm sure there are a lot of "true-school" Hip-Hop motherfuckers who are not feeling this shit at all...But to me, this shit is dope.

Yeah, dude's lyrics are repetitive and near unintelligible.

But if you actually pay attention and figure out what he's saying the unorthodox originality of his delivery, flow and style becomes self-evident.

It's also catchy as fuck.

"Panda" is available now via the GOOD Music/Def Jam label.


Posted by El Keter
At 12:29 AM on 05/21/16
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