This week Monday Magick is bringing you something soft and fluffy in place of our usual dark and spooky offerings. The song in question is the decidedly upbeat "Your Magic is Working" from Athens, Georgia-based Indie-Pop outfit and multiple Monday Magick featuree of Montreal's sixth LP 'Satanic Panic in the Attic', released in 2004 by the Polyvinyl label.

My reasoning for picking "Your Magic is Working" this week is rather simple; I haven't been able to get it out of my head for the entirety of the last week, and it has "magic" in the title. It probably helps that of Montreal is one of my favorite musical acts of the modern era and 'Satanic Panic in the Attic' is one one of their more incredible albums. Oh, and the title of the album shouts out Satan, so there's that too. No, the song may not be overtly occult or diabolical in any way shape or form, but I freakin' love it, in all its sunny "la-la-la"-fueled glory! And since I've been feeling especially magickal since recharging my magickal battery with the occult fellowship I mentioned in last week's post I thought it was more than appropriate to feature here. Deal with it.

Over the years of Montreal has gone through a number of incarnations, including being a virtual solo project for frontman Kevin Barnes. But whatever shape the "band" took or takes, they continue to tour and release albums. In fact, Barnes is reportedly readying a new album for release this Summer, and they have tour-dates lined up through the Spring months. Go check them out. They're amazing live.

Music is magick!

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At 09:36 PM on 02/08/16
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Brooklyn psychonauts Flatbush ZOMBiES just dropped a new thug waffle titled "BOUNCE" on us and it is some straight gangsta shit!

The Fredo Tovar and Scott Fleishman directed mini-movie they've released as visual accompaniment hearkens back to the salad days of Gangsta Rap, with a trippy twist of course.

"BOUNCE" is from their forthcoming album '3001: A Laced Odessey', set for a March 11th release on their own The Glorious Dead Records.

Flatbush ZOMBiES

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At 09:11 PM on 02/08/16
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He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

After being invisible for the last year Spark Master Tape is finally returning with his long-awaited 'Silhouette of a Sunkken City' project in March!

Spark Master Tape

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At 08:52 PM on 02/08/16
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Today is a rare occasion when I have the opportunity to talk with another person with some expertise about magick rather than post about it on this blog, so Monday Magick is taking this week off.

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

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At 09:52 PM on 02/01/16
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Things can get kinda fishy when you're tripping balls.

At least that's what the video for "Deep Down Low", a droptastic bit of CrapHouse from DJ/producer Valentino Khan, would have us believe.

"Deep Down Low" was apparently the most played track of 2015, whatever that means.

Valentino Khan

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At 02:23 PM on 01/30/16
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I don't want to spoil what happens in the new video/short film for Paris-based electronic production outfit Point Point's "Life in Grey", so I'm not going to say much.

But be patient, and watch until the end, as I was tempted to shut it off about halfway through under the assumption that it was going to be some simple morality play.

It's a lot more than that though, and should appeal to fans of Bryan Fuller's now defunct television adaptation of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter novels.

"Life in Grey" is from Point Point's 'Contrastive Focus Reduplication' EP, out now via OWSLA.

Point Point

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At 02:11 PM on 01/30/16
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With it's gritty beats, wonky electronics, and vocoded vocals, "Girl", from Aussie producer Vinnie Laduce, sounds kinda like Black Moth Super Rainbow if they tried making R&B music.

Right now "Girl" is a single without an album, but it's on the Soundcloud, the Bandcamp, and all the usual digital distribution outlets on the interweb.

Vinnie Laduce

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At 01:23 PM on 01/30/16
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This week Monday Magick wants you to take it easy. Just sway and step to the sounds of "Haunted House" from 'Before the Rain' a 1978 LP from Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar.

Oskar may be best known as a founding member of Funk outfit War and has also earned some amount of recognition as a manufacturer of harmonicas. He's probably not as widely known for his solo recording output as either of those things, but Emeyesi and I would work selections from 'Before the Rain' into our "dusty groove" DJ sets back in our terrestrial radio days. I can't recall whether we ever played "Haunted House", a dreamy hybrid of Disco, Funk, Jazz, and Blues featuring a steady four-on-the-floor thump, sinewy bass, and enchanting electric piano twinkles. If we did it would have fit right in with the type of stuff that was usually on our playlists. It's not particularly "occult", or even "spooky", but it has a slightly otherworldly vibe, and the word "haunted" is right there in the title. Whether you'll find it "magickal" or not I don't know. I do know that it's got a funky groove, and you can dance to it.

Oskar is still alive and kicking at the age of 67. As near as I can figure his last solo album, 'Sublimation', was released way back in 2002. His website seems to be dedicated to selling his harmonicas.

Music is magick!

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At 09:32 PM on 01/25/16
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"Outsider Rap" gets a bad...well, rap...thanks to a handful of acts who've parlayed their atypical origins into Pop stardom at the expense of more seasoned dues-payers.

That said, I've always championed non-traditional or experimental styles of Hip-Hop from artists who break the mold of who or what a rapper is supposed to be, act, or look like.

It's too early to say whether New Zealand's LarzRanda is an opportunist or an artist expressing themselves from the heart, but I'm getting a real Open Mike Eagle/Serengeti sort of vibe from their new song and video "Turtles", which is a good thing.

The song is cute. And the video, while simple, might shock or surprise some viewers.

The video for "Rangers" is pretty dope too, for reasons that are sure to be evident to anyone who knows what I'm all about, if a tad old.


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At 02:48 PM on 01/24/16
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Here at Monday Magick we enjoy some diversity in our otic occult obsessions, and this week is no exception. I've often lamented the difficulty in finding Reggae tunes with a supernatural bent in this space. But this week I hit paydirt in the form of "The Voodoo Curse" by Dub mixologist Scientist, from his 1981 LP 'Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires'!

King Tubby disciple Hopeton Brown, also known as Scientist, was a child prodigy who quickly rose to prominence in the Reggae scene as an engineer at Channel One Studio. He became known for his production, mixing, and radical Dub remixing, working with the Roots Radics band—who laid down the track for "The Voodoo Curse"—and the Tuff Gong label before relocating to the United States in the mid 80s, when he released a string of outlandishly titled albums largely consisting of his dubs of sides recorded with Roots Radics as house band for other artists. "The Voodoo Curse" is just such a Dub rework of "What A Feeling", a sufferers anthem by vocal group the Wailing Souls. Scientist strips the tune way down, often to nothing more than the signature bass riff with eerily reverberating hi-hats, snares and effects dropping in and out of the mix. It's mystical, spacey, and oddly claustrophobic, like all good Dub is supposed to be.

Over the years Scientist has worked with a number of Reggae greats including King Tubby and Prince Jammy. He's released a ton of albums, the most recent of which, 'Repatriation Dub', just dropped in 2014.

Music is magick!

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At 07:29 PM on 01/18/16
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Serengeti and Open Mike Eagle go all Colecovision on our asses in their new low-tech animated video for "Zorak" from their recent Cavanaugh collaborative project.

The debut album from Mike and 'Geti as Cavanaugh, 'Time & Materials', is out now via the Mello Music Group label.


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At 03:11 PM on 01/16/16
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Random internet find from 19-year-old Toronto-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ursa Major who drops some speaker-rattling bass on his single "Dusk", a slightly psychedelic slice of stoned white-boy Soul.

Ursa Major's steez on "Dusk"—which was composed with help from Montréal-based producers Noah Barer and Cavewerk—reminds me more than a little bit of Jamie Lidell updated with some of that post-'Yeezus' production muscle for 2016.

Ursa Major

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At 09:14 PM on 01/13/16
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Any other week around this time you'd be getting a new installment of Monday Magick, my musical feature dedicated to all things occult.

But this Monday morning I woke up to the sad news that musician and actor David Bowie had passed away at the age of 69 after an all-too-brief battle with liver cancer.

Coincidentally. I had just watched his new video for "Lazarus", the melancholy horn-infused second single from his twenty-fifth studio album '★'—or 'Blackstar'—over the weekend.

The clip seemed to depict an ailing—dying?—and bedridden Bowie wearing the button-eyed blindfold from the "Blackstar" video as he's harassed by an unidentified figure and haunted by a ghostly or demonic avatar of himself who madly writes in the black book—again, from the "Blackstar" video—and capers about before disappearing into a closet.

Everything I've heard and seen from the incredible '★' to date points to Bowie intending this album and its attendant media to not only be his "last hurrah", but a deeper-than-normal parting message to his fans.

His longtime friend and producer Tony Visconti said as much in a Facebook tribute to his dearly departed collaborator.

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made 'Blackstar' for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry. – Tony Visconti
And a wonderful, if costly, gift it is.

Thank you David.

David Bowie
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At 08:44 PM on 01/11/16
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This week's Monday Magic featuree is another entry in an ever-growing list of massive instrumental Jazz suites we've featured in this space. The track in question is the nearly ten-minute "Suite: Golden Dawn" from guitarist Al Di Meola's 1976 Columbia Records LP 'Land of the Midnight Sun'.

Is the name a nod to the British occult fraternity The Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn? Is it just an allusion to the rising of the terrestrial sun? Well, the album is called 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. So there's that. But the album also features a track called "The Wizard". So...yeah. The frenzied Funk-influenced tune, which could just as easily be mistaken for a Progressive Rock number as the experimental Jazz fusion composition it's presented as, doesn't really offer any clues. Portions of the suite—which features Jaco Pastorious and Alphonse Mouzon slapping bass and skins respectively—are alternately kinetic and cacophonous, laid-back and spacey, and propulsively funky. It's not exactly screaming "stodgy Brits indulging in esoteric nerdery", but personally, I'm not getting a "sunrise on the horizon" sort of vibe from this "Golden Dawn" either. So sure...this is an ode to pasty English sex magicians.

'Land of the Midnight Sun' was Di Meola's debut album. He's released 23 solo LPs since, the latest being 2015's 'Elysium'.

Music is magick!

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At 08:49 PM on 01/04/16
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Just before the holiday break Brooklyn, NY-based artist, rapper, and friend of the blog Tone Tank released 'ONE-OFFs & ONE-UPMANSHIPs', a twenty-three track collection of random, but exceedingly dope, tracks he's recorded over the last few years.

There are collaborations with Tone's Nuk Fam comrades Scott Thorough, Snafu of Junk Science, and J Howells Werthman, the humble magnificent Edan, former Das Racist member KOOL AD, blog favorite Serengeti, Steel Tipped Dove, Harry Fraud, the criminally underrated Cool Calm Pete, and a handful of others.

The previously released and very MF DOOM-esque "Ellen Degenerates", "Goog" featuring Serengeti and Cool Calm Pete, "Bazooka Rap (Edan Medley)", and "Ringalario" produced by and featuring Snafu are some of my favorite cuts.

Tone Tank

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At 08:19 PM on 01/04/16
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