TRASHFUCK RECORDS MEGAPOST
Recently I received a huge package from one of the homies behind Detroit label Trashfuck Records, Patrick Harsh. Instead of doing individuals reviews for every release I received (which would take forever), I've decided to do this massive collage of mini-reviews for these releases. Links for all of these albums will be provided, as well as links to Trashfuck Records' Tictail and Bandcamp. Enjoy!
BULLSHIT MARKET / DEFLOWERED CUNT - DEFLOWERED BULLSHIT'S CUNT MARKET
First release is a collaboration between Bullshit Market and Deflowered Cunt. Released as a 3 inch CD, this release is 6 minutes of blasting cut-up noise and cacophonous power electronics. I love the amount of cut-ups happening on this release, with the listener never being able to get used to any sound or any atmosphere for too long.
Spliced into the mix is some extremely lo-fi, low-register noisecore, with every facet of the mix being swallowed in brittle distortion and insanity. This album is short and to the point. Some of my favorite material from Deflowered Cunt, and just a further reminder that Bullshit Market are probably better at noise than you are - or something like that.
Next up we have a split between noisecore acts Disleksick and Shitnoise Bastards. Both of these projects just hit you relentlessly with some great, lofi noisecore. Specifically on the Shitnoise Bastards side, the vocals are animalistic and depraved, crunching over the mix and barking at the listener without any reservation.
As for the Disleksick side, this is a project I have actually listened to very little of. However, after listening to this side, I am going to make it a focused effort to seek out more of this project's material. Definitely recommend this split and checking out both projects if you get the chance.
Listen: No link available. Just buy the 7''.
Hypnic Jerk are a Michigan Noisecore outfit and I can't say enough about how much I love the material from this project. With every release I hear from these guys these just continuously churn out insane orgies of feedback and drum blasts that are even better than the last. Having seen these guys live, I can say that their recorded material lives up to the hype of their live show - which is fucking insane.
This tape is 13 minutes of high-end feedback worship and harsh noise, accentuated by buried vocals and barbaric drumming. If you like your grind and noisecore to be virtually unlistenable (and I mean that in a good way) then do yourself a favor and listen to any material you can get your hands on from Hypnic Jerk. Can't recommend these guys enough.
Another fantastic release from Bullshit Market, and the more I listen to it probably my favorite from the project so far. Dingus is a perfect representation of this Detroit 2 piece. This tape is explosive, crammed with cut-up slices of random noises and samples, extremely loud, brash, and honestly just fun to listen to.
I think it's no surprise that a lot of noise acts take themselves too fucking seriously, and often times they have no real reason to. Bullshit Market spits in the face of that and does what they want. These guys aren't trying to get covered by Vice, they're just staying TRU to their noise and the scene they're apart of. Dingus is easily my favorite BsM release, with tracks like "Hetero Country Song"and "White Boy Butt With Black Friend Ripped Through Honey Poll Man Blood" being big highlights for me. There's even a beautiful cover of one of my favorite Counting Crows songs. You really can't go wrong with picking this tape up.
This is a split I was really excited to listen to. I haven't listened to very much of I Like You Go Home's material, but what I have heard I've really enjoyed. On this tape, both projects are bringing some of their harshest material, specifically with ILYGH.
BsM's side is packed and crushing with crisp, brittle electronics and frequent cut-up detours. There is a considerable ambiance with this release, as it sounds like the recording is just subtly lathered in reverb, which is a nice touch.
As for the ILYGH side, this side is harsher material than I've ever heard from the project. Going into this I was expecting some ambient fare from the project, but instead we get crushing walls drenched in distortion and hellish, bleak harsh noise. Listening to this side, I'm going to make it an effort to seek out more material from them.
I can't find ILYGH's side online, just buy the tape!
JUICE MACHINE / CHEFKIRK SPLIT
Admittedly I had never heard of either of these projects before starting this, However, I'm definitely happy Patrick sent this along in his package! First off, I love the layout of this split. Everything about the design going on here is totally on point. Now that that's out of the way, I'll start with the Juice Machine side.
Juice Machine's side starts off with quiet glitches and electronic squelches for a brief period before heading into straight industrial walls of what sounds like synth-generated noise. I love the drones happening here, and I love how heavy this side feels. This drone just continues on and on, almost feeling trance-like. I'm a big fan of drone and ambient drone pieces, so this was a welcomed listen. I loved this side.
As for the Chefkirk side, this side is much more atmospheric and spacey than the other. Chefkirk's electronics are soaked in reverb, with frequent left-channel dropouts and strange samples that make this an unsettling, somewhat difficult listen. However, this side is definitely creepy and different, and I definitely enjoyed it the more I listened to it.
Listen: Can't find a link for this split, just buy it!
The very first hip hop review on this blog, and I'm happy to say it's devoted to this album. I fucking love this album. The production is jazzy, spacey and atmospheric, dark, nocturnal, and the perfect soundtrack to a lonely drunk night.
The flows here are smooth and on point, and compliment the rhythms of the production perfectly. With the 3rd track "Fresh Prince" we hear an atmospheric and lofi sample of the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and honestly, this experiment works out perfectly, making it one of my favorite tracks on the album.
Continuing with tracks like "Bullshit" and "Worlockk is Back" we see dark, ominous trap tracks make the listener feel paranoid and nocturnal. However, on other cuts like "Real Bitch", this beat is surprisingly dancey and plunderphonics-esque. Immediately after this we have my personal favorite track "Take A Stand", with the jazzy loops being perfectly cut and sampled. This beat is one of my favorite things I've heard so far in 2017. If you're a fan of hip hop of various styles and variants, you need to give this a listen.
Punk/powerviolence outfit Captain Three Leg and Bullshit Market come together for a split. Captain Three Leg's side is what you'd expect if you're a fan of their stuff. Fast, fun, in your face powerviolence with some of the most distinct vocals I've heard in a PV band probably since Despise You. Captain Three Leg push through every track with so much punk energy and catchy riffs, with each track coming out to around the minute mark on average, there isn't a lot of room to breathe, but still plenty of time to retain specific tracks. I love this side, and this is probably some of my favorite material from this outfit.
Bullshit Market's side starts off loud, and continues to assault the listener with harsh feedback worship and power electronics. I love how vocal-driven this side from them is, as it's definitely the kind of power electronics I myself am more drawn to. It should be noted that this material seems less cut-up oriented. A highlight would be "My Dog Ran Away", this is one of BsM's weirdest tracks, and I fucking love it. Bullshit Market just keep doing what they do and doing a solid job. Definitely recommend this split.
Ruiner (stylized as ruiner.) is a project I've been a fan of for months. With all of his material, ruiner. gives the listener some of the bleakest, most depressing Harsh Noise Wall and harsh noise I've listened to. Calm is one of his best, clocking in at roughly 35 minutes. This album is monolithic and contemplative, patient, and soothing in a lot of ways.
"Amberleaf" the closing track is definitely my favorite, with the walls on this track crunching and crackling in such a clean, concise mix. Ruiner is definitely a HNW project I'd recommend for someone trying to get into the microgenre, and definitely someone I'd say does the specific style justice.
WORLOCKK - THE DEVIL HIMSELF
Another fantastic release featuring Worlockk, this album is considerably more concise and shorter than Blunt Force Trauma. However, this album is considerably darker as well. Opening with "Dance With The Devil", the production is grimey and dark, with hypnotically dark loops and brittle electronic sounds fighting in the back of the mix.
3rd track "Demons" is one of my favorite tracks, with the beat being one of the darkest and dirtiest I've heard from him. Creepy synths and horror-themed samples fade in during the chorus hook, this is horrorcore (sorry for the label) done right. "Terror On Broadway" continues this horrorcore sound, with an unsettling abrasive beat complimenting with sirens and ruthlessly harsh bars.
Worlockk is a figure I'm going to continue to keep an eye on, and I recommend you do so as well.
APPROACHABLE MINORITIES - AFRO-AMERICAN
More fantastic Midwest hip hop here! A 3-piece from Ypsilanti, MI, Approachable Minorities serve up some incredible forceful and hard-hitting trap. Sounding like a modern interpretation of Three Six Mafia's fantastic early material, the production is crisp, dark, grimey, and catchy as hell.
"Walk In A Circle" was a surprising track, sounding like an homage to a mid-2000's party track (a sound that becoming more and more classic every day). I love the production on this track, with tons of melodic synth work and smooth flows all topped off with an incredibly catchy chorus hook.
"Worldwide" and "Fuck"(the latter being an acappella track) are other highlights. However, the early 2000's vibes definitely continue with Everything's Gonna Be Alright. This track is one of the best on the album, and shows the diversity of this release. Definitely check this album out!
There's really no sound I immediately love more than jazzy, passionate hip hop. This album from Bad Graphics Ghost is conscious and addicting, with jazzy samples and spacey vibes all over the place. Lyrically this album is one of the strongest I've reviewed in this post, if not the strongest period.
The highlight here however is the beat. Every single beat on this album is flawlessly sampled and executed, with some of my favorite jazz-rap productions to date. If you're a fan of J-Dilla, Quasimoto, MF Doom, A Tribe Called Quest, and other styles of afro-centric hip hop, I would definitely recommend this album.
The album definitely has its darker moments, with the lyrics and track listing hinting at an overarching concept throughout this release. My favorite track would have to be "The Bargain: Shades of Grey". This track is just so euphoric and beautifully composed. Definitely recommended to any jazz-hop heads or soulful hip hop fans out there.
SEVENTHLORDX - HOUSE OF THE LORD
Another fantastic grimey hip hop release from the Detroit label. Highlight tracks would include "House Of The Lord", "Switch Focus" "Fxck12" (which sounds like some early 2000's ICP material in the best way possible), and "Damage". The production here is all so varied but sincerely executed, showing considerable craft and attention to detail.
At the risk of repeating myself, Trashfuck Records proves they have a solid roster of hip hop artists working with the label. This release is no different, shifting styles effortlessly and bringing inspired, solid flows.
This album truly shines in the production, just further proving that Detroit and various parts of Michigan and the Midwest aren't to be disregarded in the hip hop game.
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