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One Track Mind: Loscil

The Canadian producer goes deep on Glenn Gould’s 1981 recording of Aria da Capo.

The premise of One Track Mind is pretty simple: I ask artists to pick one track that means a lot to them – either something they’ve discovered recently, something that’s been with them for years, or one that reminds them of a specific time in their life or career – and tell me what makes it so special to them. I get to talk to the artists I love, and they get to talk about the artists they love. Love all round!

Today we welcome Canadian electronic producer Scott Morgan -better known as Loscil – to the blog. One of the most singularly talented producers and an absolute TPW favourite, Scott has produced around 16 Loscil albums over the past two decades. His latest Clara – like them all – is carefully considered and completely engrossing, and a testament to just how powerful and emotionally rewarding electronic music can be when done right.

For his track, Scott waxes lyrical about his obsession with Glenn Gould’s interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, in particular his 1981 recording of Aria da Capo.

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Dzang – Retreat

Dzang is an on-going project of LA-composer/producer Adam Gunther, and Retreat is the first single from his latest forthcoming EP. Late night vibes galore on this one, and I really feel I should be staring wistfully out over a dark, sprawling cityscape while listening to it, despite the video being very colourful, as well as parrot-heavy. Anyway, it’s really lovely and really evocative and I’m looking forward to the EP when it lands.

https://dzang.bandcamp.com

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Alessandro Cortini – CHIARASCURO

A longtime member of alt-rock band Nine Inch Nails, as a solo artist Alessandro Cortini has released something like a dozen or so albums over the last decade; electronic-based experiments in ambient, noise and occasionally straying into something that vaguely resembles techno. His latest LP SCURO CHIARO landed last week, and even though CHIAROSCURO came out as a single a few months back, I missed it at the time and it’s such a clear standout that I couldn’t not feature it. Building slowly from a base of celestial bleeps and hums to a gloriously intense finale, it’s the perfect embodiment of electronic music at its most cinematic.

https://cortini.bandcamp.com

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Mezraa – Something’s Gone ft. Kris the $pirit

Moody rap for you today, elevated way above the crowd thanks to highly distinctive vocal performances from both Mezraa and Kris the $pirit, alongside subdued but beautiful production and drum programming that doesn’t just follow the usual trappy patterns. Sad, addictive and as atmospheric as it gets.

https://soundcloud.com/mezraa

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matt mcwaters – Morning Dew

The latest single from matt mcwaters – who collaborates with Ta-ku as the duo Please Wait – Morning Dew was written after mcwaters and his guitar player Ilan Karasik spent countless hours listening to D’Angelo’s Voodoo at their day jobs, then jamming together after work. mcwaters also cites artists like Brent Faiyaz and Jordan Rakei as key influences, but for me the largest presence here is Thundercat, both in the vocal performance and the languid bassline and general hazy atmosphere. Whatever else it sounds like though, the main takeaway is that it sound great: ideal soundtrack to a stupidly hot day in London – or wherever you happen to be.

https://soundcloud.com/mcwtrs

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Dean Blunt – NIL BY MOUTH

BLACK METAL 2 arrived pretty much out of nowhere today, and I’m already completely obsessed. The follow up to 2014’s BLACK METAL, it immediately transports you back into that heady, dreamlike world, pulling you into its thick, fuggy atmosphere and sounding like nothing else out there. People will write far longer, vastly more eloquent reviews of this over the coming days and weeks: all I can say for now is that it’s in a class of its own and deserves all the plaudits its inevitably going to get.

https://roughtrade.ffm.to/blackmetal2

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CANCEL CULTURE, Mick Jenkins, Meltycanon

Vibes, vibes, vibes, vibes, vibes, vibes, vibes, VIBES!

https://twitter.com/mickjenkins

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Kazra – Welcome To My Stream

Kiwi-French artist Kazra makes his TPW debut with new single, Welcome To My Stream which serves as the opening track from his upcoming debut album Reconnected. Influenced by iconic rap stars like Travis Scott and Post Malone, it strikes just the right balance between chest-puffing aggrandising and floating, nihilistic melancholy, especially in the glorious mid-section.

https://soundcloud.com/kazramusic

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Penelope Trappes – Red Yellow

With both the overwhelming grandeur of Sevdaliza’s bombastic, electronic-inflected pop and the hushed intimacy of Portishead, Penelope Trappes’s new album Penelope Three which landed on Houndstooth last week is not to be missed. This collision of the extra and introvert are perfectly realised on Red Yellow, a sparse, delicate and extraordinarily punchy highlight.

https://penelopetrappes.bandcamp.com

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Kelsey Lu, Yves Tumor – let all the poisons that lurk in the mud seep out (feat. Kelly Moran & Moses Boyd) (Actress Remix)

I mean COME ON. How much insane talent can you pack into a single track. It’s amazing, because obviously it is. Absolutely ridiculous.

https://orcd.co/poisonsremix