Ken made first contact with RVNG the winter of 2015. At that intersection, Ken had already released a pair of albums (2010’s ToKiShiNe and 2014’s Tada) and would share a brilliant third (last year’s On The Quakefish) before we arrived at the conclusion that our worlds should share a closer corner in the cosmos.
We shine a light on what we’ve been creating in that (deep) space with the October 20 release of UkabazUmorezU. Like dark shadows cast on corners and across quiet streets, UkabazUmorezU offers a new take on the old night that visits each day on time and without trace. The album exists beyond listening, its own sense and sensibility.
The Gradual Progression is a transformative collection of new music by Greg Fox. The seven pieces of The Gradual Progression activate spiritual states through physical means, Fox’s rigorous inner rhythms the mandalic vessel for unbound expression and arrangement. TGP signals both a reconciliation of disparate musical ventures and a new nirvanic stage in the artist’s oeuvre.
TGP includes contributions from musicians Curtis Santiago, Michael Beharie, Maria Kim Grand, and Justin Frye, all offering various voices through instrument and from within. Fox considers the power of Sensory Percussion, the software program developed by Tlacael Esparza that helped facilitate the vision for TGP, unprecedented – something akin to magic. Tauba Auerbach lends her own brand of magic to the artwork for TGP.
Watch the inner / extra terrestrial video for “Catching An L,” the first offering from TGP, below. The video footage was shot by Greg and repurposed by Johann Rashid:
Pre-order TGPat the shop, standard or artist edition, the latter which features a screenprinted canvas patch designed by Tauba. Pre-order the digital at Bandcamp and get an instant download of “Catching An L”.
Inspired by Moogfest’s invitation to soundtrack a meditation space during their festival in Durham, North Carolina, this weekend, we assembled a cast of our favorite musicians to produce palettes of peaceful sound to share there and beyond.
Peaceful Protest features six long-form compositions and recordings from Baltra, Kate NV, Zach Cooper, You’re Me, C. Lavender and Raica spread across three cassettes housed in a canvas package. NYC wordsmith and beacon of reason, Rafael Sanchez, composed a poem printed and included in the package.
To mark this effort on today’s first day of Moogfest, we are sharing “KAK HOW,” a portion of Moscow-based musician Kate NV’s contribution to Peaceful Protest:
We have copies available to purchase at Moogfest. If you won’t be there this weekend, don’t fret – you can buy from our webstore and Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to LGBTQ Center of Durham. Only 200 copies are made for this world.
are you young, latin & proud? do you own Helado Negro’s t-shirt proclaiming those sentiments boldly? please send through a photo of yourself wearing the shirt with a short statement on what the phrase, “Young, Latin & Proud”, means to you to getradder (at) igetrvng (dot) com. We’ll include as many submissions as possible in our next issue of INSIDES.
please submit before May 31 !
Helado Negro’s Private Energy (Expanded) is out now
back in stock – Visible Cloaks’Reassemblage LP has been repressed (with a white obi strip this time) and is flying out from Commend. Thank you to everyone who backordered a copy! Keep eyes peeled for the addition of INSIDES Vol. 1 in the shipment box, too…
Helado Negro’s galvanizing 2016 album Private Energy will be shared in expanded form, appearing on (double) vinyl for the first time alongside new CD and digital editions via RVNG Intl. Supplemented with three new “versions,” this iteration of Private Energy will deepen the feel of Helado Negro’s ongoing spectral and transmissive opus.