RIYL-ty Bytes: Sign Libra

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Sign Libra, to you ~

hello Listener,

In this RIYL-TY Bytes playlist, you will meet otherworldly sounds that might evoke surrealistic visions and levitating feeling, reflected in several releases and re-releases of RVNG Intl. Some kind of pointillistic aural voyage from mid ’70s till the latest experiments in contemporary popular music. The playlist includes also my favourite composition of 2019 – a mindblowing intergalactic anthem “New Tribe” by Powder in a combination with its perfectly visualised video by AC-bu !

Enjoy the listen and, maybe, from this compilation you will get to know something more about this weird music world from the inside ~ d(⋆‿⋆)b ~

Sign Libra


  1. “From A Common Center” – K. Leimer
  2. “yxo EAR” – Kate NV
  3. “Music Is Painting In The Air” – Sensations Fix
  4. “Just a Little Pollution” – Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin
  5. “Stationary Dance” – Savant
  6. “Chorus” – Holly Herndon
  7. “Dreamplay 2” – Michele Mercure
  8. “Derails Suggest Fidelity To Fact” – Cassel Webb, Craig Leon, Terre Roche
  9. “Spiritus Operis” – Ka Baird
  10. “Music Works for Industry” – Marc Barreca
  11. “Closed Circuit” – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
  12. “Emphasis” – Harold Grosskopf
  13. “Frame” – Visible Cloaks
  14. “New Tribe” – Powder
  15. “Sunshine” – Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, The Congos


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RIYL-ty Bytes: Ka Baird

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Ka Baird, to you ~ 

I present you with Activation Exercises, a playlist to rejuvenate and energize. A provocation to action, a provocation to move your body. Some more juicy, some more groovy, some more jilted, some more raw. Featuring the sounds of Uganda’s MC Yallah w Debmaster to Vienna’s Jung An Tagen to Japan’s YPY to Helsinki’s Pekka Airaksinen to Shanghai’s 33EMYBW to Lisbon’s Puto Tito to American experimentalists Max Eilbacher, 75 Dollar Bill and Paul Demarinis (to name a few)! 

Feel it, don’t think it! Enjoy! And maybe see you on the dance floor!

xoKa

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RIYL-ty Bytes: Dylan Moon

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Dylan Moon, to you ~

As Damon Krukowski points out, one of Spotify’s many shortcomings is the lack of context—comprehensive metadata—present in its catalog and discovery models. Hopefully, this playlist and these notes are a way of personally contextualizing some songs. The songs, mostly guitar music, influenced my Album / are influencing me. Another thread here is singular, intricate harmony in the field of ‘pop’ music.

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Small Talk – The music of Scritti Politti is so intensely polished, concentrated and catchy that it’s almost sinister (especially when considering Green Gartside’s punk past). The synth lines dip in n out like dolphins :’o

Go West (Girly Sound Version) – Liz Phair’s songs can be deceptively simple sounding—there’s a very weird chord in here!

My Friend – Emily Yacina’s songs have such a special dreaminess about them…sparse chord voicings and tonal ambiguity

Film’s Camera – Matt Werth showed me Lilys. There are all these layers of superimposed harmony… staggering.

That’s Pretty Clean Instrumental – There’s something *magical* about the patter of analog drum machine recorded to worn out tape.

Near – (Sandy) Alex G blasts apart the crystalized pop structures to find an amorphous constellation of tones.

It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – I don’t know that much about The Dead catalog, but this Bob Dylan cover is an old favorite. The structure of “Song For Jerry” was inspired by Dylan’s use of the lyrical refrain.

Best,
Dylan

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