Various Artists – Cooter Records – IV

Artists: various
title: Cooter Records – IV
keywords: experimental, avante pop, pop, crunk as fuck, electronic, live electronics, havre
label: Cooter Recods http://cooterrecords.hotglue.me/
reviewed by the Mark Williams fanclub

As you might or might not know, in all our time writing about ‘music’ there was one artist that stood out from the crowds of artists. Our reactions to the work of this artist had heavy reactions among our writers, some said it was something so bad that it was good; others even wrote down that it was the work of a genius. Whatever your opinion of this artist’s work, we all have become a tremendous fan as this artist is the golden nugget among all artists on this blog. We love this artist so much that we like to introduce (or perhaps just ‘try out’ a star rating system in which the stars have been replaced by the artist that we all want you to know about; Mark Williams. Seriously he is a true discovery and we think he deserves much more credit and stimulation to continue his story of musicianship, and somehow we hope that reviewing a compilation with a Mark Williams rating system will attract more fame and respect to his name, as we see him as an example for all, a top artist that everyone here should envy..

So how is the Mark Williams star rating going to work? Counting in that there is no one (I repeat: no one!) like Mark Williams we could probably say it’s a rating given for originality and unique features that Mark Williams so greatly performs. Perhaps our Mark Williams rating system stands for something you can only know if indeed you have gone to Mark Williams and listen to his work… It’s (now I think of it) perhaps the most difficult ratings system in the world! So just let’s test it out and see what happens:

The compilation starts with the storm opener by Snake Cabin & Success! – Chef’s Choice (The Shitling). The track plays out a mysterious mood that mixes the sound of squeezing out cooking oil, with electronic music that feels good to gallop on a horsey with. You can hear the chef scream when somehow the meal got all ruined by a squeeze too much, which makes the fun also in something of passion and trauma. Mark Williams star rating of 2 stars.
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Pelvis Lesly – Flower Power is bringing the sound of flowers that dance on loveable break beats. There is nothing but love over here, so in case you need some; it’s recommended to do join this flowerfield and inhale deeply! Forget about your hay fever as this track is safe! I give this one Mark Willams.
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Then we have Rick James’ Dirty Laundry – Jump  who starts in a nice Lo-fi mood, with cute Casio beats, distorted cozy singing and sweet sounding melody with a sad emotional under twist. It makes me think of an artist singing in the bathroom while singing with a bottle of soap as a microphone and yellowed family pictures in the background. It has something folky, personal and intimate; it almost made me cry… Or it’s just the fog from the shower nearby. Oh and there is also a very admirable solo! In any case it’s really nice, a slow jam pop for foolish bathroom owners.
Certainly this earns 4 Mark Williams.
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Alien Pop Band – Lips of Paradise is more rocking, a bit slow, a bit dodgy; it’s like the music makers are the one ones who wear sunglasses at night while they blow bubble gums in the alley. Everything is there, the alley vibe, the groovy feeling, the rock groove and even some sensual sexy lyric expressions. The sound is very high up there and I give it 4 Mark Williams just because I think you should check this band too!
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Stallone Laser Arm – G∞d Vibes Bro  is also nice; perhaps there aren’t any non-nice acts on this compilation. The crazy glitch part in this easy smooth rider is one that is pretty damn original and indeed very decent in its brilliant lunacy. It works well and how bizarre it might be; is fully listenable! Let’s give this one 4 Mark Williams for high class originality and ability to make this audio part trip worthy!
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MOHALABONGA – SOUTHERN DUDE  sounds dirty, you know the kind of music you expect done American Hollywood action figure to fall in and start to hit, kick and shoot the bad people in some epic scene somewhere in a casino robbing. The baseline is like rolling cigars, the beats are like a pounding and the overall vibe is pretty criminal.
I’m hopelessly confused with the Mark Williams rating so I’ll give it two, considering that more or less can be either bad or good.
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Then we have the energy provider in the form of VCR Repair – Must Juscle . This is pretty good stuff, happy and mad up-tempo craziness that feels as if someone is tickling the bottom of your feet in order for you to give in that feeling to dance. This is lots of fun! In fact I can’t sit still and type to you.. So I just throw some Mark Williams here and dance.. See you later..
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Ah here I’m again.. As the compilation has gone forward with more material. This is Voltaires – Ringness a more relaxed sounding tune that sounds as if it found a nice balance between an acoustic loop and electric beepers. It nicely builds up and grows like a pretty electric dream. Damn I really don’t know how many Mark Williams I should give this.. It’s just an impossible star rating system. I like how it wobbles and transforms in some kind of cold hobbling sack of clap along material. Well heck two Mark Williams stars?
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Our other favorite public mentalist is also available on this compilation. hiyohiyoipseniyo – parauladeMOK is coming across as a fight in which glitch bitches bitch fighting each other with inexpensive machinery. It’s quite violent, stuff gets smacked on heads, thrown out, thrown in and it’s probably a lot of smacking, hacking, booby trapping and electro shocking… Let’s give it three mark Williams just for all the aggression!
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Waffle Burger & Cameron – Canal Living (I Love Free Booze) is good to bringing rolling drums after the glitch fight, there are small intermezzos with some hot topics in between. It is one of that poetry versus drum versus sock cock free booze drumroll haircut versus more drum lol! Dada-ism comedy that takes living on a boat to a whole new level. I love the live energy and fun of this, so let’s throw in a three star Mark Williams.
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Cheeseboot – Wings keeps the quality up, sounding like a band of bongo playing rattle snakes, somewhere from a trip out planet located behind a dumpster. The baseline, the groove, the melody, the epic chorus, the guitar plonks; it all seems to make me hungry for someone else their thrown away fast food. Better give it three mark Williams!
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Then happiness follows with the happy sounding up-tempo lovely sounding work of Forest Cat – Day Ghost . What a happy and nifty sounding tune, making me feel all so good while listening to these in your face sounding synth rainbows and honky plonk repetitions and that tight horny beat. This is the tune I like to see a unicorn dance on. I give it three mark Williams because it makes me so happy!
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With Stallone Laser Arm – Powowowow I feel like we are sitting on the first row of a hybrid of half super Mario, half slapstick spaghetti western, half Kraftwerk robot that jumps over those fences that athletics jump over.. Let’s give it a royal two Mark Williams
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normaled – if i knew myself in person’ is pretty spaced out, a bit as if bungee jumping electrified koalas   Had come down to put asphalt on the floor in order to use it for a game of ping pong. Two Mark Williams because that’s pretty rad!
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More drumming and buzzing can be heard in Big Spicy – d(r)umb times. I give it one Mark Williams, not because it isn’t Mark Williams worthy; it’s just a bit short and sane.
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But ‘Bete Tete – luv u man’ get a high Mark Williams rating because it’s so full of manly love and expression, it fits our love for the real Mark Williams. The music is like a feverish expression of manly love, including touching vocals, Lo-fi horny horns and what’s not. Let’s give this one 5 Mark Williams because it puts the man back in roMANtic!
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Spaishe – Hippie Crack (It Is OK To Be Crazy)  says that it’s ok to be a bit crazy… And indeed on this compilation you might actually turn out to be one of the more normal ones. Here the music sound pretty deranged, drugged up and wasted without losing its cornerstones of alternative electric weirdness. I’ll give it three mark Williams.
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Pelvis Lesly – Lemonade’ sounds more Lo-fi space stoner loner rock. It has the flair as if you are close up to an old radio and some expressive shit comes out, and you like it and want it to never leave. Its guitar rambling, some old school vocals and energy kindly muffled for the right amount of feel goodness. It can be menacing at times, but in general I think this is pretty much out there! Three Mark Williams!
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Bastard Unicorn – Fools Gold seems to be taken a slight darker tone or attitude, something that feels as if it had come from the serious side of the eighties in which everyone had big hair and Mullets. When the singers voice drops in I can’t say anything.. I’m speechless; sensible, bold, gold! This deserves a full amount of five Mark Williams! A high score!!
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Myles Dahmer Steinmetz – Old People Are Tortillas is not far out there too, as it feels strangely that we have now arrived in the Mark Williams corner of music on this compilation! It’s a short song, which is sad.. Because if it would have been a bit longer it also would have five Mark Williams! Now it has earned four Mark Williams!
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The druggy sounding BBBBBBW – Zues Launcher is a little but too fuzzy to my taste to be fully spooned up with a spoon and mixed in the bottle of coffee that I’m drinking. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t appreciated as everyone needs a bit of raw flavor once in a while, and this is definitely comparable to fresh raw selection of coffee beans. Very spaced out vocals, lots of eyes full of distortion and still manages to have something sweet about it. The singing at the end helps it to gain four Mark Williams!
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The relaxing and fairly easy going moment of Success! (w/ Al Leyba) – Pepperoni  is definitely appreciated. A bit sleepy, a tiny bit dreamy; a bit wandering around on a string like instrument. It’s nice but in this case just earns one Mark Williams (which isn’t not a compliment : mind you!)
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Bom Toms – bone tugs und hominy is a huge contrast to the relaxing sleeping beauty before; it’s pretty loud, a bit like listening to a mad drummer stuck in a washing machine and a guitarist stuck in a Hoover. Is it nice? Goth who knows! But because of the short abrupt ending I give it one Mark Williams..
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Forest Cat – KENO vs NES  is more sounding like a happy moment in this very moment. It reminds me of track 12. And that one was a lot of fun too, so all is good! Three Mark Williams for the sake of psychedelic dancing!
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Brian Lang – To That I Say ‘Hmmm’ (ft. Jordan McCarthy) has enough cowbells to make even the haters of cowbells turn around and change their mind. This tune is quite deep in dub, having a nice relaxed vibe that would fit Stoney afternoons, happy hill dancing and basically good times. Two Mark Williams (because compared to the other tunes it’s just too good to receive three!) ah, to hell with the rules; 3 Mark Williams!
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Then it’s time to calm down while we listen to body fluids moving from one place to another. pool boy – xoxo::::) seems to be the expert track among these watery travel phenomenon’s and to top that; it sounds quite electronic too. A pleasant work for chilling and science, but because of not being ‘pop’ it receives just one Mark Williams. (But please do not worry too much about that!)
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Snake Cabin & Success! – Orgy is what we call a nice mélange of old school retro shit from forgotten times, carefully recreated, mixed, chipped and reclassified for the new futuristic millennium. An electric game of pong becomes warm and cozy and slightly we lose the plot. Definitely three Mark Williams.
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The last track on the comp isBig Spicy – D(r)umb Animals (apple jenkumix) and it’s a good decision to indeed save the best for last. A whole collection of digital farm animals sing their song of epileptic epic-ness and there is only room for a standing ovation (which you have to bring yourself). Four Mark Williams to conquer the very end!
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Get this fun compilation at the following link:
http://cooterrecords.bandcamp.com/album/iv

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