Frikan Rhym – Warior Grooves

Artist: Frikan Rhym
Title: Warior Grooves
Keywords: experimental, groove, drumming
Label: Top Of The Flops

Let’s be sentimental and travel way back to the year of 2010. This was a special time as one of the rhythmic sessions that had stayed with me for years had been released on the now defunct Top Of The Flops Records. Still, till this day I play these tracks by the dubious drum formation Frikan Rhym. They had this very raw power thing going on, as if they didn’t rehearse anything on their debut and also one and only release out there (that I’m aware off) making them sound more spontaneous than your average busking percussionist.

Somehow this group had never lost its charm on me, I’ve even printed out their album cover many moons ago and placed it on top of my chimney. I don’t know why but I liked to look at this picture for many years, always imagining this being a picture of this mysterious group together. I’ve looked at it as good as everyday, but never seemed to notice the resemblance of the people depicted on the cover until recently a peculiar friend came over asking me why I had this picture of multiple Obamas above the chimney. First I thought the guy was having a colorful imagination, than when I payed attention I did see the facial resemblances of the ex president of the USA.

My goodness! I had never noticed it! How crazy that is and how weird! Might Frikan Rhym be family related to this famous man? Or might this be a secret side project of lookalikes, like a one off hobby to test the waters of the underground? So much questions arrived in my head, but no roads available that would lead to satisfying answers. Than I thought that it simply doesn’t matter who Frikan Rhym is or how they look liked. It’s those freaking rhythms that are the ones that have done and will always do ‘it’ for me!
https://archive.org/details/FrikanRhym-WariorGrooves
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Un Jardin – S.P.

Artist: Un Jardin
Title: S.P.
Keywords: alternative thc ambient dreamy music love one man band pills psychedelic folk saint brieuc Saint Brieuc

The psychedelic folk, all tripped out of their heads stuck in a production studio. Their eyes twirl in circles as warm music plays. ‘What’s the music?’ we wonder as we find out that we are one of the psyched out folks listening. It sounds really nice and warm, with singing and of course a guitar, some kind of mini organ and a little hymn. At least I think it is what it is, as I gaze at the wallpaper as it is coming to life…

I guess because we are the psychedelic folk, this must be psychedelic folk as well. I act confident as I tripped out of my head when realizing facts beyond me; is there an entire genre named after us? The psychedelic folk? Or are we as the psychedelic folk the reason why it is psychedelic folk? Are we even real or just a name for music to be stored under? Oh my! I’m so spaced out right now! Must be them special pills!

In one second this psychedelic folk experience had simply wiped life as we thought we knew it, from the table. The minds of me and the other psychedelic folks have been blown into billions of pieces. Is someone among our midst making this music? Is it psychedelic folk because it’s made by one of our own kind? It does make me as a member of the psychedelic folk feel quite proud, also secretly applauding the one responsible for this music as looking around over here, many of us psychedelic folk can’t even stand on their own legs, let alone bake an egg. (Someone did manage to bake some well tasty space cake though: thanks Catherine!)

But apparently this psychedelic folk exist and sounds bloody lovely. Or is that the cocktail of LSD weed and shrooms do the talking? You know, we the psychedelic folk have a reputation to honor, eh? Nobody wants to be kicked out and become a member of the normal folk instead. Imagine how boring that must be; listening to normal folk music and having no twirling eyes and all that.
Speaking of eye sight gone wild, I must focus… yes, the ketamine is taking its toll but I can finally see a name.:: yep! Un Jardin… Un Jardin…

Un Jardin!! I see it loud and clear! That’s the one of our people, it must be the one who made these nice sounding two songs, our psychedelic folk hero who manages to sound not wonky, out of it, or unable to make sense, making us ‘psychedelic folk’ look perhaps high, but also like a very responsible bunch of people. A special kind of folk that could also produce constructive non psychedelic music! Someone give our hero a bag of salvia, he definitely earned it! It feels so fine and high.

By the way; Can anyone roll another spliff? We need to listen to this highly anticipated achievement of this lovable member of our society again, celebrate these pleasant songs in the way only psychedelic folk would do! We as a group of looked down upon / out-of-our-heads-misfits are proud to be represented by such sensible music.
https://unjardin1.bandcamp.com
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Susan Drone – The Big Drone

Artist: Susan Drone
Title: The Big Drone
Keywords: experimental ambient dark ambient drone experimental electronic Murcia

It’s precisely midnight as my ears sank into the big drone of Susan Drone. It’s like slipping into a world in which we as listeners are carried by a group of mystical voices that hum all mass for a experience of powerful togetherness. As the show goes on they are progressively intensifying as if more of their magical powers are multiplying, showing signs of strength and holy force without using the slightest form of anger. I admire it, as it ain’t easy to make ambient music that comes across as muscled enough to carry all listeners as if we weighted nothing.

The more I’m in The Big Drone the more intrigued I get. These layers seem to play mind tricks, like some kind of special audio magic that is been displayed in front of you & yet you have no idea how and when or where it all is going. Optimizing a full on stereo perspective as well as the use of the trickiness that time has on a listener’s mind. The big one’ over here, is one that makes entire facets of reality disappear & exchanges it with a beautiful disorientation. Who am i? Who are you? Even the ancient question of the meaning of life is questioned; this is an entire different realm to be in. In the end a single group of the drone choir carried me back to my senses, but the impressive mark that this drone experience had on me, will be engraved in my memories forever. Tattooed even!

Now ten over midnight; it felt as if I had been gone for at least an hour, yet the amazing trip must have been just ten minutes long. I suggest you to take a dive and try it out too. I know you must have a busy life, but somewhere you should have ten minutes to spare for one of the best psychedelic drones I’ve ever heard! If not? Well… I guess you must be a masochist. Headphones are highly recommended to use as a gateway tool to experience The Big Drone’s full potential! Enjoy:
https://susanloop.bandcamp.com/track/the-big-drone
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naraka – naraku ~奈落~

Artist: naraka
Title: naraku  ~奈落~
Keywords: acoustic ambient dark ambient drone music noise Japan

Yes, another personalized piece of chit chat await you here at this blog post. This time I tell you about my nice walk in the sun, into a friendly park and all being well and pleasant. It’s a bit of a boring story isn’t it? Maybe it helps if I told you that I’ve brought this music by Naraka along? No? Still not exciting enough? Does it help you if I said that I played it out of a boombox while in this park? No? At a loud volume… yes? No? Maybe?

Well it should be enough to spice up the story a bit more than without, cause I can’t think of any other thing to tell you than the honest truth. When i blasted this release out of the speakers I didn’t have an exact idea how it would sound like, somehow I expected it to be some very evil harsh noise. I have no idea why I had thought that & why with that in mind I would play it out so loud in this park filled with young families. Not that harsh noise isn’t family entertainment that everyone loves, but still the squirrels and their sensitive ears might become a little annoyed from it.

But luckily for the squirrels my predictions had been wrong, as Naraka didn’t give that harsh painful noise to the atmosphere, but instead created the perfect sound for my Sunday stroll through the park. Perfect for the Sunday as the sound seemed to resemble church bells, probably ding donging away to get the word out that Sunday service is about to start. But they did not come under manipulated, but sounded worked upon to create some kind of ambient luxury dream. Most of the times that a drone artist goes for those bells as a source, the sound always seems to be a bit gloom and doom, of gothic church yards dressed in mist and darkness, but somehow here it didn’t feel as the case.

Maybe it helped as well that the music came out while the sun was out in full force, giving the sound bath a bath of golden lights itself. I thought it sounded nice and friendly, some squirrel even came up to me, sat down on the boom blaster that hosted this music & we exchanged some nuts to nibble. The little fellow with its Rat-like face and furry tail seemed to liked the music as well, making me think that next Sunday I might go to the park again to play this music. If it is all cloudy and rainy I could test out if this had any effect on the way this music is experienced! Can’t wait!
https://naraka-official.bandcamp.com/
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MC Mustaj is the one!

Hello and welcome. Thank you very much for coming here & bless you for your choice of spending time with us today. You are the best! And don’t let anyone tell you any different! Yep, you dear reader should get some well deserved love and attention as well. Don’t think we neglect you like all the other ‘music’ blogs; Nobody over here will take your presence for granted & you being here is simply the best gift of gifts. YIkIS loves you!

And because of this, I thought it would be nice to treat you well with some music discoveries that you might feel nicely in your body. Mostly ears and eyes as somehow we have plenty of video marterial to share here. In fact, let’s not waste all too much of your valuable time and drop a must see, hear & feel music video by Julian Z for MC Mustaj’s ‘Ella Vuela’. It got everything you’ll need, the mysterious pounding of psychedelic electronic upbeat melodic music, the energy to get off your seat and spectacular images featuring (and made by) wonderful people, with or without masks on:

…. yep, you’d like that, right? It made you feel intrigued and inspired, perhaps even lost some weight while doing irresistible movements as you watched and felt the magic? Once more we proof that you can trust your one and only reliable source for music that doesn’t suck! MC Mustaj certainly doesn’t suck! Just take your time to let the original music sink in, give the video another swing and you know that we are dealing here with a great music producer first and foremost. Without her skills the video would have been a silent one.

Before going all too deep in hype land & enthusiastically tell you about this great MC that we wanted to inform you about, I wanted to show you this other nice video, this one is done by Chani Bockwinkel and it features beautiful dancing people shot in a very lovely light. Shot as in shot by a camera, so no bloody scenes & safe to watch and inspire people of all ages. No parental guidance needed but a love for stripy gloves would come in handy.

What a beautiful imagery, right? And if you did hear it with the volume on – another great moment to get to hear and know the instrumental music as produced by MC Mustaj. It kicks ass! But wait as MC Mustaj as a MC might even kick double ass! Let the rambling hyper hype of enthusiasm flow as I continue below (yo!) :

MC Mustaj is a iconic figure in the Dutch underground, with her strong presence and personality she carries herself in front of dubious crowds to make them all feel energized, up and probably educated too! She is a word smith, waving them into rhythmic sentences that are like iron being heated in the fire. She gives them the right flow and strength as she spreads lyrics live on her own electronic beats for a full on banter of a good time. She is like a warrior, a middle finger towards any homophobe, a no nonsense goodbye-pooha kind of artist, fierce and fearlessly ruling the beats, her sounds and anyone in contact with them like a rebel charging up the listeners towards a rebellious rebellion of pure positivity! She represents freedom!

Live footage filmed at the International Queer and Migrant Filmfestival in Amsterdam, in which she can be seen and heard performing her hit tune ‘Baas’ (roughly translated as ‘Boss’) had been played here over and over again, making my fingers itchy to write something about it & the artist who rocks out under the radar while aiming for the stars! It’s just so good!

Even though the words in ‘Baas’ are all in the beautiful Dutch language, I still think that the rhythm and flow of the vibes in general will stand strong on a wider global way! For anyone not able to understand this insane language of that country that is mostly below sea level; she basically ask you to go down with the music & makes you aware that everyone is their own boss. In a way a very interesting bypass to create anarchistic mayhem, as you might think that in a better society there would be no bosses, but if everyone is a boss there are no ‘bosses’, but just people who accept responsibility for themselves and their own actions.

Ah! See? MC Mustaj not just makes great electronic music to dance upon, has the right flow of words to get the crowds going; she also offers smart solutions! It can’t come more real and raw than the fighter kind of artist MC Mustaj… but don’t forget: she is (not unimportantly!) also the bringer of good party times!

Yeah! This is the end of my rambling piece of love. I hope you enjoyed it and also found it a ‘Time well spend’ and if you want some more MC Mustaj , please check out her official YouTube account or seek her live performing in the depths of the underground:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU5iQyO9eLkUqTXE03ulcwg
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P.s.

I don’t know if it is appreciated

Or if I get eventually annihilated

as I’m no poet or MC

But suddenly I got inspired to rhyme

For just you and me!

MC Mustaj is the freaking best

Healthier than a salad with water crest!

She spits and raps

Kicks dicks, slaps the ass, deserve the claps. She beats the nest, wears no vest!

Is this a dream, is this MC even real?

More damaging than a banana peel!

Good vibrations, high expectations,

An asset to the queer nation, comes without regulation & deserves a Standing ovation!

Now I bow my head down in shame,

Rapping isn’t my game. Leaving it to the pro, cause Yo MC Mustaj is the one Bro!

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Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin – All My Friends Live in Uncanny Valley—The Remixes

Artist: Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin
Title: All My Friends Live in Uncanny Valley—The Remixes
Keywords: electronic lofi lounge outsider music psychedelic Gibsonton

Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin is the 20th century ghost of dreams and fantasies, stuck between memories of the glorious heydays for super malls and the all round politically incorrect entertainment of circus freak sideshows. She lost her heart in this special zone that she knows best as ‘Uncanny Valley’ and obviously is spending lots of time there these days. Not only because home is where the heart is, but also all her friends seem to hang out there, always waiting for her arrival at the gateways.

For anyone not being previously aware of the enigmatic Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin, her friends are a varied bunch. From musicians with fish heads, good looking mannequins, various ventriloquist dolls, Perot, bearded Australians, maybe some singing house plants, a shiny robot… she has indeed a broad group of multiculti friends accumulated through the years, all seem to have one thing in common; they are quite out of this world and wouldn’t look out of place alongside MacPumpkin on her trip of joy in Uncanny Valley.

But apparently Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin has also many friends beyond her favorite place to stay, as with this remix release you could enjoy another fine collection of individuals in their playtime with her. For example a poisonous chicken (out of all characters!) who holds her hand with its wings as they approach Uncanny Valley in a new light. Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Ozz the friends who join along all come with their own skills, flaws and fun. Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin might not have found her heart yet, but doesn’t come short of bravery and good companionship! Such as the super intriguing Renaldo & The Loaf who probably made not only our dreams come true but also that of their friend and fan MacPumpkin. They invoke true happiness with a menacing ‘haha’ and a deliriously fine sound that is raw as a chainsaw and yet delicate like a bad boy on acid. With friends like this around Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin can roam around freely in her favorite psychedelic realm as Renaldo & The Loaf will spook away anyone with the slight inch of bad intentions in mind!

Also to join her posse here is good buddy Vertigen, who meets the bunch as they crawl through the crawl space. Vertigen got it that finger snipping flair coolness to add, the vibe of mysteriously cool, of sunglasses at night and spiders as pets. Another excellent pall that comes to join to spice up the party Kevin Busby who provides Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin and friends a lift over the highway with sounds that would evoke an immediate erection Gary Numan style! Doesn’t matter if you are a male or a woman: the boner of synthesizer greatness will drive us harder than any viagra could do! All genders sword fighting with their Kevin Busky’s generated hardons like there is no tomorrow! Our palls at Weirdest band of the world still can’t get their sausages in sleep position since they heard this friend of Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin doing its thing.

For a more chill out attitude our hero also meets up with the friendly Commander Zillack who gives a new shape and form to the Bermuda Triangle. Thanks to its command nobody of the friends nor Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin herself will get lost, crash on an iceberg or sink to the bottom of the ocean. With steady flow of rhythm this commander sails the sea with crew of friendship into the shores of safety.

The last friend on this adventure that joins the gang is Spectral Fern Plaza, giving the power to finish the trip towards the finish line with a proudness that rises heads high. Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin and friends hold hands as she sings with full heart and soul what she is and how wonderful it actually is. All friends united with the friends of Uncanny Valley coming together as one brand new adventure and a feel good experience! You got to hear it!
https://electricphantom.bandcamp.com/album/all-my-friends-live-in-uncanny-valley-the-remixes
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Harley Cream – legion EP

Artist: Harley Cream
Title: legion EP
Keywords: alternative electronic alternative pop lo-fi pop witch house Poland

There is nobody that sounds like Harley Cream, his style is as unique as it could be & that’s something true art by real people should be all about; uniqueness and individuality. In a world full of music and a mail box full of requests and billions of indepth listens in the bag of knowledge it’s fair to say and conclude that such uniqueness only appears to be limited to very few artists out there. Maybe a bit more than a hand full… maybe two hands… a feet… anyway you get the point; there are few!

I don’t mean that we as artist can’t be real and different while following some kind of music rules, or follow in certain other artist’s steps because it brings joy… in fact possibly every real artist is unique, but I’m talking here about severe extreme uniqueness! Harley Cream brings you the music you simply had never heard before and also seems to have his own style crafted so well that he is the solid star of it all. Harley Cream’s music is not only unique, it is on top of that also very good, very far removed from the chewed out standards of pop and indie music & has simply all the elements to become a trendsetter. It’s unlikely probably, but who knows… nothing is crazy enough!

He sings while he goes under your skin with experimentation that pushes the listener to the edges of belief and tolerance , he sings in your ears, whispers, he tickles strings, comes at you like a snake, morphing like an insufferable surprise that you can’t pin down but are truly fascinated by! A Devine uncontrollable balanced mixed with monstrous tendencies that actually makes you feel real good. If you are sick of those reviews that only point to what famous bands or hipster jizz it sounds like, you will be okay with anything that they would write on Harley Cream; it’s impossible to sensibly refer to some other artist doing this kind of thing! He is untouchable, a full on experimental mentalist that wants to understand you, wants to know your name but feels trapped in its own genius mind. He is far ahead of his time, yet here to hear and be inspired by!
https://harleycream.bandcamp.com/album/legion-ep
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