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ITAL (Planet Mu) Spring 2013 Tour
Thu 3.28: Comet Ping Pong, Washington DC *
Fri 3.29: The Coward Shoe, Baltimore, MD *
Sat 3.30: 285 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY *
Mon 4.01: Green Scott, Aliston, MA *
Tue 4.02: AS220, Providence, RI *
Wed 4.03: Motore, Montreal, QB *
Thu 4.04: Nocturne Club, Toronto, ON *
Fri 4.05: MUG, Detroit, MI *
Sat 4.06: Gabe's Oasis, Iowa City, IA *
Mon 4.08: The Burlington, Chicago, IL *
Tue 4.09: Happy Dog, Cleveland, OH *
Fri 4.12: MTT Festival, CALGARY, AB
* w/ Container
Title: DREAM ON
Label: PLANET MU
Release Date: November 13th 2012
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03. Eat Shit (Waterfalls Mix)
06. What A Mess
07. Deep Cut (Live Edit)
With his second release for Planet Mu this year, Dream On is more of a full length outing for Ital aka Daniel Martin Mccormick and a much more substantial record than the popular and critically acclaimed Hive Mind.
On Dream On Ital takes his experimentation with house and techno forms even further, creating impressionistic deconstructions from the tropes of early house and techno. Sunny chords, laid back drum shuffle and rhythmic vocal loops. Unpicking and threading them with a rich psychodrama of dreamy textures and whooshing chords and uneasy dissonance and roughness.
Ital's perfectly situated and open enough here to blend together key elements of sound that make his music unique and appealing, the dreamy ambience and drums of house with dub's sense of smearing and fracturing and an understanding of distortion.
Despot starts the album with a trancey bassline is punctuated with off-key vocal stabs the form of the track gently prized apart with pitchshifting seasick chords. Bois mix of loops and chords over frantic drums is tainted with sorrow, it's got a nervous energy, always feeling like it's going to topple in on itself,. Eat Shit (Waterfalls Mix) is broken and distressed techno, making the most of distortion and echo to create shimmer and splinters of noise over rough drums. Enrique strips things back to a cavernous ambience with slowed down vocals, and a heartbeat drum, building into a pulsing tone and scratching noise pulling across the spectrum. Housecapella is deep house smudged and deconstructed into weightlessness. What a mess sounds like music rotting, running wilting notes and a hysterical vocal speech through effects to create a strange curdled epic track. Deep Cut finishes the album rubbing warm, emotional deep house tones and shuffling drums and claps against harsh electric guitar-like drones. Dream On takes you out of the ordinary.
Title: HIVE MIND
Label: PLANET MU
Release Date: March 6th 2012
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01. Doesn't Matter (If You Love Him)
02. Floridian Void
03. Privacy Settings
05. Final Wave
If you’ve heard Daniel Martin-McCormick's name recently, it would probably have been either in association with his disco/punk/echo band Mi Ami, or as Sex Worker on the Not Not Fun label, or finally as Ital on NNF’s sister label 100% Silk, recording quite different sounding house music to this album. Now based in Brooklyn, but raised in Washington DC, Daniel has a history in that city's hardcore scene, he was in the Dischord records signed Black Eyes, but was also making dance inspired tracks at the same period, but coming from a very different angle from your average guy with a copy of Logic and a working knowledge of dance music’s history.
Daniel's music is a stranger thing. Working best at high volume, it uses house’s easy going 4/4 structure as a kind of camouflage for more out-there sonic explorations; subverting expectations, seeking out the links between the space and the sound-bending of dub & industrial’s unsettling sonics with the grooves of classic house and the effects and black holes of minimal at it’s weirdest. The album has a sculptured feel; sounds twist in space, feeling almost three dimensional and melodies pitch-shift in an unsettling way; voices dissolve in and out of these frameworks and the whole album has a unique, haunted feel; nothing is ever allowed to settle totally comfortably, everything vibrates. Hive Mind's titles also hint at such themes as how culture insinuates itself on you and the meaning of pleasure, it’s ironies and forms, drawing in creeping fears of the internet age.
Opener Doesn't Matter (If You Love Him) sounds a bit like Tackhead if they had made house music, using a flickering and confidently repeated phrase over a lumbering drum and bassline, introducing swirling and bombing synths into the mix once the secret comes out. Floridian Void's strange marrying of treated voices and swelling, pitch-bent chords and effects draws the listener into its strange atmosphere; it’s an ambient house track of sorts, but the ambience here is a swirling, confusing, watery vortex rather than being fuzzy and new age. Privacy Settings builds creepy wolf howls over a slow bassline and cold faraway banging drums, estranged from their usual disco setting. Next, Israel picks things up again, with weird, pitch-shifting edited bells over dubby toms, all the while cold chords rushing in and out over this unsettling backing track. The closer Final Wave restores the album back to something resembling normality, with a disco-like swing that recalls Moodymann’s beat down productions but slid through brutal dub-like FXs that bring out a shade of strangeness in an otherwise happy groove.
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