New Music – Kraut Pop

More fun than the elements of dance undertones, Billo’s Die Schiefe Bahn – Demo is a 10-minute exciting diversion from the norm of pop-rock. With extremely European influences, Billo is interesting over the six tracks they present, with just a three-piece of positive action.

Die Schiefe Bahn – Demo opens with “Atmungsaktiv,” and while the lyrics are difficult to translate over without knowing German, the instrumentation laid down translates perfectly by Jana on percussion, Anne-Sophie on the bass, and the vocals with guitars done by Billerbeck. The veracity is not the defining factor, instead, it is in the pop elements of punk rock that combines cutesy vocalization, giving a second glance toward the bubblegum coats of paint.

Especially on “Naja” which takes the bass and percussion to new rhythmic levels that are simultaneously militaristic and built for the dance club. The performance on “Naja” has Billo becoming this rising star that takes the one-two steps as a perfect foundational fit for the band. While mainly minimalistic sounding, Die Schiefe Bahn – Demo carries this thickness to it that mainly is based upon the instrumentals the band lays.

Primarily with later ensembles, “Pflanze” is enticing for the use of broad effects on the strings that stab at the ears. It is still laying in the fields of pop but is surrounded by these wilting and intimidating flowers as Billerbeck’s vocals become drowned by the atmosphere. Similar to a drill sergeant, Billo makes their orders known even without hitting a nervous chord.

Die Schiefe Bahn – Demo ends on “Vogelatren” that continues the theme of attacking the tom drum on the percussion while the strings play a constant motion. While the progressive motion is interesting and keeps the attention, the real passion comes from the environment that Billo can inscribe on the track. The carefree pop elements bounce against the wall like a rubber ball and continue to carry the same energy through Die Schiefe Bahn – Demo.

When the curtain falls and Billo is left in the crumbling wake, Die Schiefe Bahn – Demo is memorable for its short but attentive attitude. The spotlight is like a short poetic reading, carrying only moments before passing onto the ether like words spilling off the brain.

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SUNDAY SAMPLER // (Playlist) “02/21/2021”

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“A playlist of tracks that were featured on MattsMusicMine.com from the week of February 15th – 21st. From Reviews to Streams, never miss a track with these playlists that are uploaded every single Sunday till I drop dead.”

Featuring: LINGUA IGNOTA, Fulci, Vanilla, Altered Dead, NVSV, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mr Hudson, Pupil Slicer, LuieGo, Arlo Parks, Beedie, Billy Hoyle, Tha God Fahim, Bill Waves, JPEGMAFIA, Skeleton, Regional Justice Center Chelsea, Wolfe, Emma Ruth Rundle

Track List: BUTCHER OF THE WORLD, SORROW! SORROW! SORROW!, Zombi Slam Squad, Surfin’ Summer, Prossodemic Realms, Spend It, Gotta Have It, Why I Love You, Wounds Upon My Skin, Ya Tu Sabes, Too Good, Dock Ellis, FIX URSELF!, II, Conquest, Anhedonia

STREAMING // (Album) Black Spell – “Black Spell”

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Track List: Primum Maleficium, Visions From The Dark Side, The Queen Witch, Ancient Herbs, Winter Demon, Occult Forces, Horned God Of The Forest, Psychic Funeral, Mefistofele, Black Sun, Dance Of The Damed, Black Magic Spell, Crimson Skies

STREAMING // (Track) IAMGAWD X Custom Made – “From Chicago With Hate”

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Featuring: Philmore Greene + Skooda Chose

STREAMING // (Track) Khan Jamal – “The Known Unknown”

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Full Release On: April 16th, 2021

STREAMING // (Track) Paysage D’Hiver – “Bluet”

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Full Release On: April 23th, 2021

STREAMING // (Album) Jazz Spastiks – “Camera Of Sound”

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Featuring: Artifacts, Count Bass D and DJ Pocket, C-Rayz-Walz, Kool Keith, Phill Most Chill, The Procussions, Soundsci, + Wee Bee Foolish (Yeshua DaPoEd + Ken Boogaloo)

Track List: Orsus, Jazz Loops, Small Sounds, Dedicated, Rock The Block, Supadupa, By All Means, Colours, Party People, Go!, Beats In The Sampler, Tofu, Sponge, Some Old New Shit, Mathematics, Ruff ‘n’ Rugged, Doo Da Doo, Blow Up Your Stereo

STREAMING // (Video) Viper – “I Eliminated Daft Punk 2 Bring Bobby Shmurda Back (Equl Xchange)”

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“A Fair Trade”

STREAMING // (Album) JWords – “Sonic Liberation”

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Composed + Engineered By: JWords

Track List: Up Late, Settlement, Sonic Cleanse *Feels Good*, Forms, Time Passin’, Fed Up

Classic Day – Money Is God

1981 was an especially predominant year for the Dead Kennedys as it gave them a new percussionist, D.H. Peligro, and was a step into a more hardcore direction from their debut, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables.

The EP, In God We Trust, Inc. was a callback to the D.C. hardcore that defined the genre of punk rock for packing as many tracks as you can into a seven-inch disc. With the new era of America beginning under President Reagan, the Dead Kennedys were a perfect catalyst for a sonic invasion of eight tracks in just barely over eight minutes.

Opening with “Religious Vomit,” the coy references that describe, “All religions make me wanna throw up, all religions make me sick. All religions make me wanna throw up, all religions suck.” Jello Biafra is the main spokesman to In God We Trust, Inc. that leaves Klaus Flouride on the bass and backing vocals, as well as East Bay Ray on the guitar. Peligro rampages on the percussion as this generation of the Dead Kennedys is a complete mess on wheels.

Coincidentally, the strings ramp up and Biafra is a shouting, maniacal minister, he continues on to illustrate, “They all claim that they have the truth, they’ll set you free. Just give ‘em the money and they’ll set you free. Free for a fee.” With the explosive instrumental on “Religious Vomit,” the band takes a dive into the more relaxed and choir-esque on “Moral Majority” that is much more sluggish until the “1-2-3-4” count-in that orchestrates the chaos to ensue.

On the chorus that attacks Jerry Falwell, Jesse Helms, and even the new leader of the free world, it is comedic and blends the punk rock undertones that continue to make In God We Trust, Inc. and the following Plastic Surgery Disasters such repeatable and memorable records.

As Biafra describes, “Blow it out your ass, Jerry Falwell. Blow it out your ass, Jesse Helms. Blow it out your ass, Ronald Reagan, what’s wrong with a mind of my own?” This stand-up approach to lyricism quickly brings the idea of “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” a smile through gritted teeth.

One of the greatest tracks ever pressed onto wax, “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” continues to be a staple in the music community even 30 years after the initial release. The chorus that describes, “Nazi punks, Nazi punks, Nazi punks, fuck off!” is an obvious outing. Diving deeper into the narrative content actually reveals some truth underneath the last verse.

Describing, “Ten guys jump one, what a man. You fight each other, the police state wins. Stab your back when you trash our halls, thrash a bank if you’ve got real balls.” As the intensity crescendos up, Biafra shouts, “You think swastikas look cool, the real Nazis run your schools. They’re coaches, businessmen, and cops, in a real Fourth Reich, you’ll be the first to go.”

And when the origami crosses of dollar bills that control the government, mass production, and even music, the Dead Kennedys message lives on longer than the recordings ever will. As a final call to the void, the ideology becomes easier to live by as time marches on into the stranglehold of the common man growing tighter.

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STREAMING // (Album) KEYGEN CHURCH – ” ░ ▒ ▓ █”

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Track List: Duhicebdo Ed Varicecag Parvabiguf, Igparera Fihi Gexigug Igpariug Afc, E Puro Fobca Dafluic Eque Pure, Ohfaquiug Egidof Varicef Odiug Peric, Eliabe Vicie Ib Odulif Hehaguf E Cargo Bofcre Fubc, Baqua IIrefdi Baqua Edgireri Fad Ibcalligara, Becureg Axpallef Furde. Cegab  Ufqua  Radurrac, Baqua Ighallah Farodaf Progabarebc Equilea Dolugheg, Lax Ubivarfe Afc Quea Iuhac Befdi Ac Gori

STREAMING // (Album) ICYTWAT – “G4OST”

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Track List: Off Tha Leash!, Stop Asking, Let Her Go

STREAMING // (Album) BigGhostLimited X Conway – “If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed”

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Featuring: Shots, Ransom, Rome Streetz, Knowledge The Pirate

Track List: Commencement, J Batters, Way We Move, Kill All Rats, Toast, Losses To Blessings, Highly Praised, Sons Of Kings, Red Beams, Forever Ago

STREAMING // (Album) Jurassic Witch – “Black Masses And Ashes”

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Drums: Scott Urian

Guitars + Vocals: Zachary Fisher

Track List: Velocireaper, Pterrordactyl, Stegasoceress, T. Hex

STREAMING // (Video) Deathpact X Code Orange – “ID”

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Art Direction: NUMOSIS

Animation by: Andri Wibowo

Misc. Day – Obsidian Ambitions

Vegyn has perpetually been involved with being the outsider on most of the recent spins for records as an associated artist that is related to the main personal inflow. Whether JPEGMAFIA or Archy Marshall, there is something underlyingly connecting about the oxygen tank that flows from the machine to the MPC.

Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds is not just a proper resurrection, but Vegyn here is mystifying in this subterranean world behind panes of pristine glass. Especially on that first track, “Blue Verb” that is more a call back to the radio edits of hip-hop sampling that enamors poppy snares and rattling hi-hats.

There is a beauty to the distortion that Vegyn produces and as “Blue Verb” gets to become abstract and increasingly more warped, Vegyn becomes a joy to the ears. They are hopeful in a plastic world that continues to increase the flames on the burner underneath. Even following a traceable theme on Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds where the atmosphere is clean while the lyrics fall to the wayside.

The subtly from Vegyn is truly where they can capture an eye, or an ear rather and move progressively toward an arching end goal. “Cowboy ALLSTAR” uses sampling of horses rearing and acoustic strings being plucked as the main layer. But when the track begins to dissect itself, the bass lines are deep and coincide with the synthetic percussion that smacks to be a hybrid dance and electronic piece.

The idea of pushing on with the 16 track mix takes inspiration to epics like The Godfather on “Fake Life” where the old country reminds the audience of these intricate string section ensembles. As Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds makes razor-thin incisions, “Fake Life” is this healing potion that magically sews up the scars. The metamorphosis from the track’s opening where the strings are the main focal point changes drastically as the bending of sonics appears.

Performed like the tracks were created in an aquatic shuttle, the electronic factor blends on “Retro OTW” that gives one last somber look at the surface before submerging. The gentle build is like watching Earth from a space shuttle as it drifts out of sight. Further and further away, continually isolated by warm violin strings that border more on somber, Vegyn is gorgeous here. They are deeply moving without ever saying anything, when the vocals do appear, they are so distorted that they appear more as an instrumental addition rather than any quotable style.

But with “It’s Nice To Be Alive,” the oxygen mask comes off and bursts of the sun’s rays hit the listener, covering them in a warm coating before the end of Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds. Unforgettable passion drips over with staccato string snaps with a more upbeat electronic journey.

Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds quickly makes passes at shining, only to have moments of obsidian ambitions bring it down. The mix is exciting and more than anything, creates emotion to drown the audience from the speakers.

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STREAMING // (Album) Deer Tick – “Black Dirt Sessions”

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Track List: Choir Of Angels, Twenty Miles, Goodbye Dear Friend, Piece By Piece And Frame By Frame, The Sad Sun, Mange, When She Come Home, Hand In My Hand, I Will Not Be Myself, Blood Moon, Christ Jesus

STREAMING // (Album) Jae Skeese – “Asphalt Calligraphy”

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Featuring: Lord Von, La-Reiz, OG Sole

Track List: Time, Lights On, Wealth For Your Mind, Quiet Man, Jet Sweep, Nigga This Nigga That, Main Ingredients, Social influence, War, The Panda That Spoke French, Canadian Ships

STREAMING // (Track) SUNNATA – “Black Serpent”

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Full Release On: February 26th, 2021

STREAMING // (Track) SPECTRAL WOUND – “Frigid And Spellbound”

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Full Release On : April 16th, 2021

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