Misc. Day – Fall Into A

Future; the place where Cities Aviv resides, sometimes borders on both the avant-garde and reality. Where paint melts but at the same time creates a rippling effect of distorted beauty.

On their 2015 collaborative project with Collect Records, Your Discretion Is Trust becomes unique from every front. Where light escapes the soul and fades from the eyes, Cities Aviv is the narration to the downfall. Perhaps it is the discovery laid in the warping synths or the charming atmospheric rings that feels somewhere between cyberpunk and experimental hip-hop, the spoken word poetry over gleaming instrumentation is fascinating.

Truly in the element of utter surprise, “Anticipation” is a lucid dream where a synthetic Dali could exist. A creation of humanistic bliss and the metallic machine crunch of analog instrumentation. The production from RPLD GHSTS on “Anticipation” is both paranoid, but in a dualistic sense, freeing to the mind. It erases some of the underlying fear of the present day, and installs fears of the future through paranoia and being lost in the crowd. With lyrics that describe, “Alleyways where they’re holding a speech, I’m wondering if the gods reach. Into the heart of the city, my boots stomp blocks.”

With less of the rhyme structure being a straight forward approach to rapping or hip-hop, the influence is more based on prodigious lines being rattled off like freedom of thought. Complete and undying expression of the mind that slowly and illusively turns to shadows in the cityscape.

Especially on the frequently revisited “Earth Signs” which is a breakneck difference from the noise tracks of “Black Sequence” that falls before it. Seemingly quicker in length as well, “Earth Signs” is rampaging with harsh bass and sampling occurring while Cities Aviv is a shouting conglomerate of production and lyricism. Throughout Your Discretion Is Trust and noticeably through Cities Aviv’s career of sonic approaches, their instrumentation has always been one of the reasons to return to each record and dissect the piece like a cadaver.

A prime example comes to “Isolation Quarters (Juk)” which comes directly from the source. Cities Aviv produces the track and as such is able to float over the twisting and chainsaw-esque synths that run and run like an engine under their voice. In a land of abstract and almost difficult to tap into styles from Cities Aviv, they can mold the audience to love moments of intrigue like “Isolation Quarters (Juk).”

Forced imagery of desolation and unstoppable mechanical towers off in the distance, Cities Aviv is a juggernaut in the full sense of the word. A lumbering giant that is impossible to break through on, and can continue to use force to paint their way upon the world.

Listen To Your Discretion Is Trust Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

SUNDAY SAMPLER // (Playlist) “01/17/2021”

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“A playlist of tracks that were featured on MattsMusicMine.com from the week of January 11th – 17th. From Reviews to Streams, never miss a track with these playlists that are uploaded every single Sunday till I drop dead.”

Featuring: Car Bomb, Goth Girlfriend, Raziel, YL, Koncept Jack$on, Wayfarer, Bob Dylan, Phoniks, KEY!, Tony Seltzer, clipping., Forlesen, Willsteezalot, Kali Uchis, PARTYNEXTDOOR, GRiMM Doza, Lord Fubu, Mach-Hommy, Earl Sweatshirt, Negativa, Infall, Slowthai, A$AP Rocky

Track List: Scattered Sprites, Bloodlines, Mirage, The Iron Horse, Like A Rolling Stone, Queen Jane Approximately, Wanderlust, My Puppy, Piano Burning, Following Light, Geronimo (ROUGH), fue mejor, telepatía, New Era, Soon Jah Due, XVIII, In The Mess, MAZZA

STREAMING // (Album) KxIxSxSx – “Paris Powerviolence 2020 Remxstered”

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Mix + Master: Josselin Tange

Photos: Aurélia Sendra

Guitars: Nils

Vox: Lenny

Drums: Quentin

Bass: Anton

Track List: Welcome To 75, Appelle Moi Dante, Colonel Baf, Paris Powerviolence

STREAMING // (Video) Vinnie Paz – “Hannibal”

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Produced By: DNZ

Video Directed, Shot + Edited By: Jimmy Giambrone

STREAMING // (Video) Doc Dvrddy – “Eye On It”

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Directed By: Toast Worldwide

STREAMING // (Album) BLEED OUT – “SPIT PROOF EP”

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Track List: YOU DON’T BELONG HERE, C U T M E, (2ol9), F E E L M E, H U R T M E

STREAMING // (Album) HIGHRULE – “soothsayer”

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Released On: Abusive Noise Tapes

Track List: Bearer Of Bad Noose, Walls Of Worshippers, Poison On The Lips Of The Soothsayer, Giants Of Hatheg-Kla

STREAMING // (Video) DJ Lucas X FINESSE FRESCO – “The Crazy Part”

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Produced By: Branchez + Sammy

Directed By: HiDef The Chief

STREAMING // (Video) Slowthai X A$AP Rocky – “MAZZA”

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Directors: THE REST

Producer: Andy Picton

DOP: Pieter Snyman

1st AC: Josh Tue

2nd AC: Kitt Sullivan

Trainee: Ishraq Baig

Gaffer: James Duffy

Spark: Sam Crook

Steadicam: Tommy McMahon

Stylist: Daniel Pacitti

Costume Design: Hollie Peck

Prod Design: Froude studio & Analogue Space

Hotel Porter: Nathaniel Williams

Casting: Bardha Krasniqi @ Road Casting

Post Producer: Athene Xenia Aristocleous

Grade: Jonny Thorpe

VFX: Jeremy Ngatho Cole

3D artist: Spirit.View

Team Producer: Jeffrey Shroeder

Coordinator: Evan Lane

DOP: Ben Carey

1st AD: Mecca

1st AC: Carey Hu

2nd AC: Jade Alexia

Stylist: Matthew Henson

Steadicam: Austin Castelo

Gaffer: Rome Petersson

Spark: Alex Felder

Spark: Swing Daniella

Spark: Carmel Berg

Tech Coordinator: Joshua Douglas

Production Design: Izzy Garcia

Leadman: Malcolm A Davis II

Art Direction: @xjermsx

Set Dresser: @milena

Set Dresser: Dena Winter

Set Dresser: Mario Alonso

Set Dresser: @bank.roll34

Set Carpenter: Chris Toro

PA: Ben Wiseman

PA: Andie Rapavy

Casting Director: Jonny Problem

On Set Stylist Asst: Crsytal Geller

Special thanks: Sean Whalen, Konduit NYC, + Be Electric Studios

STREAMING // (Album) INFALL – “Silent (2020 Reload)”

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Engineered, Mixed, + Remastered By: Gianluca Guidetti

Featuring: Yurodivy, Decultivate, Storm{O}, + Joliette

Artwork By: Alessio Santagata

Produced By: INFALL + Gianluca Guidetti

Track List: Chamber, Back Home Early, The Random Butcher, In The Mess, (Who) The Hell’s Inside My Head, Gift, Palindrome, CYD, Decay, Birth, Silent

STREAMING // (Video) Black Kray AKA SickBoyRari – “50 In My Denim (Gang Shynin Lyke Stars)”

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Produced By: BSULV

New Music – Por Vida

Embracing the Columbian roots fully like never before, Kali Uchis leans hard on her newest record, Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞ as a medium for both expression and self-identification.

Sung primarily, (nearly 95%) in Spanish with even the tracklists in her native tongue, it is engaging for an American audience but translates through the production and emotional display on each piece. Beginning with “la luna enamorada,” Uchis is able to showcase and power through a performance that is eye-catching even from the first verse. She begins, “La noche y tú, vive la luna enamorada.” With backing vocals to not only concentrate a spotlight onto the range that Uchis has, but the rather subtle instrumentation is reminiscent of a campfire tale. Something that is both simple, but has a message which peels back the layering into the often somber or gentle crescendo of sounds at her disposal.

The following track, “fue major” features PARTYNEXTDOOR and he has about the only English that is present on the record. While the instrumentation behind both him and Uchis are strictly built for love-making in the pale moonlight; “fue major” can’t help but feel sensual here. The 808 that is layered through warping but still coherent scales and the easy listening operatic flairs are beautiful. If nothing else, Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞ is enthralling for its raw grace.

In one of the more upbeat displays on the record, “telepatía” is calming and is the perfect setting amongst the sun and ocean scene. Uchis’ inflection here on the track has these moments of sudden sparks where she describes, “You know I’m just a flight away if you wanted you can take a private plane.” She continues on to illustrate, “Y me prendes aunque no me estés tocando, you know I got a lot to say.”

Hearing the Spanish vocals that seem to mix with a mostly modern bedroom dream-pop sound is fantastic and through each listen adds a layer of discoverability with Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞. From her original work on Por Vida or her debut studio release, Isolation; Uchis is headed in this positive direction that not only shows growth but allows the audience the privilege of growing with her.

A shining example of this ability to use her voice and image to conquer an industry, Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞ is an extension of all the prettiest parts from her past two ventures. The gloss and gleam fits Uchis well and it makes sense why she is always weighing heavy on the heart.

Listen To Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞.Here!!! – Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Album) Negativa – “Untitled EP”

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Track List: XXIII, XXV, Untitled I, Untitled II

STREAMING // (Album) Mach-Hommy – “Mach’s Hard Lemonade”

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Featuring: Earl Sweatshirt, Tha God Fahim, Your Old Droog, Navy Blue, Young Queenz, Tvoy

Track List: SBTM (Sweeney Been Told Me), Soon Jah Due, Marshmellow Test, Smoked Maldon, Photocopy Sloppy (Dump Fraud), Pour House, Clout Dracula (Remix), Squeaky Hinge, NJ Ultra

STREAMING // (Album) Knxwledge. – “VGM’s.PRT.8_”

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Track List: iswear., bofeezne., nodoubt[S.I.T], 8thstrike_, no-ceiling_, we.are, fear., snow_, dntellnobdyPRT2., dadadada_, rice&peas[rthru], sonik_, wakeup[tro], steek_, wntunderstand_, othr24hrs_, basio., loveisthepowr[w8’onu]

STREAMING // (Album) Willsteezalot – “MOO MOO Adventures”

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Featuring: Tsuwage

Track List: MOO MOO, Pretty Right, Geronimo (ROUGH), Drop The Pin, Max Payne, On Smash, Beef & Broccoli, Slingshot

STREAMING // (Album) Forlesen – “Hierophant Violent”

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Vocals, Guitar, Synth, + Harmonium: Ascalaphus

Vocals, Guitar, Bass, + Synth: Bezaelith

Drums: Maleus

Album Cover:  Benjamin A. Vierling

Engineered, Mastered,+ Mixed By: Jack Shirley

Track List: Following Light, Nightbridge

Classic Day – In The Doorway

In the wee hours of the desperate night, feeling hopeless and lost, a sound can be heard that exemplifies and is able to separate itself from the cityscape that surrounds the madness. Somewhere buried between pots of black coffee and enough cigarettes to choke a degenerate, Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited spins like a pale rider amongst the obsidian night.

Through emotional dissonance and the want to revolutionize oneself, Dylan pushed his sixth album to become more electric. This slight change was as if the wheel had been redesigned as if sliced bread was at its inception; Highway 61 Revisited chronicles both the poetry of Dylan wrapped in a fresh coat of paint.

The opening track, “Like A Rolling Stone” is iconic enough to be covered by more than just those who experienced a guitar and despair together. “Like A Rolling Stone” is still powerful enough even 55 years later to bring a tear to the eye and wash over the audience as if Dylan was speaking directly to the individual. With an electric gleam and an organ chord structure heavy enough to break hearts, Dylan describes on the chorus, “How does it feel? How does it feel? To be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone.”

While simple on the delivery, having such an emotionally draining first track that sets its roots into the audience is a bold choice for his redesign. As Dylan marches on into “Tombstone Blues” where the more upbeat and comedic poetry is reminiscent of a folk standout, its reliance on the hook verse structure that is buried by a ragtime organ of sorts becomes illusionary.

Dylan describes in this barn-burner of an instrumental, “The sweet pretty things are in bed now, of course, the city fathers they’re trying to endorse, the reincarnation of Paul Revere’s horse.” As the music picks up like a storming hurricane, Dylan moves on to say, “But the town has no need to be nervous. The ghost of Belle Starr she hands down her wits, to Jezebel the nun, she violently knits. A bald wig for Jack The Ripper who sits. As the head of the Chamber of Commerce.”

While Highway 61 Revisited is such a monumental album and will be recognized as one of the greatest pieces of Dylan’s career, the writing here always manages to either bring a flurry of either laughter and smiles or absolute dread. It is almost astounding to see the style switches that occur through Highway 61 Revisited and just how well they identify Dylan’s career.

There is a plethora to love disguised under Dylan’s passionate sixth studio release, especially with “Queen Jane Approximately” which is dreamy and somehow packs this love ballad into a digestible dichotomy. Five-and-a-half minutes is surrounded by ’50s plucking electric guitars that would make Chuck Berry glimmer. Dylan’s harsh harmonica wails are present on the track and give “Queen Jane Approximately” this undertone of unity between his two persistent sounds. On one end, a folk writer and legend, and at other times, an eclectic rebel who remains enigmatic through each release.

Inspiring more than just the generation that followed him, Bob Dylan is certainly an acquired taste that becomes more approachable with both Highway 61 Revisited and his Blonde On Blonde record that soon followed. While hated for its complete change of mantra, Dylan’s experimentation led him to a crossroads where he eventually blended the two pathways to crunch under his leather shoes.

Listen To Highway 61 Revisited Here!!! –  Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Video) Clipping. – “Piano Burning (Annea Lockwood, 1968)”

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Sound Recorded By: clipping. + Christopher Fleeger

Filmed By: Cristina Bercovitz + Christopher Cichocki

Edited By: Christopher Fleeger

Color By: Cristina Bercovitz

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