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#379 Ekra – A ‘Lil Called Strength

I haven’t been this excited in a long while. In fact, I think this is the best thing I’ve heard since 2012 started.

Ekra is an NYC-based husband and wife duo, who make some of the most glorious, noise inspired melodies that reek of certain depravities and sensitivities. All at once, it is a hurtful hiss of lashing snakes backed in a corner, and blissful surrender to the fates that toy with us so.

I’ve been looking for that particular sound, that would drown me in its waves of emotion, asphyxiate me in its splendour, embrace me in its all-encompassing arms, and I think I’ve found it through the magic presented here.

The astounding thing about this music, is that it’s so very primal. There’s a particular minimalism that strikes as an up-yours to what we already know, or a departure to various progressive sounds we’ve heard of late. It’s amazing what this particular rhythm section has chosen to do, in the realm of deconstruction and then reassembling it all over again into a new whole. – Brian.

mp3: Ekra – A ‘Lil Called Strength

Men, the latest release by Ekra can be purchased through their bandcamp, or their website.


#168 i\d – hot boy


with a post-freudian band name like i\d and an intriguing\puzzling piece of cover art to boot, this singaporean experimental noise rock collective sure promises a big deal from its packaging. the product is a self-released album titled midnight hot, a concise vinyl-length record culled from 4 hours of improvised jamming, mixed and edited as inspired by the likes of jazz producer teo macero (bitches brew) and reggae\dub icon lee “scratch” perry. the record itself plays like a tripped up dream freud himself would’ve had a field day dissecting, with the first and last tracks dabbling in some heavy experimentation, wild and loose. the middle portions, however, collapse very neatly like an overdetermined condensation of these disparate ideas, employing a tighter structure without losing any of its sexiness. in fact, in second track “hot boy”, much of the sex appeal lies in the stubborn consistency of a very dirty bassline, which varying trajectories of sounds and effects attempt but fail to dislodge and are eventually co-opted for a very rousing finale indeed. a dizzyingly unforgettable record, this one.

mp3: i\d – hot-boy

midnight hot is available online from cd baby and by contacting the band directly. if you live in singapore, you may purchase the cd at roxy, earshot and asylum. get it now!