“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood.” - Susan B. Anthony
I am a vulture
Smelling death and decay from miles away
Feeding off of the dead
To purify the environment
I shit on my own self
To bake the bacteria off
And can stomach almost anything
Descendant of the Griffin
And a living lesson
That all hardship is temporary
For a higher purpose
Beholder of the eyeball’s
A HERO FOR TODAY’S
Here’s a little mix of some of my favourite music I heard while I was out in North America. (click on the shellfish)
1. Ab-Soul - Empathy
A lot of my time in Canada was spent with Hexadecibel on these long drives through British Columbia. The main soundtrack to these were a bunch of mixtapes of guys like Chance the Rapper and PARTYNEXTDOOR. This track stood out to me.
2. Emotionz - Ah Feat. Attikus & Relic
I met this guy at Basscoast who gave me a CD and told me to check out Mat the Alien. Mat the Alien was sick, and so was his CD. It was also invaluable on the often radioless 13 hour drive from California to Utah. Thanks man!
*Bonus* - BREAKDANCE
3. Phuture - Your Only Friend
So a series of serendipitous circumstances meant that my often 24-hour festival companion Wax Romeo played the Friday night headline slot at the Pagoda stage at the INSANE Shambhala festival (seriously, insane). Disrupting the flow of vengeance pack snares and grinding mid-range that had, in general, been the theme of the day for me, he played a truly inspiring mix of chicago house and techno that’s been one of my favourite sets of this year. This track stood out in particular for causing some dickhead in the audience to jump on the mixing desk. Wax Romeo’s crowd response: “That guy was an asshole….I’m an asshole too”
DAILON - Face 2 Face
It’s pretty rare for me to meet people who have a similar approach to live playing as I do. DAILON really makes the most of the synths at his disposal, and really channels that sunny driving-a-red-convertible-through-the-desert west coast vibe.
5. Seafloor - Ferdinandea
I had the pleasure of playing before Seafloor at Astro Nautico. His set was one of those genuine moments when you get blown away by the set, and then find out afterwards they were playing mostly their own stuff.
6. Sanctums - Body Fossil (Kline remix)
Kline is one of the rising stars of the Vancouver Chapel Sound crew. His work is a mesmerising and hypnotic take on the trap sound. His set at Basscoast blew me away.
7. VLSONN - Distribute
Another highlight of Basscoast was DJ Cure’s friday set. This release from his label, Aufect Records, is a perfect example of, for me, the Vancouver sound: Futurist, kinetic, and so fucking cold.
8. Machinedrum - Everybody Loves the Sunshine
lizzy caplan x viva vena