Tuner Blog Feature

After a few years of writing for Phonologue, I moved to Seattle, which seemed like the logical next step in my life. Although it’s a much smaller city, I’m constantly inspired by the musical community here; anyone and everyone is encouraged to play what they like, and there is always a venue for them to perform at. One thing I noticed is that there aren’t really many blogs that chronicle ambient/electronic music here, so I figured that was blank space that needed to be filled. To keep track of the music I was hearing and what was going on around me, I decided to create my own blog called Tuner. It’s a way for me to be part of the community by documenting some of what I listen to as well as exposing emerging artists to my readers. There is no specific Seattle bent to the site, but you will see a lot of local music on Tuner.
Some of the features are album reviews, like the recent one I did about Avishai Cohen’s Into the Silence, a jazz album from last year. Others are roundups of ways to find new or interesting music, like the post I wrote about radio shows from around the world. Tuner isn’t bound by any genres or writing style, but in general, the music that’s chronicled isn’t commercial. I plan to deepen my digs by doing interviews with local musicians and previewing cultural events coming up in the area.
If you have something you think I should write about, feel free to drop me a line at kera@tunerseattle.co or on Twitter: @quatrovingt.

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Dream House Tropicana Volume 3 compilation 12″ – Blind Jack’s Journey

blndtrop3Blind Jack’s Journey has been a extensively multifaceted outlet, a sublabel that’s spawned sub-sublabels, their balmy sounds capturing our imaginations as well as serving as a springboard for talents like Gnork and Acasual. Their latest venture is the Dream House Tropicana series, which seems to dig back into the varieties of sound that started Blind Jack’s Journey in 2012.

This third installment in the series of compilation 12″s features RNR, Deep88, and collaborative ventures between RNR & Luv Jam, and Gnork & Luv Jam. A remarkably prolific and underrated UK-based artist, Luv Jam’s contributions stand out here even amongst the quartet of excellent selections. This record doesn’t land far from last week’s K-rAd & Opcode 66 collaboration; a warm atmosphere and gently introverted melodies tie this collection together. Meanwhile, there remain a variety of rhythmic approaches: Room Of Soul is slow grind house, Talk To Me is UK artificial intelligence techno, Acid Casio is dry acid techno under the silky chords, and Zipppp is breakbeat house, a Gnork signature.

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SOLD intrainingmix008 on Soundcloud

SOLD has posted a re-recording of the set originally performed at In Training in Cleveland this past July. Incorporating elements of electro, post-punk, industrial, and acid house, it’s a set that conveys a particular approach to music as well as the attitude and atmosphere of the summer party.

DJ Dog & Double Dancer – Rebound Lounge 12″ – Rebound Lounge

RELO1DJ Fett Burger dons a different name and teams up with Double Dancer to deliver 5 house tracks. The sounds are cheerful, yet laid-back, and will likely add some mellow tunes to a house DJ’s bag. Most of the tunes have a retrospective quality in terms of palette and composition.

The duo keeps with the label’s theme by overlaying what sounds like an interview about basketball in the opening track. Dribbling and swishing sounds can be heard in “Rip a C”, and the pair samples referee whistles for the dreamy “Time Out.”

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Blender @ Copa Lounge, Saturday January 28th, 2017

There’s a full lineup this Saturday evening at The Copa Lounge near Old Town. This free event features dance music DJs Shmoo, Andrew Harris, and Gramaphone’s Jacob Hopes, as well as live performances by Lex Allen & Kaycee Ortiz. Copa Lounge is at 1637 N Clybourn, the event runs 9pm till 3am.
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Tim 2T & Hugo LX – Serving La Mona EP 12″ – Mona Musique

MM001France’s Mona Musique welcomes its first release with a pair of house tracks.

The A-side finds newcomer Tim 2t pairing 90’s style chord stabs with a recurring vocal sample. Hugo LX also echoes some distinctive characteristics of house generations past. A filtered feel-good melody, big open hi-hats on the off-beats, a boisterous bass line, and an effective vocal sample combine to form what should be the stand-out track on this release. “Driftin’ Away” is likely to get dancefloors moving and reminiscing.

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Clark Street Jams @ aliveOne, Wednesday January 25th, 2016

Back once again with the ill behavior, it’s Gramaphone’s finest coming together for a mid-week bash. Expect a range of vinyl selections, always spotlighting  house music from Chicago and beyond courtesy of Gramaphone employees and affiliates. There are a few dozen varieties of beer to choose from as well. It’ll be a 21+ at aliveOne, 2683 N Halsted.
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Redefinir @ Americano, Friday January 20th, 2017

Regular Phonologue contributor Ashina continues her irregular night at Americano this Friday evening. With music kicking off at 8pm, it’s a bridge between happy hour and the later evening parties, a social dinner soirée, or maybe a smooth way to ease into the weekend. In any case, the kitchen’s open until almost midnight. The music will be bumping without banging, it’ll be a good chance to catch Ashina playing an extended set outside of her regular Sketches broadcast on WNUR. Americano is at 2211 W North Ave, there is no cover charge.

Alton Miller – Nu Forms 12″ – Inner Muse

cs621435-01a-bigFlawless, passionate Detroit house, with a live sound and approach as closely tied in to Motown soul tradition as to modern dance music, this is the latest on Alton Miller’s own Inner Muse label.

Nowhere is the influence of Detroit’s musical heritage more clear than on Beautiful Brown People. Its supremely expressive flute and keyboard interplay over hand drums could moonlight as a Marvin Gaye instrumental. Nu Forms closes the EP with more of a boogie move, the title track has a more Chicago house vibe, but again less tracky and with a live jam feel. By contrast to some of today’s more self-conscious, ironic, or trend-following releases, this is one showing a more earnest, committed approach, as well as benefiting from Miller’s experience over two decades of musical dedication.

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The Penthouse – Debut EP 12″ – Round Town

img_3283Adam Klein and Nick Holm produce four stripped-down numbers that take notes from the “jackin'” house sound. Beats are favored over harmonies and melodies as the focus of the EP. With that being said, the B-side draws more interest for me; B2 or “Knawtie” particularly would be my pick for the record. There’s a little bit of lo-fi crunch, and an appealing synth line that accompanies the groove.

Listeners looking for rougher, almost tech-house tracks, will likely be drawn to the mixing functionality of the other 3.

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Michael Serafini featured in Crack Magazine

Gramaphone owner and Smartbar resident Michael Serafini is featured in Crack Magazine with an exclusive mixset and profile. “Smattered with uplifting vocal tracks and jazz-endebted instrumentation Michael Serafini’s Crack Mix is unmistakably soulful and expertly blended – the work of a seasoned pro.”

In Rotation: Ashina Winter 2016

math093Audio Atlas presents DimDJ – Future Ancient 12″ – Mathematics
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auslp008Youandewan – There Is No Right Time 2xLP – Aus Music
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kimochi24Midnight Circuitry – Morphosis 12″ – Kimochi Sound
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kompakt354The Orb – COW / Chill Out, World! LP – Kompakt

K-rAd & Opcode66 – 002 12″ – KNO

kno002Veteran producer K-rAd has been in the midst of an apparent renaissance for the past few years: between his self-released 12″ series and getting his modular kit out for live shows, he has been an increasingly visible part of the Chicago musical landscape. Here he offers a second collaborative EP with Opcode66.

The A side is an uptempo groove but with a lot of melody, introspection, and structure. The Frankensynth Jam is just as layered, but this time with a more nonchalant rhythmic underpinning. Taken together, the release gives the impression of a comfortable collaboration, at ease with a balmy, psychedelic techno sound.

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Hotmood – Hotmood Vol. 3 12″ – Tugboat Edits

hotmood3Chicago’s Tugboat Edits looks to Hotmood for another groovy, disco edit release. Expect plenty of mixing pliability; simple, yet catchy midrange riffs; and the kind of basslines disco is known for.

The B-side opens with a track that utilizes a Kurtis Blow sample and B2 centers around another infamous riff. All 3 tracks have feel-good vibes; those looking for a certain style of dance music might appreciate the vocal samples and snippets that Hotmood works over each groove.

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Kaidi Tatham – Freedom School DJ Series Vol. 3 12″ – Freedom School

fs006Kaidi Tatham hands in a trio of tunes for another contribution on Japan’s Freedom School. The energy is laid-back, feel-good, and loungy at times, as jazz, hip-hop, and funk seemingly serve as inspirations for Tatham.

The record has an airy, floating quality to it and grooves nicely. Listeners will find skillful riffing and improvising on the keys speckled over mostly downtempo grooves. This is a pretty, colorful record and will likely go fast.

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Area – Anhedral 12″ – Kimochi

kimochi23Area follows up on Dreamlogicc’s contribution to Kimochi with Anhedral. The record opens with “For HN,” a steady groove, laden with bubbly, acidic atmospheres. This track has a textural quality that reminds me of Area’s remix of Linkwood’s “Love Lost.”

Recent Kimochi contributor Benjamin Brunn turns in a softer yet squelchier remix of “Illegal Numbers,” while Area’s more corrosive original opens the B-side. To polish things off, Midnight Circuity hands in a pair of industrial, rhythmic noise-esque interpretations of the opening track. These make for some fun and frantic mixing beats and serve as an introduction into label newcomer Midnight Circuitry’s palette.

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In Rotation: Jacob Hopes Winter 2016

crc01Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda – Priestess 12″ – Clarity
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pi-156Mike Huckaby – My Life With The Wave 12″ – S Y N T H
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bd051xKing Geedorah – Take Me To Your Leader 2xLP – Big Dada

Garrett David – The Time 12″ – Courtesy of Balance Recordings

cs60998201abigGarrett David follows up on his Distant Hawaii release with a few more deep house tracks. The title track features a big round bass, smoky vocals, and delayed, almost dub techno-esque chords

The Night Sea Journey Remix of “The Time” is more subdued; the boisterous chords heard in the original version get filtered and pushed to the background. Meanwhile “Sea Shell” is whimsical and carries more of a daydreamy quality. This should be worth a spin if you’re looking to add a few pleasant, deep house numbers to you bag.

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SOLD mix featured on Art & Artifice blog

Gramaphone & Smartbar resident, DJ SOLD is featured on the Art & Artifice blog here for a trippy, dark blend of formless shapes. But she says it best here:

“This mix is an agglomeration of thoughts, textures, influences, rhythms, sounds and aspirations. Chicago by far is the biggest inspiration on my DJing: selection-wise, programming-wise, skill-wise. I’ve been a collage artist since high school and with my recent transition to vinyl, the technique really lends itself to my mixing. I got into electronic music as a dancer, and I’m now expanding past the four on the floor pattern I’ve focused on for many years. I’m rediscovering a true love of music and in this mix I’m combining that with sounds that bridge the gaps or make different pieces fit. This mix is an homage to people & friends who have helped me along the way, artists who are shaping my path, and the music that guides me. It is only the beginning of my journey beyond the dancefloor.”

Also available on Soundcloud.

In Rotation: Joshua Adam Winter 2016

sbrmbd001Folamour – Make Believe Disco (Number One) 12″ – Make Believe Disco
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lih019C. Scott – The Pittsburgh Diaries 12″ – Lumberjacks In Hell
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math093Audio Atlas presents DimDJ – Future Ancient 12″ – Mathematics
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pr10415-PR10 compilation 12″ – Public Release
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