Since I heard that Achwgha Ney Wodei record I've been especially attuned to the weirdness that lives in French sewers and alleys. With ANW, I argued that the mp3 releases of their discography meant that their incredibly limited releases were no longer obscure. What I realized I had neglected to highlight only after I made the post was that these releases included incredible limited artwork, which makes owning ANW releases worth seeking out and paying big bucks for. I won't make that mistake with the Tanzprocesz label, which has been releasing crazy noise CDRs and tapes in super-limited quantities for about three years now, many of which go up for free online under the creative commons license after each CD sells out. So, you know, buy up the new releases for the artwork (and to support the musicians, of course) and download the old ones you missed. Posted below are a few of my favorite tracks released by Tanzprocesz.
Patrick Lombe - Nuit Du 31 Décembre (exerpt) Great new release from this outsider. Two drifting, Lynchy melodies float around eerie drones and slowed down tape loops. This guy records the darkest, strangest pop song you've heard and then plays it backward. Costs 5 Euros...however many dollars that is. Contact info for ordering is here. I've heard he makes cool drawings too, I'd love to see them.
Evolve - Lullaby Doldrums - Brand new release from this Cincinnati based MC. Tanzprocesz's first hip hop release...noisy, progressive beats further out than Dalek with intelligent, thesaurused lyrics in a Jux-like idiom that stray a bit from conventional rhythm and rhyme. Again, costs 5 Euros. He's also got releases out on Heresee and Realicide Youth Records. More samples available at the Myspace.
Smegma - Portland, '06 - If you're not familiar, Smegma have been lurking in sewers and radioactive muck since 1973 and have collaborated with a lot of today's highest profiles in noise. Tanzprocesz has two Smegma releases out, mostly live carnage, although this track was a studio recording. This record is available here and the other is available here. Now you know.
Hjuler / Baer - My Little Feelings - Sophisticated, expressive, atonal a capella from this German duo who explore the human voice from the whisper to the terrified scream to the orgasm. Really nice use of small harmonic intervals too. Fascinating. Sounds like the cover of the album looks - which is above in this article. More about the release here.
I'll give you eight more mp3s if you continue reading...
Grey Skull - Procession Tape side A - Super cool up and comers with releases on Breaking World Records and Bonescraper. Starts off like the intro to the sludgiest, heaviest doom song you've ever heard and then decays into noisy guitar feedback exploration. Real out there, WOW. The Procession tape is available in full here.
Placenta Popeye - Yellow Tape side B - "Screeechin’ candy attacking
your ears with toothless mumble and god knows what else collapsing into
the blissfully illegible - a power tool carnage for all those that hate
the Sunday morning queues at B&Q." They've got quite a few releases,
such as this fine one and the Yellow Tape, which recently got a reissue on the Phase label.
DJ Frog - Ground Up Vynil (ver.33) - The name says it all - totally shredded, glitched-to-shit sample music via dollar bin vinyl and guerrilla turntablism. Tanzprocesz's first release, available in full here. Cover art to the right.