I’ve been in luck when it comes to jammy, instrumental Polish bands. After Królestwo and Produkty Rolne comes time for a band named Jocelyn Packard. Little is known about them, apart form the fact they named themselves after an influential Twin Peaks character and they play the kind of neurotic, angry post-rock that was big before it went all GY!BE-like and lost most of its balls. However, this self titled debut album doesn’t give a fuck about being sentimental and goes instead for being angry, alienated, even tortured at times, when taking a sludgy, doomy turn. The slightly lo-fi production only enhances the smoggy mood. Recommended debut!
Cleverly disguised in old-school packaging that might lead one to believe that it’s quite an old gem laid with a slight slime of time, in this case: being haunted by a vinyl ghost that ocasionally will warp the recording, leading it into some quite unexpected ways. This is a collection of whooping, funky beats that get warmer and sweatier with each track, to blend into a clubby atmosphere that will eventually warm melt everything in the nearest distance, including the snow amassed at the cover. Just place the record sleeve near the turntable. Can it be possible that the hottest beats this winter are from Brooklyn, not from Los Angeles? I dunno. Inner Sound’s sounding pretty hot so far. Recommended!
Now here’s something for the more beat-research oriented crowd who might be looking for some phat, blazed samples with hot production that isn’t afraid to break the mold by skipping a beat or two here and there. From the wonderfully named PDX label Purr Tapes comes a 30 minute cassette from Howie Wonder with crisp, cosmic beats FlyLo would be proud of. I kinda slept on this one, as the cassette is already sold out, but I’ll try to make up by embedding the stream you can listen to while lighting up your next bowl.
The four piece instrumental band Nevada Greene provides perfect daydreaming background music with their ambient soaked guitar compositions that may either become some of the best studying music for some people or the source of a major zone-out for others. Either way, you should check this out, because there’s some real beauty hidden in the simlicity of the tracks. And since the best things happen to those who wait, there’s a heavenly violin making a presence in the last track. Recommended!