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Stack was handpicked by Blanck Mass, the solo project of Scotland-based musician Benjamin John Power (one half of Fuck Buttons). Animated Violence Mild, his latest collection of "searing, apocalyptic dance music," per Stereogum, arrives today on Sacred Bones.
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Aug 16, 2019

Drab Majesty - Ellipsis

Released last month via Dais Records, the third LP from Los Angeles-based dark synth-pop project Drab Majesty "brings to fruition their impeccable mix of sharp new wave sounds, traditional storytelling, and out of this world, sci-fi aesthetics, says Destroy//Exist.

Elysia Crampton - Oscollo

Electronic musician Elysia Crampton has used her work to explore themes of trans identity within Aymaran culture. This swaying, percussive track, from her 2018 album on Break World Records, is "a gorgeous to-and-fro that sounds like grains of sand dropping through an hourglass," says Stereogum.

SOPHIE - Is It Cold In The Water?

Blanck Mass selects a standout from experimental producer SOPHIE's critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated album OIL OF EVERY PEARL’s UN-INSIDES. The two have shared several festival bills over the years, including Hype Machine's at SXSW in 2016.

Rashad Becker - Dances VII

PAN-signed German artist Rashad Becker is known for his record mastering skills as well as his own explorations in mapping sound with "unrivaled attention to synthesized detail," says Tiny Mix Tapes. "Each synthetic component as visible as an instrument in a chamber ensemble." 

The Lowest Form - Dread Future

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The influence of hardcore is evident in the loudest, scream-backed sequences of Blanck Mass's music. UK band The Lowest Form are among the field's finest practitioners, wielding elements of discordant punk and textured noise.

Maria Usbeck - Amor Anciano

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Envejeciendo, from Ecuador-born, Brooklyn-based synth-pop artist Maria Usbeck.
To complete the Blanck Mass takeover, here's a throwback his 2015 Fader Mix. "This is a little more of a departure from the usual type of mix I tend to do. It's a little less fractured, perhaps. More 'club friendly.' So perhaps that's what the listener would be doing. Dancing. Or driving. Probably not reading a book."

Damon Krukowski discusses the deep history of humans and music with Gary Tomlinson, author of A Million Years of Music, in Lapham’s Quarterly:

"Music gets cast in the middle of human symbol systems but in and of itself has no symbolic array. This is why music seems so abstract."

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