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BT075 Mickey O'Hara "Stark Electronics" c48 (ltd. 75)
Mickey O'€™Hara is a wizard. It'€™s really that simple. There'€™s an underlying sonic alchemy to his work that defies logic and time/space. To try and pigeonhole it, to compartmentalize it, or try to reduce it to accustomed language, cause and/or effect, is to miss the point entirely.
In an era where social media has rendered gear pics central to a new Like-based economy, where what's between the cables seems to hold more sway than what'€™s going through them; where more is more, and the shiniest object in the room seems to always wins, Mickey completely demolishes the archetype and conjures precious metals from raw earth.
Recorded entirely with an ample arsenal of open-sourced public free software tools, what's most astonishing about Stark Electronics is not just its breadth, but the ease which Mickey effortlessly navigates between these varied methodologies with no hesitation, at complete command, maneuvering with precision and unwavering vision. It transcends the tired tropes of contemporary '€™computer music' while traversing an astonishingly vast terrain. O'Hara steers our journey through completely alien topographies, where unstoppable sonic magma, hair-raising concrete zones, prickly Frankenstein grooves, and delicate interplanetary AI lullabies interlace with an unequivocal reverence of exploration and curiosity; a magnetic epic at once singular and mindbogglingly expansive.
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BT074 Missing Foundation "World In Chains" c16 (ltd. 75)
Once described by the New York Times as "a scattered collection of anarchists and antigentrification militants," Missing Foundation bloomed in the late eighties Lower East Side amid the Koch-era rapid gentrification of the neighborhood. Industiral and performance art pioneers, Missing Foundation, led by Peter Missing, made a name for themselves sowing political and social dissent through infamous confrontational and disruptive live activities across the city. Notorious for inciting civil unrest and serious damage to venues at which they performed, Missing Foundation's live actions are the stuff of New York legend, like rolling lit oil barrels doused in kerosene into the audience at CBGB's, or most famously, The Tompkins Square Park Riot of 1988, when one of their protest concerts turned violent.
After releasing a total of five albums, the group disbanded following 1992's "Go Into Exile". Baked is proud to drop "World In Chains," their first official work since.
Very little has changed socially since Missing Foundation's calls for unrest sparked the tinderbox of Manhattan. Gentrification has snowballed its consumption and commodification of New York, with the staggeringly disparate divide between her citizens escalating rapidly day by day. So it makes sense that with this backdrop, Missing and co. have reemerged from the shadows to dispense with the formalities and let us know "The Party's Over."
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