Doom Mix Vol. III

by Various Artists

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    "Eartheater goes disco—sort of—on one of her most straightforward and catchy tracks yet, featuring a pulsating Italo bassline, from Doom Trip's upcoming compilation." - Andrew Ryce, Resident Advisor

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    By Claire Biddles for The Wire Magazine - June 2019:

    For three years, Los Angeles label Doom Trip has marked the anniversary of its founding with a yearly cassette compilation, indicating an ever-growing roster mostly sourced from the LA underground. Its third edition is crafted with the care and eclecticism of a homemade mix: rooted in experimental electronic music, but with a genuine appetite for esoteric cross-genre sounds. The mix features established Doom Trip alumni – avant garde ambient from Heejin Jang, punk-spirited noise from Skyjelly – alongside artists appearing on the label for the first time.
    Eartheater’s “Concealer” is a tricksy opener: a driving electropop song that showcases Alexandra Drewchin’s talent for effortlessly morphing her voice to play with sincerity and authenticity. “This is your brain on lies/Introspective consciousness projecting a disguise”, she sings, changing her accent and intonation on each line. Drewchin is New York based, but the track’s neon synthpop is very LA.
    HOTT MT pick this vibe up later on the A side with “Starheart” – all soaring emotion and lo-fi production. Other typically West Coast sounds are represented on the compilation: Pale Spring’s “Suffer Soft” is contemporary minimalist R&B with doomy guitars and a Hollywood nihilist bent; “Nether Congrenes” is a slice of sun-soaked neo-psychedelia from Vinyl Williams – notable because of its inclusion on an otherwise electronic-focused comp, rather than its strength as a track.
    The pop moments are interspersed with electronic instrumentals ranging from harsh metallic sounds (Swan Meat’s “Roastduck Operabyte”) to kitsch vaporwave (Equip’s “Alchemist’s Corridor”). The standout of these is “Six Winged Angel” by Chicago electronic artist Mukqs, which wrings unlikely melody from hyperactive samples and twinkly keyboard runs. The track is a mish-mash of eras and signifiers – new age synthesized panpipes meet retro anime soundtrack noises – and its surprising humanity makes it a standout. Although the mix itself is hugely diverse, it can be characterised by its recurring foundations of emotion and warmth – there’s much to love here.

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    By Sam Goldner for TinyMixTapes:

    "L.A.-based label Doom Trip Records have been keeping it real for a solid minute now, with a roster including the likes of R. Stevie Moore, Rangers, Mukqs, Diamondstein, and a whole host of other TMT beloveds. But on April 9, they’ll somehow keep it EVEN REALER by releasing the latest installment of their yearly Doom Mix series, gathering some of the label’s finest heads in one place and even rangling some newcomers into the fray.

    Speaking of newcomers: Eartheater kicks things off on the very first track! The comp also features new tracks from SWAN MEAT, Nmesh, HOTT MT, Equip, TALsounds, and a whole bunch of other splendid voices from the gurgling experimental underground."

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    By Ryan Masteller for Tabs Out:

    "Not without reason, my hype meter whanged all the way to 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being “Barely Conscious,” 10 being “Mega Hype – Grab Handrails”) when I first perused this thing, the needle breaking free of its moorings and flying at dangerous speed toward the other end of the lab, while ejected springs and sprockets ensured I’d be spending the rest of the afternoon trying to put everything back together before listening to another cassette and measuring its hype. This was before I even hit Play on “disco” Eartheater, a track recorded SPECIFICALLY for this release. Alexandra Drewchin is INSANELY generous.

    But if you’re like, “Whoa, Eartheater!,” my response is, “Yeah, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg – wait’ll the rest of that iceberg rips into the side of your ‘Titanic’ taste in music and sinks the hell out of everything you thought you knew about anything,” which is kind of a jackass thing to reply, but it sounded OK in my head. But still, Swan Meat’s gonna gouge a hole in somebody’s hull, right? Nmesh is gonna blast through metal, yeah? And how about Mukqs? Electro-psychedelia like a wrecking ball to the front of a seagoing ocean liner. Couldn’t pin that dude down if you tried.

    And what about HOTT MT? Vinyl Williams? Pale Spring? R23X? Swinging the pendulum of the somehow now-metaphorically-prevalent wrecking ball into that sweet melodic zone and smashing through your personal barriers, the walls that keep your feelings hidden from everyone. Not harsh smashing but cathartic smashing, falling in love smashing, dystopian dreamworld smashing, smashing reality in favor of make believe.

    Gosh, “Doom Mix Vol. III” has everything. [*Checks tracklist. Panics*] I’m only halfway done!

    The flipside features a bunch of Doom Trip alums (most of ’em are a bunch of weirdos too): Diamondstein & Sangam, Niku No Sekai, Heejin Jang, and Skyjelly (that fuzztone!) make appearances, as does TALsounds (last seen around these parts on “Doom Mix Vol. I”), which sort of makes this a Good Willsmith/Hausu Mountain party too, I guess? Heck, invite ’em all! But some of the best entries are from the Doom Trip n00bs, with Tim Thorton as CDX bouncing his own samplemania around your speakers, Equip slinging some psycho vapor madness, and Paige Emery dreamweaving clouds of cotton candy.

    Pant, pant, pant … whew.

    To say this is the best “Doom Mix” shortchanges the other “Doom Mixes,” so here’s my advice: combine all three into a gigantic whole. You’ll never get tired of it, and it’ll probably never end. See? I’m also good for public service. You’re welcome."

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    The Doom Mix Series returns with the biggest and most berserk volume to date. Feat. Eartheater, Swan Meat, Nmesh, Vinyl Williams, Mukqs, TALsounds + more, the artists on this album represent record labels including PAN, Orange Milk, Hausu Mountain, Bala Club, 100% Electronica, Doom Trip, and more.

    Compiled over the course of a year, this volume provides the world-class songwriting that made the first entry to the series so compelling, while also including the innovative electronic and beat-based material that was the backbone of Volume II.

    As equally full of surprises as it is cohesive, Doom Mix Vol. III is a mix made for you, and we want you to know that we appreciate the support you've shown our label during its first 3 years.

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    "Hall of mirrors beat science somewhere between Teebs, Four Tet and vintage Prefuse 73, taken from Doom Trip's eclectic-as-all-hell Doom Mix Vol. III." - Andrew Ryce, Resident Advisor

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"Eartheater goes disco—sort of—on one of her most straightforward and catchy tracks yet, featuring a pulsating Italo bassline, from Doom Trip's upcoming compilation." - Andrew Ryce, Resident Advisor

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By Claire Biddles for The Wire Magazine - June 2019:

For three years, Los Angeles label Doom Trip has marked the anniversary of its founding with a yearly cassette compilation, indicating an ever-growing roster mostly sourced from the LA underground. Its third edition is crafted with the care and eclecticism of a homemade mix: rooted in experimental electronic music, but with a genuine appetite for esoteric cross-genre sounds. The mix features established Doom Trip alumni – avant garde ambient from Heejin Jang, punk-spirited noise from Skyjelly – alongside artists appearing on the label for the first time.
Eartheater’s “Concealer” is a tricksy opener: a driving electropop song that showcases Alexandra Drewchin’s talent for effortlessly morphing her voice to play with sincerity and authenticity. “This is your brain on lies/Introspective consciousness projecting a disguise”, she sings, changing her accent and intonation on each line. Drewchin is New York based, but the track’s neon synthpop is very LA.
HOTT MT pick this vibe up later on the A side with “Starheart” – all soaring emotion and lo-fi production. Other typically West Coast sounds are represented on the compilation: Pale Spring’s “Suffer Soft” is contemporary minimalist R&B with doomy guitars and a Hollywood nihilist bent; “Nether Congrenes” is a slice of sun-soaked neo-psychedelia from Vinyl Williams – notable because of its inclusion on an otherwise electronic-focused comp, rather than its strength as a track.
The pop moments are interspersed with electronic instrumentals ranging from harsh metallic sounds (Swan Meat’s “Roastduck Operabyte”) to kitsch vaporwave (Equip’s “Alchemist’s Corridor”). The standout of these is “Six Winged Angel” by Chicago electronic artist Mukqs, which wrings unlikely melody from hyperactive samples and twinkly keyboard runs. The track is a mish-mash of eras and signifiers – new age synthesized panpipes meet retro anime soundtrack noises – and its surprising humanity makes it a standout. Although the mix itself is hugely diverse, it can be characterised by its recurring foundations of emotion and warmth – there’s much to love here.

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By Max Worthy for NEST HQ:

Still reeling from Wednesday night’s wonderful performances from Pale Spring, Diamondstein, Swan Meat, and Eartheater, I dove back into Doom Trip’s third label compilation with a refreshed appreciation for the work these talented artists are putting out. Of course, Eartheater is the eye-catching musician on this tape that’s been making the most waves currently, but the other artists that have appeared on this label like R. Stevie Moore, Vinyl Williams, and Traps PS are putting the label on the map as something more versatile and far-reaching than just experimental electronics, despite the term itself carrying a large number of meanings.

The Los Angeles-based label has only been around for a few years but has kept its ear close to the ground with its impeccable curation tactics, as shown by the musical depth of their label comps, jumping from track to track with relative ease. There’s a lot of things to be heard on here: vaporwave, ambient, deconstructed club, sample-based indie music, post-punk, and even a twist of nu-metal.

The Eartheater cut on here that leads it off just goes to show her versatility as an artist, with it being an off-kilter synthy deep house track, an aside from her “usual” shtick of crazy noise experiments lacking straightforward rhythms. From there, the tape just dives deeper, going from the noisy-as-hell Swan Meat track and eventually ending up at the super tender and heartwrenching “Mistake” by TALsounds.

A lot of these songs follow a similar sort of attitude, showing where the label’s head is at in terms of how they’re willing to forego typical tropes by not sticking to just one specific genre and by putting on so many wonderful artists that aren’t just, you know, white guys, which the electronic music scene already has an abundance of. With some solid releases under their belt just this year, I’m very excited to see where this label goes in the future and what artists they add to their roster.

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By Sam Goldner for TinyMixTapes:

"L.A.-based label Doom Trip Records have been keeping it real for a solid minute now, with a roster including the likes of R. Stevie Moore, Rangers, Mukqs, Diamondstein, and a whole host of other TMT beloveds. But on April 9, they’ll somehow keep it EVEN REALER by releasing the latest installment of their yearly Doom Mix series, gathering some of the label’s finest heads in one place and even rangling some newcomers into the fray.

Speaking of newcomers: Eartheater kicks things off on the very first track! The comp also features new tracks from SWAN MEAT, Nmesh, HOTT MT, Equip, TALsounds, and a whole bunch of other splendid voices from the gurgling experimental underground."

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

By Ryan Masteller for Tabs Out:

"Not without reason, my hype meter whanged all the way to 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being “Barely Conscious,” 10 being “Mega Hype – Grab Handrails”) when I first perused this thing, the needle breaking free of its moorings and flying at dangerous speed toward the other end of the lab, while ejected springs and sprockets ensured I’d be spending the rest of the afternoon trying to put everything back together before listening to another cassette and measuring its hype. This was before I even hit Play on “disco” Eartheater, a track recorded SPECIFICALLY for this release. Alexandra Drewchin is INSANELY generous.

But if you’re like, “Whoa, Eartheater!,” my response is, “Yeah, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg – wait’ll the rest of that iceberg rips into the side of your ‘Titanic’ taste in music and sinks the hell out of everything you thought you knew about anything,” which is kind of a jackass thing to reply, but it sounded OK in my head. But still, Swan Meat’s gonna gouge a hole in somebody’s hull, right? Nmesh is gonna blast through metal, yeah? And how about Mukqs? Electro-psychedelia like a wrecking ball to the front of a seagoing ocean liner. Couldn’t pin that dude down if you tried.

And what about HOTT MT? Vinyl Williams? Pale Spring? R23X? Swinging the pendulum of the somehow now-metaphorically-prevalent wrecking ball into that sweet melodic zone and smashing through your personal barriers, the walls that keep your feelings hidden from everyone. Not harsh smashing but cathartic smashing, falling in love smashing, dystopian dreamworld smashing, smashing reality in favor of make believe.

Gosh, “Doom Mix Vol. III” has everything. [*Checks tracklist. Panics*] I’m only halfway done!

The flipside features a bunch of Doom Trip alums (most of ’em are a bunch of weirdos too): Diamondstein & Sangam, Niku No Sekai, Heejin Jang, and Skyjelly (that fuzztone!) make appearances, as does TALsounds (last seen around these parts on “Doom Mix Vol. I”), which sort of makes this a Good Willsmith/Hausu Mountain party too, I guess? Heck, invite ’em all! But some of the best entries are from the Doom Trip n00bs, with Tim Thorton as CDX bouncing his own samplemania around your speakers, Equip slinging some psycho vapor madness, and Paige Emery dreamweaving clouds of cotton candy.

Pant, pant, pant … whew.

To say this is the best “Doom Mix” shortchanges the other “Doom Mixes,” so here’s my advice: combine all three into a gigantic whole. You’ll never get tired of it, and it’ll probably never end. See? I’m also good for public service. You’re welcome."

------------------------------

The Doom Mix Series returns with the biggest and most berserk volume to date. Feat. Eartheater, Swan Meat, Nmesh, Vinyl Williams, Mukqs, TALsounds + more, the artists on this album represent record labels including PAN, Orange Milk, Hausu Mountain, Bala Club, 100% Electronica, Doom Trip, and more.

Compiled over the course of a year, this volume provides the world-class songwriting that made the first entry to the series so compelling, while also including the innovative electronic and beat-based material that was the backbone of Volume II.

As equally full of surprises as it is cohesive, Doom Mix Vol. III is a mix made for you, and we want you to know that we appreciate the support you've shown our label during its first 3 years.

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released April 9, 2019

1. Eartheater - Concealer (Alexandra Drewchin)
2. SWAN MEAT - ROASTDUCK OPERABYTE (Reba Fay)
3. Nmesh - KSR Reverse Osmosis Hook (Alex Koenig)
4. Mukqs - Six Winged Angel (Max Allison)
5. HOTT MT - Starheart (Ashi Dala / Spooky Tavi)
6. Vinyl Williams - Nether Congrenes (Lionel Williams)
7. Pale Spring - Suffer Soft (Emily Harper Scott)
8. R23X - Phantasy III (Marc Junker)
9. Diamondstein & Sangam - The Heat (Ben Majoy / Sangam)
10. Niku No Sekai - Floating Hills (M. Bailey / J. Rodriguez / Z. Emerson)
11. Heejin Jang - Restless (Heejin Jang)
12. TALsounds - Mistake (Natalie Chami)
13. Equip - Alchemist's C-o-r-r-i-d-o-r (Kevin Hein)
14. CDX - Eat Tape (Tim Thornton)
15. Skyjelly - Watch Out (Rick Lescault, Scott Levesque, Dave Melanson)
16. Paige Emery - Sinksand (Paige Emery)

Mastering on tracks 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 by Z. Emerson
Art by CLOAKING
Layout by Z. Emerson

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