Check all the nice things people have been saying about DJ Pound’s “New Endings”!

For a few years now California’s Danny Gonzalez, aka DJ Pound, has been banging up raw beats with nasty spaced out synth work. “New Endings” is his Seclusiasis debut and the songs run a gamut of tempos while all sharing a vibe and impact that is uniquely his own. Hard thumping tracks that scream “Street Bass” in your face and force your body to bounce around.

“The sound of New Endings, his new EP that dropped on March 3, is a great progression in the sound known as ‘street bass.’” – Do Androids Dance

“This EP is packed to the brim with trunk smashing street bass that is sure to leave some of you clambering for more once you get a taste.” – The Dankles

“This is what trap should sound like.” – Tru Tempo

Don’t forget to check out the tripped out visuals in this cool promo video James Webster made for the EP:

As always, you can grab your copy of “New Endings” at all the usual stores:

Juno | iTunes | Beatport | Boomkat | Amazon

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Seclus Jockey 14 – Wiley “Wise Man” (G Jones Remix) OUT NOW!!!

Santa Cruz, California’s G Jones brings us a storming bootleg remix of Wiley for our latest Seclus Jockey free download! Turning up the bump factor, this track takes the grime godfather on a weirdo street bass trip perfect for the dancefloor. G Jones is on a roll, with sick remixes for Ganz, Boeboe and King, collabs with Doshy, Bleep Bloop and Minnesota, plus acclaimed EPs on Saturate Records and Robox-Neotech. Don’t wait, grab “Wise Man (G Jones Remix)” now!!!

“creates a fiery storm of bass that amps up the grime to maximum levels” – DJZ

Get yourself over to our Soundcloud and grab that!!!

And don’t forget to check out the recent Seclus Jockey compilation, gathering all the free downloads we’ve done the past couple of years as well as an exclusive track from Knight Riderz.

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Gleaming the Queue: ANTIVIRAL

David Cronenberg’s son, Brandon, was always going to be measured in the shadow of his father. So for his directorial debut, rather than conspicuously avoiding these comparisons, Cronenberg has doubled down on them with Antiviral – a film that literally cannibalisizes his dad’s legacy to create a coldly clinical look at society’s obsession with celebrity.

The waifish Caleb Landry Jones stars as Syd March, a corporate shill who sells a unique product: the viruses of beloved celebrities. In a culture infatuated with stardom, the lowly public seeks infection with the illnesses of their favourite stars. Syd makes extra cash on the side by selling these exclusive viruses on the black market, smuggling them out of the office by infecting himself (hence his continually emaciated form). When starlet Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon) unexpectedly dies, he finds himself in possession of a lethal and highly sought after specimen.

Filled with stark white interiors, Antiviral is rife with that familiar Cronenberg detachment and sterility. Brandon paints a portentous picture of a culture not too far from our own; where banal television shows fixate on the body parts of the rich and famous, and butchers sell meat literally grown from the tissue of those same stars. It’s a frighteningly prescient satire of our current world pushed to an absurdly logical extreme.

Much like his old man’s surrealistic cinematic meditation on the zeitgeist, it is with the narrative of Antiviral where the young Cronenberg frustratingly falters. The second half of the film descends into a convoluted corporate conspiracy mystery that is less interesting than the atmospheric tension of the set-up. It’s not enough to completely derail a starkly impressive debut though. Lacking the icky humour of his father’s best work, Cronenberg nonetheless riffs on several themes from Shivers and Videodrome while taking a rigorous detour into bleak and disaffected territory, making Antiviral of a new and iconoclastic sensibility.

With an obsession for close-ups of needles piercing skin, Antiviral leaves one with a OCD-style desire to wash ones hands. Despite the story falling apart in the back-end, the overreaching success of the film lies in its believable depiction of a culture slowly rotting at the core. Never has the virulent splash of red blood on a white wall been more effectively dynamic.

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Seclus Booze 01: The Fat Pug

Since this is somewhat of a reboot I thought it best to revisit a pub I’ve told you about on here before. Back then it was The Coventry Arms, a confused little boozer who wanted to be a hipster hangout and a local boozer all at once.

Naturally it made a bit of an arse of both, but it has achieved its final form now and has since changed its name to The Fat Pug.

Now they seem to have found their feet a little more; the pub actually looks finished, the kitchen’s up and running and every available surface has been plastered with pictures of pugs.

While it is a much nicer, cleaner pub, it has become a bit of a haven for mothers and their hellspawn. Just a little FYI, if you’re wondering where to drag your screaming children on a Friday night, a pub is probably not your best shout.

It is my personal belief that pubs should be as hostile and unwelcoming to families as is legally possible.

Thank you and good night.

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Missed the latest Seclusiasis radio show on Sub FM? Listen again now!

This past Monday was the monthly edition of our live radio show on Sub.FM but don’t fret if you missed it – the download archive MP3 is available now! This month’s special guests are Shanghai’s Conrank and Oregon’s Slagz, who each contributed an exclusive mix alongside Dev79 hosting the show straight outta Philly! Also be on the lookout for Conrank’s sick “Danger Rank” EP dropping on Slit Jockey Records later this month! You can stream or download the 2 hour show from the link below and makes sure to check out the many years worth of shows and guests from the archives as well (its live so sometimes the recording quality varies).

And if you still need persuading, here’s January and February’s shows too!

March 3rd with Conrank, Slagz and Dev79
February 3rd with Strooly, Swim Wear, Alexander Supertrill and Dev79
January 6th with King and Air Stegosaurus

Be sure to catch Seclusiasis Radio LIVE Every 1st Monday on www.sub.fm.

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Go grab DJ Pound’s New Endings EP ’cause it’s OUT NOW!!!

For a few years now California’s Danny Gonzalez, aka DJ Pound, has been banging up raw beats with nasty spaced out synth work. “New Endings” is his Seclusiasis debut and the songs run a gamut of tempos while all sharing a vibe and impact that is uniquely his own. Hard thumping tracks that scream “Street Bass” in your face and force your body to bounce around.

“This EP is packed to the brim with trunk smashing street bass that is sure to leave some of you clambering for more once you get a taste.” – The Dankles

And grab an exclusive free download of Dropped a Bomb On U from the Dankles:
https://soundcloud.com/thedankles/dj-pound-dropped-a-bomb-on-u

Listen to I Make It on our Soundcloud:
DJ Pound – I Make It (New Endings EP coming this Monday March 3rd) by Seclusiasis

Other standout tracks include the melodic vibe out of Silver Rain Blanket and the brutally minimal riddim Work.

DJ Pound has released on Saturate! Records, Monkeytown, Robox Neotech, Stylss, Kill Quanti and others. He’s been featured on Boiler Room, Generation Bass, Dataset, Doctor Krank, Music You Need and more. In addition to his production and remixes, Pound can be found turning up crowds while DJ’ing all over the U.S. West Coast.

Check out the tripped out visuals in this cool promo video James Webster made for the EP:

As always, you can grab your copy of “New Endings” at all the usual mp3 slingers including these ones:

Juno | iTunes | Beatport | Boomkat | Amazon

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Grab Seclus Jockey Volume 1 compilation from Club Tapes NOW!!!

Hey Friends! As you know, we’ve been doing the ‘Seclus Jockey’ free downloads series for a couple years now, crossing over our two labels, Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey Records, to bring you audio goodies. This time out we’ve got a dope brand new original song from Canada’s Knight Riderz, called “Only Me.” As we were getting ready to drop it, we thought hey lets make a compilation of all the freebies we’ve done so far and people can get em all in one nifty package. (We also threw in 2 additional promo tracks that we gave away just before starting the ‘Seclus Jockey’ series) So here ya have it, a sick 16 track album of international street bass, grime and garage vibes.

Topping off the release is a fresh track from Knight Riderz, who recently released the “Fall In Love” single on Seclusiasis (and theres a slick video for “Fall In Love” about to drop very very soon)! With “Only Me” the Edmonton, Canada producer/DJ brings a deep soulful vibe perfect for the Winter. With garage influenced vocal chops, thick drum work and plenty of bass, its hard not to love this song. Plus 15 other heaters by DJ Cable, Starkey, BD1982, +verb, Stagga, Mr. Mitch, Dev79, Conrank and more!

Grab it from Club Tapes and let us know what you think of this stuff!!

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DJ Pound: “New Endings” COMING SOON!!!

For a few years now California’s Danny Gonzalez, aka DJ Pound, has been banging up raw beats with nasty spaced out synth work. “New Endings” is his Seclusiasis debut and the songs run a gamut of tempos while all sharing a vibe and impact that is uniquely his own. Hard thumping tracks that scream “Street Bass” in your face and force your body to bounce around.

Standout tracks include the melodic vibe out of Silver Rain Blanket, the unabashed hip hop in a volcano of Dropped A Bomb On U and the brutally minimal riddim Work.

DJ Pound has released on Saturate! Records, Monkeytown, Robox Neotech, Stylss, Kill Quanti and others. He’s been featured on Boiler Room, Generation Bass, Dataset, Doctor Krank, Music You Need and more. In addition to his production and remixes, Pound can be found turning up crowds while DJ’ing all over the U.S. West Coast.

“New Endings” hits all digital shops on Monday March 3rd! Do NOT sleep on this one!

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Gleaming the Queue: Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

Sound is a sacrament in the Berberian Sound Studio: it enters innocuously through the ears before transubstantiating into something more sinister. Peter Strickland’s film is utterly distinctive as it is unclassifiable.  Berberian Sound Studio is a psychological/metaphysical implosion of anxiety, with sour traces of black comedy and witty allusions to Italian horror films of the 1970s.  Sure, the film nods to David Lynch as much as it does Polanski, and the nasty, secretive studio is a little like the tortured protagonist’s screening room in Peeping Tom.  But these comparisons are slight and give no real indication as to how boldly individual this film is.  In fact, it takes more inspiration from the world of electronic and synth creations and is close in spirit to Kafka’s The Castle or to the Gothic literary tradition of Bram Stoker and Ann Radcliffe – it takes the world of English innocents abroad in a sensual, mysterious landscape and completely reinvents it.

Toby Jones plays a mousy sound engineer called Gilderoy from Dorking in the 1970s; he has taken a job in a post-production studio in Italy – the Berberian sound studio of the title.  I presume that these facilities are in Rome, but there is to be no high-minded cinephile swooning over the history of Cinecittà and the like.  Actually, it’s quite the opposite. This cheesy, crummy place provides the electronic musical score, sound effects and dialogue overdubbing on low-budget Italian pulp shockers – the genre made famous by Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci – rich with the thematic trinity of sex, violence and Satanism. With its nasty corridors and distant, repeated and meaningless screams, the Berberian sound studio building feels more like a psychiatric hospital than production studio.

 

And at the center of this sinister sonic orgy is lonely, homesick Gilderoy working on an explicit horror called The Equestrian Vortex.  Inside the studio itself, bored foley artists aurally simulate human atrocity by whacking and stabbing vegetables, while female stars give operatic screams in the sound booth.  Gilderoy is confronted with the film’s dyspeptic producer Francesco (Cosimo Fusco) and the elegant and egomaniac director Santini (Antonio Mancino).  Gilderoy baffles and irritates everyone with his maladroit Englishness and nerdy insistence on being reimbursed for his expenses, an issue which is ultimately to raise unexpected questions – namely, how the hell did he get this job and (more importantly) why the hell did he accept it?  I mean, Gilderoy certainly seems to be a whiz at creating new effects, but the film suggests that might not be the only reason he was hired.  Slowly, Gilroy becomes immersed in the pure sensual horror of sound: the screams, the scrapes, the clunks and clicks, the sudden electro stabs, and the dusty silences that bring out his inner fears.  At the mixing desk, he is part high priest, part human sacrifice in the black mass of cinema production.

Its interpolation in this inner drama of Gilderoy’s mental breakdown is a great moment. He believes this world to be gentle and comforting, and the poignant letters from his mother daily confirm him in both this view and his growing disdain for the world in which he finds himself now. But might Santini and The Equestrian Vortex be saying something more honest about the natural world? Ultimately, it is not at all clear if the Berberian sound studio is corrupting him, or revealing to Gilderoy his awful true destiny.

Berberian director Peter Strickland slyly shows us the opening credits of The Equestrian Vortex on screen, wittily created for the cognoscenti of course, but this is far from the affectionate, celebratory approach of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse movies.  It could be that someone seeing this will be moved to create a feature-length pastiche of The Equestrian Vortex – but that I think would be to misread the detached, alienated and icy spirit in which this film within a film is treated. Crucially, its action is never shown on screen: we see only the mashed and dismembered vegetables, emblems of violence, comic and barbaric. What is most important is the sound, and all the occult equipment for creating and manipulating the sound effects.  This is analogue sound – sound that takes up space in the real world as material to be shaped like paint or stone or marble – and Strickland imbues this pre-digital world with passion and fascination.

 

 

 

Toby Jones, with a face suggesting cherubic innocence, vulnerability and cruelty, gives the performance of his career as Gilroy. Broadcast, the electronic duo who scored Berberian Sound Studio, rise to the top of the modern recording-artist-turned-film-composer group, and; director, Peter Strickland,  emerges as a formidable film-maker of this generation.

Berberian Sound Studio is one of the best films I’ve seen in all of the years I’ve been a Netflix subscriber. I cannot recommend enough.

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Get in the mood w/ the new VIDEO for Knight Riderz

As we’re sure ya’ll remember – Edmonton Canada’s Knight Riderz ended 2013 with his third release on Seclusiasis, Fall In Love featuring the vocal talents of Kahtja. Well we’ve been super excited about the video project and are happy to finally debut the music video directed by Edmonton’s Joses Martin.

Our special Valentine’s treat is ready for you, so go watch it and let us know what you think! http://youtu.be/-ZHKz1gnRCM

The visuals for this piece come together largely in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley. A breath taking love story unfolds for a young lady who could only dream of the intensity of true love. While it lifts her off her feet beyond imagination she is now scared to fall from these newly discovered heights. As the story goes, true love will always prevail and that it does! Experience the story, sound, and cinema from some of Edmonton’s finest artists!

Fall In Love sees a new phase of the Knight Riderz sound emerging: deep emotive vibes intermingling with bouncy R&B inspired rhythms. Fall In Love has set the tone for Winter parties & romance worldwide. An anthemic slice of future club music, dripping in sultry beats and Kahtja’s dreamy vocals.

Curl up with a loved one and check the video out, or take it as inspiration to go find a loved one ;)

http://youtu.be/-ZHKz1gnRCM

And if you’re feeling the video, please spread the love and share it with your friends!

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