Bleep: Juju & Jordash Get Techno Primitive, Photek Returns

Bleep is a column focusing on varying degrees of electronic music news, videos and MP3s. In this post, Juju & Jordash make primitive techno waves with their latest release on Dekmantel, and Photek makes a comeback that strays from drum n’ bass territory.

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Juju & Jordash

In this generally unsettling music video for “Dr. Strangepork”, directed by James Murray, flesh and rope create tension and discomfort that’s balanced by strange — and increasingly stranger — images of floral bouquets. Here, the gritty repetition seems appropriate for carnal pleasure and displeasure, taste and distaste, but Juju & Jordash show more than just these simple dichotomies on the dualistically-named Techno Primitivism, their latest release on Dekmantel. Some have called the title “ironic”, but there is no semblance of irony here. It’s just that Juju & Jordash know exactly how to push Stone Age atonalism and fire pit hypnotism into the streamlined waves of future music.

(Note: It’s actually a pretty fun mental exercise to craft the hypothetical cinematic in where Juju & Jordash’s music connects those two worlds.)

Juju & Jordash – “Dr. Strangepork” Music Video

Juju & Jordash – “Bleached Roots”

 

Photek

Longstanding player and producer in the drum n’ bass scene, Photek has now returned with his first album in over a decade, KU:PALM. The pre-release has just been made available online at photek.fm, and finds the LA/UK producer straying away from his previous styles and into a wider range of percussive territories and sexy analog instrumentation, including dreamy piano interludes. In the artist’s own words (below), it might well be his best work to date.

 

“As KU:PALM started to take shape it felt like it was sitting halfway between Modus Operandi and Solaris – which I felt was a good place to be. Now it’s finished, it might well be my favourite album to date.” — Photek

 

Photek’s latest BBC Essential Mix, which aired on October 6th, 2012, is streaming below.

 

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Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

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