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SPARTAN JET-PLEX - "Godless Goddess"

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Spartan Jet-Plex - "Godless Goddess"

(Grimalkin Records) 

Richmond, Virginia-based Grimalkin Records' label boss, Nancy Kells, has a lot of irons in the fire. When she isn't dealing with label-running, performing in numerous other musical projects, or helping vulnerable & marginalized people in RVA and around the world, she creates her own personal music under the moniker of Spartan Jet-Plex. Her latest release, Godless Goddess is a varied collection of experimental, avant-garde neo folk, drone-tinged noise explorations, and intimately expressed acoustic offerings. 

The album opener, Stop, builds on a strong beat, and a looped set of horns and echoed vocalizations, across which Kells weaves an infectious melody with her clear and distinctive voice. Melted and disintegrated samples bookend the track and lead into Chronostasis Interlude, which features circling vocals from another member of the Grimalkin family, Berko Lover. 

 Fear is a beautifully minimal piece featuring a strummed acoustic guitar and a distant organ, lending a sacred air to this ballad. A short interlude, Baubo, blends some spacey synth with distorted laughter.

Everything, like Fear, is a stripped down acoustic track, blessed with haunting and tender vocals.  Entrance brings a blending of songwriting with experimental synth vibes, ending with a thick braid of twisting voices. 

Throughout the release Spartan Jet-Plex weilds the power of raw, unbridled self-expression augmented with electronic & ambient synth interludes, making Godless Goddess an album that walks the line between musical worlds, benefitting from each zone it passes through. 

Gray Lee

 https://grimalkinrecords.bandcamp.com/album/godless-goddess

 

INNER OCEANS BLESS VOL. 2

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Inner Oceans - "Bless Vol. 2"

(Inner Oceans) 

Bless Vol. 2 is yet another quality compilation from Inner Oceans. This one is four hours of top-quality beat tape jams! 99 tracks of great low-fi instrumental hip hop that just won't quit. 

Bless Vol 2 is a fundraiser Inner Oceans is putting on to help a variety of people. From Inner Oceans' Bandcamp page: 

"100% of the proceeds from the sale of BLESS Vol.2 will be donated to a variety of Micro Loan programs for Women, Sustainable Water and Agriculture projects, Refugees, Education, Health Care and the Arts. The funds from the Micro Loans are paid back over time and it’s our promise to the supporters of this album that we will perpetually reinvest those funds back into future Micro Loans. This way the funds can continue to support people who need it for many years ahead."

A bunch of good music that can do some good in this world, Bless Vol 2. is available in digital, double cassette, or with a curated selection of the compilation on vinyl. We recommend you go have a listen. 

Gray Lee

 https://inneroceanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bless-vol-2