Oneohtrix Point Never's label Software recently announced Mixware: a series of mixtapes featuring new and archival sounds from its roster of future-minded artists. The mixes will be available to download for free digitally, but also for sale as #rare physical cassettes, which seems like a dreamy medium for these sorts of soundscapes. There's something so appealing to me about hearing cutting-edge electronics through an outdated boom box or a used car's tape deck. The first mix is a meaty 32-track collection from Ian Evans, the Los Angeles-based beatsmith and Kelela collaborator who crafts arresting digital productions as Napolian. It's titled Road to Incursio, which to me implies that it includes sounds, styles, and artists that specifically affected him while working towards the release of his debut LP, Incursio, which dropped earlier this year. Right now, you can stream a gloomy unheard track called "Shaw." The tape will be available to download tomorrow, October 10th, and you can grab the cassette for 5 bucks here.
October 09, 2014