Weekend, June 8 & 9, 2019: June CD of the Month

Desert Dwellers and Meat Beat Manifesto: Extremes of Electronic Music This Weekend on Echoes.


Desert Dwellers Breath cover/MBM's Jack Dangers

Desert Dwellers-Breath/Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto Photo: Pete Ellenby

This weekend two dimensions of electronic music.  First its a deep trip into ambient tribal space when we hear Breath by Desert Dwellers the Echoes CD of the Month for June. Electronic musicians have been wiring the global village for sound for a long time. One of the more joyful exponents has been Desert Dwellers, a collective centered by Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, who have been at it for 20 years now. Breath  is their most fully realized album. The members of Desert Dwellers are as at home in a yoga studio as a Burning Man stomp, and Breath splits the difference with a joyful ride of shifting patterns and free-floating melodies, all centered by an unerring groove. This band makes music for a global village in space.

Weekend listeners may also hear electronic music with a different kind of intensity by Meatbeat Manifesto. This is the legendary British electronic artist who came of age during the industrial and trip-hop sampling days of the 1990s.  Jack Dangers, the group’s founder, is a scholar of electronic music from Stockhausen to Cabaret Voltaire and beyond. He takes us on an electronic trip through his latest album, Opaque Couché when we talk to him from his LA Studio.

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