Electro platform Exploded Drawing has it all. Local blues master Jackie Venson with a sampler? Check. Bay Arean Benji Illgen, aka DJ Centipede aka Mophono, with glitch, grunge orchestral, psych madness, and Egyptian Lover and DJ Shadow collaborations? Check. L.A.’s Ghost McGrady with new LP Industry Plant and break beats in indica strains of lounge? Check.
Fort Worth duo Daron Beck and Jon Teague uplift gloom and doom into cathartic ascension. Fourth album Concept Unification, second synth crawl for extreme Philly foundry Relapse Records, fuses moody, swirling atmospherics (“Dial Tone”), a Carpenter-esque electro pulse (“Petit Mal”), and the opening title track’s audio specters into sonic schadenfreude. Profound Lore Texans Dead to a Dying World bleed like-minded guitar epics.