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It Takes Time Review Corner
Text by Miro & Smoked Poets, edit work by Amris
Hello and welcome back,
It’s hard to write today’s newsletter. The entire point of our political rants is to make fun of it and keep us focused on real issues through a healthy dash of sarcasm. It’s not really possible when 28,000 people have died (and counting). Our minds, hearts and souls are with all the people in Türkiye and Syria affected by the deadly earthquake. Below this editorial you can find all the links you need if you want to help.
Help is needed and everyone who can, please do so. There is plenty to talk about when it comes to how much help and how fast we can deliver, but the reality is brutal for the victims this time. We can swap the old expression “all roads lead to Rome” for “all clues lead to corruption” to describe what is really behind this disaster. We can’t control nature, but we can control corruption. The issue in Türkiye and Syria is not the earthquake itself, but institutions and the infrastructure. In one country it’s dissolved in the cruellest version of capitalist greed, in another carpet bombed by a terrorist russian army because a corrupt dictator couldn’t handle his own country anymore. And that’s why corruption is a favourite topic of our weekly newsfilter. We believe it’s the key problem of humanity – not just when it comes to functioning institutions, but also to ensure a safe environment and infrastructure.
I know a lot about the imaginary russian empire, but not as much about imaginary sultanates. One can only guess that the principle is pretty much same, same, but different. We know that certain kinds of people only like each other because they can achieve a certain kind of sympathy. Erdoğan likes to pretend to be good with everyone, but we can see that he feels comfortable only with other dictators. He sold his own country to a fellow few, institutionalised corruption and abused human rights. The result can be seen in the traumatic videos from the disaster. The most painful part of this situation is that even if we want to help, the help has a problem arriving and being redistributed. In Syria, the help can’t even go through government-controlled territories. And Assad? Is he actually alive, or is the country being run by russian mercenaries now? Maybe we should ask some lawyers in London…
Speaking of which, remember this disaster well. At least until the next elections in the UK. if you like to have infrastructure and institutions collapsing, and didn’t have enough of the Brexit opportunities, vote for Tories…
by Smoked Poets
In light of the disastrous earthquake which has shook Türkiye and Syria, resulting in over 28,000 deaths according to reports, Kurdish communities impacted by the earthquake have called for international aid and support. As mainstream media, alongside governments in both Syria and Türkiye, have failed to acknowledge and address the deaths in the north and west of historic Kurdistan where over 9,000 Kurdish people have lost their lives, it is critical we extend our solidarity. Kurdistan deserves justice and aid at a time where they are not only affected by the earthquake but years of displacement and persecution enacted by several governments, including the current regimes.
To add further injury to the sufferings of the Kurdish people, it has been reported that the Türkiye has blocked aid going into Kurdish areas in Syria, an act indicative of President Erdoğan’s ongoing war against the Kurdish people. The Kurdish Red Moon organisation has made a call for international solidarity to combat the lack of support and attention Kurdistan has been granted as a result of the historic faultlines of imperialism and racism which continue to shape the domestic and international response to this pandemic. It is our duty, as internationalists, to support a people who have been colonised and left to fend for themselves during this ecological disaster. We must throw our energy into supporting the relief and survival efforts of the Kurdish people, and we should be steadfast in ensuring that this catastrophe does not become another opportunity for the Turkish and Syrian regimes, or international actors, to persecute and criminalise the Kurdish people and their fight for self-determination.
How to help earthquake victims:
Smoked Poets suggests help via Kurdish Red Moon
It Takes Time Review Corner - February 2023 Edition
By Tony Poland
Nenad ‘33.10.3402’ Marković is a long term hero! A Belgrade-based producer responsible for some truly glorious oddness on LIES, Music from Memory, ESP Institute and Sähkö side-concern Puu in recent years. Also worth checking his Ice Dog/ајс дог alias on the Brutaż label! The 33.10.3402 bandcamp page is also an absolute treasure trove loaded with obscurely-named cuts spanning brittle, alien-sounding machine funk, punkish industrial, unnerving radiophonic ambient and slow-mo balearic. All perfectly calibrated to scramble brains and much of it running to extended, 10 minute-plus, durations.
[I love his music so much I made a music video for one achingly beautiful track using some very random Japanese animation featuring an army of hawk-headed muscle boys after learning the basics of Premiere Pro a few years back :D]
Anyway, I highly recommend diving into a random point in his bandcamp back catalogue circa midnight after you’ve sunk a bottle of red wine and your ears are more attuned to some weirdness. This is what I recently did when I landed on ‘italians in the speaker,’ a 21-min cut from late 2020 that expertly weaves together indecipherable vocal samples, degraded sax, jagged strings and organs out of The Shining and so much more. It's completely zonked out and uses all its run time to go in some wonderfully strange directions. Can someone tell me what sort of club night you could hear this in please?
The zonk continues with Kinzua, a collaboration between Berlin’s Lucas Brell and Leipzig producer Marvin ‘Qnete’ Unde and their debut album ‘written & produced in different spheres’ for Vladimir Ivkovic’s mighty Offen Music. Have to confess to being not so familiar with either Brell or Unde’s solo endeavours but there is a lot of trust in Vladimir and his approach with Offen Music. Yes I’ll hit on the pre-order for a new Cucina Povera or Toresch* record for Offen no-questions-asked, but I’ll always investigate the lesser-known names that pop up in between.
I was still not prepared for how special a record None of the Above is though. So jealous of people navigating their way through the early days of collecting and selecting who might pick this album up; it will be a very educational and formative DJing record for them. So many angles covered across the 17 tracks. Not going to say anything more about this album from a musical perspective. Much like you never want to spoil the plot of your favourite new horror film in conversation by revealing too much detail, it's best to go into None of the Above with open ears and enjoy where it takes you.
*We are due some new Toresch please!
C3TRii is a collaboration between the German collective TRJJ/Trii - known to me for various releases on the Stroom label - and Acting Press outfit C3D-E. This self-titled release appeared out of nowhere towards the tail end of 2022 and seems to have been largely, and unfairly, ignored!! Well not any longer mate!!! However, I’m not here to try and unravel the mysticism of how this record came to be…. because it will give me a migraine…. There’s little info out there to glean beyond a note on the Discogs release page stating the music was ‘played by C3D-E & TRii between 2019-20’ and both the long-running TRJJ collective and the entire Acting Press operation could be filed under ‘cheeky scamps’ with a shared love of mis-direction anyway.
So let’s focus on the six tracks on C3TRii instead, which are united in exploring the hypnotic qualities of dense, heat-treated rhythms caked in thick, murky sub bass. I’m not smart enough or musically-trained to discern the gear being deployed here, but it feels very much alive, well used and prone to delicious human error. After five tracks of instrumental beat excursions, B3 introduces an unnamed, possibly stoned and/or inebriated, vocalist to end the record with what sounds like a homage to the Wania classic from AU and Paleo that inspired the name of my own show for Netil Radio.
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That’s all for this week, stay tuned