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PHORK :: Entertainment (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE

$8 CAD
PHORK :: Entertainment (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE
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PHORK :: Entertainment (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE

$8 CAD
From the NNA Tapes Website:

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Los Angeles-based producer Neal Reinalda offers us his latest “Entertainment”, the anticipated follow-up to last year’s “Discrepancies” cassette on NNA. With this full-length, the People’s Higher Order further refines it’s sound, bringing forward new ideas and flavors into American techno. PHORK succeeds in injecting a warmth and humanity into a dance music framework that is wholly original, keeping a global influence in it’s sampling studies, while receiving guidance from the worlds of noise, hip-hop, ambient, and sound art. Reinalda’s Baltimore roots shine through in his informed conceptual framework, holding a mirror to daydreams of post-consumerism and dark ecology. Mood and atmosphere are established through ultra-tight production and focused composition, pulsing with life even in the absence of rhythm. The result reaches new depths in contemporary electronic music, gaining power and magnitude through sonic texture, repetition, and the matrimony of inhuman and organic worlds. Systems are questioned, interconnectedness is examined, and yet still nothing is as it seems.

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Listen Here:

https://soundcloud.com/experimedia/phork-entertainment

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Experimedia:

*Excerpts from the album. Now available from Experimedia.net.* Like a twisted version of Powell or the multi-layered platforms of the recent Quicksails LP on Spectrum Spools, Los Angeles-based Neal Reinalda goes for a dance-friendly approach that would certainly ward off less adventurous listeners. With "Entertainment" being an NNA Tapes release, Reinalda, as Phork, freely incorporates crunchy static, vocal collages, and electronic frequencies that sound like they're sputtering from a broken down car. But it's also telling how easily "Entertainment" can flip to being a tight, immaculately produced album for any dancefloor. Opener "Accelerationism" perhaps does this trick the best as its bobbing melody emerges perfectly in line with ricocheting pulses and deep bass beats, exhilirating and ceaseless. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia

Los Angeles-based producer Neal Reinalda offers us his latest "Entertainment", the anticipated follow-up to last year"s "Discrepancies" cassette on NNA. With this full-length, the People"s Higher Order further refines it"s sound, bringing forward new ideas and flavors into American techno. PHORK succeeds in injecting a warmth and humanity into a dance music framework that is wholly original, keeping a global influence in it"s sampling studies, while receiving guidance from the worlds of noise, hip-hop, ambient, and sound art. Reinalda"s Baltimore roots shine through in his informed conceptual framework, holding a mirror to daydreams of post-consumerism and dark ecology. Mood and atmosphere are established through ultra-tight production and focused composition, pulsing with life even in the absence of rhythm. The result reaches new depths in contemporary electronic music, gaining power and magnitude through sonic texture, repetition, and the matrimony of inhuman and organic worlds. Systems are questioned, interconnectedness is examined, and yet still nothing is as it seems.

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Ad Hoc:

With electronic music’s ascent into cultural relevance, there comes much anxiety about its future. The popularity of electronic music has lead to the fear that it will be dumbed down, homogenized. But simultaneously this threat is giving musicians greater incentive to innovate and radicalize the genre. PHORK’s new album Entertainment demonstrates the immense possibilities of making conceptual music in an era of bland, commercial EDM. PHORK is the latest project of Los Angeles-based producer Neal Reinalda, a follow-up to hisDiscrepancies cassette on NNA. The songs off of Entertainment don’t allow us the leisure of categorizing them under a single label: ambient loops, hip hop beats, and dance-inspired buildups all collide to make a dense, layered group of tracks. The samples taken from real life-- birds chirping, clocks ticking-- paired with the repetitive, tide-like quality of many of the cuts create the feeling of being immersed in nature. 

Entertainment is out now on NNA Tapes.

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Boomkat:

Phork's 2nd album, 'Entertainment', for NNA Tapes is a far lusher, more engrossing affair than its tunnelling techno predecessor 'Discrepancies'. Los Angeles-based producer Neal Reinalda has stripped his sound down to reveal traces of hip hop and R&B in his holo'd spaces, collapsing and subtracting sampled cultures in ten refined, cleanly contoured and economic spaces shaped with cool, focused composition. 'Accelerationism' feels like vintage Jelinek or Kompakt techno refracted thru modern American tastes, and the light R&B minimalism of 'Undone' or 'The Clock' have the cool elegance of a Co La or How To Dress Well cut, while the melting silicone textures of 'You Worry They Will Worry' could be heard as trippier adjunct to James Ferraro's most recent contemporary abstractions. Best of all, it's not explicitly dark, or totally happy music, there's more a fine balance of eerie synthetic numbness and dosed-up ambient tranquility.

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Mimaroglu:

april 2013 release ; ... second outing from neal reinalda’s phork project, dealing in a kind of mistedtechno bleep-out w/ occasional plunderphonic tendencies (love the terry riley soundtrack to lifespanbtw ; one of his more under-rated soundtracks) ...

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XLR8R:

Los Angeles-based producer PHORK (a.k.a. Neal Reinalda) just sent over this cut plucked from the tracklist of his latest tape. "Undone" has a sparse, percussive beat overlaid with skittering vocal chops that repeat anxiously within the droning soundscape. PHORK, whose name is an acronym for People's Higher Order of Royal Kinship, debuted on NNA Tapes with last year's Discrepancies LP, and followed it up this week with "Undone" and the rest of his "surrealist techno collage," Entertainment.

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