Record Label: Leaving Records
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Knx, aka Knxwledge, is a beat maker raised in central New Jersey and Philadelphia, now dialing-it-in at home in Los Angeles. Anthology is the essential instrumentals curation from the forty some-odd Knx Bandcamp releases 2009-2013. At fifty three tracks, Anthology is also available as a limited collector's edition double-cassette.
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A particular perceptive trance from Ahnnu focusing on the finer details - birth name Leland Jackson delivers “Perception” as his 2nd full length avant-garde masterwork for Leaving Records. First run of 300 cassettes wrapped in silver translucent O-Card. Cover collage from Ahnnu, Typography Jesse Moretti, mastered by Matthewdavid.
For his first ever offering on vinyl, Leaving Records presents “World Music / Perception” in a stunning gatefold double LP package. World Music introduces a series of themes which represent various styles and likenesses adopted in Ahnnu’s growth as a sound artist living in the digital age. In respect to environment, Ahnnu creates a body of sound-work that is transient in nature. Each track is arranged as separate entities and are holistic in the sense that they are intended to inspire an experience of indifference within a space of perpetual sonic motion. “World Music” describes the continuous sensory shift of both meditative neglect and cognitive sophistication when active within a (digitally) connected culture. Perception finds Ahnnu tampering with volume, pitch, and rhythm in the midst of the shivering hum that drives the album forward while camouflaging its detail. The album moves at an almost unnoticeable pace, but it’s filled with delicious rhythms, like the scrambled marching drum of “Scaling,” the flickering pulse of “Intercept,” and the dust-flecked loops on “Elastic.” These percussive tracks carve a form for the ambient subtleties that seem to have the most impact due to their length and timbre. This is wonderfully refined on “The Racer” or even “Anneal,” with its transitory exhalations and crumpled echo.
Brogan Bentley first appeared on Leaving Records in 2012 with a tantalizingly brief self-titled cassette EP. After a highly productive incubation period, the young producer returns with his debut LP, The Snake. Its 12 compositions writhe, slink, and crawl through the dark and hazy fog-scape of Bentley’s home of San Francisco in the Year of the Snake. According to the producer, “The Snake is a sonic documentation of coming into new skin, living in it and shedding it.” Fittingly, The Snake is an album of transformation, winding its way around the brooding Burial-esque Whispers, the ecstatic Juke, sparse Acid, and anthemic Diva House. Despite many such radical shifts in color, the album plays out in an utterly natural and captivating sequence. Mournful and uplifting in the same degree, this collection of contemplative yet propulsive dance tracks captures the scope of living, loving, and grasping for understanding all at the same time.
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Cakedog is Leland Jackson aka Ahnnu. Leaving Records writes, “Inspired by the Battle Groundz in Chicago, Menace in the Phantom is an authentic footwork tape of 14 cypher trax. RIP DJ RASHAD.