This newest record from Portland-by-way-of-Detroit synth maestro Matthew Akers is “Lacerate” b/w “O.B.,” a two-track lathe released in an edition of 70 earlier this year as part of the second round of releases on Syncro System Recordings. While releases like the phenomenal Tough to Kill LP or the cassette A History of Arson show M. Akers in more familiar territory—soundtrack worship ranging from the films of Brian De Palma to low-budget action films—“Lacerate” b/w “O.B.” instead finds him delving into the world of Detroit techno. The a-side sounds more directly like a Kraftwerk song set to an almost bouncy techno beat, while the b-side moves into full-on Detroit-techno territory, sounding a lost track from one of the Belleville Three or, more likely, Eddie Fowlkes. Hopefully we can expect more releases in this vein from M. Akers, but in the meantime keep your eyes peeled for the slab. Hopefully a few copies are still available.
An Interview with Mei Semones
This recent Berklee graduate talks about the personal meaning behind some of her music, her bands/other musical acts, and her future plans in this interview with the Hassle