Posts Tagged ‘uuu tapes’

Sightings: Triad God, “I Never Told You”

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

I found my way to the Temple of the Triad God by way of Friendship Bracelet’s Ian Paul Roger Nelson. Nelson, who is releasing TG’s album NXB on the UUU Tapes imprint, entranced me by declaring that he could only reveal limited information on the artist behind these sounds. His name apparently is Vinh Ngan, and he is half Vietnamese and half Chinese. Many of his tracks feature him speaking a combination of Cantonese, French, and Vietnamese over samples that draw in everything from Opera to R&B. “I Never Told You” is the one track that is mostly in English, and for that reason I feel conflicted about singling it out. However, its ability to be both uplifting and bittersweet make it stand on its own. Ngan is channeling the same mainstream pop sensibility that made Britney Spears’ Blackout both club friendly and refreshingly¬†vulnerable. This is melancholia for the YouTube/Camera phone generation.

Triad God, “I Never Told You”

NXB is available for free download, via UUU Tapes

Sightings: Mane Mane “Skin Fox (yuk remix)”

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

For the past couple of months I’ve been pretty crazy for LA beat artist yuk. On his debut album, A D W A, he fuses organic sound collage and intoxicating rhythms in a way that puts his work in a celestial realm. UUU Tapes, an imprint run by Ian Nelson of Friendship Bracelet, is set to release a free EP of remixes of the song “Skin Fox” by Mane Mane. yuk is one of the featured remixers, along with Dem Hunger, Dro Carey, and Gobble Gobble. The original track brings me back to the ’90s R&B that ruled the radio waves when I was an adolescent. It is an honest-to-god booty-shaker. yuk takes the track and puts it on his own wavelength, as any skilled remixer would. While the original track plays like a spacey club anthem, this one sounds like a heavenly chorus of angels singing a Bond theme. Like every track I’ve heard from yuk, this one seamlessly pairs nature and electronics.

Skin Fox (yuk remix)

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Skin Fox (original)

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Words: Samantha Cornwell

Keep your eyes peeled for the free EP, and for Mane Mane’s debut album (Mane2Mane) on UUU Tapes