New postpunk label Chicago Research charges out of the gate | Gossip Wolf | Chicago Reader

New postpunk label Chicago Research charges out of the gate 

Plus: The Latin Rootz DJ crew remixes Chicago Afrobeat Project, and Alona’s Dream helps reissue the first two EPs from Chicago hardcore pioneers Articles of Faith.

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click to enlarge The first few months of Chicago Research releases include music by Product KF, Bruised, and Death Valley (lower right).
  • The first few months of Chicago Research releases include music by Product KF, Bruised, and Death Valley (lower right).

Blake Karlson says that when he founded the label Chicago Research late last year, he'd been thinking about building "a more cohesive platform for the current state of postpunk, electronic, and industrial music. This city is too often overlooked as a musical hub. Great things are happening right now." This wolf couldn't agree more—and those great things have helped Chicago Research leave the gate firing on all cylinders! Karlson describes the label as a "collective, with a solid group of musicians, artists, designers, and writers that all collaborate," and its initial batch of releases includes a vinyl version of the first single from Death Valley (aka the chilly synth-wave solo project of Ariel Motto) and the plodding, hooky postpunk of Bruised, whose LP Rotten Codex includes the neck-snapping "(Beneath A) Heap of Glass." In June, Chicago trio Product KF drop the LP edition of their April album, Songs of the Groves, which features rigorously scrambled industrial noise, murky bass, and depressive vocals.

It didn't seem possible that Chicago Afrobeat Project's stomping 2017 album, What Goes Up, could get any funkier, but then Latinx DJ crew Future Rootz dropped the killer full-length What Goes Up Remixed late last month. Gossip Wolf has a feeling that these cuts—remixed by the likes of Ron Trent, Maga Bo, DJ Sound Culture, and Jose Marquez—are heating up dance floors already.

Alona's Dream does it again! The Chicago punk label has teamed up with its venerable Bay Area counterpart Alternative Tentacles to reissue the first two seven-inch EPs from local hardcore pioneers Articles of Faith: 1982's What We Want Is Free and 1983's Wait. Both are limited to 666 copies, so get 'em before the record flippers do. Alona's Dream unveiled these beauts at the recent CHIRP Record Fair, along with a 12-inch EP by locals the Pornography Glows (aka the Porno Glows), the debut of Alona's imprint Violent Pest.  v

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