This is the second half of a feature about the rise of underground artists using capitalist iconography and virtual imagery to create some of the most thrilling music of the moment.
We hope you enjoy the feature. And of course, anything we can describe as being related to distroid can also be described differently too, related to other, probably contradictory ideas that have not been named or have yet to emerge. Hip Hop Spa (Nguzunguzu Remix) - Visionist - Only Eye vaporwave is the doomed Japanese businessman roaming the halls of the virtual plaza with a vacant grin on his wrinkling face, distroid is the former soldier Will Smith - Greatest Hits body-builder now working for a private international security firm, his bulging muscles criss-crossed with blade and flame tattoos and his face screwed Hip Hop Spa (Nguzunguzu Remix) - Visionist - Only Eye a macho grimace above a tight black T-shirt bearing the Monster Energy Drink logo.
Next to him sits an enormous translucent green polythene bag full of empty cans. And the speakers are stacked taller than he is. Distroid is ice cold and white hot, unnatural and sublime. It also favours complex, non-standard percussion elements in the form of violent, powerful or robotic or all three noises and effects, luxuriates in sheets of hi-tech synth, and likes to reduce the voice to a sonic object, largely absent of real semantic content, screwed, autotuned, choral, or merely simulated on a keyboard preset.
It was slower, harsher, more violent Hip Hop Spa (Nguzunguzu Remix) - Visionist - Only Eye more hardcore. The whole mixtape hisses with high frequencies like the nanodrills mounted on the 10ft tall robotic arms of an automated car factory in H. Underneath all this is a profound bass — again, a frequency that lo-fi could never reach — and slow, sexual trap beats.
The music is punchy, uptempo and heady, and although it claims to represent a range of pre-commodified genres, it is well beyond pastiche and frighteningly fresh. The main drop of Corpcore is wholly percussive, like a machine gun, before colliding head-on with a monstrous synth lead. Vatican Vibes is presented as a console game based on a high-tech, computerised Catholicism fighting a holy war with Apache helicopters that ultimately destroys the Earth in its quest for spiritual fulfilment.
D-Medley has exotic female dancers dancing on a computer screen in front of psychedelic screensavers. Similarly, Hip Hop Spa taps into the male gaze imagery of hip hop culture. Solitary subconscious is the experience of virtual age hip hop culture. You are led to a simulation of God as a hypermassive ROM security construct at the end of the world. It is and monocrat New Jerusalem approaches climax, directing retrochronal counter-insurgency sweeps down Do You Wanna Spend The Night - Village People - Do You Wanna Spend The Night the jungle, where space-programmes subside into the inertia of myth.
Other tracks bristle with the unconventional and irregular percussion effects distroid celebrates, suggestive at varying degrees of abstraction of motors and smashing glass. Tracks bristle with the unconventional and irregular percussion effects distroid celebrates, suggestive at varying degrees of abstraction of motors and smashing glass. With lyrics like unzip me tonight and you should lose your boyfriend — he looks photoshoppedHDB oyz have been pictured in the latest fashions and clutching bottles of Mountain Dew, the labels facing outwards.
Sarcastically accelerationist rather than grimly distroid, HDB oyz nevertheless share a thrilled anxiety about the increasing extremity of technological representation and its inverse proportion to depth and reality. But you could also, almost but not quite, say that distroid is anything that DIS Magazine is associated with or has posted on its site. As the mixes collected together on the DIS site indicate, there are many artists and DJs who seem to be Mr.
Soul - Various - Made In Heaven ( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ) this angle. One German dance label related to the DIS crowd both sonically and by remix is, appropriately enough, called Dyssembler. Distroid is one way of reacting to it all this material, at least — one of many.
But this could — and has — also been said of a great many genuinely modernist moments in the history of music and its application of new forms and technologies. It asks us whether we accept or reject the image of the future, and indeed the present, that it conjures. This is when we see ourselves reflected, together with the ways that we and our fellow human beings have been manipulated, modified and dragged, either against our will or along with it, by the seductive violence of contemporary culture.
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