Electronic-Abstract-Hip Hop

Ryan York/If I Am This Forest

 

4 fully fleshed vocal & instrumental, experimental pop-leaning works from Asura, under his own name, Ryan York. A strong pop-tinged chronicle of experiments at Alpha Pup curated monthly Futura. LTD 300 in unique screened jackets.





Item Number/
SKU: NON12002

Label: Non Projects

Genre: Electronic-Abstract-Hip Hop

Format: EP

Level: Not in stock

Release Date: 09.13.2011

Price: $15.99

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1.  Silver Trees

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2.  Outer Bnk

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3.  Crimson And Bone

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4.  The Ocean

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5.  Sleepers

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6.  Chimera

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7.  Damiel

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Asura/Asura

 

'Asura, the gorgeous debut album from Los Angeles producer Ryan York, is the inaugural release from new LA label Non Projects, an associate imprint of Alpha Pup, now distributed in the UK by Cargo. While firmly planted within the ever-growing Los Angeles beat scene, Non Projects simultaneously seeks to push beyond with disciplined studies of free jazz, modern classical composition, folk song, sound design and more.

The concept of Asura, inspired by the work of Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, is that of a dissolution of self and environment in the face of strong emotion. By employing this guise in the electronic ouvre, and drawing on his training in the classical and jazz worlds as a bassist, cellist, guitarist, and trumpeter, Ryan York produces a truly organic new form of digital music. The experience of falling in love in the backdrop of modern Los Angeles is central to his debut album, as its simultaneously decaying and awe inspiring environments are represented in the same space, along with the beauty and struggle of a new relationship, each abstract idea lending their own cracks, hisses, and echoes to the music. Asuras sublime pulsing electronics and layered bliss won early support from Mary Anne Hobbs, who called Asura an absolutely magical record, really unique and truly immersive...", quickly commissioning an exclusive mix for her Radio 1 show in April.

This stylishly-presented release comes with 16 page art booklet, and is limited to 500 copies worldwide. Keen-eared listeners will hear similarities to artists such as Clark, Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, and Boards Of Canada.



Item Number/
SKU: NON001LP

Label: Non Projects

Genre: Electronic-Abstract-Hip Hop

Format: DLP

Level: Not in stock

Release Date: 08.10.2010

Price: $25.49

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1.  Asura I

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2.  Peptine

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3.  I Saw You In Vice - Anenon BDay Remix

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4.  Orrorin

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5.  Asura II

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6.  From The Beach

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7.  Manzanita

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8.  Voxels

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9.  Asura III

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10.  Her Tearing

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11.  Timber - with Ana Caravelle

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12.  The Eleventh

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13.  Feathers

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Asura-Anenon/Silver Trees

 

Double A side split from the young and rapidly rising artist Ryan York as Asura, along with Non Projects founder, Brian Simon, as the newcomer Anenon (pronounced on-and-on) on the flip.

Asuras music has been described as absolutely magical by Mary Anne Hobbs and Yorks work here only furthers this ethos. Asuras side documents his post self-titled debut musical activities with dreamily orchestrated and expertly crafted hypnagogic head nodders featuring his own soaring voice (Silver Trees, Outer Bnk), a gorgeous ambient synth / tape manipulation experiment (Crimson and Bone) a manic IDM ode (The Ocean) and the deep beats, hiss and crackle of Sleepers, a track originally made for his first ever Low End Theory club performance. After listening, it is clear that Silver Trees is a true testament to Yorks unbelievable range as an artist. Portions of this side have been heard on his amazing 15-minute mix for Mary Anne Hobbs, which aired April 8 on BBC Radio 1.

Anenon shows his distinctive artistic capabilities with a 13 minute journey through a dream that may or may not have happened a false recollection of sorts brought to life with his free jazz, classical and laptop composition inclinations. Gushing synthesizer waterfalls unite with lumbering downtempo beats and floaty percussion to kick things off (Chimera). The beautifully lucid synth ballad and title track Damiel follows (recently featured on an exclusive mix by LA beat star Take). This leads into Retold, which fleshes the rest of the side out with skittery free jazz drums underpinned by a four on the floor thump with melodic synth chords and melodies building and floating in and out. Finally, the epic yet restrained closer Endless, emerges featuring more budding chaotic drums, hypnotic synth lines and Simons own tenor saxophone playing and arranging.

Vinyl-only release limited to 500 transparent copies, for fans of Flying Lotus, Baths, Nosaj Thing, Matthewdavid, Boards Of Canada, and Take.



Item Number/
SKU: NON12001

Label: Non Projects

Genre: Electronic-Abstract-Hip Hop

Format: MLP

Level: In Stock

Release Date: 08.10.2010

Price: $13.49

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A1.  Asura - Silver Trees

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A2.  Asura - Outer Bnk

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A3.  Asura - Crimson and Bone

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A4.  Asura - The Ocean

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A5.  Asura - Sleepers

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B1.  Anenon - Chimera

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B2.  Anenon - Damiel

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B3.  Anenon - Retold Endless

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