Desire Records will open up the Ike Yard discography for further contemporary re-evaluation with a second remix 12″ featuring Tropic of Cancer and Arnaud Rebotini.
Das Ding, Ike Yard, Tropic Of Cancer and more have contributed to the second label compilation from Canadian imprint Electric Voice Records.
Not looking forward to hearing the theme song from Ghostbusters, “Thriller”, “The Monster Mash” or, God forbid, horrid house remixes of the aforementioned and more at Halloween parties this weekend? Don’t worry – Tropic Of Cancer have got you covered.
Live tracks from HTRK and Tropic Of Cancer feature on the forthcoming Part Time Punks Radio Sessions 12″ from Ghostly International, due out later this month.
Tropic Of Cancer have just revealed an extended version of the delightfully hazy mixtape they produced for Portuguese website Mundo Urbano – stream or download within.
Sink into the ominous sound of Tropic Of Cancer via this live performance of “The One Left”, the first of three songs to surface via the online art installation Room 205.
Vague aspects regarding the makeup of Tropic of Cancer have been present since the band emerged with The Dull Age, though who exactly did what remained as gauzily unclear as the murky soundscapes that characterised that highly prized 10” on Downwards. With that debut and the subsequent trickle of Tropic Of Cancer material, it’s been assumed that Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant was a driving creative force within the band alongside his partner Camella Lobo. Such assumptions are naturally born out of association given Mendez’s at times growling vocals (on “Be Brave” in particular) as well as his role within the Sandwell District enclave alongside Regis and a predilection for the industrial and post-punk forms of music that serve an intergral part of the Tropic of Cancer DNA.
The bleak soundscapes that draw on a multitude of influences and form the music of Tropic of Cancer seem perfectly suited to the Blackest Ever Black imprint. Both parties have begun the year in auspicious if slightly unnerving form – Be Brave, Tropic Of Cancer’s second release for the Downward imprint was noteworthy for both the dead eyed sonic menace that draped itself messily across your senses and the accompanying remix from Cab Vol ledge Richard H Kirk. Meanwhile, January saw Blackest Ever Black continue their own bleakest ever bleak endeavours with more ghostly electronics from Raime, recently newly crowned in the Private Eye Pseuds Corner thanks to a particularly imaginative review of a London performance.
Faced with the fervent expectation that grew after The Sorrow Of Two Blooms was announced, the three tracks included see Camella Lobo and Juan Mendez excel, ploughing further into the sonic mists – though there’s a certain spectral delight to how the opening track unfolds. Lobo’s voice is drenched in the reverberant drone but clings to foggy strings that embellish the track with a certain degree of light. The languid thump of “Temporal Vassels” lays Lobo’s vocals so deep in the mix you are worried she’s trapped down a well whilst “Dive (Wheel Of The Law)” is perhaps Tropic Of Cancer at their mystifying, bewitchingly hypnotic best. Spread across the B Side, the track is cloaked in viscous fuzz, with Lobo’s yearning yet indecipherable vocals harmoniously glued to the pensive guitar lines. The result is quite captivating.
The point where people discuss the merits of Tropic Of Cancer without feeling the need to mention the disparate relationship of their sound with Mendez’s Silent Servant endeavours should be arriving sooner rather than later on the evidence of this release.