Various Artists – Stones Throw Records, Stones Throw and Leaving Records Present: Dual Form

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 01.23.13 in Reviews

Stones Throw and Leaving Records Present: Dual Form

Various Artists - Stones Throw Records

As anyone who follows their beat head scene will tell you — including even casual fans of loop leaders like Flying Lotus and Madlib — L.A.’s had something in its bong water for a while now. And lurking on the very fringes of it all over the past couple years has been Leaving Records, the tape-dubbing imprint of producer Matthewdavid and art director Jesselisa Moretti. While they’re best known for a well-curated run of limited cassettes and CD-Rs (including a couple that were painstakingly packaged in hand-painted floppy disks), the label was also responsible for the original vinyl pressings of Julia Holter’s breakthrough album Tragedy.

A no-brainer for those into the blurred lines between pop, psych, ambient and WTF music

They know their proverbial shit, in other words, which makes Dual Form a no-brainer if you’re even remotely into the warped, increasingly blurred lines between pop/psych/ambient/WTF music. The beginning of a no-doubt-beautiful relationship with Stones Throw, Dual Form is a carefully sequenced compilation that gathers previously unreleased cuts from a wide range of artists that have little in common beyond a tendency to leave your brain feeling like a pack of melted crayons. Some standouts, then: Holter shares a spellbound cover of Arthur Russell (“You & Me Both”), Sun Araw loses himself in a web of vaporized vocals and desecrated dub nods, and the appropriately named Run DMT drone on like a bath salt-snorting version of the Velvet Underground. And then there’s the many truly underground selections that feel like a survey of a world you’d otherwise not be privy to. A sampler on the right side of insane, really.