The Motionless Presentis a forthcoming collection of poetry set to acerbic soundscapes from local artist and activist Moor Mother. Scheduled for a March release ahead of her appearance at Berlin’s CTM Festival, the album follows last year’s breakthrough Fetish Bones. Previewing her new work, Moor Mother’s Camae Ayewa has shared a collaborative track with NYC producer Geng called “This Week.”
Anyone who’s heard Moor Mother‘s music, either on last year’s excellent Fetish Bones LP or on her earlier recordings, knows that Camae Defstar doesn’t shirk from the often brutal truth of her life experience. In a new interview with Daily Vice’s Michelle Lhooq, the Philadelphia artist shares her thoughts on the importance of hearing stories straight from the people who live them as well as music’s political place.
Local experimental musician NAH is wrapping up 2016 with new records and a pair of new videos, one of which features fellow Philly artist Moor Mother. Taken from this month’s MICHAEL LP (one of three projects NAH put up on Bandcamp last week), “May 7th” has an industrial rawness that The Deli related to “a horror-movie urgency” when they picked up on the accompanying clip. That ominous feeling is compounded by the slow-mo, flickering black and white frames of the video – the camera pans across a desolate city street as Moor Mother’s Camae Defstar raps over the gritty, metallic beats.
Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins brings his debut album The Healing Component to The Foundry tonight for a Red Bull Sound Select show. We first caught wind of the up-and-comer after his The Water[s] mixtape, a showcase of Jenkins’ prog-hop take on production. Check out his collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.
Local artist / activist Moor Mother has released a new video for “By The Light,” a track taken from this month’s Fetish Bones LP. Dark and chaotic, the clip follows a spotlit Camae as she wanders down deserted streets and sits in front of abandoned houses. The pitch-shifted spoken word vocals are harsh and unsettling, as are the doubled-over, disorienting images. As we’ve come to expect from Camae’s work, she expresses frustrations and social commentary in the rawest way possible. Continue reading →
Badass show alert: New Brunswick power trio Screaming Females will headline the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Sunday, November 6th. The band’s most recent album, Rose Mountain, came out via Don Giovanni Records last year. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 and available now via R5 Productions’ website.
Joining them are their DG labelmates Moor Mother, the Philly experimental project helmed by Camae Defstar; their LP Fetish Bones is out next month. Continue reading →
We’ve admired Philly artist Camae Defstar since catching her genre-smashing band Mighty Paradocs on Res’ Silk City residency RESET back in December 2010. In the six years since, we’ve gotten to know her as a community organizer and activist, a co-founder of the ROCKERS! DIY concert series and an interdisciplinary artist. On the sonic end of things, that means Moor Mother, which channels societal outrage into textural, hard-hitting, experimental expanses. A prime example, which caught my attention three autumns ago, is the video for “Of Blood” – it’s totally gripping, and like Moor Mother’s work as a whole, strikes a balance between confrontationally unsettling and utterly captivating. It’s punk, it’s performance art and it’s sonic unrest of the sort that is more important now than ever.
Which is why it’s so awesome to get the word today that Moor Mother has joined the ranks of Don Giovanni Records, with her debut record Fetish Bones due out on September 16th via the venerable NJ imprint. Continue reading →