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  • bary center – no stars – mjmj records

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    The second installment in our spring series is a fantastic, and slightly out of character, Bary Center album. Under the moniker Bary Center, Mark Williams has been releasing burnt up, knockout techno at a furious pace on a number of fine labels (Crash Symbols, Skrot Up, MJ MJ, Speaker Footage, Gnar Tapes, Headway). Even with such an impressive discography we can honestly say this is probably our favorite album that he’s put out yet (and he’d agree). No Stars finds Bary exploring the deepest depths of dub, psych, techno, ambient and noise, while still somehow maintaining an effortless flow throughout it’s nearly hour long play time. Bary has a knack for drawing out a groove or texture to its fullest fruition, rewarding an attentive and thorough listen, but at the same time creating a sonic environment where you can just let it ride and zone out.

    In M. Williams’ words – “I wanted this album to feel like just one day, so I tried to build a snapshot of all the feelings and scenarios that a person goes through in a single day – the relaxing parts, the intense parts, the hype parts, the dark parts, the lighthearted parts. I wanted people to press play and by the end of the album be able to connect each track to a part of their day. We get so crazy focused on tomorrow and the big picture that we often forget that just making it through the gauntlet of shit life throws at us in a 24 hour period is quite an accomplishment in itself.”

    All sounds created by Bary Center / Mark Williams in Huntington, WV.
    Guitar on tracks one, two and three performed by Michael Berry.
    Mastered by Cyrus Shamir.
    Packaging designed by Nico Stephou in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    Released by MJ MJ Records in Minneapolis, MN in May 2016.
    Edition of 100

  • andrew jansen / loud sun – (​(​(​LOUD​)​)​) – mjmj records

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    Andrew is a beautiful man. Not just like, the dreamy eyes and wispy blonde hair but like. . . actually just a beautiful soul. Combine that with an enormous talent for tone, tactful songwriting and the ability to convey that inner beauty and calm into dreamy pop songs, and you’ve got a seriously hard to put down cassette. This album is going to be a permanent fixture to your porch, kitchen, or road trip playlist.

    The inspiration for this album, in Andrew’s words – “When my then two-year-old daughter Gray first uttered the words “Loud” to describe the Sun’s brightness, I was given an anchor to ground what was then just a small batch of murky demo recordings. It’s been a labor of love and necessity, and I’ve grown immensely while processing these works. With sound, my intentions are to relay and inspire others towards a more beautiful and creatively prosperous present tense.”

  • rawmean – tutulemma – mjmj records

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    MJMJ’s final offering of 2015 is in the form of a sprawling, experimental soundscape from New York’s rawmean (real name Ramin Rahni.) Tutelemma is a feast of tone and texture, utterly rich and inviting while still remaining a challenging and fascinating listen. The album is comprised of three mini-suites, each one well defined but balanced as a part of a very satisfying whole. This record could have easily been over an hour long, but Rahni keeps the pace relatively quick, when the desired tone is achieved it is celebrated, then quickly set aside and joined with the next.

    Tutulemma is presented in a limited edition silver cassette with five-panel J card designed by Nico Stephou.

  • choral reefr – did it all for the plushies – mjmj records

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    MJ MJ is very proud to bring you Jess Oleson AKA Choral Reefr’s label debut – DID IT ALL 4 THE PLUSHIES. It’s been pretty incredible watching Jess evolve from the front woman of old school rock n’ rollers The Shakin Babies into the powerhouse stoner-diva she is today. With every passing month I’d catch her at a show and see her production, vocal delivery and poise had just leveled up by like 420 XP. It’s easy to just let this stone cold groove wash over you, but it is truly deserving of a deeper listen. Lyrics / phrasing / harmony is NEXT LEVEL. DID IT ALL 4 THE PLUSHIES finds a budding young R&B artist really hitting her stride. The first cut really is the deepest.