Dadastep Psychological Punk Crossover

by Buttress O'Kneel

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"As modern culture is micro-fractured into increasingly diverse subsections (largely thanks to the unifying/niche-creating powers of internet-based communities), Buttress O'Kneel is faced with a difficult task: how is an artist who specialises in reconfiguring the 'well-known' meant to determine what is 'well-known' anymore? 'Well-known' to whom exactly? Faced with such a daunting proposition, it seems that for her 20th 'Compop' release, Ms O'Kneel has cast her net everywhere: samples appear to come from (for instance) children's cartoons, viral youtube clips, classic rock albums, television show themes, modern pop songs, free jazz, and novelty fauxploitation films, more or less without a single fuck being given.

The tangled orgy of pop self-cannibalisation is sometimes dizzying. For example, the piece "The Words That I Can't Say" incorporates: 1) 90's band Frente covering a song by 80's band New Order; 2) 'Carl Poppa', a song which was created by imaginatively lip-reading sections of television drama 'The Walking Dead'; 3) immortal pop-diva Madonna's 'Holiday'; and 4) a rap-battle between Finn the Human and Rap Bear, taken from the children's cartoon 'Adventure Time' - parody meets cover version meets nostalgia meets homage/pastiche. The idea that 'pop will eat itself' is taken to new extremes with Ms O'Kneel's plundertronic audiomancy: she truly has created an ouroborosic 'Human Centipede' of self-digesting postmodernist metaculture.

But what is 'dadastep'? What is 'psychological punk'? And in what ways do they 'cross over'? Perhaps by the time the next album drops, we'll have managed to work it out. (Of course, by then, Buttress will no doubt have moved on - yet again.)"

Department of Futuristic Hindsight
IWML
June 2015

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Featuring:

PootieIggyPoppaFrenteRapBearFinn
MadonnaO'KneelChupaMansonCypress
ZeppelinBrötzmannSiaCobainCrawlRoses
McCrearySnaresRogersGleeLevyThicke
GayeMacRideSkrillexDiploBieberPresley

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Additional Notes:

"Few of Them Know" was improvised live at WFG&P Studios, 2014.
"Nonwhite Pox" and "Twin Ox Phone" are both A.I. remixes of the song "Phoenix Town", automatically remixed (given certain parameters) by the Echonest Autobot.

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released June 21, 2015

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Buttress O'Kneel Australia

“Words like "mashup" and "remix" don't really do justice to Buttress O'Kneel's method - Top 40 pop crap gets sliced, diced, and tossed into a dizzying, exciting hardcore electro stew. Compared to other djs who timidly drop a Vanilla Ice acapella over a Chemical Bros intro just to move a dance floor, O'Kneel shreds copyrights with a blood-curdling vehemence. Smash the state!”
- Music 4 Maniacs
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