My friend Nick Sylvester was, in my opinion, one of the best music critics in the world a few years ago, but he’s largely quit writing about music and instead focused on making and releasing it. Sylvester plays drums in the heaving postpunk trio Mr. Dream (we posted their new song “Making Muscles (Powered By Faroe Petroleum)” earlier this week), and he also runs Godmode Records, the small New York label that releases music from Mr. Dream and a few similarly noisy groups like YVETTE and Sleepies. But on the new cassette compilation Common Interests Were Not Enough To Keep Us Together, the label’s musical focus has expanded to include slinky DFA-style house music, queasy mutant R&B, and fragile singer-songwriter music, among other things. The aforementioned noisy bands are in there, but there’s a lot of other music, too. Sylvester recorded, mixed, and produced most of the comp, and if it had some Clipse-style crack-rap, it would represent something closer to the full breadth of his favorite music. It’s notable that these songs, which cross genre-lines so freely, are almost all really good, and they point toward an impressive future for the label. Stream the whole compilation below.
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