Very excited to hear this long awaited full length from Michna. It definitely sounds a bit more industrial than his previous music, but I’m liking where it’s headed.
This comes out from the ever loved Ghostly Intl, so you know it’s going to be muy bueno. Getcha one.
Standard weight red vinyl is limited to 500 copies
Standard weight vinyl is inserted in to dust sleeve inside 2 panel matte jacket with spot gloss and 3.5mm spine
Vinyl includes download card
Cassette includes exclusive bonus track, "Symbol Of Life"
CD Version: 4-panel matte digipak
Artwork & Design by Michael Cina
Are we all tired of the "[Artist] Returns After [Number] Years in Obscurity" headline yet? Because Michna sure is. Nearly seven years following the NYC DJ/producer's debut album for Ghostly, Magic Monday, he's finished the official follow up to that record, but Adrian Yin Michna doesn't want to overstate what happened in the interim. "Life just moves," he starts casually, "there's been a lot going on." DJ gigs, music production for video games and commercials, and film scoring have kept him busy, along with a healthy balance of painting, biking, and other non-musical endeavors. In light of Michna's sophomore LP, Thousand Thursday, though, it all seems beside the point. Simply put, his latest record is a celebration of the producer's love for vibrant electronic music, bothering very little with conceptual or contextual baggage.
And yet, in many ways, Thousand Thursday effortlessly streamlines Michna's life and cultural background into affable dancefloor sounds. "My dad is from Ealing in West London," he shares, "and that's been a huge direct musical influence my whole life, especially when I was a teen and spent some time in London in the midÂ-'90s." You can easily hear that much in the ravey breakbeats and horn stabs that sneak into synthy tracks like "Cherry 2000" and "Time Will Tell", or even the vibe of rainÂ-soaked streets that permeates Thousand Thursday. Then there's the artist's enduring love for classic house, disco, and hipÂ-hop, which is more obvious. "Nuroq Legacy" effortlessly brings all of these influences into one lively, eclectic dance track, but the wistful "Increasing Ambition" is pure neon Italo and Michna's unclassifiable brand of of hip-hop has never sounded better than on "She Exists In My Mind".
Perhaps less apparent is how the industrial tapes from Michna's childhood played a role in creating these 10 spirited tracks. "I started re-Âlistening to them primarily just to hear how they flip samples," he elaborates, and the technique is used all over Thousand Thursday. It lends the music an added bit of personal history and what Michna calls "subliminal messages," as he borrows from years and years worth of field recordingsâ€”including bits of "Blackberry video, Flip camera tour footage, terrible interviews with friends, people on the street, and found sounds galore." Rifle through the slow-grooving robo-beats on "Believe In It Pt. II", or "Jace the Mind Sculptor"'s densely textural ambient drift, and you'll uncover layer upon chopped up layer of these lovingly curated snippets. There seems to be a tapestry of life's strange, beautiful, and unexpected moments woven into Thousand Thursday
For all of its varying influences and reference points, Thousand Thursday is actually a strong cohesive listen; each of Michna's productions flow seamlessly into the next. This is an album where NYC/LA dance-Âpop vocalist MNDR can deliver her chilly falsetto next to a lifelong gearhead twiddling the knobs of his Akai SÂ950, Korg MSÂ20, EÂmu SPÂ1200, and other coveted hardware. Thousand Thursday is the sound of Michna re-discovering his passion for writing tunes and crafting an album, and whether he likes it or not, it all tells us a bit about where his mind has been during the years of his process.
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