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Toki Wright and Big Cats, Is/Is, BLOODEATH, and more Minnesota record releases this week

Toki Wright and Big Cats: Pangaea

Toki Wright is back and this time he brings company: Minnesota producer Big Cats. Wright and Spencer Wirth-Davis, a.k.a. Big Cats, drop Pangaea today after two years of hard work in the studio. Wright and Big Cats joined David Campbell last week for an in-studio performance of the new album. Pangaea is full of variety, demonstrating the duo’s chemistry. This record is one hip-hop heads won’t want to miss.

Is/Is: Shadow Days

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Is/Is are also dropping a limited release today. Their newest effort, Shadow Days, is coming in the form of a cassette tape. The trio have made six tracks that would be best heard through your headphones. Standout track “December” has spare riffs that embody isolation as Sarah Rose’s wispy vocals embody Sarah Nienaber’s guitar work. The limited release is out today on Moon Glyph Records.


What’s Slapping Purses (Jason Power) been up to lately? Collaborating with Makr (Mark McGee) as BLOODEATH, a terrifyingly intense noise group. The tracks on BLOODEATH’s self-titled debut EP dominate all of your senses as the variety of incessant tones, sounds, and just plain noise hits your eardrums. “Scabies (IN MY FLESH)” is one of the more beat-oriented tracks; other tracks such as “NO WAY MAN” are more free-form and chaotic. BLOODEATH have found a home on the local Totally Gross National Product label. The EP has been available since Sept. 15.

Infinite Religions: Mirrors

Neal Calvin Peterson has released the second installation in his experimental project, Infinite Religions. Part two is called Mirrors and can be played forwards and backwards, creating two tracks called “Ascension” and “Reflection.” Both forwards and backwards tracks are upbeat and full of hope. Mirrors is more than a track that can reflect itself, but is a reflection of Peterson trying to reinvent himself. Peterson sat down with Andrea Swenson to provide a little more background on the project. Peterson is only making limited copies pressed onto vinyl and the project is also available online.

Luke Zimmerman: Heyday for the Naysayers

Gentle singer-songwriter Luke Zimmerman is back again with his new release Heyday for the Naysayers. Catch him at Icehouse Saturday for his CD release show.

Aaron Bolton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Currently he writes for growyourflow.com and is the music reporter at Radio K. He hopes to continue a career in music journalism.