Bestovitch - "Rituel De La Haute Magie: Kiss From A Witch" LP - Haute Magie

About 20 records/cassettes sluiced from the Haute Magie motherbrain last year. Whether they keep it up in '13 or not, that's a hell of a run. Rituel De La Haute Magie: Kiss From A Witch is the label's 10th release and a decent way to get acquainted with the imprint (though expectations shouldn't be brought from release to release; trust me on this one). Ten years ago this might have been called an instrumental hip-hop record, and now ...

I'm not so sure where to put this one, and that's half the charm. The other half is the quirky way it's all put together, lots of stutters and glitch-steps and twitches. Reminds me a bit of that great Blithe Field LP that came in last year, though Bestovitch are a much more bombastic presence, brandishing an almost rap-like bravado at times. Significant gains are being made each day, people; finally, there are labels that can actually keep up with genre-shifting units like myself.

Dust off the relics HERE.