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Track of the day : Mas Ysa : Why

Thomas Arsenault was already something of a local celebrity within Brooklyn’s Kent Avenue scene before he started recording his own material under the name Mas Ysa: as a producer – working out of a studio he helped to build – he had a hand in albums by Cass McCombs and Laurel Halo amongst others, whilst his work in video art and compositions for the Rashaun Mitchell Dance Company have helped establish him as a seriously talented multi-tasker. Following recent gigs supporting artists as diverse as Deerhunter and Wu Tang Clan’s RZA, Arsenault has just offered up the first fruits of his new solo project, six thrilling minutes of impassioned emo yelping tethered to a barrage of lo-fi techno beats and some soft-edged but hard-hitting electro-pop; listen to “Why” below and look out for an EP release via Downtown Records early next year.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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