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Lingua Franca, The Ruination (ATL), Michael Potter

Lingua Franca is the solo hip hop project of linguist Mariah Parker, whose scientific fixation with hip hop language is obvious in the intricate rhymes she drizzles over boom bap beats.

Sprawling Atlanta outfit the Ruination knows no musical boundaries, flirting heavily and in equal measure with flighty dub reggae, psych-spiced freak-outs, free jazz firepower, freewheeling jam rock, and druggy downtempo rhythms. It's a hot, glorious mess of a sound that astonishingly manages to hold its shifting shape, even when laden with the headiest of grooves. Imagine the lo-fi bedroom dub of recent underground acts like Sun Araw, only amped up to 11. This is some no-nonsense shit. - Gabe Vodicka, Creative Loafing

Michael Potter has been recording noise, drone, and experimental music since the mid '90s. Taking up the name The Electric Nature sometime in the late aughts, he's used the moniker for several groups of live performers, as well as a plethora of home and studio recordings. Currently focusing on solo acoustic performance, Potter is well-handed in a blend of ambient folk, American Primitive, and extended technique guitar styles. A languid and pastoral, yet still visceral and immediate design, indebted as much to older players like John Fahey and Robbie Basho as to more modern pickers like Glenn Jones, Jim O'Rourke, and Jack Rose.


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