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Sunday, 21st of October, 2018

Playlist 21.10.18 (8:07 pm)

Experimental pop, industrial noise, power ambient, sound art, almost-inhuman percussion and more tonight.

LISTEN AGAIN to this transport of delight... stream on demand from FBi, podcast here.

Neneh Cherry - Deep Vein Thrombosis [Smalltown Supersound]
Neneh Cherry - Kong [Smalltown Supersound]
Neneh Cherry - Slow Release [Smalltown Supersound]
After her stunning comeback in 2012 with Scandinavian power jazz trio The Thing, Neneh Cherry dropped a solo album in 2014 with minimalist music from Rocketnumbernine and production from Four Tet. Four years on, her new album Broken Politics is again produced by Four Tet, and this time his signature sounds - particularly that folktronic hip-hop-influenced vibe of a decade and a half ago - are very much to the fore. It's typically tasteful work though, highlighting the mature, incisive songwriting of Cherry and her longtime partner Cameron "Booga Bear" McVey. I was worried that it couldn't top the fantastic lead single "Kong", with the distinctive co-writing/production of Massive Attack's 3D aka Robert Del Naja, but there are plenty of equals to that song on here - it's that strong an album.

Reuben Ingall - Another Space Song [Feral Media]
Sydney label Feral Media recently released the first of their covers EPs - only on streaming services at the moment - and here we have Canberra's Reuben Ingall doing one of his distinctive and touching covers, this time of '90s alt-rockers Failure.

Borja Flames - Quién es Quién w/ Marion Cousin [Les Disques du Festival Permanent]
Borja Flames - Aventuras [Les Disques du Festival Permanent]
Spanish musician Borja Flames has been based in France for over a decade now. In Spain he played in an experimental group called Belmonde, and in France he formed the duo June et Jim with Marion Cousin, who we've heard on this show with Gaspar Claus, on whose label Les Disques du Festival Permanent this very quirky album is released. Experimental and strange electronic arrangements, yet with catchy songs that draw from the Spanish songwriting tradition. Very cool.

Puce Mary - The Size Of Our Desires [PAN]
Puce Mary - Slouching Uphill [PAN]
Danish industrial noise artist Puce Mary has a bunch of releases by now on her native Copenhagen's Posh Isolation, but this is her first to appear on the influential PAN. It's a masterwork of dynamics, of tortured howls and sinister spoken word, low synth drones, sampled orchestras, simple percussion and power electronics. One I think I'll be revisiting a bit in coming months.

Uboa - Thigh High Cat Tights [Art As Catharsis]
Uboa - I Can't Love Anymore [Art As Catharsis]
Uboa - The Sky May Be (Entropy) [Art As Catharsis]
Melbourne musician Xandra Metcalfe has released a remarkable album as Uboa on Sydney label Art As Catharsis this month. Drawing from Metcalfe's experiences as a trans person in a cisnormative society, and dealing with issues around mental illness, it teeters and sways between harsh, glitched noise and dreamy layered ambience. It's all the more powerful for this dual nature. The first two tracks represent the two sides: "Thigh High Cat Tights" is power electronics and extreme metal glitched in a way that recalls Jim Plotkin's early 2000s Atomsmasher/Phantomsmasher releases, while "I Can't Love Anymore" has fragile, layered vocal drones and spoken word. Meanwhile the second half is a suite bearing the album's title, and "Entropy" takes us down the spiral into a very dark place.

Attilio Novellino - Neurofeedback Radiations [Midira Records]
Attilio Novellino - Satan Is Always Happy [Midira Records]
Attilio Novellino - Perceptual Experience Of The Body [Midira Records]
Attilio Novellino - You Falling [Midira Records]
Attilio Novellino - Amygdala Poetry [Midira Records]
Italian avant-garde producer Attilio Novellino creates dense soundscapes and sound-art, with on this album a slew of collaborators. In a continuous set of tracks we move from glitchy, sparse sound-art to various forms of drone and power ambient, heavy drone-rock passages, and later some ambient glitchy piano. If you loved early Tim Hecker you need to hear this (and if you didn't, shame on you).

Giulio Aldinucci - Aphasic Semiotics [Karlrecords]
Giulio Aldinucci - Mute Serenade [Karlrecords]
Giulio Aldinucci - The Burning Alphabet [Karlrecords]
For a few albums' worth now, Italian experimental musician Giulio Aldinucci has been exploring full-spectrum drone works built from looped choral phrases. Last year's Borders And Ruins was a revelation, and somehow his new album Disappearing In A Mirror transcends even those heights. Aldinucci's control over the small loops he samples, and the variation and urgency he pulls from the layering & processing of those source sounds is incredible. He knows what he's doing, that's for sure!

Eli Keszler - Measurement Doesn't Change The System At All [Shelter Press]
Eli Keszler - Simple Act Of Inverting The Episode [Shelter Press]
Eli Keszler - Fifty Four To Madrid [Shelter Press]
New York percussionist Eli Keszler has made a name across the avant-garde world for his ear-bending, mutating percussion work. On Stadium, his new album for Shelter Press, his kit blurs into a nearly non-stop cloud of motion, like a live version of the technology-aided drill'n'bass of Animals on Wheels, but all performed live. Across this album there are little electronic melodies, slow-moving tuned percussion basslines, and astonishing filigree drum work, which mostly stays at a middling level of controlled energy rather than bursting into showy riffs and breaks.

Penelope Trappes - Kismet [Houndstooth, preview courtesy of The Wire]
Originally from the Northern Rivers of NSW (so a little bit too far to be within FBi's local zone), Penelope Trappes moved to New York a while ago, and is now based in London. Her first solo album Penelope One came out through Optimo Music last year, and Penelope Two drops on Houndstooth at the end of the month. Her work is a curious amalgam of field recordings, surging ambient work and vocals. This preview track comes from the latest cover CD The Wire Tapper 48 out with legendary experimental music magazine The Wire (now apparently Adventures In Underground Music).

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Sunday, 14th of October, 2018

Playlist 14.10.18 (8:14 pm)

Music from all around the world tonight, amazing & adventurous stuff...

LISTEN AGAIN and be transported... Stream on demand from FBi, podcast over here.

Maarja Nuut & Ruum - Haned kadunud [130701]
Maarja Nuut & Ruum - Käed-mäed [130701]
Maarja Nuut & Ruum - Muutuja [130701]
The remarkable Estonian singer & violinist Maarja Nuut actually visited Sydney at the beginning of this year as part of Sydney Festival. I was lucky to - almost accidentally - get to see her playing at the Harry Seidler house in Milson's Point, and she played a wonderful set of Estonian folk music and her own folk-inspired music with her beautiful and eerie storytelling.
This album with fellow Estonian musician Hendrik Kaljujärv aka Ruum, aided & abetted by the electronic processing of Evar Anvelt and production guidance from Howie B takes them deep into the wilds of the Utility Fog homeland - electronic folk, folktronica, call it what you will... In any case, it's an intoxicating concoction where Nuut's violin & vocals are sometimes looped (as with her solo sets), sometimes accompanied by a wide range of keyboards & percussion and other instruments, and often processed and edited in the studio. A really exciting discovery which I hope doesn't slip under the radar!

Jerusalem In My Heart - Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam, Pt. II (excerpt), Pt. III & Pt. IV [Constellation]
Jerusalem In My Heart - Yudaghdegh El-ra3ey Walal-Ghanam (He Titilates the Shepherd, but not the Sheep...) [Constellation]
Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart - In Touch [Secretly Canadian]
Jerusalem In My Heart - A Granular Buzuk [Constellation]
Jerusalem In My Heart - Thahab, Mish Roujou', Thahab [Constellation]
The new album from Monréal/Beirut musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh as Jerusalem In My Heart (in fact an audio-visual duo with 16mm film from Charles-André Coderre when performing live) continues his exploration, deconstruction and augmentation of Arabic/Middle-Eastern music. This time the first half (side A of the vinyl) is taken up by an interpretation of the popular Egyptian song "Ya Garat Al Wadi" by Mohammed Abdel Wahab, performed by a 15-piece orchestra in Beirut and arranged & directed by the legendary Montréal/Cairo musician Sam Shalabi, along with Moumneh's distinctive vocals and his glitchy production taking over by part III. The second side is more standard JIMH fare - a percussive track, a solo vocal track in which the vocals are pitch-shifted against themselves, and glitched up in the gaps between the phrases... I thought this singular artist needed a bit of a celebration tonight, so we heard highlights from his first two albums as well as a piece from the 2015 collaboration with Canadian kraut/psych rock band Suuns.

Sam Slater - Wrong Airport Ghost [Bedroom Community]
Sam Slater - Subway Lion [Bedroom Community]
Berlin-based English composer/producer Sam Slater started work on this album exploring a single-stringed instrument in Rajasthan, working with the musician Krishna Bhopa on unravelling the sonic possibilities of the instrument. Although the album was recorded in Bedroom Community's studio in Iceland, and it has a certain something from the windswept ambient/post-classical/post-rock music that emanates from there, the music certainly also bears the marks of its Central Asian origins. It's an interesting piece mixing electro-acoustic sound-art and a kind of washed-out Icelandic take on Berlin's industrial ambient/techno of the moment.

CUTS - Carbon [Village Green Recordings]
CUTS - Drowning [Village Green Recordings]
Anthony Tombling Jr's ambient/electronic project CUTS has released two EPs on Village Green Recordings, and his new EP A Slow Decay precedes and pre-empts the album A Gradual Decline coming in November. He claims the album's influence is the copying-and-degrading process of William Basinski's Disintegration Loops, and that's audible here, although the occasional crunchy beats and even more occasional female spoken words bring more of a '90s electronic/shoegaze influence of a sort. It's nice stuff and I'm looking forward to the album.

Lowtide - Southern Mind (Ulrich Schnauss Remix) [Rice Is Nice Records]
Nice to see Melbourne shoegazers Lowtide enlisting Ulrich Schnauss to remix the title track from their recent album on Rice Is Nice. With a classic shoegaze feel, it doesn't take much to bring the Ulrich sound - drum processing, cavernous reverb, and then the characteristic delightful synths drop...

Madeleine Cocolas - Kolářová, Letters from Portugal [bigo & twigetti]
Madeleine Cocolas - Pollock, Autumn Rhythm No. 30 [bigo & twigetti]
Ex-pat Aussie Madeleine Cocolas has been based in Northern America for some time now - for a while in Vancouver, and now comfortably ensconced in New York City. Her latest album Metropolitan is an ambitious and beautiful project to render some of her favourite artworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She worked with programmer Gregory Long on software that converts images to sound (source code here) based on pre-determined parameters, which produced data that could be used to generate melodies, or instructions about dynamnics, distortion etc. I'd love to have played more, but we heard the interpretation of Běla Kolářová's photograph of her hair in "Letters from Portugal", in which the software produces melodic lines from the shape of the strands of hair, with noise and other textural detail added by Cocolas; and her take on Jackson Pollock's "Autumn Rhythm No. 30", using a software-generated marimba line to represent the chaotic elements of the art, and a beautiful piano composition overlaid on top as her emotive reaction to the harmony and balance of the artwork. The rest of the album follows this approach - process-based abstraction of the artwork tempered with a musical and emotional artistic response to the works. It's out this Friday and I recommend you buy the digital version and take in the descriptions and reproductions of the artwork in the digital booklet along with the music.

K-Mak - Play With Me [K-Mak Bandcamp]
Kathryn McKee is a Brisbane cellist who has moved her work into the electronic pop realm over the last few years. Her new material sees her adopting the name K-Mak, and this new single comes with an evocative video with dancers. It's a lovely piece of electronic pop with rhythmic sampled vocals and breakbeats along with operatic vocals, and if you listen for it you'll hear her cello playing a substantial role. Looking forward to more to come.

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Sunday, 7th of October, 2018

Playlist 07.10.18 (8:09 pm)

Lots of great beats tonight, plus a chat with Melbourne musician Zoltan Fecso...

LISTEN AGAIN for an excellent interview and sounds from experimental to dancefloor (of a sort). Stream on demand from FBi, podcast here.

JK Flesh - Earlier Form of Life (excerpt) [Electric Deluxe]
JK Flesh - Different Species [Electric Deluxe]
The mighty Justin K Broadrick, of countless acts across the spectrum of metal/grindcore, industrial, techno, dub, drum'n'bass and more, has his latest JK Flesh album out through Speedy J's Electric Deluxe. It's noisy, but precision-tooled techno, with the dub delays never far away. Awesome.

Temp-Illusion - Macabre [Zabte Sote]
NUM - Tinted With Sore [Zabte Sote]
Ixuol - InTec_06 [Zabte Sote]
Since 2002, Ata Ebtekar aka Sote has made incredible forward-thinking music. Based for a while in the US, he moved back to Tehran sometime ago, and has now started up his Zabte Sote label to showcase the incredibly fruitful experimental electronic music scene that Iran has been producing in recent years. The massive 4 cassette, nearly 4-hour long compilation Girih: Iranian Sound Artists Volumes I-IV showcases many artists I've come across in the last few years, and many I'm very excited to be introduced to. So Temp-Illusion are an experimental electronic duo from Tehran, with a great piece of crunchy techno which follows on nicely from the JK Flesh. NUM remind me here of the wonderful 9T Antiope (present on the compilation in duo form and each member solo too) - they are Milad Bagheri and Maryam Sirvan, originally from the mountains of northern Iran, and now based in Tbilisi, Georgia, where they are able to find more of an audience for their electro-acoustic, experimental songs. And Ixuol is a semi-mysterious artist based in the USA, also known as Arastoo, whose track here is granular and beautiful and takes us nicely into Zoltan Fecso's music...
I cannot recommend this compilation highly enough. Get into it!

Zoltan Fecso - Pont [Hush Hush Records]
...interview with Zoltan Fecso...
Zoltan Fecso - A Study of Distance (under interview) [Hush Hush Records]
Zoltan Fecso - Shimmer Raga [Hush Hush Records]
Really great to talk to Melbourne musician Zoltan Fecso on the show tonight. He's up to launch his EP Shimmer Raga, released on Seattle Label Hush Hush Records recently - come to 107 Redfern this Wednesday the 10th of October, where you can also see Sydney-based, originally Dutch artist Julien Mier with foley artist Miki Takahashi, and the excellent Sydney sound-artist Alexandra Spence. Listen to the stream/podcast to hear Zoltan talking about the hybrid guitar/Novation Launchpad that he's created, and his process of creating hypnotic, calming music from sampled guitar notes floating out of phase with each other to produce slow melodies and harmonies.

Roel Funcken - Cober Blue (Julien Mier Rmx) [Touched Music]
As mentioned, Julien Mier is also playing on Wednesday night. This track comes from Dear of the Yog a collection of remixes of Roel Funcken (from Funckarma), released this year through UK idm charity fundraiser label Touched Music. It sounds nothing like what Julien will be doing on Wednesday night, but segues nicely into the drum'n'bass part of the show...

Collocutor - "Here" (Maurizio Ravalico remix: A Fanfare for the End of the XX Century) [Maurizio Ravalico Bandcamp]
Maurizio Ravalico is a UK-based percussionist who plays with Icarus' Sam Britton in the bewilderingly-named, bewildering-sounding Fiium Shaarrk, a kind of jazz/electro-acoustic/electronic group. In keeping with the Icarus connection, Ravalico is a longtime drum'n'bass fan, and enlists Italian junglist Enjoy to remix one of his tracks on his new EP entitled A Momentary Convergence of Differently Paced Trajectories - but he also reworks tracks by both Fiium Shaarrk and also here the "modal jazz" ensemble he also plays with, Collocutor. He leaves the craziest break-juggling to the last minute or two!

Last Life - The Worst Awakening [Samurai Music]
Handmade Weapons - Subcept (RIP) [Samura Music]
Es.tereo - LV 426 [Samurai Music]
Samurai Music, in their various side-label guises and as the newly re-merged entity, are one of the most groundbreaking labels in the 170bpm, jungle/drum'n'bass/techno space from the last decade. They celebrated their 10th birthday with Phase 1 of the Samurai Music Decade late last year, and have now released Phase 2, another excellent set of music ranging from half-time/jungle hybrid jittery tracks like the one from Sardinian producer Last Life to storming bass/jungle stuff like Leipzig's Es.tereo and more.
Meanwhile, one of the most exciting producers to emerge from the Samurai Music stable is Seattle's Handmade Weapons, whose latest EP Subcept just dropped too - four tracks of lethal breaks and bass, including the "RIP" title track.

Blackfilm - Deep Roots [Denovali]
Also in the dubby drum'n'bass vein is Hungarian producer Blackfilm. His collaboration with legendary Italian dub (and sometimes d'n'b) producer Eraldo Bernocchi has just been re-released by Denovali on vinyl, along with new album Zero One Seven. It's dark but not unrelentingly so, and there's some more jazzy drum'n'bass vibes in some tracks too - all very nice!

Cassius Select - Slang [Plastic World]
He's left us for his hometown of Toronto, but we'll always feel like Lavurn Lee has some Sydney in him. The new Slang EP continues the Cassius Select sound - bass, grime, uk garage-influenced techno with shards of vocal samples and start-stop beats.

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Sunday, 30th of September, 2018

Playlist 30.09.18 (9:16 pm)

Back after two weeks away on different tours... life is crazy, the US is a disaster, the Australian government is a disaster, of our national broadcast the less said the better... but the music goes on! And at least one of the best albums of the year was released in the last few weeks!

LISTEN AGAIN to the gritty drones and yearning songs and weep for joy... Podcast here, stream on demand from FBi.

Low - Always Trying To Work It Out [Sub Pop]
Low - Rome (Always In The Dark) [Sub Pop]
Low - Disarray [Sub Pop]
It was hinted at on the last beautiful Low album Ones and Sixes, but their new album Double Negative takes the long-lived husband + wife + bass slowcore legends into extreme experimental electronic territory, and it's incredibly strong for it. It's still centred on their impossibly gorgeous harmonies and heart-pulling melodies (and lyrics), but everything's frequently buried under a haze of glitchy drones, distorted drums sidechained against the rest of the mix, vocals sometimes competing against white noise, electronics taking over from guitars... All this chaos is partially drawn from their interest in stretching their sonic landscape, but it's also a direct expression of the despair and cognitive dissonance of living in an America post-Trump. Album of the year, quite possibly.

Clue To Kalo - There's No Radio [Data Door]
It's absolutely lovely to have some new music from Adelaide's Mark Mitchell aka Clue To Kalo. His first release was as Superscience (not to be confused with Supersilent, more of whom later) in 2000 - more explicitly indietronica or idm at the time - but he's been Clue To Kalo (a nerdy reference to the comics of Seth) for a long time now. This is perfect joyful pop, in which the electronic trickery is magically kept in the shadows, audible if you listen carefully. It's a delight.

Sigrún - Anneal Me [Sigrún Bandcamp]
Sigrún - Vitahringur [Sigrún Bandcamp]
Sigrún - Haltu Fast [Sigrún Bandcamp]
Sigrún - II [Sigrún Bandcamp]
I can't tell you a lot about Sigrún - she's an Icelandic producer and singer who's released a few EPs since 2016, and her debut album Onælan has just come out on her Bandcamp. She's toured with the likes of Björk, Sigur Rós and co, and her music owes a little to them but is very much a force of nature unto itself. She's comfortable mashing up jungle beats or smashing out bursts of bass and glitchy electronics, all the while layering her own vocals onto these productions. Very contemporary for all its nods to the Icelandic pioneers of the last couple of decades. Highly recommended.

Jlin - First Overture (Spiritual Atom) [Planet µ]
Jlin - Anamnesis (Part 2) [Planet µ]
Hailing from Gary, Indiana, just down Lake Michigan from Chicago proper, Jerrilynn Patton aka Jlin plied her trade as a groundbreaking footwork producer outside of the core suburbs and dance clubs of the genre. Her new album is an audio document of her soundtrack to a new work from legendary choreographer Wayne McGregor called Autobiography and it's an opportunity for her to stretch her compositional and production talents outside of the skittering snares and kick drums of footwork (a genre she's already stretched near to breaking point). And spread her wings she does, with crystalline ambient and field recordings, quasi-classical scene-setting and rhythm programming reaching in all directions. It's a tour de force.

Síria - Amor de Quem [Crónica]
Síria - Gloria [Crónica]
Diana Combo, previously known as Eosin, makes music using vinyl records, field recordings and occasional droney noisemakers of her own along with her vocals. Her new album for Portuguese experimental label Crónica sees her creating beautifully mysterious compositions using a series of avant-garde and experimental works from vinyl, crossing the experimental cello & drones of the great Svarte Greiner with the avant-garde composition of Antoine Chessex on the first track, and the spaced-out guitar & drones of Los Niños Muertos (André Tasso and Bruno Humberto) on the second - which incidentally really is a cover of the Patti Smith classic. Punk as fuck.

Tim Hecker - This life [Kranky]
I feel like saying this is the long-awaited new Tim Hecker album, and maybe so, but it's only been 2 years since his last. Nevertheless, I've been anticipating it, and it lives up to that nicely. Recorded in a temple in the outskirts of Tokyo with the ensemble Tokyo Gakuso, this album does add traditional Japanese textures to the suspended, slow-moving sound-sculpture of the Canadian master. He's also joined by fellow Canadian electronics expert Kara-Lis Coverdale on synths, as with his last album. This music falls somewhere between glitchy drone and post-rock, with a real emotional heft. It's that cliché of music as a soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist. Let the backs of your eyelids be the cinema screen...

Klara Lewis & Simon Fisher Turner - Mend [Editions Mego]
Young Swedish electronic artist Klara Lewis (incidentally daughter of Wire luminary Edvard Graham Lewis, a fact many of us didn't pick up on until we'd been thoroughly hooked by her music) turned many heads in the last few years with her electronic productions with one foot in the techno/experimental beats world and one in the land of sound-art. Simon Fisher Turner has been making music for 4 1/2 decades, first as a quirky pop singer and then as a soundtrack writer and exploratory producer of drones and glitches and cut-ups across goth, industrial, ambient, classical and who knows what else. It's evidently a match made in heaven - and it's impossible to really work out who contributes what: while something about the ecstatic, stretched-out pads here seems so clearly redolent of SFT's work, there's also something about the half-submerged production that is clearly reminiscent of Lewis' previous sounds. Wonderful.

Craün - Uto [Hush Hush Records]
The third album from Greek-born, Sydney-based producer Aris Hatsidakis aka Craün is not out until December, but we have a beautiful piece to play you tonight. It will be released as with his last two on Seattle's Hush Hush Records, and it's a poised piece of crackly drones, field recordings and a lonely electric violin. One to listen out for!

Supersilent - 14.7 [Smalltown Supersound]
Supersilent - 14.3 [Smalltown Supersound]
Having defected for their last couple of releases from Rune Grammofon to fellow Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound, legendary ambient improv ensemble Supersilent haven't lost any of their central characteristics - the exquisite melodic trumpet & occasional voice of Arve Henriksen, the glacial production & electronics of Helge Sten aka Deathprod, and the keyboards and electronics of Ståle Storløkken. Perhaps the most notable thing is how short most of the tracks - little epics of Scandinavian ice sculpture. They have their sound down pat now, varying how ambient, how much noise to throw in (although it's never as raucous as their first 3 offerings), yet always offering otherworldly beauty.

Arve Henriksen - is there a limit for the internal? [Rune Grammofon]
Solo, Arve Henriksen remains on Rune Grammofon with his latest, the height of the reeds, melding ambient, electronic and classical here with his falsetto vocals and trumpet. It's strange & bewitching, some of his best work in a while.

Panoptique Electrical - Stay [Panoptique Electrical Bandcamp]
Beautiful new single track from versatile Adelaide producer/composer/songwriter Jason Sweeney, mostly normalised for his solo work under the Panoptique Electrical alias. Here he gives us a piece of ambient classical composition with strings and wind instruments, fully engrossing.

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Sunday, 9th of September, 2018

Playlist 09.09.18 (9:10 pm)

After tonight I'm away interstate for two weeks doing touring stuff. Lots of great music tonight, and my fill-in peeps will have plenty of interesting stuff for you in the interim!

LISTEN AGAIN and then go back and listen to some other shows, but also listen to the show in my absence because it's always cool people m'kay? Stream on demand at the FBi website and podcast over here.

Original Past Life - Wire Fatigue [Original Past Life Bandcamp]
A fantastic piece of slightly menacing instrumental rock/sound from Perth's Original Past Life, based around a heavy drum sample (of themselves). OPL feature members of some semi-legendary Perth postrock outfits. Their new album is on its way, and if this is any indicator, it'll be fantastic!

Ned Collette - Stateless Brave [It Records]
Ned Collette - Oh Man [It Records]
Two more tracks from the wonderful new album from Melbourne/Berlin experimental songsmith Ned Collette. I was talking to Chris Abrahams just today and he mentioned that he's hearing quite a bit of Robert Wyatt in Ned's music now, as well as Leonard Cohen, and I can hear that for sure - along with other obvious touchstones like late Talk Talk. Ned's an expert at unusual chord progressions and surprising melodic twists, and here we also hear the more chaotic sonic experimentation he's gotten up to.

Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad - Pulser [Grappa]
Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad - Hymn [Grappa]
Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad - Ritual #3 [Grappa]
Norway and Sweden produce an unseemly amount of incredible music. I've played a lot of brilliant jazz & experimental music from Norway in the past, and amazingly none of the improvising vocalists I'm familiar with seem to actually be members of Trondheim Voices. Using wireless devices called maccatrols devised by Asle Karstad that allow each singer to pitch-shift, loop and add delay/reverb to their voices as they move around a performing space, the singers have created an engrossing, shifting, kaleidoscopic selection of pieces for their stunning new album Rooms & Rituals. Fantastic discovery.

Oliver Coates - Prairie [RVNG/Bandcamp]
Oliver Coates - Faraday Monument [RVNG/Bandcamp]
Oliver Coates - Cello Renoise (feat. Chrysanthemum Bear) [RVNG/Bandcamp]
Named after a legendary nightclub from the rave years and a planet from the Marvel Comics universe, the new album from London cellist Oliver Coates wears some of its influences on its sleeve. The first track tonight, a lovely piece of ambient cello, is a bit of a misdirection - there's lots of joyful rave stuff on here, beats that veer from Squarepusher-like programmed breakbeats to lovely ambient techno. Frequent collaborator Chrysanthemum Bear contributes some wordless vocals, and there's a pleasing amount of cello mixed in with the programmed beats and synth pads.

Derek Piotr - koli [Derek Piotr Bandcamp]
Derek Piotr - pure [Derek Piotr Bandcamp]
Derek Piotr - DZ [Derek Piotr Bandcamp]
The new album grunt from Derek Piotr is described on the release page as posthuman #voicenoise, and that's as good an explanation as any. The artist is known for his work with processed vocals, sometimes veering into more electro-pop territory, but this new album is as granular and experimental as he gets. In fact on the first couple of listens I was convinced it was mainly synthesized electronic sound, but knowing that the sources still lean heavily on the voice, it's easy to hear that. Highly recommended for a discombobulating journey into complex sonic destruction and a contrast to Trondheim Voices!

Andreas Lutz - Analog Read [KASUA Records]
Andreas Lutz - Nulled Fields [KASUA Records]
German artist Andreas Lutz brings us malfunctioning machines on his new album Binary Supremacy - on our first selection, a computerised voice spitting out numbers while drum machines scatter quasi-rhythmic patterns and a ravey bassline gradually asserts itself. Elsewhere, the rhythm is built from individual drum machine hits and little shards of sound over a blurry drone and muffled piano notes.

Automatisme - Bureau 1 [Constellation/Bandcamp]
Automatisme - Transport 1 [Constellation/Bandcamp]
Automatisme - Bureau 0 [Constellation/Bandcamp]
It's really nice hearing legendary Montréal postrock label Constellation widening its scope to release glitchy electronic artists and the like these days. Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec-based producer William Jourdain draws a lot from the glitch-dub artists of the '90s and early '00s - I hear a lot of Vladislav Delay in these tracks, particularly in the way the rhythms are spattered on the canvas, but it's more than just aping a style, for all that it sounds like the music from that glorious heyday a (gulp) couple of decades ago...

Isama Zing - Stock Hausen [The Wire/SHAPE Platform]
Bérangère Maximin - The Broken Shoe [The Wire/SHAPE Platform]
Two European experimental artists courtesy of the bonus CD attached to the October 2018 edition of The Wire, one of the recurring compilations provided by SHAPE Platform (Sound and Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe!). Slovakian artist Isama Zing deconstructs dance music styles and seems to be equally referencing the 20th century electronic composer and the English sampladelic pranksters Stock, Hausen & Walkman... French sound artist Bérangère Maximin gives us a welcome new work, somewhat musique concrète in its composition.

Maxim Shalygin - Horns (Machineabriek remix) [Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Frequent visitor to UFog playlists Machineabriek here finds himself remixing a new work by Ukrainian born composer Maxim Shalygin, performed by Shapeshift Ensemble. Lacrimosa or 13 magic songs is composed for seven violins, but they are augmented by Rutger Zuydervelt with percussion and electronics for this remix.

101BPM - Rarn [Countersunk]
This is the second track from the 101 Beats Per Minute project put together by Irish producer Dunk Murphy of Sunken Foal etc. I think it may again be him, this time in his Minced Oath guise - it's a lovely piece of minimalist electronics and a submerged percussion loop.

Paul Mac & Andy Rantzen - The Currawong Shall Return (excerpt) [Longform Editions]
The duo of Paul Mac & Andy Rantzen is best known as Sydney rave pioneers Itch-E & Scratch-E. This is from their contribution to the new label run by the peeps behind legendary Sydney label Preservation - Longform Editions, dedicated to encouraging artists to create music in a more extended fashion, and encouraging listeners to concentrate on one single piece of audio work for an extended length of time. Paul & Andy have produced a beautiful and eerie work out of time-stretched sounds including the very attenuated cry of the currawong. It's 35 minutes in total, so you'll have to settle down & listen to the whole thing for yourself!

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