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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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Sunday, 2nd of September, 2018

Playlist 02.09.18 (8:59 pm)

This week, Utility Fog, like my beautiful hosts FBi Radio, turns 15! It's been an amazing one and a half decades, and I hope to continue much longer, bringing you great, interesting music from all around the world.

LISTEN AGAIN and stop living in the past - it's 2018 now, get with it. Stream on demand from the birthday station, podcast right here?

Oren Ambarchi, Konrad Sprenger, Phillip Sollmann - Suez (Version) [A-TON/Bandcamp]
Here we find Sydney/Melbourne/the world's Oren Ambarchi in minimal kosmische mode, working with two German composer/producers. Konrad Sprenger's real name is Jörg Hiller; he works with minimalist composers among others; Phillip Sollmann is best known as minimal/deep house & techno producer Efdemin, and this EP is released on A-TON, the experimental side-label of the label run out of Berlin cult club Berghain. This ain't techno (or deep house), but it's got the pedigree.

Kajsa Lindgren - Stratus (remix by David Granström) [Hyperdelia/Bandcamp]
Kajsa Lindgren - Cocoon (Cotton) (remix by Félicia Atkinson) [Hyperdelia/Bandcamp]
Swedish experimental electronic artist Kajsa Lindgren hands over the sounds from her album WOMB (which I'm going to check out asap) to some really interesting artists for this remix EP. Fellow Swede David Granström brings his algorithmic electronics to bear with a beautiful piece of imposing ambience, swaying between low and high, aleatoric yet melodic. And Félicia Atkinson creates one of her disturbing not-quite-peaceful ASMR soundscapes, perfectly constructed as ever.

Sonae - Majority Vote (Electric Indigo Remix) [Monika Enterprise]
Sonae - Soul Eater (Natalie TBA Berizde Remix) [Monika Enterprise]
Sonia Güttler aka Sonae released her excellent second album I Started Wearing Black earlier this year on Berlin's Monika Enterprise, and now we have a four-track remix album with some top female producers. Electric Indigo, founder of female:pressure, gives us some lovely beats and melodic electronics, while Georgian Natalie Berizde (aka TBA) mixes ambient piano with cavernous bass and electronic percussion and skittery mid-range sounds, plus some nostalgic keyboards, giving it a kind of vaporwavey fourth world vibe.

R.A.N. - Ay [Karlrecords/Bandcamp]
R.A.N. - Sabah [Karlrecords/Bandcamp]
R.A.N. aka Roads At Night is the alias of Hüma Utku, originally from Istanbul and currently based in Berlin (because isn't everyone?). Her music combines traditional instruments with distorted industrial electronics (a typical Berlin sound at the moment), field recordings and even some post-classical piano. It's very cinematic and evokes her personal experiences and reflections on the turmoil and devastation around the Middle East.

Yair Etziony - Gesundbrunnen Ghosts [False Industries/Bandcamp]
Faction - Inside Out [Neo Ouija]
Yair Etziony - Imperium Romanum (Alec Empire Remix) [False Industries/Bandcamp]
Yair Etziony - Macrocosmos [Lamour]
Israeli producer Yair Etziony has been active in the electronic music scene for a decade and a half, and is now based in... where else than Berlin. And his music has taken a decided turn for the dark and distorted. This year has been a big one, as he's released a remix album with both older electronica types and Berlin artists including the legendary Alec Empire... and also two new albums, one on his own False Industries and now another on Swedish label Lamour. In the early 2000s he was one half of idm/glitch duo Faction with Rani Golan, who released The End of Tel Aviv on Neo Ouija - a minimalist, glitchy sound with clicky beats, quite removed from what Etziony is doing nowadays, which is inspired by Berlin's industrial techno/ambient scene, albeit at times with a lighter touch. The new album As Above So Below was recorded with only a limited amount of hardware, a Eurorack modular system plus a Roland drum machine and synth.

Broken Chip - Reneform [Flaming Pines]
Broken Chip - Nothing To See Here [Feral Media]
Option Command - Polybell Strategy [King Deluxe]
Broken Chip - there's always tomorrow [Broken Chip Bandcamp]
Broken Chip - Forest Floor [Flaming Pines]
Broken Chip - Unlocked [Flaming Pines]
Martyn Palmer has produced lovely ambient music out of the Blue Mountains as Broken Chip for about a decade, and it's lovely to have a new album from him, out soon on the excellent Flaming Pines label with whom he's had a relationship for quite a while. Martyn's music treads that great line with ambient music where it's peaceful and beautiful and delicate, but still has excellent weird little distortions and disturbances that make it even more interesting. For a time Martyn also made excellent wonky beats as Option Command, and I hope there's some more of that in him too...

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Sunday, 26th of August, 2018

Playlist 26.08.18 (9:16 pm)

Mostly lots of evocative music tonight, whether folk, folktronica, electronica or psychedelic jazz...

LISTEN AGAIN because you know you love it. Stream on demand from FBi or podcast here.

Ned Collette - June [It Records]
Ned Collette - Grant's Farm [It Records]
It's an absolute delight to have a new Ned Collette album, even if it's taken a little longer than he'd hoped to get it released. I've been following Ned since the days of City City City, the quirky indie/postrock group that also featured Joe Talia. He's an extremely talented songwriter with an experimental sensibility and a down-to-earth singing style. On this album a number of tracks feature the inimitable Chris Abrahams on piano, recorded when both were in Berlin - Chris's minimalist pianistic gestures are perfectly suited to the extended repetitiveness of "June", with its slow build dropping to a long quiet coda.

Tunng - Dream Out [Fulltime Hobby]
Tunng - Flatland [Fulltime Hobby]
Tunng - Tale From Black [Static Caravan]
Tunng - Sweet William [Fulltime Hobby]
Tunng - Little King (feat. Summit) [disco_r.dance]
LUMP - Shake Your Shelter / LUMP Is A Product [Dead Oceans]
Tunng - Evaporate [Fulltime Hobby]
Tunng - Like Water [Fulltime Hobby]
A band that have been with me since, if not the first year of this show then certainly the second. I was absolutely bowled over when I heard the first single from English duo (as they were at the time) Tunng, "Tale From Black" in 2004. It was the perfect combination of arcane English folk songwriting (as it sounded to me) and contemporary, glitchy electronic production - and not just electronic backing, but guitars and other acoustic instruments melded into the sound. Somewhere along the way, a few albums later, Tunng seemed to lose their way, with original songwriter Sam Genders leaving, and the songs became a kind of campfire folk festival folk. But this new album reunites produced Mike Lindsay with Sam Genders, along with the members of the original live band, and it's just lovely.
In celebration of this reunion of sorts, I'm going back to the archives, staring with that first stunner of a song, then with something from their equally excellent second album, and a bit of a rarity from an old compilation. Meanwhile, this year Mike Lindsay also put out a super quirky and super catchy release with another English folky songwriter, Laura Marling, as LUMP.

101BPM - Lonely Water [Countersunk]
Here's a new project convened by Irish producer Dunk Murphy of Sunken Foal, Ambulance and various other projects that I've played over the years on the 'Fog. This one sees a big collective of artists semi-anonymously releasing music weekly(!) under the banner of 101BPM, all tracks of course at that tempo. Not sure yet whether artists will be remixing each other or anything, but anything Murphy's involved with is usually lovely. You can see who else is involved (so far) at the release page.

New Optimism - Dr.My-Ho [Phantom Limb]
New Optimism - Jet Setters [Phantom Limb]
Miho Hatori is best known as the singer in Cibo Matto and also the voice of Noodle in Gorillaz. With these associations (Cibo Matto also collaborated with the Beastie Boys), it's no surprise the tracks on her solo EP as New Optimism have low-slung grooves and rock-meets-hip-hop arrangements accompanying her Japanese & English singing. Super fun stuff.

Hekla - Hatur [Phantom Limb]
Hekla - Muddle [Phantom Limb]
An Icelandic musician based in Berlin, Hekla Magnúsdóttir is a virtuoso on the theremin, and loops and occasionally processes her instrument (and voice) to create bass rumbles and extraordinary melodies as well as singing in her native language. Her album Á is evocative and unique and you should totally check it out.

Szun Waves - New Hymn To Freedom [The Leaf Label]
Szun Waves - Through Stars Into Voids [Szun Waves Bandcamp]
Szun Waves - Temple [The Leaf Label]
Earlier this year I had Sydney drummer Laurence Pike on the show to talk about his new solo album released on The Leaf Label. Pike is of course best known as drummer in PVT and once upon a time post-jazz explorers Triosk. Szun Waves is jazz of a somewhat different stripe - freeform, psychedelic jazz with the modular electronics of Luke Abbott and the expansive saxophone of Portico Quartet's Jack Wyllie. Their first album flew a little under the radar, so hopefully there's some more attention for this new one.

The Declining Winter - Belmont Slope [Home Assembly Music]
Still excited about the new album from Hood's Richard Adams. The Declining Winter is now (again) basically a solo project. It's out in a few weeks, slightly delayed, and like his last album brings in some lovely electronics alongside his love of jangly indiepop - if not entirely as full-on electronic as Hood could sometimes get.

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Sunday, 19th of August, 2018

Playlist 19.08.18 (9:06 pm)

Ambient pads and drones and classical/jazz influences are rife in tonight's show, but we're starting with an artist known for bass techno and jungle influences...

LISTEN AGAIN to catch the bits you missed - and the ones you'll miss if you don't listen again... Stream on demand from FBi, podcast here.

Djrum - Showreel Pt.3 [R&S Records/Bandcamp]
Djrum - Plantain [Samurai Music]
Djrum - Space Race, Pt. 1 & 2 [2nd Drop Records]
Djrum - Creature Pt. 1 (feat. Zosia Jagodzinska) [R&S Records/Bandcamp]
Djrum - Creature Pt. 2 (feat. Zosia Jagodzinska) [R&S Records/Bandcamp]
Felix Manuel has carved out a pretty special place in the UK dance music scene in the last 5 years or longer. Djrum tracks can easily veer from dubstep to techno to drum'n'bass in one track, changing time signatures around some kind of repeating pattern that suddenly switches musical meaning... Strings have appeared here and there and also piano, but on his stunning new album Portrait With Firewood (named after a work by Marina Abramovic) he really brings the ambient piano jazz to the fore, even in intros and outros to the more dancefloor-oriented tracks, and also collaborates with fellow London-based cellist Zosia Jagodzinska on a few lovely tracks. An artist you should probably catch up on, and definitely get into this new album!

JV & Palf - JBNT [October Records]
IljusWifmo – Frenetic [Clubwerks]
Palf - Drip Dry (JV's 130 Pressure VIP) [Palf]
JV & Palf - Gully [October Records]
We've heard Max Palfrey on this show a bit as part of the great techno/bass duo IljusWifmo. And last year he released a solo EP with a remix from fellow Sydneysider Corey Furey aka JV. Now they've teamed up together for three tracks of bass techno, with some little bits of jungle breaks sneaking into "JBNT".

Michael - Convert [hellosQuare]
Michael - Ends [hellosQuare]
A member of the demented Brisbane improv-noise-rock-tronic group Feet Teeth, Paul Young has decided to call his industrial ambient / noise solo project by the name "Michael" - given that his own name is already taken, so to speak. Michael is his middle name, in case it's causing you as much consternation as it caused me. His solo album, released by Shoeb Ahmad's Canberra-based label hellosQuare (despite Shoeb's best efforts to scale the label back) is a splendid slab of doom-laden sound - buried, reverberated vocals and overdriven electronics, rhythm elements but no beats to speak of, melding the filthy with the mellifluous. Get into it.

Siavash Amini & Umchunga - 1827 [Flaming Pines]
The beautiful new album from Tehran-based Siavash Amini & Nima Pourkarimi aka Umchunga draws out forlorn drones from fragments of piano & chamber music by long-dead composers. In fact that deaths of the composers are commemorated in the track titles (hint: Ludwig van Beethoven died in 1827). It's something that others have done before (e.g. Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project) but Amini & Pourkarimi manage to create some exquisitely icy landscapes from these little repetitive phrases, with a murky kind of fear or trepidation creeping behind the sounds, in a peaceful kind of way. The Brightest Winter Sun is out on cassette & digital latest this month, highly recommended.

Hilde Marie Holsen - Eskolaite [Hubro]
Hilde Marie Holsen - Lapis [Hubro]
Some incredible live processing here from Norwegian trumpeter Hilde Marie Holsen, whose new album on Hubro sees her sampling breaths through the instrument, tapping of keys and all manner of sounds from the instrument, creating beds of wonderful granular bubbly sounds over which she performs patient melodies. It would be remarkable even if we didn't know that she was doing all of this in real time.

Colin Stetson - Book Burning [Milan]
Colin Stetson - Séance Sleepwalking [Milan]
The director of the scary movie Hereditary Ari Aster really loves Colin Stetson - before the movie even started filming, he was giving Stetson's music to all involved, and this is a rather nice thing I think, when a director really knows the sound they want to get and is happy to hand it over to an artist they respect. Stetson has definitely come through with the goods, as usual with mostly just his own saxophone, albeit with some overdubs, and featuring his wife, the brilliant Sarah Neufeld's violin on a few tracks. I haven't seen the movie, but it sounds like the perfect way to get the hairs up on the back of your neck...

The Declining Winter - Still Harbour Hope [Home Assembly Music]
As usual, Hood's Richard Adams provides quality with his offerings as The Declining Winter. This album was going to be out soon but has now been pushed back to 21st September due to, of course, vinyl pressing delays. There's plenty of indie guitar, but also gems like this song cast as ambient electronica. Pre-order it!

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Sunday, 12th of August, 2018

Playlist 12.08.18 (9:42 pm)

Hip-hop through glitch through minimalist jazz to ambient, post-industrial and acoustic experimental folk... Just your usual Utility Fog fare.

LISTEN AGAIN if you dare! Stream on demand if you command... podcast here if you like.

Manga Saint Hilare - Forever [Manga Bandcamp]
It's great to hear a new track from one of the godfathers of grime, Manga Saint Hilare - this one produced by none other than Wiley, with a great simple synth line and bassline running through it. Could easily come from 2003, and ain't nothing wrong with that.

Saul Williams - The Flaw You Worship [from Neptune Frost]
A couple of years on from his MartyLoserKing concept album, Saul Williams is building on this politically charged cyberpunkish dystopia with a musical film called Neptune Frost, which he just successfully funded via Kickstarter. Fans of Williams will not be surprised (but are hopefully delighted like me) to hear the relentless amen breaks powering through this tune - one of his earliest appearances was his intertextual tour de force "Coded Language", a collaboration with DJ Krust.

Machinefabriek with Signor Benedick the Moor - IX-Three [Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Machinefabriek with Signor Benedick the Moor - IX-Four [Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Machinefabriek with Signor Benedick the Moor - IX-Six [Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Machinefabriek with Signor Benedick the Moor - IX-Seven [Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
It's very unusual to hear Dutch sound-artist Machinefabriek making beats, but beats there are (glitchy though they may be) on this boutique release - and rarer still, there's rapping on some of these tracks. It's a collaboration with Californian experimental artist Signor Benedick the Moor, and it's a free download from Machinefabriek's Bandcamp! I'd happily spend a few euros on it, but it's free, so there's no excuse to dawdle on this one...

Machinefabriek - Dwaal (Nicola Ratti version) [Moving Furniture]
I've dawdled a little on this - it came out a few months ago. Two great 18-minute drone/glitch pieces from Machinefabriek were released on CD by Amsterdam experimental label Moving Furniture Records along with two remixes - this lovely glitch-techno version from Italian producer Nicola Ratti, and a typical piece of ambient watercolours from Benoît Pioulard.

The Necks - Body (excerpt) [Fish of Milk/Northern Spy/ReR Megacorp]
After last year's double-vinyl album, with 20-minute tracks designed to fit on a side of vinyl, The Necks are back to their longform creations with Body, released this coming week. Fortunately for me, there's a spot about 20 minutes into this wonderful piece where I'm able to gracefully pull us out - in between the first long, contemplative groove and the long krautrock section where Chris Abrahams moves from repeated piano notes to organ. In this first section, Tony Buck's drumming is open and sparse, recalling late period Talk Talk, and Lloyd Swanton plays a two-note (one note repeated) bassline. As the first section dissipates, Abrahams' organ (which has been present throughout) continues, and Swanton starts up some big multi-layered bowed drones (still on that same tonic note). Later Buck's drumming picks things up a notch and off we go into krautrock love. Throughout there are clattering bits of percussion hovering at the edge of hearing, and thundering bass drum hits.
It may be premature, but this feels like the best Necks album I've heard in a while.

Evelyn Ida Morris - Collaboration [ABC Music]
Evelyn Ida Morris - Backwards [ABC Music]
Evelyn Ida Morris - Mutual Admiration [ABC Music]
After their brilliant self-titled solo album was released a few months ago, we get another new album from Evelyn! It's the soundtrack to the feature film Acute Misfortune, an adaptation of Erik Jensen's novel, which just won some accolades at its debut at Melbourne International Film Festival. It's beautiful stuff, lots of piano as on their solo album, even some mostly-wordless vocals, and sonic experimentation.

The little hand of the faithful - D.C.I.C.C.T.V. [Psychic Hysteria]
The little hand of the faithful - Dark and strangely pale [Psychic Hysteria]
The solo project of Mitchell Jones from Scattered Order features maximalist mashed samples and electronic beats - so not that different from what Scattered Order have become. But it's super fun and heavy so I'm not complaining in the slightest!

Broken Chip - It Means a Lot [Broken Chip Bandcamp]
It's been a while since we've had a proper release from Martyn Palmer, either as Broken Chip or his wonky hip-hop project Option Command. The 3-track EP this is taken from, Sunset Memories, apparently presages a full album, which is excellent news!

Slagr - flimmer [Hubro]
Slagr - varle [Hubro]
Norwegian trio Slagr take the traditional sounds of Norwegian folk music into meditative, minimalist territory in their music. The Hardanger fiddle is a Norwegian version of the violin, with additional sympathetic strings adding resonances under the four familiar ones. Next to this are cello and the warm, bell-like sounds of vibraphone an glass harmonica. It's enveloping music, like being inside with a fire on while it's white with snow outside.

Ale Hop - Migration Data (extended version) [The Wire - Below The Radar 28]
David Ross - Internal Model [The Wire - Below The Radar 28]
As usual, the digital edition of The Wire came out about a week into the previous month (this is the September issue we're talking about), and with it comes the latest download compilation, Below The Radar 28. While most of this stuff is pitched to The Wire by labels and publicists, it's still a good chance to hear some of the more adventurous music coming out around the world. Here we have Berlin-based Peruvian producer Ale Hop, who processes her voice and guitar along with lots of electronics - I've previously heard her guesting on a track by fellow Berlin residents These Hidden Hands. Next up, an unreleased track from David Ross, English creator of bizarre handmade instruments which produce unpredictable noises - yet it comes together into something musical and at times rhythmic.

Loops - Serene [Tandem Tapes TT043]
Eggshell Goblin - 16 Eggs [Tandem Tapes TT043]
The latest split cassette from Tandem Tapes features two UK artists. From Loops we get some mellow idm-ish sounds - almost ambient, but with gentle beats and melodic basslines popping up. Meanwhile Eggshell Goblin gets more abrasive and fast-paced as the tracks proceed.

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