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Sunday, 9th of October, 2016

Playlist 09.10.16 (8:11 pm)

Hey there! So much great stuff this week, from windswept post-classical/electronic from Melbourne by way of Iceland, to experimental songwriting to shimmering electronic jazz improv to murky techno…
I'm off for the next 3 weeks, so listen in to Heli Newtown and Jordan Sexty as they experty shepherd the show until I'm back on Nov 6th!

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Three new releases came out from Thrill Jockey in the same week, and the only reason I'm not playing all three is because of time constraints. When faced with the choice, it was a no brainer that doom cellist Helen Money would be the one who gets the first look-in. Alison Chesley (as her friends & family call her) has been doing the amplified cello thing for almost 10 years, collaborating with heaps of excellent people and touring with metal and postrock bands, where her performances with cello, looper and other pedals have impressed people the world over. Heavy riffs and beautiful melodies are the order of the day on all her albums, and once again Chesley is joined by Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder on a few tracks – as well as The Rachels' pianist Rachel Grimes.

Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver is an interesting fellow. He became known for his pastoral, soulful folk music under the Bon Iver name, but (even though that's a big part of his musical identity) he has a lot more to him than that. He contributed guest vocals on a recent Colin Stetson album, including some awesome gruff quasi-hardcore-metal barking… and now he's come out with this piece of weird, glitchy, crunchy electronica. With his usual vocals of course. It's a great piece of hybrid work which I've been enjoying a lot.

The latest album from Thomas Meluch aka Benoît Pioulard comes out of a period of grief and, as he describes it, self-medication. Sad times can beget great art, and in this case we now have the most song-oriented and catchy piece of work from Meluch in quite some time. There are some of his beautiful washed-out ambient tape creations on here as well, but mostly it's jangly sing-song indie that you'll be tapping your feet to and looking up the playlist to see what it is.

Melbourne composer Tilman Robinson spent some time a year or two ago at Valgeir Sigurðsson's studio in Iceland, where people like Ben Frost, Björk and others have worked… He returned there to record his second album – quite a switch from his first, which was jazz composition with a bit of an electronic bent. Here the electronics merge with post-classical and postrock sounds, whether Steve Reichian ostinati or stark Icelandic string lines, lonely piano or growling bass. It's a stunner, and will be among my top Australian albums of the year easily. Out this Friday!

Norwegian post-jazz, electro-acoustic improv trio (originally a quartet) Supersilent have now been going for well over a decade, but from their earliest, noisier incarnation they already had an incredible instinct for group composition. By their 6th album, they were creating mindblowingly gorgeous musical structures with ease, and their new album (their 13th), while in some ways more challenging, is also full of beauty. I didn't have time to play one of the over 12-minute tracks, but the one I selected is lovely and crunchy!

Sticking in Norway, there's a new album out now from experimental guitarist Kim Myhr on the consistently excellent Hubro label. We recently heard Myhr in collaboration with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and none other than Jenny Hval. In fact 2010 was the first time Myhr collaborated with the Trondheim Jazzo Orchestra, in a recording of a live set with vocals from sometime member Sidsel Endresen. It's equally beguiling stuff, but we're hearing this tonight because of Myhr's new album, on which his idiosyncratic, rippling guitar playing is augmented by various electronic & computer effects. If you've ever wondered what "scintillating" sounds like, look no further…

Council Estate Electronics is one of the many projects of the great Justin K Broadrick, along with fellow Jesu member Diarmuid Dalton. The first two albums are murky electronic music of a somewhat krautrock flavour, but on this new one for usually quite ambient label Glacial Movements, they've moved into more of an industrial techno realm – or perhaps Justin's recent JK Flesh is really industrial and this waters it down with a bit of a Basic Channel stype minimal techno! This album is very good. Of course.

Kikimora Tapes is a relatively new Toronto label releasing beautiful limited-editions cassettes (and digital), who have just released their first compilation Knock Knock Who's Dead? – featuring some well-known names in grainy electronic music including Beppu (aka Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats) and Toronto musician Mitchell Akiyama, who ran the trailblazing electronic/folktronic label intr_version and who I haven't heard from for ages – and now I discover that recently they also released something from his beloved duo Désormais also released a new cassette recently! Mitchell's track is great submerged techno. Meanwhile I have NO idea who "The North" are, but their crunchy techno track here is excellent.

For many years, Matt Christensen led the lo-fi indie/postrock band Zelienople, making mostly slowcore, hazy beautiful songs. The last album (I think their official last) actually featured a bit more "fire" in their bellies, so to speak… But Christensen's new solo album on the mighty Miasmah sees him accompanying his songwriting with drum machines and some electronics on top of the shoegazey guitar sounds. It's a new direction, but still very recognizably his jam, and a great success.

Helen Money – Leviathan [Thrill Jockey]
Helen Money & Jarboe – For My Father [Aurora Borealis]
Helen Money – Machine [Thrill Jockey]
Bon Iver – 10 d E A T h b R E a s T [Jagjaguwar]
Bon Iver – 29 #Strafford APTS [Jagjaguwar]
Benoît Pioulard – Narcologue [Kranky]
Benoît Pioulard – Defect [Kranky]
Benoît Pioulard – Ruth [Kranky]
Tilman Robinson – Pareidolia [Hobbledehoy Records]
Tilman Robinson – In the Always [Hobbledehoy Records]
Supersilent – 6.2 [Rune Grammofon]
Supersilent – 13.1 [Rune Grammofon]
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Kim Myhr – Aeolian Bloom (vocals by Sidsel Endresen) [MNJ Records]
Kim Myhr – Sort sol [Hubro]
Council Estate Electronics – 567 foot 33,500 ton [Glacial Movements]
The North – The Deliverance Ov Aismal (W.H.) [Kikimora Tapes]
Mitchell Akiyama – With Rift [Kikimora Tapes]
Matt Christensen – Someday I Won't Matter [Under The Spire]
Zelienople – Show Us The Fire [Zelienople Bandcamp]
Matt Christensen – I'm See Through [Miasmah]

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Sunday, 2nd of October, 2016

Playlist 02.10.16 (8:10 pm)

Good evening! We are this week asking you to support FBi, the radio station that is my home. FBi does such amazing work supporting Sydney's music, as well as Australian music and interesting music in general, and it's run primarily off income from its supporters, so please step in!

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This week brought the very sad news that iconoclastic Canadian punk band NoMeansNo are finally calling it a day. Brothers Rob & John Wright have been making acerbic, incredibly smart and catchy punk, hardcore and sometimes other genres for over 30 years, and while they've been on hiatus for some time, I always hoped I'd get to catch them live sometime still. Luckily I didn't have to stretch too far to play a track, because in 2012 they released, in very limited quantities, a remix EP called Butchering the Sacred Cow, featuring Shackleton's slowed-down dub techno take on "Dark Ages" as well as longtime fan and fellow Canuck Deadbeat, and Miles Whittaker of Demdike Stare.

James Kelly was for years best known as the frontman of Irish black metal band Altar of Plagues. But in 2013 he decided that Altar of Plagues would call it a day, and swapped the screaming and blast beats for beautifully crafted electronic beats, glitches and basslines, including clean singing, as WIFE. His first release was an EP on the English electronica label left_blank, but then he was signed to the ever-keen Tri-Angle Records for an excellent album for which he enlisted production help from The Haxan Cloak. There's plenty of dark there, and some nice heavy beats, and now for his latest EP he returns to the adventurous metal label Profound Lore with even more industrial beats, but on the whole a continuation of the WIFE sound. Excellent stuff.

I first heard of LA-based electronic musician & vocalist Katie Gately when she put out an incredible side of a split 12" on Fat Cat in 2014. I found some earlier EPs, and a remix of Björk followed in 2015, but it's very exciting to have a whole album now, via the ever-voracious Tri-Angle Records. It's got a singular vision – straight vocals accompanied by pitch-shifted and manipulated vocal samples and electronics, with a keen sense of melody and beautiful and sometimes mournful harmonies. All this from a self-taught musician. You owe it to yourself to check this album out when it's released in just under 2 weeks. And devote a quarter of an hour to "Pivot", the Fat Cat track.

Fat Cat's resurrected 130701 has been supporting a variety of artists, both new and established, much like the parent label, and it's cool to discover a new adventurous cellist through them – Polish artist Karolina Rec aka Resina. Her new album features amplified and looped cello, from drones to more rhythmic ostinati and melodies, along with occasional vocals. It's deep and engrossing.

littlebow first surfaced in 2011 on an album with the delightful title The Edge Blown Aerophone that sought to position the flute as a valid lead instrument in a rock band – and founding members Katie English on flute and Keiron Phelan of Phelan Sheppard and State River Widening did a very fine job of that. For their third album they're joined by Brona McVittie on harp, occasionally also singing in the Manx Gaelic language, as well as clarinettist Jenny Brand amd Piano Magic's Jerome Tcherneyan on drums. Their combination of English & Irish folk styles with postrock, all led by the flute, is something unique and frankly just delightful.

In the last half a decade since Jenny Hval released her first "solo" album following her also excellent album as Rockettothesky, she's made a huge impression worldwide with her thought-provoking, challenging lyrics and music (and performances, as visitors to Sydney Festival discovered early this year). Although I'd been aware of Rockettothesky, I was bowled over by that first album as Jenny Hval, viscera on Norwegian experimental label Rune Grammofon. As adventurous in its body-and-sex-related lyrical content as the music, which featured many great Norwegian experimental musicians, it was one of my favourite releases of 2011 and stays with me still. Another album on Rune Grammofon followed, as well as some collaborative work, and then she moved to the US-based Sacred Bones Records for the amazing Apocalypse, Girl album from last year. This year's Blood Bitch follows a more esoteric release which we've heard a bit of already on this show, collaborating with guitarist Kim Myhr and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. It combines feminism and fancy with themes of menstruation and vampirism, and musically harkens back to the '80s because that's apparently what you do these days.

And finally, we have a sneak peek at an album I'll feature a little more on next week's show, the brilliant second release from Melbourne's Tilman Robinson (originally from Perth), who recorded this at Valgeir Sigurðsson's studio in Iceland. It's got some of that Icelandic post-rock classical feel, with glitchy electronics and windswept beauty. We heard the sort-of title track which is going out as the second "single" from the album tomorrow – high on digital edits, based around some sighing piano chords, it's the downbeat closer to the album.

NoMeansNo – Dark Ages (Shackleton's My Goal's Beyond Mix) [self-released NoMeansNo remix EP]
WIFE – Standard Nature [Profound Lore]
Altar of Plagues – Watchers Restrained (Ben Frost Remix) [Profound Lore/Daymare]
WIFE – Circles [left_blank]
WIFE – Salvage [Tri-Angle Records]
WIFE – Lovelock [Profound Lore]
Katie Gately – Color [Tri-Angle Records]
Katie Gately – Last Day [Public Information]
Björk – family (Katie Gately remix) [One Little Indian]
Katie Gately – Rive [Tri-Angle Records]
Resina – Not Here [130701]
Resina – Nightjar [130701]
littlebow – The Damned Erudition of Damian O'Hara [littlebow Bandcamp]
littlebow – For Thijs [Second Lanaguage]
littlebow – The Devil's Interval [Second Lanaguage]
littlebow – Too Green, These Widow's Weeds [littlebow Bandcamp]
Jenny Hval – engines in the city [Rune Grammofon]
Jenny Hval – Female Vampire [Sacred Bones Records]
Jenny Hval – In the Red (excerpt) [Sacred Bones Records]
Tilman Robinson – Yours, Deer Heart [Hobbledehoy Records]

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Sunday, 25th of September, 2016

Playlist 25.09.16 (9:09 pm)

Electronics from dancefloor to your inner psyche tonight, with some modern classical on the side…

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Absolutely floored by this debut album from Melbourne duo friendships. Producer Nick Brown & artist Misha Grace put together a collection of impeccably-produced tunes ranging from storming drum'n'bass to breaks-heavy bass techno, post-dubstep and grime… and dropped in between, some beautiful & creepy glitchy ambient moments, with touching and sometimes menacing spoken word. It's unlike anything else you'll hear this year, up with the best Aussie releases of 2016.
Not played tonight, but the autobiographical track "The Roof" comes with an amazing video that you can view here.

Although he's based in Berlin now, FIS is originally from the antipodes as well – New Zealand. Starting out in the drum'n'bass scene there, he's released a few EPs in the outskirts of the dancefloor, but it didn't take long for the rhythmic and structural forms to become more abstracted, to the extent that there's plenty of bass on the new album but precious little in the way of beats. We heard a few of his amazing mutant beat creations in the middle, from 2012 & 2013, and then a gorgeous piece of piano, processing and noise from last year's The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now. His new album finds him on the Bristol label Subtext Recordings, sitting comfortably with the other ex-pats of the bass music world there, like Paul Jebanasam & Roly Porter. There's some gorgeous stuff inside.

Irish producer Eomac is one half of experimental techno masters Lakker, and you can hear the connection to their taut and rhythmic sounds in his solo work. His productions have usually drawn from dancehall, bass music and drum'n'bass along with the usual techno tropes, but for his new one he was asked by the UAE-based Bedouin label to produce some tunes around the authorized use of samples of music from around the Arab & Islamic world. He was so enamoured of these sounds that he ended up producing a whole album, released now as a double LP. His cavernous bass and beats here mutate melodic, textural and percussive elements from the source material into a music that seems to live in an in-between world.

Quebec artist William Jourdaine aka Automatisme's Momentform Accumulations is one of three releases from the Constellation Records label released this coming Friday. We're hearing two tonight, and this one is the most electronic release I've heard yet on a label best known for expansive postrock and acoustic music with a distinct analogue recording aesthetic. Automatisme's music fits well with the techno we've been hearing tonight – hazy and grime-filled beats, weird signal generators and field recording sources. It's handmade stuff that somehow suits the label despite being something of an oddity in their catalogue.

Also released on Constellation, Montréal-based saxophonist Jason Sharp has recorded with various artists on the label in the past, including Matana Roberts and Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra. He takes his bariton & bass saxophones into noise territories (much like his Toronto-based compatriot & labelmate Colin Stetson) with extended techniques, but on his new album he augments this with compositions for strings, pedal steel, electronics and percussion, mixing scored parts with production in keeping with the more electronic music we've been hearing tonight. The theme of the beating heart and blood passing through the body lends an almost claustrophobic air to the beautiful sounds found here. I've been returning to this release quite a bit in the last few weeks…

Marc Richter's Black to Comm with ambient, dark, glitchy sounds. He's inaugurating a new labe, Ceullule 75 to release archival and new material by unveiling another mysterious alias, Jemh Circs, in which he eviscerates vocal samples of pop music sourced mostly from YouTube. It's got that vaporwave thing going on, bright and shiny but defocused and a little manic.

We finish up with two tracks from the Summer compilation from British label bigo & twigetti. The album slowly augments live instruments with electronics & processing, so London-based Kazah violinist Aisha Orazbayeva starts us off with a beautiful piece of looped and layered violin, while ex-pat Aussie Aisha Orazbayeva embodies this transition with a track that starts off with lazy piano and adds some downtempo beats halfway through.

friendships – Purebred Dogs (feat. Yaw Faso & thelovelyme) [Dot Dash]
friendships – Keep Smiling At Me Like That And You'll Be Picking Your Teeth Up Off Of The Gutter [Dot Dash]
friendships – Paradise [Dot Dash]
FIS – Independently Together [Subtext Recordings]
FIS – Patupaiarehe [Exit Records]
FIS – Mildew Swoosh [Tri-Angle]
Fis – Pedal [Loopy]
FIS – CMB Inna [Subtext Recordings]
Eomac – Oasis [Bedouin]
Eomac – SU Riddim [Killekill]
Eomac – Ascension [Bedouin]
Automatisme – Touched 1 [Constellation Records]
Automatisme – Touched 3 [Constellation Records]
Jason Sharp – In The Construction Of The Chest There Is A Heart [Constellation Records]
Jason Sharp – A Boat Upon Its Blood (Pt 2) [Constellation Records]
Jason Sharp – A Boat Upon Its Blood (Pt 3) [Constellation Records]
Jemh Circs – Comp [Ceullule 75]
Jemh Circs – Ordre [Ceullule 75]
Aisha Orazbayeva – Lizard Dance [bigo & twigetti]
Leah Kardos – Little Phase [bigo & twigetti]

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Sunday, 18th of September, 2016

Playlist 18.09.16 (9:11 pm)

Travel around the world with us tonight, with a melange of electronics, percussion, classical instruments, spoken word, vocals and guitars…

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Dutch artists Michel Banabila & Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek have been collaborating together since 2012, and their fourth album Macrocosm is out really soon! We got a sneak preview of a few tracks (the first one, and last two from this little feature), and I recommend grabbing the older releases and following either on Bandcamp so you can grab the new one when it appears. We hopped back to their first self-titled release, and to the amazing 2013 release Travelog in the middle. Banabila has been interested for decades in sounds (musical and otherwise) from the far reaches of the world, and has a long career making hybrid music from studio techniques, tape sampling & then digital methods along with acoustic instruments. Machinefabriek is best known for long drone works, but also works in shorter forms and is a master of digital sound design. It's great to have something new from their collaboration, which as always is more than the sum of its parts.

Italian percussionist Andrea Belfi has been an integral figure in the Italian experimental music scene since the early 2000s, but works far & wide with musicians around the world – indeed, I came across him in 2009 through a collaboration with none other than Machinefabriek. He has long-running ensembles with David Grubbs (Belfi Grubbs Pilia), and Aidan Baker & Erik Skodvin (B/B/S/), and recently has been playing drums with Carla Bozulich. His solo work is quite sui generis, although there are echoes of the drones'n'grooves of recent Oren Ambarchi and even the The Necks in the way his tight drumming locks in with his pulsating electric machines. Earlier works have appeared on the Australian label Room40 and Skodvin's Miasmah. The latest beauty is from French vinyl label Latency Recordings.

Sydney composer & producer Nick Wales has been making music for dance & theatre in Sydney for many years (after forming his string quartet/band CODA in 1994). Last year he put out a wonderful album with Sarah Blasko, which like much of his other soundtrack works melds strings & other acoustic instruments with electronics. He was recently asked to create the music for a dance work that has just been premiered at the Opé de Lyon, and we're getting to hear an exclusive piece from that work tonight.

I've been hearing about Reuben Ingall & David Finnigan's Kill Climate Deniers project for a while now and it's been quite intriguing. It's a play, and obviously a political satire – and quite a meta one at that, as it seems to be about activitsts putting on a play called "Kill Climate Deniers"? In any case, the meta-sardonic work we heard tonight represents the "He loved Big Brother" moment at the end of the play, accompanied by Ingall's glitchy guitar & electronics.

Among the post-drone artists of the last 10 years or so, artists taking longform ambient and twisting it in with postrock, post-classical and electronic processing, Ben Chatwin's Talvihorros was always one of the most accomplished and absorbing. Last year he switched to using his own name, releasing an album of pastoral, much brighter music. The follow-up brings back some of the darkness, with undertows of growling synths under synth pads and acoustic twinkles. The album's scope is evident from the name heat & entropy.

It's hard to uncover much about US producer Exael past the music itself. He has a couple of releases up on his own Bandcamp, and two cassettes on two really interesting Chicago labels, Beer on the Rug and Lillerne Tapes (both of which have also released music by the unique & beautiful yyu). Just enjoy these late-night rainy techno & ambient pieces. Oh, and if you haven't got enough of the middle track, "Belly", there's a 42 minute version on his SoundCloud.

Norway-based Eva Pfitzenmaier performs as By The Waterhole with instruments & vocals running through loop pedals. For her albums, the looping aesthetic remains but is augmented and departed from, with synths, clattering beats, and vocals multi-tracked and processed along the way. We've heard quite a lot of Norwegian music on this show, but mostly from the extremely fecund jazz & experimental scene in Norway & Sweden; it's nice to hear something also experimental but from more of an indie/pop perspective.

Natalie Beridze is a composer, producer & songwriter based in Tbilisi, Georgia. She was known as TBA previous to using her own name. Her new remix EP comes out from Gudrun Gut's fantastic Monika Enterprise label, and features remixes from fellow Georgian and beloved idm producer Nikakoi and Thomas Fehlmann along with a host of newer artists remixing the track "Love Is Winning". Tonight we heard a tasty deep & skittery version from Berlin-based Italian producer Donna Maya.

And we finished up with a new track from Telafonica, released as part of their year-long Telafonica16 project, in which they are producing music as often as possible (it hasn't been quite every month) and releasing it as soon as they can. As usual, you never know whether to expect folktronica, electronic beats or jangling indie-pop. This time round it's a bit of motork riffing, drum machines and vocals.

Banabila & Machinefabriek – Stokjes [Banabila Bandcamp/Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Banabila & Machinefabriek – Flares [Banabila Bandcamp/Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Banabila & Machinefabriek – Spin n' Puke [Banabila Bandcamp/Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Banabila & Machinefabriek – Narita [Banabila Bandcamp/Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Banabila & Machinefabriek – Awake [Banabila Bandcamp/Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Banabila & Machinefabriek – Macrocosms [Banabila Bandcamp/Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Andrea Belfi – Cera Persa 1 [Latency Recordings]
Nick Wales – Traditional Dances [unreleased]
Reuben Ingall & David Finnigan – Australia 2050 from Kill Climate Deniers [Clan Analogue]
Ben Chatwin – standing waves [Ba Da Bing]
Ben Chatwin – the kraken [Ba Da Bing]
Exael – gourd [Lillerne Tapes]
Exael – Belly [Beer on the Rug]
Exael – celm ii [Lillerne Tapes]
By The Waterhole – The End Of It All [Playdate Records]
By The Waterhole – I Fall [Playdate Records]
Natalie Beridze – For Love (Nikakoi Remix) [Monika Enterprise]
Natalie Beridze – Love Is Winning (Donna Maya Remix) [Monika Enterprise]
Telafonica – Bethany [Telafonica Bandcamp]

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Sunday, 11th of September, 2016

Playlist 11.09.16 (9:12 pm)

Holy cow, that clipping. album is da shiz. But we've also got some amazing psych-kraut-electro-acoustic-improv, drone, idm & other beats comin' atcha tonight… It's a biggie!

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What can I say about clipping. that I haven't raved about before? The most exciting hip-hop group to appear in the last few years, they have a true heartthrob of a frontman in Daveed Diggs (recently starring in the unlikely hit musical Hamilton), and true noise cred with producers William Hutson (aka Rale, Tattered Syntax etc) and Jonathan Snipes (of Captain Ahab). The production is intricate and visceral, the lyrics and delivery are intense, complex and rapidfire. And frequently, kind of hilariously & terrifyingly given how many teenage girls must be obsessed with Diggs after his Hamilton tenure, there are extremely adult themes – from "body and blood" to the Whitehouse-sampling recent Wriggle EP. The new album is a tour de force of a concept album, an Afrofuturist space opera that follows the survivor of a slave uprising whose ship's computer falls in love with him, shows him music from the past (including some stunning male gospel choir performances) and helps him find freedom in his travels through space. It's had bafflingly middling reviews, but I'm of the opinion that it's brilliant – despite leaning less on the noise than before, and pushing in different directions lyrically. There are references to many science fiction works, mostly literary, including authors like the recently-Hugo-Award-winning N.K. Jemisin, Octavia Butler, Ursula K Le Guin and M John Harrison.
I'm ecstatic that Stephen Goodhew has made this album of the week at FBi.

UK trio Leverton Fox surf the boundaries between jazz improv and experimental electronica, featuring Isambard Khroustaliov aka Sam Britton of Icarus on electronics, jazz trumpeter Alex Bonney on electronics and occasionally brass, and jazz drummer Tim Giles on drums and, yes, electronics. Although there's a lot of "free jazz" (or free improv) and noise in there, it's actually pretty accessible stuff if you enjoy your experimental electronics – it can be pretty melodic, and it's got lots of lovely jazzy & dancey drums and a psychedelic sheen. The last 3 albums are all available from Not Applicable's Bandcamp.

Speaking of psychedelic, our next drummer Tomas Järmyr plays in the genre-straddling Italian psychedelic noise rock band ZU (despite being Swedish). Here he's teamed up with Nadja guitarist and inveterate collaborator Aidan Baker for an album of psych rock jams called Werl. Out soon on Belgian label Consouling Sounds, it'll keep your brain cells dancing.

Next up in the psychedelic electronic noise + drums field is a trio from Italy featuring Antonio Bertoni on electroncis, Alberto Boccardi on double bass and Paolo Mongardi on drums. In a varied four track LP from the excellent Italian label Boring Machines they explore propulsive beats, ambience, krautrock and almost-jazz to great effect.

The Adult Swim Singles Project (or Club? or whatever) continue to have their finger on the pulse and not care one whit for genre constraints, here commissioning a lovely new surging ambient track from ambient darling Tim Hecker. Great to have another new track from him after a stellar album earlier this year.

Melbourne artist Purr aka Peter Stone has released a few EPs over the last few years. It's a guitar-based project, but there are swathes of grainy noise around the guitar drones, and although it's quite ambient there's a shoegazey sheen to it all as well as a slow melodic development which make for very immersive listening. The new release is appropriately titled Intimate and available with all the hiss you want on cassette as well as digital & even CD-R :)

Sydney artist Joel Pearson has been DJing drum'n'bass, footwork, dubstep and other styles for a few years now as well as presenting shows on various community radio stations including now FBi, but while he's a trained producer and indeed a cellist, he's been biding his time and honing his skills, only really releasing his first works this year. An excellent downtempo EP appeared on his own Milk Thistle Records earlier this year, and now ETCH _ MUSIC have released a second EP, this one entirely remixing the somewhat mysterious Australian artist modus op (well, I say released album ETCH don't seem to want you to be able to buy their music?). All those genre influences are in there along with idm, classic hip-hop and computer game music. Hopefully we'll be hearing lots more from him now!

clipping. – Wake Up [Deathbomb Arc/Sub Pop]
clipping. – Long Way Home [Deathbomb Arc/Sub Pop]
clipping. – Interlude 02 (numbers) [Deathbomb Arc/Sub Pop]
clipping. – True Believer [Deathbomb Arc/Sub Pop]
clipping. – Air 'Em Out [Deathbomb Arc/Sub Pop]
clipping. – Interlude 03 (freestyle) [Deathbomb Arc/Sub Pop]
clipping. – Break The Glass [Deathbomb Arc/Sub Pop]
clipping. – Face [clipping. Bandcamp]
clipping. – bout.dat (feat. baseck) [clipping. Bandcamp]
clipping. – inside out [Sub Pop]
clipping. – Hot Fuck No Love (feat. Cakes da Killa & Maxi Wild) [Sub Pop]
clipping. – A Better Place [Deathbomb Arc/Sub Pop]
Leverton Fox – Salon Selecta [Not Applicable]
Leverton Fox – Le Tombeau de Monsieur Whippy [Not Applicable]
Leverton Fox – Strix Undercroft [Not Applicable]
Leverton Fox – Onglet [Not Applicable]
Aidan Baker & Tomas Järmyr – Werl VII [Consouling Sounds]
Bertoni Boccardi Mongardi – Vento Solare [Boring Machines]
Tim Hecker – veil scans [Adult Swim Singles Project]
Purr – InEx [Purr Bandcamp]
modus op – Fleeting (Scatterbrain Remix) [ETCH _ MUSIC]
Scatterbrain – The Great Northern [Milk Thistle Records]
modus op – Final Boss (Scatterbrain Remix) [ETCH _ MUSIC]

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