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Sunday, 5th of July, 2009

Playlist 05.07.09 (11:27 pm)

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Starting tonight with an extraordinary piece of Eastern European folk/indie fusion from England’s A Hawk and a Hacksaw, who have teamed up with some amazing Hungarian musicians for their latest album, doing something a little like Beirut but actually quite different… This led quite logically into another take from James Blackshaw’s latest wonderful album.
Two tracks tonight from Luke Vibert, whose latest album has seemingly slipped under the radar, but has his usual mix of great beats and delicious cheese. A little slice of genius from his drill’n’bassy Plug moniker underlines this fact. And Nosaj Thing’s beats and lovely analog synths have more than a little in common with Vibert’s sound.
Of maddest kings alive I know little except that the tune I played tonight is delightfully demented electronica, and I want more. And I have a whole EP to get through, so expect more next week! Of Silver Bone Tone I know more, and he’s turned in another great track this week in his oh-so-regular fashion!
Canberrans Spartak are touring at the moment, and hit Sydney this Thursday night (9th of July) playing at Dirty Shirlows, 32 Shirlow St, Marrickville. HIGHLY recommended, these guys are fantastic live. Sydney/Adelaide duo Collarbones follow with a track almost entirely (but for the vocals) sampled from Björk’s Vespertine album.
Years also got played last week on the show, and tonight’s track is one of those perfect tracks that makes you want to make music just like it. Well, if you’re me. Cut-ups guitar and drums (among other things), and great musicianship.
Finally there’s a new album from Sydney postrock alumni Decoder Ring, and indeed it’s a double album. Epic it is, and I’ve only had a brief listen as yet…
While we’re on the postrock tip, Tortoise are generally credited with originating at least one strand of the genre, and they’re back with something different all over again. I revisited some old favourites, with Spring Heel Jack’s blissful drum’n’bass take on “Galapagos”, and the 20+-minute “Djed”, complete with the “OMG my CD player’s skipping” moment…
After a new Tortoise track, Zomby does unspeakable things to the new Animal Collective single, one of many highlight’s from their Merriweather Post Pavillion album.
Some lovely dub-techno follows from Moderat, and then a slightly different take on Milanese‘s “The End” from London dubstep/club/etc producer Untold.
A Nosaj-produced Busdriver track gives way to veteran idm/breaks producer Nautilis, who contributed a track to French label Lamadameaveclechien’s compilation from last year…
After another awesome song from A Hawk and a Hacksaw, we finished off with, well, one of my favourite tracks of all time? Venetian Snares referencing Hungarian folk and 20th century classical music in fine style.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw – Kertész [Leaf]
James Blackshaw – Arc [Young God]
Plug – cheesy (gigolo mix) [Blue Angel Records via Nothing]
Luke Vibert – A Fine Line [soundofspeed]
Nosaj Thing – IOIO [Alpha Pup]
maddest kings alive – sleepy kisses [science girl records]
Silver Bone Tone – Flickering Lights [demo]
Spartak – Sleet/Skid [hellosQuare]
collarbones – waiting for the ghosts [Internet Archive – free download!]
Years – Are You Unloved? [Arts & Crafts]
Decoder Ring – Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom [Inertia]
Tortoise – Galapagos (version one) (remix by Spring Heel Jack) [Thrill Jockey]
Tortoise – Djed [Thrill Jockey]
Tortoise – Charteroak Foundation [Thrill Jockey/Spunk]
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Zomby’s Analog Lego Mix) [Domino]
Moderat – Nr. 22 [BPitch Control]
Milanese – The End (Untold Remix) [Planet µ]
Busdriver – Split Seconds (Between Nannies and Swamis) [Anti-] {produced by Nosaj Thing!}
Nautilis – Slitshifting [Lamadameaveclechien]
A Hawk and a Hacksaw – I am not a gambling man [Leaf]
Venetian Snares – Hajnal [Planet µ]

New! Listen again: part 1; part 2; part 3.


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