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Sunday, 26th of December, 2010

Playlist 26.12.10 – Best of 2010 Part 3 of 3! (10:04 pm)

And so here we are, Boxing Day and it’s PART 3 (of 3) of UFog’s BEST OF 2010!
Really please note that this is PART THREE and there are two other shows preceding this with equally wondrous 2010 music in them. Check them all out…
Starting, though, with something suitably demented for the Holiday Season… 65daysofstatic had a great year this year, and there’s plenty more I could’ve played of them, but we did hear a 2010 tune of theirs last week. This is from way back when they were starting, and it’s an old fave of mine. 65kids.com also has a brilliant video of it, interpolating scenes of Dan Akroyd playing a very drunk Santa in Trading Places.

Now you can LISTEN AGAIN to all three best-of specials! Collect the set!
Latest download link, as usual, at the bottom of tonight’s playlist.

65daysofstatic – I’m Dreaming of a White Noise Christmas [unreleased, downloadable via 65kids.com]
Cursor Miner – Reject / The Golem of Bognor Regis / The Man With the Transparent Face / Mad Cow (Intensively Farmed Version) [Uncharted Audio]
Telafonica – 4/4 – 140 (6/8 – 105) [CURT/Bandcamp]
Grün – common seabirds [Laughing Outlaw Records]
Balmorhea – Clamor (Prefuse 73 remix) [Western Vinyl]
fos – sunset [near the exit music]
Ólöf Arnalds – Vinkonur [One Little Indian]
Sage Francis – Little Houdini [Strange Famous/ANTI-/Epitaph]
B. Dolan – Earthmovers [Strange Famous]
Bullion – Say Goodbye To What [Bullion Bandcamp]
Die Antwoord – Fish Paste [Interscope]
sabre – peril (club mix) [Critical Music]
Icarus – Uke ‘Em [self-released, through Not Applicable]
oval – Hey [Thrill Jockey]
Spartak – Second-Half Clouded (feat. Lucrecia Perez) [Low Point]
the fun years – breach on the bowstring / division of labor (tv track) [barge recordings]
Rene Hell – Razor. P+ [Type Records]
Edwin Montgomery – train song [self-released]
Zach Miskin – But I Grabbed a Branch (feat. Nick Zammuto from The Books) [Naïve]
need more sources – doastheydo notastheysay [cotton goods]
Happenstance – The One Eyed King [mobeer]
part timer – ^^^^ [Under the Spire]
part timer – in your hand [Lost Tribe Sound]
Tokyo Bloodworm – mergers and acquisitions (part timer remix) [unreleased, probably forthcoming on Lost Tribe Sound]
Brael – Week of Wonders [Lost Tribe Sound]
Hauschka – Lipstick Race [Second Language]
Gavouna – Tricle-Rem [Lost Tribe Sound]
nils frahm – ambre [Erased Tapes]
nils frahm & anne müller – 7fingers [hush records]

Listen again — ~ 172MB


Sunday, 19th of December, 2010

Playlist 19.12.10 – Best of 2010 Part 2 of 3! (10:02 pm)

It’s the best. Part 2 of 3! Not the second-best of the year by any means, just the second part of the best of the year.
It’s been an awesome year. Really. So awesome that I couldn’t nearly fit everything I wanted into two shows, so next week, Boxing Day, will be Part 3 of 3. Lots more to look forward to!
LISTEN AGAIN folks, link at the bottom! You know you want to.

Also, the following morning (Monday the 20th), through the magic of pre-recording, I was on FBi’s main competitor (I jest) Radio National’s breakfast program, talking with Julian Morrow about my “best album of the year” pick, which for RN purposes was Sufjan StevensAge of Adz. You can listen back to it here, with a bonus Raven performance thrown in…

Spartak – A Crack in the Nation (Lawrence English remix) [hellosQuare]
ZOND – IO [R.I.P. Society Records]
Yellow Swans – Limited Space [Type]
Pale Sketcher – Tiny Universe (Interstellar) [Ghostly International]
The Blood of Heroes – Blinded [Ohm Resistance]
Pale Sketcher – Plans That Fade (Faded Dub) [Ghostly International]
Parades – Hunters (Underlapper remix) [Direct from the ‘lappies, but available on iTunes (eek!)]
65daysofstatic – Antique Hypermall [Hassle Records]
Harmonious bec – Shunrai [Monotreme Records]
Grün – among the bad apes [Laughing Outlaw]
Ólafur Arnalds – Til Enda [Erased Tapes]
Ólöf Arnalds – Surrender (feat. Björk) [One Little Indian]
Dirty Projectors + Björk – On and Ever Onward [self-released – download for donation to protect precious marine life!]
Gregory & the Hawk – Landscapes [Fat Cat]
Nina Nastasia – What’s Out There [Fat Cat]
Joanna Newsom – Does Not Suffice [Drag City/Spunk]
fos – un courant [near the exit music]
Sam Amidon – How Come That Blood [Bedroom Community]
Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal (Antony version) [Editions Mego]
Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal [Editions Mego]
Keith Fullerton Whitman – Generator 1 [Root Strata]
Keith Fullerton Whitman – Variations for Oud & Synthesizer – version abrégé [no label]
Machinefabriek – John Davis [Machinefabriek] {free download album of old stuff, De Jonge Jaren (2001-2004). Go grab it — it’s awesome!}
Machinefabriek – Daas [Cold Spring]
BJ Nilsen – The Invisible City [Touch]
Gail Priest – Phantoms [get from Bandcamp!]
Gentleforce – Oh The Mystery, Oh The Wonder [Feral Media]
Nosaj Thing – Us (Jon Hopkins remix) [Alpha Pup] {watch the creepy and beautiful video here}
Scuba – Tracers [Hotflush]
Shit&Shine – Bass Puppy [Badmaster]
Skjølbrot – Rue Victor Masse to Gare d’Austerlitz [self-released]
Valgeir Sigurðsson – Focal Point (Kippi Kanínus remix) [Bedroom Community] {from the free download compilation Yule, available with any purchase from the Bedroom Community shop right now!}

Listen again — ~ 168MB


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Sunday, 12th of December, 2010

Playlist 12.12.10 – Best of 2010 Part 1 of 3! (10:06 pm)

Tonight is the first of three(!) best of the year specials.
Starting with a number of releases I thought were particularly superlative… but seriously folks, this is only the first three hours! There’s so much more to play, so check out next week’s show as well, and Boxing Day :)
I’m not going to do a big write-up for these shows, just yet. I do intend to do a large best-of-the-year post with potted reviewlets, so stay tuned.

LISTEN AGAIN as usual via the link at the bottom of the playlist.

anbb – i wish i was a mole in the ground (extended) [raster noton]
Autechre – known(1) [Warp]
Autechre – rew(1) [Warp]
Sufjan Stevens – I Want To Be Well [Asthmatic Kitty]
Sufjan Stevens – Arnika [Asthmatic Kitty] {buy direct from Bandcamp!}
Swans – You Fucking People Make Me Sick (feat. Devendra Banhart and Saoirse Daniel Gira) [Young God]
Third Eye Foundation – Pareidolia [Ici d’ailleurs]
These New Puritans – We Want War [Angular/Domino]
The Besnard Lakes – Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent Pt I: The Ocean / Pt II: The Innocent [Jagjaguwar]
Spartak – Nightshift (Version) [New Weird Australia] {free download from The Sound Of Young Canberra comp on Bandcamp!}
Inch-time – X-Ray Eyes (Spartak’s Sly Eye Version) [Mystery Plays Records]
Caribou – Jamelia [City Slang]
Department of Eagles – Deadly Disclosure [Bella Union]
Inlets – In Which I, Robert [Two Syllables]
PIVIXKI – Flail [Lexicon Devil]
PIVIXKI – Konx [Lexicon Devil]
The Bad Plus – Never Stop [Emarcy/Universal]
Chilly Gonzales – Knight Moves [Gentle Threat/Republic of Music]
The Chap – Nevertheless, The Chap [Lo Recordings]
World’s End Girlfriend – GALAXY KID 666 [Virgin Babylon Records]
Chilly Gonzales vs 50 Cent – Many Men [from Gonzo’s incredibly “Pianist Envy” mixtape] {download this track here}
Madvillain – Papermill [Stones Throw] {via Adult Swim}
Janelle Monáe – Dance or Die (feat. Saul Williams) / Faster [Bad Boy Records]
Nocando – DSD2 (feat. Open Mike Eagle) [Alpha Pup]
Busdriver – Deer God feat. Open Mike Eagle [self-released] {from Computer Cooties mixtape – download free for an email!}
Salem – King Night [IAMSOUND] {download courtesy Stereogum}
Simo Soo – I Smashed My Face (Collarbones rmx) [Lesstalk Records]
Collarbones – kill off the vowels [self-released]
Mount Kimbie – Maybes (James Blake remix) [Hotflush]
James Blake – Footnotes [R&S Records]
Lorn – None An Island [Brainfeeder]
Pikelet – Toby Light [Chapter Music]
otouto – Astronauts [Two Bright Lakes]
Owen Pallett – Keep the Dog Quiet [Domino]

Listen again — ~ 174MB


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Sunday, 5th of December, 2010

Playlist 05.12.10 (10:17 pm)

As usual, LISTEN AGAIN via the link at the bottom, kidz! It’s the newfangled way.
Last non-best-of show of 2010! Although some of this music certainly fits the “best-of” bill and will be heard again in a week or two’s time…

Indeed, we started with a new 2010 release which is most definitely up there! Balmorhea actually had a great album out earlier this year, but are back again with a highly limited 7″ which comes with a download with bonus remixes. Fellow Texan Botany adds a nice beat while keeping the lush feel of the marimba (I think) in the original; meanwhile the wonderfully upbeat piano-led flipside is remixed by Benoît Pioulard into a typical Pioulard lo-fi pop song.

2010 brought not only a whole lot of great new music, but as usual a whole lot of older discoveries. This is about as far back as those discoveries went — an extraordinary 1969 album by Brigitte Fontaine and Areski, along with jazz iconoclasts the Art Ensemble of Chicago. It’s absoultely extraordinary.

Tonight we are also focusing again on the excellent Lost Tribe Sound Volume One compilation, and first cab off the rank is none other than Melbourne freak folkies Children of the Wave. A new album from this duo can’t come soon enough.
Speaking of folk, Sydney artist Jacqui O’Reilly has been taking some of her old folk songs, written some years ago, and re-purposing them with big ambient electronic accompaniment. Click on the link and listen at her SoundCloud page.

Another focus for tonight is Icelandic/international label Bedroom Community‘s free download compilation Yule, available with any purchase from the Bedroom Community shop. Highly recommended, this mixtape features exclusive tracks from all the Bedroom Community artists, with some innovative remixes among them. First off, Nico Muhly‘s choral composition is remixed by English beatbox/electronic artist MaJiKer.

Back to 2010 discoveries, the wondrous Es runs Finnish label Fonal, and creates psychedlic sounds in many sonic media — live instruments, computer edits, crackling vinyl samples, scattered ethereal vocals and more…

Meanwhile, an equally exciting discovery (although I knew of them earlier) was the works of Norwegian duo alog, and the half known as phonophani. It’s very much computer music, but very much acoustic and live instrument-based, with an interest in decontextualised vocal snippets and in general sounds used in unexpected ways. There’s a lot to savour in their music.

Back to Bedroom Community’s Yule mix, we have label boss (although I think they’re something of a collective) Valgeir Sigurðsson, with a track from his first album being remixed by Amiina member Kippi Kanínus, with extra strings and lush harmonies filling out the original more-electronic composition.
And Adelaide’s own Ben Frost has a track which must have been birthed around the time of his By The Throat album, with growling double basses along with the sub bass…

Speaking of strings, the amazing multi-tracked cello and many other instruments of William Ryan-Fritch, aka Vieo Abiungo, aka SkyRider (or is he just a member of the latter? Hard to know). A hugely impressive musician who one suspects is only getting better.
And also with the rapturous cello layering on the Lost Tribe Sound comp is Aaron Martin.

Sticking with that compilation, Gavouna has gorgeous piano and acoustic guitar in a somehow very French-sounding piece, despite being based in the UK. And taking things in a somewhat more electronic direction is Brael — hoping for an album in the works for these guys too!

Brael had a collaborative album with Lost Tribe boss(es?) Tokyo Bloodworm, on the Moteer label, which is run by a couple of ex members of my favourite band Hood. We jump now to some more Hood-related stuff. The Declining Winter is Richard Adams, who along with his brother Chris was central to the band from the start. First off, we hear his remix of Winter North Atlantic, of whom more in a minute. Then a track from a new 3″ from The Declining Winter, beautifully packaged via the boutique Secret Furry Hole label. Apparently this track is based on a piece by Richard’s brother Chris’s Bracken project.

And next up is the Bracken remix from the Winter North Atlantic remix album. This artist put out an excellent folktronic album earlier in the year, and the remix album is a doozy. I’d already heard the Fieldhead remix courtesy of Paul “Fieldhead” Elam, but it bears many repeat playings.

It was worth, tonight, revisiting Ninja Tune‘s 20th anniversary compilations/boxset — there’s so much great stuff that I could play four more tracks tonight that I hadn’t aired already, and I’ll certainly be playing some in the coming best-of shows. This Mr Scruff vs Kirst Almeida tune is a nice bit of dubstep-influence dancefloor minimalism.
Next up, two remixes from Slugabed, very funky and wobbly with the bass. Roots Manuva has an insane number of insanely good tracks spread over these comps, and this one goes straight for the hips. Meanwhile the Moog-acid of Jean Jacques Perrey & Cosmic Pocket wobbles along nicely under Slugabed’s influence.

The wobble is there, too, in The Orb‘s remix of the Coldcut & Hexstatic classic “Timber”, in which the original samples, from video, of chainsaws and the like aren’t so audible but the original tune still shines through.
Also updated 2010-style is Coldcut‘s far more recent “True Skool”, which suits Zomby‘s breakbeat cool to a tee.

Lastly with the Ninjas, another cut from the Grasscut album, with arcane British voices and a folk feel to the electronic songwriting. About half of this album is absolute genius, and that’ll do nicely!

And finally for tonight, another tune in which Sydney’s Feral Media is pitted against Brisbane’s Lofly label. Here Brisvegan artist Subsea is remixed (is this a remix first for him?) by afxjim. It’s an excellent compilation and it’s free – grab it now!

Balmorhea – Candor [Western Vinyl]
Balmorhea – Candor (Botany remix) [Western Vinyl] {I’m guessing this is the right Botany!}
Balmorhea – Clamor [Western Vinyl]
Balmorhea – Clamor (Benoît Pioulard remix) [Western Vinyl]
Brigitte Fontaine et Areski avec the Art Ensemble of Chicago – Comme à la radio [Saravah]
Children of the Wave – Come Play Frolic [Lost Tribe Sound]
Jacqui O’Reilly – Have You Ever Wanted [demo] {listen on SoundCloud!}
Nico Muhly – Wonders (MaJiKer remix) [Bedroom Community] {from the free download compilation Yule, available with any purchase from the Bedroom Community shop right now!}
Es – Pehmeä iho [Fonal]
Es – Sateenkaarisuudelma II [Fonal]
Es – Sadepäivät [Fonal]
phonophani – cloudberry [Rune Grammofon]
alog – Catch that totem! [Melektronikk]
alog – son of king [Rune Grammofon]
phonophani – ilka [Rune Grammofon]
Valgeir Sigurðsson – Focal Point (Kippi Kanínus remix) [Bedroom Community] {from the free download compilation Yule, available with any purchase from the Bedroom Community shop right now!}
Ben Frost – The Gravity of Numbers [Bedroom Community] {from the, as above…}
William Ryan-Fritch – Cold Fingers Buttoning Sleeves [Lost Tribe Sound]
Aaron Martin – Sea Wasp [Lost Tribe Sound]
Gavouna – Tricle-Rem [Lost Tribe Sound]
Brael – Week of Wonders [Lost Tribe Sound]
Winter North Atlantic – Barrel Organ (The Declining Winter remix) [Boltfish]
The Declining Winter – Leave [Secret Furry Hole]
Winter North Atlantic – Kinay 816 (Bracken remix) [Boltfish]
Winter North Atlantic – The Maid (Fieldhead remix) [Boltfish]
Mr Scruff vs Kirst Almeida – Pickled Spider [Ninja Tune]
Roots Manuva – Witness (Slugabed Remix) [Ninja Tune]
Jean Jacques Perrey & Cosmic Pocket – Froots (Slugabed Remix) [In Vitro Records]
Coldcut & Hexstatic – Timber (Super Sargasso Orb Mix) [Ninja Tune]
Coldcut – True Skool (Zomby Remix) [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut – Passing [Ninja Tune]
Subsea – Luetteloa (afxjim remix) [Feral Media/Lofly] {free download from Feral Media Bandcamp!}

Listen again — ~ 166MB


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