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Sunday, 10th of February, 2013

Playlist 10.02.13 (9:06 pm)

So much for you tonight! Surprise early digital release of the new Autechre (not that surprising, it’s what they’ve done the last few times), stunning new Boduf Songs album, sleepmakeswaves and Inch-time remixes, Aaron Spectre/Drumcorps on Bandcamp, the list goes on…

Our internal logging is down so no podcast this week, but you can still stream online at FBi!

We start tonight with my first premature album of the year nomination, Boduf SongsBurnt Up On Re-Entry, which takes further the more electric/electronic sound of the amazing This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything, as well as his collaborative project Infinite Light Ltd.. Matthew Sweet’s whisper-soft vocals continue to be slightly sinister, but the bleeps and bloops, beats and grainy textures accompanying the guitars take it to a new level.

Sydney’s postrock keepers-of-the-faith sleepmakeswaves have just released a very fine remix album, and enlisted not just electronic producers but other postrock bands to lay waste to their tracks. Perth’s Tangled Thoughts of Leaving do a particularly fine job, and recent touring mates 65daysofstatic do exactly what you’d expect.

Excellent to have something new from Queenbeyan’s y0t0, continuing his fascination with space travel (and science fiction), and collaborating here with Perth electronic artist Catlips. We also heard the incredibly Downliners Sekt remix from a couple of years ago that actually introduced me to their work.

And yes, the new Autechre album was as usual released early digitally. Physical arrives at the start of March, but meanwhile we can listen to this epic 2CD (and 4LP!) set. It’s hard to avoid the feeling that it could easily have been edited down to a really strong single album, but it’s full of their highly recognizable electronic manipulations, buried melodies and a pleasing amount of head-nodding beats. As a huge fan, I had the choice of their entire back catalogue to slip in a bonus track, and while I’m usually drawn to the Envane/Chiastic Slide era, tonight I decided to go a bit further back, with a classic bit of electronica from just about where their beats were getting crunchier and their sounds more uncompromising. Dig the sliding synths!

I’ve been a fan of Aaron Spectre since way back when the show started, and was pretty excited to find most of his back catalogue up on his Bandcamp, under his Drumcorps moniker, which was originally founded to take his love of speedcore/metal/punk and apply it to the breakcore production mentality. He was part of the mid-’00s resurgence of ragga jungle (and one of the best), but also worked with ambient and shoegaze artists, and brought (the original) dubstep to the US before many others were playing it. So as well as catching up on some of his recent stuff, we went on a trip back to some of his earlier sounds.

Canberra/Sydney(?) band Golden Blonde used to be Kasha, but have moved to a kind of cut-and-paste indie thing that throws acoustic, electronic, live and studio-constructed all into the blender. It’s one of the most exciting local releases in ages. No idea how they manage it live.

Finally, the wonderful Inch-time (ex-Adelaide, now based in London) has a new remix EP out on his Mystery Plays Records label from his album of last year. The album was electronica with live performances from some excellent London jazz musicians, and so the electronic/improv crossover of Leverton Fox is a very appropriate choice for remixing, featuring Sam Britton from Icarus.

Boduf Songs – Fiery The Angels Fall [Southern Records]
Boduf Songs – lord of the flies [Kranky]
Boduf Songs – Song To Keep Me Still [Southern Records]
sleepmakeswaves – a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun (“keep my father” remix by Tangled Thoughts of Leaving) [Bird’s Robe Collective]
sleepmakeswaves – we like you when you’re awkward [Bird’s Robe Collective]
sleepmakeswaves – our time is short but your watch is slow [Bird’s Robe Collective] {under the talking}
sleepmakeswaves – our time is short but your watch is slow (65daysofstatic remix) [Bird’s Robe Collective]
y0t0 – Sunn Over Blue Mountains (with Catlips) [BLWBCK/y0t0 Bandcamp]
y0t0 – Uriarra Crossing Mirror Condensation (Downliners Sekt remix) [fac-ture]
y0t0 – Deckard [BLWBCK/y0t0 Bandcamp]
Autechre – YJY UX [Warp]
Autechre – eutow [Warp]
Autechre – recks on [Warp]
drumcorps – there are two moons [drumcorps Bandcamp]
Aaron Spectre – look out fi liar [Death$ucker Records/now available from drumcorps Bandcamp]
Aarktica – Ocean Remix by Aaron Spectre [Ad Noiseam]
drumcorps – headstrong and heartfoolish [drumcorps Bandcamp]
Golden Blonde – Joan [Golden Blonde]
Inch-time – Stapedius (Leverton Fox Remix) [Mystery Plays Records]


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