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Sunday, 11th of October, 2015

Playlist 11.10.15 (8:07 pm)

A big list of great music tonight, covering a broad range of genres across the globe of music.
Tonight’s my last show for a few weeks – I’m off to Tokyo, China and Hong Kong and back on Sunday the 8th of Nov. In the meantime you’ll be in the extremely capable hands of Heli Newton, so tune in regardless!

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Lebanese musician Radwan Moumneh has now released two albums for Constellation as Jerusalem In My Heart. Beautiful Arabic singing and playing merges seemlessly with electronic processing and juddering, pulsing keyboards, to stunning effect. The title “A Granular Buzuk” from the new album gives you a bit of an idea what to expect, but there’s also tracks of just pure noise washing over bouzouk lines, and vocal lines gorgeously sung through harmoniser effects, etc. Can’t recommend strongly enough.

Tom Smith appeared on the show last week with the lead track from his new Thomas William EP Annum Contra. Tonight we take an even more club-ready track from that EP, and we also find out where the glitches from the glitch-hop went: they’re all over the beautiful album he’s released as T.Morimoto, a more-or-less beatless affair of grainy soundscapes and murky samples.

It’s been almost 10 years since the last album proper from the wonderful Berlin-resident UK producer Adam Butler aka Vert. From Squarepusher-style drill’n’bass origins he’s moved on to glitchy clunky experimental electronics and experimental jazz – including an amazing remix of an entire jazz festival, and even that came out 7 years ago. But his last solo album in 2006 introduced his spoken/sung vocals over vaudevillian ragtime piano – along with the glitchy electronics & beats. His brilliant newie, out in early November, follows on with more real songs, introducing lush string arrangements and by no beans skimping on the electronics. And Butler is a very fine songwriter too.

Speaking of brilliant songwriter-producers, Kevin Martin is something of an all-rounder, and his bass-heavy, whether as The Bug or in his various collaborations. Now his wonderful, low key atmospheric collaboration King Midas Sound (featuring Trinidadian poet Roger Robinson and Japanese singer Kiki Hitomi on vocals) has teamed up with ambient guitar/glitchmeister Fennesz for their most washed-out album yet. Fennesz has for some years sounded repetetive and uninspired to me, but to his credit, Kevin Martin’s brought out the best in him for some years, with queasy textures lapping up against Martin’s basslines and very backgrounded beats. It’s interesting to hear the instrumentals too – sometimes a little meatier than the vocals versions, although both are beautiful singers and Robinson in particular is a touching lyricist.

This week sees the release of the final set of remixes from Björk‘s extraordinary album vulnicura. Probably the best have already come out (especially Katie Gately‘s intoxicating layered-vocal procession also heard tonight), but Warp’s sonic mulcher patten turns “stonemilker” inside out and grime producer Bloom turns in two heavy cuts.

One half of stellar electronic duo Akkord, Synkro has released music from drum’n’bass to dubstep to uk garage to techno, but his latest solo releases have been for R&S Records‘ ambient subdivision Apollo. In fact there are plenty of incredibly tastily-produced beats on here, but the ambient textures do dominate.

It’s impossible to understate the fondness with which I hold the music of Luke Vibert – from the blunted hip-hop of Wagon Christ to the perfect drill’n’bass of Plug to countless other pseudonyms making the most melodic bouncy acid available or disco or who knows what else. For Planet µ he tends to just release under his own name, and there’s usually one or two drill’n’bass tracks among the acid and head-nodding hip-hop. His basslines are tight and funky, his beats crisp and the vocal samples constantly amusing. His sample library is insanely extensive but his music’s far more than just clever collage. One of the best.

Himuro Yoshiteru‘s been making idm beats for yonks now, and never fails to be fun and melodic too. It’s nice to find a drill’n’bass track among the hip-hop and breaks on this latest EP. He’s made some of my favourite drill’n’bass stuff over the years.

Brisbane trio Feet Teeth combine jazz & postrock improv with experimental electronics in an inimitable way. They released a mini-album on hellosQuare along with some remixes in 2013, and they’ve just put out an EP (albeit long!) showcasing their insane, freewheeling live sets.

Finishing up with a lovely twinkly piece from Japanese duo yuco, contributing to the latest geography-specific location-music series from Sydney’s Flaming Pines label. Yuco’s piece is about the island of Shikinejima in southern Japan.

Jerusalem In My Heart – Al Affaq, Lau Mat, Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau (The Hypocrite, If He Dies, If If If If If If) [Constellation]
Jerusalem In My Heart – Yudaghdegh El-ra3ey Walal-Ghanam (He Titilates the Shepherd, but not the Sheep…) [Constellation]
Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart – Leyla [Secretly Canadian]
Jerusalem In My Heart – A Granular Buzuk [Constellation]
T.Morimoto – 3x (bonus) [Illuminated Paths]
Thomas William – Busss w/ Lamtech9 [Plastic World]
Vert – And I Know [Shitkatapult]
Vert – A Little Learning [Shitkatapult]
King Midas Sound & Fennesz – On My Mind [Ninja Tune]
King Midas Sound & Fennesz – Melt (Instrumental) [Ninja Tune]
King Midas Sound & Fennesz – Loving or Leaving [Ninja Tune]
Björk – stonemilker (patten rework) [One Little Indian]
Björk – family (katie gately remix) [One Little Indian]
Björk – mouth mantra (the haxan cloak remix) [One Little Indian]
Björk – black lake (bloom remix) [One Little Indian]
Synkro – Let Me Go [Apollo]
Synkro – Body Close (feat. Francesca Bergami) [Apollo]
Luke Vibert – Hey Go [Planet µ]
Luke Vibert – Don’t Fuck Around [Planet µ]
Himuro Yoshiteru – Takhos [King Deluxe]
Feet Teeth – nineteen minutes and ten seconds (excerpt) [Feet Teeth Bandcamp]
Feet Teeth – Normandy [hellosQuare]
yuco – marine [Flaming Pines]

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