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Sunday, 31st of July, 2016

Playlist 31.07.16 (8:03 pm)

We’re in very electronic mode tonight until later on – starting with a great new Aussie compilation from TEEF, then some northern European sounds from Russian label Full of Nothing, segueing into Norwegian experimental label Hubro and finally a psycho-acoustic clarinet duo!

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A couple of days ago saw the release of the second Imperium In Imperio compilation from TEEF Records – once again it is raising money for OXFAM’s Syrian refugee appeal, so it’s well worth dropping some real money on it.
It’s a great selection of new & exclusive electronic sounds from around the country, so tonight we have Adelaide’s Tracy Chen with some glitchy vocal ambience, a bassy uk garage number from Sydney’s Iljus Wifmo, an excellent remix of Sydney’s beloved hardcore punkish lovers Making by Hence Therefore (bringing out the postrock vibes), and some epic postrocky thing from Melbourne’s Sylva feat. Jamieson Moore.
Hence Therefore is playing with some other cool cats at an event in Sydney’s inner west on Saturday week, the 13th of August.

Next up, a special on the amazing Russian label Full of Nothing and some of its artists. Not all are Russian, although there’s clearly a fertile experimental electronic underground there right now. We start with Swedish artist Erik Levander, whose new album is a lot heavier and more rhythmic than his (excellent) past glitchy electronic & electro-acoustic works. In a connection with our final artists coming up tonight, he’s a clarinetist, and we can hear that instrument in among the glitches and electronic tones of his solo productions, as well as lots of other acoustic sounds in his earlier works. He’s also played clarinet & other noises with Efterklang, whose label Rumraket released his second-last album eight years ago. The new album recalls the heaviness of Nine Inch Nails circa The Downward Spiral, albeit in a glitchy, contemporary, electronic way.

Next up from Full of Nothing is Russian electronic producer Fedor Pereverzev aka Moa Pillar. I was introduced to him via the latest Wire Tapper compilation from Wire Magazine, which features an amazing track from his forthcoming album Hymns. Last year’s Humanity saw him moving into epic club territory with some epic ambient thrown in; previously he’s covered uk garage, folktronica and idm as well as techno.
Pereverzev also collaborates with fellow Russian Anastasia Tolchneva aka Lovozero on the more ambient & folk-influenced Tikhie Kamni.

Another duo on Full of Nothing hail from Norway. Kvien & Sommer features two very accomplished musicians, both known here by their middle names; Mari Kvien Brunvoll is an singer in various improv/jazz/electronic outfits and combinations, and we’ll hear from one of those shortly, while Espen Sommer Eide is one half of one of my favourite folktronica/experimental electronic acts, Alog. Their music is abrasive and beautiful, mixing analogue and digital, acoustic & electronic into a mysterious noise.

So Mari Kvien Brunvoll is also a member of the Norwegian trio Building Instrument, whose folk- and jazz-inspired sound also fits nicely into Scandinavian postrock. She’s joined by drummer/percussionist Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and synth player Åsmund Weltzien here, and their second album is just out right about now, as with their first on the iconoclastic and extremely productive Norwegian label Hubro, home to scads of jazz & experimental music from the extremely fecund Norwegian (mostly) scene. We heard a blissful track from the first album and a percussion-driven one from the new album.

Building Instrument drummer Hegg-Lunde also plays in the duo Strings & Timpani with guitarist Stephan Meidell, whose debut release on Hubro has also just been released. It’s again jazzy experimental stuff with a postrock bent, sounding on tonight’s track almost like Battles.

Finishing up tonight with two collaborative works from the unique Berlin clarinet duo The International Nothing, made up of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke. Generally they appear panned left & right in their recordings, and they use the pure sound of the clarinet to create works that sound like minimal electronic noise, often focusing on the psycho-acoustic effects of discords. But they also work with many collaborators, including the amazing experimental singers & electronic musicians Margareth Kammerer and Christof Kurzmann in their wonderful band The Magic I.D. Their new album is billed as The International Nothing (…and something), featuring Christian Weber on double bass and Eric Schaefer on drums, a rhythm section from heaven to underpin their sinuous lines.

Tracy Chen – Eggs [TEEF]
Iljus Wifmo – Scatter [TEEF]
Making – Amazon (Hence Therefore remix) [TEEF]
Sylva – Arkwell feat. Jamieson Moore [TEEF]
Erik Levander – Innesluten [Full of Nothing]
Erik Levander – Avedølre [Neon]
Erik Levander – Vid Fönstret [Rumraket]
Erik Levander – Ballast [Full of Nothing]
Erik Levander – Bläck [Full of Nothing]
Moa Pillar – Sun Stood Still [Full of Nothing courtesy Wire Magazine]
Moa Pillar – Nature Theme 1 [Jumble/Fuselab]
Moa Pillar – Essence [Full of Nothing]
Tikhie Kamni – Sokolgora [Full of Nothing]
Kvien & Sommer – Gynger [Full of Nothing]
Building Instrument – Historia [Hubro]
Building Instrument – Farge Tida Sakte [Hubro]
Strings & Timpani – New Radio [Hubro]
The International Nothing (…and something) – The Golden Age of Miscommunication [Monotype]
The Magic I.D. – Mambo [Staubgold]

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Sunday, 24th of July, 2016

Playlist 24.07.16 (8:51 pm)

Indietronica in various guises tonight, plus ambient world whatnot and industrial weirdtechno and… stuff…

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Originally a Canberra duo, Spartak have been making challenging and beguiling postrock & indietronica for some years. Shoeb Ahmad (guitar, vocals, electronics) and Evan Dorrian (drums, vocals, electronics) form the core of Spartak, with various other collaborators including Matt Lustri of Cracked Actor. This new EP includes three new tracks, all featuring the engaging vocals of Melbourne artist Becki Whitton aka Aphir, and two reworkings from Oval and My Disco member Kangaroo Skull.

A bit of a feature from the intriguing US artist yyu, now based in the Chicago area and drawing idiosyncractic influence from footwork as well as other contemporary electronic genres. They’ve always happily mixed up lo-fi jangly indiefolk guitar songs with hi-fi (if deliberately ramshackle) electronics. yyu prefers to be referred to with the genderless pronoun “they”, and often performs under a sheet. Rather than a calculated move towards mystery, I see this as simply staying true to their own sense of self, which is highly admirable and which is reflected in their unique and wonderful music.

Grasscut also combine folky and electronic approaches, but they couldn’t be more different from yyu, starting from the very essential Englishness to their music. After an initial single & album on Ninja Tune, they gravitated to the lovely Lo Recordings, where they still reside today. The central members are composer Andrew Phillips and musician & academic Marcus O’Dair. Phillips’ talent for melody and for gorgeous twists of harmony is part of what makes them so special, as is their understanding of musical history and what you might call musical geography – indeed, maps and locations have been a big part of their releases in the past.
They’ve just released a remix album, which calls on a number of other electronic/avant-garde producers who are also composers, including Oliver Coates, the second generation Penguin Cafe and Mira Calix as well as the artists featured tonight. Leo Abrahams has collaborated with Coates and also Jon Hopkins and Brian Eno, and strips “The Field” back with a lovely violin arrangement; John Metcalfe is a highly in-demand composer & violist, a New Zealander based in the UK, who has created a stunning string quartet arrangement of the track “Radar”.

Richard Youngs is another artist with a deep Englishness to his art. His music ranges from acoustic folk to tape processing to analogue noise to digital sampling, all the while doggedly pursuing his own aesthetic that only sometimes intersects with musical norms. It’s a huge back catalogue but there’s a lot of exquisite stuff in there, especially on the various Jagjaguwar albums. Lately he’s started releasing his much-sought-after limited editions on Bandcamp, including unreleased gems and new material. Herfordshire Retreat dates from 1999 but appears to be freshly released a few weeks ago, and features acoustic guitar, banjolin, rhythm preset, shakuhachi, sitar, tape machine, violin, and voice.

Dutch composer & electronic musician Michel Banabila has appeared a lot on this show, in collaboration with other Dutch musicians like Machinefabriek and Oene van Geel as well as on his own. His music ranges from beautiful drones to worldbeat, layered rhythmic vocal samples and processed acoustic instruments, and he’s comfortable in the digital space – so it’s fascinating to hear these unearthed early works, mostly dating from the mid 1980s. Here we hear his art growing into itself, and his style can already be sensed, where gossamer melodies run over muted percussion and wheezing drone instruments. You can hear stacks of his music on his Bandcamp, and it’s highly recommended. This may be as good a place as any to begin.

Russian musician Alexey Devyanin has been making music as Gultskra Artikler since the early 2000s. More recently he’s become well known for shiny computer game dance music as Pixelord; Gultskra is an outlet for more experimental sounds, whether the incredibly acoustic-sampling dark sounds found on his Miasmah releases, the more recent YouTube-exploring glitchscapes on Umor Rex or this latest album on Opal Tapes, appropriately titled Industria.

And finally tonight, Gravy Murphy is originally from the UK, but after being based in Perth, WA for some time he’s now relocated to Melbourne. His productions sometimes recall the heyday of ’90s idm, albeit in a contemporary setting; there’s some lovely minnimal techno here as well as some fancy break-juggling and plenty of melody. Recommended – check the album and earlier EPs on Bandcamp.

Spartak – maps of the sounds of tokyo (feat. Becki Whitton) [Provenance]
Spartak – eulogist (feat. Becki Whitton) [Provenance]
yyu – teu [Lillerne Tapes]
yyu – car keys [yyu Bandcamp]
yyu – yyyy [Beer on the Rug]
yyu – eggo [Beer on the Rug]
yyu – mix 4 [yyu Bandcamp]
yyu – karaoke 1 [Lillerne Tapes]
Grasscut – The Field (Leo Abrahams Remix) [Lo Recordings]
Grasscut – Sorel Point [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut – The Tin Man (featuring sampled vocals of John McCormack) [Ninja Tune]
Jaga Jazzist – Toccata (Grasscut Remix) [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut – Reservoir [Lo Recordings]
Grasscut – Islander [Lo Recordings]
Grasscut – Radar (John Metcalfe Remix) [Lo Recordings]
Richard Youngs – Dirge [No Fans Records Bandcamp]
Michel Banabila – October (Des Traces Retrouvées III) [Bureau B]
Michel BanabilaDes Traces Retrouvées I) [Bureau B]
Michel Banabila – The Workers (Des Traces Retrouvées III) [Bureau B]
Gultskra Artikler – Shipping Details To Track 1 [Opal Tapes]
Gultskra Artikler – ——o——-o—o-o [Opal Tapes]
Gultskra Artikler – Melted Percussions [Opal Tapes]
Gravy Murphy – Murmuration [Gravy Murphy Bandcamp]
Gravy Murphy – Mumps [Gravy Murphy Bandcamp]
Gravy Murphy – Honeybunch [Gravy Murphy Bandcamp]

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Sunday, 17th of July, 2016

Playlist 17.07.16 (9:10 pm)

Psychedelic sounds to start tonight, and lots of dark & twisted techno & glitchy electronic sounds…

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Sydney duo Fabels have a strong background in shoegaze and psychedelia, featuring as they do Ben Aylward from the legendary Swirl, and Hiske Weijer from the quite experimental Psychic Date. Their second album Hi is just out, and it’s as beautifully depressive and sonically discombobulating as their debut Zimmer. Both use the template of indie/shoegazing bass & frequently noisy guitar, with drum machine & keyboards backing it up, along with lots of effects (often on the vocals), and heavy studio edits here and there. Highly recommended.

Next up we head to Canberra, where Danny Wild is making experimental electronic & ambient sounds as Low Flung. He has a side on the excellent new Australian/Indonesian label Tandem Tapes (featured on a recent UFog), and also appears on the new compilation Domestic Documents Vol. 1 co-released by Melbourne label Butter Sessions and Melbourne radio show/music blog Noise In My Head. The compilation is an excellent representation of Australian techno, ambient and electronica. We also heard some lovely broken beat techno from Adelaide’s Mic Mills, and a crazy piece of strung-out ambient-meets-drill’n’bass from Mosam Howieson.

These Hidden Hands are the Berlin-based duo of Tommy Four Seven, and Alain Paul. To me they’re central to this industrial techno scene that’s coming out of Berlin, even if they’re relatively short on releases since their debut in 2013. It’s an intoxicating combination of maximalist, distorted broken techno beats, queasily tuned samples and synths. Their debut came accompanied by a bunch of heavyweights from bass & techno, new and old, but then we’ve had to wait until this year for a follow-up. This single (which comes with a Roly Porter remix) follows on from the first new single this year, a collaboration with the extraordinary experimental producer & singer Lucrecia Dalt.

It’s so great to have a new LP from Yair Elazar Glotman‘s KETEV moniker. A classically trained double bassist, he’s equally known from incredible sound design, bass-heavy techno, and his close-mic’d explorations of his instrument. After the Études album from last year that was produced entirely from the double bass, it’s great to hear the growling, crashing sounds from that instrument sidling into the subterranean bass & beats of his KETEV material. I think this may be the best album yet from a stellar 2 year career…

Portuguese sound artist Vitor Joaquim has been making music & multimedia art since the late ’80s and is a central figure in the Portuguese electronic music scene. His latest album Geography is out soon from the excellent Portuguese experimental label Crónica, and looks at how geography has shaped humanity, with reference Jared Diamond’s writings. I played the first two tracks from the album, but later tracks feature musical contributions from friends & collaborators from all around the world (see Bandcamp for credits).

The latest issue of The Wire Magazine is out, and features the 41st edition of their Wire Tapper series. As usual it’s crammed full of great stuff. Tonight I started with a track from Moscow electronic producer Fedor Pereverzev aka Moa Pillar, whose recent releases on Russian label Full of Nothing and elsewhere have been in an epic house/techno vein. This new track takes things in a more syncopated and spacious direction. He’s also half of ambient/folk/electronic duo Tikhie Kamni with Anastasia Tolchneva; the Full of Nothing label is certainly due a feature on this show.
Next up we hear some top-quality grime from London DJ Lixo, who also hosts club nights and has a monthly radio show – busy guy!

And finally, a lovely piece of skittery jazz ambience from the trio of Klaus Gesing, Björn Meyer & Samuel Rohrer. Released on arjunamusic, they segue us nicely into our final artist of the night, ambiq, who happen to also be on arjunamusic and have a track on the latest Wire Tapper too. I’ve been meaning to play the new ambiq album, having spun them when the debut album came out in 2014. It’s also a kind of ambien jazz with those jittery, tricky rhythms that find their way into the jazzy end of postrock, particularly the Austrian/German chaper. It’s no surprise, then, that the drummer is Samuel Rohrer from our previous trio. Claudio Puntin plays clarinet and electronics alongside techno/ambient producer Max Loderbauer on modular synths. It’s a wonderful, deep sound equally placed in the improvisatory jazz world and the exploratory electronic world.

Fabels – Ah [Fabels Bandcamp]
Fabels – Turquoise [Fabels Bandcamp]
Fabels – Everything [Fabels Bandcamp]
Fabels – Hi [Fabels Bandcamp]
Fabels – Evacuation [Fabels Bandcamp]
Low Flung – 5 Minutes Until Work [Tandem Tapes]
Low Flung – Quietreakin Outly [Butter Sessions/Noise In My Head]
Mic Mills – Nostory [Butter Sessions/Noise In My Head]
Mosam Howieson – Oedo [Butter Sessions/Noise In My Head]
These Hidden Hands – SZ31X71 [These Hidden Hands]
These Hidden Hands – When Told [These Hidden Hands]
These Hidden Hands – These Moments Dismantled (feat. Lucrecia Dalt) [These Hidden Hands]
KETEV – Stripes From The House of The Shaman [Portals Editions]
KETEV – Women / Animal Skull [Portals Editions]
Vitor Joaquim – Geography [Crónica]
Vitor Joaquim – Cantino [Crónica]
Moa Pillar – Sun Stood Still [Full of Nothing courtesy of The Wire]
Lixo – Writer’s Block [courtesy of The Wire]
Klaus Gesing/Björn Meyer/Samuel Rohrer – Flimmer [arjunamusic courtesy of The Wire]
ambiq – The Spur [Arjunamusic]
ambiq – tangoreceptor [Arjunamusic]
ambiq – Naked George [Arjunamusic]

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Sunday, 10th of July, 2016

Playlist 10.06.16 (9:15 pm)

Post-classical experimental electronica and a bit of politics to start…

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Our first track tonight comes from the brilliant industrial hip-hop (noise-hop?) trio Clipping, one of the best new groups of the last few years. They’ve got a new EP out which is excellent (but has pretty heavy adult themes)… but tonight I’m playing a track which was written specifically in response to Ferguson and the beginnings of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which has been so central to this week’s appalling and depressing news (a weekly roundabout for 2016 it seems).

Aphex Twin is very much back, although it feels a bit like he’s just fucking around in the studio and then releasing stuff when he feels like it – so two of the tracks on this new EP are tiny little synth tests, nice but kind of pointless. I’ve never been much of a fan of the Analogue Bubblebath / Analord side of things – his acid house/techno stuff – so it was nice to see that a couple of tracks here are just darn pretty, with lovely melodies and pads, and some fidgety drum machine stuff in the second half.

UK duo (now a solo producer) Dalhous feel like they’re carrying a torch for that ’90s idm sound, in particular Bola, Boards of Canada, early Autechre et al. This track comes from a split EP with the differently-nostalgic Pye Corner Audio.

Sydney’s Marcus Whale is a classically-trained composer & musician even though you’d know him best from his r’n’b/house/experimental electronic groups Collarbones and BV. He’ll segue us nicely into the “er, I guess it’s sort of classical” section of the show following. Marcus launches his incredible new album Inland Sea on Friday (15th of July) in Sydney, and this is a typical track from the album, full of passion and explosive musical creativity. You can read about all the tracks in this excellent interview – this one in particular addresses white Australia’s “black history” and the “white blanket of forgetfulness” which has been laid over our genocidal past.

So our new artist and a big feature tonight is the composer and producer Yannis Kyriakides. Born in Cyprus, he grew up in Britain and has been based in the Netherlands since the early ’90s, where he co-runs the Unsounds label with experimental guitarist Andy Moor of The Ex and Isabelle Vigier, who is responsible for the label’s wonderful & distinctive design & artwork. Kyriakides is an accomplished composer, frequently juxtaposing and interpolating live and studio electronics with compositions for classical ensembles and voice – but he also collaborates with Moor on music that draws as much from Moor’s anarcho-punk, jagged experimental guitar sounds and Moor’s minimal electronic collaborations elsewhere. Their excellent album of Rebetika covers / remixes / interpretations, originally released on Unsounds in 2010, has recently been re-released on vinyl by Unsounds & London label Discrepant. Kyriakides’ latest work Lunch Music is inspired by William S Burroughs’ seminal novel The Naked Lunch, and features Dutch ensembles Slagwerk Den Haag on percussion and Silbersee on vocals, with lyrics taken from the Burroughs text. With electronic noises & vinyl manipuluation from Kyriakides it’s at times quite disturbing, but appropriately enough also quite hilarious and beautiful – it’s particularly cool when the manipulated, slowed-down records blur with the stunning live singing.

Our last artist is also a stunning vocalist. Ian William Craig is a classically-trained singer, although publicity dubbing him an “opera singer” is slightly misleading, as he’s never performed opera. Nevertheless, his voice is something to be believed… His music is frequently built solely from layered vocals, but often also uses piano, guitar, squeezeboxes and organs and homemade instruments – but most importantly, all of it is “processed”, degraded, distorted, looped and glitched on an array of tape machines. Even if not for his bewitching vocals, this tape manipulation lends an otherworldly sheen to his sounds… It’s quite exquisitely beautiful and immersive. It’s also quite astonishingly of a piece with the predominantly digital processing of artists like Tim Hecker, Christian Fennesz and others. I highly recommend exploring the (mostly freely downloadable) work on his Bandcamp – the vinyl & cassettes are mostly sold out, but seek them out if you can!

Clipping – Knees on the Ground [Unknown Records/No Time Records]
Aphex Twin – CheetahT7b [Warp]
Dalhous – The Essential Wander [Lapsus Records]
Marcus Whale – A White Blanket [Good Manners/Marcus Whale Bandcamp]
Yannis Kyriakides with Slagwerk Den Haag and Silbersee – smell down death [Unsounds]
Yannis Kyriakides with Slagwerk Den Haag and Silbersee – gut thoughts [Unsounds] {incorporating slowed-down vinyl extracts of The Brothers Four‘s gorgeous song Green Fields}
Yannis KyriakidesAffectio: The 48 Emotions – Gratitude / Benevolence / Anger / Revenge / Cruelty [Unsounds]
Kyriakides Moor – Vamvakaris [Unsounds]
Kyriakides Moor – Vamvakaris [Unsounds]
Yannis Kyriakides | Andy Moor – Psyche [Unsounds]
Yannis Kyriakides with Slagwerk Den Haag and Silbersee – la la la terminal state [Unsounds]
Ian William Craig – A Single Hope [Fat Cat/130701]
Ian William Craig – open passage, closed passage, hidden passage [Ian William Craig Bandcamp/Aguirre Records]
Ian William Craig – Antipode [Ian William Craig Bandcamp]
Ian William Craig – (I Have Seen) The Edges of your Content [Ian William Craig Bandcamp]
Ian William Craig – Contain (Astoria Version) [Fat Cat/130701]
Ian William Craig – Contain (Cedar Version) [Fat Cat/130701]

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Sunday, 3rd of July, 2016

Playlist 03.07.16 (7:59 pm)

Tonight we have a range of dark sounds, from indietronica to acoustic improv, acoustic doom to postpunk, post-dubstep to drill’n’bass.

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We start with the new music coming out from Aussie indie/underground stalwart Benjow, who’s been releasing music on Bandcamp under the Lewis Carroll-inspired moniker haddock’s eyes for the last year and a bit. This new EP comes on what would have been the birthday of longtime musical partner Baterz. It touches on the tragedy of loss, and on issues of mental health, and it showcases his gorgeous techniques for taking lo-fi indie guitar music and treating it in various high-tech and low-tech ways.

Circadia are an improvising quartet described by their label as “experimental psych-impro-folk”. The folk, if it’s there, comes from the acoustic instrumentation used. Two members are experimental guitarists – David Stackenäs from Sweden, who’s played with Fire! Orchestra and many others, and the Norwegian Kim Myhr, who we recently heard collaborating beautifully with Jenny Hval and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. Bassist Joe Williamson is also based in Sweden where he’s played with Fire! Orchestra, but he’s also a member of the excellent improv/postrock/glitch trio Trapist. And you should know drummer Tony Buck from Sydney greats The Necks among a huge range of groupings. These are all masters of improv and live sound sculpture, so it’s no surprise this is a gem. Out from SOFA in mid-August.

David Toop is a renowned music writer & academic, whose essays and articles on experimental music, world music, ambient music, improvisation etc have inspired and illuminated many. He’s also compiled many ear-opening compilations, and released a fair amount of music himself. But it’s been quite long since his last musical release, because for some years (over a decade) he has been agnostic at best about the project of making or listening to music (as opposed to sound). It took some conversations with Brisbane’s Lawrence English to come back to making music, and this album, released on English’s Room40 label, constructs sound-pictures from field recordings, recordings of non-musical objects, and sometimes-disjointed musical elements.

B/B/S/ is a supergroup of sorts, featuring artists from improv, doom and acoustic doom worlds making gorgeous immersive psych/postrock/doom. The first B is Aidan Baker, extremely prolific guitarist & producer, one half of doom/drone metal legends Nadja. The other B is percussionist & producer Andrea Belfi, part of the amazingly fecund Italian experimental music scene, and the S is the brilliant Erik K Skodvin, who through Miasmah Records, his own solo music and his duo Deaf Center has pioneered the genre of “acoustic doom”. There’s plenty of mystery and cavernous doom in this music, although it’s sometimes quite peaceful too – movement within sillness, immense beauty and depth.

UK duo Raime have been connected to the Blackest Ever Black label since its beginnings in 2010. They’ve released some influential mixes – their 2011 FACT Mix was a raging 40 minutes of darkwave jungle, which you can stream at least here. While jungle is no doubt an influence, it’s more in the darkness and rhythmic drive than BPM or production style. There’s a lot of taut postpunk angularity, heavy bass motion, clipped vocal samples, sometimes offset by fluttering string drones…

Asher Levitas is a member of the post-dubstep collective Old Apparatus, who released some mixes and EPs on Deep Medi with some mystery a few years ago, but have since put out a series of EPs on their own Sullen Tone label, each produced by a different member. Levitas’ album is if anything a step upwards: beats are only present on a few tracks, but there’s plenty of bass and rhythmic propulsion. Surges of noise or distorted vocals appear, as well as the beautiful vocals of Marina Elderton.

Finally, the musical chameleon ¬ b (fka Lee Bannon) – born as Fred Warmsley iii, now known as Dedekind Cut. His probably last release as Lee Bannon is a massive double cassette/digital mixtape called 3M that takes in unreleased tracks & partially-finished tracks from the last 4 years – from new bass techno sounds to his origins in hip-hop to ambient, with a strong thread of classic jungle as well as more experimental drill’n’bass running through it. There are heaps of gems throughout this release, so I highly recommend picking it up!

haddock’s eyes – twenty two [haddock’s eyes Bandcamp]
haddock’s eyes – sins (it’s coming in waves) [haddock’s eyes Bandcamp]
Circadia – The human volunteers were kept in isolation [SOFA]
David Toop – Ancestral Beings, Sightless By Their Own Dust [Room40]
David Toop – Sea Slug [Room40]
B/B/S/ – Cosmow [Miasmah]
B/B/S/ – Navel Oil [Miasmah]
Raime – Glassed [Blackest Ever Black]
Raime – Told & Collapsed [Blackest Ever Black]
Raime – The Dimming Of Road And Rights [Blackest Ever Black]
Raime – Stammer [Blackest Ever Black]
Asher Levitas – Withdrawn [Planet µ]
Old Apparatus – Boxcat [Sullen Tone]
Asher Levitas – Blessed Mother feat. Marina Elderton [Planet µ]
Asher Levitas – In The Eyes [Planet µ]
¬ b (fka Lee Bannon) – 3m8-disc1 [Lee Bannon Bandcamp]
¬ b (fka Lee Bannon) – 3m14 (bloodline)-disc2 [Lee Bannon Bandcamp]

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