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Sunday, 2nd of January, 2011

Playlist 02.01.11 (10:11 pm)

First Utility Fog of 2011 and it's MY BIRTHDAY! So I'll play whatever the heck I want! Er - just like always.
LISTEN AGAIN, as always, via the link at the bottom. You won't regret it. It may change your life.

Starting with a track I played last week and forgot, but it's so awesome that you actually do need to hear it again. *phew* #closecall
Oh dear. Hashtags in playlist posts. Bad form.
Uh, anyway, Spartak are awesome y'all. I think I've been hammering this point home for a while now. Cleptoclectics' remix comes from a cassette/download release that just made it into 2010, called Version Room.

Tonight ended up being mostly recent tracks, but I was listening to this particular Bracken remix earlier in the week and knew I had to play it. Absolutely beautiful reconfiguration of the French indie band Immune, imbuing the vocal snippets with pastel-hued nostalgia.

And nobody can complain about a bit of Jon Hopkins being slipped in there. Piano, crunching beats and bass... and then string duo Geese do a stunning remix.

Continuing the string theme, we have a new Fingerlings EP from Andrew Bird! Lots of live instrumental material on this one, although the track I played does (eventually) have vocals.

Another violinist and vocalist follows. Peter Broderick is also an accomplished photographer, and I only recently discovered that he has been combining the two on his Flickr page, where he has a set called "free music", pairing images with exclusive mp3s. Some wonderful sounds there.

"In California" is Joanna Newsom at her most Kate Bush-sounding, even though the song to me also bears the obvious influence of Joni Mitchell. It's a wonderful epic from an epic (3CD!) album that is really worth exploring.

Owen Pallett had an epic concept album out last year too, and neither of the tracks I played came directly from it. The track "Tryst With Mephistopheles" does appear on Heartland, but I played an instrumental version from Owen's new Export EP, which you can download (in demo form at least) from SoundCloud. I believe he'll be selling these at his Sydney Festival gigs this year.
We also heard him with some nicely contemporary beats courtesy of CFCF.

Latter-day Massive Attack seems to sometimes garner a "meh" reaction from the fans, but I've actually loved them, just as much as I did back in the '90s with Blue Lines and all the rest. Particularly nice hearing Tunde Adebimpe with the dark and dubby beats on this track.

Dark and dubsteppy is the track from Mr Lager, released as part of the latest series of releases from Various. You'd only know it's Mr Lager because the mp3s are tagged as such. Very suited to the Various (Production) canon though!

Listeners will know that James Blake is one of the artists I've been obsessing over a bit lately. I know that his forthcoming album isn't going to do it for me, but the EPs/12"s from this year were stellar.

Equally obsession-worthy was the anbb album, which I feel is among the very top releases of 2010. It always garners a reaction when I play it (especially this long, crazy, and ultimately beautiful opening track), and needs more attention from the rest of the world!

Speaking of obsessions, Justin K Broadrick, in his various guises, has popped up a lot in 2010. The two tracks I played tonight came from two late-coming releases of 2010, both digital only EPs which you can buy via the links below. Both feature his wonderful full-throttle guitar sounds and riffage.

From out of the Digital Hardcore era comes Christoph de Babalon, with some dark breakcore action. He released a seminal album of the nascent genre in 1997, and didn't do much between the late '90s and the last couple of years, but apparently as well as a few recent 12"s, there's an album on the way. I'll be all over it.

65daysofstatic bring the drum'n'bass beats too, on a track from their late entry into 2010 (also their fourth release for the year!), the Heavy Sky EP. It segues into the lovely "Guitar Cascades" that close the EP.

From out of 65dos' guitar glitchery come the fun years, who over three albums have created a shuddering, crackling sonic landscape, where the guitar and turntable sources are often hard to discern. They're one of the most exciting discoveries of 2010, even though I'd heard (and loved) a couple of remixes they did in 2009...

From his wonderful real to reel album that came out right at the end of 2010, part timer gives us a lovely wonky tune featuring the harp and vocals of heidi elva.

And lastly, we have a preview of the new album from Brisbane math-/post-rockers Mr. Maps. Leaning less on the electronic glitchery and studio edits (which is a small shame, but reflects their live presence better), the album features cello and piano among the angular rock riffs and rhythms. It's definitely going to get plenty more airplay here and I suspect on FBi in general.

Spartak - Second-Half Clouded (feat. Lucrecia Perez) [Low Point]
Spartak - Sunstrokes (Cleptoclectics remix) [hellosQuare]
Immune - Recorded home (Bracken remix) [Eglantine Records] {free(!) download here.}
Jon Hopkins - Vessel [Domino]
Jon Hopkins - The Low Places (Geese Remix) [Domino]
Andrew Bird - you woke me up! [self-released]
Peter Broderick - when_i_blank_i_blank [free download via Flickr!] {read the awesome story behind this track here, where you can download it too...}
Joanna Newsom - In California [Drag City/Spunk]
Owen Pallett - Export 5 (Tryst With Mephistopheles) [free download from SoundCloud!]
Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (CFCF Remix) [Domino]
Massive Attack - Pray For Rain (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) [EMI]
Mr Lager - Kailis [Various]
James Blake - CMYK [R&S Records]
anbb - fall [raster noton]
Jesu - Christmas (Pale Sketcher remix) [digital release from Avalanche Inc store]
Final - Gravity [digital release from Avalanche Inc store]
Christoph de Babalon - Golden Halo [RestRoomRecords]
65daysofstatic - Beats Like A Helix [Hassle Records]
65daysofstatic - Guitar Cascades [Hassle Records]
the fun years - d > > 2 / softly as stilts [barge recordings]
the fun years - the surge is working [barge recordings]
the fun years - precious persecution complex [barge recordings]
part timer - never meant to be (feat. heidi elva) [Lost Tribe Sound]
Mr. Maps - Cover Your Heads [lofly]

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One Response to “Playlist 02.01.11”

  1. Jeroen Says:

    Happy 2011 and Happy Birthday to you! Thanks for the shows, still good! :-)

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