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Sunday, 28th of September, 2014

Playlist 28.09.14 (8:45 pm)

Tonight, we talk to Austin Buckett and delve into the back catalogue of Aphex Twin...

LISTEN to one fascinating conversation and some fab AFX sounds among others... Stream on demand at FBi Radio, podcast right here.

Thom Yorke - Guess Again! [Self-released/Bittorrent]
Thom Yorke - There Is No Ice (For My Drink) / Pink Section [Self-released/Bittorrent]
Austin Buckett - Grain Loops 2, 13, 27 [Room40]
...interview with Austin Buckett...
Austin Buckett - Sand Stems (Thomas William remix) [Room40]
Austin Buckett - Sand Stems (Delofi remix) [Room40]
Golden Blonde - Clarinet [Feral Media]
Spartak - Nightshift (Power Moves rework) [Feral Media]
Function & Vatican Shadow - Things Unknown [Hospital Productions]
Panoptique Electrical - Quiet [Panoptique Electrical Bandcamp]
Aphex Twin - Marchromt30a Edit 2b 96 [104.98] [Warp]
Aphex Twin - Xtal [R&S Records]
Saint Etienne - who do you think you are (quex-rd by Aphex Twin) (excerpt) [Heavenly]
Aphex Twin - blur (excerpt) [Warp]
Aphex Twin - Ventolin (The Coppice Mix) [Warp]
Aphex Twin - Acrid Avid Jam Shred [Warp]
AFX - Laughable Butane Bob [Warp]
Aphex Twin - Milk Man [Warp]
The Bad Plus - Flim [Columbia Records]

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Sunday, 21st of September, 2014

Playlist 21.09.14 (9:07 pm)

Hey you.

LISTEN BACK, LISTEN FORWARDS... the choice is yours. One thing's for sure, it's music. Stream on demand at FBi Radio, podcast right here.

Panoptique Electrical - Action [Panoptique Electrical Bandcamp]
Great Panoptique Winter - Put Hope In Future Days [Great Panoptique Winter Bandcamp]
Pretty Boy Crossover - x-3 fader [Surgery Records]
Other People's Children - Soon all this will be picturesque ruins [555 Records]
Great Panoptique Winter - Whiteout [Great Panoptique Winter Bandcamp]
Panoptique Electrical - Fury [Panoptique Electrical Bandcamp]
Sophia Loizou - Baptisia [Astro:Dynamics]
Sophia Loizou - Silica [Astro:Dynamics]
Fis - Speech Spirits [Loopy]
Fis - DMT Usher [Tri-Angle]
Fis - Speech Spirits (The Nagger by Oren Ambarchi) [Loopy]
Aphex Twin - s950tx16wasr10 [earth portal mix] [163.97] [Warp]
Aphex Twin - papat4 [pineal mix] [155] [Warp]
Aphex Twin - aisatsana [102] [Warp]
Memotone & Soosh - Aponi [Project Mooncircle]
Memotone & Soosh - The Roofwalker [Project Mooncircle]
Memotone - Many Things [A Future Without Press]
Paper Tiger - Silfra (Memotone remix) [Paper Tiger Bandcamp]
Memotone & Soosh - First Avenue [Project Mooncircle]
Alice & Michi - Fighers (Leah Kardos remix) [Bigo & Twigetti]

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Sunday, 14th of September, 2014

Playlist 14.09.14 (9:09 pm)

Evening! How's things? Been good? Good!

So LISTEN AGAIN because you won't get these sounds anywhere else... Download/podcast here, stream on demand there.

We have some excellent retro-electronic-experimentalism from Mark Barrage, then a couple of tracks from Unsound Festival's new compilation attached to this month's Wire Magazine, with an exclusive look at Atom™ & Robin Fox's glitchy techno collaboration (but without the visuals obvs) and Poland's Aleksandra Grunholz aka We Will Fail.
Then we head to the UK for some extraordinary post-rave minimalism(?) from Akkord. They worked separately & together on dubstep, techno & drum'n'bass as Synkro & Indigo, but when they paired up officially as Akkord something seems to have instantly clicked - nothing out of place, ascetic electronic tones & beats, almost disquietingly pure.

And yet more strings for you this week, starting with cellist Oliver Coates, first up with a cover of a techno track by Prah Recordings compatriot Bryce Hackford, followed by a stunning cover of minimalist indie stars Adult Jazz, with vocals by the singularly-named Chrysanthemum Bear.
Then we have some wonderful viola & electronics from the Netherlands courtesy of Michel Banabila & Oene van Geel, and more from Peter Broderick + Gabriel Saloman who also featured last week.

I don't always let my obsession with the weirder reaches of black metal, doom metal, grindcore et al bubble over into the show, but a lot of it fits with the drone/noise side of the 'Fog. Wreck and Reference apparently started off with some guitar in the mix as we hear in their earlier tracks tonight, but have devolved into basically just electronics and drums. And screaming. When their vocalist wants to, he can sound like perfect '80s New Romantic, but he's as likely to emit black metal howls. You can hear Slint and Shellac in the earlier releases, and it was kind of wonderful to discover that stuff along with the latest noise/metal/pop weirdness...

Penultimately, a couple of remixes from Hecq's Conversions set of unreleased reworkings, shifting from French breakcore producer Ruby My Dear to Norwegian acoustic doom/drone producer Svarte Greiner, the latter of which points to Hecq's work under his own name, Ben Lukas Boysen.

And we finish up with some rather pretty indie/electronic sounds from Canberra's Raus on the hellosQuare label.

Mark Barrage - He's My Dad [Endless Melt]
Mark Barrage - Dead Badger [Endless Melt]
Atom™ & Robin Fox - Double Vision (excerpt) [Unsound via Wire Mag]
We Will Fail - 061 [Unsound via Wire Mag]
We Will Fail - V.02 [Monotype]
Akkord - Gradient [Monkeytown]
Akkord - Folded Edge [Houndstooth]
Akkord - Continuum [Houndstooth]
Oliver Coates - Another Fantasy (cover of Bryce Hackford) [Prah Recordings]
Oliver Coates - Hum (feat. Chrysanthemum Bear) (cover of Adult Jazz) [Adult Jazz SoundCloud]
Michel Banabila & Oene van Geel - Nothing but Blue Sky [Tapu]
Peter Broderick + Gabriel Saloman - Lament For Philip Seymour Hoffman [Beacon Sound]
Wreck and Reference - Stranger, Fill This Hole In Me [The Flenser]
Wreck and Reference - Bankrupt [The Flenser]
Wreck and Reference - Evening Redness / Desire, Ether [Wreck and Reference Bandcamp/The Flenser]
Wreck and Reference - Spectrum [The Flenser]
Ruby My Dear - Hawa (Remix by Hecq) [Ad Noiseam]
Svarte Greiner - Final Sleep (Remix by Hecq) [Ad Noiseam]
Raus - House [hellosQuare]

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Sunday, 7th of September, 2014

Playlist 07.09.14 (9:06 pm)

Some big specials on Adelaide's lovely Clue To Kalo and Iceland's lovely Hildur Guðnadóttir among other loveliness!

LISTEN AGAIN to the seductive sounds. Stream on demand from FBi on mobile or at the office! Podcast right here...

So good to have new µ-Ziq in da house! Although I'd say some of it is pretty old µ-Ziq, especially the delightfully doleful & melodic second track I played, "Tambor". For my money, not even Aphex Twin has quite his talent for the melodic.

Oh, speaking of which... new Aphex Twin! The album is coming real soon now, and we were just gifted with this first track, which I pretty much had to play in order to keep my radio license - followed by one of his most celebrated pieces of melody & wonky rhythms.

No doubt bearing a fair bit of an influence from Richard D James is an Englishman now based in Perth releasing music as Gravy Murphy. Nice hearing (sampled) live drums with acid synth lines.

Sydney indie/electronic band Bon Chat, Bon Rat put out a new album recently, with some nice '80s-influenced pop songs on there, but also some great, most post-rocky instrumentals separated by little experimental electronic segues. I thought I'd drop us in on the second-last segue and play through the last two main tracks on the album. Recommended, check out their Bandcamp.

And then, staying in Australia, we found ourselves on a little trip through the works of Adelaide's Mark Mitchell aka Clue To Kalo, aka http://www.cluetokalo.com/">super science at the start of the 2000s. His early works were influenced by the idm of the time, but already featured his sweetly melodic vocals. Over the next few albums he transformed through "indietronica" into something more like live band music, although the laptop production never really went away. It's nice to hear the electronic flourishes among the almost musical theatre-like songwriting and full band arrangements here. It's his first self-released album and I hope it gets the recognition it deserves.

The rest of the show is a bit of an excursion into experimental strings. We start with Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir, who's just released her best album yet, Samar, on the Touch label. At times her strummed and lightly bowed cello is reminiscent of French cellist Colleen on her last two beautiful albums, but with more of the drone sensibility Guðnadóttir has honed in her work with other experimental artists like Ilpo Väisänen (of Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) with their Angel project. The new Angel album features her quite heavily, especially on the glorious 20-minute opening track, plucked and droned cello merging into stentorian electronic tones...

A different take on strings and electronics comes from frequently-featured Dutch artist Michel Banabila's new album with his countryman Oene van Geel on viola. Some rhythmic bass throbbing is the closest we get to a beat, but mostly it's ambient glitchscapes with occasional explosions, and at points surprisingly folky multi-tracked viola. Well worth lending your ear.

And finally, a surprising collaboration. Another noisenik, Gabriel Saloman (aka GMS, ex-Yellow Swans) has taken his psychedelic sound-painting into the world of classical composition lately. Apparently for this release, he & Peter Broderick spent some time preparing the initial samples that then formed the basis of their two sides. GMS' side is one lone track, but Peter Broderick's is a few (not that short) pieces, of which tonight's also goes into the slight-dub territory of his recent collaboration with Greg Haines.

µ-Ziq - Taxi Sadness [Planet µ]
µ-Ziq - Tambor [Planet µ]
Aphex Twin - minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix] [Warp]
Aphex Twin - Alberto Balsalm [Warp]
Gravy Murphy - Mumps [Gravy Murphy Bandcamp]
Bon Chat, Bon Rat - // - Kartika - /// - Mara's Daughters [Bon Chat, Bon Rat Bandcamp]
Clue To Kalo - The Men That They Make Us [Clue To Kalo]
super science - now which way to where? [Surgery Records]
super science - heart's in my sneakers [Surgery Records]
Clue To Kalo - do you know that love can end? [Mush]
Clue To Kalo - Seconds When It's Minutes [Mush]
Clue To Kalo - Of Him On Her Heels, By The Narrator [Popfrenzy]
Clue To Kalo - Time As A Turbine / Motives [Clue To Kalo]
Hildur Guðnadóttir - Heima [Touch]
Hildur Guðnadóttir - Í Hring [Touch]
Hildur Guðnadóttir - Liður [Touch]
Hauschka & Hildur Guðnadóttir - #283 [Sonic Pieces]
Angel - Naked Land (excerpt) (feat. Hildur Guðnadóttir) [Editions Mego]
Michel Banabila & Oene van Geel - Dondergod [Tapu]
Peter Broderick + Gabriel Saloman - Man Of The Streets [Beacon Sound]

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