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Sunday, 27th of November, 2016

Playlist 27.11.16 (7:53 pm)

Here we are at the end of the second-last month of the most insane year in a long time... and for all the upheaval and the people who've died, at least there's been lots of great music coming out this year.

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For the last few years the Subsequence Radio show on Canberra community radio station 2XX, hosted by Michael Norris and Reuben Ingall, has released a fundraiser compilation of local experimental & electronic music. This year's is as great as ever, and we heard a bit of guitars & electronic beats from Canberran solo artist Fossil Rabbit.

Perth postrock band Original Past Life put out an excellent album on hellosQuare earlier this year, and have now collected a bunch of remixes on their Bandcamp. Local Perthian Ghost Drums does the duties tonight.

Adelaide artist Jason Sweeney has been making music in a plethora of styles since the '90s, including some iconic idm as one half of Pretty Boy Crossover. His somewhat ambient electronic music (often with piano) has been coming out under the Panoptique Electrical name for a while now, and the last couple of years have seen some his best work. Disappearing Music For Face actually came out on Sweeney's own Bandcamp earlier this year, but it's seen a welcome physical edition (beautifully-packaged CDR) from Greek label Sound In Silence.

Cassette label Tandem Tapes, run out of Indonesia by Canberran Morgan McKellar, have released their latest batch of split cassettes. This one features some excellent tracks from Indonesian artist Jurumeya, which I will play on a future show - but tonight we heard a little epic of dark ambient sounds from Sydney's Jwpaton.

British duo Demdike Stare were known for years for their dark ambient English folk dub explorations. They always had an interest in early rave, jungle & techno, but it wasn't until 2013 when they started their Testpressing series of 12"s that this surfaced in an incredible explosion of mashed-up beats and electronics. Over seven 12"s, they explored jungle, grime & techno in their own special way, finishing up last year, so it's awesome to have both an album in the same style and also a 3CD edition which collects all the 12"s on CD for the first time.

Black Manual is a collaboration between Jan St Werner of Mouse on Mars and three Brazillian percussionists - Valdir Jovenal, Juninho Quebradeira and Leo Leandro - mixing fractured electronics with voodoo percussion. The Berlin label Portals Editions have just released a remix EP, and we heard a gorgeous sunken cathedral from Yair Glotman as KETEV and then his sometime collaborator James Ginzburg in his new incarnation as Bleed Turquoise.

Bleed Turquoise also crops up on a remix EP from brutal hardcore/post-metal trio SUMAC, fronted by Aaron Turner of ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer et al. This one will see you safe from any anguished metal howls, but repurposes some of the riffs & rhythms of the original into something quite otherworldly.

Moscow trio Fogh Depot combine a chamber classical aesthetic with jazz influences and electronics on their second album for Denovali. It's a beautiful, rich combo of clarinet, double bass, drums and electronics, reminding me a little of The Notwist's soundtrack work. Recommended.

In a different direction, but also on a classical-meets-electronic tip is the new collaboration between two brilliant English composer/performers, Mica Levi & Oliver Coates. Levi is best known for her bent electronic pop as Micachu, but also won accolades & awards for her soundtrack to the movie Under The Skin a couple of years ago, and is a classically trained composer & musician. Coates is a contemporary classical cellist and also uses his cello in his electronic productions. So the collaboration was always going to be very interesting. Beautiful clean & processed cello sounds - melodies, fluttery riffs and percussive sounds - co-habit with chopped & screwed samples and occasional vocal fragments.

Unexpected collaboration of the year comes from ambient/indie/post-classical group dakota suite with weirdo-metal/postrock/post-classical band vampillia. It certainly leans to the more classical and/or postrock end of Vampillia's spectrum, although it's a little more freaky than Dakota Suite tend towards. As always with both artists, it's a true collaboration and worthwhile if you like either artist, or classical-tinged postrock!

Finishing up with the Subsequence Radio compilation we started with, we heard a beautiful piece of piano and field recordings from Canberran pianist & sound artist Millie Watson. I can't really find a web presence for her, so this video will have to do for now. I really hope to hear more from her as this is gorgeous.

Fossil Rabbit - Knife Edge [Subsequence Radio]
Original Past Life - Bear Hotel (Ghost Drums Remix) [Original Past Life Bandcamp]
Panoptique Electrical - First betrayal [Sounds In Silence]
Jwpaton - Kaspar [Tandem Tapes]
Demdike Stare - Overstaying [Modern Love]
Demdike Stare - Rathe [Modern Love]
Demdike Stare - Sourcer [Modern Love]
Black Manual - Mordendo (KETEV Remix) [Portals Editions]
Black Manual - Mordendo (Bleed Turquoise Remix) [Portals Editions]
SUMAC - Clutch of Oblivion (Bleed Turquoise Remix) [Thrill Jockey]
Fogh Depot - Turmalin [Denovali]
Fogh Depot - Svetly Prazdnik [Denovali]
Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - Barok Main [Slip]
Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - County H [Slip]
Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - Dragon In The Mist [Slip]
Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - Mob of Waters [Slip]
dakota suite | vampillia - the sea is never full (part 1) [Karaoke Kalk]
Millie Watson - Where I Happen To Be [Subsequence Radio]

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