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Sunday, 23rd of April, 2017

Playlist 23.04.17 (12:36 am)

Hey ho, thanks to Andrew Maxam for his wonderful fill-in last week! I’m back with a great assortment of mixed sounds.

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As well as being half of Graveyard Tapes with Matthew Collings, Euan McMeeken makes beautiful post-classical/ambient indie music as Glacis. Last year he released his album The World is a Little Lonelier Without You through the boutique Facture label in a very limited CD edition, but there are currently a few days left of the Kickstarter he’s running to release it on vinyl, so head on over if it sounds like your thing!

Here’s something unusual that popped into my mailbox this week. Irish indiefolk dreamer Villagers has teamed up with the one & only composer/arranger/orchestrator Nico Muhly for a single release – seems to just be this one track. It’s mostly twinkly prettiness but I like how it goes a bit overdriven near the end.

Originally from Sydney, I believe, the duo Ducks! are now based in Berlin where they quack and benefit from water running off their backs, but they also make some lovely trip hoppy indietronica. You can grab this single over on their Bandcamp and I’m looking forward to more soon.

Shaun Leacy used to play with the legendary, infamous Newcastle noise/ritual/neo-Neanderthal group Castings, but they broke up years ago (*sob*), so it’s excellent to hear some new cassette releases from him, solo – despite the name Suburban Cracked Collective. It’s electronic music, even with some beats, but with a freeform noise/psychedelic approach. Been enjoying these a lot this past week.

Perhaps the most prominent name from the groundbreaking leftfield hip-hop group Anti-Pop ConsortiumBeans has collaborated with lots of experimental electronic artists over the years, including an appearance on last year’s Mark Pritchard album. But it’s been a while since a real release from Beans, so it’s kind of a surprise to suddenly find he’s just released not one but THREE albums simultaneously. The first is produced by Canadian producer Toboggan, while the second features collaborations with heaps of interesting producers including Laurel HaloChelsea Wolfe producer Ben Chisholm and Yellow Swans‘ Pete Swanson. The third is focused on the appalling unchecked violence towards black people in America, and has some quite harrowing listening, mostly produced by Ay Fast of the Schematic label.

Once upon a time the Anticon label’s core product was weirdass hip-hop, but now they cover everything from electronica to indie, so it’s nice hearing Anticon original doseone turning up with a good dose of dark electronic hip-hop along with underground rapper Mestizo. The project’s called A7PHA, and it’s the best material I’ve heard involving doseone in a while.

Latvian producer N1L appeared on the scene with his ultra-processed, technical, messed-up techno with a 2015 EP that launched Lee Gamble‘s UIQ label. A second EP followed on UIQ this year, and his latest release is an EP on Where To Now? Records, a slightly more ambient affair but equally weird. Off the back of that first EP he was asked by PAN to remix experimental electronic maestro Helm.

Finally, Gradients, the somewhat delayed debut compilation from the wonderful Astrophonica, has dropped this week. A who’s who of contemporary jungle & jungle-meets-footwork-meets-bass music, it’s got some killer tracks, and who better to start things off than label founders Fracture & Neptune? It’s crazy technical stuff, beat juggling like none other, but the classic fast drums and slow bass sound we’ve loved for over 2 decades now… Newcomer Lewis James bounces the beats over ambient pads and a slow-fast backbone, while Sully reminds us that rave music had breakbeats even before jungle was a thing.

Glacis – 16 March [Facture/Kickstarter to release on vinyl]
Villagers & Nico Muhly – Fortunate Child [created for This Ain’t No Disco]
Ducks! – Giant World [Ducks! Bandcamp]
Suburban Cracked Collective – Oh Gravity… You Fucker [Chemical Imbalance]
Castings – no puppet, no dice [Steady Cam Records]
Suburban Cracked Collective – What’s With All The Peacocks [Altered States Tapes]
Beans – Slow Motion Explosion [Tyger Rawwk Rcrds/Beans Bandcamp]
Anti-Pop Consortium – Volcano (Four Tet Remix) [Ninja Tune]
Beans – Grey Meat [Tyger Rawwk Rcrds/Beans Bandcamp]
Beans – Waterboarding [Tyger Rawwk Rcrds/Beans Bandcamp]
Beans – VX [Tyger Rawwk Rcrds/Beans Bandcamp]
Beans – Super Bleak [Tyger Rawwk Rcrds/Beans Bandcamp]
A7PHA – No Breaks [Anticon]
A7PHA – Kingdom [Anticon]
N1L – Sleep Architecture [UIQ]
N1L – Iguana Love Bite [UIQ]
Helm – Olympic Mess (N1L Remix) [PAN]
N1L – Chasing The Sun [Where To Now? Records]
Fracture & Neptune – Whatever [Astrophonica]
Lewis James – Snook [Astrophonica]
Sully – We’re Here [Astrophonica]

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