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Sunday, 19th of August, 2018

Playlist 19.08.18 (9:06 pm)

Ambient pads and drones and classical/jazz influences are rife in tonight's show, but we're starting with an artist known for bass techno and jungle influences...

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Djrum - Showreel Pt.3 [R&S Records/Bandcamp]
Djrum - Plantain [Samurai Music]
Djrum - Space Race, Pt. 1 & 2 [2nd Drop Records]
Djrum - Creature Pt. 1 (feat. Zosia Jagodzinska) [R&S Records/Bandcamp]
Djrum - Creature Pt. 2 (feat. Zosia Jagodzinska) [R&S Records/Bandcamp]
Felix Manuel has carved out a pretty special place in the UK dance music scene in the last 5 years or longer. Djrum tracks can easily veer from dubstep to techno to drum'n'bass in one track, changing time signatures around some kind of repeating pattern that suddenly switches musical meaning... Strings have appeared here and there and also piano, but on his stunning new album Portrait With Firewood (named after a work by Marina Abramovic) he really brings the ambient piano jazz to the fore, even in intros and outros to the more dancefloor-oriented tracks, and also collaborates with fellow London-based cellist Zosia Jagodzinska on a few lovely tracks. An artist you should probably catch up on, and definitely get into this new album!

JV & Palf - JBNT [October Records]
IljusWifmo – Frenetic [Clubwerks]
Palf - Drip Dry (JV's 130 Pressure VIP) [Palf]
JV & Palf - Gully [October Records]
We've heard Max Palfrey on this show a bit as part of the great techno/bass duo IljusWifmo. And last year he released a solo EP with a remix from fellow Sydneysider Corey Furey aka JV. Now they've teamed up together for three tracks of bass techno, with some little bits of jungle breaks sneaking into "JBNT".

Michael - Convert [hellosQuare]
Michael - Ends [hellosQuare]
A member of the demented Brisbane improv-noise-rock-tronic group Feet Teeth, Paul Young has decided to call his industrial ambient / noise solo project by the name "Michael" - given that his own name is already taken, so to speak. Michael is his middle name, in case it's causing you as much consternation as it caused me. His solo album, released by Shoeb Ahmad's Canberra-based label hellosQuare (despite Shoeb's best efforts to scale the label back) is a splendid slab of doom-laden sound - buried, reverberated vocals and overdriven electronics, rhythm elements but no beats to speak of, melding the filthy with the mellifluous. Get into it.

Siavash Amini & Umchunga - 1827 [Flaming Pines]
The beautiful new album from Tehran-based Siavash Amini & Nima Pourkarimi aka Umchunga draws out forlorn drones from fragments of piano & chamber music by long-dead composers. In fact that deaths of the composers are commemorated in the track titles (hint: Ludwig van Beethoven died in 1827). It's something that others have done before (e.g. Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project) but Amini & Pourkarimi manage to create some exquisitely icy landscapes from these little repetitive phrases, with a murky kind of fear or trepidation creeping behind the sounds, in a peaceful kind of way. The Brightest Winter Sun is out on cassette & digital latest this month, highly recommended.

Hilde Marie Holsen - Eskolaite [Hubro]
Hilde Marie Holsen - Lapis [Hubro]
Some incredible live processing here from Norwegian trumpeter Hilde Marie Holsen, whose new album on Hubro sees her sampling breaths through the instrument, tapping of keys and all manner of sounds from the instrument, creating beds of wonderful granular bubbly sounds over which she performs patient melodies. It would be remarkable even if we didn't know that she was doing all of this in real time.

Colin Stetson - Book Burning [Milan]
Colin Stetson - Séance Sleepwalking [Milan]
The director of the scary movie Hereditary Ari Aster really loves Colin Stetson - before the movie even started filming, he was giving Stetson's music to all involved, and this is a rather nice thing I think, when a director really knows the sound they want to get and is happy to hand it over to an artist they respect. Stetson has definitely come through with the goods, as usual with mostly just his own saxophone, albeit with some overdubs, and featuring his wife, the brilliant Sarah Neufeld's violin on a few tracks. I haven't seen the movie, but it sounds like the perfect way to get the hairs up on the back of your neck...

The Declining Winter - Still Harbour Hope [Home Assembly Music]
As usual, Hood's Richard Adams provides quality with his offerings as The Declining Winter. This album was going to be out soon but has now been pushed back to 21st September due to, of course, vinyl pressing delays. There's plenty of indie guitar, but also gems like this song cast as ambient electronica. Pre-order it!

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