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Thursday, 31st of March, 2022

Playlist 27.03.22 (12:38 am)

Very international experimental music tonight!
While preparing the text for this playlist, I was knocked about by the heartbreaking, unexpected news of Mira Calix's passing. She was in her early 50s, far too young. RIP Chantal.

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Cheb Terro vs DJ Die Soon - ABTAL AL DIGITAL [Drowned By Locals]
Cheb Terro vs DJ Die Soon - PINE [Drowned By Locals]
In 2020, Daisuke Imamura (aka Berlin-based Japanese producer DJ Die Soon) was put in touch with Tunisian rapper, DJ, writer and more, Rayen Hermassi (Cheb Terro) by the Jordanian label Drowned By Locals. Tragically, just as this project was finished, Cheb Terro passed away. So this will be the only missive from the Underplanet, as Terro described it - an expression of Tunisia's younger generation's feelings of sadness and rebellion. Imamura provides bass heavy grooves, noisy and distorted, over which Terro raps in various languages (including scraps of English). It's sinister and yet moving, and the instrumental "OUTROO" is a beautiful tribute to a creative life that ended too soon.

Maral - Lorestan Reggaeton (عشق edit) [Shaytoon Records]
Saint Abdullah - Lustre Ware [Shaytoon Records]
Shaytoon Records boss Sepehr released an excellent album of drum'n'bass & rave last year, and ended the year with a great release from Aria Rostami. Both Sepehr and Rostami are Iranian ex-pats living in New York, and Shaytoon's latest release is the latest compilation to showcase the highly abundant Iranian electronic scene, both in & out of the country. LA-based Maral continues her penchant for combining bass-heavy beats with punk influences and Farsi vocals, while New York-based Iranian brothers Saint Abdullah sample Arabic voices over a loping hip-hop beat.

Azu Tiwaline & Al Wootton - Blue Dub [Livity Sound/Bandcamp]
Based now in France, Azu Tiwaline originally hails from the desert of Tunisia, and released an incredible album of percussive dub techno in 2020 as well as an EP on Bristol's Livity Sound. Now she returns to Livity Sound, in collaboration with Londoner Al Wootton (fka Deadboy), presenting four different tracks all informed by UK bass and techno styles as well as North African percussion. The infectious dub techno of "Blue Dub" is a highlight.

Rookley - Warriors [Aimend/Bandcamp]
Berlin-based Rookley is originally from southern Europe, and lived for some time in Brooklyn, but his music sports the influences of UK club music and the commingling of UK and German influences in the Berlin scene. These influences are all over Playground, his new release, with the pitched down vocal chops on "Warriors" eventually building into a rumbling techno shuffle.

Herman - Sol [Fine Grains Records]
Released on Dutch label Fine Grains Records, the second EP from Surry-based Herman is also concerned with UK bass styles, broken beats sometimes veering towards drum'n'bass (and backed by a great drum'n'bass remix from Holloway). The disembodied vocal snaps are very much in keeping with the previous sounds from Rookley.

Bacchus Harsh - Untitled [New Weird Australia/Bandcamp]
Megadead - Stay [New Weird Australia/Bandcamp]
A couple of weeks ago I featured a few tracks from New Weird Australia's latest superlative compilation of experimental Australian music, Collapse Theories. Here's a couple more. Christian Bishop is Bacchus Harsh, his latest identity after some years making breakcore and noise as Xian, and this untitled track is not unlike the dubstep, breakcore and classical-inspired heaviness of last year's Caveat Tumultum, released by Heavy Machinery. Benjamin Shaw is Megadead, in this case dubby electronics, a sidestep from the indie/folk stuff he's made under his own name.

Shelley Parker - Glisten [Hypercolour]
UK musician Shelley Parker is very versatile, at home with releases on dance labels like Hessle Audio and experimental labels like Entr'acte. Her new album for Hypercolour is Wisteria, combining urban industrial sampling and ravey breakbeats to very original effect.

Gooooose - Selector [SVBKVLT]
33EMYBW - Microcosmic [SVBKVLT]
Husband and wife Gooooose and 33EMYBW used to be part of legendary underground Shanghai experimental group Duck Fight Goose. They appeared at Soft Centre in Sydney's west a few years ago, and are often featured together, so it's no surprise that together they soundtracked an exhibition by UK video artist Weirdcore in Shanghai late in 2020. The split album Trans-Aeon Express that they've just released through Shanghai's SVBKVLT is an extension of that work, with art provided by Weirdcore. It's rhythmic work, and the pair's individual tendencies are clear, ranging from Gooooose's repurposed breakbeat, 33EMYBW's electro-techno, and beatless synth patterns. Trippy indeed.

vigliensoni - Breccia [Chez Kito Kat/Bandcamp]
vigliensoni - Ooze [Chez Kito Kat/Bandcamp]
Montréal's vigliensoni is a veteran of postpunk bands and has studied music technology and been immersed in house and techno. His interest in machine learning has led him to his new project, Clastic Music, an epic, evolving album that treats music like "clastic" rock formations, which are made up of fragments of rocks from earlier ages. So the tracks on this album sputter and tumble with generative rhythms created from templates of earlier techno, like dancing on an alien moon. It's the best kind of strange, rewiring the brain.

Alessandro Chemie - Hybridization [Elli Records/Bandcamp]
Alessandro Chemie - The Schrödinger Equation [Elli Records/Bandcamp]
The latest release from the excellent Elli Records finds Milan musician Alessandro Chemie exploring quantum mechanics through modular synthesis. Uncertainty derives its sounds from random generative processes which are then looped and constructed into the final tracks. Surges and crackles produce music that's like techno almost entirely stripped of rhythm. Compelling stuff.

The Leaf Library + Teruyuki Kurihara - Artefact [Mille Plateaux/Bandcamp]
The Leaf Library + Teruyuki Kurihara - Kite Beach [Mille Plateaux/Bandcamp]
Here's a surprising thing - London dronepop/spacerockers The Leaf Library on Mille Plateaux(!), courtesy of a hook-up with Japanese producer Teruyuki Kurihara, whose bleak, minimalist Frozen Dust was released by the label two years ago. The Leaf Library sent Kurihara a selection of minimal synth drones, from which Kurihara constructed these spare, minimalist pieces - some motorik beats, some windswept ambient.

Pedro Alves Sousa - Má Estrela [Shhpuma/Bandcamp]
Portugal has a thriving free jazz & experimental scene, with a lot centred around Clean Feed Records. But Clean Feed also have a sister label called Shhpuma, which goes beyond Clean Feed's jazz creativity into experimental music of all stripes. Pedro Alves Sousa and his collaborators on his new record Má Estrela (Bad Star) have free jazz cred, but use it here to construct very strange dub-electronics, with mangled samples and unbalanced beats and live basslines rubbing up against treated saxophone. Definitely unhinged, definitely great.

Too Tall To Sing - Flin van Hemmen & Jozef Dumoulin - Sweetheart Position [Shhpuma/Bandcamp]
Too Tall To Sing - Flin van Hemmen & Jozef Dumoulin - Little Bird of Bad Omen (Ty-Yt) [Shhpuma/Bandcamp]
Also recently released on Shhpuma is the debut release from duo Too Tall To Sing. Flin van Hemmen & Jozef Dumoulin played acoustic jazz together years ago, but now, separated by the ocean, they've created a beautifully subtle collection of electro-acoustic pieces, melding piano and voice with samples and scattered drum machines. It's quite otherworldly and bewitching.

Isik Kural - pillow of a thought [RVNG Intl/Bandcamp]
Isik Kural - lo si aspetta [RVNG/Bandcamp]
Istanbul-born Isik Kural studied in the US and now lives in Glasgow, working in sound design. His in february echoes the folktronica of the early '00s with a sophisticated palette, with beautiful chopped up acoustic guitar and piano floating and fluttering, and occasional vocal contributions from Stephanie Roxanne Ward. It's impressionist, beguiling music.

Rachika Nayar - The Mechanics of Escape [Headphone Commute/Bandcamp]
Rachika Nayar - New Strands [NNA Tapes/Bandcamp]
Last week I featured a couple of tracks from Headphone Commute's For Ukraine, Vol 1. But I was sad to run out of time to play the beautiful contribution from New York-based guitarist Rachika Nayar. Like the music on last year's NNA Tapes album Our Hands Against The Dusk, it features glitchily granulated sounds, not just of her guitar but also what sound like orchestral samples and more. I was very pleased to discover Nayar, and thence that album, via this compilation - although I'd heard a few other works via RVNG Intl previously (check her track with Nina Keith on the Salutations comp from last year).

Aidan Baker - A Condensed End of the World Drone Psych Blues [The Dark Outside/Bibliotapes/Bandcamp]
Christopher Scully-Thurston - Soundtrack Un·fixed Still Life of Dolly S. Dalí... a micro epic [The Dark Outside/Bibliotapes/Bandcamp]
Leo Cunningham - 4 Ukraine [The Dark Outside/Bibliotapes/Bandcamp]
We continue to explore compilations dedicated to the Ukrainian crisis, here with The Dark Outside and their novel-soundtracking Bibliotapes label - in fact, we heard Aidan Baker's soundtrack to a John Brunner novel just the other week. Baker appears along with 120(!) other artists, but this isn't too huge a commitment as each track is exactly one minute long! Diary of a Madman draws its title from Gogol but its target is clearly Putin, and inside we find Baker, The Leaf Library, L/F/D/M and nobuka among others, with vignettes that range from drone rock to glitchy ambience and pulsating rhythms. Along with Baker's noise outburst I played Christopher Scully-Thurston's "micro-epic" of scattered acoustic layers, and Leo Cunningham's peaceful ambience with scrabbling blurps.

Maria W Horn - Oinones Death pt. I [Hallow Ground/Bandcamp]
And finally tonight, a track taken from a compilation whose origins precede this conflict. Swiss label Hallow Ground tends to cover industrial darkness from rhythmic to drone, and for their compilation Ephiphanies invited musicians who've released on the label as well as like-minded people to explore "epiphanies through sound". This resulted in a surprising number of organ pieces (not generally my favourite instrument) as well as power ambient and very subtle works, of which the contribution from Swedish artist Maria W Horn is a stunning highlight. The wheezy sighs of her piece are apparently not any kind of harmonium or accordion but rather a contrabass recorder with the sounds of pitched glass. It's reminiscent of some of the sounds of FUJI||||||||||TA, whose own contribution here is beautiful but a little more abrasive. Also featured are a brief electro-acoustic percussion work from Valentina Magaletti, string & synth drones from Siavash Amini and pipe and synth drones from Lawrence English.

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Monday, 21st of March, 2022

Playlist 20.03.22 (10:41 pm)

African grime; drum'n'bass and experimental electronics from around the world; post-classical and ambient. Much music in support of Ukraine.

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Ecko Bazz - Mmaso [Hakuna Kulala]
Ecko Bazz - Lwakyi? [Hakuna Kulala]
From Kampala, Uganda-based label Hakuna Kulala (sub-label of Nyege Nyege Tapes) comes a hard-hitting album of hard-hitting rap influenced by grime, hip-hop and dancehall from Ugandan local Ecko Bazz. Most of the beats are produced by Debmaster, known for his work with MC Yallah, and his fidgety, bass-heavy productions sit well with Ecko Bazz's brilliant flow. You don't have to understand Luganda to be drawn by the infectious energy here.

Slikback - TAKAYUKI [Slikback Bandcamp]
Nairobi, Kenya-based producer Slikback made one of the beats on the Echo Bazz album. This week he also dropped a single track on his Bandcamp, as is his wont, glitchy beats and glitchy sampled vocals.

Sylvere - Shellington [Monkeytown Records/Bandcamp]
Sylvere - Toys [Monkeytown Records/Bandcamp]
Now to France, with Paris-based producer Sylvere, whose second EP on Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records just came out this week. Much like last year's EP1, it's bass-style sounds mostly for dancefloors, strongly influenced by soundsystem culture, dancehall in particular. On the new EP's opening track "Toys", jungle breaks are scattered through like icing sugar.

Source Direct - Diamonds [Tempo Records/Bandcamp]
New(?) music from jungle/drum'n'bass legends Source Direct, this is a b-side to the long-awaited vinyl release of Snake Style 2, a self-remix of a tune originally from 1995. Source Direct have a highly recognizable sound, directly descended from the groundbreaking drum programming and dark atmos of Photek's productions from that era. It's good to have some unreleased stuff available.

Fanu - Woodz n Moodz [Fanu Bandcamp]
Here's a track from Finland's great junglist Fanu, keeper of the drum'n'bass faith for some decades, maker of great DJ mix podcasts, production tutor and more. He's accumulated a lot of knowledge over the years, but here he is in 1997-98, chopping breaks in Fasttracker 2. For some reason I've always found trackers confusing rather than intuitive, but Venetian Snares swore by them for ages, and I have friends who used them back in the day. The Old Tracker Stuff is a curio, but they're good tunes regardless.

Aquarian - Dead Whale [Dekmantel/Bandcamp]
And now to some high-tech modern stuff, the new EP from the Berlin-based, Canadian-born Aquarian. His solo productions and tracks with Deapmash as AQXDM are bass-heavy techno and jungle, dancefloor-oriented IDM etc. All four tracks on this new EP from Dekmantel (does Mutations: I imply Mutations: II is on its way?) are ace, but this closer is completely insane, with a 13/8 beat (6+7), increasingly frenetic drum breaks and beautiful sub-bass drops.

µ-Ziq - Goodbye [Planet µ/Bandcamp]
2022 is going to be the year of µ-Ziq. Not that it's the return of Mike Paradinas' µ-Ziq productions - his Bandcamp has featured albums' worth of unearthed '90s tracks, new acid techno tunes, and there was a whole µ-Ziq album last year as well. But 2022 is 25th anniversary of Mike's great Lunatic Harness album, a magnificent, beloved classic of drill'n'bass/IDM, which Planet µ will be re-releasing as a double CD and multi-vinyl thing with all the accompanying EP tracks from the era - and around this release will be two new EPs (one shortly, one at the end of the year) and a whole wonderful new album, all harkening back to the jungle, jungle tekno, IDM days of yore. The first single from the first EP, Goodbye, sets the stage with Mike's talent for melody and mashed beats. Can't wait!

Bogdan Raczynski - LADDE [Planet µ/Bandcamp]
Bogdan Raczynski - DLEDA [Planet µ/Bandcamp]
Polish-American Bogdan Raczynski gained notoriety for the three albums Rephlex released in 1999. Both primitive in production and advanced in programming, they were pretty damn odd - with Raczynski's vocals recorded at times directly into the laptop mic. He's remained a maverick, even when remixing Björk, and his beats have tended towards jungle & jungle tekno, so it's notable that his new album ADDLE on Mike Paradinas' Planet µ keeps things in a somewhat more placid place. The hecticness is more in the dense production than the beats, and the vocals are often a centrepiece, processed and smudged but soaring over the arrangements. Surprisingly beautiful.

Purelink - One for the Angels [Lillerne Tapes]
Purelink - Spirit & Sport [Lillerne Tapes]
The great Chicago label Lillerne Tapes brings us the debut album from Chicago trio Purelink - although it's not their first release, with a brilliant pair of tracks available from last year on their Bandcamp, one of which is Basic Channel-style minimal dub techno, and the other LTJ Bukem-style ambient jungle. For their Lillerne Tapes release, it's Puredub - dubby beats of a very '90s nature, hinting at that Basic Channel fizz but mostly more on an ambient breakbeats tip, head-nodding and pure pleasure.

700 Bliss - Totally Spies feat. Lafawndah [Hyperdub/Bandcamp]
UK's Hyperdub, always with the finger on the pulse, are releasing the debut full album from 700 Bliss, the collaboration between the incredibly prolific (and incredibly consistent) Moor Mother and DJ Haram. This stunning first single pairs Moor Mother's rasp with the smudged, angelic tones of Lafawndah. Whatever the rest of the album brings, it'll be abrasive, challenging and beautiful.

TEMO - 105 [Esc.rec/Bandcamp]
TRI - Gentle Push [Esc.rec/Bandcamp]
Before we get into Ukraine-related compilations, here's the latest collection from Esc.rec of young Dutch electronic producers, Nieuwe Electronische Waar 16. Nearly 80 artists submitted tracks, from which 11 were selected, who benefit from a development program supported by venues, festivals and labels from the Eastern part of The Netherlands - and also get their winning tracks compiled on the NEW compilation for the year. There's some great stuff in #16, including the drill'n'bassy leanings of both TEMO and TRI. These are free/PWYC downloads, recommended.

Laptop Kid - Dark and Light [Component Recordings]
Dafake - D.N.A. [Component Recordings
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has struck a nerve around the world, and of course the music community leapt into charity mode, with scores of big Bandcamp compilations coming out to raise money for various humanitarian organisations on the ground. We've already featured the massive drum'n'bass comp Together With Ukraine; well here's one that's even bigger. Ending at just shy of 200 tracks, For Peace. Against War. Who Is Not? was compiled by the people behind Component Recordings, a US label that I recall releasing IDM/breakcore-adjacent music in the late '90s. It's a truly ridiculous sized beast, but at USD $12 it's not a difficult calculation, with artists like Scanner, Machinefabriek, Jack Dangers, Schneider TM and many others along with many new discoveries. It's compiled to kind of meander through different genres, so there's lots of industrial styles, a bit of breakcorey drum'n'bass, rhythmic noise, electro, dark ambient, and some nice IDM. Both tracks tonight are from French artists, Laptop Kid and Dafake, both of whom are influenced by drill'n'bass, but with great talents for sound-art and melody as well.

Machinefabriek - Texturalis 4 [Cassauna/Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Machinefabriek - Texturalis 14 [Cassauna/Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
As mentioned, Machinefabriek turns up on that bit Component Recordings compilation, but he also released a little gem this week, via Important Records' cassette imprint Cassauna. Texturalis features 18 two-minute vignettes, each concerned with one particular sonic texture, many surprisingly rhythmic. Lovely.

Midori Hirano - Years Later [Headphone Commute Bandcamp]
Madeleine Cocolas - Emergence [Headphone Commute Bandcamp]
Mike Lazarev, the guy behind Headphone Commute, was born in Ukraine. Back in 2012, Headphone Commute curated a big compilation called ...and darkness came, in support of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. This time it's particularly personal for Lazarev, and there will be a series of compilations for Ukraine, the first curated by Hollie Kenniff. It's mostly post-classical and ambient electronica, with a number of highlights including some typical noise-embedded piano from Midori Hirano, and a beautiful extended piece for piano & electronics by Brisbane's Madeleine Cocolas.

Gregory Paul Mineeff - Exit [Cosmic Leaf]
Wollongong's Gregory Paul Mineeff popped up a couple of years ago with a signature sound of neo-classical piano and ambient synths. The first single from his new album Incidental is out now, a touching piece for piano.

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Monday, 14th of March, 2022

Playlist 13.03.22 (10:26 pm)

Weird indie, weird improv, weird Persian, Egyptian, Moroccan, weird junglisms and weird electronica. If it's not weird, it's not worth it.

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Kee Avil - I too Bury [Constellation/Bandcamp]
Kee Avil - Drying [Constellation/Bandcamp]
Montréal's Vicky Mettler co-founded Concrete Sound Studio, and curates an online live series there as well as producing music. She's played with many musicians in the Montréal experimental music scene, including Sam Shalabi's Land of Kush, and her production skills and experimental credentials all feed into her solo work as Kee Avil. The songs on this album are very hard to pin down - often strangely amelodic, but also strangely compelling, with timbres and orchestrations that sometimes seem like postpunk or indie, sometimes like freak folk. Programmed beats coincide with queasy piano or wheezy accordion. It's an album that deserves multiple listens to really unravel what's going on.

Iguan - Waves [Studio LAB’UT/Bandcamp]
Based out of Studio LAB’UT in Strasbourg, Claire Trouilloud (voice, composition) and Yérri-Gaspar Hummel (live electronics, composition) make up Iguan, whose music, as you can guess from the credits, is partially contemporary composition and partially improvised, in between oratorio and musique concrète.

Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz - Ishtar [Crammed Discs/Bandcamp]
Sussan Deyhim / Shirin Neshat - Turbulent [Venus Rising Records]
I first discovered NYC-based Iranian musician Sussan Deyhim in a gallery in Portugal where the astonishing film Turbulent by fellow ex-pat Iranian Shirin Neshat was playing. Projected on two opposing walls of a small room are a male performer, in front of an audience, and a woman, standing in shadows on her own. The man performs a beautiful traditional tune, to great applause, and then watches in astonishment as the woman performs a breathtaking avant-garde piece for solo voice (and subtle delays). You can watch it here. Deyhim's piece, also titled "Turbulent", showcases her incredible vocal range, and the way, from the mid-'80s onward, she was reintrepreting the music of her homeland in the context of the '80s and '90s avant-garde. Alongside collaborations with Adrian Sherwood and Bill Laswell, Deyhim has worked closely with her partner Richard Horowitz, and their first album Desert Equations: Azax Attra has just been reissued by Crammed Discs, remastered with bonus tracks, as part of their revival of their Made to Measure composers series. Although some aspects of this album date it very much to the mid 1980s - up-front programmed drum machines in particular - the Jon Hassell-style fourth-world ambient aesthetic that Horowitz brings is very much in vogue now, and Deyhim's voice is so otherworldly that this music can't help sounding strangely futuristic.

Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy - Pearls for orphans (live) [Molten Moods/Bandcamp]
Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy - B'aj بعاج [Whities (AD 93)/Bandcamp]
Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy - Protruding cheeckbones (live) [Molten Moods/Bandcamp]
In 2019, AD 93 (or Whities as they were then known) released the first full collaborative album between German trio Carl Gari with France-based Egyptian poet & singer Abdullah Miniawy. The Act of Falling from the 8th Floor harnessed the evocative poetry and trumpet of Miniawy with the dubwise sounds of Carl Gari - on "B'aj بعاج", Miniawy narrates a poem told from the point of view of a man who has jumped from the 8th floor, and describes the activities on the balconies as he falls. Miniawy is an excellent electronic producer himself, and in late 2020 released an EP with French bass producer Simo Cell, but it's a pleasure to find him back with Carl Gari for Between The Bullet And The Front Sight, Casting Lots, which was recorded live at Munich's Haus der Kunst but could easily be a studio album. It's mostly new material, once again pairing Miniawy's poems about Egypt under al-Sisi, his trumpet, and Carl Gari's mix of dub, psych and bass music.

Ö - St. Henri [PC Music/Bandcamp]
Ö - AFK [PC Music/Bandcamp]
The full new EP Hypernormality from Nicolas Petitfrère, the latest signing to PC Music, should be out now. Previously known as Nömak, he's now switched to just Ö. He's produced tunes with Charli XX and Christine and the Queens, and enlists A.G. Cook for the intense glitches of single "AFK", but much of this EP is more in the Animal Collective vein - dreamy electronic folk with slow crescendos and odd electronic undercurrents. It's really lovely.

Virgil Abloh, serpentwithfeet - Delicate Limbs (Special Request Extended Mix) [Sony Music]
This track is a year old, but for some reason I missed it when it came out, and only discovered it now through DJ C's most righteous Nu Jungle mix. The original track by the late lamented fashion designer Virgil Abloh and dream-r'n'b singer serpentwithfeet is great, but Special Request up-ends it into a junglist banger.

DJ Ride - Halfjung [Together with Ukraine]
Workforce & Halogenix - Don't Give Up [Together with Ukraine]
Submarine - Obeisance [Together with Ukraine]
And that brings us to the immensity that is Together with Ukraine - 136 tracks, over 10 hours of music, from drum'n'bass (and "bass") artists from around the globe, released on Bandcamp to raise money for the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. It's quality music, but it's still rather nice that it did so well - hitting the #1 spot on Bandcamp, and raising thus far over £60,000. It covers a good range of drum'n'bass and jungle subgenres too, with dancefloor-fillers, some neurofunk and some of the minimalist tribal sound Samurai are championing, as well as some real jungle revivalist shit. Tonight we've got Portugal's DJ Ride with a kind of halfstepper, Workforce & Halogenix from the UK with hard-hitting breaks and euphoric vocal samples, and from Cologne's Submarine there's shuddering bass and complex, shifting breaks. It's honestly a well-priced overview of the d'n'b/jungle scene today, and for a great cause.

Adred - Levitation [31 Recordings]
New York producer Adred appears on Together with Ukraine, but this week he also has a new EP out on Doc Scott's 31 Recordings. It's quite expansive stuff, with varied beats and creative basslines and synth pads, one of my favourites on 31 for a while.

3xOJ - Shaheded [3xOJ Bandcamp]
3xOJ - sneper.exe [3xOJ Bandcamp]
3xOJ feat. Al Nasser - Stork [Hakuna Kulala]
Last year Hakuna Kulala released an excellent EP from Moroccan producer 3xOJ in which he teamed up with Cassablanca-based MC Al Nasser for some antifascist bass music. This led me to 3xOJ's own Bandcamp and his earlier release sneper.exe that draws on various styles of bass music along with North African & Arabic influences. 3xOJ's latest EP, just released, is Shaheded, which sees him moving into junglist territory on the title track - also remixed in fine form by fellow Moroccan producer P3RY.

Cristian Vogel - Hyphaedelity [Mille Plateaux/Cristian Vogel Bandcamp]
Cristian Vogel - Angle Phase Life (Disintegration Mix) [Mille Plateaux/Cristian Vogel Bandcamp]
Born in Chile, educated in the UK, now based in Denmark, Cristian Vogel straddles musical traditions as well as countries. He's studied electronic composition and writes music for theatre and dance, creates incredible sound-art, but also has been involved with the techno and experimental electronic scenes for decades - he was a founder of Brighton's No-Future collective in the '90s, a forerunner of Wrong Music's breakcore and wonky, irreverant experimentalism. As well as remixing Radiohead and Thom Yorke, Vogel also formed Super_Collider with Jamie Lidell, a weird & wonderful melding of glitchy electronics and Lidell's soulful vocals. He worked with the original Mille Plateaux label in the '90s, and his latest album appears on the reinvigorated label. 1Zhuayo contains a familiar mix of submerged dub, techno and sound design. To my ears it's his best work in some years.

Alexis Weaver - A Mouthful of Locusts [New Weird Australia/Bandcamp]
Zacharias Szumer - Stilted Cycle [New Weird Australia/Bandcamp]
Aphir - Airlock [New Weird Australia/Bandcamp]
Orbits - Ultraviolet [New Weird Australia/Bandcamp]
And finally for tonight, I'm pleased to be able to premiere a bunch of tracks from New Weird Australia's Collapse Theories, which will be released this coming Friday the 18th of March. As usual Stu Buchanan has excelled himself in selecting 26 brilliant experimental tracks from around Australia (including my little-seen trio Haunts, which Stu has kindly supported for years). There's an emphasis on electronic music - often abrasive, sometimes melodic - but also some distorted guitars and jazzy postrockisms in there. From Sydney, Alexis Weaver's electroacoustic piece evokes her title, "A Mouthful of Locusts", with vocal samples beautifully glitched and bounced around aural field. Multi-talented Melbourne journalist and musician Zacharias Szumer also brings glitched up sounds and unbalanced beats. Aphir aka Becki Whitton, who took over the operation of Provenance from Stu a year ago and reforged it into a collective, provides a piece of characteristic experimental pop with chanted, processed vocals and driving rhythms. And finally for tonight, Orbits (who, like Becki, are migrants from Canberra to Melbourne) showcase their electronic side with delay-fuelled drones, heavy bass and gated drums.

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Monday, 7th of March, 2022

Playlist 06.03.22 (10:05 pm)

Quite a trip tonight from shining songwriting to avant-garde experimental and sound-art.

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Lack The Low - Satum [Art As Catharsis/Bandcamp]
Lack The Low - Brigid [Art As Catharsis/Bandcamp]
I wrote a few weeks ago about the last single from this brilliant album by Melbourne's Kat Hunter aka Lack The Low. God-Carrier finds Hunter playing violin, cello, guitar, keyboards, producing and of course singing these very cathartic songs (released again by Sydney label Art As Catharsis). Augmented by drummers, and on a few tracks a clarinettist, Hunter forms songs as full of heart as they are of complex arrangements, driven by her emotive voice. Not to be missed.

romæo - no music comes from me [Provenance/Bandcamp]
Aphir - Pearl of Destruction [Provenance/Bandcamp]
Last week I played Lack The Low's contribution to Provenance Collective's latest compilation, Marks of Provenance V. The second such collection since Prov re-formed as a collective, it sees musicians from around the country supporting each other in all sorts of ways - indeed Becki Whitton, aka Aphir, who is a major force behind the label's revival, also mastered Lack The Low's new album. Whitton contributes a sampling of her recent vocal layer & processing ouevre (see last year's Plastichoir), while Sydney's romæo feeds her voice through harsh autotune over her beats.

Tanya Tagaq - Tongues [Six Shooter Records/Bandcamp]
Tanya Tagaq - Colonizer (Tundra Mix) [Six Shooter Records/Bandcamp]
Over the last 2 decades, Indigenous Canadian singer Tanya Tagaq has lost none of her fervour. She's famous for the Inuit throat-singing of her culture, but also for embracing experimentalism in her music (having collaborated with Björk in the Medúlla era) - and on Tongues she's aided by production collaborator Saul Williams and Gonjasufi in the mix. Her theme of decolonisation and Indigenous survival is well served by her powerful voice - whether speaking or singing - as well as the electronics and percussion of her accompaniment.

The Pond - Pane Caldo [Syrphe/Bandcamp]
The Pond - Linger [Syrphe/Bandcamp]
Jetzmann - Lingeringering [Syrphe/Bandcamp]
ЯE89 - Salomean Acid Funk [Syrphe/Bandcamp]
Berlin-based singer Elisabetta Lanfredini and sound-artist/composer Nicolas Wiese form The Pond, a project which on last year's Turchesi Miracolosi fractures classical vocals among soundscapes and glitches (all made from Lanfredini's voice). I missed Syrphe's release of the original album last year, but I'm glad to discover it now alongside the just-released RE-Works, which further abstracts these sounds, some adding (abstract) beats, some stretching or up-ending the vocals into unrecognizability. As with his massive compilations of experimental & electronic music from Asia and Africa, Cedrik Fermont here mixes little-known European artists with some better-known ones. All do justice to the source material.

Gantz - gone long before left [Gantz Bandcamp]
Gantz - silence [Gantz Bandcamp]
Turkish producer Gantz continues to drop enigmatic releases on his Bandcamp with regularity. true love mixes underwater hi-hats and monophonic synths with occasional nods to his dubstep origins. Never less than intriguing.

Machinefabriek - Prisma (Thigh Slapping Without Tears Mix by Matt Wand) [Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Last year Rutger Machinefabriek Zuydervelt released a 17-minute experiment in programmed MIDI synths and beats as a free download, as it was quite a departure from his usual sound-art. The track now makes it on to CD accompanied by a suite of remixes in Prisma+, including mechanical assemblages triggered by the original track from Canadian cellist & creator Nick Storring, ambient beauty of equal length to the original from Scottish sound-artist Phil Maguire, and two different remixes from UK experimental maestro Matt Wand (known for the cut&paste madness of Stock, Hausen & Walkman). In fact, Wand created so many off-shoots from Zuydervelt's track that he's uploaded an entire album of further remixes at his Small Rocks Bandcamp.

Lakker - Ghost Ship [Lakker Bandcamp]
Berlin-based Irish duo Lakker came up from IDM & breakcore roots to break through with incredible bass-oriented techno, with experimentalism never far with their duo productions or solo as Eomac and Arad. This year on Bandcamp they're releasing a series of EPs celebrating everything dance music, from techno to drum'n'bass to grime or trance - whatever takes their fancy. LKRTRX002 came out a couple of weeks ago, with this slab of bass techno featured.

mick harris - Prime[non stop v] [Mick Harris Bandcamp]
mick harris - Shuffler [Mick Harris Bandcamp]
Mick Harris has appeared on this show a lot with his groundbreaking dubstep-predicting Scorn project, and more recently I've been featuring the continuing HedNod sessions he's releasing under his own name on Bandcamp. The dub bass and beats are right out of Scorn, but the beats swing more in a hip-hop fashion, and the heaviness is offset with a lightness of attitude. It's fun and head-nodding.

Harmony - Crazy Eyes [Deep Jungle Bandcamp]
Lee Bogush has been making jungle as (DJ) Harmony since the early days in the '90s, and formed Deep Jungle as an outlet for the archival DAT tapes of mostly-unreleased tunes from many of the greats. It's a central player in the jungle revival, and Harmony's own music is a frequent highlight. So it's appropriate that DAT050 - the label's 50th release - is from Bogush himself, and I particularly love the warm bassline and crisp breaks of "Crazy Eyes".

Eli Keszler - The Vaulting Sky [LuckyMe/Bandcamp]
It's arguable that the complex skittering beats and floating electronics of much of New York drummer Eli Keszler's solo work are influenced by drum'n'bass - among other electronic genres. His album for LuckyMe was a highlight of last year, expanding the jazz-meets-jungle into rain-washing cyberpunk streets, and it's fitting that the album's "Static Doesn't Exist" has now gotten a remix from Hyperdub boss Kode9. It's the B-side of his new single, but love the understated drumkit and electronics of the main track - very much in keeping with Keszler's recent work.

Aidan Baker - Nutripon [Bibliotapes/Aidan Baker Bandcamp]
Aidan Baker - Ergot [Bibliotapes/Aidan Baker Bandcamp]
Just a week or two after a new album from his mighty doomdrone duo Nadja with partner Leah Buckareff (itself accompanied by a solo work by Baker), Aidan Baker has released a soundtrack to a classic sci-fi novel by John Brunner called The Sheep Look Up. Brunner was warning of environmental destruction decades ago (the novel is 50 years old). Baker's music here isn't all doom & gloom, but it's certainly evocative of futures past, as well as Baker's love of Japanese psych-drone and European krautrock.

Sharif Sehnaoui - Relent (radio edit) [Al Maslakh/Bandcamp]
A very different kind of guitar technique is exhibited on the second volume of "unprepared guitar" from Lebanese experimental mainstay Sharif Sehnaoui. Sehnaoui is part of the fabled "A" Trio with trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj, who we heard from last week, and double bassist Raed Yassin. The two tracks on this 12" feature tumbling, scrabbling open-tuned acoustic guitar, with no effects or preparations. It's enjoyably listenable free improv, released on his & Kerbaj's Al Maslakh label.

Minus Pilots with friends - You Engineers, You Architects (with Rothko & Machinefabriek) [PLAYNEUTRAL/Bandcamp]
Last last year London label PLAYNEUTRAL released the first EP All The Changing Hues from London bass/drums/electronic duo Minus Pilots "with friends" - I featured a couple of tracks. The second release, When Lilacs Last, is out now with a similar selection of pals creating unpredictable music from old vinyl, drones, strings, clarinet, drums and who knows what else. On this track they're joined by bass-ambient phenomenon Rothko and UFog regular Machinefabriek.

Lia Kohl - First Picture of the Weather Pattern [Shinkoyo/Bandcamp]
Lia Kohl - Moon Bean [Shinkoyo/Bandcamp]
It's always a pleasure to discover another cellist taking their instrument into uncharted territory, so I'm thankful to Matt Mehlan of Skeletons' label/collective/thing Shinkoyo/Artist Pool for introducing me to Chicago cellist/sound-artist/performer Lia Kohl. Her album Too Small to be a Plain is a stunning concoction of acoustic cello loops, mournful/calm synths, field recordings and voice. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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