So this is back. I don't know if I'll continue to do it weekly or maybe make it fortnightly, we'll see.
Keith Berry - Elixir
No, not the Irish magician. This is a beautiful album on the invisible birds label. Under-the-radar flotation tank stuff.
Kamron Saniee - 005_Tantric Dub EP
Wild stuff here from Kamron Saniee, offering Middle Eastern traditional music in an electronic style. It hits hard at points, grooving seductively at others.
Nakayama Munetoshi - Echolocation
This is so cool. It's an album of ambient music taken from long-running synthesis at the producer's hair salon. He just lets it play all day, modulating slightly over the hours. It would be great without that back-story, it's really lovely, but that adds so much.
Nomadic Female DJ Troupe - Mix One
This isn't your regular DJ troupe. It's a fascinating performance that fuses electronic sounds with live vocals, typically responding to a given environment, often without mains electricity. Eight tracks of beguiling noise.
Percival Pembroke - Darklands
The latest on Herhalen is simply beautiful. It's actually quite Boards of Canada-esque, and I mean that in the best way. It "evokes vague memories of decrepit coastal villages and nights spent alone in shipping containers", which is heartbreaking really. I've had it on repeat the past week, just heartbreaking stuff.
Kwam - Hot Boy (Prod. by Moleskin)
I think this dropped for Valentine's Day, Kwam is extolling his own virtues in earnestly comedic fashion. Moleskin rocks a half-time soul sample before going full bass in the verses. Head nod and slow jam all in one.
Mami Wata - Mami Wata
More weird noise! Can't get enough. This is a duo of Andie Brown (These Feathers Have Plumes) and Sharon Gal, and they make wild sounds with voice, glass and electronics. This is at turns enlightening and terrifying, harsh crashes and screams alternating with beautiful hums and soft tones, especially on the lengthy 'Fata Morgana', which gets super drifty. You can see photos of their performance here.
Mohamed Rageh - سُكُونْ
The title means Sleep, and it's from a Cairo-based producer. It's a dusty collection of jazzy piano samples, lazy grooves, realllly nice stuff.
Chucha - back agaisnt a wall
I've listened to this about 10 times this week. It's an amorphous blob of a tune, undulating in its own time. Glorp. Blorp. Words do not suffice.
Rachel Lancaster - Excerpt from Dream House Live at Old Police House 18/2/17)
Nice excursion into weird sounds, recorded live. Brash and horrifying.
Sun An - "My Dad The Painter–No Not That Kind of Painter"
Galcher Lustwerk reposted this on SoundCloud, and there's not much artist info so I went back into the archives to see if I'd featured them before. Turns out I had, when they were reposted ... by Galcher. Oh well. This is beautifully lush ambient. I reached out to find some more info and he said "thank you to family, friends".
Fictions #10 w/ Gigsta 24.01.2016 - The Think Break Special
What. A. Show. Gigsta traces the varying twists and turns taken by the Think break over the past 40~ years. Rap, electro, jungle, house and techno - all the hits basically, right up to modern excursions from Objekt (one of the best uses of the break in AGES) and Minor Science, the latter of which is unreleased.
Objekt - Theme From Q
Speaking of Objekt! This went up on Tuesday right after I wrote the above. It's so much fun. So unexpected, almost, given much of Objekt's material has been, dare I say, quiteserious. That's no bad thing, of course, but this track just joyously exuberant.
From the Depths w Ramzi + Drakeford ~ 10th March 2017
Hardly pushing new ground here, FTD is standard fare really. Ramzi has put out some quality records lately though, so I feel this is a must-share show. Top tunes from Drakeford too, of course.
Too much? Never too much.