THANKS AGAIN TO CHAL! That was a great read. It's back to me now though.
Tradescantia zebrina - Tradescantia zebrina
This work is a collaboration from Morgan Potts, Kevin Sanders and Siobhán Britton. They got together to make something fun, though you may not think so on first listen. It's a weird mix of noise and tape loops along with jaunty baroque cello melodies. "Bedroom-based cellotronik improv," as Sanders said on Twitter. All sales are going towards Action for Trans Health, Movement For Justice, Housing Action Southwark & Lambeth, and Not Your Fault. The group and album title is the name of a spiderwort of which Morgan once gave a cutting to Kevin, which he repotted and now thrives in his flat. More sounds coming from them, less improv and more processing.
VA - Power Puerto Rico Compilation
I tweeted this, and you'll hear a bunch of tunes from it on my DDR show, but this deserves another mention. You've probably heard that Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria last month, not least because of the dunderheaded response to the situation by the US President. Many people are still without clean water, food and shelter. This compilation was put together to raise funds for The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund, a grassroots organisation working at recovery and rebuilding. "Making music in a vacuum in 2017 makes no sense." That's why this comp was set up in Montréal, featuring artists from across the world, and I'm sharing it with you from Dublin. Those artists include Space Afrika, CMD, Pedro Vian, Event Cloak, UMFANG and more. I particularly like the tracks from Phran, softcoresoft and Lacedetail.
lene marie - the tower
Strange, dark synth music that almost sounds medieval in both its melodies and chords and accompanying wordless vocals. The artwork is appropriate so, the tower tarot card. This signifies darkness and destruction on a physical scale, so the minor key horror of this track is perfectly apt. Lene Marie is Liquid Asset btw, who's released on Jacktone.
Matthew Kent (BUTW) for Bandshell, 'Inside Game', LYL Radio
Matthew Kent of BUTW fame was on Bandshell's radio show this week and played a wonderful mixture of sounds. He opened with a sample from Herbie Hancock that morphs into Mobb Deep's 'Shook Ones Pt II'. There's some lush vapor, Sotofett dub, Twin Peaks noise, broken techno and more. Lovely. In a chilling kind of way.
Big Miz - Summer [PEAR002]
Pear sprang to life with a wonderful release from R Kitt named after the space in which my DDR shows take place (completely unrelated to me of course). This second 12" is a further step towards bountiful house dominance in Dublin. Dixon Avenue Basement Jams affiliate Big Miz turns in a sumptuous collection of bright and groovy numbers – yeah it's not summer any more but house is a feeling; summer is a state of mind. The release is entitled Cotard Delusion, which is the name of an illness that means sufferers believe they are already dead. Perhaps, trapped in a permament summer.
Thought Project - reveal dub
A chopped and slimy techno jam from Toronto's Thought Project, a regular at Bambi's. Serious chug.
Katie Gately - Roving Specks (10.12.17)
This is the latest Roving Specks show from Katie Gately. It airs on Dublab. Lots of scorched, harrowing, emotive noise at the start. A few tracks from Giulio Aldinucci. (What I think is) a new one from Gately herself, called 'Clock'. Some tracks with question marks that could be unreleased or simply forgotten. All heart-rending stuff.
BKV 016 Jay Glass Dubs vs Guerilla Toss
Bokeh Versions is just a few years old but they've made an unmistakeable stamp on the cultural landscape (not to mention #bokehleaks – if you know you know). This split release with none other than DFA proves the esteem in which they're held. Jay Glass Dubs has turned in a bunch of weighty remixes of DFA's Guerilla Toss, with his signature stomp, reverb and general flair.
I was on Rádio Quântica in Lisbon last weekend. Actually forgot to touch the mic, I was having so much fun, so apologies if you expected a shout-out. You can listen back here. Techno, trance, bmore and lots of breaks. DDR on Sunday, though it's a prerecord. Kind of ironic given it's the anniversary of my first show with them, but such is life!