It’s a beat-oriented show tonight, with live drumming in jazzy trip-hop and experimental electronic settings through insane drumfunk jungle, idm and bass musics.
Hidden Orchestra – The Lizard (Skalpel remix) [Tru Thoughts]Hidden Orchestra – Wingbeats (Max Cooper remix) [Tru Thoughts]
Last year’s Dawn Chorus was a long-awaited return for Joe Acheson’s Hidden Orchestra, with a mass of international musicians joining the always stellar live drumming, along with lovely morning bird recordings on each track. The album has now been remixed by a great crop of contemporary musicians. A long-time inspiration for Acheson, Polish jazz/breaks artist Skalpelturned in a classic of upright bass and chopped beats, while post-classical/electronic head Max Cooper gifts us with a lovely epic of beat programming and folktronic feels.
Laurence Pike – Life Hacks [Leaf]
Sydney drummer Laurence Pike should be well-known to listeners of this show from his drumming with international electronic act PVT and his membership of beloved long-gone post-jazz pioneers Triosk (along with his drumming with various luminaries of the broader Sydney music scene). Triosk were released on the Leaf label back in the day, and it’s with them he finds himself again for his debut solo album – recorded live on drums and sampler in one day. The album’s not out till the end of March, but this first single is a lovely sample of what’s to come.
Sam Price – Sensucht [Ventor]Sam Price – AutoHackney [Sam Price Bandcamp]Sam Price – Refinery [Sam Price Bandcamp]Sam Price – Brevis [Sam Price Bandcamp]Sam Price – Trellick [Ventor]
Also playing with live drums and electronics (no overdubs!) is Melbourne drummer Sam Price. We’ve actually heard him a lot on the show over the years, including with his percussion duo Peon, and I’ve so enjoyed going through his back catalogue that I’m playing you a selection tonight from earlier releases to show you what a versatile and under-appreciated musician he is. His electronics can produce basslines melodies as easily as squealing noise, and his drums are head-nodding more than free-jazz scatter. In the middle, “Refinery” is an example of his generative electronics, producing something impressively emotive, and “Brevis” has an uncommon appearance of his vocals.
dgoHn – All The Fuckin’ As (Scrase remix) [Love Love Records]dgoHn – Ralph [Love Love Records]dgoHn – So Be It, Lumbricina [Love Love Records]
English producer John Cunnane has been releasing insanely intricate drill’n’bass/drumfunk as dgoHn (yes it’s pronounced “John”) for ages now, somewhere between the bedroom and the dancefloor. His third 12″ on Love Love Records has just come out, so we’ll have one take from each please. The first track is remixed by Scrase, known for mixing up various electronic styles, here pushing the limits of crazy beat mangling.
Murya – Scientist [Touched Music]Carbinax – Tiger By The Tail (Endangered Mix) [Touched Music]Ariadne’s Labyrinth – Loose Freds [Touched Music]
Last week, I featured two massive new electronic compilations on the show. This was the third, which I wasn’t able to fit in – a 2CD from UK label Touched Music, responsible themselves for some absurdly immense compilations (like, over a day’s listening), whose releases raise money for UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Their releases always span electronic music from heaps of idm to electronic, techno etc. Brother of Jonas Ruxpin, Murya starts us off with some melodic drill’n’bass, and then Belfast’s Carbinax drop us deep into Plaid or Orbital territory with some classic idm stylings. Finishing up, Ariadne’s Labyrinth mixes up her violin with some dubstep wobble.
Outside – To Forgive But Not Forget (Lim’chol V’lo Lishkoach) [Dorado]
The last track with its Middle Eastern-sounding violin and beats reminded me of this classic mid-’90s drum’n’bass tune from acid jazz band Outside, appearing on various compilations including The Rebirth of Cool Volume Six, with a very klezmer-influenced melody (and title).
Spatial – Haunted Dance Hall [Houndstooth]Ian William Craig – An End Of Rooms [Houndstooth]
Two more tracks to finish up tonight from the Houndstooth label’s massive, fantastic In Death’s Dream Kingdom compilation. UK artist Spatial first with some nicely messed up bass beats, and to finish, the ever-gorgeous sounds of Ian William Craig and his tape machines.
This is an Australian track.
This is a local artist.