Lots of great beats tonight, plus a chat with Melbourne musician Zoltan Fecso...
JK Flesh - Earlier Form of Life (excerpt) [Electric Deluxe]JK Flesh - Different Species [Electric Deluxe]
The mighty Justin K Broadrick, of countless acts across the spectrum of metal/grindcore, industrial, techno, dub, drum'n'bass and more, has his latest JK Flesh album out through Speedy J's Electric Deluxe. It's noisy, but precision-tooled techno, with the dub delays never far away. Awesome.
Temp-Illusion - Macabre [Zabte Sote]NUM - Tinted With Sore [Zabte Sote]Ixuol - InTec_06 [Zabte Sote]
Since 2002, Ata Ebtekar aka Sote has made incredible forward-thinking music. Based for a while in the US, he moved back to Tehran sometime ago, and has now started up his Zabte Sotelabel to showcase the incredibly fruitful experimental electronic music scene that Iran has been producing in recent years. The massive 4 cassette, nearly 4-hour long compilation Girih: Iranian Sound Artists Volumes I-IV showcases many artists I've come across in the last few years, and many I'm very excited to be introduced to. So Temp-Illusion are an experimental electronic duo from Tehran, with a great piece of crunchy techno which follows on nicely from the JK Flesh. NUM remind me here of the wonderful 9T Antiope (present on the compilation in duo form and each member solo too) - they are Milad Bagheri and Maryam Sirvan, originally from the mountains of northern Iran, and now based in Tbilisi, Georgia, where they are able to find more of an audience for their electro-acoustic, experimental songs. And Ixuol is a semi-mysterious artist based in the USA, also known as Arastoo, whose track here is granular and beautiful and takes us nicely into Zoltan Fecso's music...
I cannot recommend this compilation highly enough. Get into it!
Zoltan Fecso - Pont [Hush Hush Records]
...interview with Zoltan Fecso...Zoltan Fecso - A Study of Distance (under interview) [Hush Hush Records]Zoltan Fecso - Shimmer Raga [Hush Hush Records]
Really great to talk to Melbourne musician Zoltan Fecso on the show tonight. He's up to launch his EP Shimmer Raga, released on Seattle Label Hush Hush Records recently - come to 107 Redfern this Wednesday the 10th of October, where you can also see Sydney-based, originally Dutch artist Julien Mier with foley artist Miki Takahashi, and the excellent Sydney sound-artist Alexandra Spence. Listen to the stream/podcast to hear Zoltan talking about the hybrid guitar/Novation Launchpad that he's created, and his process of creating hypnotic, calming music from sampled guitar notes floating out of phase with each other to produce slow melodies and harmonies.
Roel Funcken - Cober Blue (Julien Mier Rmx) [Touched Music]
As mentioned, Julien Mier is also playing on Wednesday night. This track comes from Dear of the Yog a collection of remixes of Roel Funcken (from Funckarma), released this year through UK idm charity fundraiser label Touched Music. It sounds nothing like what Julien will be doing on Wednesday night, but segues nicely into the drum'n'bass part of the show...
Collocutor - "Here" (Maurizio Ravalico remix: A Fanfare for the End of the XX Century) [Maurizio Ravalico Bandcamp]Maurizio Ravalico is a UK-based percussionist who plays with Icarus' Sam Britton in the bewilderingly-named, bewildering-sounding Fiium Shaarrk, a kind of jazz/electro-acoustic/electronic group. In keeping with the Icarus connection, Ravalico is a longtime drum'n'bass fan, and enlists Italian junglist Enjoy to remix one of his tracks on his new EP entitled A Momentary Convergence of Differently Paced Trajectories - but he also reworks tracks by both Fiium Shaarrk and also here the "modal jazz" ensemble he also plays with, Collocutor. He leaves the craziest break-juggling to the last minute or two!
Last Life - The Worst Awakening [Samurai Music]Handmade Weapons - Subcept (RIP) [Samura Music]Es.tereo - LV 426 [Samurai Music]Samurai Music, in their various side-label guises and as the newly re-merged entity, are one of the most groundbreaking labels in the 170bpm, jungle/drum'n'bass/techno space from the last decade. They celebrated their 10th birthday with Phase 1 of the Samurai Music Decade late last year, and have now released Phase 2, another excellent set of music ranging from half-time/jungle hybrid jittery tracks like the one from Sardinian producer Last Life to storming bass/jungle stuff like Leipzig's Es.tereo and more.
Meanwhile, one of the most exciting producers to emerge from the Samurai Music stable is Seattle's Handmade Weapons, whose latest EP Subcept just dropped too - four tracks of lethal breaks and bass, including the "RIP" title track.
Blackfilm - Deep Roots [Denovali]
Also in the dubby drum'n'bass vein is Hungarian producer Blackfilm. His collaboration with legendary Italian dub (and sometimes d'n'b) producer Eraldo Bernocchi has just been re-released by Denovali on vinyl, along with new album Zero One Seven. It's dark but not unrelentingly so, and there's some more jazzy drum'n'bass vibes in some tracks too - all very nice!
Cassius Select - Slang [Plastic World]
He's left us for his hometown of Toronto, but we'll always feel like Lavurn Lee has some Sydney in him. The new Slang EP continues the Cassius Select sound - bass, grime, uk garage-influenced techno with shards of vocal samples and start-stop beats.
This is an Australian track.
This is a local artist.