FBi Monthly Mixtape #003
February 28th 2022
La Niña powered on through February, but so did our specialist presenters – the tracks they’ve listed below, like the rest of Sydney, have had a rinsing in recent weeks. [Running of rain-adjacent themes here] Take a walk across our grid: soaked in eclectic sounds and, in this Monthly Mixtape, dotted with puddles of electronica, ambience, and breakbeat.
Ondine Manfrin, host of Brunch with Bocconcini
Soda Lite – Aqua Solar Cura
Soda Lite always seems to undeservedly fly under the radar despite consistently putting out what I think is some of the most lush and enchanting new ambient music. Aqua Solar Cura is texturally rich and sonically involving, with field recordings of the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary in Lutruwita (Tasmania) layered amongst bubbling melodies and swooning pads. Reminiscent of earlier Australian field recording works like Peter Mumme’s Corranderk, each track has its own sonic ecosystem, culminating in an album which takes you on a guided aural walk through one of the richest natural environments in the world. Truly so beautiful.
Yasuaki Shimizu – Kiren
I’ve been so desperately excited about this album ever since it was announced. Unearthed from the archives, Yasuaki Shimizu’s Kiren is an unreleased follow-up to two of my all-time favourite albums, Kakashi (1982) and Utakata no Hibi (1983). Shimizu brings his distinctive punk-meets-folk sax playing to the record, with densely textured production and new wave rhythms playfully mixing to create funky, other-worldly, dance music. Bridging his earlier Japanese folk influenced albums and pop-oriented later work, Kiren feels like a lost treasure within Shimizu’s vast and record-packed career, and I can’t wait to never stop listening to it.
Amelia Jenner, host of Sunset with Body Promise
Cassius Select – RSN
Rich Daddies – I Can’t Explain It
Gus McGrath and Marcus Whale – co-hosts of Sleepless in Sydney
Chakra Efendi – Teething
aya -what if i should fall asleep and slipp under
Marcus played me this aya album “im hole” at the end of last year with total enthusiasm and I lost my MIND hearing it. Wall to wall brain-melting electronics almost like Arca in peak Mutant mode with spoken word that’s at once very funny and very spooky. Slay. – Gus