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Au Revoir ‘Fat Planet’ – What’s Next?

This week marks the final Fat Planet show in its current incarnation on Double J, but there’s more to come in 2019 – including a new spot for me on the ABC and a brand new music podcast.

NEW MUSIC. Moontribe ‘Moontribe’

It’s noteworthy when an artist is invisible on the internet, which is probably the point of the exercise, but it’s a risky gamble. Israel’s Fortuna Records up the ante with Moontribe by adding a spurious back story. The album was allegedly submitted on an unmarked two-inch tape – no names, no dates – accompanied only by the cryptic note, that it was “a snake-charming voodoo ritual, in which Moontribe is the Shaman”.

‘Freak Wave’ – Spotify Playlist

Freak Wave is my new Spotify playlist featuring underground and experimental music from around the world. It’s the flip side to the Fat Planet radio show on Double J – Fat Planet broadcast from the Upside Down  – venturing into marginal music scenes from outside of the Anglo-American axis. The first wash of tracks come from Nazar (Angola), Senyawa (Indonesia), Muqata’a (Palestine), SAICOBAB (Japan), Moslem Priest (Malaysia), Deena Abdelwahed (Tunisia), Exploded View (Mexico/Germany), Scattered Purgatory and Forests 森林 (both from Taiwan) and more.

‘Fat Planet’ – Spotify Playlist

Fat Planet breaks new world records every week on the Double J show and then plays the highlight reel on its Spotify playlist. New adds this week from Yama Warashi, Onipa, Ziminio, Baba Commandant, Nova Materia, Farao, Cyril Cyril, Sunna and more. New program episodes Weds 8pm AEST. Stream at abc.net.au/doublej

‘Fat Planet – Björk’ on Spotify

Did I tell you that I spoke to Björk on the telephone? No? Surprising, as I tell EVERYONE that I meet, EVERY DAY 🙂 I’m still pinching myself, one year later … To tie in with my 2017 Björk interview on Double J, I created a Spotify playlist that takes a trip through the flip side of her career – early work, B-sides, remixes, album cuts and rare collaborations. If you think you know Björk, this might help you to think again.

‘Fat Planet – The 00s’ on Spotify

My Double J show Fat Planet started on FBi Radio back in August 2003, showcasing new music from around the world, such as Scandinavian folk, Japanese dubstep and Chilean post-punk and flash-in-the-pan micro-genres like Euro-crunk and Digital Cumbia. The tracks that defined the show in its early incarnation can be found on the ‘Fat Planet – The 00s’ Spotify playlist, including M.I.A., Cansei De Ser Sexy, Konono No.1, Cornelius, Bonde Do Role, Shantel, Peter Bjorn & John, M83, Rachid Taha and more. 

‘Fat Planet – Albums Of 2017’ on Spotify

Before we get to the pointy end of 2018, here’s a Spotify recap of some of the best international sounds from last year – innovative global music culled from Fat Planet‘s 2017 playlist on Double J. Include Noga Erez, Waq Waq Kingdom, Farai, JFDR, Kedr Livanskiy, Sudan Archives, Juana Molina and more.

‘Degrees Of Provenance’ on Spotify

‘Degrees of Provenance’ is a Spotify playlist originally made for my label, Provenance, featuring curios from the last four decades – music that has inspired me in one form or another whilst building the label. Including: Einsturzende Neubauten, Suicide, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Rhythm & Sound, PiL, Oneohtrix Point Never, Damo Suzuki and more.

REVIEW. Ryuichi Sakomoto and Alva Noto at Sydney Opera House

This week’s Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alvo Noto’s show at Sydney Opera House was challenging yet beautiful, and the perfect music for our times. Read my review at the Double J website.

New music recommendations – Launching the ‘accents’ newsletter

In response to the endless war with the algorithm, I am deploying an old-school newsletter – and the first edition dropped today. It’s called ‘accents’ and it includes new discoveries, would-be modern classics and old school raves, culled from research for my Double J radio show, Fat Planet, and scouting for my record label, Provenance. Test drive ‘accents’ here + subscribe to future editions here.

NEW MUSIC. Sons Of Kemet ‘Your Queen Is A Reptile’

Led by renowned jazz musician, clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings, this is one of my favourite records of the year thus far. Your Queen Is A Reptile digs into the African roots of jazz, and meshes it with afrobeat heat, UK club culture and relentless Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Featuring players who have worked withMulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics, this Mercury-shortlisted album is a must for fans of Kamasi Washington or Fela Kuti.

NEW MUSIC. Khalab ‘Black Noise 2084’

What do you think music is going to sound like in 50 or 60 years time? ‘Black Noise 2084’ is Italian producer Khalab‘s postcard from a world yet to come – a mercurial, afro-futurist journey, imagining music from a liberated, future state. It strides along with ingenious beat production, rife with future bass and jazz. Highly recommended, out now on On The Corner Records, artwork by Victoria Topping.

NEW MUSIC. Serpentwithfeet ‘Soil’

A record that I feel sure I’ll be playing forever. Serpentwithfeet follows his 2016 Triangle debut (produced by Björk collaborator The Haxan Cloak) with ‘Soil’, featuring immaculate production from Katie Gately and Clams Casino. Out now on Secretly Canadian.

NEW MUSIC. Oneohtrix Point Never ‘Age Of…’

As a long-time fan of Oneohtrix Point Never, I was disheartened that his last album Garden Of Delete was so difficult to love. It was a bloody-minded record, daring us to enjoy a dense, arhythmical odyssey, all the while knowing that it was essentially impenetrable.

‘Future Of Music’ at Semi Permanent

On Thursday 24 May, I’ll be at Semi Permanent on the ‘Future Of Music’ panel. It’s part of the event’s ‘Future State’ series which cover “everything from realistic expectations to imaginative speculations, across three cultural pillars: Sport, Music and Food”.

I’m on the panel with musician Dan Stricker and Danielle Krettek, the Founder and Principal of Google’s Empathy Lab, which was established to “design more emotionally-attuned and human-kind experiences” (which sounds like a great concept).

NEW MUSIC. Marks Of Provenance II

Marks Of Provenance II is the second annual compilation from my label, Provenance, and features nine exclusive, unreleased tracks from Aphir, KAIAR, Medicine Voice, Arrom, Lortica, Kris Keogh, Shoeb Ahmad and Brute Canon.

It was originally released on Bandcamp at the tail end of 2017; but this week finds itself newly nestled in every other music service; the Spotifys and Apples of the world.

NEW MUSIC. Arrom ‘Take My Lymphs Remixes’

This music recommendation is from close to home – the latest release from my Provenance label. It comes from Melbourne producer Arrom, and is a collection of reworks from her debut album Take My Lymphs. Each new variation draws on the experimental pop, ethereal choral vocals and dark, organic electronics of the original album, and moves it, with a great fluidity, into new spaces. It’s a miscellany of avant electronics – dark pop, abstract, minimal and even a momentary slice of breakcore.

NEW MUSIC. Notes from WOMADelaide

I was at WOMADelaide last weekend, interviewing a few artists for upcoming episodes of Fat Planet.  Over 500 different acts – featuring musicians from 30 countries – were represented at the festival, delivering sounds from disparate places such as Ghana, Syria, Cameroon, Iceland and China.

I’ve posted a review of the festival over on the Double J website, and I’ll also be playing a few highlights on this week’s Fat Planet program, Wednesday 8pm AEST.

NEWS. Imaginary Albums Exhibition at Platform Gallery

Writer Amanda Kaye has asked me to contribute to a series of imaginary albums, culled from the creative wellspring of Blue Mountains writers and artists, to be exhibited at the Platform Gallery in Katoomba.

“These imaginary albums are the missed opportunities, the albums we wish existed. They are the uncanny cultural signifiers of our collective vinyl-addled fancies,” says Amanda. 

NEW MUSIC. Johnny Jewel ‘Digital Rain’

As one of the artists anointed by David Lynch to provide music for the recent #TwinPeaks series, Johnny Jewel wrote a number of works for the score and played with his band Chromatics in two episodes. He also runs the Italians Do It Better label, home to similar strains of cinematic electronics, slow-mo disco and records full of aching electro love songs. I think you can tell I’m a fan. Just as Twin Peaks S3 was described as ‘mainlining pure Lynch’, this record is 100% pure Johnny Jewel, bringing his full bag of tricks to bear on a pulsing electronic soundtrack to an imaginary film. 

BACK CATALOGUE. Grace Jones ‘Nightclubbing’

 

‘Nightclubbing’ is this week’s Classic Album on Double J and I’m using it as a jumping off point to play a couple of other Grace Jones tracks on this week’s Fat Planet. The album was one of three that Grace recorded between 1980 and 1982 with the studio band The Compass Point All Stars, led by Sly & Robbie. Between this record, ‘Warm Leatherette’ and ‘Living My Life’, Grace delivers exquisite takes on post-punk and electro pop songs of the era, including covers of Iggy Pop, The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Smokey Robinson, Joy Division and Gary Numan.