Out From Under returns for a second season, diving deep beneath the surface of the Australian music scene, celebrating experimental and eclectic music from the upside down.
In the first episode, I talk with Melbourne musician and composer Carolyn Schofield, aka electronic artist Fia Fiell. We listen to tracks from her two albums on the Nice Music label, and share an exclusive selection of rare and unreleased music.
Venturing into marginal music scenes from around the world, Episode 004 features off-centre music from Uganda, Tunisia, Estonia, Indonesia, Japan, Spain and Iceland.
Uncovering music from Greece, Bolivia, Indonesia, Japan, Italy and more in Episode 003, venturing into marginal music scenes from around the world.
Episode 2 of Freak Wave ventures into experimental, underground and leftfield music from Dominican Republic, Niger, South Africa, Norway, Japan, Ecuador and Greece.
Freak Wave is my brand new podcast which features underground and experimental music from around the world, venturing into marginal music scenes from outside of the Anglo-American axis. Episode 1 kicks off with music from Portugal, Malaysia, Colombia, Italy, Angola, Spain and France.
Selections from the Fat Planet Albums Of The Year are now on Spotify – over two hours of the best albums released around the world in 2018. The playlist includes Farai and her dramatic update on post-punk and new wave; Angelique Kidjo’s brilliant rework of Talking Heads ‘Remain In Light’; Congolese poet, musician, and film director Baloji; Turkish psych pop star Gaye Su Akyol and more.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’ 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.
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.
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.
Last April I started a new playlist on Spotify – ‘Degrees Of Provenance’’ – music that has inspired the artist on my record label, Provenance. Since then, the playlist has been constantly morphing, with a different member of the Provenance family curating the playlist each month (currently featuring selections by Medicine Voice).
To launch the series, I curated my own playlist, which I’ve recreated on my Spotify account @StuBuchanan.
Fat Planet is finishing 2017 in fine style this week, running through our Albums Of The Year. Getting them to fit in one program has been a herculean task, and the final contenders represent some of most innovative and original tracks being made around the world this year. Listen to tracks from each of these outstanding international albums on this week’s program and via the Spotify playlist below. See you in 2018!
FAT PLANET ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
(in alphabetical order…)
Björk’s voluminous catalogue contains thousands of curios for playlist fanatics. I am one those fanatics, an obsessive Bjork collector, endlessly shuffling my thirty-year compendium of Bjork-related tracks into various combinations, or stacking my complete collection of physical releases into increasingly idiosyncratic order.
In doing so, I know only too well that her discography can be sequenced in such a way to make any argument whatsoever about her work as a composer and producer. Bjork as studio genius, classical composer, dancefloor junkie, folk singer, remix devotee.
To celebrate the release of Utopia, I’ve created a unique Björk playlist, one that takes an intentionally subjective slice though her career.
In this episode of Fat Planet, I talk to violinist, vocalist and producer Sudan Archives about the journey of discovery that led to her unique blend of African classical sounds, cutting-edge R&B and freewheeling electronics. We also hear an unreleased live recording of her Kendrick Lamar cover, ‘Queen Kunta’. Her debut self-titled EP is out now via Stones Throw.
Last year, when I started to think about the artists that I was keen to have in the Provenance family, Vivian Huynh was an early addition to the list. I loved No Art and was a superfan of her solo work as Lovely Head. I’m stoked that Viv agreed to come on board, and doubly stoked to be releasing her new Lovely Head EP ‘Always’ on 21st October.