Category: New Music
My program ‘Out From Under’ on London’s Resonance FM pushes Australian underground and experimental music further into the ether – and 2019 was a phenomenal year for wayward and warped local sounds.
The ‘Out From Under’ Albums Of 2019 playlist is up on Spotify, and features (in no particular order) tracks from this collective of artists, all shredding conventionalism in some form or another.
I’ve been digging deep for the Freak Wave podcast ‘Albums of 2019’ list, featuring warped, mutant music from around the world, and you can find them all gathered together on a new Spotify playlist. If you haven’t yet caught the podcast, this is the perfect jumping on point – and if you dig this, the full archive of Freak Wave episodes can be found wherever you get your podcasts.
Venturing deep into marginal music scenes from outside of the Anglo-American axis, with radical music from India, Poland, Portugal, China, Russia and Democratic Republic of Congo.
In this episode, we take in radical and divergent sounds from Greece, Turkey, Colombia, Tunisia, Tanzania, Japan, Ukraine and more. We kick off with a true contender for my album of the year ‘Ofiodaimon’ – the psych-folk & synth collaboration from the Greek producer Anatolian Weapons and folk musician Seirios Savvaidis.
Episode 005 of Freak Wave once again ventures into marginal music scenes from around the world, featuring left of field music from Tunisia, Japan, Jamaica, South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Italy.
I’m back on your radio this Sunday (7th April 2019) with the second series of Out From Under – diving deep beneath the surface of the Australian music scene, celebrating experimental and eclectic music from the upside down.
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.
A new collaborative project from Arabstazy, who explore connections between heritage, identity, culture and digital arts. Under Frustration is the first of a planned three-part compilation series which surveys the contemporary Arabic electronic music scene. Most of the work here is abstract and mercurial, with a few cross-referential touch points – if electronic music has ceased to surprise you, this will reawaken your senses.
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.
A few months ago, I revisited Rabbit Island’s brilliant debut album, 2011’s ‘O God Come Quick’. With no sign of a follow-up, I idly filed it away as a ‘one and done’ moment of genius. In a joyful burst of synchronicity, I received an email about her follow-up the very next day. I can’t say that I willed this album into existence, but something about that timeline makes the dream seem very real. Perth’s Rabbit Island finds a new approach with ‘Deep In The Big’, her near-ASMR vocals and unvarnished story-telling now come layered under luscious reverb and elliptical, delayed piano.
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.
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 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.