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Ghoul | A Mouthfull Of Gold EP

One thing that I’ve been guilty of lately is the lack of insight into the musical scene in my own backyard. With taste buds fixed firmly on multiple flavours from all corners of the globe, it’s easy to be blinkered to the plate of pancakes right under your nose. Let me rectify that in ’09. The surface veneer of Sydney’s music scene suggests a few things to the casual street press reader: belated attempts to recapture the essence of ‘pure rock’, post-punk, ...

Taliesin | Aprecity Mix

Compiled for the Bassfaced blog, Dutty Artz member Taliesin drops a beautifully eclectic mix featuring a diverse range of cuts from Dutty signing Mr. Jahdan Blakkamoore, via Kelis, Saigon and Flying Lotus, to an old-school recording of a Gnostic Mass from hellboy Aleister Crowley. Unique. In the accompanying communique, Taliesin also gives us the heads up on the next Dutty Artz release, Jahdan’s debut album: “start to finish one of the best vocalist centered albums I’ve ...

Where’s Your Mate In 2008?

I had to write it down somewhere for posterity – the obligatory “best of”, in no particular order, for the last tropical year (including many 2007 releases that rolled in late). Slate clean, here’s to ’09. pic: Ellen Allien by Michael Mann ELLEN ALLIEN ‘Sool’ THE BUG ‘London Zoo’ ITAL TEK ‘Cyclical’ LEILA ‘Blood, Looms & Blooms’ 2562 ‘Aerial’ TUSSLE ‘Cream Cuts’ SUNBURNED HAND OF THE ...

Zomby | Where Were U in 92? Mixtape

Where was I in 92? Earning a living for the first time in my life, and thus both shacked up in an apartment in Partick with more weed than Cheech or Chong, and making regular forays to Edinburgh to ‘access the shapes’ in front of the speaker stack at ‘Pure’. Yes, 92 was a vintage year. I’m fully aware that pounding deeper back into the 90s put me at risk of sounding like a ravetastic hasbeen – however, despite best efforts, it seems I’m powerless to ...

New Cumbia | El Remolon, Fauna, Chancha Via Circuito, El Hijo De La Cumbia

This round up of new cumbia from the back half of 2008 almost made the cut for a possible relaunch of Fat Planet back in October, but Discontent beat that idea to the finish line and this post was shelved.  As an early Xmas treat, I think the artists herein deserve a seasonal re-up: Whilst artists such as Nortec Collective have been transposing old world Latin American rhythms onto new world electronica for many years, El Remolon (Andres Schteingart) was one of the first of the ‘new ...

Pivot | Cities

I’m over 2008 already. In fact, two months ago I bought a 2009 diary and I’ve been using it ever since. My personal indignation about all that was unfavourable in 2008 is surely not replicated by Australia’s Pivot. By anyone’s standards, they’ve had an outstanding year: signed to Warp Records, released a sensational album (‘O Soundtrack My Heart’), had an EP remixed by Clark and Rustie, played with Sigur Ros, toured the world. And that was just ...

The Long Lost | Woebegone (Flying Lotus’ Luckiest Charm)

When Alfred Darlington is not making late-night booty calls on his Casio under the Deadelus alias, it seems that he’s dolling himself up in turn-of-the-19th-century attire and making sweet, acoustic peans to love with his wife Laura. Whilst it might sound like something he should be doing behind closed doors, it is in fact the story of The Long Lost – a project that has been through various stages of gestation over the last decade and is now priming its debut release, ...

Fever Ray | If I Had A Heart

The Knife‘s ‘Silent Shout’ remains as good as it sounded right from day one – dark, fucked up, dramatic gothtronica, that is in turns both desperately sad and perversely beautiful. ‘We Share Our Mother’s Health’ remains one of the most bleak and morose electro-pop songs yet committed to tape, but with her Knife offshoot project Fever Ray, Karin Dreijer Andersson seems determined to plunge still further into the darkness. The lead single “If I ...

ZôL | Syphillisupastar

French label Jarring Effects deserve their little red blip on the electronic / dub / booty / weird radar to glow a few shades stronger. Having curated artists such as Scorn, Ez3kiel, Sibot, High Tone and L’Oeuf Raide over the last ten years, they’ve recently augmented the roster with South Africa’s Playdoe, Filastine, Von Magnet and Ben Sharpa – smart and talented people, one and all. Back in July 2007, they launched the JFX Bits Compilation series, offering free ...

Fantastikoi Hxoi | Kyriarxoi Tou Sympantos

Of course, I fully accept that I could well be out of my tiny mind. I’m currently listening to a track culled from recordings made in Greece in the 1960s. A track that has apparently been requantified and recontextualised as the Hardcore Continuum meets Sigur Ros in a tiny drum’n’bass bar – with only a moog, a kettle and a pair of spoons for instruments. And I think there’s a small tribe of mice dancing nearby (off their tits, natch). With a dearth of digital ...

Filastine | B’talla

As an itinerant annalist of a melange of sounds from around the world, Filastine has little or no equal. From the first moment that he drafted a set of sticks as drummer for Seattle’s Tchkung! in 1990s, through his life as rebel leader of the “tactical mobile rhythmic unit” Infernal Noise Brigade through to the 2006 Filastine debut, ‘Burn It’ – Grey Filastine has forgone convention in favour of confrontation. The collage of sounds, philosophies, ideas and ...

Harmonic 313 | Dirtbox

Mark Pritchard is a very naughty boy. Aside from the fact that Mark has given us a taste of what might have happened if Gary Numan had invented dubstep, ‘Dirtbox’ is – in no uncertain terms – pure, low-end, smear it on your face, dirty, dirty bass. Hallelujah. Thankfully, the former Reload / Global Communications / Jedi Knight and all round good fellow emigrated to Sydney some time ago, which means that we’ve had an opportunity to pop ourselves filthy to his ...

Burial | Archangel (Phaseone Remix)

Lest we forget how unique Burial‘s ‘Untrue’ album was, Missouri’s Phaseone emerges with a beautiful, buzzing remix that retains the spirit of the original whilst drip-feeding a quiet, anthemic quality throughout. Smart. Burial – Archangel (Phaseone Remix) | mp3 Download Phaseone’s ‘Mad Eight’ collection of 48 (count them) short instrumental tracks here. (Thanks to Gorilla Vs Bear for the heads up)

First Aid Kit | Tiger Mountain Peasant Song

A few months back, the YouTube clip for Swedish duo First Aid Kit and their cover of Fleet Foxes‘ ‘Tiger Mountain Peasant Song’ skipped round the world-wide-eyed web like the world-wide wildfire. Such is the love for Fleet Foxes, such is the love for the fact that they were signing it in the middle of a forest, and such is the the strength and savage roar that First Aid Kit bring to the track. Savagery that’s all the more remarkable given that they’re two ...

Hudson Mohawke | Polkadot Blues

It feels like only last week that I posted about Hudson Mohawke, but in truth it was much, much longer than that – almost two whole weeks in fact. But never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, and never one for knowing what that actually means, a tasty Xmas titbit arrived in the mailbox this very morn and who am I to deny the spirit of Xmas giving? And, not only that, Hudson deserves a second bite of the cherry due to the excellence of his live(ish) set in Sydney and the general ...

Lukid | FACTMix

Amongst the forthcoming onslaught of end-of-year lists (and after the blizzard of throaty rock magazine lists that have already appeared on Stereogum), I’m hoping for a few new categories, some new thoughts, new foundation principles. I might even start a few on my own, such as ‘Best Label That I Didn’t Think I Knew Very Well Until I Realised I Owned Most Of Their Back Catalogue’. This award, this week, goes to Werk Discs. Way back in the midst of whenever, I spent a ...

Telepathe vs 20JFG | Devil’s Trident

20 Jazz Funk Greats is consistently one of the best music blogs out there, and I use the phrase “out there” with due consideration. Never ones to follow any particular sense of grounded narrative or wish to serve us anything as quaint as untainted information, the text that swims with every 20JFG post is almost as good as the music itself. Almost. Much of what lands on 20JFG lands there alone, I’ve yet to find many other references in the Blogverse to Little Claw, ...

Hudson Mohawke | Mary Anne Hobbs Session

Glaswegian upstart Hudson Mohawke (aka Hud Mo, aka Ross Birchard) lands in Sydney tomorrow night, ahead of his Warp records release ‘Polyfolk Dance’ on January 19th. Hudson’s early work is rooted in the ‘Heralds Of Change’ project with co-hort Mike Slott, who now joins HudMo as part of the ‘Lucky Me’ stable – who also count fellow Scots boy Rustie amongst their number. Together, the ‘Lucky Me’ clan have given the hip hop, R&B, ...

Wadadda & FS Dan | Moralny Hazard

Portuguese netlabel, Enough Records, by rough count have clocked up 197 releases since their inception; a collection that would take many days (weeks even) to review, although first impressions suggest that such aural punishment might actually be worth it. My first bite of their cherry is ‘Enough Dubs’, an impressive collection of dubstep from Finland (Takomo), Germany (Dipswitch, 2Krazy, Discreat, Desmond Denker, Wadadda) and the U.S. (DZ). Once again proving the point that ...

Appleblim | Rinse FM Podcast

FACT Magazine today posted their “20 Best Mixes for 2008” featuring Mike (Italians Do It Better) Simonetti, Generation Bass, Prins Thomas, Dj/Rupture, Hyperdub, Esau Myanwaya & Radioclit, Optimo (with their mighty ‘Sleepwalk’ mixtape) and Metro Area. Taking out the top spot is Appleblim’s podcast for Rinse FM back in April, with the Skull Disco boss bringing together a mix of two halves: Part Two devoted to the outer fringes of dubstep (including ...