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Sleeps In Oysters | Moths Wings For John / Sea Flowers Blossom

It’s a grey, wet early morning in the city of Sydney, and this seems like the most idyllic soundtrack for this moment. ‘Sleeps In Oysters’ deliver under-stated, lowercase folk from their home in Berkshire (England). They’ve played recently with Efterklang, Leafcutter John and A Hawk And A Hacksaw – three distinctly different avenues of sound, although as a combination, the aggregated flavour does indeed give you a fair impression of the territory that Sleeps In ...

Various Production | Warchild

With characteristic nonchalance, Various Production distributed another free track through their mailing list last week. As has been the story from the outset, no information, no context, no details are forthcoming. Whilst much of this info-lockdown technique is compelling (we are forced to focus entirely on the strength or the weakness of the music for gratification), it’s also often frustrating. Various Production swim between many different genres – from grime and dubstep, to ...

Dusk & Blackdown | Keysound Radio ’08

This podcast mix for XLR8R from London production duo Dusk & Blackdown dropped many months ago, but it’s ripe for re-appraisal. I say this primarily as the album which it promotes – ‘Margins Music’ – is a unique document that pinpoints all that is compelling about music in 2008. Yet, it still remains largely (although not exclusively) uncommented by the blogeratti. Blackdown (aka Martin Clark) knows his dubstep – he is, after all, Pitchfork’s ...

Buraka Som Sistema | Mixtape

For those with Paypal accounts, or a UK credit card for that matter, Buraka Som Sistema’s new album ‘Black Diamond’ is now avalable for download over at 7Digital. The debut full-length features contributions from M.I.A., Kano, Petty, baile funk’s First Lady Deise Tigrona and Angolan kuduro artists DJ Znobia, Saborosa and Puto Prata. Pitchfork have posted a mixtape featuring a couple of tracks and a new remix of ‘Sound Of Kuduro’ from bass cadets, Drop The ...

Mark Barrage | Hindsight

Mark Barrage has been all but absent from the recorded music scene over the last three years or so – ‘Hero Or Dirt’ dropped on Feral Media back in 2005. In the intervening continuum, he’s been playing many live shows (including support for Telepathe, YACHT and Dan Deacon) and steadily crafting the follow-up ‘Delays’, which is released this month via Mistletone Records, Australian home of El Guincho, Lucky Dragons and Panda Bear. ‘Hindsight’ ...

Tremor | Viajante (Remix)

We’ve seen Japanese baile funk and Portuguese kuduro – here’s another genre displaced from its homeland: Australian Cumbia. The Cumbia Cosmonauts may be based in Melbourne, but they have deep links back to Mexico via a long-standing creative relationship with the Nortec Collective and other artists in Tijuana (see myspace.com/melbournetijuana for details). The Australian collective have launched a series of ‘sessions’ titled “This Is Tijuana!” in ...

Mesak | The International

With a URL such as skweee.com, SKWEEELICIOUS! is putting itself out there as a defacto official home of the growing Scandanavian electronic movement.  Blending bleep-tronica, twitch hip hop and 8-bit funk, Skweee is created by a large, loose collective of almost exclusively Finnish and Swedish producers and will be appreciated by lovers of Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Quarta 330 and their ilk.  Skweeelicious has posted an interview with Mesak – producer and founder of one of the two ...

Architecture In Helsinki | That Beep

AIH never fail to amuse and confuse at the same time.  ‘That Beep’ sounds like a parallel universe offcut from Annie’s ‘Anniemal’ (with ‘chewing gum’ swapped for ‘bubblegum’).  Radioclit break things up with an offstep rhythm and a bonus verse from ex-Bonde Do Role vocalist Marina.  Single out 22nd Nov – info at thatbeep.com. Architecture In Helsinki – That Beep (Radioclit French Mix feat. Marina) | mp3

2562 | Electronic Explorations Mix

Recent mix from Dutch techno / dubstep artist 2652, aka ‘A Made Up Sound’, featuring Bristolian dubstep producer Pinch, the excellent Headhunter and Romania’s TRG.  Out now: 2562 remixes Martyn’s ‘Vancouver’ on a new 12 with a Flying Lotus mix on the rear.  Buy @ Boomkat. 2562 – Electronic Explorations mix | mp3 01 – Pinch – Emo [Dub] 02 – 2562 – Moog Dub [Tectonic] 03 – 2562 – resistance dub [Dub] 04 – ...

Ellen Allien | Elphine

We’ve all been waiting to see Ellen Allien dance to a track from ‘Sool’ whilst washing her knickers in the local laundrette. At last, the wait is over. ‘Sool’ itself is a venture into more minimal territory for Allien, a sidestep away from the heavier tones of the last album, ‘Thrills’, into something more spacious and less defined. Buy @ Boomkat

Ikonika | Minimix

  New wonky dubstep mix from UK’s Ikonika, whose latest 12 ‘Millie / Direct’ released on Kode 9’s Hyperdub label.  Ikonika is one of the few female producers (can we name some others?) that can be loosely branded ‘dubstep’, although the sound here – much like most of the recent releases on Hyperdub – is entering trajectories outside of the standard template.  In pairing lush sweeps with a perverted, wonky bassline, ‘Millie’ in ...

Buraka Som Sistema | XLR8R TV

Buraka Som Sistema drop a rare video interview on XLR8R TV, articulating their own take on the origins of the Kuduro genre and the false start for the sound in Portugal as far back as 1996.  BSS make note that they are ‘representing the Lisbon scene’ rather than Kuduro’s original Angolan roots, although production on their new ‘Black Diamond’ album took them back to the source. XLR8R – From Lisbon with Love: Buraka Som Sistema| link | mp4 download Buraka ...

Mumdance | Big Shot Mix

“I’m kinda over the whole MILF thing now; I’m having to skip back a generation and go for the GILFs.” MUMDANCE Big Shot Mix | mp3 1. Wheres My Mumdance Double Drop Intro: (Dillinger / “Where’s My Money” (Caspa remix) vs Claw / “Jersey Shore Guidos”) 2. High Rankin / “No Money For Guns” 3. AC Slater / “Jack Got Jacked” (Jack Beats Remix) 4. Boabinga / “The State Of Ghetto Jackin’” 5. Vybes Kartel / “Tigerstyle” (Sinden Remix) 6. Artwork / “Red” 7. Sticky feat. Miss Dynamite / ...

Licence To Ill at Sound Summit – Interview in The Brag

This week I’ll be on a panel at Sound Summit in Newcastle titled ‘LICENCE TO ILL: LEGALITIES, LICENSING, IMPLICATIONS AND IMPLEMENTATIONS!’ described as “Key representatives from APRA, the PPCA and Creative Commons join artists and industry to discuss the latest on artist copyright, licensing, downloading and legislation. In particular, addressing the impact & implications for local music communities.” Ahead of the panel I was interviewed in The Brag, click ...

Big Sound Panel – The Gatekeepers

Next week I’ll be at the annual Big Sound Conference in Brisbane, chairing a panel titled ‘The Gatekeepers’ featuring author & journalist Everett True, U.S. Radio Plugger Paul Brown, Richard Kingsmill, Music Director of Triple J; Mike Walsh from Xfm Network and Paul Cashmere from Undercover Media. Here’s the blurb: As we progress from a world of radio and music magazines telling us what’s cool and what to listen to, has a sea change arrived where ...