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STEED LORD [ICELAND]

mp3: STEED LORD dirty mutha think iceland and you think – cripsy, crunchy, ethereal. one of those will fit, take your pick. case for the defence: bjork, mum, eberg, guggus, sigur ros, emiliain torrini, benni hemm hemm. and here’s the case for the prosecution: straight out of new crack city, it’s steed lord – 100% dirty electro crunk, with a track that is the least radio-friendly piece of music i’ve heard since 2 live crew. spawned back in 2005, crew members ...

PARA ONE [FRANCE] & BUSDRIVER [U.S.]

mp3: PARA ONE & BUSDRIVER severed god limbs busdriver‘s latest single ‘kill your employer’ has been camped out on my brain like one of those devilish little leeches that kahn dropped into chekov’s helmet at the start of star trek II (obscure, sure, but it’s a great analogy nonetheless). while us australians are waiting for the new busdriver album ‘roadkill overcoat’ to drop into stores, we can get an advance preview on fbi for the next few days ...

ALCHEMYST [BELGIUM]

mp3: ALCHEMYST la secte mp3: ALCHEMYST shaolin more belgian dubstep for you, following last week’s grimelock post. like them, alchemyst began life as a drum n bass dj and cites vex’d, anti pop consortium and kool keith as departure points. if you’re still fence-sitting on the dubstep genre, alchemyst might help to convince you. there’s much more at play here than in your usual dubstep output – tracks morph and fluctuate throughout and, as a result, it feels ...

Fat Planet – Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto) Interview

In January 2007, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Miho Hatori, formerly one half of the legendary Japanese band Cibo Matto, on the release of her debut solo album ‘Ecdysis’. Cibo Matto found success in the U.S. initially off the back of heavy rotation of their ‘Sugar Water’ clip, directed by Michel Gondry, which they backed up with two outstanding albums ‘Viva! La Woman’ and ‘Stereo Type A’ (the latter featuring an expanded Cibo Matto line-up with Sean Lennon on ...

FLYKKILLER [POLAND/ENGLAND]

mp3: FLYKKILLER controlled environment thanks to music@pl.pt, last year i managed to pick up a couple of tracks from polish artist pati yang‘s 2005 album, ‘silent treatment’. from the extracts that i’ve heard, it would appear to be a release that mirrors ‘felt mountain’-era goldfrapp and the more epic reaches of artists such as lamb and portishead. contributions from heavyweights such as film composer david arnold, keith tenniswood (two lone swordsmen) ...

EFTERKLANG [DENMARK]

mp3: TOBIAS HELLKVIST step aside (efterklang cover) mp3: EFTERKLANG swarming (antenne version) efterklang‘s ‘tripper’ from 2004 is a gorgeous album for any enthusiast of both the epic and the understated – glitch lower-case electronica mixed with anthemic choral productions. scandanavia may well be over-run with a glut of icy, electronic projects, but efterklang effortlessly rises to the top of the pile. the band has just relaunched their web site – ...

GRIMELOCK [BELGIUM]

mp3: GRIMELOCK little soldier mp3: GRIMELOCK night rider i’ve been gorging on dubstep for the last year or so, but have been reluctant to post much as it’s essentially been a uk-based genre. this, however, is changing – just check this month’s xlr8r dubstep column for a round-up of global dubstep projects. grimelock (kaliba and marsellus wallace) are based in brussels, belgium and began producing as a drum’n’bass crew (crazy crew) in 1998. two more names ...

Fat Planet – El Perro Del Mar (Sweden) Interview

Inspiration can strike at the most unlikely of moments. Sarah Assbring, aka El Perro Del Mar, broke years of “cold” and “empty” writers’ block, sitting on a beach in Spain, watching an “old salty sea dog” trot by. Somehow, in that moment of sunny, seaside bliss, the dog leant its name to a project that’s an inspired channelling of 1950s pop aesthetics, refracted through a dark, melancholic lens. To label El Perro Del Mar a gloom-ridden project ...

Fat Planet – Frederic Galliano (Kuduro Sound System) Interview

in october last year, i posted some music from a genre emerging out of angola known as kuduro – a fusion of local african sounds with ragga, techno, hip hop and caribbean influences. shortly thereafter, i interviewed french producer frederic galliano for fbi radio, discussing the first kuduro album to be released outside of angola – entitled ‘frederic galliano presents kuduro sound system’. Galliano wrote the album with a local dj, Kito Da Machina, and a group of ...

GREEN BEATS

this sunday (7th), i’ll be playing at green beats at petersham bowling club in sydney. many fine local players have dropped sets here in the past, all surely relishing the odd opportunity to play records at a lawn bowls club. (and if you don’t know lawn bowls, get a primer here). the line up this week also includes fellow fbi cohort levins (aka sleater brockman) plus foreign dub, typhonic, ryan lazy, jonny faith, fangle and more. the club, which is privately owned, faces closure ...

THE BOREDOMS [JAPAN]

mp3: THE BOREDOMS jungle taitei (from super roots eight) god bless vice. not only do they consistently drop one of the funniest and sharpest magazines each month (check the recent ‘coober pedy’ issue for some authentic social insight into the schizm between black and white australia), but their records division vacuums up and distributes a tidy range of artists including justice, norway’s 120 days, chromeo, the streets and more. also on the roster are the godfathers of ...

PITCHFORK – INTERNATIONAL MP3S

i’ve been away for a couple of weeks, and returned to my rss reader to find 480 posts – most of which consisted of ‘best of’s.¨Ü on reading through them all, i got a little lost in the belief that such lists have spiralled out of control.¨Ü having opted to thus drop my own list, instead i’ll direct you to pitchfork. their top singles and top albums are two of the most anticipated end of year lists. anticipated by some who feel that pitchfork accurately captures ...

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC 2006

this time last year, i posted a list of my favourite australian bands and that seemed to garner some interest around the blogosphere. over the last twelve months, i’ve been increasingly bombarded with lists and ‘best of’s and resolved that if i were to embark on such a collection again, i shouldn’t (and frankly couldn’t) list anyone in a specific order (i.e. ranging from the great to ‘not-quite-so-great’). with that in mind, here’s my ...

THE KNIFE [SWEDEN]

mp3: THE KNIFE christmas reindeer ho ho ho – the knife release what they describe as their “annual christmas track”, titled ‘christmas reindeer’. originally recorded in 2000, it’s a different version to the ‘reindeer’ track that appears on their self-titled debut. the duo have also made all the ‘silent shout’ remixes available for download through their digital shop, including versions from ratatat, trentemoller, booka shade, ...

VARIOUS PRODUCTION [ENGLAND]

mp3: VARIOUS PRODUCTION hater mp3: THOM YORKE analyse (various production remix) various production‘s ‘the world is gone’ is sitting high around the top of my favourite albums of this year. an original mix of alt.folk, dubstep and hard, downtempo electronica (and the odd sea shanty thrown in for good measure), i can’t help but feel that it’s been largely overlooked by the media, both online and off. this might be to do with the fact that the duo have done an ...

UBER LINGUA – SUNDAY 10th Dec with Ollo & Charlie McMahon

big week at uber lingua this week – here’s the deets… International music crew, Uber Lingua, continue their summer ǃÚarvo-eveningǃ٠residency at the Abercrombie Hotel in Ultimo on Sunday 10th December. Following the release of their new album, ǃ?The If Ifǃ?, Sydney electronic duo Ollo (right) relish the opportunity offered by Uber Lingua to experiment with a broader musical remit, – embracing the mantra of ǃ?extreme cultural diversityǃ? they hit the Abercrombie ...

THE BLOW [U.S.] / JAB MICA OCH EL [DENMARK]

mp3: THE BLOW pile of gold mp3: JAB MICA OCH EL biojhelm light speed mp3: JAB MICA OCH EL pull up if i pull up mov: JAB MICA OCH EL clip from 2004 sound art festival, denmark mp3: YACHT milly milly mp3: YACHT music by friends for the radio in friends (mixtape) sometimes you arrive at the party so late that you might as well just turn on your heels and go straight home. that’s how i feel about the blow – u.s. duo jona bechtolt and khaela maricich. i caught up last week, which ...

TALVIN, SBS & UBER LINGUA

sydney happenings this weekend: saturday (2 dec), talvin singh is in sydney for his first solo appearance; returning for the first time since supporting massive attack twelve years ago – a long overdue appearance. i’ll be dj-ing in support from 9pm – also on the bill percussion junction, groovelands sound system (w. bobby singh and ben walsh) and bentley. it’s the first gig at the inner west’s new venue, the factory (105 victoria road, enmore) – run by ...

Sachiko Kanenobu (Japan)

Originally posted on Fat Planet. DOWNLOAD: SACHIKO KANENOBU look up, the sky is beautiful there’s a darker underbelly to having a radio show or a music blog – you have to kiss a fair few frogs to find your prince. that is, you have to plough through a great many unusable or irrelevant releases to find the music that will ultimately filter its way onto the main platform. a few weeks back, i had let my listening pile grow to ridiculous proportions and embarked on a foolhardy ...

UBER LINGUA, SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER

it’s week two of the uber lingua summer residency at the abercrombie hotel in sydney. i’ll be joined by live performances from wire mc and wei zen, plus dj prince v from the herd). here’s the blurb… AustraliaǃÙs international music crew, Uber Lingua, hit their stride with week two of their new summer residency at the Abercrombie Hotel in Ultimo on Sunday 26th November. Indigenous hip hop artist Wire MC (right) headlines with a live set of his self-proclaimed ...

teenagersintokyo [AUSTRALIA]

more local content from down here in the upside down country. three and half years ago, linda and sam from teenagersintokyo started volunteering at fbi radio (home of fat planet). this was many months before fbi even hit the air, yet here were two 18-year-olds plugging away behind the scenes, helping to determine the shape and sound of sydney’s newest radio station. the thing that smacked my gob about the pair was not just that they had astonishingly good taste in new music, but that ...