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Shank, Singapore Sling, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Cobra Killer

mp3s from artists (or their associates…) who featured on this week’s show >> SHANK [GERMANY] oust mp3 my guest today was germany’s burnt friedman (pictured) – an artist whose experiments in genres range from dub, jazz and latin to techno, ambient and more. two of his projects stand out – burnt friedman and the nu dub players and his collaboration with uwe schmidt (aka atom heart / senor coconut) on flanger, released through ninja tune. unfortunately for ...

Shithouse

this sunday, i’m DJing at the inaugral night of ‘shithouse’ – a new club / gathering curated by fbi’s jack shit. also in attendance will be a few other good folk from fbi – dj soup aka john blake, emily from roundabout, dubmeister tim ritchie and curly dan zilber in his dj debut. JJJ’s robbie buck will be along to give the radio theme a national sarong. from 5pm til late at spectrum, oxford street, darlinghurst, sydney.

Akira Rabelais, Harold Budd

a good opportunity to place catch up with two people that have stumbled through the fat planet dimension of late… AKIRA RABELAIS [US: TEXAS] (pictured) pleure de le voir gai comme un oiseau des bois mp3 + HAROLD BUDD [US: CALIFORNIA] pantomime [with zeitgeist] mp3 a large thanks to david sylvian‘s samadhi sound for sending fat planet copies of their two new releases – akira rabelais‘ ‘spellewauerynsherde’ and harold budd‘s ‘avalon ...

Hexes & Ohs, Styrofoam, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Balun, White Hole, The MFA

here we are again, another week in international music-land. playlist for yesterday’s radio show can be found right here and what follows is a slew of likely contenders who muddled their way on-air during our 120 minute round-the-world excursion >> HEXES AND OHS [CANADA] (pictured) alive until saturday night mp3 thanks to mystery and misery for turning me onto these guys, a rare fusion that takes the all the most electrifying parts of the electro-rock-post-punk boom, and mixes ...

Gonzales, Adam, Bang Gang, Kiiiiiii!, Mui

we’re going for a more pared back, less electronic post today. if you download one tune from this post, don’t look past the japanese. it’s a joy to behold. GONZALES feat FEIST [CANADA] lovertits mp3 i played a track today (‘mushaboom’) from leslie feist‘s album, ‘let it die’ – the album was co-produced by gonzales, which seems a little uncharacteristic. we’re talking alt.folk from the man who spent a great deal of the last few ...

Sex In Dallas, Phonique, Apparat, Electric Eel Shock

after a little break in proceedings, the blog is back on the regular mp3 hunt. this week – a trio with a german electronic flavour, rounded off with great rock n roll, japanese style. all of these artists appeared on today’s fat planet radio show – click here for playlist. SEX IN DALLAS [FRANCE] berlin rocks (manix remix) mp3 sex in dallas are a three piece from france who, according to their bio, set out to make music that avoided the by-now over familiar french sound of ...

MP3 Spring Cleaning – Part Two

and in the continuing spirit of ‘spring cleaning’ (see last post for the full rites of spring clearout…), here some other bits & pieces from emails received that i would have liked to editorialise, but didn’t find the time. IT’S A TRAP VOL.1 top quality scandanavian indie compilation STRANGELY FAMILIAR music production collective PSYCHEDELIC AVENGERS german psych-pop artist site THE HARVEY GIRLS new music from a band featured in a previous post THE ...

MP3 Spring Cleaning

it’s spring cleaning time at fat planet HQ… which means that i’ve finally got to reconcile myself to the fact that i am never going to get through the huge list of bookmarks i have accumulated and turn them into worthwhile posts. as much as i’d like to, it’s just not going to happen. which means, it’s time to hammer your bandwidth. below is a long list of mp3s, artist pages, label below is a long list of mp3s, artist pages, label sites and portals – ...

Kim Hiorthoy, Jens Lekman, Annie

first up, thanks to a couple of people who helped make this week’s show a cut above the norm – namely fbi’s emily farrell for her interview with sigmatropic (see last post for more info and mp3). catch’s emily’s show roundabout every monday at 10pm. and double-thanks to another fbi trooper, jules thomas, for calling in with a live report from the icelandic airwaves festival in reykjavík. currently making her way round europe, she called at 5am her time, so i ...

Gutevolk, Sigmatropic, Nitin Sawney

GUTEVOLK [JAPAN] (pictured) sora mp3 a beautfiul piece of scattered alt.folk-pop from japan, seemingly borrowing rythyms from jazz / electronica (in places reminiscent of norway’s jaga jazzist) but all played ‘organically’. gutevolk is a solo project from vocalist hirono nishiyama, one time collaborator with famed japanese electronic / experimental producer nobukazu takemura. gutevolk hails from a japanese label called happy (introduced to me by swen’s weblog), who ...

Meeting The Neighbours – Fat Planet Interview at The Tofu Hut

Huge thanks to New Jersey’s Tofu Hut for tracking me down for an interview for their blog. Check it out at tofuhut.blogspot.com and reposted below: Fat Planet is another in the Radio Babylon school of linking to “artists’ sites, labels or other legitimate sources” but F.P. is a bit more aspirant: offering itself as a de facto aggregator/taste filter of all manner of international music and then indexing the tracks by country. Recent offerings include songs ...

Fat Planet – Year One Mixtape

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Fat Planet radio show on FBi 94.5FM, I’ve pulled together some of my favourite free downloads from the last year and compiled them into this mixtape. Underneath the track listing, there’s a quote taken from the blog. I still regularly return to the closer – the Sixtoo track featuring Damo Suzuki – a sensational piece of both respectful and revisionist kosmiche rock from hip hop boy Vaughn Squires. Burn a little silver disc ...

Machinedrum, Omzo, Slam Revolution, Cyne

MACHINEDRUM [U.S.] $$legs mp3 mltply mp3 i’m new to these guys, but the ever-helpful (and wallet-loosening) bleep.com describes their last album (‘now you know’) as a release “that helped define the digital/cutup hip hop sound”. and there’s infinite shades of early funkstorung in there – i adore the germans’ ‘additional productions’ release from way back, it was a genuine eye-opener for me, in that i’d never heard anything ...

Slowly Minute, Eedl, Gotan Project

SLOWLY MINUTE [JAPAN] a constellation and shooting stars mp3 produced by japanese electronic artist nobukazu takemura, slowly minute might seem like it drifts into territory once occupied by air and their ilk. thankfully, there’s no “lounge beats” here, this is much more wayward + haphazard and all the more interesting for it. often the beats, the ideas and the instrumentation don’t match – creating what should be a aural disaster, but instead blends together ...

Juana Molina, Think Twice, Ulrich Schnauss

JUANA MOLINA [ARGENTINA] tres cosas mp3 yet another tune from folktronica artist, juana molina – this is the title track from her album ‘tres cosas’. i’ve almost completly emptied the cupboard of juana’s free downloads here on this site and played probably more tracks of hers that many other artists on the show. perhaps this posting brings the juana fan club to a close for the time being. check out the new issue of the wire for an interview. [site] THINK ...

New Radio Show – The Prototype

fellow fbi comrade, dan zilber, and i kick off a new radio show tonight on australia’s comradsat at 7pm called the prototype. comradsat is a satellite network and digital delivery system which allows independent radio stations across the country to select and playback programs to broadcast in their own regions. programs can either be played live, or recorded for later playback. so now you know. the premise of the show is essentially ‘new releases in dance, electronica and hip ...

Iuno, On Ensemble, Love Of Everything, R.E.M., Gianni Nannini

this could well be the most eclectic post of all time… IUNO [NETHERLANDS] fracture mp3 thanks to the folks from iuno (pictured) for getting in touch. check out their web site at iuno.nl for a fine selection of tunes to download. there’s a great degree of variation even in the few tracks that are there – i’m finding touches of moloko, kosheen, even portishead in there, and the above track is a storming fusion of dark drum’n’bass breaks, nasty keyboard ...

Visionary Underground, Air, Limited Express (Has Gone), Girl With A Monkey, Former Selv

VISIONARY UNDERGROUND [ENGLAND] 100 vibes (feat. aref durvesh & matthew barley) mp3 i played a track from dj feelfree today, one of the main forces behind the uk asian drum’n’breaks crew visionary underground. i use the term drum’n’breaks intentionally, as it’s also the title of the album from which the track ‘sonic solution’ came from – ‘nasha – eastern drum’n’breaks’. it’s a top flight compilation of ...

Shiffai, Issa Bagayogo, Mann Friday

free’n’legal african mp3s are hard to come by, yet it seems like the old analogy with public transport applies here. you wait an age and nothing appears – then three come along at once… SHIFFAI [SENEGAL] savages mp3 senegal is shaping up to be home of african hip hop with some solid releases so far from positive black soul, daara j and pee froiss. there’s a site decicated to senegalese hip hop called senerap – i’ve yet to have a full exploration, ...

Jukes, Bela Butono, Avril

JUKES [ENGLAND] wandering star mp3 jukes (pictured) is the solo project for bristol-based vocalist tammy payne. i played a track on today’s show called ‘i wasn’t even looking’ which favourably recalls one summer ten years ago, hearing portishead’s ‘sour times’ for the first time. one of those instance where you stay in the car with the engine off, just so you can make sure you catch the title and the artist’s name. it’s no surprise that ...

DJ Rupture, Beans, Ozi Balta, The Stills

DJ RUPTURE [U.S./SPAIN] high resolution mp3 following the nettle post, here’s some more of barcelona-based dj rupture (pictured). although recorded under his ‘DJ’ name, this also drops some eastern influence, albeit lower in the mix – the predominant feel is sample-heavy midtempo broken beat, with a vocal ripped from aaliyah coming halfway through. things build to a more frantic pace towards the end, hitting some quality breakcore around the 3 minute mark. unlike ...