INTERVIEW. Sarah Hopkins – the Aussie who scored a spot on Björk’s Utopia

Björk’s latest album Utopia is a collaboration between the Icelandic artist and Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi, also known as Arca. All of the 14 album tracks are credited solely to Björk and Ghersi, with one exception: the track ‘Features Creatures’ has a writing credit for Australian artist Sarah Hopkins.

Hopkins is a Queensland-based composer-performer, most well known for her work Past Life Melodies. 

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BACK CATALOGUE. A trip through the flipside of Björk’s career

Björk’s voluminous catalogue contains thousands of curios for playlist fanatics. I am one those fanatics, an obsessive Bjork collector, endlessly shuffling my thirty-year compendium of Bjork-related tracks into various combinations, or stacking my complete collection of physical releases into increasingly idiosyncratic order.

In doing so, I know only too well that her discography can be sequenced in such a way to make any argument whatsoever about her work as a composer and producer. Bjork as studio genius, classical composer, dancefloor junkie, folk singer, remix devotee.

To celebrate the release of Utopia, I’ve created a unique Björk playlist, one that takes an intentionally subjective slice though her career.

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INTERVIEW. On the phone with Björk: talking Utopia, Tinder and slapstick comedy

When the good people at Double J asked me if I was interested in interviewing Björk, I thought they were having a laugh. The dismissive flick I gave them soon turned into a week of abject anxiety when it turned out they were for real. Last Friday, I got on the phone to Björk in Reykjavik and spoke to her for 30 minutes about Utopia, love and slapstick comedy. And you can hear that interview this Wednesday, 29 November, on Double J from 8pm AEST. Continue reading “INTERVIEW. On the phone with Björk: talking Utopia, Tinder and slapstick comedy”

Repercussions #22 “In The End”

This week marks the end of the first season of Repercussions, and we return to the theme of the first episode with another selection of touchstone moments in electronic and dance music history. From an opening salvo by New York producer Joey Beltram, through to a closer from Bjork, I select tracks from artists such as The Orb, LFO, Daft Punk, Autechre, Altern-8, Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin, and revisit an important moment in Australian dance music, from Itch-E & Scratch-E.

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Featured in this episode:
JOEY BELTRAM Energy Flash
ALTERN-8 Infiltrate 202
LFO We Are Back
THE ORB Little Fluffy Clouds
APHEX TWIN Analogue Bubblebath 1
AUTECHRE Basscadet
ITCH-E & SCTRATCH-E Sweetness and Light
DAFT PUNK Da Funk
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS Leave Home
BJORK Cover Me (Plaid Mix)

First broadcast on FBi Click, 15th December 2014

Repercussions #16 “A Salute To Those People Who Say Fuck You (For Mark Bell)”

On October 13th 2014, the electronic music world lost one of its pioneers – at the age of only 43, producer Mark Bell, co-founder of Warp Records’ duo LFO, passed away.  Bell was also a prolific producer and remixer outside of the LFO camp, most notably contributing production for seven Bjork‘s albums over the last fourteen years.  To celebrate Warp Records’ 100th release, the label released the compilation ‘We Are Reasonable People’, featuring a track from Mark Bell titled “A Salute To Those People Who Say Fuck You”.

By way of our own salute to Bell, on this week’s Repercussions we feature a selection of artists that operated within Bell’s orbit and who, most importantly, were people who took great delight in saying ‘Fuck You’.

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Featured in this episode:
MARK BELL A Salute To Those People Who Say Fuck You
BJORK Declare Independence
APHEX TWIN Come To Daddy (Pappy Mix)
SQUAREPUSHER Dimotane Co
KID 606 It’ll Take Millions In Plastic Surgery To Make Me Black
LAURIE ANDERSON O Superman
WENDY CARLOS Title Music From A Clockwork Orange (From Purcell’s Music For The Funeral Of Queen Mary)
THROBBING GRISTLE Hot On The Heels Of Love
RHYTHIM IS RHYTHIM Nude Photo
CYBOTRON Clear
LFO LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)

First broadcast on FBi Click, 27th October 2014.