This week’s Repercussions takes former FBi Album Of The Week artist FKA Twigs as a jumping off point to explore the expanding world of experimental R&B – an amalgam of commercial R&B, pop and soul, blended with experimental production and off-kilter sounds. We kick back to 2006 with Cassie, before winding forward to recent productions from artists such as Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland, Kid A, Phlo Finister, Kelis, SZA and Jessy Lanza; and uncover Australian contributions from Fatti Frances, Oscar Key Sung, Guerre and Black Vanilla.
When the last New Weird Australia radio show aired on FBi Radio a few weeks back, Oscar Key Sung closed proceedings with the first live performance of a new song, “It’s Gone”. A fitting way to end the chapter.
From Oscar: “This was the first live performance of this song. Done to a stripped back instrumental. For the last New Weird Australia radio show on Fbi 26th July 2012 at about 11pm presented by Stu Buchanan. Thank you to Stu Buchanan for having me, Jon Watts for mixing the effects, and Elliott Lauren for Filming.”
From 2009-2012, the New Weird Australia Podcast featured selected interviews and in-studio recordings from my FBi radio show, as well as live performances from events, video interviews and more.
Well known experimental musicians in their own right, MARCUS WHALE (also known as SCISSOR LOCK) and TRAVIS COOK (who performs as CYST IMPALED) moved into unique territory in 2010, recording as alternative pop duo COLLARBONES.