Akuphone

#208 – Modeselektor feat. Flohio, HHY & The Macumbas, Machinefabriek, Meitei / 冥丁, Gum Takes Tooth

The last podcast before we move into reviewing another amazing year of independent music sees another phenomenal batch of new releases.

Starting with some experimental music from the New York underground we move swiftly through new music from Lebanese duo Praed, Japanese illbient, the latest single from the amazing HHY & The Macumbas LP, stunning violin electronics from Machinefabriek and Anne Bakker, through to excellent releases from 2019 with the new Gum Takes Tooth and Man From Uranus releases.

Tracklisting
Hontos – 1 (BANK Records NYC, USA)
Praed – Doomsday Survival Kit (Akuphone Records, France)
Meitei / 冥丁 – Jizo / 地蔵 (Evening Chants, Singapore)
HHY & The Macumbas – Swisid Mekanize Rejiman (House of Mythology, UK)
Machinefabriek with Anne Bakker – Scene 2 (Zoharum, Poland)
Lia Mice – Overwrite the Past (Optimo Music, UK)
Modeselektor feat. Flohio – Wealth (MonkeyTown Records, Germany)
Gum Takes Tooth – Borrowed Lies (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Andrea – Future Atmo (Ilian Tape, Germany)
Man From Uranus – Marooned on Mercury (Freaksville Records, Belgium)

#187 – SOPHIE, Khalab, Flohio, Slikback

After the chilled week last week, we’re unashamedly throwing bangers at you on this week’s pod. The brutal, brilliant pop sounds of SOPHIE kick us off, as we travel through stunning sounds from Khalab’s new record, a new Ugandan record label releasing heavy bass sounds, Lewisham grime fro Flohio, and Polish experimental music from Edinburgh.

Tracklisting
SOPHIE – Ponyboy (Transgressive Records, UK)
Khalab – Black Noise (feat. Tenesha the Wordsmith) (On the Corner Records, UK)
Slows – A Great Big Smile From Venus (excerpt) (Deep Distance, UK)
Slikback – Ascenscion (Hakuna Kulala, Uganda)
YOB – The Screen (Relapse Records, USA)
Andria – So Far (Yes, Serbia)
Ekiti Sound – Ife (Crammed Discs, Belgium)
Ko Shin Moon – Zaffa (Akuphone Records, France)
Flohio – Bands (Alpha, UK)
Januszewski – Untitled II (Czaszka (rec.), UK)

#184 – Dwarfs of East Agouza, JK Flesh, Siete Catorce, Carla Bozulich

After last week’s smooth funk openers, let’s get a little more brutal shall we? Raw Ambassador’s Mental Disorder track is as intense as the artist name and title would suggest, and it takes brave ears to get through that. But persist and (more) rewards are forthcoming – the outstanding collaboration between Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert for one, and Marlowe – the L’Orange and Solemn Brigham collaboration – for another. Elsewhere we have a mix of the good stuff – get involved

Tracklisting
Raw Ambassador – Mental Disorder (Mannequin Records, Germany)
Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert – Party On (Rock Action Records, UK)
Marlowe – Lost Arts (Mello Music Group, USA)
Rob Lewis – Pines (self-release, UK)
Dwarfs of East Agouza – Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers (Akuphone Records, France)
Carla Bozulich – Let It Roll (Constellation Records, Canada)
Siete Catorce – Susurro (Hypermedium, Greece)
JK Flesh – Wasplike (Inner Surface Records, UK)
Grimm Grimm – Take Me Down to Coney Island (Some Other Planet Records, UK)
Rattle – All Over the Place (God Unknown Records, UK)

#176 – The Bug & Burial, Low Jack, Léah Lazonick, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar

After our holidays we’re back (for good). We’ve got a whole host of goodies for you, including the collaboration made in heaven between dubstep and grime pioneers The Bug and Burial. We have Indian music from Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Ugandan sounds from Jora MC and Congo’s Kongoloko, more Congolese music from Mushapata, the epic new Gnod track, soundtrack music from New York’s Léah Lazonick, a change in direction from Future of the Left and mclusky’s Falco’s side project Christian Fitness, mutant futurism from Low Jack, and more.

Tracklisting
Christian Fitness – Kill the Bored (self-release, UK)
The Ex – Soon All Cities (self-release, Netherlands)
Low Jack – Robert (Editions Gravats, France)
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar – Raga Abhogi (excerpt)(Ideological Organ, France)
Kongoloko & Jora MC – C’est la Vie (Uganda, self-release)
Daphne Tunes – In Your Eyes (Two Moons Tapes, USA)
Mushapata – Muanago Yé-Yé (Akuphone Records, France)
The Bug & Burial – Shrine (Pressure, UK)
Léah Lazonick – Movimento I Luna Scura (Kingdoms Records, USA)
Gnod – Donovan’s Daughter’s (Rocket Recordings, UK)

#161 – Four Tet, Happy Meals, Danny T & Tradesman, Awate

A mellow opening of synth soundtrack music and the stunning new one from Four Tet belies the fun stuff beneath – from Yorkshire dancehall sounds of Danny T & Tradesman to Glaswegian synth pop with Happy Meals. We also have jazz, dark pop, garage fun, hip hop, soul and field recording of funeral ceremonies from Bali.

Tracklisting
Stefan Bachmeier – One Road Out (Spun out of Control, UK)
Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen (Text Records, UK)
Danny T & Tradesman – First Choice ft David Boomah and Parly B (Scotch Bonnet, UK)
Kan Mikami / John Edwards / Alex Nielson – Aoshi (Otoroku, UK)
Honeyfeet – Sinner (Wah Wah 45s, UK)
Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back (Rabid Records, Sweden)
Unknown Artist – Semut Megarang (Akuphone, France)
Happy Meals – Tomorrow Could be Heaven (self-released, UK)
Kind & Kinky Zoo – La Jupe Volante (Légere Recordings, Germany)
Awate – Jewels (Quite Defiant Records, UK)