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#124 – Mahatma X, Mighty Lord Deathman, Bastien Keb, Rob St. John

Scottish-infused Philadelphian hiphop kicks us off this week. We have ten tracks exploring Italian library music, soul jazz, Malian folk, and power electronics. We also have a tribute to the late William Onyeabor, who passed away last week.

Tracklisting
Mahatma X – Mahatma and the White Devil (Home Assembly Music, UK)
Kælan Mikla – Kalt (Fabrika Records, Greece)
Sandro Brugnolini – L’Ora Di Agire (Schema SCEB Series, Italy)
Bardo Pond – Crossover (Fire Records, UK)
Bastien Keb – Pick Up (First Word Records, UK)
Mighty Lord Deathman – Enemies of Deathman (self-release, UK)
Nochexxx – Overhound (Alien Jams, UK)
Rob St. John & Pete Harvey – Farewell, Dear Love (Autolycus Records, UK)
Awa Poulo – Djulau (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
William Onyeabor – Good Name (Luaka Bop, USA)

#114 – Throwing Snow, Clipping, Jay Glass Dubs, Thought Forms

After heavy rock of last week, this week sees more in the way of electronic music. All kicking off with the exceptional sounds of Jay Glass Dubs – one of the leaders of the current crop of exciting experimental dancehall artists doing the rounds. Elsewhere, there’s a new record to raise money for nightclub Fabric’s legal battle here in the UK, the latest compilation of Gqom music from South Africa, and loads more.

Tracklisting
Jay Glass Dubs – Versatile Dub (Bokeh Versions, UK)
Dieuf-Dieul de Thiès – Am Sa Waye (Teranga Beat, Senegal)
Throwing Snow – One for the Booth (Houndstooth, UK)
Thought Forms – Woolf Music (Invada Records, UK)
Dominowe – Darbuka Tribe (Tribe Dance) (Gqom Oh!, South Africa)
Clipping – Air ‘Em Out (Sub Pop Records, USA)
Tall Black Guy – One Device, One Method, One Thing (First Word, UK)
Kuparilinna – Tuulee (Palatsi, Finland)
Filter Dread – Dream Data (Fresh 86, UK)
Gaika and Babyfather – Shredder (HackneyvsBrixton, UK)

#107 – Tanya Tagaq, Sun Ra & Merzbow, Will Long, Ross McHenry

Epic deep house opener this week followed by a multitude of good tidings. From the heavy sounds of Taman Shud the the brutal experimentation of Merzbow let loose with a bucketful of Sun Ra samples. We’ve also got Turkish dub music from Abu Ama, Canadian throat singing from the extraordinary Tanya Tagaq, pysch from Denmark’s The Wands, funk from Melbourne’s Ross McHenry, and extreme dubstep from the brilliant Joker.

Tracklisting
Will Long – Time Has Come (DJ Sprinkles Overdub) (Comatonse Recordings, Japan)
Bitori – Bitori Nha Bibinha (Analog Africa, Germany)
Abu Ama – Efendi Remix (Bokeh Versions, UK)
Joker – G Shit (Kapsize, UK)
Taman Shud – Oracle War (Trashmouth Records, UK)
Sun Ra | Merzbow – Granular Jazz Part 4 (Cold Spring, UK)
Tanya Tagaq – Aorta (Six Shooter Records, Canada)
The Wands – Faces (Flammekaster Records, Denmark)
Aquaserge – Les Zouzes (Crammed Discs, Belgium)
Ross McHenry – Opening / Despair (First Word Records, UK)

#69 – Independent Label Market London special

The Independent Label Market returns to London on 28 November. In anticipation Gareth and Anthony play tracks from some of the brilliant labels who will be selling their wares. From reggae in the form of Nice Up!, to Romanian prog from Strut via crazy Thai sounds from the Carvery and much more.

Tracklisting
Tala A.M. – Arabica (Africa Seven, UK)
Rodian GA – Citadelle (Strut Records, Germany)
Souleance – Hustle ft. VECT (First World Records, UK)
Waipod Petchsuphan – Ding Ding Dong (The Carvery, UK)
Bo Ningen – Henken (Stolen Recordings, UK)
Peepholes – Conversation (Upset the Rhythm, UK)
Matt Berry & the Maypoles – The Pheasant (Live) (Acid Jazz Records, UK)
Orchestra of Spheres – Mind over Might (Fire Records, UK)
Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution – Hol Dem ft Gappy Ranks (Nice Up!, UK)
Shuya Okino – Still in Love (Mukatsuku, UK)

#44 – Gazelle Twin, Nochexxx, Aby Ngana Diop, Bruce Lacey

Kicking off the show this week we’ve got Soviet-era vinyl breakbeat mashups, heartbreaking ballads and unidentifiable electronic music. Elsewhere in the hour we’ve got the latest from two regularly featured labels – Awesome Tapes From Africa and Rocket recordings – we’ve also got avant-garde oddness from Trunk records in the shape of Bruce Lacey, Blaxploitation Bollywood, a rare track from Crystal Mansion and a dub rework of the magnificent Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band.

Tracklisting
1.Imperialist Monsters – Fulgeance & DJ Scientist (First Word Records, UK)
2.Love and Mercy – Gazelle Twin (self-release, UK)
3.Stinson Fish – Nochexxx (Type Records, UK)
4.Electric Pony – Shit and Shine (Rocket Recordings, UK)
5.Dieuleul-Dieuleul – Aby Ngana Diop (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
6.Boogie Man – Crystal Mansion (BBE Records, UK)
7.Music from Everybody’s Nobody (1960) (excerpt) – Bruce Lacey (Trunk Records, UK)
8.Roop Lor Pu Tai (Rootikal dub) – Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band (Paradise Bangkok, Thailand)
9.Chand Mera Dil – R.D. Burman (His Master’s Voice, India)
10.Jungle Magic – Benis Cletin (Sofrito, UK)