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#265 – Ajate, Onoe Capone, Al Kent, Anna B Savage, Blóm

Whether it’s afrobeat made from Japanese bamboo instruments or a 12-minute disco opus, there’s music to get you moving on the show this week. Between those we’ve got the latest cumbia experimentation from Bogota, exceptionally heavy hiphop from London, explicit sounds of female empowerment and more.

Tracklisting
Handle – Punctured Time (Absolute Fiction, UK / Upset the Rhythm, UK)
Ajate – Uka (180g, France)
Teleplasmiste – A Boy Called Conjuror (House of Mythology, UK)
Liiek – Waterfall (Adagio 830, Germany)
Onoe Capone – Jungle (feat. L-Zee Roselli) (High Focus Records, UK)
Romperayo – Uyuyuis (self-release, Colombia)
Anna B Savage – Chelsea Hotel #3 (City Slang, Germany)
Alxzndr – Lei Shen (Scotch Bonnet Records, UK)
Blóm – Be Kind (Box Records, UK)
Al Kent – Erotic Queen (GAMM, UK)

Produced and edited by Nick McCorriston. Hit him up for any and all audio work at nickamc.com and follow him on Twitter @nickamc

#262 – The Four Owls, Beatrice Dillon, Davaajargal Tsaschikher, Sex Swing, Brodinski x Low Jack

Mispronunciation rules this week’s pod. I mean – you try and pronounce ‘Davaajargal Tsaschikher’ the name of the exceptionally talented Mongolian experimentalist. We have unusual and brilliant music from Ukraine, Niger, and Japan alongside London grime, hiphop and jazz. There’s abstract electronic music, industrial dub, and phenomenal psych – it’s going to be a good week…

Tracklisting
Brodinski x Low Jack – Andaman Sea (Editions Gravats, France)
Collocutor – Lost and Found (On the Corner Records, UK)
Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko – Untitled 1 (Night School, UK)
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround One (PAN, Germany)
Hoshina Anniversary – Odoriko (Alien Jams, UK)
Sex Swing – Valentine’s Day at the Gym (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Davaajargal Tsaschikher – Urgeljid Urgeljleh Urgeljlel (Chinabot, UK)
Lloydie Ranks – Street Fighter (Key Changes, UK)
The Four Owls – Honour Codes (High Focus Records, UK)
Mdou Moctar – Ibitlan (Sahel Sounds, USA)

Produced and edited by Nick McCorriston. Hit him up for any and all audio work at nickamc.com and follow him on Twitter @nickamc

#259 – Katie Gately, Ramson Badbonez, YlangYlang, Wasted Shirt, Och

A wonderful array of new music this week, kicking off with Swedish psych from Goat-affiliated Och, we also have multiple, beautiful sound experiments from Canada, UK hip-hop, avant-garde outsider pop, the new one from The Heliocentrics and a cracking new collaboration between Ty Segall and Lightning Bolt.
 
Tracklisting
Och – NU:64 (Rocket Recordings, UK)
YlangYlang – Limitless (Crash Cymbols, USA)
I Know I’m an Alien – Here Come The Customers pt 1 (Crass Lips Records, USA)
D. Dan – Mutant Future (Lobster Theremin, UK)
Intext – Super Duty Tough Work (self-release, USA)
Ramson Badbonez – Sarcophagus (High Focus Records, UK)
Katie Gately – Waltz (Houndstooth, UK)
Wasted Shirt – Double the Dream (Famous Class Records, USA)
Gareth JS Thomas – Hyphen British (Bezirk, UK)
The Heliocentrics – Burning Wooden Ship (Madlib Invazion, USA)
 
Produced and edited by Nick McCorriston. Hit him up for any and all audio work at nickamc.com and follow him on Twitter @nickamc

#240 – Giant Swan, Alice Hubble, CMPND, Rey Sapienz, HTRK

Showcasing the best independent music around right now, this week’s pod takes us from DR Congo via Uganda, to a Brighton beach, through Italian dancehall, German filth house, abstract folk and into all reaches of experimental and forward-thinking music in between.

Tracklisting
Rey Sapienz – Dancehall Pigmé (Hakuna Kulala, Uganda)
Merlin Nova – Just Calling (self-release, UK)
CMPND – E.W.A. (High Focus Records, UK)
Ka Baird – Symanimagenic (RVNG Intl., USA)
Otang – Rot Yr Brain (Ware Collective, UK)
Giant Swan – 55 Year Old Daughter (KECK, UK)
Kapote – Delirio Italiano (Dub) (Toy Tonics, Germany)
HTRK – Venus in Leo (Ghostly International, USA)
Tiberias Towa & Tom Spirals – Flex Like Water (Pure Niceness Records, France)
Alice Hubble – Atlantis Palm (Happy Robots, UK)

Produced and Edited by Nick McCorriston. Hit him up for any and all audio work at nickamc.com and follow him on Twitter @nickamc

#231 – Girl Band, Cate le Bon, Plaid, CMPND, Mr Mitch

Sometimes we start the podcast with music to shake your body into action, other times we just assault your senses with experimental noise. This week it’s the turn of Girl Band to launch the podcast into your ears with six minutes of hefty post punk goodness. Elsewhere in the hour we have abstract Japanese music, UK hip hop, Pakistani Surti, New Zealand dancehall and the usual (and unusual) stops in between.

Tracklisting
Girl Band – Shoulderblades (Rough Trade Records, UK)
Seaketa – よい (yoi) (Chinabot, UK)
Plaid – Los (Warp, UK)
CMPND – Flight 370 (High Focus Records, UK)
Ustad Saami – God Is (Glitterbeat Records, Germany)
Hershel 36 – Unchartered (Lickety-Splat Music, UK)
Cate le Bon – Mother’s Mother’s Magazines (Mexican Summer, USA)
SK Simeon & Naram – Dem Wanna be my Friend (Red Robin Records, New Zealand)
Blanck Mass – House vs House (Sacred Bones Records, USA)
Mr Mitch – Not Modular (Pressure, Germany)

Produced and Edited by Nick McCorriston. Hit him up for any and all audio work at nickamc.com and follow him on Twitter @nickamc

#221 – Holly Herndon, Yung Bae, Jonnie Common, Terminal Cheesecake, Spill Gold

Just some of the best music around right now, kicking your week into action with some high tempo, high feeling disco from Yung Bae, then driving through a selection of psych, Tunisian dance music, stunning Scottish experimental music, UK hiphop and outrageous non-dance music out of Africa

Tracklisting
Yung Bae – Don’t Stop w/Flamingosis (My Pet Flamingo Records, UK)
Spill Gold – Dali (Meduse MagiQ, Netherlands)
Ammar 808 – Zawali Fitness Club feat Cheb Hassen Tej (Glitterbeat Records, Germany)
Andrew Wasylyk – Journey to Inchcape (Athens of the North, UK)
Jonnie Common – The Colour is Fugitive (Creative Scotland, UK)
Holly Herndon – Eternal (4AD, UK)
Datkid & Leaf Dog – Crud Addict (High Focus Records, UK)
Terminal Cheesecake – V.D.K. Neck (Box Records, UK)
Spooky-J – woRite (Spooky Shit, Uganda)
Budos Band – Arcane Rambler (Daptone Records, USA)

Produced and Edited by Nick McCorriston. Hit him up for any and all audio work at nickamc.com and follow him on Twitter @nickamc

#101 – Hypnopazüzu, Asher Senator, Elza Soares, Manuela

After last week’s two hour party, this week we’re more focused on new experimental music. As well as an exclusive first play of the Hypnopazüzu track, we have exceptional samba experimentation from Elza Soares, modern dancehall from veteran Asher Senator, UK hip-hop from Ed Scissor & Lamplighter, and much more.

Tracklisting
Elza Soares – Maria da Vila Matilde (Mais Um Discos, Brazil)
Manuela – Cracks in the Concrete (Lost Map Records, UK)
Æthenor – Hazel (VHF Records, USA)
Asher Senator meets Bony Fly – Tick Tick Boom (Pure Niceness Records, UK)
Hypnopazüzu – Your Eyes in the Skittle Hills (House of Mythology, UK)
Bloque del Sur – Diagrama (Pakapi Records, Argentina)
Dead Neanderthals – The Bell (God Unknown Records, UK)
Head Technician – Exit Strategy (Ecstatic Records, UK)
Necro Deathmort – Mono/Serum (Tomaga remix) (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Ed Scissor & Lamplighter – Hyperballad (High Focus Records, UK)

#48 – Dokkerman & the Turkeying Fellaz, The Gaslamp Killer, The Four Owls, Dele Sosimi

We’re getting a little bit funky this week following a couple of episodes looking on the weirder side of music. From the opening afro-tinged funk of Hungary’s Dokkerman & the Turkeying Fellaz’s new LP through Germany’s Tramp Records, to the closing refrain of Joe Baatan’s brilliant Aftershower Funk – recently repressed through Soul Jazz – we’ve got danceable numbers all the way through. We stop off in the middle with the new record from Fela Kuti collaborator Dele Sosimi’s new one through Wah Wah 45s, and also have new ones from Scottish artists Clade and Happy Meals, a fuzzy piece of brilliance from unsigned Birmingham act Tiny Rockets, Stearica’s latest track, some UK Hip Hop from The Four Owls, a modern classic from The Gaslamp Killer, and a reissue of a £300 classic slight of sexy soul from Sharon Revoal coming from Nik Weston and Mukatsuku – get funky!

Tracklisting
1.Illegal Move – Dokkerman & the Turkeying Fellaz (Tramp Records, Germany)
2.Nissim – The Gaslamp Killer (Brainfeeder, USA)
3.Silent Flight – The Four Owls (High Focus Records, UK)
4.Vietnamese Piano – Clade (self-release, UK)
5.E Go Betta (Radio Edit) – Dele Sosimi (Wah Wah 45s, UK)
6.Altered Images – Happy Meals (Night School Records, UK)
7.Reaching for our Star – Sharon Revoal (Mukatsuku, UK)
8.Halite – Stearica (Monotreme Records, UK)
9.Final – Tiny Rockets (self-release, UK)
10.Aftershower Funk – Joe Baatan (Soul Jazz Records, UK)