Mr. Lif

#148 – Tobacco, James Heather, USA/Mexico, Trans-Aeolian Transmission

The unmistakable sounds of Tobacco kick-off a US-heavy podcast this week. We go off on our usual globe-trotting though, with experimental Tunisian music from China, sounds from Austria, stunning contemporary classical music from London, a Spanish reissue of a lost slice of delectable funk. There’s a first record in 12 years from Mr. Lif and Akrobatik’s The Perceptionists, a Joanna Newsom edit from podcast favourite L’Orange, the awesome Butthole Surfers and Shit & Shine collaboration under USA/Mexico.

Tracklisting
Tobacco – Got Wet in the Bomb Shelter (Rad Cult, USA)
Trans-Aeolian Transmission – Extract from “Xinjiang, Taklamakan & Karakoram” (self-release, Tunisia)
The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) – Dirty Drumz (Mello Music Group, USA)
Becoming Animal – A Distant Hand Lifted (Trost, Austria)
USA/Mexico – Laredo (Riot Season Records, UK / 12XU Records, USA)
Hidden Spheres – It Ain’t Easy (Lobster Theremin, UK)
Hank Carbo – Fox in a Mini Skirt (Rocafort Records, Spain)
Institute – Powerstation (Sacred Bones Records, USA)
L’Orange – Heaven Sent (self-release, USA)
James Heather – Last Minute Change of Heart (Ahead of Our Time, UK)

#120 – best of 2016 pt.2 (our favourite live shows)

We continue our alternative look back at 2016, focusing on some of the artists that have wowed us with live shows throughout the year. It’s a diverse bunch, with jazz, grime, hiphop, afrobeat and indie rock amongst the highlights.

Tracklisting
Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor – Selfish Gene (Strut Records, UK)
Part Chimp – Hello Bastards (Rock Action Records, UK)
L’Orange & Mr Lif – Strange Technology (Mello Music Group, USA)
Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Live at Union Chapel, London 21 May 2016
Skepta – Crime Riddim (Boy Better Know, UK)
Gaika – BUTA ft. Miss Red (Mixpak, USA)
Ela Orleans – You Go Through Me (Night School Records, UK)
Ebo Taylor – Heaven (Essibons Music, Ghana)
Ata Kak – Daa Nyinaa (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
Duchess Says – I Repeat Myself (Bonsound, Canada)

#106 – Susso, L’Orange & Mr. Lif, Scott Walker, Terminal Cheesecake

There’s a mix of legendary, soon to be legendary, and utterly new artists on this week’s show. The likes of Scott Walker and Terminal Cheesecake are amongst the finest ever in their particular genres, whilst artists such as L’Orange and Ex-Easter Island Head are beginning to create consistently excellent bodies of work. We’ve also got an incredibly exciting release from Susso – first promoted on a podcast back in July 2015 – that is set to be huge, whilst LA funk producer Yung Bae gives us another reason to get excited.

Tracklisting
Ex-Easter Island Head – Six Sticks (Low Point Records, UK)
L’Orange & Mr. Lif – Strange Technology (feat. Akrobatik & Gonjasufi) (Mello Music Group, USA)
Terminal Cheesecake – Song for John Pt. 1 (Box Records, UK)
Yung Bae – All Night (self-release, USA)
Susso – Ansumana (Soundway Records, UK)
Bajka – The World (Philophon Records, Germany)
Clean & Jerk – Silhouette du Barry (Inversions Records, UK)
Wallwork & Tsvi feat. Nico Lindsay – Facts (Black Acre, UK)
Julian Fairshare – Blessed Melody (self-release, UK)
Scott Walker – Finale (4AD, UK)