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#138 – Crème de Hassan, Praed, Danny T & Tradesman, Man from Uranus

A packed show this week takes us through African-influenced electronics to legendary Ethiopians, to hard rock and through digital dancehall. It’s a standard Independent Music Podcast episode – loads of varied, wonderful tunes, and plenty of questionable chatter

Tracklisting
Crème de Hassan – Touki Bouki / Krik Krak (Inversions Records, UK)
Hey Colossus – Experts Toll (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Pinkett – Da Pink (self-release, Taiwan)
Praed – Pyramids In The Sky (Annihaya Records, Lebanon)
Kollaps – You&I (Grade Ten International, UK)
Getatchew Mekuria – Shilela (Ethiopiques Series, Ethiopia)
Danny T & Tradesman (feat. Likkle Jordee) – Level the Vibe (Pure Niceness Records, France)
Man From Uranus – Cucumber Sword (Re-Alignment of Magnetic Dust, UK)
Jonas Reinhardt – Of Amunmose (Abstrakce Records, Spain)
Part Chimp – A Lil’ Bit O’ Justice (Rock Action Records, UK)

#135 – Jessica Moss, Vanishing Twin, Actress, Hampshire & Foat

The last week of the dynamic duo for the next fortnight brings a whole host of new goodies, including a Record Store Day Vanishing Twin release, gospel from the Como Mamas, the latest from the amazing mind of Shit & Shine as well as new slow disco, piano goodness, and dancehall.

Tracklisting
Vanishing Twin – Million Dollar Mermaid (Soundway Records, UK)
The Como Mamas – Move Upstairs (Daptone Records, USA)
Shit & Shine – Hot Shovel (Diagonal Records, UK)
Ant Orange – Big Lil’s (Karaoke Kalk, Germany)
Awate – Displaced (self-release, UK)
Jessica Moss – Glaciers I (pt 1) (Constellation Records, Canada)
Temple ov BBV – Butchers Tears (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Wrongtom Meets the Ragga Twins – Bacchanal (Tru-Thoughts Records, UK)
Actress – X22RME (Ninja Tune, UK)
Hampshire & Foat – End Song (Athens of the North, UK)

#132 – JJ Doom, Gnod, HÄRDA UT, Martin Rev

As we move ever closer to summer, let’s kick off this week with some shouty punk from Sweden. Elsewhere we have the usual mix of electronics, hiphop, and general experimentation you’d expect from your weekly dose of exciting independent music.

Tracklisting
HÄRDA UT – Gå På Stan (Adagio830 Records, Germany)
Forest Swords – The Highest Flood (Ninja Tune, UK)
DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – Bognya (Clap! Clap! Remix) (Wonderwheel Recordings, USA)
Oxbow – Cold and Well-lit Place (Hydra Head, USA)
Rene Costy – Right on the Nose (SDBAN Records, UK)
Martin Rev – Now (Atlas Realisations, UK)
JJ Doom – Guv’nor (BADBADNOTGOOD Version) (Lex Records, UK)
Gnod – Stick In the Wheel (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Rainbow Island – Gigi Rally (NO=FI Records, Italy)
Snapped Ankles – I Want My Minutes Back (The Leaf Label, UK)

#127 – Kelly Lee Owens, Flowers Must Die, Mirrored Lips, Shevek

Tapes seem to be the theme this week, whether it’s a new release available only on tape from Shevek, Ubek, or Sofia Ozdravovna, or if they are lost tapes of Ahmed Malek pressed to vinyl after 30 years away from the public, there’s loads of tape-related sounds this week. We’ve also got lots of exciting new music from Swedish psych band Flowers Must Die, London’s Kelly Lee Owens, and Russian punks Mirrored Lips.

Tracklisting
Flowers Must Die – Hit (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Kelly Lee Owens – Anxi. (ft. Jenny Hval) (Smalltown Supersound, Norway)
Shevek – Analysis (Musclemilk Records, UK)
Ubek – Ubek (Sucata Tapes, UK)
Unfinished Portraits – Memory Lake (Lobster Theremin, UK)
Ahmed Malek & Flako – Tape 12 Track 1 (Habibi Funk, Germany)
Emma Gatrill – Skin (Flau Records, Japan)
Sofia Ozdravovna – A Morning Spread Evenly Across Two Cities (Audio. Visuals. Atmosphere, Belgium)
Mirrored Lips – Дорогой Хороший (Alakir Records, Israel)
East New York Ensemble De Music – Mevlana (Jazzman Records, UK)

#113 – Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Thor & Friends, Mums, P Money

Fans of music of a more heavy persuasion will find lots to love this week. From the opening raucousness of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, through to the explosive riffage of Switzerland’s Sudden Infant, there’s so much good noisy music. Fans of experimental electronics will get behind the latest from Berlin producer Don’t DJ through London’s Berceuse Heroique label. We’ve also got library music, grime tunes, cracking digital reggae and modern classical.

Tracklisting
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Sweet Relief (Rocket Recordings, UK)
P Money – Panasonic (Rinse, UK)
Esben & the Witch – Marking the Heart of A Serpent (Season of Mist Records, UK)
Thor & Friends – The Crusades (LM Dupli-Cation, USA)
Mums – Since My Brain Reset (Superstar Destroyer Records, UK)
Don’t DJ – Fall (4 Interesting Music) (Berceuse Heroique, UK)
Cosmic Neighbourhood – Garden (Kit Records, UK)
Penny Goodwin – Too Soon You’re Old (Athens of the North, UK)
Sudden Infant – Tandori Chicken Scooter IV (Voodoo Rhythm Records, Switzerland)
Casio Love feat. the Bionic Singer – Hear Mi Name Call (Cubiculo Records, Portugal)

#109 – Fufanu, Yussef Kamaal, Off World, Dennis Bovell

Exceptional grime and funk from two podcast favourites Swindle and D Double E is just one of the new tracks on this week’s show. We’ve got new music from Fufanu, jazz and hip hop from Steve Lehman, Off World, Kuro, Adrian Younge, William Tyler, Pangaea, and Yussef Kamaal.

Tracklisting
Fufanu – Sports (One Little Indian, UK)
Steve Lehman – Are You in Peace? (Pi Recordings. USA)
Off World – Extraction (Constellation Records, Canada)
Dennis Bovell – Heaven (Optimo Music, UK)
Kuro – Incantation in C (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Adrian Younge – The Concept of Love (Linear Labs, USA)
William Tyler – Gone Clear (Merge Records, USA)
Swindle x D Double E – Lemon Trees (Butterz, UK)
Pangaea – Send It In (Handal Records, UK)
Yussef Kamaal – Yo Chavez (Brownswood Recordings, UK)

#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)

#94 – Field Day Festival Special

Field Day festival returns for its tenth birthday this year at Victoria Park in London. Gareth and Anthony run through ten of the artists they’re most excited about seeing, including some big hitters like Roots Manuva, The Avalanches, and Skepta, as well as some artists from elsewhere on the bill, including Ata Kat, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, and Psychemagik

Tracklisting
Ata Kak – Obaa Sima (Awesome Tapes From Africa, USA)
The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist (XL Recordings, UK)
Skepta – Man (Boy Better Know, UK)
The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band – Sao Sakit Mae (Paradise Bangkok, Thailand)
Orchestra Baobab – Utrus Horas (World Circuit Records, UK)
Psychemagik – Mink & Shoes (self-release, UK)
Goat – I Sing in Silence (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Novelist & Mumdance – Take Time (Rinse Recordings, UK)
Moon Duo – Free the Skull (Sacred Bones Records, USA)
Roots Manuva – Hard Bastards (Big Dada Records, UK)

#89 – Pye Corner Audio, Casual Nun, Gemma Ray, Dog Chocolate

It’s a week of lengthy musical explorations with a podcast clocking in at 80 minutes. We kick off with some great modern reggae sounds from Adam Prescott, and we’ve got new ones from Pye Corner Audio, Dog Chocolate, Necro Deathmort, Casual Nun, Gemma Ray, and a mammoth 14-minuter from Laniakea. There’s also a new one from Trost Records, rare 80s reggae from Groundation and a tribute to the late, beyond great Prince.

Tracklisting
Adam Prescott – Warrior (ft. Brother Culture) (Reggae Roast, UK)
Dog Chocolate – We Don’t Know (Upset the Rhythm, UK)
Pye Corner Audio – Stream Four (Lapsus Records, Spain)
Necro Deathmort – Crux (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Groundation – Rebel (Reggae Archive Records, UK)
Casual Nun – Green Tea (Hominid Sounds, UK)
Gemma Ray – There Must be More Than This (Bronzerat, UK)
Laniakea – The Contagious Magick of the Superabundance (House of Mythology, UK)
Schlippenbach / Takase / DJ Illvibe / Lovens – Signals (Trost Records, Austria)
Prince – Sexy MF (Paisley Park, USA)

#88 – Asher Levitas, Josefin Öhrn, The Comet is Coming, Thornato

We haven’t got far through the alphabet this week, with new tracks from Adrena Adrena, Ash Walker, and Asher Levitas, whilst highlighting a new vinyl release of Alexander Robotnick with Ludus Pinsky, and a rare Basque record from Akauzazte. Absolutely all artists aren’t ‘A’s though, we’ve also got a new track from The Comet is Coming, some house from Belfast’s Jordan, Sweden’s Josefin Öhrn, and the return of exceptional Italian electronic maestro Husband.

Tracklisting
Husband – Undone (self-release, Italy)
Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation – Green Blue Fields (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Asher Levitas – Withdrawn (Planet Mu, UK)
Ash Walker – Bongo Legs (Deep Heads, UK)
Akauzazte – Etzazuaka (self-release, Spain)
Alexander Robotnick & Ludus Pinsky – N5 From Outer Space (Medical Records, USA)
The Comet is Coming – Star Furnace (The Leaf Label, UK)
Thornato – Chapinero (Wonderwheel Recordings, USA)
Adrena Adrena – Man on the Hill (self-release, UK)
Jordan – Killing Mockingbirds (Nocturne, UK)