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#183 – Miss Red, Kamaal Williams, Elza Soares, Sen Morimoto

This week’s podcast starts off of the funky side, with smooth jazz funk from The Comet is Coming-affiliated Soccer96 and Henry Wu’s Kamaal Williams. We get as nasty as usual though, with Miss Red and The Bug’s latest, giallo disco from Parasols, and the mesmerising Batu record on XL. Elsewhere we have the latest from Brazilian samba legend Elza Soares, gorgeous music from Filho da Mãe, pop hip hop from Sen Morimoto and a whole lot more…

Tracklisting
Soccer96 – Harmonious Monk (Slowfoot Records, UK)
Kamaal Williams – High Roller (Black Focus Records, UK)
Miss Red and The Bug – Dagga (Pressure, UK)
Debby Friday – Sine Metu (self-release, Canada)
Elza Soares – Banho – Part. Ilu Obá de Min (Deckdisc, Brazil)
Parasols – White Shadow (Giallo Disco Records, Italy)
Filho da Mãe – Água​-​Má (Lovers & Lollypops, Portugal)
Sen Morimoto – This is Not (Sooper Records, USA)
Batu – Flash React (XL Recordings, UK)
Peder Mannerfelt – Every Day Had A Number (LazyTapes, Germany)

#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)

#70 – Anna Meredith, The Comet is Coming, I Know I’m an Alien, Epirus Quartet

Weird electronic noises this week, with something very special from the complete unknown I Know I’m an Alien. We’ve got a 10-minute opener from Maserati, who played their first ever UK show last week. Also new reggae from Berlin’s iLLBiLLY HiTEC, extremely good glitchy sounds from Anna Meredith and some sublime jazz from Austin’s Epirus Quartet. Loads of more great sounds too, including drone from Belgium’s Aymeric de Tapol, cosmic jazz from The Comet is Coming, noise from Anna Von Hausswolff, folktronica reissue from Capital K, and some offcut electronic sounds from Tobacco’s band Black Moth Super Rainbow.

Tracklisting
Maserati – No Cave (Temporary Residence Limited, USA)
Black Moth Super Rainbow – The Chew (Rad Cult, USA)
I Know I’m an Alien – Being at Work = Being at School (self-release, UK)
iLLBiLLY HiTEC – Reggae Not Dead (Echo Beach, Germany)
Anna Meredith – R-Type (Moshi Moshi Records, UK)
Epirus Quartet – Never Right (Fair Weather Friends Records, Greece)
Capital K – Pillow (XL Recordings, UK)
The Comet is Coming – Do the Milky Way (The Leaf Label, UK)
Anna Von Hausswolff – Evocation (Universal Music GmbH, UK)
Aymeric de Tapol – Rayon Vert (Vlek, Belgium)

#54 – Venetian Snares, Tapes, Carbs, Nozinja

The brand new Venetian Snares record gets an airing on the Independent Music Podcast this week, but that’s not the only new track we’re playing. We’ve got an exclusive first play of the new track from Drumcunt, we also have a listen to forthcoming releases from brilliant London punk band Shopping, new Scottish hip-hop duo CARBS, and a track from American duo Ratatat’s fifth record. There’s also a track from the vinyl release of Italian funk band The Bank’s latest record and from the long-awaited vinyl release of Hackney Colliery Band’s debut record. There’s Brazilian rock from Mercenárias, Lebanese disco from Ihsan Al Munzer, shangaan electro from Warp-signing Nozinja, and one from London producer Tapes.

Tracklisting
Ratatat – Cream on Chrome (XL Recordings, UK)
Venetian Snares – Your Face When I Finally (Planet Mu, UK)
Tapes – Good Thing You Came Along (Em Records, Japan)
Ihsan Al Munzer – Jamileh (Fortuna Records, Israel)
Mercenárias – Mercenárias
Carbs – Life Drawing (Save As, UK)
Drumcunt – Teenager (self-release, UK)
The Bank – The King of Stones (Ambassador’s Reception, UK)
Nozinja – Xihukwani (Warp, UK)
Shopping – Why Wait (FatCat, UK)
Hackney Colliery Band – No Diggity (Wah Wah 45s, UK)

#31 – Gil Scott-Heron, Jamie XX, Woli Wols, Jim Noir

The first podcast of another year of inevitably wonderful independent music starts with a 1927 blues track. Take whatever political meaning out of ‘Pray While You Have the Chance’ as you will, or out of Belle & Sebastian’s ‘I Want the World to Stop’, either way if the likes of Jamie XX and Woli Wols are anything to go by, 2011 will be another phenomenal year in the world in independent music.

Tracklisting
1.Pray While you Have the Chance – Abraham Brothers (Mississippi Records, USA)
2.Manalyse This – Wagon Christ (Ninja Tune, UK)
3.She Flies Away With My Love – Jim Noir (self-release, UK)
4.Disillusion – Woli Wols (Mind on Fire Records, UK)
5.I Want The World To Stop – Belle & Sebastian (Rough Trade Records, UK)
6.Batman – Lower Dens (Gnomonsong, USA)
7.These Walls will Always Remember – Bvdub (Home Normal, UK)
8.Hhh – Cesspool (self-release, UK)
9.Feather – White Ring
10.Bulldoze Blues – Henry Thomas (Mississippi Records, USA)
11.Winter 1 – Pete & the pirates (Stolen Recordings, UK)
12.NY is killing me (Jamie XX remix) – Gil Scott-Heron (XL Recordings, UK)

#7 – Faust, Zola Jesus, Antarctica Takes It!, Connan Mockasin

It’s a bank holiday, but that doesn’t stop the Independent Music Podcast – inane chatter about chocolate records, Canadian slave labour camps and the acting career of Stan Collymore mixed with the latest and greatest new independent releases – and the usual two bands no longer with us.

Tracklisting
1.C&F – Antarctica Takes It! (How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, UK)
2.Trust Me – Zola Jesus (Souterrain Transmissions, Germany)
3.One Day – Kings Go Forth (Luaka Bop, USA)
4.Frontier Psychiatrist – The Avalanches (XL Recordings, UK)
5.Why Isn’t Paul McCartney Dead Already? – Untitled Musical Project (Tigertrap Records, UK)
6.Lucia, At The Precipice – Esben & The Witch (Too Pure Records, UK)
7.It’s Choade My Dear – Connan Mockasin (Phantasy Sound, UK)
8.Slow motion – Husband (self-release, Italy)
9.X Ray – Faust (Klangbad, Germany)
10.Two Tongues – Mariee Sioux (Grass Roots Record Co., USA)
11.We Work in Bars – The Chap (LoAF, UK)
12.Found Love in a Graveyard – Veronica Falls (Trouble Records, UK)