Fallout Shelter Disks: Mark Chickenfish

  Fallout Shelter Disks is a feature that asks artists which six musical works, one book, and one luxury item they would pick to take into a nuclear bunker. Any resemblances to a certain BBC Radio 4 programme are purely coincidental. Mark Chickenfish is the nom de sound behind Concrete / Field,  an electronica artist transmitting… Continue reading Fallout Shelter Disks: Mark Chickenfish

Kate Carr – The Story Surrounds Us (Helen Scarsdale) / Protest and Politics (Cities and Memory) / Plinth – Collected Machine Music (Time Released Sound)

Found sounds

Kate Carr’s work aims to sonically express the relationship between people and places. The Story Surrounds Us is her latest tape and is released on the Helen Scarsdale label. The album is dream-like in mood, often shifting into oblique tangents away from the direction in which you thought the music was progressing. Field-recordings: wind turbines,… Continue reading Kate Carr – The Story Surrounds Us (Helen Scarsdale) / Protest and Politics (Cities and Memory) / Plinth – Collected Machine Music (Time Released Sound)

Mike Caratti, Rachel Musson & Steve Beresford – Hesitantly Pleasant / Musicianer – Slow Learner (Iluso Records)

Iluso Records was established in 2013, releasing avant-garde jazz and metal. Their two most recent releases are an exercise in contrasting approaches to music-making. ‘Hesitantly Pleasant’ is by a trio of Rachel Musson (saxophones), Steve Beresford (piano and electronics) and Mike Caratti (drums and percussion). Moving between violent ruffling and amenable weaving, the elements making… Continue reading Mike Caratti, Rachel Musson & Steve Beresford – Hesitantly Pleasant / Musicianer – Slow Learner (Iluso Records)

Music From The Woods: Elizabeth Veldon / Eastville EVP / Jorge Boehringer & Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh / Queef! / Three Eyed Makara

A few releases that have been variously inspired by, recorded in, or physically coated with the debris of woodland spaces. Elizabeth Veldon's  'Songs For The Summer Walker In The Woods'  has for nearly half of its 30 minute duration a gulf of silence before sparse clusters and single ringing piano notes amble into view. Occasionally… Continue reading Music From The Woods: Elizabeth Veldon / Eastville EVP / Jorge Boehringer & Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh / Queef! / Three Eyed Makara

Laurel Halo – Dust (Hyperdub) / Children of Alice (Warp)

Two recent releases showcase different approaches to psychedelic electronica. Laurel Halo’s latest album for Hyperdub, ‘Dust’, is an excellent collection of mind-altering future-pop, vividly evocative. ‘Jelly’ is constructed like a view swiping past a moving car’s window: all sun glare, heat and breeze; fidgeting beats and oscillating electronic squiggles; harshly corrosive software-burnt vocals act as… Continue reading Laurel Halo – Dust (Hyperdub) / Children of Alice (Warp)

Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry – Crime Waves (Don Giovanni)

Moor Mother follows her amazing 2016 album, 'Fetish Bones', a collection of home-recorded protest songs that are as fierce as they are strange, testaments to troubling time, with this, her second release on the Don Giovanni label. 'Crime Waves' is a collaboration with producers Mental Jewelry. Continuing with the subject matter of 'Fetish Bones': racism… Continue reading Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry – Crime Waves (Don Giovanni)