Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Resonance EXTRA 21/6/16

Last night I was back on Resonance Extra after a two month break. I span tunes from Myanmar, South Africa, Pakistan, Niger, Vietnam and Italy, covering a whole lot of stylistic ground along the way. I started with a live version of an old favourite, Aster Aweke's 'Segno', and ended on a track from Let's Eat Grandma's brand new debut record, released only on Friday. Other highlights included Nedelle Torrisi's raw new track 'Cathartica', The Fore Thoughts' slick rock n roll, Roy & Roe's Hawaiian funk, Maxo's glitched out semi-love song 'Not That Bad', Pastor TL Barrett's powerful gospel and Naked City's rapid, style-a-second 'Speedfreaks'. I also dropped a mix from my parody dance alter ego DJ Kurt Vonnegut.

Resonance EXTRA (21/6/16)
Aster Aweke - Segno (live)
Jake Thackray - Lah Di Dah
Avi Zahner - She's Leaving Home
Irama Trio - Bengawan Solo
Lil Data - Wondercoin Pt. 1
Naked City - Speedfreaks
DJ 光光光 - Beats From... Banaspati
Roy & Roe - Just Don't Come Back
K Leimer - Ceylon
Lewis - Even Rainbows Turn Blue
Phong Thuyet Nguyen - Ly Ngua O
Julian Lynch - North Line
Phong Thuyet Nguyen - Cum Num Cum Niu
~ DJ Kurt Vonnegut ~
Deerhoof - Green Cosmos
Conlon Nancarrow - Study For Player Piano No. 2
三毛猫ホームレス x happy machine - ペパーミント脱走計画
Dux Kidz - Nightspeeder
Zinja Hlungwani - N'wagezani
DJ Rashad - Petrone In My Cup
Perfume - 時の針
Eartheater - Homonyms
Nedelle Torrisi - Cathartica
The Fore Thoughts - Shahbaz Qalander
Kyaw Thet Aung - Min Hnitpar Pwe Taw
Lil Data - Wondercoin Pt. 2
Maxo - Not That Bad (feat. GFOTY)
Hama - Torodi
Unknown - Untitled
Piero Umiliani - Sophisticated Lady
Ludus - My Cherry Is In Sherry
Pastor TL Barrett - Nobody Knows
/please/ - Phantom Fireworks
Let's Eat Grandma - Chimpanzees In Canopies

Monday, 2 May 2016

Rosielou - Tangerine

For the 200th post to be published on this site I thought I would delve into my library and pick out something truly rare and special. A few years ago I came across a Soundcloud page with a half-dozen or so recordings under the title of Rosielou. Looking back I do not remember much, although I do recall that there was almost no information on the page. (I later discovered that she was from the south coast of England, but that is it). The recordings ranged from abstract electronic experiments to (very) low-fidelity and vulnerable folk songs consisting of just voice and acoustic guitar. Rosielou's vocals were hushed to the point of whisper and her instrumental arrangements minimal. There is something about the recordings that I found - and still do find - completely captivating. The songs are vivid and her voice beautiful. But there is something more to it. These recordings feel so lonely and lost. That they are so under-produced and quiet makes them feel vulnerable and temporary. It is apt, then, that at some point in the years since I came across the Soundcloud page, Rosielou deleted her entire online presence. I had messaged her on Soundcloud and even briefly chatted on Facebook, but suddenly, almost suspiciously, she was gone. Before the digital era, it was possible for an artist to record a song to vinyl and for all copies of that record to then disappear. Physical records, by nature, can become obsolete. They can break, be lost, even melt. A song could be recorded only once, to one single physical item. But online, recordings are shared to everyone. They spread, are copied, downloaded, imitated. Online, ownership is not physical, nor is it exclusive. Yet Rosielou's songs, as though they were recorded to single physical copies, have disappeared almost entirely. Almost. In the autumn of 2013 I managed to download a couple of the recordings from Rosielou's Soundcloud page in order to play them on my second ever Resonance FM show. I sent it to her afterwards and she seemed happy. The songs got a great reception from friends of mine, too. Other than the two that I managed to get a hold of and play on my show, all traces of the songs seem to have gone from the internet. It feels weird posting this music to Youtube but, at the same time, it feels weird leaving the music unheard! I hope to hear from Rosielou again, because this music really is wonderful.

Label: n/a
Year: ?
Genre: Folk, Outsider Music

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Souleymane Faye - Teylulen

Souleymane Faye is a Senegalese musician, formerly of the internationally successful group Xalam (named after the west African stringed instrument). Xalam actually supported Crosby, Stills & Nash on a European song... Faye's solo music seems to be a little more low-key. This tune reminds me of something Neway Debebe may have sung. While the whole song is great, I do find myself getting stuck and repeating the 0:19 mark - the initial vocal wail is one of the most stunning intonations I've heard in a long while.

Label: Talla Diagne
Year: 1991
Genre: Pop

The Fore Thoughts - Shahbaz Qalander

First came across this tune on Sublime Frequencies' compilation Pakistan: Folk & Pop Instrumentals 1966-1976. That such series of compilations (Folk & Pop Instrumentals), of which there have been a few, are particularly interesting because they seamlessly draw together the popular (capital P) and more traditional sounds from the chosen country. This track, probably from the early-70s, comes on the back of Beatlemania and rock 'n' roll's globalising effect. Other tunes on the compilation give more explicit nods to British rock - one band is called The Mods. 'Shahbaz Qalander' was written by film composer Sohail Rana.

Label: Columbia Pakistan / Sublime Frequencies (reissue)
Year: 196?/7? / 2011
Genre: Folk, Rock 'n' Roll

Friday, 29 April 2016

Resonance EXTRA 26/4/16

For this week's Resonance Extra show I sought to reflect upon the situation of local sounds within a network of globalisation, neoliberalism and hyperactive information sharing. Well, kinda. Interspersed with the sounds of slot machines, police sirens and dating infomercials, the show places transnational music in an overwhelming world system. Music included: a J-pop/Chicago blues/bubblegum track, hiplife (highlife + hip hop), Icelandic rap, and bible-belt bedroom pop. Other tracks came from the African nations of Zambia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Senegal, while I also span a really spooky French-Canadian tune from Quebec. Towards the end I threw in a bit of Julia Wolfe and Debussy for good measure, before closing with the mind-melting and spastic sound of World's End Girlfriend.

Dig That Treasure EXTRA (26/4/16)
Souleymane Faye - Teylulen
三毛猫ホームレス x happy machine - ペパーミント脱走計画
Lipgloss Twins - Doodle
GKR - Hello
Charles - Call The Cops On Me
??? - Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence Techno Ondo
Mosaic.wav - Falsie the Pseudo-Science Girl
easyFun - Infinity Glisten
Awalom Gebremariam - Desdes
Audrey - Sliding Doors
Tatsuro Yamashita - Touch Me Lightly
Sachiko Nishida - Chin Chin Chidori
5 Revolutions - I Had A Dream
Aldous RH - Sick & Tired
Drew Price's Bermuda Triangle - I Never Have Those (Electric Crash)
Drew Price's Bermuda Triangle - Tropical Hospital
Drew Price's Bermuda Triangle - Bright Castle
Karl Blau - Pain Runnin'
Buk Bak - U 4 Know
Buk Bak - I'm Going 2 Come
Suzanne Jacob - Abitibi
Momus - The Criminal
The Bran Flakes - I Have A Friend
Julia Wolfe - Characteristics
Gablé - Ella
Kenedi Mengesha & Yeshimebet Dubale - Liyish
Isao Tomita - Clair de Lune
World's End Girlfriend - Les Enfants du Paradis

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Resonance EXTRA 22/03/16

This episode kicked off with the battering hyper-digital sounds of DJ Warlord and Jib Kidder. Interspersed throughout the episode are the sounds of a Microsoft computer, providing a contrast to the ethnomusicological nature of certain parts of the episode. American gospel blues singer Washington Phillips precedes the upstate New York teacher Nancy Dupree (joined by her elementary school choir) before the episode takes a quick detour to Azerbaijan for a song about Josef Stalin. Other highlights include some sacred harp singers, various Japanese eccentrics (including DTT favourite De De Mouse), the Bulgarian State Radio & Television choir, a cult leader, some 1940s vocoder work, and the new single from London girl group Girl Ray. The episode also features a guest mix from Adam Laurence, exploring everything from French jazz to internet memes.

Dig That Treasure EXTRA (22/3/16)
DJ Warlord - Never Ending War
Jib Kidder - Windowdipper
Washington Phillips - Train Your Child
Washington Phillips - Mother's Last Word To Her Son
Nancy Dupree - Cold
Islam Yusufov - Song About Stalin
Old Harp Singers of Eastern Tennessee - Ocean (No. 159)
Washington Phillips - What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir - Kalimankou Denkou
Freedom (Hourya) - Abadane
Girl Ray - I'll Make This Fun
Karen Dalton - Are You Leaving For The County?
~ Adam Laurence guest mix ~
John Carpenter - Here Come The Storms
Murlo - Lanced
Burial - Archangel (Serious Version)
Auntie Flo - Daabi
Scheele - (slay tool)
Jazz Liberatorz - Clin D'oeil
Eddie Harris - Carnival
Lotic - Like A Diamond
A. G. Cook + Oneohtrix Point Never - Bubs
Sri Dawson Gross - At The Grass Roots
Alvino Rey Orchestra - My Buddy
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou - Homesickness
DJ Katapila - Sakawa
Bullion - Wouldn't It Be Nice
Mariah - 視線
Saeko Suzuki - Hello Shoo Shoo
De De Mouse - Goodbye Parade
Girma Tefera Kassa - Man Neber Yalanci
"Blue" Gene Tyranny - Next Time Might Be Your Time

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A Home

Introducing... "A Home", a compilation in aid of the Refugee Council.

Curated by Dig That Treasure!, the compilation features new and exclusive music from thirteen excellent artists. This compilation is a truly DIY project, relying on the charitable efforts of the many artists involved to create a true musical community. The project is running without a budget and is entirely nonprofit. All proceeds are being donated to the Refugee Council (charity no. 1014576) to try and help aid their continued efforts at resettling and supporting those effected by the ongoing refugee crisis.

Full release is due 1st March but you can pre-order the album and enjoy Laetitia Sadier's song now!

1. The High Llamas - Citizen
2. Laetitia Sadier - Turn The Other Cheek
3. Boys Age - Cult Pop
4. Adrian Knight - Free Man
5. Capt. Lovelace - Tout Azimut
6. The Bran Flakes - Nonsense
7. The Go! Team - Aerial Station Wagon
8. Julian Lynch - May
9. Steve Sobs - Cold World
10. /please/ - Phantom Fireworks
11. Aldous RH - Sick & Tired
12. Kiran Leonard - His Actions Speak Louder Than Words
13. Ed Askew - Houses At Dawn