Episode 32 - Stay Humdrum

Tracklist

  • 01. RHAIN - Humdrum Drivel
  • 02. Lowtide - Julia
  • 03. Fufanu - Plastic People (MuMu Radio Mix)
  • 04. Future Elevators - Losing Sleep
  • 05. British Sea Power - Bad Bohemian
  • 06. Unwound - Off This Century
  • 07. CUT_ - Undertow
  • 08. Lakerama - Y0 Why Naught
  • 09. Gidge - Midra
  • 10. Fhin - Those Waves (Trashlagoon Remix)
  • 11. Elder Island - Golden
  • 12. French 79 - Diamond Veins
  • 13. Soft Error - You Caught Up
  • 14. Rosemary Fairweather - Like A 45
  • 15. SWEAT - Stay

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RHAIN

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Lowtide

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Fufanu

Formerly operating as techno duo, Captain Fufanu, by adding more live instruments to their sound - the band name shortened to Fufanu. Their approach delivers a unique modern rock'n'roll sound rooted in new wave, post punk and indeed future rock. Realsing their debut album later in 2015 via One Little Indian Records, being one of 10 New Artist You Need to know by Rolling Stone Magazine and winning The Band To Watch in 2015 by Reykjavík Grapevine after gaining the trust of the audience.

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Future Elevators

Michael Shackelford first wrote down the words “FUTURE” and “ELEVATORS” a few years ago on a rough instrumental demo. Recorded at his home studio outside of Birmingham, Alabama, the music never grew into a finished song, but that simple, surprisingly evocative phrase stuck with the multi-instrumentalist. “I liked the phrase so much that I thought I would name the band that,” Shackelford explains. “It’s about trying to rise above and be the best possible version of yourself, and for some reason I kept thinking about the glass elevator in Willy Wonka as a visual metaphor for this band I was putting together. We try to achieve this feeling of elevation.”

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British Sea Power

yan scott wilkinson – vocals/guitar
neil hamilton wilkinson – vocals/bass/guitar
martin noble – guitar/keyboards
matthew wood – drums
abi fry – viola/keyboards
phil sumner – keyboards/cornet/guitar

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Unwound

Unwound was an American post-hardcore band based in Olympia, Washington, United States. Formed in 1991, the band consisted of Justin Trosper (guitars and vocals), Vern Rumsey (bass), and Brandt Sandeno (drums), all of whom had previously been in a band called Giant Henry. Brandt Sandeno quit Unwound in 1992 and was replaced by Sara Lund. This lineup would remain in place until the band's dissolution in 2002. The group was strongly associated with the label Kill Rock Stars throughout the 1990s. Unwound was sharply dissonant and angular, often resorting to unusual guitar tones, and associated with post-hardcore and noise rock. The band toured frequently, preferring "all ages" clubs and are noted for their strong DIY ethic. The group spawned numerous side projects.

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CUT_

Electronic duo CUT_ took off rapidly after their rendition of Stromae’s ‘Papaoutai’ went viral. A cover the maestro himself shared on Facebook to display his approval. CUT_ has since then played numerous shows, including performances at Lowlands, Pitch, ADE and various appearances on Dutch national television. After retreating to the French Alps to work on new material and signing a record deal with [PIAS] in May, CUT_ is proud to present its new single “Tune In Tune Out” (mixed and co-produced by Leo Abrahams), which will be released in September of this year.

“We feel our music is a crossover between dark alternative electronics and edgy pop music. Trying to combine our love for the two, we’ve been very inspired by a new style of songwriting that’s been greatly evolving the last few years. Acts such as Flume, Aluna George and Jamie XX paved a fresh way for us. One that we’re happy to walk.” (Belle Doron: vocals & songwriting)

Focusing on encompassing the full spectrum of artistry, CUT_ have made video and visuals an important part of their image, as well as trying to excel in their live shows. “We find that live shows are a way to really distinguish yourself as an artist nowadays, especially when, like in our case, the music is focused on electronic production. We make a point of doing everything live.” (Sebastiaan Dutilh: production & songwriting)

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Lakerama

Since the debut EP release ‘One’ in 2015, Irish based duo Lakerama; Graeme S (Hsuan Records) and Senita (Shookrah) have received plaudits from several high profile, national publications including: Nialler9, The Irish Times, BBC Ulster, The Thin Air and have played support to Taylor McFerrin, SassyBlack and Princess Nokia.

Lakerama’s follow up EP Contactless looks to explore ‘tapped in world’ dissonances we are shaped by with their newest body of work. The duo have locked down a timely, infectious sound, weaving together pulsating electronic hybrid grime and mutant house beats balanced dynamically over soft but powerful vocals.

South African Born and Irish raised, Senita name has surfaced in the Irish R&B and electronic music scene with her band Shookrah collaborating with household Irish names such as Le Galaxie, Daithí and recently acclaimed Bantum. Graeme runs the quiet success story of Hsüan records. Producing woozy, intricate fast-paced beats, his work has featured across international publications :Complex, The Fader, Pitchfork, Dummy and received airplay on BBC R1, BBC Radio 6, Rinse FM, NTS amongst others.

“A look into our era of cross communicative mediums, the ineptitude to connect to one another and ourselves, the efficiency, burst of the technological age, our heightened numbness within it and our perceived lack of control. It’s a personal recount of waking up, wondering where you fall in this and how it applies to you” the duo explain about their new music. “Y0_(Why_Naught)” is the quick mantra starting off the EP. Addictive swirling synths and attention demanding vocals challenging it’s pushing, grime undertoned bassline. “Have Your Time” is a bitter-sweet love song explains Senita "I am not interested in anymore confrontations". “Walk” is a meditative song, soft, tentative, warm and lush. It embodies soulful harmonies and garage bassline pulses. “We Don't Even Matter” channels darkness and hopelessness themes “people close to me have often struggled to enjoy a safe, ordinary life. I take on an individual’s voice who's had to immigrate, hoping to advance somehow by leaving their home, only finding displacement and lack of support” Senita explains, misunderstandings, worthlessness and alienation drive this haunting, emotional song. Final track “Just Enjoy Yourself” lifts the tone to explore a more fun and playful affair. Imploring the listener not to take life seriously and let the good times roll - “It’s very much the glue to all the ideas running in this overall EP.”

“The idea with this EP was to incorporate a palette of sounds and influences we wouldn't normally indulge in, from the sprawling UK sounds of UK Funky and Grime to hyperactive trap. Contactless is meant to be intentionally darker and in many tracks the production is stripped right back. This gives Senita's voice a vulnerability but there's also a strong sense of self and a confidence that comes through. Given that the EP was written over 2016, it reflected the state of mind that many of us find ourselves in, we are not overly optimistic about the future but neither are we nihilistic, ultimately we feel we are at a crossroad and it's not entirely clear if we have any control over our futures” - Graeme

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Gidge

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Fhin

❍ Liquid, Flips & Love ❍

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Elder Island

Bristol based triad pigeoned in d.i.y/ r&b/ pop dance music.

A mixture of jiving mpc beats, alongside a myriad of effected keys, guitar, bass and cello.

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French 79

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Soft Error

A ‘soft error’ is computer language for a faulty occurrence in a digital memory system that changes an instruction in a program or a data value. When associated with music making, it’s a name that inevitably suggest the notion, or even celebration, of chance, happenstance and serendipity.

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Rosemary Fairweather

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SWEAT

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