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Mixtape: Fractured Air – June 2020

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June’s mix features the hugely anticipated debut solo LP by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Bear. Released under the American drummer and multi-instrumentalist’s Fools moniker, “Fools’ Harp Vol. 1” is available via the forever dependable Music From Memory label. What’s immediately apparent on listening to the album’s thirteen tracks (more will be made available shortly, via a cassette edition with bonus tracks) is the considerable gestation period these compositions undertook (Bear plays every instrument himself) before bearing fruition as a fully formed record. Recorded in between Grizzly Bear tours, the album took it’s final shape over a six week period in summer 2019, the results are a breathtaking insight into this truly independent and wholly creative spirit whose technical ability and improvisational spirit shines throughout his Fools’ debut.

Another masterful drummer in the contemporary independent music scene is the ever-prolific New York-based artist Greg Fox. “Contact” is released by the hugely influential RVNG Intl label and sees Fox traverse even further sonic boundaries – always tirelessly seeking to push the envelope further with each subsequent work – creating one of the year’s most defining records in the process.

Other 2020 gems included here are courtesy of the celebrated cellist and multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Foon (the Saltland composer releases her first album via her own name, once again via Constellation); extraordinary South Korean cellist Okkyung Lee releases the majestic “Yeo-Neun” (Shelter Press); Julianna Barwick returns with the magnificent “Inspirit” from her much anticipated “Healing Is a Miracle” album (Ninja Tune); world renowned drummer Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White) joins acclaimed American guitarist Marisa Anderson for the breathtaking collaborative album “The Quickening” (Thrill Jockey).


Fractured Air – June 2020 Mix

01. Yasuaki Shimizu“Seiko 3” (Light In The Attic)
02. Yoshiaki Ochi“Ear Dreamin’” (Light In The Attic)
03. Inventions“Spirit Refinement Exploder” (Temporary Residence)
04. Hiroshi Yoshimura“Creek” (Light In The Attic)
05. Nicolas Jaar“Gocce” (Other People)
06. 2814“恢复” (Dream Catalogue)
07. Giuseppe Ielasi“8” (12k)
08. DJ Python“oooophi” (Incienso)
09. Minor Science“Polyglottal” (Whities)
10. Jamie xx“Idontknow” (Young Turks)
11. Four Tet“Insect Near Piha Beach” (Text)
12. Hood“They Removed All Trace That Anything Had Ever Happened Here” (Domino)
13. Warren Ellis“Time to Run, Time to Drive” (Mustang OST, Milan)
14. Bill Callahan“Circles” (Drag City)
15. Jim White and Marisa Anderson “The Quickening” (Thrill Jockey)
16. Xylouris White“Inland” (Drag City)
17. Batsumi“Moving Along” (R & T)
18. El Wali“The People of El Aaiun” (Sahel Sounds)
19. Hailu Mergia, Dahlak Band“Embuwa Bey Lamitu” (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
20. Fools“Nnuunn” (Music From Memory)
21. Greg Fox“Ill Being” (RVNG Intl)
22. Julia Kent“Imbalance” (The Leaf Label)
23. Hildur Guðnadóttir“Fólk fær andlit” (Deutsche Grammophon)
24. Okkyung Lee – “The Yellow Porcelain Bird” (Shelter Press)
25. Daniel Ögren“Levi” (Sing a Song Fighter)
26. Julianna Barwick“Inspirit” (Ninja Tune)
27. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds“Leviathan” (Ghosteen Ltd.)
28. Jóhann Jóhannsson“The Navigators” (Last And First Men OST, Deutsche Grammophon)
29. Arvo Pärt, Paul Hillier “My Heart Is In The Highlands” (perf. Else Torp, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent) (Harmonia Mundi)
30. Rebecca Foon – “Another Realm” (Constellation)


Mixtape: I Want To Be Alone (A Fractured Air Mix)

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To listen on Mixcloud:



01. Max Richter – ‘Time Passing’ (130701)
02. Harold Budd – ‘The Pearl’ (All Saints)
03. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Push The Sky Away’ (Bad Seed Ltd.)
04. John Convertino – ‘When Mass Was Said In Latin’ (Sommerweg)
05. Dirty Three – ‘Long Way To Go With No Punch’ (Anchor & Hope / Bella Union)
06. Colleen – ‘Sea Of Tranquility’ (Leaf)
07. Amiina – ‘Leather And Lace’ (Amínamúsík ehf.)
08. Jack Nitzsche – ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (Closing Theme)’ (Ace)
09. Vashti Bunyan – ‘I Want To Be Alone’ (FatCat)
10. Obrey Wilson – ‘Hey There Mountain’ (Ace)
11. Dave Berry – ‘And I Have Learned To Dream’ (Decca)
12. Nick Drake – ‘Way To Blue’ (Island)
13. Beck – ‘Lonesome Tears’ (Geffen)
14. Serge Gainsbourg / Jean-Claude Vannier – ‘Avant De Mourir’ (Universal)
15. Jean-Claude Vannier – ‘Petite Agonie De L’Enfant Assassin’ (Universal)
16. Tindersticks – ‘What Are You Fighting For?’ (Lucky Dog)
17. Animal Collective – ‘Loch Raven’ (FatCat)
18. Surat Band (Mr. Razak’s) – ‘Bagesri’ (Honest Jon’s)
19. Noubar Bey & Party – ‘Fantaisie Maggiar’ (Honest Jon’s)
20. Fikret Kizilok – ‘Anadolu’yum’  (Pharaway Sounds)
21. Calexico – ‘Minas De Cobre (Acoustic Version)’ (Our Soil Our Strength)
22. Sibylle Baier – ‘The End’ (Orange Twin)
23. Georges Delerue – ‘Camille’ (Universal)


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