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Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S1E3 | March mix

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Welcome to part three of our monthly mix series. Presented in this month’s mix is the first in our new series of exclusive tracks which will be submitted by guest musicians each month. For March, we include “In the fields”, an exclusive unreleased track by independent music stalwart Benoît Pioulard (Seattle-based musician Thomas Meluch). Since the release of his debut opus “Précis” (via world-renowned Chicago-based Kranky in 2006), Meluch has amassed an incredible body of work, comprising both solo and collaborative recordings. Most recently, Meluch released the debut self-titled album under his Perils guise – Meluch’s collaboration with Canadian composer Kyle Bobby Dunn – as well as “Sonnet”, his most recent solo full-length and the solo E.P. “Noyaux”. Meluch has released music on some of independent music’s finest and most esteemed labels including: Kranky, Morr Music, Desire Path Recordings and Type.

Opening this month’s mix is the fascinating Walt Whitman-inspired collaborative E.P. “Leaves Of Grass” – thanks to Berlin-based Morr Music – where Iggy Pop reads excerpts taken from Whitman’s legendary poetry collection of the same name, while German musicians Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) together with Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram (Tarwater) provide the intriguing musical accompaniment. Elsewhere, we have selections from: Munich-based producer Skee Mask’s “Junt” E.P.; Canadian violinist and composer Sarah Neufeld’s glorious new solo album “The Ridge”; peerless U.K. producer Chris Clark; A Pleasure’s essential debut L.P. “Minor Youth” for Other People; Kevin Morby (ex bassist to Woods)’s masterful symphonic Dead Oceans full-length “Singing Saw” and Irish/U.S. super-group The Gloaming make their triumphant return with “2” (via Real World Records). Meanwhile, even Dale Cooper, resident FBI Special Agent to Twin Peaks, makes a guest cameo somewhere before the dust settles.

Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S1E3 | March mix

To Read/listen on La Blogothèque:



01. Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto“As Adam Early In The Morning / I Am He That Aches With Love” (Morr Music)
02. Anna Homler & Steve Moshier“Yesh’ Te” (RVNG Intl)
03. Julien Neto“Questionable Things” (excerpt) (Type)
04. Benoît Pioulard“In The Fields” (Unreleased)
05. Perils“The Unbecoming” (Desire Path Recordings)
06. The Gentleman Losers“Silver Mountain” (Büro)
07. Vashti Bunyan“Here Before” (FatCat)
08. Max Richter“Path 5” (Clark Remix) (Deutsche Grammophon)
09. Clark“Hide on the Treads 3” (The Last Panthers OST, Warp)
10. Mikael Seifu“The Protectors” (RVNG Intl)
11. A Pleasure“Arthur Russel” (Other People)
12. Skee Mask“Junt” (Ilian Tape)
13. Prins Thomas“E” (Smalltown Supersound)
14. Odd Nosdam“Sisters” (Boards of Canada Remix) (Leaving)
15. Arthur Russell“Habit Of You” (Audika, Rough Trade)
16. Woo“A Complex Art” (Drag City)
17. Kevin Morby“I Have Been to the Mountain” (Dead Oceans)
18. Bullion“Dip Your Foot” (DEEK Recordings)
19. Rayon“Il Collo e la Collana 02” (Alien Transistor)
20. Mary Lattimore“The Quiet at Night” (Ghostly International)
21. The Gloaming“Fáinleog (Wanderer)” (Real World)
22. Sarah Neufeld“Where the Light Comes In” (Paper Bag)

Compiled by Fractured Air, March 2016. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.


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Fennesz ‘Bécs’ (Editions Mego)
Released at the end of last month, ‘Bécs’ is the masterful new album by legendary Austrian composer Christian Fennesz. Fittingly, the last time Austrian label Mego issued a Fennesz LP was in 2001 for the seminal classic ‘Endless Summer’, ‘Bécs’ (Hungarian for “Vienna”) has been conceived as the “conceptual follow-up” to that modern-day classic, and the first full-length Fennesz solo release since 2008’s Touch LP ‘Black Sea’. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, ‘Bécs’ features contributions from Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Brandlmayer, and Tony Buck.

‘Bécs’ is available now on Editions Mego.



Erik K Skodvin ‘Flame’ (Sonic Pieces)
This June sees the much-anticipated release of Erik K Skodvin (Deaf Center, Svarte Greiner)’s latest LP, ‘Flame’, and follow-up to 2010’s ‘Flare’. The two albums complete Skodvin’s gorgeous “nocturnal Americana-inspired pair of albums”, creating gorgeously refined cinematic vistas and breathtakingly expansive soundscapes in the process.

‘Flame’ will be released on June 13 (Worldwide) and June 24 (USA).



K. Leimer ‘A Period of Review’ (RVNG Intl)
One of the true musical gems this year comes courtesy of the Winnipeg, Canada-born visionary composer Kerry Leimer, whose extensive archives were explored to create ‘A Period of Review’. As part of RVNG Intl’s magnificent archival series (‘A Period of Review’ is part three), the spotlight shines on Leimer’s intensive experimentations with tape manipulations and his extensive recordings made between 1975-1983 in Seattle (where Leimer continues to make music to this day). As RVNG state: “A Period of Review is a rewarding step into the canopied, unheard world of K. Leimer and necessarily grand in scope. With its hypnotic, arcadian terraces and nearly narcotic glacial beauty, A Period of Review has a rightful place in the canon of pioneering ambient music.”

‘A Period of Review’ is available now on RVNG Intl.




Woo ‘When The Past Arrives’ (Drag City/Yoga)
Some of the most truly rewarding re-issues from recent times have been the re-release of London-born brothers Mark and Clive Ives and their timeless, effortless and charming folktronica output under their Woo guise. Last year saw the re-issue of Woo’s 1982 debut ‘Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong’ via Emotional Rescue, while in 2012 Drag City re-issued 1989’s ‘It’s Cosy Inside’. ‘When The Past Arrives’ comprises a collection of previously unreleased 70s/80s material, selected carefully from an extensive catalogue featuring hundreds of previously unheard Woo songs.

‘When The Past Arrives’ is available now on Drag City/Yoga.



Donovan Blanc ‘S/T’ (Captured Tracks)
June 24th is the date for Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac Demarco)’s latest signing, Donovan Blanc, to release their self-titled debut album. Comprising the duo of New Jersey-based musicians Joseph Fekete and Raymond Schwab, the pair had previously worked together fronting the more pop-orientated Honeydrum, prolifically releasing nine EPs during this timeframe. Donovan Blanc’s lush self-titled debut is a true sonic delight; weaving crystalline guitar tones, irresistible lyrics, and timeless melodies from start to finish.

‘Donovan Blanc’ is out on June 24 via Captured Tracks.


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Lee Fields & The Expressions ‘Emma Jean’ (Truth & Soul)
Legendary New Jersey (by way of Wilson, North Carolina) soul singer Lee Fields releases the hugely anticipated ‘Emma Jean’ this June via Brooklyn’s Truth & Soul label. Fields has re-teamed with The Expressions for his latest LP, featuring the album’s first single ‘Magnolia’, written by J.J. Cale.

‘Emma Jean’ will be out on Truth & Soul on June 3, 2014.



Wye Oak ‘Shriek’ (City Slang/Merge)
Available from the end of April, ‘Shriek’ is Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack)’s fourth full-length and follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘Civilian’ LP from 2011. Having toured ‘Civilian’ extensively for two years, the pair sought new directions in their next album. Significantly, the album’s genesis was born from solitude; the bandmates lived in opposite parts of the country and would send new ideas to each other, “allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes, the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release.”

‘Shriek’ is available now on City Slang (EU) and Merge (US).



Dusted Lux ‘Neverended’ (Preservation)
Dusted Lux is the alias for the Connecticut-based artist Lee Camfield. Previously, Camfield has appeared as Dusted Lux on the artist-run Kim Dawn and No Kings labels, while ‘Neverended’ is the latest release by the ever-inspiring Australian label, Preservation, and the latest in the label’s remarkable ‘Circa’ limited-run series (the list of contributors thus far includes Sophie Hutchings, Panabrite, Padna and Talk West, since its inception in 2011; the art direction and design is courtesy of the incredible Mark Gowing). Camfield’s signature guitar-playing reveals a fragile beauty and ever-shifting sound collages on Dusted Lux’s ‘Neverended’, described perfectly by Preservation as “disarming, bare and tender”.

‘Neverended’ is limited to 300 CD copies and available now on Preservation.



Severed Heads ‘Dead Eyes Opened’ 12″ (Dark Entries)
Since their beginnings in 2009, Dark Entries has become one of the most important and rewarding labels issuing out of print and unreleased underground music, shining a light on forgotten bands from all corners of the globe. One of the label’s more recent re-issues have been in the form of Severed Heads, an Australian electronic music group founded in 1979 in Sydney, Australia. Originally released as a single in 1984, ‘Dead Eyes Opened’ first appeared on a C-60 cassette called ‘Since The Accident’ and features lyrics from a radio program narrated by Edgar Lustgarten, a crime journalist from England.

‘Dead Eyes Opened’ is available now on Dark Entries.



Step Right Up: Maxmillion Dunbar

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“I make a lot of tracks by sticking on a loop forever, letting it live and breathe as long as it needs to. I keep all of the pieces I’m working on balanced, floating in the air. If it doesn’t take minutes to stand up, it takes weeks.”

Maxmillion Dunbar

Words: Mark Carry, Design: Craig Carry


Andrew Field-Pickering aka Maxmillion Dunbar is one half of Beautiful Swimmers and behind the Future Times record label. With a background as MC and DJ’ing disco, Dunbar has always been immersed in music. Having first tried his hands at programming hip hop beats, Dunbar eventually introduced his rogue breed of house music to the dance world via 2010’s ‘Cool Water’. Three years later, a startling techno tour-de-force – in the form of ‘House Of Woo’ – was recently released on the innovative RVNG label. ‘House Of Woo’ is a captivating record, made for both dancefloor and headphone listening. The thirteen tracks possess an organic quality, rare to find in much of today’s electronic and techno scenes. What is immediately apparent on ‘House Of Woo’ is its versatility and effortless flow of electronic soundscapes. ‘House Of Woo’ represents a new age in house music and showcases Dunbar as one of the leading lights in this field.

The first single ‘Woo’ was my first introduction to Maxmillion Dunbar. The song is an absolute classic, possessing a monster groove, sublime beats, and a multitude of breathtaking layers of electronic mastery. In fact – on listening to ‘House of Woo’s opening three tracks – what’s immediately most apparent is the sheer range of sounds, tempos and styles on display: the irresistible ambience of album opener ‘Slave To The Vibe’; the instant-classic ‘Woo’ and the magnificent ‘Coins For The Canopy’ (which unfolds majestically from a sublime drumbeat). Elsewhere, synths and keys combine beautifully on ‘Inc Tags’, trumpets are delicately added to the intriguing soundscape of ‘Kangaroo’ – playing wonderfully off Field-Pickering’s glitches and vast library of synthetic sounds.

Similar to records in recent times by the likes of Peaking Lights and Modern Love’s Andy Stott, ‘House of Woo’ is sure to find a loving home in many a variety of music fan’s collections; providing for a wide cross-over appeal. Substance is always to the fore and is never superseded by style. The tracks are often densely layered and intricate ensuring the listening experience is always truly riveting. ‘House of Woo’ ensures Dunbar can be seen in the same light as fellow electronic wizards Kieran Hebdon and Dan Snaith, where laptop wizardry and slick electronic mastery are firmly backed by a breathtaking musical knowledge and a keen appreciation for the analogue as well as the synthetic.

‘House Of Woo’ is pristine throughout (as slick and as fresh as the wonderful two-color sleeve), showcasing an uncanny array of grooves and vibes, offset from a beating heart and a stirring soul throughout.

‘House Of Woo’ is a blissful ambient affair; an album brimming with wonderful ideas made by Field-Pickering’s hyper-creative, restless mind. What’s most apparent from first listen onwards is the perfection Field-Pickering bestows upon his work. A perfection which we as listeners will cherish and marvel at for many years to come.


‘House Of Woo’ by Maxmillion Dunbar is out now on RVNG INTL.

Maxmillion Dunbar Soundcloud   /   RVNG INTL website

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May 21, 2013 at 11:40 am