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Friday, February 17, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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Here's what we have coming up this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track is the latest release from Baltimore singer and producer Ami Dang. This is her sophomore album, and much like her first, it's a complex and satisfying electronic pop record. She draws inspiration from ancient Indian texts, Bollywood films and American pop music, creating dense, hypnotic beats using vocal loops, sitar and electronics. Singing in both English and Punjabi, her native language, she relates lyrics that both draw from her personal life and adapt and interpret hymns from Sikh scriptures. Hukam, her debut album, has been one of the highlights of our station's library since it came out and we're proud to present her sophomore effort to you.
 
Monday's Outside Track brings the abstracted midi wonderlands of Typhonian Highlife's The World of Shells. You may recognize him as Spencer Clark or as his work with James Ferraro as The Skaters, but the music of Typhonian Highlife is it's own beast. Clark draws on mysticism and dreams to create his soundscapes, containing flavors of spiritual jazz and new age music that when blended with the crisp, synthetic sounds of his keyboard give it an alien and floating quality--reviewers have thrown terms like “alien exotica” and “dream symphonies” to describe it. There was a lot of high-concept postmodern thought that went into this, referencing everything from Darth Maul and Hellraiser to Joscelyn Godwin and Zulu Mythology in liner notes and interviews. But, even divorced from its conceptual underpinnings this is a gorgeous and intoxicating record.

Friday, February 10, 2017
This Week On WXYC

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Tonight's Inside Track is Evidence From A Good Source, the debut album from Doms & Deykers, a collaboration between Dutch producers Steffi and Martyn. Having produced two EPs together in the past, this duo’s unique sound draws from each of their backgrounds. Steffi’s roots in electronica and Martyn’s UK/Detroit house sounds complement each other nicely, with different songs leaning perhaps more to one genre or the other. The record is marked by its punchy basslines, electro riffs, and some distorted vocals sprinkled in and around, which all comes together in a blend of hynoptic, melancholy, and peaceful jams.
 
Monday's Outside Track comes courtesy composer, singer, and harmoniumist Amirtha Kidambi and her group Elder Ones. The record's Holy Science, a jazz suite in four parts that aspires to an Alice Coltrane style universalism in her music. In her own words: “[Alice] was, in a way, a universalist in her music, blending her influences of Stravinsky, gospel, free jazz, the avant-garde, world music, and her spiritual practice into a totally individual sound. I really relate to that way of thinking about music and the universe.” Kidambi is currently Director of Ops at ISSUE Project Room, and has worked with Darius Jones, Catherine Christer-Hennix, and Robert Ashley. Elder Ones features Brandon Lopez on bass; Matt Nelson on sax; and Max Jaffe on drums.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
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Monday's Outside Track will be Lodestar, the new album from Shirley Collins and her first solo record in almost 40 years. Collins is a monumental figure in the world of folk music, helping kickstart the folk revival in the US with her collections of field recordings with Alan Lomax, her reinterpretations of traditional tunes, and her pivotal role in groups like Fairport Convention. Working with support that includes the Coil associates Cyclobe, the arrangements are as full-bodied as her days with Fairport Convention and as sparse and inventive as when her sister Dolly was putting anachronistic medieval touches on her anachronistic medieval songs. As ever her voice is the core, and even if she can't hit all the notes she used to, it's still an inventive, haunting, and beautiful series of performances. 

Friday, January 27, 2017
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Tonight's Inside Track unearths four compositions from composer Jon Gibson, compiled together on the album Relative Calm. Recorded in 1981, these four tracks highlight Gibson's involvement in the New York Minimalist, working with legends like Terry Riley and La Monte Young as well as being a founding member of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Like Glass, Gibson favors repetitive melodies that unfurl over long periods of time against a backdrop of slowly shifting drones and electronic washes. There's plenty of electronic and acoustic instrumentation that come together in a vibrant and colorful sound pallet, all culminating in the propulsive and beat-driven conclusion, "Return."
 
Monday's Outside Track features more reissued material, Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque In Upper Volta, the latest compilation assembled by the folks at Numero Group. Upper Volta is the West African country now known as Burkina Faso, and this collection highlights the vibrant and cosmopolitan music scene that existed in the country between their liberation from colonial rule and the 1983 military coup led by Thomas Sankara that shifted the cultural and political trajectory of the country. Plenty of the sounds on this album will be familiar to listeners of the afrobeat and highlife music that came from other West African countries at the time, but it's blended here with Latin flavored horns and percussion and influences and sounds drawn from contemporary French Yé-yé music. 

Friday, January 20, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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Tonight's Inside Track is the zillionth LP from Australian experimental guitarist and percussionist Oren Ambarchi, Hubris. A collaborative performance of propulsive, driving rhythm in three parts, Ambarchi brings on an array of musicians including Ricadro Villalobos and Jim O'rourke to create a head-lolling phantasmagoria inspired by the sounds of new wave and disco--particularly Wang Chung’s soundtrack to the 1985 thriller To Live and Die in L.A. Although Ambarchi's latest solo work has frequently been focused on rhythm (like "Knots" or Quixotism), it's never been quite this colorful or fun.
 
Tonight on New Science Experience co-coordinator Kyle B goes solo. Kick-off the weekend with two hours of body-moving tunes both new and old.
 
This week's Orange County Special examines the musical traditions of French Louisiana (Zydeco, Cajun, Delta Blues) and traces its origins to Roma music and the traditions of eastern Europe. Listen in at 11am Sunday for some tenuous connections and a lot of accordion.
 

On Monday, this week's Outside Track will be the new World Arbiter compilation Traditional Music: Songs of People at Work and Play. The Kokusai Bunka Shinkô-kai (KBS), a cultural outreach agency now known as the Japan Foundation, curated this anthology of pre-WWII folk songs from mainland Japan in the late 1930s and early 1940s (it was officially released in 1941). Songs of People at Work and Play is the 5th volume of the Japanese Traditional Series and focuses on riyou, or folk songs. Here we have 24 unique recordings that highlight local lifestyles and musical traditions, in both rural and metropolitan areas. Most of the songs are sung by “ordinary” people – farmers, artisans, miners, etc. In addition to call-and-response work songs, there are also celebratory songs that were heard at festivals and weddings, as well as songs with religious roots. As both a historical document and a quality piece of music, this collection is definitely worth your time! 

Friday, January 13, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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Here's what we have coming up this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track will be the new record from SW. (aka Stefan Wust), Sued 15, the first full length LP for the label he co-runs with Sven Rieger. Wust creates subtle house filled with breakbeats and loops of organic percussion amid a sea of ambient synthesizers and shimmering cymbals. Over the course of its eleven untitled tracks, Wust explores a variety of moods and intensities, from floating explorations with the low end completely sucked out of them to driving and club-ready groovers, all while maintaining a strong atmospheric and emotional quality.
 
Monday's Outside Track is a victory lap for WXYC's favorite album of 2016 as voted by our DJ body: Solange's A Seat at the Table. It's an album both personal and political, discussing race and justice through the lens of her own family's history. These themes are developed through a series of psychedelic R&B instrumentals that look to the ideas and sounds of the 60's and 70's while still sounding modern and transcending homage or backwards-facing pastiche. We definitely weren't the only people who enjoyed this album, but it's for good reason that it showed up on a lot of our year-end lists. Whether you've heard it or not, Monday's a great chance to celebrate this record.

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