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Friday, March 3, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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Here's what we have coming up this week:
 
On tonight's Inside Track we'll hear the latest compilation from the 100% Silk label, Sensate Silk. Only two of the producers here have appeared on 100% Silk, and for some of them, this is their first label-backed release. It shows off a lot of what the label's good at: the tunes here are lush and loaded with layers of colorful synths and throwback vibes. It also shows off a new sound for the label and offers something distinct from the more established and well known names who've put out material on the label. The two 100% Silk producers familiar to the label were present at the horrific Oakland warehouse fire that happened in December, and one of them, Nackt, lost his life in that fire. Although announced before it happened, this compilation honors both the life of that musician and what 100% is and has been about.
 
Monday's Outside Track brings us the spring-time jazz of the Mary Halvorson Octet and their new record, Away With You. Featuring complex, blended harmonies from her horn section, as well as the warm tones from pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, this album is both inviting and engaging--even when it strays into freer and more abstract directions. It's a take on jazz that feels fresh and vibrant, and should appeal to any fans of the genre, but especially to those who enjoyed Hanami's The Only Way to Float Free which we rotated last summer.    

Friday, February 24, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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Dedekind Cut just dropped an EP today, so why not join us tonight on the Inside Track to hear his latest full length, $ucessor in full? A former beatmaker for Joey Bada$$, Dedekind Cut (aka Fred Warmsley) on this album makes dark, experimental and synth-driven compositions. Sometimes harsh, sometimes sweet, sometimes beatless, sometimes driving and rhythmic, this album attempts to evoke artist like Coil by delivering a modern approach to ambient, New Age, and industrial sounds. It's a complex and rewarding work and pays off when hearing it in full.
 
Tonight on NSE, WXYC's resident Pizzabutts return as Brenda and Blue Boy. Tune in for 100% dark and 100% horny vibes. 
 
For Monday's Outside Track we recommend turning up the dial and listening close--it's the latest from Graham Lambkin, his album Community. As DJ Jonathan G put it: "Community doesn’t quite sound like it was made by a veteran of composition at points, it sounds like the mic was left on after the recording session ended and picked up pencils falling and air conditioning changing from afternoon setting to night setting. At other spots it could only be made by an artist honing his craft for around a quarter century, filled with an atmosphere so particular you swear you’ve lived it before." It's a beautiful and in many ways intimate record and we're excited to share it with you.  

Friday, February 17, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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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
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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
This Week on WXYC

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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
This Week on WXYC

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Here's what we have planned this week:
 
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. 

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