Our record box for August contains the first new material in 30 years from Ethiopian musician Hailu Mergia, as well as rattling sonic explorations from eek, Kink Gong and swamp musician Mutamassik.
There's abrasive electronica from Kerridge, Montauk Boys and Low Jack, African coldwave from Débruit, another track from Dusseldorf's The Durian Brothers, Shangaan electro from Jabulani Badco Mkhari, new releases from Fis, Black Channels and a gloriously chaotic techno odyssey from Chrononautz.
In addition, there's much thrashing and screaming from Bored to Death, sadomasochistic self-loathing from Destruction Unit, a riotous sound from Sao Paulo's Anti-Corpos, some rare dub from The Aggrovators, and Swedish black metal from Marduk.
Your ears will also be treated to new work from Haf Haf from Milan, desert rock pioneers Terakaft from Mali, the experimental Senyawa from Indonesia, legendary percussionist Ginger Johnson from Nigeria, Pega Monstro from Lisbon and Dawn of Humans from the sewers of Brooklyn.
Boy, that summer raced by, didn't it? Here we are at August, and I'm still here in Athens, and you're still there doing whatever it is you do. Never really had a vacation, me, but then what have I got to vacate from?
ANYWAY. Welcome back to school. For lessons in electronic buggery (and we gots plenty this month - DO NOT ADJUST YR SOUND SYSTEM), you'd best sign up for a class with Ash Koosha, Suck Susan, or Benjamin Finger - and don't miss David McNamee's lecture on collage art and cassette sabotage when he presents his Blue Tapes House Band project. Noon:30's class in gender studies is filling up fast; Benjamin Shaw's songwriting workshop isn't filling up at all; and no one knows what Waterfall Person is teaching, but everyone gets to doodle in class. If you need an extracurricular, you can always join the International Shoegazing Club with Static Daydream, Deafcult, and Dead Neighbors; or there's the Lesser Known Pop Fan Club, where folks gather round and wax poetical about Beds In Parks, Totally Mild, and Seconds.
Even with these fine offerings, though, White Reaper and FLEMMINGS will be conspicuously absent from every class; and Seven Davis Jr. is so cool that we're just gonna give him a diploma right now.
Also, tune in to hear Lee's EurNoVision faves, new old stuff from The Sinatra Test, a knockout from Jenny Hval and a very early sneak peek from Australia's most fantabulous Blank Realm (you'll find very quickly in this show that Australia RULES).
I have two featured albums for this month, one from Sleaford Mods and the other from Haiku Salut, both ace for different musical reasons.
Greece is represented in the form of Lola Demo, a close mate of Haiku Salut is in the mix in the form of Grawl!x and Brazilian reggae outfit Rokaroots makes an appearance. Fresh from Goldsmiths Laura Clough is plying us with sonic art and Seckou Keita is showering us with sonic brilliance.
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This month we've got an exclusive session from the fantastic Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love, who recently sadly called it a day, making the five tracks they've recorded for us possibly the last ever recorded material from the band. They rub shoulders with, among other things, new releases from Pyongyang Hardcore Resistance, Colonel Creep & the Electric Boogeymen and Persian one-man band par excellence Hassan K..
The Silber label have been especially productive of late and we bring you three of their recent offerings, from M is We, Philip Polk Palmer and the always excellent Remora. Meanwhile, la bel celebrate their fifth anniversary as a label with a cracking compilation: two tracks from that in the show, from Di Bos and Alessandro Coronos/Laura Mura, while fellow Italians The Selfish ales also strut their, er, psychedelic thang.
This being the month of the annual Green Man Festival, we bring you a whole bunch of artists that have got the old anticipatory juices a-flowing, ranging from the, let's face it, predictable in the form of The Fall and Television to show debutant Hannah Louise Clark. The aforementioned legends aren't the only oxygen thieves in the show this month: we've also got something from the recent Neil Young album and a side from that new/old single from The White Stripes. And yes, I know it's a cover of a Loretta Lynn song and not 'Loretta Love' as I inexplicably announce during the broadcast. Put it down to what I would suggest is, given the three hours of listening pleasures at your disposal, entirely understandable over-excitement.
Summer appears to have set in, and we have some fine summer tunes this month, from the finally-released I, Ludicrous album, from show faves The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, Mungo's Hi Fi and White Manna, and from new favourites Art Trip and the static sound, M is We and Luca Afrobaeat, among others. Elsewhere, Vibravoid tackle one of the most-covered tracks of the 1960s, Skinny Girl Diet celebrate a minor David Lynch character and Heaven Falls Hard bring us the sound of the last 5 minutes of existence - what could be more summery than that?
This month we're very excited to bring you a debut session from London-based trio FLEMMINGS, recorded a few weeks ago at Rocker's studio. There's also new tracks from Pete Astor; Noon:30; The Popguns; The Spook School; Bangers; Bunnygrunt; Flying Saucer Attack; Teaser Pony; Lost Pets; Mammoth Penguins; Chook Race; Static Daydream; port sulphur; Jon K; Dark Willow; The Basement Benders; and Shit Present.
There's electronica from Bicep; Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul; Kolsch; Stephan Bodzin; and Luna Semara.
This month's Peel's Big 45 is a 1972 release on John Peel's own Dandelion Record label, and this month's Educating Elizabeth record is a 1969 blue-eyed soul release from Nashville, Tennessee.
As well as little known acts, here's a little known fact: Teaser Pony are named after a horse which is used to test whether a mare is ready to breed. The mare may kick back at unwanted advances, and potentially injure a valuable breeding stallion, so the Teaser Pony is deployed first, and if the mare is amenable the stallion is substituted.
Ring of Fire just can't keep out of Africa at the moment with more old school Kwaito from the likes of Mawilliesand Mashamplani as well as a great new tune from the Congo thanks to the fabulous Mbongwana Star who are a new band birthed from Staff Benda Billi and a couple of other Kinshasha outfits. With the help of a French producer they've combined post punk with local rhythms and styles ... the future of music is here and we are loving it.
I saw the wonderful and energetic (in equal measures) Ezra Furman whilst visiting the UK and had to include a couple of tracks in the show. I hope you are taken with him as much as I am.
Also in the show a mixed bag of old, new and unsung. The second from Melbourne hard rock 'n' rollers The Pale Heads, Ginger Baker putting a couple of Cream classics in another place and the prodigy inspired Grime of Roachee whose track Sith Lord topped a listing of the Sleaford Mods favorite tunes. Who are we to argue.
Enjoy the show and as always I'll be back next month.