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Friday, March 24, 2017
This Week On WXYC

Hi everyone,
 
Here's what we have coming up this week:
 
Our Inside Track is the latest album from Lord Tang (Dominic Cramp), Butterflies. Although allegedly drawing inspiration and sounds from his surroundings in Oakland, California, Butterflies is its own strange, glitchy world. At times abstract and satirical, at times groovy, this is an album that, while never getting up to a tempo you can really dance to, features some stellar electronic compositions and is sure to get you primed and ready for the New Science Experience at 10.
 
Monday's Outside Track is Prayer and Resonance, the debut album of spacey, psychedelic ambient music from Unearth Noise (Roger Berkowitz). On it, he creates dense, multilayered soundscapes that don’t move as much as overwhelm with a particular mood as it lingers in stasis and features everything from synthesizers and cut-up vocals to an array of bells, chimes, string instruments, and subtle percussion. Violinist Gautam Karnik also provides some lovely strings to about half a dozen tracks. While his instrumental and sonic choices reference locations and sounds from all over the world, his compositional style is distinctive, and the worlds he creates are enveloping and unique.

Friday, March 17, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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Tonight's Inside Track is the latest from Varg, Nordic Flora Pt. 2: En Ros Röd Som Blod. In contrast to the more straightforward techno of Pt. 1, this double-cassette release on Posh Isolation twists down avenues containing expansive ambient soundscapes, digital-analog experiments reminiscent of Susumu Yokota, and chaotic freely improvised percussion, all while anchored with a collection of solid dance tracks.
 
Monday's Outside Track is Poulo Warali, the first distributed release from Awa Poulo, a singer with Peulh origins from the Dilly commune of Mali, very near Mauritania. The Peulh-speaking people, who make up less than 10% of Mali’s melting pot of languages, are predominantly pastoral or nomadic making it very rare that Malian Peulh music is played in a cosmopolitan context. Just as rare is the fact that Awa Poulo is a publicly performing female musician in the Peulh culture, but through family ties in the music world, Awa Poulo has been able to become widely recognize musician in the area. The release itself features Awa Poulo’s rhythmic folk-pop vocals, n’goni (lute), flute, calabash gourd percussion, and tastefully distorted guitar.  

Friday, March 10, 2017
This Week on WXYC

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Here's what we have on tap this week:
 
Tonight on the Inside Track we'll hear the infectious synth-punk of Ibibio Sound Machine's Uyai, brought to us via Durham's very own Merge Records. With roots in both England and Nigeria, the group's instrumental pallet includes both West African talking drums and hella 80's synthesizers that wouldn't sound out of place on a Gary Numan record. No two songs sound alike on this record and each contributes to the really funky noise this album generates.
 
Monday's Outside Track is the latest composition from Lawrence English, an intense and glacial drone called Cruel Optimism. It draws it's title from a 2011 book by Lauren Berlant and describes a state where "when something you desire is actually an obstacle to your flourishing," specifically success within a liberal-capitalist economic system. High-brow critical theory aside, this is an album full of swirling, dynamic drones that build and collapse, drawing out tension throughout the length of the album. Each track flows into the next, and builds into a compelling and engrossing suite. 

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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Here's what we have planned this week:
 
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

Hi everyone,
 
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.

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