Resonance FM 19/1/21

Continuing from last week, I've got more 2020 highlights. Beautiful washed-out electronica, Algerian disco-staïfi, Chicago footwork, serene Japanese chamber folk, quarantine-induced idiosyncratic guitars, a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, and the closer from Dig That Treasure's own compilation Elevate.

Dig That Treasure (19/1/21)
BALAM ACAB - Princess Ascension
Nordine Staïfi - Zine Ezzinet
DJ Earl - No Cap 4 2020
Ichiko Aoba - Porcelain
Wendy Eisenberg - Not So Fast
Geordie Greep - Getting To Know You
Masahiro Takahashi - Dancers

Resonance FM 12/1/21

Back on Resonance for another series - if only I'd kept count of how many there have been! This episode was a 2020 retrospective, in which I played some of my favourite tracks of the last twelve months. I played Senegalese hip-hop, noise rock, Woo-ish ambience, de/re-constructed pop, ironic counter-patriotism, a vocaloid experiment and a meditative sax instrumental. It's a fun journey that starts peacefully, picks up pace and ends in chaos - tune in now, below!

Dig That Treasure (12/1/21)
Kahil El'Zabar - America The Beautiful (Instrumental)
Alabaster dePlume - Whisky Story Time
Iceblink - Healer
でんの子P - かわらぬおもひ(KAWARANU-OMOI)
OOIOO - Nijimu
Ngaaka Blinde - Finale
Carl Stone - Bojuk

Resonance FM 15/12/20

This episode was the last of the current series. I may be back after Christmas, we shall see. For now, though, enjoy one of the best episodes in a long time. My guest - rare in this moment - was Joe of Late Works, who came on the show to discuss the new Late Works project of Noise. Inspired by Futurist artist Luigi Russolo's The Art of Noises, Late Works' of Noise is an album consisting of six tracks, each one written, performed and recorded by a group of artists using one-off handmade instruments in a six hour window. These instruments (or sculptures, neither Joe or I are certain) were created specially for the project. The groups of artists - featuring the likes of Martha Skye Murphy, Kiran Leonard, Horse Whisperer, Jerskin Fendrix and members of Black Midi and 404 - could only use these instruments/sculptures to create their tracks. All lyrics and music had to be written and recorded in the six hour window. In our chat, Joe runs through a number of influences on the project, not least Russolo himself, and elucidates on the creative processes that went into of Noise. The album will be released on the 18th of December via Slow Dance Records.

Dig That Treasure (15/12/20)
Luigi Russolo - Serenata
Mark Leckey - Green Screen Refrigerator
Luigi Russolo - Ronzatore
Luigi Russolo - Corale
Tom Waits - Just Another Sucker On The Vine
Daphne Oram - Adwick High School No.3
Martha Skye Murphy, Kiran Leonard, Corpse Boy, Cajm - unmenacingly violent
Jean Tinguely - Méta Harmonie I
Daphne Oram - Adwick High School No.1

Resonance FM 8/12/20

There was an old school feel to this episode. A combination of diversity, warmth and excitement made for an archetypical DTT - perhaps only missing an Ethiopian track. I stopped off in the Soviet Union, Senegal, Japan and Madagascar, and played a brand new one-four track. As always, you can listen below.

Dig That Treasure (8/12/20)
Vyacheslav Mescherin Orchestra - Siberian Melody
Vyacheslav Mescherin Orchestra - Dancing Dwarves
Thione Seck - The La Force
Meitei / 冥丁 - Kintsugi / 金継ぎ
Meitei / 冥丁 - Oiran II / 花魁 II
one-four - it happens, occurs, befalls, comes to pass
Vaiavy Chila - Kamarady Nouveauté

Resonance FM 1/12/20

Righto, my computer fucked up and wiped my iTunes library. I'm trying to write a short essay on why that is so dislocating and traumatic for me - not least because it's where I organise and catalogue my DTT shows. Anyway, I quickly put together 5 of my favourite Ethiopian tracks as an emergency show. Enjoy!

Dig That Treasure (1/12/20)
Roha Band - Maebel (feat. Neway Debebe)
Alem Kebede - Shemma Tal
Alèmayèhu Eshèté - Tikur Gissila
Mahmoud Ahmed - Be Leselese Qu'al
Bezawork Asfaw - Tezeta

Resonance FM 24/11/20

This episode was largely made up of cover versions and contemporary avant-garde electronic music. So: I started off with a nose flute cover of 'God Only Knows' - perhaps a bit viral for this show, but good nonetheless. After that, a Dusty Springfield cover from Japanese oddball Kiyohiko Senba and his troupe the Haniwa All-Stars. Another track from them followed, as did Dean Blunt's melancholic and very funny TROLL and Julek Ploski's adventurous and cacophonous "saxophone-rock opera," both released this year. I span a track from South African singer Ntombi Ndaba before ending with yet another cover and one of this year's best, Sega Bodega and Oklou's lockdown-era collaborative acapella version of Mauro Picotto's trance classic 'Komodo'.

Dig That Treasure (24/11/20)
Will Grove-White - God Only Nose
Kiyohiko Senba & His Haniwa All-Stars - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Kiyohiko Senba & His Haniwa All-Stars - Sports Festival
Dean Blunt - TROLL (feat. Joanne Robertson & Vegyn)
Julek Ploski - My Music
Ntombi Ndaba - Flood
Sega Bodega & Oklou - Komodo

Resonance FM 17/11/20

Kicked off with a bouncy, springy load of poing from DJ Shoe on Air Max 97's Decisions label before spinning Yugoslavian "mountain drone," Momus's squeaky sorrowful 'Widow Twanky', some more Henry Cow, contemporary Ethiopian pop and some Colombian cumbia. To close, I played Joousama's bonker Queen medley.

Dig That Treasure (17/11/20)
DJ Shoe - Poing
Kula Vavilonska - Monasi Projkletija VI
Momus - Widow Twanky
Henry Cow - War
Geremew Gualu - Sim Alew Gonder
Gerardo Sanson & Fred McDonald - Danza Negra
Joousama - Joousamamonogatari

Resonance FM 10/11/20

Kermit The Frog? David Lee Roth? James Brown? Nonsense? It can only mean one thing: The Bran Flakes. Three tunes by the iconic plunderphonics novelty-pop duo were followed by tracks from Japan, Poland, Nepal and Zimbabwe, with a bit of "comfy synth" thrown in for good measure.

Dig That Treasure (10/11/20)
The Bran Flakes - Good Times A Goo Goo
The Bran Flakes - Nonsense
The Bran Flakes - Van Pop
長谷川白紙 - 怖いところ
長谷川白紙 - あなただけ
M Grechuta - Childhood Portrait
Namdup Lepcha - Namko Kusa
The Shakespearean Frog - Oh My Darling
Comrade Chinx - Vanhu Vemu Africa

Resonance FM 3/11/20

From Chile to the Sahara to Poland, via Goldsmiths, Cambridge and a West Midlands send-up.

Dig That Treasure (3/11/20)
Los Jaivas - Piano Introducción
Księżyc - Mglista
Lizzy Laurance - Famous
Veyrouz Mint Seymali - Tendeynidane
Ted Chippington - Atmosphere
Ted Chippington - She Loves You
Henry Cow - Viva Pa Ubu

Resonance FM 27/10/20

This week's show was a tribute to Zach Phillips, the composer, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, engineer, harmonist, label boss, philosopher, egalitarian, collaborator and king of the so-called "underground." I played ten tracks that featured Zach in some capacity, most of which are available from his label OSR Tapes - a not-for-profit label "trafficking mostly in sub rosa, arcane songwriterly music of culturally unintelligible & often uncertain representational politics." Over the years, Zach has floated in the same circles as Chris Cohen (whose project Cryptacize is responsible for the name Dig That Treasure), Adrian Knight and Ed Askew (both of whom featured on my 2016 compilation A Home and have made mixes for the blog; Adrian also did a session for this show back in 2014). His music is always surprisingly, always thoughtful and always tuneful. Dig into the world of ZP below (I've listed the vocalists that appear on each song in the tracklist)!

Dig That Treasure (27/10/20)
Blanche Blanche Blanche - That's Okay [Sarah Smith]
Grendel's Mother - Heart Made Of Rust [Jazz Adam]
Grendel's Mother - Too Much Going On [Jazz Adam]
Blanche Blanche Blanche - I Can Pay [Sarah Smith]
Blanche Blanche Blanche - Look's Don't Run [Sarah Smith]
Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Happy [Tori Kudo]
Zach Phillips - Case Closed [Zach Phillips]
Lilith Outcome - How Can It Taste So Good? [Zach Phillips]
Zach Phillips - Four Minutes To Play [Ani Ivry-Block]
Zach Phillips - Mistress Of The Junior Professed [Sophie Dickinson]