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]

Resonance FM 20/10/20 (Canon)


I took a mid-season pause from discovering and playing new music. Instead, this episode is a canon-building exercise. I like the idea of having certain songs that represent Dig That Treasure, that sound like the show no matter how different they are to one another. Primarily, these songs are among my favourites that I've played previously on the show. They also provide a great short survey of what the show is. So, I played tunes from Ethiopia, Japan, Syria, Cambodia, France and the US. Lots of bases cover: experimental new-wave, toe-tapping dabke, comedic squiggly pop, coarse US folk, and so on. I close the show with the eponymous 'Dig That Treasure' by Cryptacize. Listen below and learn!

Dig That Treasure (20/10/20)
Bezunesh Bekele - Sintun Ayehu Bante
Susan - Ah Soka!
Mohamed Al Ali - Mili Alay
Prum Manh - Two Wives Are Twice The Trouble
Clement Gourand - Cap Horn
Old Harp Singers Of Eastern Tennessee - Ocean
Cryptacize - Dig That Treasure

Resonance FM 13/10/20

Times and places. Lots of them. Nigeria in the 80s? Yep. American session player for Elvis, Buddy and Frank with bongos to boot? Uh-huh. Drone from former Yugoslavia? Sure thing. Transcendent Soundcloud experiments from down under? Bengali folk from Bagula? Zappa-inspired Japanese prog of the 90s? Yes, yes and yes. It's all there and it's all great.

Dig That Treasure (13/10/20)
Dizzy K - No Dime
Al Caiola - Dance Of The Spanish Onion
Al Caiola - Steel Guitar Rag
SKK - Tema 8
Noah - Eliya
Gosto Gopal Das - Jivan Nadir Ghurnipake
Tipographica - Forest Tipographical II

Resonance FM 6/10/20

This week's show started with the playful percussion of Gianni Meccia's 'Io Lavoro' (performed with Ennio Morricone's orchestra). Folk followed: The Young Tradition, a British group active in the 60s, performed the Medieval folk tune 'Agincourt Carol', before two songs by the "Finnish Woody Guthrie," Hiski Salomaa. A change in direction saw us visit the cosmos with the mysterious Somali tune 'Naga Tag, Kac Hooyaa', before a proper synth pop banger from Taiwanese singer Louise Tsuei. I closed the show with London pianist and composer Eriksson Kaner's new track 'In Convalescence'.

Dig That Treasure (6/10/20)
Gianni Meccia - Io Lavoro
The Young Tradition - The Agincourt Carol
Hiski Salomaa - Vanhanpiian Polkka
Hiski Salomaa - Dahlmannin Paartit
Libaaxyada Maaweeliska Banaadir - Naga Tag, Kac Hooyaa
Louise Tsuei - I Am Ob The Way To You And You
Eriksson Kaner - In Convalescence (ft O The Ghost)

Resonance FM 29/9/20


Continued where I left off last week with another interpretation of the gospel track 'That's Alright', this time by Swedish musician Håkan Hellström who took Laura Rivers' performance and added to it a beautiful string arrangement. The tone changed significantly with a trio of upbeat rhythmic tracks - first from Germany, with Fix & Fertig, then Cheb Djalal of Algeria, then finally Somalia's Hibo Nuura. Brought the tone down again with two tracks from pianist Olga Wojciechowska's serene new EP out on A Strangely Isolated Place before closing the show with one of my favourite discoveries of the 'lockdown' period, Leti.

Dig That Treasure (29/9/20)
Håkan Hellström - Du gamla (That's Alright Since My Soul Got a Seat Up in the Kingdom)
Fix & Fertig - Cube Carrelage Blanc
Cheb Djalal - Rani Maghroum
Hibo Nuura - Heesta Qunbacasho
Olga Wojciechowska - Labyrinth Made Of Labyrinths
Olga Wojciechowska - Organised Delusions
Leti - Lady Rosa's Moonlight Theme