25 Jun 2020

Introducing a new weekly playlist guided by the contents of the week's digital programme and its associated artists and music in its surrounding orbit. We’ll be compiling each shorter weekly selection into a rolling playlist for your longer listening needs.

Shiva Dance – AMRA

This week’s Deep Listen sees us revisit Studios residents Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas in conversation as part of Imran’s 2018 talk series The Listening Party, which brought together an array of British South-Asian artists and musicians, each exploring the unique sonic and visual cultures underpinning their practice.

AMRA is an audio-visual collaboration between the two artists. In 2019 Purgas and Perretta self-released their Heema / Shiva Dance white label single - two tracks composed working with South Asian sound archives, addressing themes of mythology, futurity and the trauma of partition.

Roaring Lion – Alpha & Omega

Earlier this week we marked Windrush Day 2020 with a selection of online culture and a look back at Somerset House’s programme exploring the legacy of the Windrush generation. Including a poignant spoken introduction from Aba Shanti-I, revisit the acclaimed dub DJ and producer’s set in full as part of 2018’s SYSTEM - a month-long installation and series in collaboration with Boiler Room and curated by Studios resident Gaika that explored sound systems and Notting Hill Carnival’s heritage beyond the borders of West London. We’ve included Alpha & Omega’s ‘Roaring Lion’ as a highlight selection for this week’s playlist.

Take Your Mind – Drexciya

A track from 1994’s The Unknown Aquazone, Paul Purgas selects 'Take Your Mind' as a personal influence, touching on the diasporic technopoetics of Drexciya's music with Imran Perretta as part of their The Listening Party talk, this week’s Deep Listen feature.

Chili – Lafawndah

Last week we announced the five artists selected for our Sonic Terrains residency - a new online spatial sound residency which will produce five new works to be premiered as part of a special online edition of our annual contemporary musical festival, ASSEMBLY, in September.

Ahead of releasing her new album The Fifth Season later this year, musician Lafawndah is one of five artists who will work alongside spatial sound studio Call & Response to produce new immersive compositions as part of the residency.

Astrale (from 'il deserto rosso') – Giovanni Fusco

Discussing their interest in film soundtracks, Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas delve into Italian neo-realist film as part of their The Listening Party conversation, selecting Giovanni Fusco’s ‘Astrale’ from Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1964 film il deserto rosso

No You – Kelman Duran & Mess Kid

Another recently announced Sonic Terrains artist in residence, musician and artist Kelman Duran teams up here with Mess Kid in ‘No You’, the lead track from their collaborative 2019 release Two Suns.

Limit – Emptyset

One from the 2013 release Recur by Emptyset - a multi-disciplinary production project founded by Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg - also featured on this week’s Deep Listen feature.

Makeshift Paradigm – Ben Vince

Saxophonist and composer Ben Vince uses extended technique, electronic processing and collaboration to create work that spans free improvisation, DIY and dancefloor scenes. Vince takes his composition style into the realm of spatial sound in the creation of a new work for this year’s ASSEMBLY, as one of our Sonic Terrains residents.

Glitch Bitch – Loraine James

Opening track on electronic producer Loraine James’ debut For You and I - a record that claimed No. 1 Album of the Year with both DJ Mag and The Quietus. Alongside Kelman Duran, Zadie Xa, Lafawndah and Ben Vince, Loraine is one of five artists currently in residence as part of our Sonic Terrains residency.