17 Jul 2020

A weekly playlist guided by the contents of the week's digital programme and the 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.

To mark internationally renowned experimental music festival Supersonic taking its programme online this weekend - this year under the guise of Sofasonic 2020 due to the festival's physical cancellation - we share our Supersonic Presents… podcast for this week's Deep Listen, a show we recorded as part of ASSEMBLY in 2018 in which the Supersonic family reflect on the UK's DIY and experimental music scene. This week's Studios playlist looks to Supersonic line-ups of the past and present - with tracks from the likes of Shirley Collins, Angel-Ho, Richard Dawson, and Valentina Magaletti - as well as including artists featured on our recommended mix of the week: a recent selection for FACT by Sonic Terrains artist in residence Lafawndah

Greenwood Laddie – Shirley Collins

Taken from Collins' The Power of the True Love Knot - the legendary folk singer's 1968 collection of songs was guided by "the idea of true love as a power outside of society's control". Shirley Collins performed at 2018's Supersonic festival, playing one of only a handful of shows after a 38 year hiatus.

We Picked Apples In A Graveyard Freshly Mowed – Richard Dawson

Sally Pilkington and Richard Dawson started the group Bulbils at the beginning of lockdown as a way to deal with the challenges of the unfolding coronavirus crisis and to stay connected with folk through sound. They have since recorded 46 albums of ambient drone, weird dance, glittering electro-plop and malformed tudor synth shuffle. For Sofasonic, they perform what may well be their first and last gig – tune in to their live stream on Saturday evening.

Sobaka – Valentina Magaletti & Julian Sartorius

Performing as part of this weekend's Sofasonic 2020, drummer, composer and percussionist Valentina Magaletti also features on this week's Deep Listen Supersonic special in conversation with Lisa Meyer, Connie Prontera and Natalie Sharp. For Sofasonic 2020, Valentina takes a unique spin on Heavy Metal forefathers Black Sabbath, with a set of re-interpretations.

Xtal – Aphex Twin

John Doran, co-founder and editor of The Quietus, presents Selected Ambient Walks: Aphex Twin And Cornish Mythology, an audio visual talk live streamed this Sunday for Sofasonic 2020 that draws links between the tin mining industry, West Country witches versus the patriarchy, the legend of Merlin’s keep, English state vandalism of the Logan rock, Michel Foucault and the deep history of the Cornish pasty.  

Just Because It's a Funeral Doesn't Mean We Can't Rave – CRYSTALLMESS

From artist, writer and producer CRYSTALLMESS' debut 2018 EP Mere Noises - a trip through Afrofuturist rave, ambient shoegaze, and Caribbean Zouk music. CRYSTALLMESS' recent The devil is a lie !, released this March, features on Sonic Terrains artist Lafawndah's FACT mix – our recommended listening this week.

Amaru-Otorongo (Dried Pine) – Elysia Crampton Chuquimia

Another artist featured on Lafawndah's mix in focus this week, Elysia Crampton Chuquimia's recent PAN release ORCORARA 2010 is dedicated to the life of Paul Sousa, who while incarcerated, worked years as an inmate firefighter across the Sierra Nevada of California. Crampton's album follows intergenerational trauma, fugitives of Christian violence in a twilight called Puruma, returning to Mama Cocha, the sea that theorists call Nowhere.

Drama – Angel-Ho

Cape Town-based producer, performer and co-founder of NON Worldwide, Angel-Ho performed as part of Supersonic festival's 2018 line-up. 'Drama' appears on Death Becomes Her - her debut released the following year - a record that touched on themes of "love, sex, glamour, to struggle… universal fantasies treated with ambiguity that restructures the narrative within a trans identity". 

En I – Moesha 13, Jeci Jess

Also appearing on Lafawndah’s selected mix, Moesha 13 sings, performs, DJs and produces a unique bend of French rap and hardcore, drawing from reggaeton an dancehall underneath light-filled French vocals drenched in autotune.