All Ears 004 – 20th Apr 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of the songs are in this playlist (though quite a few of the Anti Folk and Drum and Bass ones are not on Spotify unfortunately): All Ears 004 Playlist

Systems Music – Simon East

Systems Music refers to repetitive works that evolve gradually, often over long periods of time. Steve Reich is perhaps the composer most associated with this form of music. Philip Glass and Michael Nyman are other well-known exponents of this form.

19:56 Piano Phase – Steve Reich
20:04 Sarabande – La Monte Young
20:06 Strung Out – Philip Glass
20:10 Io – Dawn of Midi
20:16 Keyboard Study #1 – Terry Riley
20:20 Clapping Music – Steve Reich
20:24 Six Marimbas – Steve Reich

Lo-Fi Anti-folk – Jeremy Lewis

Anti-folk is a musical genre emanating from New York in the 1990s and adopted in the UK in the noughties. It promotes witty and honest song-writing over technique, and personality over polish. Some see it as the evolution of folk, others as a low-fi combination on punk and folk. In some ways, it is more of a scene than a genre. “The fact that no one knows what it means, including me, makes it kind of mysterious and more interesting than saying that you’re a singer/songwriter.” (Jeffrey Lewis)

20:30 Friends of Mine – Adam Green
20:32 Heavy Heart – Jeffrey Lewis
20:34 Drinking Beers With Mom – Lach
20:38 Smokescreen A Capella Techno Blues – Jim Flynn
20:41 Tramp Star – Brian Piltin
20:45 Novotel – Adam Green
20:46 Paper Forest (In the afterglow of Rapture) – Emmy the Great
20:50 Laugh laugh clap your hands – Bored Housewife
20:52 Octopus’s Garden – Jeffrey Lewis
20:54 Wee Ma Moo – Dufus

Modern Classical – Tom Beesley

A rather broad and indefinable category, that never-the-less allows us to select a range of tracks by contemporary composers and musicians employing traditional orchestral instruments and the piano.

21:00 Floating/Sinking – Peter Broderick
21:03 Opaque – Hildur Guonadottir
21:06 Drift – Mica Levi
21:09 Autumn Music 1 – Max Richter
21:13 Gardermoen – Julia Kent
21:17 Golden Times I – Ben Lukas Boysen
21:23 Barok Main – Mica Levi & Oliver Coates
21:26 Violin Solo, No. 1 – Peter Broderick

Persian Psych – Jeremy Lewis

The Golden Age of Persian Psychedelic Pop refers to the music scene in Iran from the 60s up to the Islamic Revolution in 1979, after which pop music was outlawed. The genre encompasses early western-influenced psych-pop, underground garage bands, psych-funk and emerging heavy rock, … all with a distinctly Eastern twist. Only relatively recently available in the West, the music variously incorporates traditional folk tunes and instruments with heavy basslines, disco-funk grooves, sitars and psychedelic guitar riffs.

21:30 Helelyos – Zia
21:31 Raks Raks Raks – Moha Jamin
21:37 Talagh – Googoosh
21:41 It’s Alright – The Rebels
21:43 I Saw Her Standing There – The Rebels
21:45 Dokhtar-E Darya – Group Takhala La
21:48 Hadjme Khali – Kouroush
21:51 Soul Raga – Mehrpouya
21:55 Mosem-E Gol – Parva

Progressive D&B – Simon East

Drum and Bass emerged out of the UK Jungle scene in the 90s. The more Jazz and Ambient influenced Progressive version emerged in the mid 90s. LTJ Bukem (and his Logical Progression compilations) and Photek were two of the scene’s prime movers during this period.

22:00 The Hidden Camera – Photek
22:03 Music – LTJ Bukem
22:05 Sleepless (Exclusive Mix) – Optical
22:08 Soul Beat Runna – Boymerang
22:11 Skylab – Ed Rush
22:14 Motions (Vip Mix) – Intense
22:16 Black Domina – Source Direct
22:20 Vocal – Peshay
22:23 PAC 3 – Override
22:26 Act 3: Radio Start Point [Fade at Will] – T Power

Geir Jenssen – Tom Beesley

Under the moniker ‘Biosphere’, Jenssen has often been cited as one of the originators of electronic ambient music. Based in northern Norway he has been releasing records since 1990 and has also produced film soundtracks and field recordings. The film work features part of ‘fish story’ by the American artist Allan Sekula, along with other similar footage.

22:29 CORONA – Biosphere & Higher Intelligence Agency
22:35 WHITE LIGHTNING – Biosphere & Higher Intelligence Agency
22:39 City Wakes Up – Biosphere
22:45 Path Leading to the High Grass – Biosphere
22:48 Daphnis 26 – Biosphere
22:54 Freeze-Frames – Biosphere
22:56 Departed Glories – Biosphere
23:01 Warp/warpable – Biosphere & Deathprod





All Ears 003 – 16th Mar 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of them are in this playlist: All Ears 003 Playlist

Gamelan – Tom Beesley

Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Bali and Java in Indonesia. Using mainly percussive instruments, the music for religious and formal ceremonies dates back nearly 1000 years. There are a range of tracks tonight from different traditions both old and new.

19:58    Dhungchen – Field Musicians
20:01    Prayer For The Bride And Groom – Gentra Pasundan
20:03    Trance Gong – Gamelan Pacifica
20:11    Gondang Haro-Haro – Gondang Sabangunan
20:16    Gilak – Gong kebyar
20:25    Gamelan – Maggi Payne
20:28    Dhungchen – Field Musicians

Sound As Art – Gary Winters

This selection considers work where sound is the medium for artworks. Is it visual art or experimental music? Maybe both. Surveying the last 100 years pieces emerge in absurd spoken form from the Dada, Surrealist and Fluxus movements, explode through technology in conceptual art, minimalism and site-specific works, and find form in wry and ironic ditties from contemporary experimental theatre and performance.   

20:30    Understanding – Martin Creed
20:33    Printer Concert – Baktruppen
20:34    Voice Piece For Soprano – Sonic Youth
20:34    Let’s Get Brutal – Williams Fairey Brass Band
20:37    What a Day – Throbbing Gristle
20:41    John Cage Excerpt N.6 – John Cage
20:41    Border Control – Martin Creed
20:42    Piano Piece #13 – Sonic Youth
20:46    My Beer – David Shrigley
20:46    Please Come Back – Baktruppen
20:49    A Short Hop From Sarajevo – Project Dark
20:50    Ursonate: III. Scherzo – Kurt Schwitters, Christopher Butterfield
20:53    John Cage Excerpt N.9 – John Cage
20:53    One Thousand Cycles – Christian Marclay
20:55    Sketch 2 – Basil Kirchin
20:57    California Dreamin’ – Alexi
20:58    Let Them In – Martin Creed

Bristol Sound – Tom Beesley

The Wild Bunch were a dancehall sound-system established in Bristol in the mid 80s by Nellee Hooper (who went on to form Soul || Soul with Jazzy B) and Robert Del Naja (who went on to form Massive Attack). Vocalists Tricky and Horace Andy, producers Smith & Mighty and sound engineer Geoff Barrow (Portishead) were all connected to the sound-system.

20:59    Aftermath – Tricky
21:05    Spying Glass – Massive Attack
21:10    6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps
21:14    Safe From Harm – Massive Attack
21:18    Wandering Star – Portishead
21:23    B Line Fi Blo – Smith & Mighty

Hendrix Anniversary – Duncan Cooper

Jimi Hendrix’ rise from session guitarist to the world’s hottest festival act took a mere 12 months. Pure showmanship and a string of distortion fuelled classics guarantee his rock immortality to this day. His musical evolution over 4 years as a solo artist contributed greatly to the 60’s psychedelic movement. Sunday was the 50th anniversary of Jimi playing in Ilkley, on March 12th 1967, at the Troutbeck Hotel.

21:28    Alexis Korner Introduction (BBC Sessions) – Alexis Korner
21:28    Third Stone From The Sun – Jimi Hendrix
21:34    Up From The Skies – Jimi Hendrix
21:36    If 6 Was 9 – Jimi Hendrix
21:41    Freedom – Jimi Hendrix
21:44    Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
21:47    Ezy Ryder – Jimi Hendrix
21:51    Hey Joe (alternate take, BBC Sessions) – Jimi Hendrix
21:54    Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
21:59    Traveling With The Experience (BBC Sessions) – Jimi Hendrix

~Scape Label – Tom Beesley

Following five years working as a sound engineer for Basic Channel, Stefan Betke established and ran ~Scape records in Berlin between 1999 and 2010. Betke also recorded tracks under the name Pole and built the label into a pioneer of ‘glitch and click’ electronica.

21:59    Do Dekor – Jan Jelinek
22:05    Warum – Pole
22:10    half sleep – BUS feat. MC Soom T
22:13    The Way Things Change – Mapstation
22:18    Slow Rot From Rhetoric – Deadbeat
22:24    Stadt – Pole
22:27    Tendency – Jan Jelinek

Desert Blues – Duncan Cooper

Desert blues is a musical tradition emanating from the Western Sahara. In the 90s Ali Farka Toure brought the distinctive guitar style out of the dunes and to international attention. The civil war that followed in Mali meant that tapes of new bands were passed furtively around at Tuarag rebel camps. From this a new groove emerged, mimicking the sway of the camel and popularised by the likes of Tinariwen and Terakaft.

22:30    Penda Yoro – Ali Farka Toure
22:36    Sa Golo – Boubacar Traore
22:40    Tisnant an Chatma – Tamikrest
22:45    Ka Moun Ke¨ – Rokia Traore
22:49    Alghalem – Terakaft
22:53    Bazani (Mali) – Djime Sissoko, Djama Djigui
22:56    Cler Achel – Tinariwen






All Ears 002 – 16th Feb 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of them are in this playlist: All Ears 002 Playlist

Matthew Herbert – Simon East

Matthew Herbert is a British electronic musician. He releases music under a large number of aliases: Herbert, Doctor Rockit, Radio Boy, Mr. Vertigo, Transformer, Wishmountain, and his Big Band. He often samples sounds from everyday items and then loops these to produce tracks. When playing live he will build entire tracks up from scratch based on samples.

20:00 Turning Pages – The Matthew Herbert Big Band
20:08 So Now – Herbert
20:14 Radio – Wishmountain
20:20 Roman Candle – Doctor Rockit
20:23 Hollywood – radio boy
20:27 Rude – Herbert

Gil Scott-Heron – Tom Beesley

An American soul singer, jazz poet and musician who first came to prominence through his spoken-word performances in the 1960s. Scott-Heron fused soul, jazz and blues with a lyrical content addressing social and political issues. Tonight’s selection draws together some of his more personal recordings concerning his family and his battle with addiction.

20:31 On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 1) – Gil Scott-Heron
20:33 Grandma’s Hands – Gil Scott-Heron
20:38 Pieces of a Man – Gil Scott-Heron
20:43 The Get out of the Ghetto Blues – Gil Scott-Heron
20:48 Home Is Where The Hatred Is (Live) – Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson
20:58 Your Soul And Mine – Gil Scott-Heron

Krautrock – Simon East

Krautrock is a genre of music that developed in Germany in the late 1960s. It was more influenced by electronic music and jazz than traditional rock influences and is often characterised by fast driving drum rhythms and melodic synth or lead guitar lines. The term “krautrock” was coined by English-speaking music journalists as a humorous name for the genre.

21:00 One More Night – CAN
21:05 Almost – Harmonia and Brian Eno
21:10 Hallogallo – NEU!
21:15 Jennifer – Faust
21:20 Ho Renomo – Cluster and Brian Eno
21:25 Amboss – Ash Ra Tempel

African Beats – Tom Beesley

A selection of dance-oriented tracks that have emerged from various parts of Africa recently, with sounds from Senegal, Uganda, the DRC and the South African club scene. There are two tracks of ‘Congotronics’ together with a remix and a collaboration between a group of Dakar based musicians and Mark Ernestus of Basic Channel in Berlin.

21:30 Bosamba Ndeke – Bolya We Ndenge
21:43 Jigeen – Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force
21:47 Fula Fula – Konono No.1
21:52 Afrika – Osborne
21:56 Wa Muluendu – Kasai Allstars

Nordic Soundtrack – Simon East

A selection of tracks by bands, many of Nordic or Icelandic origin, that produce the kind of evocative music that could be the soundtrack to a film.

22:01 Violent Lights – Nordic Giants feat. Alex Hedley
22:05 Sinking Friendships – Jonsi
22:10 Intro – the Soil & the Sun
22:10 Are You? – the Soil & the Sun
22:15 Bats In The Attic – King Creosote and Jon Hopkins
22:19 Muscle – Gwilym Gold
22:22 Chemical Trails – M. Craft
22:25 Peace for Earth – Four Tet

Gondwana Records – Tom Beesley

Gondwana Records is a small independent jazz label based in Manchester. Established in 2008 by saxophonist Matthew Halsall, the label is home to GoGo Penguin, John Ellis and The Gondwana Orchestra among others. Matthew Halsall is playing at the Wardobe in Leeds on 5th April.

22:30 The Land Of – The Gondwana Orchestra
22:35 Murmuration – GoGo Penguin
22:39 A Far Away Place – Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
22:46 Kamaloka – GoGo Penguin
22:51 The Ladder – John Ellis
22:57 Longshan Temple – The Gondwana Orchestra








All Ears 001 – 19th Jan 2017

These are the tracks we played:

For those of you on Spotify most of them are in this playlist: All Ears 001 Playlist

Ambient Outdoors – Tom Beesley

As a statement of intent the opening set mixes field recordings of bird song, winter landscapes and some violent weather with acoustic instruments and electronica to create a quietly atmospheric soundscape.

19:59 Spring Fever – Biosphere
20:02 Starling Song – Chris Watson
20:03 Studies for Thunder – Robert Henke
20:08 Meroo Forest – Seaworthy + Matt Rosner
20:11 Corncake – Chris Watson
20:11 Meroo Stream – Seaworthy + Matt Rosner
20:14 Sift – Matt Rosner
20:19 Male Capercallie Display – Chris Watson
20:21 February 21, 2013 – Seaworthy & Taylor Deupree
20:23 Massed Knot Roost – Chris Watson
20:25 Studies for Thunder – Robert Henke

Hansa Studios – Simon East

The Hansa Tonstudio is a recording studio located in Berlin. It is perhaps best known as the studio where Bowie recorded Low and Heroes in 77 during his Berlin phase, but in the 80s was used to record many influential records, many by British bands. Here is a selection of some tracks recorded there.

20:31 Always Crashing In The Same Car – David Bowie
20:34 Cloudburst Flight – Tangerine Dream
20:40 Sie – Einstürzende Neubauten
20:46 Say Goodbye to the Little Girl Tree – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
20:51 Point Of Collapse – Wire
20:53 Everything Counts – Depeche Mode
20:55 Eighties – Killing Joke
20:57 Velouria – The Pixies

Contemporary Piano – Tom Beesley

Gathering together a collection of more recently recorded tracks where the piano features strongly and that might perhaps best be described as Modern Classical (with a bit of Jazz).

21:00 Written On The Sky – Max Richter
21:02 Hands – Bugge Wesseltoft
21:07 Fragment – Max Richter
21:08 Re – Nils Frahm
21:12 Hammers – Nils Frahm
21:16 Aurora – Alva Noto & Sakamoto
21:24 One Percent – GoGo Penguin

Lounge Journey – Simon East

Lounge music is hard to characterise and has come to encompass many different subgenres. This is a journey through the Easy Listening sounds of the 50s, to the Exotica, Space-age and Bossa Nova music of the 60s and 70s.

21:30 Theme from The Thief Who Came to Dinner – Henry Mancini
21:32 Who’s Sorry Now? – Esquivel
21:35 I Wish You Love – Arthur Lyman
21:38 Star Fire – Bob Thompson
21:40 Desiree – Robert Drasnin
21:43 Quiet Village – The Surfmen
21:46 Tidal Stream – Piero Umiliani
21:48 Constant Rain – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
21:51 Tide – Antonio Carlos Jobim
21:55 Los Jibaros – Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri

Rock Steady – Tom Beesley

Rock Steady emerged from the vibrant Jamaican music scene in 1966 with Alton Ellis’ ‘Rock Steady’ (opening tonight’s set). Influenced by R&B, latin and African sounds Rock Steady slowed down Ska’s frenetic beat introducing the ‘one-drop’ off-beat drum pattern.

21:58 Rock Steady – Hopeton Lewis
22:00 Stop That Train – Keith & Tex
22:04 Real Cool – Tommy McCook and the Supersonics
22:07 That Girl – Lloyd & Glen
22:09 No Sympathy – Bob Marley & The Wailers
22:12 No Sympathy (Dub) – The Upsetters
22:14 Tonight – Keith & Tex
22:17 Sidewalk Killer – I-Roy
22:20 Jah Jah Me No Born Yah – Cornell Campbell
22:23 Four Hundred Years – Bob Marley & The Wailers
22:25 Step Softly – Bobby Ellis

Carsten Nicolai – Simon East

Carsten Nicolai is a German musician who releases recordings mostly under the name Alva Noto. He is known as one of the pioneers of glitch electronic music. As well as his own recordings he often collaborates with other musicians including: Ryoji Ikeda, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Bryce Dessner.

22:29 C7 – Cyclo
22:33 Hawk Punished – Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner
22:35 Lines – Signal
22:36 Mm – Alva Noto
22:41 Module 4 – Alva Noto
22:44 Mikro Makro – Ø + Noto
22:47 Uoon I – Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto