Friday, May 07, 2021

Enlightened Listening for May 7

It's the first Friday of the month, and that means we're once again moving our weekly new music playlist, Enlightened Listening, to Bandcamp. As with last month's Bandcamp Friday, I've put the playlist on BNDCMPR here to streamline your listening experience. Again, I've opted to keep the releases in alphabetical order by artist name as this incredibly diverse compilation is nearly impossible to mix smoothly.

The nine-release, sixty-nine track (at the moment) compilation opens with a pre-order of A. G. Cook's massive LP. While there are forthcoming remixes from Boys Noize, GRRL and Baauer, it already features the likes of umru, Kai Whiston and DJ Warlord. Following that is the live recording of Austra's solo acoustic performance of HiRUNDiN. Rounding out the first three releases is Boys Noize's Defected follow-up to "Mvinline."

The middle third of this week's Enlightened Listening features a trio of raucous releases, starting with six slappers from Brodinski & Modulaw. Even wilder, Chippy Nonstop and dj genderfluid's self-titled LP gets cheeky with all kinds of rave energy. Headed further hardcore and break-driven, India Jordan's Watch Out! is simply wicked.

Finally, we head into the final three releases with the IDM journey through sound and consciousness that is Little Snake's lengthy titled LP, A Fragmented Love Story, Written By The Infinite Helix Architect. Another release that's likely to leave you doing double-takes is LUXXURY's Edits Vol. 7, which features a couple handfuls of fabulous disco, synthpop edits of classics from The Rolling Stones, Black Box, Alexander Robotnik and more. Finally, our lone freebie, a treat for Diablo II fans in Priori's DnB twist on the "Tristram Theme."

Find each release linked individually below, note ^ for pre-order and * for free download, and stream the full playlist via BNDCMPR here.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Full, Uncut Interview with Fahjah

Recorded May 1st on Zoom, this is my full conversation with Kassandre Maharajh, aka Fahjah. Topics included: his musical origin story and move from trance to psytrance to speed house, rave and beyond, incorporating his diverse instrumental background (piano, drums, saxophone, clarinet, bansuri, erhu) into his many moods/modes, the emphasis on journey rather than destination, the freedom to make what he wants and home he's found at Brooklyn Fire, the support of its legendary founder Tommie Sunshine, the nostalgic and oft euphoric party vibes at the core of his recent productions (likely spurred by early influences from Eurodance thanks to his mom and older brothers), and finally, what the future holds for Fahjah, a fair amount of which you can hear in his episode of My Mixtape which premieres this Saturday, May 8th at 11 PM EDT on Radio Humber. Dig in below and find his socials at the bottom. FOLLOW FAHJAH: FACEBOOK SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER