Sofasonic Playlist: Elle Donlon

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Elle Donlon, a tattoo artists tattooing a client

Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti | Sex Swing | Mariano Sarine | Sofa King | Ben Sadler | Rosie Tee |

 

We asked Birmingham tattoo artist, Elle Donlon, to compile her fave tracks for this week’s Sofasonic Playlist. In case you missed it, Elle recently designed a whole new range of Tee’s & Tote’s for our Merch shop.

 

Elle studied Fine Art at University of the Arts in London before completing her tattoo apprenticeship in September 2015. Since then her style has developed hugely, from purely turning illustrations into tattoos, her designs have evolved into a stylised version of Western Traditional.

In an interview with Things & Ink, Elle describes how “I’m drawn to beautiful oddities […] I see no point drawing things how they are in real life, the world can be very monochrome, so it’s up to artists to mix that up”. Her artwork is inspired by religious imagery particularly from Asia, south western tribal art, alchemy and witchcraft and, of course, the 70’s! One of her favourite tattoo artists is Daniel Higgs – the very cosmic space-poet that graced our Supersonic line-up last year!

You can now find her inking up at House of Thieves in Digbeth, Birmingham.

 

 

“I wanted my playlist to be upbeat, I specifically chose tracks that’s I listened to during lockdown that pulled me up and helped me get a grip. But a couple of them are the concrete tracks that I’ve religiously listened to for over a decade.

 I hope you like it!”

 

Take a listen here…

 

“People have been super supportive and have showed a lot of positivity towards my work this year. I kept busy with numerous projects during lockdown that helped financially and kept me sane. I felt like I spent lockdown focusing on where I wanted my work to go and I reaped improvements in my paintings because of it which have now advanced to my tattoos since being able to work again. I count my blessings that 2020 hasn’t been too rough on me just yet, I feel super fortunate that it has brought some positivity to my work and home life.”

 

We’ve made a handful of Elle’s T’s & Totes available at our Supersonic Merch Shop, so go pick yourself something up here!  There’s not many left, so don’t miss out…

Elle Donlon designed T's & Totes

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Rosie Tee

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti | Sex Swing | Mariano Sarine | Sofa King | Ben Sadler |

 

This week’s playlist comes from in-house! As these blog posts are written by our Programme Assistant, Rosie Tee, it makes more sense that Rosie doesn’t refer to herself in third person for this one… *switches it up*

 

Hello folks! I’m Rosie, Programme Assistant and proud member of the Capsule/Supersonic supergroup. I work behind the scenes as artist liaison, on all things marketing, and general daily do’s! You may have heard my brummie-twanged voice on recent Supersonic Podcasts or as the live commentator for our online Sofasonic Festival back in July. 

 

Whilst in lockdown my role at Supersonic has adapted a lot, but it’s been a cracking good learning curve. Re-shaping and re-imagining our programme online has resulted in many new skills learned, but that being said, I can’t wait to return to the heavy rumbles and tired festival feet (all with samosa in hand!)

 

This Sofasonic Playlist has been lovingly crafted by myself, and oh lady, it was hard to whittle it down to 20 tracks. It’s a healthy mix of some of my favourite artists from Supersonic line-ups (Hen Ogledd, Klein, Lankum, Gazelle Twin), some offerings from Birmingham (Dorcha, Broadcast), alongside some new (old) discoveries of mine whilst in lockdown (Stereolab, Sun Ra, Arthur Russell) and artists I’ve seen live that have left a deep old imprint somewhere on my musical soul (Dirty Projectors, Simian Mobile Disco & Deep Throat Choir, Anna Meredith, Tunng).

 

I hope you enjoy my selections – take a listen…

 

As a musician myself, this eclectic mix of tracks all inspire my own writing for my band, Rosie Tee – a four-piece making jazz-tinged, synth-pop where I whack a glockenspiel (as per image above). My ear always tends to lean towards more minimal song structures, so this is definitely a common link between each track in the playlist and my own songwriting. But of course, in true Supersonic-ethos, I’m a big fan of the unclassifiable and you’ll sure find that here!

 

It’s been a strange mix of seeing some incredible creativity sprout out of this year (despite everything) and seeing others retreat and rest a while from music-making. I’ve been the latter, but now starting to get into rehearsing, writing and I hope in the near future – gigging.

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Ben Sadler

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

Being a music fan can be a bit overwhelming these days – via the big wide web, almost all recorded music in history is accessible, so it can often be quite tricky to navigate the sheer wealth of sound that’s out there! By reaching out to our Supersonic artists and friends we discover the undiscovered, we get an insight into their influences and start to piece together the inspirations behind the music & art we know and love.

So whether you’re working, walking the pooch, having a lazy day or doing some DIY – we’ve got the perfect selections for you…

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti | Sex Swing | Mariano Sarine | Sofa King |

 

 

Today, we bring you a playlist crafted by the Birmingham-based artist Ben Sadler. From Lionel Ritchie to Kraftwerk, many of you will remember Ben’s hilariously inventive song covers at Sofasonic. But by day, Ben is part of Juneau Projects formed in 2001 alongside friend Phil. Together, they work across a broad range of mediums that focus on the relationship between society, culture and the natural world. 

 

“Supersonic is such a great thing. Picking one memory is so hard! One thing that truly has stayed with me, though arriving late (a long story but not very interesting), is seeing Sunn o))). Standing outside the Custard Factory, hearing Sunn o))) shaking the building to its foundations with the sounds of the city filtering in around me, was a weird zen-like experience. I closed my eyes and took it in. It seemed to be a great testament to Supersonic and Birmingham – the two are entwined in a profound way.”

 

 

The tracks I’ve chosen for the playlist are a selection of songs that have soundtracked lockdown for me. Some are songs I’ve discovered during this period and grown to love, some are old friends that have popped up to fill my ears again with a new relevance.”

 

 

Take a listen here…

 

 

When lockdown started towards the end of March Ben thought it might be nice to do song requests for people and share them on Instagram each day. He ended up making 82 videos (!) each roughly a minute long with costumes, makeup, props and music – all very lo-fi.

 

 

“Lockdown has felt quite dream-like. A slow-motion world with a strange logic, moments of fear and odd beauty. I spent much of it absorbed in making cover versions on Instagram of songs people requested. It was a fun and life-affirming project and I was incredibly warmed by the warmth and kindness shown by people towards it. “

 

For Sofasonic Festival, Ben raided his daughter’s dressing-up box once more and returned to the wigs, tin foil and tracksuit tops with 10 new covers – requested by you lot, our Sofasonic audience!

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Sofa King

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti | Sex Swing | Mariano Sarine |

 

Birmingham based experimentalist Sofa King, is the musical output of pop-obsessed transgender individual Dianne Burdon. She treats reverb and feedback like a chemical formula.

Delivering on the promise of dad rock and the trans agenda, Sofa King offers raucous clashes of Tetris-like guitar beeps, to a drum beat that can just about keep up with Dianne’s vocal chants. Following the cracking Sofa King performance at our International Women’s Day event earlier this year (what a beautiful live-show memory!) and the cracking cover of Fairies Wear Boots for our Sofa Sabbath series, we asked Dianne to send us her lockdown selections…

 

 

“This is a collection of songs that I’ve discovered, or reconnected to, during lockdown. I’ve been creatively quite stunted in this period, so I’ve been looking outwards, vegetating on the sofa watching music video after music video, livestream after livestream, endless content forever. 

 

Take a listen here…

 

 

Sofa Sabbath is a series we’ve created especially for Sofasonic! This is a really special treat… Bringing together our two loves – Supersonic & Home of Metal, we’ve invited Sofa King, alongside a whole host of artists to put their unique spin on the forefathers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath.

Keep your eyes peeled for more wild interpretations and creative covers of classic Sabbath songs for your pure viewing enjoyment!

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All our Sofasonic Playlists so far! Tune in…

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure. 

 

Being a music fan can be a bit overwhelming these days – via the big wide web, almost all recorded music in history is accessible, so it can often be quite tricky to navigate the sheer wealth of sound that’s out there! By reaching out to our Supersonic artists and friends we discover the undiscovered, we get an insight into their influences and start to piece together the inspirations behind the music & art we know and love. So here we hand over to our guest playlists, from experimentalist Gazelle Twin, percussionists Valentina Magaletti and Mariano Sarine to visuals artist Mark Titchner and punks of colour, Decolonise Fest – there is something for everyone here!

We have 16 so far, and they’re all available to listen to below – so whether you’re walking the pooch, having a lazy day or doing some DIY this bank holiday, we’ve got the perfect selections for you…

 

Valentina Magaletti

Radwan Moumneh

Sex Swing

Rocket Recordings

Matt Ridout

Mike Nelson

Molly & Mabel

Queef

Mariano Sarine

Gazelle Twin

Faten Kanaan

Mark Titchner

Iggor Cavalera

Khyam Allami

Decolonise Fest

Sofa King

 

 

For more info about the playlists and the artists that curated them, explore here:

| Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti | Sex Swing | Mariano Sarine

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Sofasonic Playlist: mariano sarine (DEAF KIDS)

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti | Sex Swing

 

Mariano is a multi-instrumentalist living in Brazil, active as the drummer/percussionist for Deaf Kids. Formed in 2010 and signed to Neurot Recordings, Deaf Kids create a heavy riotous sound – a trance-inducing cacophony and body-shaking mix of percussive rhythms, bending guitars monolithic drone riffage. We’ll never forget their pummelling performance at Supersonic 2018.

 

From their home in the industrial city of Volta Redonda/Rio de Janeiro, Deaf Kids’ output reference anything from their own background in punk, right the way through to spiritual jazz and practically any musical form which allows them to experiment with the utter extremes of musical expression.

As well as Mariano’s solo act, Sarine, (with a debut release set for Friday 28th via bandcamp) he also plays synths and percussions live with the electronic artist Felinto.

As part of our extended Sofasonic programme, we asked Mariano to collate a number of musical treasures that mean something to him…

 

“Here’s a playlist for y’all, containing sounds from Brazil and the world, connected by their use of rhythm as the main driving force – but as this playlist proves, rhythm is far from a limitation, there’s outbursts of joy alongside more mellow, melancholic and sombre vibes across these tunes.

Might these burning embers lighten up your inner bonfires, and your day!

 

Take a listen here…

 

 

In case you missed it, Mariano also took part in a poignant and important panel discussion titled “Looking For Today” as part of Sofasonic Festival, exploring how musicians respond to social and political unrest.

On the panel hosted by Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, you’ll hear perspectives from Paula Rebellato (Rakta) + Mariano De Melo (Deaf Kids) based in Brazil, Franklin James Fisher (Algiers) + Will Brooks (Dalek) in the US, Khyam Allami in the UK.

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Sofasonic Playlist: Sex Swing

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti

 

Despite missing out on a live set from Sex Swing at Supersonic Festival 2020 this year, we’ve still kept in touch with this band of malevolent rogues. Following our interview with them about their new album ‘Type II‘ back in April for the Supersonic Podcast, we’ve asked the guys to put together a playlist of songs that loosely pins-down their collective taste in music.

 

Unearthed from the UK underground, Sex Swing are a ‘supergroup’ of sorts. Between them, individual members have been sparking tinnitus in bands such as Mugstar, Bonnacons Of Doom, Earth, Dethscalator, Dead Neanderthals and now even Idles. Terrifyingly visceral, Sex Swing create music that can be likened to the haunted clangour of a faulty air conditioning unit that lurks in an anonymous office building. It’s man vs machine where discord becomes harmony and it’s a fearsomely invigorating spectacle to behold. 

 

“We all have very diverse tastes, which is highlighted in this playlist.

I think that goes a long way to understand how we come up with the music we make.

These are songs that we are digging at the moment…”

 

Take a listen here…

 

 

“Its been a weird period for Sex Swing as we released our latest LP whilst under lockdown and obviously we couldn’t play shows to promote it. So are all looking forward to playing again and making some noise. 
We all have a lot of love for Supersonic as to how diverse the line ups are and the passion that goes into the curation of it. It always feels like the real deal.”
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And if that’s not enough – don’t forget to stick on the Supersonic Festival Podcast where we interview Sex Swing here via Mixcloud. In this podcast we also celebrate the incredible unclassifiable artists that featured on “the greatest line-up that couldn’t be”, including a special feature on Rocket Recordings.

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Sofasonic Playlist: Valentina Magaletti

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera |

 

Following her mesmerising ‘Avant-Sabbath’ performance with Pierpaolo Martino for our Sofa Sabbath series (watch below), today’s Playlist is bought to you by drummer, composer and percussionist Valentina Magaletti (member of Tomaga, CZN & Vanishing Twin)

 

Her main musical goal, has always been to broaden horizons and use her musical influences to explore different, unconventional paths. Valentina strategically enriches a folkloristic and eclectic palette through endless listening and experimentation with new materials and sounds.


She has previously drummed and toured with Bat for Lashes, Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals, Fanfarlo, Oscillation, Raime and with members of Wire, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Coil, amongst many others.

“This is a small sonic collage that pretty much sums my mood during this unpredictable year.

A little soundtrack to help embracing the unknown,reinvention, redemption and the illusion of of the ability of controlling what comes next…”

 

Valentina kindly asks that you set your listening preferences with the 11sec crossfade option – otherwise the mix makes less sense! Take a listen here..

 

WATCH VALENTINA’S SOFA SABBATH

Sofa Sabbath is a series we created especially for Sofasonic! Bringing together our two loves – Supersonic & Home of Metal – we invited Valentina to put her unique spin on the forefathers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath. We’re gradually re-releasing our Sofasonic programme via YouTube, so keep your eyes peeled for more wild interpretations and creative covers of classic Sabbath songs for your pure viewing enjoyment!

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Iggor Cavalera

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan |

 

Following his bombastic Saturday night DJ set at Sofasonic, today’s Playlist is curated by Iggor Cavalera, member of SepulturaPetbrick & Soulwax.

 

Throughout the nineties, Iggor, his brother Max and their Sepultura bandmates made metal even heavier by fusing brutal tribal rhythms and huge chugging riffs with industrial production and soul quaking primal growls.

 

Iggor’s music has tore a hole through the music industry. In 2017, Iggor performed drums for Soulwax on their album “From Deewee” and in their live tour, along with two other live drummers. A year later he formed the noise music duo PETBRICK with Wayne Adams of Big Lad and Death Pedals. Somehow between all this and raising five children, Iggor and his wife Laima have also found the time to make music under the moniker of MixHell. Fusing electro, disco, punk and rock, they have created an organic electronic sound powered by modular synthesis and live drums.

 

“This playlist is a journey into a supersonic temple, with no boundaries, no walls –

so sit back, close your eyes and open your mind…

 

Take a listen here…

 

 

Statement from Iggor:

“I have been doing some collaborative work during this pandemic pandemonium times – very excited about the Petbrick/Deafkids record about to drop. There’ll also be a tape/cassette release of remixes of our Petbrick record, with some tasty remixes by Nihiloxica, Psywarfare, Antoni Maovvi and more.

I also started a black metal thing with Stephen O’Malley (SunnO)))), Kali Malone and Puce Mary. Also, did some noise on the new Pig Destroyer album…and hopefully we can see these projects live at some point soon…”

 

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Faten Kanaan

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson |

 

Today’s Sofasonic Playlist comes courtesy of Brooklyn’s Faten Kanaan – a gifted musical story-teller. Her performance at Supersonic 2019 was mesmerising, inspired by cinematic forms: from sweeping landscapes and quiet character studies, to the patterned tension of horror film soundtracks.

Cyclical patterns are central to Faten’s compositions, alongside the exploration of harmony and counterpoint as narrative tools. She slowly builds songs by live-looping them, without the use of sequencers or arpeggiators. Sound & silence are used as intuitive gestures to tell a wordless story.

 

 

“My own music has been influenced by various film scores, classical & medieval music, and from being surrounded by such a creative community. I’ve put together this small selection of music to share…

 

Take a listen here…

 

 

Statement from Faten:

“Being in NY at the height of the pandemic here was challenging, but staying in touch with friends & family kept me (mostly) sane and positive! Taking it day by day – but I am looking forward to my new album coming out on Fire Records later this year, and am hoping that this tumultuous time can bring on some necessary improvements in the world that are long overdue. 

I had such a great time at Supersonic last year… one of my favourite shows I’ve played. I loved that the courtyard allowed for both the attendees and the performers to chat, it felt like such a relaxed warm down-to-earth hub.”

 

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Mike Nelson

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings |

 

This week’s Sofasonic Playlist comes courtesy of Michael “Mike” Nelson – a contemporary British installation artist. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and has been nominated twice for the Turner Prize.

 

Coming into prominence in the late 1990s, Mike Nelson creates psychological environments by sifting through the debris of modern life. His installations often reference specific works of literature and countercultural or failed political movements. Working with figures and materials on the fringes of society, Nelson asks his viewers to spend time inhabiting worlds that, while foreign on the surface, reveal intrinsic truths and modes of thought that affect even the most basic cultural activities. His work has been widely shown and collected by, amongst others, the Tate London and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Nelson lives and works in London.

 

 

“The music is a mixture of stuff I grew up with and things I’m listening to at the moment

– even though thats pretty much the same, a few things added as I go along…”

 

Take a listen here…

 

 

Statement from Mike:

“Lockdown has been a combination of being house and wood bound – we live opposite a wood – and later on between there and the studio, an old shop, a mile away from home.  At first the lockdown was almost a relief, the certainty of what we had to do and the ability to consolidate your thoughts was quite welcome if the cause of the scenario was not.  The early days were spent searching for the best log in the wood and watching a family of three tawny owls at dusk as they called for their mother to feed them.  At one point I became unwell for around ten days, my limbs like bags of cement, I read/re-read Robinson Crusoe and saw many similarities, if only through a mirror, that of western capitalism and imperialism, the beginning and perhaps end of.  Now the situation seems more tricky, what the parameters are, and what this new normality is and its consequences.

 

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Rocket Recordings

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Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic celebrations we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest |

 

 

Following Rocket Recording’s stonking Saturday night take-over with GNOD & João Pais Filipe’s “FACĄ DE FOGO”, music from J.Zunz and a DJ Set from Iggor Cavalera (Petbrick), available on catch-up till Friday here. The label’s co-founder, Chris Reeder has selected a cracking mix of tunes for us to console our post-sofasonic blues…

Rocket Recordings is run by John O’Carroll (Bristol) & Chris Reeder (London) both with backgrounds in graphic arts, since 1998 they have been releasing uncompromising sounds from some of the great underground bands from Europe and beyond. This is a label that are always striving to push music forward and not stand still – a philosophy that is a testament to their 22-year independent existence, and very much shared by Supersonic.

The label were due to host a large Showcase as part of Supersonic 2020, but we were very grateful to still honour that this weekend for Sofasonic, albeit virtually. As well as the Rocket Recordings evening take-over, Chris also took part in ‘Space Is The Place’ – a panel discussion on the importance of musical communities and ecosystems, and how we pave the way for their growth. You can watch that on catch-up till Friday here.

 

“It is an absolute pleasure to part of Supersonic in 2020 – a festival we hold a high regard for, one that has always supported us and believed in our bands. The true independence and passionate spirit of Supersonic is something we wholeheartedly believe in and it is something we strive to always achieve ourselves”

Rocket Recordings

Take a listen here…

 

Statement from Chris, co-founder of Rocket Recordings:

“During lockdown, Rocket has kept me very occupied as we have had lots of releases coming out and still to be announced, that meant a lot of time designing sleeves/assets, plus the general planning and organising. Plus getting releases ready for the monthly Bandcamp ‘no fee’ days (which were a lifesaver) kept us pretty busy the whole time. 

But outside the 9-5, my two greatest ‘lockdown’ discoveries was daily walks in Epping Forest – such a magical place. And watching Twin Peaks series 3… Episode 8, ‘wow’ what work of genius!!”

 

 

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: DECOLONISE FEST

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As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Following playlists by Radwan Moumneh, Mark Titchner, QUEEF, Gazelle Twin, Matt Ridout, Khyam Allami and Molly & Mabel – on the day Sofasonic kicks off, we’ve got quality listening material for you courtesy of Marcus, co-founder of Decolonise Fest – a London based annual DIY punk festival collectively organised by and for punx of colour.

Decolonise Fest is collectively run by a group of activists, militant community organisers, musicians and artists who came together in 2017 to create a festival unlike any other; one that connects BIPOC punx in global struggles against the legacy of colonialism.
“We are DIY Diaspora Punx. We are reasserting our place in punk and want to showcase the amazing, creative and talented contributions punx of colour have made to the punk scene since its inception. We are loud and proud and demand the space we deserve – decolonising our past to decolonise our future.” – from the Decolonise Fest Manifesto

 

Take a listen here…

 

Statement from Marcus, co-founder of Decolonise Fest:

“Throughout lockdown I’ve been resting, learning, plotting and listening. I cannot wait to go to some gigs and get back on tour again. This playlist is a decolonial sonic disruption to the normal punk and heavy music playlists you will find. All the tracks are created by Black, Indigenous and people of colour from around the globe. Some of these artist have played decolonise fest and some of them will come and play one day. I hope you can listen, learn and grow from this playlist.”
 
Join Marcus tomorrow, as he takes part in a panel discussion on the importance of musical communities and ecosystems, and how we pave the way for their growth – alongside Luke Turner (The Quiteus), Cathy Pellow (Sargant House), Chris Reeder (Rocket Recordings) & Lisa Meyer (Supersonic Festival)

 

SATURDAY 18 JULY // 19:15 BST
www.youtube.com/SupersonicFestival

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: MOLLY & MABEL

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As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Following playlists by Radwan Moumneh, Mark Titchner, QUEEF, Gazelle Twin, Matt Ridout & Khyam Allami – this time, we’ve got something a bit different for your listening pleasure… we asked two super-friends, Molly (age 6) and Mabel (age 9) to put together a playlist for our Sofasonic celebrations. 

 

Mabel and Molly both love music, they make up lots of funny and nonsense songs, that can often be quite repetitive in nature! They enjoy music in quite different ways, Mabel likes a song that tells a story or sounds like something i.e “This song sounds like walking through the woods”Molly loves dancing and will dance to most songs, but she most often remembers songs that she’s heard in a film i.e “I want the one that the Pig sings in Sing”, she’s of course referring to ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift (this is not an offensive remark about Taylor Swift, for those that haven’t seen Sing, the character that sings it is a pig – she’s very good.)

 

A brilliant selection for dancing around to – take a listen here… 

 

To choose these songs they looked back at the posters and videos from past Supersonic’s and picked out a few names to listen to – the ones that they liked got added to the list! Of course they’re not all Supersonic alumni, as well as some experimental music, they also love a good pop song! This meant adding in some of their ‘current’ favourites like Elton John & Dolly Parton. Some tracks have also been chosen because of their excellent videos (like Anna Meredith’s Paramourand some just because well – they just like them (DJ Shadow / Dan Deacon) but the proverbial line got drawn for the Baby Shark song – no one needs to listen to that!

The final song in the playlist is Alice Cooper’s ‘Schools Out’ – an obvious choice for Molly & Mabel, because it is, and it has been, for quite some time!

 

To all the others not in school – don’t forget our next Kids Gig this Saturday at 11am via Zoom!

Following his pop-up performances at Supersonic 2019, the one-man-band extravaganza, ICHI will perform for the tots as part of our Sofasonic weekend. Expect a set of quirky handmade instrument inventions from this Bristol-based Japanese experimental singer-songwriter – playful, danceable and pure fun! Tickets & more info.

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: KHYAM ALLAMI

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As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

 

Following playlists by Radwan Moumneh, Mark Titchner, QUEEF, Gazelle Twin & Matt Ridout – here’s a brand new playlist for you courtesy of long-time friend of the festival, Khyam Allami.  

 

KHYAM ALLAMI, is an Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician/composer/researcher and founder of Nawa Recordings. Nawa is an independent label focused on releasing new music from the Arab world, and features some of the most creative, independent and forward thinking artists. With this in mind, we invited Khyam to be a guest curator for Supersonic 2017, he of course introduced us to a whole array of striking new artists, united by their exploration of genre-defying, improvisation-based craftwork.

 

Aside from his label work, Khyam is a formidable musician and composer with a continually growing international reputation. Despite only taking up the oud – his principal instrument – in his twenties, Allami rapidly became a performer of international renown. He is currently undertaking a PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire focusing on contemporary and experimental Arabic music.

 

Khyam will be joining a panel discussion this weekend for Sofasonic Festival alongside Paula Rebellato (Rakta) + Mariano De Melo (Deaf Kids) based in Brazil, Franklin James Fisher (Algiers) + Will Brooks (Dalek) in the US, Khyam Allami in the UK. This session will be hosted by Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, exploring how musicians respond to social and political unrest.

Keep an eye out for ‘Looking For Today‘ on our programme!

 

 

Khyam has selected a divine mix of music for this Sofasonic Playlist series – take a listen…

LISTEN HERE

 

A statement from Khyam:

“Recently, whilst scrolling through my digital music library, I was surprised to notice the number of new releases by Arabic musicians that I had been listening to. I was listening to these albums so regularly that I didn’t even notice how many there were. This is the kind of perspective that lockdown made me lose.

I spent all of the lockdown alone in Berlin, in my own self-isolated world, lost between my twitter feed, online newspapers, and despair at the state of the world. After the murder of George Floyd and the eruption of racism-focused discussions, I wanted to put together a mix to celebrate these artists and their work, I wanted to stand proud as a fan of my contemporaries.

Supersonic is a special “place” for me, one of my spiritual homes. Performing and attending the festival has always helped me grow. At SS 2009 I performed one of my first solo Oud shows. SS 2017 I guest-curated performances from artists associated with my label Nawa Recordings, so sharing this digital celebration via the digital incarnation of SS 2020, especially in the current toxic climate, feels like the perfect combination. To all my friends across the Arab world, to my friends in Birmingham, and to anyone else who wants to ‘listen-in’ (as Arthur Jafa says), enjoy”

 

 

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Matt Ridout

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[Matt Ridout (far left) with band Casual Nun]

As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

 

Following playlists by Radwan Moumneh, Mark Titchner, QUEEF & Gazelle Twin, here’s a brand new playlist for you courtesy of guitarist Matt Ridout. 

Matt’s band Casual Nun performed at Supersonic back in 2017, where they brought the heavy psych with a blown out slab of distorted, hypnotic guitar buzz, heady, effect-laden vocals, and plodding drums, everything bleary eyed, garage-y, intense and drugged out! He also formed the label Hominid Sound, alongside Gordon (Terminal Cheesecake/Luminous Bodies), Graham (Gig Goer Extraordinare/Supporter of all things heavy!) and Wayne (Bear Bites Horse recording studio/Big Lad/Death Pedals).

 

We chatted to Matt about his time in lockdown…

“Lockdown curtailed a lot of fun things we had planned for 2020 for Casual Nun, including what would’ve been our biggest London support slot for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs at the Electric Ballroom, but everyone’s in that same boat so we’re not alone with those sorts of disappointments. We’re ploughing ahead, working on the new material that will make up our 4th LP with the band operating on an inter-continental footing from now on. The experience has made me appreciate creating music with my friends so much more than I ever did before, so I’m looking forward to the future for that.

For Hominid Sounds it’s been incredibly encouraging to see how supportive people have been, buying the records that are coming out even though they can’t see the bands live. We wanted to be a label that got music out to people that otherwise might not have, and we’re very excited about our plans looking ahead, with releases from the Shits, Big Lad, UKAEA, Cartilage, Plastic Face and a whole lot more we can’t mention just yet.”

 

 

Matt has curated a cracking mix of music for this Sofasonic Playlist series – take a listen…

LISTEN HERE

 

“I guess my selections loosely revolve around what’s resonating with me at the moment, with the concept of persevering and time featuring here and there. There’s not any particular stylistic synergy, just a lot of stuff that I’ve been listening to lately, with a few Hominid Sounds songs sprinkled in here and there.

My favourite Supersonic moment? There’s so many to choose from really, but I think playing with Casual Nun in 2017 is definitely the biggest highlight. We’d had a really great run of festivals that year with sets at Roadburn and Raw Power both preceding but there was something so incredible about being invited to play the Sunday in a ridiculously hot Supersonic Festival after Ghold had decimated everyone just before. I think there’s just a very special feel to Supersonic that’s always wonderful to be a part of. I can’t wait to return.”

 

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Gazelle Twin

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As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

 

Following playlists by Radwan Moumneh, Mark Titchner & QUEEF we have a cracking mix of music selected by producer, composer and artist Elizabeth Bernholz – the genius behind Gazelle Twin.

 

Without a doubt, this artist has established her place as a leading innovator in contemporary electronic music.

Through avant-garde electronica, Gazelle Twin’s repertoire draws from sci-fi film scores, choral music, underwater life and the paranormal. This certainly shone through in her 2015 Supersonic performance where she performed from her second album UNFLESH, a depiction of puberty, phobia, gender identity backed by unrelenting industrial-pop production. In 2018 she returned to the Supersonic stage for a UK premier of an electrifying, brand new performance surrounding her album ‘Pastoral’.

Her signature masquerade-like use of costume, acts a catalyst in the process of releasing and replacing identity. In toying with anonymity in this way, Gazelle Twin bewitches audiences by masking the surface as a means of releasing what lies beneath.

 

 

She’s curated a playlist of music that has been important to her, and her family, during lockdown – take a listen…

LISTEN HERE

 

A statement from Gazelle Twin:

“I can hardly believe 2 years have passed since I performed ‘Pastoral’ at Supersonic for the first time. It was, IS, an album full of pent-up anxiety, fear and frustration, but in contrast, this playlist is mostly a family-friendly, calm and hopeful one.

During lockdown, I’ve been pregnant at home with my partner and our 4 year old son. We’ve needed music to keep our anxiety levels in check, and a sparse background for reading stories, playing and home-working each day. It is often really really hard to listen to music with a kid around, but he became obsessed with Kraftwerk’s album ‘Radioactivity’ just before Florian Schneider passed away, so Kraftwerk has been a regular part of our listening, together with plenty of sound-art and obscure ambient records. ‘Do Your Thing’ by Moondog became an extra special song for us as a family about a month into lockdown. We were still feeling very alienated by everything happening and really missing our families and friends. Moondog’s gentle words of positivity and hope just really hit a nerve, in a good way.”

 

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: QUEEF

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As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

Following playlists by Radwan Moumneh & Mark Titchner, this week we’re sharing with you a selection from Birmingham’s very own QUEEF – a brand-new collective celebrating queerness and diversity in experimental art. 

 

The core QUEEF team is made up of Meesha Fones (Director) Anna Palmer (Producer) and Kaila Whyte (Producer) three long-time friends and musical collaborators who together created QUEEF: Queer Experimental Futurism.

Collectively they curate immersive parties; these are experimental live music & art nights that are a safe space for queerness, collaboration, drag, activism. Performances and showcases feature experimental live music & art by queer artists from around the country and beyond.

“We are techno loving, disco pumping, trashy queer punks. We are here and never forgotten. We are brown, white, orange and neon technicolour.”

In partnership with Sound & Music, we’re thrilled that QUEEF have been selected to be a part of this year’s Composer-Curator programme. Read more about that here. 

 

The QUEEF team have curated a playlist of music that has inspired them through lockdown, take a listen…

LISTEN HERE

 

A statement from Meesha Fones, director of QUEEF:

“Listening to these womxn, queer and POC artists really makes you realise how much we hear the same sh*t and listen to the same perspectives over and over again…

My fave Supersonic Festival memory has to be Lone Taxidermist. I just f*cking loved having trifle in my face. In fact, we at Queef love trifle, we trifle the shit all over the gaff slipping and sliding, creating sticky erotic electronic residue goodness to dance to.” 

 

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Mark Titchner

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As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

 

Following last week’s playlist by Radwan Moumneh, (member of Jerusalem In My Heart) next up is a grand selection from London visual artist, Mark Titchner.  

 

 

Mark works across a variety of mediums including digital print, wall drawing, video, sculpture and installation. As a 2006 nominee for the Turner Prize, his practice explores systems of belief, both secular and spiritual, often focusing on the marginalized, discredited or forgotten ideologies and objects we place our faith in.

 

 

He’s curated a playlist of music that has seen him through lockdown, take a listen…

LISTEN HERE

 

A statement from Mark:

“My playlist is made up of the music that I’ve been listening to these weeks and months. A lot of it has been released during this time and it has certainly helped that despite it all musicians are still putting out great music.  It’s got me through the weekly supermarket runs, the homeschooling, the endless Zooming, the no work/too much work and being down and being up and being scared and being pissed off.

I’ll certainly miss Supersonic this year. Great bands, friends and always finding something new that I can’t believe I didn’t know about. Supersonic Top Ten? In no particular order (apart from Harvey Milk): Harvey Milk 2008, Corrupted 2009, Dälek 2008,  Zu 2017, Oxbow duo 2007, Monotonix 2009, Moor Mother 2018, Gnaw 2010, Monarch 2011, Oxbow 2017

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Radwan Moumneh

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As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’ll be releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.

 

First up, we’re excited to share with you a selection from Radwan Moumneh, member of Jerusalem In My Heart, the acclaimed Montréal–Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo who performed at our 15th edition festival last year. 

Guided by Moumneh’s melding of ‘traditional’ melismatic singing (in Arabic) and buzuk playing, with modern deployments of modular synthesis, filter banks, power electronics, field recordings, JIMH pay homage to the blown-out distortions of historical Arabic cassette tape culture, processed through modern currents of electronic music. Moumneh’s lyrical themes are deeply expressive and rich in political and socio-cultural historical consciousness, all of which are complimented by the 16mm film loops and projections that are an integral part of the JIMH aesthetic identity.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to the music that inspires him, and we hope you do too…

LISTEN HERE

 

A statement from Radwan:

“This past little while has made me, like everyone, slow down so much. it’s given me the time to reflect on so much in the past, and as hard as it was, try and not think/ worry about the future. I embraced the silence and the quiet, and decided on not making plans about the future, until I feel there is a future. I dearly miss Supersonic and it’s entire team. Year after year, I keep being impressed by the festival curation and how special a gathering it is. And then I got to experience it, and left with such warm feelings and amazing encounters. Really looking forward to seeing what Supersonic has in store once all this blows over…”

 

Stay tuned – more delectable music selections coming from Supersonic artists & friends soon…

 

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