SUPERSONIC VINYL RE-LAUNCH

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The Supersonic vinyl shop, is having its grand re-launch Saturday 26th September – in celebration of Record Store Day UK.

 

Expect pummelling live recordings from past festivals, alongside super limited edition gems from the Capsule Recordings archive. PLUS for a whole month, we’re offering a FREE mystery tote bag with your vinyl purchases. Time to fill in those gaps in your collections, folks!

 

 

So, let us tell you a bit about what’s in store…

HARVEY MILK – £15.00 – BUY HERE

Limited edition clear, heavy weight vinyl recording of Harvey Milk, live at Supersonic 2008.

After much discussion Capsule managed to coax Harvey Milk out of America to play in the UK for the first time. Saturday night on the outside stage at Supersonic 2008 became a memorable occasion, with this long awaited performance providing a suitably raucous climax to the festival’s proceedings.

For their first UK performance, Harvey Milk certainly didn’t disappoint! To make it even more special, this live performance featured the legendary guitarist Joe Preston — a former band member of Earth, Melvins, Men’s Recovery Project, The Need and High on Fire (he has also played with Sunn O))) and has a solo project called Thrones).

We were equally excited to record this momentous live set and package it up as some Supersonic memorabilia. This is a special souvenir, so whether you’re reliving the experience or wishing you’d been there – we’re sure you’ll cherish it.

HARVEY MILK is an experimental rock band formed in Athens, Georgia featuring members Creston Spiers, Kyle Spence & Stephen Tanner.

 

“Harvey Milk’s riff-heavy bombast was the surprise package of the weekend, and Saturday night belonged to them.”

– The Guardian

 

EINSTELLUNG ‘Wings of Desire’ – £15.00 – BUY HERE

Limited Edition heavyweight double vinyl with gatefold sleeve designed by Lucy McLauchlan

From the deepest depths of the industrial heartlands of Middle England, Einstellung blend glorious monotonous Krautrock with melodic tones and heavy slabs of Sabbath riffage. Since late 2003, their warm glow has steadily grown into what can only be described as a fireball, declaring sonic warfare on those tinnitus victims who have passed the point of no return.

This rare Capsule Recordings release is from 2009 and is a must-have for any vinyl collection.

EINSTELLUNG feature ex-members of Godflesh, Sally, Katastrophy Wife, Cable Regime and Grover. Not attempting to reinvent the wheel, Einstellung’s manifesto is to enjoy each other’s company, produce music that makes them laugh/cry and through the use of dynamics and texture, create an all-engulfing sense of now. 

 

“If Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother had undergone their musical educations in 1990s Birmingham instead of 1960s Berlin, the music they would have made together under the Neu! banner probably would have sounded a lot like Einstellung’s debut, Wings Of Desire.”

– Drum Media, Sydney

 

IRON LUNG – £15.00 – BUY HERE

Limited edition heavy weight vinyl recording of Iron Lung, live at Supersonic 2009.

IRON LUNG are a two piece hardcore punk act from Seattle, Washington heavily influenced by power violence and grindcore. The band formed in 1999 and have since developed their own brand of audio violence. Bearing marks of grind, thrash, and even old-school hardcore, they are one of the handful of bands that have applied new and innovative approaches (arrangements, chords structures, thematic unities, etc) to their underground musical machinations.

Re-capture the spirit of Supersonic in these times of no-festival blues with some crushing hardcore paired with hilarious on-stage banter. This is an absolutely professional grade recording, even horror soundtrack legends Goblin used the same set-up!

 

“With the precision of a surgeon and the devastation of an unchecked disease, IRON LUNG wreak havoc on any listener smart enough to tune them in and turn them up. It blows my mind that a band can sound both so primitive and so precise at the same time.”

– Jeb Branin

 

TWEAK BIRD – £15.00 – BUY HERE

Limited edition heavy weight vinyl recording of Tweak Bird, live at Supersonic 2010.

Ten years ago, we had the honour to invite the brothers Tweak for their debut Supersonic Festival performance. Heavy rock never felt so fun or so sugar-soaked! That year, they joined a line-up we were immensely proud of. Alongside Swans, Godflesh & Napalm Death, these fellas performed a swirling set of catchy and raw stoner-pop.

So here, on vinyl, we’ve captured one of our favourite performances of the 2010 weekend. Whether you’re reminiscing or hearing it for the first time, we hope you’ll add it to your record collection and enjoy this little piece of Supersonic history.

 

 

CAPSULE 10 YEARS 7″ – £7.00 – BUY HERE

Package containing *super limited-edition* vinyl, photo-book and badge.

To celebrate a decade of Capsule, the producers behind Supersonic Festival, we produced this super limited edition 7″ Vinyl. With tracks by two of Birmingham’s most talented acts, Modified Toy Orchestra & Einstellung – this is a little piece of our history.

Included, is a beautifully designed 18-page booklet that commemorates our first ten years of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences. From SUNN O))) shows in drained pools to the Giant exhibition way back in 2000, many memories are available to sift through and treasure. The package also comes with a Capsule badge!

Another ten years later and we’re still going strong.

 

 

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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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TWO LIVE IMPROV SETS FROM UNDERGROUND BRAZIL

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From Brazil’s São Paulo experimental underground, we have live sets from two duos – Acavernus & Yantra and M. Takara & Carla Boregas. Both recorded improvised performances as part of our Sofasonic Festival (on)line-up back in July – sublime listening in equal measure.

 

We know you’re all itching for some live music, so for now, treat yourself to these live sets and let us tell you a bit about the people behind the psych-sounds…

 

 

Acavernus & Yantra are a musical duo who create music that is both dense and introspective, intuitive and exploratory, minimalist and challenging. Together, they fuse dark ambient, noise, ritualistic percussion & electronica – this is visceral ghostly music that evokes an ancient past.

ACAVERNUS is the constantly evolving solo project of Paula Rebellato (RAKTA). She treats sound as an experiment, both the intuitive and the rational walk together in a process free of resistance to the tragic exercise of freedom – what could be an error becomes a new path. If you missed it, make sure to listen to her perspectives on Brazil’s current political situation in our Sofasonic panel talk ‘Looking for today‘ where we explore how musicians respond to social and political unrest.

YANTRA is the solo work by Douglas Leal, founding member of the Brazilian psychedelic punk trio DEAFKIDS. Inspired by modal music and the sounds of the roots of the world, this project emerged in mid-2015 as a psychedelic and meditative audio-visual outlet for experimental/home-recordings, but has since evolved into live collaborations and improvisation sets with many different artists from São Paulo, Brazil.

Acavernus and Yantra are about to release “Gnose”, their first album via Buh Records from Peru.

 

 

M. Takara & Carla Boregas are a experimental, psychedelic duo made up of Brazil’s underground finest. Together they create a truly collaborative sound, filled with more abstract improvisations as well as more grounding moments, where often Mauricio´s drums are triggering Carla´s synths, and she is sculpting the rhythmic melodies that he’s playing, adding layers of density and soundscapes.

Mauricio Takara from São Paulo, connects drums and percussion with synthesizers and electronic effects, exploring the more abstract as well as melodic side of rhythms and percussive sounds.

Carla Boregas, is known as the bass player of the ritualistic pysch-band Rakta, who were due to perform at Supersonic Festival this year.

The two have been playing together for over 2 years now and have just recently released their first record as a duo called “Linha D’Água” (Desmonta Disco – BR / Bokeh Versions – UK).

 

 

 

“Over here in Brasil the scenario is really bad… Well, it has always been but now it’s worse. As artists we also lost all of our programmed shows and works, and we are getting very little support from the government, like 100 pounds per month (and this only if you get applied). It’s terrible. We have no minister of health, our president is an assassin, the wave of fascism is growing… and not to talk about the racism… It’s a deep hole!”
STATEMENT FROM PAULA, RAKTA
We ask you consider supporting these two immensely forward-thinking acts from Brazil’s underground where possible and if you want to learn more about Brazil’s current crisis, we recommend the following reading…

 

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> Brazil legends rebuke Jair Bolsonaro for ‘irresponsible’ Covid-19 policy

> ‘The government is strangling cinema’: Brazil film industry fights for survival

> ‘We’re an open wound’: São Paulo’s underground music scene

> Jair Bolsonaro has trashed Brazil’s image but he hasn’t broken its soul

> Bolsonaro’s silence on artists’ deaths reflects disdain for Brazilian culture

 

Sofasonic panel talk ‘Looking for today‘ where we explore how musicians respond to social and political unrest. Hear perspectives from Paula Rebellato (Rakta) & Mariano De Melo (Deaf Kids) based in Brazil, Franklin James Fisher (Algiers) & Will Brooks (Dälek) in USA and Khyam Allami in the UK. This session is hosted by Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley.

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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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Support Independent Labels via Bandcamp

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[Supersonic 2019 Market Place – image by Joe Singh]

It’s a big win for artists and labels as Bandcamp continue to waive their fees on the first Friday of the month for the rest of the year in support of musicians during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This means 100% of profits go to straight to Bandcamp artists for 24hrs, many of which have recently had tours, festivals and shows cancelled. 
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This month, we want to take the opportunity to further champion a handful of the independent labels we’ve built close connections to at Supersonic over the last 16 years. Whether it be a line-up take-over, marketplace stall or source of undiscovered gems – we trust no-one more to find the creme-de-la-creme of envelope-pushing artists from the UK & worldwide.
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Here are our recommendations. We hope you’ll find something new for your collection amongst this cracking list of audacious independent labels. Now’s your chance, show your solidarity and support by purchasing what you can…

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Anti Ghost Moon Ray https://antighostmoonray.bandcamp.com/

Anti-Ghost Moon Ray is a Brighton/London-based independent record label, blog and arts collective run by art-pop scientist Bernholz, the shape-shifting electronic soloist Gazelle Twin, the hypnotic Acquaintance and fuzzed-up indie/pop collective Great Pagans.
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Rocket Recordings https://rocketrecordings.bandcamp.com
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.
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Thrill Jockey https://thrilljockeyrecords.bandcamp.com/\

Led by Bettina Richards, the US label Thrill Jockey is ever evolving starting as home to bands like Tortoise and now boasts a roster which includes The Body, Arbouretum, Boredoms and OOIOO, White Hills and many of our Supersonic favs!

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Hominid Sounds https://hominidsounds.bandcamp.com

The vinyl & tape label Hominid Sounds specialise in everything! Noise, punk, psyche, electronics, metal, sludge, rock and jazz. It was formed by Matt Ridout (Casual Nun) alongside Gordon (Terminal Cheesecake), Graham (a gig-goer extraordinaire/supporter of all things heavy!) and Wayne (Big Lad/Death Pedals).

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Curl Recordings  https://curlrecordings.bandcamp.com/music

The London based DIY label, CURL is a collective based in London featuring Mica Levi, Coby Sey and Brother May among others. Formed with the intent of performing, selecting and releasing music created via interdisciplinary practices, this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink body of artists will headline our Friday night, showcasing their progressive, post-genre experiments.

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Box Records https://box-records.com/
Exploring the UK Underground since 2009, Box Records was set up by Matt Baty – the vocalist of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and friend Matthew Childs. In an interview with Echoes & Dust, Matt says “I release music that I’m passionate about and hope other people will enjoy. I’ve got to find the music exciting and it’s got to move me in some way… I genuinely don’t see much of a difference between the music of say, Richard Dawson and a band like Khünnt. Sure, sonically it’s completely different but both are emotionally charged, honest and true.”
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Lancashire & Somerset Records https://lancashireandsomerset.bandcamp.com/

Lancashire and Somerset is a self-proclaimed humble record label, headed by our designer David Hand and partner Liz – currently living in the hills of Shropshire. They attempt to help and supporta growing family of bands with a like minded ethos, privileged to put out what they consider very special releases on mainly the superior format of vinyl.
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Neurot Recordings https://neurotrecordings.bandcamp.com

Neurot Recordings is a fiercely independent label dedicated to the spirit of sound. Formed by the members of Neurosis and Tribes of Neurot as a means to further their musical vision while achieving control of their own destiny, the primary function of Neurot is to serve as an outlet for the increasingly prolific output of all their related projects. Including Steve Von Till‘s recent release of poems & lyrics which he premiered at Sofasonic Festival here.
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NAWA Recordings https://nawarecordings.bandcamp.com

Nawa Recordings is an independent record label focused on releasing new, alternative, and experimental music from the Arab world. The label was founded by multi-instrumentalist Iraqi musician and composer Khyam Allami in 2011 to release his debut album Resonance/Dissonance.https://nawarecordings.bandcamp.com
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Wysing Polyphonic https://wysingpolyphonic.bandcamp.com/

Based in Cambridgeshire, Wysing is a thriving cultural campus which hosts experimental residencies for UK and international artists. Wysing Polyphonic the label, was established in 2017 as a natural extension to their festival.
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Ipecac Recordings https://ipecacrecordings.bandcamp.com

Like the medicine it’s named after, Ipecac Recordings is here to purge you of the drek that’s been rotting in your tummies. Ipecac Recordings is the brainchild of Greg Werckman (former label manager for the legendary punk label, Alternative Tentacles) and Mike Patton (former frontman for Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, currently of Fantômas, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom).

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Die Das Der https://diedasder.bandcamp.com/

DIE DAS DER is a community of like-minded musicians, artists, bloggers, photographers, film-makers and journalists. They curate and organise events, release music, and aim to highlight Birmingham’s thriving underground music scene. They’ve been using these Bandcamp Fridays to release some cracking compilation albums, where all money goes towards helping ensure the survival of several independent Birmingham venues that they worked closely with, and that we brummies love – they’ll be releasing the 3rd volume this Friday!

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Gringo Records https://gringorecords.bandcamp.com/

GRINGO is a record label based in Nottingham, over 20 years old, still hopped up on DIY and in too deep to stop. With artists such as Grey Hairs & Kogumaza in the mix – they believe at the heart of all good music is LOVE. If you believe in love, please invest some of your hard-earned in their music. 

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Viral Age Records https://viralage.bandcamp.com/

Also based in Nottingham, UK are Viral Age – a DIY hardcore/punk rock/heavy music label and distro.

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Night School Records https://night-school.bandcamp.com/Unlike many other labels, tied to a more rigorously uniform sound, Night School have been distinct in their concord of variance. Helmed by Glaswegian Michael Kasparis, the records they release reflect the singularity of the artists more than any fixed sonic trademark. From The Space Lady to Apostille, this platform has still an assured sense of character, unpredictable and far from ordinary.

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God Unknown Records https://godunknownrecords.bandcamp.com

Founded in 2013 by Jason Stoll of Mugstar and Sex Swing fame, to champion artists in and beyond the psychedelic rock scene, experimental label God Unknown brings together artists representing folk, jazz and punk from around the globe.

 

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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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Neurosis – live at Supersonic Festival 2019

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The iconic heavy pioneers, Neurosis headlined our Supersonic Festival 2019 at Birmingham Town Hall last year – it was one heck of a special show.

 

A year later, and following our Sofasonic Festival screening, we’re so excited to finally release half-hour of footage from that unforgettable opening concert. So join us in re-living those Neurosis goosebumps this Friday (28th) at 19:00 BST on our YouTube channel.

In the meantime, of course, we recommend you watch Godflesh live at Supersonic 2019 – the only fitting warm-up for this occasion!

And if that’s not enough Neurosis-fuelled goodness for you, listen here to guitarist & vocalist, Steve Von Till, read poems from his new book Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics. This is Von Till’s first published work of original poetry paired with his solo lyrics of the last 20 years.

And if you need EVEN MORE… you can revisit the time Norwegian artist Einar Selvik of Wardruna and Steve Von Till of Neurosis joined together in conversation especially for Sofasonic Festival, to discuss their deep connection to nature, language and the ancient past.

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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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Watch now! Sofa Sabbath series

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As a really special treat to our audiences, we brought together our two loves – Supersonic & Home of Metal. The result? Sofa Sabbath!

 

This Sofa Sabbath series was forged especially for Sofasonic Festival last month. Through wild interpretations and creative covers of classic Black Sabbath songs, a whole host of artists have paid homage to the forefathers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath, in their own unique way.

 

They are now all available to watch again on our YouTube channel for your pure viewing enjoyment! Get stuck in below…

 

Tirikilatops, hatched in Seoul, is an avant-garde cross cultural collaborative effort between UK and South Korean artists/musicians. Together they forge bizarre electro k-pop from an ingredients list that contains kimchi beats, pop sensibilities, offbeat lyrics, hacked keyboards, rice wine, halloween attitudes and super earworm melodies.

 

Agathe Max is a multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist and composer based in London, known for her work with string instruments such as violin and viola. Combining her classical background with electroacoustic she amplifies string instruments with effects and vocals.

 

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 with raucous clashes of Tetris-like guitar beeps.

 

With just the right blend of psychedelia and hypnotic grooves, White Hills weaves in and out of anthemic chants, deep space bleeps and other worldly madness for a mix that proves to be intoxicating.

 

 

Noisy, synth led, electronic, industrial music with post-punk sensibilities. Blue Ruth is a semi-improv genre crossing experience by Kaila Whyte of Birmingham punk band Youth Man and noise-trio Pretty Grim.

 

Valentina Magaletti is a drummer, composer and percussionist whose goal is to strategically enrich a folkloristic and eclectic palette through endless listening and experimentation with new materials and sounds.

 

 

Formed in Nottingham in 2009, Kogumaza use primitive rhythms, patterns and riffs to create dense and mesmeric song-cycles. With a sound manipulated through dub delays and echoes, this is a heavy rock trio that willingly loses control of the sounds they make, as they make it.

 

Haress consists of the core guitar duo of David Hand and Elizabeth Still. Based in the Shropshire Hills, they also organise the amazing Sineater Festival and run the DIY record label Lancashire & Somerset.

 

If you enjoyed this Sofa Sabbath series – keep your eyes peeled! We’re gradually releasing performances, panel talks, make-a-longs and more from our Sofasonic weekend over on our YouTube Channel. So make sure you Subscribe!
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Watch again! Mike Patton & Andrew Clarke, In Conversation

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This a super-special Sofasonic exclusive! Both masters of their trade, tune into legendary musician Mike Patton (of Faith No More, Ipecac Recordings) and award-winning chef Andrew Clarke as they explore their shared love of food (mostly meat!) and heavy music, discussing the parallels of performing both on stage and in the kitchen.

 

Mike Patton is many things to many people, but regardless of whether he’s singing, scatting, acting, growling or swearing, he’s a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the word. From genre-defying alternatives acts like Faith No More and Mr Bungle, Mike also founded the record label Ipecac Recordings with releases by The Melvins, Isis, Dälek and many others. Whether shredding his vocal pipes in metal-supergroup, Fantômas or singing Italian arias at the head of the orchestra pit – Patton always sounds like himself.

 

Andrew Clarke is an award-winning chef and a prominent figure in the London and UK food scene. Andrew was a reluctant chef in the early days of his career. He stepped in his first kitchen just to earn enough money to support his music, but his dreams of touring the world as a rock guitarist eventually made way to a new career direction in food. With 23 years of professional experience in hospitality as a chef and restaurateur, he is best known for his previous London restaurants, Brunswick House and St Leonards, as well as being a regular face at Meatopia and other live fire events. Whenever Andrew has any spare time, he plays guitar in the metal band Kandadar Giant.

Andrew is also the founder of Pilot Light, an incredible campaign he created to support people in the catering industry struggling with mental health issues. Having had personally suffered and recovered from mental health issues over the years – he decided to post about his experiences on social media and was stunned when, overnight, he became inundated with stories from young commis chefs to major heavy weight Michelin-starred chefs sharing their mental health stories. This opened a public discussion about the lack of support for young creative people in an industry that has dominated the press with its bad reputation for bullying, high pressured environments, late nights and staff abuse. Andrew vowed to do something about it.

 

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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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Support Sofasonic artists via Bandcamp

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[Blue Ruth: part of Sofa Sabbath at Sofasonic Festival]

It’s a big win for artists as Bandcamp continue to waive their fees on the first Friday of the month for the rest of the year in support of musicians during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This means 100% of profits go to straight to Bandcamp artists for 24hrs, many of which have recently had tours, festivals and shows cancelled. 

 

We want to take this opportunity to further champion all the artists that took part in our online Sofasonic Festival last month – if you discovered something new that weekend to add to your collection, now’s your chance, show your solidarity and support by purchasing what you can…

SOFASONIC FESTIVAL ARTISTS

A.A. WILLIAMS
Death-gospel maverick, A.A. Williams is proving ’heavy’ doesn’t have to mean ‘loud’ with her crafted melancholic sound submerged in Gothic influence. 

ALGIERS: Franklin, vocalist in Algiers took part in our Panel ‘Looking for Today’ – a poignant and timely discussion on how musicians deal with social & political unrest. In the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, this fast-paced four-piece from Atlanta douse their distorted anthems in a sound-concoction of raw-blues, gospel and industrial.

AGATHE MAX: As part of Sofa Sonic Agathe contributed to our Sofa Sabbath series with her take on Fairies Wear Boots. Violinist Agathe Max trained in classical music for 10 years before being exposed to improvised music and to the experimental scene. Inspired by a world both enchanting and draped in darkness, she has developed a wide range of sound textures, unique and melodious, creating unconventional and magnetic musical pieces reflecting a personality in constant search of rareness in music.

WHITE HILLS: Created a mesmerising version of Lord of The World for our Sofa Sabbath series. With just the right blend of psychedelia and hypnotic grooves, White Hills weaves in and out of anthemic chants, deep space bleeps and other worldly madness for a mix that proves to be intoxicating.

PET BRICK: Iggor Cavalera beamed through technology to bring us a banging Saturday night DJ SET. His duo, Petbrick, create melting noise and crushing electronics paired with grinding drum violence results in a festering pile of sonic terror that has to be heard to be believed.

LANKUM: Following their Virtual Tour Bus journey on our Sofasonic Sunday, we know we wouldn’t want to be sitting in the passenger seat! Close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling pin you to the ground and revive the spirit. With a diverse set of influences as disparate as Sunn O))), they show that folk music can be angry, progressive and is still a vital force today.

BLUE RUTH: Noisy, synth led, electronic, industrial music with post-punk sensibilities. Blue Ruth is a semi-improv genre crossing experience by Kaila Whyte of Birmingham punk band Youth Man and noise-trio Pretty Grim. (This purchase would go towards supporting independent venues in Birmingham)

ACAVERNUS & YANTRA: Psychedelic textures of synthesizers and effect pedals emanate from this Brazilian duo.


PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS: Thanks to the Pigs, we got a clear glimpse into what the future Supersonic retirement home may look like with their Saturday night Bingo game. These Newcastle-based maximalists with heavy riffs, raw power and rancour have blazed a trail across many a Supersonic line-up.

J. ZUNZ: The new solo project of Mexico’s Lorena Quintanilla, is purely hypnotic. Within a thick atmosphere of an experimental post-punk sound, wonky synths and haunting melodies shine through via cold repetitions.

BULBILS: Sally Pilkington and Richard Dawson (1/2 of Hen Ogledd) started the group 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. This is their penultimate album as ambient, wonky-pop duo Bulbils…

GNOD & JOÃO PAIS FILIPE: Pysch-noise collective Gnod join with the drummer/percussionist, sound sculptor and cymbal-maker from Porto for new project ‘Faca de Fogo‘ –  a rhythmically driven journey into soundscapes mercurial, savage and disquieting.

M.TAKARA & CARLA BOREGAS: From São Paulo, Mauricio Takara connects drums and percussion with synthesizers and electronic effects, exploring the more abstract as well as melodic side of rhythms and percussive sounds. He is joined by musician Carla Boregas, who is known as the bass player of the ritualistic pysch-band Rakta, who were due to perform at Supersonic Festival this year.

STEVE VON TILL: Following an epic opening of Supersonic Festival 2019 at Birmingham Town Hall, the Neurosis guitarist & vocalist, Steve Von Till, read poems from his new book Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics. This is his latest album released alongside via Neurot Recordings

WARDRUNA: Norwegian artist Einar Selvik of Wardruna and Steve Von Till of Neurosis joined together in conversation especially for Sofasonic Festival to discuss their deep connection to nature and the ancient past.

DÄLEK: Who better to see the Sofasonic Afterparty out than Rapper/Producer Will Brooks aka. MC Dälek?! Pioneers of alt hip-hop, Dälek have deep roots in the mid-90’s DIY scene and have been delivering ground breaking albums for over 20 years.

HARESS: Haress consists of the core guitar duo of David Hand and Elizabeth Still, based in the Shropshire Hills where they organise the amazing Sineater Festival and  run the DIY record label Lancashire & Somerset.

VALENTINA MAGALETTI: a drummer, composer and percussionist whose goal is to strategically enrich a folkloristic and eclectic palette through endless listening and experimentation with new materials and sounds.

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.

JERUSALEM IN MY HEART: a live audio-visual act since 2005, with Montréal-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at its core.

KHYAM ALLAMI: An Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician/composer/researcher and founder of Nawa Recordings. Aside from his solo work and various collaborations, he is currently undertaking an M4C funded practice-based PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University) focusing on contemporary and experimental Arabic music.

MATTERS: The soundtrack to our Sofasonic interludes was mostly provided by this Birmingham three-piece utilising synths, guitars and drums to create expansive music, blending Krautrock, psychedelic, post-rock and techno into a rich and powerful sound.

ICHI: Our Sofasonic Kids Gig artist from Nagoya in Japan, ICHI, takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his quirky handmade instrument inventions.

ANNA PALMER: Our Sofasonic Kids Gig host, has written a mini album for mini people. Supersonic Kids is alternative music for the tinies (psst, and grown-ups!)

GAZELLE TWIN: Her repertoire draws from sci-fi film scores, choral music, underwater life and the paranormal.

SOFA KING: 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.

LONE TAXIDERMIST: Wrapped in plastic and smeared in whipped cream, take a listen to the utterly bizarre and otherworldly, ruptured activity generated by Cumbrian musician, costume maker, skin decorator, performer and natural provocateur Natalie Sharp.

We also recommend you check out the music on these brilliant labels…

Rocket Recordings: https://rocketrecordings.bandcamp.com

Hominid Sounds: https://hominidsounds.bandcamp.com/

Box Records: https://box-records.com/

Lancashire & Somerset Records: https://lancashireandsomerset.bandcamp.com/

Neurot Recordings: https://neurotrecordings.bandcamp.com

NAWA Recordings: https://nawarecordings.bandcamp.com

Ipecac Recordings: https://ipecacrecordings.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

 

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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 on Catch-up

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That’s all folks! Sofasonic Festival is a wrap! The whole programme will be available on catch-up until Friday. So if you’ve missed bits, or want to re-watch anything – now is the time! Get stuck in…

 

 

FRIDAY >>> catch-up here <<<

feat. a premiere poetry reading from Steve Von Till followed by a conversation with Einar from Wardruna, music from A.A. Williams, Sofa Sabbath and a film premiere from (the) Melvins and more…

 

 

 

SATURDAY >>> catch-up here <<<

feat. comedy gold courtesy of Ben Sadler, LANKUM and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, music from Bulbils, J. Zunz, GNOD & João Pais Filipe with visuals by impaTV, talks by Paul Purgas and Ben Venom, workshop action from Conjurer’s Kitchen and LONE Taxidermist and a bangin’ DJ set from Iggor Cavalera of Petbrick)

 

SUNDAY >>> catch-up here <<<

feat. a bonkers set from ICHI, more sabbath covers, John Doran giving a lecture on Aphex Twin, another insightful panel discussion, Mike Patton (of Faith No More) and chef Andrew Clarke in conversation, dälek‘s Will Brooks on the decks and so much more!


THANK YOU!

So we come to an end, it’s been quite a journey for us taking our festival online – a big experiment with lots of new skills learned.

We hope you’ve had as much fun this weekend as we have. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend, to the people who wavered their tickets for Supersonic 2020, or carried them over to next year, and to so many of you that have generously donated to us or bought our merch.

This truly means so much and will help us to continue what we do best. We miss our volunteers and wider team terribly, especially our production team Urban Audio and PRP security and of course – we miss YOU – our wonderful Supersonic audiences and artists, you are our Supersonic family!

More than ever we need your continued support to secure our future and help us weather this challenging time, we ask that if you are in a position to please donate what you can, we’ll be giving 25% of what we raise to the Trussell Trust, who run our UK food banks. The money we raise will help us to pay for artists and support our freelance team. Please do so here.

Looking to the future, when we can start putting on our stellar live shows again, please buy tickets, help us spread the word and prioritise going to independent venues. Till then, we ask that you buy music directly from artists and independent labels and to take a risks on lesser known and emergent artists.

Until we can be together safely under one roof, take care and we’ll see you in 2021 – bye for now!

Sofasonic Festival over and out ✌️

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SofaSonic Weekend

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www.youtube.com/user/SupersonicFestival 

Everything is free and will be streamed via our Youtube channel so we suggest subscribing in advance, we kick off at 18:30 BST on Friday 17 July.
(*) other than our zoom sessions that need to be pre booked in advance.
DRUM ROLL!! The Sofasonic Festival will be starting soon💥
Join us this weekend for the online extravaganza that is Sofasonic Festival 17-19 July, lovingly crafted by our team, with the help of so many incredible artists and friends of the festival with talks, performances and more – we can’t wait to see you all again.


* Please note these are all based on BST (British Summer Time)

See the full line up here.

Donations
Whilst most of the programme is free, the participatory events must be pre-booked, these are on a Pay As You Feel basis, so if you’re in a position to, we ask you to please contribute what you can afford, but equally if you are on a low wage or unemployed we don’t want you to miss out. Your donations will help to secure the future work of Supersonic, enabling us to support artists and our freelance team. You can donate by paying for sessions / buying our merch / or making a donation.

In addition 25% of all proceeds will be donated to The Trussell Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks. The Trussell Trust, are working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Pre book zoom sessions
All the below sessions are taking place via zoom and must be pre-booked in advance as will be coming off sale 2 hr before the session starts and the link will be emailed to you on the day of the session. They are either free or pay as you feel.

 

Supersonic Kids Gig
Saturday 18 July 11:00 
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Supersonic Kids Gigs are designed for families as a way of introducing children to experimental music – BIG sounds for little people! With one-man-band extravaganza ICHI. Following his performances at Supersonic 2019, expect handmade instrument inventions from this Japanese experimental musician. The session will be hosted by everyone’s favourite alt-rocker and pyscho-storyteller, Anna Palmer. Playful, danceable and pure fun!

Recommended for children under 10 – we encourage dressing up!


Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo
Hosted by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Saturday 18 July 21:35
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Expect a thundering soundtrack, number-calling chaos and some lip-smackin’ good prizes to be won courtesy of Purity Brewery plus a Supersonic goodie bag AND a surprise treat from the PIGS!

Iggor Cavalera DJ Set
Saturday 18 July 23:00
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Join us for a bombastic Saturday night knee’s up with the visceral beats of Iggor Cavalera. Beamed straight into your living rooms, expect a relentless DJ Set from this member of SepulturaPetbrick & Soulwax.

We encourage party outfits!!!


Do.om Yoga
Sunday 19 July 11:00
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Do.omyoga (Kamellia Sara) returns to Sofa Sonic bringing together music and movement with stillness to create an immersive meditation on a journey of Nada Yoga. Albeit this year in Digital Dharma incarnation but the vibrations are just the same.

  • All you need to do is breathe.
  • All levels are welcome (suitable for all, beginners encouraged, no experience needed)
  • Set up your yoga mat anywhere comfortable in your home
  • Wear comfortable moveable clothing – nothing too tight or too lose
  • Bring a small cushion and small blanket – not essential but recommended

Not General Knowledge Pub Quiz
Hosted by Jennifer Lucy Allen
Sunday 19 July 21:00
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Stick around to test your lack of general knowledge in favour of obscure specifics about music! Roll up for a game of guess the drone, and test your memory (but not your search engine) at the hardest picture round you ever encountered. Winning team receives some treats courtesy of Purity Brewery and Rocket Recordings!


Sofa Sonic After-party
Will Brooks (
Dälek) DJ Set
Sunday 19 July 21:00
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There would be no better way to wrap up this online affair than with some old-school 90’s hip-hop, mixed with some Dälek rarities, remixes, as well as noise, maybe even some New Order/Joy Division to aid our kitchen dancing by long time friend of Supersonic Will Brooks! Following a weekend of class entertainment, join us for the Sofasonic Festival after-party on Zoom.
Party outfits are fully encouraged as is dancing like no one is watching!

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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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Brand new merch for SofaSonic Festival

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In advance of this weekends Sofasonic Festival we are launching a newly commissioned artwork by artist Elle Donlon. These will only be available as a pre-order until the 30 August so get them while you can, you’ll be helping us do what we do best! Continuing our work of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences, helping us to support artists and our freelance workers.

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Elle Donlon is a traditional tattoo artist based in Birmingham working at House of Thieves in Digbeth. Her work is rooted in punk and metal imagery projected in tattoo and fantasy art from the 70s and 80s.

“My fondest memories of Supersonic are seeing Harvey Milk, High on Fire, Liturgy and Swans, but also exhibiting some work during my first year at uni. Also the best after parties!”

 


The ‘We Will Rise Again’ range of T’s and totes designed by the multi talented artist David Hand must be pre-ordered by the 24 July

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In addition we will donate 25% of income per T purchased and £2.50 of every tote to our local foodbank. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. Our foodbank is supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

We are confident with your help and loyalty that we will be back next year to present our best festival yet.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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