Here’s a recap of some notable broadcasts from last week.
Multidisciplinary visual and sound artist, and chronicler of the DIY scene in Johnstown, PA, Brandon Locher is a veritable rock tumbler of human creativity. Lately, they’ve been busy peppering the Blast Radio airwaves with intricate and heartfelt broadcasts that delve into their vast body of work, while also utilizing the space for electro-acoustic experimentation. Equally adept at composing delightfully 8-bit arrangements as they are at crafting mellow, IDM-tinged lounge numbers, dipping into their Conversations series proved the most endearing: wherein a telephone chain of wrong numbers unfolded against the yawn of synths and plucked strings, revealing a humdrum domesticity rendered achingly poignant by its tender musical framing.
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DJ Darryl G
Detroit-based selector and alumnus of the golden years of WDRQ, DJ Darryl G hit the ground running on Blast Radio sharing wide-ranging sets of jazz, R&B, house, and hip-hop inspired by their time as a steward of Wayne County’s cherished airspace. Despite rebranding several times throughout the years before arriving at its current iteration as a country music station, WDRQ’s original ethos lives on in DJ Darryl G’s broadcasts, where the many sounds that bear Detroit’s unique influences are once again front and center. By bringing these tracks back into the limelight on a near-daily basis, DJ Darryl G is a testament to perseverance being the surest path toward keeping a legacy alive.
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Inspired by the feeling “of getting sick at the club,” Detroit techno maven Gābi debuted their new ominous track “Bile” on Blast Radio that hits like a roundhouse kick to the gut. But these symptoms were not the result of overindulging: Gābi’s first release under their own name in over 8 years is the product of a difficult, and not uncommon, path that women and women-identifying people face trying to tap into the male-dominated space of the music industry. Now a practicing psychotherapist in their working life, Gābi is channeling music as a conduit for human emotion to push back against a system that doesn't care if it makes you lose your lunch and dinner. Keep your ears out for Gābi’s new EP dropping later this month on Amphiboly Records.
Returning to the Blast Radio airwaves after a brief hiatus, Norwich, UK-based producer Luke Sanger brought a rapid succession of broadcasts to the platform that highlighted the breadth of their musical dexterity. Between demonstrating their adroit ability at ambient world-building, and showcasing a similar skill at pulling arpeggio-laden braindance arrangements straight from the æther, each subsequent set gave a clearer picture to the many contours of Sanger’s work. With slower, droning tracks that feel at home in the midst of fall’s quickening to winter, evolving into glittering and erratic compositions equally synonymous with the season’s self-same potential, Sanger’s channel is the ideal soundtrack for the months ahead.
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To kick off their December feature series Oneven’s Synth Therapy, the Amsterdam-based artist debuted “Music For Sleeping,” an hour-long work of REM-cycle-inducing drones and pads designed to power down even the busiest mind. This soothing set is the first of four built around different daily activities, and it’s fitting that Oneven chose to begin by staring down the void of our primordial dreamscape as a means of inspiration. Following long bass tones, brief flourishes and gentle, developing melodic lines bubbled up throughout the work as the ebb of slow oscillation beneath continued to shift, mimicking the random creative firings of a mind at rest.
Brooklyn-based high priest of analog sequencing Oora made frequent appearances on the Blast Radio airwaves with meditative, groove-oriented broadcasts that conveyed a sense of urgency in their performance. Fresh off the release of their new album In Darkness, whose liner notes list it as being inspired by “the world’s recent communal naivety of entering a dangerous environment and becoming ‘Babes in the Wood,’” issues around the preservation of life on earth are front and center in Oora’s work. By utilizing computer hardware to replicate the delicacy of carbon-based lifeforms, each track is a reminder of what in the natural world we stand to lose if our current path remains uncorrected.
Modular synth technician, drummer, and one half of Chicago-based outfit Human Strange, Prokharchin has been steadily expanding on their musical world since first inviting listeners into their home studio. With a broadcast that seemed to chase both the uncanny and the sublime, Prokharchin’s brief use of vocal layering ushered in the feeling of ceremonial rite that, when cracked in two, unleashed competing waves of tectonic bass and erasing hiss. It is from this desolate atmosphere that briefly detuned and forever reaching synth lines would rise, seemingly always on the brink of discovery, before inevitably falling back into the ever-present surf and rush of static noise, disheveled by a lack of purchase.
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