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Netil Radio Weekly
From Slovak English to actual English translated by Amris
Hello and welcome back,
It’s here. Summer, sun, raves, holiday adventures and El Niño. The good news is that the bees are back in our garden too, so I guess the world’s balance is still holding.
With the bees and summer comes the festival season. It’s a time of bombastic “social media” workouts capturing moments of joy and happiness, a time of exalted carelessness, emotions and hangovers. As a foreigner, I was always amazed by the effort UK festivalgoers put into it, particularly the dressing up. And it’s all done with a professional approach to details, from themed costumes synchronised in groups to a fully charged boombox at 5 am when all stages go silent and everyone has to go back to the camping site.
So you don’t get lost in the flood of colourful flyers with the same names, we have three weekend-rave tips for those looking for an experience extraordinaire.
✧ On Kilter ✧ 13th - 16th July 2023 ✧ somewhere north of Wales ✧
The first post-lockdown rave under our radio’s own residents' curation, focused on local talents, was the one to remember. Skipping last year’s expansion, team On Kilter decided to stick to the working formula. The best of London’s new generation of DJs alongside a few local legends prove that big names on a lineup are just big names on a lineup and you can have a great time anyway. A very intimate weekend in the lap of beautiful nature is a tip. And there’s a special price for NR family with code OKNETILFAMILY23
✧ The Three Wheel Drive ✧ 10th - 13th August 2023 ✧ Andover / Hampshire ✧
Another festival run by our residents, this is a very special one that we’ve been waiting for since 2019. It’s finally happening and we are excited to go back to the magical woods. Tickets here. Be quick.
✧ Field Maneuvers ✧ 18th - 20th August 2023 ✧ somewhere in Norfolk ✧
The best of the best, or as the groupies say - the worst rave ever. If you know, you know, if you don’t, don’t hesitate. A festival with literally no hustle, nonsense or boundaries. The definition of freedom is in the core gene of this dirty little rave. Disclaimer/self-promotion - I have the honour of curating Pacifist Techno Sanctuary - a mind balance service aka chill-out room for the true ravers. The best, more or less Pacifist Techno Sorcerers will be in your full service anytime you need it. Tickets here… If they’re still available.
Good decisions need a good soundtrack and we have you covered.
Thank you for reading and stay connected
✧ Porcelain w/ Maiden ✧ 1st Tuesday of the month 3-5pm ✧
Porcelain is centred around the concept of alternate realities with a focus on escapism from our current reality. Discover the first of infinite possibilities with Maiden on the 4th of July
✧ TOO MUCH INFORMATION w/ Ikävä Pii ✧ 3rd Monday of the month 7-9pm ✧
Curated by musician, DJ and agitator Ikävä Pii, the show enquires what's “now” and what's “new”, merging experimental music from the Internet, political rants, voice notes, and other audio amenities. The first flood of information will come on you 19th of June
✧ Faery invites Aa Sudd & Eight Fold Way this Friday 9-11pm ✧ SZE bossman Crooked Finger will join Tony Poland this Sunday 4-6pm. It Takes Time ✧
Hot summer, hot tips from our residents
Faery / bi-monthly on 3rd Friday of the month 9-11pm
Hootenannies / 3rd Monday of the month 5-7pm
Ikävä Pii’s two new releases ✧ Ritmo Monello - Pho Bho Records✧ Toumba & SIM - Ard Jaw - Ikävä Pii TMI remix - Earful of Wax ✧
It Takes Time Reviews Corner - June 2023 Edition
By Tony Poland
For the uninitiated amongst the readers, FELT is a relatively fresh label operated out of Copenhagen by Scottish artist and deejay Perko, who just dropped a killer single on Numbers ft. Huerco S (PRANG!) and Cucina Povera. FELT launched in 2022 with Järnnätter, an album from prolific cult Swedish ambient/noise artist Civilistjävel! (no… I don’t know how to pronounce that!) and the label’s gone in some fun directions since then that reflect Perko’s curatorial skills. Further Civilistjävel!isms, sleek electro from Sons of Slough, high BPM club-ringers by georg-i and reissued obscurities of late ‘80s Edinburgh act The Catburgers (whose members included Perko’s dad!)
On this latest FELT tip*, Perko calls on two talented artists he may have encountered since he “quietly materialised in a tasteful corner of the club scene around 2018” - RA’s words, not mine - to remix unidentified music from that aforementioned Civilistjävel! album. Anything featuring the work of either A Made Up Sound or Ossia is going to warrant my attention so to have remixes from both is something to savour. Dutch producer A Made Up Sound has been off the grid for a few years, but his remix here builds on the style of ‘Newworldaquarium in the studio at 3am dosed up on 50mg HHC edibles’ smudged out ambient techno recently seen on a Web remix for Acido. Complementing this, Ossia’s ‘Disoriented Dub’ really doubles down on the title, veering off down a radiophonic rabbit hole cloaked in a mist of lovely dread bass. More of this from everyone involved!
*I’m far, far too pleased with this pun
Imagine being as talented as Valentina Magaletti! It seems like there is an announcement of a new project involving the drummer, composer and Cafe Oto mainstay every other week! I was so very excited by the prospect of this collaborative album with Zongamin, which I first read about in a Tone Glow interview with Valentina (do subscribe to that if you are not familiar btw!) Depending on your vintage, you may or may not loudly exclaim ‘Zongamin!?!?!’ at the mention of his name. Under this name, London-based Japanese producer Susumu Mukai released a highly praised s/t album for XL in 2003 that was a swaggering collection of brattish, leftfield, post-punk, disco-pogo that encapsulated London at the time and was a firm favourite at TP Towers!
In my head there was a narrative that Zongamin had disappeared into the shadows after that album, but looking through his Discogs, Susumu has been pretty active these past two decades so I’ve evidently not been paying attention. Anyway it's very cool to see these two bonafide musical legends working together on Suono Assente which arrives just over 20 years after that debut Zongamin LP. There are clear sonic parallels between that Zongamin album and this V/Z collaboration but here we have a more mature, hushed exploration of dubby, post punk sounds that befits these depressing, austere times we live in…. Also fun to see it arrive on Nic Tasker’s consistently-surprising AD93, with label regulars Coby Sey and Venus Ex Machina invited to join on a couple of tracks. Been listening to Suono Assente lots these past few weeks, and its revealed itself to be a very cohesive album that encourages and rewards end to end attention.
Last year, Precious interviewed Chicago-based musician DJ Earl on her show "One Thing" about moving back home and caring for his parents. Sadly DJ Earl's father recently passed away, which you can learn more about in his recent Instagram post. Not only will Precious be replaying the interview next week for her slot, she asks if you can help DJ Earl (via PayPal) with his situation, please do so. Thank you.
That’s all for this week, stay tuned