Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Album Review: Busty and the Bass – Glam

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Busty and the Bass has been a big topic of discussion around the McGill bubble and the entire city of Montreal over the past year and with the release of their new album, Glam, it appears the band can do no wrong. Notorious for their charismatic stage presence, precise horn lines, and ‘expect the unexpected’ attitude, Busty and the Bass have created an album indicative of their live energy without sacrificing musicality. Continue reading

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Last of If You Got Ears with Kohlenstoff

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Montreal-based art collective and label Kohlenstoff ended its residency at CKUT this week.
The label, which has already released 20 records, seeks to increase the visibility of local composers who produce, but don’t limit themselves to electro, noise, ambient and musique actuelle.
Every Wednesday for the past month, If you Got Ears saw a variety of hosts play music from Kohlenstoff’s catalogue, and welcome live performances from the collective’s artists, such as Dominc Thibault, Political Ritual, Hazzy Montage Mystique, and JF Bleu Ensemble..

Next month, If you got Ears welcomes interdisciplinary composer Kara-lis Coverdale. Coverdale performed at MUTEK this past May, where her immersive and digital installation garnered the public’s attention. When she is not exploring post-sacred sounds and musique concrete, she is an organist and music director at St. John’s Church, in Montreal.

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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: July 28, 2015

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Hi radio buddies,
Hope you are doing well & staying cool — if your town is anything like Montreal, it’s about a million degrees outside. I’ve been drinking a ridiculous amount of cold brew and eating too much ice cream as coping mechanisms, but I feel pretty great about it. Whatever gets you through, y’know?
xo
joni

:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
We’re super psyched to be bringing new local label Egg Paper Factory into the CKUT master studio to host & curate The Montreal Sessions for the month of August. Founded in 2014 by Josh Boguski, Alex Bourque, Raff McMahan and Alex Lavoie, the label aims to showcase a finely curated collection of Canadian experimental music in a variety of styles. Since its foundation, Egg Paper has released 13 albums on cassette in limited run, including critically acclaimed records by Un Blonde, Telstar Drugs, and Whitney K. The label has also hosted a series of concerts, and will be hosting a showcase during POP Montreal in September. Their residency, which they’ve ceremoniously dubbed Egg Radio, will feature on-air interviews with Canadian bands, artist profiles, as well as premieres of new music from the label. The show will also feature comedic skits from the hosts, and regular segments featuring the hosts’ favourite music from the Canadian and international music community respectively. Catch it every Tuesday in August from 3-5pm EST.

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ckut top 30 – july 28, 2015
1. narcy – world war free now – the medium CC *
2. fist city – everything is a mess – transgressive records CC
3. human music – sup – dub ditch picnic CC
4. sediment club – psychosymplastic – wharf cat records
5. tess parks & anton newcombe – i declare nothing – a records Continue reading

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Last of the Montreal Sessions with Saturn Returns

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It’s that time again, the last episode of our monthly instalment of The Montreal Sessions is upon us. Saturn Returns is a queer feminist collective whom you can read more about here. From a wicked live performance by Jilted-X to a series of adorable/hilarious/powerful interviews from Camp Rock kids, Saturn Returns have done an incredible residency here at CKUT and it’s more than necessary for everyone to take a listen to their journey here on our archives.

So a giant thank you to everyone involved with this month’s Montreal Sessions! We hope to see them back in our studio’s again soon. Listen up for the last episode today from 3-5pm, and stay tuned for next month’s edition with Egg Paper Factory ~~

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Album Review: Interchill Records – “Subtextures”

Something’s been bubbling on the west coast, and it has been for some time. In a musical climate that seems to have only partially embraced 4×4 dance music, dub and breaks-based genres are combined with psychedelic sounds to produce a unique, western character. Deep rolling sub bass lines and syncopated percussion feel more familiar here than the consistent “thump thump thump” of an 808 kick drum.

And just as Montréal has built a strong connection to Berlin, Vancouver and the surrounding area seem to have been drawn to the UK. West coast collectives regularly pull from Bristol and London talent, both in Vancouver and at festivals like Bass Coast and Shambhala. In the latest compilation by Salt Spring Island’s Interchill Records, some of Canada’s best dubstep talent is featured alongside their UK contemporaries.

Compiled by veteran DJ and regular festival performer, Naasko, Subtextures is a release of deep rolling rhythms and melodic lines. Canadian producers Daega Sound, HxdB, Jafu and IMRSV demonstrate a mature connection to the sound as they appear alongside established dubstep names like Biome, Geode and Occult. The release comes as a natural follow up to Interchill’s 2013 release Depth Charge, an earlier compilation that showcased seminal dubstep artists like the Kryptic Minds and Ruckspin.

UK bass lovers will appreciate the balanced, yet consistent selections featured in the record. It manages to communicate a specific taste, while showcasing modern developments. Fans of labels like Dubstep for Deep Heads, Tectonic Recordings and Smokin Sessions will without a doubt find a few gems in there and will benefit from spending some time with each track on the release.

Interchill Records’ Subtextures represents a commitment to UK bass music on the west coast of Canada. It feels right at home for a record born from western festival and island culture. This release shouldn’t be missed by selectors, nor casual listeners, interested in chill-out or breakbeat genres. Subtextures continues a cross-continental musical relationship and is certain to wind up in the collections of DJs in Canada, the UK, and abroad.

– Reviewed by Wiklow

 

Listen back to the most recent episode of CKUT’s all-Canadian electronic music show Lo Signal, featuring tracks by IMSRV and Jafu from Interchill Records’ Subtextures release.

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If You Got Ears with Kohlenstoff: July 22nd 2015

Hazy-Montagne-Mystique-Bleu-quand-je-ferme-les-yeux_zpsxhqporffThis month at CKUT we are lucky enough to have Kohlenstoff, a talented collective who happen to be pros in experimental electronic/electroacoustic music, hosting If You Got Ears. Today’s episode featured Kohlenstoff representative, Dominic Thibault, as our host and a wicked live performance and interview with Hazy Montagne Mystique. If you missed today’s session, you can always grab the audio file from out archives and take a listen!

If you like what you hear (and you will), tune yourself in next week for the last episode of Kohlenstoff’s residency for this month! Don’t miss it ~~

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Album Review: Jaga Jazzist – Starfire

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One of the most important concepts in modern music is fusion. Each style of music can only be advanced so far, but when you start borrowing from other genres the possibilities are much more endless. This mentality is the inspiration behind the album Starfire by Jaga Jazzist. This album is a true fusion album as it uses the conventions of both electronic dance music and modern jazz to create a very new and unique sound. On the electronic side of things, the album really fits into each of the typical conventions. Just on the surface the album sounds like electronics. The group uses many different synthesized electronic and digital sounds to create repetitive melodies that build in energy leading into each other. It’s not so much distinctive bass drops as it is smooth transitions from section to section, but the effect is essentially the same; energy is being manipulated in different ways. Also, whenever the music stays in 4/4 for extended periods of time it drives like a piece that would be used for dancing (hence the term electronic DANCE music). When the piece shifts into a more typically modern jazz time signatures the feel changes quite a bit, but it is very interesting to these contrasting ideas of meter used harmoniously. Continue reading

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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: July 21, 2015

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Hey friends,
Keeping this short as things are super busy ‘round the station today — the music dept crew is about to dash out to set up up a remote broadcast from the Montreal headquarters of Rock Camp for Girls (!!!). Read on below for more info…
xo
joni

:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
We’re super thrilled to be partnering up with Saturn Returns, our curator for July’s edition of The Montreal Sessions, to go live from Rock Camp for Girls this afternoon from 3-5pm. Rock camp is all about breaking down gendered barriers in music and encouraging girls to empower themselves by taking the stage and rocking out. Rad, huh? We’ll be interviewing the RCFG organizers, volunteers, and maybe even a few of the campers during this special live broadcast. Tune into CKUT from 3-5pm EST this afternoon and catch it for yourself!

:::CHARTS:::
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1. v/a – ne pas plier – howl! arts collective CC *
2. narcy – world war free now – the medium CC *
3. fountain – fountain II – self-released CC
4. braids – deep in the iris – flemish eye CC *
5. lapalux – lustmore – brainfeeder Continue reading

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The Montreal Sessions Live Broadcast from Camp Rock

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Hey party people, got any plans today between 3 and 5pm? No? Great then you should swing by La Sala Rossa to catch a very special episode of The Montreal Sessions hosted by the Saturn Returns Collective! They’re going to be broadcasting from Camp Rock, which is an incredible place wherein young women can get together and rock in the name of empowerment and community building. Read more about it here, you won’t be disappointed. You can also learn a lil’ about Saturn Return’s powerful initiative on our website. Don’t forget to tune in or swing by for some interviews and great tunes, we’ll see you there~~

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CKUT TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE CHARTS::: July 14, 2015

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Wow, it’s still about a million degrees Celsius here in Montreal so I spent a good chunk of the weekend trying to stay cool by swimming in the Ottawa River. I also caught a rad event on Friday night that CKUT curated featuring performances from fuzzy pop trio Joint Custody, folk singer Tim Darcy, and steel pan drummer Miriyam Wilson. Keep it coming, summer!

xo
joni

:::WHAT’S UP AT CKUT:::
We’re thrilled to welcome new local label collective Saturn Returns to curate our July edition of The Montreal Sessions. They’re exploring rock & roll from a queer, feminist angle and digging deep into the intersection of music and activism. In addition to lots of rad discussion, these folks are really delivering when it comes to music — tune in for plenty of guest performances, live tracks, and other audible goodies. Catch it every Tuesday in July from 3-5pm EST.

:::CHARTS:::
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1. buffy sainte-marie – power in the blood – true north CC
2. holly herndon – platform – 4ad
3. narcy – world war free now – the medium CC *
4. braids – deep in the iris – flemish eye CC *
5. colin stetson & sarah neufeld – never were the way she was – constellation CC * Continue reading