Taiwanese rap to Swedish psych: a 5 song intro to Fat Planet
In case you’re not already across it, Double J has a new show called Fat Planet every Wednesday night.
Host Stu Buchanan introduces us to some of the great music from around the world – that is, not Australia, the US and the UK – but it’s not a ‘world music’ show.
If you’re unsure what that means, Stu has prepared some notes on a few new tracks he thinks will kick off your Fat Planet journey just nicely.
Goat – ‘Temple Rhythms’ (Sweden)
Swedish band Goat claim that their home village, Korpilombolo, was cursed by a witchdoctor many centuries ago and that the voodoo reverberations still resonate today. True or not, every possible outcome of that story is right there in this track from their recent album Requiem, just waiting for you to sacrifice your scepticism.
Yama Warashi – ‘Quagmire Moon’ (Japan)
Bristol-based band formed by Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara, who riff off the Japanese Bon Odori dance tradition and then lob in some folk, psych and afropop for good measure. This track, from their recent album Moon Egg, is about the moon getting annoyed with smoke from a chimney.
Wareika Hill Sounds – ‘Mass Migration’ (Jamaica)
Woozy Jamaican dub, centred around legendary trombonist Calvin 'Bubbles' Cameron, released via Damon Albarn’s Honest Jons label.
Aristophanes 貍貓 – ‘If The Flowers Leave’ (Taiwan)
This 26-year old Taiwanese rap artist caught our attention when she guested on the track ‘Scream’ from the 2015 Grimes’ album Art Angels. ‘If The Flowers Leave’ is taken from her 2016 debut No Rush To Leave Dreams.
António Sanches – ‘Pinta Manta’ (Cabo Verde)
A far out afro-cosmic jam, originally released in the mid-‘80s, recently uncovered by the amazing Analog Africa label on their compilation Space Echo - The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed!