George Hysteric’s Strange Selections
Every month, George Hysteric takes time away from running the “strange music from beyond” Facebook group to create a playlist for SSFB from the group’s extensive music library. Here are his picks for July.
As the fervent quest for the obscure continues, somehow music from the Arab world has managed to remain largely niche. There are a few people pushing the sound. The Habibi Funk outfit are perhaps the most well known and the Ma3azef show on NTS is definitely worthy of your time. Still, Arabic music has yet to be embraced in the way music from many other areas of the world have been. Many playlists claiming to be focused on the Middle East as a whole end up being almost entirely Turkish (or even veering off towards Iran and India). There is a lot of great Turkish stuff and perhaps that’s part of why the Arabic stuff gets overlooked but there’s more to it than that. Quite simply, searching for Arabic music is far more difficult because the alphabet is different. This might seem trite but it is definitely an obstacle.
Of the countless tracks that make it to the airwaves each week at Red Light Radio, some leave a more lasting impression than others. From month to month, enjoy a sampling of favorite tracks heard on air, courtesy of the team at RLR. July’s picks include music by George Smallwood, Powerman, Cosmetics, Lo Kindre & more
So here is a topic that has interested me for a long time – the novel ways artists and labels have come up with for music presentation, translating some of the themes or psychology of the release into the package, or the item itself. When so much music of the past 30 years has been presented simply in generic hole sleeves, the unique items in this list are deserving of further examination, whether or not you enjoy the music contained within.
Most people familiar with the underground electronic music scene might know Lena Platonos through the Red Axes Remixes EP that got released in 2015 on Dark Entries Records. For Greeks like myself, her name might remind you of Edo Lillipoupoli (Lillipoupoli Here, Minos 1980), a kid’s radio show that aired from 1976–1980, for which Lena Platonos composed some of the music. It’s only later, to my surprise, that I realized not only did Platonos compose music for my then favorite radio show but also some of the most progressive and cutting-edge electronica to ever come out of Greece.
Of the countless tracks that make it to the airwaves each week at Red Light Radio, some leave a more lasting impression than others. From month to month, enjoy a sampling of favorite tracks heard on air, courtesy of the team at RLR. June’s picks include music by The Dadacomputer, Marie Davidson, Matmos & more.
We want to thank all of our visitors and the artists for being there with us last Sunday. Thank you for being the best festival crowd in the world! It was a day filled with magic and great performances by all artists. Enjoy these moments that were captured by the lovely Bibian Bingen and Marinka Grondel.