Eclectic Picks: Batch 384

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Every week Signal Committee create an Eclectic Picks playlist. All tracks are selected from the full inbox of 200 tracks that are submitted each week to Fresh On The Net. Check out their picks from Monday 2nd November below.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

Our playlists are orientated to the alternative music fan. Lyrics are not essential, abstract ideas are embraced and the fusing of different genres is encouraged.

We try our best to keep the list under 60 minutes but this week the field was just too strong, leaving us with a 90 minute offering – the perfect length for anyone still using 90 minute cassette tapes on their walkman for the bus ride into school.

A FEW WORDS ON THIS WEEKS PICKS

We kick off with Sunnbrella, who lay down some dreamy guitar work with echoes of ‘Broken Social Scene’. Auld Spells then take us on a murder mystery with a track that would go down nicely at the Roadhouse in Twin Peaks. Rave On The Dole return to ‘Eclectic Picks’ with more hypnotic loops of atmospheric rock, which leads nicely into a palatable Krautrock offering from Tantrumzentrum.

Time to get electronic & abstract, starting with electronica spliced with Spanish guitars from Bunny & The Invalid Singers, electronica held up by funky bass lines from Mango Thomas and then some doom fuelled electronica from fire_sign that tails off in to the abstract abyss. Who better to explore that surrealism a bit further than FLVZ, who returns to ‘Eclectic Picks’ for his third week running. Take a bow.

We’re not done being weird just yet, Absconda seems to have thrown all sorts into his electronica cauldron, even some remnants of drum & bass for good measure, and then it gets a little bit Mr. Scruff with Kamau Kuru, fully textured with French vocals washed out in a waterfall of fuzz.

La French take us in a new direction with some haunting ambience which sets Lucas on his way to a place that would sit well on Public Service Broadcasting’s ‘The Race to Space’. We stay in orbit for a little bit longer, with a synth driven alien soundscape from Vukovar and more alien inspired ambience from Villager No3. Keeping us calm as we descend back to Earth, we have an instrumental that will make you float from Slow Bones topped with the sombre but exquisite piano work of Yuri Tománek.

Gradually departing from the serenity, Bobby Deans keeps the room smooth but fresh by spicing things up with his blend of trip-hop and jazz. That lays the groundwork for all shades of rock to break through with nods to the likes of The Black Angels, Stone Roses, the Black Keys and Deftones – from Children Of The State, Jonny Ash, Soul Jacker and Polymorth respectively.

Naturally, we can’t end the playlist all fired up, so to wind down we finish off with a remix of downtempo, synth driven dance beats from D3DWAX before it gets bright and soulful in the North East with NOPRISM‘s latest synth driven melodies, a canny job on the production as always. As for the uncanny, no better than Hannya White to bring the list to a close with her trademark slice of unrestrained experimentalism.

LISTEN

You can listen to this weeks playlist using the player below, or click here to open the Soundcloud playlist in a new window.

For the best listening experience… crank up the volume and immerse yourself in the music!

ARTISTS SELECTED THIS WEEK

  1. SUNNBRELLA – It’s Cool
  2. AULD SPELLS – Dead Gurl
  3. RAVE ON THE DOLE – Quiet Courage
  4. TANTRUMZENTRUM – No Smooth Ride
  5. BUNNY & THE INVALID SINGERS – The Certainty Kids
  6. MANGO THOMAS – Found My Place
  7. FIRE SIGN – Shadow
  8. FLVZ – Pixies
  9. ABSCONDA – See It Say It
  10. KAMAU KURU – Honey
  11. LA FRENCH – When The Waves Come
  12. LUCAS – Prayers of Mankind
  13. VUKOVAR – The Double Cross
  14. VILLAGER NO3 – Weird Little Humanoids
  15. SLOW BONES – Outlier
  16. YURI TOMÁNEK – The Boy
  17. BOBBY DEANS – Free Your Mind
  18. CHILDREN OF THE STATE – Hot Money
  19. JONNY ASH – Eclipse
  20. SOUL JACKER – The Animals
  21. POLYMORTH – Our Rhizome Remains
  22. RANDOLPH SWAIN – Inside Your Heart (D3d Remix)
  23. NOPRISM – Happiness
  24. HANNYA WHITE – For You, Without Love

PLAYLIST ARCHIVE

In addition to our weekly Eclectic Picks playlists on Soundcloud, we also create monthly and annual playlists on Spotify. Please check out our other playlists below!

Signal Committee

Signal Committee are a four piece band from Bury, England. Their influences include the likes of New Order, Radiohead, Bowie, Jon Hopkins and Massive Attack.

5 Comments

  1. Really great playlist this week! Loads of good stuff on it, and a very nicely curated flow. Sort of like a strange chimera of Late Night Tales, John Peel Show, and Melt Yourself Down Mixtapes.

    Auld Spells I know of already from the great “The Moon”, others too – but mostly a brilliant introduction to lots of exciting music & musicians. Kamau Kuru & Bobby Deans tracks very much aligned with with my current mood for sounds.

  2. Blimey.. that last one sparked some concern in the house..

    anyway… Particularly like Slow Bones, Auld Spells and Sunnbrella. Ta very much and love from sunny Rochdale.

  3. Big thanks to everyone for checking out these playlists over the last few weeks! There’s been plenty of positive responses scattered around between here, Twitter & Instagram.

    John, you speak the truth, except for the suggestion that Rochdale has seen the sun at any time in the last 3 months! 🙂

  4. Love everyone of these tracks, truly an Eclectic mix. Feeling very grateful to be amongst so many talented musicians, the creative mind is an amazing gift. Peace, happiness and music, my musical friends.

  5. That’s literally the whole #ThisIsVibro making it onto eclectic picks in different weeks. But 3 weeks in a row? Thank you Thank you!

    Loving:
    Mango Thomas’ – Found My Place
    Fire Sign – 04 Shadow
    Hannya White – For You, Without Love

    Favourite: Absconda – See it Say it

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