leafy-suburbs

20 Jan Ripe Guest Mix with Leafy Suburbs




Perth based artist Lyndon Blue, aka Leafy Suburbs, popped up on our radar when writer Blake Creighton introduced us to him late last year.

Around the same time his latest album Honda Jazz was released via Canberra label Moontown Records, and we had the opportunity to chat with Lyndon. He was kind enough to gift us with a guest mix as well, featuring music that constantly inspires his silky jazz textures. Down below he has dissected each track for us.

 

Mall Grab – ‘Drive

“Aw yiss, Mall Grab is pretty sick. His latest stuff has that nice blown out, minimal, jacking sound, and the Sun Ra EP on Church was really beautiful. But I’ve gotta keep my birdsong quota up, so couldn’t go past this rainforestey, slow-sipper from last year. It’s called ‘Drive‘ and reminds me of crisp winding car journeys through misty greenery in high altitudes, it probably had some influence on the more bucolic moments on Honda Jazz.”

 

The Person – ‘Enclosure

“I went on a tour with a bunch of new friends a while ago, and one of them was Minna Wight. She was dressed as a punk sausage and I was (sometimes) dressed as a giant slice of white bread. I soon discovered that in her other lives she’s half of the Steaming Jeans, and all of The Person. There are similar gated drum and portamento synth layering’s to the Kate Bush track, but to totally different effect; ‘Enclosure‘ is a kind of dozy but heavy funk workout. Like when you’re heavy-lidded on the dance floor but your feet just wanna keep going.”

 

Virna Lindt – ‘Underwater Boy

“Super wild and smooth psychedelic pop out of Sweden in the ’80s. Weirdly enough, this tune reminds me of Pond: the soulful chords, the sex-funk inclinations, the experimental noodling and the kinda comical vocal phrasing on silly lyrics like ‘X-ray eyes / my underwater boy’.”

 

Soda Lite – ‘Sky Reef

Alex Last is one person with whom I’ve enjoyed hanging out in dewy forests. I sampled him playing a Tasmanian church organ on the album track ‘Thylancine Fang‘. He’s a Perth boy originally and now based in Melbourne, where he makes beautiful music as Soda Lite and runs the Hi Tide label, in collaboration with Chloe who’s also an amazing artist and human. ‘Sky Reef‘ is his latest and it’s perfectly titled, an airy expanse under laid with colourful formations and bubbles.”

 

Jlin feat. Holly Herndon – ‘Expand

“Can’t stop listening to footwork lately, it’s kind of all my brain wants to hear‚ is that a super cliche dorky white person thing to say in 2016? Anyway, Jlin is one producer who’s really pushing in interesting directions, much like Holly Herndon who just constantly blows my mind. To catch them both on one track is a kind of freaky bliss.”

 

Lana – ‘Where You Are

Lana Rothnie is one of Perth’s most unique and experimental talents at the mo, if you want my opinion. This track feels like a fitting companion to Jlin & Holly Herdon: chopped irregular samples, unsettling arpeggios, fragmented synth/vocal drones. Lana also does dancey and more song-y stuff (we made a pop song together and it’s on the album), but I think this track showcases her especially wild imagination.”

 

Pharoah Sanders – ‘Astral Traveling

“This album I’m putting out, Honda Jazz, is not a real jazz album, although it does feature saxophone contributions from a Perth jazz player I really admire (Alana Macpherson). As far as sax and inner peace explorations go it feels fitting to include the one and only Pharaoh Sanders, in 100% cosmic cruise mode. Heavenly rhodes from Lonnie Liston Smith. The shimmery percussion and unique ‘bird effects’ (how did they do that??) are so special, too.”

 

Ruth White – ‘Magician

“I wanted to include some totally insane early electronic music in this mix and I almost went with Morton Subotnick (even his name sounds like an eccentric robot) but Ruth White won out ’cause she’s spookier. The music on Seven Trumps From The Tarot Card And Pinions (1968) was commissioned for a performance a year earlier, but it definitely shines by itself as a dense and slightly terrifying listening experience. Her Flowers of Evil record from ’69 is another real trip, where she recites Baudelaire poems over demonic drones and soundscapes. For something less hectic, the Klassik O’Tilt album is a cool classical moog type collection (a la Wendy Carlos), featuring the version of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee‘ sampled on Jaylib’s Da Rawkus.”

 

Ryo Kawasaki – ‘Hawaiian Caravan

“Yeah, it kinda sounds like a scrubbed-up, joyous Sun Araw track with a crazy brief footworky intro… But in fact it’s a jam from Japanese jazz/fusion guitarist Ryo Kawasaki made over 30 years ago. Ridiculously fun to listen to, I reckon. It featured on a reissue comp via Nu Northern Soul earlier this year, Selected Works 1979 to 1983.”

 

Kate Bush – ‘Mother Stands for Comfort

“This is one of my favourite Kate Bush songs, and by extension probably one of my favourite songs in general. Eberhard Weber‘s upright bass slides around like an eel, the drums are all jagged and tense, the lead synth has this smokey slippery quality, and there are all these amazing sounds from the Fairlight sampler synth. Kate’s vocals are subdued and eerie as she sings about a mother’s love being unconditional, to the point where she’ll keep her child’s murderous secrets; Am I the cat that takes the bird to her? Mother will stay mum… Goosebumps.”

 


Marcus Rimondini
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