It’s Technically Asia Until Istanbul - This Week's Free Lab Radio

Renowned sound artist and musician Otomo Yoshihide has launched an ambitious seven year project Ensemble Asia. Supported by Japan Foundation Yoshihide invited dj sniff (Hong Kong) and Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore) to direct one of the three streams of the project called Asian Music Networks, which connects independent music collectives across Asia to bring them together at their annual event, the Asian Meeting Festival.

Ahead of the festival in Tokyo and Kyoto, February 6-8th 2015 dj sniff releases this mix tape of participating artists, one that winds through an intensely creative stream of contemporary classical,  reworkings of modal systems and digitally manipulated compositions
that wildly spurn as many links to tradition as possible.

Otomo and sniff have both long performed with the Resonance Radio Orchestra at Resonance104.4FM and London Musician's Collective events, and live on air. We also recognise at least one of these tracks, the dramatical reworking of There's No Limits into assumed Chinese form by another one-time ResonanceFM artist Xper. Xr., a plaintive, angular track that rails against itself, and subverts our ideas of what a Chinese version of the 90s hit would have sounded like.

A region with such a long history, often struggles with its own inheritance. The arts, which should at some level be tapping into the unconscious, must acknowledge the psyche's own link to an idea of one's forefathers, trickled down through fables, images, architecture, behaviour and language.

dj sniff(Hong Kong) / Bin Idris(Bandung) / To Die(Yogyakarta) / Iman Jimbot(Bandung) / Kok Siew Wai(Kuala Lumpur) / Leslie Low(Singapore) / Yuen Chee Wai(Singapore) / Yui-Saowakhon Muangkruan(Bangkok) / Nguyen Hong Giang(Ho Chi Minh) / Luong Hue Trinh(Hanoi) / Sachiko M(Tokyo) / YONAGO Tadashi(Osaka) / YAMAMOTO Tatsuhisa(Tokyo) / SATO Kimiya(Tokyo) / KAWAI Shinobu(Tokyo) / FUMITAKE TAMURA(Bun)(Tokyo) / KΣITO(Tokyo) / WATANABE Ai(Tokyo) / ONO Ryoko(Nagoya) / OTOMO Yoshihide(Tokyo)

Broadcasts Saturday 24th January 2015 11-midnight, repeats on 104.4FM Thursday 2am.

Mixed by dj sniff
 in two parts
1. Sensei Intro (0:00 - 0:09)

2. Puzzle / Nguyen Hong Giang (0:09 - 1:36)

3. Hologram / Ryoko Ono (1:01 - 2:40)

4. Tò Vò-excerpt / Luong Hue Trinh (2:13 - 6:53)
5. Pada Akihiranya Kita Akan Terlupakan / To Die (5:18 - 8:15)

6. Hanoi no Hinageshi / Ai Watanabe (7:00 - 11:00)

7. Otomo cutups / dj sniff (10:59 - 11:35)

8. Nano (dj sniff scratch edit) / SjQ (11:31 - 13:56)

9. Dai 5 / Dakim & FUMITAKE TAMURA (Bun) (13:20 - 15:47)

10. BH BR / Shimizu Koichi (14:52 - 18:04)

11. Lingam / Sin:Ned (16:50 - 20:03)

12. JUKE SHIT №5 / KΣITO (18:52 - 22:54)

13. Liquefaction / dj sniff (22:35 - 26:15)

14. Subterfuge / The Observatory (25:49 - 29:49
15. Occupy HK, Causeway Bay, 2am 09.29.2014 (28:14 - 30:00)

1. Dusk at Yachaban / Mind Fiber (Li Jianhong, Wei Wei) (0:00 - 3:14)

2. Harunire / Kimiya Sato (2:08 - 5:08)

3. Ratree / Yui-Saowakhon Muangkruan (3:58 - 8:16)

4. Yaro Tahes / Karinding Attack (7:43 - 10:15)

5. Geni / Senyawa (9:45 - 13:47)

6. The Wah / Yan Jun (12:52 - 13:48)

7. Hit City / MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse (13:49 - 14:39)

8. Vagrant Debo’s Song / Xiao He (14:39 - 17:34) 

9. No Limit / Xper. Xr. (17:34 - 19:48)

10. Poo Jud / Neung Phak (19:48 - 22:10)

11. Calm Water / Bin Idris (22:10 - 25:51)

12. End of Journey / Lesley Low (25:47 - 28:08)

13. Occupy Admiralty 11:30pm 10.01.2014 (27:49 - 29:11)
14. Dai 1 / Dakim & FUMITAKE TAMURA (Bun) (28:11 - 30:00)

This Week's Free Lab Radio - DJ Abaky UAE/ Lebanon

Lebanese DJ Abaky (Nader Abaky) plays live on a boat in Dubai. 

The United Arab Emirates-based DJ is profoundly engaged with progressive house music. 

Visit for more information. [Repeated Thursday 2am GMT.] 

Listen in on Resonance104.4FM if in London or via Radioplayer elsewhere.

Sun-Ra in the Sky- It's Christmas Time...

Written by Alton Abraham and Sun Ra. A doo-wop holiday tribute to Sun Ra, produced by Sun Ra on Saturn Records, 1960.

SpaceDelica - This Week's Free Lab Radio: DJ Umb

Sometimes, you have to look back, to see the future.

A little background to this mix, by previous Free Lab Radio guest DJ Umb. The mix, originally in two parts, was triggered by a cassette mix tape: "The cassette is important because in a way it liberated me."

With retro cassette culture on the rise and labels that regularly launch on cassette (see our recent cassette-label show) it's apt that DJs and producers like DJ Umb give credit to how much these small recordables influenced our formative years.

Generation Bass blog and label founder DJ Umb explains what's behind his SpaceDelica mix:
My much older cousin who was so into Hi-NRG dance culture, gave me a hot mixtape many years ago on cassette. It was the first mixtape I had ever heard, and it blew my mind musically. Several of the tracks that I have now incorporated in this mix were on that tape cassette. The mix recreates that same vibe for me, listening to it, making it, I have that same euphoric feeling at that time. The feeling has not diminished one bit which is a testament to the timelessness of these tracks and the powerful effect of music on our souls.  
 Broadcasts Saturday Dec 19th 11-midnight GMT, repeats Thursday 2am. Listen on 104.4FM across London on you tranny dial, otherwise online with this handy player.

This Week's Free Lab Radio Guest Mix - Time to psych.  Time to psych. The Dandelion Times is a radio experience guest hosted by Sinjin and Julius of UK band The Dandelion Set, for Free Lab Radio this week.            Mixing with "the un-selfconscious freedom of the 70's", a blend of Library music, prog-folk, Krautrock and electronica for 21st Century Beatniks.         Free Lab Radio broadcasts Saturday 11-midnight, repeats Thursday 2am.    Listen on 104.4FM across London or on the RadioPlayer online.
Catch Dandelion's own music here.

1.  Im Staub der Sterne OST- Part Tem 4 Part 2
2.  Peter Thomas -Rocking Computer (ext)
3. William Burroughs - Recalling All Active Agents (EXT)
4. The Pretty Things  - Scene One
5. The Residents  - Guylum Bardot (ext)
6. The Nice- Flower King of Flies
7. The Art Bears - The Bath Of Stars (Ext)
8. Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit (Ext)
9. Tim Perkins - Vienna Pig Race(ext)
10. Brainticket - A Place In The Sun (ext)
11. The Stepkids - Shadows on Behalf
12. Bertrand Burgulat - Aux Cyclades Electroniques
13. Broadcast - In Here The World Begins
14.The Dandelion Set- Cosmic Revariants