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July 2016 opened with world-renowned German composer Nils Frahm’s magnificent “Possibly Colliding” weekend of music at the Barbican Centre, London. Curated by Frahm, the special lineup featured live performance, conversation and film screenings where the headline act was Frahm’s monumental sold-out Barbican show, comprising his “most ambitious concert to date.”
Possibly Colliding felt not only like a celebration of the visionary artist’s cherished songbook (thus far) but rather a distillation of the most ground-breaking moments of today’s contemporary music scene. The angelic, hushed solo piano pieces were interwoven with the sprawling and sublime synthesizer-led pieces and many live collaborations – cellist Anne Müller, Nonkeen (with the addition of gifted drummer Andrea Belfi), London-based vocal ensemble Shards, and the André de Ridder-led stargaze ensemble – rendered new versions of Frahm’s towering body of work and offered new insights into the gifted composer’s sonic sphere.
During July we were delighted to be invited to participate in Irish actor Cillian Murphy’s curated IMMA Summer Party happening at the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Murphy’s music lineup featured performances by celebrated German composer and pianist Hauschka, gifted Irish fiddle player and composer Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Irish-based indie band Meltybrains? Some selections from our DJ set appear in this month’s mixtape.
Limerick-born and London-based composer Áine O’Dwyer has long been one of our most cherished and favourite contemporary musicians. O’Dwyer has released records on such independent labels as: Mie Music, Second language and Fort Evil Fruit, while her versatile talents are evident in her rich and varied recorded output to date, which have featured: live recordings for pipe organ, music for harp and voice and music for solo piano.
This year’s Le Guess Who? festival features special guest curators – including the inimitable L.A. songwriter Julia Holter – who has invited Áine O’Dwyer to this year’s lineup in Utrecht which takes place on 10–13 November 2016.
01. Woodkid & Nils Frahm – “Winter Morning II” (with Robert De Niro) (excerpt) (Ellis OST, Erased Tapes)
02. Peter Broderick – “Carried” (Erased Tapes)
03. Nonkeen – “Diving Platform” (R&S)
04. Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – “A Road” (Thrill Jockey)
05. Áine O’Dwyer – “Falcon” (Second Language)
06. Jherek Bischoff – “Headless” (The Leaf Label)
07. Agnes Obel – “Familiar” (Play It Again Sam)
08. Jonny Greenwood (Copenhagen Phil, André de Ridder) – “Future Markets” (There Will Be Blood OST, Deutsche Grammophon)
09. Radiohead – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief” (XL Recordings)
10. Kedr Livanskiy – “Razrushitelniy Krug (Destructive Cycle)” (2MR)
11. Lil Silva – “Jimi” (Good Years)
12. DJ Shadow – “The Sideshow” (feat. Ernie Fresh) (Mass Appeal)
13. Underworld – “I Exhale” (Universal Music Group)
14. Floorplan – “Music” (M-Plant)
15. Róisín Murphy – “Simulation” (Permanent Vacation)
16. Hot Chip – “Night and Day” (Daphni Mix) (Domino)
17. Junior Boys – “Big Black Coat” (Robert Hood Remix) (Jiaolong / City Slang)
18. Peder Mannerfelt – “Perspectives” (Peder Mannerfelt Produktion)
19. Aphex Twin – “CHEETAHT2 [Ld spectrum]” (Warp)
20. Ólafur Arnalds – “RGB” (LateNightTales)
21. Julianna Barwick – “Someway” (Dead Oceans)
22. Julia Holter – “Finale” (Leaving / Domino)
Fractured Air is an online music webzine based in Cork, Ireland, which focuses on the best of independent music. Having started in July 2012, Fractured Air offers in-depth interviews, insightful reviews, original artwork and frequent mixes (including guest mixes), spanning the broad spectrum of today’s independent music scene.
Compiled by Fractured Air, July 2016. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels.
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