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Absolute Scenes

with Neon Soup

Every other friday, 18:30-20:00

Brothers Max and Alex (a.k.a Neon Soup) delve into the weird, wonderful and unique scenes of electronic and dance music.

For our final show, we wanted to pay tribute to underground music in Oxford. Both of us are hugely indebted to the organisers, promoters and stalwarts of the scene here who have enabled incredible performances from world class DJs and musicians just a few minutes from our front doors. Looking back at the wealth of talent who have played here in the past year alone made us realise how lucky we’ve been. Today’s mix features tracks and remixes from these artists, with melancholy house, choppy disco, acid-tinged techno and plenty more on the agenda (with no interruptions this week).

In addition, we are happy to share music from friends and producers here at Oxford University. Huge thanks to Noah Harrison, Harry Manley, Lvra, Diamond and Dysfunction for providing some superb tracks - we hope to hear more of your work in the future!

Juju & Jordash – African Flower (Cosmic Dub)
Joe - MPH
Noah Harrison – Everything’s Right Beside You
Leon Vynehall - Time
Harry Manley – I’ve Felt The Same Way
Laurel Halo - Moontalk
Pearson Sound - Our Spirits Soar
Lvra – do i look like i drink Ribena (feat. Shekinah)
Senyaka – Money (Tech Support Edit)
Gerd Janson & Shan – Gentle Pace
Diamond – Target Blue (feat. Alex Wilson)
Addison Groove – F1nk
Denis Sulta – L_Y_A_R_S (Forever Mix)
Fouk - F3000
Optimo – Liquid Liquid (Optimo Remix)
Mall Grab – I’ve Always Liked Grime
Avalon Emerson – Natural Impasse
Daniel Avery – Stereo L (Mor Elian Remix)
Stanley Schmidt – Shifting Modernism (DJ Boring Remix)
Off The Meds – Belter (Joy Orbison Remix)
Djrum – Showreel Part 2
Overmono – The Mabe
object blue – Chipping at the Kingdom
Anastasia Kristensen - Donni
Helena Hauff - Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg
DJ Seinfeld - Typeless
Lena Wilikens – Paredo (Megamix)
Dysfunction – Headhunter Rhythm (Dubplate)
Deena Abdelwahed - Al Hobb Al Mouharreb
Late Nite Tuff Guy – I Bless The Rains

With seemingly few Chinese artists breaking ground on the international circuit, the underground scene in the world’s most populated country appears largely self-contained. This week we rundown music coming out of China recently which we've been impressed by with an eclectic, leftfield mix. Meanwhile, Alex stages a walk out after deciding the festival he had tickets for was more important. Will he be invited back?

Howie Lee - Tomorrow Cannot Be Waited
Howie Lee - Dizi
Zaliva-D - Traditional Thorn
Sonia Calico - Memory Dies in your Dream
Alex Wang - Ritual (Zhi16 Remix)
Gooooose - Rusted Silicon
Alex Wang - Hellraiser
Rui Ho - Supernova (x/o Remix)
Howie Lee - Muztagata
Jason Hou & Jin Zhang - Qi
Guzz - Fengxia
Phazz - Addiction (Howie Lee Remix)
Gooooose - Integer
33EMBYW - 冬虫夏草
33EMBYW - Masudi
Pan Daijing - A Situation of Meat
Swimful feat. Organ Tapes & Yayoyanoh - Agony
Swimful - Folding Knives
xin - who am I to say you look like spam ?!
Prettybwoy - Second Highball
Conrank - GeiWo
FAR / = - Eat Your Sister
Fløøød - Mystery Shopper
Harikari - Blood
Illsee - Fourth Track
Lofimaker - 疑冢
Sage (aka MHP)- Wan Wu
Tzusing & Hodge - Electrolytes
Dub Zen Melodist - Triolithe
Radiax - Samba Shock

Japanese ambient music from the 80's and 90's has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years with the help of a few record enthusiasts digging up, editing and sharing these long-forgotten gems. We sit down with Texture Magazine's Tom Graham and enjoy some blissful Japanese sounds, old and new. Sadly, technical difficulties mean our riveting discussion has had to be cut short after the first half an hour, but leaves the last hour decluttered for a more immersive listening experience.

Make sure to get yourself over to the Texture Magazine site and find them on Facebook, Mixcloud and Instagram for some premium underground music content.

Midori Takada - Mr Henri Rousseau’s Dream
Sawako - Incense Of Voice
Masashi Kitamura & Phonogenix - Variation III
Meitei - Nami
Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano - Lapis Lazuli
Syun - Landscape 2
Hiroshi Yoshimura - Feel
Tetsu Inoue - Chill In Chill Out
Miyako Koda - A Sea Of Love (Seahorse Mix)
Yoshio Ojima - Organic Steps
Susumu Hirasawa - Gattsu
Meitei - Sankai
Midori Hirano - Rolling Moon
Chihei Hatakeyama - Misty Echo
Haruomi Hosono - Mercuric Dance
Teruyuki Nobuchika - Le Reve
Moskitoo - Fluctuations
Sawako - O R G
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Siisx
Dom Mino’ - Liquid Architecture
Saito Koji - Light Blue Swimming Wednesday
Chihei Hatakeyama - Child Voices In The Park Of Berlin

For a few years back in the late 00's, UK Funky was an inescapable club sound. This week we explore the influences of this lively, patchwork genre and consider why the scene faded away so quickly. Meanwhile, Max attempts to fire his brother after his track requests go unanswered and Alex redeems himself with some, as he put it off-air, "proper skankers". Skip to 38 min for the contemporary mix.

Kyla - Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz Remix)
MJ Cole - Sincere
Dele Sosimi - Turbulent Times
Hardsoul ft. Ron Carroll - Back Together (Main Mix)
Karizma - Tywst This
Geeneus - Yellow Tail
Katy B - Lights On (ft. Ms Dynamite)
Shystie - Pull It (Ill Blue Remix)
Marlon D - Funky Angel
Kouslin - Suga's Drums
Hagan - Ashanti Riddim
Or:la - UK Lonely
Gilles Peterson - Chekere Son (Seiji Rerub)
TC4 - Siento
Motu & Nico Lindsay - Have To Know
Doctor Nick - Check
Glot - Orachilcum Throne (TSVI Remix)
DJ Plead - Salt and Pepper
Ali McK & IYZ - Repon
Beyoncé - Crazy In Love (Høst and Metis Remix)
Hackman - Always
Danvers - Aye Ata
MA1 - Field of Dreams

Intelligent Dance Music, originating in the early 90s from a small community of British tech-heads, is certainly one of the more obscure and subversive forms of electronic music. This week we look back at the work by the pioneers of these enigmatic sounds before delving into some contemporary club relatives. Meanwhile, Alex embarrasses his brother with some serious IDM knowledge, Max doubles down on his challenge to Madonna and we reflect on our recent ‘endorsement’ from the Oxide Team.

Aphex Twin - Xtal
Autechre - Flutter
Autechre - Eutow
μ-Ziq - Hasty Boom Alert
Bjork - An Echo, A Stain
Squarepusher - Beep Street
Aphex Twin - afx237.v7
тпсб - Catching Rare Birds
Sabiwa - Jia
Jlin - Blue i
Autechre - gonk tuf hi
Dorian Concept - E13
Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois - Night GHP133
FaltyDL - Rolling (μ-Ziq Remix)
μ-Ziq - Drocovums
Objekt - 35
Object Blue - Act Like It Then
upsammy - Vacate or Annihilate
Overmono - Quadraluv
Dwaalicht - Debt Loop
Gnoomes - B-Day (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)

Disco might not be the first thing which springs to mind when you think of Norway, but in this first episode we explore how a distinctively warm brand of disco was borne out of one of the coldest places on earth. Includes tracks from pioneers of the 'Scandolaeric' movement and artists who are taking the scene forward today.

Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
Biosphere - Cygnus-A
Open Skies - Mellow Flow
Erot - Battlestar XB_7 (Universal Boogie Edit)
Erot - Song For Annie
Annie - The Greatest Hit (Extended Disco Mix)
Lindstrøm - I Feel Space
Blackbelt Andersen - Mann På Mars
Martin Brodin - Badabing (Diskjokke Remix)
Lindstrøm - Closing Shot
Jarle Brathen - Warm Warmer Disco (Prins Thomas Remix)
Pandreas - Back 2 School
Neneh Cherry & The Thing - Cashback (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix)
Todd Terje - Strandbar (Bonus)
Andre Bratten - Be A Man You Ant
Idjut Boys - Le Wasuk
Carmen Villain - Planetarium (Gigi Masin Remix)
Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas - Norte Do Brasil