Stuart Maconie

Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2021-02-21 Remembering SOPHIE

“In light of SOPHIE’s recent passing, Stuart celebrates the visionary artist’s maximalist hyperpop album from 2015 Product. Setting the stage for SOPHIE’s later Grammy nominated album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, it was Product that first carved out an irresistible niche within electronic and pop music for the Scottish-born artist. Radically futuristic, the album features ecstatic chiptune vocals, pitch bent synths and glossy metallic production that clangs, snaps and collapses with extraordinary kinetic energy. The young auteur collaborated with Madonna as well as underground royalty like Arca, Charli XCX and Shygirl.
Also in the show, melodramatic Latin folk and experimental cello arrangements, field recordings made in the Australian outback and brooding rap odes to long nights and heavy mornings spent in England’s North.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2021-02-14 Be Good To Yourself

“Stuart presents an adventurous playlist of soothing and healing soundscapes as part of this month’s Escape with 6 Music season. Squashing any notions of new age’s banality, join us for a fresh and eclectic blend of music from around the world that promotes restoration, mindfulness and positivity.
Unwind and reconnect to the deep vibrating tones of Tibetan singing bowls, delicate Indian santoor arrangements and epic 1980’s cosmic ambient inspired by the Earth’s complex orchestration. Including tracks from Freak Zone favourites Bjork, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Fripp & Eno.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2021-02-07 Jean-Cohen Solal

“Featuring the sounds of the French jazz flautist’s audacious 1973 genre-bending album Captain Tarthopom. Showcasing Solal’s incredible skills as an arranger and improviser as well as a tremendously expressive flutist, it’s no wonder that he famously said in a 1972 interview, “I express feelings more easily with the flute than with language”. Captain Tarthopom is a meeting between psychedelic and progressive rock sensibility with the potent influence of avant-garde and classical ideas. Along with flute, the album is a jubilant blend of roaring bass, operatic vocals, pulsing organs and triumphant brass sections.
Plus, gorgeous neoclassical ambient scores for dance theatre from A Winged Victory For The Sullen, anthemic experimental rap from London-based duo XVOTO and apocalyptic English folk rock inspired by love and death.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2021-01-31 MF Doom

“In light of the underground rapper’s recent passing, Stuart celebrates the wordsmith’s seminal 2004 album Madvillainy. Made as a collaboration between enigmatic MF DOOM and hip-hop producer Madlib, the pair released the album under the group name Madvillain. An alliance dripping in chemistry, the two blend together intricate wordplay, woozy rhythms, wildly inventive production and an eclectic roll call of samples from Steve Reich, ZZ Top and Gentle Giant to name only a few. Contemporary rap and hip-hop figureheads such as Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and Flying Lotus have all cited Madvillainy’s influence, regarding it as an undisputed hip-hop classic for the new millennium.
Plus, melodic 1980’s Japanese synth pop, jubilant 1970’s liberation jazz and otherworldly electronic operatic arrangements.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2021-01-24 Flying Saucer Attack

“Featuring the Bristolian DIY duo’s melancholic ‘rural psychedelia’ album from 1995, Further. Widely considered as Flying Saucer Attack’s quintessential album, David Pearce and Rachel Brook’s second release blends together the sounds of kosmische, folk and dream pop. Shoegaze guitar, synth, white-noise and vocals cloaked in a thick blanket of distortion create an evocative world that is at once ethereal and sinister.
Plus, vibrant Anatolian rock with a Euro-pop twist, haunting Irish doom folk and experimental electronics inspired by the late British modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2021-01-17 Chris and Cosey

“Stuart revisits the innovative duo’s dark and pulsating cold-synth album, Trance. Made in 1982 by auteur producer Chris Carter and agent-provocateur Cosey Fanni Tutti, it was their second record after disbanding from pioneering industrial music collective Throbbing Gristle. Regularly cited by artists as being highly influential in contemporary electronic music, Trance is an abrasive and atmospheric exploration of minimal electro, polyrhythmic sequences to rhythm heavy industrial dance tracks.
Plus, punchy post-punk art pop from Manchester’s underground, ethereal ambient from L.A. and distorted psychedelic guitar from 1990’s Azerbaijan.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2021-01-03 Best New Music of 2021

“Stuart looks at the most exciting experimental tracks and leftfield artists to watch out for. Kicking off the new year with unsettling electronica, outsider R&B and overwhelming drone metal from artists like Mica Levi, Dawuna, Clementine March and JB Glazer.
Plus, hot tips and recommendations from music writers, champions of leftfield music and friends of the Freak Zone. We hear from founder of The Quietus webzine John Doran, freelance journalist and broadcaster Kate Hutchinson, arts & RVNG Intl writer Brit Seaton and Conor Thomas, co-founder of Boomkat Editions and The Death Of Rave labels.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2020-12-27 Best of 2020

“Stuart selects his favourite experimental and underground music released over the past year. The Freak Zone looks back on a flurry of exciting musical moments including Sun Ra Arkestra’s first album in two decades, the startling beauty of Eartheater’s war-inspired ambient folk pop and the cream of Manchester’s leftfield guitar scene, Otis Jordan.
Join us for a celebration of creativity and the experimental artists who made the whirlwind of 2020 easier. Including show favourites Keeley Forsyth, Jockstrap and William Basinksi amongst others.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2020-12-20 The Freak Zone Advent Calendar

“Stuart counts down Christmas with a selection of numerically themed experimental tracks. Beginning with progressive rock band Yes’ jubilant song ‘Going For One’, ascending to hazy electronica courtesy of Aphex Twin’s ‘XMAS_EVE T10’ and finishing at Duke’s of The Dukes of Stratosphear’s thumping psychedelic number, ‘25 O’Clock’. Compiled with help from our listeners, Stuart reveals two hours worth of eclectic musical treats for this year’s festive show.”

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Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone 2020-12-13 Lost Map Records

“Stuart hears from Johnny Lynch AKA electronic folk pop artist Pictish Trail, founder of the remote micro-imprint Lost Map Records. Established in 2013 on the tiny Inner Hebridean Isle of Eigg, Lost Map Records was formed to reassess how we discover and explore music amid the disorientating digital geography of the 21st century. Unbound by a fixed genre focus, the independent label hosts experimental pop, electronic and folk artists including Rozi Plain, Clémentine March and Kinbote.
The featured album is German komische giant Tangerine Dream’s 1980 album Tangram. Divided into epic twenty minute, side-long compositions, the album marked the trio taking their hypnotic instrumentals into jazzier territory and a decidedly more poppy and upbeat approach to their electronic sound.”

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Stuart Maconies Freak Zone 2018-07-22 Gaika

“Gaika chats to Stuart about the future of black music in Britain and asks if it has the same opportunities as white music to be experimental. The featured album is Captain Beefheart’s second best record Lick My Decals Off Baby and a live freaks by English modern folk group Tunng.”

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Stuart Maconies Freak Zone 2018-03-18 Swans – Children of God

“Stuart features Swans’ pivotal record Children of God, released in 1989 it marks a departure away from the intense noise rock of their first four albums into more melodic songwriting. The juxtaposition of Jarboe’s sweet classically trained vocals alongside Michael Gira’s rough baritone matches the contrasts in the music between a dirge-like heaviness and ethereal shimmery textures. Plus new music from extreme-metal duo The Body, spiritual Mancunian jazz from Nat Birchall and GoGo Penguin and techno-synth-post-rock from Suuns.”

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Stuart Maconies Freak Zone 2018-02-25 with Anna Von Hausswolff

“Pipe organist and singer Anna Von Hausswolff talks about how she’s let her voice become wilder and more free, the intricacies of pipe organs, and that she wants to stop having to explain herself. Suzanne Ciani’s analogue synth classic Seven Waves is Stuart’s featured album plus new music from teen duo Let’s Eat Grandma, Algerian psy-pop group Imarham and brutal jazz power trio Schnellertollermeier.”

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Stuart Maconies Freak Zone 2018-02-25 with Anna Von Hausswolff