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Balamii Radio takes up a nightshift in New York City while North London gets a new station: 199 Radio

Peckham’s Balamii Radio is continuing full steam ahead this year. Following the announcement of its new booking agency, the online station's latest news is that it will be opening up a studio in Lower Manhattan, New York. “Two cities – one stream,” declares Balamii about its new schedule. The day shift runs from 9am–9pm in its birthplace on South London's Rye Lane, switching over to New York City (4pm EST) for a night of live US shows. It'll launch in the summer 2017. More information soon.

In other radio news, North London arts base, education centre and studio space New River Studios have started a new station called 199 Radio. Housed in their Manor House home (formerly, a furniture warehouse), the community station will run 24/7 – running order can be found on their website.

Rye Wax presents a series of dubplates celebrating DIY culture

South London record shop and music venue unveils a list of tracks that have been especially cut at a local lathe for their upcoming event

Rye Wax will swerve from Record Store Day's rock reissues this year, compiling its own list of special dubplate releases that will be available at their one-off event focusing on independent labels: The Runout.

Those involved have pulled together new tracks from imprints such as Hyperdub, Príncipe Discos and Night Slugs to be pressed individually with a maximum of only ten cuts per record. The dubplates will only be available on 22nd April 2017 at The Runout, which takes place at Copeland Park in Peckham. For more details see the event page.

Full details of the track names plus the labels and artists involved:

Hyperdub Jessy Lanza “Means I Love You” (Ezrakh remix)
Rhythm Section LT “Darien Gap” / Mallard “Transparent”
West Friends Medlar & FYI Chris “Favourite Dance”
Night Slugs Bok Bok “On A Journey / Midnight Stop”
On The Corner Magnus PI feat. Penya “Search it Out”
Test Pressing Apiento feat. Claire Huss “Things You Do For Love”
FTD Georgia “EMINEMREMIX / Orchid Construct”
Banoffee Pies Mark Nicholas “Doug Oldham”
Where To Now? Jesse Osborne-Lanthier “909 Problems But The Pitch Ain’t One”
Phantasy U “Ascension Hymn” (video version)
Principe Discos DJ Maboku “DO-PETROLIO”
BMU Simeon “Deep Space”
PAN MESH “Damaged Merc” (Fraxinus remix)

Mika Vainio has died

Electronic music producer and former member of Pan Sonic has died

Finnish electronic musician and composer Mika Vainio has died. This was initially reported by Finnish news site The Rumba and has since been confirmed by friends.

Vainio was born in Helsinki in 1963, moving to Turku in his teens. It was during this period that he began drumming, and in the 1990s he formed the electronic trio Pan Sonic (originally named Panasonic) alongside Ilpo Väisänen and Sami Salo, the latter of whom left in 1996. In 1994 the group released a self titled EP on Sähkö Recordings. Around that time they also released the Vakio album on Paul Smith's label Blast First. In 2009 they announced their disbandment and – aside from the 2014 live album Oksastus (taken from a 2009 performance) and last year's film soundtrack Atomin Paluu – the duo's final album was Gravitoni, released by Blast First Petite in May 2010.

Solo, Vainio has released under his own name as well as Ø, Philus and others. Using hardware throughout his artistic career, having expressed a lack of interest in computers, Vainio departed from the industrial noise orientation of Pan Sonic, releasing Ambient works via Touch and performing with improvising groups. Last year he scored the soundtrack to Mika Taanila’s film Mannerlaatta (or Tectonic Plate) and released the Reat LP (both on iDEAL), in 2015 he released a collaborative album Peau Froide, Léger Soleil with Franck Vigroux.

Bassist and composer Jair-Rohm Parker Wells presents “Blac Buc”

New synth-based work draws on Booker T Washington and WEB Du Bois

Bassist/composer Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, in residency at EMS in Stockholm, Sweden, has composed a 50 minute multimedia/multi-disciplinary work titled “Blac Buc” – a title which references the Reconstruction-era racial slur “Black Buck” and the name of the synthesizer – the Buchla 200e modular system – that Parker-Wells used to realise the work.

According to its author, the piece “promotes and inspires the consideration that Booker T Washington's ‘Atlanta Compromise’ rather than WEB Du Bois’s ‘Niagara Movement’ held the best solution for post- Reconstruction America and the advancement of its black people”.

“Blac Buc” was produced using the free, open source software GNU and will be presented live as a fixed media performance incorporating the voices of Ayn Rand, WEB Du Bois and Booker T Washington plus projections, dance and live bass. The music will be made available on CD and digital formats.

Watch the trailer:

Kamasi Washington signs to Young Turks and unveils his "Truth"

The saxophonist and bandleader presents his first new material since 2015

Kamasi Washington has announced his first new music since 2015’s The Epic in the form of a 13 minute track titled “Truth” which comes accompanied by an original film from AG Rojas.

“Truth” is the first fruit of Washington's recently signed global deal with London based label Young Turks and will be featured on his forthcoming Harmony Of Difference EP.

The music and film debuted as part of an original six-movement suite that premiered as part of this year’s Whitney Biennial and involves artwork and imagery by Washington's sister Amani Washington alongside Rojas's film.

The suite exhibits at the Whitney until 11 June and explores the philosophical possibilities of counterpoint – defined by Washington as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies”.

Watch AG Rojas's film:

Harmony Of Difference will be released this summer by Young Turks

Mutek announces its 2017 line-up

The first wave of acts announced for this year's festival includes Daphni, Robert Henke, Marie Davidson, Aurora Halal, Detroit Swindle, Fis, Murcof and Rroxymore

The 18th edition of Montreal's long-running MUTEK festival begins on 22 August. This year also happens to be the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, and to mark the occasion MUTEK will run one day longer than usual. The festival, the announcement continues, has also “refreshed its commitment to live performance at the intersection of music, visual art and technology”.

The line-up so far is as follows: Africaine 808, Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy, Anchorsong, Aurora Halal, Daphni, Detroit Swindle, Fis, Graham Dunning, Harvey Sutherland, Herman Kolgen, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Marie Davidson, Michela Pelusio & Glenn Vervliet, Murcof & Jimmy Lakatos, Nicola Cruz, Robert Henke, Rroxymore, Sarah Davachi, Sculpture and Zip.

Listen to a preview below:

MUTEK 2017 runs from 22–27 August. More information coming soon.

Load Records RIP

The influential US noise rock label gasps its last

The Providence, Rhode Island based label that released music by underground darlings such as Lightning Bolt, Black Pus, Arab On Radar, Ultralyd, Khanate, Excepter, Metalux, Landed, Six Finger Satellite, Sightings, Noxagt, Prurient and more, has folded.

“After 24 years of Load Records its [sic] time to move on,” said a message circulated via the label’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.“Will be contacting bands to arrange next steps. Thanks for a great ride.”

Founded by Ben McOsker and Laura Mullen in 1993 to release the Just Like Anybody Else Would/Bender 7" by Boss Fuel, Load soon established a reputation for brilliance with a steady stream of cutting edge noise, rock and electronics, much of which was harvested from the fertile Providence underground scene.

The label’s final release was, aptly enough, an album by the band Finished.

The Wire presents three shows at The Jazz Cafe

As part of our Wire 400 celebrations, we've lined up a series of shows at the North London venue

Next month we kick off our Wire 400 programme of special events with the first in a three-part series at London venue The Jazz Cafe.

First up is a live performance from The Necks on 3 May, which forms part of their UK/Europe tour promoting new album Unfold, released via Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ imprint.

This is followed by a set from The Wire 356 cover star Matana Roberts on 17 May, and a visit from Ethiopian keyboard/accordion player Hailu Mergia (supported by DJ Philou Louzolo) on 23 May.

Tickets for the events can be purchased via The Jazz Cafe.

Major exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! launched in Paris

A chronological tour of Jamaica's musical and political evolution is currently running at Cité De La Musique-Philharmonie de Paris

The new exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! is now open in Paris. Running until 13 August, it documents the political and musical history of the island. The exhibition is presented in seven parts – Rebel Music: The Multiple Heritage Of Slavery; The Soundtrack To Independence; Studio One, The Black Ark And King Tubby's Studio: A production Circuit Like Nowhere Else In The World; Jamaica's True Instrument; The Intertwined Destinies Of ‘Jah, Rastafari’ and Marcus Garvey; Bob Marley And The Wailer, Political Hostages In A War Between Neighbourhoods; and Jamaican Music After Marley.

Some of the works on display are on loan from Jamaican institutions such as the National Gallery in Kingston, and have never been exhibited in Europe before. These include contributions from Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds, Evadney Cruickshank, Sidney McLaren, Karl Parboosingh and others. In addition, the exhibition showcases mural art from Kingston, album covers, flyers, music, graphic design, fashion and contemporary art from Tony McDermott, Xavier Veilhan, Nik Nowak, Leasho Johnson, Beth Lesser, Patrick Cariou and more. Also featured are paintings and murals created on site by Danny Coxson, a sound system that visitors can operate, instruments such as Peter Toshʼs M16 rifle guitar, King Tubby’s customised mixing desk. Other attractions include a disco every Friday evening, and reconstructions of studios such as Studio One, the Black Ark and King Tubby’s studio, as well as rare and unpublished audio clips and footage of Bob Marley And The Wailers.

Related events include the Jamaica Weekend running from 21–23 April, which features concerts, workshops, talks and more, with Sista Blunty, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Brigadier Jerry, Johnny Osbourne, Jah9, Inna De Yard and others.

Jamaica Jamaica!, curated by Sébastien Carayol, runs until 13 August at Cité De La Musique-Philharmonie de Paris.

Thanatopolis II: An Evening with AutopsiA

South London's Iklectik art space will host the evening curated by Alexei Monroe, author of AutopsiA Thanatopolis

Following on from the first UK exhibition of the Eastern European industrial art collective at London's Horse Hospital, Iklectik in Waterloo will host a night of films and music by the group. Curated by Alexei Monroe, author of the Autopsia monograph AutopsiA Thanatopolis (Divus 2016), many of the films have never before been screened in the UK. They're described by the venue as working with “ghostly ‘electronic frescoes’ [to] reveal a further, fascinating layer of their work”. On top of this, Monroe will give a lecture.

The event also marks the release of Damnatio Memoriae, which features recordings based on a 2016 sound installation Autopsia mounted at The Museum of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia.

The event will start at 7pm on 12 April.