Our latest signing is The Artificial Limb and ahead of the EP ‘Inner Circle’ we’ve just released the single ‘The Circle’. The Artificial Limb is Marc Eiden, electronic music producer and filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia. Listen on Spotify.
One of the founding members of the enduring Elefant Traks record label, Artificial Limb was born out of Sydney’s underground electro and hip hop movement in the late 1990s.
Inspired by the raw energy and fearlessness of The Beastie Boys 1989-1996 catalog (Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head…), Artificial Limb’s early DIY electro hiphop was showcased as part of the SBS TV network’s Whatever Sessions in 2001.
“As producer of The Whatever Sessions, I worked with Marc to showcase his sample-based electro-hiphop. Back then, Marc’s aesthetic was lo-fi and eccentric, often quite cheeky. The grooves were proudly hand-made. This latest iteration retains those clever and engaging DIY qualities but adds full frequency dance floor energy reminiscent of Leftfield or Cornelius. I’m thrilled Marc asked me to mix this record and honoured to be releasing it,” Feral Media’s Danny Jumpertz said. Jumpertz mixed the four track EP ‘Inner Circle’ in his Brooklyn, NYC studio in late 2016.
The Artificial Limb performs live with drummer The Right Reverend AL, against a backdrop of modernistic, op-art visuals by acclaimed Melbourne designer and artist Sean Hogan (Trampoline).
The Inner Circle will be launched on Saturday, April 8 in Melbourne at the new Footscray venue & bar, The Night Heron.
The Artificial Limb Facebook page has the latest info on gigs.
Just released is the debut full-length album for Clairaudience. Based in Brooklyn but hailing from Australia, Europe and Rhode Island, this four-piece (Caroline Jumpertz, Danny Jumpertz, Franzi Szymkowiak and Heidi Patalano), has been recording and gigging in NYC for over three years. Recorded with engineer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Eleanor Friedberger) between 2014 and 2016 at Transmitter Park Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the album is a follow up to 2015’s acclaimed cassette/download EP Sun Damage.
Clairaudience formed in Sydney in 2006. Caroline and Danny emigrated to the USA in 2010 launching a new lineup with the additions of New York based multi-instrumentalists Heidi (guitar, bass, vocals) and Franzi (Moog, guitar, bass, vocals). Fellow Australian Kerrii Cavanagh stepped in on bass guitar, appearing on the Sun Damage EP, but relocating back to Oz soon after, leaving the band as a 4 piece.
The release was delayed due to the unexpected collapse of Feral Media’s distributor Fuse Music and is the first instalment in our relationship with UK-based music company State 51. The album is available on CD and download via our Bandcamp store, and is streaming on Spotify, Napster, Apple Music, Soundcloud and many other corners of the internet.
It’s been a wee while since our last update, so here’s a wrap up of all recent Feral-related news.
Aside from a new EP from label founder Danny Jumpertz, and a collection of remixes from Underlapper, there have also been some notable releases from other Feral artists.
The unmistakable 0point1 dropped an amazing new album called micro-flora (pictured above) via his bandcamp site, and word has it he is already working on a follow-up.
Canberra artist Reuben Ingall has followed his wonderful Microclimates album from last year with another beguiling collection for new label Tandem Tapes. The album is a split release with Indonesian artist Logic Lost and once again finds Reuben in top form. Head to the Tandem Tapes bandcamp site here to listen.
We have also been busy with the Virtual Mixtape series in collaboration with the fine folks at whothehell.net. Recent contributors have included Dro Carey, Corin, and Lucy Roleff. Keep an eye on the whothehell.net site for future instalments.
And finally, in new FM music news we will be releasing an EP from Canberra outfit Cracked Actor whose album, Iconoclast, was one of favourites from last year. Stay tuned for more details on the EP, and in the meantime check out Duo, a collection of stripped back reworkings from members Sebastian Field and Matt Lustri.
The fourth instalment in our feature series collaboration with whothehell.net comes from Perth artist Kučka who compiles her ‘must hear Perth tunes’.
Read the full feature and listen to Kučka’s mixtape here
We have teamed up with the awesome peeps from whothehell.net to bring you Virtual Mixtape, a new feature series where we ask musicians to create a mixtape based on a genre, artist or theme which they are passionate about but not necessarily associated with.
The series also features illustration from Melbourne-based artist Lucy Roleff who not only created the wonderful series artwork pictured above but is also providing an illustration of all the musicians involved (see the Jono Boulet illustration below).
The first instalment comes from Jonathan Boulet who takes us on a journey through sludge rock, hardcore, post punk and all things heavy.
Check out the mixtape over on whothehell.net here and stay tuned for the next instalment.
News from the Feral camp….
Following on from the release of his brilliant debut album Brittle as Bones, Setec recently contributed an exclusive piece as part of Ears Have Ears’ ongoing soundtrack series. The long-form ambient piece entitled Jersey Street finds Setec exploring similar terrain as found on his debut EP Longer Letters. The piece was also accompanied by the wonderful artwork pictured above by local artist Leah Jean. Listen to Jersey Street here or via the player below.
In other Feral news the wonderful Mess + Noise have published a track by track breakdown of AFXJIM’s new album Distant detailing the recording process, influences and background of each track. Read the article here.
AFXJIM also recently discussed some of his favourite and most influential albums as part of Cyclic Defrost’s Cyclic Selects. The diverse selection spans from Cold Chisel and Nick Cave, to Manitoba (Caribou) and Tortoise. Check out the full selection here.
We are extremely excited to welcome Setec (aka Sydney-based multi-instrumentalist Joshua Gibbs) to the Feral family.
Joshua has been making music under the Setec moniker since 2012 and first came to our attention via the amazing I’ll Be Good EP.
Setec’s music is a joyous, intimate affair combining found-sound percussion with looped acoustic instruments, long-forgotten samples and cascading vocal layers to create a unique and compelling sonic universe.
We will be releasing his debut full-length Brittle As Bones next month. In the meantime you can listen to Water or Concrete, the first single from the album via the player below.