Verity Sharp shares a mix from guitar and saxophone duo Divide and Dissolve, who blend classical influences with crushing doom to create a sound that aims to ‘speak without words’.

The pair initially bonded over their Indigenous backgrounds, and feel that their music enables them to communicate with their ancestors. Their inspirations range from James Baldwin and Octavia Butler to bodies of water and the forest. Their work draws on ideas of liberation, freedom and Indigenous sovereignty.

Elsewhere in the show, there’s a piece from the debut solo album of avant-garde vocalist Maggie Nichols, who first became active in London’s free improvisation scene in the 60s. This album is her first solo release, recorded over lockdown on her computer. There’s cosmic sounds from Senegal courtesy of the Wau Wau Collectif, a group of local musicians from the small fishing village of Toubab Dialaw, now a hub for Senegal’s bohemian art scene. Plus some modal roots music from a new compilation of South African jazz.

Produced by Katie Callin
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

1 Wau Wau Collectif – Mouhamodou Lo and His Children

2 Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Rooftop Garden (feat. George Xylouris)

3 Divide and Dissolve – Denial

4 Melissa Pons – Gerês

5 Chris Wood – The Wolfless Years

6 Nihil Impvlse – Thanatological Singularity

7 Jyoti – Ancestral Duckets

8 Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra – Doin‘ The Carvin‘ For Thabo

9 Chant Electronique – Kamen Gori

10 Cosmo Sheldrake – Beech

11 Kutin – Dirty Gurdy

12 Divide and Dissolve – We Are Really Worried About You

13 Ludwig van Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata I Adagio Sostenuto

14 Hannah Catherine Jones – Owed to Summer Madness

15 Northern Cree Singers – Red Skin Girl (A Tribe Called Red Remix)

16 SBSM – Work


18 Group Inerane – Kuni Majagani

19 Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Ever New

20 Moor Mother – Act 2 – Circuit Break

21 Northern Cree Singers – Red Tint

22 Orchestra Baobab – Mouhamadou Bamba

23 Sudan Archives – Water

24 Senyawa, Colin Stetson & Woody Jackson – Paradise Mercifully Departed

25 Tirzah – Holding On

26 Hannah Catherine Jones – Ubaba Natal

27 Maggie Nicols – Aug 5th 2020

28 Ljudvägg- Skeppsrå

29 Yannis Kyriakides & Electra – Face I: Appearance of Form

30 Leveret – Rain on the Woodpile – Terminus

31 Yannick Dauby – Dit lip hue hng

32 Bokani Dyer – Ke Nako

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