• Amir Mashayekhi

SATELLITE SELECTS - October 2020: New Music From Rian Treanor, John Frusciante, Actress, and More

Each monthly Spotify playlist, ordered by premiere date, focuses on showcasing at least one song from forward-thinking electronic music released during that timeframe.

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Welcome to another edition of SATELLITE SELECTS. October was a highly anticipated month for us as we were teased with summer announcements of new releases from both potent newcomers and distinct maestros of the electronic world. Thankfully, I am here to report that the month lived up to its abundant hype, except with many twists and surprises. Our expectations were surely blown away, just maybe not by who we anticipated to deliver some of our favorite releases of the year.


Reviewed earlier this month in its own article was "Cosmic Transmission" by Zenker Brothers, easily one of our best albums of the year. Aside from that, below are more of our favorite releases from October, followed by the Spotify playlist and written track list to archive since the playlist is updated each month.


Though our monthly playlists are usually about 20-30 tracks long, because of the sizeable amount of releases this past October, we had to cap it at 50.


Rian Treanor - File Under UK Metaplasm (Planet Mu)

Released on October 2nd, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


Only a year after releasing his debut full-length project, Rian Treanor returns to the legendary Planet Mu label to deliver a standout sophomore album full of club-ready tracks, except the setting of said dancefloor lies beneath the foreground of a rundown, futuristic venue. Every song included sits on the same 90/180 BPM tempo but provide different results each time. Treanor does a stellar job at fusing jungle, dancehall, and juke/footwork with sharp-edged synths and brain-tickling drum arrangements.

Favorite tracks: Hypnic Jerks, Vacuum Angle, Metaplasm


Hyph11e - Aperture (SVBKVLT)

Released on October 16th, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


Excuse the gut-wrenching, NSFW cover art - I promise that the album hidden within is worth it.

One of the most compelling music stories to follow over the last few years has been the emergence of China's underground electronic scene. Specifically in Shanghai, the SVBKVLT crew has sonically taken over clubs around the world, providing DJs a wide range of secret weapons for their sets. Their newest release is the debut album of Hyph11e, one that lives up to what the label is known for: eerie pads, chopped up breaks, thumping low-end, and an overall sneak peek of club music's dystopian future.


Favorite tracks: Knots, Doppelganger, Shatter


Audeka - Leisure Lands (YUKU)

Released on October 22nd, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


Emerging from the infamous netlabel MethLab comes a new project named YUKU, which pushes an interesting digital/physical exclusivity concept to its devoted listeners. Their newest release comes from Wisconsin-based trio Audeka, best known for their monumental work in the 2010s neuro/glitch hop era. Though their newest EP does rekindle some of the elements that created their identity, it feels like complete progression and maturity all around. It boasts a new arsenal of production tools and a fitting art style, making it one of our favorite overall releases this month.


Favorite tracks: Snails Gets Armor, Until The Morning, Batu


John Frusciante - Maya (Planet Mu)

Released on October 23rd, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


One of the biggest surprises this year (not like we needed more of those) came from legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. Adding another accolade to his fabled career, he ditches his old acid house Trickfinger alias to release the first electronic album under his real name. His longtime friend and collaborator Venetian Snares welcomes him onto his Timesig imprint, a sublabel from none other than Planet Mu. The album is a clear nod to the glory days of dusty jungle and drill 'n' bass, a time capsule of the label's early releases, yet aged like fine wine.


Favorite tracks: Blind Aim, Reach Out, Anja Motherless


Actress - Karma & Desire (Ninja Tune)

Released on October 23rd, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


After a long-awaited year since its initial announcement and strong yet teasing prequel released back in July, British producer Actress is back on our radar with his seventh studio album, this time fusing his recent experimentation in ambient music with his past club roots. The byproduct is an album unafraid to get as emotional as it is groovy - full of warm-bodied soundscapes yet always follows up with a rhythmic track that is ready to (eventually) attack the dancefloor. The sonic diversity of this record is merely one of the many qualities of his acclaimed work over the last decade and beyond.


Favorite tracks: XRAY, Loose, Diamond X

We hope you enjoy our selection of new music to discover; a typed list is provided below for archiving purposes as the Spotify playlist is updated each month to showcase new releases.


SATELLITE SELECTS - OCTOBER 2020: TRACK LIST (ARTIST - TRACK NAME)

  1. Curios - Lantuk

  2. Lloyd Stellar - The Ordeal

  3. Rian Treanor - Hypnic Jerks

  4. Addison Groove - Brand New Drop (Thys Remix)

  5. Gyrofield - The True

  6. Loraine James - The Starting Point

  7. Surgeon - Crater 101

  8. DJ Plead - Going for It

  9. THUGWIDOW - Order of the Crew

  10. Euglossine - Brains In The Vat

  11. Morphology - Triangulum

  12. Tom Hall - 1542

  13. Former & Posij - Missle

  14. TMSV - Ritalin Jam

  15. Malsum - Artificial Evolution

  16. Machinedrum & Jesse Boykins III - Wait 4 U

  17. Mary Lattimore - Til A Mermaid Drags You Under

  18. Numinos - San 3am

  19. Seskamol - Summit

  20. Zenkers Brothers - Sphere Force

  21. Border One - Split

  22. Historical Repeater - Paranoia

  23. Huerta - Explorateur

  24. Hyph11e - Shatter

  25. Ivy Lab - Baywatch 480p

  26. Autechre - Metaz form8

  27. Tim Arndt & Near The Parenthesis - Second

  28. Audeka - Batu

  29. Luke Sanger - Through the Muddied Glass

  30. Rumpistol - Last Venture At The Edge Of The World

  31. Arigto & Nicolas Savva - Prancing on the Edge of the Abyss

  32. Actress & Christel Well - Loose

  33. John Frusciante - Blind Aim

  34. Coco Bryce - Blacklist

  35. Mikal - Subterrestrial

  36. Was A Be - The Walk

  37. LCY - Milan

  38. Eliphino - Eddy

  39. Delay Grounds - Stompy

  40. Air Max '97 - Triple Pendulum

  41. Ternion Sound - The 14th

  42. Commodo - Crooked Law

  43. Sorrow - Mourner VIP

  44. Mad Zach & Yunis - Ballerina Mechanique

  45. Little Snake & Amon Tobin - Loophole

  46. Nkisi - La Parole

  47. Autechre - X4

  48. DJ Ride & Subp Yao - Gotta Act

  49. TOBACCO - Mythemim

  50. Oneohtrix Point Never - No Nightmares


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