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half-wozniak-mute-swanIn a surprise announcement, two of the UK’s preeminent sonic sculptors are releasing a split single, with all proceeds to benefit DKFM station operations. Half, via Gateshead, burst on the scene with their first single “Mind Laps”, and immediately caught attention around the globe. Awash in reverb, strummed rhythm and a slowly unfolding progression, “Mind Laps” broke enough genre molds to earn a permanent rotation space in the first month of release. Jonny Gray’s original project has continued to evolve, leading up to the debut LP Here Lies, released this April.

Wozniak, on the other hand, has been experimenting with textures and dynamics since mid-2013. Never predictable, and impossible to pigeonhole, Wozniak draws from post-rock, shoegaze, occasional tribal rhythms, with dashes of psych thrown in for good measure. Always unique, always challenging, and expanding your musical boundaries. That’s what we’ve come to expect from Wozniak.

In this new split-single release, we chatted up Jonny (Half) and Simon (Wozniak) for more info.

DKFM: Tell us about your contribution to this release, and how it came together?

Jonny (Half): I had the guitar parts left over from my album. I still thought they had potential, but wasn’t sure where to take them. I’d been a fan of Wozniak since hearing Snow Effect on DKFM and just sent Simon an email to see if they’d be up for a collaboration – things just progressed from there.

Simon (Wozniak): When Jonny got in touch I was really intrigued to see what we could come up with together. I had originally thought of remixing Mute Swan, but when I began to make some new sounds I really felt like it came together and a collaboration began to feel more natural than a remix. It’s a good mix of Half and Wozniak – hypnotic guitar parts underpinned by modulating drones!

DKFM: What made you take up this banner, and decide to support DKFM?

Jonny (Half): Both Half and Wozniak are super grateful for the support DKFM has shown us in the past and because the station indirectly brought us together, it just felt right. I’m just keen to repay the support in some small way.

We at DKFM couldn’t be more grateful for the support of quality artists, and dedicated listeners. Keep an eye peeled, release of the new “name-your-price” single is imminent, with proceeds benefiting DKFM!

Split single “Mute Swan” preorder link here. Follow Wozniak on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Half on Twitter and Soundcloud.

World Premiere this weekend comes from AIRS, with the title track from their excellent forthcoming EP, ‘Apart’. We won’t tell you when you can hear it, just to stay one step ahead of Russian music bootleggers. When you’re Airs, that’s just how it is. Expect our interview with Airs shortly, and we’ll chat some about it. We’re pushing much new music this weekend, including “Mind Laps” from HALF, out now on Border Series, and the new single released today from Worries.  Plus a pre-release track from Basic Nature, an unreleased demo from Mosaicz that shines, new music from FOREVR, Alien Boy, 3701, Mew, A Tuesday Weld, Saturno Devorando, La Casa al Mare, Bad, Kitsch!!, Holy Machine, Title Fight, Daydream Nation, The Microdance and a whole lot more. Plus we go deep with the new album Last Forever from WESTKUST, finally released this week.

But we’re still spinning shiny songs from Maria False, Crown the Invisible, Ask For Joy, Wishyunu, Wolf Alice, Aerial Love Feed, Yeti Island, This Social Coil, Velódromo, This Love Is Deadly, City of Me, Moon King, Single Lash, Astrobrite, and Maff. We’ll add these choice cuts to our current stable of fresh treats from Reina Republicana, Death of the Author, La Casa al Mare, Sunset Images, Weird, The Lost Jackets, Tibican, Blonde Tongues, SPC ECO, Marriages, Echo Lake, Twin Studies, Noir For Rachel, Garbo, CJM, The Marbles Jackson, Reverse, Allegra Lusini, dodecahedron, Daydream Cathedral, Coloring Electric Like and MUCH more.

8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Internet Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Latin America relay: try Radio Terra. And still commercial-free everywhere! You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed.

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