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Mantis Radio 182 – FZV

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This week we’ve another live from our studio session – London’s Richard Herbert, better known as FZV. Prior to that an hour of new music with DVNT, including Anodyne, Container, Pinch + Mumdance, Ontal, Cold Spring and Death Grips linked – the i.l.y’s.

the i.l.y’s – All She Does is Kill Shit [thirdworlds]
Totemic – Thunder [SoundCloud]
Acronym – In The Swamp [Northern Electronics]
Storms With Windows -Inter-media- Melancholy Soup [Storms With Windows]
Hydergine – Sensing Wave [EXAEQUO]
A Thousand Details – Viral Perditionem [Wretched]
Container – Cushion [Spectrum Spools]
Anodyne – Crossed Swords [Acroplane]
Kotra – Perehid [Kvitnu]
Pinch & Mumdance – Big Slug feat. Riko Dan [Tectonic]
Andrea Belluzzi – 13 [SUB tl]
Synus0006 – Modern (Ontal remix) [B4ck6roundno1se]
JoeFarr – Mormon Shuffle [Leisure System]
Cha-os – This Is Too Much Bass (UKEdit) [Super Rhythm Trax]
Snow Bone – Lost Ancient Language [Lobster Theremin]
Anodyne – darkenergy [Acroplane]
Storms With Windows – Hash Mites [Storms With Windows]
Iron Fist Of The Sun – Insignificant [Cold Spring]


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Herbert’s FZV project started around 1999 with a long running series of ‘synth and drum machine releases on UK IDM/electronica label Ai Records. His production name dates from this time – “it’s the filename extension for a Casio FZ-series synth/sampler voice”. Herbert continues to, as he puts it “mine the depths of 1980’s synth architecture” .

The FZV sound hardened through the 2000’s through association with and livesets on free party soundsystems and at DIY nights – including Abacus; Ill Eagle/Ill FM; Headfuk derivatives No Fixed Abode, Noise ‘r’ us + Riot squad records; Mortal Bass; Praxis Berlin; Sonic; Noise=Noise; and most especially Hekate, Pitchless Industries and DIT art collective Randomartists. Along the way travelling to Paris, Berlin, Prague and Rome with ‘The Plot Thickens’ multidisciplinary events (in some fantastic re-purposed venues) and facilitating noise events at ‘Temporary Autonomous Art’ happenings, documented by releases on Bad Sekta, Hekate/Randomartists, Rag & Bone Records, his own DIY label Anathematica, and as co-host of the Pitchless Industries monthly broadcast on Ill FM.

The last few years have seen the FZV project on hiatus, but Herbert is back producing new material and performing live again, already with appearances at Crux and dark ambient event Deliquium. In the pipeline are an upcoming remix for Darkfloor faves Combat Recordings and “an ‘anonymous’ contribution to a venerable C8 label”.

His back catalogue is available for free/donation via Bandcamp, including the excellent Soundsump and still-the-business 2006 Rag & Bone released Assimilator / Leviathan.

Mantis Radio returns, June 23rd with Pale Noir’s Mahr.

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