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Track of the Day #3: Bodhi - Deliquesce (Ifan Dafydd Remix)

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BBC 6 Music dedicated much of its playlist last Friday to its 100 'Greatest Hits' since the station's inception a decade ago. It was a list voted for by the station's listeners, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise - as happens with most democratic votes - that the safe and familiar triumphed over the risky and adventurous.

Seven of the top 10 artists are what you could call white bread indie bands, if you were feeling dismissive (although there is quite some distance between Flaming Lips and Arctic Monkeys, say).

Reaction to the list has been interesting. John Robb's leftfield culture website, Louder Than War, posted an article bemoaning the lack of a real 'alternative' - in the vein of the late John Peel's brave and broad-ranging late night music shows, calling 6 Music a "sort of hip Radio 2".

Robb wrote the definitive biography of The Stone Roses, one of Peel's least favourite bands, and - arguably - the root to which most of 'indie' music's prevalent conservatism can be traced... even if they, as a band, cited influences that were more broad ranging than the trad rock and psych elements the likes of Oasis took from them.

For the most part, the negative comments about 6 Music's 100 Greatest Hits focused on how middle of the road it all sounded: "Where was the noise? Where was the punk?"

I have some empathy with that point of view. The thing is, there's nothing particularly experimental or 'alternative' about noise or punk, these days. In my experience, most of the fascinating 'alternative' (I'll keep putting it in inverted commas, because I think the notion of 'alternative' music is somewhat ludicrous) music being made in Wales at the moment is made by electronic DJs and producers.

Extrapolating that to a UK-wide level, it is surprising how little electronic music there is on 6 Music's list, given that the new millennium has seen the flowering of so many different sub genres of electronic music, due - in no small part - to increasingly affordable digital technology.

Seems we - or at least the listeners to 6 Music - still hanker after a good tune, regardless of the education they got from Peel... maybe because of the education they got from Peel. Perhaps there are only so many Napalm Death, or Guitar Wolf, or Throbbing Gristle tracks a human mind can be exposed to safely... like thorium in the thyroid.

Bodhi are Cardiff-based producers Luke and Olly. They make eloquent and crafted house music that manages the not insubstantial trick of fulfilling the dancefloor's expectations, whilst still sounding fresh.

Their new EP is out now on Grizzly Records.

Today's track comes from that EP. It's Ifan Dafydd's glorious remix of Bodhi's Deliquesce. It is cutting edge, electronic and melodic as hell: a technicolour dreamcoat of snipped up soulful vocals, so artfully strung together it forges a direct and immediate connection between the synapses in your eardrums and your awe neurons.

Dafydd shared a flat with James Blake when the two of them were studying music at Goldsmith's College in London, and many people who write about Ifan like to glory in the similarities in both of their approaches. There's a shared aesthetic, for sure - but celebrating one and denying the other - simply on the basis that they both like a cut up vocal - would be like denying yourself all garage psych bar the Electric Prunes because they have a fuzzy guitar on them.

The devil - as always - is in the detail.

This is another wonderful trip through Ifan's dizzying mind. An album of tracks as vibrant with this unfettered joy for sound, and whether he makes it on to 6 Music's 20th anniversary Greatest Hits chart will be nothing more than a moot point.

soundcloud.com/bodhi-music/bodhi-deliquesce-ifan-dafydd

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