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Occasional beats and bleeps as curated by guest Melbournians and international creative types.

AP x Liquid Architecture: Lilly Kane

Ritual Community Music is a year-long program of music experiences curated around the age-long association that music has to ritual, and ritual has to community. To bring the summer closer, and to close the year, local legends of experimental music Liquid Architecture bring us a mix by Lilly Kane which explores what a transnational community sounds like. Mat Spisbah, the program curator, introduces the last event of the year, a night of experimental rave on 8th December at Howler.

AP x Liquid Architecture: Why Listen to Plants?

In her latest work 'Why Listen To Plants?' sound curator Danni Zuvela invites listeners to spend time with plants and listen to them, in the shared space of sound. So often the loudest voices are the ones we hear in our society, but 'Why Listen To Plants' reminds us that the quiet also have things to say. J.G Biberkopf has created an engaging soundscape, to get you in the mood.

AP x Liquid Architecture: Eavesdropping

Eavesdropping is a part of life: we hear things that are not intended for us all the time. Yet the word’s meaning has changed over time. For our second collaboration with Liquid Architecture, sonic artist and researcher Sam Kidel has prepared us a mixtape that uncouples voice and personhood: “I created the mix as a tool for feeling into unsettled experiences of voice.”

AP x Liquid Architecture: AOYE MIX by Chun Yin Rainbow Chan

This year, Assemble Papers has partnered up with Liquid Architecture for our EARS series: throughout 2018, we will be in dialogue on sound and space with Danni Zuvela and Joel Stern, the co-artistic directors of LA. Our first mix of the year is an invitation into thinking about polyphony as a form of sociality.

Blame Joanne mix by Toni Yotzi

Named 'one of Melbourne's most tasteful deejays', Perth-bred Toni Yotzi's tunes will lead us into the summer solstice celebrations at the zero-waste, solar-powered Off The Grid festival in the ACCA forecourt on 22 December. Ahead of the event, she's prepared an exclusive EARS mix for us, merging obscure sounds with irresistible beats for months of summery listens.

Escape to the Suburbs mix by Xander Byng

Local label founder, podcaster, DJ and more: Xander Byng's talents traverse the musical universe. We bring you a mixtape from the Melbourne-based party-maker, developed as a meditation on psychogeography: “I’ve always found that experiencing unfamiliar settings, especially in a familiar environment, really helps me to think more positively."

Under and Over and Into and Between Mix by Jon Tjhia

For Assemble Papers, musician, podcaster, and Wheeler Centre senior digital editor Jon Tjhia has created a mixtape that combines expansive minimalism and 'very stretched out sound' with different takes on the human voice: "I pushed the mix through some heavy handed dynamic compression because I wanted its parts to squash together and have no option but to interact."

Where on Earth? mix by Louise Terra

Fresh from a sonic tour of Eastern and Western Europe, Louise Terra of Sugar Fed Leopards has made us a mixtape: "This playlist talks to the ambient and hypnotic elements in electronic music that I love, with a mix of old European folk music and a few bombastic erratic rhythmic tracks, for impact."

Heart Openers mix by Big Rig

When she isn't writing songs and singing for Melbourne outfit The Harpoons, Bec Rigby DJs under the name Big Rig. Lately, she's been busy co-organising the Coal Blimey! fundraiser for the resistance against the Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland. Here, she shares a hearfelt mix ahead of the event.

Songs for Bongo mix by Miss Goldie

Equally at home playing a dancefloor set as she is spinning slow & sweet deep soul, Melbourne tastemaker Miss Goldie (a.k.a. host of PBS show Boss Action) will appear at solar-powered music and arts festival Off the Grid in the ACCA Forecourt on Wednesday 21 December. Ahead of the event, she shares this exclusive EARS mix with us, packed with lovingly selected soulful tunes.

Emotional ‘90s Trance mix by Golden Girls

Golden Girls write songs about love, sex and literature, blending hard beats and soft vocals with deep subs and melodic bass. On Sat 10 Dec they’ll be appearing at Blow-Up in Brunswick: a one-night festival inside a blown-up inflatable structure conceived in association with RMIT Architecture's Pneumatic Structures Unit. Jake from Golden Girls shared this mix ahead of the party.

Liminal Space mix by Millú

We're gearing up for the second instalment of our live EARS series at MPavilion, happening on Friday 16 December and soundtracked by Melbourne-via-LA musician Chela and Melbourne DJ Millú. To get us in the mood, we asked Millú to share a mix that manifests her signature, genre-hopping style of esoteric rhythms and jams from around the world – this is the result.

Everything is Dangerous mix by Prudence Rees-Lee

Just days after the US election results were announced, Melbourne-via-LA musician Prudence Rees-Lee put together this EARS mix comprising songs of protest and revolution. From Gil Scott-Heron to the Warumpi Band, Prudence's mix is a musical document of political resistance and action – listen and be inspired.

By Ourselves mix by Jennifer Loveless

Melbourne-via-Toronto DJ and 87.6 KISS FM broadcaster Jennifer Loveless has brought her fine selections of aural delights to the likes of Camp Nong, Daydreams, Gaytimes, Strawberry Fields, Rose Quartz Festival and more. Here, she shares an exclusive mix with us ahead of her set at our upcoming live EARS event at MPavilion on Fri 14 Oct.

Hard To Be A Diamond mix

Melbourne community radio station Triple R 102.7 FM is about to kick off its 2016 Radiothon from 19–28 Aug. To celebrate, we invited back the inaugural EARS mix contributors Lauren Taylor & Simon Winkler from Triple R's Thursday drive program Breaking & Entering. Exclusive to Assemble Papers, their special mix delivers shimmering samples, 24-carat club sounds and deep soul from around the world.

One of Us mix by Avery

On Friday 19 August, Melbourne DJ and photographer Avery will be warming up the dancefloor at Cool Room – a monthly party that aims to provide a safer space to enjoy house and techno tunes, with a focus on inclusion, safety and friendliness towards queer and trans communities. Ahead of the event, Avery has put together this exclusive mix designed to get you up and ready to hit the club.

Gentle Collisions mix by DJ Emoceans

DJ Emoceans (a.k.a. Melbourne artist Sheena Colquhoun) is always up for a conversation about why pop music is important. In this special mix for Assemble Papers, she deviates from the party tunes you can usually see her playing around town with this mix inspired by women who twist language into poetry into music. So grab a glass of wine and hop in. The water’s warm. Let’s get Emoceanal.

Do you know me? mix by V/A

Melbourne musician Raquel Solier has taken leave from her guise as left-field RnB diva Fatti Frances in favour of a new project, Various Asses (V/A). V/A’s self-described “body horror music” is an exploration of complex rhythmic foundations with ambient undertones, informed by a love of electronic, grime and future music. Get ready to get deep with this special mix created by V/A – not for the faint-hearted!

Warm-up mix by DJ Manchild

DJ Manchild knows a thing or two about funk. Ahead of his appearance at Inner Varnika festival over the Easter long weekend, DJ Manchild has made us a mix incorpating music sourced on his travels around the world, blending "Caribbean stoner disco, a dash of afrobeat, a pinch of cumbia and six kilos of funk."

Twilight Mix by Assemble Papers

Say hello to Assemble Papers' new editor, Sara Savage. Her first print issue won't come out until later this year (founding editor Eugenia Lim will continue to take the reins for Assemble Papers' imminent fifth issue), so consider this mix programmed by Sara as a 'soft introduction' to your new editor – and a little gift from us to you, to say thanks for being a part of the Assemble Papers community.

Ciao winter, time for a swim (and a tinny)

NO ZU's self-described "art-damaged sound" fuses the flavour of no-wave, boogie, dub, disco and salsa manifest into the band's very own ‘heat beat’. To herald the change in season (and in preparation for the hot, hot El Niño summer), Andrew Noble, NO ZU's drummer and percussionist, has put together this sultry mix for your listening pleasure.

Sleet mix by Moon Holiday

Sydneysider Alex Ward, aka Moon Holiday, brings you this mix for cooler, darker climes. A strong female electronic producer in a hyper male-dominated field, Moon Holiday has performed alongside Little Dragon, Karen O and Money Mark. Here, she shares her pre-winter “sleet mix" to add atmosphere and space for reflection to your daily, rainy commute.

‘Soukou jikan’ / transit time by DJ Susan

Becky Sui Zhen aka DJ Susan is a creative superpower. You may have heard her as one half of Melbourne duo Fox + Sui, fronting Sui et Sui or on vocals/percussion for NO ZU and Hot Palms. She also helps design the way we view culture with Art Processors (creators of MONA's 'O'), moonlights as a music video maker and is even big in Japan (every gaijin's dream). Here's Becky's Japan-inspired transit mix.

Summer; Sexier than Spring by DJ Dreaming

Shown here literally living summer, DJ Dreaming (aka Hazel Brown of Schoolhouse Studios and Two Bright Lakes) has immersed herself in heat of the sexier season to bring us this (destined to be on repeat) mix. Roll call the Aaliyahs and the Mariahs and the Oscar Key Sungs of the world. Hazel suggests it will sexify any of your day-to-day activities, and is especially sultry dishes-doing listening.