My KUTX: Botany

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My KUTX // September 26, 2020

Austin’s Spencer Stephenson makes electronic music under the name of Botany, and there’s something very fitting to his chosen moniker. His songs feel like they were grown more than consciously constructed; they’re dense webs of sound instead of discrete parts. Stephenson’s immersive environments knit together psychedelia, hip-hop, and electronic strains, and at their core is a subtle emotional center, like a memory you can’t quite place or a dream just out of grasp.

Stephenson releases End The Summertime F(or)ever this week, his first album in four years. As our guest DJ, he shares an hour of music that continues to inspire him. From meteor showers to distant thunderstorms, a lot of these songs soundtracked his experiences with the natural world, another element in Botany’s own particular soundworld. Hear Botany’s My KUTX on Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the top of the page. Also, hear Stephenson talk about his new album, his recording techniques, and more with Soundfounder.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


[intro music: Botany – “Once We Die”]

1. Broadcast – “Echo’s Answer”

2. Four Tet – “Hands”

3. David Axelrod – “Song Of Innocence”

4. Caribou – “Pelican Narrows”

5. De La Soul – “Stakes Is High”

6. The Avalanches – “Two Hearts In 3/4 Time”

7. Colleen – “Your Heart On Your Sleeve”

8. Madlib – “Spanish Bells (High Dreams)”

9. Odd Nosdam – “Profane Bong Sue”

10. Semya – “Mysty Garden”

11. Boards Of Canada – “Bocuma”

12. J Dilla – “Bye.”

13. Botany – “Kirby Overworld Flip”

14. Pharoah Sanders – “Greeting To Saud (Brother McCoy Tyner)”

15. Duster – “Gold Dust”

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