WARMER MIXTAPES #1386 | by Kobe Cafe [Luft]
1. The Who | Baba O'Riley
The real selling point of the song is the incredible synth intro; accounts have varied over the years, but people have claimed that they inputted the Life Information about the Indian mystic Meher Baba into a synthesizer to create the part.
2. Daft Punk | Digital Love
They have stood the test of Time in the World's most fickle industry. They're the best at it. Digital Love is probably the best Dance song ever made, a beautiful piece of Electronic Music. Discovery is, I think, another of the best albums released in my short existence. I think Interstella 5555: The 5tory Of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem made it far better too. I can't believe it took me so long to watch it!
3. Porter Robinson | Fellow Feeling
A robust orchestral burst of somber emotion.
4. Moby | We Are All Made Of Stars
Here, over his sad Electro-ish tune, Moby sings a simple and heartwarming tale with a big chorus about how, according to a slightly hippyish notion, we're all made out of exploded stars. That's Moby for you - quite nice, and getting straight to the heart of the Anti-Matter.
5. The Durutti Column | Otis
Another favorite jam is Otis, with Pol's live singing and Connell's keyboards combining with a brisk synth loop, building Mitchell drums, an astonishing, uplifting Reilly guitar line, and the legendary singer Mr. Redding himself in a combination that needs to be heard.
6. The Postal Service | Nothing Better
The opening line recalls the Title And Registration, which Gibbard would record with Death Cab For Cutie later for their breakout album, Transatlanticism. Nothing Better is still perfect romantic-mixtape fare, especially the line about making you my bride and slowly growing old together.
7. MGMT | Time To Pretend
Y’know, writing songs about making money and marrying models, only to ultimately choke on your own vomit and die. But with lines like This is our decision, to live fast and die young... We’ve got the vision, now let’s have some fun! and I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars, it was a strangely honest look on Life. It was the perfect single from the weird and beautiful world of MGMT.
8. Chet Faker | Cigarettes & Loneliness
The lyrics in this Chet tune just connect with me in a peaceful manner. The rhythmic textures of Cigarettes & Loneliness conjures a similar, overbearing futility. This has been my essential tune for those times when you wake up and catch the Sun before it rises. While the cold wind hits my face and I just look out into the Wild. With coffee in one hand and my iPod Classic in the other. It's pleasing in a way.
9. The Beatles | Hello, Goodbye
This list is very Electronic filled, so I decided to throw this one in. This is Music for the Soul. The song's simplicity, much like previous single All You Need Is Love, was tailored to be understood by an international audience. Its childlike lyrics chimed with the times, perhaps a side-effect of the regressive spirit of LSD.
10. Bob Sinclar | Love Generation (with Gary Pine)
Thanks to its island feel, Reggae sound, and strong Acoustic guitar, it will indeed get you moving. So much so, that it will make you want to dance with someone as it asks you to Be the Love Generation.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1385 | by Matthew Revert
1. Vanessa Rossetto | Whole Stories
I wrote at length about Rossetto’s work for issue 1 of Surround some time back, but that essay was largely analytical in nature, whereas my connection with Rossetto’s Music is more emotional. The title track from her most recent solo release, Whole Stories, stands apart for me in terms of the enormity of its emotional content. I was lucky enough to have insight into each stage of this piece’s construction, from the capturing of initial Field Recordings to the each carefully grown iteration until it became the staggering piece of Music it became. I view Whole Stories as a somber tribute to Life itself and how our despairs can shape our path forward. It is harrowing and beautiful in equal measure.
2. Burning Witch | Sacred Predictions
This track is indicative of my interest in Metal, which spanned a great portion of my life and, fifteen years ago, was essentially all I listened to. I was particularly attracted to the oppressive ugliness that emerged from the Doom/Sludge scenes and Burning Witch typified this while maintaining an utterly idiosyncratic sound, thanks in large part to Edgy’s unhinged vocal delivery and the single-mindedness of the instrumental attack.
3. Keith Rowe/Jon Tilbury | Cathnor
The release of Duos For Doris in 2003 coincided with my move away from exclusively listening to Metal and demarcated my introduction to the area of Music commonly known as Eai. The sense of melancholy permeating the 70-minutes of Cathnor is overwhelming. Tilbury’s mother had died two days before these recording sessions and each carefully executed sound is a tribute to the embodiment of this recently lost life. Perhaps due to my own experiences with Death, I have always felt a very close connection to this record.
4. The Shadow Ring | Watch The Water
I could have picked so many different pieces from Graham Lambkin’s world of Music, but I thought it best to single out a piece I heard prior to knowing Graham in any way. This recording dates back to 1997 when Lambkin, along with Darren Harris and Tim Goss were part of the curio known as The Shadow Ring. The best way I can summarize my opinion of this Music would be to state that, to my ears, this is exactly the way a band should sound - stripped to the viscera with each component given a voice. As a writer, the emphasis on spoken word was also very exciting to me and helped me understand how the worlds of Writing and Music could come together.
5. Luc Ferarri | Presque Rien N°1 Ou Le Lever Du Jour Au Bord De La Mer
Ferrari’s Presque Rien taught me the importance of noticing the World around me and discovering the constantly unfolding Music within. It allowed me to see profundity in quotidian moments and genuinely helped me engage more completely with the World at large. Those who really listen to Presque Rien are given a piece of Ferrari’s famous wandering ear to call their own.
6. Hans Krüsi | EX HK. (Excerpts) (Side B)
I only discovered the work of Krüsi last year and have been obsessed ever since. To date only the one LP of untitled excerpts compiled from private tapes exists, but these excerpts are incredible. It’s a collision of Field Recordings, Spoken Word and Art Brut calamity coming together to form something primal and utterly unique. I appreciate that the excerpts on this LP were seemingly made for no one other than Krüsi himself. This insularity is something I have tried to embrace with my own Music.
7. Ruth White | Evening Harmony
When I discovered Ruth White’s Flowers Of Evil LP, it felt like I was merely reacquainting myself with a memory. Everything about it seemed to exist within me despite the fact I had never heard it. Evening Harmony is genuinely spooky without being trite and Experimental without being dry. I actually managed to make contact with Ruth White a few years ago via her niece. I was going to send her one of my books, but ultimately decided she’d likely been through enough in her life without adding some Australian wanker sending her his silly book.
8. Jocy De Oliveira | Estória IV
I have never tried to learn anything about De Oliveira because I want to maintain that sense of mystery her Music imbues in me. Her Music isn’t performed as much as it’s exuded like a pheromone. No matter how much Music I hear, I have never encountered anything else that sounds quite like this and that singularity never ceases to inspire me.
9. Real Life | Send Me An Angel
From where I sit in Life at this moment, it would be fair to say that Send Me An Angel would be a fitting summary of my childhood. This was released the year after I was born and seeped into me at an early stage in my development, before the concept of Music had arrived. It was really with the prominent use of this song in the movie-length Nintendo ad The Wizard that this song became a greater part of me though. To say I was obsessed with The Wizard would be an understatement. I have always found something impossibly sad about this song.The way the backing vocals confront the plea of don’t give up with an immediate give up is something I find both tragic and confronting.
10. Liam O'Gallagher | Border Dissolve In Audiospace
I have selected O’Gallagher’s Border Dissolve In Audiospace as an indicative example of my love for Sound Poetry primarily because it was the first piece I truly engaged with. I heard it as part of the seminal 10+2 American Text Sound compilation that came out in 1975. I think this piece serves as a good introduction because it is so entertaining and O’Gallagher’s back and forth with the different phone operators he interacts with possesses a near musical cadence.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1384 | by Jonathan Ducasse [John And The Volta]
1. Serge Gainsbourg | Ballade De Melody Nelson
The first time I heard this album, I fell in Love with the bass sound, the drum, Jane Birkin's voice. The strings arrangements on this record are gorgeous and all the instruments seem to be so alive. It changed the way I think and write bass lines. The French Sensuality.
2. Radiohead | Knives Out
This song haunted me for years and years. The melody still stabs my heart. Amnesiac is my bedtime album.
3. James Blake | Retrograde
New generation of composer/producer, I like the way he works, DIY. James Blake is a virtuoso. Like an architect, searching a deep construction for emotions. Here, a Minimal beat and an amazing overlaying of synthesizers alongside beautiful song writing.
4. Air | Playground Love (The Virgin Suicides Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
French band, the soundtrack of The Virgin Suicides by Sofia Coppola. Timeless song. My Sunday morning song.
5. Neil Young | Out On The Weekend
I discovered Neil Young pretty late. This song is the first that I heard and I think it'll stay the Neil Young that I love. Without electric distorted guitar, just acoustic guitar - piano – strings, and his amazing voice. In this song, the position of the drum in the Stereo mix is surreal.
6. Beck | Paper Tiger
Our sound engineer checks the sound system with this track. It's always a pleasure when the drum starts the song. We can clearly hear the reference to Histoire De Melody Nelson... Drum – Bass – Guitars – Strings.
7. Björk | Unravel
I'm a massive fan of Björk, hard for me to chose one track.
8. Portishead | The Rip
This classical guitar is so sick, seems to be recorded in the middle of the night, slumped on an old sofa.
9. Blonde Redhead | Elephant Woman
I discovered Blonde Redhead with a friend many years ago, but the emotional strength of this song is still the same. The voice of Kazu Makino is probably the sexiest voice I've ever heard.
10. Ultraísta | Gold Dayzz
I dream to work with Nigel Godrich. In Gold Dayzz the bass & drum lines are so elegant. Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker on drum. A dream team.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1383 | by Tahir Panton of New Kingston
1. Steel Pulse | A Who Responsible?
My father took me to a Steel Pulse show many years ago and it completely went over my head. I never paid any attention to them. The day I heard this song I played True Democracy in its entirety and the moment the album started I was hooked. This song solidified them in my personal Reggae Hall Of Fame!
2. Third World | Roots With Quality
I wasn't familiar with many Third World songs, only Jah Glory, Try Jah Love, 96° In The Shade. It was such a pleasure to hear them play what we call a one two riddim and complement the riddim so well. I'm a simple man and I like when people can make simple Music sound so big!
3. Protoje | Who Knows (feat. Chronixx)
The composition of this song was executed perfectly. The two artists and the producer came together and made a masterpiece. Not to mention the video is top notch. This is a song I can see myself not listening to for a while and then hearing it and loving it like the first time I heard it.
4. Bob Marley And The Wailers | Natural Mystic
This track will ever be branded in my head as the go to song for DJs to turn up the vibes in a party. There is no other baseline out there like this one.
5. Bobby Caldwell | What You Won't Do For Love
Smooth song all across the board. Vocally, instrumentally and everything in between makes this song great from the start.
6. Dennis Brown | Should I
When we use to play Cover Music in the clubs this was one of my favorite songs to play.
7. Garnett Silk | Kingly Character
This track is always refreshing to get ears. Can drop this anytime of the day and it connects with me.
8. Gregory Isaacs | Rumours
I use to sing this song in the clubs. It was one of the only songs I sung at a point and I always looked forward to it.
9. Bob Marley & The Wailers | So Much Trouble In The World
One of the greatest Bob songs of all time in my humble opinion. The production sounds new age but still vintage Marley.
This was the only Music I'd listen to at a point in my life. Everything produced in this era was gold.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1382 | by Vicente Milioto Da Palma [Vhyce]
1. Al Green | Simply Beautiful
I was listening to the radio while taking a bath and that song came in. Immediately fell in Love with it. Had a hard time finding what was the name of the track and who was singing it as I forgot the lyrics by the time I got out. But I finally did. Now I’ve got every Al Green records. Including his Christmas songs.
2. Young Marble Giant | Include Me Out
My father offered me the album when I was born. Still one of my favorites now. I like the way it sounds a bit naive. Hard to pick one track out of it as it works as a whole.
3. The Velvet Underground | Who Loves The Sun (Alternate Mix)
Alternate Mix for me. Love the whole Loaded vibe. Make me think of a sunny after party. Everybody still dancing, but you know the closing is coming.
4. Marie Laforêt | A Domani Amore (The Sha La La Song)
Italian version of A Demain My Darling. I have something for 60s Pop Music. I remember hearing Marie Laforêt’s Ivan, Boris Et Moi as a child and thinking it was a happy song, but then a year ago as I was planting tomatoes I heard that song again on the radio and was surprised how wrong I was.
5. Elliott Smith | Everything Reminds Me Of Her
It kinda works as a duo with the next one on the album Everything Means Nothing To Me. The 25 Most Played playlist from my iPod features 16 Elliott Smith songs. So I guess some might say I kinda like his Music.
6. Stevie Wonder | I Was Made To Love Her
One of my favorite Stevie Wonder song. I’m really into Motown stuff and I guess you can hear it in the Music I make. There’s also a cover by The Beach Boys.
7. Jeanette | Porque Te Vas
Discovered this one in an Ivan Smagghe interview, even though I’m pretty sure having heard it before. I like the way you're somehow Time travelling when you hear something that you’ve been listening to at some point. French version is also cool.
8. John Frusciante | Running Away Into You
Sad, isn’t it? Never been a fan of his former band, but I’m really into Frusciante’s work. This one comes from his first solo album Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt. I think he wasn’t having the best time of his life while recording it. There’s an intriguing documentary called Stuff made by Johnny Depp which captures that period. I heard his next one would be Acid House.
9. Syd Barrett | Terrapin
I really love you... And I mean you. I highly rate everything by Syd Barrett. Again, can’t say the same about his former band. No disrespect.
10. Devendra Banhart | Legless Love...
I started recording stuff, arranging loops and making noises about the time I discovered the album. I think my love for background atmosphere and Lo-Fi stuff may lie here. I’m all about those claps.