WARMER MIXTAPES #1347 | by Dylan Iuliano [The Delay In The Universal Loop] of VerdeIride and Lumina Solis
1. Aphex Twin | Polynomial-C
This tune from his Xylem Tube EP is my fave Aphex Twin track ever. Those beautifully sequenced modular melodies and polysynths sound like pure Mysticism. Whenever I listen to this track I am transported into surreal landscapes, radiated by a weird bluish daylight. I can relive every single minute of my existence through this. (Actually no, but it feels like that.)
2. Boards Of Canada | In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country
I used to listen to this awesome piece from BOC a lot when I realized Life wasn't as I expected and things around me were falling apart. It has a strong reference to Esoterism and the religious groups of the United States in the 50's and 60's I guess. This track's feeling is what I like to call Nostalgia Universale, which is the kind of nostalgia you won't be able to express in human words or through human experiences. Every time I want to meditate whatever-the-hell-this-thing we-call-Existence is, I play this EP on my turntable and picture the Spirit of Life softly whispering Come out, and live with a religious community in a beautiful place out in the country!... Goosebumps.
3. William Basinski | d|p 6
The whole idea behind Basinski's Disintegration Loops is just brilliant. The tapes were physically, literally disintegrating in his recorder while each one of these epic masterpieces was captured. I spend hours just lying in bed, lights off, enjoying the mind-blowing trips across the Cosmos this record can offer. It probably brings up some of the Ancestral shit buried deep underneath all this Post-Humanism. Makes me cry.
4. Black Moth Super Rainbow | Untitled Roadside Demo
At age 14 (back in the Winter of 2009), I went through one of the most emotionally and physically painful flares of my genetical disease, it kept me stuck in my house and in a huge pain for months. It got a little better in the summer, so I started hanging out again and everything would feel so new, so ravishing, so magic. Nothing was given for granted. Me and my good friend Orlando would go to this abandoned and said-to-be-haunted house in the countryside of my small hometown San Nazzaro, the house is commonly known as the Witches House and we would really go there on a daily-basis. We were always playing Black Moth Super Rainbow, their album Eating Us was barely coming out and we got it imported from the US to a local record store. From there on, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Tobaxxo held a special place in my heart. I've never seen that daylight ever again.
5. SONOIO | Scientist
Just one of the many wonderful things the Italian, LA based mastermind Alessandro Cortini came up with. I've been playing this track through some of the toughest times of my life and it describes that feeling of Powerlessness towards the Universe and the events. Another goddamn cigarette. Maybe everything will end, another random universe. Many know Alessandro for being a part of Nine Inch Nails, but there's so much more about Cortini. He has an unique approach to Composition, expecially on modular synthesizers (totally in love with his patches). I'd recommend everyone to go dig his past SONOIO albums Red & Blue, and the recent modular ones on Important Records, as well as the Modwheelmood and Blindoldfreak ones. Love everything this dude has put out so far, his Music really means a lot.
6. Marilyn Manson | The Last Day On Earth
It sounds weird to a lot of people, but I love Mechanical Animals. It is the first album I ever bought in my life, when I was 7. Many years passed, but I still consider these alien, nostalgic synthetic atmospheres one of my main inspirations in Music... Yesterday was a million years ago.
7. Andy Stott | Violence
A recent one, Andy Stott's Violence from his brand new Faith In Strangers LP. I relate this to Solitude, it's an almost Post-Apocalyptic anthem. Hits the deepest darkest spots of my soul, but in such a soft way that it cannot hurt. Sublime.
8. Nirvana | Verse Chorus Verse (Outtake, 1991)
+ Old Age... Listing 2 tracks (sorry! they complete each other), both are just rough demos, but they always meant way more than Nirvana's entire official discography to me. You can feel Cobain's exasperated sensitivity dripping through the vocals of these 2 pieces, beautiful chord progressions and a very nostalgic feeling. I was into Nirvana a lot at age 12 and 13. You know, that time of your life in Middle School where you're all pumped against Society and the World and you believe nobody around can understand you (LOL)... I still love the memories these tracks bring back anyways, and, although many years passed, I still recognize their beauty.
The grass is greener over here
you're the fog that keeps it clear
re-inventing what we knew
taken time is weird but true
You're the reason I feel pain
feels so good to feel again
9. Nine Inch Nails | The Fragile
Classic. There are many NIN albums/tracks I feel close to me, I picked this tune from the self-titled album The Fragile mainly 'cause it brings me back to my 2009 (again! ha). I was in love with this girl and when everything fell into pieces I would play this album and daydream of a better ending, or just a way to fix it. All that could have been. The Fragile is so melancholic. You can really tell Reznor was stuck in a circle that time of his life, since this album itself is a circle. He does not find a way out, he keeps entering the circle, again and again and again. I'm glad he was strong enough to dig into the Dark and express those feelings in Music, that was an amazing way to use his depression.
10. Air | Universal Traveler
Talkie Walkie is the best album the French duo Air has put out so far in my opinion, or at least the one I enjoy the most. There's no self-satisfaction, there's no unnecessary Experimentalism, the songs are so beautifully written that Minimalism was the only way to give them justice. Air's elegance reached its fullest peak in Universal Traveler, the cosmic lyrics and vocals, along with the beauty of those Analog synth sounds, takes your mind to somewhere unidentifiable. Air's Music is totally immune to the ugliness of this World.
1. Stereolab | Fluorescences
I love this song so much. It's one of my favorite Stereolab songs. I never get tired of listening to their songs. When I think about this song, I think about playing video games and listening to this song on repeat in a large social setting.
2. Pavement | Grounded
One of my favorite Pavement songs, and I'm sure a favorite to a lot of others. I don't have a whole lot to say about it. It's an extremely relaxed song, and really simple, but I find myself listening to it all the time.
3. The Strokes | Is This It
This is an amazing song. I can't think of a better feeling than listening to this in a car with my friends waiting for the bassline to come in and everyone mimicking it as it drops. I normally can't stand when people feel the need to prove something about knowing a lyric or part to a song for some reason, but I feel like in this case it's completely justified. What an awesome song.
4. Women | Black Rice
Women were a band from Calgary, Alberta, very close to my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. I remember the first time I heard this song, my friend Michael Rault had just gotten their record, and he played this song for me. I was completely blown away knowing that this Music came out of Alberta and there was nothing like it. I remember the Music scene around at the time was different. Brit Rock resurgence stuff and Dance Music were a huge thing at the time for me, and this was so insanely awesome and different from it. One of the best bands to come out of Canada.
5. Sloan | C'mon C'mon (We're Gonna Get It Started)
I recently started listening to Sloan a lot again. When I was about 17 I was really into them and completely forgot what an awesome band they are. This song is so great. It's so insanely Poppy like a Beatles song. I love the production and everything about this song.
6. The Smashing Pumpkins | Cherub Rock
I never listened to The Smashing Pumpkins until more recently. I always thought they were really annoying growing up. I've been getting into them lately and this song is so good. Billy Corgan is hard to get used to listening to. Whiney vocals over top of shoegazey stuff, but it works really well.
7. The Beatles | Blue Jay Way
Really crazy song, my friend Jon Lent turned me on to this one. Kind of a Beatles song that fell under the radar. I have great memories about Jon telling me about the use of Leslie speaker on this and us trying to record songs in his parents garage using Leslie speaker trying to copy it. So many songs that George Harrison did in The Beatles are so amazing.
8. Atlas Sound | Shelia
This is a perfect Pop song. I am a huge fan of Atlas Sound/Deerhunter and this song has always been a huge favorite of mine. I love Bradford Cox's voice so much. Huge fan.
9. Broadcast | Before We Begin
Broadcast is a really cool band, I feel like I could write an entire essay on why they are so great. I have a strange affinity for female vocals in this style. Give me a Stereolab or Broadcast song any day and I'm happy.
10. My Bloody Valentine | You Made Me Realise
This song is really great.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1345 | by Ryan Teague
1. Mokira | Untitled (3rd track on Album)
Hearing the Mokira LP Album led me to an embryonic Type Records who subsequently released my own music early on. Not only did I love this album, but it finally felt like I was part of a scene (albeit a disparate one!) representing New Ambient Music. This album was my guiding light around that time.
2. John Adams | Shaker Loops
I'd been exploring Classical Music a bit in my late teens, but never quite found what I was looking for - it was all too preoccupied with melody for me. I stumbled on Shaker Loops by accident and it was exactly what I had been looking for - it was the first time I'd heard Acoustic instrumentation speak in the kind of language I was familiar with in Electronic Music. This was hugely inspiring for me and was probably single-handedly responsible for my own adoption of Acoustic arrangements and techniques.
3. The Orb | Blue Room
I think this was the first time I really listened to Ambient Music as a young teenager and I was instantly drawn to their use of Textures, Space and Rhythm. I was listening to a lot of Pink Floyd at the time, so I was very drawn to Spacey Music, so this was the obvious next step which also set me on a path for all things Ambient/Electronica.
4. Colin McPhee | Tabuh-Tabuhan, Toccata For Orchestra And 2 Pianos: I. Ostinato (Performed by Eastman-Rochester Orchestra; Conductor: Howard Hanson)
This was the piece that first set me on a path towards Gamelan. A true masterpiece and clear forerunner to Minimalism from a largely unrecognised composer. Not only was it way ahead of it's time and one of the first pieces to incorporate authentic strands from beyond the Western Musical Language, it's also a thing of great beauty and accomplishment.
5. Vladislav Delay | Lokakuu
John Twells (Type Records) introduced my to Vladislav Delay when Demo(n) Tracks came out. Much like Mokira, this was hugely inspiring Music to me and it really felt like 21st Century Ambient Music. Apparently this album was constructed from fragments lost after a hard drive failure. If true, it's perhaps the best hard drive failure in History!
6. Nine Inch Nails | The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)
I think this NIN Remix Album was influential to a lot of people for different reasons at the time. It was significant to me in that it introduced me to Coil early on. This track The Downward Spiral (The Bottom) is possibly my all time favourite piece of Ambient Music. It's rhythmically and sonically incredible, especially when you consider the technology it was made on.
7. Gamelan Kyai Udan Arum | Gending Bonang Babar Layar
After discovering Colin McPhee, I begun exploring Gamelan Music in depth. It didn't take long to find the Nonesuch Explorer Series recordings which are probably the best Gamelan recordings that exist (appropriately some were sent into Space on Voyager). This piece in particular represents a vast and expansive composition which echoes hauntingly around the Javanese Pendopo whilst insects chatter in the distance.
8. Anton Webern | Five Movements, version for String Orchestra, Op. 5 (Performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Pierre Boulez)
It's the sense of Space, Restraint and Economy that attracted me to Webern. Although heavily associated with the Serialists for redefining the Harmonic Language of Western Music, Webern's individual contribution was actually as significant for redefining the structural and conceptual foundations of Composition.
9. Peter Gabriel | Zaar (The Last Temptation Of Christ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Perhaps not widely appreciated for his soundtrack work, but Peter Gabriel's albums for the films Birdy, The Last Temptation Of Christ and Rabbit Proof Fence are truly excellent. They're like meting pots of styles, influences, explorations and experimentations, all unified by Peter's excellent ear for Melody and Emotion.
10. Burial | Street Halo
What can I say about Burial that's not already been said? I was a huge fan of Drum & Bass in the late 90s, so hearing Burial now is like hearing abstract echoes from a distant past! It actually renewed my interest in Dance Music, new and old, which has been feeding back into what I've been doing a bit lately.
1. The Band | It Makes No Difference
This is the best song ever written about a broken heart. Without The Band it wouldn't be no EP's Trailer Park. Rick Danko is one of my biggest Musical heroes.
2. Smokey Robinson And The Miracles | The Tracks Of My Tears
My all time favourite Motown song. So sad, so simple, so beautiful.
3. The Waterboys | Fisherman's Blues
When I was just a teen I played guitar on the streets to earn some extra bucks. This was one of my highlights.
4. Joni Mitchell | A Case Of You
I could mention a lot of fantastic women in Music, but Joni is one of a kind. She's been a big inspiration for me through the years.
5. Andreas Mattsson | I Am Seventeen
A Swedish Indie legend (Popsicle) who also produced our two latest albums. He's a songwriter genius and this song gives me goosebumps.
6. Arvo Pärt | Spiegel Im Spiegel (Performed by Vladimir Spivakov and Sergej Bezrodny)
This is the only thing I want to listen to when I'm going to sleep when drunk. A mighty work of Art!
7. Dire Straits | Romeo And Juliet
According to me this could be the best song ever written and I love the lyrics as well. Plus no one can play guitar like Mark Knopler. Enough said.
8. Soulsavers | You Will Miss Me When I Burn (with Mark Lanegan & Red Ghost) (Palace Brothers Cover)B
When I first heard this song it really blew my mind. I was just breaking up from a destructive relationship & I listened to it almost every day for a year. It helped me through a hard time.
9. Bruce Springsteen | Back In Your Arms
I've got a weakness for ballads even if they are a little cheesy. This is just a straight from the heart Adult Classic Rock ballad taken from Tracks. The sax solo in the fading end is just a bonus. I love it!
10. Fleetwood Mac | Rhiannon
I could choose so many songs from them, but Rhiannon will be my choice of the day. I've had a crush on Stevie Nicks for so long.
+11. Electric Light Orchestra | One Summer Dream
My dad was really into ELO when I grew up. I guess that listening to those records as a child had a great influence on me as a songwriter. It's also a perfect track when driving around in your car in the summertime.
+12. The Cure | Apart
I discovered The Cure kind of late, so this is from Wish, the first record that I bought with them. In all the bands that I was in years back, we tried to sound like them and this song in particular.
+13. Thin Lizzy | Don't Believe A Word
In the eighties, growing up in Sweden, you could listen to either Synth Music or Hard Rock. I belonged to the second category. Thin Lizzy is the coolest band that ever were.
+14. John Murry | Southern Sky
I stumbled over this song about two years ago. I felt some kind of fellowship as a songwriter, so I had to contact him and tell him how much I liked his songs. He answered back and said EP's Trailer Park was the real shit as well. It made me very happy.
+15. Stina Nordenstam | So This Is Goodbye
Or anything from her second album And She Closed Her Eyes. No one can write about the Nordic melancholy like her. I hope she releases something new soon. It's been far too long.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1343 | by Mizan Kidanu [Mizan]
1. Lauryn Hill | Doo Wop (That Thing)
2. Simon & Garfunkel | The Sounds Of Silence
Hello, Darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again, is the best opening line of a song I have ever...
3. Billie Holiday | Gloomy Sunday (Pál Kalmár/Hal Kemp & His Orchestra Cover)
Angels have no thought of ever returning you, would they be angry if I thought of joining you... Ahh, the sadness in her voice comes off the speakers like an absorbing spirit.
4. Björk | It's Oh So Quiet (Horst Winter's 'Und Jetzt Ist Es Still' Cover)
My first of her songs ever, how could I forget, it's how I came to adore the phenomenon that is Björk.
5. Nas | N.Y. State Of Mind
It takes me back in Time, especially when I go to Queens and I'm listening to him, I feel like I've entered this universe that exists only within the perimeters of the feelings he's feeling, the stories he's telling, and the moment in Time in which he told them... Like 80's NY; Struggle, Poverty, Aspiration. It's hard to explain. Nas is my number one.
6. Madonna | Erotica
Madonna's brand of Female Sexuality is genuine, it was untamed, not contorted for the misogynistic eye, it was real, it was who she really was, many have tried to imitate her 'cause she sold a lot of records... This song for me is not only really really good Music wise, but it also epitomizes the Spirit of Liberation, to have sexual fantasies as a woman, to own your sexuality. Naturally, she got so much shit for it. I think it was genius.
7. Asnakech Worku & Alemu Aga | Ende Jerusalem
Ahh, this lady, R.I.P., was like the Madonna of my country (Ethiopia), LOL, recently researched her life and she was quite scandalous, as her generation would say, but liberated, as I would say. She sings to kirar, which is a traditional guitar. Her songs are filled with metaphors and analogies which is much like how the language is spoken, it reminds me of the legacy of Music in my country.
8. Girma Yifrashewa | The Shepherd With The Flute
Another Ethiopian musician. He had Classical/European training, and the influence is there, but he writes amazing, uniquely textured Classical compositions with Ethiopian musicality. This particular composition is my favorite, it transports me, as they say. I was in piano class since age 7, never appreciated a damn thing about piano lessons, at 9am, every Saturday morning, but he makes me wish I could go back in Time and do some piano homework.
9. Al Bano Carrisi | Io Di Notte
My dad used to sing it always in his broken Italian, he had good taste, I basically hated this song growing up, but now that I've somewhat developed the emotional capacity to understand the song - OMG, my dad had good taste and I could have been more appreciative of the fact that he unknowingly exposed me to so much amazing Music.
10. SWV | Rain
Cool 90's song, it pains me to choose just one 'cause I can do a top 10 or 50 in this particular category. They were so good, this song exemplifies the cool-sexy factor that much of 90's R&B carried... So much of today's Hip Music tries to recreate this very thing. We used to salivate over the guy in the video when we were tweens, it was Tyrese, I'm pretty sure...
+11. Nina Simone | Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday Cover)
Because I can't end this list w/o Nina Simone, what can I say... The power of this song is almost - you can't take it! There needs to be more songs like this today, MEANINGFUL! Songs are meant to STIR! Make you feel as if you have a soul, you're supposed to go, ah, that feeling it's not just in my mind, it's in the very core of me, oohh, this Music is communicating exactly that intangible feeling that I have once deeply felt/always feel, so then we must all be the same inside, filled with things we can't explain, and that there is in fact so much more!... In this unfortunate, degenerating culture led by corporate robots... What are songs even for anymore, money? Yes.