Rabid Area Slowdive Fan Creates an Epic Mix of Their Music
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM
Sublime shoegaze band Slowdive have reunited for Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival and some other dates in their home country of England. This news inspired Seattle producer Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka the Sight Below) to create a true die-hard fan's mix of Slowdive's music—153 minutes worth. He was touring in Europe when he heard the news of the reunion; upon his return he collaged his favorite Slowdive songs, and here we are. Irisarri's included some demos, tracks from their three "essential, gorgeous albums," and their early 12s, which Slowdive drummer Simon Scott—who's collaborated with Raf—gave to him. He further explains the motivation for doing this.
[Slowdive's] music was THE soundtrack to youthful, lonely days of heartbreak and feeling out of place in this world. No other band has meant this much in my life. They never provided instant gratification to the masses; never had a "hit," or even a proper big tour. Nevertheless, we are still listening 19 years since their last album.
Let's hope Slowdive decide to come over to America for some live dates. In the meantime, listen to this mix and read this interview with the band in The Quietus.