Kinski’s Chris Martin referenced much good music in Sound Check this week. I’ve been in a Flying Nun/Trans Am silo ever since, and the acoustics are unreal. Here now is a playlist of music and songs from Martin’s interview, in the order they appear.
These days, along with starring in the punch-drunk, claustrophobic Wilfred and voice-acting for Double Fine's new, large-hearted, and triumphant Broken Age adventure game tribute, Elijah Wood occasionally puts out a mix like the 50th installment of Okayafrica's engaging Africa In Your Earbuds series.
He writes, "I wanted to focus primarily on the original Nigerian and Ghanian records I've acquired. So many incredible African records are being reissued right now, but it's increasingly difficult to find original vinyl in good condition. This represents some of what I've found."
Afro Express : "Lahilah Ill-Allahu"
K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas : "Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu"
Osakpamwan Ohenhen & His Feelings : "Owman Ghe Ma Wme Ye Wmen"
Cos-Ber-Zam : "Né Noya"
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes : "Ekassa 28 (Ebibi)"
Thierry Boco : "Divorce De Cecilia"
Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies : "Baby Let Me Go"
Bella Bellow : "O Segne"
Sonny Okosun : "Ozzidi" + "Steady & Slow"
Victory Uwaifo : "Destiny"
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.
Primus Luta’s Concréte Sound System has provided a 59-minute history lesson revolving around the breaks that helped to spawn hiphop in the ’70s. Even if you’re familiar with all of this music, it’s inspirational to hear it again, cleverly collaged for maximum impact. In old-school style, Primus Luta doesn't ID the tracks, but you can probably Shazam them, if they're not already a part of your DNA.
A generous person on Soundcloud writes: "In the 1990's my future wife was a record store clerk in Portland, Oregon. American guitar legend John Fahey was living in a nearby town and would visit the shop. Here are two mix cassettes that he made for her during that time."
Now you have more than three hours of avant-folk guitarist John Fahey's record collection and musical taste to absorb and dissect. Pretty sure he starts with two Sun City Girls tracks and then (I think) a grand violin-drone piece by Tony Conrad. Make yourselves comfortable; this is going to be a strange one...
Tip: Travis Ritter
Red Bull Music Academy Radio’s been killing it with its mixes lately. Not too long ago Andy Votel dropped the Feminine Ferric Crystals Mix (female New Age musicians) and now Kirk Degiorgio’s Library Music 1974-1985 Mix. An excellent British techno producer, Degiorgio (aka As One) is also a world-class record collector; he turned me on to Annette Peacock’s classic “I’m the One” with his 2001 comp The Soul of Science 2 comp.
Library music is a highly coveted genre in record-collector and electronic-music/hiphop circles for its limited editions and cornucopia of fantastic, sample-worthy tracks. These stylistically promiscuous cuts are typically played by superb session musicians who are following strict instructions to create sounds for particular scenes and moods in television shows and films. It’s a very mercenary, functional scenario, but often timeless art arises from these business-like sessions.
Degiorgio has collated 44 such specimens for this mix; I don’t recognize many names, but those that I do—Tod Dockstader, Klaus Weiss, Ariel Kalma, Black Devil Disco Club, Pierre Arvay, Alan Tew, and Roland Bocquet—are phenomenal. Trust Degiorgio to school you properly. More info here.
And now, to thank you for your support and/or to introduce you to their irreverent breed of garage rock, they present a 75-track holiday mix that didn't make my teeth hurt. Well, not much, at any rate, and I enjoy Christmas music as much as Mike Nipper and Dave Segal, i.e. it drives me up the fucking wall. And every year, it becomes harder to bear, but there's some good stuff here, particularly the tracks by the Three O'Clock ("Regina Caeli") and Shannon and the Clams ("Fat Daddy"). Also, a Marshmallow Overcoat sighting (remember them?) by way of "Santa Fuzz."
DJ Moneyshot has broken down and dissected Public Enemy's classic sampladelic 1988 LP It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Recorded for Ninja Tune's august Solid Steel Radio, Moneyshot's mix weaves over 80 samples that appeared on the album with snippets of interviews with PE and the Bomb Squad production team.
Read more about the components of this fantastic Hour of Chaos collage here and check it out below.
The Made Like a Tree blog wrapped up its excellent podcast series (curated by former Seattle DJ/producer Jeremy Grant, now based in LA) at an even 100 with a lovely mix by DJ Trouble (aka former Line Out contributor Terry Miller). Trouble geared his track selection toward the theme of departure. In an essay accompanying the mix, Miller writes:
[Departure] usually means “leave-taking” but it can also mean renewal. Some of the most exciting moments of my life required a departure. I would be leaving something behind, yes, but that meant something new was coming. There is always an unexpected journey in front of us. That’s frightening and exciting. It’s exhilarating.
The moving, diverse songs Miller's gathered here capture a profound sense of wistfulness and tentative optimism common to farewells, as exemplified by Trespassers William's cover of Ride's "Vapour Trail." You can listen to the mix here.
But wait... Made Like a Tree's podcast adventure's not quite over yet. Revered Estonian producer Uku Kuut has been tapped to record MLAT101, which Grant is calling "the reprise." Look for that one Sunday Nov. 24. Grant informs us that Kuut "has neuro Lyme disease and can't even type on his keyboard through conventional methods." Damn, talk about dedication to the cause...
DJ Trouble's Farewell Mix
1. James Yorkston & Reporter - Woozy With Cider [Domino]
2. Jürgen Paape - So Weit Wie Noch Nie [Kompakt]
3. Maxxxi Soundsystem - His Hat Was His Home [Kojak Giant Sounds]
4. Patrick Cowley - Primitive World [Rams Horn Records]
5. Les Bon Vivants - Old Time Lover [Disco Soul Records]
6. Susumu Yakota - Re: Disco [Ghostly International ]
7. Heiko Voss - Sitting In My Song [Firm]
8. Skatebård - Kosmos (Njaal Remix) [Digitalo Enterprises]
9. Bonar Bradberry - 3two5 [Needwant Recordings]
10. John Martyn - I'd Rather Be The Devil [Simply Vinyl]
11. Psychemagik - Beauty and the Bass [Psychemagik]
12. David Rubato - Circuit (Aeroplane Remix) [nstitubes]
13. Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris - Glad To Know You [Gomma]
14. Bonar Bradberry - Suila Grande (Pete Herbert Remix) [Needwant Recordings]
15. Low Motion Disco - Love Love Love (Solomun Edit) [Watergate]
16. Akufen - My Way (Data 80 Remix) [unknown]
17. Brynjolfur - I Love You (Pharao Black Magic Remix) [Eskimo Recordings]
18. Sohight & Cheevy - 80's Never Go Back (In Flagranti Remix) [Hello Shitty]
19. Dubtribe Sound System - Sunshine's Theme [Organico]
20. Trespassers William - Vapour Trail [Bella Union]
OoooOOOOooooOOO! We just received this neat-o mixtape from Daiana Feuer featuring "32 female-fronted bands getting spooky with tricks, treats, vampires, ghosts, she-wolves, blood, aliens, monkeys, swamp thing, candy, immortal beings, and even Betty Boop makes an appearance."
Happy Halloween, witches!
John Templeton is a powerhouse in the Denver techno scene. Between his duties as creative director and curator of the Great American Techno Festival, running his upper echelon record label Emote Music, and keeping things lively at his year-round workshop/party space the Would Shop, John is constantly propelling techno to new heights in his city. Now he's returning to Seattle (he played a phenomenal set at SpaceRock Saturdays in May) to check out Decibel Festival for his first time and play Yagottawantit… More!, the off-Decibel Sunday morning day rave alongside Eddie Fowlkes, Derek Plaslaiko, Mass Prod and a handful of others put on by Sweatbox, of which I am a member. In anticipation, we asked him to record a promo mix and give us a few words on his festival, his favorite tracks of the moment, and whom he's most excited to see at this year's Decibel Festival. Mix and track list after the jump:
How was Great American Techno Festival?
Templeton: It turned out really well, despite the adverse weather, rain, and floods nearby. That definitely put a damper on the mood, as many people couldn't make it to Denver due to all of the washed-out bridges and flooded roads in the foothills. Nevertheless, people came through the doors in record numbers this year, so we are very happy with that. Overall, I thought we had a lot of great performances highlighted by Bruno Pronsato's live PA and Jeff Mills' 5-hour set at Beta Nightclub on the quad-Funktion-One system; that was pretty special.
Top 3 tracks you're playing right now?
1) Pfirter - Multiverse (Markus Suckut Remix)
I play almost everything that Markus is putting out these days, but this is an older remix that I still play out all the time. It's very subtle in the way that it develops throughout the course of the song, but I just love the way it sounds in a mix.
2) Benjamin Damage - 010x (Truncate Remix)
Like Markus Suckut, I play virtually everything that David (Flores), aka Audio Injection/Truncate is producing. This remix of Benjamin Damage though, has it all: a pulsing groove, small elements of some house music, and it never fails on a dance floor when you build up to it.
3) Daniel Avery - Taste
I am starting to play a lot more UK Garage/UK Bass music and this track by Daniel Avery has a little bit of everything. It works so well in mixes as a change-of-pace track from my usual techno that it gets worked into almost every set I'm playing right now
Who are your must see acts at Decibel Festival this year?
KiNK (live), Kode9, Hessle Audio Showcase, The Orb, Speedy J, and a slew of others that I'm forgetting at the moment.
Such anti-odds, too: overlong hiatus, multiple producers, guitarist Graham Coxon gone, Damon Albarn progressively Gorillaz-distracted, a follow-up to one of the band's most celebrated albums. Threats of world music style-colonization.
But what Blur ended up with was unshackled and open-eyed. Relaxed. Not since 1994's Parklife had everything felt so warm and honest and free of internal disorder and exponential reputation-anxiety.
Like anything worth the effort, the assumed flaws turned out to be features. There was a sense of genuine reset. The eclecticism had sincerity. Drowned In Sound wrote: 'If the genius of a guitarist is really measured in what they don't play, then Think Tank is Graham Coxon's greatest work'.
Former Seattle techno madman Jerry Abstract is keeping his local ties bubbling with a release on the Knightriders Recordings label, an EP titled A Bitch in Bro’s Clothing, out Sept. 23. In the meantime, check out this dominating podcast he did for Knightriders, Max Volume Mix. Tracks by Ambivalent, Panpot, Audion, Heartthrob, Troy Pierce, Josh Wink, and others collude for a profound, hallucinatory techno experience. In the decade I’ve known him, Abstract has never let me down with a DJ set or mix. This is one of his best.
Seattle based producer/composer/musician Budo remixes the Iska Dhaaf song, “All the Kids.” Beats pick and dig ear-long. In a shuffle, there is movement forward. Sounds fold in and out, roundly. Quiroga's opal vocals coat.
This Friday, August 23rd, Iska Dhaaf and Budo will be performing at a gallery space at 2312 2nd Ave, for the 7" release of "All the Kids." Radjaw will be spinning 45's in honor of the night. (Doors at 8pm, $10.)
Iska Dhaaf are also looking for males ages 18-35 for a video shoot Saturday, August 31st. Be a soldier.
World-class producer/DJ Surgeon (Britain’s Anthony Child) included two tracks—“Index of Gestures” and “Golden Drape”—by Seattle synth master Panabrite (Norm Chambers) in a June ambient set he did at the Freerotation event. This is a certified Big Deal.
Panabrite is in some incredible company here (Steve Hillage, Terry Riley, Alice Coltrane, Vangelis, Coil, Emeralds, etc.), and Surgeon’s set is a banquet of uncheesy, chakra-aligning tones. Sink into it and luxuriate in the beauty.
Steve Hillage - Garden Of Paradise
Panabrite - Index of Gestures
Henry Wolff & Nancy Hennings - Adrift
Terry Riley - Anthem of the Trinity
Location recording - Maui night crickets 21st January 2013
Alice Coltrane - Galaxy Around Oldumare
Mist - Mist House
Oneohtrix Point Never - Format & Journey North
Vangelis - Albedo 0.39
Coil - Are You Shivering?
Emeralds - Genetic
Laurie Anderson - Walking & Falling
Coil - Baby Food
The Irresistible Force - Flying High
Angelo Badalamenti - Into The Night
Coil - Amethyst Deceivers
Outer Space - Memory Bomb
Panabrite - Golden Drape
Location recording - Maui night rain 15th January 2013
Bee Mask - Vaporware
Scott Walker - It's Raining Today
Lloyd Miller - Rain Dance
With this year's Kveikur, Sigur Rós have unexpectedly revived themselves into a nasty, snarling, ferocious abomination that feasts on the band's own past decade of diminishing, saccharine-chasing returns, offering up an ill-lighted — and Darren Aronofsky-inspired — platter of one of the most sudden and rewarding creations of their career.
Even better, however, may be their more recent mix for FACT Magazine.
Grime, trap, dubstep, footwork, trance-pop, Spaced references, M.I.A., and everything below.
'Sigur Rós?' someone writes, 'Why?'
'Haha!' writes another.
Another, 'WHAAAAAT IS HAAAPPPPEENNNIN?'
Karlakórinn Heimir : "Áfram Veginn"
Rye Rye : "Shake It To The Ground"
Jimmy Jones : "That’s That Shit"
Angel Haze : "Werkin Girls"
M.I.A. : "Bad Girls [Switch Remix Feat. Missy Elliott & Rye Rye]"
DJ Assault : "Raccoon"
Rye Rye : "Wassup Wassup [Bart B More Remix]"
Sigríður Friðriksdóttir + Silfurplötur Iðunnar : "Eigirðu Land" + "Sem Ástin Fann"
Mayhem & Antiserum : "Spend It"
Sidney Samson : "The World Is Yours"
Sawheadz : "Crazed"
Major Lazer : "Pon De Floor [Chewy Chocolate Cookies Remix]"
Sigríður Friðriksdóttir + Silfurplötur Iðunnar : "Eigirðu Land" + "Sem Ástin Fann"
Tritonal : "Still With Me (Feat. Cristina Soto) [Seven Lions Remix]"
Jurassic : "AWE"
Pendulum : "The Island, Pt. II (Dusk)"
KillSonik : "Bloodlust"
Karlakórinn Heimir : "Áfram Veginn"
Former Seattle/Japan-based DJ/producer Gunnar Lockwood has a new mix of stripped-down, malevolent techno for true heads called A to D. It’s subliminally slamming and fat-free all the way through. Lockwood also records for Seattle label Knightriders, on which he dropped the excellent Abrader EP last year. Here’s hoping Lockwood moves back to Seattle. We need more of his kind around here. (Plus, who has a more superheroic name?)
Graveyard • Headless Horseman • Headless Horseman
Dissociation • Markus Suckut • Figure
Nihil Novi • Forward Strategy Group • Perc Trax
Session 1 • Northern Structures • Sonic Groove
Stallion#1 • Stallion • Stallion
Arcade • Psyk • Mote Evolver
Poke • Boner M • Pennyroyal
Bombo • Unit Moebius • Acid Planet
I.P.S. • J Tijn • Pennyroyal
Trippin • Pilo • Turbo Recordings
Pressure • Black Asteroid • Electric Deluxe
Two Conclusive Opinion • Go Hiyama • Blank Records
UST 1 • Ugandan Speed Trials • DN Records
Optic • Clouds • Turbo Recordings
Silver Droplets • Green Velvet • Relief Records
Tuesday's March • Blawan • Frozen Border
Crowded Mouth - Tony Rohr Remix • Gunnar Lockwood • KRecordings
Testone 2 • Synus0006 • Labrynth
Do You Speak Drums • Spark Taberner • Nachtstrom Schallplatten
NO KEY • Audio Injection • Droid Records
Joules • Gunnar Lockwood • KRecordings
Duel • Marcel Dettmann • 50 Weapons
Jarza (Theo Parrish Translation 2) - GL edit • Helium Robots • Running Back
Maria Goetz - Neuronal - Owslah Unreleased Dub • Maria Goetz • KRecordings
Let The Sun Shine Out (Jerome Sydenham's Vocal Dub) • Flora Cruz • Ibadan Records
Seattle DJ/producer/label boss (7 Deadly Records)/blogger (Disco Droppings)/Decibel volunteer Jimi Jaxon has a new mix up on Bottom 40 that reflects his excellent taste in au courant electronic music of the sophisticatedly melodic and rhythmic variety. The vibe's slick, classy, and seductive, without a speck of cheese—quite a feat. Jimi is becoming one of my favorite selectors—and kind of an electronic-music renaissance man in the vein of the departed-for-DC Ill Cosby.
Jaxon's upcoming performances include the following:
7/19 @ Vermillion (SEA) – Structure Monthly w/ Jimi Jaxon, Soffos, Max Taylor and Tremel
7/28 @ Glow (BHAM) w/ Jimi Jaxon and Max Taylor
8/2 @ The Eagle (SEA) w/ Manila Luzon and Jimi Jaxon
Mental Overdrive – The End (Original Mix)
Graze – On Board
Ghostek – Cryon
VVV – Traverse (Original Mix)
Thefft – Name Shame
Ed Motion – Everyday
Graze – Ques
Pressure Suit – PRSRST (Forthcoming on 7 Deadly Records)
Beek – Let Me Do What I Want (The Untitled Ha)
L-Vis 1990 – Lost in Love feat. Javeon McCarthy (Night Slugs Street Mix)
XI – Nightlif (Original Mix)
Pressure Suit – Ambienz Pt. 2 (Forthcoming on 7 Deadly Records)
Kid Smpl – Morning (VVV Remix)
Jacques Greene – These Days
Henry Krinkle – Stay
Seattle prog-metal Leviathans Lesbian have made a mix for cvltnation.com that offers a glimpse into their advanced aesthetics and influences, complete with annotated tracklist. As expected, Lesbian show excellent taste by including songs by Agitation Free, Mahavishnu Orchestra, (early) Monster Magnet, TAD, Sleep, and Far East Family Band. Check out the verbiage here.
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