Monday, December 28, 2015

I See You

This is a mix I made to accompany a techno yoga session. The tracks are mostly current and represent a sound I have developed over the past few years while djing for Rob Bennet as he leads techno yoga sessions. This summer I played at a number of festivals and I invite you to imagine the music playing outdoors on a great soundsystem as the early morning sun burns through the dawn chill.

Zeitgeber - Totenism

Fabrizio Lapiana - 1002B

Sterac - Rotary

Ctrls - Charge (Rose remix)

Mark Broom - A2

Ctrls - xy

Par Grindvik - Stone Edge

Tadeo - Reflection (Substance remix)

Planetary Assualt Systems - Departing Comfort

Spherical Coordinates - SPCBA-23

Etap Kyle - Paradigm

Adriana lopez - Contradictions

Claudio prc - ter

Fabrizio Lapiana - Dfract

Jeff Rushin - Facing the Truth

Kanding Ray - Existence

Cio D'or - Yocta

Ligovskoi - Dilip


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Into Autumn

I made this mix to help ease the transition to autumn but the mood suits snow on the ground just as well. When space and distance bow to the rule of frozen earth and bare trees. Sound carries further, the surface of the canal is etched with frost and days drift by, light draining from them.
The picture above was taken on the island of Lindisfarne on my summer holidays last year and Chris Watson's field recording is from the same location.
The mix was made with traktor, a couple of records and an entanglement of inspiration for which I am grateful.

Into Autumn

Tuva - Harmonics in the Wind

Jim O’Rourke – Canadian Bonus Track

Richard Skelton – Cappanawalla

Max Loderbauer – AU

Cio D’Or – Goldbrokat (Donato Dozzy Ambient Remix)

Kevin Gorman – Frequency Phase Parts III

Nils Frahm – Less

Lucy – Vladimir

Sebastian Mullaert – Lat Bjorkarna Vissna

Chris Watson – Winter

Doctor Rockit – Looprode

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Year In Records

Looking back on a year of record buying, it's been difficult to know where to stop when it comes to choosing one's favourites. Here's a podcast with a selection of some tracks from my best of 2013 and a complete list for the completists.

Alemayehu Eshete – Ethiopian Urban Modern Music vol. 2

Angola Soundtrack 2 – Various (Analog Africa)

Elgato – Blue (Hessle Audio)

Radiq - Cashmir (Margaret Dygas’s sweater remix)

Jeremy Greenspan – Drums&Drums&Drums/ Sirius Shake

Metasplice – Topographical Interference ep (Morphine Records)

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – The Skeletal Essences of Afro Funk (Analog Africa)

The Mole – History of Dates ep (Perlon)

KMFH – The Boat Party

Frances Bebey - Remixed

Max Loderbauer - Transparenz

Mike Dehnert – Umgangston ep

Minilogue - Blomma

Pev & Hodge – Bells

Planetary Assault Systems – Remixes Silent Servant/The Black Dog

Rrose – waterfall variations

Soundstream – Julie’s Theme

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Transcultural Express IV

 artwork by Ruth Asawa

The continuing story...

Mark Ernestus pres Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta  Seck – Mbeugel Dafa Nekh

Amadou Ballake et le Super Volta – Oye Ka Bara Kignan

Alemayehu Eshete – Telantena Zare

West Nkosi Nabashokobezi – Two Mabone

Prince Khonjo 99 with Midzi Heritage Sound – Kijicho

Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou – Ou C’est Lui C’est Moi

Los Silvertones - Descarga Superior

Lucho Bermudez Y Su Orquesta – Fiesta De Negritos

Les Aigions de Basse Terre – Chombo Meringue

Les Loups Noirs D’Haiti – Jet Biguine

Amadou Ballake et l’Orchestre Super Volta – Bar Konou Moussou

Banda 2da de Laguneta v – Tracionera

Matengu Sisters – Salani Yagiyani

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review 2011

This year I’ve purchased fewer records, trawled through a lot more music online, and continued to marvel at reissues from Latin America and Africa, (largely)from the 60s and 70s. This mix has been leavened by a good deal of exploring amongst my vinyl collection. A lot of my listening has been to artists who are, for me, tried and trusted. I wonder to what extent this is a reaction to digital overload and a developing ruthlessness towards sounds that don’t ring my bell. And still, there are such a lot of sounds that do. For instance, the annual 100 seems astonishingly rich.

Thanks for the music

Gives me solace on the long winter nights

Amadou Ballake -what a voice! and this track is just so tight. Off the excellent Analog Africa compilation, Bambara Mystic Soul - The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974 - 1979

A track which typifies the raw energy of Columbian music from Cartagena

More from Cartagena, courtesy of Soundway Records. Impossible to resist!

One of the biggest tunes of the year for me. Heartening to hear someone who has been around for some time still producing great music

Take me back, take me back!

Off the Xango ep. More creamy delights from Jan Jelinek

Swoon! From her self-titled album on perlon

Warm housey goodness on an excellent ep- Chicago II

Like Pansonic discovering funk. Off a great album . I just love this

More from Mr Snaith and simply irresistible.

Because I only discovered it this year,because it stirs, and contains a reference to the horses coming.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Autonomous Aethernaut

In the aeons I’ve been away, this mix has struggled against earthly ties towards the limen of our universe. Disc 1, like all journeys into space, starts with rockety gusto, but all too soon settles, unsettled, into capsular claustrophobia. In space we have to make our own spass. Somehow retro-futuristically we get to the moon. But [spoiler!] it does not satisfy our sehnsucht and we come over all Major Tom and blast off again to the unknown. Disc 2 brings us to the blissed out eternity of home-from-home suspension, our endless exploration of…what? However far we go there is no escape from the earthbound voices. Space is our planet: we live there, we eat there, we bathe there.

Disc 1. Voyage to the Moon

I Remember Sputnik – KonstigKatt

Lift Off – Ribs

Space Oddity – David Bowie

Laika – Phantasystem

Soyuz One – State of Monc

Salute to the Communist Party – Soyuz-1, 18.035 MHz, 23 April 1967

Yuri's Dream – Erdem Helvacioglu, Sarp Keskiner, Ozun Usta & Umut Caglar

Inserting the Galactic Disc – Zonotope

I Lovely Cosmonaut – Monstrance

The East is Red – China-1, 20.009 MHz, 25 April 1970

Future Transport Shuttle Pod – [Sci Fi Sound Effects]

Space Oddity (Un Homme a Disparu dans le Ciel) – Palaprat

I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet (Gold Panda Remix) – The Field

Teenage Spaceman (Booka in Space Mix) – Booka Shade

Welcome to Lunar Industries – Clint Mansell

Fly Me to the Moon – Suzanne Grzanna

Viaje a la Luna – Bruno Pronsato

Luna – Pier Bucci & Jacek Sienkiewicz

The Eagle has Landed – Tranquillity Base, 20 July 1969

One Small Step – Neil Armstrong

Luna – Gultskra Artikler

Take-off from the Moon – Journey into Space cast

Space – Jah Wobble

Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst) – Peter Schilling

Mothership to Solaris – The Exaltics

Polaris (Hecq Remix) – Frank Bretschneider

Major Tom – The Peptides

Disc 2. Space is my Planet

Major Tom – The Peptides

Space Walk – Lemon Jelly

Satellite – Dorit Chrysler

Space Walker – Aether Generator

Space Station –Walter Schumann Voices & Paul Frees

Odyssee – Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts

Earth People (Earth Planet Mix) – Dr Octagon

The Splendour – Pantha Du Prince

Photons from my Window – Aoki Takamasa

Space Oddity – Emilie Simon

Saturn Radio Emissions – [No Station ID]

Space is the Place – Sun Ra & The Solar Arkestra

Man Must Explore – Dave Scott, Apollo-15, 31 July 1971

Crossing of the Sun Ra Nebula – Shifted Phases

Falling to Weightlessness – Kontext

Wanderers – Carl Sagan

Kometenmelodie 1 – Kraftwerk

Marvels of Scientific Advance – Dwight Eisenhower, SCORE, 19 December 1958

The Internationale – Luna-10, 183.5 MHz, 3 April 1966

Greeting to the Scandinavian People – Vostok-3, 20.006 MHz, 13 August 1962

Getting Hot – Valentina Tereshkova, Vostok-6, 20.006 MHz, 16 June 1963

Magnificent Desolation – Buzz Aldrin

The Comet Song – Björk

Skyshapes – Skyscaper

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

Galactic Blob – Sleeparchive

Space Oddity – Langley Schools Music Project

Voice from Planet Love – Precious System

Friday, September 2, 2011

Almost There

Distracting, and at times tedious, this mix nevertheless has a playful side and once it's sure it has your attention...

almost there

James Blake – don’t you think i do

Kowton – basic music knowledge
Ah! The dread

Maayan Nidam – feels like
Have I told you how much I love her music?

Dave Aju – vibra

Acid Pauli – A1
Properly disquieting. Saw him play out early this year. He did his thing and was not easy to love but it was somehow right for the place. And he played stereo mcs-connected.

Tony Lionni – My Shadow

Robag Wruhme – Blech Beule
Ever the rascal, and long may he weasel away.


Emmanuel Jal – Kuar ( Olof Dreijer Remix)