Thursday, January 28, 2010
My top tunes of 2009
Lowtec - Angstrom EP
Long, hypnotic and of uncertain mood.
dOP - Dein Verlangen; The Genius of the Crowd; Change!A Various ep
Basically, last year they could do no wrong. The unassailable charm of the French.
Starkey - Miracles Jamie Vexd remix
Pure synaesthesia, a head banging, bass worrying earworm
Brackles - LHC
Wayward synth action, more bass and a soul diva laments. This and Miracles are the dubstep fruit I've been waiting to get my teeth into.
Pangaea - Memories
Another wailing RNB lament with skippity bass. And I'm off.
Hieroglyphic Being -So much noise to be heard
Oh, baby I like it raw and Jamal delivers as usual.Machine music handed down by the gods.
Hauntologists - EP2
Loping, hermetic excursions
Bodycode -What did you say
It's the Imitation Lover dub that does it-all his distinctive sounds roughened up and leavened with melancholy
Jimi Tenor - Selfish Gene
An ageing bachelor tells it like it is.
Oni Ayhun 03
Techno steeped in the early 90s which neatly sidesteps nostalgia.Don't ask me how they do that.
My introduction to him-like Autechre discovering a big button marked JACK.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Listen to this voice...
Like two people whose paths seem to cross and then they don't...
There is some neutrality here. No, I wouldn't call it neutrality ... but a need to concentrate on each sound, so that every blade of grass would be as important as a flower...
It could be like a break on the radio. Such signals sometimes sound as if they lasted an entire life.
Of future, or past, and outside time...
~ Arvo Pärt playing and speaking of "Für Alina" in Arvo Pärt: 24 Preludes for a Fugue
(Kirlian photograph of meadow grasses by Tarrl Lightowler)
(photo and quote from the the fascinating woolgathersome.blogspot)
Fm3 - Zheng
Lawrence English & Sawako - Manufacturing Content
Chihei Hatakeyama - Starlight Reflecting on the Surface of the River
Biosphere - Birds Fly by Flapping Their Wings
Jan Jelinek - A Concert for Television
Voices, field recordings, throat singing and drumming from Smithsonian Folkways Tuva Among the Spirits
The XX - Space Bass (Jamie XX's mix)
After 5 weeks on holiday, returning to Berlin in mid January feels somewhat like being cast out of Eden. Fortunately, unlike those other postlapsarians, I've been exiled with a decent record collection.
This mix was done on Traktor with edits in Wavelab.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
A new year, a new decade, the whole of northern Eurasia
locked under ice, and I am moving the to the Nordic lands.
My nervous anticipation of nine-month winters has
prompted me to listen to the songs of experience. Turns
out that winter is indeed eternal, an endless twilit blizzard
punctuated by will-o-the-wisp glimmers of pop-song
comfort. Wrap up warm everyone.
Waiting for Snow Part I - Peter Benisch
Ice-Pulse - Cocteau Twins
Schnee - Laub
Tokyo Freeze (remix) - Ital Tek
Snowflakes & Frozen Lakes - Pac-Man
Iridescence - Hildur Gudnadottir
Winter Depressie - Estroe
Outside on a Cold Day - Felix
Snow Samba - Shrift
Glacial - Dinky
Winter Thaw - Shigeto
Tears of Happiness - Klimek
L'hiver - Geneviève Toupin
Peter Venkman Part II - Ben Frost
Ice Record - Katie Paterson
Cutting Ice to Snow - Efterklang
Ice Touch - Masha Era
Winterslow (remix) - Dan Cat
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Winter in Seney - Deepchord presents Echospace
Comme la Neige - Dasha Rush
Icicles & Snowflakes - Inchtime
Snowflakes & Frozen Lakes - Pac-Man
Snowflakes - Max de Wardener
Snow on Snow - Rue Royale
-73°C - Shrubbn!!
Baby it's Cold Outside - A Weather
Eternal Winter - KTL