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)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Transglobal Express III

This mix follows the arc of a typical transglobal express night at mano. Starting off with something to set the scene and clear the ears. I then make various forays towards dance floor action depending on who is around.Sometimes the response is really strong and at others it's like no one is listening. What I love is that the mood and energy can change from one moment to the next. The place tends to attract groups of travellers and most evenings are characterised by a group of columbians , say, a french contingent or some serious peruvians.This creates some space for japes, since no one can really tell how i feel about rod stewart.
The tracks here are mostly reissues on labels like Analog Africa, Soundways or African Pearls. I own most of it on vinyl. The first track is from the wonderful blog Awesome Tapes From Africa.

Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud – track 1 (Mali)

Amapondo – Makhelwana (South Africa)

Super Boiro Band – Kha Mu Ian Man (Guinea)

La Grand Kalle, Don Gonzalo, Manu Dibango – Africa Boogaloo (Congo/Cuba/Cameroun)

Galileo Y Su Banda – La Cara Del Payaso ( Columbia)

Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou – Yeye We Nou Mi (Benin)

Mila Melo – Vamos a Anhara (Angola)

Papi Brandao y Su Conjunto Aires Tablenos – La Murga De Panama (Panama)

Clodomiro Montes y El Super Combo Curro – Puerto Rico Zumbando (Columbia)

Barel Coppet et Mister Lof – Jeunesse Vauclin (French Caribbean)

Puerto Rico Y Su Combo – La Cumbia Del Pescador (Columbia)

Cut Chemist – The Sound of the Police (America/Ethiopia)

Björk – Cristalline (Omer Souleyman remix) (Iceland/Syria)

J.D. Twitch – Sexy Rod edit (Scotland/ Columbia)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Serially cerulean

Tonight is Sankt Hans night in Scandinavia: a celebration of midsummer with necklaces of bonfires along the beaches. At this time of year time warps and leaks between blue dusks and dawns. It reminds me of the Strøm Festival last year, where, in a twilit rose garden, we had one shimmery set after another, from To Rococo Rot, Mount Kimbie, Four Tet and Pantha du Prince. This mix is in that mood. Happy solstice.

Serially Cerulean

Our Last Day Together - Gentleforce

Drum Machines and Glockenspiel - Fridge

Marimba Night No. 1 - Alex Kjellgren

In The Meadow Under the Stars - Skirt

Skeletons - Julien Aubert

Almost Nothing - Adultnapper

Anaxagoras - Peter Kirn

Balldate (Klute Remix) - Douglas Greed

Life Magazine (First Flash Remix) - Cold Cave

Nymbiotic - Acid Pauli

Atomit - Ø

Flashforward - Alva Noto

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Don’t know whether it is all the fuss around Bob “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right” Zimmerframe turning 70 this week, Cubby's rock-out in his last mix, or just something in the brackish Sjælland water, but I have finally shuffled off my porch to saddle up this long and bumpy ride. It all started with the Copenhagener DJ Djuna Barnes’s Hillbilly not Hillbilly mix, to which I responded with Ramblin’ not Mumblin’, hitching onto the locomotive vibe, and then the soon-to-be-infamous Din 1 came right back at us with Crayons not Canyons. Haters of folk, feelings and Matthew Dear’s vocals, you have a point: look away now. Lovers, you can look forward to future instalments when we reach the Klondike.

Hillbilly not Hillbilly by Djuna Barnes

Psychic TV - Just Drifting 

Buffalo Moon - Low Tide Moon 

Angelo Badalamenti - Laura Palmer's Theme 

Giana Factory - Mexican 

The United States of America - Love Song for the Dead Ché 

Vashti Bunyan - Train Song 

Pure Ecstasy - You're In It Now 

Bob Dylan - One More Cup of Coffee 

Holly Golightly - Your Love Is Mine 

Gonjasufi - Duet 

Sparklehorse & Danger Mouse - Everytime I'm With You

Frivolous - Kisses 

Johnny Cash - I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow (Apparat Remix) 

Aaron - Early Morning Rain 

Dead Man's Bones - Lose Your Soul (Turbotito Remix) 

Vakula - Moon Over Moscow 

Soul & Nico - Goin' Bad 

Bibio - Lovers' Carvings 

Foxes in Fiction - Lately

Beach House - Lover of Mine (Roman Ruins Remix) 

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Madeleine Mary 

Cat Power - Moonshiner

Ramblin’ not Mumblin’ by Cut that Mustard

The Melvins ft. Hank Williams III - Ramblin' Man

LA Vampires & Zola Jesus - In the Desert

Zinthetyzer - Green Onions

Timber Timbre - There is a Cure

Jimmy Penguin - Keeping it Gangster

Lee Hazlewood - The Railroad

Lykke Li - Get Some

Nicolas Jaar - Time for Us

David Lynch - Ghost of Love

Apparat - I Heard The Lonesome Whistle Blow

Barn Owl - Visions in Dust

Jim White - King of the Road

Little Fritter - Headspin (Deepchild Remix)

Rose Laughlin - Cold, Rain and Snow

Matthew Dear - Honey

Suicide - Dream Baby Dream

Crayons not Canyons by Din 1

Tracklist awaiting arse-budge by Din 1

Monday, April 11, 2011

Over Winter

A mix inspired by happy accidents,serious back pain and the Kraken awakening.

Over winter by Crawford

Vor der Flut

Richard Skelton – Threads Across the River

Stereolab – John Cage Bubblegum

D-Shake – Techno Trance

Robert Henke – Layer 02

Wang Fan – Xuanzhan De Tholuonidi

Gas – untitled 1

Judith Juillerat – Bo-Peep

Secondo - AZ201 vs Eulogy of Gengis Khan

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shadows Are Dancing

A tortured soul of a mix with a heart of pop. I'll post the track list later.

Shadows are Dancing

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Transglobal Express II

photo from Paul Marten

Here is a collection of tracks that fit the kind of dance sound I'm playing out at my transglobal express nights. The music come from a few different countries and most of it dates from the late 60s into the 70s. What appeals is the sense of a restless energy and an effortless way with rhythm.

Transcultural Express II

Transcultural Express II

Ceferino Nieto – Ceferino En Salsa (Panama)

Ensemble La Perfecta – Jojo (French Caribbean)

Los Silvertones – Tamborito Swing (Panama)

Mamukueno – Reido Palhetnho (Angola)

Le Ry-co Jazz – Dima Bolane (French Caribbean)

Anibal VelasQuez y Su Conjunto – Carruseles (Columbia)

Os Korimbas – Semba Braguet (Angola)

Abelardo Carbono y su Conjunto – La Negra Kulengue (Columbia)

Fruko y sus Tesos – Salsa Na Ma (Columbia)

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Noude Ma Gnin Tche De Me ( Benin)

Zinja Hlungwani - Nwa Gezani My Love (South Africa)

El rego et Ses Commandos – Vimado Wingnan (Benin)

Santos Junior – N’Gui Bamza Mama (Angola)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Favourites

Cloud Chamber Photographs
The New Landscape in Art and Science, 1956, Gyorgy Kepes

Here are my top tunes in 2010. What a good year it was!

Actress – Splazsh (Honest Jon’s)
Unpredictable and richly varied

Brandt Brauer Frick – You Make Me Real (!K7)
the pleasure of hearing new sounds

Culoe De Song – Webaba ep (Innervisions)
the voice,the voice

DJ Sprinkles – Masturjakor ep

dOP- Dein Verlangen rmx ep
my dream team

Harmonious Thelonious – On Stages ep (diskant)

Maayan Nidam – A Turnaround ep (Freak n Chic) / Greatest Tits EP/
( Wolf + Lamb) / Nightlong ( Powershuffle Audio)
she could do no wrong..

Nicolas Jaar – Love You Gotta Lose (Double Standards Records)
for all those lonely nights

Plastikman – Slinky (Minus)
did he ever go away?

Tumbele – Various (Soundway)
the sound of the French Caribbean

Konono No 1 vs Burnt Friedman/ Kasai Allstars vs Shackleton Rubaczech / Mukuba Special