24 January 2016

Mixamorphosis - Winter Chill: Peractio


Peractio Definitions:
completion
last act (of drama)


Officially speaking, the Winter Chill series ended at mix #10 from Another Fine Day. However, I had prepared a mix to fit into the Winter Chill series as a back up, just in case one of the other contributions fell through. It seems like a bit of a shame to waste the mix, and as a means to put the series to bed, at least for now, I'm sharing it with you here.

Keep an ear open for a new series towards the tail end of March which is going to be curated by George Mihaly from the Quality Music Lovers Society.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this selection and if you enjoy any of the tracks from this, or any of the other mixes, please buy the music and support the artists and labels.





Tracklist

01. Robert Burns - Winter Dirge (Poem read by David Anderson)
02. Thunderstorm Sound Effect
03. Jon Hopkins - Luna Moth  --  (Just Music)
04. The Phantom - Across The River, Beneath The Trees  --  (Emotional Response)
05. UNKLE - Glow  --  (Mo Wax)
06. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Requiem For The Static King Pt 1  --  (Erased Tapes Records)
07. That Black - Ocean 1  --  (Citadel Records)
08. Zoe - Scarlet, Red & Blue (Untitled Remix)  --  (Not On Label)
09. Steve Moore - Arp 188  --  (Throne Of Blood)
10. Cass. - From Bay To Meadow  --  (Shhhh)
11. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - Daan Park  --  (Gondwana Records)
12. Snow Storm Sound Effect
13. Tempelhof & Gigi Masin - Session One  --  (Hell Yeah Recordings)
14. Labi Siffre - Down  --  (Mr Bongo)
15. Funki Porcini - Last Night Over Norway  --  (Ninja Tune)
16. Commodity Place - Soils  --  (Pocket Panther Records)
17. Jose Manuel - Summer Wind (Jonny Nash Remix)  --  (Above Machine Records)
18. Seconds - Another Day (Slo Remix)  --  (Above Machine Records)
19. Jokers Of The Scene - A Night On The Town  --  (Throne Of Blood)
20. Olan Mill - Cultivator (Live)  --  (Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support)
21. Lord Of The Isles - Rising Sun  --  (Ene Records)
22. Heights Of Abraham - Love Flows Down  --  (Pork Recordings)
23. Koji Kondo - Song Of The Storms (Tim Sane Ambient Mix)  << Free via Soundcloud
24. Alexander Aultman - Today, One Year Ago  --  (Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support)
25. Nigo - Too Much (Reprise)  --  (Toy's Factory)
26. Rain Into Spring Birds Sound Effect
27. Nohelani Cypriano - You Are So Beautiful  --  (Be With Records)


21 January 2016

Winter Chill Part X - Another Fine Day



Before I go on to post the 10th and final mix in the Winter Chill series, I'd like to just say how much I've enjoyed being a part of the project. I've never been involved in anything quite like it, and the quality and uniqueness  from everyone that has contributed has been something to behold. I think it's been a real showcase for the ambient genre.

It started with me posting a simple 'off the cuff' comment to my Facebook page about thinking on doing a really deep chillout / ambient mix. Andy Pye from Balearic Social replied to the status suggesting that he'd like to do a Part 2 and for us to aim to go down the 'beatless' road. 

I asked Matthew Foord and George Mihaly if they would like to be involved and they contributed Parts 3 & 4 respectively. Following that, Jon Brent aka Original Gidman sent me a message to say he'd love the opportunity to be a part of the project, and with that, a series was born.

I was really happy to get Richard Tovey (Less Fences) and Andy Hickford (Downtown Science) involved, and delighted that George Mihaly was able to get Sequenchill on board while Matthew Foord lined up Faction and Another Fine Day. I'd like to thank George and Matthew for their extra efforts in securing these contributions.

I'd also like to thank Andy Pye for kindly taking the series to his popular Balearic Social radio show on the excellent online station Purple Radio. I've been a big fan of his show for quite a while now, so it is truly an honour to have had a mix of my own featured on his show, alongside these other fabulous contributors.

Now to wrap up the series, and we do it in style with a contribution from Tom Green, aka Another Fine Day. I've pored over Tom's bio on his own website, wondering how to condense it for the purpose of my own blog post, but it's so well done and full of interesting details on the various projects he has been involved in, it's really worth sharing in full, so I hope you (and Tom) don't mind me doing some copy & paste action here.

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Tom Green first appeared playing synths and a battered Vox organ for cult punk act Dum Dum Dum in 1979, then performed with African guitarist Abdul Tee Jay, during the 1980s, while also fooling about with early computer music systems. These experiments led directly into working on ‘Dr’ Alex Paterson‘s seminal downtempo album of the early ‘90s, The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. Tom went on to contribute tunes, beats, and various odd noises to a further four albums by the group, including the No 1 album UF ORB.

During this period Tom took time out to work on his own project another fine day, first released in 1993 on ambient dub label Beyond Records, the project taking the ear of Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence, who booked him 15 times in a row for the festival. Tom remains one of the few artists who played at every single Big Chill, up to 2010.

Fans of ambient music voted the first AFD album Life Before Land to No 3 in The Independent’s chart of ‘Greatest Ambient Albums’, and a second AFD album Salvage was released on the San Francisco label Six Degrees in 2000, the EP Chasing Tornados in 2004. Commissions followed, including Music for MRI Scanners, for installation in a new MRI scanner complex in the Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.

For the next few years Tom worked mostly on TV and film music, but in 2011 AFD reappeared with the ‘Christmas card’ EP Firelight , followed in short order by another commission, Music for Tai Chi in 2012, then a collection of short pieces from the Apollo Music cinematic archive, Low Tide.The latest AFD album A Good Place To Be is now out on Interchill.

As well as further collaborations with The Orb, Tom has co-produced tunes for Baka Beyond, and is also a member of nascent world music project Newanderthal, playing a rare ‘array mbira‘. He has remixed artists as diverse as Natacha Atlas, Kitten & The Hip, and Alucidnation.

In the meantime Tom continues to compose music for the media via his music production company Apollo Music, his TV clients including the BBC,Channel 4, RTE, Cineflix, and Zigzag, and contributes tracks to quality music libraries on Universal Music and EMI Production Music, No Sheet Music, and Altitude Music. 2007 brought him his first full length feature score, the comedy horror Botched – winner of 2 awards at the NYC Horror Film Festival. The album Erebus & Terror (with David Bickley) was recently featured on the soundtrack of Layke Anderson’s film Dylan’s Room, long listed for a BAFTA and winner of 7 awards. He has also scored Layke’s Happy Thoughts (2015, 5 awards) and the forthcoming Shopping. His most recent score is for Magnetism, co-directed by Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull and due for release shortly.

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Tom's mix is entirely comprised of his own work (alongside David Bickley for the 'Erebus & Terror' tracks). Most of the tracks come from the commissioned album 'Elements', which is a Spotify exclusive. It goes without saying, we are very fortunate and privileged to share this mix with you. There will be no downloads available on this mix, so if you enjoy what you hear, please pick it up via Spotify and support the artist.
I'd also urge you to check out the following links for Tom's existing and future works - 
Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Website  //  Bandcamp  //  Soundcloud  //  Mixcloud  //  Hearthis  //  Discogs



Tracklist

01 - Magnetoception (Elements)
02 - Frozen Ship (Erebus & Terror)
03 - Ice Melt (Elements)
04 - North West (Erebus & Terror)
05 - Between Stars (Elements)
06 - Polar Sirens (Erebus & Terror)
07 - Starsilver (Elements)
08 - The wind is singing (Elements)
09 - Bald Hills (Unreleased)
10 - If stones could dream (Elements)
11 - Cloud over Mountain (Elements)



Before I close this post I'll take this opportunity to let you know I will be posting one mix to close the door on this series and hand the reigns over to George Mihaly who will be starting a Spring series in late March. Keep an eye on his Quality Music Lovers Society group for more info.

The mix I will post was done as a back up mix, just in case any of the contributors dropped out at last minute, so it's along the same lines. No sense it going to waste and unheard.... look out for that late on Sunday evening.


Previously on Winter Chill - (I) (II) (III) (IV) (V) (VI) (VII) (VIII) (IX)



Winter Chill Pt IX - Faction



The final two parts of the Winter Chill series have arrived in quick succession, so I best get on with the posts. Before I do though, I must offer thanks to Matthew Foord for organising the final two parts of the series. 

The penultimate mix in the series comes from Benji Selbatron aka Faction. If you're not familiar with the name, let me tell you, he's a seriously talented individual that clearly does what he does for the love of it. You won't find him chasing about for easy 'likes' and 'shares' on social media; I like that.

Faction has contributed to the excellent 'My Favorite Things' and 'Network' shows on Box Frequency alongside Johnny Eyeball and Matthew Foord, and those shows can be found on the 'House Of The Flying Eyeball' Hearthis page. Once you've digested this Winter Chill mix, I'd urge you to take a wander over to check out Factions contributions to the Box Freq crew, and follow that with a visit to his Mixcloud page. There is a real variety to be found within his mixes, ranging from Hip Hop to Dubstep, Funk to Trip Hop and Ambient to Reggae and other genres in between, so something to suit a wide range of tastes.

Next up is the fabulous Tom Green aka Another Fine Day with the final contribution to the Winter Chill series  - you're in for a treat.

Links to Faction:





Tracklist

01. Intro (To The Moon)
02. Long Arm & Ruslan Gadzhimuradov - This Is The Beginning Of Life
03. Massive Attack - Red Light Means Go
04. Bjork - Headphones (Acapella)
05. Lostep - 6am Sedna
06. Jon Brammer - Last Stellar Remnants
07. Future Sound Of London - Slider 
08. Ishq section
09. Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - X Machina
10. Stars Of The Lid - Tippy’s Demise (Alan Watts: Peaks and Valleys Go Together)
11. Thomáš Dvořák - The Sea

12. Access To Arasaka - inc[tumbler]
13. Meat Beat Manifesto - The Thumb (End Section)
14. Nest - Lodge
15. Nils Frahm - Corn
16. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
17. David Bowie - Sound & Vision (Sonjay Prabhakar Remix) 
18. Matthew Halsall - Wee Lan (Bowie snippets) 
19. Emiliano Torrini - Birds
20. John Brammer - Lost To The Void
21. Agnes Obel - Run Cried & Crawling (Live)
22. Aes Dana - ? (Live)
23. Christ - Always To Play
24. Massive Attack - Confused Images
25. Forss - In Paradisum
26. Forss - Lost Through Inversion
27. Bladerunner - You Play Beautifully (Outro)



Previously on Winter Chill - (I) (II) (III) (IV) (V) (VI) (VII) (VIII)

13 January 2016

Winter Chill Pt VIII - Andy Hickford (Downtown Science)



The Winter Chill series continues, this time with the fabulous Andy Hickford from Downtown Science at the controls.

You may know Andy from previous guest mixes he has provided to Balearic Social or the Network show over on Box Frequency or through his involvement in Downtown Science alongside Decknologist and The Boogie Monster. You might also know his work through his excellent 'Tales From The Racks' blog.

If you are Leeds based, or ever in the area, you can catch Downtown Science at one of their regular nights, playing at Hyde Park Book Club on the first Friday of each month, the Northern Monk Brewery on the 3rd Saturday of each month and at Outlaws Yacht Club on the last Thursday of each month. Aside from this Andy has a monthly slot at North Bar (also in Leeds) and will be playing at the Martin Parr Photography private view party at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield on the 3rd of February.

As if that wasn't enough, Andy tells me that the Downtown Science chaps are planning on putting on some all-nighter parties in Leeds, with details to be announced very shortly - keep tabs on that via the links provided below!

If this is your first time checking Andy out, then be sure to listen to his other mixes via the links below. Everything I've heard from Andy has been top quality... this mix has been on repeat for me since it was posted.

Links for Andy Hickford:

Mixcloud  //  Hearthis  //  Twitter  //  Blog

Links for Downtown Science:





Tracklist

01. Intro - Winter Birds
02. Future Sound Of London - The Dust Settles
03. Vermont - Montag
04. Jon Brooks - My Corner (Audio)
05. David Morley - Big Ben
06. Future Sound Of London - Viewed From Above
07. Gaussian Curve - Talk To The Church
08. Bill Evans - Peace Piece
09. Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Haunted Feelings
10. Matthew Bourne - VIII Juliet
11. Miguel Atwood Ferguson Orchestra - Le Yachting
12. Grey Reverend - Regen
13. Max Roach - January V
14. Annabel (Lee) - Suki Desu
15. Gigi Masin - Swallows Tempest
16. Coco, Steel & Lovebomb - La Cote Sauvage 
17. Outro - The Sea


Previously on Winter Chill - (I) (II) (III) (IV) (V) (VI) (VII)

9 January 2016

Winter Chill Pt VII - Sequenchill


The Winter Chill series returns, with a slight change to the schedule that I had previously mentioned. The original plan was to have Andy Hickford from Downtown Science offer up the seventh part to the series, however Andy experienced a technical hitch during his recording and didn't have enough time to do a re-run. Not to worry though as Andy will be back and looks like he will be set to contribute the eighth mix to the series.

Originally scheduled to provide mix number eight, the fabulous Salvatore Muscat, also known as 'Sequenchill', has stepped forward to provide the seventh mix in this series instead. Based in St. Paul's Bay, Malta, it's fair to say that Salvatore really knows his ambient music, and 'chillout' music in a wider sense. For a taste of Sequenchill, outwith this wonderful two hour journey, I'd urge you to check out his fabulous 'This Is Simply Beautiful' mix series over on Mixcloud, where he has generated a huge number of followers and regular listeners. Aside from this, Salvatore also curates the wonderful Sequenchill group page over on Facebook, which I suggest you join to keep tabs on some fabulous music that is posted there.

As usual, it would be great if you could check out the tracklist below, and  if you enjoy any particular tracks, purchase the music and support the artists/labels in the process. Next up for the Winter Chill series is the excellent Andy Hickford of Downtown Science.

Links for Sequenchill - 

Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Mixcloud  //  Hearthis  //  Soundcloud



Tracklist

01. Damon Beail - SFO Downtown
02. Yusuke Tsutsumi - Eaten By The Crowd
03. Pete Namlook - Mermaids & Angels
04. Jan Bang - The Drug Mule
05. New Composers ft. Brian Eno - Long SQ
06. Zero Ohms / Brannan Lane - The Dream Garden
07. Bing Satellites  & Daniel Land - Of North Wales
08. Echoculture - Luminous 
09. Sven Weisemann - The Swan Of Desire
10. Workbench - Twilight Of Life
11. Aphex Twin - Parallel Stripes
12. Marcus Fischer - Mossbank
13. Andrew Lahiff - Unexplained Stillness
14. Brambles - To Speak Of Solitude
15. Ishq - Shoreline Rain
16. Frozen Thoughts - Eternity Without Time
17. Jon Hopkins - Small Memory
18. Pan American - Both Ends Fixed



Previously on Winter Chill - (I) (II) (III) (IV) (V) (VI)

4 January 2016

Winter Chill Pt VI - LessFences



The Winter Chill series continues, today with a wonderful human being, Richard Tovey aka LessFences. I'd like to start this post by letting you know, this fellow has a heart of gold. He goes out of his way to be helpful to others and I think that deserves some credit. As it happens, he also has a marvellous taste in music, hence me asking him to contribute to what has turned out to be a series full of beautiful, warm music that is being well received from listeners.

There's a chance you know LessFences already having previously gone under the name Funk Thump. You may also have caught LessFences appearing on Box Frequency in recent months, but if not, the grapevine tells me that he'll have a fresh guest mix on the go shortly, and I'd not be surprised if there were an opportunity to catch him playing live somewhere down the line this year. Much like myself, Richard has a very eclectic taste, and this is reflected in his mixes which you can find in the links I'm about to supply you with.

Before I move onto the links, I'll just take this opportunity to update you on the plans for this Winter Chill series. The interest generated so far could easily see this series run and run, but I think it best we set a limit on it and perhaps pick up again next Winter. So, between myself and a few others, we've decided to call it quits when we get to mix #10. Andy Pye from Balearic Social has kindly given over air time from his show on Purple Radio and will air each of the Winter Chill mixes over the next few weeks, each Sunday between 8am and Mid-day. Once this round of the series reaches a conclusion, George Mihaly from The Quality Music Lovers Society and Box Frequency is going to take over the reigns and somewhere towards the end of March you can look forward to a Spring themed series. More details on that to follow.

Next up in the Winter Chill series is going to be the excellent Andy Hickford / Downtown Science.

Links for Richard Tovey / LessFences - 

Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Hearthis  //  Mixcloud




Tracklist

01. Deuter - Illumination of The Heart
02. Shastro & Nadama - Gift Of Light
03. Express Rising - Daniel Fern
04. Jeff Grace - Campgrounds & River
05. M83 - The Highest Journey
06. Faithless - Crazy English Summer
07. Ray LaMontagne - Be Here Now
08. The Cinematic Orchestra - Talking About Freedom
09. Bloc Party - The Pioneers (M83 Remix)
10. Massive Attack - Live With Me (Stripped Back)

Previously on Winter Chill - (I) (II) (III) (IV) (V)


2 January 2016

Winter Chill Part V - Original Gidman (Dusk Dubs)


The Winter Chill series continues, and in absolutely fine form too. The fifth instalment see's Original Gidman, aka Jon Brent, join in the fun. 

My connection with Jon came about through a chat we had on a social media post about the self destruct mission that Soundcloud appears to have embarked upon, and the subsequent movement of people that love to listen to, and create DJ mixes, over to Hearthis. Through this conversation, Jon asked if I'd be interested in contributing a mixtape to the fabulous Dusk Dubs podcast that he is a co-founder of (which you can find here). I was already aware of, and a keen listener to the Dusk Dubs podcast, having listened to them via Soundcloud so was delighted and honoured to be asked.

I've come to realise that Jon's knowledge of music, producers, labels, DJ's, events and everything else linked in to this broadest of topics is truly encyclopaedic. I had wanted to ask him for a contribution to the Winter Chill series for this reason, but knowing how busy he is with other projects and life in general, I didn't think I should bother him. So I was delighted when Jon sent me a message, having listened to the first couple of mixes in the series, to ask if I'd like a contribution from him. Funny how the universe works sometimes.

As well as being a co-founder of the Dusk Dubs collective, Jon also hosts his own regular show on Mixlr called 'The Full Spectrum', which as the name suggests, takes in the full spectrum of music and is a real journey each time. As well as that, Jon has a blog of his own which goes by the name 'Treasure & Nuggets' and he is the curator of the 'Black Crack (Addicted To Vinyl)' group on Facebook.

I'd urge you to check out Jon and the various projects he is involved with via the following links, but not until you listen to the amazing journey he created for the Winter Chill series.

Links to Original Gidman / Jon Brent:

Dusk Dubs Website  //  Dusk Dubs Facebook  //  Hearthis  //  Soundcloud  //  Mixlr  //  Mixcloud  //  Twitter  //  Black Crack Group  //  Blog


Next up in the series is going to be the wonderful Richard Tovey aka Less Fences with some further contributions lined up from some genuinely excellent selectors.




Tracklist



Previously on Winter Chill - (I) (II) (III) (IV)


30 December 2015

Winter Chill Pt IV - George Mihaly (Quality Music Lovers Society)



The Winter Chill train just keeps on runnin'. Following on from the past couple of days posts, and my own earlier mix for this series, we welcome the excellent George Mihaly into the fold.

For those of you who do not know, George is the Budapest based curator of the Quality Music Lovers Society group on Facebook. He has been a contributor to the ever reliable Balearic Social radio show on Purple Radio, played at the Outlaws Yacht Club in Leeds, been a contributor to the Network show on Box Frequency and now hosts his own monthly show on the station where he spins some choice music, accompanied by some fabulous guest DJ's.

This mix from George truly is a wonderful journey with some genuinely breathtaking tracks within. As I've said with previous contributions, the best way to judge this is to sit back and click play, and listen for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

If you've missed the previous Winter Chill posts you can catch the growing setlist [HERE] or each post individually -




This is the fourth mix in the series so far, with one more confirmed which will come from Jon Brent aka Original Gidman from the Dusk Dubs crew. Who knows where the series will end?

Links for George Mihaly:



Tracklist

01. Glyn Ceriog - Knaresborough Bird
02. DJ Food - Intermission a New Language
03. Masayoshi Fujita - Tears Of Unicorn
04. Odi Me - I'm 22
05. The Fragile Fate - Configuration
06. Patrick O'Hearn - Magnificent River
07. Fatima Yamaha - Migratory Floozy
08. DFRNT - El Spirito (Beatless Version)
09. Hiroshi Watanabe - Your Smile Tears (Beatless Version)
10. David Holmes - Bedroom
11. Chassol - Wersailles (Planeur)
12. Johann Johannson - Melancholia (Sicario OST)
13. Rings Around Saturn - Portion 22 (Albrecht La'Broy Bathtime Arrangement)
14. GMO vs Dense - Another View
15. Troels Hammer - Cold Hawaii
16. Troels Hammer - Azur
17. Chassol - Music Is God My Love



29 December 2015

Winter Chill Pt III - Matthew Foord (Box Frequency FM)


The Winter Chill series is growing. What started out as me thinking about doing a Winter chillout mix myself has developed into something that is bringing some of my favourite selectors of recent times together. If you didn't catch yesterdays post, Part II came from Balearic Social's Andy Pye and you can catch that [HERE], you can also grab Part I from myself [HERE].

Today I am very happy to be sharing Part III from Matthew Foord. I first came into contact with Matt after he left some very generous and warm comments on my 'Is Anybody Listening?' mix from a few years back over on Soundcloud. Following that I was invited by the chaps at Box Frequency, where Matt is a long time resident, to contribute a guest mix and things grew from there. I think it is safe to say that we connected over music that is interesting and varied; music that takes you on a journey. So it is with great pride that I share the stage with Matt, and Andy in this series of mixes.

The original intention, as suggested by Andy, was to go for a mix of beat-free music. I suppose it would be fair to say that this is Ambient in it's truest of forms, but it is not the only form this music takes and following the first two beat-free mixes, I think it is a nice progression that the third mix takes us into other areas where ambient music plays it's part. I'd much rather let Matthew's mix do the talking, so click play, sit back and let the sounds wash over you. It's a wonderful, wonderful journey.

Before I close off this post with the mix and tracklist, I'd like to invite you to follow Matthew via the links provided below and look out for his periodic shows over on the excellent Box Frequency FM internet radio station, where you can catch him spinning an eclectic range of quality music alongside some fabulous names from the world of music.

Keep an eye out for  Part IV of the Winter Chill series which will be coming from the curator of the fabulous 'Quality Music Lovers Society' - George Mihaly.

Links for Matthew Foord:





Tracklist

01. Andrew Heath - Epiphany
02. Floating Points - Elaenia
03. Another Fine Day - Malcom's Loop
04. Sequentia Legenda - Au Revoir
05. Tangerine Dream - Invisible Limits
06. Eat Lights Become Lights - Vapour Trails
07. Karamika - Ton 5
08. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
09. Future Sound Of London - Dead Skin Cells
10. Peter Gabriel - Passion
11. Liquid Stranger - Fragments
12. Gigi Masin - The Word Love
13. Future Loop Foundation - (1976)