11 November 2017

Fire Starter



The fifth, and is it stands, final mix for the year, was a much more light hearted affair than the chillout mixes I'd done earlier. This one was just me letting myself unwind with a few ciders and some tunes from a few (but far from all) of my favourite editors. The reason behind the title is again, just how I've been feeling. I could do with shaking things up, getting away and the image is one I pinched from Tumblr, not sure the original source or I'd credit it, but it just tied in with the story of the year.

If you do know the original source for the graphic, let me know and I'll happily link and credit it. I'll post up the tracklist, but I won't be linking this time, you can do your own leg work. A lot of it will have come via Soundcloud or the likes, a lot probably won't even be there now, but dig around if there are bits that take your fancy. Apologies if any of the tracks are labelled slightly wrong, my hands have been a bit rubbish so my writing isn't great (I write the tracklist as I mix), so with the added ciders, even I'm struggling to read my own writing :)

Link to Soundcloud for the non-hearthis people is [HERE]




Tracklist

01. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody (Psychemagick Edit)
02. It's A Small World Disco - Light
03. Paul McCartney - Knocking At The Door (Dicky Trisco & Innerwest Soul Edit)
04. The Dead Rose Music Co. - Listen
05. Hristo - Heat Market
06. Eddie C - From Afar
07. Toto - Africa (LNTG Mix)
08. Keni Burke - Risin' To The Top (Matthew Kyle Edit)
09. Marvin & Guy - Alma Sagha
10. Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long (Unknown Edit)
11. Steely Dan - The Fez (Laura Ingalis WTF Is A Fez Edit?)
12. Marv N' Gaye - Make Me Wanna Holler (Magic Hat Edit)
13. Bill Withers - The Same Love (Whiskey Barons Edit)
14. Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together? (Block Party Edit)
15. David Bowie - Fame (Mojo Filter Cognito Dub)
16. Capannis - Miracles (V Edit)
17. Stevie Wonder - I Wish (Spaghetti Legs Re-jig)
18. George McCrae - I Get Lifted (Mischief Brew Edit)


Looking For The Light (October 2017)



I hadn't done a mix for months and a lot of those months which were very challenging, I feel, came out in this mix. My Mum, who has to live with the horrendous impact of Multiple Sclerosis at a very advanced stage of the illness, had spent 6 months in hospital. I hadn't been feeling well this year or two in particular, and it was a constant battle (and still is) trying to deal with the care / hospital / nursing care issues that have enveloped our lives for quite a few years now. Trying to keep a steady stream of visits to her at a 60 mile round trip each day, keep her spirits up (and my own really), deal with the aforementioned issues amongst others; safe to say, it's been on top of me. Sadly, not many people listen. Whether it's reaching out for help from professionals, or friendship, or a little bit of light to help guide you along the difficult paths life throw up. When things get tough, you're on your own. I tend not to let too much go on a personal level online because folk can be cruel, even in light of someone else's struggles, but I'm telling the story behind the mix, to say anything else would not give the picture, and even then, the picture given is condensed and restricted. The reality is, not many people are likely to read this, I imagine a handful at most, so in that regard, I don't mind sharing some detail.

My Mum did get a place at the only Neurological care centre in Scotland (Sue Ryder in Aberdeen), but it was a huge effort to make that happen, having been on the waiting list and classed 'at risk' for a good 2-3 years. Hopefully things will improve for her, on the care side, but the battles go on. Sue Ryder are always needing donations of money or items to sell through their shops. They don't get as much limelight as other charities, so do help them with a donation if you are able and so inclined. They are very appreciative of any support.

The picture is just an old profile picture of myself, with some filters used from some great apps I like to play around with.


If Soundcloud is your thing, you'll find that [HERE]




Tracklist

01. Reinbert de Leeuw - Gymnopedie No. 3
02. Arovane & Hior Chronik - Stars Collide
03. Commodity Place - Clouds Inside Me
04. Fovea Hex - Piano Fields 1
05. Massimo Amato - 4 A.M
06. Scrimshire - A Place For Everything
07. Parks - Black Day, Silver Sea (Stray Theories Mix)
08. Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft - See Yourself Out Of The Way
09. Seahawks - Didn't Know I Was Lost ------- (and I totally forgot I'd used this in a previous mix)
10. Hampshire & Foat - The Solar Winds (and Cadenza)
11. Mark-Almond - Monday Bluesong
12. Chet Baker - The Wind
13. Sue Barker - Lover Man
14. Beverly Glenn-Copeland - Old Melody
15. Man Parrish - Water Sports
16. Vangelis Katsoulis - If Not Now, When?
17. The Cinematic Orchestra - Time & Space


The Summer Of Malcontent



This one came just a month after the Chilled Spring: Recolo mix that I posted, and despite my feeling that it was a bit better than the previous mix, it's had just 10% of the number of plays that the previous one had. Go Figure.

Anyway, the title came from the fact that things just feel extremely unbalanced and difficult throughout the world at the moment, not just on a personal level. We've got Trump, the Tories, Putin, North Korea, terrorism in the news every other day, hardships being experienced by huge swathes of the population, the environment is becoming more unsettled with each passing year, greed and corruption throughout the world, inequality rife. It just seems like we're in this endless spiral of self destruction and it ways heavy on my mind. The Summer Of Malcontent was a bit of a play on the Winter of Discontent which hit the UK in the 70's, among a seemingly similar downward spiral. Will we ever learn? I doubt it, but one can live in hope. That's all the little guy can do really.

There isn't any great story behind the picture. It's just a photograph I took of the trees I planted in my garden a few years ago, and I love playing around with various photo apps for my covers, so that's the simplicity of it.

If you prefer to use Soundcloud you can find this mix [HERE]



Tracklist

01. UNKLE - Outro
02. Lav & Purl - All Is Breath
03. Billow Observatory - Plains
04. Gaussian Curve - T.O.R
05. Wilson Tanner - Further Than Your Headlights
06. Suzanne Kraft - Roberto & Giovanni
07. Okinawa Delays - Nariyama Ayagu
08. Chris Coco - Splash Point
09. Seahawks - Didn't Know I Was Lost (Black Peaches Remix)
10. Bendith - Dinas
11. Mark Barrott - Sacred Islands
12. Wolf Muller & Cass. - Applepie Dreams
13. Evenings - Babe
14. Slow Magic - Feel Flows (Sun Glitters Remix)
15. Cale Parks - 36 Questions Sunset
16. Farbror Resande Mac - Vardagsrummet
17. Arcane - The Arc
18. 36 - Pulse Dive
19. Telefuzz - If The Vice Is Right
20. ambientsketchbook - Life In Slow Motion
21. Laurie Anderson - Oh Superman (Jascha Hagen Remix)



Chilled Spring: Recolo



The 2nd mix I put together in 2017 kind of catches the feeling I've been in during this year to eighteen months. The ambient and chilled vibe is just soothing to me and it takes no effort to slip into. Perhaps it's because there's been a lot of noise and distraction in life away from music. Perhaps it's just another step in the development of musical tastes. Something which is and should be constantly evolving. In reality, it's a bit of both. Not to say I don't still love the funk, the disco, house, deep stuff etc, I still love and listen to it all, but for playing, this has been the main flavour of late.

I had wanted to put together a chilled winter mix at the start of the year but being poorly put paid to that. I had wanted to do it as a personal closing to the seasonal mixes that I'd started and helped collate the previous year. When Spring came around I just had to get on and do something anyway, I'd picked up some lovely music, and I wanted to share.

For anyone that's interested, the photo is from a lovely hidden gem of a spot in Tenerife. If I told you where, it would be less hidden. Go and have a walk along the coast near Adeje ;) 



If you prefer Soundcloud, you can find it [HERE]


Tracklist


  1. Akis - Biofields
  2. Cass. - Your Beautiful Look Is Looping Endlessly In My Head
  3. Suso Saiz - The Hiding Place (El Escondite)
  4. Vangelis Katsoulis - Liquidity
  5. Jonny Nash - Lime
  6. Mood Hut - Late Mantra
  7. Susumu Yokota - Azukiiro No Kaori
  8. Steve Cobby - Arvan (Out Take)
  9. Midori Takada - Mr Henri Rousseau's Dream
  10. 36 - Poekhali
  11. Mark Barrott - Over At Dieter's Place
  12. Lord Of The Isles - Obar Liobhaite
  13. Talaboman - Midnattssol
  14. Vermont - Ki-Bou
  15. D - City Boy (Ambient Mix)
  16. Jonny Nash - Retreat
  17. Sad City - Limbo

Back To Mine (March 2017)



The first of five posts with 'mixes' that I have done this year but just never got round to posting. This one isn't really a mix, but it's first up and is the only 'guest' thing I've done this year, possibly the year before too, I forget if truth be told.

Anyway, long story short, Back To Mine was intended on being the follow up series to the seasonal selections that were put together last year and a homage to the series that we knew and loved from years ago. If I'm honest, I wish it had remained the original group from the seasonal mixes. Not to take anything away from the other people that have contributed because I've enjoyed a good few of them and some of the folk involved really put their heart into it, but it really has grown arms and legs, and apart from the fact I liked the compact group we had, I feel like some folk missed the approach that was originally intended. Anyway, it's someone else's baby. I'm not sure if anything is planned for next year, but if you follow the people in the know you surely won't miss out.

I'm going to post this from Soundcloud, but the players that are used in following posts will be from Hearthis. See the previous post for my all round grumble fest if you want to know why.

Back to the post. This selection, as all of the selections were originally supposed to be, was a 2 hour selection of music played in full that you might hear if you ever came 'Back To Mine' after a night out (no laughing now), with some accompanying words on what the track choice means to the selector. Music that moves, chills, draws a smile and brings you back to remember times you link to the music. This one was broadcast in March and is available on the Balearic Social Soundcloud. If you care to read the blurb I put alongside my selection, dig around on Faecesbook and you'll find it.

For the record, the picture used is what you would see if you were coming 'Back To Mine'. It's known locally as the Harestone Road (after nearby farmland I think) and is around 200 yards from my house. I also have an alternative version with a totally different set of tracks that I may post up in time, we'll see.



For those of you not keen on using Soundcloud, you can catch this on my own Hearthis page [HERE]

Tracklist

01. Sarah Vaughan - September Song
02. Nina Simone - House Of The Rising Sun (Live At The Village Gate)
03. Odetta - Down On Me
04. Harry Nilsson - The Moonbeam Song
05. Mark-Almond - The City
06. Jose Gonzalez - Crosses
07. JJ Cale - Magnolia
08. Fink - Sort Of Revolution (The Cinematic Orchestra Mix)
09. Bruce Springsteen - Nothing Man
10. Lesley Duncan - Love Song
11. Darondo - Didn't I?
12. Arrested Development - People Everyday (7" Metamorphosis Edit)
13. Pastor T.L Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - Like A Ship
14. A Tribe Called Quest - Jazz
15. William de Vaughan - Be Thankful For What You Got
16. Cody ChesnuTT - Serve This Royalty
17. KRS One - Health, Wealth & Self
18. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On?
19. Margie Joseph - I Been Down
20. Arnold Blair - Trying To Get Next To You
21. Sylvia Striplin - You Can't Turn Me Away
22. Fred Wesley & The JB's - If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try Again
23. Joe Bataan - Gypsy Woman
24. Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up (Extended Version)
25. Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
26. Jackie Wilson - (You Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher
27. Steely Dan - Reelin' In The Years
28. Tritons - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction



2017 - I blinked. It Was Gone.




I can't believe it's been a year since I 'blogged' on here. It's not that I haven't thought about putting posts up, I have. The thing is, aside from having a particularly difficult year, the enjoyment I get from blogging hasn't been the same since the site was hacked a few years back with everything deleted. It's probably also fair to say that music blogs have become a thing of the past, or so it seems. I certainly frequent them less than I used to. Not to mention the platform is quite dated and over complicated (for what it is), just as Wordpress is for a casual user. There are much more user friendly platforms, although they all have their flaws like Facebook (which was also hacked and deleted, numbers have never recovered on the Mixa page) and needing to pay for anyone to actually see posts (never done it Zuckerburger, never will), Tumblr which started out okay, but it's never really moved forward and it's turning into a bit of a porn hub, Twitter has never really grabbed me and there are countless others that have come and gone, including myspace which was very much alive and kicking when this blog started up.

It's fair to say that I need to consider how long I'll keep this thing going. Am I flogging a dead horse? What would I even do if things did pick up again, could I maintain it? At the peak, the site was getting around 2500-3500 hits a month, which wasn't bad considering it was a hobby blog, never made a penny out of it, which didn't really bother me as I've had other things going on in life that demanded a lot of my time and I couldn't fully commit to it like others who started up around the same time as I did. Many have come and gone, few have remained. We'll see how things pan out, but if I keep this page going, I imagine it'll be as much about keeping it as a placeholder for my domain name with the irregular pattern of posting persisting. 

Listener numbers are way down in general. I don't know if folk generally don't like the music I play now, or perhaps it's more that I'm not plugging and sharing like before. It's hard to tell but nobody really engages with me in a music sense, it's been that way for a while now and the last time I was asked for a mix was probably a good 18 months ago - even that fell through and I ended up just posting it on my own Soundcloud. I've definitely withdrawn from the social aspect over the course of time, probably for a few years now, but for several years I did the whole ass kissing thing - like, share, post, blog, plug, tag, comment etc etc etc and realised that most music folk really are only interested in the social aspect to enhance their own profile - none of it really sits that well with me to be honest, and I see so much of it online, the fakeness stands out a mile and I just can't be bothered. I started it for my own enjoyment and lost my way, really to 'keep up' with what others were doing. In reality I never gave a shit, and I should have stuck to my own path.

Soundcloud definitely isn't as popular as it used to be, and the stories / rumours, call it what you will, of them being on the verge of collapse are never too long apart. It's definitely an expensive platform, and one that never really moves forward with positive changes. I really do like the Hearthis platform a lot better, and it's much better priced, but there still is room for improvement and user numbers aren't as high as Soundcloud. That said, I do prefer it over Mixcloud and the other options that are out there. In terms of listener numbers, I don't know if I can justify paying for Soundcloud now. It wasn't so bad when there was a more community feel to it, but that doesn't seem to be there any more. I end up unfollowing people because of the abusing of the system (using it to serve their interests would be how they view it) in order to keep their music on top of the feed - creating playlists, having multiple accounts, paying or having friends post on their pages so they can reblog every other day. It does seem, if you can't beat them, join them - but I can't be arsed with that shit. We'll see how things go over the next few months (my pro-account expires around April), but it might be down to a free account and then just keep things going with Hearthis. I've probably missed the boat with carving out an existence through music, so I should probably cut my cloth accordingly.


So with that whinge fest / news update / block of never to be read text out of the road, I'll post 5 "mixes" I've done this year that a limited number have listened to, in 5 posts to keep things neat and post up the tracklists, just like I've always done.

Come back next year for the latest instalment of 'why do I even bother'.




1 November 2016

Autumn Chillin' - Parts 9 & 10


The weekend just past saw the final two mixes in the series of seasonal mixes that we have been putting out over the past year between this blog, Balearic Social Radio Show on Purple-Radio and the Quality Music Lovers Society. 

Thanks go out to Andy Pye (Balearic Social), George Mihaly (QMLS/Box Frequency), Jon Brent (Original Gidman/Dusk Dubs), Matthew Foord (Network/Box Frequency), Richard Tovey (We Are Multiphonic/Box Frequency),  Woodzee (The Chillout Sessions/Box Frequency), Salvatore Muscat (Sequenchill), Marc Godin, Andy Hickford who have contributed the bulk of the mixes, but a shout out to Benji Selbatron, Tom Green (Another Fine Day) and Steve KIW (BAOL) who also contributed a mix each.

Although we've reached the end of this seasonal series of mixes, keep your ears open for more selections from the same team in the coming year where you will be treated to a series of Back To Mine styled selections.

Part 9 - Mixamorphosis



Tracklist

01. Parks - The Breath Of Autumn << Please use the links in the post
02. Quinn Lamont Luke - Invierno
03. Commodity Place - Life Is A Gorgeous Lie
04. Ai - Archaic Iftar
05. Wolf Muller & Cass. - Aiolos (Cass. Version)
06. Bartosz Kruczynski - Supplement 1
07. Sasha - Linepulse
08. Paolo Morena - Oh Yeah (Black Chapel 6am Remix) << Via 'Touched' Bandcamp
09. Cantoma - Claudio's Theme
10. Krakatau - Apogean Tide
11. Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger & The Trinity - Season Of The Witch



Part 10 - Andy Pye



Unfortunately no tracklist for Andy's selection, but if one should appear, I'll be sure to update the post. If there is anything you want in particular, leave a comment on the mix and I'm sure Andy will help you out.


23 October 2016

Autumn Chillin' - Parts 7 & 8 - Andy Hickford / Marc Godin


This is the penultimate week for the Autumn Chillin' mix series, and also the penultimate week for the seasonal themed mixes which have run from December last year.

This week pairs Marc Godin and Andy Hickford, both of whom have featured elsewhere this past week, with Marc playing guest on the Back and To The Left show on Box Frequency midweek, and Andy providing a selection for Dusk Dubs earlier today.

With the final selection due next weekend, we'll have gone full circle. It started with myself and Andy Pye and that's how things will finish up. Join us if you can, but if you can't make it, you'll get the catch up on here, as usual.

Part 7 - Andy Hickford



Tracklist

01. Belbury Poly - Warm Air
02. Bart Davenport - Girl Gotta Way (Peaking Lights Remix)
03. Krater - Labyrint
04. Hintermass - The Rituals Of Reversal
05. Siriusmo - Liu
06. Air - Dirty Trip
07. Steau De Mare - 1 Septembrie (Khidja Remix)
08. Modaji - Belle Epoque (Ambience)
09. David Crosby - Orleans
10. Tom Furse - The Ocean Is Teacher
11. The Children Of Sunshine - It's A Long Way To Heaven
12. William Shatner - It Hasn't Happened Yet
13. Mike Garry & Joe Duddell - St Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson


Part 8 - Marc Godin



Tracklist

01. Solar Quest - The Open Path
02. Autechre - Lowride
03. Akotcha - We Have The Technology
04. Shur-i-kan - The Dayz
05. Another Fine Day - Chasing Tornados
06. Ulrich Schnauss - Between Us And Them
07. Beaumont Hannant - A Summer Spent
08. Claro Intelecto - Heart
09. Steve Cobby - Phatic Communion
10. Another Fine Day - So Blue



8 October 2016

Autumn Chillin' - Parts 3 & 4 - Original Gidman / Sequenchill



I've been pretty slack this week on getting the blog updated with the most recent mixes in the Autumn Chillin' series. With one thing or another, it's been a pretty hectic week so I'm just getting around to it now.

We're due to get the next instalments from Woodzee and Richard Tovey (We Are Multiphonic) tomorrow morning (Sunday 9th October), so tune into Purple Radio for that. It'll probably be mid-week before I get around to posting them to the blog, so if you miss the show, you can check in here and catch up.

If, like me, you're just catching up to last weeks show, they are both top quality selections from two highly knowledgable selectors. Jump in, and check out the tracklists for any tracks you may want to pick up.


Part 3 - Original Gidman



Tracklist

01. Applewood Road – Applewood Road
02. David Crosby - Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)
03. Pink Floyd - Autumn '68
04. Findlay Brown – I Will
05. Joan Baez - Diamonds & Rust
06. Jon Hopkins - Autumn Hill
07. Bill Callahan - Highs in the Mid-40's Dub
08. Chris Harwood - Wooden Ships
09. Devendra Banhart - Autumn's Child
10. Kings of Convenience - Freedom and Its Owner
11. Kode 9 & Spaceape - Autumn Has Come
12. Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong (Acoustic Version)
13. John Martyn - Fairy Tale Lullaby
14. Airhead - Autumn
15. Gap Mangione - Diana In The Autumn Wind
16. Joni Mitchell - Both Sides, Now
17. The Low Anthem - Charlie Darwin
18. Nostalgia 77 - Vienna
19. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home (Grey Reverend Version)



Part 4 - Sequenchill




Tracklist

01. Sven Weisemann - Falling Leaves
02. Dub Trees - Atmabodha (Ritual Focus Dub)
03. Ales Tsurko - Transliaciya
04. Aerosity - Mountains (Woolookologie Remix)
05. Ashot Danielyan & CoMa - Mynah Metamorphose
06. Wil Bolton - Pastel Skies
07. Birdy Luv - I Always Ask The Moon
08. Kettel - Halt Him
09. Janis Ian - Watercolors
10. Chasing Dreams - A Quiet River ft Michiru Aoyama
11. Coco, Steel & Lovebomb - Harlem
12. Lars Leonhard & Alvina Red - Summer Storms
13. Woob - The Carrier
14. Mark Barrott - Sacred Islands
15. Df Tram (Remix 2) - Autumn Leaves Diana Krall Meets Coldcut (Irresistible Force Chill Mix)