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22 May 2022

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An eclectic, ambient, acoustic, jazz, spoken word, neo classical selection for this week, the 21st mix/selection of 2022.


It's not been a great week, as I mentioned last week, it would have been my Mum's Birthday on the 19th so that throws up all sorts of emotions, but also I just haven't been doing that great this year with my own health and well-being. I'm not complaining, it's just the challenges that life can put in front of you and when it is constant it can grind you down. That's pretty much where I'm at. 

 

There was added disappointment of Rangers losing the Europa Cup Final on penalty kicks. We didn't play anywhere near as well as we can, so that adds to the disappointment, knowing we could have won that game if we had even reached a fraction more of the levels we are capable of. That said, the conditions in Seville were really bad in terms of the heat and supporters were treated terribly, which is often the way when football supporters travel to Spain. All in all the team did us proud and when you consider how much the odds are stacked against Scottish clubs in a financial sense, it has been a remarkable achievement.


Aside from the football and how I've been doing this week, interest in this attempt to raise some funds for Sue Ryder started off poorly, had a couple of good weeks, but generally remains disappointingly poor. Last weeks post to Soundcloud has achieved the grand sum of 3 plays, and even though Mixcloud suggest 6 plays, that is for the grand total of 46 minutes in total, around 7-8 minutes per listener. Donations have been limited to a handful of sympathy pledges rather than what I had hoped and aimed for which was a trickle of small donations from people who perhaps listened and enjoyed what they heard. Of course, we are in the midst of a cost of living crisis at the moment and I do take that into account, but given how things like Mixcloud subscriptions to DJ pages operate, I didn't think I was setting the bar particularly high. Perhaps I was, perhaps it's also down to having a very small circle. Well, no circle really, it's how it's always been, I should probably have realised that things like this require at least a reasonable sized firm and reliable base of friends and family to help achieve a goal. The only thing that prevents me from hanging up the headphones completely is that I feel I would be letting myself down by not carrying on, but then I also wonder what the point is? Mental health eh? It's a complex thing.


So, having moaned and groaned my way through another post (sorry), I have another selection of genuinely lovely music to post into the void. Below the player you will find a tracklist that I link to places where you can buy the music and support the artists. Of course, I am trying to raise funds for Sue Ryder, if you can, please visit my Just Giving page - the charity is very worthy of support.



Tracklist

Yumiko Morioka - おだやかな海 (Métron Records)

Akira Ito - Praying For Mother Earth (Part 1) (Light In The Attic)

Andrew Wasylyk - Lost, Aglow (Athens Of The North)

Twigs & Yarns - Sanu (eilean rec.)

Ishmael Ensemble - First Light (Severn Songs)

Snow Palms - You Are Here (Village Green)

David Boulter - The Cherry Blossom Tree (The Spoken Word)

Polaroid Notes - Oh Dear Heart (Büro für Erdrotation)

Scrimshire ft. Pie Eye Collective - Discussion (Albert's Favourites)

Green-House - Chysis (Leaving Records)

Chip Wickham - Astral Traveling (Gondwana Records)

Vega Trails - Tremors In The Static (Gondwana Records)

Susumu Yokota - Tears Of A Poet (Leaf)

The Green Kingdom - Sky Trails (Hidden Vibes)

Emantive - Dawn Child (Sunrise) (Jazzman)

Alice Coltraine - Prema (Antartica Starts Here)


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33

15 May 2022

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It's been a very strange couple of weeks at Mixamorphosis HQ in deepest, darkest Aberdeenshire. It's been, and continues to be, a mixture of good and bad, happy and sad.


Last weeks mix on Soundcloud, the blog post here and the Twitter promo were all created in advance and scheduled to post automatically, and that all went smoothly and as planned. I was down in Norwich collecting my new bike on the Friday, stopped to visit family for the day in Grimsby on the Saturday and the music/posts went live on the Sunday whilst I was riding home - I was around Scotch Corner when it would have all went live at 9am.


This coming week takes in what would have been my Mum's 68th Birthday, on the 19th of May. I contemplated a selection of music that could have been heard from her stereo through the years but for the most part it isn't really music I have much of myself. She loved pop music for the most part and was a very big fan of Annie Lennox who she went to school with in Aberdeen, but you might also have heard some Barry White, ABBA, Elton John and Madonna being played, among others. Having said that, she liked a lot of music I would play to her and talk about with her in latter years, so I'm sure she would approve of at least some of the tunes in this weeks selection.


This coming week also sees my football team appear in the Europa League Final on the 18th. I've been a Rangers fan since I was a wee boy. My Granda was born a couple of minutes walk from where Ibrox Stadium stands and my father was also a Rangers supporter, although he did try and get me to support Aberdeen (my local team and where I am from), but I wanted to be the same as him and I liked to be different from the rest of the kids around where I grew up. So, it was Rangers for me, and it still is. Last year was a big step forward by winning the league title following a decade of turmoil and some terrible custodianship stretching further back than that. This year we were pipped to the title by the team that shall not be named, but we have done amazingly well to reach our first Euro final since 2008 and it's an achievement I'm sure I am not alone in thinking we would never see again, at least in my liftetime. The odds are stacked so heavily against Scottish teams - we have some terrible and useless people running our game, there is next to no investment in the game from media and sponsors and even though it is our national sport it is very parochial and could be viewed as hating itself to death. The politics in the game holds us back, no doubt. But, you know what? I don't think I would want it to change, well, perhaps a wee bit... not too much. Perhaps I am too old school, but I like my football to have a bit of passion, playing for the shirt (or against another), pride with a healthy mix of blood and thunder. So, that's something I'm looking forward to this coming week - fingers crossed for the win - what and achievement that would be!


Now, how do I tie all this up and tenuously link it in to my weekly musical post? Well, first let me say, the numbers of listeners have been slightly up recently, until last week when it fell off a cliff again. This is the 20th week in a row I have posted a mix / selection and that in itself is a bit of an achievement for me, but I am doing it with a goal of raising some funds for Sue Ryder and that's dried up completely. The largest portion of donations so far have come from my own household, including a portion of some of my recent Discogs sales of records from my shelves. It is hard enough to keep motivated and stick with this... when you struggle to garner much interest, or raise funds which it is ultimately about, it makes it all the harder.


Anyway, I digress. I was talking about how to tie together the ups and downs, the happy and the sad. So this week I am posting a selection of music that centres around the Blues, taking in what most people would consider "Blues" music with some Soul Blues and Jazz Blues in there to mix it up a little. I'll leave you to decide how I arrived at the tenuous link. As ever, I will try to provide some links where you can buy the music, but I would encourage you to support the artists / labels where possible and as ever, if you enjoy the selection and are in a position to do so, perhaps you could chip in a wee donation to my fundraiser for Sue Ryder via my Just Giving page. All donations are much needed and much appreciated, no matter the size.



Tracklist

Shuggie Otis - Gospel Groove (Epic)

Esther Phillips - Scarred Knees (Kudu)

Gary Burton - Pain In The Heart (Atlantic)

Marlena Shaw - Call It Stormy Monday (Cadet)

Messengers Incorporated - Rebecca (Jazzman)

Francis Coppieters - Blues In The Basement (Be With Records)

Dudley Moore Trio - Blues For Boots (Decca)

John Heartsman & Circles - Everyday I Have The Blues (Jazzman)

Nina Simone - Brown Baby (Coolpix Records)

The Deirdre Wilson Tabac - The Other Side Of Life (Be With Records)

Isaac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicesquedalmistic (Stax)

Donny Hathaway - Tryin' Times (Rhino Records)

Marlena Shaw - Liberation Conversation (Cadet)

Wilbert Harrison - Let's Work Together (Sue / London)

Baby Huey - Running (Curtom)

Willie Wright - It's Only Life, That's All (Numero Group)


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34

8 May 2022

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For number #34 I've taken things back to the world of Ambient, and this week it is very gentle and abstract ambient at that. Wonderful, gentle and calming music, which I think would sound very nice channeled through your earphones on a warm, sunny day, taking it easy outdoors in amongst nature.


No big long spiel this week. As always, the tracklist can be found below the player, linked up so you can buy some music and help support the artists and labels who treat you to new and interesting sounds. Of course, I'm also hoping that if some of you should enjoy any of the mixes I have been posting, then perhaps you might consider a small donation to my Just Giving page which is raising funds for the great work being done by the Sue Ryder charity here in the UK. If you want to find out more about the charity, or why I am trying to raise funds, have a read through some of the other blog post or visit my Just Giving page..... Many Thanks!



Tracklist

 

Melissa Pons - Around The Water (Self Release)

Jeff Bridges - Feeling Good (Self Release)

Padang Food Tigers - Rise Before The Rain (Under The Spire)

Part Timer - Myr (Home Normal)  << This release is supporting UNICEF >>

Hinako Omori - Cloud Painting (Headphone Commute)  << This release is supporting displace Ukrainian Families through rescue.org >>

anthéne - The Traveler (Distant Bloom)

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch - Ruby's Dance (Headphone Commute)  << Supporting rescue.org >>

Ben McElroy - Bed Down In The Murk (The Slow Music Movement Label)

High Skies - The World Forgotten (Self Release)

Hinako Omori - The Richest Garden In Your Memory (Houndstooth)

Jon Hopkins - Arriving (Domino Recording Co.)

Jonny Nash & Ana Stamp - For You I Am Missing..... (Melody As Truth)

Letna - Sava (Whitelabrecs)

Rose Riebl - Near Talk (Headphone Commute)  << Supporting rescue.org >>

Moriomoto Naoki - Into (Whitelabrecs)



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35

1 May 2022

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I haven't put together a mix of mainly "edits" for a good 3 or 4 years now. That was probably the last time I had a few ciders too. For a period, edits and house music based around that concept was what I mostly played but it went into overkill and for a while it seemed like every aspiring DJ / Producer jumped onto that wagon, which made me want to jump off.

 

So, last night I dusted off the edit folder and took a dive in. What I would say before you hit the play button is -

 

(1) - I'm a bit rusty and haven't played much of this stuff for a loooooong time so some of the mixes might be a bit rough around the edges and it was completely unplanned and live (as all the mixes I post are).


(2) - I'm still having ongoing issues with the Traktor software, and to be honest I'm not technically minded enough to be able to really nail down the problem and find a solution. I get lag quite often, so sometimes the software will freeze during a mix or the play button is a fraction slower to engage, an issue which presents in the use of effects too. (I really need to spend some time trying to iron out this, or change the set up if need be.... it doesn't make the"year of music" an easy task).

 

(3) - Ciders had been consumed, it may have impacted on me pushing the levels a little and so the sound quality might be a little impacted in places. Call it over exuberance. 


Having said all that, I had fun putting this together and that was the main thing, so I'm posting the results, warts and all. For all the plays it'll get, it wouldn't matter if every mix was a train wreck. As ever, I'll link up the tracklist (many are long deleted from the likes of SC or Juno) as best I can and would encourage you do some digging around the internet yourself to support the artists, labels and editors.


Also, keep in mind I've been doing this in the hope that if you enjoy any of the mixes I post, you might find the time and effort that's gone into it worthy of a small contribution to my Just Giving page which is in aid of the Sue Ryder Charity. Any and all donations are gratefully received and much needed. That's the garble for the week over and done with, onto the music....



Tracklist

Sir Owned - Hooked (Kon's Night Time Mix) (Gold Finger)

Deadly Sins - Mary's Red Hot Groove (Kat)

Donna Allen - Joy & Pain (Em Vee Meditation Edit)

Marvin Gaye - Heavy Love Affair (The Revenge Rework) (White Label)

Lionel Ritchie - All Night Long (The Reflex Revision) (Revision Records)

Dr Packer - Contemplating (DiscoDat)

Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair (Late Nite Tuff Guy Edit)

The Owl - It Was Gonna Be Good (Editorial)

McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now (Unknown Rework)

Black Heat - The Jungle (Pied Piper Redux)

The JB's ft. James Brown - Hot Pants Road (Hansi's Slam Dunk The Funk Edit)

Wild Cherry - Play The Funky Music (The Reflex Revision)

Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 (Surecut Kids Re-edit)

Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love (Redrum Edit)

Fingerman - The Happy Track

Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby (JF's Remix)

Tugboat Edits - Love Sounds (TZ's Intimate Strangers Edit)

Golden Flamingo Orchestra - The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us (Golden Flamingo Records)


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36

23 April 2022

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This week brings me to #36 in the 'Numbers' series, the year of mixes and selections I'm aiming to post whilst trying to raise some funds in aid of the UK charity Sue Ryder

 

At the very outset of this project I had it in my mind that when I reached number 36 I would use it to showcase one of my favourite ambient artists who goes by the name '36'. It would seem like a bit of a missed opportunity if I didn't.

 

I first came across 36's music on the compilation 'Europe' which is from one of my favourite ambient labels 'A Strangely Isolated Place'. Unfortunately, I've never been able to grab an affordable copy of this compilation on vinyl, though I do have the digital release, it's not quite the same. 

 

36 has appeared on ASIP a few times now and one of the things that makes this an excellent combination is that both the artist and the label clearly pay attention to detail and go to great efforts to provide great quality in terms of production, mastering and the physical product. Such is the level of quality in my eyes,  that I judge other ambient releases I buy, particularly on vinyl, based on what I've received when I buy from 36/ASIP. The form of ambient music has to be treated with care because imperfections are so easily noticed and really harm the listening experience.

 

Aside from ASIP, 36 has appeared a number of other labels, most regularly his own label 3six Recordings, but also another consistently good and another favourite label of mine 'Past Inside The Present'. You may also know his work under the guise of SYNE which is geared more towards the dancefloor with a deep techno edge to it.

 

The artwork this week features the artwork from the releases I've featured in this mix. As ever, if you enjoy the sounds on this mix, I'd encourage you to support the artist(s) and labels via the links on the tracklist below which will take you to the Bandcamp pages where you can buy the music directly. 

 

Also, if you do happen to enjoy the mix, or any of the other selections I have posted, please consider a small donation to my Just Giving page, where you'll find out a little more about why I am doing this and trying to raise a little money for the great work done by Sue Ryder. If you aren't in a position to do so, perhaps you could consider sharing this on your social media channels.... I've really struggled to get much traction with this so any help in that regard is very welcome and appreciated.

 

For more on 36, here are some links you might find useful - 

 

Twitter //  Bandcamp  //  Discogs  //  Spotify  //  Apple Music  //  Instagram 

 

 


Tracklist

36 - Goodbye Yesterdays World / Music For Isolation (Part 1) (3six Recordings)

36 - Lahaina Noon (Past Inside The Present)

36 - Shadow Play (After Dark Reprise) (A Strangely Isolated Place)

36 - Diamond Rain (3six Recordings)

36 - Room 2 (A Strangely Isolated Place)

36 - Apartment 451 (Reinterpreted) (A Strangely Isolated Place)

36 - Moravian Fields (Special Species Records) also on this <<compilation>>

36 & Duenn - Built On Lies (Past Inside The Present)

36 - Pulse Drive (3six Recordings)

36 & Zaké - (Stage 2) (Past Inside The Present)

36 - Time Without Motion (Version) (3six Recordings)

36 & Awakened Souls - Past Self (Past Inside The Present)

36 - London (A Strangely Isolated Place)



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37

17 April 2022

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Week 16, selection #37, and it is another selection rather than a mix. This week it sounds like Soul, Funk and Northern Soul.... all the good stuff!

 

It's been a bit of an overwhelming week with what felt like more crammed into the last 7 days than during the previous 4 months. After lots of hesitating and research before taking the leap I have a new bike waiting to be picked up from Norfolk, team McLeod started planning a bike trip to Europe later in the year with Ferries and some hotels booked and dates locked in. I've still not been feeling great but still pushing on through and have been chipping away at some jobs that have been on my 'to do' list for a while, and I'm very nearly at the end of the process to get my vinyl all recorded and backed up to my hard drive... a process I started around 2.5 years ago, recording on average 3 to 5 LP's every day!

 

For the most part, it's been positive, although I'm still not feeling positive about the fundraising effort, which this is a part of. The numbers are still not good. I have that scene from 'I'm Alan Partridge' where Lyn, his personal assistant, is role playing as the commissioner for the BBC and in giving a reason as to why Alan Partridge won't be securing a second series she says "well Alan, the numbers started off badly and got worse from there". I've honestly been considered refunding the donations received so far out of my own pocket, adding to the total to hit the goal and then just calling it a day. I'm going to keep going, but it really is a struggle to motivate yourself when 60% of the terrible play counts come from within your own household (of 2). I've put it out there (without reply), several times and on several platforms, that if anyone could give me some ideas or pointers on how to gain some traction with this, it would be very welcome and much appreciated. 

 

That's the news of the week out of the way, so now onto the music. As ever, if you enjoy the selection, please buy the music and support the artists and labels. The links in the tracklist this week will directing you to Discogs as I doubt most will be available digitally unless you go to Amazon. As ever, any donations to my Just Giving page (in aid of Sue Ryder) or any shares to your social media are appreciated.

 



Tracklist


Darondo - Do You Really Love Me (Kent Dance)

Marvin Gaye - Woman Of The World (Blue Note)

The Deridre Wilson Tabac - I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes (Be With Records)

Willie Hutch - You Can't Miss Something You Never (Be With Records)

Esther Williams - Last Night Changed It All (Jazzman)

Lyn Collins - Wheels Of Life (Get On Down People / Universal)

Inell Young - What Do You See In Her (Soul Jazz)

Mike James Kirkland - What Have We Done (Luv N Haight)

Curtis Mayfield - Beautiful Brother Of Mine (Curtom)

Gloria Ann Taylor - Jolene (Luv N Haight)

Pearl Dowdell - Good Things (Mukatsuku)

Little Gregory & The Concepts - Get Away (Tramp Records)

Marlena Shaw - I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free) (Cadet)

Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Feeling Free (Timmion Records)

Edwin Starr - Time (Motown)

Carrie Cleveland - Love Will Set You Free (Funky Planet)

Billy Butler - Right On Track (Okeh / Epic)

Don Thomas - Come On Train (NUVJ)

Betty Davis - My Soul Is Tired (Light In The Attic)

Alice Clark - You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me) (BGP)

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Night (Motown)



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38

9 April 2022

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Selection #38 and week 15 is a "selection" as opposed to a "dj mix". In terms of genre, let's say it has guitars but you can dance to it. Some might call it AOR, Yacht Rock, or Soft Rock with a Disco and Funk influence. I find putting music into a pigeon hole quite difficult because there is always grey areas and fine lines where genres cross or subtly merge. So, have a listen and decide for yourself. 


As ever, if you happen to enjoy the selection, please consider a donation to my Just Giving page which is raising funds for the excellent work done by the Sue Ryder charity here in the UK. Any donation however large or small is greatly appreciated and put to good use. I know things are tough for lots of people right now, if you aren't in a position to donate, perhaps you would consider sharing the music / Just Giving links on your social media, that would also be a great help, especially as I'm struggling to get traction with this.

 

The tracklist is below and this week it will be with some linked to Bandcamp and others linked to Discogs pages where you can pick up the tracks featured this week.

 


Tracklist

Young Gun Silver Fox - Long Way Back (Légère Recordings)

Rick Cuevas - The Birds (Self Released)    >>> Available on V/A - Fingertracks (ESP Institute)

Hudson-Ford - 90° In The Shade / Daylight (CBS)

Tender Leaf - Coast To Coast (Cool Sound)

Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis (Reprise Records)

Jaye P. Morgan - Can't Hide Love (Candor Records)   >>> Recent reissue on WeWantSounds

Life Force - Slow Dancer (Favorite Recordings)

Daryl Hall & John Oates - Alone Too Long (RCA)

Alessi Brothers - Do You Feel It? (A&M Records)

Morrison Kincannon - To See One Eagle Fly (Spacetalk Records)

AM & Shawn Lee - Persuasion (AM Sounds)

Rosebud - Money (Star Gazer)

Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright - Stay Cool (Emotional Rescue)

Franne Golde - Isn't It Something (Portrait)   >>> Available on V/A - Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco (HDYA)

Mark Capanni - I Believe In Miracles (Jazzman)



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39

2 April 2022

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Yet another week has gone by where it's been a 'not feeling great' kind of week. 4 in a row. To be honest, it's been the case for a lot longer but perhaps just not as impacting in the earlier stages of this challenge as it has been of late. With that in mind, I'm going to try and bank some mixes/selections so that I have one or two in reserve, just in case I'm really not up to the recording / cover designing / shit-posting on the blog at any point.

This week I had a couple of positive comments on my mix from last week. A positive comment is always a nice thing to receive and my friend Matt Foord is very supportive in that regard - otherwise it's something that's generally in short supply, but not something I look for or expect. I don't think what I'm doing is worthy of praise, it's the artists that have the talent and I just try and bring sounds to peoples ears that they may otherwise have missed, and I try to do it in a way that flows nicely from track to track. That's it, and I'm not sure I even get that right, but I try. 

Of course, it's always been important for me that I encourage people to support artists and labels and the vast majority of times I provide links so people can do that and buy the music. I wish there was a way to gauge how much traffic goes from here to the links I post but I don't think there is a way, or not for my tech-limited brain in any case. Perhaps one day I'll find a way.

What is most important for me this year though is trying to raise some much needed funds for Sue Ryder and I seem to have hit a bit of a wall with it. I honestly don't have much in the way of contact with people in the real world (damn you mental health and rural living). Aside from a couple of 5 minute chats with a couple of neighbours, I've only spoken to a handful of shop clerks and the Covid vaccinator. That's since October last year. So I always knew it was going to be hard going and limited to really trying to find ways to drum up some interest and hope for the odd small donation here and there - hence setting quite a modest target (or at least I thought so). I'll keep going, but I don't know what else to do - whether online or in the real world. Any suggestions most welcome.

You can find out more about these numbers mixes I've been posting by digging back through recent posts, or of course you can check out the Just Giving page I set up.

Onto the music...

 

Tracklist

Jon Hopkins with Ram Dass & East Forest - Sit Around The Fire (Domino Recordings)

Amara - Psychedelic Potato (Sola Terra)

part timer - The Runner (Orla Wren Remix) (Lost Tribe Sound)  << Proceeds go to UNICEF

Time Rival - East Wind (Binaural Space)  << Proceeds go to 'People In Need - Ukraine'

Bark Psychosis - Pendulum Man (Fire Records)

Biosphere - Birds Fly By Flapping (Biophon)

hinako omori - Snow (Houndstooth)

Early Fern - Seratonin Cascade (Metron)

Harry Towell & Guy Gelem - Montague's Creek (Polar Seas)

Louisahhh - Here Is Hoping (Tiger Sushi)

Patricia Wolf - The Culmination Of (Past Inside The Present)

Keeley Forsyth - I Stand Alone (Leaf)

Polaroid Notes - Sleepless Nights (Büro für Erdrotation)

Shards & Isolation Choir ft. Douglas Dare, Luke Howard & Jófríður Ákadóttir - Inside I'll Sing (Erased Tapes)



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40

27 March 2022

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For mix #40 I've gone down the route of Neo-Classical / Modern Classical / Ambient influenced sounds. It's an area that I have only really started exploring in the last few years. I like to keep exploring and experimenting with the music I listen to and play, never really stopping in one spot for too long. In terms of collecting music with one eye on putting mixes together it makes creating sets more challenging because it takes a while to build up a suitable and sizable enough collection for that. It keeps things interesting for me though and I don't think that approach will change. The thing I have found myself enjoying with this style of music is that it feels emotional, like it has some weight to it. A lot of music today does tend to feel formulaic, almost mathematical and lacking any emotional connection to the person behind it, I don't feel like that with a lot of this kind of music. Similarly with a lot of the ambient music I have been listening to, it feels like there is something of the person who made it is actually emotionally invested in there. I don't know if I am explaining my thoughts all that well there, but it's all I've got just now.

This past week has been another challenge through not feeling so good. I really didn't feel like I'd manage to put this together this week but I really am trying to keep to this challenge and pushed myself to get it done. A week at a time is all I can say.

At this point in this post I deleted 8 paragraphs of writing that I spent a good hour and a half writing, deleting, writing and deleting. It was really just a big rambling post of letting off steam. I'll cut that down to the following - I am no longer on Instagram as they kicked me off for not following their terms and conditions. I have no idea which terms and conditions they are referring to as they did not tell me, they simply locked me out of the account. All I had used it for was posting my cover images for the mixes I've been posting with each mix and within each post tagging the charity I'm trying to help, Just Giving and some of the featured labels and artists. I can only assume an artist or label felt aggrieved at that and flagged me, because other than that, I have no idea what it could be.

The other part of the ramble went down a rabbit hole relating to some unkind social media interactions directed towards me and the position I find myself in mentally, physically and socially - none of which could be described in a positive way. It was upsetting for me to write, upsetting to read it back, so rather than keep it here, I deleted it. It's not what I want the blog to be, but I know it often is a bit of a venting space because it's really the only space I do have.

On to the music. As ever, please support the artists and labels by buying the music if you hear something within that you enjoy. If you do happen to enjoy this selection, or any others I post, please consider a small donation to the charity I am trying to raise funds for - Sue Ryder. Every little helps. If you aren't able to donate, perhaps you could share the Just Giving link or the mix to your social media, I could really do with some traction - the more eyes and ears there are, the better chance of hitting the goal.


 

Tracklist

Hania Rani - Journey - from xAbo: Father Boniecki (Gondwana Records)

Ben Woods - An Attempt To Fly (Self Released)

Olga Wojciechowska - Infinite Distances (A Strangely Isolated Place)

William Ryan Fritch - VII: In A Senseless Ether (Lost Tribe Sound)

Mario Verandi - Hazy Sun (Time Released Sound & Time Sensitive Materials)

Blurstem - Pickerel (Anthem Falls Music)

Levi Patel - Reflection (Self Released)

Bruno Sanfilippo - Spiral (DRONARIVM)

Robot Koch - Cousteau (ft. Julien Marchal) (Modern Recordings)

Jan Wagner - Kapitel 11 (Quiet Love Records)

Sam Liu - The Falcon & The Dove (Home Normal)

Thomas Newman w/ Hollywood Studio Symphony - Brooks Was Here (Late Night Tales)

Slow Meadow - A Tiny Ripple That Becomes A Giant Wave (Self Released)

 



 

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41

20 March 2022

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It's been a bit of a stinker of a week health wise so I'm keeping this one short.

Somehow I started off looking for a track to kick off an ambient mix, I took a left turn and ended up throwing a selection together that was a million miles away from where I intended. It felt good though and it's keeping the few listeners I get on their toes, so it's going up. Most of these tracks are going to be easiest to pick up on compilations - Discogs is your friend this week.

Fingers crossed for a better week ahead.

 


Tracklist

Dave & Ansell Collins - Double Barrel

GG's All Stars - Rocking On The GG beat

Shark Wilson & The Basement Heaters - Make It Reggae

Skatalites & Roland Alphonso -- Guantanamera

Alton Ellis - Soul Groover

Dandy Livingstone - Rudy, A Message To You

Dave Barker & The Upsetters - Tight Spot

Brentford All Stars - Greedy G

The Marvels - Rock Steady

The Pioneers - Papa Was A Rolling Stone

Ansell Collins - Secret Weapon

Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston

Derrick Morgan - Rudies Don't Fear

The Upsetters - Freak Out Skank

Desmond Dekker & The Aces - 007 (Shanty Town)

Niney The Observer - Brimstone & Fire 

Lee Scratch Perry - Disco Devil (7" Mix)

Jah Screechie - Walk & Skank

Bad Manners - Lip Up Fatty




 


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