Discogs Store Update - October 2021

13 October 2021

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A year or two ago I decided I needed to filter out some records from my shelves. Not that I want to get rid of them, but I do need to free up some space and raise some funds too. It's also a shame for them to sit on a shelf and not be played, after all, that is their purpose.

The process I've gone through has been that I went through my shelves and pulled the ones I thought I'd be "okay" with letting go, putting them to one side. I've been listening to them as I list them on Discogs, if after listening to them I decide I'm still "okay" (I'm not really) with letting them go, it gives me a chance to grade them as well as I can. Not to say the odd thing won't slip through the net, but I think it's the best process, but also the slowest.

Having said that, I think I'm nearing the end of the process. I've sold some records over the last couple of years and I've got around 500 listed for sale as I type. I still have a pile of 20-30 that are almost certain to be added, but after that I'm going to start listening to the remaining records. It might be the case that the odd record here or there will be added, but there won't be a huge amount more getting added for now, although I do have a couple of dozen that are blocked from sale on Discogs, so I'll see if I can offload those on Ebay at some point.



 

If you are interested, you can find a link to my Discogs store on the right hand side of the page. Most records are less than £5, and the genres range from downtempo to techno, jazz to house, ambient to afrobeat. My music tastes are wide ranging, so the records reflect that.

If you happen to pick something up from me on Discogs after visiting the blog, please do let me know, it would be interesting to find out if any traffic from here ends up there. I strongly doubt it.... the blog is still hitting several thousand "views" a month but this doesn't feed through into plays on Soundcloud or Mixcloud, so any feedback would be welcome and appreciated.




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Restore The Soul

5 October 2021

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(Mixcloud Link)

 

Honestly, I have not even been on my blog since I last posted here on 1st May. The site could have been hacked, deleted and turned into a lonelyfans promotional hub and I'd have been none the wiser. It does seem that each time I have an extended period away from posting that the world descends further into chaos, it definitely feels like humans are on a particular trajectory.

 

On a personal level, I continue to find life challenging and slightly completely rudderless since my Mum departed in December. Obviously the Covid situation hasn't helped and is something most of us are finding challenging in one way or another, but aside from that I've had some health issues getting on top of me and actually ended up in hospital on the day I was supposed to get my first Covid jab. I'm not great with needles anyway, they don't mix well with anxiety and overthinking, but I did put my big boy pants on and went for my first jab a couple of weeks ago. I still hadn't been clear on it due to health issues but aside from a painful arm, a little nausea and tiredness for a couple of days after, it was fine, and I get those things fairly often anyway because of how I feel in general.

 

The other issue that's been keeping me away from here, and generally not engaging in much else, is that Ruby, the older of my two Irish Red Setters was involved in a freak accident on August 1st. Whilst out at her favourite walk, doing her favourite thing in chasing tennis balls, she experienced a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE for short), which resulted in her being completely paralysed at the back end. Initially in a lot of pain, but then followed into no pain at all but no movement, no feeling and no control of bladder or bowel function. Long story short, following some very expensive vet involvement, we were told she would be unlikely to recover if there was no improvement after 48 hours and to consider euthanasia. After discussions with several people who understand the condition or have dealt with it themselves, we opted to give her a week to see if there was any improvement. There was improvement, but it was very, very minimal and the future remained uncertain. The vet wasn't very supportive or helpful, although the nursing team were great and minor improvements continued over the next week or so - once she regained better control of bowel and bladder, it was time to take her home. She has been home for around 7 weeks now - although she isn't walking unaided, she is getting there. She is given physio 4 times a day, she is walked in a field behind the house with the help of a sling although I can now drop the sling for short periods and she will attempt to walk herself (although it looks like she has drunk a litre of vodka), she can sit well, she can turn herself in her bed, there are hardly any toilet accidents now and she can stand and eat / drink. None of these were possible when we took her home. She is now attending hydrotherapy and also gets acupuncture once a week, so everything that can be done to help her recover is being done.

 

Ruby back home.

 

In between, I've occasionally been posting some records on to Discogs for sale, some mostly reluctantly, but I do need to raise funds and clear some space too. Free time has been very limited, and often that free time also finds me feeling exhausted, or perhaps dealing with pain / tiredness linked to health issues. When I have had a moment, I've been trying to get out and do little jobs in the garden to get some sunshine and fresh air. It doesn't feel like more than a few weeks since we breathed a sigh of relief at winter and snow disappearing over the horizon, and now it feels like it is knocking on the door again. What I haven't been doing is keeping myself active online and putting mixes together - in fact, I hadn't plugged my equipment in since the last mix I posted (Reflect guest mix) and had to try and ignore the accumulated dust on my gear to put this selection together. This is not normal for me.

 

In recent years I've been moving a bit more away from the 4/4 / house / tech music sound, don't get me wrong, there's lots I still love about it, but I feel more disconnected from it now, maybe age, maybe the way life has twisted and turned, but I gravitate towards music that connects to me in a deeper sense than just making me want to shake my hips to a rhythm (not that I don't still like that and indulge when nobody is looking 🤫 ). Probably not really describing any of this particularly well, but for me it's music the reflects a mood or a feeling or a moment in life. I suppose, if you know, you know, if you don't, no amount of poorly assembled words from me will make that any clearer.

 

I still have a few ideas for "mixes" in the back burner of my mind. When or whether they see the light of day, who knows. It's been in my thoughts as to whether it is worth me continuing to pay for a web domain and hosting mixes on the likes of Soundcloud. Play counts have dropped off hugely in recent years.... aside from a Mexican wedding company who seem to have my mixes on a loop for some reason. If Le Glam Marriage should venture on here, feel free to fly me over and put me up so I can play some tunes in person 😆 (yeah, as if that would happen).

 

Anyway, until the next time..... take care of yourself and those who you love and care about.

 

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If you enjoy any of the music in this selection, please purchase / follow / support the artists and labels so they can continue to do what they are good at!

 

Tracklist

01. Luftrum - Dawn Chorus (Self Released)

02. Andrew Wasylyk - Blossomness #2 (Clay Pipe Music)

03. D. Rothon - The Ghost We Bring (Clay Pipe Music)

04. Trigg & Gusset - Blue Shades (Preserved Sound)

05. Amanda Whiting - After Dark (Jazzman)

06. Nat Birchall - Mirror Mind (Ancient Archive Of Sound)

07. Ishmael Ensemble - The River (Reprise) (Severn Songs)

08. Dwight Trible ft. Matthew Halsall - Deep River (Gondwana)

09. Yusef Lateef - Like It Is (Music On Vinyl)

10. Chip Wickham - Pushed Too Far (Lovemonk)

11. Katya Wonder - Mood (Meteron)

12. Arooj Aftab - Last Night (New Amsterdam Records)

13. Warren Hampshire - Eye Of The Deluge (Athens Of The North)

14. Luke Howard Trio - Phases (Hobbledehoy)

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Sellers Remorse

1 May 2021

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Back in 2019 I decided that I needed to thin out some of my vinyl collection. I need to find some space for future purchases and I could do with raising some funds too. I do get sellers remorse with most things I sell but I need to be sensible too.

I had a busy and successful Ebay store many moons ago, before care became the main focus of my life, but felt it best to go with Discogs Marketplace this time. I'm not 100% certain that's the right thing to do, but I've been using and contributing under a different guise to Discogs since it's first year of existence, waaaay before the Marketplace become a thing. In terms of keeping it simple, it's the way to go, although I may not achieve the higher prices that can sometimes be found via Ebay.

I sold a few bits and pieces from my collection in 2019, but then some 'life' things got in the way, the whole covid thing took hold and then losing my Mum late last year. I'm still grappling with things, still very unsure about which direction to go, but I thought a good start would be trying to do a bit more around music, which has been the saving grace for me and has been for as long as I can remember.

So, as you may (or may not have noticed) I've already posted 3 mixes this year What Now? Part 1 & Part 2, as well as my first guest mix for quite some time, which I called Reflect and was put together for Corsica One. I've got another mix to do in the coming weeks and one or two others that I've loosely been thinking about. My mixes don't get as much plays as they once did but I'm going to keep plugging away whilst I find enjoyment from it.

Aside from the mixes though, I've also started selling via my Discogs Store page. At the moment it's only vinyl and the records I have for sale are the ones that were already graded and up for sale in 2019 (but taken down), although I've a few boxes of CD's to shift too. The vinyl I'm selling is mostly from the last 10 years or so, although there will be some older stuff too and it is very eclectic with everything from Soul to Techno, Ambient to Jazz, House to Trip Hop and everything in between. I'm slowly working my through it all, playing and listening to each record as I list for sale, with the aim being to be as accurate with my grading as possible. I always look to keep prices on the competitive side but I did buy these at retail prices, some I take a loss on and others seem to have gone up in value, so I'm hoping it'll even itself out.

If you're a vinyl head, feel free to check out the links and see if anything takes your fancy and keep your eyes posted for new additions.... I've got a good 300 or so still to get listed.

 

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Reflect - Guest Mix for Corsica One

16 April 2021

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Over the last ten years I've been very grateful and flattered to have been asked to contribute guest mixes / shows to various platforms, like Hypnotic Groove, Box Frequency, Sequenchill and Balearic Social. I honestly don't feel like my mixes are worthy of that attention so when I'm asked to contribute to somebody's platform it gives me a bit of a buzz.

 

Those of you who have read previous posts will know and understand why I hadn't been doing much in the way of mixes over the last year or so, and I'd had very little in the way of interaction with people from music circles, probably as a result of being quiet and me deleting my Facebook. I certainly had no opportunities to do any guest selections, so when Alessio from Corsica One asked if I'd like to do a selection for him to host on his Mixcloud after he'd caught my recent What Now? selections, I jumped at the chance. I'd really like to try and get my "mojo" back and get into some kind of groove again having had a difficult time of things over recent years, so it was really good timing for me and hopefully I'll be able to build a little momentum from here.

 

As with all my mixes, it's unplanned and recorded in one take, which always makes me feel a little nervous when sharing, especially when I've done it for someone else. You'll find the linked up tracklist below the Mixcloud player. If you enjoy any of the music on here, please purchase the music and support the artists and labels.... and any likes, shares on your social media etc are always much appreciated.

 

You can find some more great mixes / music from Corsica One and various guests at the following links. Check them out and give a follow if you like what you see and hear.

Mixcloud  //  Apple Music  //  Facebook // Twitter  //  Bandcamp // Blog

 

 

Tracklist

 01. Biosphere - From A Solid To A Liquid (Biophon)

02. Cosmic Neman - ProximaB (Tigersushi)

03. Sun Electric - Love 2 Love (Music From Memory)

04. Jo Johnson - Discontent Arises From A Knowledge Of The Possible (Self Released)

05. Pauline Anna Strom - The Eighteen Beautiful Memories (RVNG Intl.)

06. Soundstory - Rainstorm (Self Release)

07. Etienne Jaumet - Orage Dans Le Creuse (Tigersushi)

08. Jonathan Fitoussi & Clemens Hourriére - Five Steps (Versatile)

09. Carbon Based Lifeforms - Dreamshore Forest (Analog Remake) (Leftfield Records)

10. James Bernard - UWA10 (A Strangely Isolated Place)

11. Masayoshi Fujita  & Jan Jelinek - Workshop For Modernity (Faitiche)

12. David Moufang - Sergio Leone's Wet Dream (Music From Memory)

 

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What Now? (Part 2)

17 March 2021

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Well, here we are again. Perhaps surprisingly, I've managed to put together a second part to my 'What Now?' mix from a few weeks ago. Go me! There are one or two bits that I think could be better in terms of effects and transition, but it's a one take, completely unplanned and live mix, warts and all.  

Here's the player to get your listen on, with a wee blog post below...

 

 

In that last blog post I did kind of open up a little on how I've been feeling. When I say 'a little', I really mean that. I'm quite open on the topic of mental health and well-being when it comes to generalities. When it comes to the specifics and the details that actually matter most, I'm not that good on it. Apart from the privacy issue I'm also cognisant of the fact we all have our issues, demons and histories. Who wants to hear about mine? Even more so under the current climate of Covid and divisive politics.


I also mentioned in my last blog post that I really consider the blog to be a personal space to let off some steam as well as being for me to share some music and mixes, and following the last blog post I had a couple of messages from people with some words of encouragement to keep pushing on for better days ahead. I do find it hard to keep things positive because historically the next bump has never been far from dealing with the previous one, but I really appreciated the messages and people taking the time to have a read and to respond, so thank you for that. 


The cliched but sound advice of 'take a day at a time' is really where I am at. Trying to not get too burdened by what may lay ahead, or carry the stress and upsets of times gone by; I think a day at a time is what I should keep my focus on. I've got some loose thoughts about what I'd like to do in terms of a couple of other mixes, I'd also like to get my Discogs or Ebay store up and running at some point but there's no time frame on any of it for now. If you keep an eye out in the usual places you'll be kept in the loop.


For now, thank you for checking in, thank you for having a listen and I hope you find some sounds that hit the right spot. If you do, please support the artists and labels by purchasing their music.  


Take care, look out for one another, and here's hoping for better days ahead for all of us! 


Tracklist

  1. Polaroid Notes - Close To Heaven (Whitelabrecs)
  2. Mathieu Karsenti - Time To Go (Slowcraft Records)
  3. Hector Plimmer - Joyfulness (Alexa Harley's Acapella Rework) (Albert's Favourites)
  4. Abstract Aprils - Falling Falling Falling (Self Released)
  5. One Million Eyes - Eustress (A Strangely Isolated Place)
  6. Peter Broderick - A Year Without Summer (Erased Tapes)
  7. Greg Foat - After The Storm (Strut Records)
  8. Ben Lukas Boysen - Kenotaph (Erased Tapes)
  9. Hania Rani - Leaving (Gondwana Records)
  10. Andrew Wasylyk - A Further Look At Loss (Athens Of The North)
  11. Julianna Barwick - Healing Is A Miracle (Ninja Tune)
  12. Thinnen ft. Olga Wojciechowska - Memories (Self Released)
  13. Nat Burchill - A Prayer For (Gondwana (CD) / Jazzman (LP))
  14. Alice Coltrane - Prema (Antartica Starts Here)
  15. Mammal Hands - Solitary Bee (Gondwana)
  16. Katya Yonder - Mood (Méteron Records)
  17. Hampshire & Foat - End Song (Athens Of The North)

 

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What Now? (Part 1)

24 February 2021

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I've written an opening paragraph and deleted it, written a better one and deleted that and repeated this process several times now. Truth be told, I don't know how to begin this long overdue blog post and as I type I don't really know the direction the post is going to take either. I really feel like I could just sit and type and splurge so much out in one large incoherent mess but probably best if I can try to avoid that. I guess what I've got down so far constitutes an opening paragraph. How about I post the player for a new mix I've thrown together first off, then take things from there? (I'll post the tracklist at the bottom of this post as I usually would do, and provide links wherever I can).


Although I did jump on to share an excellent mix from Tom Middleton via A Strangely Isolated Place mid-2020, it's been just over a year since I've even touched my equipment to put something together. I've continued buying music through the last year but the urge to share it in some mixes just hasn't been there.  I think it's probably reflective of where I'm at and the fact that it's been an exceptionally tough year for everyone. I doubt many people will catch this post let alone read this far, but for those that do make it here, I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and coping with the situation we find ourselves in.

On a personal level I'd be lying if I said anything other than this; I'm not coping very well at all. Where do I go from making that statement? The answer is probably along the lines of "what does it matter?". The adage of speaking out and reaching out doesn't seem to count for much, at least in my own experience.

I think it fair to say that my current position in terms of mental health hasn't been helped by the loss of my Mum from complications around Pneumonia and her longer term health issues at the start of December 2020, but in all honesty things weren't good for a long time before that. I don't think it would be unfair to say that she really cheated death several times in recent years and did remarkably well to fight the difficulties that Multiple Sclerosis brought into her life. The past few years in particular were extremely difficult for her, not only dealing with losing all motor functions, relying on others for the simplest of tasks most of us take for granted, but also having a constant stream of infections that eventually became ever present and a deterioration in her cognitive capacity. Despite all that she did remarkably well to never complain and was always happy for you spending time with her, especially taking in some flowers to brighten her room, a wee cake and a coffee. I'm gutted to not have my Mum around any more but it's also a relief that she isn't having to suffer any more and on a personal level not having to watch helplessly as she deteriorated noticeably with each passing week.

The best part of a decade of my life was almost entirely centred around my Mum and the systems involved in providing care, and even longer on the wider impact it's had in other aspects of life. It really was like a full time job for much of that time. The thing is, nobody looking in would have ever known that to be the case. Even Mum didn't really understand the time and mental and physical exhaustion these circumstances brought (which is how I wanted it to be for her) and none of the agencies you'd hope and expect to rely upon were much support and often put more difficulties and hurdles in the way. As I type this, I sit and wonder what the point is. Nobody listened before, they're certainly not going to listen now, so I suppose I type this for my own cathartic reasons, although even that is scant relief.

I suppose the long story short is that a lot of the reasons for neglecting the blog (for several years in reality) should be fairly evident given what I've typed above. I'm not sure what the future holds in any sense right now, let alone this place which was always a costly labour of love. All I can feel at the moment is that I'm pretty lost, don't see any direction and can't see which way to move in order to address a lot of the issues that have weighed heavy over a number of years. I suppose keep a loose eye on here of on Twitter and you'll have a fair idea how that's going.

This mix was put together live with no planning at all other than having a loose idea of one or two of the tracks I wanted to include. It kind of fits with my mood where it feels quite emotional, almost heavy with it at times and is punctuated with the odd moment of hope, light and motivation. Despite the place that I find myself, there are people in a far worse position and I need to be mindful of that, grateful for what I do have whilst I have it and try to find something positive if even for the briefest of moments on any given day. I'm aiming to have a Part 2 done for this at some point which I want to take a slightly different form in terms of genre, whether it happens, or how long it takes is another matter.

Anyway, if you've made it to this point, well done for listening to my rambling and moaning. I've always said it's become a combination of being a music blog and a personal blog, so I suppose that's what we've got here.

As usual, if you enjoy any of the music on this mix, please buy the music and help support the artists and labels. If that support was ever needed, it's now. Until the next time, take care of yourself and each other.

Tracklist

  1. Kinder Scout - Interlude (Home Normal)
  2. Charles Bukowski - Go All The Way (Read by Tom O' Bedlam
  3. David Cordero & Miguel Otero - Dolores (Archives)
  4. Slow Meadow - We Can Only Love Through Suffering (Hammock Music)
  5. Agnes Obel - Stretch Your Eyes (Ambient Acapella) (Late Night Tales)
  6. Endless Melancholy - Lost (Hidden Vibes)
  7. William Ryan Fitch - VII: In A Sense Of Ether (Lost Tribe Sound)
  8. Sven Laux & Daniela Orvin - A Moment Of Silence (Dronarivm)
  9. Luke Howard Trio - I Think It's Sinking In (Lukktone)
  10. Yumiko Morioka - Moon Road (Métron Records)
  11. Owl - Glimpse Of Decline (Silent Season)
  12. Steven Kemner - Sleep Well (Facture)
  13. Olga Wojciechowska - To Feel Much More Than Now (Self Released)
  14. Daniela Orvin - Sudden Farewell (Dronarivm)
  15. SiJ - Memories Lost In Time (Hidden Vibes)
  16. A Veil Of Water - Frailty (Hidden Vibes)
  17. Brambles - To Speak Of Solitude (Serein)
  18. Warmth - You're Not Here (Archives)
  19. Hania Rani - Today It Came (Gondwana Records)
  20. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - All Farewells Are Sudden (Erased Tapes)
  21. Walter D Wintle - State Of Mind (Read by Tom O' Bedlam)
  22. Adrian Lane - An Occasional Hushed Word (Preserved Sound)

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Tom Middleton - isolatedmix 100

6 July 2020

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I have written and deleted this post several times now but it would take far too long to put down what's really on my mind now and over recent times, so I'll condense it as best I can.

It's been a few months since my last post here and I'm at a loss as to what to say, or do, with the mess that the world finds itself. Nothing that's going on right now should come as a surprise to anyone, it's been clear for long enough that we're not doing right by nature or each other. The most upsetting / disappointing thing for me is how desperate most people seem to be to return to "normal" when it clearly is where the problem lies. The whole narrative of "build back better" seems to have evaporated and we're looking for the quickest way back to the path we've reached the dead end of already.

I'm sure I'll return to have another rant down the line on these issues. A quick word on the previous post / mix I put up - I'm still off Facebook and I can say with complete sincerity - I don't miss it, I can see the harm it does now more than ever before, it is one of the biggest problems of the age. If you still use it, you should research the harms of it, they are far and away the worst platform for misinformation and sowing division in society. Kudos to the big spending advertisers for temporarily withdrawing from the platform, but don't be fooled. They are simply cutting costs during the Covid problem and dressing it up as a positive move. If you're not off the platform, you're part of the problem. Much like every other problem we face - if you don't actually take a stand, NOTHING will change.

That rant went off on a slightly unexpected tangent. I expect it'll be a running theme here but for now, how about I get back to what I originally came to post about.....

The 100th edition of the isolatedmix series, curated by the excellent A Strangely Isolated Place record label is provided by Tom Middleton who was an inspired choice to have for this milestone. He has served up what I can safely say is one of my favourite mixes ever. It's honestly that good. In conversation with a friend of mine I suggested that it left me thinking why I even bother putting mixes together. He, speaking as a DJ himself, agreed. Set some time aside to put your focus into this journey, it's thoroughly worth your while.




Check out the ASIP site for tracklists etc and a load of other great music, mostly but not excusively from the world of ambient. I'll try get around to adding links etc to this post in time. Enjoy.


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Farewell

5 January 2020

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I had intended on posting some long winded piece around my decision to remove myself from Facebook, but on reflection I decided against it. For the time and effort I'd already put into the post (now deleted), there wouldn't be enough interest to justify spending the further time necessary to do it any justice. I'll post a condensed piece below the tracklist along with some videos which I've used, or found interesting during my own digging for information. Going forward, you'll find me on Twitter, music sites (Soundcloud / Mixcloud / Hearthis) or here. My Instagram will also be gone, although I didn't use it much in any case and I don't use Whatsapp (Signal is a good alternative).

I've put together a mix / selection of tracks which in one way or another, in my own mind, can be linked to the dangers, problems or leaving of social media. I've cut up and used some interviews or speeches from people involved in tech, journalism and even people who have been a part of the Facebook behemoth.

The tracklist below, as usual, links to the places where you can buy / listen to the artists legally. Please support the artists if you like any of the music contained within the selection.


Tracklist



I had planned on having my account closed by the end of 2019 but some broken ribs and a heavy bout of man flu prevented me from working on tidying up the loose ends on there, so it'll probably be end of January that I end up deleting things. If you have any interest in deleting Facebook yourself then you should be mindful of the fact that deactivation is not enough, Facebook still tracks everything you do online (and in some instances your physical movements) and shares that information with whoever wishes to buy it. Deleting Facebook properly means downloading the information they have on you, removing all the permissions you've given to apps over the years - it's quite an eye opener when you really dig down into it, and of course making sure you find alternative ways to follow things that interest you. In my case music obviously played a big part, but with the way Facebook now manipulates algorithms and what you see in your feed, I was seeing less of what I wanted to see and more of what they wanted me to see.

It's also a big bug bear of mine that Facebook has made our internet use much more lazy and has seriously harmed the creative industry. Think about how you used to use the internet before and in the early days of Facebook. I bet, that like me, it's become far different. Many sites that provided good content have vanished because Facebook has hoovered up viewers. Many sites that used to use simple advertising streams to fund their work have lost out because people rarely venture off Facebook or often only click through links on there - and that's where the revenue now goes.

Aside from all the reasons that most people probably already have some understanding of, like the micro-targeting of political adverts and mis-information, the fact that we can all see the ways people actually talk to each other online has changed so much over the past decade and how toxic it has become, I'm removing myself for the sake of my own mental health. I personally don't feel that Facebook is a healthy thing to have in my life. I, like many people, have a lot of challenges to overcome and constant feed of highlight reels, social lives, events, holidays, purchases, family moments, all interjected by adverts, videos, politics targeted in ways most of us don't truly understand isn't a healthy feed for me.

I know Twitter has some serious flaws to it too, but for me, it's less harmful than Facebook and I have more hope that Twitter will move in the right direction than I do for Facebook. They definitely need to sort out the bots, propaganda and hate pushers, just as Facebook does, but it is definitely encouraging that they don't accept paid for political adverts. I find Twitter a more reliable platform to follow music, sports, news and people that I want to hear from. It's less filtered than Facebook.

I've rambled on a bit more than I intended. Really, what I wanted to get across and haven't done very well is to say - You do you. I'm doing me. Just know that if the service is free then you are the commodity of value and that in reality we should all be more aware of technology, the implications of its use and probably be less inclined to use or trust the big tech giants. Below are some of the videos and a website you might find useful.







Further information to check - 
 
The Social Dilemma - Netflix (This one is a more recent arrival and only arrived after I ditched Facebook)



Facebook Criticisms - Wikipedia




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The Light & Dark Sessions

3 January 2020

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It's been a while. Again. I actually came on to the blog to post something entirely different, but realised I hadn't shared this mix on here. So we'll get this one up and deal with the next one, which is a new mix, with a theme, and I suppose you could say, a message. It might take me a couple of days to get the post written up, but keep an eye in the usual spots and you won't miss it.

Back in late June of 2019, DJ Hood aka "Troy" Clark aka International Man of Mystery messaged me to ask if I'd like to contribute a mix for 'We Dig Deeper'. I do enjoy a guest mix, so of course I was happy to get involved. The remit initially was to replicate two sides of a 90 minute mixtape - 45 minutes per side - with side A being a chilled affair and side B being more uptempo. My first throw of the dice served up a chillout mix on the A side and something more house / tech orientated on the B side. However, as the weeks rolled by the remit became a little clearer to me, in that it was to be called 'The Light & Dark Sessions'. I didn't feel my mixes tied into that so I decided to come up with another set. Whether or not I meet that description is up to you to decide, but it felt like a better match for me.

Tracklist

A Side - Light

01. Good Weather For An Airstrike - Mesopelagic
02. Levi Patel - As She Passes (Nocturne)
03. Hampshire & Foat - The Promise
04. Lani Hall - Sundown Lady
05. Aktuala - Dejanira
06. Alela Diane - Lady Divine
07. Josepa & Musyl - Follow Me
08. Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra
09. Family Four - En Hast Utan Namn
10. Master Phil - Waporday
11. David Axelrod - Fantasy For Ralph
12. Alice Clark - Looking At Life

B Side - Dark

01. Ralph Hildenbeutel - Promenade (An Unpleasant Dream)
02. The Green Kingdom - Momentary
03. Kutiman - Line 1
04. Hampshire & Foat - Rain Clouds
05. Mason Profft - Everybody Was Wrong (Ole Smokey Edit)
06. Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence (T2MM Edit)
07. Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky (Red Axes Remix)
08. Harry Nilsson - One
09. A Forest Mighty Black - Everything
10. Leifur James - Mumma Don't Tell
11. Moby - Go (Solarno's Lounge Attack Remix)


You can find Mark Gardner / We Dig Deeper at these links - Soundcloud / Mixcloud


You can find DJ Hood here - Soundcloud / Mixcloud


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The Drifter - A Guest Selection for Sequenchill

11 July 2019

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In recent posts I've alluded to a couple of guest selections I've been asked to put together of late. To be honest, it was a pleasant surprise to be asked as it's almost 3 years since the last time I was invited to do something for someone, that being the mix I put together for Woodzee on the now defunct Box Frequency.

The first selection I've got to share with you is one I've put together for Sequenchill, who is very prolific and very popular on the Mixcloud platform. He recently became one of the early adopters of the 'Mixcloud Select' service which is a means to support not only the musical artists but those who invest their own time and money into creative means of sharing the music. My first encounter with Salvatore was from the seasonal series of mixes that myself and Andy Pye of Balearic Social curated and we've kept in contact since, and it's fair to say he is a man with a wide range of tastes and an in depth knowledge when it comes to music.



The mix I provided for this had a couple of boundaries; that it should be around 80 minutes and in the realms of downtempo / chillout music. You can have a listen and decide if I met that remit yourself... hopefully you'll feel I did and that it was an enjoyable journey. As always, the mix is completely unplanned. I hit record and this is what has emerged. I should throw in a small caveat here - I think there is a small and hard to notice glitch late in the mix. Over the last year or so I have found that my iMac and Traktor S4 haven't been as happy a combination as they used to be. The mix I gave to Salvatore was actually the 4th mix I'd recorded - the first 3 were consigned to the bin because there were a lot of glitches. I've tried researching the causes, and not being the most technically minded doesn't help too much, but the conclusion I've arrived at is that the software and hardware, through recent updates, have became slightly less compatible. I can only hope that future updates iron out these issues or else I'll have to look at changing my set up slightly. It's really frustrating to create a mix that you are happy with only to find glitches along the way that are caused by the technology. Hopefully you won't even notice and it doesn't spoil your enjoyment... and fingers crossed it doesn't impede my efforts to do the next contribution I've been asked to provide. More details on that in due course, what I will say is that it takes the form of two 45 minute mixes of differing styles with a feel of the traditional mixtape about it. As I say, more on that down the line. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this mix, you will find a linked up tracklist at the foot of this post below you will also find some links to where you can find Sequenchill on the usual places.

Links to Sequenchill -

Mixcloud // Facebook Group // Soundcloud // Twitter

Tracklist

01. Soundstory - Rainstorm
02. Max Ananyev - Laurel Forest
03. Slow Meadow - Ghosts In The Brazos
04. Seabuckthorn - The Observatory
05. Tess Said So - Black Light
06. Scrimshire - Won't Get Better (Rebecca Vasmant Remix)
07. Kryshe - Queen's Court
08. Ishmael Ensemble - Song For Knotty
09. Greg Foat - Drifting
10. Brambles - Are te
11. Colorlist - When Will You Go?
12. Copenema - Some Di Some Day
13. Mammal Hands - Three Good Things
14. Lowercase Noises & Blurstem - Ochre
15. Foundsounds - Relaxing Rain & Loud Thunder
16. Kettenkarussell - Drift

If you want a download of the mix, you can find it [[HERE]]

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