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In Natures Hands

13 June 2024

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This mix turns back towards ambient and abstract sounds, with some spoken words coming from Jeff Bridges too. It was originally number 34 in the 'Year of Music' series but I've gone with 'In Natures Hands' for the new name.


There's a few reasons why I came to this title. Firstly, the music to me feels organic and natural, I used a field recording from Melissa Pons as the opener to emphasise that feeling of nature. Secondly, I leaned into the cover image that I used originally, which is a photo I took locally and is the same image as above, but I've give it an edit to give it a trippier feel, if I can use that term. And thirdly, ultimately we are all in natures hands, none of us can escape that, and as I type this I'm in the midst of a flare up of aches and pains that have been feature of life for some time. It is what it is, but as that's how I'm feeling it seemed pertinent and timely and that it connects into this mix / title / feeling. 

 

A few of these releases were supporting a variety of charities, so check the links if you want to pick things up and support the labels and artists in their support of others.


As a side note, this is one of my favourite mixes I put together for this series, though it hardly had any plays, barely getting into double digits. I'm going to take a little break from posting and perhaps it'll get a little more attention from being left as the most recent post, but no big deal if not. I've got quite a lot on my plate so time needs spent on other things for the moment, but I'm sure I'll be back, speaking into the ether before too long, perhaps sooner than I think, but it'll be when it is.


If you want to know more about the 'Year of Music' series, then there's a little on that [HERE]. If you prefer to use a Soundcloud player, then you can find that [HERE] for the moment, it might not always be there as costs / benefits are entering my thoughts for when my subscription expires.


 

Tracklist 

01. Melissa Pons - Around The Water (Self Release)
02. Jeff Bridges - Feeling Good (Self Release)
03. Padang Food Tigers - Rise Before The Rain (Under The Spire)
04. Part Timer - Myr (Home Normal)
05. Hinako Omori - Cloud Painting (Headphone Commute)
06. anthéne - The Traveler (Distant Bloom)
07. Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch - Ruby's Dance (Headphone Commute)
08. Ben McElroy - Bed Down In The Murk (The Slow Music Movement Label)
09. High Skies - The World Forgotten (Self Release)
10. Hinako Omori - The Richest Garden In Your Memory (Houndstooth)
11. Jon Hopkins - Arriving (Domino Recording Co.)
12. Jonny Nash & Ana Stamp - For You I Am Missing..... (Melody As Truth)
13. Letna - Sava (Whitelabrecs)
14. Rose Riebl - Near Dark (Headphone Commute)
15. Morimoto Naoki - Into (Whitelabrecs)

 

 

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Back To The Disco (35)

11 June 2024

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Number '35' in the 'Year if Music' series is now 'Back To The Disco' and it's had a completely new cover done too.


At the time of doing this mix, I hadn't put together a mix of edits for a couple of years, so I was a bit rusty. That's leads me to the new cover, which as you can see is old, unused and a little bit rusty disco equipment; a mirrorball, lighting and studio gear, all a little worse for wear.


The previous post I had up sharing this mix mentioned that I put this together (live & unplanned - as all these mixes have been) whilst having a few ciders on a Friday night, and really I just had a little fun with it. As mentioned, I was a little out of practice with this kind of thing, so one or two of the mixes / levels aren't the best, but I remember having fun doing it and that was more important to me given that the weekly mix thing had felt a bit of a chore by this point. So, all things considered, I posted it anyway, imperfections and all.


I always try and post a fully linked up tracklist to the mixes I share. I feel like it's the least I can do when I'm sharing music this way, thinking that it might lead to a sale or a new follower for the artists. With the edit based mixes, many will have been taken down, either by the person who edited the track, or because they've been forced to, so the tracklist is going to be very limited for mixes of this nature. If you dig around though, you might find them yourself if I haven't been able to, and you can always try and get a copy from the edit creator if you ask them nicely.


If you want to know more about the 'Year of Music', this is the link [HERE]. If you prefer a Soundcloud player, you can find that [HERE] for the moment.

 

 

Tracklist 

01. Sir Owned - Hooked (Kon's Night Time Mix) (Gold Finger)
02. Deadly Sins - Mary's Red Hot Groove (Kat)
03. Donna Allen - Joy & Pain (Em Vee Meditation Edit)
04. Marvin Gaye - Heavy Love Affair (The Revenge Rework) (White Label)
05. Lionel Ritchie - All Night Long (The Reflex Revision) (Revision Records)
06. Dr Packer - Contemplating (DiscoDat)
07. Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair (Late Nite Tuff Guy Edit)
08. The Owl - It Was Gonna Be Good (Editorial)
09. McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now (Unknown Rework)
10. Black Heat - The Jungle (Pied Piper Redux)
11. The JB's ft. James Brown - Hot Pants Road (Hansi's Slam Dunk The Funk Edit)
12. Wild Cherry - Play The Funky Music (The Reflex Revision)
13. Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 (Surecut Kids Re-edit)
14. Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love (Redrum Edit)
15. Fingerman - The Happy Track (Self Released)
16. Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby (JF's Remix)
17. Tugboat Edits - Love Sounds (TZ's Intimate Strangers Edit)
18. Golden Flamingo Orchestra - The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us (Golden Flamingo Records)

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Still 36

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The only mix from my 'Year of Music' series that will be retaining the name it started out with is this one. '36' is still called '36'. I've also used the same cover, though I've given it a couple of very minor tweaks, giving my own pseudonym some real estate on the cover which wasn't there originally.


When I started the series of mixes / selections, I always had it in the back of my mind that I'd throw in a label focus or artist focus. By that, I mean only include tracks from one label, or one artist. Considering the artist 36 has been one of my favourite ambient artists in recent years, it seemed obvious what I needed to do for this mix.


The artwork makes use of the actual album art that the tracks I used came from. I put the images into a random collage generator and then played around with some edits, and this is where I settled.


You can find 36 (aka Dennis Huddleston) at Twitter //  Bandcamp  //  Instagram

 

If you would like to know what was behind the 'Year of Music' series you can find an explanation [HERE]. If you prefer to use Soundcloud, well you'll find it [HERE] though it might not always be there.

 

 

Tracklist 

01. 36 - Goodbye Yesterdays World / Music For Isolation (Part 1) (3six Recordings)
02. 36 - Lahaina Noon (Past Inside The Present)
03. 36 - Shadow Play (After Dark Reprise) (A Strangely Isolated Place)
04. 36 - Diamond Rain (3six Recordings)
05. 36 - Room 2 (A Strangely Isolated Place)
06. 36 - Apartment 451 (Reinterpreted) (A Strangely Isolated Place)
07. 36 - Moravian Fields (Special Species Records) also on this <<compilation>>
08. 36 & Duenn - Built On Lies (Past Inside The Present)
09. 36 - Pulse Drive (3six Recordings)
10. 36 & Zaké - (Stage 2) (Past Inside The Present)
11. 36 - Time Without Motion (Version) (3six Recordings)
12. 36 & Awakened Souls - Past Self (Past Inside The Present)
13. 36 - London (A Strangely Isolated Place)

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What Happened To You? (37)

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'37' from my 'Year of Music' series has become 'What Happened To You?' as well as receiving a fresh cover image.


Over the years, as my musical tastes expanded and I spent some time in the world of soul music, one of the things that often came to my thinking was wondering what happened to the singer / song writer. Where did the depths of lyrics come from? Was it personal experience? Was it observations from others around them? Was it tapping into the nature of humans and their psyche, and using it creatively? However it was arrived at and delivered, that's the reasoning for my title.


The cover image is a combination of experimenting with various, very descriptive prompts on AI artwork applications and then giving it an edit myself until I felt happier with it. I think it captures a person in a contemplative moment with an appropriate brooding and atmospheric scene around him.


It's worth mentioning again from time to time, as I repost / rename these mixes and selections that they were a part of a project to post a fresh mix or selection, every week during the course of 2022. The aim was to raise funds for a charity that has been close to my heart and you can find more about that via this link [HERE] which will take you to a standalone page on my blog. It wouldn't have been as fun or interesting if I just churned out 52+ mixes of house or ambient so I tried to vary the genres over the course of the year to keep it interesting for myself and for anyone who happened to listen, so sometimes it was more of a selection than a traditional DJ mix.


If you prefer to use Soundcloud over Hearthis, then there is a link to Soundcloud [HERE], though that link might not always be active, it depends how I feel about keeping the subscription costs going and swallowing all these costs over time.


 

Tracklist 

01. Darondo - Do You Really Love Me (Kent Dance)
02. Marvin Gaye - Woman Of The World (Blue Note)
03. The Deirdre Wilson Tabac - I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes (Be With Records)
04. Willie Hutch - You Can't Miss Something You Never (Be With Records)
05. Esther Williams - Last Night Changed It All (Jazzman)
06. Lyn Collins - Wheels Of Life (Get On Down People / Universal)
07. Inell Young - What Do You See In Her (Soul Jazz)
08. Mike James Kirkland - What Have We Done (Luv N Haight)
09. Curtis Mayfield - Beautiful Brother Of Mine (Curtom)
10. Gloria Ann Taylor - Jolene (Luv N Haight)
11. Pearl Dowdell - Good Things (Mukatsuku)
12. Little Gregory & The Concepts - Get Away (Tramp Records)
13. Marlena Shaw - I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free) (Cadet)
14. Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - Feeling Free (Timmion Records)
15. Edwin Starr - Time (Motown)
16. Carrie Cleveland - Love Will Set You Free (Funky Planet)
17. Billy Butler - Right On Track (Okeh / Epic)
18. Don Thomas - Come On Train (NUVJ)
19. Betty Davis - My Soul Is Tired (Light In The Attic)
20. Alice Clark - You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me) (BGP)
21. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Night (Motown)

 

 

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Bon Voyage (38)

10 June 2024

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Another selection as opposed to a mix, this was originally titled simply as '38', but now is called 'Bon Voyage'.


I struggled to come up with a title and image for this one, sometimes you hit a mental block and that was the case here. Anyway, I've got over that and gone with Bon Voyage. Why? Well, I'm not sure you could call this Yacht Rock, or AOR, or Disco, but it's got flavours of all of the above, so I'm leaning into the Yacht Rock aspect with the title and cover. Unfortunately the image isn't a photo of mine. A couple of Mojitos on the deck of a luxury yacht is most definitely appealing, this is actually an edit of an image I made using AI, which I honestly find mind blowing... if I didn't mention it I'd wager hardly anyone would be able to tell.


If you want to know about the 'Year of Music' series, then click [HERE]. If you prefer to use Soundcloud, you can get that over [HERE] for the moment at least... it might not always be active.


 

Tracklist 

 

01. Young Gun Silver Fox - Long Way Back (Légère Recordings)
02. Rick Cuevas - The Birds (Self Released) >>> Available on V/A - Fingertracks (ESP Institute)
03. Hudson-Ford - 90° In The Shade / Daylight (CBS)
04. Tender Leaf - Coast To Coast (Cool Sound)
05. Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis (Reprise Records)
06. Jaye P. Morgan - Can't Hide Love (Candor Records) >>> Recent reissue on WeWantSounds
07. Life Force - Slow Dancer (Favorite Recordings)
08. Daryl Hall & John Oates - Alone Too Long (RCA)
09. Alessi Brothers - Do You Feel It? (A&M Records)
10. Morrison Kincannon - To See One Eagle Fly (Spacetalk Records)
11. AM & Shawn Lee - Persuasion (AM Sounds)
12. Rosebud - Money (Star Gazer)
13. Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright - Stay Cool (Emotional Rescue)
14. Franne Golde - Isn't It Something (Portrait)
15. Mark Capanni - I Believe In Miracles (Jazzman)

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Behind Closed Doors (39)

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Number 39 in the 'Year of Music' series is now titled 'Behind Closed Doors'. As well as a fresh name, the cover is completely new, it's an edited photo that was taken by me in London, a very rare visit to the big smoke, back in 2012.

 

The title leans into a line from the final track of the mix that resonated with me, and still does if truth be told; "behind closed doors my spirit wanes". I remembered the image I had on my hard drive of these two doors, number eleven & eleven and a half, I loved that.... most others would have said 11a and 11b, but to actually write "and a half"...  just perfect! Anyway, that final track, just to give some context to the lyrics, it was released during lockdown in 2020. I think I am right in saying that the artists and musicians did their parts individually and it was all pieced together, given we were all cooped up at home. Another very loose connection I have with this title is that a friend from quite a few years ago now had floated the idea of putting on an event with the same name, it never came to be as far as I'm aware, but I'm reminded of it none the less.


If you want to know more about the 'Year of Music', this is the link [HERE]. If you prefer a Soundcloud player, you can find that [HERE] for the moment.



 

Tracklist 

01. Jon Hopkins with Ram Dass & East Forest - Sit Around The Fire (Domino Recordings)
02. Amara - Psychedelic Potato (Sola Terra)
03. part timer - The Runner (Orla Wren Remix) (Lost Tribe Sound)
04. Time Rival - East Wind (Binaural Space) << Proceeds go to 'People In Need - Ukraine'
05. Bark Psychosis - Pendulum Man (Fire Records)
06. Biosphere - Birds Fly By Flapping (Biophon)
07. Hinako Omori - Snow (Houndstooth)
08. Early Fern - Seratonin Cascade (Metron)
09. Harry Towell & Guy Gelem - Montague's Creek (Polar Seas)
10. Louisahhh - Here Is Hoping (Tiger Sushi)
11. Patricia Wolf - The Culmination Of (Past Inside The Present)
12. Keeley Forsyth - I Stand Alone (Leaf)
13. Polaroid Notes - Sleepless Nights (Büro für Erdrotation)
14. Shards & Isolation Choir ft. Douglas Dare, Luke Howard & Jófríður Ákadóttir - Inside I'll Sing (Erased Tapes)

 

 

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The Clouds of Anhedonia (40)

8 June 2024

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Anhedonia: a psychological condition characterised by inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable acts.

 

Most people will no doubt encounter this feeling to some extent, perhaps coupled with depression or anxiety. When I set about these weekly mixes and blog posts back in 2022 it was around about the time I put this mix together that I realised it wasn't going to go in the direction I had really hoped and the process started to feel a bit more of a chore and a little bit less exciting to face each week. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn't really matter, but I've recently been reading the book 'Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr Julie Smith' and there's a section on anhedonia in that, so I knew instantly I was going to make use of that when it came to this mix. I think it ties in beautifully. So, number 40 in the 'Year of Music' is now 'The Clouds of Anhedonia'.

 

If you want to know more about the 'Year of Music' then there's a post about that [HERE]. If you prefer to listen via Soundcloud, then you can find that [HERE], though the link might not always remain active.

 

 

Tracklist 

01. Hania Rani - Journey - from xAbo: Father Boniecki (Gondwana Records)
02. Ben Woods - An Attempt To Fly (Self Released)
03. Olga Wojciechowska - Infinite Distances (A Strangely Isolated Place)
04. William Ryan Fritch - VII: In A Senseless Ether (Lost Tribe Sound)
05. Mario Verandi - Hazy Sun (Time Released Sound & Time Sensitive Materials)
06. Blurstem - Pickerel (Anthem Falls Music)
07. Levi Patel - Reflection (Self Released)
08. Bruno Sanfilippo - Spiral (DRONARIVM)
09. Robot Koch - Cousteau (ft. Julien Marchal) (Modern Recordings)
10. Jan Wagner - Kapitel 11 (Quiet Love Records)
11. Sam Liu - The Falcon & The Dove (Home Normal)
12. Thomas Newman w/ Hollywood Studio Symphony - Brooks Was Here (Late Night Tales)
13. Slow Meadow - A Tiny Ripple That Becomes A Giant Wave (Self Released)

 

 

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Sunshine Vibes (41)

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I feel like I'm making inroads here with my attempt to repopulate the blog with mixes and selections! This one was originally titled '41', and I'm sure you'll have guessed it's got a Reggae and Ska vibe to it, proper sunshine music. For this one I've given it a completely new cover, partly leaning on AI and partly making use of a couple of editing programmes that I enjoy playing around with.


I certainly don't proclaim to be an expert in the genre, but I love what I love and I share what I share. With this being part of my 'Year of Music' mixes and selections I was doing my best to keep things interesting for myself and for those who took the time to listen in.


I'm dedicating this one to my friend in Bishops Stortford, he knows who he is. I know he has a big love for Reggae and Ska, and he was in my thoughts when I put this one together. The sun will shine on you again my friend.


If you want to know a little more about my 'Year of Music' series, then you can find that over [HERE]. If you prefer a Soundcloud link, then you can find that [HERE] for now, if the link dies in the future, it's down to costs of maintaining these things.


I will link the tracklist up as best as I can. Most of these have come from compilations and I am pretty sure that will be the most cost effective way to own them yourself. Even though I'll put some links up, I think it best you dig around Discogs / Ebay etc for the best deals for yourself if you want to own the beauties on here.


 

Tracklist 

 

01. Dave & Ansell Collins - Double Barrel (Big Tree / Trojan)
02. GG's All Stars - Rocking On The GG Beat (Trojan)
03. Shark Wilson & The Basement Heaters - Make It Reggae (Moodisc)
04. Roland Alphonso - Guantanamera Ska (Pyramid)
05. Alton Ellis - Soul Groover (Trojan)
06. Dandy Livingstone - Rudy, A Message To You (Trojan)
07. Dave Barker & The Upsetters - Tight Spot (Trojan)
08. Brentford All Stars - Greedy G (Soul Jazz)
09. The Marvels - Rock Steady (Pama Supreme)
10. The Pioneers - Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Attack / Joe Gibbs)
11. Ansell Collins - Secret Weapon (Big Tree / Trojan)
12 .Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston (Island / Mango)
13. Derrick Morgan - Rudies In Court (Beverley's Records)
14. The Upsetters - Freak Out Skank (Get On Down)
15. Desmond Dekker & The Aces - 007 (Shanty Town) (Doctor Bird / Trojan)
16. Niney The Observer - Brimstone & Fire (Big Shot / Observer)
17. Lee Scratch Perry - Disco Devil (7" Mix) (Trojan)
18. Jah Screechie - Walk & Skank (Blacker Dread)
19. Bad Manners - Lip Up Fatty (Magnet)

 

 

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The Pale Blue Dot (42)

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Mix '42' from my 'Year of Music' has been renamed to 'The Pale Blue Dot'. Originally I had used the NASA image taken from Voyager 1, and the image that inspired Carl Sagan's book of the same name. I change this up whilst I give things a refresh around here and the image now used is one taken from Cassini, which was a project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency which was used to explore Saturn.


Aside from the opening monologue from Carl Sagan (which I timed the mix slightly wrong when I listen back), all of the music used came from compilations that were released by artists and labels as a means to raise funds for the people of Ukraine. This wasn't about supporting any aspect of that war, it was about supporting those impacted by it, people like you and I. So, if you listen to the monologue from Carl Sagan, it should be pretty clear why I opted to use that in the mix and for the title. Aside from that, I tried to use music that had a spaced out vibe to it, otherworldly if you like. 

 

I'm not sure whether the music is still linked into the cause outlined above, but as always I'll link the tracklist up as best as I can and I'd encourage you to pick up any of the music you should like for your own collection.


If you want to know the back story to the 'Year of Music', you'll find that [HERE]. If you prefer a Soundcloud link, then that is over [HERE], though it may not be active long term due to costs of running these things.


 

Tracklist

01. Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot (Youtube link)
02. Simon McCorry - Ash (Binaural Space)
03. Embassy Of Sound - How Come When I Close My Eyes I See The World So Clearly (Binaural Space)
04. Jordan GCZ - Rob Mod (Music From Memory)
05. Alex Ho - Idle Brain (Music From Memory)
06. MLO - Emptiness (Music From Memory)
07. Alita & Papa - Peacing Pieces (Home Normal)
08. Dazion - Ponds & Lakes (Music From Memory)
09. Dirk Jacobs - At The Edge (Binaural Space)
10. Chris Prine & Boiling Sky - To Float (Binaural Space)
11. Jad Baron - Spirits (Binaural Space)
12. Darren Harper - Sunflower Dream (Home Normal)
13. Elin Piel - Where Are You Luminous Moss (Muzan Editions)
14. Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft - Strøm (Music From Memory)
15. Trigg & Gusset - Locked Outside (Preserved Sound)
16. Lexx - Prelude To Happiness (Extended) (The Sound Of Now - Music For Ukraine)
17. Suso Sâiz - Horizante 327 (Music From Memory)
18. Kayak - Astra (Flaming Pines)
19. DZM - Fearful Man (Binaural Space)

 

 

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Under The Dancing Lights (43)

7 June 2024

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Previously known as '43', I've given this one the new name of 'Under The Dancing Lights' for no other reason than it's music to dance to and the cover resembles the lights you'd be dancing under. The cover has had a minor edit, but the truth is, although it resembles lights from an night out clubbing, it's actually lights that were in a cave at Chedder Gorge in Somerset, England.... shhh! Don't tell anyone.

 

If you want more information on the 'Year of Mixes' I put together, then you'll find that over [HERE]. If you prefer using Soundcloud, then you can find that [HERE], though I don't know how long I'll keep the necessary account running over there, it's an extra expense I could do without.

 

 

 

Tracklist

01. Al Calavicci - The Sun Is Setting On Us (Falk Recordings)
02. Roy Of The Ravers - Emotinium '22 (Emotional Response)
03. FYI Chris - Black Dragon Loop (Black Acre Recordings)
04. Barnt - Is This What They Were Born For? (Magazine)
05. Elef - Black Hole (Gerd Remix) (Carry On)
06. Quentin - Mirage (Hivern Discs)
07. Sfire - Sfire 3 (John Talabot Bubble Metropolis Rework) (Cocktail d'Amore Music)
08. Virtualmismo - Mismoplastico (Shakedown Remix) (DFC)
09. Les Professionnels - Sex Au Bureau (Cole's Acido Remix) (Raw Life)
10. Red 7 - I Lost My Shoes On Acid (Not On Label)

 

 

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