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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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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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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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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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