05

27 November 2022

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Not much commentary this week, just an electronica (?) mix. You can give it a label for me, I can't really get my head around the ever growing list of genres. I'd go with electronica and ambient, you might know better. This, and the next couple of mixes were originally one long mix that I've decided to cut into more consumable lengths. I might share the uncut full length mix down the line but I doubt there would be much call for it.


I can't not mention the point behind my weekly mix posting, if you don't mind I'll just copy and paste what I have written in the previous post... 

I set out at the start of the year to post a new mix every week as a challenge to myself and also as a way to try and raise some funds for Sue Ryder, a charitable organisation that helped provide care for my Mum in her final 3 years. The hope being that if listeners enjoyed what I posted that they might find it worthy of a small donation to Sue Ryder via my Just Giving page, where they receive 100% of all funds raised. Sue Ryder provide care and a home for people in Aberdeen with extremely challenging neurological conditions like MS, MND (ALS) and Huntingtons to name a few, as well as respite and palliative care centres elsewhere in the country. All too often these services are the kind that you don't realise the importance of until you find yourself in the position of needing to use them, and sadly there is a considerable waiting list for that. Like most people and businesses, the pandemic and cost of living has had a huge impact and support is very much needed to make sure these services can continue. So, if you have listened and enjoyed any of the posts this year, please consider a small donation. Find out more on my Just Giving page, or via the Sue Ryder website.

 

As always,  I try to link up the tracklist as best I can so you can support the artists and labels by buying their music. You can also use your Google machine to search for alternative sources or follow them via social media. You'll find the tracklist below.



Tracklist

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - X (Erased Tapes)

Bartosz Kruczyński & Poly Chain - Solacious (Into The Light)

Biosphere - Daphnis 26 (Biophon)

Myosotis - A Moment Illuminating Eternity (Hidden Vibes)

Jonathan Fitoussi & Clemens Hourriere - Aquedec (Obliques / Traversales Disques)

Carbon Based Lifeforms - Vakna (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Hoshiko Yamane & Mikael Lind - Reprocessed Phrases (Time Released Sound & Time Sensitive Materials)

Banabila & Machinefabriek - Sasquatch (eilean rec.)

Black Swan - Evolving Robots (Past Inside The Present)

Karamika - Ton 1 (ESP Institute)

Quiet Places - Track 6 (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Katya Yonder - Spinning Olimpia (Métron Records)

Wanderwelle - Presumed Lost (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Vhr-17 - Nuke (Eilean rec.)


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06

20 November 2022

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Dipping back into the world of 4/4 this week with a house mix. Call it house, deep house or as Beatport likes to go with organic house, go with whatever you want to call it. There are a couple of mixes that could be better thanks to some glitchy behaviour from my Traktor software but it's not bad enough to warrant the recycle bin and I'm posting it regardless.


I have to mention the purpose behind these weekly mixes that I've posted this year. I set out at the start of the year to post a new mix every week as a challenge to myself and also as a way to try and raise some funds for Sue Ryder, a charitable organisation that helped provide care for my Mum in her final 3 years. The hope being that if listeners enjoyed what I posted that they might find it worthy of a small donation to Sue Ryder via my Just Giving page, where they receive 100% of all funds raised. Sue Ryder provide care and a home for people in Aberdeen with extremely challenging neurological conditions like MS, MND (ALS) and Huntingtons to name a few, as well as respite and palliative care centres elsewhere in the country. All too often these services are the kind that you don't realise the importance of until you find yourself in the position of needing to use them, and sadly there is a considerable waiting list for that. Like most people and businesses, the pandemic and cost of living has had a huge impact and support is very much needed to make sure these services can continue. So, if you have listened and enjoyed any of the posts this year, please consider a small donation. Find out more on my Just Giving page, or via the Sue Ryder website.


As ever, you will find a linked up tracklist below the player where you can buy the tracks I've used. All Beatport links this week but I'm sure you can find them elsewhere at Juno, Bandcamp and the like.



Tracklist

Tim Green - Lune (All Day I Dream)

Amonita - Stay (Peace Symphonies)

Wassu & djimboh - Green Eye Cat (The Sound Garden)

Nomi Ruiz - Be Your Girl (Arabic Piano & Dr Feel Remix) (KID Recordings)

Sebjak & Fehlberg - Somebody (Abracadabra Music)

The Cobb - Vesna (-102 °c)

Mauro Masi & Julian Liander - Djambore (AMITABHA)

Alley SA - Sleeping Under The Stars (Bekool Records)

George X - Ourania (Amulanga)

Erdi Irmak - I Can Find ft Amego (Maty Owl Extended Remix) (When We Dip XYZ)

loan - Carosel (Nite Grooves)

Perry Farrell & The Kind Heaven Orchestra - Mend (Tim Green Remix) (Heaven After Dark)


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07

13 November 2022

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Before I started this year of mixes shenanigans I spent some time thinking about how I would approach it and how would I keep things interesting for myself as well as other people? One thought was that I'd occasionally have a mix or selection based around an artist or label that I am particularly keen on.  I did it with number 36, but it would have been quite a miss not to feature the artist 36 that week.


As the weeks have rolled on and the fact this whole project hasn't really gone as well as I had hoped I've ebbed and flowed in my enthusiasm for doing this. I let a couple of negative comments get to me and I ended up not really sticking to what I originally had been thinking about. I've decided to at least make the effort to get this one done before coming to the end of the year because it's one of, if not my most favourite label in recent times.

 

Gondwana is a mountainous and hilly region in India, it was also the name given to a massive landmass (or super-continent) around 500,000,000 years ago. It's also a label that features heavily on my record shelves. The label was set up in Manchester in 2008 by one of my favourite artists, Matthew Halsall. I could extol the qualities of this label and many of the artists that feature on it but that's kind of what the mix/selection is about. I've pulled together a small sample of some wonderful music but really it could have been hours longer with more artists, but trying to keep these selections around an hour or so, it's just a sampling of what is on offer. I would encourage you to dig deeper yourself, visit Bandcamp and Spotify (Matthew Halsall has an excellent spiritual jazz playlist he curates himself), start with Matthew Halsall's work and also look out for Hania Rani (and check this video and this one). Anyway, I hope this gives a nice taste and perhaps pulls one or two listeners to the label. As always, I will link to where you can buy the music featured below the player and will add some additional links for the label too.


This weeks cover picture is an edited photo I took in Grindelwald, Switzerland which is nestled in the heart of the alps and surrounded by the mountains of Faulhorn, Schwarzhorn, Wellhorn, Wetterhorn, Mettenberg, Schreckhorn, Lauteraarhorn, Agassizhorn, Fiescherhorn, Mönch, Eiger, Lauberhorn and Männlichen. Nearby Lauterbrunnen is said to have been inspiration for Tolkein's Rivendell in The Hobbit / Lord Of The Rings.

 

Finally, as always, I must briefly explain the purpose of these weekly mixes. At the start of 2022 I decided to try and raise some much needed funds for the excellent work done by the Sue Ryder charity by posting a weekly mix, hoping if people enjoyed what I shared they might put a small donation over (I was thinking the price of a coffee etc). The Sue Ryder organisation helped care for my Mum in her latter years and need all the help they can get. You can find a little more out and donate via my Just Giving page (100% of all money goes direct to Sue Ryder). You can also find out more digging around the blog here where I really have used the space to vent a little about the care system and the impacts of that, as well as the world in general.



Tracklist

Forgiveness - Ocean Floor

Dwight Trible ft. Matthew Halsall - Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair

Matthew Halsall - Reflections

Phi-Psonics - Like Glass

Vega Trails - Train To Kyoto

Caoilfhionn Rose - Truly

Hania Rani - Come Back Home

GoGo Penguin - One Percent

Portico Quartet - With, Beside, Against

Matthew Halsall - The Temple Within

Paradise Cinema - Possible Futures

Jasmine Myra - Words Left Unspoken

Chip Wickham - Sais (Egypt)


Links for Gondwana - 

Website  //  Spotify  //  Bandcamp  //  Twitter  //  Instagram  //  Facebook  //  Youtube

 

 

 

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08

6 November 2022

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