Mixtape #93

Based in Brussels, the mysteriously masked quartet that is Why The Eye? craft themselves unconventional instruments out of apparently random objects, then use them to perform their music. And what music! A trance inducing combination of relentless polyrhythmic grooves, frenetic analogue glitches and distorted squeals, the band's eponymous first album which came out last year immediately turned us into avid fans. So in a bid to uncover what inspires this tribal and celebratory feel, we had Why The Eye? summon this month's mixtape and out of thin air, here it is!

  1. The Residents – The moles are coming [Ralph Records]
  2. Erika Sulzmann (1959) – Percussions and vocals from Maï Ndombe Lake (Congo)
  3. Plasticman – Kriket [NovaMute]
  4. Esplendor Geométrico – Es Inaudito [Linea Alternativa / Geometrik]
  5. Francis Bebey – Di Saegi [Born Bad Records]
  6. Aphex Twin – Fz Pseudotimestretch+e+3 [Warp]
  7. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention – Help i’m a Rock [Verve Records]
  8. Badawi – Dance of the Centipedes [Reachout International Records]
  9. Gede Manik – Bereta Yuda [Disjuncta]
  10. Miles Davis – Rated-X [Columbia / CBS]
  11. James Brown – Since You’ve Been Gone [Polydor]
  12. T.K. Ramamoorthy – Rasikapriya [The Gramophone Company Of India Ltd. / EM Records]
  13. The Junkman (Donald Knaack) – Abracadabra
  14. Liquid Liquid – Cavern [99 Records]

Mixtape #56

The compositions of Michigan-born, Montreal-based sax magician Colin Stetson are staggering and intense, like nothing we've heard before. On stage, his extraordinary songwriting is distilled into powerful, physical and raw performances where he layers sounds relying solely on his saxophone and breathtaking circular breathing skills. Needless to say he quickly became our favourite undercover super-hero, so we're ecstatic to present to you the tracks that Colin Stetson has handpicked for us this month. Get ready for a journey through a bonkers vortex of references and genres, from Ivo Papasov and Mobb Deep, to Liturgy and Jimi Hendrix!


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Mixtape #51

June is upon us, and with a new month comes a very special batch of tunes picked by one of our favourite bands, Piano Interrupted. The London based duo-turned-quartet enticed us with their lush cinematic soundscapes blending beguilingly classical arrangements and electronics. They spontaneously brought an interesting twist to our mixtape by presenting the tracks in a chronological order, from the oldest to the most recent. So strap yourself in for a journey through time and music.


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Mixtape #42

When we first posted about the imaginative and enchantingly talented British composer and musician Poppy Ackroyd, we never dreamt she would one day get involved with our monthly mixtape. Since then, she released an outstanding debut album, Escapement, where she explores and experiments with the piano and the violin, mirroring her intricate relationship with the two instruments. Also, our dream came true and this month she picked and mixed seventeen stunning tracks, for your ears to indulge on.

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Mixtape #35

The Face on bandcamp
Last year, we were lucky to discover the experimental rock outfit The Face. Based in Los Angeles, the Pan-American combo blends varied influences into a sweet and rich musical smoothie. This month, they compiled an exuberant collection of 17 songs that might shed some light on their magical recipe.

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