Mixtape #97

It may be hard to find a more prolific musical polymath than the wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs. A restless sonic adventurer and highly versatile musician, his extensive and influential body of work encompasses well over a hundred solo and collaborative releases, on labels big and small, including his own No Fans. We're ecstatic he found the time to put together this month's mixtape, which is a unique insight into his myriad influences, or in Youngs' own words "All over the shop".

  1. Cocteau Twins – Blind Dumb Deaf [4AD]
  2. Donald MacPherson – Lord Lovat’s Lament [Siubhal]
  3. Kazuki Tomokawa – Storms in the Dead of Night [20|20|20]
  4. Derek Bailey w/ DJ Ninj – N/JZ/BM (re-mix) [Avant]
  5. Rosalia – Si tu supieras companero [Universal]
  6. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Disco 2100 [Strut / Art Yard]
  7. Religious Overdose – Control Addicts [Glass Records]
  8. Armin Mieth: VI – Raum 1 (extract) [Chocolate Monk]
  9. Franco Battiato – Aria di rivoluzione [Ricordi]
  10. Guillaume de Machaut – Ballade 33 Nes qu’on porroit (performed by Oxford Camerata) [Naxos]
  11. Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees [Charisma / Probe]

Listen to C Duncan’s cover of Cocteau Twins’ ‘Pearly – Dewdrops’ Drops’

C Duncan - C Duncan EP

Scottish composer C Duncan, who last year released his Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Architect, has a new EP on the way. The effort features four previously unreleased tracks and it will hit stores on February 19th.
As the press release puts it, “the EP can be seen as a summary of the journey that the singer’s career has been so far; it brings together songs written at various points in his life and gives the listener practical insight into Christopher Duncan’s musical approach and inspirations”.
C Duncan quotes Cocteau Twins as a major influence and inspiration and as a tribute to the legendary Scottish band, the EP’s closing track is a wonderful cover of their 1984 track ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’. Take a listen now.

C Duncan has announced a number of shows throughout February and March, with several dates in the UK and France, including a show at London’s Union Chapel on February 19th.

Mixtape #45

We've never kept our love for Oakland based psychedelic pop band Mwahaha a secret. Their mind blowing 2011 self-titled debut album, which was re-released last summer, remains an active favourite of ours. So we're excited to announce that this month's mixtape was handpicked by Ross Peacock, the band's vocal, synth, and drum-machine wizard. He lined up fifteen tracks that will take you on a journey through time and space, and then back. Enjoy the trip!


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