Mixtape #115


Sourcing musical inspiration from far corners of the globe, Dijf Sanders creates rich compositions that embrace various cultures and genres. For his recent album, the ecstatic and exotic Puja, the Ghent based multi-instrumentalist and composer travelled to Nepal to absorb its sounds and compile field recordings. We asked him to put together this month's mixtape and we’re excited to unveil the splendid selection of tunes he picked and mixed for us. Press play and enjoy!

  1. Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda (feat. Pharoah Sanders) [UMG Recordings, Inc.]
  2. The Raincoats – Dancing in My Head [Rough Trade]
  3. Eden Ahbez – Eden’s Island [Del-Fi Records]
  4. Autechre – Pir [Warp]
  5. Moondog – Duet [Master Series, Inc.]
  6. Aphex Twin – Acrid Avid Jam Shred [Warp]
  7. Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare – 2o Coro Delle Lavandaie [EMI]
  8. Squarepusher – Tommib [Warp]
  9. Köhn ‎- Goodbye Pluto [(K-RAA-K)³]
  10. Boards of Canada – Sixtyten [Warp]
  11. Beck – Blackhole [Geffen]
  12. Tarawangsawelas – Selalu [Morphine Records]
  13. James Holden – Renata [Border Community]
  14. Plastikman – Contain [NovaMute]
  15. Jean-Michel Jarre – Wooloomooloo [Disques Dreyfus / Polydor]

Mixtape #114

Exhibiting a fluid mastery of the dhol, talented and acclaimed Indian-American composer and drummer Sunny Jain is involved in a range of diverse musical projects that dip into the soundtracks of Bollywood classics and spaghetti westerns, jazz, Indian folk, hip-hop, surf rock and many other genres. Brought up in New York as the child of Punjabi immigrants, his music is rooted in Indian traditions and culture. A renowned and unique performer, with numerous accolades under his belt, Jain is best known as the founder and bandleader of 8-piece Bhangra party band Red Baraat. He released his phenomenal album Wild Wild East last February, a personal record that brings to the table his skills and unique palette of influences and identities, celebrating immigrant and diaspora experiences. We’re ecstatic that he put together this amazing genre-spanning mix for us.

“Here’s a short mix of songs that I’ve grown up, have influenced me and that I still love to this day. Coltrane to Squarepusher, Zakir Hussain to Rush and a Bollywood classic from 1951, plus more.”

  1. Zakir Hussain – Making Music [ECM Records]
  2. Rush – Losing It [Mercury]
  3. Fishbone – Freddie’s Dead [Columbia]
  4. Miles Davis – Ah-Leu-Cha [Columbia]
  5. John McLaughlin – Mother Tongues [JMT Productions]
  6. Primus – Tommy the Cat [Interscope]
  7. Talvin Singh – Butterfly [Island Records]
  8. Mukesh – Awaara Hoon [Odeon]
  9. Radiohead – Knives Out [Parlophone / Capitol Records]
  10. Squarepusher – Beep Street [Warp]
  11. Nitin Sawhney – River Pulse (Rain Mix) [Outcaste Records / PIAS]
  12. Genesis – The Lady Lies [Charisma / Atlantic]
  13. John Coltrane – Resolution [Impulse!]

Squarepusher premieres new video for ‘Detroit People Mover’ off Lamental EP

Last January saw Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher release his first album in five years, Be Up A Hello. Only a few months down the line, the Warp stalwart unveiled a new EP called Lamental, featuring ‘Detroit People Mover’ from that record as well as three new tracks. Squarepusher has also premiered a video for ‘Detroit People Mover’, filmed in the actual driver-less mass transit system after which the track is named. Unlike the previous video for ‘Terminal Slam’, shot in one the busiest crossings in the world in Shibuya, the video for ‘Detroit People Mover’ portrays “the desolation settling on urban areas across the world”. Jenkinson had this to say about it:

“I like the way both of these videos articulate salient points about our urban environments – in “Terminal Slam” about the prevalence of advertising and possibilities for its subversion, and here regarding our zombie cities that despite the lack of everyday human contact continue marching on. The track itself is part of a series begun in 1993 inspired by the music of Detroit.”

Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman directed the video, watch it below.

Lamental EP is out now through Warp

Mixtape #110

There is no better way to start the year than with a very special selection of tracks picked by John Ghost, the Ghent based instrumental sextet led bby incredibly talented guitarist and composer Jo De Geest. They won us over with Airships Are Organisms, their second album which was one of our Album Picks of 2019. Drawing from a wealth of genres spanning from jazz and contemporary classical music to rock and electronica, they are an exhilarating and adventurous band you ought to know. So we're ecstatic to unveil the stunning mixtape Jo sent us, journeying through myriad genres and styles, with artists from the likes of Bill Evans, Squarepusher, Annie Pleasure and much more. Enjoy!

  1. Big Thief – From [4AD]
  2. DIIV – Between Tides [Captured Tracks]
  3. Bill Evans – Symbiosis: 1st Movement, Moderato. Various Tempi, Pt. 2 [MPS]
  4. H A S T – Mortal Kombat Champion Of The World [Solidude Records]
  5. James Holden & The Animal Spirits – The Animal Spirits [Border Community]
  6. Biosphere – Warmed By the Drift [Touch]
  7. Ruben Machtelinckx, Hilmar Jensson, Joachim Badenhorst, Nathan Wouters – Peterson [El Negocito Records]
  8. Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehaman – Foster Brothers [Clean Feed Records]
  9. Squarepusher – Tetra-Sync [Warp]
  10. Annie Pleasure – Nadia [Royale Records]
  11. Arvo Pärt, Paul Hillier, dan Kennedy, Theatre Of Voices, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent – De Profundis (Psalm 129)[Harmonia Mundi]