Mixtape #132


Birthed as the solo project of Josh Trinaman, and having had different live line-ups, Luo is a duo comprising Trinaman (keys/synths, guitar and electronics) and Barney Sage (drums and keys/synths). Both musicians of extraordinary abilities, they channel a myriad of influences into their music, creating exhilarating compositions that encapsulate everything from jazz, neo-classical and post / math-rock to electronic music and video game soundtracks. Last month they released Convoluted Mess Machine, a phenomenal EP that marks a fresh step forward in their musical oeuvre, exploring new sonic territories. So we’re stoked they put together this month’s mixtape, letting us take a peek at some of the influences at play in the EP. Enjoy!

  1. Nate Smith – Pocket Change (with music by Alastair Taylor) [Water Baby Music Inc]
  2. Steve Reich – Electric Counterpoint 3 (Version for Percussions by Kuniko Kato – Live featuring Simon Philips) [Linn Records]
  3. Squarepusher – Do You Know Squarepusher? [Warp]
  4. Strobes – OK Please [Blood and Biscuits]
  5. Nate Wood – sides
  6. Efterklang – Chapter 6 [Rumraket / Leaf]
  7. Tipper – Rip Cord [Tippermusic]
  8. Sorrow – Through the Night
  9. Harry Gregson-Williams – Metal Gear Solid 2 OST (Power Room) [‎King Japan]
  10. Nobuo Uematsu – Infiltrating Shinra Tower [DigiCube]
  11. edIT – Ants [Planet Mu]
  12. The Cinematic Orchestra – Music Box [Ninja Tune]
  13. Culprate – Whispers Pt.1
  14. The Mars Volta – Son et Lumiere [Universal Records / Gold Standard Laboratories / Strummer Recordings]
  15. Periphery – Icarus Lives! (Instrumental) [Roadrunner Records]
  16. Mick Gordon – Mars Core (Doom Eternal OST) [id Software / Bethesda]
  17. Evil Ex – Mirrors [Blood And Biscuits / Pink Mist]

Mixtape #124

Quest Ensemble conquered our ears with their mesmerising and cinematic sound, pushing the boundaries of contemporary classical music by blending in elements of jazz and trad using improvisational techniques. Made up of Filipe Sousa (piano), Tara Franks (cello) and Preetha Narayanan (violin), the three Guildhall School of Music graduates have been performing and composing together for over 10 years. Participating in a slew of projects, from music education to commissions for dance and the visual arts, Quest Ensemble have also released two magnificent albums, 2014’s Footfall and last year’s The Other Side. So we're thrilled to start March with a stunning mix of tracks picked by the band, opening a window onto their musical world.

  1. Portico Quartet – Window Seat 00:00 [Real World Records / Society of Sound Music]
  2. Steve Reich, Daniel Hope, Simos Papanas, Kammerorchester Basel – Duet [Deutsche Grammophon] 03:14
  3. Punch Brothers – Passepied (Debussy) [Nonesuch] 07:59
  4. David Lang, Hilary Hahn, Cory Smythe 11.27
  5. Chris Gall, Bernhard Schimplesberger – New Life [GLM Music] 14:17
  6. Firefly Burning – Pioneer [Firefly Burning Records] 17:18
  7. Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin – Even For Me (Live) [GRP] 22.19
  8. Nik Bärtsch – Modul 4 25:26
  9. Fofoulah – Fighting Chance [Glitterbeat] 30.34
  10. Donnacha Dennehy, Nadia Sirota, Liam Byrne – Tessellatum – Part 1 [Bedroom Community] 32:20
  11. Fred Thomas – Fall, Leaves, Fall 35:01
  12. Tigran Hamasyan – Lilac [Nonesuch] 41.07
  13. Caroline Shaw – Limestone & Felt [Nonesuch / New Amsterdam Records] 45:10
  14. A Winged Victory fot the Sullen – Atomos VIII [Erased Tapes] 51:19
  15. Eric Whitacre, Eric Whitacre Singers – Sleep [Decca] 56:07
  16. Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – Mother’s Love [Buda Musique] 61:36

Mixtape #113

This month’s mixtape comes courtesy of the daring and dazzling all-female multi-instrumentalist chamber music collective Collectress, whose impressive body of work spans an incredibly wide spectrum of artistic expression and myriad multi-arts collaborations. Their beguiling and bewildering compositions first struck us when we heard their 2014 album, Mondegreen. Fluent in both composed contemporary music and free improvisation, they continue to create enchanting and enveloping music with their recently released second album, Different Geographies. So we’re over the moon to have them onboard curating this mix with an exquisite selection of tracks reflecting the many influences that have shaped their own sublime sounds. Press play and drift away.

  1. Steve Reich with Pat Metheny – Electric Counterpoint: II. Slow [Nonesuch Records]
  2. Dmitri Shostakovich – Shostakovich Quartet – String Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73: I. Allegretto [Musical Concepts]
  3. Gazelle Twin – Little Lambs [Anti-Ghost Moon Ray]
  4. Sun Ra and His Arkestra & June Tyson – Space Is the Place [Sweet Earth Records]
  5. Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda (feat. Pharoah Sanders) [UMG Recordings, Inc.]
  6. Smog – Say Valley Maker [Drag City]
  7. Edvard Grieg – Jan Bjøranger & 1B1 – Holberg Suite (for string orchestra), Op. 40; IV Air [Grappa Musikkforlag AS]
  8. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass [PIAS]
  9. Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson & Jon Christensen – My Song [ECM Records GmbH]
  10. Nils Økland – Månelyst [Rune Grammofon]
  11. Johnny Flynn – The Wrote & The Writ [Mercury Records Limited]

Mixtape #95

We shimmy our way into May with a mixtape put together by Vula Viel's beating heart, Bex Burch. Now a trio, they blend Ghanaian musical traditions with electronica, jazz and myriad other elements to make intoxicatingly joyous and entrancingly rhythmic tracks. Here's what she had to say about her mix:

"Most of the music which has inspired me is unrecorded, it was played and seeped into me through my skin in real life, physical, tactile contact, along with the smells and feels and peoples and life. My recorded influences are pretty limited and still very much from many years ago, although I'm listening to music again now as I'm back to 'school' in writing. I definitely don't know what's "cool" but here's some songs which move me. Currently on my record player is Oté Maloya - The Birth of electric Maloya on Réunion Island."

 

  1. Caméléon – La Rosée Si Feuilles Songes [Diffusion Royale]
  2. Oren Marshall & The Charming Transport Band – Just Get Over It [F-IRE]
  3.  Led Zeppelin – Good Times Bad Times [Atlantic]
  4.  Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night [Matl CRash / Octopus]
  5.  Joni Mitchell – A Case Of You [Reprise]
  6.  Brian Finnegan – Marga’s [Singing Tree Music ]
  7. Steve Reich – Reich: Sextet – Mvt. #3 [Nonesuch]
  8. Steve Reich – Reich: Sextet – Mvt. #4 [Nonesuch]
  9. Barak Schmool – Stolen Train [Argo]
  10. Mulatu Astatke – Yèkèrmo Sèw [Amha Records]
  11. The Meters – Cissy Strut [Josie Records]
  12. Michael Jackson – Man In the Mirror [Epic]
  13. Odetta – Hit or Miss (Live) [Four Leaf Clover Records]

Mixtape #90

Last October guitarist and composer Samuel Hällkvist released Variety of Rhythm, a record that instantly got us under its spell. For the Copenhagen based Swedish musical wizard, the word prolific seems a bit of an understatement; Hällkvist has already contributed to more than 20 albums. With immense technical skills and an audacious and experimental approach to composition and improvisation, his work spans genres from jazz and country to metal and electronic. So we're ecstatic to have him at the helm of this month's mixtape, a collection of tracks filled with discoveries, surprises and beauty. We warmly recommend you jump aboard right away!

  1. Lars Hollmer – Stråk [Krax]
  2. Markus Reuter feat. Sonar & Tobias Reber – Condition I [Ronin Rhythm Records]
  3. Steve Reich – Sextet: 3rd Movement [nonesuch]
  4. Shitney – Magnetosphere Shower [ILK Music]
  5. mu-neujohn – Dynamismo [Impulse]
  6. György Ligeti – Musica Ricercata 7: Cantabile, Molto Legato [Verso]
  7. Nick Bärtsch’s Mobile – Modul 29 [Tonus-Music-Records]
  8. Ukandanz – Lantchi Biyé [Dur Et Doux / Bigoût Records]
  9. Terry Riley & Nice Opera String Quartet – Derveshum Carnivalis [Sri Moonshine Music]
  10. Art of Noise – The Army Now [Island Records / ZTT]
  11. The Omelettes – Elephant

 

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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