Mixtape #120

Ingenious Brooklyn based drummer and composer Matt Evans is known for his collaborations and contributions to many musical projects including Tigue, Bearthoven, Man Forever and Private Elevators, amongst others. Versatile and daring, one of his most recent ventures resulted in his debut solo album, New Topographics, a bewitching and wholly mesmerizing collection of rhythmic percussion/electronic pieces. With a new record in the works, we’re ecstatic Evans has found the time to put together this month's heavenly mixtape. In his own words:

“it's a pretty mellow mix of tender tones surrounding longing, life and loss — I'm currently finishing a record that's a lot more textural and spacious than my last and i'd say this mix is more representative of the music i'm currently working on than the tunes i released earlier this year”

  1. Glass Salt – What Would You Say [Greetings / Whatever’s Clever] 00:00
  2. Lyra Pramuk – Mirror [Fountain / Bedroom Community] 04:10
  3. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – arbadacarbA, gniviL ertaehT [The Vanishing Earth / Self-Release] 07:10
  4. Kate NV – Tea (Full Cup Version) [Room for the Moon / RVNG] 10:50
  5. Ben Seretan – Shotgun a Cigarette in an Empty Strip Mall Parking Lot [My Life’s Work / Whatever’s Clever] 14:15
  6. Amirtha Kidambi and Lea Bertucci – False Profits [End of Softness / Astral Spirits] 19:10
  7. Anthony Vine w/ Dave Lackner – Duo [Remnants / GALTTA] 20:55
  8. Forest Management – Conversations and Colors [Delicate / Self-Release] 28:40
  9. Beverly-Glenn Copeland – Sunset Village [Keyboard Fantasies / Self-Release] 34:30
  10. Moor Mother – Forever Industries B [Forever Industries / Sub-Pop] 41:30
  11. Ka Baird – Pulse [Respires / RVNG] 44:15
  12. Adrian Knight – Border Fence [Time Of My Life / Pink Pamphlet] 47:00
  13. Sarah Davachi – A Garden, An Orchard [Dominions / Late Music] 51:10
  14. OHYUNG – now i close my eyes the world i see is so beautiful [Protector / Chinabot] 57:40

Mixtape #105

July is here and with it comes our monthly mixtape, curated this time around by Honey Oat, the duo of Gabe Stout and Janak JP, who won us over earlier this year with their grand self-titled debut album. Their ebullient and exciting compositions incorporate elements of jazz and funk and Zimbabwean Shona music. We’re thrilled they found the time to put together this stunning mix, featuring incredible songs from a myriad genres and styles, with artists from the likes of Stereolab, Juan Wauters, Beverly Glenn Copeland, Bermuda Triangle and many more. Enjoy!

  1. Sly and the Family Stone – If This Room Could Talk [Epic]
  2. Stereolab – I’m Going Out of My Way [Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks / Elektra]
  3. Combo Chimbita – Brillo Mas Que El Oro (La Bala Apuntadome) [Epitaph]
  4. Bermuda Triangle – Suzanne
  5. Glenn Jones – Of Its Own Kind [Thrill Jockey]
  6. Juan Wauters – Dos [Captured Tracks]
  7. Micachu and the Shapes – Sea Air [Rough Trade]
  8. Richard Swift – Dirty Jim [Secretly Canadian]
  9. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave [Motown]
  10. Quinton Brock – Hold Me [Astro Nautico]
  11. SHIVA LINGA – Gone With the Wind [Shivani Desai]
  12. Norma Tanega – Illusion [RCA Victor]
  13. Big Thief – Cattails [4AD]
  14. Beverly Glenn Copeland  – Sunset Village [RCA Victor Atlast Records]

Mixtape #101

Our first mixtape of the year is here and it is amazing, put together by Toronto based composer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason. Known for his longtime collaboration with Destroyer and DIANA, he is also a busy recording artist and touring musician. Marrying jazz and ambient, Shabason first enticed us with his debut album Aytche, which he followed up last year with Anne, a beguiling and affecting album that made it to our Album Picks of 2018. So we're over the moon he found the time to pick this marvellous mix of tracks for us!

  1. John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman – Lush Life [Impulse!]
  2. Prefab Sprout – Nightingales [Kitchenware Records / CBS]
  3. Mid-Air Thief – Why? [Botanical House]
  4. Bernice – David [Arts & Crafts]
  5. Arve Henriksen – Patient Zero [Rune Grammofon]
  6. Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Ever New [Atlast Records]
  7. Hiroshi Yoshimura – Singing Stream (Spring Mix) [Eastworld]
  8. Pauline Anna Strom – Freedom at the 45th Floor [Rvng Intl.]
  9. Peter Gabriel – Donʼt Give Up [Geffen]
  10. Phil Manzanera – Big Day [Island Records]
  11. Nicholas Krgovich – Along the PCH on Oscar Night [Tin Angel Records]
  12. Joni Mitchell = The Three Great Stimulants [Geffen]
  13. Donald Fagen – The Goodbye Look [Warner Bros. Records]

Beverly Glenn-Copeland: first European performances of classic album Keyboard Fantasies this November

Canadian artist Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been in it for the long haul, creating extraordinary and pioneering compositions for over three decades. A jack of all trades, Copeland not only plays several instruments and sings sublimely, but his work and life spans a multitude of other areas, from being a transgender artist to being a playwright. Now 74, he has only recently been getting attention, after a Japanese collector rediscovered his music, namely the album Keyboard Fantasies, which was reissued on vinyl last year via Invisible City. Mixing elements of folk, electronics and jazz, Keyboard Fantasies is a timeless album that sounded far ahead of its time when Copeland first self-released it in 1986.

Next month and for the first time ever, Copeland will bring Keyboard Fantasies to Europe, accompanied by his band Indigo Rising, with a very special performance in store at Le Guess Who?, curated by Devendra Banhart as well as Moor Mother. For a marvellous taste, take a look at this gorgeous video of Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Indigo Rising performing the opener ‘Evernew’.