Mixtape #80

One of the most refreshing and thrilling things in music for the past decade has to be Brandt Brauer Frick. The acoustic dance trio from Berlin craft a sound that is as original as it is unclassifiable, combining traditional jazz instrumentation with electronica, and drawing influences from disparate musical worlds. Their last album, Joy, made it swiftly to our 15 Album Picks of 2016, so we're over the moon to present the intoxicating mix they put together for us this month, featuring tracks old and new from all around the globe. Press play and dance!


Watch the video for Patrick Cowley’s ‘Mockingbird Dream’

Patrick Cowley - Mockingbird Dream

As we had previously mentioned, School Daze, a retrospective double LP featuring Patrick Cowley‘s recently found works recorded between 1973 and 1981, was released last week through Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem.
Using clips from the original 1980 gay porn film School Daze, Dark Entries’ Josh Cheon created a video to accompany the track ‘Mockingbird Dream’. Check it out below.

Patrick Cowley’s retrospective double LP due out in October

Patrick Cowley

Next month, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem will release a retrospective double LP of disco pioneer Patrick Cowley entitled School Daze.
After moving to San Francisco in the early 70’s, Cowley enrolled in the City College of San Francisco where he founded the Electronic Music Lab and created what became known as The San Francisco Sound, his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music.
In 1981, after gaining notoriety as a composer, producer and remixer, Cowley founded Megatone Records and released his debut album. In the same year, he was invited to write music for the films of famed gay porn company Fox Studio in Los Angeles. Cowley accepted and sent reels of his college compositions. Also at this time, Cowley had been hospitalized and diagnosed with a then-unknown illness, of which he passed away the following year. Only later did his illness become known as AIDS.
The upcoming release features a collection of Cowley’s instrumental songs recorded between 1973 and 1981 that were found in the Fox Studio. As the press release describes, “the songs on School Daze range from sparse proto- techno to high octane funk to somber post-punk to musique concrete, revealing the depth of Cowley’s unique talent.”
School Daze will be release on October 19th, when Cowley would have been 63 years old. All proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
The cosmic, hypnotic and groovy “Nightcrawler”, one of the gems off School Daze, is being offered as a first taste. Here it is.