WARMER MIXTAPES #1345 | by Ryan Teague

1. Mokira | Untitled (3rd track on Album)
Hearing the Mokira LP Album led me to an embryonic Type Records who subsequently released my own music early on. Not only did I love this album, but it finally felt like I was part of a scene (albeit a disparate one!) representing New Ambient Music. This album was my guiding light around that time.

2. John Adams | Shaker Loops
I'd been exploring Classical Music a bit in my late teens, but never quite found what I was looking for - it was all too preoccupied with melody for me. I stumbled on Shaker Loops by accident and it was exactly what I had been looking for - it was the first time I'd heard Acoustic instrumentation speak in the kind of language I was familiar with in Electronic Music. This was hugely inspiring for me and was probably single-handedly responsible for my own adoption of Acoustic arrangements and techniques.

3. The Orb | Blue Room
I think this was the first time I really listened to Ambient Music as a young teenager and I was instantly drawn to their use of Textures, Space and Rhythm. I was listening to a lot of Pink Floyd at the time, so I was very drawn to Spacey Music, so this was the obvious next step which also set me on a path for all things Ambient/Electronica.

4. Colin McPhee | Tabuh-Tabuhan, Toccata For Orchestra And 2 Pianos: I. Ostinato (Performed by Eastman-Rochester Orchestra; Conductor: Howard Hanson)
This was the piece that first set me on a path towards Gamelan. A true masterpiece and clear forerunner to Minimalism from a largely unrecognised composer. Not only was it way ahead of it's time and one of the first pieces to incorporate authentic strands from beyond the Western Musical Language, it's also a thing of great beauty and accomplishment.

5. Vladislav Delay | Lokakuu
John Twells (Type Records) introduced my to Vladislav Delay when Demo(n) Tracks came out. Much like Mokira, this was hugely inspiring Music to me and it really felt like 21st Century Ambient Music. Apparently this album was constructed from fragments lost after a hard drive failure. If true, it's perhaps the best hard drive failure in History!

6. Nine Inch Nails | The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)
I think this NIN Remix Album was influential to a lot of people for different reasons at the time. It was significant to me in that it introduced me to Coil early on. This track The Downward Spiral (The Bottom) is possibly my all time favourite piece of Ambient Music. It's rhythmically and sonically incredible, especially when you consider the technology it was made on.

7. Gamelan Kyai Udan Arum | Gending Bonang Babar Layar
After discovering Colin McPhee, I begun exploring Gamelan Music in depth. It didn't take long to find the Nonesuch Explorer Series recordings which are probably the best Gamelan recordings that exist (appropriately some were sent into Space on Voyager). This piece in particular represents a vast and expansive composition which echoes hauntingly around the Javanese Pendopo whilst insects chatter in the distance.

8. Anton Webern | Five Movements, version for String Orchestra, Op. 5 (Performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Pierre Boulez)
It's the sense of Space, Restraint and Economy that attracted me to Webern. Although heavily associated with the Serialists for redefining the Harmonic Language of Western Music, Webern's individual contribution was actually as significant for redefining the structural and conceptual foundations of Composition.

9. Peter Gabriel | Zaar (The Last Temptation Of Christ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Perhaps not widely appreciated for his soundtrack work, but Peter Gabriel's albums for the films Birdy, The Last Temptation Of Christ and Rabbit Proof Fence are truly excellent. They're like meting pots of styles, influences, explorations and experimentations, all unified by Peter's excellent ear for Melody and Emotion.

10. Burial | Street Halo
What can I say about Burial that's not already been said? I was a huge fan of Drum & Bass in the late 90s, so hearing Burial now is like hearing abstract echoes from a distant past! It actually renewed my interest in Dance Music, new and old, which has been feeding back into what I've been doing a bit lately.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1344 | by Eric Palmqwist [Paperplane] of Monostar and EP's Trailer Park

1. The Band | It Makes No Difference
This is the best song ever written about a broken heart. Without The Band it wouldn't be no EP's Trailer Park. Rick Danko is one of my biggest Musical heroes.

2. Smokey Robinson And The Miracles | The Tracks Of My Tears 
My all time favourite Motown song. So sad, so simple, so beautiful.

3. The Waterboys | Fisherman's Blues 
When I was just a teen I played guitar on the streets to earn some extra bucks. This was one of my highlights.

4. Joni Mitchell | A Case Of You
I could mention a lot of fantastic women in Music, but Joni is one of a kind. She's been a big inspiration for me through the years.

5. Andreas Mattsson | I Am Seventeen 
A Swedish Indie legend (Popsicle) who also produced our two latest albums. He's a songwriter genius and this song gives me goosebumps.

6. Arvo Pärt | Spiegel Im Spiegel (Performed by Vladimir Spivakov and Sergej Bezrodny)
This is the only thing I want to listen to when I'm going to sleep when drunk. A mighty work of Art!

7. Dire Straits | Romeo And Juliet 
According to me this could be the best song ever written and I love the lyrics as well. Plus no one can play guitar like Mark Knopler. Enough said.

8. Soulsavers | You Will Miss Me When I Burn (with Mark Lanegan & Red Ghost) (Palace Brothers Cover)B
When I first heard this song it really blew my mind. I was just breaking up from a destructive relationship & I listened to it almost every day for a year. It helped me through a hard time.

9. Bruce Springsteen | Back In Your Arms 
I've got a weakness for ballads even if they are a little cheesy. This is just a straight from the heart Adult Classic Rock ballad taken from Tracks. The sax solo in the fading end is just a bonus. I love it!

10. Fleetwood Mac | Rhiannon
I could choose so many songs from them, but Rhiannon will be my choice of the day. I've had a crush on Stevie Nicks for so long.

+11. Electric Light Orchestra | One Summer Dream
My dad was really into ELO when I grew up. I guess that listening to those records as a child had a great influence on me as a songwriter. It's also a perfect track when driving around in your car in the summertime.

+12. The Cure | Apart 
I discovered The Cure kind of late, so this is from Wish, the first record that I bought with them. In all the bands that I was in years back, we tried to sound like them and this song in particular.

+13. Thin Lizzy | Don't Believe A Word 
In the eighties, growing up in Sweden, you could listen to either Synth Music or Hard Rock. I belonged to the second category. Thin Lizzy is the coolest band that ever were.

+14. John Murry | Southern Sky
I stumbled over this song about two years ago. I felt some kind of fellowship as a songwriter, so I had to contact him and tell him how much I liked his songs. He answered back and said EP's Trailer Park was the real shit as well. It made me very happy.

+15. Stina Nordenstam | So This Is Goodbye 
Or anything from her second album And She Closed Her Eyes. No one can write about the Nordic melancholy like her. I hope she releases something new soon. It's been far too long.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1343 | by Mizan Kidanu [Mizan]

1. Lauryn Hill | Doo Wop (That Thing)

2. Simon & Garfunkel | The Sounds Of Silence
Hello, Darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again, is the best opening line of a song I have ever...

3. Billie Holiday | Gloomy Sunday (Pál Kalmár/Hal Kemp & His Orchestra Cover)
Angels have no thought of ever returning you, would they be angry if I thought of joining you... Ahh, the sadness in her voice comes off the speakers like an absorbing spirit.

4. Björk | It's Oh So Quiet (Horst Winter's 'Und Jetzt Ist Es Still' Cover)
My first of her songs ever, how could I forget, it's how I came to adore the phenomenon that is Björk.

5. Nas | N.Y. State Of Mind
It takes me back in Time, especially when I go to Queens and I'm listening to him, I feel like I've entered this universe that exists only within the perimeters of the feelings he's feeling, the stories he's telling, and the moment in Time in which he told them... Like 80's NY; Struggle, Poverty, Aspiration. It's hard to explain. Nas is my number one.

6. Madonna | Erotica
Madonna's brand of Female Sexuality is genuine, it was untamed, not contorted for the misogynistic eye, it was real, it was who she really was, many have tried to imitate her 'cause she sold a lot of records... This song for me is not only really really good Music wise, but it also epitomizes the Spirit of Liberation, to have sexual fantasies as a woman, to own your sexuality. Naturally, she got so much shit for it. I think it was genius.

7. Asnakech Worku & Alemu Aga | Ende Jerusalem
Ahh, this lady, R.I.P., was like the Madonna of my country (Ethiopia), LOL, recently researched her life and she was quite scandalous, as her generation would say, but liberated, as I would say. She sings to kirar, which is a traditional guitar. Her songs are filled with metaphors and analogies which is much like how the language is spoken, it reminds me of the legacy of Music in my country.

8. Girma Yifrashewa | The Shepherd With The Flute
Another Ethiopian musician. He had Classical/European training, and the influence is there, but he writes amazing, uniquely textured Classical compositions with Ethiopian musicality. This particular composition is my favorite, it transports me, as they say. I was in piano class since age 7, never appreciated a damn thing about piano lessons, at 9am, every Saturday morning, but he makes me wish I could go back in Time and do some piano homework.

9. Al Bano Carrisi | Io Di Notte
My dad used to sing it always in his broken Italian, he had good taste, I basically hated this song growing up, but now that I've somewhat developed the emotional capacity to understand the song - OMG, my dad had good taste and I could have been more appreciative of the fact that he unknowingly exposed me to so much amazing Music.

10. SWV | Rain
Cool 90's song, it pains me to choose just one 'cause I can do a top 10 or 50 in this particular category. They were so good, this song exemplifies the cool-sexy factor that much of 90's R&B carried... So much of today's Hip Music tries to recreate this very thing. We used to salivate over the guy in the video when we were tweens, it was Tyrese, I'm pretty sure...

+11. Nina Simone | Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday Cover)
Because I can't end this list w/o Nina Simone, what can I say... The power of this song is almost - you can't take it! There needs to be more songs like this today, MEANINGFUL! Songs are meant to STIR! Make you feel as if you have a soul, you're supposed to go, ah, that feeling it's not just in my mind, it's in the very core of me, oohh, this Music is communicating exactly that intangible feeling that I have once deeply felt/always feel, so then we must all be the same inside, filled with things we can't explain, and that there is in fact so much more!... In this unfortunate, degenerating culture led by corporate robots... What are songs even for anymore, money? Yes.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1342 | by Daisy Victoria Lawrence [Daisy Victoria] of Maglia Rosa Group

1. Lykke Li | I Follow Rivers 
I first heard this song when I watched Blue Is The Warmest Colour and I fell in love with it (and the film!). A perfect Pop song!

2. Kate Bush | Hounds Of Love 
The first song I ever heard by the wonderful Kate Bush and it completely captivated me. Couldn’t stop listening to it for weeks after, and still can’t.

3. Luke Abbott | Modern Driveway 
I love so much of Luke’s work. He’s so unique and his compositions are incredibly intricate, difficult and completely fantastic. One of the very best Electronic artists around.

4. Liars | Mess On A Mission 
Love the production on this. It’s such an infectious song!

5. Michael Jackson | Thriller 
Used to dance to this as a kid and have such fond memories of falling in love with MJ’s voice and Music.

6. Bob Dylan | Subterranean Homesick Blues 
Spectacular lyrics and incredible vocal delivery.

7. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band | Ella Guru 
I think I might be addicted to this man! Wasn’t sure which song to pick out because I adore so much of his incredible work! As soon as I hear his mental arrangements and voice I’m happy!

8. Bruce Springsteen | Dancing In The Dark
Just a wonderful, perfect Pop song that I never grow tired of.

9. Björk | Crystalline
I love everything about Björk’s voice and songwriting. The mental drum solo at the end of this track is top!

10. Karlheinz Stockhausen | Oktophonie
I love Classical Music and Stockhausen’s one of my very favourites. I went to see a concert at The Royal Festival Hall last year and was absolutely blown away by the incredible textures, timbres, range, time changes, etc. His compositions have made me hear Music in a totally different way.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1341 | by Joel Scott-Halkes [Ablu]

This mixtape is a collection of ten songs that transcend Normal Reality.

The songs I’ve selected are all proof that the Universe is GROWING and is MEANINGFUL. I have no idea what meaning it has or quite what it’s growing into, but in their own way, each of these songs proves that there is something meta-mystically beyond the banal. Some of these songs communicate that in a purely numinous way and some of them communicate it by affirming the significance of the most important and inspiring people in my life.

With my Ablu project, I aspire to make Music that might one day end up on this sort of mixtape.

1. Everything Everything | Tin (The Manhole)
This song is just metaphysically momentous. It’s the 11th song from one of the most intelligent and inspiring albums ever made called Man Alive. Tin (The Manhole) is a religious text; it’s a testament; it’s a final prayer murmured amidst the album’s vivid and overwhelming vision of dystopian England. I used to listen to this song back home, driving around in the pitch-black lanes late at night. It filled me with so much fear, but a special kind of fear. It was the kind of fear that threatens to let you through into to another reality. The fear and the trepidation and the wide-eyed wonder of this brilliant song builds and builds until the amazing final verse that starts they will embrace you tonight, a father and a son... That’s the point where I crumble. I choke up and as I do its like the whole of the album comes crashing down on my head all at once… Alone in my car in the darkness. I always end the song with my own prayer. Lord, in your great mercy, grant me the power to one day write a song like this.

2. John Martyn | Small Hours
Firstly: this song is perfect. Every angle, every line and every shape hits the golden ratio, every time. It sets out its intentions and it fulfils them totally. If my attempt to make Music was a pilgrimage then this song would be Jerusalem: the Holy Temple itself: Mount bloody Zion. Hyperbole aside this song has the unique form of being completely untouchable. If you added or subtracted ANY elements Small Hours would be weaker for it. The reason it’s my Jerusalem is because it’s the kind of song you could only write after years and years of hard travel. It’s the kind of Music you could only create after decades of hungrily wandering the Wilderness of Songwriting just in the hope that you’d one day stumble upon the shrine that is your own Small Hours. John Martyn could only write it because he’d earned it. Asides from the pure objective account I’ve just given of its perfection, Small Hours also proves to me that one’s relationship to a song is never finished. It was my Dad that first introduced it to me (along with so much else) and I carried it with me for a few years before playing it to my beautiful girlfriend Gemma. About a year after I first played it to her, she told me that for months she’d been obsessively listening to it on repeat anytime we weren’t together. It’s not that I was that surprised (I mean obviously EVERYONE would react the same way having heard this song), but it was wonderful because suddenly the song has a whole different meaning for me. Now when I hear it, I can only think of her.

3. Vashti Bunyan | Trawlerman’s Song
This delicate song evokes Time and Place so beautifully. It’s one of the final chapters of an album of melancholic countryside bliss. Vashti Bunyan’s Diamond Day is like a huge and detailed landscape painting full of characters and stories and Trawlerman’s Song is just one vignette nestled there amongst the hills. I love Music that seems to make a geographic space within itself. It’s so important to learn from Vashti and her Music. I always have it tied around my waist as a safety rope just in case things ever get too rough. The most valuable thing about it is that it’s on a different temporal plane from the rest of the World. In Vashti’s world things happen at such a slower pace but things do still happen and they happen organically and without the need to prove anything. It’s Music of such simple expression that’s so very far removed from the stress and the hype and the worry of making it that I find in most parts of World. I actually wrote to Vashti when I was a teenager and she replied. It seemed so in keeping with the generosity of her carefully kept vision.

4. Grimes | Genesis
This is the song that suddenly made me get Electronic Music. Not only is it deliciously produced and structurally innovative but also it treats Electronic Music as a songwriter’s substance - something that is as intimate and as personal as a fireside guitar. About 3 years ago I was obsessed with Grimes. Her live set is astonishing and her relationship to the laptop as a tool of Creativity is artful. The idea of these intense solitary Music-making sessions where it’s just you, your laptop and your synth staring deep into the void has been the model I’ve aspired to when creating my recent tracks (plus a guitar or two). It was remarkable for me to find because Grimes suddenly revealed that far from just being a Dance Music genre, Electronic Music could actually be a form that was more truthful, more heartfelt and more intimate than the somewhat-exhausted format of one-person-and-their-guitar.

5. Fingers Inc. | Can You Feel It (feat. Chuck Roberts) (Bootleg Version of Mr. Fingers' 'Can You Feel It')
This track is like the Abraham of Electronic Music. The tectonic bassline, the antediluvian recording quality and the prophetic quality of Chuck Roberts’ spoken word sample seem to make the origins of Deep House feel like the origins of the Universe itself. I include this track as a tribute to that vast and mystical moment you get in when you’re in a club or a rave and you suddenly loose all sense of your own boundaries and enter into the mass collective organism of everyone-ness. I’ve never heard a single DJ drop a Fingers track, but there was a similar bassline in a Four Tet all-nighter I was at. I’ve never been able to work out what track it was but when it dropped it was tantamount to a religious experience. That moment was ineffable and unrepeatable: I might never experience it ever again.

6. Nick Drake | Place To Be
Nick Drake’s Place To Be was one of those first golden keys that unlocked Music for me. I discovered it at the age of 14 through my Dad, who it turns out had played it to my Mum just after they first met. The fact that by the time I was born they’d already broken up adds a huge poignancy to the isolation of Nick Drake’s voice and his deep longing for an emotional home. This song and the rest of Pink Moon created the sparse autumnal space in which I spent the first half of my adolescence fantasising about being depressed enough to write Music like Nick Drake. By the time I had my first experience of Depression I realised, of course, that writing songs is the last thing you feel like doing when you’re low.

7. WU LYF | Heavy Pop
WU LYF (R.I.P.) were actually mental! I can’t believe the strength and the solidity of their massive sound. It’s a broadside. Heavy Pop is like my victory song. I play it when good stuff happens and I feel like a winner. It’s outrageous. It’s shameless. It’s for when Joy and Youth maxes out and feels undefeatably alive. It’s saved for the most decadent and indulgent moments of my listening life. If everything has gone to plan I really hope that someone is by my deathbed playing this at full volume for my triumphant final breaths.

8. Joanna Newsom | Go Long
I had to ration myself when Joanna Newsom’s third album Have One On Me was finally released. It had 3 discs! I’d waited years for just one! This amount of divine providence could only mean one thing: I would have to control myself and swear that I would only allow myself to listen to Disc 2 of the album once I’d listened to Disc 1 at least 10 times through. Newsom is without doubt the greatest singer/songwriter that has ever been born so this was like manna. With this amount of anticipation my reaction to finally hearing Disc 2’s closing track Go Long was probably to be expected. I was driving (I love driving and listening) and at the moment that Newsom’s voice reached the first of those soaring high notes I just inexplicably burst into a massive flood of tears. I almost swerved off the road! But the song doesn’t stop there. Knowing she’s got you all raw and vulnerable she goes for another one of those unbelievable high melody lines. This second one did for me. I was literally wailing by the time I’d pulled over and eventually I had to finish the song hunched over, sobbing into the steering wheel. It was pure catharsis… And the crazy thing is that I had nothing to be sad about at the time at all. Life was good. It was as if these were Newsom’s own tears violently possessing my body and forcing their way out, or perhaps they were from some huge ancient hurt that I’m not conscious of.

9. alt-J | Bloodflood
I knew one of the founding members of alt-J from Secondary School and when I heard an early mix of this track I knew they’d made it – they’d achieved something incredible. Having followed them from hearing their very earliest bedroom recordings to seeing them headline festivals with tracks like Bloodflood, I feel reassured that there is sometimes Justice in the Music World. The fact that years on I still adore this track and their whole debut album cuts across all my Music snobbery and illustrates such an important point: that even the all too familiar Indie band line-up with guitars, drums and skinny jeans can still make something profound and touching in the midst of the Commercial Music machine. It all comes down to Integrity; the tools you choose are irrelevant.

10. Joanna Newsom | Emily
Any mixtape I ever make will always involve a disproportionate amount of tracks from this genius and Emily is sort of like the flagship of the Joanna Newsom fleet in terms of its ideas and scale. It is also one of the most ambitious songs ever written and, bloody hell, does it pull it off! It’s like a planet’s worth of imagery and narrative lighting up in one song. It comes at songwriting from a Classical tradition that’s completely alien to most Popular Music and yet it has none of the pretentions of Orchestral or Experimental Music. It's generous and open armed. This track instantly returns me to autumnal family holidays in Dartmoor, UK, when my late grandmother was still alive. She was such a mentor and inspiration to me and I will always secretly dedicate this song to her and to my wonderful family as a whole. Not that she or they were ever into Alternative Freak Folk, haha, but because this song has such an transformative ability to bring those lost and cherished days back to Life.