WARMER MIXTAPES #1595 | by Chris Weeks [Kingbastard/Myheadisaballoon/Weeksy]

First off, I would like to say thank you to Vlad for asking me to do this. Secondly, picking a Top Ten Favourite tracks is insanely difficult. Therefore, I had to go with pieces that over the years have spoken to and stayed with me. I set out to choose tracks which are more current, but in all honesty, I actively seek out and listen to so much Music, to pick something from the now to include as a favourite, from material that I've only recently heard, doesn't seem right. Therefore, this list is not my favourite tracks of all time. It's more a reflective selection of songs and records that have meaning to me on a personal level. I've always tried to listen to a diverse a range of Music, so to pick just ten tracks from that pool is ridiculously challenging. These are then, ten tracks that I will never forget.

1. Radiohead | How Can You Be Sure?
I've been listening to Radiohead for over twenty years. It's fair to say I grew up with them. I will always listen to anything they release. It's fair to say that they are probably my biggest influence, musically speaking. However, this track is not actually my favourite of theirs! I do love it, and chose to include it as it has a real place in my heart. I first heard it on a friend's copy of the Fake Plastic Trees CD single and instantly had to ask to have it. It reminds me of simpler times. Its heartfelt and poignant vocals, beautiful male/female harmonies and Acoustic sensibilities get to me every time. I've been listening to it on and off for over twenty years. I never get bored of it. Personally I think it should've been on The Bends rather than being just a B-side. At the time I was teaching myself to play and falling in Love with the acoustic guitar, so this song really appealed to me. It reminds me of being sixteen/seventeen, driving around in my little Mk2 Fiesta (my first car), hanging around with friends in the Summer, enjoying Life, carefree. I could easily make this list all Radiohead songs. They were and continue to be a very influential band for me. Amazing songwriting, production, sounds, techniques, great lyrics, progressive and Experimental mindset... They have everything. My fiancée is also a massive fan. I had the pleasure of going to see them in Miami recently, at the beginning of their tour of their latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool. It was my first time seeing them live; an amazing experience and one I was so lucky and happy to have shared with her. They did not disappoint.

2. John Rutter, Catrin Finch | Hiraeth
+ The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset... I've chosen two in one here, for reasons I will explain... I moved to Wales, about ten years ago, to a beautiful place in Pembrokeshire. It's fair to say that I am very much a Countryside person these days. For me, cities are a place to visit, not to live. I love to walk and listen to Music, so it's perfect for me. Such beautiful scenery. Catrin Finch came to my attention for a number of reasons. First off, you can't live in Wales without hearing about her. She's an incredible, technically talented Welsh harpist. She fully came to my attention because of my father. He had also moved to Wales and had fallen in Love with the Sound of the Harp. He bought himself a beautiful Welsh Teifi Harp and was taking lessons. He was a very technically minded and analytical man and he never did anything by halves. He was very committed to becoming more than just a proficient player. Sadly I lost my Dad to cancer, about four years ago. The harp sits in the house as a poignant reminder of him and his passions. I can't bring myself to play it, even though it sounds beautiful. It just brings back too many raw emotions. Anyway, back to the track choices. The John Rutter & Catrin Finch track featured on a CD that I bought for my Dad. The track I've chosen was one we played at his funeral. I find it very difficult to listen to. However, when I do, it brings back the fond memories of hearing him play his harp. I wasn't able to listen to it for at least a couple of years after he passed. Now I listen with a heavy-heart, but still, the fond, more pleasant memories always overpower the negative. It's a beautiful piece. Now, onto The Kinks and Waterloo Sunset. This was also played at my Dad's funeral. It was a track that I first heard in my formative years, being played by him, and then again during my College days, when I was delving back into Music from the 1960's, listening to many bands and artists from that era. This was one of, if not his favourite song. He grew up in London and it spoke to him. It's a beautiful track, perfect Pop songwriting. It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand-up when I listen to it and always makes me smile and think of him.

3. Public Enemy | Give It Up
Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age... Now, this choice is not a track, but a full album. If I absolutely had to pick a track then it would be Give It Up. During the 1990's I was big into Hip Hop and Rap. Public Enemy were one of my favourite groups and, while this album flopped somewhat and was critically panned, I Love it. For me it's like a Rap-Concept-Album. It has a little bit of everything. I found it easier to get into than their previous material. I can still rap-along to Give It Up, (no one wants to hear that though, it isn't pretty!)... The lyrics have stuck with me for over twenty years. It's insanely catchy and still sounds great. Chuck D sounds awesome, on top of his game, and Flavor Flav adds his inimitable stylings to it. It reminds me of being at School, going into the common-room and sharing new Rap Music discoveries with my friends. When I started getting back into vinyl, about ten years ago, this was one of the first records that I simply had to find to add to my collection.

4. Eels | Climbing To The Moon
Electro-Shock Blues... Again, this is an album choice, rather than a single track. I simply can't choose a favourite track from this record, I love all of it. In my opinion it's their (or his, Mark "E" Everett's) Magnum Opus. It's an album that comes from a personal place. The story behind it is so sad and tragic. Yet, "E" handles that with such dexterity and a truly unique approach to both Songwriting and Production. It has so many clever and beautiful nuances. Relatively straightforward melodies and song structures are juxtaposed by awesome little quirks, vocal samples, strings, vinyl scratches and incredibly heartfelt and poignant lyrics. Again, if I absolutely have to pick just a single track, then I would go with Climbing To The Moon. It's not the most inventive song on the record, but it's just so moving. I bought this album on first release, back in 1998. It has remained as one of my favourite records. I never tire of it. At the time, as a budding acoustic guitarist and songwriter, it showed me that you can be free to experiment, draw heavily from personal experience and not have to restrict or pigeon-hole yourself to one particular sound.

5. Jan Jelinek Avec The Exposures | If's, And's & But's
This track is just too good to not include in my list. I would've liked to include his album Loop Finding Jazz Records, but I feel like I'm not really playing the game if I keep picking albums! This track was released on the ~scape imprint back in 2003. It was a time when I was already fully immersed in Electronic Music, but I'd never heard anything like it. I first heard about his Music when a producer-friend shared Loop Finding Jazz Records with me. At first I pretty much dismissed it, didn't give it the time it deserved. Thankfully I went back for subsequent listens and it quickly burrowed itself deep into my musical-psyche. Upon further investigation, Jelinek's glitched-up, error-laden beats, Jazzy sensibilities, skewed electronics, deep bass and inventive techniques just blew me away. His records from that period still sound so fresh to me. Such a good groove and unique style. It made me push myself when it came to producing my own Electronic Music. Made me strive to find my own style. I've never tried to replicate his sound, but I've definitely borrowed and explored some of his techniques. For me it remains influential material and essential listening.



6. Ribs Of Apache | Sequoia 
Ribs Of Apache aka Crystal Manning... This is a track I love by the woman I love. It was hard to pick just one specific track of hers, but I think Sequoia showcases her creativity exceptionally well. She is a very talented Music-maker/producer. We met through our mutual Love of Music and mutual respect of one another's creative output. Crystal made this track when we had started to become more than just friends and asked me for advice about it. I also helped with the mastering. I love it because not only it's a great piece of Electronic Music, it also serves as a reminder of how talented and special a person she is. We have a long-distance relationship, she's in the US, I'm in the U.K. So, whenever there's a period where we don't get to chat, I delve into her back-catalogue and every time I do it just further increases my love for and want to be with her. Finding someone who shares my passions has been an incredible, Life-changing experience. Not only is she an intelligent, creative producer, she also has a beautiful singing voice. We hope to write and perform together, soon.

7. Aphex Twin | Come To Daddy
Quite possibly one of the most influential Electronic artists out there. I've been a fan for many many years, going back to his Selected Ambient Works 85-92 record. I was considering picking a track from that, Tha, as it still resonates with me today. However, I have chosen Come To Daddy because, at the time of release in 1997, the EP and track just blew me away! It's insanely inventive and brilliantly creepy. I had never heard anything like it before, or since! I first discovered it when I was living in Halls Of Residence at University. Again, it was a producer friend of mine that showed it to me. He had and has exceptional Music tastes. I could've picked a number of Aphex Twin tracks, but this has the most relevance for me in terms of the sensation it gave me from that first listen. It still sounds completely amazing and unique. Include the video; genius! I never get tired of hearing it. It's a record that challenged my conceptions of what Music can be. Pushed me to experiment with my own creations. He is a master of his craft. A huge influence and a truly extraordinary, creative Music-maker.

8. Björk | Hyperballad
I had to include something from Björk in this list. I first got into her Music when I was sixteen years old, attending Art College. I had Debut on cassette, and would listen to it on a loop whilst working on Art projects in the classrooms. Funny then that I should choose something from Post instead! The reason for which is simply because it is an all-round amazing song, and is the first track that comes to mind when I think of Björk. I have loved it since the first time I heard it. The production, the arrangement, the lyrics, the somewhat more tempered vocal performance. She has always creatively pushed boundaries and been a law unto herself, and I love that attitude. I have a massive amount of respect for her as an artist and performer. She is an unique character and someone I would dearly love to meet and have a chat with. Iceland seems to produce a very individual type of Creative. I would have liked to include Sigur Rós and their album Ágætis Byrjun in this list. The landscapes of Iceland could well be the reason that such inventive and beautiful Music comes from that nation. It's a place I definitely have to visit in my lifetime. As with a lot of the artists or bands I have selected for this list, Björk has great adaptability and a wonderfully diverse and open approach to Creativity. She's a progressive artist that exists in her own world. Creativity/the creative-process is my favourite element of Music-Making. I love Music which overflows with ideas, resulting in a very individual and novel perspective. Björk is the epitome of this.


9. Squarepusher | Boneville Occident
I learnt about Squarepusher a little late. Whilst I was aware of his earlier output, I only truly discovered his Music when I was at University. It was 2001, and Go Plastic came to my attention. Simply put, the album is brilliant. It's challenging and progressive. It turned the Electronic & Drum And Bass/Jungle style Music which was very prevalent at that time on its head. It opened my mind to a whole different Sonic landscape. Why this whole album, and the track I chose, stick with me is not only for the fact that it is exceptional, but it also reminds me of a very specific time, place and moment in my life. It was the soundtrack to a Van-Trip I took with friends. Essentially, we decided to hire a van and drive across the UK in it, visiting various locations and essentially living in it. It was just a basic transit van, no home comforts. We took it from Leeds to Brighton. From Brighton to the hills and valleys of Wales and pretty much wherever else we could! It was a trip of Exploration, Comradery, Debauchery and Fun. Looking back, I can distinctively recall Boneville Occident as the standout Musical accompaniment to the trip. Every time I hear it, it takes me right back to that moment, driving the van, me and three friends, over the misty Welsh hills, with Squarepusher blaring.

10. The Undertones | Teenage Kicks
And last, but not least... This is definitely not one of my favourite tracks of all time! Don't get me wrong, it's a good song, but my selection of it is about the attachment it has to the legendary Radio DJ, John Peel. It was certainly one of his favourites. He was a massive influence on my listening habits and formative years of Music listening/creating. He showed me that there no rules regarding what you like or don't like. You are free to listen to whatever the hell you want to! Forget the judgement of others. He taught me to give any/all Music a chance, and that there was so much good Music out there, in every genre, if you take the time and effort to find it. He inspired my Musical Eclecticism. Informed me about great artists and bands. Pushed the boundaries of what it was acceptable to play on the radio, and did it all with such a humble and honest attitude. He truly loved Music. He was a pioneer, a trend-setter, and a genuine one-off. I have a huge amount of respect for him. No one has shaped my 'Music Adventure' more than him. He opened my mind to all sorts of Alternative Music, and for that I will be forever grateful. I sorely miss his dulcet tones on the radio.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1594 | by Jeff Kandefer of The Daysleepers

1. The Cure | The Same Deep Water As You
The Cure have long been my favorite band. Their Music just speaks to me in every way possible. This track however is something else entirely. The reverbed bell-like tones of Robert Smith's guitar lines, ghost-like vocals, echoing drums... It's just otherworldy. Even at nearly 10 minutes I often find myself hitting repeat on this track. I can't get enough of it. This song along with a handful of other Cure songs like High and Pictures Of You really highlight an instrument that changed everything for me, the Fender Bass IV. When I heard the unique sound Robert was getting from it I knew I had to have one. The way Robert plays that instrument has had an effect on practically everything I do with a guitar.

2. Slowdive | Souvlaki Space Station
If you ever wanted to imagine what Music made by aliens would sound like, this song should give you a pretty good idea. The very first time I heard those delayed opening chords it had my attention, but when all the other instruments slam in, I could not believe my ears. I knew I found something special and it changed my perspective on Music ever since. The depth and atmosphere of the song is just massive. Every single instrument just soars through Space. It's hard to describe it anymore than that, you just need to put the song on and crank it as loud as you can. I've definitely lost some of my hearing to this song.

3. Sade | No Ordinary Love
Deep rolling bassline, Ambient guitar lines rich with Distortion, Phaser and Reverb, and of course Sade Adu's amazing vocals... This song seems to break all the rules of typical R&B songs. Sade has a vocal ability that is rare in R&B, she can hold a straight note and stay in key. Most singers in the genre do a lot of vocal acrobatics or use tons of vibrato, but if you listen to Sade's voice it's like smooth honey. She holds long, breathy straight notes without wavering. The result is a calming effect that seems to almost soothe as you listen. Sade is a key influence in the way I model my vocals and melodies. This song is a perfect marriage of all the things that make Sade so incredible.

4. The Smiths | There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
I always love Morrissey's ability to sing about serious subject material yet still inject elements of Humor and Quirkiness. Everything in this song from the vocal melody to the awesome string and woodwind arrangements are amazing and so unconventional. Johnny Marr's guitar playing will always be an inspiration to me. Fans of my band The Daysleepers know that we have released a cover version of this song.

5. Pink Floyd | Us And Them
My parents always used to blast Pink Floyd albums on our Stereo when I was a kid. They would crank it so loud it would shake the house. At the time it sort of scared me... In a good way. The power of that Music speaks for itself. This song always makes the hair on my neck stand up. Gorgeous drifting melodies that explode into that powerful epic chorus. Very Inspiration stuff. Definitely sparked my interest in creating dream-like, Spacey Music.



6. Cocteau Twins | Serpentskirt
Milk & Kisses is not my favorite album by Cocteau Twins, but it does contain this gem that is hands down my favorite song by the group. Dark haunting melodies and guitars that sound like trains moving through the night. All of a sudden it changes to this beautiful sort of uplifting chorus. It has all the elements that make this band so special to me. Elizabeth Fraser taught me to put Melody first over Lyrics and Robin Guthrie's guitars are as influential to me as Robert Smith's. A highlight of my musical career was when Robin Guthrie left me a message that said Beautiful sounds... Beautiful guitars... in regards to The Daysleepers first EP Hide Your Eyes. My response was Well... You influenced it!

7. Tears For Fears | Everybody Wants To Rule The World
I love 80’s Music and growing up in that decade was great! This is one radio song from that era that I still love so much. It always takes me back to being a kid. It has that sad, yet at the same time happy vibe that certain songs had in the 80's... It's hard to explain but I love that sound whatever it is (See also Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode). The vocal melodies are great, love the guitars & guitar solo in this track. Roland Orzabal is such an unique singer. I’m a huge fan of all of this band's material.

8. Alice In Chains | Rotten Apple
In the 90's, like so many people I feel deeply in Love with the Grunge scene but I was never a big Nirvana fan. Instead, I found myself drawn to the heavy and haunting sounds of bands like Alice In Chains & Soundgarden. This song which kicks off the Jar Of Flies album had me awestruck when I first heard it. It just sounds so deep, dark and full of Anguish but at the same time it’s beautiful. Jerry Cantrell's guitar work here is just brilliant. A very underrated guitar player if you ask me. He knows when to rock out and when to show restraint and do something more melodic. Whatever he does, Cantrell knows how to place the right notes at the right time. He’s also a great singer and, when he harmonizes with Layne Staley, that takes the band to a whole new level.

9. Depeche Mode | Walking In My Shoes (Single Mix)
A massive, breathtaking song by one of my favorite bands. This track also introduced me to the sonic possibilities of an E-Bow. The way it's used at the end of this song creates a beautiful heavenly slide that lifts you up and fades you right out of the track. I went out and bought one as soon as I saw them play this live in Toronto! I like the Single Mix, the version that was in the Music Video, the best. It seems produced better and has a better flow than the Album Version in my opinion.

10. Interpol | Leif Erikson
Early in the 2000's I really started to discover some amazing Indie Rock bands, but none hit me harder than Interpol. Their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights immediately became a classic for me. Every song on this record is perfectly placed, but this closing tune gives me the chills everytime I hear it. One of the things I love most about this band is the way the two guitars interplay and almost seem to talk to each other. It seems like something unique to this band. I've heard other bands attempt it, but, if you ask me, nobody does it better than Interpol.


Non-definitive of course, pretty random in fact and in no particular order…

1. Elvis Costello And The Attractions | Man Out Of Time
I’ve loved this song since I was introduced to it when I was about 16, but I don’t think I really understood (the only) Elvislegit genius until I was in my thirties. His is an unusually effortless command of Melody, turn-of-Phrase and Chord Progression and this is just one of a countless number of perfectionistic micro-masterpieces. That the lyrics conjure up vivid images of a romantic, high-heeled London is a bonus. The arrangement and production are unabashed in their Lushness and Grandeur and the anthemic chorus refrain is Timeless and True. I Love the audacity of bookending it with the abandoned original, New-Wave version, which you or I would never think to do but which works so beautifully we can’t now imagine it being absent. I suppose it’s the same audacity that led the man to name himself Elvis, or later, Napoleon Dynamite. Truly heroic.

2. Prince And The Revolution | When Doves Cry
Speaking of audacious and heroic, this guy knew he was awesome enough to declare himself Prince (just of everywhere) and I imagine he’s now more well-known and admired than any officially-anointed Earth- prince, living or dead. I’m aware that it’s not a wildly original notion that Prince was pretty good, but please permit me now to put forth my two cents on this, my very favourite of his many beautiful and peerless songs. This one is so well-written that for the most part the only accompaniment to the incredible vocal performance is a drum loop and occasional minimal melody. It’s so sparse but this paradoxically creates a kind of Hugeness. When the strings (well, pad-keys) finally enter subtly on the final chorus at 2:50 it’s a truly epic moment. Not that they needed it, but the way the lyrics are framed gives them an inexplicably weighty and profound quality. Seminal.



3. Sonic Youth | Schizophrenia
Speaking of seminal, this song represents a genuine Eureka! moment for Guitar Music and, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Human Expression in and of it's very self. You don't need me to tell you that this band were truly great and obscenely influential while they were at it. Their signature-syntax has infiltrated the Rock-repartee so fundamentally that it's impossible to imagine a time before them or to fully appreciate how unusual and genuinely subversive their approach was 30 years ago, when Sister was released. On a purely personal level though, this song alone is home to several palpably Life-changing moments. The dissonant, primal whaling at 1:30, the haunting harmonic exchange at 1:45, Kim Gordon lamenting that The Future's static, it's already had it..., that devastating melodic build from 2:45... All are weird watershed moments that defy academic explanation. Truly a sonic coup. The World will never be the same.

4. Jim O’Rourke | Ghost Ship In A Storm
Speaking of Eureka moments, that's the given name of the album in question now. It's a very apt title for it and I like to believe Jim O'Rourke, in an uncharacteristically self-assured and sassy statement, knew he had hit on something big. That's not to say that Jim has any reason to be abashed; his is an intimidating LinkedIn profile, or whatever the analogue version of that is. He has produced at least a couple of the World's great albums and was even casually a member of Sonic Youth for 6-odd years. I first saw them at Shepherd's Bush Empire with Jim O-Ro in tow when I was about 15 and I was left literally (in the correct sense of the term) speechless. As a solo artist he spent many years in Chicago experimenting valiantly with the limits of Sound and then equally gallantly decided to experiment with traditional songs, even drawing influence from Burt Bacharach, seemingly the last musical taboo. A singular and wholly realised Musical Genius. What a dude.


5. The Necks | Rum Jungle
Speaking of Jim, he's a big fan of these guys and it's an influence he wears on his sleeve, much to his already-considerable credit. I'm cheating with this choice again actually. Straight-up bone-idly forgoing the rules now. Shaking this shit up. This is an honourable mention, as whatever attributes constitute a song have been systematically and emphatically dismantled by The Necks and they've emerged on the other side of the Psycho-Phonic filter with a genuinely unique and beautiful Musical form. Every time they walk on-stage or into a studio they have no pre-conceived ideas of what they will play. They set out on a sonic journey and en route create an unique, improvised abstract composition that plays not only with the ambience and acoustics of the room but with the very meta-mind of the audience. I implore you to see it live, it's an experience that makes you reconsider the fundamental properties of Music itself and... It's fucking awesome.

6. Wilco | At Least That’s What You Said
Picking the Wilco song that I most adore is an impossible and futile task but, thankfully, not one I have to perform regularly or that has any consequence whatsoever. The afore-multi-mentioned Genius-in-chief James O’Rourke produced this; maybe the greatest record of all time if such a thing existed, A Ghost Is Born. His Jazz-infused shapes and Experimental tendencies are all over it, his production choices are so understated and considered that it has an almost Otherworldly Grace and Glacial Tastefulness. The core of the record, though, is Jeff Tweedy’s prodigious song-writing, which almost always has an unusually pronounced classic quality, allowing the arrangements and musicianship to confidently veer off into unchartered waters without ever losing sight of the song. Every time I hear the unexpectedly dissonant, stabbing kick-in I'm taken aback. Another bonafide Eureka! moment.


7. The Band | The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Speaking of classic, this song embodies every sense of the word and defies the insensitivity of genre. Every element works in harmony with every other. The spellbinding, soulful chord progression, the perfectly stated instrumentation. The gorgeous, roomy recording. It's hard to imagine another group of musicians then or especially now being able to discuss the American Civil War, from the perspective of a poor Southerner, with such Authenticity, Balance and Grace. It sounds like it could have been recorded 100 years ago or any time in between. Levon Helm, who grew up in Arkansas, delivers a heart-breaking and authoritative vocal performance for the ages. The second and third verses in particular always seems to destroy me, with some inspired double-time drum licks from Levon and the introduction of what I always assumed was a harmonica but what is in fact in-house innovator Garth Hudson playing the accordion through an array of effects. The World doesn't deserve this basically.

8. Genesis | Carpet Crawl
I don't imagine the self-appointed, imaginary taste-makers of today would consider a Genesis shout-out very cool, or maybe since Mark Kozelek covered this song a couple of years back it's come full-circle and this is now the very pinnacle of Post-Cool obscure references. Who could possibly give a fuck and, even more curiously, why? The fuck? Possibly. My first musical memories are of discovering my dad's Prog-Rock records at a very young age and getting utterly lost in the fantastical worlds that the sprawling double-vinyl, triple-gatefold, quadruple-spangled sleeves conjured up. I forget which early-Genesis album it would have been on, but I can't describe the feeling of first hearing a reprise half-an-hour after the initial passage. I've been attempting to recreate the emotion with my own Music ever since. This was Peter Gabriel's last record with the band, and this is the high point. The combination of piano and harpsichord, the slow crescendo of sixteens on the high-hat. This song remains truly magical to me.


9. Broadcast | Oh How I Miss You
I don't recall when I first heard Broadcast. Over an indeterminable amount of Space-Time though, they've slowly but surely penetrated my Perception-nodes from some intangible place, performing a kind of Transcendental flanking manoeuvre on my cerebral cortex, catching me off-guard in a lucid dream and lulling me into submission with a chorus of sine waves. At any rate, I wish I'd heard this record when it was first released. I really regret never seeing them live, I hear it was incredible. This is a pretty arbitrary song selection (again) as they have a fathomless, beautiful back-catalogue, but this springs to mind presently for some reason. The fact that it's just a couple of bars repeating for just over a minute is irrelevant as it plays on in your subconscious indefinitely, turning your very mind into an Analogue tape-loop machine, the definition deteriorating slowly as the refrain repeats over and over...

10. Tom Waits | Anywhere I Lay My Head
I do remember vividly first hearing Tom Waits. I was around 16 or 17, pretty late to what was clearly an apocalyptically debauched party. I'd never heard anything like it before. Rain Dogs is his tenth studio album and he is firing on all cylinders here. He'd been refining his form for over a decade, slowly amping up the volume on the spaces in-between the notes on the piano, deconstructing the American songbook and seemingly distilling his vocal chords in a whisky barrel. The result on Rain Dogs is so striking, it still sounds super-fresh and entirely timeless, like you've stumbled onto a ghost ship of drunken sailors in the Bermuda Triangle. This is the last song on what is simultaneously a bizarre and a perfect album, the dream combination. The dream combination of those vocals and that brass section is so powerful, it's just final.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1592 | by Craig Hugh Murphy [Solipsism] of Weird Fields, Ashtoreth's Gate, Solipsism & Nacht Plank ‎ and Shoosh

Choosing 10 songs/tracks has been very difficult for me as I’m an album person and never judge Music on a single track, hence the reason it has taken me so long to reply. I would also like to state that although these 10 songs will inevitably be in a list of 1 to 10 that does not have any bearing on the perceived inherent value of the songs or any preference I have over one from the other – I don’t judge other people’s Music. 10 years ago my choices would have been different and 10 years from now, they will no doubt be different again. First off I’d like to say that it is going to be very difficult for me to give any in depth introspective meaning for my choosing of these songs outwith the context of their albums as each of them comes from a classic album in my opinion and, as hinted previously, I dislike dislocating songs from their albums as that’s not how they’re meant to be consumed. So I’m afraid that my explanations shall be short and descriptive, rather than long and winding. I would also like to add that I have purposely chosen 10 pieces from 10 different artists even though I may have preferred to have included more than one piece by a single artist and with that said, here is my list.

1. Frank Zappa | Imaginary Diseases
It’s a storming piece of Jazz/Rock fusion only ever performed live and never recorded in a studio. It was released posthumously on an album of the same name. If you like this driving instrumental, I strongly suggest you check out the rest of the album.

2. Neil Young | Out On The Weekend
It’s hard to put into words why I like this song, I think it’s something about being young, being yourself and being in Love without the maturity to appreciate it or reciprocate it. It’s also about doing what you want to do rather than what Society wants you to do. It’s lyrically very beautiful and meaningful to me.

3. Pink Floyd | Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
Actually Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9) as well!... I love Pink Floyd and both parts of Shine On You Crazy Diamond are for me among the best stuff they’ve done. The fact it’s a tribute to Syd Barrett though means nothing to me, as I wasn’t a fan of his version of Pink Floyd.

4. Harold Budd/Brian Eno | First Light
It’s simply a beautiful piece of Music that I defy anyone not to appreciate.

5. Ennio Morricone | Tema D’Amore Ripresa (Alla Scoperta Dell'America Original Soundtrack)
A simple but lovely piece of Music from my favourite film composer.



6. Radiohead | No Surprises
A fine dose of Melancholy from my favourite band of the 90s era. I still Love them.

7. Ron Geesin | Floating Down
Warp Records in the 1970s. Ron Geesin was years and years ahead of his time. A Scottish Avant-Gardist most people won’t have heard of, but should give a listen if they are fans of Outsider Music and Melody.

8. Leonard Cohen | Bird On A Wire
A beautiful song from one of my favourite songwriters of all time.

9. Miles Davis | Pharaoh’s Dance
Miles Davis at his very best, it’s a classic.

10. The Mahavishnu Orchestra | Open Country Joy
Another piece of Jazz/Rock fusion. John McLaughlin is a stunning guitarist.




8 YEARS of Warmer Climes!


AUGUST 9, 2017

It's been truly difficult to make it happen in the past 2 years... Number of published features diminished drastically due to my anxiety disorder, my ever persistent gay intellectual loneliness, my job of one year at an online shop that keeps me in this illusion that I'm (even if super poorly paid) "part of something"...

The struggle is the same. And I'm, weirdly enough, BETTER. The concept and the mission will always remain THE SAME: TO DIVE INTO MUSICIANS' HEARTS (with their splendid souls, memories and finally Music) OF ALL KINDS AND STAY THERE TO DREAM MORE.

The focus in year 9 is, of course, instinctively: TO GET THE TIME AND MOOD to work more mixtapes for the series! 3+ pages of 700+ features ALREADY WRITTEN and UNPUBLISHED YET...

All because LIFE HAPPENS. SHIT HAPPENS. MESSY HAPPENS.

I feel less and less paniqued about an end date of this journey. I said it before... It was never meant to END at some very point. It will go on as long as I'm healthy and alive and able to make it happen. It's still my duty to not disappoint the ones who believed(s) in me and I am trying my best to choose the bestest direction.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS TO WHOEVER UNCONDITIONALLY TRUSTED MY VISION WITH THIS PROJECT! The few and very important ones to my heart who donated for me to get a new computer. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! ;) BIG FOREVER PRAISES TO ALL THE PR agents, MANAGERS and MUSICIANS THEMSELVES who worked with me to build THIS MAGICAL EMPIRE OF FEELING!

"I want to make a mark of feeling you", remember? :)

1600 INTERVIEWS MILESTONE comes sooner than you think and tones of new surprises along if everything goes well! STAY TUNED!

WHOEVER YOU ARE FOLLOWING MY SHIT EVERY SINGLE DAY AND GETTING INSPIRATION FROM WHAT I'M TRYING IN HERE: I LOVE YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY BOTTOM GAY HEART AND... I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU AND FOR ME AND FOR YOU AND FOR ME AND FOR YOU...

STAY TRIUMPHANT! STAY WARMER! The journey still feels like IN EARLY STAGES...

WARMER MIXTAPES #1591 | by Tristan Whitehill [Euglossine] of Orchal And Vir

1. Allan Holdsworth | All Our Yesterdays
Allan Holdsworth is probably one of the most impressive instrumentalists ever. His signature style of playing always out-shined his composition skills in the press, and in his recent passing this song feels very contemporary for me. The melodic language in his Music is something I've always coveted, even when I was scared of it because it's confusing. RIP Allan and thanks for the timeless and elegant ideas!

2. AAA | Light
Chris Von Szombathy is a musical and artistic delight to the very highest level, in my opinion. His Art makes me feel validated as an artist because Chris and I value a lot of the same things. His Music keeps getting better and better for me because he recently pulled the veil on all this sick Jazz bass in his Music which I thought was MIDI for a while! Light is a perfect example of the melted Post Post Modern caricatures he draw with Sound.

3. The Art Of Noise | Eye Of A Needle
A legendary act in the History of Technology, Art, and Music. Another act that when I was young I didn't appreciate but later realized how incredible it is. This song is an info-graphic in my mind for the breakdown of Language and Poetics of Music.

4. Syd Dale | Time Trial
From the relatively unknown library catalog Amphonic, this track is a gem! Slippery Moog outlines a sweet modal chord progression that just screams groovy Space party. My dearest friend Neil showed me this track years ago and has never ceased to entertain me.

5. Führs & Fröhling | Dance Of The Leaves
German Ambient Music from the 70's is everyone's favorite Music it seems. I hadn't heard of this record 'til recently and listened to it a lot on a long flight with my wife. There's a strange feeling it gives me, a certain shade of Nostalgia that I felt as a child being exposed to Ambient Music and Classical through my father. Ammerland is a great record all the way through.



6. Joan Bibiloni | Jungle
I was turned on to Bibiloni through AAA actually! This track has some insane mixing on it, featuring super subtle sequences and some wacky Jazz guitar over the top of a very wave table pan flute patch. These are the core sounds at the heart of World Music, but this is completely genuine expression and has enough grit to avoid that connotation. It's a beautiful song and feeling overall!

7. Chaka Khan | Eye To Eye
This is a supermarket tear-jerker. The melody of this tune really struck me for some reason and I listened to it a million times in the car really loud. This whole record is incredible and very ornate. Chaka is a genius and her voice and emotion is so inspiring to everyone.

8. Sunmoonstar | Jacaranda
I had the honor of releasing the album this track is off of on Squiggle Dot (my label). Sunmoonstar is my wife and biggest inspiration in Life. This track is so gorgeous and perfect, incredible groove and pacing. Her new albums are coming out soon and it's so exciting for people to hear her new incredible works!

9. Tlaotlon | Nekta
Tlaotlon is in a class of his own in terms of Modern Sound Design/Tech Heavy Dance Music. His Music doesn't always rely on Rhythm and involves a lot of non repeating sounds and phasing tempos. This track is from a flexi disc he released and is a great entry point into his inexplicable Music.

10. Taeko Ohnuki | 夏に恋する女たち (Track 1 on the album Signifie)
Language barriers don't stop amazing Music and this track stole my heart. The loveliest arrangement of orchestral instruments and synthesizers with a Disco beat and the pure sounds of Taeko's lovely soprano. I get strong visuals of a cabaret in the stars with spinning sculptures made of ice. 10/10 would recommend.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1590 | by Ryan Pivovar [Pivovar]/(Jovian Path)

1. EGYPTRIXX | We Can Be Concrete
I lived in New York City for about four years, and I think EGYPTRIXX's Transfer Of Energy [Feelings Of Power] was my favorite album while I lived there. Club Music was very new to me at the time, and this album felt like it was 25 years ahead of all of that. We Can Be Concrete is from the latest album, Pure, Beyond Reproach, which feels even further in Time to me. In my own life, I experience a fear of Normalcy, and a fear of having all of my creative energy sapped from me, and I experience a simultaneous determination to escape that. I don't know how exactly, but EGYPTRIXX's Music mirrors those feelings for me. I hate to be cliché, but it's definitely a mental escape. It feels like it exists outside of this life.

2. Erik Luebs | Dust
Dust is from Erik's new EP Wasteland, which is pretty stellar. Love the odd beat on here. I have a soft spot for unusual rhythmic patterns like this. The track gets really amazing when the chord pads come in. Erik lives in Osaka, which is a really amazing city. David (Jacob 2-2), Erik and I hung out in a park in the city late at night, smoked cigarettes and drank. I smoked all the cigarettes in Japan. I don't even smoke cigarettes in real life. There were a lot of favorite moments I have from visiting Japan, and that was definitely one of them. I really enjoyed hanging out in that park. Osaka had a Silent Hill vibe to me really late at night. It was eerily quiet for such a large city.

3. Euglossine | Prairie
My friend Joel aka Golden Donna introduced me to Euglossine's Music about a month ago. I went on Bandcamp and randomly checked this track out, and I was promptly floored. I wouldn't know where to begin trying to make something like this. I love all the harmonic changes; it's incredibly progressive without seemingly trying at all. Effortless. Harmony in Electronic Music is typically a bland affair, but this Music is at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Euglossine's Music is like a single peach in a barrel of apples.

4. Jacob 2-2 | The Richardson
This track is incredibly sentimental to me. The Richardson is a bar in Brooklyn where David aka Jacob 2-2 and I would hang out most frequently. I think Thump premiered this track, and I just thought it was so cool that my friend was on Thump, and that a bar we would hang out at was what the track was about. I still think it's cool. David is an incredible producer. At the time, I think this was more Uptempo than some of his other stuff, but he's made a lot of 120+ Music since then. I think I've seen David play more than anybody else. He's sitting on some mind-blowing stuff that I can't wait to come out. The first time I met him I was incredibly high and tried my best to hold the conversation. We became friends instantly. He still lives in Brooklyn and I miss him immensely. He drinks vodka soda with bitters.

5. Jesse Osborne-Lanthier | That Captagon Sting
This is from the album As The Low Hanging Fruit Vulnerabilities Are More Likely To Have Already Turned Up. Listening to this album has really messed me up. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with Music now. Anything I try to make seems trite and trend-peddling in comparison. Really, any track on this album wrecks me. That Captagon Sting is particularly amazing, though. It hurts my feelings how good this album is. I don't know what I'm doing with my life. Please stop this train ride and let me off.

6. JPEGSTRIPES | Rainforest
Rainforest comes from the record CPU Jams, Volume 3. This is the kind of record where, after listening to it, I have questions. Rainforest is delightfully weird, and I love it for that. Jordan aka JPEGSTRIPES is one of my best friends. He and I moved from Texas to NYC together about four years ago. I don't live there anymore, but I miss him and everybody else tremendously. Jordan also produces as 식료품groceries. Any description I can offer on that project will not do it justice - but it's a Vaporwave project about grocery shopping. The last time I hung out with Jordan in Brooklyn, we witnessed someone casually pee their pants in an apartment complex hallway. It was something.

7. Kian T | In My Eyes
Kian T is a producer from Italy. I've played In My Eyes during sets a few times, and pretty much every time someone asks me what it is. I have almost no skill as a DJ beyond curation, but this is definitely a secret weapon. In My Eyes is stylistically immediate and familiar to most people who listen to House and Techno, but it's like some sort of inside-out version that is so beautiful and new. The kick and bass sounds are top shelf. The bouncy, Acidic ostinato. The vocal samples. The chord stabs. Nothing is out of place and everything is perfect in this track.


8. Laurel Halo | Nebenwirkungen
Nebenwirkungen is from the album In Situ. The first three tracks on this album are all 10/10 for me. I remember listening to this track with Jordan (JPEGSTRIPES), and I remembering him saying, this is the kind of Music I want to make. I feel the same way. Laurel Halo has a lot of Music that feels like you're peeling the outer layer of your brain off. She has another track called Wow that is unlike anything I've ever heard. It's like hearing a language you've never heard before, and trying so hard to understand how it is the way that it is. In Situ is a monumental album for me. I'm sad I've never seen her perform live, and I hope to change that one day.

9. Magnetic Hill | Sacred Song Of The Wind
Magnetic Hill is a producer who lives in New Orleans and has been putting out some amazing under-the-radar tunes on his Soundcloud. This track blows me away every time I hear it. Nothing seems to repeat, and it kind of meanders around. He has a really interesting way with melodies that I haven't quite figured out yet. Martin aka Magnetic Hill is a good friend of mine, and we met through The Internet at some point, eventually running into each other at an amazing venue in Queens called Trans-Pecos. Again, he's another friend that is sitting on some truly amazing Music. If I had the ability to get everybody in The World to check out just one artist, it would be Magnetic Hill.

10. tsaik | Tehraj (SUGARQUOTE Remix)
SUGARQUOTE's remix is so good it makes me upset. The original is also amazing. The tsaik guys live in Chicago, and I met them and SUGARQUOTE for the first time at an Onamazu show in Brooklyn about a month ago. All nice, and I hope to see them again soon. Nic aka SUGARQUOTE is also an incredibly talented 3D artist. Peter (who runs the label King Deluxe) had asked him to do a Pivovar Music Video, but sadly Nic said no - I think because my stuff is just not cool enough. He says he was too busy, but this is the real reason. He's also sitting on some amazing Music that I hope is out soon.