WARMER MIXTAPES #1517 | by Carlos R. Andujar [Navigateur/When Tides Collide]

1. Slowdive | Country Rain
Souvlaki was one of the first non-commercial albums I’d ever heard as a pre-teen. It was pretty ground-breaking for me. It sounded and felt so foreign and I’d never heard anything like it in my life. It remains to this day one of my top favorite albums of all time. Country Rain was another one of those songs that I’d play on loop. It really captured the melancholy of my youth and was a go-to song for drives along the beaches where I lived near in later years.

2. Sunny Day Real Estate | 8
This was another one of those Life-changing moments for me. I don’t exactly remember why, but I wanted the Batman Forever soundtrack when I was a kid, so my mom ended up buying it for me. Looking back, there were some real gems on that album. I remember the first time hearing Jeremy Enigk’s voice and trying to figure out what the hell kind of accent he was singing in. I remember the Music being so powerful and raw. The pink LP and Diary ended up being incredibly influential albums for me as well.

3. Sting | The Lazarus Heart
My dad’s collection of Cheesy Music was impressive. Pretty sure he alone keeps the Watercolours satellite radio station in business. Anyways, ...Nothing Like The Sun was one of those weird albums that I secretly stole from my dad and was drawn to the moods it created. Albums from that time in this style of Music had this really kind of airy quality to them. Like, a lot of DX7 pianos, fretless bass, clean guitars with chorus. Andy Summers, one of my favorite guitarists ever, also played on this album, which adds instant points. I love the arp in the beginning of this song and Summers’ guitar tone. Sting actually is a fantastic lyricist, which I guess comes from his days of being an English teacher. Apparently he wrote this album after his mother died, and so the lyrical imagery is a little more striking.

4. Onra | My Comet
To me, this song represents everything great about solid Beat Production. It’s so fresh, the sampling is perfect, and it just nails that laid back mood.

5. Washed Out | Feel It All Around
I had to include this because it was like the first a ha! moment when I was first thinking about making Music with 80s influences. This kind of nailed it and paved the way for a lot of other producers. Still a classic.

6. Rocketship | Heather, Tell Me Why
I just love everything about this song. It was one of the few odd breaks of the album that kind of counter-balanced the other super happy songs on it. I love how old it sounds but still strikes a youthful chord. I was a sad gloomy kid when I was younger and I used to love hearing this song over and over.

7. Aphex Twin | Flim
The first time I heard this song I was waiting in our friend’s driveway for band practice and our bass player pulled up into the driveway blaring this song. I could feel the bass from across the driveway. I never knew Music could sound that pretty and disjointed.

8. Tears For Fears | I Believe
A friend of mine had Songs From The Big Chair and I remember listening to that record and hearing this song and loving how moody it was. It was this weird little Loungey piano track in the middle of this album with these huge hits and I just loved how gentle it was and how atmospheric everything was. Orzabal’s vocals just soar and I love the moments when they let the song kind of fall apart a little bit. This song really captured a lot of Melancholy that I felt in my youth.

9. Holy Other | Held
The ending to this song is some of the most moving moments in Music I’ve ever heard. So delicate and tragic. Absolutely gorgeous. There’s a YouTube video of this song set to Terrence Malick visuals and it’s pretty fitting.

10. Oneohtrix Point Never | Chrome Country
For me, this is Daniel Lopatin’s best work. R Plus Seven was a complete masterpiece, an absolute work of Art. I love the pads in this song and how they fix the guides in place for all these other elements to dance around it, i.e. the little vocal edits, the sub, etc. I love how operatic everything is and how it all climaxes into this incredible choral finish. Someone should write an opera using this song.


1. Liturgy | Reign Array
In 2015 I realized that The Ark Work came out and people started to have mixed feelings about it, I knew this usually happens when things are strongly original and good... VERY good. I've been deeply fascinated by this record. Their Music has been growing on me in the past few years. Hoping for more Black Metal stuff with fake horns and electronics in the Future.

2. Petit Singe | Tregua
Every song from Petit Singe is a beautiful and intriguing artifact for my ears, she has suddenly become one of my favorite Electronic producers of these recent years. It's hard to classify this Italian girl, but I'm tempted to say that she's somewhere in between Andy Stott, Demdike Stare and Muslimgauze with Bollywood in his mind instead of Zionism or Palestine. So, what's not to love?

3. Gaussian Curve | Impossible Island
Two chords on the Rhodes, an ultra-Minimal and Retro drum beat and guitar giving birth to a calm and soothing atmosphere that will set you in the right mood for the rest of your day. It's not Ambient, I think it's just beautiful Music with some nice cinematic quality. Gigi Masin is in there.

4. Arca | Sever
Arca at his best: enigmatic, austere and angular. The whole record is Pure Bliss.

5. Liturgy | Kel Valhaal
More Black Metal with fake horns. Sometimes I tend to think that their Music has lot of things to share with the musical content of my Plays Popol Vuh, I hope I'm not on the wrong lane.



6. Hannah Diamond | Hi
An absolutely brilliant Pop song, like most of the other PC Music stuff. I still don't know if A.G. Cook is behind the whole thing, but it's genius and refreshing Pop Music from start to finish.

7. Holden | Blackpool Late Eighties
Class and very good ideas and intuitions. One of the greats. Waiting for more stuff from him.

8. Flying Lotus | Coronus, The Terminator
Genius song, I especially love the ending here... Whole record is highly recommended.

9. easyFun | Laplander
Another amazing Pop production from the guys at PC Music. These people always make me smile.

10. Surgeon | Krautrock
Techno masterpiece from the UK master, I listen to this song quite often on my spare time. You'll always find in Surgeon that little touch of weird unsettling quality for his Techno journeys, which is something I'm definitely looking for in that specific Music genre.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1515 | by Richard Dorfmeister [Dr. Richard, Evangelista]/(Richard Dorfmeister vs. Madrid De Los Austrias, Kruder & Dorfmeister) and Rupert Huber (Berliner Theorie, Dawn, L/O/N/G) of Dehli9 and Tosca

SIDE A | by Rupert Huber

1. The Beatles | A Day In The Life
Heard this when I was a child and it blew my mind. A collage of 2 songs, the noise parts, the vocals are amazing. I still like this track...

2. Sex Pistols | Anarchy In The UK
Also a childhood memory and still a personal favourite. I always thought the Sex Pistols did funny, energetic Music, and I like the song so much I even made a Piano-Minimal-Instrumental arrangement of it!

3. Blind Willie McTell | Broke Down Engine Blues
I discovered McTell in my 20s and I fell in Love with his Music - the harmony, the vocals and, on a bad day, the lyrics can speak my mind...

4. Lhasa De Sela | Con Toda Palabra
This song made me a fan of Lhasa, who died some years ago much too early after releasing only 3 albums. I do not speak Spanish, so I do not have a clue what the song is about, but I love the mood, the groove and the voice!

5. Muddy Waters | Manish Boy
As a teenager I found a record of Muddy Waters in School - probably the only good thing I got from there. And that was it. I'm a Muddy Waters fan since then, and this is his archetypal song, with THE Guitar Riff, The Grandfather Of All Guitar Riffs Since Then...


6. J.J. Cale | If You're Ever In Oklahoma
I can hear this song all the time, even in loop. Why? Not only because of the voice, J.J.'s groove and his guitar playing, but also because there is nothing really happening - like an instrumental background track, but a song, and he is complaining about the tickets he got driving through Oklahoma at night!

7. Franz SchubertDie Forelle (Performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore)
Always liked this one, tried to play it on the piano, but could not get it right with the singing; Schubert is maybe a male version of Lhasa De Sela, sad but strong, and when happy for a moment, soon enough back to Melancholy...

8. Bertolt Brecht | Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer (Die Dreigroschenoper Original Soundtrack)
Lyrics by Brecht, this classic I love because of its harmonies, they are like a curve, they always go around, not a circle, like a road to somewhere!

9. Einstürzende Neubauten | Ich Bin's
Another classic from my late teenager days. Great band, the concerts were loud, they were destroying shopping carts, and Blixa was screaming around. On the record it turned out to be very well produced, and the lyrics very strong...

10. Johnny Cash | The Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzell Cover)
A very kitschy song about a ma who sleeps with his best friend's wife and, although it would save his life, does not admit it... But with a voice like Cash you can sing songs like this and sound real and tragic!


SIDE B | by Richard Dorfmeister

1. Dean Martin | Houston (Sanford Clark Cover)
We love Dino! Who does not? And why not? The secret of this man, it seems, was that he had all these talents - the voice, the behaviour, the looks, the wit - and nobody was jealous. As they said - a guy for guys and a ladies' man. Lucky man...

2. Elvis Presley | Never Been To Spain (Three Dog Night Cover) (from Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden)
Old and fat, serving The Mafia in Las Vegas, still the man can sing. Not really a song that is expressing more than: After the soft part there comes the loud one... And you have to be good to be able to sing that. And of course The King was!

3. M | Pop Muzik
One of the most funny songs in Pop History. Always liked it, anyway. This song, like the one before, brings up the theme: Does a song have to be good to be good?...

4. Rockers Hi-Fi | What A Life!
This one is a good song, indeed. Music cool, lyrics good, I can feel the things they are singing about, and the Music is groovy and Minimalistic. Job well done!

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers | Give It Away
The best rip off of Come Together ever made. And the band with the best name in decades. Give It Away is a hommage to the 60s Music obviously, Beatles, Who, and all that jazz...


6. Lee Scratch Perry | Panic In Babylon
Love the horns! More horns in Music! The deeper the better! More deep horns in Music!

7. Talking Heads | Live During Wartime
Let me express this idea: the format, the frame of "song" destroyed so much in Music. There is so much more to Music than a guy with a guitar and singing some everyday life lyrics. There is so much beautiful Music around, why always concentrate on songs! The 90's are over...

8. Klaus Nomi | Simple Man
I do not know why, but today I feel very 80s. So that is why Klaus Nomi, icon of the 80s, shows up in this list. Good to have you here, Klaus, anyway!

9. Gainsbourg | Ecce Homo
Less known than the big hits, this is a very nice Reggae tune by Gainsbarre...

10. Prince And The Revolution | Kiss
Ah, yes... No, he has to be here and this one, of the many hits of him, I liked most back then... Prince is coming close to the Dean Martin area, so talented and everybody likes him... It seems!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1514 | by Susan Bear [Alpine Ski Champion, Susandroid]/(Monoganon) and Julie Eisenstein of Tuff Love

SIDE A | by Susan Bear

1. Llama Farmers | Jessica
So fuzzy, so fast, so fun. Gets straight to the point really fast which is good because I have no concentration span. This was on the first album I bought with my own money from my paper round.

2. Ride | Like A Daydream
Mmmmmmm, so dreamy.

3. Joanna Gruesome | Jerome (Liar)
This whole song is amazing, but I wish it was longer. Guitar bit is amazing and vocal melody is so nice with boy/girl double voices.

4. Stanford | Pirates & Sailors
They recorded an album then split up. There isn't much info about them online, which is a shame, 'cause the album is excellent. Found this song in an Analog skate video.

5. Mika Miko | I Got A Lot (New New New)
This is lots of fun and a great tune, ideally I would like to be able to look as enthusiastic and fun when we play live, but even just watching the video makes me exhausted.


6. Aphex Twin | Alberto Balsalm
This is the ultimate relaxy song.

7. The Anniversary | All Things Ordinary
I was sent Designing A Nervous Breakdown when I gave money to Vagrant Records for some charity thing they were doing in 2004, you gave them $15 and they gave you a grab bag full of CDs and stickers and stuff. It became my favourite album of my teenage years. The girl's vocals are whispy soft against the thrashy instruments and I think that is nice. I hadn't heard Guitar Music with synthesisers before because all my brother listened to was Oasis on repeat.

8. Teenage Fanclub | Everything Flows
This is a sad song, but it makes me feel better when I feel sad. Enjoy listening to it loud in the dark at night time.

9. NOFX | The Decline
This song is 18 minutes long, I used to fall asleep to it every night when I was 15ish. I know it off by heart now. It's great. I bought it at Tower Records in Glasgow thinking it was an album, but it is just the one song on a CD...

10. Mr. Flagio | Take A Chance (Vocal Version) (Material Cover)
It's quite dramatic and intense, this reminds me of my first year at University which then makes me feel weird and sad.


SIDE B | by Julie Eisenstein

1. The Beach Boys | Wild Honey
Reminds me of being in a car, constantly, in the Summer, forever on repeat.

2. TLC | Creep
Reminds me of making people listen to Creep in the kitchen.

3. Lionel Richie | Dancing On The Ceiling 
I used to listen to this song over and over again while playing a Tony Hawk's demo.

4. Dirty Projectors | Temecula Sunrise
Reminds of being cold in Boston. It helped.

5. Yo La Tengo | Everyday
Makes my head fizz and reminds me of being on a train, because the first time I heard it I was on a train and the Moon was big and orange.


6. Tosca | Postgirl
Makes me feel like I am disappearing in a great way. At the same time it makes me feel like I exist and my skin gets hot.

7. Jeff Buckley | I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted To Be)
I find this hypnotic and I like the beat.

8. Slum Village | Fall In Love
Reminds me of buying a CD because I liked the cover and Enthusiasm.

9. Jon B | They Don't Know 
Reminds me of trying to have a boyfriend.

10. Animal Collective | Purple Bottle
Rage driving to the beach with this tape playing loud.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1513 | by Peter Hayes (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Photo by Michelle Shiers

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | If 6 Was 9
White collar conservative flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me, they're hoping soon my kind will drop and die, I’m gonna wave my freak flag high I'm the one that's going to die when it's time for me to dieThis song, the album and his other albums were my life growing up, this song was speaking my subtle anger before I found NIN.



2. Johnny Cash | Another Man Done Gone (with Anita Carter) (Vera Hall Cover)
This is a real heavy song they say it’s written about the death of a man on a chain gang. I was introduced to it with the Johnny Cash version, not sure who wrote the song, Vera Hall with Alan Lomax seem to have been the first to record it.

3. Little Walter | As Long As I Have You
This was the first Bluesy type record I listened to from start to finish, witch opened the door for everyone. The record is called Hate To See You Go.


4. Lead Belly | Pick A Bale Of Cotton 
I just love the rhythms going on in this song, there’s been a few covers like the one by Brownie McGhee And Sonny Terry in the movie The Jerk, but I don’t think it could ever be matched, no offense to Mr. Cash’s version either.



5. The Band | Up On Cripple Creek
This was the first Band song I heard, the keyboard sound threw me off, but in a good way I guess I kept listening and I’m glad I did.



6. The Velvet Underground | That’s The Story Of My Life
Since I heard it I’ve thought this was the best way to end any album. The song makes me want to turn around and listen to the whole record again.



7. Nine Inch Nails | Wish
I hate everyone... This along with Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd sum up my mental state, this album got me through a lot of work days.



8. Bruce Springsteen | My Father’s House
Calling and calling, so cold and alone, shining across this dark highway, where our sins lie un-atoned... A friend of ours Charles Mehling turned me on to this album when we were doing one of our first van tours around the US. I heard that line and thought it was the best last line of a song ever.

9. Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Blind Willie Johnson's 'It's Nobody's Fault But Mine' Cover)
Some people say Chuck Berry was borrowing from her a lot. I can’t help but smile with every song she does. At first I didn’t know she played guitar and loved her, and it blew my mind when I found out she was the one playing.



10. Ramones | Beat On The Brat 
We all need it now and then. Some things should stay simple.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1512 | by Robbie Cavanagh

1. Father John Misty | I Love You, Honeybear
Josh Tillman is the master of romantically pouring out his heart, whilst remaining darkly cynical throughout. My best friend was reviewing the record for a website and sat me down to show me this. This song changed how I saw Songwriting and made me think twice about my craft.

2. The Cooper Temple Clause | A.I.M.
Hearing this song was the first time I understood the mix between Heavy Rock and Electronica. The way this song hits you in the face and the balls at the same time is just perfect.

3. R.E.M. | Living Well's The Best Revenge
I have incredible memories of travelling on the winding road around Lake Garda in a tour bus, listening to this song. It became our mascot song for the whole European tour.

4. Foy Vance | Gabriel And The Vagabond
Foy Vance is another artist who changed the way I looked at Songwriting. His voice, his choice of melodies, his guitar playing. It's all perfect. I've yet to see him live, but I'm sure I'll cry.

5. The Kinks | Apeman
This is the first song I ever tried to play. I remember going to see Ray Davies perform when I was a child. They were my first real Rock show. I played Apeman badly for years. Until recently when Whispering Bob Harris asked me to play it for a session I filmed with him. I got the chords right for the first time ever.



6. John Cameron Mitchell | Midnight Radio (Hedwig And The Angry Inch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
When I find a piece of work I love, I write about it on my walls. I loved this movie, wrote about it on ALL my bedroom walls, then I saw Michael C. Hall in New York performing it and I cried like a baby. Reminiscent of everything great about Music. Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop. It's perfect.

7. I Am The Avalanche | Brooklyn Dodgers
My first break as a solo artist was opening for Vinnie Caruana from I Am The Avalanche. It changed my life and we became firm friends. We've toured together and hung together for years since. This record and this song make me feel Ecstasy.

8. Brand New | Limousine
The album The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is another one that reminds me of touring Europe. I caught their show by accident at O2 Apollo Manchester and made sure I had tickets to every single show they did in Manchester since. It's Songwriting at its most honest.

9. mewithoutYou | Paper Hanger
mewithoutYou are a poetic, wonderfully chaotic band. An ex-girlfriend showed me this record, Catch For Us The Foxes, and I fell in Love with it, instead of her.

10. Don Henry | Where've You Been (Kathy Mattea Cover) (Recorded At Pine Ridge House Concerts, Clinton, TN, September 13, 2009)
Don Henry is one of the greatest songwriters I've ever heard. I performed for him at a Nashville Bluebird Café recreation in Liverpool and he inspired my writing from that point on.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1511 | by Elizabeth Bernholz [Gazelle Twin]

1. Vangelis | Rachel's Song (with Mary Hopkin) (Blade Runner Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
As a pre-pubescent, I would inhale the smoke from incense sticks whilst listening to Enya and Clannad. I've always been inspired by the combination of perfectly executed, dreamy choral vocals coupled with murky synth and early modal harmonies. Here, Mary Hopkin's voice makes the perfect cameo. This song (and indeed the entire soundtrack) was something of a production template for me when I was working on Changelings, along with Prince's The Beautiful Ones.

2. Rockettothesky | Oh, Anna
If ever I was forced at gun point to make the infamous Kate Bush comparison, I'd say Jenny Hval comes close. She has an ear for Atmosphere and an apparently strong influence from Early Music. Her exploratory vocal technique is tactile yet introverted; similar to the strange character voices that Bush achieved without ever feeling forced or token. Medea is a very underrated album and in this song Jenny manages to slip in a quote from one of my all time favourite childhood films, the power of Voodoo, who do?...

3. Gil Scott-Heron | Your Soul And Mine  
This album introduced me to the work of Scott-Heron too late to ever see the man in person. The sparse yet submerged, near-Industrial production is addictive, partly due to its simplicity. It's sonically and dynamically perfect, allowing just the right amount of space for Gil's vocal and the heavy thematic content.

4. Purple & Green | Human Nature (Unreleased, 2011)
I'm a sucker for Funk Pop. I was torn between this track and one of Janelle Monáe's from her The ArchAndroid, but this wins. Bernholz introduced me to this and I soon became addicted. Production and vocals are highly reminiscent of mid 80s Prince jams and vocals, but with more Self Consciousness, Humour and Freedom.

5. Prince And The Revolution | Purple Rain (Purple Rain Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
This will probably be my funeral song... It epitomises the overwhelming physiological affect that 1980s Prince has over me, without fail; it is energising, sexually arousing, dance floor breaking and infinitely sparkling through all Time and Space - Sheer Perfection (Thank You).

6. The Knife In Collaboration With Mt. Sims And Planningtorock | Colouring Of Pigeons 
Everything that I love about The Knife but in a somewhat Classical setting; amazing, driving beats and emotional melodies on the theme of Evolution and Nature. I will continue to listen to and enjoy this album forever more.

7. Portishead | Machine Gun 
The beauty in this track is the raw, distorted, rough-cut production and the soul-clenching beats which are so delicately treated despite surface appearance. I will always love and be loyal to everything that Portishead create. When I was 14 going on 25, Beth Gibbons taught me how to sing like a depressive English woman should. I saw them at ATP in London a few days ago. They performed this song. I touched Beth's hand afterwards. I'm still in awe.

8. Anna Calvi | First We Kiss
Is it possible for a female artist to sing about Sex and Desire, to be voraciously attractive and empowered by her own sexuality and supreme talent without practically showing us her cunt on stage? The answer is YES. There is also a melody in this song that is so similar to the theme tune to Bananaman (a kid's TV show from the 80s) that it almost brings me to tears, as did the original theme.

9. Sonic Youth | Shadow Of A Doubt 
I was introduced to this song embarrassingly late in Sonic Youth's (and my own) existence. I heard it on a mixtape by Fever Ray in 2010. This song comes from a very dark place. It perfectly replicates the anxiety felt on waking from a disturbing dream. It encompasses a lifetime of emotional/traumatic experience in three minutes and thirty two seconds. It's too hard to put into words just how deeply this song affects me, but it is sublime for doing so.

10. The Bulgarian State Radio And Television Female Vocal Choir | Mir Stanke Le (Harvest Song From Thrace)
I always need respite in Choral and Early Music, or Music from a completely different tradition. The voices in this famous Bulgarian female choir restore my Musical Spirit as well as my ears. There is a link here to my strictly Western childhood - this particular Folk song was borrowed by James Horner for the main melody in his soundtrack to Willow (1988), which is actually wonderful despite some of its clichés.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1510 | by Callan Clendenin (Staircase) of Lemonade

1. Brian Eno | The Big Ship
This sketchy doodle of a song sounds to me like a cinematic Love theme written by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Brushstroked with primitive rhythm box textures, a warmly powerful cello-like melody carries you as a chattery projector plays back to you every important experience of your life thus far while glistening firefly notes lilt on top. You shed a solitary tear and eat from a comically large bucket of popcorn as your seat becomes a row-boat floating on the stillness of an orange sea.

2. Gary Hoey | Theme From The Endless Summer (The Endless Summer II Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
This is sort of a family song. When we used to visit Hawaii on surf trips, we would listen to this in the evenings and play dominos and watch the sunset from some balcony attached to our hotel room. It was one of these evenings where I recall my father explaining the feeling of nostalgia to me to help me understand why I felt sad and happy at the same time.

3. Prefab Sprout | Bonny
Powerfully relatable yet somehow elusive in meaning or intention, as a Rock song Bonny is as moving as I have ever found. The production is perfectly dynamic for a song that arcs so lushly. When it ends I find myself silently begging for it to be longer.

4. Sebastien Tellier | La Ritournelle
Tony Allen plays loose, Jazzy, syncopated swooshes while grand piano and strings transport you to a dusky garden somewhere with a spilled glass of wine and the love of your life turning their head in slow motion.

5. Choice | Acid Eiffel
Haunting Acid track which imbues all the alien bleeps with yearning existential longing and theatrical moonlight.

6. Cocteau Twins | Cherry-Coloured Funk (Seefeel Remix)
When you are experiencing a profoundly lovely day that feels like one of those cartoons where Spring finally comes and birds are singing and squirrels are chasing flirtatiously, you should try listening to Cherry-Coloured Funk. When you remember that day, you should try listening to this remix.

7. Art Of Noise | Moments In Love (Beaten)
My preferred mix of a definitive statement of a feeling and headspace that will never be bettered.

8. Portraits Of Past | Bang Yer Head
My first favorite album was the Portraits Of Past LP. Released posthumously, I had a cassette of the album on one side and all the other songs they wrote and released on 7” on the other, passed down from one of the members, through my brother, then to me. Cold Half Moon Bay waters crash on jagged Rock cymbals while guitars echo Pacific blue coils of Reverb.

9. Ishinohana | Lucia
A musical expression of the Perfect Harmony found in Nature. The guitar repeats like a watermill in a stream that never stops gently rotating.

10. Brian Eno/John Cale | Spinning Away
All the flanging, chorusy, wooziness of standing on the cliff above the sea and feeling extremely open as this plays from the speakers of your Jeep, which you left running, parked 15 feet behind you.



+11. Terry Riley | In The Summer (Lifespan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
A reminder that within the flow of the Earth you are microscopic and meaningless and alone, but through the right eyes everything around you is cosmically bound together. This song helps you meditate in any physical setting, even on a city bus filled with hopeless junkies, as I found when I lived in San Francisco. Conversely, when I drove through the hills of Marin, I would sometimes think to myself this is Riley country and imagine that the dome houses I would see were his home or, at the very least, listening to one of his Improvisational pieces.

+12. Harold Budd | Bismillahi 'Rrahmani 'Rrahim
The Pavilion Of Dreams... A record that makes me feel like I am 100 years old and living in mid-day Serenity. A quiet breeze turns pages for me and flower petals break off and float away weightlessly. My armchair hovers inches above a reflection pool.

+13. G.W. McLennan | Haunted House
Understated, gentle, and impeccable Pop song that I heard a lot as a child.

+14. Solid Sessions | Janeiro
Transporting you across the face of calm seas shimmering with setting sunlight and lifting you to the God inside everything. Silhouettes of bodies dancing in worship, maybe some of them wearing sarongs, you lose yourself eternally.


1. Led Zeppelin | When The Levee Breaks (Version of Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie's 'When The Levee Breaks')
My brother brought home a selection of Zeppelin albums when I was a very young teenager in the 70’s. I loved the Diversity. How they got bracketed as Heavy Metal still bemuses me. They offered a wide variety of styles and approaches. Physical Graffitti and Presence especially stood out. But Ill go for When The Levee Breaks from Led Zeppelin IV as my pick for this list.

2. Cabaret Voltaire | Just Fascination
My uncle John had an extensive Underground Music collection. Red Mecca by Cabaret Voltaire sounded like Non Music. I'd never heard anything remotely like it. Cut ups, Noise, Electronica welded with distorted guitar and bass. Themes and motifs floating in and out in a disembodied fashion. Not long after this Damascene moment they released The Crackdown. I was hooked.

3. The Comsat Angels | Our Secret
My old friend Steve Netherton introduced me to The Comsat Angels. A band that never got the credit they deserved. They captured the mood of living in the North in the early 80’s like no one else for me. Sparse, angular arrangements. Drums recorded in lift shafts. Subtle keyboards and in Steve Fellows, a fantastic soulful voice and lyricist. The first three LPs were faultless.

4. Chakk | Out Of The Flesh (Mix I)
As Cabaret Voltaire released the first Chakk 12" Out Of The Flesh on their Doublevision label they were already rubber stamped. Lean Industrial Funk, as it was named at the time, but that does it a disservice. Again, the vocalist Jake Harries was one of the main reasons they stood out. A fantastic singer with a great range that was complemented by a tight unit playing tough grooves.

5. Magazine | Back To Nature
A fellow roadie for a local band I worked for turned me on to Devoto and Co. when I was 15. Brilliant songwriting. Quite cinematic in their scope. One of my favourite lyricists of all Time, coupled with some fantastic players in McGeoch and Adamson. Dave Formula's keyboards again setting them apart from the run of the mill Post Punk dirge of most of their peers. Secondhand Daylight, their sophomore offering, is a seminal piece of work.



6. Mr. Fingers | Washing Machine 
+ Can You Feel It... I bought the Chicago Trax - Volume 1 compilation in '87 and it sounded as fresh as new paint. As if the Minimalism of Kraftwerk's Electronica had been coupled with American Soul and Jazz sensibilities. This purchase coincided with my first DJ gigs in '86. I leathered it. Both of these tunes were on it. I couldn’t choose between them.

7. David Bowie | Wild Is The Wind (Johnny Mathis Cover)
I started this top ten on the Thursday before he passed away, so it's not a sentimental addition. From watching him perform Starman on Lift Off With Ayshea when I was 8 years old (at the behest of our next door neighbour Jeff - who was bass player in The Rats with Spider From Mars Mick Ronson), up to his final releases, he was always an inspiration for his iconoclastic outlook. Why repeat yourself when you can break new ground? A plethora of tracks I could choose from on Hunky Dory, Low, Lodger, Heroes, Scary Monsters are all virtually perfect. I've plumped for his cover of Wild Is The Wind off Station To Station for sentimental reasons.

8. Bill Nelson | When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True
I was too young for Be Bop Deluxe, so the Bill Nelson I connected with in the very late 70’s
was the one that was eschewing Rock cliches in favour of a more Experimental approach that embraced new technologies. His instrumental LP’s were my fledgling introduction to what Ambient Music could offer as well as presenting soundscapes that allowed for a more Freeform and instinctive approach to Writing and Recording. Huge influence on how I went about things.

9. Brian Eno - David Byrne | The Jezebel Spirit
The LP My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts still sounds as fresh as the day I first heard it. Astonishing collage of Sonic elements. Well before Sampling had taken a foothold, this assembly of performance and found sounds hit me like a ton of bricks. The atmospheres it created took me to another dimension. I cannot underestimate it’s influence on my Musical development and how I began to perceive the possibilities of what Sonic reverie a studio and a situationist attitude could offer.

10. A Certain Ratio | Knife Slits Water (12" Version)
Again, another uber influential band in my formative years. A great amalgamation of Northern Edge and Funk and Latin influences. When David Byrne heard them he transformed Talking Heads from a Garage Rock band into a slick, Deep Funk unit. ACR’s guitarist Martin Moscrop produced my first commercial release in 1989. He educated me and broadened my musical mind like no one else has ever done. The tapes he made for me are some of the best I've ever owned.