WARMER MIXTAPES #1628 | by Cole C. [That Purple Bastard/Purple Bastard] of 6 Demon Bag

1. Aphex Twin  | Windowlicker
This track is probably one that pops up on many people’s lists and I would argue that it is probably one of the most influential pieces in Modern Music. It was probably the first totally Electronic song that I ever heard with a really organic sounding vibe; it writhes around in your mind and soul like some great snake, but is warm and connective in some strange way that defies explanation. I remember seeing the very bizarre Music Video for it at Number’s, a historic nightclub in Houston, Texas, probably around the time it was released and being put off by the overly-long intro sequence and by the grotesque appearance of Richard D. James face imposed on various large-breasted models bodies. I was so put off by the creepy aesthetics of the video that I probably didn’t even really pay much attention to The Music. It wasn’t till about 5 years later that I really went back to give the track a second spin (probably via Aphex’ influence on Radiohead, I don’t really remember) and being totally captivated and blown away by it. At the time I had been noodling around with Electronic Music and Hip Hop for a few years, but this track totally changed the direction I wanted to go with my stuff. From that point forward I wanted to imbue my productions with this same sort of organic movement, seeking to bring any kind of flat or stale compositions I had to Life like some sort of golem.

2. Sa-Ra Creative Partners | Hollywood (from Set-Ups & Justifications album sampler)
In 2005, I finally decided to begin pursuing a career as a Hip Hop producer seriously and enrolled in School at Houston Community College for Audio Engineering. One of the great things about going to School there was that the school would always get a bunch of free copies of Music magazines that you would have to pay for otherwise. It would usually be copies of either Mix or Electronic Musician, but every so often they would get Remix or the coveted Scratch magazine (both were discontinued in ’06 or ’07). Anyway, all it took was one issue of Scratch and I was hooked, I immediately signed up for a subscription so I wouldn’t have to lurk outside the Registry Office to ensure that I got my free copy. Scratch was an unique publication in that it was specifically tailored to Hip Hop producers & DJs, whereas the other magazines were a little broader in their scope. Anyway, I remember the very first issue of Scratch I received in the mail was covered by these 3 weird Space Age, Retro Funk looking dudes billed as Sa-Ra Creative Partners who had just been signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label when it was still in its infancy. I was immediately intrigued by these guys not only because they had a style (clothing-wise) that was different than anyone else out at the time, but also reading the article, these guys had a production process that was highly different than other producers I was learning about at the time. Essentially, these guys were three engineer audio-nerds who had combined their powers to form a supergroup that released Music both as their own entity, but also as producers for other artists. Their Music was extremely organic in feeling and overall vibe and they were championing Analog in Hip Hop at a time when Digital reigned supreme. After reading the article, I immediately went and downloaded the few songs that I could find, one of these being a hand-clap and falsetto-singing driven Lo-Fi masterpiece entitled Hollywood (Redux). The piece was dazzling in that it combined a great number of familiar elements in such a way that I had never heard before. Furthermore, it inspired me to explore my Musicality outside the context of DJing or Computer Music and soon afterward I began taking private lessons on a bass guitar with the goal of injecting more Humanity and Organic Funk into my own productions.

3. Geto Boys | Mind Playing Tricks On Me
I grew up on the South East side of Houston, Texas in a really poor neighborhood. My family was a single-income one with my mom staying at home and taking care of me and my dad was a floor-layer who worked virtually all the time. I was always a creative and inquisitive kid, so my mom enrolled me in a magnet program in a nearby Elementary School that was predominantly African-American called Pleasantville Elementary. It was there that I first was really exposed to Rap Music and really began to develop a taste for it early on. Pleasantville was also a stone’s throw away from the infamous neighborhood of 5th Ward which was also home to the Southern breakout Gangsta Rap group, the Geto Boys. My best friend Robert worked at a shoe-shine shop over in 5th Ward, so I spent a good deal of time over there as a young kid. Now at that time, Rap Music was way more controversial than it is now and my mom wasn’t really crazy about me listening to it. I still did though, mostly through friends and through the radio. The Geto Boys' Mind Playing Tricks On Me was huge due to the fact that it was from Houston. The fact that it was the first major radio single from any Houston Rap artist meant that it got played almost constantly on the radio so as kids we knew every word. Furthermore, Mind Playing Tricks On Me was a national hit whose influence on the genre as a whole cannot be understated, a work of Art with more Depth and Substance than most Music coming out of either the East or West coast at the time of its release. I still get chills to this day when Bushwick Bill’s signature rasp comes in with the line This year Halloween fell on a weekend

4. Swishahouse | Drank Up In My Cup (from Swishahouse's Ballin & Shotcallin album)
Not to be confused with the recent Kirko Bangz radio single of the same name, this is a mixtape freestyle track released by North-side Houston Rap collective Swishahouse featuring a virtual who’s-who of unknown rappers who were affiliated with Swishahouse in its early days. This track features the likes of Big Tiger, Lester Roy, Lil’ Ron, Big Tubby, and Blindcyde freestyling over the instrumental to the Timbaland produced Missy Elliot track All N My Grill. The track is slowed-down in the Screw tradition and also contains elements from the R.P. Cola track Too Much Lean In My Cup. Despite none of the artists on the track ever achieving near the level of success as label-mates Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, or Mike Jones, this track is regarded by many in Texas as the essence of Crunk-ness. It’s a track that any DJ can throw on to a Texas audience remotely familiar with Screw culture and have people getting super hype and often reciting the originally-freestyled track word-for-word. Personally, I discovered this track when I was in College at University Of Texas in Austin via Napster download and was immediately convinced that this track was the shit. This was also the track that I would use to introduce people outside of Texas to Screw Music/culture believing that they would be instantly converted after a single listen. (This was circa 2000 and Screw Music didn’t really blow up outside of Texas/the South till after 2005.) I remember playing it for a guy in Brooklyn, New York who was surprisingly unimpressed and driving around South Central LA (where I have lived for the past 4 years, LA, not South Central) with it blaring out of the open windows of my ’92 Buick Century upon my first visit there.

5. Beck | Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)
Like I mentioned before, I grew up and went to Elementary School in a pretty poor area of town, so it was a pretty big culture shock for me when I started attending Middle School at Lanier, a magnet school in an upper-middle class area of town. These kids weren’t the predominantly African-American Rap listeners I had grown up with, but were instead predominantly rich white kids listening to the Grunge Rock that had been filtered down through the mainstream. Eager to fit in, I quickly traded in any baggy urban clothing for flannel long-sleeve shirts and soon found myself listening to groups like Nirvana and Soundgarden in order to catch up with my peers. Although it was a little foreign to me, a lot of the Music was really good and it wasn’t really hard for me to get into it. On top of that, my parents were going through a divorce around that time, so my dad would buy a lot of these artists' albums in part because he heard them on the radio and liked them, but also in part to bond with me. I also started watching MTV around that time which was also a big facilitator of Music at that point. I remember watching the Music Video to Beck’s Where It’s At and it making somewhat of an impression on me. What really sealed the deal was when my dad bought the album Odelay and I really heard the whole project in his truck. I was blown away and instantly identified with Beck more so than any of the other groups that were falling under the Grunge/Alternative umbrella at that time. His Eclecticism and Eccentricity immediately stood out to me as someone who had grown up in unconventional circumstances much like me. I was so impressed that I would ultimately go back in his catalogue to check out his less-polished, but still somewhat approachable, Mellow Gold. It was really my first encounter with an album that embodied such a raw and experimental aesthetic and I absolutely loved it. Being a Houston-boy I particularly loved the Screwed Folk aesthetic of Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat), a downtempo Despair-filled affair that paradoxically remained somewhat light-hearted and funny through Beck’s absurdist lyrics.

6. The Velvet Underground & Nico | Heroin
I have never done heroin. The closest I ever came was smoking opium once with a friend’s boyfriend or perhaps it was smuggled into my system unbeknownst to me in one of the small handful of times that I ever did Ecstasy. Either way, I never shot up. I can’t really say when I first heard this song either, but I was probably pretty young since VU is one of my mom’s favorite groups. However, I will say that I think Heroin by The Velvet Underground & Nico must be one of the most perfectly written songs ever because it allows you to really feel the highs and lows of a junkie without ever putting a needle to your arm. The gentle strum of the song slowly ascends to dizzying and euphoric heights before dropping into Chaos and Despair, all the while the pulse is kept by the heartbeat thump of the toms. As one of the few groups who I really feel have the ability to elicit a genuine emotional response from me, VU will always have a place in my heart. There are many songs by them that I love, but Heroin is the best.

7. Lil' FlipFreestyle 2 (from Swishahouse's I-45 album)
Like I said, Freestyle culture is real big in Houston, the culture is pretty unique in the regards that you have hundreds of thousands of people who will know all the words to certain songs that were freestyled more than they will know the original song that is being rapped over. Anointed by the legendary DJ Screw before his passing, in the early 2000’s, Lil’ Flip WAS the Freestyle King of Houston, Texas and was one of the first Houston artists to appear both on DJ Screw’s mixtape as well as North-side rivals Swishahouse. Furthermore, he was one of the first Houston artists in over 10 years (since the Geto Boys) to gain any sort of traction on a national level. In 2002, Lil’ Flip was that dude and it would be a few more years before any major labels paid any attention whatsoever to Houston artists. The freestyle appeared on Swishahouse’s aptly-titled I-45 mixtape, named after the I-45 freeway that runs through the various ghettos of Houston. The I-45 freestyle was easily a standout of the OG Ron C hosted mixtape, although there was another freestyle featuring Slim Thug & J-Dawg over a Timbaland beat that also stuck with me (which I recently sampled for a track I did with Houston rapper Renzo). The Flip track (which was basically a 8-minute or so freestyle featuring only Lil’ Flip rapping improvised bars over the Three 6 Mafia beat to Who Da Crunkest) kind of epitomized what made Flip so great: it was effortless punch-line Rap that was clever, folksy, and unique. Also, Flip always had a certain timbre to his voice that was very smooth, rich, and easily distinguishable from his peers. An interesting footnote to this story is that I always regarded this track as a personal favorite among his recorded freestlyes, which probably numbered in the hundreds if not thousands. A few years ago I had the opportunity to open for Lil’ Flip at Fitzgerald’s, another historic club in Houston via an MC who I frequently collaborate with, D-Risha. After we performed, we naturally stuck around to catch Flip’s set as we were both nostalgic for the era in which he ruled Houston Hip Hop. Sandwiched in the middle of his set of various radio songs and regional hits, he performed this very freestyle even going so far as to have the audience rap the punch lines which we did enthusiastically! It wasn’t until that moment that I realized that this was probably his most famous and well known freestyle, which until then I thought had just been my own personal favorite.

8. Parliament | Presence Of A Brain
I first took to this song when I was about 18 or 19, having moved from my hometown of Houston up to Austin to attend School at The University Of Texas. I was in a new city and was feeling very lonely and isolated and this song really spoke to me. This is an underrated cut from Up For The Down Stroke which manages to be both Funky and introspective at the same time, which is probably the reason why I carried it in my head and heart as a personal anthem for many years. The song itself is 'bout both The Power Of Intelligence, but also about how Intelligence can isolate you from others, a theme which many can relate to. Have you ever felt the presence of a brain? We have all seen them standing amidst the surprised... Sometimes a man smiles and I often wonder... If you can tell he’s a thinker... By the faraway look in his eyes. The power of this song for me lies however in its sharp driving bass line, which stays steady and unwavering throughout the song and is probably my favorite bass line ever recorded. Background vocals float in and out like angels (a Parliament signature) over the singer’s rich baritone and there is a nice little Rhodes piano solo at the end as icing on the cake.

9. George Clinton | Atomic Dog
This was another one that I heard during my formative years that really fucked my head up in a good way. When I was probably 9 or 10 my best friend Robert bought a CD called Old School which was a compilation of Classic Funk records from the late 70’s/early 80’s, it was the 1st in a series of the same name released by Thump Records. Although this album contained several mind-bending classics from that era like Frankie Smith’s Double Dutch Bus (we both learned how to jive-talk after hearing that one), Cutie Pie by One Way, and You Dropped The Bomb by Gap Band; it was the Funk-oozing Atomic Dog by George Clinton that made the biggest impression on me. It was a record far removed from anything I had ever heard before or for that matter have heard since. In essence it is the prefect groove; the bubbling bass line shifts and writhes under heavy handclaps, while George Clinton’s signature croak seems to be drowning in it, struggling to keep from being overwhelmed by The Funk. I believe that this was a watershed record in that many artists that followed tried unsuccessfully to replicate the groove/aesthetic (although many came damn close, and made some amazing Music in the process). As I’ve transitioned into making pretty much Groove-centric Music in my own career, it’s a track that I will reference in my head as I’m making a song like, How can I make this sound/feel more like Atomic Dog?

10. Led Zeppelin | D’yer Mak’er
Led Zeppelin was my dad’s favorite band. I have fond memories of driving around with him in his pickup truck in Southeast Houston, listening to them at full blast while my dad sipped a tall boy from a paper bag. My dad passed away a few years ago under sudden and truly bizarre circumstances, contracting a flesh-eating virus from raw oysters he consumed at a local seafood restaurant, ensuring that it will forever be difficult for me to listen to any Led Zeppelin song (even the hard-rockin’ ones) without tearing up a little. Although a can jam their entire catalogue, this groovy little gem has always been my favorite. As Led Zepp’s one and only attempt at Reggae, it exists in its own perfect space that is not quite Reggae and not quite Zeppelin, though it conjures their signature magic to make quite a sexy tune. Anecdotally, on one of my first gigs running Live Sound I was helping my boss on a job for a Led Zeppelin cover band. When they played this song and I told him it was my favorite, he kind of smirked and told me it was one for the ladies.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1627 | by Albert af Ekenstam

1. Steve Reich | Pulse - Sections I-X - Pulse (from Music For 18 Musicians)
When you dream.

2. El Rojo Adios | Baby Blue
When you want to leave.

3. AURAS | Thrown 
When you think about Death.

4. Jesu/Sun Kill Moon | A Song Of Shadows
When you're confused.

5. Nils Fram | Hammers
When you feel Hope.

6. Mogwai | Jaguar (Les Revenants Soundtrack)
When you're not in the living moment.

7. Daniel Lanois | JJ Leaves LA
When you sleep.

8. bob hund | Det Överexponerade Gömstället
When you're sick of everything.

9. Daniel Norgren | Are We Running Out Of Love?
When you think about Love.

10. Junip | The Ghost Of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
When you think about others.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1626 | by Mike Pace (Oxford Collapse)/[Mike Pace And The Child Actors]

1. Randy Newman | Living Without You
Been jamming this one consistently for about fifteen years now. The standard line on Randy is that the guy who sings all those Disney/Pixar songs actually has great singer / songwriter records from the '70s. This is true, but hopefully you know that by now. This one's from his first album, back in '68. Fragile, vulnerable, imminently hummable; the joyous sound of Loneliness that I'm sure we can all relate to. Sad lyrics with an upbeat melody; can you beat that? I remember driving around Massachusetts in my old band's van en route to pick up a couch and listening to this one on repeat.

2. Rocket From The Crypt | Sturdy Wrists
Thank you, 120 Minutes. One of the first songs from the Underground to grab me at that pivotal age when you know there's something beyond Top 40 radio but you're not quite sure how to get there. The melodious cacophony of chords and horns in the chorus still gets me, and I can still recall the cliched light switch being flipped in my 13 year old brain when I first heard it (previously loving You Can Call Me Al and Dude (Looks Like A Lady) - Rock songs with horns - definitely helped). Before RFTC went Vegas they were more ragtag and gauzy and it was exactly what I wanted and needed.

3. David Ackles | Down River
Lyrically this one's a heartbreaker that took a few listens to sink in, but when it clicked; oh man. I can smell the gabardine they were wearing in the studio when they recorded this one. This song weirdly reminds me of my grandparents' basement.

4. Maggie And Terre Roche | Telephone Bill
Totally uncool NPR Folk-Rock by two of the three Roche sisters. Due to the threat of quirk-overload, I avoided this band for years for exactly that reason, but they've got some great, timeless songs (and Robert Fripp produced their first record!). This one is from 1975's Seductive Reasoning LP. When I hear this song I think of suburban New England, cable-knit sweaters and High School Music-room standup pianos. And I love it.

5. The Replacements | Androgynous
Those ragged piano chords were all I needed when I first heard this around 14 or 15. This sounded like a suburban Sunday in fall and I loved it. The lyrics (and the rest of Let It Be) settled in later.

6. Peter Gabriel | Red Rain
I love the crystal clarity that only mid 80's Digital Production can give you where the space between the notes sounds like nothing at all. Combine that with Gabriel's awesomely vivid vox and you've got the rare combo of antiseptic and soulful which I've always loved. I hear this one and all of a sudden I'm a teenager riding my bike through the business park near our house on a spring day after a storm. So was the first CD I ever bought.

7. Fleetwood Mac | Never Forget
A great rev'ver upper or come'r down'er and one of the highlights for me on one of my favorite records, Tusk. Christine McVie's Mac (and solo) cuts are almost always rock solid, this being no exception. Simple and beautiful. The kids all love it now, but NO ONE was talking about FM in the '90s!

8. Together | So Much Love To Give
Together = DJ Falcon & Thomas Bangalter. One of the most soulful hooks (Love's Such A Wonderful Thing by The Real Thing) I've ever heard + a simply killer descending chord progression = 10 minutes of my favorite French House. Played this one at my wedding and got a huge response. Turned me on to Thom Bell and The Spinners and the sound of Philadelphia. There's even a flub in the sample at like the 7 or 8 minute mark and it's amazing. Human after all.

9. Chris Squire | You By My Side 
The Yes bassist wrote one of my favorite Love songs of all time, and it's actually a two-fer with the Funkier Hold My Hand (the two tracks segue pretty seamlessly) from his 1975 solo record, Fish Out Of Water. Another classic descending chord progression, a killer bass tone (significantly louder than everything else), awesome soprano (?) vocals, saccharine strings. Pop bliss, as the critics say. I always think of walking to the bagel store when I hear this one, because one time I walked to the bagel store listening to this.

10. Judee Sill | Jesus Was A Cross Maker
 A mindblower. Upright piano, bespectacled Christian Pop that's not really xian but still holy.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1625 | by Tyler Taormina [Cloud] of Adam & Naive, Marblemouth and Fjords

Photo by Carson Lund

1. Secos & Molhados | Sangue Latino
This song is sheer energy. When the vocals come in I feel Hope and Wonder swell up in me. When that first chord change happens I feel a sort of momentum driving me towards a good place. Watch the video on YouTube to see the singer in his wonderful revolutionary garb in the face of a militarily dictated Brazil.

2. The Replacements | Swingin Party
First off, the flow. It’s impossible not to nod along to this tune. Then we can talk about the production value. I love those drums and guitars and Paul Westerberg’s voice strikes through like an angel’s would. I also love the lyrics here. All that business about the feather... So funny. What is that?

3. Sonoak | You Are Good
The first note strikes and I feel peaceful because I know the rhythm so well by this point. I know to nod back and forth as if in prayer. This song was clearly written at a time of Grace. Holy notes to Self.

4. Stereolab | Come And Play In The Milky Night
This song reminds me of the scene in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou where the whole crew takes their climactic plummet in the submarine, searching for the shark. It has a sense of exploring The Unknown. I love that bass riff too much, to me it’s The Anchor in The Exploration.

5. Sun Kil Moon | Duk Koo Kim
How can I spoil this one with my words? All I’ll say is I only listen to this song when tragedy happens in my life. It’s so powerful that it’s the only piece of Art I can trust when things go truly wrong.

6. Arthur Russell | Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun/ Let’s See
What a tune. I wish it were nine and a half minutes longer. I feel like this is a rare recording in that it seems like Arthur Russell was able to articulate an idle mind’s meander, only it’s the weirdest mind you can encounter. I love when he sings with a hush as if he didn’t want to disturb his roommates in the middle of the night or something.

7. Gang Starr | Moment Of Truth 
I listen to this song at the crack of dawn on the first day of every film shoot of mine. It not only gets me pumped up, but it also has a way of doing so with a samurai-like spirituality. I feel like Guru had a wisdom that all too many song writers lack.

8. Caetano Veloso | Cucurrucucú Paloma
Another song that is so masterful and holy that I really shouldn’t speak much about it. Cinema loves this song. It’s been used in four very good movies, but only one of them really deserves to be spoken of, Hable Con Ella by Almodóvar. I love songs like this that prove that the mark of Age is necessary for Full Communication. Sometimes it feels too much like the Music market is saturated by 20’s & 30’s that expire like milk soon after.

9. Blueboy | Fearon
Keith Girdler, Rest In Peace. Fear is one of my closest associates in my life. To hear him sing this refrain so gracefully just feels like those rare moments when the veil is lifted and all is clear once again. Then there’s that killer solo at the end.

10. Even As We Speak | Anybody Anyway 
The perfect Pop song. Lights up like a firecracker and every crackle and Pop of its 2:10 hits me right where it should. I think I’ve listened to this song forty times in a row when I first heard it. A little gem here.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1624 | by Abrão Levin [Abrão] of Kafka and Abrão E Os Lincolns

Photo by Ben Palhov

You asked me to dive in my turbulent soul and bring you back ten treasures.
Well... It has been a long road and more than half of a century...
My musical conscience start very faraway from the point I'm right now...

Growing up in the 60s and 70s in Brazil, a country under a military dictatorship,
was very difficult to have access to New Music, it was taken as subversive culture...
Everything started for me when I saw for the first time Elvis Presley singing in the movies.
All those beautiful girls falling in Love...
I just knew it! I wanted to be like that.

1. Elvis Presley | Kiss Me Quick
This is the first song I learn to sing and play on the guitar, as a 12-year-old boy. It says all I wanted to say to a girl. The rush feeling of the first kisses are unforgettable.

2. Caetano Veloso | Chuva, Suor E Cerveja (Rain, Sweat And Beer)
I remember still the first tape player/recorder that we had. And with it: two tapes cassettes. One with this song - the first Brazilian song I could hear and repeat again and again until I learned the lyrics so well that it made me understand that I can write in my own language my own words.

3. Led Zeppelin | Kashmir
This is the song that drove me to build my first electric guitar. I spent hours in front of the music instruments store window. Looking to the expensive guitars, dreaming to have the money to buy one. I managed the get enough to buy an amplifier, a pickup and steel strings that I used to transform my classic guitar in an electric guitar.

4. The Clash | London Calling
With Brazil back to Democracy, the first new and young Music started coming and The Clash was there to give us a boost of Creativity and a strong wish to play a lot of bands started just after the listening of the album London Calling.

5. Joy Division | Love Will Tear Us Apart 
My broken soul could finally find some others similar or even more tormented souls and Ian Curtis really catched me with his sensibility and sadness... I never heard anyone to express it so well.

6. Dead Can Dance | Enigma Of The Absolute
Why I have this karma with The Dark and Mysterious Side of Life? Maybe all humans have their dark and twisted side, that we try to heal or just survive it... This Music helps me to experience emotionally something that is very hard and painful to share in any other way.

7. Chico Buarque De Hollanda | Retrato Em Branco E Preto (with Antônio Carlos Jobim)
This song and its lyrics is a map of the Lonely Soul. It explains in a simple and genius way why there is all The Suffering of The Broken Hearth.

8. Francisco Alves & Castro Barbosa | Feitio De Oração
This is some of the best lyrics written in Portuguese of all times. Noel Rosa is the genius behind the Brazilian Music lyrics. I cannot sleep in peace if I don't include this song in my list.

9. Beck | Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime (The Korgis Cover) (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Everything falls in place in this song... In a time when I lost Hope in Humanity... When I thought that nothing more could be done to move my fossil self... This song saved me and comforted me, giving just enough air to breathe and survive another day.

10. Daft Punk | Technologic
I was lost, The World just moved on... I felt like an old vintage instrument living in a desert alone and waiting to die... The Digital Inside The Box era have started and I'm a part of The Past. Daft Punk showed me The Light at the end of the tunnel. While listening to this song I started rebuilding my studio and a new horizon appeared. I was now able, from my isolated little island, to compose, record, produce and release my Music. That was a big revolution and a new beginning.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1623 | by Adam Klopp of Bat Manors, Human Leather and Choir Boy

1. Kate Bush | Cloudbusting
I can’t remember the first time I listened, but this whole album is my favorite. Best written and produced Pop album of all time. This song in particular has always struck me with its sadness and hopefulness. Bizarre historical reference, yet still relatable.

2. Glen Campbell | Wishing Now
A friend got me hooked on Glen Campbell in summer of 2017, right before I left on tour with my other band Human Leather. The third morning into the trip was spent hanging out with some friends at a river in Missoula, MT. At some point this older man named Lee approached us and offered us beer and wanted to chat. He told us about the casino he hangs out at and all of the hats he’s found while riding his bike. Eventually he started singing, so we requested Glen Campbell. He knew all the hits. It was very serendipitous. After that, Wishing Now was frequently cued for Driving Music.

3. The Lotus Eaters | The First Picture Of You
My best buddy and bandmate Chaz showed me this song. It’s incredibly dorky, flowery and poetic - which we are mutually suckers for. The first picture of you, the first picture of Summer, seeing the flowers scream their joy... Heartbreaking and nostalgic. It sounds romantic, but I’m pretty sure it’s a recollection of childhood elation. Sometimes I feel stupid for loving it so much.

4. The Sundays | You're Not The Only One I Know
Winter of 2016 I tried acid for the first time. I went to the park by my house and saw a bunch of folks trying to wrangle a bald eagle that had escaped the aviary. One guy was tossing slices of wonder bread up in the air hoping to entice the big bird to come down from its perch. After that I went to a bowling alley that was over run by motorbike men with cigarette stained mustaches and piercing blue eyes. I ended the night cruising YouTube for tunes and came across this song. Beautiful ending to a strange day.

5. Lowlife | Swing
Beautiful song by a tragically overlooked band. Regarded as the most precious thing, we've lost the reason to swing.

6. The B-52's | Ain’t It A Shame 
I never thought I cared much for The B-52's until I heard Summer Of Love (also a great song) with fresh ears in summer 2017 on the radio. I dove into the rest of the record (Bouncing Off The Satellites) and found Ain’t It A Shame which became an immediate favorite. One of their moodiest, prettiest songs.

7. Valerie Dore | It's So Easy (Vocal Version)
This is my favorite Italo Disco song, sung by my favorite Italo Disco singer. I think she’s one of the few vocalists of the genre who did an albums worth of material stuck to a cohesive sound.

8. Cass McCombs | You Saved My Life
In my early 20’s, a group of my friends, that were all playing in various intersecting Music projects, decided to join a soccer league. We were terrible, but it was amazing. We innovated many cool moves and learned a lot about Sport Aggression. Anyhow, on the way to one of the games a friend put this song on. I felt how I used to feel in High School when I’d hear a new favorite song. Such a rare thing these days. The vocals are beautiful with strange phrasing and the beat is so sparse in the verse that you don’t catch on that it’s a waltz until the chorus hits and then it’s gone. It drives me bonkers in a good way.

9. Cleaners From Venus | The Jangling Man
I first heard this band at the deli I work at. Back when I started in 2015, I worked with this Rock & Roll purist named Joey. He’s a self proclaimed pizza guy with a no Pop policy apart from home recording weirdos like R. Stevie Moore & Martin Newell. One day this song came on and I was blown away. Very catchy and politically sharp. Incredibly relevant today. Joey turned me on to a lot of cool Music, and bravely swore at a lot of customers. Love you, Joey.

10. Them Are Us Too | Marilyn
This is a really special band that made one of my favorite albums of the last five years or so. Two of the most creative & talented artists of their genre and in general. I count myself incredibly lucky to have seen them a couple times. RIP Cash Askew.

+11. The Magnetic Fields | Why I Cry
I think I first heard this song on MySpace when I was 15 or so. I pretty much exclusively listened to Punk up until that point, so it was pretty unique to hear something like that.

Honorable mentions:

+12. The Microphones | The Moon
+13. Mount Eerie | Moon Sequel
+14. Tamaryn | Sugarfix
+15. Yellow Magic Orchestra | Kai-Koh 
+16. dip in the pool | On Retinae (East Version)
+17. Drab Majesty | Not Just A Name
+18. Homecomings | Did You Get My Note?
+19. Fleetwood Mac | Everywhere
+20. Depeche Mode | Blasphemous Rumours
+21. Talking Heads | This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
+22. Björk | Hyper-ballad 

WARMER MIXTAPES #1622 | by George Dervenagas [VHS Dreams]

1. Push | Universal Nation (Original 12" Mix) 
This is the track that made me wanna make Music for the first time in my life. I didn't listen to any Music at all until I reached 13 years of age, when this track came to my hands on a compilation CD of Trance Classics and to my young ears sounded like a signal from Space! I remember lying on my bed listening to it everyday, conjuring images of nebulas and cosmic rays in my head, and letting that feeling of Universality flow through me. Spending time also trying to understand what kind of instrument could ever make these sounds, it was right there and then that I had my first urge of becoming a Music artist. The extended original mix is 10 minutes long, and it's the version that I highly recommend.

2. The Age Of Love | The Age Of Love (Watch Out For Stella Club Mix)
This remix of The Age Of Love by Jam & Spoon (commonly falsely referred to as the original artists) needs no introduction to an Electronic Dance Music fan. Also commonly referred to as the first example of a Trance track reaching the masses, and a genre anthem, I had this on the same compilation CD that included Universal Nation and the pair were played back and forth for hours upon hours on my Sony Diskman. The break with the swelling pads and the angelic synthesized stuttering voice is still one of the best moments I've come across in Electronic Music.

3. The KLF | What Time Is Love? (Pure Trance Original)
If all the essence of what Trance Music used to be in the early 90's could be condensed into one single song then it has to be the Pure Trance Original version of What Time Is Love?. Released in 1988 and widely considered the harbinger of a genre yet to come, the track was way ahead of its time. Hypnotic is probably the best way to describe it in a single word. Growing up in the 90's and 00's in rural Greece came with some disadvantages such as not having Internet access 'til the late 00's and thus no way to discover new Music except from whatever you could get from friends. While most of Europe had entered the Internet Age for good, Music on the Greek countryside was still circulating from hand to hand. I discovered this track very late after being a fan of The KLF for so long and knowing little about them or their work beyond their Stadium House trilogy. And yet, when I did, I was instantly transported back to that feeling.

4. Beloved | The Sun Rising (Adam & Eve's House Of The Rising Sun)
I first found out about this track quite late compared to most others on this list, on a documentary about the Second Summer Of Love. I knew The Beloved from other major hits they had, but this track is definitely their finest hour in my book. It encapsulates all that was great about Comedown Music, and the feeling of sunrise washing you down after a long night's party outdoors. It also leaves me with a wanderlust feeling to travel through not Space, but Time, and experience the Second Summer Of Love. Those times are gone now, and for us, younger ones, all we're left with is nothing but our imagination, and tracks like this one to offer solace.

5. Jean-Michel Jarre | Oxygene (Part II)
Oxygene (Part II) is my favorite track from Jarre's seminal album Oxygene. Overshadowed by the catchier Oxygene (Part IV), which is probably his signature track to this day, Part II is more introspective, longer and better. I first heard of it after years of coming across the album's name being mentioned here and there, and decided to have a listen. I was instantly hooked. Up to that point I only thought of Electronic Music as synonymous to Dance and Oxygene opened a whole new horizon! Whenever I hear it's pads, wind howls and effects, I get transported over cold winter seas back home. Its influence on me was massive, and can be heard on my latest album Lost World and especially on my track Shores Of Euboea.

6. The KLF | Madrugada Eterna
Only The KLF could have a second track on this top list. Madrugada Eterna appeared on their first LP, Chill Out, which helped popularize Ambient and, well, Chillout Music as well as establishing the term Ambient House. This particular track evokes Pink Floyd-esque vibes throughout. It is long and beautiful and everytime I hear it I get transported back to my family house at the balcony, overlooking the shores of Euboea on a warm summer night's dawn, drowsiness crawling in and letting the vista give way to dreams as I fall asleep with this track playing in the background. Madrugada Eterna means Eternal Dawn and I think the name says it all.

7. SNAP! | Rhythm Is A Dancer (7" Edit) 
I mentioned before that I grew up in rural Greece in the 90s. Life for kids there is sometimes difficult for foreigners to grasp. In summertime we used to stay out till 3 AM, laughing and chasing each other around like kids do, with our parents and family friends always at a close distance enjoying some fine wine and Music. Occasionally this same scene would end up at one of the outdoors lounge bars in the area. As a 6 year old I spent nights upon nights falling asleep on my mother's lap as my family and their friends were chilling, Music eminating from the indoors dancefloor nearby. That's where, I suspect, I heard this song for the first time and it gives me an almost womb-like feeling everytime I listen to it. It feels like a memory from another life, a life where Unity was felt and expressed though Music. The music video and the track's sonic aesthetics are so on point. Smoky colors reveal Space rockets, juxtaposed with the earthly vibe of black vocals. It is Nostalgia in its purest and most true form.

8. Global Communication | 5 23 
The Sun is rising, and you've finally found inner peace and felt whole again. Beyond these simple words there are no other to describe why I love this track and how it makes me feel.

9. Binary Finary | 1999 (Kaycee Remix)
Picture this: It is a bright day, The Sun is shining and The Horizon is filled with great fluffy white clouds. You're standing on top of a miles high cliff, overlooking the endless sea and the carpet of clouds in the distance. You take a free fall, and keep falling for minutes, great thoughts and feelings fill your mind. Just as you're getting closer and closer to hitting water, you land on a gigantic mythical bird which then takes you on a ride over the sea and the clouds at tremendous speeds. All that while this track's chorus is playing on the background. For me, this track and 90s Trance Music epitomizes the feeling of Freedom.

10. Dance 2 Trance | We Came In Peace (Original '90 Mix) 
This composition has a central role in my work as a Music producer, having interpolated it so many times in various tracks of mine. I get feelings of distant, elusive memories everytime the original version of We Came In Peace reaches its main riff. Images of a club in the earliest of the 90's, its dance space quite dark, yet of gigantic dimensions and with a massive PA system emanating this track. And I was there among people dancing in unison, becoming one with each other. I know this never happened in real life. It is what I imagined every time I sat in my bedroom and repeatedly played this song loudly on my headphones, for a period sometime in the late 90s. What I recall, what I am so nostalgic about, is nothing but a memory of a fantasy.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1621 | by Allysen Callery

Songs 2, 4 and 7 in my list are from albums my teen-aged parents owned, I lost them both in different ways when I was quite young, but The Music they loved is within me.

1. Shadow Band | Moonshine
Mike Bruno seems to step out from the gilded pages of Archaic Lore, creating himself from swirling smoke to sing the most beautiful Love songs, tinged with Sorrow. He has gathered some magical friends this time to share his intricate vision, calling themselves Shadow Band. This is my favorite of their songs.

2. Traffic | Dear Mr. Fantasy
Picture your head on a soft silk pillow, with your body laying upon an Oriental rug. Delicate incense smoke winds into the air, friends are nearby talking quietly, and laughing. Dear Mr. Fantasy is playing, and there's nowhere else you'd rather be.

3. Neil Young | Cinnamon Girl
Who is the girl you loved but don't talk to any more? Who wore blue jeans and laughed easily, her long hair blowing in the wind and sunlight ? Cinnamon Girl.

4. The Incredible String Band | Witches' Hat
More songs from the briar woods, for the quiet and shy people, the free folk. Wild Music for elves.

5. Jessica Pratt | Bushel Hyde
I think of Jessica Pratt as a soul sister in the Music she makes, Gentle Music belying themes of Longing and Aloneness.

6. Traffic | Rainmaker
Melancholy beauty, maybe I miss my old home? We lived in Taiwan then and listened to Music on a reel to reel, as well as vinyl.

7. The Rolling Stones | Moonlight Mile
Coming home very late at night from gigs, smoking the last cigarettes of the day, this song keeps me company as I drive home to my sleeping husband, I love him so much.

8. Iggy Pop | Funtime
I heard a snippet of this amazing song in a vampire movie I loved, called The Hunger. It came out in 1983 and had David Bowie in it, and Catherine Deneuve. I bought the soundtrack, but this song wasn't on it. This was pre-Internet, and no one could tell me what it was, or who sang it. Then, years later, I went to a party in Colorado, and someone told me about Iggy Pop/The Idiot, which I bought that week on vinyl.

9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Manic Depression
Beautiful Jimi Hendrix guitar and voice floats over a roiling sea of triple metre, Mitch Mitchell's gorgeous Jazz drumming. Loving someone who won't be loved, but needs it, cries out for it.

10. Ace Frehley | New York Groove
This one is kind of a joke, in that it always make me smile. I live in a small town, and the elation I feel when I drive into NYC to play Music is very real, and I get so excited. If I didn't make myself laugh, I might get nervous! Someone told me: Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.