WARMER MIXTAPES #1305 | by Lidwine de Royer Dupré [Lidwine]
Photo by Thierry Rateau
1. Prince | If I Was Your Girlfriend
Prince is definitely one of my main inspirations. He is probably the artist I have listened to the most. I have learnt a lot about Production listening to his work (from his first albums until Lovesexy, I guess...). This track is from the album Sign "O" The Times. I love the quirky beginning, the pitched voice, the beat and of course the lyrics. What attracts me in his Music is not the funky part of it, but rather all the otherworldly tracks he has created, his experimentations and daring choices of production.
2. Kate Bush | Hello Earth
I don't know all of Kate Bush, just some tracks that I picked up listening to her albums. I admire her freedom, even though I am not fond of the sound of that time: the heavy metallic reverbs, bass sounds, etc.... But she has her own vision and I can only bow in respect. I picked Hello Earth, which was featured on Hounds Of Love, because it is representative of her cinematographic way of writing, arranging and producing. It's also a good example of her way to blend various sources in her Music, like Traditional Music (the male choir sings a traditional piece from Georgia) or Field Recordings (whales sound, etc....).
3. Björk | 5 Years
It is tough to pick only one song from Björk, because her work is so versatile and rich. But I guess it has to be one from Homogenic, so let's say I pick 5 Years. I love the rawness of the beat and the beautifully tense strings arrangements, the meaning of the song and the animal energy it conveys. She is an intense singer, a daring producer, a great musician with a vision, thus a great inspiration.
4. Stina Nordenstam | Purple Rain (Prince And The Revolution Cover)
In 1998, Stina Nordenstam released an album of covers entitled People Are Strange. Her cover of Purple Rain is my favourite one. I love the way she makes the song completely hers, but never loses its original essence. And this is exactly what covers should be: new interpretations, appropriations of the genuine essence contained in the song.
5. Barbra Streisand | Don't Rain On My Parade (Funny Girl Original Broadway Cast Recording)
This is a song from the musical Funny Girl (1968) starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, an American comedian from the early 20th Century. For me, this is one of the best Musicals ever. The story is great, it is funny and emotional and filled with marvellous songs (written by Jule Styne). Eventhough Barbra Streisand wrote a couple of songs later on, I admire her mostly for her amazing voice which sounds very true and natural to me. If you listen to her recordings from the 60's and early 70's, you definitely feel the generosity and wit in her voice and interpretations. As for this one song, she sings it at a very special moment in the movie, when she makes a big decision in her life, so... This brings me to the next entry...
6. Gavin Bryars | The North Shore
+ Intermezzo + Allegrasco... I made a big decision once in my life. I had studied about 4 years, then started working in a small company. The team was wonderful, the job interesting, but at times very hectic. After several years, I decided to quit my job and spend some time in the house owned by my grandmother at the seafront somewhere in Normandy. It was winter, I was by myself. I had bought 2 sequencers (QY70 & QY700), a computer and a keyboard, and I had to think about what I really wanted to do with my life. I spent almost 3 months there. It was a wonderful time: I read, wrote, listened to Music, composed my first songs and swam almost everyday. When I came back to Paris, I had made the decision to never again work full time, in order to allow myself to work on my Musical project. I knew it would take time and sweat, but also that it was worth it, simply because it would make me feel better. The North Shore / Intermezzo / Allegrasco by Gavin Bryars is definitely the soundtrack of these 3 months. Each time, I listen to it, I am back in this house at a wonderful and crucial time of my life.
7. Maurice Ravel | Boléro (Tempo Di Boléro Moderato Assai) (Played by Boston Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Seiji Ozawa)
When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with Classical Dance (like many little girls I bet...). My mother used to take me to Classical Ballets, as well as Contemporary ones, like those of French choregraph Maurice Béjart. So I guess I was impregnated with Classical and Contemporary Music at an early age. I love the Music of Ravel and, since the Boléro was choregraphed by Béjart, it also reminds me of these early years. It is a powerful and mesmerising piece of Music.
8. Lakshmi Shankar | Holi: Raga Khafi
Traditional Music is also part of my life. I love Bulgarian Choirs such as Eva Quartet. I've listened to Inuit throat singing, Tibetan singing, Japanese Music, Eastern Music, Mauritanian Music, Mandingue Music... And I regularly listen to Hindustani Classical Music: ragas such as this Raga Khafi.
9. Autechre | Clipper
Autechre is just one example of the Electronic Music I have listened to. Projects like Gas, Oval or Leila have definitely been part of my Musical education.
10. Ella Fitzgerald | Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Cover)
I simply love old Jazz standards. I have a compilation of female Jazz Music. Whenever I must cook for friends coming over at my place, I enjoy having a glass of red wine and listening to this CD and it starts with this track sang by the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1304 | by Topi Paananen [Somepoe]
1. Paul Wall | Just Paul Wall (Screwed & Chopped by Michael ”5000” Watts)
This is just so real, an honest Life biography of Paul Wall. Screwed version works even better than the original, giving it a more mellow vibe.
2. DJ Funk | Three Fine Hoes (Sinjin Hawke Remix) (Extended Mix)
My taxi was waiting for me outside of the Ace Hotel in New York on Spring 2013. I was leaving to airport and had to exchange last tunes with Sinjin Hawke at the lobby. That’s when Sinjin gave me an Extended Mix of his of Three Fine Hoes Remix. This is one of the best club tracks I’ve ever heard and it has been in heavy rotation since then.
3. Masters At Work | The Ha Dance (Ken/Lou Mixx)
Foundation for the Vogue-sound. Still a fresh sounding production that gets tons of plays on my sets.
4. Mike G | Pool Tool
Forthcoming Car Crash Set track that’s going to be a huge one. I’m a fan of stripped down production style and Pool Tool is a great example of it. Really honored to be part of the Car Crash Set team, so many interesting artists coming out at the moment.
5. Brenmar | Taking It Down
Amazing track from Brenmar’s first EP At It Again. It was released in 2010 and I’m still playing this out! Smashes the dance floor every time. I’ve seen Brenmar live in NYC and his set was a perfect blend of club sounds, remixes of classics and Modern Rap. Exactly the kind of stuff I’m feeling.
6. Chemise | She Can’t Love You
If I had to pick my top 5 Dance tracks of all time, this would be a strong candidate. Every time I hear this one, memories of cruising down the Pacific Coast in California come to my mind.
7. Aaliyah | Try Again (with Timbaland) (Romeo Must Die Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
I heard this first time as a demo song in Fruity Loops. It must’ve been early 2000s. I straight away fell in love with the unorthodox Acid bassline and Aaliyah’s vocals. I had her fan poster on my wall too and soon I heard that there’s been an accident.
8. Guido | Orchestral Lab
Still one of the greatest tracks of Dubstep’s Purple Sound movement. The BPM could be the only thing to do with the genre though. It’s a digital symphony that’s slowly building up with an amazing melody. Had an honor to host Guy at our party in Finland. Super nice dude and a really talented producer.
9. YG | My Nigga (feat. Jeezy + Rich Homie Quan)
DJ Mustard is the number one producer in the game at the moment. Beats are enviably stripped down and every single one is a hit. Dope verse from Jeezy!
10. DJ Assault | Nympho
Just a perfect last track for the club.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1303 | by Michael Goldwasser [Goldswagger] of Special Request, The Feds, No Shadow Kick, Michael G & The Mellowstones and Easy Star All-Stars
1. Thelonious Monk | Ruby, My Dear
There are many great recordings of this song, but my favorite is from the album Solo Monk - just Monk at the piano. This is my favorite work from my favorite composer - there's just nobody like Monk in the way that he used Melody, Harmony, and Rrhythm. Every time I hear this song I am moved. Interestingly, I've been listening to Monk since I was literally a baby because of the influence of my parents - as a kid I put Misterioso and Mary Had A Little Lamb in the same category since they were both children's songs to me - but I didn't truly appreciate Ruby, My Dear until I was a teenager and had been playing and composing Music myself.
2. Kaveret | Yo Ya
This is another song that I have loved since I was a kid. Kaveret was kind of like The Beatles of Israel, and pretty much every Israeli who was alive in the 70's knows and loves this song. I think that this was also one of the first guitar solos that I learned how to play, and I used to be pretty good at air-drumming the drum solo, too! I'd actually love to give a Reggae treatment to the album that this song is from (Sipurey Poogy), and I have the blessing of the songwriter/bandleader himself, but I just haven't been able to make it happen yet. I'd love to bring the album to a new generation of listeners since it has given me so much joy over the years.
3. Michael Jackson | Rock With You
This song is the epitome of a well-written and amazingly produced R&B song, and it's got my favorite drum intro as well. I know that Thriller is better-known and sold a lot more, but I think that Off The Wall is the superior album, and one of my favorite albums of all time. I still remember when it came out how, at the School talent show, almost every girl did her own dance performance to the song. It could have been annoying hearing the song so many times in a row (and I do wonder why the teachers didn't just try to get the girls to collaborate on one big performance), but the song is so great that I don't think that I minded. As an adult, I've come to appreciate the nuances of the song. One really incredible thing for me is that I've got the drummer for the original recording, John Robinson, playing on my new R&B project, Goldswagger. As a fan and as a musician, this was really a dream come true. And I couldn't help myself - when the last session was done, I did ask him to play the intro from Rock With You and I filmed it!
4. Third World | Try Jah Love
Third World was my very first Reggae concert, back in 1986, and though I was familiar with some of their material already, seeing them live really had me hooked. Their songs were so strong that I came away from the concert singing songs that I had just heard for the very first time. Try Jah Love is like no other song - it's Reggae, but it's Disco, and Gospel, with some great Rock guitar. And it was written and produced by Stevie Wonder, so how could you go wrong? One of my bandmates and I used to listen to this song before almost every gig back in High School to psych ourselves up to play - there's something so positive and uplifting about the song even if you are not into Jah. Another great fan moment for me is that I got to meet the entire band in the early 90's and then I eventually worked with the singer, Bunny Rugs, on Lovely Rita from Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band. Sadly, he passed away this year, and he has been greatly missed by the Reggae community.
5. Steel Pulse | Handsworth Revolution
Steel Pulse is another Reggae band that I got into as a teenager in the 80's. Handsworth Revolution leads off their debut album of the same name, and to this day, it's one of the most intricate and musically satisfying Reggae songs that I've heard. The guitar interplay is incredible, as are the lyrics and vocals. One of the things that attracted me to Reggae in the first place was lyrics about Social/Political themes, and I love how Steel Pulse really tells a story about what was going on in their part of Birmingham, England, in the mid-70's while also relating it to larger issues. Coincidentally, Steel Pulse is yet another group that I came to produce (Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band, Easy Star's Thrillah). I didn't realize it when I made this list, but it goes to show how fortunate I have been to have met and even worked with so many of my favorite artists in my career.
6. Heatwave | Ain't No Half Steppin'
This is a song that I first discovered via a sample in a Hip Hop song - a song by the same name by Big Daddy Kane, considered by many to be one of the top rappers of his day. His song was huge, at least in NY, so everyone knew the chorus to the Heatwave song without even knowing its origins. As I got older and deeper into the Funk, I learned about Heatwave and got their album Too Hot To Handle, which features the song. It starts with a great instrumental intro that I defy any musician to not want to play, and then there are so many layers and parts to the song, all special in their own way. Not coincidentally, this is the second song on my list written by Rod Temperton (the other being Rock With You) - I feel like he is one of the greatest songwriters in Pop Music history, though he is largely unsung. Meeting him would be an incredible highlight to my career... Rod, if you are reading this, please reach out!
7. The Isley Brothers | Voyage To Atlantis
These guys are one of my favorite bands, and this song has moved me since the very first time that I heard it (which is really the case with all of the songs on this list). Ernie Isley's searing lead guitar was one of their secret weapons, and it really propels this song to the next level. To me, he's one of the top guitarists in the World, though I never see him on any lists of great guitarists - I think that may be because R&B is not taken as seriously as it could be by non-R&B fans and critics. Another thing that I love about this song is that the lyrics epitomize what a Love song should be, but then there's this unexplained connection to the mythical city of Atlantis, which never really made sense to me, but I love that it doesn't make sense! I asked the band at my wedding to play this song and they couldn't believe that someone was requesting it since it's not one of the Isley's big hits, but they loved playing it as much as I loved hearing it.
8. Aswad | Your Recipe
Aswad is the second UK Reggae band to make this list (Steel Pulse is the other). There's something about UK Reggae from the 70's and 80's that I've always reacted to very strongly, and even great Jamaican acts like Sugar Minott and Dennis Brown made some of their most interesting Music in the UK. While I love the studio version of the song, my favorite rendition is from Aswad's live album Live & Direct, which documents their performance at London's Notting Hill Carnival in 1983. Besides loving the Music, I enjoy how they use the metaphor of making a cake to talk about Love. And I've always been fascinated by musicians who can sing really well while playing the shit out of the drums, which Aswad's Drummie Zeb does on this song and several other songs on the album.
9. Oum Kalthoum | Enta Omri
This is probably the most well-known song by the most famous and beloved Egyptian singer of all time. Her Music is loved all over the Arab World, and I was introduced to this song by an Israeli who grew up in Morocco. He was very serious as he sat me and my wife down to listen to the cassette in his living room, and he made us pay close attention to the Music, which was well worth it. The song starts with a very long instrumental intro that sets the mood, and I was already lost in a reverie by the time that Oum Kalthoum finally sang her magnificent first note. I love the use of strings in Classical Arabic Music, and this song is a great example. And this song is also a great example of how Music transcends boundaries - I can't understand the Arabic (past knowing what the title means - You Are My life) but I am completely moved by the passion of the song. I guess some people could see it as paradoxical that Oum Kalthoum is so loved by many Israelis since she was outspoken in her lifetime for her distaste for Israel, but I see this as a testament to Culture being able to remain separate from Politics, and above Politics in many ways.
10. Hadag Nahash | Ma Na'Aseh?
Now, in contrast what I just said in my last selection, the Israeli band Hadag Nahash is known for being quite political. But this song, simply put, is about smoking herb, not politics. Although the lyrics are clever, the real draw for me is the Music - they came up with one of those Reggae/Funk/Hip-Hop riffs that I wish that I had written. I first discovered the song when it came out in 2004, and it was the perfect soundtrack to long bus rides through the Israeli desert. The song has a really long outro that is almost another song entirely, and it's the perfect closer to an album (which it is, except for a bonus track tacked on to the end). I went on to meet and befriend some of the guys in the band, and their horn section has played on several Easy Star All-Stars recordings for me.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1302 | by James Wolf
1. Fischerspooner | Emerge
This is the track that got me into Dance Music. I can remember the exact moment I heard it. I was about 16 and had snook into this awesome underground club in Dublin with one of my mates when it came on. For me, it changed everything.
2. Beth Ditto | Open Heart Surgery
There is such a serge of Emotion and Energy in this track. Beth Ditto is an incredible artist and so unique in her style. The EP that she did with Simian Mobile Disco was a real departure in Sound. I absolutely loved it when it came out and still do. The break down in this track it builds up to such an incredible release. She is an almighty writer.
3. The Magician | I Don't Know What To Do (feat. Jeppe)
There is something about this track. Every time I hear it I am completely re-energised. My fists start pumping, my shoulders start shaking and my feet start shuffling.
4. Patrice Rushen | Haven't You Heard
The same goes for this song. I can't help but want to move when I hear this. It's so uplifting and full of excitement. The lyrics are fantastically cheesey and that's all in it's charm. It's so innocent and happy. There's an awesome club in Dublin called Mother and when I am home I always make the DJs play it for me.
5. Bear//Face | Taste My Sad
This is another song that when I first heard it completely stopped me in my tracks. At the time I hadn't really heard anything quite like it before. It's another track that opens itself up as it goes along, drawing you further and further in. I would definitely say that it had a big influence over me whilst I was making my record.
6. Crookers | Royal T (feat. Róisín Murphy)
I recently went to the most unreal all male Cabaret/Burlesque hybrid called Briefs and there was a part of the show so effortlessly simple, featuring a drag queen, a body suit made out of wigs, a treadmill and this song. The image was so strong that it will forever be in my mind. Add into the face that this is a Róisín Murphy track and you have me hook line and sinker. I am huuuuge fan of hers and she is from a part of Ireland that is quite close to me. She has such an incredible stage presence and her Overpowered album is one of my all time favourite records.
7. Black Van & Oliver Vs. Goldroom | Inside Fifteen (feat. Chela) (Silenx Mashup)
This track is simply stunning. The build up into the chorus is unbelievable. By the time it drops you are guaranteed to have your fist in the air. It really takes you on such a journey. I imagine it would be the perfect song to play on a road trip with your best mates. It really gives me a sense of excitement.
8. Goldfrapp | Ride A White Horse
When I was 17 I used to sneak out every Wednesday night to a little bar in Dublin and sing cover tracks under an alter ego. I was still in School, which felt like purgatory and longed to be free. This was one of tracks I used to do and holds a really special place in my heart.
9. Inner City | Good Life
As my mates and I say, this is a tune-a chicken roll! Great one to get the party going.
10. 2NE1 | I Am The Best
You can't beat a good slice of K-Pop. As a genre, it can be so wildly inventive. I run a wild night in Dublin called WAR and we play straight up Party Music from start to finish. Whenever I am back in town this is one of my favourite songs to play. The room goes B A N A N A S.
+11. Kate Bush | Cloudbusting
This is hands down my favourite song of all time. I've been fantastically into Kate Bush ever since my Music teacher played me The Man With The Child In His Eyes, as a kid. This track for me has everything. Melancholy, Euphoria and Drama. I think I'd love it to be played at my funeral.
1. Jibóia | Kali Yuga
It might sound a little bit weird to show a track of an artist I produced, but the truth is that I'm still in love with this hypnotic Arabian track even after having to listen to it 8493848348 times while on the process of recording it. Jibóia is an amazing Portuguese artist and is pairing with a Portuguese singer - Sequin - for this track. It makes you want to own a camel and eat curry and kebab.
2. The Specials | Ghost Town
Probably one of my favourite songs ever. It's a remarkable Pop track, but it's really far from being generic. The best thing is that The Specials had this Sicilian kind of melodies that would fit perfectly in a Jamaican version of The Godfather.
3. Cream | Dance The Night Away
I know the Cream's album Disraeli Gears for a long time now, but it was just a few years ago that I got addicted to it. This is my favourite track. It has an amazing vocal work, with really smooth harmonies. The kind of toying with vocals that Queens Of The Stone Age use a lot. Top.
4. Sonic Youth & Cypress Hill | I Love You Mary Jane (Judgment Night Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Taken off the movie Judgment Night's so 90's amazing soundtrack, Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill composed a monument about ganja. It's so laid-back and smooth that you can even listen to the smoke burning. Outside of Jamaica, this is what Weed-Music should sound like.
5. Sensible Soccers | AFG
Amazing track by this recent Portuguese band. This is my kind of trippy sounds. Full of melody and subtle transitions. An eternal build up that you want to listen to again and again.
6. DJ Koze | Magical Boy (feat. Matthew Dear)
I really envy DJ Koze productions skills and idiosyncrasies. He's so unpredictable even when doing 4x4 tempo songs. And this one has the bonus of having another boss, Matthew Dear, as a guest.
7. Lifelike & Kris Menace | Discopolis
One of the tracks that defined some key aspects of what would be called Nu Disco a few years after. Strong melody, a mood that can work as Chillish-Out Music, but that can also move a dancefloor at peak hour time. I would love to have written this track.
8. Moullinex | Flora
A track that pretty much defines the whole value of Moullinex as a composer and producer. A Masterpiece with a capital M. There's no one like him, such an unique sound and way of constructing chord progressions.
9. Man Or Astro-Man? | Evil Plans Of Planet Spectra
A band that re-defined Surf Music in the 90's. They picked all the clichés of the aesthetics of Dick Dale, The Tornados, The Ventures and gave them a whole new life, with great Comedy moments and infinite Sci-Fi elements thrown around. They even made a song that was only an old printer printing some weird text, and they would play it live on stage.
10. 7 Seconds | Young 'Til I Die
A song that pretty much can define Punk Rock: Simple, easy to play with straight to point lyrics, heavy sing along chorus, and a super rough recording. This is Music done by kids that should be listened by adults once in a while so they can remember that keeping all the positive things of their youth in their lives will make them better persons.