WARMER MIXTAPES #1599 | by Justin Osborne of SUSTO

1. Loudon Wainwright III | The Swimming Song
This song is one of my theme songs. When I'm not touring with SUSTO, I live in Charleston, SC where I love to go swim in the ocean with my friends. I also just love to be in water... Rivers, lakes, swimming pools, etc.

2. My Morning Jacket | Outta My System
This song also feels like a theme song to me. I'm a big fan of MMJ and I relate to this song so much. I've had a fairly reckless youth and now I at least pretend that I know better.

3. Kendrick Lamar | Alright
I love this song so much. I've been touring for over a decade and am just now starting to break through to some degree. It finally feels like things are gonna work out. Anytime some good news comes through, I put this song on and smoke weed.

4. Townes Van Zandt | To Live Is To Fly
This song is so lite and easy. It floats over Love, Music and Living. Townes was one of the best writers who've ever lived and this is my favorite song of his. I'll miss the system here, the bottom's low and the treble's clear reminds me of that feeling when you're on tour and the sound on stage at a venue is perfect, there's not much better than that for someone in a touring band.

5. Band Of Horses | The Funeral
Band Of Horses is one of my all time favorite bands. They have so many great songs/albums, this is their biggest hit, and for good reason. This song is incredibly spooky and beautiful. It's one of my favorites of all time, always will be.


6. Beck | Where It's At
I will always be a fan of 90's Alternative Music. That time period is when I really started latching on to Music. I would listen to radio constantly and rush home from School to watch MTV and VH1. I just fell in Love with it all. This song was at the forefront of that for me. I remember requesting this song on the radio as a kid, it was my first favorite song and still is one of my favorites!

7. Bob Marley & The Wailers | No Woman No Cry (Live At The Lyceum, London/1975)
This is one of the greatest songs of all time, and in my opinion the greatest live recording of all time. I've been a fan of Bob Marley since I was young and this recording specifically has been a part of my life so often and in such an inspirational way. I use this song as a reference when writing. Jah Werx was heavily inspired by this song.

8. Jim Croce | Box #10
My dad is a big Jim Croce fan so he showed him to me early on in Life. This song particularly sticks out because I love and relate to the story. Having dreams of making it in Music as a kid is pretty common I think. Then you go out and try to make it and The World will burn you real quick. I've been burned a lot and this song is a good reminder of that.

9. Grateful Dead | Box Of Rain
While we're on the subject of boxes, haha, this is another of my all time favorite songs. I got into The Grateful Dead really heavily when I went to College. It was a Military College and it was my first time ever living away from home, also my first experience of Charleston where I live now. It was a tough experience being at Military School and I always looked forward to not being there. The lyrics to this song this is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago was kind of my this too shall pass mantra during my time there. I will always love The Grateful Dead and will always love this song.

10. Buena Vista Social Club | Chan Chan
When I lived in Cuba I fell in Love with The Music, especially Buena Vista Social Club. This song is particularly striking to me. The story and the groove are so Cuban, it makes me want to dance in the dark heat of a Caribbean summer night. Sweat, Rum, Romance & Smoke.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1598 | by Danny Sanchez [Kissing Kalina]/(Severin) and Jeremy Sliwerski (IDKFA) of Kalli Ma

SIDE A | by Danny Sanchez

1. Suicide | Rocket U.S.A.
Soundtrack of my head, still obsessed with their first album after all these years.

2. Iggy And The Stooges | Search And Destroy
I listened to this song so many times that it became part of my DNA. Fury in a nutshell.

3. Echo & The Bunnymen | The Killing Moon
The most beautiful song ever.

4. The Velvet Underground & Nico | All Tomorrow’s Parties
Could be any Velvet's song really. My favourite band ever, a blueprint for pretty much everything that matters in Music. Sound, Visuals, Presence and Concept. Perfection.

5. HEALTH | Glitter Pills
I will never forget the first time I saw them play live, on their debut album tour. It was like a bomb exploding in my head. They are very much ahead of their time.

6. Blanck Mass | Dead Format
I love Fuck Buttons, but this track (from the solo project of Benjamin John Power) is a personal favourite.

7. Factory Floor | ~ (R E A L L O V E)
Build, build and repeat. Build, build and repeat. And dance. The synths are insane on this.

8. ESG | You Make No Sense
Super special track, always pulls me up when I’m down and a permanent presence on my DJ sets.

9. Crash Course In Science | Jump Over Barrels
These guys are so underrated, I think they are beginning to finally getting the recognition they deserve. This song transcends boundaries.

10. Model 500 | No UFO's (Vocal)
Another one I DJ regularly. I can’t tell whether it’s Electro or Techno, and it doesn’t matter. That bass...


SIDE B | by Jeremy Sliwerski

1. Beltram | Energy Flash
The greatest Dance track, let alone Techno track, of all time. Utterly hypnotic.

2.  Leftfield. Bambaataa | Afrika Shox
Seemingly simple but, anytime I try and write anything close to it, I realise it’s a one of a kind track.

3. Wu-Tang Clan | Protect Ya Neck 
Best track off the greatest Hip Hop album ever.

4. Deftones | Be Quiet And Drive
Probably my favourite band and I never get tired of hearing this song. One of the few tracks, I feel, that the stripped down Acoustic version sounds just as good as the original. RIP Chi.

5. Björk | All Is Full Of Love 
The most talented singer of all time. Both versions of this track as well as the Chris SU Remix are just sublime. I’m extremely lucky to have seen her play this track live as well.

6. Gesaffelstein | Viol 
Hearing this track for the first time completely changed the way I write Music. It had everything I was looking for and wanted to make, a pummelling relentless sound but with such a simple understated groove.

7. Smashing Pumpkins | Mayonaise
Simply beautiful.

8. Tool | Parabol
+ Parabola... Has to be watched with the full 10 minute video for the whole experience.

9. Mos Def & Massive Attack | I Against I (Blade II Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
So original. Completely unlike anything either has done before.

10. Future Sound Of London | Papua New Guinea
An all time Dance classic.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1597 | by Nicholas Sheram [Soren Sheram]

1. Dmitri Shostakovich | String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (Op. 110) (Performed by Kronos Quartet)
I went through this phase for about a year where I could only listen to my own Music, Bach, and Shostakovich. I think there's a lot reflected in comparing Bach and Shostakovich, the two parts of The World, The Real and The Ideal. Bach is cold and beautiful, all of those multi-layered and darkly abstract harmonies, for me Bach is like the Music of Heaven - beautiful, perfect, abstract, but also it can get a little blank feeling. Too much Perfection, too much Distance. Shostakovich is what I see The World as actually being, he writes these beautiful and tragic melodies that he then warps by throwing in dissonances, he teases you by going somewhere and then denies you, it's like he's reaching for this perfect beauty but he knows The World will never be like that, and what you're left with is a very private yearning, a sense of Isolation. I listened to this piece compulsively, I had suffered something of a personal tragedy and was very alone, living abroad in near complete isolation and I used to walk around under these oppressive grey skies and listen to this over and over again. It felt like The Music was such a complete reflection of what I was going through, the sense of Loss, and the occasional bouts of Anger, it was like someone had put my entire emotional state into Sound and I could wrap myself up in it...

2. Selda | İnce İnce Bir Kar Yağar
This is such a rich and energetic song, you really get the feeling that she's trying to convey something from the depths of her soul with it. It helps that I don't know what the words mean. If I ever looked it up I think it would take away the magic for me, to me she's singing about whatever it is I'm feeling at the moment. I was given this song by a lover of mine, we both used to wander around at night (neither of us were aware the other did this) and listen to Music. We ran into each other one night before we had become lovers, when things were accelerating towards it, when I asked her what she was listening to, it was this song. It became something of a talisman between us to listen to it together, like we were invoking some mystic power that only we knew about. I later ended up living in Turkey for a few months, only to discover that this obscure artist with her one song is actually a very famous singer in Turkey!

3. Nico | Frozen Warnings
This is one of the most important songs I've ever had in my life. I can still hardly listen to it, it's too intense for me, just to hear a few seconds, it gives me a physical shock. I first heard this when I used to use a fairly heavy amount of drugs, I remember often having been up all night and The Sun would rise and I would feel all tired and washed out, but too jacked up to go to sleep still. The idea of a lone mendicant, climbing up the summit of a mountain, The Sun rising behind the clouds, staring out at The World, it gave me the idea of some mystery in Life that you find when you go too far... I always saw the Frozen Warnings like that, the Coldness of the drugs I was on, but at the same time a sense of having stepped so far outside of Life that I had a perspective that saw The World for what it was, with no illusions. When she sang a thousand cycles to come, a thousand times to win, a thousand ways to run The World I would see myself there, weak and skewed, just a person in this endless world that runs across so many ages and places, with people who live and die, and beyond this... There's something beyond this also, something out there that I felt I had wandered off into... The warnings, of going into that cold lonely place outside of Life, with this utter strangeness where you see things as they are... It's a beautiful knowledge, but comes at a price. I feel now, even years later, like I'm still in that place in many ways, like having been there once I can never really leave it...

4. Leonard Cohen | Last Year's Man
It's hard for me to pick just one song by Leonard Cohen. I used to have his albums on vinyl when I lived in a shitty rooming house in Chicago many years ago, there was one of those ancient record player and radio cabinet things that also served as a table. I got so used to listening to those albums that I expect the clicks and pops to always sound in the same places whenever I hear any of his Music. I guess Last Year's Man, because it's the story of the drama of Love and such, tied to the drama of everything in Life... For me it's part anthem, part memories, part story of my life. Whenever I hear any Leonard Cohen I feel like I'm visiting these rooms inside of me, from my past and all that I thought and felt. So much of it, every line feels like a secret code that's tied to so much, things I've done, places I've been, people I've loved. It's like there's some huge old book up in Heaven, with all of the details of my life written down in it, and Leonard Cohen is singing out of it. It's very intensely intimate Music for me...

5. Arthur Russell | A Little Lost
This is such an earnestly joyful song. It's truly rare to listen to such an unique and exact expression of a feeling, it doesn't fall into being a musical piece so much as it just stands as a person saying something. It's very pure. I like Arthur Russell's Music in particular because there’s that tension between so many differing styles, but within that he maintains absolute integrity to what he wants to do. A lot of the tensions he has as an artist I can understand: being classically trained, playing an instrument that is a bit unusual, as well as the need to experiment and break down the barriers or oppositions to all of those different influences. Also his life itself, never having achieved the recognition he really deserved, and dying young of AIDS... He consistently resisted all attempts to classify him, both in his Music and in his personal life, I get the sense of this person who is just so alive in spite of it all, who has greatly suffered but is still capable of writing songs such as this one, with this sense of childlike innocence and unabashed joy in them...

6. Olivier Messiaen | Quartet For The End Of Time (Performed by Amici Chamber Ensemble)
I can't think of another piece that manages to combine such chillingly Abstract Modernism with such lush and haunting Music. I used to walk around late at night and listen to this piece, the cold glow of the yellow streetlights seemed to match the Music perfectly. It's a piece that was written when Messiaen was imprisoned in a Nazi camp, the sense of Wrongness and Resignation goes right along with the sense of Hope that is buried within the Music, it seems to say this is the End of The World, but still, once there was Beauty. It says that even in a world where horrors are daily reality, to even have the courage to create is perhaps the most powerful form of Resistance. He named it appropriately, in a time when nobody knew which side would win the war, and there's this sense of immense Mourning in it, of crying out for such loss and waste of Life... It always reminds me that at times when The World seems so hopeless, there is still Music...

7. Vår | In Your Arms (Final Fantasy)
This is the first piece I heard by Vår. Again, it's hard to pick one piece, but I chose this one because it reminds me of moments in Life when everything seems to break open, a sense of pure release where The World opens up... It gives me a feeling of what I would call Mundane Transcendence, where you don't fly off to Heaven, but the illusions covering The World slide off - even for a moment - and you realize you're already there here on Earth the whole time, you just couldn't see it before. I'd also say No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers, it seems to have such a sense of Urgency, a heavy sense of Revelation, much of Vår's Music feels like that to me. A state of Intoxication, times when you do something because you're impelled by a passion, when you're willing to throw everything away just on a whim because it's something that overtakes you...

8. Iggy Pop | The Passenger
When I hear Iggy Pop it reminds me of a particular time in my life, specifically of the community laundry room at the apartment complex I was living in. I seldom washed clothes there, but it became an important indoor place for me and my friends to congregate in the middle of the night, and during the day the sickly-sweet scent of fabric softener would hit me as I walked past it. I've never learned how to drive so I spent a fair amount of that period of life in my friends' cars, feeling the peculiar combination of Inaction and Motion that comes from being a passenger. Iggy Pop's Music for me is Life as Pure Struggle against Society, it never became so much a part of the Punk Scene in the sense of any political ideology, so in that sense it seems more pure to me, more raw. This song has an almost apocalyptic feeling to it of Pure Joy at simply being alive in the face of The World, which is perhaps the greatest struggle against Society there is...

9. Dieterich Buxtehude | Prelude And Fugue In F-Sharp Minor, BuxWV 146 (Performed by Bernard Foccroulle)
I remember the first time I heard this as a child being transfixed. The opening is dramatic, explosive, and for a moment nothing existed but the Music. I used to have a cassette tape of his Music played by Helmut Walcha, the great blind German organist, I still remember the severe black cover. I played it over and over, I think I eventually wore the tape itself out. Buxtehude is one of the most inventive musicians ever in my opinion, yet his Music is actually fairly simple when looked at closely, his example of being able to do so much within the constraints of his Baroque Formalism has taught and inspired me greatly. When I was a pipe organ student I learned his Music extensively and have always been amazed by its depth and originality.

10. The Velvet Underground & Nico | European Son
When I was a teenager my friends and I all thought we were the coolest kids in The World for listening to The Velvet Underground. Our whole aesthetic was wrapped up in the idea of being lost wastrels wandering around the city getting high on whatever we could score. It’s hard to choose one in particular because they all held different meanings to me, this one used to be what I listened to when riding the subway, turned up on my headphones as loudly as possible. It formed something of an armor for me, I hid inside of the aggressive distortion and noise, wrapped up inside of it The World receded a little, I had room to breathe. I tend to listen to heavily aggressive Music full of Distortion when I am out in public, the same sense of the Noise and Chaos providing something of a shield and a cocoon has always stayed with me...


1. Depeche Mode | Black Celebration
Beautiful emotional song using E-MU emulators and Sequential Circuits synths.This to me is Depeche Mode right at the top of their game. Would fit in well with an early John Carpenter movie.

2. Gary Numan | Metal
Taken from The Pleasure Principle. Amazing production from Numan highlighting the use of Polymoogs, Minimoogs, Live Drumming all flanged and phased into a beautiful mix of a dystopian future controlled by machines. Should have been a single!

3. Butthole Surfers | Jimi
Hard to describe this track as it's totally fucking insane.

4. David Sylvian | Before The Bullfight
From the album Gone To Earth is this amazing journey from Sylvian which features the beautiful sound of Bill Nelson on guitar and Richard Barbieri demonstrating how to use a Prophet 5 properly.

5. John Foxx | Plaza
Prototype Techno at its finest.. Although no Moogs on this track, its lush sounds are created by an Arp Odyssey and the beautiful sounding Roland CR-78. As cold and futuristic as you can get!



6. Psyche | Neurotic Behavior
Carl Craig demonstrating he's no one-trick pony with this beautiful 8 minute slice of deep emotional electronics. One of the best pieces of Music out of Detroit.

7. The Human League | The Dignity Of Labour Pt. 1
The Dignity Of Labour Pts. 1-4... Amazing and before they had them 2 girls in the band and went shit.

8. Bochum Welt | CH Riot (On Proxima Centauri)
About as Aphex you can get without being Aphex. Superb Emotional Music from Italy's finest.

9. Can | Tape Kebab
Can jamming live in London recording for The John Peel Show. It's not prefect,  but it's tight and trippy as fuck.

10. David Sylvian & Holger Czukay | Flux (A Big, Bright, Colourful World)
One of the best Ambient tracks ever recorded... Simply, simply lovely.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

WARMER MIXTAPES #1594 | by Jeff Kandefer of The Daysleepers

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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