WARMER MIXTAPES #940 | by Carlos Martín [Carlotek]
1. Camarón de la Isla & Paco de Lucía | Como El Agua
This was one of the first tracks that I can remember hearing and feeling really moved by. It’s a Flamenco piece that I used to hear a lot when I was younger. Camarón’s Vocal on it gives me goosebumps every time.
2. Photek | U.F.O.
I remember hearing this on a Car Stereo when I was too young to really know about Drum & Bass. I remember absolutely loving it to bits. That was when I caught the D&B bug…
3. Jeff Mills | The Sun
This is a really simple record, with not that much to it. But the Energy on it is incredible and the Vocal is really infectious.
4. John Tejada | Clever Bunch
The EP that this is taken from, Cleaning Sounds Is A Filthy Business, is one of the best Tech-House EPs for me. It’s Melodic, Original, Progressive in Nature and it stands up in a club, or a living room. I keep coming back to it, year after year.
5. Ulrich Schnauss | Her And The Sea
I love this track and the rest of the album that it’s from. It’s perfect for a cosy, Warm Winter Evening.
6. Theo Parrish | Falling Up (Carl Craig Remix)
This track reminds me of a time when I was discovering the world of Tech-House. Tracks like this had an Abstract, but really exciting Sound, I couldn’t help but look further...
7. SebastiAn | Walk Man
When I first heard this, I was like This is fucking crazy!!!! I need a copy!!!...
8. LTJ Bukem | Music
This a beautiful early Drum ‘n’ Bass tune. So Melodic and genuinely Euphoric. It’s strange because it came out before my time, but I felt a kind of Nostalgia for it, almost like I wanted to be there, back in the early 90s…
9. Motor City Drum Ensemble | Monorail
I like the Synth that he uses in this track and when he takes the Melody up an Octave it really lifts you up!
10. DJ Narrows | Saved Soul
This was one of the first tracks I bought on Vinyl. It was when Garage was taking a Darker turn, just before Grime came around. The Hook and the Vocal work perfectly together.
WARMER MIXTAPES #939 | by Will Cole [Sylix]
1. 16bit | Skullcrack VIP
Ever since I first heard this song I absolutely loved it. The Intro with those powerful Horns and the crazy Middle-Eastern Guitar thing is just beautiful. The Drop just hits so hard and the Rhythm for it is awesome. I’ve always been a fan of Syncopated Music and that’s something you don’t hear a lot these days. I’m still gutted that 16bit split up.
2. Cake | When You Sleep
I first heard this song when I was about 7 years old and it takes me back. I had never heard anything like it before. The Lyrics are just hilarious, but overall the song is super Chill. This song and band will hold a special place in my heart for a long time.
3. Nero | My Eyes
First of all I Love Nero and all of their Welcome Reality album. It’s one of the few EDM albums that all the songs actually work together and you can listen to it straight through without it sounding like just a collection of songs. Now for the song, it’s just straight up awesome. I Love the Vocalist, she is always top notch. And the Production on the song is just Classic Nero and it’s great!
4. HIM | Right Here In My Arms
About six years ago I used to pretty much just listen to HIM. I’m not normally a fan of Metal, but I don’t know if you could call them Normal Metal. Ville Valo’s Lyrics do have an edge to them, but they are still pretty Soft at the same time. It’s hard to explain. I’m really glad to have heard HIM.
5. Cinnamon Chasers | Luv Deluxe
The Music Video for this is so well done and I think it may be the best part of the song. Luv Deluxe has Cinnamon Chasers usual Chill vibe, but it’s done quite a bit better than their others. It’s a lot more Upbeat than their other stuff and the lack of their usual slow drawn out Vocals definitely helps.
6. Bassnectar | Boomerang
Bassnectar was the first EDM Performance I ever saw and it was incredible. His Live Shows are one of the best I have ever seen and he genuinely cares about making the experience as good as it can be for his fans. When I heard him play Boomerang on his massive System it blew my mind. It is such a hard hitting song, but it also takes you on a journey.
7. Kid Cudi | Mr. Rager
How could you not be a fan of Kid Cudi? Honestly all his Music is amazing. It has such a nice unique Voice and his Instrumentals are Spaced Out and Magic. Mr. Rager might take the top spot for Kid Cudi’s ability to make you feel like you are going somewhere far away and different. I’ll always Love this song.
8. Danny Byrd | Tonight (feat. Netsky)
I’m always down for some uplifting D'n'B. Danny Byrd and Netsky NAILED it on Tonight. There is no way you could feel down while listening to vocals that explain Tonight’s gonna be the night where the Moon and the Stars and the Stage are shining bright. I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants to have a good time and just the mention that it’s going to be tonight is enough to bring everybody to their good place.
9. Kid Sister | Pro Nails (Rusko Remix)
This was the first ever Dubstep song I heard and it absolutely blew my mind. The Intro of the song is very disorientating and that is definitely Rusko’s style. The Bassline is so simple, but Simplicity is always a good thing in Music because it makes it easy to follow along. This song introduced to me Dubstep and Rusko. Because of that, I will never forget this.
10. Pixies | Where Is My Mind?
This song is so Chill and and absolutely takes my on a journey every time I hear it. Throughout this Masterpiece it feels like the energy is always building until it is released at the Chorus where you heard Where is my mind?... And you have no clue because you lost it somewhere along this great song.
1. John Tejada | Farther And Fainter
This song makes me feel like nothing else. It's Sound is very subtle, but in the same time it is very Powerful and Emotional. I believe that this is the Best Composition in Electronic Music Ever Created. Played on Loop, it never ends.
2. Chaos In The CBD | I'm Loosing You
For me Music is all about Emotions. Here the Vocals say it all. Sad, Dark and Hopeless, but in the same time very Sexy. This tune makes Miracles on a Dancefloor.
3. Blockhead | Triptych Part 1
There is no greater Love, than Love to Music. When I am listening to this song I always feel like hypnotized. Feeling everything and paying attention to every detail. Being in a Trance.
4. The Dave Brubeck Quartet | Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael And His Orchestra Cover)
The Cover by Ray Charles is fabulous, but Dave's Interpretation is much more Gentle. Very Delicate and Romantic. Builds up very slowly until the moment when the Magical Trumpet arrives after 2 minutes of a subtle Rhythm. Positive and Romantic, makes you want to fall in Love.
5. Krzysztof Komeda | Moja Ballada
A Genius. No words can describe. Elegant, Simple and Mature.
6. Viadrina | Shining
Hard Kick throughout a Chilly tune, makes it a perfect Warm-Up song. It makes people shake their booties.
7. Ben Pearce | What I Might Do (Harry Wolfman Remix)
Very Deep, kind of Housey vibe. I Love to play such stuff. Lots of Air in this track.
8. Matador | Kley
IT IS ALL ABOUT ENERGY, IT IS ALL ABOUT LOOOVE! Pure Power.
9. Dr. Dre | High Powered
With the Drop of the Synth I can feel that the Producer of this song had a gun in his pocket. Real Gangsta Shit. Genious Production.
10. Queens Of The Stone Age | The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
One of my favorite songs from times in which I used to play in Rock bands. Whatever you do, don't tell anyone. Reminds me of a Unity that a band makes. Now working alone, it feels very different. But still, making Music always feels very good to me.
WARMER MIXTAPES #937 | by David Whitfield [Davidian]
1. The Beach Boys | Pet Sounds
This Instrumental, buried within perhaps the Greatest Album of All Time, has been one of my favourite tracks for as long as I can remember. The Innovative use of every day items to create entirely unique Sounds is extremely inspiring to me.
2. Nas | The World Is Yours
Had to include a Nas track. One of the last living Hip-Hop greats. This track is a daily listen for me. The message is clear and it has motivated me through a lot of times when I’ve not felt like working. Don’t let Nas down!
3. Stevie Wonder | Summer Soft
Stevie Wonder is hands down my All Time Favourite Musician. My dad introduced me to him when I was a bairn by playing Hotter Than July on Vinyl - a record I still regularly spin. His Versatility astounds me. The track Summer Soft stands above the others for me. The Emotion behind the Vocal can’t be ignored.
4. Bicep | Vision Of Love
I dropped this Piano Houser at my first DJ Set and it went down so well. FMB001 is a brilliant release. The Mix is so perfect. I must have spent hours listening, trying and understand how it’s so Smooth. Certainly a track and budding House Producer should aspire to.
5. FCL | More Than Seven
This track made me start making House, simple as that. I heard it out at a Basement Club in Leicester a few years back and had to ask the DJ who it was. Those Chords are spot on and the Bouncy Bass works so well. A House staple.
6. James Blake | Sparing The Horses
Back when the term Post-Dubstep was synonymous with James Blake. I first heard this track at Warehouse Project Manchester back in 2011. I’d never heard anything like it, such a haunting track. I Love the Silent pauses before bursting back into that Wonky Beat. Looking back, I feel bad for my Uni flatmate who ended up enduring this blasting out my room every day.
7. Miles Davis | Blue In Green (with Bill Evans)
I really enjoy a good Jazz Ballad, and this has to be one of the best. The Modal Melody is so Moving and Thought Provoking. The perfect tune after a long day.
8. Detroit Swindle | Sometimes
I had to put a Swindle track on this list. It was almost impossible to narrow down to one because they literally never miss. Sometimes has to be the best for me though. The Organesque Synth Cutoff on the Drop is so Smooth and the Vocals compliment the Sound so well. Spot on.
9. The Beatles | A Day In The Life
Another Lifelong Musical Love. Both my parents are fans and I grew up listening to the Blue and Red albums on Pre-Recorded Cassettes. A Day In The Life was originally meant to be two tracks, but the band decided to merge them into one, and it works so well. Always takes me back!
10. D’Angelo | Untitled (How Does It Feel)
D’Angelo is the Personification of Everything I Love About Music. So many of his inspirations are my favourite Musicians, and he manages to encompass the best of all of them in this track. Video is pretty intense, mind.
WARMER MIXTAPES #936 | by Linden Berelowitz [Linden Jay]
1. D'Angelo | One Mo'Gin
No matter where I am in the World, if i'm feeling Positive or Negative, this tune is like an Automatic Reset back to Zero. The amount of times I've left a stressful situation or session, or sitting on a plane from one place to the next, the second I hear Questlove's Snare, Pino Palladino's Bass and D'Angelo's Voice and Keys, it instantly calms my mind.
2. Stevie Wonder | Have A Talk With God
This record was way before it's time. I remember listening to it in the car with my dad whilst driving in Cape Town, South Africa and my innocent mind thinking damn, this is some futuristic shit for a track written in 1976. It sounds like some early, Underproduced Fying Lotus Beat! As I'm doing this interview sitting at my desk in my Studio, the album Songs In The Key Of Life that this track's off is framed right above my Monitor.
3. Noisia | The Tide
As a Drummer and Producer, this track is like my Bible. It's the most unbelievable demonstation of Sound Design and insane Drum Programming. Noisia have had a huge influence on the way I play Drums and their incredible Sound Design (particularly their Baselines) is always something I look up to. For one of my final Drum Exams at Berklee, I actually notated this whole tune by hand and then performed it on Drums - it was definitely a workout!
4. Missy Elliott | Work It
I have a clear memory of listening to this track in Geography Class on one headphone tucked round the back of my hoody so the teacher couldn't see… It's just one of those tunes that was before it's time and everyone loved and still loves. Can't fault Timbaland's Production on this one!
5. Count Basie & His Orchestra | Lil' Darlin'
To me this is the definitive Less Is More record. My good friend Nick Hakim who I studied with in Boston showed me this tune once in the early hours of the morning. His tracks have so many elements of this feel in it. I feel like a king would get back after a long day out, light a cigar and listen to this track. Not every track has to have a stonking 4/4 Kick Drum Pattern - but I do Love it!
6. Michael Jackson | Rock With You
This is some of the best Musicianship you can ever hear on a record. The combination of Quincy Jones' Arrangements, one of the Greatest Rhythm Sections of All Time and obviously Michael Jackson's Vocals is the perfect equation for an All Time Classic. There's a Classic story with this track: I'd been suffering from a bad back for a few years and then at an After Party in Dijon, France with Reeps One, when this track came on, out of nowhere I decided to start Breakdancing in the middle of a circle of Hip Hop heads. The track just felt so good I couldn't resist to bust some moves… I felt the pain the next morning and it set me back a few months in my repairing process, haha.
7. James Blake | Air & Lack Thereof
One of those song for late night long car journeys. I think I listened this about 20 times driving back from Bestival a few years ago. Everyone was asleep in the car so I just zoned out to this…
8. Flying Lotus | $tunt$
In one word I'd describe this track as gritty. I'm a huge FlyLo fan and this track always stuck out in particular. It's a really great Hip Hop/Dance Crossover and I've never really heard anything like it. It's kind of got a Justice vibe to it and on that note…
9. Justice | Let There Be Light
Justice brought that Rock 'N' Roll Distorted Guitar vibe back to Dance Music (in a non Dubsteppy way). This tune reminds me of being at School, going to the Drum Room on lunch breaks and smashing the absolute living daylights of the Drum Kit with headphones turned up way too loud. Every time I listen back to this track I still can't believe how Distorted it is and it reminds me that I need to keep my Music gritty as well as smooth and clean.
10. Jaylib | The Red (Instrumental)
I had to save the best 'til last… J Dilla (James Yancey) is without a doubt my biggest influence in my approach to Beat Making. You may not hear it directly in my work but Dilla's feel has massively shaped the 'Bouncy' style that I use a lot in my tunes. For months of my life I've had his Discography on loop and I chose this track as it's a prime example of how he makes the simplest things so amazing. No one else out there can make a Kick, Snare and Hi Hat feel so good. R.I.P.!