Episode 31 – Last Patios

The lounge chair’s in the right place. Most of the umbrella’s still standing.

It’s everything else that’s gone.

Bid farewell to civilization with this dramatic mix of post-nuclear lounge tunes — a fantasia of slunk grooves, dramatic orchestral arrangements and exotic percussion.

Join me for our last few sips of wine cooler ever, at the last party anyone will attend, here on the last patios anywhere.

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Tracklist:

Submerse – It’s All Fun And Games Until Someone Loses
Les Baxter – Thinking Of You
Esquivel & His Orchestra – So Rare
Paul Tanner, Andre Montero & His Orchestra – Holiday On Saturn
Martin Denny – Hypnotique
The Surfmen – Aloe Oe
Armando Sciascia – Black Sand
Frank Hunter & His Orchestra – White Goddess
Ron Goodwin – The Moon
George Shearing – Lotus Land
Warren Baker & His Orchestra – Malayan Nightbird
Piero Piccioni – Eros In Hiro
Jerry Byrd – Bird Of Paradise
Frank Comstock & His Orchestra – Out Of Space
Henry Mancini – Lujon (Slow Hot Wind)
Decibels A Go-Go – De 9 A 6
Andre Popp Presents Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band – La Java Du Diable
Russ Garcia & His Orchestra – Red Sands Of Mars
Stan Applebaum, His Orchestra & Chorus – Undiscovered Island
Tak Shindo – Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Johnny Spencer & The Kona Koasters – Monsoon
Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again (1939 Version)

Episode 30 – Passage

The only way out is through. Wild Gems III will get you there.

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Tracklist:

Roger Roger & Nino Nardini – Strange Motion (Nature Nocturne)
Los Amaya – Bailen Mi Rumbita
Indian Rope – Purple Mania
Ike Mathews – African Feeling
Erkin Koray – Karli Daglar
Goat – Try My Robe
Wadih Essafi – Aandak Baharia Ya Rayess
The African Brothers International Band – Wompe Masem
Aby Ngana Diop – Sapaly
Roj – Bongo Workout
Aldo Tamborrelli – Indian Feeling
Hervé Roy & Pierre Bachelet – Pachydermes & Cie
Alessandro Alessandroni – Collata
Omar Khorshid – Rakset El Fadaa
Okay Temiz – Dokuz Sekiz
Un Dos Tres Y Fuera – San Juan, Tambor Y Fuera
Can – Smoke (E.F.S. No. 59)
Mac Talla Nan Creag – Grugaigian Chant
Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects – Roof Fish Suck
The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band – Sao Sakit Mae
Beaver & Krause – People’s Park
Flamingods – Gojira
Albert Marcoeur – Controle-Vitesse-Pusssance
Agitation Free – Ala Tul
Georgia Canal Din – (Open Voice)

Episode 29 – Mind Train

Mind Train aka Wild Gems II picks up where the first Wild Gems left off, taking us further down the stoney path through a vibrant and concerted wilderness of psych, exotica and eclectic international rock records.

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Tracklist:

Budapest Radio Orchestra – The Lights of Hong Kong
Yoko Ono – Mindtrain
Erkin Koray – Sir
Bharat Karki & Party – Calcutta Calcutta
Fred Weinberg – Aum Mau Mau
Dick Hyman – Topless Dancers of Corfu
Bo Dollis & The Wild Mangolias – Handa Wanda
Bernard Gérard – Crocodile Porte-Clé
Stereolab – Iron Man
Ersen – Gafil Gezme Saskin
Cem Karaca & Apaslar – Gilgamis
Pierre Henry – Jericho Jerk
John Hill – Io
Morgan Delt – Barbarian Kings
Selda – Yaylalar
Kalyanji-Anandji – Bansarai Babu Beats
The Piranha Sounds – La Turbie Pirhanienne
Raymond Guiot – Primitive Spirit
Ananda Shankar – Dancing Drums
Zafer Dilek – Tokat Sarması
Los Diablos Rojos – El Guapo
Banda Eletrica – Soy Loco por ti America
Yma Sumac – Gallito Ciego (One-Eyed Rooster)
Los Henry’s – Cumbia del Amor
Abelardo Carbono – Guana Tangula

Episode 28 – Thai Town

Our cousin and good friend Matthew arrived from Thailand last year with a stack of vintage Luk Thang 45s in relatively worn condition, being decades old and stored only in paper sleeves. While he couldn’t read the labels in Thailand’s stores, he did pick the 45s that seemed to uncannily stand out from the others, and managed to pick out plenty of gems via whatever musical antenna Matthew was gifted by Pan, god of wine and music.

So I digitized the whole set and tried to provide a fair rendering of each disc while avoiding the harsher surface noise, clicks, and scratches from the vinyl. Then, I was able to curate the best hour or so of material into this mix.

Information about some of these Luk Thang picks is available online, but many remain mysterious. My partially reconstructed tracklist shows tunes by Sangsuree Rungroj, Sayan Sanya, Winai Bundarak, and Chaloemphon Hit Donchai, but we know up to ten other unknown artists are featured. Who, for instance, is behind the cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s “J’taime Moi Non Plus”?

Whatever the answer, you can enjoy the retro vibes of Thai Town below — the first of four new episodes to be released over upcoming weeks tracing some exciting strains of sound among vintage international musics.

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Partial tracklist:

แสงสุรีย์ รุ่งโรจน์ (Sangsuree Rungroj) – เหมาหมด (Mixed)
สายัณห์ สัญญา (Sayan Sanya) – Unknown
สายัณห์ สัญญา (Sayan Sanya) – อดีตรักสาวเดิมบาง (Some Old Love)
สายัณห์ สัญญา (Sayan Sanya) – อย่าหลงข่าวลือ (Do Not Fall For The Rumor)
สายัณห์ สัญญา (Sayan Sanya) – คนชายแดน (Borderman)
Unknown Artist – ฉันรักฉันไม่มาก (J’taime Moi Non Plus)
เฉลิมพล ฮิตโดนใจ (Chaloemphon Hit Donchai) – วันเข้าพรรษา (Past Love Buddhist Lent Day, or Past Love Rainy Season)
เฉลิมพล ฮิตโดนใจ (Chaloemphon Hit Donchai) – วอนแม่หมั้นสาว (Won Mae Engagement Girl)
วินัย พันธุรักษ์ (Winai Bandurak) – บัวตอง (Mexican Sunflower)

Episode 27 – Home Furnishing

House music for the nest: These selections of micro, minimal, lo-fi, glitch, ambient and deep house hang together like insulating drapes — subtle head music heaving and pulsing in the stillness of a calm room, with steady, four-on-the-floor background beats and tightly knit bass lines that like to lead the groove. Synth pads and vocal samples line the space like wallpaper. Zone out and enjoy.

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Tracklist:

Afterhours – Defragment #2
Body-San – One Million Brazillion Dollars
Stimming – No. 17
Ishmael – No Chaser
Letherette – Without You
Farben & James Din A4 – Please Excuse My Face
Jan Jelinek – They, Them
Jetone – Octan
Rod Modell – Syria
Martin Schulte – City Night
Thomas Fehlmann – Atlas 2
Elka – BBX1999
You’re Me – Oot Re Mi
Perfume Advert – Auspice
Anders Ilar – Gramineous Glow
Martin Buttrich – Stop Motion
Ricardo Villalobos – Hireklon
Farben – Silikon
Nosaj Thing – NR2
Moodymann – Why Do U Feel
Gold Panda – Mediaevil
Francesco Tristano – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Episode 26 – Athleisure

Euphoric vibes, sculpted tones and melodic (at times challenging) beats converge for a brisk tour through the industrial park of tomorrow. The hoverboard has its soundtrack.

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Tracklist:

Yasuaki Shimizu – Tachikawa
Radiohead – I Am Citizen Insane
Rival Consoles – Morning Vox
Ada – You and Me
Rabit – Glass Harp Interlude
Aphex Twin – Milk Man
Iller – Bending Oddity
Kwes. – Hives
Arca – Dignity
Kahn, Commodo & Gantz – Kibosh
Knxwledge – Dntleave
Bullion – Don’t Talk (Close Your Eyes)
Gold Panda – Autumn Falls
Gobby – Hyuna
Bjork – Innocence (Alva Noto Unitxt Remodel)
Jlin – Nandi
Kutmah – Darkening Of The Light
Henry Wu – Expensive Ghetto (Feat. Mo Kolors)
Cakedog – 24 HRS
Moiré – Gel
Beat Spacek – Alone In Da Sun
Dabrye – In Water
James Place – High Rise (Rainier)
Bibio – Saint Christopher
Baths – Seaside Town

Episode 25 – Herd Instinct

It’s the sound of momentum: Hand drums, mallet instruments and mesmeric beats cut an exotic path through the worlds of global electronica and avant-garde techno.

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Tracklist:

You’re Me – Walled Garden
Mestre Geraldo E Su Bateria – Mistura #2
Don’t DJ – Evolve
Black Merlin – Reef Play
Tyondai Braxton – Greencrop
Clap! Clap! – Sahkii’s Elevation
Cut Hands – Inchantment
Tony Allen – Asiko (In A Silent Mix)
YPY – Gazing Beat
African Head Charge – Timbuktu Express
Banabila & Machinefabriek – Awake
Andrew Pekler – A Savage Topography
Michael Turtle – Zoote Pointe
Don’t DJ – Disparata 69
Francis Bebey – Binta Madiallo
NV – Bells Burp
DJ Eye – (iii)
BD1982 – Coney Island High
Elysia Crampton – Dummy Track (Feat. Why Be & Chino Amobi)
Bateria Fantastico De Potela – Demonstracao de Som e Andiamento
Lucy – A Millenia Old Adversary
DJ Paradise – Mbizi (R)

Episode 24 – Damp II

The second of two mixes compiling excellent 2016 instrumental music, fashioned for wet weather and a cool state of mind. This one’s got (somewhat) more of a rock bent. Enjoy.

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Tracklist:

So Percussion – Drumkit Quartet No. 51 (Chicago Realization)
Thor Harris – 12 Ate
Anna Meredith – Blackfriars
Christopher Tignor – The Will And The Waiting
F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm – Day One Three
Suzanne Kraft – Bank
Raime – Dialling In, Falling Out
Szun Waves – Orb Light
nonkeen – Glow
Daedelus – Hold Sway
BADBADNOTGOOD – Here & Now
Kikagaku Moyo – Melted Crystal
The Eye of Time – I could sleep for thousand years
Billington-Tramposh – Live January 13 2016
Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – Xhill Stepping
Mark Pritchard – Cycles Of 9
Plaid – Wen
Guy Blakeslee – Maja (Queen of The Storm) Movement 3
Oren Ambarchi – Hubris Part 1
Odd Nosdam – Endless 432 (Feat. Teebs)

Episode 23 – Damp I

The first of two mixes compiling excellent 2016 instrumental music, fashioned for wet weather and a cool state of mind.

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Tracklist:

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – Mob of Waters
Olof Melander – Travelers
Body-San – Voices 1
Foodman – Waterfall
Barnaby Carter – Cold Weather Warm Soul
You’re Me – Applet W
Don’t DJ – The Grey Shrine
Autechre – spTh
Banabila & Machinefabriek – Stokjes
Suzanne Kraft – Scripted Space
Kane Ikin – Echoic
Jilk – Baby Hannah
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Stratus
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek – Helio
Andrew Pekler – Theme From Tristes Tropiques/Avian Modulations/Life In The Canopy
Seiho – The Dish
Ian William Craig – Lost On Time, Part 1
Nicolas Jaar – Leaves
Ash Koosha – Ooh Uhh
Burial – Young Death
Pendant – Des Vieux Temples
weeVanStood – black.exe

Episode 22 – Period Piece

My mood at the end of an era.

This Best Of 2016 mix offers neither the very best songs nor representation for the very best albums of 2016. Instead it condenses some of the year’s very best tracks from some of the year’s best albums into a cloud of sentiment—a Top 40 mix defined by its vintage, covering the songwriters and producers I like most (plus a few one-offs).

Notes: It’s taken a historical moment for Bon Iver to show up on two of my favorite songs in one year. 2016 somehow made this possible. There are greater forces at work. Also, the KOOL AD song came out in 2015. The video is from 2016. And technically I included Ramona Gonzalez twice, edging out a potential fortieth pick. But man is unjust. Enjoy.

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Tracklist:

Laura Mvula – Bread
Chairlift – Crying in Public
Jenny Hval – Period Piece
Cross Record – Steady Waves
Radiohead – The Numbers
Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S∞∞n)
Mitski – Your Best American Girl
Suuns – UN-NO
Tobacco – Human Om
Gobby – Mysterioso
Alex Smoke – Dire Need
Nicolas Jaar – Three Sides of Nazareth
David Bowie – Lazarus
Flamingods – Anya
Cloudland Canyon – An Arabesque
Morgan Delt – Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside
Animal Collective – Golden Gal
Danny Brown – Lost
Mark Pritchard – Beautiful People (Feat. Thom Yorke)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Rare Things Grow
James Blake – Choose Me
Bibio – With The Thought of Us
Santigold – Banshee
Nite Jewel – Kiss the Screen
Blood Orange – Better Than Me
Jessy Lanza – It Means I Love You
Olga Bell – ATA
El Guincho – Cómix (Feat. Mala Rodriguez)
Kaytranada – GLOWED UP (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
A Tribe Called Quest – Whateva Will Be (Feat. Consequence)
KOOL AD – UP DOWN FREESTYLE (Prod. DJ MUSTARD)
KA – That Cold and Lonely
Clipping – Air ‘em Out
Gaika – VSOP
Foodman – Mid Summer Night (Feat. Diskomargaux)
MJ Guider – Lit Negative
Nite-Funk – Let Me Be Me
Anna Meredith – Something Helpful
Julianna Barwick – Beached
Babyfather – Militant