Episode 17 – Global Antenna

On this global bass mix, energy is central: Rhythms of the Afro-latin world are brought together in a transatlantic call-and-response between Africa, Europe, South and Central America — a swirl of synthetic and acoustic beats, a weaving of sampled and recorded voices, a synthesis of roots and branches — joined by producers from nearly every continent.

The second Global Electronic episode, Global Antenna mixes digital cumbias from post-EDM Mexico, Argentina and Ecuador with a selection of high-energy clave-rooted beats and kuduros from all over the Portuguese-speaking world, while dropping in hip-hop and dancehall-inflected beats that flip sounds from locales as far-flung as Bollywood.

It matches French MPC producers ventriloquizing Brazilian MPB samples with Italian producers ventriloquizing Central African tribal recordings, and blends the latest electronic techniques with classic Latin percussion instruments and African mbira. It selects from African artists living part-time in Europe, and even listens in on a few like-minded producers in Japan, Turkey, Colorado, and California.

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Tracklist:

The Very Best – Ufumu
Nicola Cruz – Cumbia del Olvido
Psilosamples – Soldadinho do Aripe / Periquoto Cara-suja
Souleance – Mais Um
Frikstailers – Cumbia Frikera
Ccolo – Immortal Birds Diwali
Al Dobson Jr. – Malfuf – Nebetia
Daniel Haaksmen – Aho
Clap! Clap! – The Rainstack Fable
Magnus P.I feat. Penya – Search It Out
Dengue Dengue Dengue – R2
Mala – Inga Gani
Underspreche – Flowers From the Lake
Anchorsong – Butterflies
Chancha via Circuito feat. Lido Pimienta – Jardines (Tremor Remix)
MORO – SALVE SUA VIDA
Gossamer – J-cruise
Nicola Cruz – Mantis (Xanga Remix)
DJ Marfox – Cobra Preta
DJ Kolt & DJ Perigoso – Perseguição
Clap! Clap! – (E) Earnest
Ibibio Sound Machine – Uwa The Peacock (Eki Ko Inuen Uwa)
Mbongwana Star – Suzanna
El Guincho – Antillas
Thug Entrancer – Curaga
Los Chapillacs – Marcha del Chullachaqui (Deltatron Remix)
Africaine 808 – Yes We Can’t
Abu Ama – Tired in Istambul

Episode 16 – Coastin’

Holographic sounds for a Schwinn Beach Cruiser. Make the bike path glow.

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Tracklist:

Bop – Fragments
Weval – You Made It (Part I)
Al Dobson Jr. – Vibrations
Armadillo – Aves del Valle
Don’t DJ – Southern Shore
The Invisibles – Wing
John Wizards – Leuk
Seiho – DO NOT LEAVE WET
Jose Larralde – Quimey Neuquen (Chancha Via Circuito Remix)
Balam Acab – See Birds (sun)
Co La – White Silver Sands (Radiowave Version)
Anchorsong – Monsoon
Nerftoss – Virtue Walk
The Avalanches – Subway/Going Home
The Day – Boots In the Pool
Disclosure feat. Al Green – Feel Like I Do
Kaytranada – LITE SPOTS
Cornelius – Drop
Bibio – A Mineral Love
Al Dobson Jr. – In the World
Botany – Anchor
Arawak – Accadde A Bali
Flamingods – Majestic Fruit
Gold Panda – I Am Real Punk
Mice Parade – Pursuant to the Vibe
Mount Kimbie – Adriatic
K15 – Mist
Submerse – No Continues Kid
TOKiMONSTA – Waiting For the Break of Dawn
Michael Turtle – Maid of the Mist
Teebs – Arthur’s Birds
Gossamer – Okuma

Episode 15 – High Summer

Ambient heat and luminescent drones from contemporary artists and composers for bathing in the light ecstatic or brooding in the blinding sun. On this episode, tons of 2016 tracks are featured alongside seldom heard classics, all by thinkers who truly know how to focus their (and our) senses.

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Tracklist:

Shigeto – Deep Breathing
Irezumi – Contemplations
Benoît Pioulard – Of Everything That Rhymes
Maju – Yawning In An Afternoon’s Monotony
Naemi – Propel (Original Mix)
Lucy – A Selfless Act
Guitoo – Snow Noiz
Christina Vantzou – Valley Drone
Sean McCann – Guardian
Ian William Craig – Expanding Hope Into Caverns
Anenon – Panes
Huerco S. – The Sacred Dance
Zomes – Life On The Wheel
Julianna Barwick – Nebula
Tim Hecker – Up Red Bull Creek
Trees – sonm ambient 2
Ben Lukas Boysen – Sleepers Beat Theme
Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – ME
Harbour – best self
Don’t DJ – Southeast Subterrane
Matthewdavid’s Mindflight – Venusian Sunset
Mark Pritchard – ?
Benoit Pioulard – II
Kane Ikin – Autophasic
Alessandro Cortini – Di Passaggio
Leafar Legov – MX Home
M. Geddes Gengras – Threshold
Grouper – Made of Air

Episode 14 – Let It Hit

Feel it.

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Tracklist:

Pharaohs – Beyond Within
Musiccargo – Sol Lucet Omnibux
Jib Kidder – Remove a Tooth
The Chemical Brothers – Dream On
Flamingods – Yuka
Morgan Delt – Little Zombies
Animal Collective – Graze
Nice Nice – Big Bounce
Dalhous – Bolder and Lighter Than the Beat from a Wing
Cloudland Canyon – An Arabesque
Spiritualized – Electric Mainline (Part One)
Zomes – Cosmovital Force
The Avalanches feat. Father John Misty – Saturday Night Out
Gwenno – Chwyldro
Vytas Brenner – Araguaney
Woodsman – Beat the Heat
Soft Circle – Shimmer
The Chemical Brothers – Wonders of the Deep
Stereolab – Moogie Wonderland
Caribou – Sun
The Boredoms – (two circles)
Deakin – Good House
Sun Araw – Horse Steppin’

Episode 13 – Building Brains

The Dutch wave breaks.

Holland’s contributions to post-punk were restlessly creative and aesthetically experimental: industrial noise, synthesizers, modern classical, dub and krautrock grooves all made an impact. You might hear an acoustic guitar or a chamber orchestra. You might hear a dreary jam session, driven by a repetitive bassline and ornamented with bleeps and bloops. Or, pleasant ambient tones. A grinding synth instrumental. Sheet metal being cut. An entire factory coming to an abrupt halt. Some obtuse improvised non-music recorded direct to cassette at a squat somewhere in Amsterdam. A piano.

Last in the series, Building Brains is a mix for the open mind.

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Tracklist:

De Fabriek – Take Four
Ensemble Pittoresque – Several Sunsets
Flue – Legacy
Mekanik Kommando – Scars – Run Tintintin Run
Bazooka – Rood / Wit
Nasmak – 4 Our Clicks
Edward Ka-Spel – Hotel Rouge
Prof. Einstein – Le Jardin Noir
Van Kaye & Ignit – Chapel
Nexda – ThreeSeventyFive
The Visitor – Tranceparent Whirled
Ensemble Pittoresque – Building Brains
De Div – Pasodoble
Minny Pops – Mono
The Young Lions – Marie and Jane
Störung – Dimensie 4
Mecano – The Mutant Jasz
Kiem – Request to Obtain
Coitus Int. – The Threat
Genetic Factor – Action Spot
Ensemble Pittoresque – Auratorium
Van Kaye & Ignit – Schmerz
Ende Shneafliet – Crusoe’s Roots
Smalts – Werktitel #7
Z’ev – Untitled
The Young Lions – Spade Reverie
S.R. Emmer – Ein Schnellboot am Ganges
Sammie America’s Mam – The Stockhausen Sound
Mekanik Kommando – First Snow
Flue – Refuge
Vice – L’Autostrada
Edward Ka-Spel – Lisa’s Christening
Muziekkamer – Syncopes

Episode 12 – Short Memories

Wild, uptempo post-punk slammers from Holland in the ’80s. If the spirit of Dutch new wave can be captured in a single mix of dark, eccentric party tracks? Here’s your candidate.

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Tracklist:

Kiem – Short Memories
Das Ding – H.S.T.A.
De Div – Walk
Güler – Princess Parade
La Voix Qui Rit – Huba Huba
Flue – Some-Times
Minny Pops – Time
Mekanik Kommando – Entangled By Colors
The Actor – Picture 210
The Project – Money and Morals
The Tapes – Night After Night
Dojoji – Quincunx
Cargo Cultus – Le Peste
W.A.T. – Sub
Storung – Europe Calls
Tent – Distances
Ensemble Pittoresque – Program
Van Kaye & Ignit – Negroe in N.Y.
Nine Circles – Twinkling Stars
Vice – See!
Coitus Int. – In Jutland
Nasmak – Plaster
De Div – Dit Moment
Kiem – Moneyman
Ensemble Pittoresque – A Distant Dance
Minny Pops – Tracking
Ende Shneafliet – The Day Detlef Macha Won
Mekanik Kommando – Icefield
Pee Dee – Tiuri
Tent – The Fear
Nasmak – Me Rex
The Tapes – Hot Line
Vice – Fiction Tales
Nine Circles – Here Come I
W.A.T. – Ivanhoo
The Actor – Lights
Plus Instruments – Bodies

Episode 11 – Chase Horizons

New wave poses. Art rock techniques. Cyberpunk poetry. Gothic moods. Alien synths. Caterwauling guitars. Scrap yard funk. Tractor tire basslines. Abandoned factories. It’s post-punk, it’s Holland, it’s the ’80s.

From 1978 to 1988 Holland joined the transatlantic fray. There’d been a few new wave bands in the Dutch pipeline by ’78, but the country’s ultramodernen scene really sparked with the avant-garde post-punk club ULTRA, which ran from 1980 to ’81 in Amsterdam. The term often used to describe Dutch post-punk as a whole, ULTRA was taken from this one short-lived party.

Focused on the more challenging acts, the original night was put on by many of the musicians and writers that would go on to work at Vinyl Magazine and the broadcaster VPRO, both champions of the Dutch wave for most of the decade to follow. Sharing label rosters and venues with the scene’s core avant-garde after 1981 were other, somewhat more sophisticated if not more accessible acts who would experiment less with a “cringe” aesthetic than with music composition. As in the post-punk scenes internationally, bands didn’t even put out records of any note for the most part until after 1981 or ’82. Earlier recordings tended to sound rough, gritty and dissonant, while later projects from ’82 and after moved toward accessibility and maturity.

In the long run, sonic cross-polination was a sort of death knell for the original underground, but looking back it resulted in some of the era’s best releases — similar to how early US and UK punk and industrial bands were hugely influential, but the new wave and post-punk bands that followed (often featuring musicians from the earlier bands) bested them by expanding their sound. After all, purity is boring.

DIY and the general milieu of awkwardness didn’t necessarily go away, though. Often, the more “accessible” stuff could be really weird: You had bands like Kiem, who sound like a bizarro world Kraftwerk, or Moroder, blending completely homemade percussion with thick, arpeggiating synthesizers and a skronking saxophone.

To the mixes, then.

First in the Dutch Waves series, Chase Horizons offers a sweeping collection of truly compelling songs, sounds and perspectives. Next week is Short Memories, focusing on uptempo beats and the dance-oriented vibes underpinning many of the period’s best tracks. The final installment, Building Brains is a definitively bi-polar view of the scene’s outermost creative edges: industrial noises, compositional indulgences and acoustic gems.

Though honestly, they all kind of overlap.

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Tracklist:

Mecano – Autoportrait
The Tapes – March
Coitus Int. – Bonanza
Nine Circles – The Rose
Mekanik Kommando – Money For Pleasure
De Div – Lichaam Op Het Laken
Kiem – Time Doesn’t Heal
Das Ding – Makimo
Vice – Stirring Up The Fire
Ensemble Pittoresque – Lovesong
Minny Pops – Ice Cube Wall
Nasmak – Duel (With Unequal Arms)
Mick Ness – You In Me
De Div – Marianne H.
Neon – Standing On The Other Side
The Gentry – Escape
Storung – Radio Lines
Sammie America’s Mam – Find a Form
Vice – The Beast
Flue – Esmafarja
Edward Ka-Spiel – Tick Tock
Tent – Chase Horizons
Mekanik Kommando – First Reprise
Nasmak – Silhouette
Stephen Emmer – Teracotta Trimmings
Mecano – March of The Iron Workers
Ensemble Pittoresque – Ash Grey As Sunday
Nine Circles – What’s There Left
Tent – You Will Fall
Sammie America’s Mam – It’s Slipping Away
The Gentry – Senses

Episode 10 – Magic

It’s magic.

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Tracklist:

D/P/I – Dead Hearts
Durlin Lurt – Magic
Knxwledge – BuildMyWrld(ArowndJew)
J Dilla – So Far To Go (Instrumental)
Bullion – You Still Believe In Dee
Charles Trees – Memories
Gobby – Immortality
Sharpshooters – Don’t Turn Away
FloFilz – Paramahansa
mieksneak. – Script
Lone – 2 Is 8
TOKiMONSTA – Fool
Sweet Valley – Where Will I Go
Mndsgn – On (Paralysis)
Samiyam – Ronald
Blank Blue – Eyes Closed
Jib Kidder – Recognition
Nobody – Girls Alone (Muzak mix, with Ikey Owens)
Teebs – While You Doooo
Axton Frick – That Moment When Everything Feels Right
Baths – Lovesick Synthetic
Bibio – You
Koushik – Coolin’ (Instrumental)
Grass Mirror – Suunrizer
Knxwledge – Remember Who You Are
oriJanus – Sol Love
Odd Nosdam – Sisters
Animal Collective – What Would I Want? Sky

Episode 9 – Cinemascope Patio

Rum punch from a coconut. Plastic hula skirts. Vivid fantasies. More dreamy 70mm music, tuned in to terra-cotta tiles, potted palms and those infinity pools behind your eyelids. Many thanks to the incredible Exotica 45s project and of course astral exploration affionado Flash Strap for pointing me in the direction(s) of so many solid old slabs of wax, mixed here with a few contemporary cuts that harken to those original years of le exotique.

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Tracklist:

Jimmy Nanaro Trio – Driftwood
The Surfmen – Fire Goddess
Bill Justis – The Dark Continent Contribution
Esquivel and His Orchestra – La Bikina
Eden Ahbez – Myna Bird
Roger Roger and Nino Nardini – Coconut Coast
Les Baxter – Batumba
Bruno Nicolai – Shan
Gene Moles and The Softwinds – Maria (The Wind)
Mike Cooper – Paumalu Sunset Beach
Arthur Lyman – Shangri-La
Terry Snyder and The All Stars – Aloha Oe
Jun Miyake – Relaxn’
Martin Denny – Stardust
Dominic Frontiere – Venus Girl (Ix-Koben)
Armando Scascia – Nostalgic Sea
The Sound Breakers – Marooned
The Wailers – Driftwood
Cal Tjader – The Bilbao Song
Piero Piccioni – Eros in Hiro
The Three Suns – Bali Ha’i
Paul Tanner with Andre Montero and His Orchestra – 20th Century Venus
Henry Mancini – Dreamsville
Frank Hunter and His Orchestra – Temple Bells
Martin Denny – Jungle Drums
Kenny Dorham – Lotus Flower
Ron Goodwin – The Rings Around Saturn
The Ebbinghouse Sound – Turkish Delight
Herman Clebanoff and His Orchestra – Sueno Flamenco
Stony Starr – Theme for Moongazers (Part 1)

Episode 8 – Shoreline Daydream

Don your rose-colored glasses as the beach vibes flourish on this hypnagogic springtime mix, and let yourself traverse a coastal trail of cooled out beats, rich chords and pleasant, sunny textures.

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Tracklist:

Hammafest – Wunderer
Sweet Valley – Bros Beyond
The Avalanches – Since I Left You (Cornelius Remix)
Towa Tei – Technova (La em Copacabana)
Kiraz – Daydream
[offbeatninja] – $enpai (Walkin’)
Jib Kidder – Cruising 1
Karriem Riggins – Summer Maddness S.A.
sealab 2012 – raddest of them all
Co.fee – Liv Inn
Co La – Come Softly (Accumulation Version)
Daedelus – Pre-munitions
Caribou – Boreal Forrest Opper
Koushik – Forest Loop
Tim “Love” Lee – Everybody Loves the Jungle
Lone – Jaded
Brother Mynor – drew barrymore watches saturday morning cartoons (feat. Ojmacoj)
Afterhours – Night and Day
Black Monk – Hummin In The Sun
Hint – Plucker
Olof Melander – Forward
Yesterday’s New Quintet – Broken Dreams
Floating Points – For Marmish
Cornelius – Tone Twilight Zone
Malcolm McLaren – Obatala