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 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 6 – Wild Gems

There isn’t a 70mm film to score this with yet, but there damn well should be.

The first in our percussion-heavy Wild Gems series, this episode is an exotic time travel odyssey taking place between 1959 and 2012, visiting tons of great moments in hard funk, psych rock and groovy Latin music along its journey. Selections hail from the international psychedelic continuum, and the exploitative proto-“world music” LPs of orchestrators like Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, among other sources like Peruvian chicha and French soundtracks.

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Tracklist:

Martin Denny – Temptation
John Hill – Amalthea
Ersen – Kozan Daği
Alessandro Alessandroni feat. I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni – Spiagge Azzure
Sam Spence Orchestra – Wie Ein Blitz
The Wrecking Crew (as Christopher Monte) – Giants of Bombora
Atomic Forest – Obession ’77
Resonnance – O.K. Chicago
Adventure Time – Kick It
Gérard Levecque & Claude Romat – Grey Pepper (Africadelic In Safari Mood); (Montparnasse: Africadelic’s the Name N° 2; with percussion by Black Colored Drums)
M. Ashraf (feat. A. Nayyar) – Main Hoon Play Boy
Fred Weinberg – Big Fat Woman
Bharat Karki & Party – Dancing Rope
The Aay Jays – Lal Qalander Lal
The Son of P.M. – Azava Leela (Guaracha)
Les Brown, Jr. – Drum’s Safari
Telegraph Avenue – Sungaligali
Lucía de La Cruz – Toro Mata
Marty Manning and His Orchesta – Night On Bald Mountain (from “The Twilight Zone”)
Twistin’ Kings – Congo (Part 1)
Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo – Imagination
Arthur Lyman – Jungle Fantasy
Jacques Loussier – Clara’s Jerk
Los Beltons – Cumbia Pop
Mandingo – Chant of the Virgins (Columbia: The Primeval Rhythm Of Life)
Erkin Koray – Estarabim
Troupe Majidi – Essiniya
Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects – El Mouka
Papete & Luís Lopes – Berimbalis
Manzanita y Su Conjunto – Serrano Con Orgullo

Episode 3 – Snow Globe

We took a trip to the arctic north in the dead of winter and put together a crackling mix of warm, toasty tracks from the last few years. So come along and fire up up your ears with some awesome electonica, alternative pop and more from around the globe.

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Tracklist:
Mexican Institute of Sound – Cumbia Meguro
Souleance – Secoue
The Very Best – Guju Guju
M.I.A. – Space
The 2 Bears – Muizenberg (Remix)
Armadillo – Neón
Chancha Via Circuito – Jardines feat. Lido Pimienta
Domenico + 2 – Possibildade
Cornelius – Night People
Moreno + 2 – Enquanto Isso (Meanwhile)
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express – Azov
Ibibio Sound Machine – Got to Move, Got to Get Out! (Ana)
Mbongwana Star – Shégué
Alsarah & The Nubatones – Fugu (Chancha Via Circuito Remix)
Shigeto – Pulse
Nicola Cruz – Colibria
Rebel Musical – The Silver feat. Full Violet
Ibeyi – Stranger Lover
Afroelectro – Omin
Jorge Drexler – El Triángulo de las Bermudas
Orchestra of Spheres – Dieuleul-Dieuleul (Remix)
Populous – Brasilia feat. Giorgia Tuma
Algodon Egipcio – La Condicion (La Prueba A)
Gepe – Estado de Vista
Amon Tobin – Nova
Romperayo – Dando Vueltas en Ovni
Basokin – Mulume feat. Mi Amore