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Monday Mixtape #15.. Stones Roll On

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Another week and another mixtape. Apologies if all I seem to be doing on this blog is to put together these playlists, but it’s one of the few things I’m genuinely excited about packaging and putting together. I’ll try to find more reasons to write, but in the meantime, treat yourself to some of these other-worldly sounds.

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Tom Waits – Going Out West (Queens of the Stone Age Cover)

Never heard the original before by Mr Waits, so I’m considering myself schooled. However, what better education than the brazen, motor-riffic desert rock sensibilities courtesy of QOTSA? I’m never going to stop driving s’long as this keeps playing.

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Deftones – Tempest

One of the best songs to come out of Sacramento’s heavy rock scene, this scorcher of a track displays the full maturity of what a rock career that spans two decades can do for your music. One of my favourite riffs on the planet, it’s a python of a riff that leaves you breathless.

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DARK FUNERAL – Feed On The Mortals

Decided to continue the heavy guitar vibe with this one. Reminds me a tad of Liturgy, but I reckon it’s a lot less transcendental and heaps load more black metal.

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Flight Facilities – Stand Still (feat. Micky Green)

What a great track to transition out of the abysmal mood set before! I’ll admit that the song didn’t really grab me at the start, I was afraid it was going to be another Peter, Bjorn and John with the initial whistling, but I was pleasantly surprised as the chorus came on. Probably closer to Haim, but a tad darker in mood, which is an interesting juxtaposition against the twee-like whistling.

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What So Not – JAGUAR (Original Mix)

This is an absolute monster of a track. You think it’s going to be another electro anthem with the intro, but NOOOOOO.. they drop the trap with absolute conviction! I want to listen to this in a hazy dance club, and forget all the hipsters around me.

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Bjork – Crystalline (Current Value Remix)

As if the stereotypes don’t already come one after another. This delicate Bjork number from Biophelia is given dubstep treatment, but man does that bass kill it. Not for the faint-hearted, and a worthy addition to any mix.

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Shigeto – Olivia (Seams Remix)

So let’s take it down a little. Shigeto always puts me in the mood, but this remix by Seams adds some very therapeutic swaths of glitch to make this an easy descent into the come down.

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mockstarr – Speak & Spell no EVIL

Don’t know if I took it down too much, but I absolutely love this one by mockstarr (Adam Shah’s alter ego). The rhythms on this are so fresh, and definitely deserving of some electronica lovin’. Shah proves that he’s not just a master of hitting things, but also weaving electronic music to his bidding.

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sima kim – Then I Could Just Die Today

No brainer to close another round of Monday Mixtapes. If you want to drown yourself in synths, treat your ears to this bliss.

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