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Monday Mixtapes #5 // 22 April 2013 // How It All Begins

I’m a little late sending it out on a Tuesday, but hey, they’re just dates. Deal with it.

I’ll be presenting the Monday Mixtapes on Spotify now since we just got it here in Southeast Asia, and thus Singapore. As a music service, I think it blows Deezer straight out of the water save for a few kinks. You’ll need to download Spotify on your own in order to listen to the tracks, but I think it’s a small price to pay for having a tonne of streamable music at your disposal.

This week we feature:
A song from the new Yeah Yeah Yeah’s album, some very chilled beats and guitar work courtesy of Session Victim, a hypnotically pleasing bassline from Matthew Dear, minimal and glitch drum n bass by Maribel and a surging closer by Choir of Young Believers.

Lastly, you can follow my Spotify account here: spotify:user:litford

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Monday Mixtapes #4 // 15 April 2013 // The Flame of Forever

Alex Metric & Charli XCX – End of the World
We open with a mish mash of synth wave and then clashes into a brutal alchemy of electro house. For everything this song is, I want to stare straight into artificial lights and pretend the sun’s not going to rise tomorrow.

Alex Metric – Scandalism
Get in your car, drive down a long empty road and feel every deep breeze that cuts through as start dust sparkle through your lacerations.

Matthew Dear – Earthforms
This is what an evil bass sounds like. Running across the water as if a flame that tickles over the oil it slicks on. Matthew Dear pairs his vocals flawlessly as well.

Mux Mool – Palace Chalice
A montage of every day night life intersped with streetlights. Mux Mool creates mood boards as if they were chemistry on silver nitrate.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Mermaids
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds write and perform absolutely perfect music. I dare you to stare straight into the abyss of this song and come out unscathed.

Gorillaz – Stylo (Alex Metric Remix)
These visuals absolutely trip me out.

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Monday Mixtapes #2 // 18 March 2013 – The endless shall reap the world

Bastille & Gabrielle Aplin – Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

My first thought was, “Did the Xx cover Fleetwood Mac?” – While I was wrong, two other people did, and to great effect. While I love the original, seeing as I think it’s one of the greatest pop songs ever written, this is a great version. It’s pretty current and gets the synth-wave vibe. So props to Bastille and Grabrielle Aplin for attempting one of the untouchable songs.

Japandroids – Younger Us

I haven’t been paying much attention to Japandroids, but I think it’s about time I did. Got this as I was streaming off Fuzzy Logic, and the melody hooks you immediately. It’s everything I love about rock music, the manic-ness, the attitude and the frenzy. It reminds me a little of Feeder, and that’s always a good thing.

Band of Skulls – The Devil Takes Care of His Own

I’ll always love guitar rock, though it has been very boring lately. Sometimes though, certain riffs get filtered through, not just through pure technical brilliance, but through a precarious balance of musicality and songwriting. Somehow everything just works on this song. From the balls-out garage rock riff to the way they almost sing, “The devil takes care of his own.” – almost as a punctuation.

DJ Koze – My Plans (Feat. Matthew Dear)

My fascination with Matthew Dear has been slow burning. In him, I see a conscientious and meticulous producer, and in his voice, I hear the strange garbles of an android learning what it means to be alive for the first time. So here we are, with some essential listening where it’s his voice that’s the highlight and some else (DJ Koze) gets the honour of providing backup.

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