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Monday Mixtape #12.. Resurrection, Glorious Ascension

We’re back with a killer mix this week! On a technical side, I decided to ditch Spotify for the more browser friendly Soundcloud, just as when I originally started this. I’m pretty excited to be starting this again, and these have been some of my favourite songs from the past week or the last four months of my absence from mixtaping.

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I caught [.gif] play last week, and this is the song that originally got me all excited about this electronica duo from Singapore.

Amateur Takes Control – 4207 (F ∆ U X E Bootleg Remix)

I’m remembering a conversation I was having with F ∆ U X E about where he’s at musically and he was telling me about his new EP (& I Love You More With Every Word). Instead of sharing some of the new material (which we’ll get to in due time), instead I’m sharing the last thing I heard from him before reconnecting, and that’s a remix he did of a bootleg taking from Amateur Takes Control’s swansong gig.

Chromeo – Over Your Shoulder

I can’t get enough of Chromeo, and if we thought Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was a great funk offering this year, let’s not forget that Chromeo have been doing it since they first started. And damn, this bassline is killing it along with the syncopations.

Maurice Massiah – We Can Go to Your House (Breixo Edit)

You can’t have too much of a good thing. This 70′s inspired funk number will have you teetering on the edge of an afro-rapture.

Probot – Shake Your Blood

I was in Motorhead fever last month, so I decided to throw in some of the balls-out brashness of this Probot classic to surge up the testosterone.

Japandroids – Jack The Ripper (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

What can I say? Classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds delivered as classic Japandroids. Both versions stand on their own, and all I want is to get struck down with a fist of lead. Gets me every time.

Teen Daze – Wet Hair (Japandroids)

Festival dance-along. The instrumentation reminds me a little of Deastro.

Jonwayne – Numbers on the Hoard

That bass got me. The flow is flawless. And that BEAT! Wait for the two second break too. SPAZ.

KILN – Star.field

Time to chill the fxxk out.

LMBR-JCK T… – Judgement

Still chillin’.

Aebeloe – Guide

Okay, I’m there because this is glitch heaven. Expect to hear more from Aebeloe in the upcoming mixtapes!

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Dog Twinkie and the infinite galaxy.

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Monday Mixtape #11 // 1 July 2013 // Hammer Of The Gods

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Admittedly, the flow of this mix will sound a tad strange, but it’s only because that when I saw the song titles of what I’d selected over the course of last week, that a pattern started to emerge. I don’t know if you’re one for religious symbolism, but I saw references to biblical narratives, particularly The Garden of Eden, The Fall of Man, 40 Years In The Wilderness, The Ministry of Christ, The Betrayal of Christ, The Crucifixion of Christ, The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ and perhaps where we are today.

Of course, don’t take this as a sign from God or anything, even I don’t think it is. Still, it’s illuminating to see certain pieces fit in a universe of organized chaos.

Good Times – Wormrot
Anyone familiar with Singapore’s indie and underground scenes would be able to tell you who Wormrot are, and how much ass they kick. Planting a flag in the global Grindcore community, Wormrot takes it hard and takes it fast. They recently played Baybeats 2013 where vocalist, Arif, proposed to his girlfriend and fiancé. Pretty good story.

Fall (Remixed by M83 VS Big Black Delta) – Daft Punk
This remix by M83 and Big Black Delta forces you through an electro-mashed downward spiral with brief moments of M83′s signature ad-libs flashing glory as you fall from grace. Tonnes more glorious than the original Daft Punk counterpart and the perfect segue from grindcore to electronic.

Era Extraña – Neon Indian
You wake up in a strange place and everything seems unfamiliar. We featured Neon Indian on the last mixtape, but I had no idea he was this versatile. While last week’s was pure psychedelia, Era Extraña (Or Strange Era, I googled.) provides an air of bewilderment and discovery, courtesy of how the synth warbles work with an electronic heartbeat of the future.

Waters of Nazareth (Erol Alkan Remix) – Justice
There is always a dirtier bass. Eroal Alkan gives a convincing salute to french electro duo, Justice, with his harsh and robotic remix of the classic. If it sounds tainted, I will plainly assume that it was genius-ly deliberate.

Kiss Kiss – Cashmere Cat
Don’t know much about the artist, but I’m glad it got recommended to me as we careen from the edge of electro space toward the equally uncharted realm of glitch. Nothing really holds this track together apart from vague and addictive stems that somehow swirl into a sweetly sinister kiss of betrayal.

Tragic Laurel – Liturgy
I’ll admit that I don’t really know much about the genre of so-called “Transcendental Death Metal” apart from what I’ve discovered on the Net, but based on what I’ve heard, it’s quite a hopeful sort of “noise”. Of course, that’s just the lazy way to describe any sort of music, “noise”. What I really mean to say is that, i think there’s a place for Liturgy’s music, even if it is for the few that like it.

Slo Glo – HTRK
Definitely been fascinated by HTRK’s music for a long time, but I never could finish an album on its own, but it really is too depressing in one sitting. But in snippets, there’s a sort of dark pulse that resonates within every thing that they create, it’s almost quite sexy. I don’t really know what’s “glowing” about this track, but if you can imagine a slow pulse of dark, sexual energy, its quite like that. Except that calling the track “Slow Pulse” would be entirely ridiculous and I’m glad it got called what it is, in the end.

Discipleship – Teen Daze
I think Teen Daze is being raved about right now, I’m not too sure. I probably heard this off Hype Machine, so that explains my reasoning. Still, what a closer! Dense forests, sunlight through the canopy, cool streams running next to you. It’s all there for all you new wave synth-and-chill-wave-gazers. This is music that they play in memory altering technology so that you don’t think your life sucks too much.

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Monday Mixtape #10 // 24 June 2013 // Fleshlings, Lightning, Striplings


Open in new

Well now, I missed last week’s Monday Mixtape, but I suppose the world continued spinning and there goes my theory that the whole world crumbles when it doesn’t receive a scheduled update from me.

I had a lot of fun putting together this particular mixtape, because of the sheer quality of musical ideas that I’ve been getting from this mix and I hope you enjoy it too.

So sit back in your favourite armchair, swirl some brandy and hit play.

DIY – Keep Shelly In Athens
A Chillwave group from Athens, Greece. I’ve heard some of their other material which I didn’t fully enjoy, but this particular track is standout and brilliant as an opener. All the typically exciting (though cliched) arrangements are present as they build this amazing synth-driven musing toward climatic crescendos.

We Are Alive – TOKiMONSTA
She’s got a new album out (Half Shadows) and i just had to get my ears on what this beat mistress has been working on. Overall, I love the album, but what stood out was the choice of beats on this bonus track that seems to tease like the best of Little Dragon yet raw and primal that almost makes you want to do, well.. primal things.

W8wtf – Zebra Katz
I don’t exactly know what I was listening to but when this track got pushed onto my radio, I immediately took notice of the the evil reggae / dub groove that reared its fiendish head from a minor corner of hell. It reminds me of Clams Casino, but with way more malice and false bravado.

If I Had A Tail – Queens Of The Stone Age
There were probably ten other QOTSA songs that I wanted to feature from the new album (…Like Clockwork), but I chose the one was perhaps the poppiest sounding. No reason really, but it reminded me of their more radio friendly attempts of Into The Hollow and Make It Wit Chu. Still, it doesn’t sacrifice melody for boredom as the guitar riff is so infectiously catchy and groovy that when the tags and solo come on, you’ll wish you were in a pit somewhere, swaying along with the best of them.

Tap Out – The Strokes
I think the new Strokes album (Comedown Machine) is somewhat rubbish and too repetitious, but their opening track defies all logic of nascent pop goodness that comes in oodles of break beats and bass. The rhythm guitar work is especially stellar and gels all the differing components of this song into a stroke of genius.

Rolled Together – Neon Indian
This was a blind-sider as it hit me out of nowhere, but if 70′s psychedelia and rock is your cuppa (herbal) tea, then you can’t do better than this absolutely gorgeous opus. I mean, the song title itself is a dead giveaway to the wonderful, rainbow coloured references found in this song’s instrumentation. It starts of slow, and I’d like to say it goes somewhere, but not really. And that’s why it’s on this mixtape.

Soon Enough – Yppah, Anomie Belle
Sounding something like the montage sequence to a dark, experimental indie film short, that’s possibly exactly what some wide-eyed filmmaker might decide for his/her final project. No matter, there’s a time and place for these things, and when I was putting this together, it found those elements and sits up there with the greats of songs that sound like there’s a storm brewing outside your locked windows.

All The Sun That Shines – Peaking Lights
We close not with the usual damp downer, but a mish-mash of afro-groove, psychedelic porno funk. I wish I could make this stuff up, but imagine a 70′s hippie commune rife with warm pastel colours, fake tans and fluffy white beds. People making love in a haze of calming scents as seductive silhouettes imprint their passion into the chemically imbalanced vestiges of your mind.

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