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


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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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Monday Mixtapes #1 // 11 March 2013 – The downfall of mankind

Here’s something new I’m doing. Instead of including music into “The Curated Day” – I’m going to do music posts as a separate post every Monday. Just some incredible music to get you through the rest of the week. If you want to pass music to me, I think you can do it via my soundcloud (soundcloud.com/litford)

This week is an all-female cast, which happened purely by coincidence. I think it’s great that we’re seeing more women performing electronica. I have to admit that I’m naturally drawn to male singer-songwriters because I identify more with the masculine traits of their songwriting, but there’s something about these tracks that highlight a deftness in their arrangements. I hope you like it!

Feel free to send me tracks you think I should listen to.

TOKiMONSTA – Go With It (Feat. MNDR)

TOKiMONSTA drops a new RnB-flavoured bomb that’ll have you boppin’ along with your hands trying to stay still.

Take – Horizontal Figuration (TOKiMONSTA Remix)

This one’s a remix by TOKiMONSTA, and I just love the way she lays down the bass in anything that she does, whether its production or remix. There’s such a distinct flavour and I hope you can taste it as well.

Lana Del Ray – Born To Die (Monsieur Adi Remix)

Didn’t think I’d ever like a Lana Del Ray number (I blame my elitist mentality), but when I heard this track come on, I thought someone had remixed Stevie Nicks. I’m glad to be surprised, and this is an easy reason to be pleasantly surprised.

Inch Chua – Artful Dodger

A new song by Inch Chua who’s been spending some time in LA. I’ve been curious as to how she’s been growing in a scene away from Singapore, and I’m impressed by the maturity of this arrangement. The simple accents and nuances found in her songwriting and arrangements hearten me that she’s learning so much and giving back so much.

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You can stop learning when you’re dead.

brain power“Fact’o Brain”

Some light reading today about personal development. I suppose where it stems from is that sometimes I feel like a Jack of all trades, but not a real master of any. To a degree, it concerns me if my skill in any of the pursuits I have skills in will actually be monetized, and allow me to retire comfortably.

Okay, I definitely played that last one up a tad much. But it does make me think of acquired skills. I will say that I’m rather interested in lifelong learning, but being selective enough because we have to be good stewards of our time, so that we don’t burn out, or that we can maintain various social relationships. But at the end of the day, approached the right way, no skill is immediately useless, baseless or unfocused.. rather, it’s always a useful add-on and augmentation to your personal development.

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Learning Rails at the Starter League

Jason Fried of 37signals makes the case that goes with a technical appreciation for learning code, which I will extrapolate and say that this is exactly the right kind of attitude when it comes to learning any sort of skill.

Learning a skill while traditionally seen as a vertical development, I’ve always felt, and can now articulate, helps you develop horizontally as well. I believe the more skills you learn, while not needing to become an expert in, gives you more lateral berth to solve problems and have a keener understanding of how the institutions functions, where the ultimate goal is to realise you know absolutely not enough, or nothing at all.

I can’t tell you how liberating it is to be able to find my way around our codebase now. It makes me a better designer, too. I can quickly prototype new ideas without having to get someone else involved. Big win. Further, I know where to go from here if I want to dedicate myself to getting better.
And on top of all of this, I feel like I’ve gained an invaluable skill: The ability to see problems from a new angle. Learning how to program has introduced me to a new perspective on problem solving, a new way of thinking. That doesn’t come around often and I’m thrilled to have found it at The Starter League.

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Careless – Beach Fossils

What an amazing track. You can almost hear that Fender Jazzmaster tearing through the speakers and into your ears.

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Crumble – Dinosaur Jr

Was reminded of this song because I was watching an old video of Shelves. Linked to that is the true story that I was writing a bass line to said Shelves song, and I was listening to “Crumble” by Dinosaur Jr so much at the time, that I simply wrote the part based on what I enjoyed about that song.

Can Plants Make Music?

This is so incredibly geeky, but I find it incredibly stimulating that with a lot bit of help from technology, plants can now express themselves even the the collective sum of their consciousness is “.. soil.. good.. water.. good.. human.sss.. baaad…”

Maybe, or their intelligence exists on a plane so far removed from our own.

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