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Monday Mixtape #15.. Stones Roll On


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.