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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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Busy, busy, busy.. That’s no excuse for doughnuts!

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BOO!

I originally wanted to post this picture up during Halloween, but as you can see I’m about twenty seven days late.

It’s been a busy month for me because we were preparing for a startup conference in Thailand, and while there were certain things I wished I could’ve blogged about, I haven’t. At least the conference turned out to be a success! Also thinking I should have a post about the places I visited while I was in Thailand.

I’ve also been busy with more gigs with Shelves and we played two gigs in the month of November. So couple that with rehearsals, that makes for some intense semi-professional commitments.

Couple of things to look forward to in December are Fred Perry’s 60th Anniversary, the final Syndicate Subsession of 2012 and apparently, I’ll be taking part in some sort of blogger challenge! More deets to follow. Also, apparently I’ve been invited by the National Library Board to be part of some heritage project, or rather, this blog can apparently be used as some sort of curation device. I’ll fill out the paper work and see if that bears reporting.

Till then, enjoy today’s curated day!

READ

Zelda mod that lets you switch genders

Mike Hoye was playing Legend Of Zelda with his daughter, when he realised that all dialog alluded that the protagonist was male, even though you’re allowed to name him/her/it any way the player sees fit. Well, he soon corrected that because as he so eloquently explains, “..as you might imagine I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers.”

Amen. So say we all.

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Sore (rough mix, unreleased) – TOKiMONSTA

I don’t really know what TOKiMONSTA’s been hatching in her brain, but if this new track is anything to go by, we need to hear more of it, stat! Sick, sick, sick bass on this track and that off-beat groove is enough to get me of my rocker.

WATCH

What makes Robocop?

Found this amazing bunch of interviews with the cast of Robocop that all talk about the depth that goes into creating a believable character, onscreen.

ORDOS

A bunch of skaters travel to Ordos located in Inner Mongolia. It’s a ghost town known as the “Dubai of China”, built for 1 million people and currently only inhabited by a few thousand. What results is a beautiful piece of photography that showcases the freedom of unbridled movement.

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