Mixtape

Mixtape #19.. Like Molasses, Dripping With Fear

This mixtape started all because I found out how amazing Elder is, and I’ve been wanting to do a mixtape that involved my current favourite band of the moment. This week’s mixtape was inspired by the smokey, the sludgy, the sinister and the sexy. If anything, I felt an intense pressure to deliver this mixtape that was different from previous electronic incarnations, and would be something that you’d hit up in a haze of road-trippin’ psychedelics.

From the second track off their Live At Roadburn 2013 album, “Dead Roots Stirring” is the perfect representation of their indulgent, psyche and stoner rock. Granted, I’m biased because the bass intro is so fxxking intense, there’s plenty more in terms of instrumentation, arrangement and just all-round bad-assery from this three-piece that will put all your other rock ideas to shame. Listen to it. I cannot stress that enough.

If you made it past the glorious opener of this mixtape, I’m rewarding you with a jumpcut into Low Leaf’s “Rise Up”. On the one hand, it’s angular piano riffing adds that touch of neo-soul that is so infectious, the way this track launches itself in is like being hit in the face with a shovel. And a tasty shovel at that.

GOAT comes in immediately with some desert inspired riffs, and you can almost taste the danger of rattlesnakes rustling in blades of parched grass. “Hide From The Sun” does not disappoint with many magical moments that sound like they could be in a Tarentino movie, but the real star is that fuzzed-out guitar solo that takes all the cake and eats it. I almost want to put that tone into a syringe and inject it into my veins.

Another lately favourite of mine has been Chet Faker’s “Gold”. If you want to know what classy means, it’s this. Come in strong with a svelte keyboard bass intro that enters the bar, eyes turn like handclaps, a falsetto that reeks of whiskey, and lay down the law with one of the best basslines ever committed to tape. The pulsing one into a triplet just makes for a natural head-boppin’ groove, and that’s all a bassline needs to do to be dripping with sweet, sweet molasses.

So how do you top that? You don’t. Displace the first four songs of this mixtape, and tear it a new one. Happy Doghouse gives us a pleasant interlude with the dreamily distorted “Milk-bone”. By the time you’re done with this, you’d have forgotten most of the previous high, and we’re ready to land.

And let’s land into some Sex On Toast, shall we? “Escape 2012” takes it down a notch by reminding us all what was awesome about the 80’s. That B-3 peeks and boos, while we get treated to some very Tears For Fears inspired funk guitar.

Which provides us with the perfect segue into Awon & Dephlow’s “Step Up”. This is the moment right before the lights come on, so leave things dark just a little while more and don’t be afraid to open your eyes.

Tracklist

00:00 – 12:07 // Elder – Dead Roots Stirring (Live at Roadburn 2013)
12:07 – 17:41 // Low Leaf – Rise Up
17:41 – 21:18 // GOAT – Hide From The Sun
21:18 – 26:03 // Chet Faker – Gold
26:03 – 28:31 // Happy Doghouse – Milk-bone
28:31 – 36:22 // Sex On Toast – Escape 2012
36:22 – 39:41 // Awon & Dephlow – Step Up (Prod. Phoniks)

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Mixtape

Mixtape #18.. Far Above The Hurt, Well Below The Bliss

This mixtape has been sitting on the back burner for at least two months, and so has posting of any form on this blog. I guess being busy is one thing, but sheer laziness and having an undisciplined approach when it comes to writing is another. Writing isn’t my day job, and increasingly, that’s the battle that I’ll face as I grapple with myself. Will I allocate enough of my creative energy for creative pursuits. I don’t really want to get into all the details now, but I’m of the belief that by correctly portioning and protecting my time, I think I could maintain a sort of balance.

A little bit more about this mixtape perhaps. Only one other song made it through from when I first compiled this mixtape back at the tail end of April or the start of May and that’s Touch Sensitive’s “Slowments”, a tasteful and ethereal after hours track. After revisiting the original mixtape yesterday, it just didn’t seem to cut it and I went scouring for more new music, and boy am I glad with this week’s haul.

I’m not too sure how I arrived at Pixelord (Check his Tumblr out, it’s hypnotic), but I was drawn to his fancy use of beats and bass. It’s classy, cheeky and not in your face. So from his feed, I pulled out his recommendation of BSN Posse’s “Anchovies With Lemon” as well as his own collaboration with Seablaze for the track, “Hedron Luv”. Judging by the creative direction of both art and music, the producer seems inspired by the kitschy mishmash of Internet culture known as Seapunk. I like it, you’ve got bits of house, garage, DnB and beats all rolled into one giant burrito of culture. Whether it’s a healthy diet, probably not.

Another sound that I’ve been turned onto lately by my girlfriend, is Trap. I used to knock it off as just another trend, in the vein of dubstep and EDM, cliched highs and lows as well as the generic bandwagon-ing hooks, yet. However when done right, there’s massive groove to be found in the drops. It’s the combination of droning bass with off-beat snare work after a well-built surge that puts you in a euphoric headspace. Exciting stuff. My recommendations are Djemba Djemba’s remix of BANKS’ “Fall Over” and his own “Chronic Heart Failure”, which is sinister stuff.

Electric Mantis sneaks in with “Flips And Flops, Drips And Drops”, which is just what I needed to break up the overdose of seapunk and trap. A swiningin’ 4/4, that uses staccato to great effect, it’s the perfect breather and setup as the fifth track in this mixtape.

Our closer is a strong finisher. Right after the sinister “Chronic Heart Failure”, the juxtaposition of Low Leaf’s piano-driven “Set Me Free” rounds off this entire mixtape with some astounding future soul. Don’t ask me how it works, but that vibe of live instruments approached in an angular manner just made sense to me.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s mixtape!

Tracklist
00:00 – 07:03 Touch Sensitive – Slowments
07:03 – 10:53 BSN Posse – Anchovies With Lemon (Pixelord Bootleg)
10:53 – 16:18 BANKS – Fall Over (Djemba Djemba Remix)
16:18 – 20:30 Pixelord & Seablaze – Hedron Luv
20:30 – 24:07 Electric Mantis – Flips And Flops, Drips And Drops
24:07 – 27:07 Djemba Djemba – Chronic Heart Failure
27:07 – 24:19 Low Leaf – Set Me Free

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