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A briefer mix while I finish my debut album, “Buried Reefs” is the latest chapter in my ongoing obsession with ambient and drone music. Taking cues from the Boards of Canada school of warped VHS psychedelia, “Buried Reefs” offers a meditative retreat from the chaos of the holidays, layering twinkling synths and drones over brief field recordings and actual narration from vintage nature doc shorts. I would highly recommend this as part of a playlist with some of my previous ambient/downbeat mixes, perhaps as a buffer between “Mini Anthology of Ambient” and “Set the Controls for the…”
Artwork above created by me, high quality link in title below:
Intro: Blondes “Amber” (Variation in Cm by Rene Hell) + Bibio “Moistened and Dried” / Deon “#05” / Emeralds “Summerdata” / Lone “Koran Angel” + Boards of Canada “a is to b..” + Bibio “The Clothesline and the Silver Birch” / Jurgen Muller “Sea Bed Meditation” / Atlas Sound “Christmas Synths” / Lone “Buried Coral Banks” / Keith Fullerton Whitman “ACGTR SVP” / Gas “Pop 1” / Stars of the Lid “The Atomium: Part Two” / Oneohtrix Point Never “Stress Waves” / Casino Versus Japan “Blue Vacation Part 5” / Outro: Brian Eno “Lux 2” + Blondes “Amber” (Variation in Cm by Rene Hell) + Bibio “Everglad Everglade” /
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After a three month period that saw me move to a new city, pick up even more hours at work, and battle a series of health problems, my newest and most labor intensive project yet is here for you to download. Part of my struggle came from approaching the entire mixing process differently: instead of using brief field recordings to accent transitions between songs, the bulk of the sound here is the field recordings. Most were taped over the course of two visits to my parent’s house in Romeo, MI, yet other recordings came from my old house in Ferndale, and my new apartment in Hamtramck. As time progressed and the tapes piled up, the project grew from a modest idea about representing a small town like Romeo and into a broader representation of my life over the past 1/4 year. Heavily influenced by other immersive ambient experiences like Animal Collective’s “Campfire Songs” and Jurgen Muller’s “Science of the Sea”, the layers here lend themselves to loud volume on good headphones. Also, for the first time in nine mixes I have broken with my affection for electronic music and selected mostly acoustic folk with little more than strummed guitar and voices, allowing the other sounds to fill in the mix and create a unique and transporting 43 minutes (artwork above by me, download link in title below. Enjoy!)
Intro / Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices / Benoit Pioulard - Flouresce / Grizzly Bear - A Good Place / Bon Iver - Beach Baby / Bibio - Wet Flakey Bark / Nick Drake - Place to Be / Pink Floyd - Grandchester Meadows / B. Pioulard - Patter / Girls - Just a Song / Real Estate - Suburban Dogs / B. Pioulard - Weird Door / Bibio - Bewley in White / Ray Lamontagne - Truly Madly Deeply / Bon Iver - Minnesota, WI / Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul / Nick Drake - Free Ride / Fleet Foxes - The Cascades / Van Morrison - Astral Weeks / Outro
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This mix takes the sun-soaked themes of previous “It’s Very Sunny” EP and spreads them out across a much larger canvas, resulting in my longest, most psychedelic (and, coincidentally least electronic) project yet. Few sounds bring to mind a tropical climate more than a steel drum, so I open with four very different artists taking turns at incorporating the instrument into everything from dubstep (Jamie xx) to instrumental, new-age-folk soundscapes (Animal Collective, making their first appearance on one of my mixes). From there things only get more diverse, glued together by the prevailing coastal themes and aquatic imagery, not to mention multiple selections from The Ruby Suns and El Guincho. Of course what will most connect this sixty-four minutes of music for the listener is my most liberal use yet of natural field recordings, as a large collection of ocean tides, lapping waves, and other water-themed audio snippets were invaluable towards setting the chilled-out vibe right from the opening moments. This project is ideal for pretty much any activity on a gorgeous day like today (supposed to hit 100 here in Detroit this week), but I highly recommend it biking down the boardwalk at Metro Beach Metro Park, or anything involving Belle Isle. Enjoy! (Link in title below, cover art cloud photos from torri lynn ashford, edited by me).
Jamie xx - Far Nearer / El Guincho - Bombay / Gang Gang Dance - Glass Jar / Animal Collective - Baleen Sample / The Ruby Suns - Blue Penguin and Palmitos Park (El Guincho cover) / Delorean - Infinite Desert / Boards of Canada - Sunshine Recorder / Black Moth Super Rainbow - Forever Heavy / Washed Out - Feel it all Around / Africa Hitech - Don’t Fight It / Teengirl Fantasy - Portofino / ceo - White Magic / The Ruby Suns - Cranberry / Panda Bear - Take Pills / Toro y Moi - Intro (Chi Chi) / Neon Indian - Mind Drips (Bibio remix) / Flying Lotus - Camel / The Avalanches - Avalanche Rock and Since I Left You / Lone - Ultramarine / Flying Lotus - Melt / El Guincho - Costa Paraiso / Peaking Lights - Summertime
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I put in all-nighter to rush this out in time for what was then a rare warm Spring day in Michigan. This is a shorter mix of some of the best sun-soaked indie out there, cut and pasted together to form a brief soundtrack to getting the first sun of the year, going on a backwoods bike ride, or just cruising around with the windows down. Even though I finished this in mid-March, it will only sound better with the more tropical weather we have been getting here over the last few weeks (link in title below, artwork above by me).
It’s Very Sunny EP @192 (23:41)
Caribou - “Sundialing” / Lone - “Cali Drought Wave” / Casino Versus Japan - “It’s Very Sunny” / Bibio - “Under the Pier” / Telefon Tel Aviv - “Introductory Nomenclature” / Tycho - ”Coastal Break” / Boards of Canada - “1969” / The Avalanches - “Etoh” / Air France - “Collapsing at your Doorstep”