As we go through 2015 I am going to try and make a small mixtape of some of my favourite tracks each month. It’s just a way of logging a handful of tunes so they don’t get away from me as we go through the year, and I can look back as we get closer to 2016 and jog my memory a little.
January’s tape has a few vocal samples in it to give it a little future/time travel theme, for reason that will become obvious when you listen to it.
Here’s the tracklist with a couple of notes:
1. Running After Ganymede by Jack Name (from the album Weird Moon)
Jack Name is the solo moniker of Los Angeles musician and producer John Webster Johns. He’s worked with a bunch of other people before and had a solo record out last year, but this is the first time I’ve come across him, and I loved his new album Weird Moon pretty much right away. Reminds me a little bit of Gary Wilson in its strange synthiness.
2. Brown Sauce by Marcus Marr
I’m a self-confessed DFA groupie so when the new one from this London-based producer popped up I had to give it a listen. The B-Side is excellent too. Definitely give the official video a watch.
3. She Got Love by Secret Circuit (famous dead musician vocal sample in the middle added by me)
This comes from the Cosmic Vibrations album, a compilation of the best tracks from a series of cassettes released by L.A.-based multi-instrumentalist Eddie Ruscha Jr. between 1996 and 2012. But that’s all superfluous detail. All you need to know is it’s glorious, hazy goodness.
4. Resilin by Cassegrain
Something a bit more moodier from ‘experimental techno’ duo Cassegrain. It’s all building synths and jangly beats with some psychedelic keyboard stabs thrown in for good measure. If you like it, there’s a good review of the album over on The Quietus.
5. Dewdrops by Gaussian Curve
And…relax. A short interlude of dreamlike guitar from this trio who recorded their new album over the course of a weekend in Amsterdam. This is my ‘headphones on at work’ album, and you can see why. Great Sunday afternoon music too.
6. Mouth by Ghost Culture
And finally, debut single from the London based artist whose eponymous album has been getting a lot of hype recently. I’m not as wowed by it as some people (the emo-ish vocals grate on me a little), but I do really like this track and you can see why it was the single.