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Thursday
Oct082015

Gentle Daps XVII: New Age in 2015 — Cassette Roundup

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It's time once again to examine the state of the revival of new age music. This episode of Gentle Daps focuses on this year's standout new age cassette releases.

  1. Eyeliner - "Pictionary" [Beer on the Rug]
  2. Pulse Emitter - "Jungle Longing" [Beer on the Rug]
  3. Gora Sou - "Punta Alem" [Orange Milk Records]
  4. Opaline - "Dissolving" [Hacktivism Records]
  5. Sunmoonstar - "Traveling Circle" [Twin Springs Tapes]
  6. Meta Mora - "Habitat" [Rainbow Pyramid]
  7. OverScan - "The Next Morning" [Constellation Tatsu]
  8. Paw Paw - "High in a Halo" [Rainbow Pyramid]
  9. Kara-Lis Coverdale - "Touch Me & Die" [Sacred Phrases/Summer Cool]
  10. Percival Pembroke - "IslandSunrise(tm) Fileserver" [S/R]
  11. I Am Just a Pupil - "Apothecary" [1080p]
  12. DSR Lines - "Opstap" [Lal Lal Lal]
  13. Sarah Davachi - "Codex" [Constellation Tatsu]
  14. Les Halles - "Misleading Familiarity" [Noumenal Loom]
Wednesday
Sep232015

Armchair Backlog, 2015 Q3

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A spotlight on some of the third quarter's best subdued musical offerings.

  1. Brian - "Lullaby" [S/T]
  2. Dang Olsen Dream Tape - "Hi Breath" [Constellation Tatsu]
  3. Holly Waxwing - "Chalant (Nico Niquo Remix)" [Noumenal Loom]
  4. Quiltland - "Detach" [S/T]
  5. Ramzi - "Houti Kindom" [1080p]
  6. White Poppy - "Telepathic Love" [Not Not Fun]
  7. Felicity Yang - "Moon" [Habitat Tapes]
  8. Auscultation - "Promise You'll Haunt Me" [100% Silk]
  9. Throwing Shade - "38 000" [No Pain in Pop]
  10. Murlo - "Main" [S/T]
  11. Strict Face - "In Evergreen, Pt. II" [Sea Lion Gang]
Friday
Jul312015

ANTS Podcast #034: 1080p Spotlight

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Vancouver-based tape label 1080p has been one of the most covered if not the most covered label on AiMT over the past couple of years, so it's only right that I give it a proper spotlight in the form of this 50-minute mixed tribute sampler, which features all dance and experimental material from the label's 2015 catalog.

  1. Scientific Dreamz of U - "Sacred Fractal Geometry"
  2. Saffron ft. Momo Ishiguro & Gregory Wikstrom - "Blueland"
  3. Wywy Brix - "Polydactyl"
  4. Neu Balance - "Restate (Dance Edit)"
  5. Journeymann Trax ft. Khotin - "Arboreal Harp Jam"
  6. Feingold - "Palo Santo"
  7. RAMZI - "Land of Kush"
  8. Nap - "Urban Fare" . . . . . . . . . . .
  9. Project Pablo - "Sky Lounge"
  10. SurfinG - "Creep Freak"
  11. Keita Sano - "Onion Slice"
Sunday
Jun212015

Gentle Daps XVI: Guest Mix by Inner Travels

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The new age revivalist sounds of elusive Lake Geneva-based producer Inner Travels have been featured on previous Gentle Daps episodes, so it is my privilege to let him curate his own mix, which he's calling Welcome the Day, for the series. An avid new age cassette collector, Inner Travels has contributed mixes for folks like Sounds of the Dawn and Rainbow Pyramid, and I am happy to add Gentle Daps to that growing list.

Catch Inner Travels' own releases over on his Bandcamp page.

  1. Klaus Netzle - "Dawn" [Wergo/Spectrum, 1986]
  2. Allaudin William Mathieu - "Upstream Home" [Cold Mountain Music, 1981]
  3. Eric Vann - "Bubble Snail" [Coloursound Library, 1982]
  4. Filthy Ocean - "Sleepy Jellyfish" [Twin Springs Tapes, 2015]
  5. Isis Aquarium - "Encantado" [Skydreams, 2014]
  6. Teddy Lasry - "Birds of Space" [RCA Victor, 1976]
  7. David Edren - "Leaves of the Telegraph Plant" [Earth.Rope.Pot.Plant, 2015]
  8. Inner Travels - "Phase 7" [2015]
  9. Steven Halpern - "Earthrise" [Halpern Sounds, 1985]
  10. Laraaji - "Soft Zither" [S/R, 2005]
  11. Paul A. Sutin - "Watergarden Lullaby" [Reel to Reel, 1984]
Sunday
May312015

Armchair Backlog, 2015 Q2

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Here's my spotlight on the past quarter's subdued musical offerings in quarterly Armchair Backlog series for ANTS Podcast.

  1. Taragana Pyjarama - "Together" [True Panther Sounds]
  2. Lifted - "Medicated Yoga" [PAN]
  3. Robag Wruhme - "Anton II" [Pampa Records]
  4. Iglew - "Urban Myth" [Gobstopper Records]
  5. Foodman - "Awa Buro" [Orange Milk Records]
  6. Suzanne Kraft - "Renee Sleeping" [Melody As Truth]
  7. Lindsay Lowend - "June 17" [S/R]
  8. Deadboy - "I Will Let His Ocean Flow Through Me" [Local Action Records]
  9. Kit Grill - "Information" [Primary Colours Records]
  10. Lee Bannon - "Artificial Statsis" [Ninja Tune]
  11. Doline - "Cus d'Amato" [Sound Pellegrino]
  12. May Roosevelt - "Fallin' (Twin Peaks Cover)" [S/R]
  13. Dark0 - "The Past" [Rinse]
  14. Pale Blue - "The Scars" [Captured Tracks]
Thursday
May072015

Gentle Daps XV: Guest Mix by Beat Bachs

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Beat Bachs is a Fayetteville-based DJ and jack of all trades. He's been active in radio for 16 years and counting with a few different projects, namely the film industry talkshow The Drive-in Speakerbox. That show got its start as a spotlight on film scores (and still incorporates film score material between talk segments). Beat Bachs, who goes by The Boom Operator on the show, has been amassing a gigantic collection of scores over the past decade for the show. He was kind enough to pour over this entire archive and pick out the quietest, dreamiest pieces he could find for Gentle Daps XV.

For more of Beat Bachs' projects, check out Art Amiss, a local art collective of which he's the president.

  1. Brian Eno - "Track 10" [from Glitterbug, 1994]
  2. Andre Artemyev - "They Go Long" [from Stalker, 1979]
  3. Massive Attack - "P is for Piano" [from Danny the Dog, 2005]
  4. Michael Boddicker - "Penny's Theme" [from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, 1985]
  5. The Edge & Michael Brook - "Hiro's Theme" [from Captive, 1986]
  6. Paul Hertzog - "The Morning After" [from Bloodsport, 1988]
  7. Manuel de Sica - "Will I See Her Again?" [from Dellamorte Dellamore, 1994]
  8. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - "Romero and the President" [from Escape From New York, 1981]
  9. Brad Fiedel - "Dream Window" [from Fright Night, 1985]
  10. Roy Budd - "Hallucinations (Instrumental)" [from Get Carter, 1971]
  11. Jon Brion - "Cubes" [from I ♥ Huckabees, 2004]
  12. Giorgio Moroder - "Irena's Theme" [from Cat People, 1982]
  13. Jan Hammer - "Sunset" [from Beyond the Mind's Eye, 1992]
  14. Alan Silvestri - "Main Title" [from Romancing the Stone, 1984]
  15. Keith Forsey - "Love Theme" [from The Breakfast Club, 1985]
  16. David Newman - "Thank You San Dimas High" [from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, 1989]
Sunday
Apr262015

ANTS Podcast #033.5: Mike & Rich — Beatless Ambient Demos

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I can still very vividly recall the first time I heard ambient music. It was during my teenage years. I popped in the record store at our local mall—a Sam Goody or something like that—and picked up Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II by Aphex Twin. I had read about ambient but had never actually heard it. I remember being very surprised and delighted to find this album at such a small shop in our relatively small town. (Mind you, this was in the mid '90s, so music consumption via the internet wasn't really a thing except for the tech elite.)

I wandered back to the car, popped in the CD, and was absolutely mesmerized and transplanted by what I heard. The dark, eerie vibes of SAW2 aren't exactly the ideal introduction to the genre, but I managed to gulp it all down without any trouble. From that moment forward, I knew this music would be a passion of mine. And fittingly, the SAW duology is some of the most celebrated and sought after material in Richard D. James' (aka Aphex Twin's) catalog.

However his ambient work at large is scarce in comparison to his vastly more plentiful beat-centric material. When James shocked the electronic music world earlier this year by leaking 175 previously unreleased and unheard early demos on SoundCloud, it was no big surprise that ambient music made up a tiny fraction of the flood. Not that I'm complaining—this clutch of tracks is an absolute treasure—but I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't hoping for more SAW2-style ambient out of the whole ordeal. After all that's the era of his career that shaped me the most.

I've noticed that many of the fan mixes dedicated to the flood—both simple SoundCloud sets and intricate DJ sets alike—seem to favor James' SAW1-era ambient techno tracks over the beatless tracks more akin to SAW2. (Even James put together a SoundCloud playlist entitled SAW 1.5, which is all techno.) But since I'm clearly biased toward his beatless efforts, those were my focus for this podcast. Luckily James' friend and collaborator Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) followed James' lead and leaked 156 of his own demos, which include a few beatless numbers. The combined beatless efforts of the two producers exceeds an hour, and it makes for good album-style listening. This may be the closest thing we'll ever get to another SAW2-style album out of RDJ, so let's savor these selections.

For further listening, check my spotlight on Paradinas' ambient work here.

  1. user48736353001 - "11 early morning clissold"
  2. µ-Ziq - "Sleep"
  3. AFX - "th1 [slo]"
  4. user48736353001 - "19 ssnb"
  5. µ-Ziq - "Auqeamb"
  6. user48736353001 - "5 just fall asleep"
  7. user48736353001 - "33 SAW II un stabbing interview"
  8. µ-Ziq - "Iesope"
  9. user48736353001 - "9 un chopped f beginning [SAWII un]"
  10. user48736353001 - "8 lush ambulance 2"
  11. µ-Ziq - "Schnusschen"
  12. user48736353001 - "35 SAW II un road shimmer f"
  13. AFX - "blue carpet"
  14. Mike Paradinas - "Synthony No.1"
  15. Mike Paradinas - "Orch"
  16. AFX - "avril altdelay"
  17. AFX - "Rhubarb Orc. 19.53 Rev" . . . . . . . . . . .
Sunday
Apr192015

Gentle Daps XIV: Flamingo Fuzion

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The Gentle Daps series returns with a venture into '70s-centric healing jazz.
  1. John Klemmer - "Walk With Me My Love and Dream" [ABC Records, 1975]
  2. Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans - "The Other Side of Midnight: Noelle's Theme" [Warner Bros. Records, 1979]
  3. Billy Cobham - "Heather" [Atlantic, 1974]
  4. Chick Corea & Return to Forever - "Children's Song" [Polydor, 1973]
  5. Mahavishnu Orchestra & John McLaughlin - "Lotus Feet" [CBS, 1976]
  6. Paul Horn - "Blue" [Epic, 1974]
  7. Stanley Clarke - "Interlude: A Relaxed Occasion" [Nemperor Records, 1978]
  8. Dean Evenson - "Smooth Drifting" [Soundings of the Planet, 1989]
  9. Alice Coltrane - "Om Supreme" [Warner Bros. Records, 1976]
  10. Muhal Richard Abrams - "Meditation 1" [Black Saint, 1993]
  11. Pharoah Sanders - "Memories of Lee Morgan" [Impulse!, 1973]
  12. Ramsey Lewis - "Nicole" [Columbia, 1976]
  13. Jean-Luc Ponty - "Mystical Adventures (Suite), Part IV" [Atlantic, 1982]
  14. Mahavishnu Orchestra & The London Symphony Orchestra - "Power of Love" [Columbia, 1974]
Sunday
Mar152015

Armchair Backlog, 2015 Q1

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As we approach the second quarter of 2015, the time has come to recap the best subdued music released this year so far as well as a few selections from the tail end of 2014.

  1. Felicity Yang - "Clout Forest" [Midnight Special Lab]
  2. DJ Paypal - "Sonnade" [LuckyMe]
  3. Junior Loves - "KiKiKi" [1080p]
  4. Goitia Deitz - "An Ocean" [Cut Mistake Music]
  5. The Phantom - "Coda" [Silverback Recordings]
  6. Keenya - "Blue" [Hush Hush Records]
  7. Claude Speeed - "VIN" [Planet Mu]
  8. Strict Face - "Alice (Peace Edit)" [Gobstopper Records]
  9. Oobe - "Deep Space Lovers" [1080p]
  10. Steve Moore - "The Moon Occults Saturn at Dawn" [Ghost Box Records]
  11. Dagir Du - "Tile Baker" [Entertainment Systems]
  12. Atelje - "Awake" [Vinyl Export]
Sunday
Mar152015

ANTS Podcast #033: Xtal Nodes

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Hard to believe this is the first ANTS (proper) episode in over five months. I've taken a break from the flood of Gentle Daps and other quiet-themed projects for this dance set of pastoral, lo-fi ambient techno. I've been noticing more and more techno songs coming out that evoke the gentle, lush synths and drum machine pitter-patter of Selected Ambient Works, 85-92. Here are 12 of them. Is this the start of a new trend, or is it just a coincidence that these tracks were all released within the past few months?

  1. Mattheis - "Light Cones Reversed" [Ecstatic]
  2. Cuticle - "Antigogglin" [Not Not Fun Records]
  3. Max Cooper - "Origins (Extended)" [Fields Records]
  4. Levon Vincent - "Confetti" [Novel Sound]
  5. Mongo Skato - "Turismoc" [1080p]
  6. Wolfey - "Bittersweet" [ASL Singles Club]
  7. Round - "Glass" [Hivern Discs]
  8. Michal Lewicki - "Nodobra" [Project Mooncircle]
  9. Rising Sun Systems - "Freebasin' for David Bohm" [Nightwind Records]
  10. Maxmillion Dunbar - "Jubilee" [The Trilogy Tapes]
  11. Junes - "Obicham" [Galdoors]
  12. Ñaka Ñaka - "Def Def" [Opal Tapes]