Entries in Gentle Daps (28)

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]
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
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
Feb152015

Gentle Daps XIII: Guest Mix by Andras Fox

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Up-and-coming Melbournian DJ/producer Andras Fox follows a busy release schedule of relaxed, skeletal disco-leaning dance tracks. He also dips into the occasional new age romp under his A.r.t. Wilson guise, which garnered him the #2 spot on AiMT's Best Albums of 2014 list with the Overworld cassette. When he's not touring Europe and South Asia, you can catch him hosting Strange Holiday, a weekly eclectic examination of leisurely musics. If you've heard Andras DJ on his radio show or elsewhere, you're likely aware of his affinity for unearthing deep finds, particularly ones native to Australia. That's precisely what he's offered up for this episode of Gentle Daps: impossibly rare guitar-centric soft pop, new age and synth-folk, all of which is 100% Aussie. Having been such a big fan of Andras' productions and mixes, I'm beyond stoked to have him contribute to the podcast. I can now happily cross Andras' name off my "Dream Daps Contributors" list. I'll be spending plenty of time with this one, and hopefully you'll do the same.

You can catch Andras being covered by indie media giants Vice, Stereogum and Resident Advisor, and you can hear more of his mixes on Boiler Room, Bleep, RBMA and countless others.

  1. Robert Welsh - "Song of the Reed"
  2. Gary Atkins - "Jenny"
  3. Don Burrows - "Forest Theme"
  4. Kevin Peek - "Sailplane"
  5. Richard Lockwood - "In the Doorway of the Dawn"
  6. Peter Martin & Finch - "D 13"
  7. Tully - "I Feel the Sun" (Excerpt)
  8. Dan Loneway - "With Her"
  9. Errol H Tout - "The Return of the Cold"
  10. John Sangster - "First Light"
  11. Ros Bandt - "Drums & Pipes"
  12. Tully - "Syndrone"
  13. Robert Welsh - "Desert Chant"
Sunday
Feb012015

Gentle Daps XII: DAPS DYNASTY — 2-Hour Anniversary Special

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The first Gentle Daps episode was published one year ago today. The series is now 12 episodes deep, and to my delight it has become the most streamed and downloaded segment of ANTS Podcast. To say this was unexpected would be an understatement. I would never have predicted that a highly personal archive of soft pop and new age guilty pleasures would perform better than the rest of the podcast. Beyond that, I've had the privilege of securing episodes from some truly great guest contributors.

As a little token of my appreciation for embracing the Daps series, I've decided to splurge and offer up this two-hour special, which equates to about three or four episodes worth of content.

Check back for a very special guest Daps mix later this month!

  1. John Keating - "Haley's Largo" [19?? / Public Information, 2014]
  2. Don Muro - "Island in the Sky" [Sine Wave Records, 1977 / Flannelgraph Records, 2013]
  3. Paul Immanuel Owens & Brian Haines - "Beyond the Bell Tower" [S/R, 1988]
  4. Stevie Wonder - "The First Garden" [Motown, 1979]
  5. Edgar Froese - "The Light Cone" [Virgin]
  6. Laurie Spiegel - "East River Dawn" [Philo, 1980 / Unseen Worlds, 2012]
  7. Allan Holdsworth - "Oneiric Moor" [Restless Records, 1992 / Eidolon Efformation, 2013]
  8. Cat Stevens - "Kypros" [Island Records, 1977]
  9. Global Communication - "4 14" [Dedicated, 1994]
  10. Eric Serra - "Deep Blue Dream" [Virgin, 1988]
  11. Lewis - "Love Showered Me" [R.A.W. Records, 1983 / Light in the Attic, 2014]
  12. Art of Noise - "(Three Fingers of) Love" [ZTT, 1985]
  13. Michael Stearns - "Bell Tear" [Sonic Atmospheres, 1986]
  14. Vangelis Katsoulis - "The Slipping Beauty" [Utopia, 1988 / Into the Light Records, 2014]
  15. B12 - "Static Emotion" [Warp Records, 1993]
  16. Steve Miller Band - "Harmony of the Spheres 1" [Italian X Rays, 1984]
  17. Jordan de la Sierra - "Sphere of Sublime Dances" [Unity Records, 1977 / Numero Group, 2014]
  18. Joe Sample - "Mirage" [MCA Records, 1985]
  19. Ry Cooder - "Johnny Handsome (Main Theme)" [Warner Bros. Records, 1989]
  20. Steve Hillage - "Shimmer" [Virgin, 1996]
  21. Steven Halpern & Dallas Smith - "Kyoto 1999" [Hear & Now Records, 1984]
  22. Cybe - "Painting No. 7" [Sonic Report, 1981]
  23. Haruomi Hosono - "Luminescent-Hotaru" [Yen Records, 1982]
  24. Jaco Pastorius - "Okonkole y Trompa" [Epic, 1976]
  25. Moondog - "Introduction & Overtone Continuum" [Kopf, 1991]
  26. Susumu Yokota - "Amanogawa" [Skintone, 1998]
  27. Jon Hassell - "Empire III" [Editions EG, 1983]
  28. Joe Zawinul - "The Great Empire" [Columbia, 1986]
  29. Barry Adamson - "Reverie" [Mute, 1992]
  30. Phil Manzanera - "Europe 70-1" [Editions EG, 1982]
  31. Jack DeJohnette - "Four Levels of Joy" [Prestige, 1974]
  32. Joe Walsh - "Inner Tube" [Asylum Records, 1978]
  33. Ashra - "77 Slightly Delayed" [Virgin, 1977]
  34. Craig Kupka - "Clouds I" [Folkways Records, 1981]
Sunday
Jan182015

Gentle Daps XI: The New Age Revival… Continued

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My original new age revival spotlight from June has been the most-streamed Gentle Daps episode so far, so it makes sense to kick off 2015 with a revisitation of this curious trend, which has been on the rise over the past few years and hit its peak in 2014. I've covered it rather extensively here on the blog, and things haven't slowed down for new age since my coverage began.

Here's to many more months of healing!

  1. Gaussian Curve - "Impossible Island" [Music From Memory]
  2. Jasper Lee - "Plateaux of Easy Feelings" [Noumenal Loom]
  3. Ashan - "Offerings" [Inner Islands]
  4. DBGE - "The Cumulus" [Scanline Society]
  5. Quiltland - "A Second Theme" [Astro:Dynamics]
  6. I Am Just a Pupil - "Heart Strings" [Twin Springs Tapes]
  7. Brenda Ray & A.r.t. Wilson - "Shimmer and Sway (Dawn Dance)" [S/R]
  8. Panabrite - "Voice Prothese" [Cosmic Winnetou]
  9. Arc of Doves - "Winter Light" [Rohs! Records]
  10. Softest - "Of Love and Fear" [Inner Islands]
  11. Opaline - "New Realities" [Phinery]
  12. Demonstration Synthesis - "Behind U" [Phinery]
  13. Crown of Eternity - "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo" [S/R]
Sunday
Nov232014

Gentle Daps X: Guest Mix by Tanner Beam

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This is Tanner's third ANTS Podcast contribution. This time around he's taken a timeout from the smooth disco-house of his previous offerings to share this small wealth of dad-centric guilty pleasures for Gentle Daps.

  1. Yes - "The Solid Time of Change" [Atlantic, 1972]
  2. Trevor Rabin - "The Cape" [Elektra, 1989]
  3. Biosphere - "Ride" [Origo Sound]
  4. Can - "Ping Pong" [Harvest, 1978]
  5. Tears for Fears - "The Marauders" [Fontana, 1996]
  6. Aphex Twin - "i" [Apollo, 1992]
  7. Black Sabbath - "FX" [Vertigo, 1972]
  8. Paul Horn w/ Ralph Dyck - "Voyager II" [Golden Flute Records, 1983]
  9. The Alan Parsons Project - "Nucleus" [Arista, 1977]
  10. Andreas Vollenweider - "Lunar Pond" [Colomba, 1982]
  11. Black Sabbath - "Solitude" [Vertigo, 1971]
  12. Fleetwood Mac - "When I See You Again" [Warner Bros. Records, 1987]
  13. Jethro Tull - "Cheerio" [Chrysalis, 1982]
  14. Harold Budd & Cocteau Twins - "Bloody and Blunt" [4AD, 1986]
Sunday
Nov092014

Gentle Daps IX: Guest Mix by Ana Cabaleiro

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Ana Cabaleiro is a photographer based out of Vigo, Spain. She has fronted the Microphones in the Trees music blog for nearly a decade since its 2005 inception. With a lean toward obscuro strains of ambient and folk, Ana focuses her blogging energies on unearthing lost full lengths via vinyl and cassette rips as well as spotlighting new releases. She posts several times a week, and her own 50- and 100-track quarterly MP3 mixes are bursting at the seams with impossibly rare gems. Given her prolific work on the site and her love for music of the quieter persuasion, I knew she could put together an epic Daps playlist, and she did! Please enjoy, and when you're done, go take a look at Microphones in the Trees if you haven't already. You won't be disappointed.

  1. Joe Veneux - "Ocean" [Chappell Music, 1967]
  2. Bob Kindler - "Music From the Matrix I (Side A Excerpt)" [Jai Ma Music, 1982]
  3. Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble - "Baia" [RCA Victor, 1958]
  4. Eric Vann - "Waterworld" [Coloursound Library, 1982]
  5. Tim Wheater - "Perfumed Garden" [Reflection Records, 1977]
  6. Joël Fajerman - "Plage de Lune" [Carrere, Carrere, 1982]
  7. Inner Travels - "Rising" [S/R, 2014]
  8. Tim Clark - "Rings 3" [Hearts of Space, 1986]
  9. Emerald Web - "Manatee Dreams" [Scarlet Records, 1990]
  10. Camille Sauvage - "Bateau Mouche" [Mondiophone, 197?]
  11. Sergei Nikitin & Tatiana Nikitina - "Ezhik Rezinovyi" [19??]
  12. Heino Jurisalu - "Tantsulugu" [Melodiya, 1977]
  13. James Clarke - "Mountain Scenery" [Bruton Music, 1985]
  14. James Fox & Mac Prindy - "Sea Movement" [Sonoton, 1980]
  15. Jackalope - "Dog Soldier" [Canyon Records, 1992]
  16. Marcey Hamm - "Crossing the Desert" [Music by Marcey, 1987]
  17. Children of Scarfolk Primary School - "In the Playground" [Scarfolk Council, 2013]
  18. Tim Robertson - "Outer Planetary Church Music #3" [S/R, 1993]
  19. Jacques Lasry - "Manège" [BAM, 1965]
  20. Ravi Shankar - "Alice in Wonderland End Titles" [BBC, 1966]
Sunday
Oct052014

Gentle Daps VIII: Halloween Special

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Gentle Daps takes a detour into the dreary, paranormal realms of soft goth and industrial, dream pop, dark ethereal, ambient, prog and horror cinema for this lengthy Halloween special.

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  1. Lycia - "Pygmallion" [Projekt, 1983]
  2. Ragnar Grippe - "Postlude" [BIS, 1982]
  3. Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante & Fabio Pignatelli - "Tenebre (Reprise)" [Cinevox, 1982]
  4. Alien Sex Fiend - "Seconds to Nowhere" [Anagram Records, 1985]
  5. SPK - "Palms Crossed in Sorrow" [Nettwerk, 1987]
  6. Cranes - "Watersong" [Dedicated, Dedicated, 1991]
  7. Ministry - "Dream Song" [Sire, 1989]
  8. Mick Karn - "The Tooth Mother" [CMP, 1995]
  9. Charles Bernstein - "A Nightmare on Elm Street: Main Title" [Varèse Sarabande, 1984]
  10. Japan - "The Width of a Room" [Virgin, 1980]
  11. B.E.F. - "Decline of the West" [Virgin, 1981]
  12. Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook - "Clouds" [4AD, 1987]
  13. Dead Can Dance - "Ocean" [4AD, 1984]
  14. Lustmord - "Mass" [Side Effects, 1985]
  15. Bel Canto - "Capio" [Crammed Discs, 1987]
  16. Front Line Assembly - "Eastern Voices" [Dossier, 1987]
  17. Ralph Lundsten - "Ristningar" [His Master's Voice, 1969]
  18. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - "The Rock" [MCA Records, 1982]
  19. John Carpenter - "The Fog: End Credits" [Varèse Sarabande, 1984]
  20. Alice Cooper - "Years Ago" [Atlantic, 1975]
Sunday
Sep142014

Gentle Daps VII: '50s/'60s Getaway

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Gentle Daps typically stays tethered to quiet music of the '70s, '80s, and '90s with occasional jaunts into modern music. For VII, I decided to reach further back on the timeline with a playlist of proto new age and sleepy exotica.

  1. Henry Jacobs - "Chan" [Folkways Records, 1959]
  2. Alejandro Jodorowsky - "Entierro del Primer Juguete" [Apple Records, 1970]
  3. The United States of America - "Cloud Song" [Columbia Records, 1968]
  4. Buddy Cole - "Lucky Me" [Warner Bros. Records, 1962]
  5. Tony Scott - "Sanzen" [Verve Records, 1965]
  6. Les Baxter - "Sunken City" [Capitol Records, 1961]
  7. Mario Nascimbene - "Will You Remember (Instrumental)" [United Artists Records, 1962]
  8. The Wozard of Iz - "I've Been Over the Rainbow" [A&M Records, 1968]
  9. Miles Davis - "In a Silent Way (New Mix)" [Columbia Records, 1969]
  10. The Three Suns - "As Long As I'm Dreaming" [Pickwick Records, 1966]
  11. The Electronic Concept Orchestra - "Windmills of Your Mind" [Limelight Records, 1969]
  12. Sven Libaek - "Peaceful Landscape, Pt. 2" [Festival Records, 1965]
  13. Dorothy Ashby - "Gloomy Sunday" [Argo Records, 1962]