The Gentle Daps series returns with a venture into '70s-centric healing jazz.
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The Gentle Daps series returns with a venture into '70s-centric healing jazz.
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.
- Robert Welsh - "Song of the Reed"
- Gary Atkins - "Jenny"
- Don Burrows - "Forest Theme"
- Kevin Peek - "Sailplane"
- Richard Lockwood - "In the Doorway of the Dawn"
- Peter Martin & Finch - "D 13"
- Tully - "I Feel the Sun" (Excerpt)
- Dan Loneway - "With Her"
- Errol H Tout - "The Return of the Cold"
- John Sangster - "First Light"
- Ros Bandt - "Drums & Pipes"
- Tully - "Syndrone"
- Robert Welsh - "Desert Chant"
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!
- John Keating - "Haley's Largo" [19?? / Public Information, 2014]
- Don Muro - "Island in the Sky" [Sine Wave Records, 1977 / Flannelgraph Records, 2013]
- Paul Immanuel Owens & Brian Haines - "Beyond the Bell Tower" [S/R, 1988]
- Stevie Wonder - "The First Garden" [Motown, 1979]
- Edgar Froese - "The Light Cone" [Virgin]
- Laurie Spiegel - "East River Dawn" [Philo, 1980 / Unseen Worlds, 2012]
- Allan Holdsworth - "Oneiric Moor" [Restless Records, 1992 / Eidolon Efformation, 2013]
- Cat Stevens - "Kypros" [Island Records, 1977]
- Global Communication - "4 14" [Dedicated, 1994]
- Eric Serra - "Deep Blue Dream" [Virgin, 1988]
- Lewis - "Love Showered Me" [R.A.W. Records, 1983 / Light in the Attic, 2014]
- Art of Noise - "(Three Fingers of) Love" [ZTT, 1985]
- Michael Stearns - "Bell Tear" [Sonic Atmospheres, 1986]
- Vangelis Katsoulis - "The Slipping Beauty" [Utopia, 1988 / Into the Light Records, 2014]
- B12 - "Static Emotion" [Warp Records, 1993]
- Steve Miller Band - "Harmony of the Spheres 1" [Italian X Rays, 1984]
- Jordan de la Sierra - "Sphere of Sublime Dances" [Unity Records, 1977 / Numero Group, 2014]
- Joe Sample - "Mirage" [MCA Records, 1985]
- Ry Cooder - "Johnny Handsome (Main Theme)" [Warner Bros. Records, 1989]
- Steve Hillage - "Shimmer" [Virgin, 1996]
- Steven Halpern & Dallas Smith - "Kyoto 1999" [Hear & Now Records, 1984]
- Cybe - "Painting No. 7" [Sonic Report, 1981]
- Haruomi Hosono - "Luminescent-Hotaru" [Yen Records, 1982]
- Jaco Pastorius - "Okonkole y Trompa" [Epic, 1976]
- Moondog - "Introduction & Overtone Continuum" [Kopf, 1991]
- Susumu Yokota - "Amanogawa" [Skintone, 1998]
- Jon Hassell - "Empire III" [Editions EG, 1983]
- Joe Zawinul - "The Great Empire" [Columbia, 1986]
- Barry Adamson - "Reverie" [Mute, 1992]
- Phil Manzanera - "Europe 70-1" [Editions EG, 1982]
- Jack DeJohnette - "Four Levels of Joy" [Prestige, 1974]
- Joe Walsh - "Inner Tube" [Asylum Records, 1978]
- Ashra - "77 Slightly Delayed" [Virgin, 1977]
- Craig Kupka - "Clouds I" [Folkways Records, 1981]
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!
- Gaussian Curve - "Impossible Island" [Music From Memory]
- Jasper Lee - "Plateaux of Easy Feelings" [Noumenal Loom]
- Ashan - "Offerings" [Inner Islands]
- DBGE - "The Cumulus" [Scanline Society]
- Quiltland - "A Second Theme" [Astro:Dynamics]
- I Am Just a Pupil - "Heart Strings" [Twin Springs Tapes]
- Brenda Ray & A.r.t. Wilson - "Shimmer and Sway (Dawn Dance)" [S/R]
- Panabrite - "Voice Prothese" [Cosmic Winnetou]
- Arc of Doves - "Winter Light" [Rohs! Records]
- Softest - "Of Love and Fear" [Inner Islands]
- Opaline - "New Realities" [Phinery]
- Demonstration Synthesis - "Behind U" [Phinery]
- Crown of Eternity - "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo" [S/R]
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.
- Yes - "The Solid Time of Change" [Atlantic, 1972]
- Trevor Rabin - "The Cape" [Elektra, 1989]
- Biosphere - "Ride" [Origo Sound]
- Can - "Ping Pong" [Harvest, 1978]
- Tears for Fears - "The Marauders" [Fontana, 1996]
- Aphex Twin - "i" [Apollo, 1992]
- Black Sabbath - "FX" [Vertigo, 1972]
- Paul Horn w/ Ralph Dyck - "Voyager II" [Golden Flute Records, 1983]
- The Alan Parsons Project - "Nucleus" [Arista, 1977]
- Andreas Vollenweider - "Lunar Pond" [Colomba, 1982]
- Black Sabbath - "Solitude" [Vertigo, 1971]
- Fleetwood Mac - "When I See You Again" [Warner Bros. Records, 1987]
- Jethro Tull - "Cheerio" [Chrysalis, 1982]
- Harold Budd & Cocteau Twins - "Bloody and Blunt" [4AD, 1986]
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.
- Joe Veneux - "Ocean" [Chappell Music, 1967]
- Bob Kindler - "Music From the Matrix I (Side A Excerpt)" [Jai Ma Music, 1982]
- Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble - "Baia" [RCA Victor, 1958]
- Eric Vann - "Waterworld" [Coloursound Library, 1982]
- Tim Wheater - "Perfumed Garden" [Reflection Records, 1977]
- Joël Fajerman - "Plage de Lune" [Carrere, Carrere, 1982]
- Inner Travels - "Rising" [S/R, 2014]
- Tim Clark - "Rings 3" [Hearts of Space, 1986]
- Emerald Web - "Manatee Dreams" [Scarlet Records, 1990]
- Camille Sauvage - "Bateau Mouche" [Mondiophone, 197?]
- Sergei Nikitin & Tatiana Nikitina - "Ezhik Rezinovyi" [19??]
- Heino Jurisalu - "Tantsulugu" [Melodiya, 1977]
- James Clarke - "Mountain Scenery" [Bruton Music, 1985]
- James Fox & Mac Prindy - "Sea Movement" [Sonoton, 1980]
- Jackalope - "Dog Soldier" [Canyon Records, 1992]
- Marcey Hamm - "Crossing the Desert" [Music by Marcey, 1987]
- Children of Scarfolk Primary School - "In the Playground" [Scarfolk Council, 2013]
- Tim Robertson - "Outer Planetary Church Music #3" [S/R, 1993]
- Jacques Lasry - "Manège" [BAM, 1965]
- Ravi Shankar - "Alice in Wonderland End Titles" [BBC, 1966]
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.
Note: SoundCloud stream is slightly abbreviated. Download or stream on Mixcloud for the full mix.
- Lycia - "Pygmallion" [Projekt, 1983]
- Ragnar Grippe - "Postlude" [BIS, 1982]
- Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante & Fabio Pignatelli - "Tenebre (Reprise)" [Cinevox, 1982]
- Alien Sex Fiend - "Seconds to Nowhere" [Anagram Records, 1985]
- SPK - "Palms Crossed in Sorrow" [Nettwerk, 1987]
- Cranes - "Watersong" [Dedicated, Dedicated, 1991]
- Ministry - "Dream Song" [Sire, 1989]
- Mick Karn - "The Tooth Mother" [CMP, 1995]
- Charles Bernstein - "A Nightmare on Elm Street: Main Title" [Varèse Sarabande, 1984]
- Japan - "The Width of a Room" [Virgin, 1980]
- B.E.F. - "Decline of the West" [Virgin, 1981]
- Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook - "Clouds" [4AD, 1987]
- Dead Can Dance - "Ocean" [4AD, 1984]
- Lustmord - "Mass" [Side Effects, 1985]
- Bel Canto - "Capio" [Crammed Discs, 1987]
- Front Line Assembly - "Eastern Voices" [Dossier, 1987]
- Ralph Lundsten - "Ristningar" [His Master's Voice, 1969]
- John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - "The Rock" [MCA Records, 1982]
- John Carpenter - "The Fog: End Credits" [Varèse Sarabande, 1984]
- Alice Cooper - "Years Ago" [Atlantic, 1975]
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.
- Henry Jacobs - "Chan" [Folkways Records, 1959]
- Alejandro Jodorowsky - "Entierro del Primer Juguete" [Apple Records, 1970]
- The United States of America - "Cloud Song" [Columbia Records, 1968]
- Buddy Cole - "Lucky Me" [Warner Bros. Records, 1962]
- Tony Scott - "Sanzen" [Verve Records, 1965]
- Les Baxter - "Sunken City" [Capitol Records, 1961]
- Mario Nascimbene - "Will You Remember (Instrumental)" [United Artists Records, 1962]
- The Wozard of Iz - "I've Been Over the Rainbow" [A&M Records, 1968]
- Miles Davis - "In a Silent Way (New Mix)" [Columbia Records, 1969]
- The Three Suns - "As Long As I'm Dreaming" [Pickwick Records, 1966]
- The Electronic Concept Orchestra - "Windmills of Your Mind" [Limelight Records, 1969]
- Sven Libaek - "Peaceful Landscape, Pt. 2" [Festival Records, 1965]
- Dorothy Ashby - "Gloomy Sunday" [Argo Records, 1962]
A few people asked me to compile a SoundCloud playlist of music included in my recent new age feature. I kinda/sorta already did this back in June with Gentle Daps IV: The New Age Revival in 2014. That podcast largely inspired the feature. Sooo.. at the risk of teetering on redundancy, here's a playlist to supplement the feature.
Derek Jenkins is an Arkansas-born and Hamilton, Ontario-based teacher and longtime film writer. On the music hobby tip, he has a background in radio and has kept himself busy over the past few years with an excellent and broadly eclectic monthly mix series, which is always chock full of deep finds. I'm very happy to present his Daps contribution, which is my favorite in the series so far.
Tracklist after the jump.