Sunday, February 11, 2018

Electric Campfires (4)



(oystered 56)

1. Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri "Entre La Niebla" La Equidistancia (A Strangely Isolated Place)
2. Golden Retriever "Sunsight" Rotations (Thrill Jockey)
3. GAS "Narkopop 7" Narkopop (Kompakt)
4. Janek Schaefer "Falls From Favour" Glitter In My Tears (Room40)
5. Byron Westbrook "Ritual Geometry / Sympathetic Bodies" Body Consonance (Hands In The Dark)
6. Leyland 'The Caretaker' Kirby "Consolation/ I Still Feel As Though I Am Me [b. neptune mix]" We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives/ Everywhere At The End Of Time (History Always Favours The Winners)
7. Stephan Mathieu "Gisèle" RADIANCE X: Her Dark Gaze Drowned In Light (Schwebung)
8. Monster Rally "Vaqueros De La Isla" Flowering Jungle (Gold Robot)
9. Jon Porras "Still Life" Tokonoma (Geographic North)
10. The Fun Years "A Decade of Weakness Pt II" Heroes Of The Second Story Walk-Up (Spring Break)
11. Island People "Vogelsang" Island People (Raster-Media)
12. Alexis Georgopoulos & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma "Lost Summer" Fragments Of A Season (Emotional Response)
13. Taylor Deupree "Aoka" Somi (12k)
14. Auburn Lull "Mora=Mirage" Hypha (Azure Vista)
15. Olli Aarni "Hehkuva Tuuli" Nielu (Florabelle)

Saving the best for last—maybe. The set opens with what was the inspiration and motivation behind all six year-end surveys—a collaboration between Leandro Fresco, from Argentina, known for his spacious pop-ambient style and Rafael Anton Irisarri, whose sound, more often than not, is altogether more suffocating—the impetus being, to create better versions of Kompakt’s own yearly Pop Ambient dispatches, which, I’d like to think, the three Electric Campfires from this year, does fairly well. And, to feature only one song per release/ artist combination, showcasing just how much great music is being released—the three Electric Campfires alone cover 47 songs from 45 different releases and 44 artist combinations.

From lesser knowns to ambient veterans, the mix concludes with a strong one-two (three-four) punch. First, a nostalgic and unlikely take from Alexis Georgopoulos and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, recalling some underrepresented sounds--still--from the mid-‘80s, followed by a Taylor Deupree trifecta—first, a track from his Somi album, then two mastering jobs, the first, a vulnerable, deliberate and devastatingly charming track from Auburn Lull (song of the year?); the second, a lengthy nod out from Fennoscandia’s Olli Aarni, appropriately pure and classic.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Electric Campfires (3)



(oystered 55)

1. Yui Onodera "Nine Chairs To The Moon" Pop Ambient 2018 (Kompakt)
2. Marcus Fischer "Murmurations/ Variation Seven [b. neptune mix]" Loss/ Film Variations (12k/ bandcamp, self released)
3. Sarah Davachi "For Piano" All My Circles Run (Students Of Decay)
4. Loren Connors "Oh, My Beloved" Evangeline (Recital)
5. Growing "No Trace" Disorder (Important)
6. The Inward Circles "Scaleby, I" Scaleby (Corbel Stone Press)
7. Konrad Sprenger "Opening" Stack Music (PAN)
8. Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi "Burrata" Hotel Record (Black Truffle)
9. Aquarelle "Open Absence (Parts 1 & 2) [b. neptune mix]" Leave Corners (Debacle)
10. Billy Gomberg "9:21" A Changed Meaning (Strange Rules)
11. Bellows "A2 Untitled" Sander (Latency)
12. Maxwell August Croy & Sean McCann "Vesper" II (bandcamp, self-released)
13. Elodie "Le Temps d'Antan" Vieux Silence (Ideologic Organ)
14. William Basinski "A Shadow In Time [b. neptune edit]" A Shadow In Time (2062)
15. Roger Eno "Stasis Affected" This Floating World (Recital)

Part five of six, and second of three ambient-themed 2017 year-end surveys. Originally inspired by Kompakt’s yearly Pop Ambient compilations, this installment features more blissed out and ecstatic, glitched up, melancholic, pensive and reflective tracks from the likes of Marcus Fischer, Aquarelle, William Basinski, Oren Ambarchi with his partner Crys Cole, Richard Skelton and Andrew Chalk (as one half of Elodie) as well as Brian’s brother, Roger Eno, among many other notables.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tech-yes (1)



(oystered 54)

1. The Orb “4am Exhale (Dave Dk Accellerator mix)” Total 17 (Kompakt)
2. Lee Gamble “East Sedducke” Mnestic Pressure (Hyperdub)
3. Porter Ricks “Port of Tangency” Anguilla Electrica (Tresor)
4. Tilliander “Mokirian Tekno Trak” Compuriddum (iDEAL)
5. Voigt & Voigt “Tribute to a Greek God” Total 17 (Kompakt)
6. Ricardo Villalobos “Empirical House” Emperical House (a:rpia:r)
7. Inventing Masks “3’19”” 2nd (Error Broadcast)
8. Four Tet “You Are Loved” New Energy (Text)
9. Burnt Friedman & Mohammad Reza Mortazavi “Yek 132-11” Yek (Nonplace)
10. M.E.S.H. “Diana Triplex” Hesaitix (PAN)
11. Eric Copeland “Close Encounters” Goofballs (DFA)
12. Jürgen Paape “Always Disko” Total 17 (Kompakt)
13. Demian “Milestars” Total 17 (Kompakt)
14. Thomas Brinkmann “Sweetback” Retrospektiv (Third Ear)
15. NHK yx Koyxen “Finding” Exit Entrance (DFA)
16. Melchior Productions “The Hope” Superlongevity 6 (Perlon)
17. Jan Jelinek “Poren” Loop Finding Jazz Records (Faitiche)

Fourth overall 2017 year-end survey is an eclectic mix of electronic cuts, from after-party rave-downs, minimal dub and futuristic jams to crunchy techno grooves, anthemic and emotional dancefloor fillers, extended zone-outs and more effervescent and jazz mood-pieces featuring the likes of The Orb, Jan Jelinek, Ricardo Villalobos, Andreas Tilliander, Porter Ricks, Four Tet and more.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Universal Frequencies (2)

(oystered 53)

1. Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions "Let Me Get There (Acoustic)" Son Of A Lady (Tendril Tales)
2. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile "Over Everything" Lotta Sea Lice (Matador)
3. The Cairo Gang "Real Enough To Believe" Untouchable (god?)
4. Ducktails "Light A Candle" Jersey Devil (New Images)
5. Beck "Wow" Colors (Capitol)
6. Sun Araw "Orthus" The Saddle Of The Increate (Sun Ark)
7. Ariel Pink "Feels Like Heaven" Dedicated To Bobby Jameson (Mexican Summer)
8. Crescent "I'm Not Awake" Resin Pockets (Geographic)
9. King Krule "Cadet Limbo" The OOZ (True Panther Sounds)
10. Six Organs Of Admittance "Taken By Ascent" Burning The Threshold (Drag City)
11. Gunn-Truscinski Duo "Seagull For Chuck Berry" Bay Head (Three Lobed)
12. Wooden Wand "Mood Indica (Reprise)/ One Can Only Love [b. neptune mix]" Clipper Ship (Three Lobed)
13. The War On Drugs "Strangest Thing" A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)
14. Acetone "Smokey" 1992-2001 (Light In The Attic)
15. Roe Enney "Aquatron" Glare (Root Strata)
16. Peaking Lights "I'll Be In The Sky" The Fifth State Of Consciousness (Two Flowers)
17. Video Salon "Stars Reflecting" Video Salon (Not Not Fun)
18. Saint Etienne "London Like A Distant Sun/ Doods Brow/ Obvious [b. neptune's 'classic '90's threebanger' b-sides medley]" Dive (Heavenly)
19. Kelly Lee Owens "Bird" Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)

Second and final installment (3rd of 6) of my year-end surveys regarding pop and rock formats. Featuring a wide mix of artists, from Beck, The War on Drugs, The Cairo Gang, King Krule and Ariel Pink to the more experimental and underserved styles of Wooden Wand, Crescent and Sun Araw. Also, a highlight from the Acetone retrospective on Light In The Attic, an electrifying performance from guitarrorists Steve Gunn and John Truscinski, a surprising debut from Kelly Lee Owens, but most of all, a classic, exquisitely delicious '90’s b-sides medley from Saint Etienne, proving adeptly that they’re still able to create timeless intercontinental pop tropes. Tilt!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Electric Campfires (2)

(oystered 52)

1. Pausal "Soar" Avifaunal (Dronarivm)
2. Beast "Look Out" Volume Two (Pre-Echo Press)
3. Brian Eno "Reflection [b. neptune's Tuesday Afternoon redux]" Reflection (Warp)
4. Sugai Ken "Okera" Ukabazumorezu (Rvng Intl.)
5. Gregg Kowalsky "Tuned To Monochrome" L'Orange L'Orange (Mexican Summer)
6. Bitchin Bajas "Chokayo" Bajas Fresh (Drag City)
7. Ezekiel Honig "Fugue State, Pt. 2" A Passage Of Concrete (Anticipate)
8. Kassel Jaeger "Exposure Scale -- Clair de Lune" Aster (Editions Mego)
9. Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer "Lowlands" Lowlands (IIKKI)
10. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma "HERMENEUTICS 17/ The Faun [b. neptune mix]" On The Echoing Green/ HERMENEUTICS (Mexican Summer)
11. Mark Templeton "Gentle Story (Parts 1 & 2) [b. neptune mix]" Gentle Heart (Graphical)
12. Federico Durand "Lluvia de Estrellas" La Nina Junco (12k)

Part two of six in 2017’s series of year-end surveys, this one (of three) a mix of blissed and melancholic ambient tracks from the likes of Pausal, Taylor Deupree with Marcus Fischer, Gregg Kowalsky and Koen Holtkamp (Mountains) under his new Beast guise, among many others. A meticulously pieced-together and abbreviated version of Brian Eno’s nearly hour-long piece, “Reflections” is also featured. Additionally, I took some liberties gluing Mark Templeton’s “Gentle Story” parts one and two together (I couldn’t decide on either one), and, as another curveball, mixing a track from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s On the Echoing Green’s bonus LP, HERMENEUTICS, with album standout, “The Faun.” Again, all released or reissued in 2017.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Universal Frequencies (1)

(oystered 51)

1. Beach House "Used To Be (2008 Single Version)" B-Sides and Rarities (Sub Pop)
2. Slowdive "Star Roving" Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
3. Mogwai "Party In The Dark" Every Country's Sun (Temporary Residence)
4. The Clientele "Falling Asleep" Music For The Age Of Miracles (Merge)
5. Destroyer "Sky's Grey" ken (Merge)
6. Verve "Sweet and Sour" unreleased
7. Ride "Cali" Weather Diaries (Witchita)
8. Lilys "Elizabeth Colour Wheel" In The Presence Of Nothing (Frontier)
9. LCD Soundsystem "Call The Police" American Dream (DFA/ Columbia)
10. The Fall "Room To Live" Singles 1978-2016 (Cherry Red)
11. Oh Sees "Keys To The Castle [b. neptune edit]" Orc (Castle Face)
12. Beach Fossils "Be Nothing/ Saint Ivy (ending) [b. neptune mash]" Somersault (Bayonet)
13. Omni "Calling Direct" Multi-Task (Trouble In Mind)
14. The Sexual Objects "Shadows Of Jet Plane" Marshmallow (Triassic Tusk)
15. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band "History" Dreaming In The Non-Dream (No Quarter)
16. Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker "Stretching My Dollar In Plano" Spiderbeetlebee (Drag City)

“Some people have stars for eyes/ some people want eyes of stars/ they’ve been like that for yearz-uh…”

Featuring a selection of hand-picked favorites from 2017. All songs either released/ reissued/ repackaged through the course of the year, from the resurgence of shoegaze favorites Ride and Slowdive, to Beach House and Lilys; one of post-punk’s originals, David Henderson (Fire Engines, Win, Nectarine No. 9) under his latest guise, The Sexual Objects, as well as LCD Soundsystem--the only exception being, an unofficial, unreleased what sounds like an uber-proto version of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.” Thank you to the artists and friends, without whose inspiration and generosity this mix would not be possible.

“And some people cannot hold their drink-uh/ they’ve got to tell you what they think-uh / There’s no hate to the point that I give-uh/ I just want Room To Live-uh…”

Friday, November 25, 2016

Electric Campfires (1)



autumn 2016 (oystered 50)



David Holmes "Hey Lisa" (Bow Down To The Exit Sign, Go! Beat/2000)
Tortoise "Gamera" (Gamera/Cliff Dweller Society, Thrill Jockey/1995) ~ 4:39
Dif Juz "Soarn" (Vibrating Air, 4AD/1981) ~ 16:20
Boards Of Canada "In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country" (In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country, Warp/2000) ~ 20:06
Gastr Del Sol "Mouth Canyon" (Camofleur, Drag City/1998) ~ 25:42
Mouse On Mars "Glim" (Cache Coeur Naif, Too Pure/1997) ~ 29:11
Hrvatski "Tegenborg [edit]" (Swarm & Dither, Planet Mu/2002) ~ 33:13
Stephan Mathieu & Janek Schaefer "Maori Love Song" (Hidden Name, Cronica/2006) ~ 36:01
Seiichi Yamamoto "Mantral" (Crown Of Fuzzy Groove, P-Vine/Weather / 2002) ~ 37:43
Papa M "Up North Kids" (Live From A Shark Cage, Drag City/1999) ~ 45:29
Fibreforms "Corianna" (Treedrums [re/lux], Infraction/2013) ~ 50:34
Kammerflimmer Kollektief "Unstet Schleifen" (Remixed, Staubgold/2005) ~ 56:57
Stereolab "Retrograde Mirror Form" (The First Of The Microbe Hunters, Duophonic/Elektra / 2000) ~ 63:09
Deerhunter "Living My Life" (Fading Frontier, 4AD/2015) ~ 69:27

Meant to follow hot-on-the-heels of 2015's one-two 'Summer Mixes' punch, but, alas, life, delays... Player photo is a pic of November's Supermoon rising, the closest our moon has been since 1948, taken w/ outdated iTouch. Top photo November 2016 sunrise taken on same outdated iTouch, both using no filters and no enhancements.

Last track dedicated to a good friend who left the physical plane much too early. A real genuine person, whom I never thought in a million years I would never get to see again.

Laze it up...