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  • VF Mix 154: Joe Zawinul by People Plus

    By | November 8, 2018

    The game-changing Miles Davis collaborator and Weather report founder.

    Austrian keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul began his career collaborating with legendary musicians like Miles Davis and Art Blakey, before forming pioneering fusion group Weather Report. To take on the work of this innovative musician are People Plus, aka CZ Wang and Joli B, on the heels of their new EP Olympus Mons released via Anthony Naples’ Incienso:

    “”For me music is not notes, not chords, for me music is atmosphere, and what you bring to it is your own life.” Kicking off our mix are these words of Joe Zawinul, and we agree with him. Music is so innate within the human spirit that it evokes feeling without demanding comprehension. This mix focuses on the ’70s and ’80s, when Joe started phreaking synthesisers and samplers, and really started pushing the soundscape of jazz.

    Truth be told, often his improvisation can get a bit out of control for our taste. When he gets it just right, it’s a striking equilibrium of a groove you can feel and an insane level of sophistication. We’ve done our best to compile those moments into this mix.

    In assembling this collection, we offer a brief trip, through the lens of People Plus, into Zawinul’s sonic environment. We had to include Miles Davis, whose catalogue contained so many Zawinul compositions, as well a rare Respuesta Alternativa new wave cover of ‘Birdland’, which was only released on cassette in ’87 in Spain. Other tracks are more well known (‘River People’), some are underground classics (‘Harvest’), and some are often overlooked (‘Badia’, ‘Double Image’). For various reasons Zawinul doesn’t get as much credit as his colleagues, even those in Weather Report. This mix was an opportunity for us to pull together the recordings from his disparate catalogue that inspired us most, and to briefly trace his influence.”

    Check out the track list below.


    Tracklist

    1. Weather Report – Milky Way
    2. Weather Report – Adios
    3. Weather Report – Scarlet Woman
    4. Weather Report – The Orphan
    5. Weather Report – Badia (Tale Spinnin’)
    6. Weather Report – Indiscretions
    7. Weather Report – River People
    8. Weather Report – Herandnu
    9. Weather Report – Tears
    10. Joe Zawinul – The Great Empire
    11. Weather Report – Domino Theory
    12. Joe Zawinul – The Harvest (Love Dancing edit)
    13. Joe Zawinul – Waiting For The Rain (Radio edit)
    14. Respuesta Alternativa – Birdland
    15. Weather Report – Elegant People
    16. Weather Report – Young & Fine
    17. A Tribe Called Quest – Butter
    18. Miles Davis – Gemini / Double Image
    19. Cannonball Adderley – Country Preacher
    20. Joe Zawinul – His Last Journey

    People Plus’ Olympus Mons is out now on Incienso.

  • VF Mix 153: Steve Reich by Daniel Brandt

    By | October 11, 2018

    The sonic world of a minimal pioneer.

    Since the 1960s, American composer Steve Reich has been innovating music into unexpected realms, both via his novel production techniques as well as the sounds and instruments he has incorporated into his work.

    Creating recording techniques such as tape loops he paved the way for electronic music to come. Throughout his career, Reich has also explored the rich and unique sonic traditions of countries in Africa and the Middle East, bringing the sound of the Ghanian Gamelan, for example, to entirely new western audiences.

    Since adolescence, Reich changed the way Daniel Brandt, co-founder of German ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, thought about classical music. Ahead of the release of Brandt’s forthcoming solo album Channels on Erased Tapes, Brandt delves into Reich’s singular canon.

    Listen to the mix, find out why Brandt chose Reich and check out the track list below.


    “I grew up listening to a lot of Jazz and Drum & Bass music in my teenage years and my parents were playing a lot of Classical Music and Rock’n’Roll from the sixties at home, but I never knew about modern classical music before I attended a music course at school in 12th grade. This course was intended for all students that were part of the school band or orchestra, both of which I was a part of, and it was the easiest way to get a good grade, so I attended.

    Before this course all music lessons in school were pretty boring and actually counterproductive.

    I had the feeling that everyone got to know classical music in a bad way, as it seemed to be presented as very dry and intellectual music. It wasn’t really about experiencing the music properly and turned off a lot of my school mates.

    This course in 12th grade changed it all as the teacher was very well versed in music history, and had a different approach to teaching. Through him I heard music from Steve Reich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass and György Ligeti for the first time and I was blown away. Later on when I was studying film directing at the Academy Of Media Arts in Cologne I attended another course by Anthony Moore who had previously worked with Pink Floyd and German Krautrock band Faust. We did extensive listening sessions with him, analysing minimal and experimental modern composition.

    All of this influenced me a lot, and when we formed Brandt Brauer Frick in 2008/2009 this music was definitely one of our references. We actually went to see Steve Reich and Ensemble Modern perform Music For 18 Musicians at the Cologne Philharmonic just before our first recording session, and still had that experience in our heads when we started making music together.

    I would have liked to include much more into the mix but I had to condense it. For me people like Suzanne Ciani or Glenn Branca are definitely connected to this style of music even though they had totally different approaches in making the music.”

    Tracklist:

    1. Steve Reich – Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices, & Organ
    2. Colin Stetson – Spindrift
    3. Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint (arr. S. Fancher for Soprano Saxophone & Tape, performed by Ruth Velten)
    4. Steve Reich – Electric Counterpoint III (performed by Kai Schumacher)
    5. Steve Reich – Electric Counterpoint III (performed by Pat Metheny)
    6. Philip Glass – Floe
    7. Nico Muhly – Drones & Violin Part IV: Material With Shifting Drones
    8. Steve Reich – Variations For Vibes, Piano & Strings: 3. Fast
    9. Aaron Martin – Tar Paper
    10. Steve Reich – Cello Counterpoint
    11. Michael Nyman – Drowning By Numbers: Knowing The Ropes


    Channels is out 12th October on Erased Tapes.

  • VF Mix 152: Hugh Masekela by Esa

    By | October 4, 2018

    A tribute to the father of South African jazz.

    Legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela first came to fame in 1959 as a member of the Jazz Epistles, the first African jazz collective to record a full length studio album.

    During the course of his prolific 60 year career, he released 49 studio albums including seminal track ‘Afro Beat Blues’ and 1984 Techno Bush LP, collaborated with artists including Paul Simon, Letta Mbulu, and Herb Albert, alongside active social outreach music initiatives. Masekela is also well-known for his anti-Apartheid song ‘Soweto Blues’, recorded in the wake of the 1976 Soweto riots and sung with then wife Miriam Makeba.

    To take on the music of Masekela is South African producer Esa, as he becomes the new resident DJ at Phonox on Saturday nights.

    Listen to the mix, find out why Esa chose Masekela and check out the track list below:

    “This is very special mix featuring a selection of my favourite tracks by bra Hugh from the 1960s through the 1980s. (It was really hard to select them as I love all of his music.) The mix is a journey of young Hugh leaving South Africa in the 1960s to the UK in exile, to study at Guildhall School of Music for a few months to later connect and marry Mariam Makeba in New York.

    Travelling to America to further his knowledge at Manhattan School of music seemed like the natural decision as bra Hugh was heavily inspired by artists including Mile Davis and Duke Ellington and collaborated with Herb Alpert, Letta Mbulu, and Paul Simon amongst others. Here I pay tribute to one of South Africa’s true icons, a legend with many stories to tell, whose music will live on forever, rest in peace bra Hugh.”

    Tracklist:

    1. Hugh Masekela – Jungle Jim
    2. Hugh Masekela – Kaa Ye Oya
    3. Hugh Masekela – You Keep Me Hanging On (Interpretation)
    4. Hugh Masekela – Mahlalela
    5. Hugh Masekela – Moonza
    6. Hugh Masekela – Witch Doctor (Feat. Baranta & Miatta Fahinbulleh)
    7. Hugh Masekela – Ahvuomo
    8. Hugh Masekela – Night In Tunisia
    9. Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby (Dub Mix)
    10. Esa – Bra Hugh
    11. Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby (Esa VIP Edit)


    Catch Esa at Phonox every Saturday starting from 6th October.

  • VF Mix 151: Roni Size & Reprazent by Ishmael Ensemble

    By | September 6, 2018

    The sounds of a drum and bass legend.

    Bristol-born producer and DJ Roni Size first came into the mainstream’s waiting consciousness as the founder of drum and bass crew Reprazent, in 1997 with the album New Forms. A Mercury Prize soon followed, which not only saw their music reaching wider audiences, but also lead to collaborations across genres with artists including Method Man, Zach La Rocha and Jocelyn Brown.

    To take on the world of the drum and bass pioneer is Ishmael Ensemble founder, and fellow Bristolian, Pete Cunningham. Listen to the mix, and find out why Cunningham selected Roni Size below.

    “I grew up 12 miles south of Bristol. Like most country bumpkins, I cut my teeth DJing at free parties and listening to drum and bass cassettes, passed down by the handful of senior junglists in the village. By the time I was 14, my parents’ attic had become a bit of a youth club, filled to the brim with sofas and speakers. My older brother had persuaded me to combine our Christmas presents one year to get a pair of decks, which further solidified our house as the go-to place for the areas budding DJs and MCs.

    “One night, some of the older guys left a stack of their jungle, and hardcore records at ours. So I stuck my nose in. Among them were tunes by the Reprazent gang: Roni Size, DJ Die, Krust & DJ Suv as well as their debut album New Forms. I remember being blown away by the complexity and originality of the music, far more nuanced than the tear-out drum and bass I’d been playing and buying up until that point. This handful of records became a gateway into a whole world of electronic music I’d previously been stubborn & naive towards.

    “I soon went about digging into the archives and lapping up as much of the history as I could. This mix is a snapshot of that particularly fertile period in Bristol’s music history, spearheaded by a group of artists that cultivated and nurtured a sound that inspired myself and many others to move to the city.”

    Ishmael Ensemble’s Severn Songs 2 is out 26th October.

    Tracklist

    1. Roni Size & Reprazent – Share The Fall
    2. Roni Size & Reprazent – Brown Paper Bag
    3. DJ Die – Stoned Groove
    4. Roni Size – Fashion
    5. DJ Krust – Memories
    6. Roni Size & Dj Die – All The Crews Big Up
    7. Roni Size & Reprazent – Heroes
    8. Roni Size & DJ Die – Music Box
    9. Roni Size – It’s A Jazz Thing
    10. Roni Size & Reprazent – Matter Of Fact
    11. Roni Size – The Calling (Goldie Remix)
    12. Goldie – Inner City Life (Roni Size & Dj Krust Remix)

  • VF Mix 150: Jon Hassell by Michal Turtle

    By | August 30, 2018

    “Discovering Possible Musics and Dream Theory in Malaya changed everything for me.”

    Unlike Fourth World pioneer and one of ambient music’s heavyweights Jon Hassell, Michal Turtle may require some introduction. Familiar to fans of Dutch reissue label Music From Memory, who released a collection of his ’80s works on a 2017 compilation Phantoms of Dreamland, Michal Turtle grew up in South London, where, at the age of 22, he set up a four track studio in parents’ home and began recording.

    The resulting synthesiser experiments and improvised analogue jams would become Music From The Living Room, the overlooked 1983 album that would lend several tracks to Phantoms of Dreamland. Continuing to work in music, whether as a jazz musician or writing musicals for horses, Turtle has returned 35 years on, with a new suite entitled Middle of the Road Less Travelled.

    To mark the release, Turtle turned to one of his main inspirations, Jon Hassell. You can listen to the mix and read a short interview with Turtle below.


    How has Jon Hassell influenced your work?

    Discovering Possible Musics and then Dream Theory in Malaya when I was in my early 20s changed everything for me. I was working with some guys (Tim who co-wrote ‘Are You Psychic?’ was one of them, and Lucianne – Phantoms of Dreamland was another) and we were always discovering and exchanging interesting music, as well as making our own. I had already started working with the 4-track machine, noodling around with synths and whatever I could lay my hands on, when this new world of possibilities suddenly appeared.

    Who else have you looked to for inspiration over the years?

    The music I was involved with at this time (we were collectively known as The Duplicates) was already treading its tentative footsteps along this road, and getting to know these two albums, and others from around this time pushed us all to new places of discovery. Other artists whose work influenced us were Holger Czukay (Movies and On the Way to the Peak of Normal) Brian Eno, of course, also around this time, David Byrne’s non-Talking Heads stuff, Robert Fripp, as well as countless obscure one-off projects. Soon after this early period, samplers became available, and this again changed the way we all made music.

    What continues to attract you to using analogue hardware as opposed to digital systems?

    When I started doing all of this, analogue was the only possibility. A 4-track was the only realistic option for a poor student type. There were no loops, and no samples. Any voices you heard were just recorded on tape, and anything that might have sounded like a sample was either played in real time, spun off tape, recorded on tiny 2 1/2 second cassette loops, or treated with a pitch shifting echo machine.

    Over the years, elements in my collection of synths have come and gone, and much of my set-up today is virtual. I still use an old Alpha Juno 2 and a Wasp synth on new music I make, as well as lots of live percussion, and as always, “whatever I can get my hands on”. With percussion tracks, I tend to play complete tracks rather than loop a couple of bars. Synth bass lines are also played from beginning to end (when we did ‘Are You Psychic?’ this was the only possibility) I tend to use a drum loop when starting on a track, which will get dropped in the final version.

    How do you feel your music has progressed since that which was collected on Phantoms Of Dreamland?

    After doing the original record in 1983, which was basically ignored at the time, I went more “commercial” playing with bands, and eventually touring Europe, which is the reason I ended up living in Switzerland. Here I have been working as a producer, and musician, playing quite a lot of jazz and even country music.

    I created a pop band in the mid 2000s, which released three CDs and two online albums. I also wrote the score for a musical with horses and I have produced almost 30 albums for various artists.

    Mix Tracklist:

    1. Jon Hassell – live track
    2. Jon Hassell – Ba-Benzele
    3. Holger Czukay – On the Way to the Peak of Normal
    4. Jon Hassell – Empire iii
    5. Jon Hassell – Toucan Ocean
    6. Holger Czukay – Ode to Perfume
    7. Jon Hassell – Gift of Fire
    8. Blurt – Tube Plane
    9. Jon Hassell – Charm
    10. Jon Hassell – Paris 1
    11. Holger Czukay – Persian Love

  • VF Mix 149: Discomagic by Free Love

    By | August 23, 2018

    An introduction to one of the largest italo disco labels.

    Founded by Severo Lombardoni in 1982, Discomagic was responsible for thousands of recordings released under hundreds of sub-labels that defined the genre’s irreverently kitsch sheen, from the early ’80s until the mid-’90s.

    Formerly known as Happy Meals (whose 2014 album Ápero on Night School made our top 100 records of the year), kosmische musik-indebted Glasgow duo Suzanne Roden and Lewis Cook have returned as Free Love, with the seductive Euro disco-influenced single ‘Pushing Too Hard’.

    To mark their return, Roden and Cook have braved the vast discography of the italo behemoth Discomagic for VF Mix 149, finding kinship in the label’s shape-shifting polynyms and glitterbeat nightcrawlers.

    Listen to the mix and read their introduction below.


    “One of my friends introduced me to the Discomagic back catalogue a while ago and, while I was already familiar with a lot of the tracks, it blew my mind that so many of these records were connected by this golden thread – literally hundreds of sub-labels and artistic pseudonyms spanning decades starting in the early days of Italo-disco taking it right through to ’90s trance and Eurobeat. There have been a lot great releases over the years the years, but I think the golden era of the label has to be the ’80s, when some of the best Italo records were associated with the label in one way or another. I love how elusive and productive the artists involved with this music seem to be – often dropping one record under one name and then never coming back to it, only to release another under a different name very quickly after it.

    “The volume of music is astounding so we tried our best to pick out some our favourites and avoiding some of the immediately obvious choices (Mr. Flagio – ‘Take A Chance’) but gave in a couple of times (Ryan Paris – ‘Dolce Vita’)! Playing these tracks out on dance floors and feeling the NRG of a room escalate and bubble has been a massive influence on us. Although often sadly considered disposable, these productions stand tall, masterful and quite pleasingly oddball on a big sound system.”

    Tracklist:

    Faber DJ – For Your Love
    Savage – Don’t Cry Tonight
    P Lion – Happy Children
    Miko Mission – How Old Are You
    Miko Mission – Why Why (Space Version)
    Bo Boy – Why Why Is Me
    Dharma – Plastic Doll
    Jerry Moon – Over and Over
    Helen – Witch
    City O – The Rose OF Tokyo
    Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita
    Marx & Spencer – Stay
    Stoop – I’m Hungry
    City Centre – Profondo Rosso

  • VF Mix 148: St. Germain by Jonny Drop

    By | August 17, 2018

    “A recipe for laid-back perfection.”

    Eighteen years ago, Ludovic Navarre aka St Germain released Tourist on Blue Note Records, and defined a strain of down-tempo, jazz-influenced electronica for a generation. With shades of Mr Scruff, Guru’s Jazzmattaz and Cinematic Orchestra, the record’s opening track ‘Rose Rouge’ became so ubiquitous that it was practically unavoidable.

    Inspired by Navarre’s sparing use of samples and live improvisation, drummer and producer Jonny Drop has just released his second LP on Adam Scrimshire’s Albert’s Favourites label. For Jonny, that tension between found and live instrumentation has played out in Only Sound, which has seen him abandon the ‘one-man band’ approach in favour of collaborations with the likes of Deoke, James O’Keefe, and Collocutor’s Tamar Osborn.

    Cycling through 80 minutes of sampled originals by the likes of Marlena Shaw, Dave Brubeck and John Lee Hooker, hip-hop touchstones by A Tribe Called Quest, and St. Germain classics, Jonny Drop has knitted together a soulful, downtempo tapestry of sounds that treats new and old as one and the same.

    Listen to the mix now and read Jonny’s intro below.

    “Putting this mix together has made me realise how much of an influence St. Germain has been on my creative process. Back in the late ’90s my brother played Navarre’s early Detroit-style house music to me. Then when Tourist dropped, it solidified the my love for his music. St. Germain epitomises tasteful sample selection, making what feels like an original composition from two or three base samples, enhanced with live improvised solos on top. It’s a recipe for laid-back perfection.”


    Tracklist:

    1. Marlena Shaw – Woman Of The Ghetto Live (intro)
    2. The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five (Intro)
    3. Soel – To This world
    4. St. Germain – What You Think About…
    5. The John Payne Band – Sounds From The Seas Edge
    6. St. Germain – Forget it
    7. A Tribe Called Quest – Push It Along
    8. Junior Mance – Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again
    9. Soel – Shining Pain
    10. 100% Pure Poison – Windy C
    11. St. Germain – Sure Thing
    12. John Lee Hooker – Harry’s Philosophy
    13. St. Germain – Montego Bay Spleen
    14. St. Germain – Voila
    15. St. Germain – Walk So Lonely
    16. St. Germain – What’s New?
    17. St. Germain – Sentimental Mood
    18. St. Germain – So Flute
    19. St. Germain – Percussion
    20, St Germain – Family Tree
    21. Soel – The Way U R
    22. The Bar-Kays – Fighting Fire With Fire
    23. St. Germain – 1Street Scene (for Shaz)
    24. St. Germain – Dub Experience II
    25. St. Germain – Dub Experience
    26. Spiller Revisits St. Germain – Spillerose
    27. St Germain – Soul Salsa Soul (Descarga Mix)
    28. Jonny Drop – Hit That Note Again


    Jonny Drop’s Only Sound is out now on Albert’s Favourites.

  • VF Mix 147: Street Soul by Ruffy and Randy

    By | August 9, 2018

    A crucial introduction to Manchester’s overlooked ’90s subculture.

    Manchester’s storied music history has a tendency to coalesce around one particular label and the club it called home. Talk about the city’s late ’80s – early ’90s underground and you’d be forgiven for not reaching beyond the bucket hats and baggy trousers of acid house.

    But what if you liked your basslines a little smoother? Manchester’s lovers needed somewhere to get down, and on pirate stations, and at clubs across the city, a sound latterly called ‘street soul’ was gestating – a whole world of downtempo RnB, white label boogie ballads and electronic soul.

    Rapidly becoming a Manchester institution in his own right, Ruf Dug has been flying the flag for street soul on his NTS show, at parties and through the Hi-Tackle record shop (which he sometimes helps run with Randy Brunson) for some time now. And with Bô’vel’s holy grail ‘Check 4 U’ getting a 12″ reissue on Be With earlier this summer, the stage was set for Ruf Dug and Randy Marsh to present their ultimate street soul mixtape.

    No tracklist on this one, so just sit back and enjoy.


    “Recorded late at night at Hi-Tackle in the shadow of Strangeways, this mix is a tribute to the early ’90s Manchester pirates and soul sounds – notably Sunset & Buzz FM and Broadway Sound… Nobody called this sound ‘Street Soul’ back then and in the dance you would be just as likely to hear ‘Justify My Love’ or PM Dawn as you would the latest TSR test pressing.

    This was a pre-internet, un-intellectualised subculture that stands well apart from the hackneyed history of Manchester music. Here is love, escape, resistance, truth and tragedy, without a single baggy trouser leg or yellow chevron in sight.”

    You can catch Ruf Dug & Randy Marsh closing the NTS stage at Moss Side Carnival this Saturday with a special extended Street Soul set.

  • VF Mix 146: Onda de Amor by Millos Kaiser

    By | August 2, 2018

    Brazilian synth and boogie oddities from the ’80s and early ’90s.

    Some compilations enshrine regional canons, others punch above their weight, making grand claims for wilfully obscure selections. Just occasionally though, a compilation comes along that knows it stands on the fringes of greatness, but just lets the music do the talking.

    So it is with Soundway’s most recent collection Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94), compiled by one half of Selvagem Millos Kaiser. Overlooked, cast aside or just never really considered commercially viable, the comp proves that sometimes synths do get better with age, whether on Vania Bastos’ silky cover of Sade’s ‘Sweetest Taboo’ or the Casio horn section on chipmunk funk outlier ‘Toque Tambor’.

    To accompany the compilation, Kaiser has unearthed sixteen more mis-hits and playlist off-cuts for this hour-long mix. Consider this Onda De Amor 2.0, the second part to a story we hope will run and run.


    Tracklist:

    1. Evandro Terra – Dim Dim Dom Dom
    2. Strike – Polícia
    3. Band’Axé – Menino do Pelô (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    4. Reflexu’s – Kangala (Festa das Bebidas)
    5. Rosana Mendez & Grupo Veneno – Reague
    6. DJ Raffa – Amazonia
    7. The Brother’s Rap – Rap’agode (Remix)
    8. Damas do Rap – Sonho Real
    9. Rick & Nando – Cidade
    10. Cassia Eller – Eles (Instrumental Remix)
    11. Villa Box – Break de Rua (Versão Longa)
    12. Sarajane – Por Que Você (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    13. Os Abelhudos – Contos de Escola (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    14. Os Magrellos – Deixe O Ritmo Controlar
    15. Nanda Rossi – Livre Pra Voar (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    16. Athalyba Man – Ficar de Mal

    Catch Millos DJ through August:

    August 3rd – w/Selvagem @ Concrete (Paris)
    August 4th – w/Selvagem @ Dekmantel (Amsterdam)
    August 11th @ Good Block (London)
    August 12th @ Giant Steps – Houghton Festival (Norfolk)
    August 17th @ Pavillon d’Été (Bordeaux)
    August 18th @ Le Sucre (Lyon)

  • VF Mix 145: R. D. Burman by Rejoicer

    By | July 26, 2018

    Stones Throw’s latest recruit gets into the music of the influential Bollywood composer and director.

    Inspired by a series of lucid dreams, Rejoicer aka Yuvi Havkin’s debut album Energy Dreams twists melodic, spaced-out psychedelia around jazz roots.

    “I wanted to create an atmosphere of freedom; of walking in unfamiliar territories while still feeling at home and at ease,” he describes, hinting at the cinematic quality of his music. “There’s a huge musical world in my head that I hadn’t expressed or explained, and I decided to try tap into that world of sounds.”

    Therefore, we were delighted when he put forward Bollywood legend, composer and director R. D. Burman for this mix, tripping out on a selection of atmospheric soundtracks and future samples.

    Working between the ’60s and the ’90s in the Hindi music industry, Burman scored over 331 films, collaborating with the likes of Asha Bhosle, with whom he was married, and was widely celebrated for revolutionising the Bollywood soundtrack form by introducing electronic, rock and disco elements with more traditional Bengali folk music.

    Over to Yuvi for a few words and the tracklist.


    “In 2004, I was 19 and travelled to India with my girlfriend. We had a very psychedelic and emotional few months there. It was definitely life changing.

    “A few weeks later I was strolling in Tel Aviv, where I found dozens of Bollywood soundtracks on vinyl and bought them all from the local store. The name R. D. Burman was on all the best ones – super melodic, groovy and with mind-blowing orchestration. I sampled these records for my very early hip-hop beats under the Guadalooop moniker and still find mad samples on records I’ve know for 15 years.

    “I guess I’ve bought every Burman record I’ve seen since, and touring in last few years in India (with Buttering Trio) I’ve found more beautiful and fun albums.”

    Tracklist:

    1. Intro
    2. Kisi Ke Vaade Pe Kyon Etabar Hamne Kiya
    3. Meri Nazar Hai Tujhpe
    4. Koi Mar Jaye
    5. Kuchh Log
    6. Wah Re Naujawan Aajkal Ke
    7. Pal Do Pal
    8. Dukh Sukh Ki
    9. Hamen Tumse Pyar Kitna pt.2
    10. Nachan Nahin
    11. Ae Aasman Bata
    12. Kholina
    13. Rejoicer – Burman Love
    14. Hamen Tumse Pyar Kitna pt. 1
    15. Buttering Trio – Star Shroom (Oh No Remix)
    16. Guru Vanda
    17. Guadaloop – Difficult Cut
    18. Koi Koi

  • VF Mix 144: Siouxsie and the Banshees by Veronica Vasicka

    By | July 19, 2018

    Spellbound sounds.

    Originally founded by Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin in London, Siouxsie and the Banshees released 11 albums and 30 singles during the course of their 20 year career.

    Led by Sioux’s haunting vocals and Severin’s futuristic bass stylings, the group pioneered punk music, while also traversing into electronic realms. As such they’ve influenced artists ranging from Joy Division and PJ Harvey to Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem along the way.

    Ahead of her performance at Dekmantel Festival this year, we tapped NYC’s Veronica Vasicka to take on their prolific canon. Whether via her website and label Minimal Wave, as a founding member of East Village Radio, or through her DJ sets, Vasicka has spent over a decade sharing obscure and forgotten gems from across the cold wave, post-punk, industrial and synth-pop spectrum.

    Listen to the mix, find out why Vasicka chose Siouxsie and the Banshees, and check out the track list below:

    “As a young girl growing up in New York City, Siouxsie Sioux meant more to me than just music. She had the outsider mentality that I identified with, yet was still unmistakably feminine in a male-dominated scene. She not only held her own within this scene, her creative power and smouldering beauty translated perfectly into her music, which was rich, dark, multi-layered and exotic.

    With her main partners in crime, Budgie and Steve Severin, the Banshees created a musical landscape that to this day remains unrivalled. This mix is dedicated to my friend and inspiration Echo Danon.”

    Tracklist

    1. Something Blue – ‘The Passenger (Loco-Motion Mix)’ 12″
    2. Overground – The Scream  LP
    3. Clockface – Kaleidoscope LP
    4. Christine – Kaleidoscope LP
    5. Tattoo – Dear Prudence 7″
    6. Mittageisen – The Scream LP
    7. Peek-A-Boo – ‘Peek-A-Boo’ 7″
    8. Congo Conga – ‘Arabian Knights’ 7″
    9. Israel – ‘Israel’ 7″
    10. Pulled To Bits (Live At Royal Albert Hall) – Nocturne LP
    11. Red Light – Kaleidoscope LP
    12. Switch – The Scream LP
    13. Spellbound – Juju LP
    14. Monitor – Juju LP
    15. Sin In My Heart – Juju LP
    16. The Passenger – Through The Looking Glass LP
    17. Arabian Nights – ‘Arabian Knights’ 7″
    18. Swimming Horses – ‘Swimming Horses’ 7″
    19. Night Shift – Juju LP
    20. Happy House – Kaleidoscope LP
    21. Cities In Dust – ‘Cities in Dust’ 7″
    22. Slowdive – A Kiss In The Dreamhouse LP
    23. Painted Bird – A Kiss In The Dreamhouse LP
    24. Nicotine Stain – The Scream LP
    25. Hong Kong Garden – ‘Hong Kong Garden’ 7″
    26. Dear Prudence – ‘Dear Prudence’ 7″
    27. Red Over White – ‘Israel’ 7″
    28. Overground – ‘The Thorn’ 12″
    29. Voices – ‘The Thorn’ 12″
    30. Kiss Them For Me – Superstition LP


    Veronica Vasicka plays Dekmantel Festival 2018 on Sunday 5th August, at the UFO Stage with Regis.

  • VF Mix 143: Colin Stetson by Resina

    By | July 12, 2018

    An introduction to the indomitable avant-garde saxophonist, Arcade Fire collaborator and Aphex Twin enthusiast.

    Polish cellist Resina and saxophonist Colin Stetson may play radically different instruments, but in their approach to layering sound, constructing sonic cathedrals with repetition and drone, is a kindred spirit.

    On her sophomore recording Traces, released by Fat Cat’s 130701 imprint this month, Resina pushes beyond the fragile movements of her self-titled debut to expose the harsher, more elemental registers of the cello, just as Stetson explores the full spectrum of the saxophone, from breathy overtones to its most guttural vibrations.

    To mark her release, and with Stetson’s soundtrack to Hereditary (following last year’s brilliant All This I Do For Glory) out now, Resina has summoned 45 minutes of Stetson’s work for a high-decibel mix that you can listen to below.


    “A few years ago, when I was seriously wondering if there was any sense to make an album dedicated to a solo, acoustic instrument in the 2000s, out of the blue I ran into Colin Stetson’s second solo album, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges.

    “I didn’t know that Colin was playing with Arcade Fire, and recording with Tom Waits, and I wasn’t even a fan of the saxophone, to be honest. That album was just a total surprise, which left me speechless, and in no doubt that it was worthwhile to try and work on finding my own unique, personal musical language.”

    Tracklist:

    1. In Mirrors – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light (Constellation)
    2. Mothers & Daughters – Hereditary OST (Milan)
    3. To See More Light New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light (Constellation)
    4. Our Heartbreak Perfect – New History Warfare, Volume 1 (Aagoo)
    5. At God’s Doorstep – Outlaws and Angels OST (Innovative Leisure)
    6. Reborn – Hereditary OST (Milan)
    7. Groundswell – New History Warfare, Volume 1 (Aagoo)
    8. Tiger Tiger Crane – New History Warfare, Volume 1 (Aagoo)
    9. Things You Can Do – Retrun To Cookie Mountain (with TV on the Radio) (Interscope)
    10. Never Were The Way She Was – Never Were The Way She Was (with Sarah Neufeld) (Constellation)
    11. The Rain Like Curses (Adult Swim Singles)
    12. And Still They Move – Never Were The Way She Was (with Sarah Neufeld) (Constellation)
    13. Joanie – Hereditary OST (Milan)
    14. As A Bird Or Branch – New History Warfare, Volume 1 (Aagoo)

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