April 20, 2017

[Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 12


My newest mix for NTS Radio is meant for springtime walking around. (Mom, I think you might like this one.) I'll be posting an mp3 download version in a week from now. I know it's been a little quiet around here--I've been tied up with another project, but am looking forward to sharing more music next week. Thanks for listening!


Tracklisting:
1. Bill Nelson - Wildest Dreams
2. I-Level - In The Sand
3. Isabelle Antena - How Can They Tell
4. Phill & Friends Band - This Man
5. Ayumi Ishida - Bye Bye Jet
6. Gal Costa - Sebastiana
7. Ntombi & Survival - Think More About Me (Edit)
8. Wham! - Blue (Armed With Love)
9. UB40 - Don't Break My Heart (Edit)
10. Herb Alpert - Rise
11. George McCrae - I Get Lifted
12. Boz Scaggs - Lowdown
13. Yasuko Agawa - L.A. Night
14. Stereolab - Dear Marge

April 10, 2017

Haruomi Hosono - Mercuric Dance, 1985


A favorite. Not purely an ambient record, as there are a handful of more jittery, percussive tracks in the second half, but a good deal of this is, for me, ideal music to work to. Ringing, jewel-like washes of synth, but with a certain weight that similarly intentioned records seem to be lacking. The navy blue cover feels very apt--there's something angular and a bit severe about this that I love. Recontextualized elements of traditional Japanese drumming throughout. I think this was made for a modern dance performance, but can't find any additional information online--if anyone knows, please fill us in. Enjoy.