Harold Budd & Hector Zazou – Glyph, 1995

An underheard record from two masters. Trip hop feels like a radical genre departure for both Budd and Zazou, and yet it instantly makes sense upon first listen. Both leave their stylistic fingerprints all over Glyph–Budd’s melancholia, Zazou’s sinister sensibility–weaving haunted ambient jazz into fizzed out drum loops. Trumpet arrangements by Mark Isham, guitar by Barbara … Continue reading Harold Budd & Hector Zazou – Glyph, 1995

Zazou, Bikaye & CY1 – Noir et Blanc, 1983

One of the most organically freaky records I’ve ever heard. Totally serendipitous experimental pile-on of traditional Congolese singer Bony Bikaye; Algerian-born French producer Hector Zazou; and Claude Micheli and Guillaume Loizillon, mechanics of a massive wall of early 70s analog computers who called themselves CY1. Calling this “east meets west” is totally reductive; this thing … Continue reading Zazou, Bikaye & CY1 – Noir et Blanc, 1983

Guest Mix – Où est allé le temps, 2ème Partie

Guest mix by DBGO (Soundcloud / YouTube / Playmoss) Editor’s note: I’m thrilled to share a follow-up mix from Barcelona-based DBGO, whose YouTube channel is a treasure trove of rarities, and who makes an equally transportive series of mixes, many of which focus on a time-and-location specific musical subgenres and can send you down months-long rabbit … Continue reading Guest Mix – Où est allé le temps, 2ème Partie

Andreolina – An Island In The Moon, 1990

Sublime collaboration between Silvio Linardi (who’s collaborated with David Sylvian, Hector Zazou, Roger Eno, and others) and Pier Luigi Andreoni (whom you may know from The Doubling Riders). Ricardo Sinigaglia makes a few appearances too, first on piano and then on an Akai S 900. This was their only release as Andreolina. Sprawling, weightless instrumentals that never … Continue reading Andreolina – An Island In The Moon, 1990

[Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 10: Sakamoto Special

My newest mix for NTS Radio is a 坂本龍一 (Ryuichi Sakamoto) special! Not an exhaustive overview, just some personal highlights. If you like it, you can download an mp3 version here. In related news, if you’re interested in listening to my NTS show live, my time slot has just moved to every fourth Wednesday at … Continue reading [Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 10: Sakamoto Special

[Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 4

Listen to my fourth episode of Getting Warmer for NTS Radio below. I tried to make a make out mix, but I think it got too heavy-handed to be actually sexy and might be better suited for roller skating or something. Slo-mo disco, sleepy funk, breathy vocals. Lmk if anyone successfully soundtracks a make-out session with … Continue reading [Mix for NTS Radio] Getting Warmer Episode 4

Yungchen Lhamo – Coming Home, 1998

Beautifully sparse downtempo album by Yungchen Lhamo, celebrated Tibetan musician and cultural ambassador whose birth name literally means “Goddess of Song.” Lhamo fled her home country by traveling across the Himalayas in 1989 and has been living in exile in New York ever since. Her work has been met with worldwide renown, winning awards and performing … Continue reading Yungchen Lhamo – Coming Home, 1998

[Mix for NTS Radio] Listen To This!

We made a two hour mix for NTS Radio. Tracklisting below. If you like it, download it here. Enjoy! Tracklisting: 0:00 Richard Burmer – Physics 3:31 Masami Tsuchiya – Nevermind (Excerpt) 6:28 Carlos Maria Trindade – The Truth 9:09 Joe Hisaishi – The Winter Requiem 13:49 Bill Nelson – Pansophia 14:41 Anna Homler & Steve … Continue reading [Mix for NTS Radio] Listen To This!

Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz – Desert Equations: Azax Attra, 1986

This exquisite and challenging work is the 8th in a fantastic series of albums entitled Made To Measure released between 1984 and the mid-90s on the Belgian record label Crammed Discs. The series is an experimental music goldmine and effectively an ambient world tour, featuring the global exploratory sounds from many favorite composers such as … Continue reading Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz – Desert Equations: Azax Attra, 1986

ARC Mix Vol. 17: Clandestinations

We’re really excited to unveil our new look today, and to share a mix we made for Mexican Summer’s imprint Anthology Recordings. If you like it, download it here. Enjoy! Anthology Recordings Mix Vol. 17: Clandestinations by Listen To This! on Mixcloud Tracklisting: 1. Die Partei – Strahlsund 2. Jun Miyake – Pico Birds 3. … Continue reading ARC Mix Vol. 17: Clandestinations