WARMER MIXTAPES #1384 | by Jonathan Ducasse [John And The Volta]
1. Serge Gainsbourg | Ballade De Melody Nelson
The first time I heard this album, I fell in Love with the bass sound, the drum, Jane Birkin's voice. The strings arrangements on this record are gorgeous and all the instruments seem to be so alive. It changed the way I think and write bass lines. The French Sensuality.
2. Radiohead | Knives Out
This song haunted me for years and years. The melody still stabs my heart. Amnesiac is my bedtime album.
3. James Blake | Retrograde
New generation of composer/producer, I like the way he works, DIY. James Blake is a virtuoso. Like an architect, searching a deep construction for emotions. Here, a Minimal beat and an amazing overlaying of synthesizers alongside beautiful song writing.
4. Air | Playground Love (The Virgin Suicides Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
French band, the soundtrack of The Virgin Suicides by Sofia Coppola. Timeless song. My Sunday morning song.
5. Neil Young | Out On The Weekend
I discovered Neil Young pretty late. This song is the first that I heard and I think it'll stay the Neil Young that I love. Without electric distorted guitar, just acoustic guitar - piano – strings, and his amazing voice. In this song, the position of the drum in the Stereo mix is surreal.
6. Beck | Paper Tiger
Our sound engineer checks the sound system with this track. It's always a pleasure when the drum starts the song. We can clearly hear the reference to Histoire De Melody Nelson... Drum – Bass – Guitars – Strings.
7. Björk | Unravel
I'm a massive fan of Björk, hard for me to chose one track.
8. Portishead | The Rip
This classical guitar is so sick, seems to be recorded in the middle of the night, slumped on an old sofa.
9. Blonde Redhead | Elephant Woman
I discovered Blonde Redhead with a friend many years ago, but the emotional strength of this song is still the same. The voice of Kazu Makino is probably the sexiest voice I've ever heard.
10. Ultraísta | Gold Dayzz
I dream to work with Nigel Godrich. In Gold Dayzz the bass & drum lines are so elegant. Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker on drum. A dream team.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1383 | by Tahir Panton of New Kingston
1. Steel Pulse | A Who Responsible?
My father took me to a Steel Pulse show many years ago and it completely went over my head. I never paid any attention to them. The day I heard this song I played True Democracy in its entirety and the moment the album started I was hooked. This song solidified them in my personal Reggae Hall Of Fame!
2. Third World | Roots With Quality
I wasn't familiar with many Third World songs, only Jah Glory, Try Jah Love, 96° In The Shade. It was such a pleasure to hear them play what we call a one two riddim and complement the riddim so well. I'm a simple man and I like when people can make simple Music sound so big!
3. Protoje | Who Knows (feat. Chronixx)
The composition of this song was executed perfectly. The two artists and the producer came together and made a masterpiece. Not to mention the video is top notch. This is a song I can see myself not listening to for a while and then hearing it and loving it like the first time I heard it.
4. Bob Marley And The Wailers | Natural Mystic
This track will ever be branded in my head as the go to song for DJs to turn up the vibes in a party. There is no other baseline out there like this one.
5. Bobby Caldwell | What You Won't Do For Love
Smooth song all across the board. Vocally, instrumentally and everything in between makes this song great from the start.
6. Dennis Brown | Should I
When we use to play Cover Music in the clubs this was one of my favorite songs to play.
7. Garnett Silk | Kingly Character
This track is always refreshing to get ears. Can drop this anytime of the day and it connects with me.
8. Gregory Isaacs | Rumours
I use to sing this song in the clubs. It was one of the only songs I sung at a point and I always looked forward to it.
9. Bob Marley & The Wailers | So Much Trouble In The World
One of the greatest Bob songs of all time in my humble opinion. The production sounds new age but still vintage Marley.
This was the only Music I'd listen to at a point in my life. Everything produced in this era was gold.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1382 | by Vicente Milioto Da Palma [Vhyce]
1. Al Green | Simply Beautiful
I was listening to the radio while taking a bath and that song came in. Immediately fell in Love with it. Had a hard time finding what was the name of the track and who was singing it as I forgot the lyrics by the time I got out. But I finally did. Now I’ve got every Al Green records. Including his Christmas songs.
2. Young Marble Giant | Include Me Out
My father offered me the album when I was born. Still one of my favorites now. I like the way it sounds a bit naive. Hard to pick one track out of it as it works as a whole.
3. The Velvet Underground | Who Loves The Sun (Alternate Mix)
Alternate Mix for me. Love the whole Loaded vibe. Make me think of a sunny after party. Everybody still dancing, but you know the closing is coming.
4. Marie Laforêt | A Domani Amore (The Sha La La Song)
Italian version of A Demain My Darling. I have something for 60s Pop Music. I remember hearing Marie Laforêt’s Ivan, Boris Et Moi as a child and thinking it was a happy song, but then a year ago as I was planting tomatoes I heard that song again on the radio and was surprised how wrong I was.
5. Elliott Smith | Everything Reminds Me Of Her
It kinda works as a duo with the next one on the album Everything Means Nothing To Me. The 25 Most Played playlist from my iPod features 16 Elliott Smith songs. So I guess some might say I kinda like his Music.
6. Stevie Wonder | I Was Made To Love Her
One of my favorite Stevie Wonder song. I’m really into Motown stuff and I guess you can hear it in the Music I make. There’s also a cover by The Beach Boys.
7. Jeanette | Porque Te Vas
Discovered this one in an Ivan Smagghe interview, even though I’m pretty sure having heard it before. I like the way you're somehow Time travelling when you hear something that you’ve been listening to at some point. French version is also cool.
8. John Frusciante | Running Away Into You
Sad, isn’t it? Never been a fan of his former band, but I’m really into Frusciante’s work. This one comes from his first solo album Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt. I think he wasn’t having the best time of his life while recording it. There’s an intriguing documentary called Stuff made by Johnny Depp which captures that period. I heard his next one would be Acid House.
9. Syd Barrett | Terrapin
I really love you... And I mean you. I highly rate everything by Syd Barrett. Again, can’t say the same about his former band. No disrespect.
10. Devendra Banhart | Legless Love...
I started recording stuff, arranging loops and making noises about the time I discovered the album. I think my love for background atmosphere and Lo-Fi stuff may lie here. I’m all about those claps.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1381 | by Andrew Combs
1. Tom Rush | Wrong End Of The Rainbow
Classic mix of downer lyrics and uplifting Music. My favorite combination.
2. Lucinda Williams | Fancy Funeral
Lucinda has a way with words that hits so close to the bone. It's simple, but that's the beauty of it. Some think a fancy funeral will be worth every cent... But every dime and nickel is money better spent... Better spent on groceries and covering the bills... Instead of little luxuries and unnecessary frills...
3. Little Feat | Long Distance Love
I love the smooth soothing tone of this recording. Lowell George was one hell of a singer and songwriter... One of the most underrated, in my opinion.
4. Jessica Pratt | Night Faces
Jessica has a new record coming out soon, but this is from her 2012 one, which was brilliant!
5. Tim Hardin | If I Were A Carpenter
I’ve been on a Tim Hardin kick recently. This is definitely his most famous song.
6. Vince Guaraldi Trio | Joe Cool (There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Who knew Vince could sing? I wish he had done more of it, because he’s got a cool Country Soul thing going on here.
7. Townes Van Zandt | Snake Mountain Blues
One of Townes' more Funky numbers, off my favorite record of his, Our Mother The Mountain.
8. Dan Reeder | Bitch Nation
Dan is a great songwriter who puts his records out on John Prine’s label, Oh Boy. Real funny, sad stuff here.
9. Ry Cooder | Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie Cover)
Ry Cooder’s first few albums are my favorite Sounding Recordings of all time.
10. Tom Waits | House Where Nobody Lives
The King of the Ballads. Nothing else to be said.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1380 | by David Troster of Keroscene
1. Fugazi | Suggestion
A really inspirational band for us. Their Music is just so raw and aggressive yet incredibly restrained and controlled.
2. The Band | The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
One of those records that gets better with age. It's cool when you listen to songs at different points in your life and they take on whole new meanings.
3. Seal | Crazy
This song is such a Time trip for me. It came out the year I was born and it takes me back to some of my earliest memories.
4. This Mortal Coil | Kangaroo
A friend of mine made me a 4AD mixtape a while back. This song was the first track on it. Has been stuck on repeat ever since then.
5. Can | Vitamin C
Incredible drum chops with such a delicate feel.
6. Jane's Addiction | Three Days
We were all listening a lot to Nothing's Shocking and Ritual De Lo Habitual when we were making our record. This band have a really unique take on Psychedelia. This track is one of our favourites.
7. Devo | (I Can't Get Me No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' Cover)
Best cover ever! Maybe even better than the original?
8. 801 | Miss Shapiro (Phil Manzanera Cover)
Great track from our favourite Live record. What bugs me about a lot of Live albums is they all tend to sound a bit Stadium Rock-ish. But this one is more like an Art-Rock performance that just happens to be live.
9. Hüsker Dü | Something I Learned Today
A criminally underappreciated Rock band from the 80's. One of our favourite Noise Punk bands.
10. Gary Numan | M.E.
Most people would know this tune from the Basement Jaxx track that sampled it. But this is my favourite track of The Pleasure Principle. I like the whole violins in Space vibe it has to it.