Session 058 September 2019 – All Lauren Bacall Mix

The Lauren Bacall is a vinyl-only label which existed between 2016 and 2018, releasing five x EPs, and an LP in that time. It specialised in a particular flavour of deep house; this mix is a showcase of my personal favourites from the back catalogue.

Grant, who was later revealed to be producer Anthony Collins, has continued to release as Grant, through both a series of GRANT white labels, and, more recently, a new label, Dukes Distribution.

It’s likely that I’ll follow this up with a post-Lauren-Bacall mix, as the newer stuff maintains the same level of quality that graced this now highly collectable label.

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Title: Session 058 September 2019
Duration: 01:14:23
File Size: 178.5 MB

Tracklisting:

  1. Grant – Cash & Carry – The Acrobat LP – The Lauren Bacall
  2. Gable – Open Space – The Lauren Bacall
  3. Grant – Hope Dies Slowly – The Lauren Bacall
  4. Grant & Gable – The Stop – The Lauren Bacall
  5. Grant – The Difference – The Lauren Bacall
  6. Grant & Gable – Tableux – The Lauren Bacall
  7. Grant & Gable – Harlow After Zola – The Lauren Bacall
  8. Grant & Gable – Dinner 1933 – The Lauren Bacall
  9. Grant – Syracus – The Lauren Bacall
  10. Bardot – Dachstock – The Lauren Bacall
  11. Grant – Charade – The Lauren Bacall
  12. Grant – Doris Day Feat. Natalie Galpern – The Acrobat LP – The Lauren Bacall
  13. Grant – Hughenden Road – The Acrobat LP – The Lauren Bacall
  14. Grant – Rio Rita – The Acrobat LP – The Lauren Bacall

All of these records are now out of print, but you may be able to find some of these on the discogs marketplace….

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Session 057 September 2019

So here is the summer edition of the podcast….a curious compilation of synth pop, ambient and library music.

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Title: Session 057 September 2019
Duration: 01:10:04
File Size: 160 MB

Tracklisting:

  1. Mark Pritchard – Come Let Us – Taken from the album The Four Worlds – Warp Records – Buy
  2. Woman’s Hour – I Can’t Take You Seriously – Taken from the album Ephyra – Practice Music – Buy
  3. Marika Hackman – I Follow Rivers – Taken from the Deaf Heat EP – Dirty Hit – Buy
  4. Purl – Cellar Door – Taken from the Poems EP – Rohs! Records – Buy
  5. Reckonwrong – Paris Is Melting – Whities – Buy
  6. Oscar Rocchi and His Keyboards – Stars’ Sea – Taken from the album Magic Keys – Fonovideo – Buy
  7. Francis Rimbert & Frederick Rousseau – First Emotion – Taken from the library album April Orchestra vol. 48 Présente FR2 
  8. Gin & French – The Petticoat Five (Cassette mix) – Moot Point – Buy
  9. Telefon Tel Aviv – I Lied – Taken from the album Map Of What Is Effortless – Ghostly International – Buy
  10. Sharon Van Etten – Jupiter 4 – Taken from the album Remind Me Tomorrow  – Jagjaguwar – Buy
  11. Leon Vinehall – Trouble, Parts I, II & III (Chapter V) – Taken from the album Nothing Is Still – Ninja Tune – Buy
  12. Frederick Robinson – Particles – Taken from the album Mixed Signals – BMTM – Buy
  13. Bibio – Phantom Brickworks V – Warp – Buy
  14. Grouper – Birthday Song – Taken from the album Grid Of Points – Kranky – Buy
  15. Bop – Odd Meaning – Taken from the album Ambient’s Not Dead – Med School – Buy
  16. Worriedaboutsatan – Blank Tape – Taken from the album Blank Tape – This Is It Forever – Buy
  17. Gigi Masin – The Nylon Dollar – Taken from the compilation Talk To The Sea  – Music From Memory – Buy

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Session 056 May 2019

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I’ve been thinking lately about what would happen if no-one ever wrote any more music. Whilst that would, in some ways, be terrible, I’m always discovering music I hadn’t heard before, and it’s often not brand new, so I don’t think it would be all that bad. More music already exists than any one person could ever listen to in a lifetime, you just have to dig for it…

Anyway, with that in mind, I make no apologies for all the old music on this month’s episode. A lot of it’s actually pretty new to me….

Title: Session 056 May 2019
Duration: 00:58:41
File Size: 134.8 MB

Tracklisting:

  1. Vince Watson – A Very Different World (Innerspace Mix) – Taken from the compilation VW20 – Everysoul – Buy
  2. Eduard Artemiev – Train – Taken from the soundtrack to the film Stalker – Torso Kino – Buy
  3. Future Sound Of London – Cascade Pt. 4 – Virgin – Buy
  4. Bibio – Phantom Brickworks V – Taken from the single Phantom Brickworks IV & V  – Warp Records – Buy
  5. Kiasmos – Drawn – Taken from the Swept EP – Erased tapes – Buy
  6. Harold Budd & Brian Eno – Among Fields Of Crystal – Taken from the album Ambient Vol. 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror – Virgin – Buy
  7. Omni Trio – Stronger – Taken from the Omni Trio Volume II EP – Moving Shadow – Buy
  8. Eduard Artemiev – Meditation – Taken from the soundtrack to the film Stalker – Torso – Buy
  9. Future Sound Of Hardcore – Promised Land – Deejay Recordings – Buy
  10. Brian Kage – Salmon Fishin’ – Taken from the Bear Trax Volume 2 EP – Bear Trax – Buy
  11. B12 – Phett – Taken from the album Time Tourist – Warp – Buy
  12. Daat – Orange Line – Offshore Recordings – Buy
  13. Chakaharta – L9house (Muse Mix) – Temporary State – Buy
  14. Keyboard Circle – Soundcircle / All About Us – Taken from the album 1976 – 689 Recordings – Buy
  15. Derek Scott – Fugarock – Library Music

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Vince Watson should need no introduction – he’s appeared several times on this podcast – in fact, he debuted on episode 1, with his track Rendezvous, which is simply one of the best records I’ve ever stumbled across. He’s a titan of techno music, and his work has a unique mood that I really enjoy.

Eduard Artemiev’s work is new to me, however the work itself is very old – he scored music for the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, famous for films such as Mirror, Solaris, and, as featured here, Stalker. It’s very futuristic, given it was written around 1980. I’m not sure what to make of the films themselves, but they definitely look and sound amazing.

The FSOL track is from a CD single I stole from my brother, Tim. Sorry Tim, you’re never getting that back. The whole single is absolutely fantastic – it’s made up of five parts, and it’s basically an album. It’s incredible to listen to, and I’m ashamed to say I’m still not as familiar with the back catalogue of FSOL as I should – although I’ve enjoyed some of that Environments series they put out a couple of years ago.  Cascade is taken from the album Lifeforms, but the album didn’t do it for me, last time I tried it. Maybe I’ll give it another go soon…

The B12 track, Phett, is old, but entirely new to me. As I think I’ve mentioned before, in the 90s I was an avid collector of drum & bass, so I didn’t buy as much techno as I should have done. I’m not particularly familiar with the Warp back catalogue but, if this is anything to go by, I need to go through it.

As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode.

 

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Session 055 March 2019

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Ok so here’s the first podcast of the year; as usual, I have been busy both buying records, and writing new music, so have taken my time in compiling this next episode. As per usual, it’s a fairly eclectic mix of obscure drum & bass singles, some early experimental synth work, some funky grooves, and a little bit of ambient music; something for everyone, I like to think!

Title: Session 055 March 2019
Duration: 01:05:23
File Size: 90.2 MB

Tracklisting:

  1. Steve Alexander – Colour Of Memory – Reinforced Records – Buy
  2. Akuratyde – Lights In My Eyes – Taken from the Embrace EP – BMTM – Buy
  3. Julianna Barwick – Beached – Taken from the album Will – Dead Oceans – Buy
  4. PFM – How Do You Do? – Taken from the compilation Earth 5 – Good Looking Records – Buy
  5. The Detroit Experiment – Highest – Taken from the album The Detroit Experiment – Planet E – Buy
  6. Bobby Byrd – Hot Pants [Bonus Beats] – Urban UK – Buy
  7. Thought Gang – Frank 2000 Prelude – Taken from the album Thought Gang – Sacred Bones – Buy
  8. Thomas Ragsdale – The Dales – Taken from the album Bait – This Is It Forever – Buy
  9. Code Blue – Angels In Rhythm – Deejay Recordings – Buy
  10. Fanu – Ninja Chicks – Darkestral Ice – Buy
  11. Bibio – Chancylvania – Taken from the T.O.Y.S EP – Ninja Tune – Buy
  12. Suzanne Ciani – Paris – Taken from the compilation Lixiviation – Finders Keepers – Buy
  13. Gigi Mason – The Word Love – Taken from the compilation Talk To The Sea – Music From Memory – Buy
  14. Leon Vinehall – Ice Cream (Chapter VIII) – Taken from the album Nothing Is Still – Ninja Tune – Buy
  15. Gaelle – Repetition – Taken from the album Transient – Naked Music – Buy
  16. Thom Yorke – Motherlode – Taken from the album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes – XL – Buy

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There’s a story behind most of the songs selected in the podcast, so, for those that are interested…..Steve Alexander is a drummer who previous toured with Duran Duran. Back in the late 90s, a number of musicians from outside of the drum & bass scene took an interest in the music, often with some success; Steve’s two 12″ singles for Reinforced are full of soaring melodies and lovely guitar lines. This one’s a lovely track I’ve never forgotten…

Fast forward 17 years and we have Akuratyde, a US-based artist, with a similar, highly musical take on the genre, with lush guitars and keyboards. His debut album, Past Lives, has recently been released on the BMTM album.

The Julianna Barwick album seems to originate from a similar place to the fantastic Grouper album Ruins, that’s graced this podcast many many times. However, JB also has some pretty extraordinary synth work across the wider album; it’s well worth checking out in full.

PFM’s How Do You Do comes from LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking Records, one of the finest drum & bass labels ever. These Earth compilations pushed the label beyond drum & bass, and PFM’s efforts here have resulted in a very classy track which mirrors his d&b tracks, but at a more funky tempo.

The Detroit Experiment is a Carl Craig side project – a little like the Innerzone Orchestra album for Talkin’ Loud, Craig again assembles some of the finest musicians, for an album project that covers funk, soul, jazz and all kinds of things in-between. This album is now notoriously difficult to find, but good luck!

Hot Pants is without doubt my favourite breakbeat. Originally released in 1971, this “Bonus Beats” edit didn’t hit the shops until 1988. Drum & bass would not be the same without it.

Thought Gang is a bizarre jazz experiment from director David Lynch and musician Angelo Badalamenti. A TG album has been rumoured since the early 90s, when two tracks ended up on the Fire Walk With Me soundtrack…I’m sure he listed the album for sale on his davidlynch.com website, maybe 15 years ago? Anyway, it has finally been released, and it’s an absolutely mental record. Beyond words, really. Well worth checking out.

Thomas Ragsdale is one half of worriedaboutsatan, who I understand have a new album out. They appeared on this podcast only last month. I shall be checking out the new album imminently.

Code Blue, also known as Slipmaster J, is a producer from the very early days of drum & bass. The production on this record, in particular, always blows me away – amazing reverbs and delays, excellent percussion, panning effects – it’s got everything. I think this is a highly under-rated drum & bass record.

The oriental theme continues with a record produced 12 years later, for the now legendary Darkestral Recordings. This is like a latter-day Ni Ten Ichi Ryu, and is pretty staggering.  A tense and cinematic piece of music.

Bibio is one of my favourite electronic musicians – It’s probably unfair to describe him as that, as he can clearly make pretty much any kind of music, from wonky acoustic tracks, to funky electro pop like this very track. I always found the female spoken words in this track pretty spellbinding.

Suzanne Ciani is an American musician, composer, and record label executive who found early success in the 1970s with her innovative electronic music and sound effects for films and television commercials. Paris is taken from a compilation of early works. She’s a true innovator of electronic music.

I’ve been sitting on this compilation of Gigi Masin for a while now; he’s an ambient musician from Venice. His piano and synth work is pretty outstanding – you can hear influences of his work in much modern music today.

Leon Vinehall had a series of pretty straight up house music 12″s before he embarked upon a much more experimental modern classical project, with lots of synths and samples. The album is pretty groundbreaking stuff, and well worth checking out in full. Another excellent signing for the highly influential Ninja Tune label.

The label Naked Music, Run by Jay Denes & David Boonshoft. had a great run of soulful deep house records. However, their artist albums were always a bit more pop focussed, and this Gaelle album (her one and only LP)  is almost certainly my favourite. I’m not sure if the label is still operating today, but it’s well worth seeking out the various compilations released by the label, if you can find them.

The podcast ends with Thom Yorke – from the first album to be released via a Bit Torrent. I can’t recall if that’s how I personally received the album, but I think it might have been. Maybe Thom thought it would catch on, but I think it’s still the one and only album I bought in this manner. The album itself is maybe not as satisfying as the Eraser, but I particularly like this track – it’s very lively and builds to a massive crescendo.

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Session 054 November 2018

When I first started collecting records, it was because of an interest in early hardcore stuff from around 1991 / 1992.

Not long after that, I switched to jungle / drum & bass, which was pretty ground-breaking around the mid-nineties. This mix is dedicated to the more ethereal, atmospheric sound championed by DJs like LTJ Bukem; however, I’ve tried to avoid the Good Looking back catalogue here, as it’s a well trodden path; there were plenty of other labels and artists with their own take on that sound – so here’s a mix to celebrate those unsung heroes of atmospheric drum & bass…

Title: Session 053 November 2018
Duration: 00:59:56
File Size: 101.1 MB

Tracklisting:

  1. Earl Grey – My Soul’s On Ice – Rugged Vinyl
  2. Code Blue – Angels In Rhythm – Deejay Recordings
  3. Brothers With Soul – Music Is So Special – Precious Materials
  4. Essence Of Aura – So This Is Love – Moving Shadow
  5. Studio Pressure – Relics – Certificate 18
  6. Wax Doctor – Heat – R&S Records
  7. PFM – The 11th Hour – Moving Shadow
  8. The Alliance – Virtual Heaven – Legend Records
  9. Adam F – Aromatherapy – Section 5 Records
  10. Cris B – Mind, Body & Soul – Soapbar Records
  11. Mystic Moods – Listen – Mystic Moods
  12. Tango – Feeling Real – Moving Shadow

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Session 053 September 2018

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This month is a 60 minute mix of mostly brand new house music – mostly vinyl…Enjoy.

Title: Session 052 September 2018
Duration: 01:02:36
File Size: 110.6 MB

Tracklisting

  1. Grant – Take a Chance – Dukes Distribution
  2. Paolo Rocco & Pijynman – Numbers – Courtesy Of Balance
  3. DJ Steaw feat. Slikk Tim – Go Back – Rutilance Records
  4. Nebraska – Pintxos (Session Victim Remix) – Friends & Relations
  5. Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget – Ninja Tune
  6. Melchoir Sultana – Source – We Will Always Be a Love Song
  7. Alex Israel – Penithboid (Dennis DeSantis Remix) – Bear Trax
  8. Gilbert – Bird Of Paradise – Innate
  9. Hade – Baphone – Local Talk
  10. Peak Shift – Door Jam – Temporary State
  11. Crackazat – Proton Blue – Local Talk
  12. Okain – Delair – Signature Recordings
  13. B From E – The People (Dream Mix) – Tartelet Records
  14. Peak Shift – Disinter – Temporary State
  15. Melchoir Sultana – The Haze
  16. Agnes – Silent Obz – Hudd Trax

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Session 052 September 2018

Well, it’s the return of the long running Sessions Podcast – a regular selection of any music I feel worthy for inclusion.

This month sees a wide range of music spanning over forty years, from the opening Bowie and Brian Eno collaboration Subterraneans, to brand new music from Djrum and Leon Vynehall.

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Title: Session 051 September 2018
Duration: 01:00:04
File Size: 137.5 MB

Track Listing:

01 David Bowie – Subterraneans – Taken from the album Low – RCA – Buy
02 Steve Reich – Variations For Vibes, Piano & Strings: Fast – Taken from the album Daniel Variations – Nonesuch – Buy
03 Worriedaboutsatan – Nice To Meet You – Taken from the album Blank Tape – This Is It Forever – Buy
04 Deep Blue & Blame – De-transitions – Moving Shadow Records – Buy
05 Kazumasa Hashimoto – Shissou – Taken from the Tokyo Sonata Soundtrack – Midi Creative – Buy
06 Leon Vinehall – Envelopes (Chapter VI) – Taken from the album Nothing Is Still – Ninja Tune – Buy
07 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Bats In The Attic – Taken from the album Diamond Mine – Domino – Buy
08 Seba & Manos – Etherall – Paradox Music – Buy
09 Blocks & Escher – Gulls – Taken from the album Something Blue – Metalheadz – Buy
10 Atoms For Peace – Reverse Running – Taken from the album Amok – XL – Buy
11 Djrum – Waters Rising – Taken from the album Portrait With Firewood – R&S Records – Buy
12 Xor Gate – Minor Axis – Taken from the album Conic Sections – Tresor – Buy
13 Instra:Mental – When I Dip – Nonplus Records – Buy

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