Session 050 March 2018

Almost ten years ago, I started a regular podcast series. Typically a one hour mixtape featuring any and all styles of music.

Initially it was about getting my favourite records and CDs into a place where I could listen to them online and in some kind of mixed format; however, as time went on, it’s spurred me into a perpetually rewarding routine of tracking down new and old music that I can include in each mix.

So here is the 50th episode in the series…



Here’s a walkthrough of the track listing.

1. Brian Eno – Becalmed – Taken from the album “Another Green World” – Buy

Everyone I know who’s enthusiastic about music loves Brian Eno. Eno has had an epic career from the days of Roxy Music, working with Bowie through his Berlin trilogy, U2, Coldplay, right up to the current day. I was always aware of him, but it was my mate Geoff, who featured as a guest in earlier episodes of this podcast, who leant me a huge handful of Eno’s back catalogue, and I’ve been hooked from that point forward.

I’ve overdubbed an interview with Eno himself, taken from a highly dubious bootleg called Ghosts, which contains early mixes from the “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” sessions.

When I first heard the album, I was so obsessed with In Dark Trees that I didn’t give the rest of the album enough of my attention, but the album as a whole is absolutely terrific; It’s cited by many as his best and I’m inclined to agree.

2. Hammock – In The Shape Of Longing – Taken from the compilation Disquiet Volume 1 – Unseen Music – Buy

Hammock are a duo from Nashville, US. I hadn’t heard their music before this compilation came out on Keith Kenniff’s Unseen label; It’s simply dreamy, epic stuff.

3. Erland Cooper – Maalie – Buy

I caught this one through Mary Anne Hobbs’ fantastic weekend 6Music radio show. Mary Anne & I seem to have very similar tastes. Erland Cooper is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist and producer who was born and raised on the archipelago of Orkney, Scotland.

4. Stars Of The Lid – Even (Out) – Taken from the album And Their Refinement of the DeclineBuy

Kranky are one of my favourite record labels, and this is very film-score esque, and reminds me of the incredible Upstream Color soundtrack which, if you check this blog, you’ll know I am fairly obsessed with.

5. Mr YT – Morning – Taken from the compilation Brand New Day – Apollo / R&S – Buy

During the 90s, I bought more drum & bass records than anything else. Frustratingly, in hindsight, I think I should have been buying more techno records, because it was clearly an amazing scene that I still know very little about.

The Apollo (R&S) label re-issued Yuji Takenouchi’s various EPs as a compilation late last year, and it is a fantastic snapshot of the ingenuity of that era.

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6. Lee & Gwange – 2 Deep – Legend Records – Buy

A lot of my favourite records don’t necessarily have much of a following, and it’s clear that i’m often on my own in some cases. This is not the case with “2 Deep”; I first heard it via a Somerset-based pirate radio station, Shockwave, who had a weekly jungle show hosted by the Chaos & Julia Set, also known as Warp Records artist Mark Pritchard and fellow cohort Dom Fripp.

Unlike a lot of records from the same era, I feel this one still stands the test of time, and is probably the most treasured item in my collection. This is confirmed by the absolutely staggering price that this record now demands on the 2nd hand market. I’m very lucky to own a copy.

7. Kate Bush – Snowflake – Taken from the album 50 Words For Snow – Fish People – Buy

50 Words For Snow is the tenth Kate Bush album, first released 21 November 2011. Her piano playing throughout is incredible, and the production is first class.

8. Julie Murphy – Lips No Longer Wet With Wine – Taken from the Lips No Longer Wet With Wine EP – Bandcamp – Buy

Julie Murphy is a singer songwriter and member of Welsh folk innovators Fernhill. She writes songs at the piano at home in the Welsh countryside.

9. Cliff Martinez – Rubber Head – Taken from the Drive SoundtrackBuy

The Solaris soundtrack is one of my all time favourite albums; I lose count of the times I’ve listened to it, as it’s totally perfect headphone music. I’m ashamed to say that I slept on the Drive soundtrack, mainly, I think, because I really didn’t enjoy the film. However, it cropped up in an Adam Curtis documentary for the BBC, and really caught my attention. It’s an incredible album of music.

10. Christopher Tignor – The Blue Road – Taken from the compilation Disquiet Volume 2 – Unseen Music – Buy

Christopher Tignor is a composer, violinist, lecturer, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electroacoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 8 x LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels.

11. King Moot – Mustard – Taken from the album It Just Fell – Moot Point – Buy

King Moot is a Dorset-based duo who reside in my home town. The album was released on 1st January and is available as a free download. You can watch a mini-video with an edited version of Mustard via this link.

12.  Cliff Martinez – Where’s The Deluxe Version? – Taken from the Drive SoundtrackBuy

Another piece from the breathtaking Drive soundtrack by Cliff Martinez.

13. Composite – Coherence – Taken from the New Mind EP – Context Audio – Buy

I love any drum & bass that adopts unusual time signatures. This 7/8 piece has a complete disregard for current styles and dance floor viability. This tiny side of the scene is the only reason I still follow it. A fantastic piece of music.

14. Transportation AAD – Pagoda – Darkestral – Buy

Darkestral was the label that brought us Instra:Mental’s groundbreaking drum & bass singles around 2008. This is taken from what appears to be, at present, the final release from the label. Transportation AAD is a pseudonym of Alex Green, who was one half of Instra:Mental.

15. Blu Mar Ten feat. Kite – Forest Fire (Feat. Kite) – taken from the album Empire StateBuy

Empire State is the 6th LP from London-based Blu Mar Ten, who have been part of the drum& bass scene since 1996. It’s without doubt their strongest d&b album yet.

A collection of remixes of the Empire State album is due to drop imminently, and can be pre-ordered here.

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16. John Cage & Margaret Leng Tan – In a Landscape – taken from the album Daughters Of The Lonesome IsleBuy

Photek – Aura (Overdubbed) – taken from the album Solaris – Science  – Buy

I’ve always been of the opinion that there is no good music that pre-dates the early 1970s. However, this piano piece from 1948 has proven me wrong.

I’ve overdubbed it with the track Aura, by Photek, one of my favourite ever producers. The track Aura is taken from the album Solaris, which I now own three copies of. A vinyl copy that I bought when it came out in 2000, a signed vinyl copy which appears to have been won through a Radio 1 competition, and a CD copy. It’s an incredible album of electronic, atmospheric music.


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Session 049 December 2017


An eclectic mix of the finest ambient, house, techno and drum & bass music. Hope you enjoy it.

The first track, a demo version of the Bibio & Goyte collaboration The Way You Talk was previously available on soundcloud, but is no longer available – however I have included a link to the full album, which is wonderful.

Title: Session 049 December 2017
Duration: 01:09:05
File Size: 94.9 MB

Track Listing:

  1. Bibio & Gotye – The Way You Talk (Demo Version – a reworked version appears on the album A Mineral Love) – Warp Records – Buy
  2. Wild Beasts – Burning (Taken from the album Smother) – Domino – Buy
  3. Synkro – Transition (Taken from the compilation Disquiet Vol.1) – Unseen – Buy
  4. Pessimist – Bloom (Taken from the album Pessimist) – Blackest Ever Black – Buy
  5. King Moot – The Elmhaart Treaty (Taken from the forthcoming album It Just Fell) – Moot Point – Buy
  6. Abel Mogard – Staring At The Sweeps Of The Desert (Taken from the album Works) – Ecstatic Recordings –  Buy
  7. Telefon Tel Aviv – Something Akin To Lust (Taken from the compilation Territories) – 79 Ancestors – Buy
  8. Shedbug – Aftermath (Taken from the Afterglow EP) – Flux – Buy
  9. Lawrence Guy – Wichita Falls (Taken from the album Saw You For The First Time) – Church – Buy
  10. Seba & Ulrich Schnauss – M7 (Taken from the Snoflingor EP) – BMTM – Buy
  11. Seba – Cloudless – Secret Operations – Buy
  12. Sir Was – Revoke (Taken from the album Digging a Tunnel) – City Slang – Buy
  13. ASC – The Promise In Your Lies (Taken from the album No Stars Without Darkness)Silent Season – Buy
  14. Burial & Four Tet – Moth – Text – Buy
  15. Bibio – Raxeira (Excerpt, taken from the album A Mineral Love) – Warp –Buy



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Session 048 August 2017

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Title: Session 048 August 2017
Duration: 00:59:19
File Size: 85.4 MB Download

King Moot is a music project I’ve been working on. The single, which features on this podcast, came out 1st August. The debut album comes out on 1st September 2017.

Track Listing:

01. King Moot – Crushed Elms – Moot Point  – Free Download
02. Deru – Let The Silence Float (Taken from the album 1979) – Friends Of Friends – Buy
03. Manual – Crystal Pier (Taken from the album Intelligent Toys 2) – Free Download
04. Victrola – Maritime Tatami – Strut – Buy
05. Jane Weaver – Slow Motion (Taken from the album Modern Kosmology) – Fire Records – Buy
06. Kate Bush – Little Light (Taken from the album Before The Dawn) – Fish People – Buy
07. In Love With a Ghost – we’ve never met but, can we have a coffee or something (Taken from the EP Let’s Go) – Bandcamp – Buy
08. Joni Mitchell – My Old Man (Taken from the album Blue) – Buy
09. Julia Holter – Sea Calls Me Home (Taken from the album Have You In My Wilderness) – Buy
10. Galaktlan – Personal Space (Taken from the album Draumar Um Kalt Sumar) – Sutemos – Free Download
11. Frederic Robinson – Shut (Taken from the album Mixed Signals) – BMTM – Buy
12. Kara Lis Coverdale – Grafts (Excerpt) – Boomkat – Buy
13. Begin – Elate – Bandcamp Buy
14. Feist Feat. Jarvis Cocker – Century (Taken from the album Pleasure) – Buy
15. King Moot – The Parma Directive – Moot Point  – Free Download

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Session 047 May 2017


Title: Session 047 May 2017
Duration: 01:12:05
File Size: 130.8 MB Download

This month’s podcast has a vast range of music, and I thought, for a change, I’d write a bit about how each song ended up in this episode…

1. Wax Stag – The Greatest Grace (Taken from the album ii) – Old Habits Buy

This album has been out for a while, and over time, I’ve become more & more obsessed with it. Although it’s mostly comprised entirely of synthesizers, it’s so strong musically that it probably wouldn’t have mattered what it was composed with. This particular track starts off a little strange but builds to a beautiful crescendo.  I cannot stop listening to this at the moment.

2.  Grant – Hommage – GRANT001 – Buy

Following releases for The Lauren Bacall and Merck, Grant has launched his own imprint. This first EP contains four very strong deep house tracks; it was hard to pick a favourite, but “Hommage” has a great vocal, so I went with it. This has sold out everywhere from what I can see.

3. Gigi Masin – Stella Maris (Taken from the compilation Talk To The Sea) – Music From Memory Buy

This compilation of Gigi Masin from a body of work spanning the 80s and 90s showcases a great selection of music from the Italian master of the keyboards. It’s a pretty timeless collection. Well worth tracking down.

4. Boards Of Canada – Split Your Infinities (Taken from the album All Tomorrow’s Harvest) – Warp Buy

Like a lot of people, my friends got into BoC when the Music Has The Right To Children album came out. I always found that album a bit too “stoner” for my tastes; however, All Tomorrow’s Harvest is like a very high-concept 80s sci-fi soundtrack; the whole album is just a lot stronger, and I particularly love this track.

5. Comit – Contact High – Old Habits Buy

Comit is a pseudonym of ASC, long time atmospheric drum & bass producer, who has in more recent years, moved on to produce fantastic ambient and techno material. The nice synth work reminds me a little of the classic At Les by Carl Craig, one of my favourite techno records from many moons ago.

6. Dold – Dispens (Taken from the album Gryning) – Intimate Silence Buy

A lovely piece of beatless, synth-pad ambience from a criminally under-rated Swedish producer.

7. Eluvium – Windmills (Taken from the compilation Disquiet Volume 1) – Unseen Music Buy

I could have really picked any song from this fabulous compilation, which was released recently on Keith Kenniff’s (aka Helios) label Unseen. All proceeds from the sale of this compilation are being donated to non-profit organizations that support the environment, investigative journalism, women and minorities.

8. Shane Carruth – As if It Would Have a Universal and Memorable Ending (Taken from the soundtrack to the film Upstream Color) – ERPB – Buy

I am pretty obsessed with this soundtrack; I don’t think it’s left my ipod since I first heard it approximately 2 years ago. You’re likely to hear more from it in future podcasts.

9. ASC – The Sounding Furrows (Taken from the album Fervent Dream) – Silent Season Buy

I am hurriedly trying to catch up with ASCs prolific output from the last few years, and this album in particular struck a chord with me. Another lovely, beatless, atmospheric piece.

10. Etherwood – Caption – Med School (Taken from the album Blue Leaves) – Med School Buy

Etherwood is a very talented drum & bass producer, with a great ear for melody and also, a pretty good voice. This is my favourite track from his 2nd Album, Blue Leaves.

11. Blu Mar Ten – Delerium (feat. Kite) (Taken from the album Empire State) – BMTM Buy

Blu Mar Ten are now twenty years into the game; Empire State is their fourth drum & bass album, and for me, it’s their best yet. The tracks with Kite, in particular, are all magnificent.

12. Bop – So Unloved (Taken from Not Your Cup Of Tea EP) – Med School Buy

Russia’s premier drum & bass producer is back with a new EP on Med School which is pretty exquisite…and a bit of a growler. I particularly liked the melody in this one.

13. Ruxpin – Too Much (Taken from the compilation Intelligent Toys 2) – Sutemos Free Download

This is quite an old track which I picked up via another podcast fairly recently. It’s from a Lithuanian label. Nice electronic synth work. The entire compilation has almost vanished from the internet, but the link above worked when I last tried it. Grab it while you still can.

14. Wild Beasts – New Life (Taken from the album Present Tense) – Domino Buy

I like Wild Beasts in particular because they have two lead singers. Hayden takes the back seat on this one, to allow Tom to front it. I especially like the pads and arrangement in this one.

15. The Duke Spirit – Serenade (Taken from Serenade EP) – Exvoto Records Buy

The Duke Spirit follow up their 2016 Kin album with an EP of all new songs. Nice growling synths and vocal harmonies; Sleek and sexy synth pop.

16. Woman’s Hour – The Day That Needs Defending (Taken from the album Conversations) – Secretly Canadian – Buy

I’ve been listening to this album constantly since it was released, and we saw them perform in Bristol at the time it came out. Rumour has it, they are back in the studio writing the follow up to Conversations at the moment.

17. Grouper – Headache (Taken from the single Paradise Valley) – Kranky Buy

This is the first glimpse of new music from Grouper post the fantastic Ruins album. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you again how obsessed I am with Ruins, but if you haven’t heard Ruins, you really ought to drop whatever you’re doing and listen to it immediately.



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Session 046 November 2016

Hello. It seemed like the right time to push another podcast out. This one has quite a bit of piano in it. The finest of instruments, I rate it above the guitar, and I think it’ll outlive it.

Title: Session 046 November 2016
Duration: 00:55:32
File Size: 76.2 MB

1. Shane Carruth – A Sullen Rush and Roar – Taken from the Upstream Color Motion Picture Soundtrack- Buy
2. Liife – Lunar – CNVX – Buy
3. IN-IS – Opus Einn (Tom Adams Remix) – NW1 Records – Buy
4.  Grouper – Lighthouse – Taken from the album Ruins – Kranky – Buy
5. Radiohead – Glass Eye – Taken from the album A Moon Shaped Pool – XL – Buy
6. Grant – The Difference – The Lauren Bacall – Buy
7. Grant – Doris Day (Feat. Natalie Galpern) – Taken from the album The Acrobat – The Lauren Bacall – Buy
8. Shinichi Atobe – The Red Line – Taken from the Ship Scope EP – DDS – Buy
9. Jesse Bru – Roach Fingers – Egoplanet – Buy
10. Deezy & Embee – Phases – Party Like Us – Buy
11. Rupture – Excerpt from Israel Suite – Creole Stream Music – Buy
12. Jessica Lauren Four – White Mountain – Taken from the album Happiness Train – Freestyle Records – Buy


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Session 045 March 2015

Over the last six months or so I’ve been hunting down some deep house music with a distinctly slower tempo…This is a bumper mix of these tracks that I’ve been collecting, which all sit around the 115 bpm mark….There’s a few tracks here from the excellent Instruments Of Rapture label…Discogs suggests that the label is no more…sad times…RIP!!

Title: Session 045 March 2015
Duration: 01:14:05
File Size: 106.7 MB

1. New World Aquarium – Avon Sparkle – NWAQ – Buy
2. Theo Parrish – Chemistry – Sound Signature – Buy
3. Floating Points – King Bromeliad – Eglo – Buy
4. Session Victim – The Most Beautiful Divorce Ever – Delusions Of Grandeur – Buy
5. Andy Hart – The Same For Me – Heist – Buy
6. Willie Graff & Tuccillo – Set Me Free – Freerange – Buy
7. Detroit Swindle Feat. Mayer Hawthorne – 64 Ways – Dirt Crew – Buy
8. Floating Points – Marilyn – Eglo – Buy
9. Detroit Swindle – Me, Myself & You – Dirt Crew – Buy
10. Mezman – Le Deepend – Paper Disco – Buy
11. Riff Clitchard – Through With Love (Taken from the Four’s a Crowd EP) – Foto Recordings – Buy
12. Genius Of Time – Science Fiction – Aniara – Buy
13. Luvless – Motion Clapture – (Taken from The Pitch Down Jamz EP) – Foto Recordings – Buy
14. Tornado Wallace – Rainbow Road (Lewi’s Bowser Castle Remix) – Instruments Of Rapture – Buy
15. Ooft – Make You Mine – Instruments Of Rapture – Buy
16. Ooft – This Sound – Instruments Of Rapture – Buy
17. The Tortoise – Last Night (Genius Of Time Remix) – Kolour Recordings – Buy


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KGB Lawyer returns with new album Maniac #2

KGB Lawyer - Maniac #2

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across an excellent, self-released albumSongs of Paranoia and Contentment  by KGB Lawyer; It was an impressive collection of joyous indie-pop songs with a spattering of what can only be described as slightly disturbing (!) lyrical content. The talk of electronic threats, wishing neighbours were dead, and cutting people into pieces have been whirring around in my brain ever since..

I’m pleased to report that the long-awaited follow up album, Maniac #2, is finally here!… Here’s a few words from the man himself:

KGB Lawyer’s second album features eight new Pop/Rock songs tackling such themes as dating with dissociative disorders, gangstalking, government spying technology, paranoia in housing complexes, Soviet government employment, DDR, and kidnapping

It’s a superb addition to the KGB Lawyer back catalogue; a wonderful pastiche of the some of the most influential British bands such as The Cure, and the Smiths, twisted and transformed into an impressive collection of tantalisingly well-crafted pop songs, as only KGB Lawyer can…

Below is a preview of the full album:

Track Listing
1. Privet
2. Dating
3. Gangstalking
4. Voice to Skull
5. Stay Away From the Street
6. Never Too Late
7. Running Prisons
8. Who Would Want to Rule the World?
9. Dreaming of China
10. Do Svidaniya

Last month saw the premier of KGB Lawyer’s first video, for the highly infectious Never Too Late, a firm favourite track from the new album…The crazy video is a psychedelic mix of  surreal costumes and vintage soviet-era television…Putin will be outraged when he sees this!!

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