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Spotify Playlist #04 ‘Flashback’

Nov 15th, 2011 | Categories: Illustration | Music

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As they’ve proved popular I thought I’d put together another hour long Spotify set.  Essentially these are Tracks I’ve enjoyed in the last year or so, yeap It’s another Collection of  80′s inspired Cosmic/Italo tinged House & Techno, a quick check on what to expect, and then the track list.

• Multi-layered and delayed spaced out sounds
• Galloping Synths
• Chattering Appergiator Riffs
• Twinkling harmonics
• Middling camp factor

1. Blondes – ‘Synthesist‘  2011 Rvng Intl
Pretty much love anything from this Brooklyn based duo, a really distinctive layering sound.

2. Sven Weisemann – ‘Slices’ (Boris Hotton Mix) 2008 liebe*detail spezial
Missed this first time around, classy minimal Germanic Tech House.

3. John Daly – ‘Flashback’ 2009 Wave Music
Another superb 80′s-esque synth cut from this extremely talented Irish producer, taken from John’s 2009 album ‘Sea and Sky‘.

4. Ripperton – ‘Farra’ 2010, Green
Love the way the sounds are balanced here, creating a spooky, distant dreamscape. Track is taken from Ripperton’s 2010 album ‘Niwa‘.

5. Âme - ‘Excelsior’2006, Sonar Kollektiv
A tripped out, downtempo sojourn from this superb German act.

6. Cosmo Vitelli‘Running Backwards’2011, I’m A Cliché
A dark, robotic tech-house chugger, with a rocking End-of-the-world type feel.

7. Nick Chacona - ‘Be like Olive’2010, Moodmusic
An excellent, deep-but-mellow cut hailing from Nick’s debut album ‘Love in the Middle“.

8. Ilya Santana – ‘Dance Beyond‘ – 2010, Eskimo Recordings
A superb Moroder-esque monster from a very gifted Belgian producer with all the right references. Also a label stablemate of the superb Aeroplane.

** Here’s the link for the playlist: http://spoti.fi/uy5ukk - enjoy!!

*Note that you must have the Spotify App installed, and of course be signed up to one of the subscription service to remove the adverts.

The kaleidoscopic image is taken from from the Flickr stream of Brazilian artist and designer Duda Lanna (AKA Eduardo Michelini Lanna). I’ll be sure to feature more from him soon, in the meantime check www.dudalanna.com a top portfolio.

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Spotify Playlist #03 – Alternate 80′s Synth

Mar 8th, 2011 | Categories: Graphics | Illustration | Music | Photomontage | Sci-Fi

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Here’s my 3rd Spotify playlist and this time I thought I’d go for something of a theme, that being “Alternate 80′s”. Therefore then all tracks I’ve featured hark from that era. Ok so maybe there not all alternate, and actually one isn’t from the 80′s at all (although in spirit is) but once again there all pretty much synth driven.So a couple of notes on this selection:

We kick off with an obscure Eurythmics B-Side from 1982 before moving into several familiar cuts from some of the UK’s seminal acts of the time. Then moving uptempo swoop into a more club oritentated angle with offerings from Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) & Depeche Mode before swerving southbound into Italo Disco mode with Aeroplane’s ( They’re better than Daft Punk) recent remix of Sebastian Tellier and then Peter Richards “Walking in the Neon”. The last segment moves to electro-pop with Tim Simenon’s Bomb The Bass Project, followed by some early Moroder-esque-euro-disco from Belgium. The selection ends with, for me, one of the greatest pieces of electronic music ever produced, the totally timeless and therefore completely amazing “Dead Eyes Opened” composed by Aussie industrialists and synth pioneers, Severed Heads.

Here’s the full tracklist:

1. Eurythmics – Monkey Monkey (1982)
2. Talk Talk – Such a Shame (1984)
3. Brian Ferry – Don’t stop the Dance (Special 12″ Mix -1985*)
4. Japan – Quite Life (1979/1980)
5. Sharpe & Numan – Change Your Mind (1984)
6. Pete Shelley – I don’t know what it is (1981)
7. Depeche Mode – Get the Balance Right (Combination Mix – 1983)
8. Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane “Italo 84″ Remix – 2009)
9. Peter Richard – Walking in the Neon (Dub Version – 1986)
10. Bomb the Bass – Don’t Make Me Wait (7″ Mix – 1988)

11: Sue Ann – My Baby My (1981)
12: Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened (1984)

Here then is the link for the playlist: http://bit.ly/h9rZFX hope you enjoy!

*Note that you must have the Spotify App installed, and of course be signed up to the premium service to dodge the Adverts. Artwork once again – as is custom – from Eric Carl’s fabulous Flickr Photostream: http://bit.ly/e18NTx

*Quick note on “Don’t stop the Dance” – John Daly (fave producer of mine) has done an excellent re-edit that’s not too hard to find …

Sci-Fi-O-Rama Spotify Playlist #02

Jul 5th, 2010 | Categories: Illustration | Music | Psychedelic | Sci-Fi

Sci-Fi-O-Rama Spotify Playlist #02

Here’s a new set of 8 tracks to follow on from last years original “Sci-Fi-O-Rama Spotify Playlist” – this bunch I’ve imaginatively entitled #02!

Once again a bit of a mixed bag of spacey electronic sounds starting with the warm, radial ambiance of Loscil’s “Umbra”, before shifting into slo-mo synth house territory, tripped out techno, finally finishing off with a track from my favourite act of the moment; Blondes and “You mean so much to me”.

Here’s a full tracklisting, hope you enjoy!

1. Loscil – Umbra
2. Coyote – Beat Journey
3. Kathy Diamond, Mario Basanov & Vidis – In My System (Downtown Party Network Remix)
4. Gus Gus – Northern Lights
5 Lazersonic, Zak Frost – Aquaplane (Unit 4 Remix)
6. Dance Disorder – Zusammen (Instrumental)
7. Giorgos Gatzigristos – Binary Star System
8. Blondes – You Mean So Much To Me


Here’s the link for the Spotify URL:
http://is.gd/dgvou

*Note that you must have the Spotify App installed, and of course be signed up to the premium service to dodge the Adverts. Artwork once again from Eric Carl’s fabulous Flickr Photostream: http://is.gd/dgxcE

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