Oct 102016
 

Using Traktor as my main DJ tool has meant that I can be more spontaneous with playing music. It also works well for recording on the fly, as I have come to learn. This was one of those such moments.

I was out of town, visiting with some DJ friends, and I’d been playing most of the day. In fact, I’d played for over seven hours earlier and then had taken a break. Suddenly, we got word that a friend nearby was dealing with the immediate aftermath of a broken heart and needed company. We brought that friend back to the house and after setting up a comfy place, I got back into music mode and played for an hour, hoping it would help set a tone to allow sitting with the grief. I’d all but forgotten about the recording, until today. I was instantly transported back to that night and then I knew I wanted to share this mix with all of you.

Tracklist:

1. Helios (feat. Hollie Kenniff) – Refraction
2. Helios – For Years and Years
3. Boards of Canada – Over the Horizon (Helios Remix)
4. I Awake – Constellation of the Heart (Native edit)
5. Aes Dana – Onyx
6. Krusseldorf – Shutdown
7. Metaphorical Cloud – Gardens
8. Aiora – Peace in a Cave
9. Data Rebel – Karman
10. Field Rotation – Life as a Paper Sailboat
11. Erothyme – We Are Continuous (feat. Emma Staarbird & Amma Lightweaver)
12. Snakestyle – Late Night Improvisation

Aug 022015
 

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I was commissioned by yoga instructor Jessica Annand to craft two one-hour mixes for a yoga retreat taking place in July 2015 at Stewart Mineral Springs Retreat Center near Mt. Shasta, California. While I’ve played live during yoga sets before, this was the first time I’d created any in the studio. This is the first of the two. The word “Yitha” means “One” in the Karuk tribal language, indigenous to the region. There are gentle beats and expansive spaces in this mix, as per her request.

Mastered by David Sonoform.

Tracklist:

1. Modcam – Sonic Zen (Album Mix)
2. Makyo – Soar Angelic
3. Samorost – You
4. Xerxes – Longyaard
5. The Sushi Club – Mujo
6. Union Jack – Water Drums
7. String Theories – White Dragon
8. Coppice Halifax – Greensea
9. Snakestyle (feat. Minnie Rogers) – A Rainy Night in London
10. Electricwest – Bruises
11. Keston and Westdal – Spring in December
12. Krusseldorf – Creation
13. Rhian Sheehan – Standing in Silence Pt. 4

Jun 072015
 

Another Fine Day - A Good Place to Be (Remixes)

This new EP of remixes from Interchill’s company of downtempo talents is full of beauty, an enjoyable ride through ambient and rhythmic interpretations of the well-received original release. Every single track here is a keeper.

1. And Dream of Seals (Alucidnation Remix) – Lush piano intro calls softly to have a listen as more varied sounds are introduced. Bass line and soft percussion merge perfectly with piano, beginning a hint of a journey toward dub. As percussion and bass disappear, we are submerged into a bubbly dubbly soundscape, ever wending its way through like a droplet of water falling through leaves on a tree.

2. And Dream of Seals (Another Fine Day Chaos Theory Remix) – Forestlike sounds greet our ears before the piano, beautifully stuttered, begins its tale. Right on cue, the rhythm begins. By the time the tabla and mild glitch appear, a theme has been set and we are on a gentle, wandering tour through staccato percussiveness, all the while the thread of the xylophonic melody keeping us on track. The track slowly, very slowly, makes its way to silence, never losing its itinerary.

3. And Dream of Seals (Ishq remix) – A prayer in sonic form which allows our brains and ears a narrative while offering plenty of space for exploration. As with other remixes in this collection, the piano is an integral part of the story, introduced almost immediately and remaining present like a buoy in the sea. At just under 9 minutes, this remix has the time and space to define itself. While the progression toward the center – where the crux lives – rolls along slowly, it is also as sure as the sky is blue. When the bass appears, it wraps up the elements nicely. These sounds play well together. The latter third of the track withdraws most forms of rhythm from before, yet remains familiar to us; a natural completion to a beautiful journey.

4. Spanish Blues (Greg Hunter Remix) – The strings of a Greg Hunter track are a welcome signature, an announcement that the world is at our door, ready to tell a dubby tale. The structure is set up almost immediately, and so the framework allows us to move to the rhythm while still maintaining a spacious vibe in our brains. This kind of rhythm can be interpreted with movement of the body or simply in the mind, making it a versatile accompaniment for a wide spectrum of activities one might do while listening. Keep this one close at hand.

5. Spanish Blues (Hibernation) – Smoky jazzy orchestral sounds make the initial case for this interpretation, but when the dance begins, you might not want to remain seated (if you even were to begin with). I found some part of my body wanted to be moving with the rhythm of this the entire track, and yet the slightly jazzy psychill environment kept my brain occupied with the perfect blend that Seb Taylor (Hibernation) is known for. The center of the track glides gracefully into a film soundtrack feel, the jazz and trippy accents singing in harmony. There is a good reason why Seb’s music is so central to my listening and DJing playlists – his expressions just simply resonate with my aesthetic so succinctly that it’s like welcoming an old friend in for a cup of tea (and often a dance).

Aug 262013
 

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In June 2013, the community I call home, Moontribe, celebrated its 20th year of existence under the Full Moon. I opened the gathering with this somewhat eclectic mix of ambient and near-ambient treats.

1. @wazuhiru – Velimir’s Sea
2. @phone-booth-robbers – Winter at Zabriskie Point
3. Bering Strait – Luna
4. Govinda – Clear with Fantasy
5. Ultimae – 10-low-tide-explorations – Low Tide Explorations
6. Jon Anderson – Speed Deep (The Future Sound of London Deseo Reconstruction Mix)
7. Nicolas Jaar – Almost Fell
8. Kiyoko – Valley
9. Markhjorthoy – Animat-liquid-fuel-mark – Liquid Fuel (Mark Hjorthoy’s Floating in the Stars Mix)
10. Stray – When It Rains
11. Journeyman – 50cc Part 2 (33 rpm)
12. Blamstrain – Linja (Mosaik Remix)
13. 36 – A Final Thought
14. Misledconvoy – Lost-in-the-valley-of-the – Lost in the Valley of the Scintilla Strings (Misled Convoy Mix)

Aug 132012
 

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A voyage into the soft & quiet spaces of the beatless realm. This is a live recording of my ambient set from Floasis, a downtempo gathering that happens in Southern California from time to time. We planned the flow for ambient music from midnight to sunrise, so our guests could choose to listen or be lullabied as they slept. I’ve made ambient studio mixes before, but this was my first time playing an ambient set out, live. It’s a work in progress.

Mastering done to perfection, as usual, by Brian Saitzyk.

1. Idlemode – Late Rate
2. Mantsevich Dzenis – November
3. Cepia – Public Address
4. VidasM – Lime Flavour
5. Melorman – One
6. Phobium – Another Orbit Around the Sun
7. Electricwest – Niche
8. Rumpistol and Red Baron – Howie
9. Stephan Mathieu – Schwarzschild Radius
10. Essáy – Origami
11. Miasma – Serum Switch
12. Carbon Based Lifeforms – Betula Pendula
13. Metaphorical Cloud – Morphing
14. Wombatmusic – Along the Way (release no longer available)
15. The Host – 3am Surfing
16. Julian Neto – Questionable Things
17. Mike Shannon, Takeshi Nishimoto, Blue Fields – Open Your Eyes

Sep 282010
 

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This mix was a gift to my mother for Christmas 2008. Ambient soundscape, bedtime or meditative music.

Tracklist:

Digital Samsara – Blue Beryll
Bluetech – Worthy
Helios – Emancipation
The Flashbulb – [cherokee script 1] Highways
Frog Pocket – Plinty
Helios – First Dream Called Ocean
Chris Rainier – Moon, Swallowed By the Sun
Jon Hopkins – Apparition
Helios – Vargtimme
Ganja Beats – Deep Tranquility
Maneesh de Moor – Pure Essence
Pan Electric – A Winter’s Walk
Darshan Ambient – Prelude – Evidence of Light
Kangding Ray – Apnée
Solar Quest – Trisine

Sep 282010
 
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An almost completely beatless ambient journey with lots of organic instruments.

Tracklist:

Shulman – Staring at the Abyss
Jon Hopkins – Searchlight
Shpongle – Flute Fruit
Sainkho – Naked Spirit (feat. Djivan Gasparyan)
Shpongle – Saudade Part II
Makyo – Ghost Echoes
Four Tet – You Were Here With Me
Manual – Crystal Pier
The Album Leaf – Window
Underworld – Ess Gee
Fila Brazilia – Subtle Body
Marconi Union – Sleepless
Random Rab – The Dream Is Real
Jon Hopkins – Luna Moth
Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno – An Ending (Ascent)

Sep 272010
 

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A gentle invitation to close your eyes, relax and let the music take you somewhere.

Tracklist:
Mantaray – Discovery
Makyo – Soar Angelic
Telefon Tel Aviv – Life Is All About Taking Things In and Putting Things Out
Padmasana – A Distant Star
Vibrasphere – 33000 Feet Over
Bliss – Dunia
Ozric Tentacles – Erpland
Bliss – Song for Olabi
Makyo – A Piece of Forgotten Song Drifting Across the Water