Apr 182017
 

Spring has sprung! I spent a glorious weekend out in Joshua Tree, where the wildflowers were fully going…err..wild. Unlike other weekends this season, the purpose of my visit to JT was to attend and play at a private party for some new friends my husband and I have made recently. These friends are full-on aerial circus performers with a huge barn that they’ve turned into a big top circus area. It was so cool! I loved the environment and the people were pretty nice too.

The birthday boy had requested a specific energy flow and aesthetic for my closing set (after a night of dance music) and as people settled into cuddle puddles on the giant foam mats and blankets, I saw my opportunity to create a journey of heart-centered music, finishing with mellow bedtime music, since everyone was staying the night and no one had to drive anywhere. (It’s a consideration for closing downtempo sets, as I never want to lull someone into sleepytime if they have a several-hours-long drive home right afterward) And so, I bring you this mix, chock full of many of my favorite classic tunes. I really wasn’t trying to showcase new and/or unusual sounds so much as provide soothing and rhythmic sounds for people who had been partying all night. It was met with great enthusiasm, and after the last track I joined them for a spell.

Mar 242017
 

March is often a favorite month for a Moontribe Full Moon Gathering. The weather can be amazing, not too cold at night and toasty during the day (but not blisteringly so). Lots of people have been hibernating for the winter. If FMG falls on a weekend, it’s practically paving the way for a happy and well-attended event. That’s what this past gathering was like. Well over 1000 people, all smiles, happy to be out amongst friends old and new, enjoying the warmth. The vibe was on point, and I was honored to be invited to play the closing set, which was timed just right to end just after moonrise (hence the title). The energy is a little all over the place, as I was reading the last dregs of energy from the crowd and adjusting accordingly. It was at the end of 24 hours of party, so most people were a little worse for the wear – me included. I’ve learned to accept that the live sets when I’m sleep-deprived may contain a rough mix or two – at least to my ears. I was told many times people enjoyed the track selection so it feels like a good mix to share.

Tracklist:

1. Kaya Project – Deep Kaya (Zen Baboon mix)
2. Desert Dwellers – Bodhi Tree Dub (Amani’s Desert Freak Remix)
3. Deep Dive Corp – Lucsus
4. Squarepusher – Plaistow Flex Out
5. EU – Love Me
6. Boards of Canada – Aquarius
7. Sola Rosa – Scratch Apprentice
8. 3 Wise Monkeys – It’s Gonna Rain
9. Hello Mellow – Eat Sleep Sit Repeat
10. Sixis & Expedizion – Awakening World (Sixis Revision)
11. Beatroots – Nutritious Dub
12. Kangding Ray – Palisades
13. Martins Garden – Jinn
14. Shen – Embrace (Deadbeat’s Soaking in the Dub Mix)
15. Patio – Sofa Bunk Bed
16. The Flashbulb – Parkways
17. Pilgrims of the Mind – Sandcastle
18. Ishdub feat. Davide Cataro – Introspective (Kaya Project Remix)
19. Pitch Black – Filtered Senses
20. D-Echo Project – Howl (Hibernation Mix)
21. Motion Drive – Deep Fried Dub
22. AtYya – Emanating (Hakuu Remix)
23. iinaK – Falling Out
24. Krusseldorf – Rain Across the Gemini
25. Edamame – Indigo Pigments
26. Data Rebel – Icikle
27. Ocoeur – Light

Feb 202017
 

I let this mix sit in my archives while I battled the perfectionist inside. This was a live recording I made of a set I played in the summer of 2016, my first set playing out again with Traktor after almost a decade of using Ableton instead. I heard all kinds of roughness when I first listened to it, as I was just getting reacquainted with how mixing differs from one program to another. The rigidity of Ableton for DJing allowed me to strive for perfection, but that’s not always what live mixes are for, as I’ve been reminded. And so, upon listening to it several months later, I enjoyed it a lot more and decided it passed muster.

Mastering by Blend Mastering.

Tracklist:

1. Eat Static – The Wreckage
2. Kuba – Amber
3. Tosca – Every Day and Every Night
4. Kuba – Mura
5. Bluetech – Green Sophia
6. The Sushi Club – Mujo
7. D-Echo Project – Calmness
8. Govinda – Calm
9. Random Rab – Vapour Train
10. Air – Modular Mix
11. Hibernation – Singularity
12. Amberland – Plastic Heart
13. Luis Vaquero – Open Your Eyes
14. Asonat – We Have Come So Far Again
15. Erwin Van Moll – The Great Lover
16. Tosca – Springer
17. Alex Cortiz – Back on Track
18. Sick-E – Insanity Waits (feat. Phour Trakk)
19. Monophobic – Sureshot
20. Puff Dragon – Chinese Radio
21. Beatfarmer – Cosmic Playground – Cosmic 2015 Mix
22. Bugseed – Enough and to Spare
23. Govinda – Union of Body and Sound
24. The Black Seeds – Almost Home (Jet Jaguar Mix)
25. Eddie Silverton – Groovy Babylon
26. D-Echo Project – Wind Trails

Nov 102016
 

New Year’s Day, 2016: I was celebrating the new year with my Floasis crew of downtempo musicians and DJs, as we had been invited to program 2 blocks of music in the mornings of a 4-day campout festival called Tropical Oasis. On the first morning of 2016, I opened for none other than Bluetech, one of my favorite artists and also a dear friend. I’d crafted this set to have a dubby psychill flow in order to warm people up for Bluetech’s amazing music – in more ways than one. Temperatures were below freezing in the dawn hours so it was only barely above freezing when I started playing. Thankfully I did have a dancefloor and kept people moving through the slow grooves as much as possible.

The cold weather played havoc with Bluetech’s equipment so I ended up playing longer than expected while things were sorted out, so there are some gaps toward the end of the mix when I kept thinking he was ready to play.

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

Sep 172016
 

Another mix from the archives. I played the opening set in a room full of bass music lovers at a local underground LA party series called Another Ridiculous Party in 2015. It’s been a challenge for me to find enough bass music (and resulting tangential genres) to populate a set, which I’m aware is really popular in some circles.  I usually like to switch up my genres quite a bit, but took it as a personal challenge to see if I could put together a set of almost entirely bass music etc. This was that set, recorded live that night and then taken into the studio for additional massaging. It’s pretty energetic as my sets go. I sat with it for more than 6 months, and then had another listen. I danced, as did my husband, so I decided to release it.

I reached out to my buddy Dennis Bunton for mastering and loved what he did with it.

Tracklist:

1. Anchor Hill – Giridhar
2. Quanta – Create Culture
3. Supersillyus – The Proof is in the Pudding (ft. Adam Psybe)
4. Mote – Lamentation
5. Plantrae – Enter the Seed
6. Tipper – Table Flipping
7. Somatoast – Microportal
8. Bwoy De Bhajan – Mubar Camel Liquor
9. Auma – The Old Magick
10. Bluetech – 667 (Kalya Scintilla Mix)
11. Akasha – Liquid Grip
12. Moon Frog – Spirit Animal
13. Kodomo – Concept 1
14. Kalya Scintilla – Way of the Tarot
15. Kaya Project – Nightflower (Kaya Project rmx)
16. KiloWatts – Mother of Thousands

Sep 172016
 

I’ve been sitting on an archive of mixes in the past year, mostly because I could feel my creative flow changing and I wasn’t sure my output was aligned with my input. One of the biggest changes for me is that I’ve crossed over into using Traktor for playing out live most of the time and then mostly use Ableton Live for studio-prepared mixes. I had found my creativity stagnating when using Ableton for DJing, as there’s less room for spontaneous inspiration when perusing one’s music library on the fly. As the activity level of our downtempo crew Floasis has increased in the recent year, I found a camaraderie with my crewmates who almost all use Traktor primarily. It felt like a good time to make the switch and after some deep learning, I began playing out with it this past summer. Things were a little rough at first, but I feel like I’m finding my groove now and have even surpassed my previous records for the longest sets ever. (Latest record: somewhere around 8 hours)

As my confidence stepped up with my tools for playing out, I was finally able to have another listen to these mixes that had been languishing during my growing pains, and this is one of the mixes that came to light and wanted to be published. I’ve stayed away from a lot of bass music in my sets, as I find a lot of it to sound very similar; however, there is a growing amount of this style of music that hits the right notes for me melodically, energetically and tonally. The recorded set this came from was almost twice as long, but as I sat with it I found I much preferred the first half/two-thirds, so that is what is represented here. I took my live recording (via Ableton) and enhanced it further in the studio, including adding a different ending track that was more in line with the flow.

Tracklist:

1. Utero – Entrance
2. Omnimotion – Inner Dub
3. Deep Forest Warrior – To Be With You (ft. Marilyn Fox)
4. Expedizion – Listen to the Deepness
5. Eukarya – Reaching for Light
6. Frederic Robinson – So Close To Being Human
7. Tipper – Life Raft For a Death Trip
8. AtYya – Altar Form
9. Sixis & Shwex – Continuity Field
10. Aligning Minds – In the Wake of Forever
11. Kiyoto – Shinagawa
12. Aes Dana – Jetlag Corporation

Aug 062016
 

I’ve been hibernating lately, as if you hadn’t noticed. A necessary side effect of switching gears. A few months back I started using Traktor to play out instead of Ableton Live, which has been my tool of choice since 2007. I wanted to be more spontaneous in my track selection, like I used to be when I started playing in 2005, and since most of my Floasis crew uses Traktor, it just made sense.

It’s been a bit of a learning curve, and so while I’ve been recording most of my sets lately (as reference points for later to understand where I need to improve), this one stood out to me as enjoyable just as it is. I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

This summer I was invited to submit a mix to the music team of a small-ish underground campout music festival called Friends and Family Campout, or FNF. I played in an amazing indoor space called the Heart Lodge, which was decked out not only with amazing decor, but also a couple dozen large mats adorned with fuzzy blankets a lots of pillows. The theme of the music I chose was “cuddle”.

Tracklist:

1. Ocoeur – Timeless
2. Electricwest – Bruises
3. Hinkstep – Sno (Instrumental)
4. M-Seven – Observatory
5. Nicolas Jaar – Colomb
6. Lab’s Cloud – Hypnotes
7. Kuba – Amber
8. Occam – La Dolce Vita
9. Rocket Empire – Red Room (feat. Chuck Love)
10. Occam – Midnight Taper
11. Module – Fragments of You (feat. Rhian Sheehan + Tom Firth)
12. Desolate – Pain
13. Circular – 3 Moons
14. il:lo – Var (Rework Bonus)
15. Scann-Tec – Phaeton Remains

Jan 262016
 

This week brings not one, but two new mixes into the world. First up – a new trip hop/downtempo mix called Electric Hullabaloo. It’s a studio mix of a set I designed for New Year’s Eve 2014, but due to technical difficulties I didn’t get to play it through or record it. This past Fall I had another opportunity to play with it for a friend’s 40th birthday cocktail party, so I recorded it and then played with it some more in the studio. I’ve got it uploaded to SoundCloud, Mixcloud and Hearthis. Stream and/or download at any of these locations. Enjoy!

In addition, I was asked to donate a mix to the Healing Temple, a new community-based collective dedicated to sharing music of a positive and healing nature. The mix is up for streaming and downloading at SoundCloud. Here’s the link.

Aug 022015
 

Stream from link above, or download Mp3 here.

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