I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.
Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.
It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.
Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.
Yoni Wolf is heading out on a U.S. tour with his pal Serengeti which rather than rehash songs from his band Why? or play acoustically, will be all-rap centred. To that end, Yoni has released a mixtape of rap versions of re-imagined Why?, cLOUDDEAD, Hymie’s Basement and Reaching Quiet tracks.
There are also a Mobb Deep and A Tribe Called Quest samples, Yoni asking an unknown music on a 9-hour flight to participate in his Wandering Wolf podcast and remixes of Why? tracks by Boards Of Canada and more.
Cian Ó Cíobháin is the man behind the long-running An Taobh Tuathail radio show on RnaG every Monday to Friday at 9pm. You may have also heard his annual ATT mixes, the last of which was featured here a few weeks ago. He’s a regular DJ at Galway’s 110th Street. His show is one of the best alternative shows on the FM airwaves we have left so there’s no better man to ask for his top 10 tunes of 2013.
Chequerboard – ‘Today Is Beautiful, We Have Things To Do’
John Lambert is king of bucolic, twilit, instrumental music vignettes that quietly nestle their roots deep in the unconscious. Since hearing it for the first time, I’ve been tuning into on a daily basis – as crucial to my wellbeing as that first cuppa in the morning.
Laurel Halo – ‘Sex Mission’
Easily the most hypnotic, mind-melting piece of avant-garde techno I heard this year, from the genius that is Laurel Halo – one to happily get lost in & never find your way home.
My Bloody Valentine – ‘In Another Way’
It was a straight choice between this, or the fabled once long-lost d’n’b track ‘Wonder 2’, but this is quintessential MBV with a heart-wrenching/uplifting (that delicious tension between both emotions, that can verge towards however you feel at a particular time) hook to die for.
Ikonika – ‘You Won’t Find It There’
Played to death on ATT last summer, this lady’s sumptuous tune is constructed from bleeps, bass and grandiose swathes of synth, with a healthy injection of pathos to engage the heartstrings … not to mention an unpredictable structure to challenge the moves of the most jaded of disco dancers. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the sub-bass. Immense.
Mount Kimbie – ‘Home Recording’
If you wanna woo the affection of your beloved, stick this on a mixtape: no need for flowers, poetry or fancy restaurants.
Boards Of Canada – ‘Reach For The Dead’
Their new LP may have not earned the plaudits of previous albums (give it another chance!), but this beguiling track is up there with the finest in their expanding oeuvre.
Dean Blunt -‘Demon’
Ex or current (depends on what you read) Hype Williams man made one of the most unashamedly emotionally bare LPs of 2013 and by doing so inadvertently shaped himself into a modern day Arthur Russell-figure. All heartbreak, no hubris. ‘I’ll come home early next week’ was possibly one of the most romantic refrains that I heard in a song in a long time.
Charli XCX – ‘Grins’
Perhaps the most exhilarating pop-song of 2013. Mark my words, this talented young lady will soon be ubiquitous.
Blondes – ‘Andrew’
Spend time with this one, I mean really spend time with it and you will not be disappointed. Yes it has a 4/4 kick, but I prefer to listen to it lying down with my eyes closed. Preferably as dawn breaks.
Mssingno – ‘XE2’
The world had high hopes for Rihanna when ‘Umbrella’ came out but it’s been all downhill since then. Here’s something that finally fills that emo-r’n’b-dream-void.
This week’s playlist features new music debuted in the last seven days or heard for the first time this week. The result is a roundup of 20 new music tracks.
This week’s playlist includes new tracks from Lightning Dust, Boards Of Canada, Fuck Buttons, Chvrches, Gold Panda, Disclosure, Booddha, Austra, Pure Bathing Culture, Not Squares, The Bullits, Ikonika and more.
If you’ve been following the online treasure hunt of six-digit codes, mysterious radio and TV broadcasts and cryptic GIF ASCII characters or especially if you haven’t (FACT have been covering it extensively), the good news is that Boards Of Canada do indeed have a new album entitled Tomorrow’s Harvest and it will be released on Warp Records on June 7th (Ireland), 10th (Europe) /11th (US).
It’s up for pre-order on Bleep right now (though the site is very busy). Here’s a video trailer and a tracklist:
Great piece by Joseph Morpurgo on his favourite moments of Boards Of Canada’s discography. Lots of great stuff to delve into and rediscover. It’s been ages since I heard the lesser-known releases like Boc Maxima, Twoism, Disengage and the Peel Session. The author is right about The Campfire Headphase, it was a bit bland.
The article’s focus on early and rare material can come across as record collector arrogance at times and as a result the two most consistent and complete releases in BOC’s canon Music Has The Right To Children and Geogaddi only get a track each, even if the former including some songs that were previously released. Ultimately, Morpugo paints a fascinating picture of the evolution of the Scottish duo’s music and their motivations.
Personally, Music Has The Right To Children is one of my favourite releases of all-time. Filled with wistful melodies that create serene and sticky moods while whirring textures and bubbling vocal samples collide with scratchy, squelching once-off rhythms, it’s so vivid it creates a turquoise blue synesthesia.
Below are some of my own favorite parts of the Boards Of Canada discography…
Diehard Boards Of Canada fans aren’t happy. So far, there’s been cries of ‘sacrilege’ , ‘crude’ and ‘naive’ but obsessives aside, this track in which Solange Knowles sings over Boards Of Canada’s ‘Left Side Drive’ is actually pretty sweet. It’s always good to hear two styles collide and create something new out of the mix.
It’s not the first time Beyonce’s little sis has sang over Boards Of Canada, she actually worked with them on her second album Sol-Angel on a song ‘This Bird’ which sample BOC’s ‘Slow This Bird Down’. She said the following about ‘Left Side Drive’ :
“It’s completely unofficial, and was just inspired by the song which i have had a deep love affair with for years.I am a huge Boards of Canada fan, and got the chance to work with them on Sol-Angel on ‘This Bird’. Still feel honored to this day.”
By the skin of our teeth, we finally got the March Podcast done. A couple remixes here from Boards of Canada and XXXChange, a MGMT/Lil Kim mashup, new tunes from Outkast, Chemical Brothers featuring Spank Rock, El Guincho, Crystal Castles and Envelopes. We dedicate this podcast to Paul Watson (Write code, Get money). Aoife presents as always.
Holler in the comments about your favourite/least favourite tracks.
Incidentally, this is post number 700 since nialler9 began!