Weekly Report Vol. 48

As Death Waltz are about to release the Twin Peaks soundtrack on vinyl, this week had to start with Laura Palmer’s Theme (famously sampled by Moby in ‘Go’). Moving through a beautiful track by Black Peaches onto the Mali Music project from genius tinkerer Damon Albarn, we then hit The Glimmers, Hugh Masakela, The Sorcerers and finish strong with some original highlife from Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe. Happy listening…

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Weekly Report Vol. 47

Normal service resumes this week after the inaugural Guest List last week with Rick Pike from PVT. Kicking off with some beautiful soundtrack vibes from legendary film composer John Barry, we follow with a Starkey Remix of Einaudi from the ‘In A Time Lapse’ album, the David McCallum that Dr. Dre sampled in ‘The Next Episode’, and on to more wide and varied selections from my week’s listening. Enjoy….

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Guest List Vol 1- Rick Pike from PVT (aka Pivot)

In the first of what is going to be a series of guest mixes, I’m happy to introduce Rick Pike from the amazing band PVT. There are big things coming your way both from PVT and from Rick’s mysterious new solo project so keep your ear to the ground….

Weekly Report: Your playlist is called Hyper/Real. Tell us about it..

Rick: I’ve always been interested in the other-worldly nature of tape recording and I’m an avid analog synth collector. But recently I’ve embraced the world of digital synthesis even more, and especially the more stiff, alien and deliberately synthetic approximations of ‘real’ instruments. It’s a sound embraced in the dubious new genre Vaporwave.

There was a period in the early 80s, up until the early 90s where sound modules and keyboards started to embrace fake sounds. Some of that music is represented here, with Vangelis Katsoulis (the other Vangelis), Harold Faltermeyer and Depeche Mode.

But I’m more interested in where this love of fake sounds and synthesis will take us next. It’s mind boggling that most people with a laptop have access to these sounds, but only a few are really building something new.

Some of my favourite recent artists here fit that description: Anna Meredith (‘Nautilus’ is my track of the year, mixing live and synthetics brilliantly), Holly Herndon, Napolian, Giant Claw, Moderat and a weird blind Spotify discovery: Music For Your Pla

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Weekly Report Vol. 46

It’s sunny so the logical thing would be to bang out loads of bait summer tunes, but obviously I’m not going to do that. We start with an old track from The Gaslamp Killer that I first heard on a CDR demo I got sent by his management about a decade ago. Still remember how blown away with it I was. We have some Arthur Verocai, which seems like where Bonobo got the idea of this track Nightlite. Pantha Du Prince, always a favourite, flows into Labi Siffre and on through Edward Scissortongue (thanks to the Milk The Cow podcast for this one) all the way down to a weird version of Gary Newman’s Cars by J Dilla. Happy listening….

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Weekly Report Vol 45

Happy Monday people. The England football team are back to bothering prostitutes in expensive night clubs in West London, Brexit is old news and every political leader in the country has decided that leading just isn’t for them. Combined, it’s the type of thing that could make you a little bit miserable. Not to worry though, Week 45 is here to caress your ears with its sweaty, drunken fingers. I love this opening track by Bastien Keb, chilled and cool. From there we pass through the nonsense of Leon Thomas, some old-school ninja cuts, sample magic from Den Sorte Skole, familiar weirdness from Dorothy Ashby bleeding into all sorts of other varied cuts from across the globe. Best to forget all of the terrible stuff that’s happening to you right now. There’s nothing you can do about it anyway….. Or is there? Happy listening comrades…

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Weekly Report Vol. 44

A longer than usual list today starting with a weird/sexy jam called Sunshine, through a lovely cover of one of my all time favourite songs, This Is How We Walk On The Moon by Jose González, some Fat White Family to make me feel better about not going to Field Day this year and a couple of nice remixes. I’ve also thrown in tracks from brand new releases from The Belbury Poly and Plaid and we finish with some comedy from Tommy Cooper. Happy listening…

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Weekly Report Vol. 43

It’s nearly June, everyone is starting to think about how they’re going to shed their winter coat (read excess weight) for the summer, and the city is starting to believe we might actually have some proper sun this year. Time for some dusty retro, some weird ambient and some astral jazz to get you ready to make the transition. Starting with sample-y Souleance, through a bait but brilliant Ratatat joint, taking in Throwing Shade and MMOTHS on the way for good measure and ending strong with the huge 18 minute Megatron that is Floating Point’s new track Kuiper. Happy listening…

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Weekly Report Vol. 42

The collective hangover from yesterday’s hottest-day-of-the-year public park frolicking hangs heavy over the city today as Monday grinds its miserable gears towards home-time. Open your ears and take your medicine.

Today we kick off with Georgia and move through moody Ital Tek and Buttering Trio vibes, through new Radiohead which everyone has already heard, and down towards a big finish with a harsh joint from the new Skepta album ‘Konnichiwa’. Happy listening…

 

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Weekly Report Vol. 41

I’ve basically been listening to this Kate Tempest song on loop for the last week. I love what she does, how she articulates her vision and most of all what she represents in the music industry. She’s not trying to be anything she’s not and she’s found a home on Ninja where she’s not going to be manipulated into an ill-fitting mould. Truly inspirational performer, I can’t wait to start her new novel. There are some other tracks on here too this week, like the perennially wonderful Durutti Column, but I’m running out of space so click the link and check for yourself. Happy listening…

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Weekly Report Vol. 40

Back again after a short break with a long list that I’ve been putting together over the last two weeks. We also kick off with a weird Michael Kamen cue from the film Brazil before getting into the theme from the score to TV show Humans. I’m obsessed with Cristobal Tapia De Veer at the moment and am re-watching Utopia again as I love seeing those cues with the picture so much. Loads of tracks to get stuck into, but standouts for me are the Julien Neto track VI, Goat – Talk To God, the wonderful new Baaba Maal track Gilli Men and the beautiful intro to the new Black Milk album which sounds like electric Miles Davis. Happy listening…

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