Monday’s Long Song

David Sylvian’s name has popped up in a few places recently, largely unconnected I think (although these things usually end up being connected somehow). I read about his solo albums in Rob Young’s Electric Eden book, a long meandering trawl through British folk music and how in the 80s various people- Sylvian, Talk Talk, Cope- reconnected with visionary folk music in one way or another. Then, having moved on and semi- forgot about it he came back via social media and then came up in conversation with a friend who’s a big Bowie fan when talking about Fripp. I dug a little into Youtube but didn’t buy anything and again moved on. Then last week digging around Richard Norris’ Soundcloud page, a proper treasure trove of tracks, remixes and versions, I found his 1993 remix of Sylvian and Fripp. Richard took the original track, Darshan (The Road To Graceland), a seventeen minute epic and remixed it, shaving a minute off in the process. An ambient opening section followed by a long, funky, experimental art- pop journey with a ’93 house beat.

Sylvian and Fripp the turned up a few days ago at Echorich’s place (linked on yesterday’s post) with the dreamy two and half minutes of Endgame, ambient opening and then acoustic guitar and voice, which has sent me scurrying down a rabbithole. The Richard Norris remix of Darshan came out on a CD mini- album, only three songs long but well over forty minutes long in total. Richard Norris’s remix, the original version and this ten minute ambient psychedelic swirl re-construction from the Future Sound Of London. Float on. Ambient special as i-D noted in ’93.

 

Fearlessness

Richard Fearless at the controls with an hour long mix for i-D Magazine. Starts out percussive and African-influenced before heading into techno territory. Rather good if this kind of thing is your bag.

Bob Holroyd “African Drug”
Studio 1 “purple” on Studio 1
Mutabaruka “Dis Poem”
Mark Ernest’s meets BBC Version & Ngunyuta Dance by BBC
Rvds “Afrika”
Yak “Mido”
Ishio Dai “Island Dub”
Osbourne “Africa”
Lns & DJ Sotofett “Jugando Con Fuego” (Percussion Mix)
Dude Energy “Beat Desire”
Lns & DJ Sotofett “Jugando Con Fuego” (Sunrise mix)
Eon “Ramadance”
Richard Fearless “Sweet Venus”
Richard Fearless “Cancan”
Richard Fearless “Rex”

Music For Dreams

Phil Mison, Balearic dj and producer, put out a compilation called Music For Dreams Vol. 1 back in 2014. As far as I can see it didn’t have a physical release but you can stream it and download it at the usual places you might do those things (obviously if you like it you should buy it because streaming doesn’t really pay anyone a jot unless they’re absolutely massive).

Music For Dreams is a trip, 22 tracks from artists like Grassskirt, Kenneth Bager, Lulu Rouge, Cantoma, DJ Disse (a seriously laid back cover of Walk On The Wild Side), Frontera and Bliss. The vibe is relaxed, with a pulsebeat to keep the head nodding. Best of all, when you buy it there are the individual tracks and two fully mixed versions. This is a 20 minute preview mix. A truly gorgeous way to start Saturday morning.

Tapan

Tapan are a duo from Belgrade, about to release an album called Europa- stick that in your referendum Nigel. They veer all over the place, from Middle Eastern rhythms to dub to weirded-out post punk, but always a step ahead. Europa has been remixed by Timothy J. Fairplay, a beguiling eight minutes for Wednesday morning. The Youtube commenters know the score:

  • crunchy beats
  • a gargantuan tune full of hyperconsciosness sent to us from Tapans hideout faaaar beyond our Oort cloud
  • mhmmm
  • filthy and fat
  • (~)
  • some heavy shit