Tranquillity Mixes

The blossom has suddenly appeared on the trees round here, a sign that some things are going ahead as they should be even if everything else is completely upside down. Long ambient mixes are the order of the day round Bagging Area much of the time at the moment- they seem to have a positive effect and provide a welcome distraction from the news. This one by Youth dates from five years ago, an hour and fifty minutes of ambient with several detours into psychedelia and global sounds from the likes of Cliff Martinez, Popul Vuh, Orchid Star and Suns Of Arqa. Highly recommended.

JD Twitch, Glasgow’s Optimo supremo, put together the first in a series of Tranquillity mixes last weekend aimed specifically at calming the nerves during the coming months. Perfect for headphones while social distancing. There’s a download button too if you want to keep it.

Takashi Kokubo – A Dream Sails Out To Sea part 1
Mkwaju Ensemble – Lemore
Hiroshi Yoshimura – 小川にそって
Yumiko Morioko – Rainbow Gate
Haruomi Hosono – Fujitsubo
Inoyoama Land – Glass Chaim
Inoyama Land – Pokala (remix)
Popol Vuh – Ah!
Justus Köhncke and Fred Heimermann – Albatros
Nuno Canavarro – Blu Terra
Erik Satie – Gnossienne No. 1
World Standard – Rozo, Du Pecoj
Testpattern – Souvenir Glacé

The second Tranquillity Mix went up on Wednesday, similarly ambient and calming but with some beats appearing towards the end.

Wahre Liebe

Factory Floor’s live soundtrack to Fritz Lang’s 1929 Weimar sci-fi masterpeice Metropolis comes out today. I’ve been looking forward to this since the Heart Of Data/Babel 12″ came out back in February. Their score is film length, an hour and fifty minutes long, and is out on double cd or quadruple vinyl (and you can imagine how much that costs).

In 2011 Factory Floor’s Real Love single was remixed by Glasgow clubbing veteran JD Twitch, a controlled collision of analogue synths and digital drum machines.

Real Love (An Optimo Espacio Mix)

I was showing some young people (16-17 year olds) some clips from Metropolis earlier this week as part of their studies of Weimar Germany and its culture. I don’t think the jawdropping special effects or the look of the film or its technical genius of the film was lost on them although some of the acting is very hammy 90 years later. They were equally if not more impressed with Nosferatu which they found genuinely freaky. And then one of them mentioned they already knew Nosferatu from this…

Brass Shaker

Some sort of unholy trinity of artists going on here mixing up a classic house-acid brass delight. To clarify- Jeremy Deller’s acid brass cover version of Voodoo Ray remixed by Optimo’s JD Twitch, out on vinyl on Monday. And worth every penny I’d say.

Twitchy

Following a tip off by the RiG contributors this a rather splendid, slow and funky electronic reworking of Bill Callahan’s America by JD Twitch. Gets a bit messy in places. Free download from the I’m A Cliche people in Paris. Bob’s your uncle.

Nosferatu

More Weatherall- yawn. Wait though, there’s other stuff here too.

In November 1998 I went to Manchester’s Cornerhouse Cinema and Arts Space to see Andrew Weatherall play records as a soundtrack to FW Murnau’s 1929 silent film Nosferatu. It was very, very good and very, very spooky. Mrs Swiss was heavily pregnant with our unborn firstborn and the scary soundtrack obviously affected pre-natal I.T. At one point he moved, a limb causing a shark’s fin to arc visibly over Mrs Swiss’s belly. Bizarre.

The Youtube poster of the entire film says this of Nosferatu-

1929 silent film by F.W. Murnau tells the story of a young man who leaves his bride and travels to see a mysterious count in order to sell a house. He finds that the creature he encounters is not of this world. This version of the”Dracula” tale remains one of the best and rightfully claims it place in cinematic history.

This Weatherall- Dracula event was pre-internet, pre-mobile phone recording. Neither Andrew Weatherall nor the Cornerhouse recorded it (unless they did and it’s never been released). I think it was a one-off and there is almost nothing on the internet about it. A Weatherall event with no internet record- double bizarre. 

The song here, vampire link ahoy, is Destroy Yourself by Michael Dracula, remixed by JD Twitch from 2009. Michael Dracula are or were, I think, a band from Glasgow. Ms Dracula (above) sings

‘Wake up 
Be happy 
Stay in
Save your money 
You’ll be dead a long time honey’


 After that things go a bit mental in Optimo style.


Destroy Yourself (Twitch’s Optimo Mix)