WARMER MIXTAPES #1408 | by Marlon Daito [Marlon D]

1. The Notorious B.I.G. | One More Chance/Stay With Me (feat. Faith Evans) (Radio Edit 1)
As a 10 year old kid in 1995 living in Oxnard, Ca. I was always listening to the radio station called Q104.7. They played Hip Hop. They spun this record so much that summer of 1995. My cousins were also DJ's and they owned the vinyl. Even though Juicy was his big hit, I always thought this was Biggie's official song that left a lasting memory on me. The way Diddy and Bad Boy Records marketed this song and video was just perfect. It made me believe that it is possible to be an Underground MC and transition into Mainstream America. And for a heavy set dude, Diddy marketed him as a sex symbol, but can really rap his ass off though. And Biggie made it cool for MC's to make songs for the ladies at the time. The El Debarge sample made this Brooklyn MC sound smooth. Ladies man feel. This song never gets old. I always listen to his albums when Hip Hop is uninspiring to me.

2. OutKast | ATliens 
I used to listen to this in my grandpa's boombox every day listening to the same radio station Q104.7 . I have never heard anything like OutKast at this point. I was so into Deathrow Records and everything Dr. Dre did. But this was the Down South Hip Hop before it became what it is today. Before T.I. and Ludacris. They made Rapping sound so natural and easy. It almost sounded effortless like it's their second language. Sort of like a dialect. And the beat was crazy. The album cover's artwork made it even more stand out. Then the next album, they became worldwide superstars with Aquemini. But this was like the last Underground sound that OutKast came up with. They need to reunite soon.

3. Nas | One Mic
One of my top 5 Nas songs. I just love the fact that he is whispering at the first two verses and he gradually starts screaming. And on the third verse he starts screaming and gradually turns into whispering. I've seen him perform this live several times throughout the years. The energy is crazy. He was creative still at the top of his game on Stillmatic. I respect that a lot. Patiently waiting for that new Nas album!

4. Dilated Peoples | Clockwork 
When I was 17 years old, I snuck in a Dilated Peoples' show in Downtown Oxnard at a spot called Cloud 9. Me and my Rap group in High School at the time got snuck in by the promoters that we knew. Shouts to Bizzy D and Slymer. At that time, I was knocking that Expansion Team album so hard, till I scratched up the CD and it stopped working. Worst Comes To Worst was huge at the time. But my memory of Dilated was when the fog machines came on, and Rakaa and Evidence came out to this song. They are still my favorite Rap group to this day besides Tha Dogg Pound. This song and the way they performed it guided me in what I wanted to sound like and perform like on stage. I had the chance to share the stages with all 3 members through out the years and that is like a dream come true to me. Thank you, Dilated Peoples, for providing me the Blueprint.

5. Little Brother | Dreams
By the time I was going to graduate College, I was devastated when I found out Little Brother was breaking up. 9th Wonder wasn't even on the Getback album any more. But I used to bump this song every day in my apartment and in my 1998 Red Honda Civic. It spoke to me because my Rap dreams seemed so impossible at the time. It felt like I was chasing something that was unattainable. The song spoke about how they had to explain their dreams to their family and friends, but, on the low, their family and friends didn't believe in them. I used to feel the same way and that's why this song always resonated with me. Every time I was jobless, broke, homeless, Little Brother's song always helped me get through those dark times. I opened for Rapper Pooh couple times and I never got to tell him that. I should have.

6. Lauryn Hill | Lost Ones 
This is one of the greatest Hip Hop songs ever made period. Lauryn Hill is top 5 dead or alive for sure. Male or Female category. It doesn't matter. This beat, the lyrics, the delivery, the message. And this bumps in my whip so good. Goddamn. Ms. Hill is the reason why a lot of MC's try to sound smart today. She made Hip Hop to sound smart and educated. I honor her so much. I miss you, Lauryn Hill. It's funny how money change the situation... She will shit on any MC today in 2015 straight up.

7. Eminem | Brain Damage 
I was in 8th grade when my sister's boyfriend at the time gave me the copy of The Slim Shady LP. I knew he was funny and he stood out when My Name Is came out. But I wasn't convinced until I heard the album especially this song. When I heard this, I took him seriously. Like oh shit, this white boy can rap for real. So creative. I miss this Eminem sound. That Underground shit. That Detroit shit.

8. Jay-Z | This Can't Be Life (feat. Beanie Sigel, Scarface)
I could have picked so many songs from him, but this one is his best I think. It's like the first time I heard Jay-Z admit that he didn't believe in himself, and that he was ashamed of selling drugs. He also spoke about how his mother was ashamed of him. I always heard him spoke about how happy he is living rich, but this song was like the first time he revisited his life and spoke about how Life was when he wasn't famous. If you listen closely to his verse, he admits that he was jealous of Nas, Biggie, and Snoop for blowing up around 1994, and he was still in the corner dealing. This song made him human and more real to me. People hate on JAY Z all the time, but you can't tell me he can't rap.

9. DMX | Get At Me Dog (feat. Sheek Louch of The Lox)
I never heard no one like DMX prior to this song coming out. The video made the song even grimier. I used to practice rapping to this beat. He brought the East Coast back when it wasn't poppin' anymore. Still a huge fan of X.

10. Makaveli | Krazy 
I felt like he knew he was going to die during the Makaveli album. That was the darkest album I've ever heard period. It still stands the test of Time. I love this song a lot because he admitted that Marijuana was helping him numb the pain that he was going through. And he spoke about how being famous isn't what it seems to be. And the effect of Marijuana was probably turning into Paranoia. I love that album. I don't like how they released 10 more albums after he died without his consent. This was the last 2Pac album that he approved. Then he died. I miss 2Pac's Music.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1407 | by Maria Mirabela Cismaru [Mira]

1. Ariana Grande | Love Me Harder (with The Weeknd)
Right now, I'm stuck on Love Me Harder, it's on repeat on and on. This song makes me dream with my eyes wide open.

2. Chris Brown | Without You
Reminds me of my childhood. I think the first time when I fell in Love I listened to this song for three weeks or so.

3. Ed Sheeran | Thinking Out Loud
I love Ed. It's the best song I've ever heard from him.

4. David Guetta | What I Did For Love (feat. Emeli Sandé)
I found myself in this new song from David Guetta and that's why I can say that I love it!

5. Céline Dion | My Heart Will Go On (Titanic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
It's the first song I've learnt in English and I'll remember it for the rest of my life. LOL.

6. Sia | Chandelier
Sounds perfect! Her voice sounds perfect!

7. Lost Frequencies | Are You With Me (Easton Corbin's 'Are You With Me' Remix)
Makes me dream about the perfect holiday!

8. Frank Ocean | Thinkin Bout You
Frank Ocean with his song made me think so much about Life and Love... And I think I listened to this song four or five times a day.

9. Disclosure | Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)
Makes me lose my mind...

10. Beyoncé | Crazy In Love (feat. Jay-Z)
And now, we're going to oldies but goldies. With this song I think I've learnt how to dance, not just like Queen B, but enough to make myself complete.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1406 | by Gregorio Assandri (Cloned In Vatican) and Andrea Frittella (Pall-O-Tino) of Irregular Disco Workers

SIDE A | by Gregorio Assandri

1. Lindstrøm | Violent Group 
Taken from a particular album coming out in 2006 called Another Side Of Lindstrøm. Really important record for me because this is one of the songs that inspires the birth of our label Disco Volante Recordings. Here we can find different influences, not only Disco, but also Nu Jazz, IDM and Funk touches.

2. HNNY | Gymnastics 
Groovy and Disco, full of strings and a real elegant and classic touch, remembers me of the hedonist atmosphere of some TV shows in the early 80’s on Italian Commercial TV. Fall in love with this track.

3. Leftfield | Afrika Shox (with Afrika Bambaataa)
In the 90’s Leftfield was one of the groups that influenced a lot my background, and my productions too. This collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa is really amazing, an aggressive Electro Funk, with Breakbeat groove and really obscure atmosphere, with a lot of structure changements. A real complete track, that tells the story of my teenage with positive and obscure episodes.

4. Talamanca System | Balanzat (Tuff City Kids Remix) 
The original theme sounds really dreamy and nostalgic, this remix punch really hard and makes all more groovy and dynamic with the obssessive piano, and percussive marimba synths. Really amazing.

5. Irregular Disco Workers | Dimmi Di Si (feat. Hard Ton)
This track will coming out in 2015 and is one of a 4 track EP. It will include amazing vocal of Italian Disco Queen Hard Ton. A real mixing of Electro, Italo and Acid, in a few words: our Italian Trademark.

6. Ferrer & Sydenham Inc. | Sandcastles 
Instant Classic, it represent for me a rebirth, because 2003 was a period in which I was digging in record shops' shelves to find something different. Well, this was a real enlightenment. Groovy, Balearic, nostalgic strings, warm atmospheres. This record brings me back to mid 90’s Ibiza Sound.

7. John Talabot | When The Past Was Present (Pachanga Boys Red Remix) 
This powerful Dub reminds me of the first IDW gigs out of Italy, and the first positive reactions of a non-Italian dancefloor, a really appreciable result. Really groovy, percussive and obssessive.

8. Hipnosis | Astrodance
+ Argonauts... I found it in a vintage record shop in Milan 8 years ago, and now is in my bag again. A real 1984 Spacey bomb from Italy that everytime brings me to my childhood, 16 o'clock, watching Robot Japanese cartoons on Italian TV and eating a Girella.

9. AM/TM ‎ | Back To Acid (feat. Navid Izadi)
Amazing Acid tune from our friends, a real rebellion against Cocaine preppy Italian consumers, and cheesy clubs attenders. Really excited everytime I played this record and the vocal sings: “You can keep your Cocaine, I want Acid!

10. Trus’me | Need A Job (Vakula Remix)
Acid, obsessive 303 line, and really hard groove. Remembers me of my teenage and mid 90’s events in Brescia clubs.

SIDE B | by Andrea Frittella

1. Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy | Kerberos 
Last year I lightly changed my sounds tastes. I was searching something new and I found this amazing masterpiece. Melody, groove and Hypnotism.

2. Irregular Disco Workers | Blindfolded 
This is the first EP of High Above The Ground, a Turkish label who asked us to do a Disco track for its debut.

3. LindstrømVōs-sākō-rv (Irregular Disco Workers Remix) 
With this remix we won a Beatport contest more than 1 year ago. I think this is our best remix and… It’s our best selling actually. Eheheh...

4. Eagles | Hotel California 
OK, I don’t know where to play it in this virtual mixtape, but it is one, perhaps the only, of my favorite tracks of all time. When I discovered this song for the first time I was a teenager listening radio before sleeping. I got chills!

5. Daniel Avery | All I Need (Roman Flügel Remix)
I like this sound! STOP!

6. Populous | Fall (feat. Cuushe)
Nice Electronic sound from an amazing Italian artist. I’ve discovered him last month and I love his work!

7. Phreek Plus One | La Spirale (J’s Loveboat Mix)
The right track for the right moment. Try this after a long warm up and let me know if it works!

8. Boot & Tax | Acido
Acid! Sounds that we usually use in our gigs.

9. Simon Baker | Plastik (Todd Terje Türkatech Mix) 
Todd Terje is actually one of my favorite artists. This remix is something different from his sound, but I LOVE it!

10. Little Dragon | Paris (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Holiday Edit) 
A track that does the job!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1405 | by Russ Marshalek (Silent Drape Runners), Niabi Aquena (Niabi, Starfawn, Radiana, The Whores, Project Skyward) and Bridgette Miller (BRAINCANDY) of a place both wonderful and strange

SIDE A | by Russ Marshalek

1. Tori Amos | Tear In Your Hand
This is beyond a doubt my favorite song of all time. Everyone that’s actually into Tori Amos has a story about how she saved their life, because her Music is that kind of Music. This song is the one that’s kept me alive many, many nights. The World exists in the pause between the words goodbye and now, the final time she repeats them.

2. New Order | True Faith
True Faith is what people mean when they say that New Order was a singles band. This song was never really on an album, existed solely for a singles compilation, and yet to me it's the best damn thing they ever recorded. There's an earnest, yearning sense of Hope in this song, like being awake and on the best drugs ever at 8am and seeing the Sun rise and feeling as though you're going to live forever.

3. 10,000 Maniacs | Scorpio Rising
True facts: 90% of current bands I'm really into just want to sound like Fredonia-era 10,000 Maniacs. Natalie Merchant was my first female crush, the first celebrity I was obsessed with, and 10,000 Maniacs was my first favorite band. Their early, abrasive stuff took a very long time to catch hold in my heart, but now I love that you can cue up anything from The Wishing Chair in a DJ set and blow people away thinking it's a Pitchfork Buzz Band. This song, the lyric Treat me to an honest face some time... Amaze me now!--the honest in that blows my mind.

4. Kate Bush | The Morning Fog
How very Kate Bush for the most beautiful song on her most perfect album to be the shortest and last. While Waking The Witch remains a massive touchpoint for me in terms of why I began making Music, and why I make the type of Music I do, The Morning Fog, the HAH-aye HAH-aye at the end, grabs at my throat. I always want to repeat the song, again and again, but I never let myself. The song is nothing without the album's journey. D'ya know what? I love you better now.

5. Mara | Desanitize
Raving was a fundamental part of my life for the most formative years of it, my High School and College days. Mara, the husband and wife duo of Barry Gilbey and Sarah Whittaker-Gilbey, soundtracked like 90% of that time. I had piles and piles of their mixes, and would force them upon anyone who happened to take a ride in my awful white Dodge Neon. Their live PA setup informed a lot of the way I perform and sequence shows today, and Desanitize stands as one of the most powerful pieces of Music they ever created. I wish everyone would listen to it. I put it on a mix I did for Cultwave Radio.

6. Jean Grae | Before The Summer Broke
I would have killed myself in 2013 if this song did not exist.

7. Janet Jackson | Rhythm Nation
WE ARE A PART OF THE RHYTHM NATION. This song is why New Jack Witch exists--to remind this generation to stop acting the fool and starting acting up.

8. The Knife | Pass This On (Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience DVD Version)
When I saw The Knife live for the first time, on the Silent Shout tour, before Karin could even get the first verse out of her mouth I was on the floor of Webster Hall sobbing. This is a great song, but the way it was reimagined live on this tour specifically brings out an ache that consumes.

9. Mira Calix | I May Be Over There (But My Heart Is Over Here)
This is just one of the most beautiful, aching pieces of Electronic Music I've ever heard. It haunts me.

10. Azar Swan | In My Mouth
Zohra Atash's voice is a weapon. The percussion in this song is a weapon.

SIDE B | by Niabi Aquena

Turning the distance into a pattern. I want to hang out with this band. I feel that Russ, Bridgette and I would very much get along with them. They play notes that strike somewhere deep within me, and there's a sense of Recognition. I first heard this track from a mix that my friend did on Spotify. He and I are birds of a feather artistically and we've known each other, well forever. Check his mixes out, you won't be sorry.

2. Zola Jesus | Sea Talk
I don't really know Zola Jesus's Music besides this song. I appreciate what she does though and I like her aesthetic. This song feels powerful to me. I don't remember when or where I heard it, it’s not one of her more popular ones... I don't think... I love the drums and strings - the orchestral feeling of it all. It's when you've given and given and given but it's still not enough and never will be. I’ve been there, I was there once.

3. The Sight Below | Dour
This is a Minimal Techno track that pisses off my neighbor downstairs. I guess it's the throbbing beat. I love it. The guy behind The Sight Below became a friend who ended up mixing/mastering my first solo EP. I love the subtle intensity.

4. Depeche Mode | Behind The Wheel 
I used to be really into vintage motorcycles and Italian scooters. Part of the appeal of this track is definately the Music Video, if you watch it you'll see what I'm talking about in terms of vintage Italian scooters. I love the feeling of Control in the words and the beat. The narrative is hot - he's giving her the authority to be dominant. This song was given to me by an ex lover who was much older than me. He lived in LA and we communicated a lot through letters and mix tapes. He put this track on one of my mix tapes he made for me. Romantic right? Letters and real mix tapes.

5. Dntel | (This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan (Superpitcher Kompakt Remix)
A great track for walking through NYC. It keeps a good pace. I was given this track on a mix CD by an ex who was a DJ. He was nuts, our relationship was nuts, but I got some good Music out of it. He had a way of hooking me back into his world with the Music he'd play for me. "I won't let go, I won't let go". It made my stomach flip in the best and worst way. He definitely didn't last, but I still love this song despite the strange memory and I've given it to many friends in mixes even though it's a little dated, I think it's timeless.

6. The Cure | Maybe Someday (Acoustic Mix)
One of my best girl friends put this on a mix CD for me. I was going through heartbreak, in a relationship (my first big one)... Feeling alone yet together. So lonely and kinda apathatic, the words and instrumentation hit my heart so hard.

7. Tori Amos | Winter
It's really hard choosing just one Tori song, she's such a major influence and Little Earthquakes especially, every song is my song. Let's just say that she has gotten me through some really hard times and made me realize that I wasn't a huge weirdo... Or that it was OK to be a weirdo. And that bad things happen to good people and you survive and live through. And it's growing up to accept it all, the Pain and the Triumph. I wish I could tell her that in person. Maybe one day.

8. Jez Kerr | Reasons I Feel Like An Alien
A cautious song, I can relate to caution. And I can relate to feeling alieniated from the world around me. Especially when I want to reach out and connect. It's hard isn't it? I love the bass line here, and I love the repeted lyrics. "there was no need to talk we could just feel".

9. Slowdive | Blue Skied An' Clear
If ever I were to marry someone they'd have to be OK with this track being the processional... Starting when that gorgeous guitar comes in and Rachel starts singing. You say Love and it sounds so good, you say Love and it sounds so sweet. It's the ultimate Love song. It’s finger tips touching. What an honor!. It's a huge breath in and a sigh of relief. It's finally finding a place to rest your head that is safe and real. It's what I think Real Love is, if it were vocalized in a song.

10. Elite Gymnastics | Here, In Heaven 4 & 5 (CFCF Remix)
Is it OK to go through Life being untouchable?... Is it? I ask myself this often. Most of the time I'm good with that. Somedays are different. I straddle a paradox of Warmth and Distance.

+11. Dot Allison | Message Personnel
A pretty painful song to admit I feel a connection to. The lyrics say it all. Repeated over and over again. I used to play Music with a guy - and he introduced me to Dot Allison, and there's a story there, but I won't go into it. I'm not a fan of the rest of her Music, it’s just OK, pretty forgetable. But this track. God. It kills me everytime I hear it. There's a longing there... To connect, to be here, to be present, but Fear. Huge crippling Fear. Embrace me, release me! Deny me then feed me! I loan you then lose you. So distant, so near me. It's devastating.

+12. School Of Seven Bells | Iamundernodisguise
I want to tell you that I don't have anything to hide. This is why I choose this one. During the time when I was making my solo EP, I shared a practice space with SVIIB. This was after the twin sisters had an argument and one of them broke up with the band, and Benjaman Curtis was still alive. Ale and Ben were an amazing duo, they were honest and transparent which I think is reflected in this song.

SIDE C | by Bridgette Miller

1. Nico | These Days
Just a perfect song, and, like, as corny as it is to admit, definitely the story of my life. I will always love it, even if it will always make me think of Gwenyth Paltrow getting off a damn bus for at least a second.

2. The Cardigans | Lovefool
Growing up, I listened to whatever my parents listened to in the car— if I was in my dad's truck, it was Country Music, and if I was with my mom, it was Classic Rock or the Godspell soundtrack. That all changed when I heard Lovefool on the School bus radio on a Fourth Grade field trip. I thought it was the greatest song I had ever heard, so asked the bus driver what station was playing, and then asked my parents if we could listen to that station. I'll never forget how scared I was to ask my mom to turn on the Top 40/Pop station, though I'll never understand WHY I was so scared. Ultimately, Lovefool was like the gateway drug for most of the terrible Music I listened to for years after that, and is almost singlehandedly to blame my encyclopedic knowledge of mid-to-late-90s Pop Music. Plus, The Cardigans really loved Black Sabbath, and that was cool, and I have a deep, abiding love for all Swedish Music, from Ace Of Base to Bathory.

3. New Order | Ceremony (Joy Division Cover)
It's hard to pick a favorite New Order song, but there's something so cinematic and special about Ceremony. If anyone (me) ever makes a movie about my life, I would want this song playing during either the opening credits or at the end.

4. ESPN Presents The Jock Jams | The Jock Jam
The greatest medley of all time. I did a burlesque act to this song that I ended up doing almost every night for five weeks on tour, so I feel like I know The Jock Jam better than any other human. Once I was doing this act and the CD skipped and cut out, so I sang The Jock Jam A Capella while I did the act (it's an act in which I perform graphic, intense air sex, by the way...).

5. Kate Bush | Wuthering Heights
When I'm sad, I put on my thick, furry black bathrobe and blast this song and do the complete video choreography. It almost always helps.

6. The Sonics | The Witch
I first heard this song, like many great songs, in a Skateboarding video. It will always be on any go-go dancing playlist I make, until the end of Time.

7. Fleetwood Mac | Planets Of The Universe (Early Demo from Rumours - 2004 Deluxe Edition)
The demo version with just Stevie and piano. It's heartbreaking, and then at the end, Stevie stops and tells the sound engineer that she fucked up the end and the whole thing "wasn't wonderful or anything.” Stevie Nicks' shitty take of Planets Of The Universe is better than anything I or anyone else will ever do in our pathetic lifetimes. We are human garbage. Steve Nicks is a goddess.

8. The Drifters | This Magic Moment
If you don't love this song, you are a monster.

9. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats | I'll Cut You Down
I later realized that Uncle Acid totally ripped off Davie Allan & The Arrows' The Devil's Rumble really hard, but I still love this song. It makes me want to ride a motorcycle and dance and do drugs and have sex and commit crimes, which is what Music should make you feel.

10. Black Sabbath | Changes
I used to think this song was the lamest Black Sabbath song, but then I got older and went through, uh, changes, and totally got it and now it's one of my favorite Black Sabbath songs. That mellotron! Ugh.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1404 | by Oscar Lulu of Sundara Karma

1. MaxNormal.TV | Love Is...
Everything about this song is Magic. The lyrics are the most insightful and inspiring song lyrics I have ever heard. The song's basically about saying fuck you! to people who tell you you can't do something and to carry on no matter what. To be original and to take all the negative people/ bad vibes out of your life. This song and this artist (Watkin Tudor Jones aka Max Normal aka Ninja from Die Antwoord aka a million other things) came into my life at the perfect moment and that's something I'll always be grateful for. I even use this song as my alarm in the morning... However, it is slightly morose so I tend to sleep through it... A LOT! But when I do wake up to it - it's worth it. Without this song and this artist in my life it would 100% not be the same.

2. David Bowie | Heroes
Again another artist that if he were not to have existed, my life would not be the same. It's a song that washes away the Meaningless. When listening to this song you truly feel as though nothing could fall and that all you really need in Life is a certain kind of Romance. David Bowie is a Songwriting Titan and has always been brilliant at taping into Emotions and Aesthetics in his songs. I would find it hard naming someone else who does this better.

3. Bob Dylan | Like A Rolling Stone
Here is one of the only other men that could champion Bowie's songwriting. A song that will be here forever. I really do think that a great song must have some sort of primal connection in it that we all tap into. I swear, even if you have never heard a Bod Dylan song before, you will still recognise it the moment it is played to you.

4. Lynyrd Skynyrd | Free Bird
What's not to love about a song with a 7 minute guitar solo?

5. The Doors | Break On Through (To The Other Side)
This was one of the first songs we covered when we started the band and for that reason will always hold a special place in all of our hearts.

6. Jamie T | The Curious Sound 
This song is just makes me feel nostalgic. Sort of makes you want to feel young forever. This track is so underrated!

7. The Beach Boys | God Only Knows
My favourite song of all time. Amazing melody, just the way the song is put together, the texture and the layering is beautiful.

8. N.W.A | Fuck Tha Police
Just a hard tune.

9. The War On Drugs | Red Eyes
The production on the album Lost In The Dream takes your breath away, with crisp guitars, Ambient sythns and hazy vocals that sound like they are passing in the wind. Red Eyes is a texture of synths, Acoustic guitars and pianos living in fog which creates something beautiful and original.

10. Blood Orange | Chamakay
Chamakay includes vocals from Chairlift, and it has light and soothing vocals with a piece of R&B tinged Electronic Soul and it’s a song you can close your eyes and the Music will paint a picture with its almost Tribal drum beat. Chamakay is my favourite track off his Cupid Deluxe album.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1403 | by Erol Sabadosh [Lore]

1. Joanna Newsom | Sawdust & Diamonds
I really adore this song and it’s been a favourite of mine for a long time. I think Joanna Newsom is such a brilliant, intricate, songwriter and this track showcases some of her most ambitious writing. Watching her perform this is absolutely heart-wrenching, there’s a real emotional journey from beginning to end over the course of ten minutes and it always gets me.

2. Arcade Fire | Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
The first song I ever heard by Arcade Fire was Tunnels and it’s still my favourite by them. I love the lyrics, it has a very nostalgic vibe to it but it’s also very uplifting. I saw them live at their second ever UK show, and many times since then, but that first time I went on my own and queued up before doors opened; I was so excited to see them. I got to meet some of the band a couple years later which was fun, they’re good people.

3. Gang Starr | Work
Someone put this on a mixtape for me before I had heard it and ever since then it’s been a favourite, and a sort of motivational anthem for me. I really love Old School Hip Hop.

4. A Tribe Called Quest | Find A Way
A Tribe Called Quest are my favourite Rap group and this is my favourite track by them, it’s so smooth. Their samples are really well selected, I definitely admire their production. My introduction to them came by chance; I was in a record store about 8 years ago in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I was picking up CDs to listen to in my friend's car and I bought The Low End Theory because I liked the look of the cover.

5. Aly-Us | Follow Me
This is the perfect House record in my opinion, the bass hook is so catchy and upbeat and the vocal has such a positive message. My ex housemate Laurence (Citizen) got me into this track.

6. Fleetwood Mac | Dreams 
I’m not a huge Fleetwood Mac fan, but I just love this song, it’s such a classic. I like slipping this into my DJ sets when appropriate as well, the Gilgamesh remix is awesome. It’s always nice to end a night with a big sing-a-long to some Fleetwood Mac.

7. Hole | Violet 
I love the energy in this track, any time I hear it in a club or at a party it makes me want to jump around like an idiot. It’s also a song I like to put on when I’m angry or upset as a way of venting. I met Courtney Love a couple times and she’s quite intense but cool. I’m also a big Nirvana fan.

8. Sparklehorse | Sunshine 
I used to lie in the Sun in the park and listen to this song with my eyes closed, and like the narrator I’d think about how fickle yet beautiful Life can be sometimes and it would make me smile. I was very sad when Mark Linkous passed away.

9. Low | Dinosaur Act
Low are one of my all time favourite bands and this track perfectly showcases them at their best. I love the tension in their Music and the Minimal arrangements, it’s cool how much they achieve with so little. I have never seen them live, but I had tickets to see them at an intimate show once and missed it by accident and I’m still angry at myself for that.

10. Blur | Tender 
I once lit 200 candles to spell I Love You and played this song for someone.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1402 | by Christian Øyen [C.D. Rahm/Hella Lugosi/Dead Dandelions]

1. Elite Gymnastics | Minneapolis Belongs To You
Few Electronic songs make me as emotional as this track, from the brilliant RUIN album, does. The sonic landscape is simultaneously sinister and heavenly, like walking around Shibuya at night except you’re alone and high on Xanax. And the lyrics face head-on something I think about all too often; whether or not I will be remembered after I die. The lyrics When you're dead, the hardest hit will be the girls who aren't legal to drink, the months of grief they'll have to fight through so they can grow up to be just like you, hits hardest. Sometimes it scares me to think that I could someday be well-known or even famous, subjectively, for what I’m doing, because I don’t know my life is worth praising and influencing others. This song embodies that but in a way that comforts me. Like, oh, the World won’t stop for me when I’m gone. Being important is scary, but that may change.

2. Cocteau Twins | Cherry-Coloured Funk
On the other end, there’s this song where the lyrics don’t really mean anything to me at all, but Liz Fraser’s voice makes my heart soar. The high notes at the chorus get me every time. I also love that guitar tone, makes it sound like it’s bouncing around an ice cave, which is precisely the location I picture myself when I listen to this song.

3. The Microphones | The Moon
I love how sloppy and buzzy the guitars are, and the way that the entire song is really a confused, unmixed mess. It totally matches the theme of the lyrics; holding onto a memory that would be equally painful to try and flush out as it would be to continue letting it play in your mind. I have far too many of those. I’m waiting for the day I’ll have better memories, with people I love and care about now, to replace the ones that haunt me with how annoyingly beautiful they are. P.S. Phil Elverum is probably my soulmate.

4. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Tsukematsukeru
J-Pop, especially everything produced by Yasutaka Nakata (Perfume, Capsule, Meg, etc), is some kind of incomprehensible Magic. I love the Maximalism of this song in particular—the bagpipes, the xylophones, the cellos. REALLY fun to speed up 25% and dance to alone in your room. Not exactly a guilty pleasure, but I may be a little bit embarrassed if my headphones got pulled out of my laptop on the bus and this was playing.

5. Sigur Rós | Untitled #1 (Vaka)
If I could I would just make this a list of my top 10 Sigur Rós (Hoppípolla/Með Blóðnasir, Samskeyti, Glósóli, Hljómalind, Rembihnútur, Svo Hljótt, Ágætis Byrjun, Salka, Árá Batur, and this one—oops), but this one takes the cake for most emotionally heart-wrenching. I had been listening to it since I was maybe 7 and then in a High School film studies class I watched the Music Video for the first time, and it fucking destroyed me. The kid dies in the end! There’s no way that could’ve ended well. I thought about it for weeks. Just the way that Sigur Rós takes all these shimmering, major sounds—Jónsi’s falsetto, violins, bells—and then out of it comes this stark, hopeless dirge… I don’t know how they do it. It blows me away. The last radio mix I did, I mashed this song up with Drake’s Marvin’s Room and put a bit of dialogue from the Finnish cartoon The Moomins in the beginning, where Moomin’s best friend Snufkin is going south for the Winter and leaving him behind and Moomin is begging to come with him. It gave the song a whole new context for me, suddenly those Hopelandic lyrics had a hidden meaning.

6. Wilco | Impossible Germany
I’m not really into guitar solos at all, but I maintain that my two favorite solos of all time are from Daft Punk’s Digital Love (even though it’s technically keytar) and Impossible Germany, specifically the Live from Mobile, Alabama version. Besides the fact that this song is just super soulful and soothing, Nels Cline is an underrated experimental genius and his contribution to this track proves that ten times over. The lyrics are about Communication breakdown, mixed in this dangerous cocktail of Distance and Personal Aspiration where relationships can seem nearly impossible. I think a lot about what it would be like to give up on all of the possibility of touring and long studio sessions and, basically, have a public career as a musician, just so I can spend some uninterrupted time close to people I care about. What am I willing to throw away for Love?

7. Drake | Over My Dead Body
I know these lyrics by heart. I first heard this song driving into LAX at the beginning of Thanksgiving break 2011, to go to New York City. It was 5 am and the sky was on fire, the air smelled like jet fuel and french fries. A girl had kissed me for the first time just a week before, at my birthday party, and my world was, at least for the moment, illuminated. This song doesn’t have anything to do with Love, but I connected with it more than any other song on Take Care. All of the above elements cemented this image in my head and it's one of my favorite memories to return to.

8. Grouper | Clearing
Another travel song, this time I heard it first driving through the Death Valley at night on the Winter solstice. There’s really not all that much to say about this one. This is probably the best song I can think of to listen to while you lay down in the middle of the desert on a starry night and cup your hands around your eyes so you can pretend you’re floating in Space.

9. Grimes | REALiTi
As I type this, I’ve listened to this song 30 times in the past week. I’m just in awe of her presence, as a performer and a fellow human. The instrumental, kind of like the Elite Gymnastics one (unsuprisingly), perfectly straddles the line between Light and Joyful and Dark and crushingly lonely. Her voice is so genuine and I’m in love with all of it’s little quirks. I have to include it in this list because I’m sure it has lasting power for me. I’ve also danced to this song in my room a whole lot. It’s my favorite pastime.

10. Foxes In Fiction | Ontario Gothic
I listened to this song on repeat last August when I quit my Summer job, died my hair red, and spent the remainder of my money traveling all around Southern California going to DIY shows. I specifically remember walking through Pomona during a humid rainstorm with a handful of new friends during a festival at the local American Legion Hall. Simple moments like that call for simply beautiful songs.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1401 | by Adrian Claudiu Sînă [Adrian Sina] of Akcent

1. Ellie Goulding | Love Me Like You Do (50 Shades Of Grey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Can't stop listening to it, an amazing song with a vocal line to die for! I can feel Max Martin's influence into it, my favorite producer. I must admit, until recently I had no idea it’s part of such a successful soundtrack, I love the song for what it is and Ellie Goulding too. Hope I will get to work with her someday soon.

2. Taylor Swift | Shake It Off
Such a great album she just released, as always Max Martin did an amazing job polishing Taylor's great writing. Shake It Off is my favorite song off the album, so playful yet personal in lyrics, though I do enjoy other tracks as well from her latest 1989.

3. Lea Michele | Cannonball 
Still a favorite of mine, I won’t let it go out of my Top 10 tracks so easy, such an inspired track to which non other than Sia composed for. And her voice is simply amazing!

4. Aloe Blacc | The Man 
One of the best songs I've listened to in a while. Elton John's original version is great, but the new version is simply amazing.

5. Ariana Grande | Love Me Harder (with The Weeknd)
Also a Max Martin composition, but with amazing artists. I’ve been following Ariana’s career for a while, this one has got to be one of her best songs ever and collaborating with The Weeknd only makes the song bigger.

6. Sam Smith | Stay With Me
Whenever I listen to this song I get in such a romantic mood, love it!

7. Sigma | Nobody To Love
It's a track my son Noah likes a lot and it's growing on me too.

8. Martin Garrix | Animals
Every morning at home starts off with this song that my son Noah simply adores and dances non-stop to. It's amazing how he feels the Music at such a young age.

9. Fences | Arrows (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
Not so known in Romania yet, the track is written by the hottest Rap duo from US, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for a new project they’re producing, an Indie Rock band. Love the sound, takes Indie Rock to another level!

10. Jack Ü | Where Are Ü Now (feat. Justin Bieber)
It’s definitely my favorite track right now, listening to it non-stop for a few days since I was traveling to US for a writing session. I love Justin’s vocals and I’ve been following his career from early beginning, it’s absolutely fantastic how he’s grown, he is for sure an artist to follow.

Warmer Climes (name inspired by the Boat Club song/Seagull-logo inspired by Shout Out Louds debut album) is a Romanian blog about the importance of being free and fascinating Music. Warmer Climes aka 28-year-old Vlad Stoian works as a freelance Music journalist in Bucharest, Eastern Europe. On Warmer Climes he mostly expresses his neverending tropical needs and love tribute for Scandinavia and unique Music. The blog contains rare interviews with brilliant musicians around the globe and various projects like the IMAGINARY series Warmer Mixtapes or the Q&A episodes Facts & Figures, where he calls the most amazing Art creators of the moment to open their hearts in a special way and write intimate things about themselves.


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"People like him really makes me sure I want to continue writing songs.
(Adam Olenius of Tutankamon, We Are Serenades and Shout Out Louds)

"Stay awesome.
(Michelle Thaller, astronomer/scientist/astrophysicist)

 "Have you heard of Warmer Climes? Now you have (oh, smack). The man behind this Blog might be the Most Passionate Music Writer and Supporter We Have Ever Encountered, and he was kind enough to grant Bebban the honor of making his #1000 Mix Tape. Pretty sweet, nah? Adam crafted #260, and there are many other good ones in there too. Read on the train or something, it's Fun, we swear."
(Bebban Stenborg of Shout Out Louds)

"Vlad Stoian needs his own Record Label, Concert Venue, and Reality Show. I am fascinated by this man."
(Patrick Grossi aka Active Child)

"Was honoured to be asked to do an imaginary mixtape for Warmer Climes. Led to an interesting discussion with Vlad via email this morning, which in turn led me to check out an interview with him, which went some way to explaining the context of his emails. Been a weird morning... Regardless, the blog is well worth checking out, and clearly means a lot more to him than idle Journalism. Found some amazing tracks this morning going through the imaginary mixtape series and checking stuff out on YouTube.
(Christopher Horne aka Christ. of Boards Of Canada)

"One of the Most Unique Blogs on the Net. Very Fresh Way of Doing Things."
(Vincent James Turner aka Vincent Did It aka Frankmusik)

"Great Project! Looks Really Great!"
(Jamie Stewart of 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Blue Water White Death, Former Ghosts, IBOPA, Teen Plaque, Ten In The Swear Jar, Sal Mineo, XXL and Xiu Xiu)

 "One of the Most Interesting People on the Planet."
(John Michael Jagos aka Brothertiger aka Seafoam)

"I think the Art should have his Free Bird in a bird cage as a graphic."
(Donovan Joseph Pugh aka Adjectivemusic)

"It's run by a man who competes with me for title of Rashiest - and that is a High Holy Compliment - and he's pretty much an Ultimate Warrior. Be well, Love Life, Smack Villains."
(John Vincent Latham Lechowick aka Real Rashy of Heimo Korth, BFG, Amateur Prose, Rash Gone Grimey and The Ballatician$

(Ed Riman aka Hilang Child

"A few months ago, we received an Exuberant email full of Bright Colors and Lofty Language from a young Romanian named Vlad. He has a blog (more a labour of Love) called Warmer Climes. On it, Musicians share and expound on some of their favorite songs (Vlad calls them imaginary mixtapes). But Vlad doesn't settle for anything short of a complete baring of Souls, Personal Accounts that pin Hearts and hurts plainly onto sleeves."
(Benedict Kupstas of Blushing, Future Wife and Field Guides)  

 "I made a playlist for potentially the Most Passionate Blogger I've Ever Had The Pleasure of Talking To. This blog is his Life, which I Respect Deeply."
(Paul Thomas Saunders of Daisy's Sweethearts and Flowe)

"Can't imagine somebody is actually doing what he's doing... We love it!"
(Tahnee Cosster and Karin Barlot of BLACK GIRL/WHITE GIRL)

"Want a Radical Time-Suck? Check out this Magical and Unreal Dude. Regardless of his Realness, this Blog is Fucking Fascinating."
(Jimi Hendrix of Thanks

"In my a opinion this blog is a work of Art and this guy is mad passionate about what he does."
(Benjamin Etchells of Karaoke For Beginners, White Russians, The Lancaster Bombers, The Candys and The Vultures)

 "His website is one of the only I have seen so far that puts the Mind Behind the Music on the same tier as the Music and it is a very, very Fresh Concept!"
(Elliot Adamson)

"It's Refreshing to see such a Good Promoter!"
Johann Jesse aka Creation Never Sleeps

"The blog itself is a Really Interesting Read and working with the Extremely Passionate Owner of the site, Vlad, has made it a Really Enjoyable Project.
(Mark Gage of The MMC and Foreign/National)

"Warmer Climes is a longstanding New Media Music Blog that makes the most of Accessibility in the Internet Age and gives Musicians and Fans a meaningful way to Connect with each other. Content is posted to a Blogspot site, which houses an Enormous and Diverse Back Catalogue of what basically amounts to Self-Conducted Artist Interviews. Artists invited to contribute to the blog compile a List of a handful of their Favorite Songs as well as Reactions and Comments. These lists are referred to as 'Imaginary Mixtapes' because there Aren't any Files to Download or Content to Listen to. This Haven of Pure Expression for Musicians creates a Space where Fans can Connect with their Favorite Artists as Fellow Music Lovers, Without Any Mediation from a Label or Press Release. Vlad Stoian runs the Label out of his home in Romania, far from many of the Media markets where these Artists live and work, yet his Facebook feed is an Exhaustive and Reliable Source for Trending Music and Video Media throughout the Western World. It has to take willing martyrs like him to suffer for the rest of us, so we can really figure out what matters in the Contemporary Music atmosphere. 
(William Sarradet of Count Backwards)

"His work reminds me of Nardwar, but in a very different way. They two are clearly both Passionate, and Obsessed with Music in this Very Cool way, where it's not about the fluff. I can't say how honored I am to have been chosen like this, it feels like when Twitter sent me an email about verifying my account, or when Mary Anne Hobbs bought my song Nowadays. I feel like he should be a Giant in the Music World."
Youceff Yunque Kabal aka YUS aka Damp Dollas)

"Super Sweet Journalist!"
(Vanessa Fernandez aka Vandetta of Urban Xchange/Parking Lot Pimp and Octover)

"He is the Tom of MySpace to Artists on Facebook and he's always Positive and Warm.
(David Rickards of Marché Vivant)

"Most serious and mature approach of Blogging ever.
(Julian Jaschke aka Jimbo Matsumoto

"An Absolute Hero in the Music World of Today.
(Leo Marcus aka Pále

"There's nothing like it."
(Nia Keturah)

"Random italics, capitalizations, bolding, removal of quotation marks, and highlighting in the text by the blog’s editor, Vlad Stoian. Normally that kind of thing would bug the shit out of me but the Improvisational Punctuation is kind of his thing and I can see what he’s shooting for. Weird, but it works. Weird, but Weird is always okay with me. Pretty Fun thing to be involved in. Vlad also made some Art Panels out of a few of my song titles and photos for the interview."
Adam Gnade) 

"A Very Rare Collection of People's Emotions.
(Yan Wagner aka Wagner of Flying Turns)

 "A REAL Music-Interview blog where you can talk with your heart.
(Umberto Chambry aka U.M.B.E.

 "If only everyone had the kind of Curiosity about the World that his Colourful Emails and Blog demonstrate..."
(Geoffrey O'Connor aka Sly Hats of Montero and Crayon Fields)

 "The Brilliant Idea in the blog is to tell the Story of One's Life through Memorable Musical Moments."
(Keijo Kuttila aka Alladin aka Dragon Rose)

"A great site for Expanding your Music Horizons!
(Megan Wyler of Little Owl

"Probably the Best and Most Unique One-Man Music Blog around."
(Kiran Leonard aka Beat Nurse aka Pend Oreille aka Akrotiri Poacher)

"Curated by Vlad Stoian, Warmer Climes is hands-down one of the Most Fascinating and Unique Music Blogs out there."
(Mark Roberts of Stars & Letters Records and We Are Temporary)

"Loving this thing seriously. I think it's an awesome thing to do. I mean, the idea of just reading and not listening it makes people search. And I think that is a big part of Life, the Searching thing.
(Jaime Tellado Alvarez aka Skygaze

"Thanks to Vlad for his Blog and his Amazing Creativity."
(Ricardo Tobar)

"It's Really Different from Anything Else. You should check it out!"
(Patrick Michael Cutrupi aka Biceratops aka KUI

"I absolutely love his blog and think it's such an amazing Unique project! I'm a huge Iggy Azalea fan and that's what made me discover his page and it made me love her more that she put together that mixtape for him with her favorite songs and explanation. I also really love the graphics he uses overall to set the tone of the webpage, it's very Beautiful! I'll obviously make sure to keep checking back his fabulous Warmer Climes!... Such a fascinating project, I'm so happy Iggy introduced me to it.
(Ana Grant of Iggy-Azalea.net

"One of the Most Passionate People I've Ever 'Met'!"
(John-Paul Thwaites aka The Happy Cat)

"Just had this thought; his blog reminds me of a Videogame--say Pokémon (the Gameboy versions) where you have completed the actual game and are Free to Roam and Do As You Wish being that the challenges have all been surmounted. It's a Super Distinct Feeling I remember from Childhood. I like his Work Ethic, Taste, and Unabashed Opinionated Unfiltered Blasts."
(Hunter Pharis Johnson aka MC NASDAQ of Miranda, Gost Bich and gGarageband)

"He should be managing artists. He's like the John Connor of the Terminator. Sent back from the Future to save Music.
(Mark Laba aka Flashback

"Vice's fave... The guy's Certainly Unique!
(Rowan Perkins aka Debian Blak of East Park Reggae Collective and The Broken Orchestra

 "Excellent Blog. Delighted to be a Part of It!"
(Clara Prettenhofer aka Clara Moto)

"What he's asking does take time, but is obviously worth it. I don't think many bands/managers/PR's seeing the big picture tho. Lots of lazy people in this industry...
(Anonymous Label Head

"Wonderful Musical and Emotional Diary. It really is something Special, as Music Journalism these days is so often Cold, Impersonal and too Referential. Not enough Heart and Soul! Hopefully, the World will adjust accordingly to his great example of how Music can be written and thought about. The Realest Music Journalism out there!"
(Oscar Scheller aka Oscar)

"Extremely Unique and full of Personality and Vibe. It's not like anything else out there and that's something he should be proud of.
(Adam Finkel aka ALEK FIN)

"I’ve been fascinated with Vlad Stoian, the mad scientist behind the mixtape focused blog Warmer Climes for what feels like forever. I love the concept behind Warmer Climes and the detail and care Vlad takes to make each mix special. Vlad Stoian is a intriguing study in his own right. His phantasmagoria of an Internet existence is so much of his own creation. It’s something everyone living in this digital world can relate to on some level, and in the bigger picture of things, it’s a fascinating way to look at our Freedom Of Choice as individuals and as a Human Race. Everything and nothing matters. It’s all excess, unless we choose to attach meaning to it. Vlad strives to share his every thought without deleting and re-writing, un-sending, or any other form of editing, in an attempt to paint a picture of one man’s life, and let you, the fan, friend, acquaintance, enemy, whatever, decide what, if anything about him his worth holding on to. It’s not spam, unless you decide it is. Vlad’s openness, fearlessness and refusal to be anything but himself is awe-inspiring. You can’t fake the sunshine. Vlad and Warmer Climes embody what is means to create your own reality, and for that I thank him.
(Andriana Albert aka Gluttony Is The New Black)

"This blog is so Original and Fresh.
(Fredric F. of PLS DNT STP)

 "Warmer Climes engages - it's something to delve into it.
(April Valentine of A.I.R. Recordings)

"Warmer Climes is a fantastic way to find new music, and hear what the artists of today are listening to. It's super good!
(James McIntosh aka Utrecht

"I think he's got a Great Idea for a Blog with Endless Potential for Contributions, and it's Interesting to read through such a Diverse Selection of Favorites.
(Ted Slowik of Suspended Animation, Nobody Knows, The George Barnes Project, The Linda Rose Band and The Big Eddy Springs Blues Band)

"This is most fun I've had doing an interview.
(Andrew Groves of Arcane Roots

"The brilliant Warmer Climes project, run by the lovely Vlad Stoian, asks Artists to create an Imaginary Mixtape along with descriptions of their 10 All Time Favourite Tracks. The project includes lists and Writings from such Artists as Boards of Canada, Gotye, Nathan Fake, My Brightest Diamond and many, many more, including our very own Kramies! Really Love what he's doing. Great Work! 
(Cam Merton of Hidden Shoal Recordings)

 "I like how he doesn't try and get too much better at Coding for example, he just make Simple Things Look Good. He keeps it Simple Stylishly, it's one of my favorite things in any person's Aesthetic. Hacking Simple Things to Look Good or Sound Good, instead of delving into Complicated Things."
(Bernard Parsons aka Shrine of Super Sargasso)

 "Who doesn't like a bit of colour?... We think its ace, something real in a sea of bullshit, if I'm honest. So rad.
(Tom Pullum of Don't Think Twice)

"MTV Hive is so intense. With the possible exception of this extreme blog called Warmer Climes, I have never been bombarded with so many widescreen images and emboldened apple typefaces in my life.
(Gordon Bruce of Tiny Mix Tapes)

"Well, he's real. Not everyone can handle it. He's an alien from God.
(Chris Cantino aka CCTV of 2ØXX, Archers, Trace Figures and Saudade

"Todd? Have you heard of this Romanian blog? Weirdest email of all time but he has big name acts...
(Louis Filliger of Feeding People)

"Hey, my love, I got you!!! Your writing is amazing.
(Brandon McCartney aka Lil B)

"Something very cool going here, getting a Detailed Portrait of Music's Importance across the Globe!"
David Ryan Henson aka Precious Mettle Drier Sheetz)

"I love this idea of telling the story of one's life through important musical moments."
(Nate Gettings aka Yrnn of Perennial Melt

"Cool blog! #welldone #unique
(Tyler Reid and Stevie G. of Tyler N Stevie)

"Honestly, I just love the idea... We get hit up everyday... But when someone is Real we can't say no. We love Music! His concept is great! It's not like every other blog, it is a close in depth perspective from the artist... We feel honored... So thank you!
(David Darville aka Young Piff and Benjamin Hamilton aka Sandor of Young Piff & Sandor

 "It's a really cool project that, as Liberal-arts kids, Branchez and I both appreciate very much.
(Brice Ormesher of Proper Management)

"...But there are also people like him. Genuine people. Genuine persons like him who actually can voice themselves, position themselves with something worth talking about. His genuine interests are not only an interest of mine but of many people that I know who adore him.
(Katie Miller of Absolutely Art

"I've been thinking about this Blogging phenomena. People are naturally curious and they want to know more about fellow humans' lives. They want references about how they have succeeded in their own lives, they want references to learn to be more like others, they want to know where they stand... To know themselves better. That's why people watch Reality TV shows, read interviews, read tweets and blogs. His blog is brilliant - it exposes information about Music makers on their own will and provide us readers 'references' to know where we stand in our lives. Thank you for that gift he has given to us! I have spent hours on reading other Music makers' thoughts and favourite songs.
(Keijo Kuttila aka Alladin aka Dragon Rose)

"I'm privileged to be a part of such a high class roster of artists, that have done Warmer Mixtapes."  
(Conrad Clifton)

"He truly is an artist. His blog is genius and as near to perfection as humanly possible. Every artist should be raring to be part of this.
(Alex Christopherson aka TÂCHES of Printfields)

"It felt like it was the first and last time someone actually took care of the origins of a sound, so it had to be the good ones! It's all about honesty.
(Kevin Houston aka Heblank of Nizari 1411 and Housetone)

"He is a connoisseur of things good here in Life. He has the sensibility of a poet, a magician of words - he makes meaning out of meaninglessness. An Eastern lantern, lighting up dark places for us all, especially during Christmas!!"  
(Nicolas Makelberge)

"I get over 200 requests like these per day and I almost always turn them down. In his case I decided to make an exception because I liked his blog. And instead of making a list of songs, something that would take me 5 mins I sat down and I created an ORIGINAL PIECE for him.
(Jens Lekman)

"This guy seems really poetry.
(Ashland Mines aka Total Freedom)

"He is very poetry." 
(Travis Egedy aka Pictureplane)

Dazed Digital: ...your favourite website?
Serge G. of The Whendays: Warmer-Climes.blogspot.com
Filip S. of The Whendays: Tie between Facebook & Warmer Climes

"Definitely unique!

(Marius G. Mevold aka Mindflow/Slick Shoota)
"I probably went through about... 40 of the imaginary mixtapes in that night, the first night I made Music. I just kept reading them, the artist didn't matter, I just loved reading through them, they inspired me. And Vlad created them, so Warmer Climes & Vlad have inspired this music project of mine. I did want to do a project, yes, badly but without Vlad it would not have been started probably until years from now. Now I think he has helped me a lot in Life because now Music Production is a very possible career choice for me. It was already an idea, but now I have the knowledge and I will continue to gain the knowledge. By the time college comes I'll be a mastermind at this. This is the best blog I know of!
(Reed Faulk aka Mötsu)

"It's seriously one of the best blog ideas that I've ever seen! Warmer Climes is so good and unique. Makes the World more exciting.
(Máté Janky aka Alley Catss)

"I love the concept!
(Antoine Bédard aka Montag)

(Hidden Shoal Recordings)

"So immensely grateful and flattered that internationally known blog Warmer Climes decided to interview me and include me in his blog among such huge artists. I’m a simple singer/songwriter and this is truly an honor to be included amongst a roster like this. Words cannot begin to express how humbled and grateful I am. Thank you many times over.
(Joshua S. aka Mason Black)

"I think it's a really good, clever and original idea.
(Charley Bickers)

"Fun creative idea!

(Johan Urbom, Mikaela Urbom's aka Coco manager)

"A brilliant idea!... A perfect dialogue between reader and writer.
(Fredrik Lindson of The Crêpes and The Embassy)

"His blog is really awesome and passionate and filled with beautiful expressions and photos and artists. It's so amazing that even though he feels so far from so much... He is actually quite connected to almost everything, and he is doing it in a great way."
(Tim Fletcher of The Stills)

"His blog is a fantastic treasure. I was honored.
(Aisha Devi Enz aka Kate Wax)

"I think that his legitimacy and urgency are admirable.
(Robert Smith aka V†LENCE)

"So many people cannot even carry on conversations in person one ounce as interesting as what Vlad explores and incites in people; he has connected with the core of something very significant. I am truly comforted by having this task from him at hand, to pour my energies into the stories and meanings and memories of so many songs that continue to shape, uplift, comfort, and challenge my brain, heart and soul. Thank you Vlad for asking such a thoughtful question, and for allowing so many musicians to share a part of their imagination with the Universe. So refreshing to veer from the standard fare of What Are Your Biggest Influences? and List Your Top 10 Desert Island Discs! It is an honor for me to have my voice included within his legendary blog.
(Jennifer Baron aka The Garment District of The Ladybug Transistor)

"This shit is tight as fuck!
(Carl Miller)

"The World needs more Vlad Stoians!

(Bryce Linde aka Fortune Howl)

"Amazing stuff, stands out from the rest.

(Carlos Serrano)

"As lovers of Music, it is great to have the opportunity to discuss Music which has inspired us and I really enjoyed being part of this program.

(Emma Hewitt of Missing Hours)

"He's a collector of people and their stories. I like that.

(Ben Mertens of 4cuteanimalsounds)

"This dood is dope.
(John Murphy Jr. aka Ghetto Ass Glenn/Junior John/Enron Hubbard)

"I never read blogs serious until I found Warmer Climes...

(Matthew Gallagher of Wax Monsters and Whitey & The Cadillac Franks)

"His posts and site are aesthetically beautiful. It makes a difference when someone cares as much as he does for the Music. It means what he is posting is not horse shit. It has meaning. It means he has an opinion and that is fucking gold, baby!!!

(Sean Sullivan of Two People Playing Music)

"I just love this concept, and he's got such a great group of contributors it would be foolish of me to pass on this.
I totally dig what's goin' on over at Warmer Climes."

(Greg Henry aka Greg Enemy)

"It's a great thing. It's a great blog... One of the best I've seen in a minute. Gets to the heart of Music.

 (Michael Joseph Lane aka Neuport)

"The site is aesthetically brilliant, and the calibre of artists involved is breath taking."

(Sam Knowles aka Karma Kid of Olive Lian)


(Shir Khan of Exploited Records)

"A really enthusiast blogger!
(Vito De Luca aka Aeroplane)

"...The dynamic and dare I say temperamental Warmer Climes' Vlad Stoian... Hailing from Romania, Vlad Stoian is probably one of the best and most outspoken Music bloggers of our generation.
(Jesse Kivel of Kisses and Princeton)

"His blog is incredible, well designed, concise, just fucking cool in general.
(Matthew Gallagher aka ///HEAT STROKE///)

"I was wondering how he heard about us. I don't know who this guy is (either), but yesterday I was thinking about a Music critic who was saying how he didn't like 'Fake Experimental' Music... And I guess Music writers get pretty wrapped up in what they do and don't like (to listen to), but it made me realize that everyone doesn't make Music for other people to hear... Sometimes people make the Music they want to make maybe even without thinking about how it is going to sound to someone else in that moment or later, as a recording... To a Music critic.

(Jean Smith of Mecca Normal)

"This blog is probably the best Music blog on the planet. I'm surprised I haven't come across it before.
(Jordon Saxton aka Viers)

"He's a true hero. Loving the blog, man. Think he has a lot of passion and style. Much love and respect.
(Chris Davids of Maribou State)

"Warmer Climes is about connecting with real people who give a shit. Vlad is passionate about Music and musicians of all kinds. No one's too big or too small. They are real to him... And that goes a long way.
(Matthew Joseph Kamm of TELETHON)

"People need to read these kinds of blogs! So rare...
(Ant Pomponio of S U R F I N G and Cadillac)

"I'm just stoked that he gave us this opportunity and I'm so pleased to be asked to be a part of such a cool site, cool idea, and cool person.
(Justin Sweatt of Xander Harris)

"He's a man with a heart... With a soul... He's a real man... The little angel from Romania!"  
(Malcolm Dakeyo aka Kelton Prima)

"I am very impressed by his involvement, style and verve.
(Christian Fuchs of Bunny Lake)

"How is it that some hip Romanian 20-something can be so intimately familiar with American Pop-culture while most of us Americans can know nothing of Romania? Why do you speak more fluent and elegant English than most people in the United States? How can we have done this to you, Vlad Stoian, from all the way over here, on the other side of the World?
(Robert Thomas Cunningham, blogger)

"More people should know about this, it's a really eye opening blog and people should be exposed to this.
(Marcel Everett aka WATEVR/XXYYXX/CVL† SH‡†/†FREE SHADE† of Esmeralda and Beds)

"I think people are so cold and isolated emotionally now that they want to latch on to warm things. Genuine things that other people love. I think he has a good way of externalizing all his passions. People live vicariously through him. It really troubles me to know that the freedom he poses in his externalized personality has not brought him happiness. I envy his openness to the World. He's making other people feel warm even if it's not working on him. I truly do respect what he's doing. He is my guru of self-expression and he doesn't even know it.
(Brian Flynn aka Pink Noise Ordinance of Ded Pimpin and ESMK)

"I think this is innovative as hell!! A very smart blog.
(Ben Miller aka WasabeWan/AUD1 of Silk Stress)

"SO excited and honored to be a part of this incredibly inventive series!

"I totally love the blog and the concept. It's beautiful, personal, and meaningful.
(Zevi W. aka Babes)

"He's an honest person. I respect his views a lot.
(Rameses Booth aka Rameses B)

"Vlad Stoian, best blogger in East Europe.
(Nicholas Harrison of Scenic)

"Looks so crisp & professional. It's art!
(Pennan Brae)

"He seems to have a great understanding for Music & art.
(Jens Duvsjö aka Duvchi)

"A gentleman and a scholar... The incomparable Vlad Stoian put me up on his blog."
(Dan Melchior)

"Vlad Stoian is the Klaus Kinski of the indie world!...
(Johan Harlén of Emotion Records)

"Impressive work, a real difference!
(Marius Våreid of Ytre Rymden Dansskola)

"I found his blog from halfway around the World!... So he must be doing something right.
(Jacob Andrew McPherson of Pulp Lab)

"It took sometime but after a lot of thought it came to me that if someone is listening to my music then they want to know what the background behind me as an artist is and what drives me to create Music. Massive respect for everything he's doing... He's subtly helping unheard artists such as myself whilst at the same time expressing his passion for Music and its meaning. Vlad is helping people to realise dreams in such a way, that not even he realises what he is doing.
(James Rice aka Stompbox of Atsubox)

"Vlad has a very credible blog here, with an excellent set of previous mixtapes, worth doing!
(James Parrish of Prescription PR)

"Looks like he put a lot of work into this, fascinating...
(Ben Shenton aka The Main Stem)

"This is so awesome!!! I love the design!!! It's perfect Pop Art!... Follow Warmer Climes for the finest collection of Indie Pop Music and Indie Pop Art! Go for the mix tapes, stay for the aesthetic!
(Marc Louis Cantone of The City And Horses)

"I appreciate him spreading all of this Music (I don't just mean mine; it's very cool that he put so much effort into getting people heard... I think that the only thing musicians really have to talk about is Music, and I dig that he gives them a space to do that)...
(Jolan Lewis aka Temple Songs)

"He gave my message the right transcription! A perfect story! Since John Peel, there seemed to be no further Music journalists with that great passion in Music. But he is one of them! He can ascend his throne!
(Bernhard Mueller aka the boy called hedge of $chwarzer Freitag)

"What he's doing is art. All these other motherfuckers are just writing what they think, but he's writing what the artist think. He's not a taste maker. He's a taste presenter. The way Music should be shown. I'm going to promote the fuck out of his blog.
(James Miller Krištofik aka Body Cheetah/Father Longlegs)

"Vlad is a Romanian boy filled with melancholy and longings for sunny days and comforting places. He runs a very unique website/blog - Warmer Climes - where he asks musicians (independent, mainstream, known, unknown and everything in between) to name their favourite songs. All the 'mixtapes' are surrounded by pretty images of beaches, islands, swimming pools, boys in swimming suits... The design and graphic composition of the page is extremely beautiful and coherent. Every time I go there, I feel like I'm transported to his universe of vibrant colors, good Music and endless sunny days.
(Felipe Brandalise of Chaotisch Und Charmant)

"As you can see, my concept for Collected Genius is an almost complete rip-off of Warmer Climes, the main difference being our site won't be gay. I'm dog tired of sites with a bunch of navbars and links and intricate designs that give you a headache, and detract the focus from the main event, which should be the content itself. On the Warmer Climes site, all the site design effort has instead gone into the actual content - the images and videos and text and fonts. He takes time to come up with real good-looking, high-resolution images, and instead of just using the stock blog titles, he integrates each post title into the actual image itself. I think that instead of paying some dude to make us a fancy site and then uploading some 44kb pic for each post, we should keep the actual site bare bones and spend that time and, if necessary, money, on making real well-shot or well-drawn high-quality images for each post, as if we were going to use them for 12-inch covers. That way the focus remains on the work we put out, and people will actually want to hold on the images, right-click and keep them, and we can use them for single artwork, use them in all our promotions. See how that guy makes big images out of song lyrics? That's the kind of shit we could be doing to bring attention to this genius shit we write.
(Collected Genius)

"Maybe it’s the trippy contrast of yellow dayglo and baby blue, but there’s something intriguing about the New LoFi. With solid content and a magazine-esque aesthetic, this blog never fails to deliver on covering new and notable unsigned bands, djs, and producers. Blogs with similar missions worth looking into are Gotta Dance Dirty and Warmer Climes. The common theme of all these publications is the discovery of great Music to help you chill out and dance, perfect for the weekend.

"That's what makes the World bad: Everyone is sad or fake happy. It generates a bad global environment. But the people on his blog all seem so interesting. They appeal to me. They make me wonder what they see in their lives. I hate the blogosphere. It's just all For-A-Day based. It's like every other blog is just interested in the action of the person. Not the thought behind it. Not the person. It's all just HEY, YOU WILL LIKE THIS BECAUSE IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT MY BLOG THIS IS PROBABLY MOST ACCESSIBLE TO YOU. Not HEY, YOU COULD LEARN SOMETHING FOR ONCE."
(Beau Dreamm)

"WOOOOOWWWWW! I'm looking through this and it's EXCELLENT! His blog is absolutely marvellous. I'll be sure to promote him! If I ever have a release that I'd like promoted a little bit, I'll be sure to let him know. He should keep doing what he's doing, because he's REALLY GOOD at it.
(Thomas Schoolcraft aka Schoolcraft)

"It's one of the coolest ideas I have seen in a very long time!
(James Hand aka ▲❏l❍❏▼❏❍l❏▲)

"In this modern age of intangibility, where every moment is captured and shared in bursts and blurbs, nothing could be more relevant than Warmer Climes.
(Christian Church)

"They should do a documentary about him. I just think that journalists or whatever that is really passionate and interested in the topic that they're writing about are great. Journalists that do a lot of research...
(Tobias Gerhardsson of World Tour)

"After a good amount of perusal, I can honestly say that his website is one of the coolest things I have seen on the Internet. I think that he had tapped into something that could be the future of Music journalism.
(Doug Kaplan of The Earth Is A Man)

"I really love his idea. I think it's great and personal and actually MEANS something, compared to so much of the bullshit that's out there.

"I feel this to be a special privilege being on his blog and hope I can continue to inspire his musical dreams in the future.
(Jeremy Glenn)

"I was privileged enough to be featured on Warmer Climes.
(Rocco Raimundo)

"So honored to be a part of this legendary series!
(Willy Joy)

"This is awesome! I like the art and type he did. Imaginary mixtape series. Peep this cool blog!

"Most impressive blog I've seen in a while.

"Warmer Climes is a great project and I am thrilled he wanted me to be involved."
 (William Yates aka Memotone)

"Marvellous! Amazing! Wonderful effort... It was such a nice thing to be asked to do and we really did enjoy it a lot! It's really nice to be able to talk about the songs in that way, and he clearly put much effort into the blog, it looks great!
(Shake Aletti)

"The super cool 'top 10 songs' blog!
(Gamble & Burke)

"Looks damn good!
(The Cyclist)

"Really enjoyable concept and really made me have to think. Blog is looking very good!
(Adam Wickens aka ∆dmin)

"I love his approach on getting to know artists. The best way to understand people's Music is getting to know their roots.
(Austyn Sullivan)

"I'm very glad about this, as I always wanted to be on Warmer Climes since discovered it a time back, posts looks beautiful and love all colors and typography...
(Le Prix)

"Love this concept. It's very cool. And his blog seems to be THE ONE on the net!

"His idea is for now one of the most original and friendly I saw by far.


"I really appreciate everything... He's the shit!


"Big fan of his stuff... More people should have such compassion for Music as him.

"It was a big pleasure to do this...
(Jeppe Kjellberg of WhoMadeWho)

"Blog looks great!

"I thank him very much for this exclusive original idea! I felt love all over it when I made my tracklist!

"Very nice blog...

"Quite an impressive collection!

"I think it looks great.

"One of my favorite blogs around...
(Christoph Andersson)

"Wow! This is incredible! The graphics and colours are incredible. He has a great talent. Amazing, wonderful and inspiring!
(My Panda Shall Fly)

"Once again: Really lovin' the blog, gives me warm feelin'! The graphic thing is mega! He's quite on point with what he's doing!!!
(Margarit Aleksiev of 1000 Names)

"Blogs aren’t usually interesting, but in its run-down, Eastern European exile, Warmer Climes seems like Chillwave’s only shot at ever being anything approaching a political gesture.
(Kev Kharas of VICE)

"A blogger that seems to exist on this planet only for the love of Music and what it does to his soul. He’s one of the more interesting/passionate/scary forces within the Music blogosphere.
(Richard Thane of The Line Of Best Fit)

"How did he work to get all those people involved in the Loredana remix record? I know he has the energy to lift a mountain - and he is also absolutely nuts, hehe - but really. It's impressive. And Pitchfork did a piece on 'Rain Rain Remixed'?! That's fab.
(Tobias Isaksson of Azure Blue and Irene)

"It's a great track from a great compilation—Makelberge's interpretation is one of 50 (fifty!) featured on Rain Rain Remixed, curated by Warmer Climes figurehead/hero Vlad Stoian.

 "Brutally honest yet a bit vulnerable and truthful. It's a rare thing, you know?...
(Cascine Records/Freeman PR)

"Vlad... The most balearic guy in Eastern Europe!
(Saulty of Downtown Party Network)

"Vlad is a legend, so enthusiastic!

(Nicholas Futcher of Kite Club)

"Bringing warmness and a semblance of hope/heart back into Music and musicians... Forget cool and distant and fashionable, here is Warmer Climes.
(Jason Sweeney of Panoptique Electrical)

"It's a great honour to be in one of the most honest and kindest blogs out there and his support means a lot to us.

"Seems like a sweet, small world of friends who enjoy great Music.
(Aaron Neveu of The GQ)

"If you enjoy that clean-cut, minimalist blog, then Warmer Climes should be bookmarked on your computer. This blogger keeps you interested by posting beautiful pictures, (interesting) interviews, and groovin' mixtapes. All of three of these media outlets that the blogger posts somehow express a unique sense of freedom. It's really a good experience every time I visit this blog.
(Luke Goddard of The Blue Indian)

If you have seen The Virgin Suicides remember the scene where the boys and girls are calling each other and playing records for each other.
Do you remember it?
This is what WARMER CLIMES is about!