WARMER MIXTAPES #1590 | by Ryan Pivovar [Pivovar]/(Jovian Path)

1. EGYPTRIXX | We Can Be Concrete
I lived in New York City for about four years, and I think EGYPTRIXX's Transfer Of Energy [Feelings Of Power] was my favorite album while I lived there. Club Music was very new to me at the time, and this album felt like it was 25 years ahead of all of that. We Can Be Concrete is from the latest album, Pure, Beyond Reproach, which feels even further in Time to me. In my own life, I experience a fear of Normalcy, and a fear of having all of my creative energy sapped from me, and I experience a simultaneous determination to escape that. I don't know how exactly, but EGYPTRIXX's Music mirrors those feelings for me. I hate to be cliché, but it's definitely a mental escape. It feels like it exists outside of this life.

2. Erik Luebs | Dust
Dust is from Erik's new EP Wasteland, which is pretty stellar. Love the odd beat on here. I have a soft spot for unusual rhythmic patterns like this. The track gets really amazing when the chord pads come in. Erik lives in Osaka, which is a really amazing city. David (Jacob 2-2), Erik and I hung out in a park in the city late at night, smoked cigarettes and drank. I smoked all the cigarettes in Japan. I don't even smoke cigarettes in real life. There were a lot of favorite moments I have from visiting Japan, and that was definitely one of them. I really enjoyed hanging out in that park. Osaka had a Silent Hill vibe to me really late at night. It was eerily quiet for such a large city.

3. Euglossine | Prairie
My friend Joel aka Golden Donna introduced me to Euglossine's Music about a month ago. I went on Bandcamp and randomly checked this track out, and I was promptly floored. I wouldn't know where to begin trying to make something like this. I love all the harmonic changes; it's incredibly progressive without seemingly trying at all. Effortless. Harmony in Electronic Music is typically a bland affair, but this Music is at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Euglossine's Music is like a single peach in a barrel of apples.

4. Jacob 2-2 | The Richardson
This track is incredibly sentimental to me. The Richardson is a bar in Brooklyn where David aka Jacob 2-2 and I would hang out most frequently. I think Thump premiered this track, and I just thought it was so cool that my friend was on Thump, and that a bar we would hang out at was what the track was about. I still think it's cool. David is an incredible producer. At the time, I think this was more Uptempo than some of his other stuff, but he's made a lot of 120+ Music since then. I think I've seen David play more than anybody else. He's sitting on some mind-blowing stuff that I can't wait to come out. The first time I met him I was incredibly high and tried my best to hold the conversation. We became friends instantly. He still lives in Brooklyn and I miss him immensely. He drinks vodka soda with bitters.

5. Jesse Osborne-Lanthier | That Captagon Sting
This is from the album As The Low Hanging Fruit Vulnerabilities Are More Likely To Have Already Turned Up. Listening to this album has really messed me up. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with Music now. Anything I try to make seems trite and trend-peddling in comparison. Really, any track on this album wrecks me. That Captagon Sting is particularly amazing, though. It hurts my feelings how good this album is. I don't know what I'm doing with my life. Please stop this train ride and let me off.

6. JPEGSTRIPES | Rainforest
Rainforest comes from the record CPU Jams, Volume 3. This is the kind of record where, after listening to it, I have questions. Rainforest is delightfully weird, and I love it for that. Jordan aka JPEGSTRIPES is one of my best friends. He and I moved from Texas to NYC together about four years ago. I don't live there anymore, but I miss him and everybody else tremendously. Jordan also produces as 식료품groceries. Any description I can offer on that project will not do it justice - but it's a Vaporwave project about grocery shopping. The last time I hung out with Jordan in Brooklyn, we witnessed someone casually pee their pants in an apartment complex hallway. It was something.

7. Kian T | In My Eyes
Kian T is a producer from Italy. I've played In My Eyes during sets a few times, and pretty much every time someone asks me what it is. I have almost no skill as a DJ beyond curation, but this is definitely a secret weapon. In My Eyes is stylistically immediate and familiar to most people who listen to House and Techno, but it's like some sort of inside-out version that is so beautiful and new. The kick and bass sounds are top shelf. The bouncy, Acidic ostinato. The vocal samples. The chord stabs. Nothing is out of place and everything is perfect in this track.

8. Laurel Halo | Nebenwirkungen
Nebenwirkungen is from the album In Situ. The first three tracks on this album are all 10/10 for me. I remember listening to this track with Jordan (JPEGSTRIPES), and I remembering him saying, this is the kind of Music I want to make. I feel the same way. Laurel Halo has a lot of Music that feels like you're peeling the outer layer of your brain off. She has another track called Wow that is unlike anything I've ever heard. It's like hearing a language you've never heard before, and trying so hard to understand how it is the way that it is. In Situ is a monumental album for me. I'm sad I've never seen her perform live, and I hope to change that one day.

9. Magnetic Hill | Sacred Song Of The Wind
Magnetic Hill is a producer who lives in New Orleans and has been putting out some amazing under-the-radar tunes on his Soundcloud. This track blows me away every time I hear it. Nothing seems to repeat, and it kind of meanders around. He has a really interesting way with melodies that I haven't quite figured out yet. Martin aka Magnetic Hill is a good friend of mine, and we met through The Internet at some point, eventually running into each other at an amazing venue in Queens called Trans-Pecos. Again, he's another friend that is sitting on some truly amazing Music. If I had the ability to get everybody in The World to check out just one artist, it would be Magnetic Hill.

10. tsaik | Tehraj (SUGARQUOTE Remix)
SUGARQUOTE's remix is so good it makes me upset. The original is also amazing. The tsaik guys live in Chicago, and I met them and SUGARQUOTE for the first time at an Onamazu show in Brooklyn about a month ago. All nice, and I hope to see them again soon. Nic aka SUGARQUOTE is also an incredibly talented 3D artist. Peter (who runs the label King Deluxe) had asked him to do a Pivovar Music Video, but sadly Nic said no - I think because my stuff is just not cool enough. He says he was too busy, but this is the real reason. He's also sitting on some amazing Music that I hope is out soon.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1589 | by Ramona Gonzalez [Nite Jewel] of Nite Jewelia and Nite-Funk

1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti | The People I'm Not
Ariel remains my forever inspiration. This song, relating most to me lyrically, but then opening up into the kind of song-craft that no one contemporary of him could ever achieve...

2. J Dilla | Two Can Win
Dilla turned classic songs into new classics that I hear in my head more often than the original. Unparalleled Production Genius. Made me realize you only need an element or two to make a feeling.

3. The Click | Hurricane
Bay Rap I grew up listening to. The Funk remakes, the sick bass playing, E-40's flows. Hurricane is a beverage, by the way.

4. Julie Ruin | Stay Monkey
An early inspiration for making hits in a bedroom.

5. My Bloody Valentine | To Here Knows When
In College I couldn't stop listening to this if I tried. I would spend hours trying to unearth her vocals.

6. Tim Hecker | I'm Transmitting Tonight
Because when you're lonely this is the only Music you want to hear.

7. Janet Jackson | Any Time, Any Place
The song that made me become aware of Sexuality. And Janet's voice is the best R&B has yet to offer.

8. The Velvet Underground & Nico | I'll Be Your Mirror
Lou Reed, my lyrical hero. Turning Irony into Sincerity and back again.

9. Miles Davis | Maiysha
My favorite Jazz song.

10. Woo | Wallpaper
The song that has saved me numerous times on various trips. If you listen in closely you can hear The Quietude and Bliss in which it was recorded.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1588 | by Jesse Jerome Jenkins V [Jesse]/(Grace And The Grackles, Silver Pines, Thousand Foot Whale Claw, Pure Ecstasy) of Pure X

1. Rex Allen | Crying In The Chapel (Darrell Glenn Cover)
There are so many great versions of this classic song, but this is probably my favourite. I really love Elvis' version and Aaron Neville's version, but Rex Allen's cold baritone really hits me. His added verse is amazing - every sinner looks for something that will put his heart at ease. I'm not religious at all and certainly not Christian, but this song is just plain Truth. For me it's about Surrender and Trust in whatever it is that we're all connected to.

2. Blue Gas | Shadows From Nowhere
This is a studio masterpiece. I guess it came toward the end of the Italo-Disco era, but for me it stands completely on its own. Immaculate song with an impeccable hook.

3. Marshall, Hain | Take My Number
A great song about finding Love for a night with no expectations. It captures the magic of vibing with a special someone on a summer night and taking it just for what it is. If you want it, you can take my number in the morning. Such a nice and real take on a fleeting feeling that too many people try and hold onto. Kit Hain's vocal on this track captures the sentiment perfectly. Relaxed and non-chalant, but also very aware and excited.

4. Gary Stewart | Silver Cloud (Demo) (From The Appalshop Archive's Early Headwaters Television Collection, 1980-1984)
Gary Stewart is my favourite singer and songwriter of all time. I keep a picture of him here in my studio to remind myself why I'm here. This is a guy who lived and died for Music and Love. He's a masterful songwriter and the best Country singer ever, which I'm aware is a very bold statement. I could name almost any of his songs here, but Silver Cloud is a demo that I've only ever seen on YouTube. This song is especially poignant knowing that he committed suicide after his wife of 30 years died of cancer.

5. Jill Cislaghi | Jesse
Obviously this song speaks to me because its called Jesse and it's speaking from a point of view of someone who is worried about their friend. A very genuine plea and warning from a friend to not let Love drive you insane. I love the collegiate, New England feel it has. Perfectly honest.

6. Sweet Magnolia Band | 10 Days Over 23 Years
This song is everything good about America. This is an old song, but this is still a real American people's song to me. It sounds like a genuine version of Lynyrd Skynrd or something. I love Private Press Americana.

7. Arpège | Je Reviendrai Un Jour
I've been really into French Folk Music lately - all thanks to the YouTube user Lyrkoss. This is a beautiful example.

8. Tracy Cole | My Special Love Song
Here's a song I've tried to write a thousand times and never came close to this. A simple tribute to Friendship. A song straight from The Heart with no translation.

9. Tony Troutman | I Truly Love You
I'm not sure if Tony Troutman is related to Roger Troutman - probably. This is one of the best concepts for a Soul song ever. He's pleading his case in the most romantic and real way ever. Just like... Hey I truly love you, I'm a dog, I know I fucked up, but I'm here now and this is me. I was grown up in age, baby... But I wasn't grown up in mind. I've been there many times.

10. Warfield Spillers | Daddy's Little Girl
I love how he runs the words together on the hook on this song Daddy's Little Girl. Such a wild song about missing his daughter and not being there to see her grow up.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1587 | by Jocelyn Arndt and Chris Arndt of Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

SIDE A | by Jocelyn Arndt

Oh, man. As a singer can I just say that picking ten favorite songs is like REALLY hard. I'm struggling with this a little bit (and by a little bit I mean a ton), just because I love so much Music that it's difficult to pick a favorites list, even on a day-to-day basis. My favorite Music generally changes a lot by the day, or even by the hour, because I get into certain moods and they really effect what kind of tunes I feel like listening to. So this list is for now; these are my top ten songs for this exact moment in Time.

Alright, deep breath. Here goes.
(In no particular order, because I think my little musician brain would explode from guilt if I had to do that. Have mercy.)

1. Daryl Hall & John Oates | You Make My Dreams
My apologies to the friends and family members who've had to endure me playing this song on repeat a zillion times - I really can't help it. It's just one of those tunes that makes me smile, no matter what. To be honest, a lot of Hall & Oates Music does that for me; they're one of my favorite musical artists ever. Such amazing songwriting. This song is the sonic equivalent of a ray of Sunshine and a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade on a beautiful, breezy Summer afternoon.

2. KT Tunstall | Miniature Disasters
I've loved KT Tunstall since I was a little girl, and she's one of my greatest inspirations as a vocalist. This song is off of her first album, Eye To The Telescope. I remember going to Walmart as an Elementary-schooler and buying this album with the money I'd earned doing chores. It was the first album I ever bought myself. The whole record is worth a listen if you haven't already heard it, but Miniature Disasters is one of my favorite songs from it.

3. Hozier | Jackie And Wilson
Ah, Hozier. The golden-throated angel of modern-day Blues-Rock patrons. What a voice this guy has. I fell in Love with it as soon as I heard Take Me To Church on the radio for the first time, and I immediately went to listen to the whole album. That's how I found this song. It's sweet in the Bluesiest way possible, and I love it.

4. G. Love & Special Sauce | Cold Beverage
Cold Beverage is a rocking song. I challenge anyone listening it to deny that. It's just a fact. G. Love is also a sick harmonica player, which just makes the whole thing cooler. And on top of that, he's the nicest guy ever. How do I know this? Because he played on our album Edges! We needed an awesome Blues-harp player to jam out on one of our original songs, Hot, and we immediately thought of G. Love. Our producer reached out to see if he'd be interested in helping us out, and lo and behold, fast-forward a couple of weeks and we were sitting with him in a studio in Boston, listening to him absolutely kill it on our Music. Thanks, G.

5. Spice Girls | Wannabe
So this song popped in my head while making this list, and I'm not ashamed. I'm writing it down. There's a reason Wannabe was such a mega-hit: it's unstoppably infectious. You actually can't turn it off once you hear it; you have to listen to it until the end. And you also have to sing along. That's a fact, proven by Science. Or at least it should be. YOU WANNA, YOU WANNA, YOU WANNA, YOU WANNA.

6. Train | Calling All Angels 
Dear Train from the early 2000s: please come back! I miss you. Sincerely, me. For real though, it's not that I don't like the Music Train is writing now. I don't want to imply that, because I do like it. I generally like everything Train has ever done. I just REALLY like their older stuff. This song is an excellent example of some of that material. It's beautiful. More than once, I've listened to this and gotten a little teary-eyed. Maybe that's because it's absolutely amazing, and maybe it's because I'm a mess, but I'd like to think it's a combination of both.

7. Jamie Cullum | Get Your Way
Jamie Cullum is probably the coolest person alive. Have you ever seen videos of him performing? He just oozes this relaxed, playful confidence. That comes across in his songwriting as well. This song is a great example of both his lyrical wit and his insane piano skills. And it's just really cool.

8. Janis Joplin | Summertime (Billie Holiday Cover)
All hail The Queen. This song is an outstanding demonstration of Janis's amazing, electric, unparalleled vocal talent. You can just feel exactly what she wants you to when she's singing. I think I can speak broadly enough to say that our collective dream as musicians and performers is for our audience to pick up on the emotions we're embedding within our writing, singing, and playing. Our goal is to make listeners FEEL something real, something we communicate through our Music. Janis does this without even having to try. That's why she'll forever be Rock-N-Roll royalty.

9. Nirvana | All Apologies
Like Janis, Kurt Cobain is another one of those naturally emotive performers. His voice captured the audience of millions, and it still does to this day. Plus, Nirvana's songwriting really helped pave the way for an entirely new kind of Music. He's an icon. And this song rocks.

10. Whitney Houston | I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton Cover) (The Bodyguard Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
You didn't think I'd make a top-ten list and not include Whitney, did you? This is the song I sing in the shower when I don't think anybody else is listening. I love it. I will always love it. Whitney Houston had this way of singing that was so powerful and yet also so effortless... It's just inspiring to listen to. No one can sing this song the way she did. Not then, not now, not ever.

SIDE B | by Chris Arndt

Chris here! My turn now. Let me first reiterate that picking a list of 10 favorite songs is SO GOSH DARN DIFFICULT I just don’t know what to do with myself. Also, Jocelyn picked like, 5 of the songs that were going to go on my list, so I’m pretty much at a loss. But there’s a lot of dope-ass Music out there, so I guess I might be able to come up with another list of 10.

Here goes:

1. Styx | Mr. Roboto
There are some songs you listen to because they are the most beautiful thing you could ever imagine, and listening to them is akin to a philosophical awakening, and they’re perfect, and they’re everything you’d ever want in a song, and everything else positive you could think of happens when those songs grace your ears. Mr. Roboto is not one of those songs. That’s not to say it’s not awesome—it is completely awesome, or it wouldn’t have made the list. But I’ve never met anyone who tears up when they think of their experiences listening to Mr. Roboto. Rather, Mr. Roboto is the kind of song that everyone aggressively whispers Secret! Secret! I’ve got a secret! along with when it comes on shuffle, like, 20 TIMES throughout the course of your cross-country tour. It’s impossible to listen to this song and be sad, because the song is just such a display of ’80’s extravagance and Insanity and Craziness and all other things Styx.

2. Ludwig van Beethoven | Moonlight Sonata (Performed by Tomasz Trzciński)
This one is a bit of a departure from Styx, but it definitely deserves a spot on my top-10 list. It’s hard to deny that Beethoven seriously had his crap together when it came to making dope Music. The Moonlight Sonata has always stood out as exceptionally beautiful to me. That’s about as lame as saying my favorite food is pizza, but honestly, who doesn’t love pizza?

3. Pink Floyd | Comfortably Numb
Ask me what my favorite band is, I will pretty much always say Pink Floyd. Ask me what my favorite Pink Floyd song is, and you’ll get a different answer every 3 minutes. They’re SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD. Since I started writing this, I think my favorite Pink Floyd song has actually become Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 2). But I’ll stick with Comfortably Numb for the sake of consistency. David Gilmore is my professional hero, and the guitar solo in Comfortably Numb is about as good as it gets. It’s so beautiful and perfect and amazing, and I’ve legit just put this song on repeat for multiple hours before. That’s no joke.

4. Scott Joplin | The Entertainer
Man, do I love me a good Rag! It’s literally impossible for me to not be happy when I hear this song. Jocelyn and I were basically raised on a Scott Joplin’s Greatest Hits album, so this song brings me back to some of my earliest memories. Combine that with it’s placement in The Sting (the greatest con movie ever, if you haven’t seen it I highly highly recommend that you do) and the fact that it was the second song we ever performed live (in barbershop quartet uniforms, no less), and this song really just holds a special place in my heart.

5. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band | Blue On Black
Talk about sultry guitar. This guy knows how to wield a musical ax. The riff is intoxicating, and his lead is out-of-this-world. This song has had a huge role in my development as a lead guitarist. I used to plug the rhythm part into my looper pedal and just jam for hours and hours on end, until someone in my family would yell at me for having my amp too loud.

6. Phil Collins | In The Air Tonight
My greatest regret in Life will always be that one time this song was playing in the background and I did not play air drums along with the fill. It has only happened once. I have since vowed never to let it happen again.

7. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers | Moanin’
I don’t think I could really make a Top 10 song list without including at least one Jazz classic. It kind of gets overlooked in our Blues-Rock focus, but Jazz was an integral part of our Musical upbringing. Miles DavisKind Of Blue, Coltrane’s Soultrane, Django Reinhardt’s Djangology, and countless other amazing Jazz albums were household favorites, particularly toward the evening and during dinner. But for some reason, The Messengers' rendition of Moanin’ has always stood out to me. The riff always gets stuck in my head. Actually, it’s in there right now.

8. Eric Clapton | Wonderful Tonight
I’m a guitarist. How could I not include a song by Clapton? Wonderful Tonight is such a perfect example of beautiful, melodic, meaningful lead guitar, it’s insane. I’m amazed every time I hear it. I constantly scour The Web in search of new guitar solos to learn from and listen to, so the list of my favorite guitar solos changes on a regular basis, but Wonderful Tonight is one of the few constants. I have nothing bad to say about this song. Cool story alert: the keyboardist and organ player on our album, Danny Louis (who currently tours and plays with Warren Haynes in Gov’t Mule), has played with Clapton before. I’m literally one level of Separation from Clapton. Yeah. I know. It’s cool.

9. Paul McCartney | Maybe I’m Amazed
McCartney was once quoted as saying that Maybe I’m Amazed would be “the song he would like to be remembered for”. Considering his Musical resume, that statement carries a crapload of weight. That said, I get why he said it. Obviously, McCartney has done amazing things for Music—he’s one of the most prolific songwriters in Rock 'n' Roll, and he WAS IN THE BEATLES. If that’s not doing something in Music, I don’t know what is. He’s also done some pretty terrible things (Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime, anyone?). But, of all the things he’s done, Maybe I’m Amazed stands out. The song is just so beautiful and heartfelt I almost fall in Love with Linda McCartney myself every time I listen to it.

10. The Band | The Weight
I’m supposed to like Classic Rock Music, right? How could I possibly justify not including this song? Every time I hear it, this warm feeling just sort of blossoms out of my chest and I smile and everything is going really well and Life is great. It’s not particularly complex, and there’s no crazy guitar solo or anything like that, but it doesn’t really need any of that stuff. The Weight is just a great song. Every time I listen to it, I really feel like I’m just relaxing and taking a load off. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

WARMER MIXTAPES #1586 | by Dianne van Giersbergen of Ex Libris and Xandria

photo by Stefan Heilemann

So! Here are my 10 favorite songs (in random order!).
The list contains 5 songs from the female fronted scene and 5 from Classic repertoire and can all be found in my/our Spotify playlists: HERE and HERE.

1. Nightwish | Ever Dream
This song just had such a major impact on me! When it came out I was preparing myself to reach a certain vocal level that would allow me to start my studies at the Conservatorium and when I heard this song for the first time I instantly felt embraced: I Love the lyrical vocal lines, the build-up and (though I normally detest the overuse of a modulation at the end of a song) the modulation at the end! It must feel like Heaven to sing this song live and it is exactly that feeling that made me feel guided whenever I listened to it.

2. ReVamp | Head Up High
I love Floor's voice and what she does in the chorus of this song really made an impression. There are more songs on this album that I really like, but this one is a good example of a good blend between the guitar parts, orchestral arrangements and different use of her stronger vocal styles. Next to that I also like these lyrics: their meaning and the brutality in which she sings and means them just fit the whole picture.

3. Stream Of Passion | Monster
Unfortunately they recently split up, but that doesn't mean that I do not still like listening to Stream Of Passion to hear my dear friend and highly talented vocalist Marcela Bovio sing. What makes this song unique is that she does not only sing in English, but also in her native tongue (Mexican). I like the piano hits that totally complement the vibe in the pre-chorus and the chorus is just one of these ultimate sing-a-long ones for a co-vocalist.

4. Epica | Deep Water Horizon
This might be one of Epica's underrated songs, but for me it's a winner. I adore Simone's voice when she sings in her natural voice in the beginning of the song, I love the build-up in the second part of the song (especially the arrangements leading into the solo), I like the message of the song and the way they've managed to make a poetic lyric of the topic and of course the adlibs at the end of the song.

5. Skunk Anansie | Secretly
This should not surprise anyone. Skin is one of my big vocal inspirations and this song is the perfect blend of impressive vocal skills and pure interpretation! She's straight to the point, not afraid to attack and she doesn't fuss!

In general, I feel most alive when singing Classical Music. There is no greater way to express myself than with these songs, simply because the way the vocal lines of that near-Perfection are composed and the way The Music wraps around the voice in an everlasting embrace, never to suffocate or smother, but always to accompany the singer who tells a tale about Sorrow/Woe. Singing these songs is not at all a performance, it is really living the notes, feeling them with every muscle in my body: the deep breaths open up my lungs, my muscles all focus on my commands like an orchestra to its conductor, my blood flows more slowly and, when my body is in full modus to engage the breath support system, the voice simply floats and bathes in the air stream. The beauty of singing Classical Music is that all is Acoustic and the play of dynamics between Voice and Instruments is always in Perfect Harmony: Pure Magic!!

6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Abendempfindung, K. 523 (Performed by Dalton Baldwin & Elly Ameling)
Though Mozart is in general a little bit too light for my voice type, there are a few songs that I can sing, or really really wanted to sing and therefore managed. The lyrics to this song are from Joachim Heinrich Campe and to me his words form the most beautiful poem that is ever written on the subject of saying goodbye to a loved one.

7. Ludwig van Beethoven | Ah! Perfido, Op. 65 (Performed by Berliner Philarmoniker with Cheryl Studer; Conductor: Claudio Abbado)
When I began studying this recitativo and aria, my teacher told me It will take you up to 6 months to tame this beast, get to know and love it and boy, oh boy, did we fight! But in the end she was right! Though, yes, I could sing it after 6 months, but completely knowing the piece might take me way longer still. There are so many hooks to it, but I love everything... Every little detail! This is one of the few pieces that could really have been written for me. When I sing the words from its libretto, they truly belong to me as if I am making them up in the moment and living each emotion as if I am the one betrayed.

8. Sergei Rachmaninoff | 6 Romances, Op.4: Ne Poy, Krasavitsa, Pri Mne (Performed by Geoffrey Burleson, William Fitzpatrick & Maria Tegzes)
For some reason singing in Russian really complements my voice. Personally I think it must be because some vowels are close to the accent of the town I've grown up in. Not to say that the accent sound anything like Russian, but certain positions of the tongue match. And well... The Russians do know how to tell a tale of Melancholy, it has always felt as an honour to step into their tales of Woe.

9. Alexander von Zemlinsky | Lieder, Op.2: Um Mitternacht (Performed by Barbara Bonney, Cord Garben & Anne Sofie von Otter)
Zemlinsky is one of my favourite composers ever. Out of my favourite composers, he is the most progressive one and there is not one song of his that I do not like! His work ranges from Deep and Dark to Light and Heavenly, but always with licks and hooks to it that will never make the song predictable. The way the song evolves is a secret between the composer, singer and accompanying instruments and for the audience to find out... Isn't that just wonderful!?

10. Samuel Barber | Four Songs, op. 13: Sure On This Shining Night (Performed by London Symphony Orchestra with Barbara Hendricks; Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas)
The youngest composer from this list (20th Century) who made the most wonderful melodies, never repetitive but always flowing like a river, down in a fast past, catching speed with every bend and never afraid to experiment within the Tonal Spectrum. His songs could (and, who knows, maybe they have been) surely be an inspiration to the more Experimental Pop Music of nowadays song writers.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1585 | by Dante DeSeranno [Raddeaux]

1. Dntel | Bright Night
This song always makes me feel awe struck. Like I'm meeting an extraterrestrial. During those times when Music doesn't sound good for whatever reason, this song always brings me back. I once heard Jimmy say he doesn't like studios because he will tweak a kick for 2 hours sometimes. The way all the pieces of this song fit together shows his dedication and commitment. It's an unbelievable symphony that never fails to inspire me.

2. The Knife | Na Na Na
The loop that plays throughout is magical. It's the inspiration for a few song I've been writing. The vocal processing and how close the strings frequency is to the vocal frequency is amazing. The feminist lyrics are very appropriate for the time we're in as well.

3. Darkstar | Aidy's Girl Is A Computer
Again the vocal processing is amazing. I use the phone effect on an OP-1 to get a similar effect on stuff I sample from NPR. When they break down the dry digital sound and then drop the warm analog pad, I get chills.

4. Clams Casino | Drowning
Clams Casino puts Emotion in Hip Hop. I Love full songs that use drums that are classically considered Hip Hop. Most of my drums are inspired by Hip Hop. This song is best in the middle of a Minnesota winter.

5. Yung Lean | Kyoto
I like to think Lean, Gun, and Sherman changed Hip-Hop. I think they opened the door for now popular artists like Lil’ Yachty. Their songs are emotional as fuck, hence SADBOYS. Kyoto is a masterpiece. If I had the vinyl I’d have turned it white years ago.

6. Groundislava | Suicide Mission (feat. Baths)
Groundislava is probably my biggest inspiration. I’ve probably borrowed more of his style than I care to admit. This song has everything I love: bit reduced lead that sounds like a Gameboy sample, 909 sans 4 on the floor, huge pads, and vocals drowning in reverb. It’s perfect.

7. Nosaj Thing x Chance The Rapper | Paranoia
No one can detune like Nosaj Thing. The vocals from Chance match the vibe of the instrumentals so perfectly. I also think this song takes the title for all-time best outro. More rappers should go over SONGS not beats.

8. Shigeto | Detroit Part 1
This song always helps me focus. I don’t know what it is about it, but I can focus on anything when this song is on. The spacy lounge piano is so so lovely and the drums sound very organic.

9. Matthew Dear | Deserter
The dichotomy between sad instrumentals and lyrics that tell the story of a happy epiphany is wonderful.

10. Nitemoves | Polypel
I heard this on NPR and it was only for like 10 seconds. A few days later I could still hear it in my head. I listened through NPR archives for hours trying to find it, but I finally did.. This dude has been the drummer for some great groups but I like him better solo. The Acid-inspired bassline is at a more relaxing tempo and the lead sound reminds me of a PPG Wave Choir preset. This song always gives me nostalgia even though it’s a fairly recent release.

+11. Tycho | The Disconnect
OK. I actually do own this vinyl and it is white. Again, borrowed more than I care to admit from Tycho. The vocal in this is like watching an eclipse. So beautiful. ISO50 FOREVER.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1584 | by Björn Magnusson of Cabbages, Spettra and Steinzeit

1. Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico | Berlin (Le Bataclan '72 Live Version)
The whole album is pretty much my favorite recording of Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground songs there is. Particularly on Berlin I find it beautiful how tranquil and careful Lou Reed is singing, as if each word was a card from a Tarot stack carefully put down on a table. When he's singing one sweet day there's so much weight within those three words it splits your head open. One of the most powerful live performances I've ever heard on record. Of all time.

2. Nikki Sudden | New York 
Apart from the fact that I really love Nikki's Music and the ferociousness of this track, I also picked it 'cause there's a personal connection here. My good friend Danny Hole, who played drums on most of the tracks on my new record, used to be Nikki's drummer before his sudden demise and, while I was living in New York, playing and recording with Danny, I really got into Nikki's stuff. I mean literally, I even have an old jacket of his at home.

3. Fai Baba | Boogaloo 
I got to know Fabian alias Fai Baba as I produced his record The Savage Dreamer in my studio about two or three years ago and we subsequently became close friends. I really like this track as it's such an odd but catchy song. One of those tracks where you can't really understand how you would come up with something like that. I really like his playful carelessness with which he sometimes would treat his ideas, only to end up with something like this.

4. John Frusciante | Ants 
This album and all associated recordings was really important to me growing up. Listening to it up and down for years, I was struck by the fact that, still after all this time, new angles and details kept on popping up. Beautiful messy stream of Consciousness 4-track recordings.

5. Disco Doom | Killers 
When I lived in Zürich a couple of years ago, Anita and Gabriele from Disco Doom were the first musicians I got to know. I had an exhibition at a gallery where I've put up 10 amps and speakers in a half circle turned up all the way, humming along, and they played a show there with their other project called J&L Defer, naturally choosing to play on those amps. Apart from the fact that they're a great live band, recorded incredible songs like this one, they've always been a good example to me as to how far you can get by just keeping on doing something throughout the years and keeping up your confidence.

6. The Mean Streaks | Manis Gate 
My friend Paul Jones from New Zealand, with whom I also have another band called Cabbages, sent me this song years ago when I met him. I don't know much about this band except that they were great and countless incredible stories I've heard from Paul. In his words They split up a few years ago... Not sure if they were ever together... First time I seen them they were a complete shambles… One guy fell asleep on stage and the others were in such a sorry state they tuned up for the entire show. Right up my alley, you might say.

7. Cabbages | Cloudbuster
As I mentioned before, Cabbages is a pretty new band I formed with Paul Jones, an eclectic wizard of many trades, among others preparing curries after 4000 year old recipes delivered from some Sanskrit cookbook or writing great songs. I include this for several reasons. For one, because we're all hustlers and I gotta milk that promotional cow, but mainly because starting this band with Paul has been a pivotal point in my personal and artistic, can I call it, career?... Endless lysergic nights of wired up discussions about everything from Harry Nilsson to Zen Buddhism as well as bouncing ideas back and forth has shaped much of who, at least think, I am at the moment. Today? Or not am? Go buy it on Bandcamp.

8. Delmore FX | A (from Japan Tape)
I met Elia Buletti a.k.a. Delmore FX who's also running the Berlin based tape label Das Andere Selbst while I was living in Geneva about 7 or 8 years ago. We became really close friends and he pretty soon thereafter moved to Berlin and I started to come here regularly. First as a guest, recording and hanging out at his home and now I live here too. Anybody who knows me knows also that Elia has always been a very important person in my life, partly shaping the way I think and make Music, especially in my early stages when I was beginning to release songs as Great Black Waters (dead moniker). He also was the first person to release my Music.

9. Can | Oh Yeah
Great song. I was about 16 years old when I discovered Can and hugely influenced by their aesthetics, sound and studio techniques. Oddly enough, years ago I received an old mixing desk that was built by Hermann Hogg, the incredibly obscure and now probably deceased Swiss Electronics engineer that built a big part of Irmin Schmidt's recording gear, including the infamous Alpha 77 multi effect unit he used for his organ.

10. William S. Burroughs | Summer Will
Really good selection of William S. Burroughs' tape experiments put together by Genesis P-Orridge, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and naturally Burroughs' closest associate James Grauerholz whom I've had the luck to meet by - you could say or not say - chance when I drove from Detroit down to Lawrence, KS, listening to the Naked Lunch tape on repeat and somehow finally ended up sitting in a garden having coffee with JG after he'd shown me around William's old house.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1583 | by Vincent Stockholm [Early Spring Horses]

It's been hard to choose only 10 songs and I guess my choice would probably be very different if you would ask tomorrow. They are only reflecting my today's mood and in no particular order.

1. Mark Hollis | The Colour Of Spring 
I Love every song of Mark Hollis and Talk Talk. I Love how The Sound leads you to listen to The Music carefully. There's no escape. I can feel every part of The Nature, the wet grass, The Wind in the trees, The Storm going away... This is the kind of songs I didn't have to listen very often, it's in me forever. It is so beautiful and evocative.

2. Feist | Caught A Long Wind 
I had the chance to meet her when she started her solo carrer. I was touring with another Canadian artist and we did a few shows in France and Belgium with her. You know, every song for me is a memory, it can be good or bad. When I listen to Feist I can remember that morning in Nantes when she discovered her van has been taken by the Police because we were on the wrong parking lot... I remember so well the sound of her voice saying Fuck!. That was the last time I saw her.

3. CocoRosie | The Gallows
I'm not a super fan of CocoRosie, but this song is close to Perfection for me. Strings are beautiful, The Sound around The Music, the way each instrument is arranged and recorded. It is so romantic. I always thought that if the Brontë sisters were born today they would make Music like CocoRosie. That would be awesome! Oh, wait, Kate Bush did it already...

4. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins | Your Own Spell
I could have choosen every song of the album Diamond Mine. It has everything I love, a beautiful male voice, a very romantic text and an amazing recording. With only a few words... Save your water, kill the roses... The Poetry is already here. You start very close as if you are in the same room and then in the middle of the song you're traveling to The Milky Way. Gorgeous. From my point of view Diamond Mine is one of the best albums released during the last decade.

5. Emilianna Torrini | Nothing Brings Me Down
It's taken from her fourth album called Fisherman's Woman. I firstly didn't really like it, but it grew on me year after year. Now I really like listening to it in front of the fireplace, with a good glass of wine, telling old stories of my family (I have some fishermen in my ancestors too). When Winter is coming, it's time to sit down in front of the fireplace, grab a bottle of wine, my friend...

6. Shearwater | If I Was A Cloud 
It's hard for me to explain why I love this song, but Shearwater's Music is always very intimate for me. I don't like talking about their songs. I mean I never want to share their Music with anyone else. I'd love to keep it secret and close to me, close to my body like a winter coat, it's protecting me from the cold Winter, from the outside atrocities, from the Time that goes, etc. Maybe one of the most beautiful songs ever written in the past years. Also, I'm in love with the Sound Production of that album (Rook).

7. Owen Palett | Song For Five & Six 
I've been in Love with Owen Palett's Music for a long time now and I'm pretty sure he would be amused to know that I'm doing my weekly fitness on his Music... I guess saying that could sound like a declaration of Love. Owen? Can you PM me please?... More seriously, In Confict is an amazing album.

8. Arvo Pärt | Spiegel Im Spiegel (Performed by Vladimir Spivakov and Sergej Bezrodny)
I could have choosen any of the Minimalist Pärt, Reich or Glass, but Pärt has a very special place in my heart. I've been working a lot on the idea of Silence and Intervals for my own Music. For exemple, if you hear carefully the first three songs of my album What The Wood Whispers To Itself, you will realise that intervals and progressions on those songs are not usual or conventional. Chords are not where they are supposed to be, on Chaos In My House the left hand of the piano is very accidental but it's actually written and so hard to play... In Spiegel im Spiegel (The Mirror In The Mirror), variations, intervals and Symmetry are very important. The Music is composed around a symmetry, a bit like a Lynch movie. It's like a mathematical operation, Music is Math!

9. Björk | It's Not Up To You
I have contradictory feelings about Björk's Music. I feel so opposite to her main ideas and sometimes so close to her Music approach, even if we both share a kind of a Pagan Poetry, we have different ways of finding solutions. Vespertine is a true masterpiece, one of my favourite albums of all the times. I can feel so much Pleasure and so many emotions in that song! Sometimes she can really brings me to Heaven with a very classic melody!

10. Cocteau Twins | Great Spangled Fritillary 
I love all the Cocteau Twins songs, but this one is so violent to me. There's an urgency in it, a terrible one. I have no idea about what kind of urgency it is, but the speed of my heart rises and I can fall into a very weird trance. Melonella and Pale Clouded White, the following songs on the EP, are like LSD injections. I need the higher volume to be struck by the waves and when it leaves me I feel totally unharmed. There's Magic here!