1. The Smiths | Asleep
I like Asleep because it’s just beautiful, really... I love the lyrics about Another World because sometimes I really can’t help but to believe in something Spiritual, my life can be so disappointing at times, so I always come back to this song when I feel down. I love the wind too, it’s just perfect. I heard that when it was recorded it was done on the same day as Bigmouth Strikes Again, and that everything just went smoothly in the studio. I just think it’s an amazing song.
2. Elliott Smith | Miss Misery (Good Will Hunting Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
This influenced Who Cares If You Exist quite a lot; I was playing that song over and over when I wrote it. I don’t want to go into details too much about why the lyrics are so personal because it’s kind of private, but it’s about Elliott’s drugs/alcohol addiction, and the lyrics mention not having anything to do all day, I know that feeling all too well.
3. Badly Drawn Boy | Something To Talk About (About A Boy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
I’ve been listening to Something To Talk About for years now, I’m absolutely in love with About A Boy, which this song is the soundtrack for. It’s just a really decent Pop song I suppose. The lyrics don’t really speak to me as much as the other songs I have mentioned, but it’s beautiful nonetheless.
4. Jon Brion | Phone Call (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
I remember listening to this song on my phone whilst going for a walk with my Mum next to the Sea, in the dark. I remember that a lot when I hear it, and, of course, the movie is fantastic, so I think about that.
5. Arcade Fire | The Suburbs
I don’t know what to say about The Suburbs. I talk about childhood a lot, so I think about that a lot. I didn’t really have a great childhood, but there where plenty of good bits, where I’m riding around on my bike, so I think about that a bit.
6. Kitten | Kill The Light
It's just a good song, there’s nothing I can really say that can’t be said by just pressing the play button.
7. Radiohead | No Surprises
No Suprises has always reminded me of Winter and December time, it almost sounds like a Christmas song to me because of the jangly glockenspiel sound. I love the lyrics I’ll take the quiet life and a hand shake of Carbon Monoxide. It’s Melancholy at its best. I always sometimes feel like there are no alarms and no surprises in my life anymore.
8. Paul Weller | Broken Stones
Paul Weller’s Broken Stones reminds me of my Dad and him playing Paul Weller records in the car on sunny days.
9. The Isley Brothers | Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts Cover)
Same as Broken Stones.
10. Pixies | Monkey Gone To Heaven
The Pixies track doesn’t need an explanation, it’s just Art in Music form, it’s a bit like asking me to write about one of my illustrations, there’s nothing there to say that the picture doesn’t already say.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1325 | by Azim Siddiqi [Vagabond Flag]
1. Oasis | Supersonic
Catchy and cool, Oasis showed how effective simple things can be. Supersonic had great riffs, Rocky guitar, lyrics which weren't too serious. Even after over 20 years, it's still great to listen to.
2. The Verve | Stormy Clouds
Taken from A Northern Soul, Stormy Clouds encapsulates all the great things about The Verve. The vocals are laid back but affecting and the guitar is just epic. It's a showcase for just how diverse Guitar Music can be and a strong influence in my own songwriting.
3. Sebadoh | Soul And Fire
Soul And Fire is soulful and emotional both in the sobre vocals of Lou Barlow and the accompanying soft guitar. It's an example of the power of Lo-Fi - shedding layers of production in favour of laying bare the rawness of the Human Spirit. I saw them a couple of weeks ago live and they showed how the best Music is the most Honest.
4. Real Estate | All The Same
Part of a crop of bands from across the Atlantic that are keeping the fires of Indie guitar alight, Real Estate dip thoughtful songwriting in a sea of chorus and reverb to produce a lovely, warming and slightly melancholic sound. All The Same has all these characteristics, but what makes this track is the long instrumental at the end where the same riffs/chords are repeatedly played to give an almost hypnotic effect which sounds even better live.
5. Temple Of The Dog | Times Of Trouble
Another example of how Guitar Music can be laiden with Emotion, Times Of Trouble is Chris Cornell's valedictory to his recently departed roomate. It’s a ride through the all the emotions of Grief, following tender verse with angry chorus and finishing with a listless ending that resigns itself to Loss. Real Pain cast in Music which Cornell never quite repeated with the better known Soundgarden.
6. Erykah Badu | Next Lifetime
Although I'm primarily a guitarist, I have a love for most forms of Music provided it expresses something. Next Lifetime was beautifully sung by a voice which conveys the story even without the lyrics. Also has a very personal resonance with me.
7. L-Fudge | What If (feat. Mike Zoot, Talib Kweli, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Skam)
Long before Hip Hop became a circus, it was a conduit for Political Expression as acts such as Public Enemy, Ice Cube, KRS-One all expressed their outrage and alienation from Contemporary America. What If is Political Hip Hop at its best. Its protagonists play about with alternative outcomes to events, be it in their lives or in the grander arena of World History. In doing so they highlight both the adversity and richness that Struggle brings. An example of how powerful Art is when unfettered by the chains of Commerce.
8. Blu Mar Ten | Adrift On Deep Water
Sweet and relaxed, Adrift On Deep Water counters the Agricultural Electronic Breakbeat of some of their contemporaries with precise, composed Electronic Jazz. The waves that roll in at the beginning of the song build into stronger rhythms, basslines and melodies that literally leave you adrift, like the track name.
9. Kool & The Gang | Summer Madness
Kool & The Gang released many iconic tracks - Celebration, Get Down On It, Jungle Boogie, but Summer Madness shows just how musically gifted they were. Like so many great songs, it starts simple with some synth and then adds layers of instruments (including some great guitar) to build up before bringing in an immense synth solo which leaves you wanting more.
10. Bob Marley & The Wailers | Don't Rock My Boat
Bob Marley also released many iconic tracks, but it’s the stripped down Reggae of Don’t Rock My Boat that stands out for me. It’s a showcase of Marley’s distinctive and soulful voice and is a go-to song when you’re falling in Love. Haven’t listened to it for a while then.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1324 | by Hanne Leland
1. Taylor Swift | Blank Space
Taylor's new single is hilarious and brilliant. I love how she is self-ironic enough to make fun of herself and her dating habits!
2. Lana Del Rey | Off To The Races
This song is my favorite Lana Del Rey song. Her debut album Born To Die is great in a weird way (apparently she was high during the whole process of writing it). Anyway, that doesn't change the fact that her Music, and especially this song, is perfect!
3. Röyksopp | Running To The Sea (feat. Susanne Sundfør)
A very pretty song, from some of Norway's finest musicians!
4. Toni Braxton | Un-Break My Heart
A classic breakup song! I remember listening to this song when I was about 8-9 years old, and feeling the same emotions that the song is expressing (even though I was way too young to have experienced heartbreak). To me that is very fascinating. That's the sign of a great song!
5. The Band Perry | Pioneer
An awesome Nashville based sibling trio! Pioneer is a real warrior song about overcoming obstacles and becoming fearless.
6. Sinéad O'Connor | A Perfect Indian
I discovered Sinéad's Music when I was about 16, and I've been hooked ever since. This song is kind of strange, the lyrics are hard to interpret. But her voice is full of emotions, and the song is absolutely haunting and beautiful!
7. Johnny Cash | Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
An old classic! I went to the Johnny Cash museum in Nashville last year, and fell even more in love with his Music. This song will always be my favorite Johnny Cash song.
8. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj | Bang Bang
Extremely catchy and perfect for a kick-ass workout session!
9. Kacey Musgraves | Merry Go 'Round
Her lyrics are different and quirky. I love it!
10. Jay-Z | Empire State Of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in New York City a while ago, and listening to this song takes me right back! Empire State Of Mind captures the feeling and the very soul of the city. A great song written about a great city!
1. Ghostface Killah | Stroke Of Death (feat. RZA & Solomon Childs)
I think this is the rawest song in Hip Hop, period. My Pops turned me on to this track when I was helping him at work. Them scratching the same loop the whole song and their delivery with their flows are super on point. Especially the part where RZA jumped in. Definitely a life changer for me.
2. Diplo | Sarah
The Psychedelic vibes of this track just takes me away to another Universe. I can have this song on repeat all day and not care.
3. The Brothers Johnson | Strawberry Letter 23 (Shuggie Otis Cover)
If I had to name something that really touches my heart it's Psychedelic Funk and the vibe in this track is just perfect. I honestly want to make stuff like this in the future, but the lyrics and sounds were so deep you felt it. Especially when that guitar solo comes in.
4. Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz | Get Crunk
This was my Middle School anthem and it still is to this day. I got the Crunk Juice CD for my birthday and I remember just going crazy hearing this and Da Blow. That explosion kick Lil' Jon used changed the game.
5. DJ Screw & Big Moe | It's Goin' Down (Celly Cel's 'It's Goin' Down' Remix)
This is the only screw song that gives me chills to this day. I play this song before I go out to something live (or about to meet up with a pretty girl). Especially when I'm in Houston. DJ Screw & Big Moe forever, mayne.
6. Midnight Magic | Night Flight
This song is just over all amazing. When I first heard it I thought it was old, but found out it wasn't even out for more than a month. That Classic Disco feel just gave me chills and makes me think I'm living in the Disco Era when I really vibe to it. Definitely would work with them.
7. DJ Rashad | Do It Again (feat. DJ Manny & DJ Spinn)
I've listened to Juke Music for a long time, but I thought this was the hardest combinations of samples and I think it's one of the best tracks they worked on together. Everything was just on point. R.I.P. Rashad.
8. Quasimoto | Return Of The Loop Digga
The stuff Quas spit on here was mad real. Plus the samples and the way he transitions to the other half is just straight nasty.
9. Lootpack | Long Awaited (feat. Dilated Peoples)
I feel Lootpack and Dilated Peoples are super underrated. This track is mad nasty and their flows about whack MC's are relevant to this day. Madlib killed the beat as always.
10. Devin The Dude | Just Tryin' Ta Live (feat. Odd Squad)
I listen to this joint a lot because it's relevant to my Music Life and certain struggles I've been through. Straight Houston Phonk.
+11. Flying Lotus | Tea Leaf Dancers (feat. Andreya Triana)
I remember listening to FlyLo heavy after hearing this in High School. The Ambient/Chill vibes instantly got me and made me want to experiment more with my production at the time.
+12. Domo Genesis | SteamRoller (feat. Hodgy Beats & Frank Ocean)
Who doesn't like songs about weed? I heard this joint when OF was just breaking out and making mad noise. Tyler's early production was killer (still is) and that transition halfway after Hodgy's verse with Frank Ocean singing had me like Fuccckkkk.
WARMER MIXTAPES #1322 | by Benjamin Etchells (Karaoke For Beginners, White Russians, The Lancaster Bombers, The Candys) of The Vultures
1. Serge Gainsbourg | Cannabis (Cannabis Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
This guy is mint, I named my cat after him. The song was written for a film released in 1970. The film was awful.
2. The Irish Rovers | Drunken Sailor (Sea Shanty from the 19th Century Cover)
This was the 1st song I ever learned to play when I was 7 years old. The version on Spotify is by The Irish Rovers and the lyrics are wrong. Not sure if anyone really knows what the lyrics are. The sailors made them up on the spot based mainly on stupid ways of waking up drunken comrades.
3. Leonard Cohen | The Partisan (Emmanuel D'Astier De La Vigerie and Anna Marly's 'La Complainte Du Partisan' Cover)
This is a song about the French Resistance in World War II. Cohen didn't write it, it was written in London in 1942 by two French girls who escaped the Nazis.
4. David Croft And Roy Moore | London Calling ('Allo 'Allo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
British Sitcom Theme Song from the early 80's. This used to be my favourite TV show when I was a kid an I still find the early shows funny (only when I'm drunk though).
5. Scott Walker | On Your Own Again
From Scott 4, my favourite Scott Walker album. I would suggest avoiding his later stuff because it's unlistenable. But Scott 2 and Scott 4 are classics.
6. Jacques Brel | Jacky
I used to think Scott Walker wrote this track. What a plum. Brel is God!
7. The Fall | Blindness
This track is on the album Fall Heads Roll, featuring the Musical rantings of Mark E. Smith.
8. The Daniel Caine Orchestra | Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Theme)
Star Wars on crack.
9. Sonic Youth | Superstar (Delaney & Bonnie & Friends' 'Groupie (Superstar)' Cover)
Cover of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends classic, which reminds me of being a teenager. There are some dark lyrics going on in this.
10. Joy Division | Dead Souls
My favourite Joy Division song. The first time I heard it I played it on repeat for five hours.