WARMER MIXTAPES #935 | by John Morgan [Liable]
1. A Tribe Called Quest | Electric Relaxation
A Hip-Hop Classic. You can always count on Tribe for good Beats and great Lyrics. Midnight Marauders, the album this is from, is probably my favourite Hip-Hop album, which is saying a lot!
2. Youthman | Brother Don’t Cry (feat. Luce)
A rather more obscure choice, but there’s something special about this track that I’ve never quite been able to put my finger on.
3. Burial & Four Tet | Moth
Burial and Four Tet are two of my All-Time Favourite Producers, it’d feel wrong not to include them in this list. What’s more, whilst I’m killing two birds with one stone, this is probably my favourite track by either of them. There’s nothing better than listening to this track late at night.
4. Radiohead | Everything In Its Right Place
Radiohead have got to be my Favourite Band Ever, Top 3 anyway. This is my favourite track by them, the first track of one of my Favourite Albums Ever – Kid A. Seeing them perform this in 2009 was the most captivating piece of Live Music I’ve seen.
5. Atu | Lately (feat. Asante)
This has got to be the Best Track of 2013 for me. Atu is a great Musician, cannot wait to hear more Music from him.
6. Stray | When It Rains
The most Chilling piece of Music I think I’ve Ever Heard. It sort of just takes you away. I don’t know if you know what I’m talking about, but it’s the kind of track which makes you feel like you’re in a Movie. That’s what I’ve always thought anyway! Another track perfect for late at night.
7. Arcade Fire | The Suburbs
Another track that was propelled into being one of my favourite songs through an incredible Live Performance back in 2010. Incredible album, and this Title Track has got to be the highlight for me.
8. Dave Matthews Band | Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd
I think a lot of people might think Dave Matthews Band is a bit of a corny choice, but I grew up being a big fan and still am today. They’re great Songwriters, and I feel like this track proves it. One of those tracks that brings you right back to the time that you used to listen to it regularly.
9. Phaeleh | A Different Time
Another favourite track from 2013. Phaeleh is one of the most exciting Producers right now. I took my first flight ever this summer, and listened to this album, Tides, for the first time. Was such a special moment when this track came on, really blew me away.
10. De La Soul | Stakes Is High
Couldn’t have a list of my 10 favourite tracks without J Dilla. This is probably my favourite track he Produced. The Music Industry is certainly much worse off without him; it’s a real shame.
+11. Sufjan Stevens | John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
Illinois... Whilst I’ve reached my 10 track limit, I feel like I should also mention this album. If you’ve never listened I’d really recommend it. Got to be my Favourite Album Ever, although I’m sure it’ll be superseded at some point in the Future!
WARMER MIXTAPES #934 | by Claudiu Dan Nergheş [Loud Empire]
1. Matisyahu | Jerusalem (Out Of Darkness Comes Light)
I can’t possibly pick a favorite song from him because I Love everything he does. Matisyahu is my Favorite Artist of All Time. But this was the first song I heard from him so I guess this will always be No. 1. Not everyone will understand Matisyahu’s Music, but on me it had such a big impact. I feel like I’m a different person ever since I discovered his Music. I’m not a Religious person, and his Music is not about Religion, even though he may have some Spiritual Themes in his Lyrics, but it connected to me on a different level. I appreciate the fact that his Sound is Always Changing, from his Reggae roots in songs like Time Of Your Song, to his more Commercial new stuff like Live Like A Warrior.
2. Bon Iver | Blood Bank
I discovered Bon Iver by accident with this song and it felt like a Revelation. Since then they are my favorite band. Justin Vernon (the Singer) is a Musical Genius and he knows exactly how to touch your heart with his Music. To me, the Emotion in his Voice combined with the Raw Sound of the Electric Guitar truly makes Blood Bank a Perfect Song. If only people would appreciate Real Music in Romania, this would be the type of Music I would Love to make the most.
3. James Horner | The Portrait (Titanic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Even though this one is an Instrumental Track, I think it’s the Most Amazing Soundtrack Ever Written For A Movie. Everybody loves Titanic, but it wouldn’t be what it is without it’s Music. The Piano is my favorite Instrument, and this Melody is heartbreaking, but in a beautiful way. Rose’s Theme is another winner from the Soundtrack. I find it very Inspiring and Nostalgic at the same time.
4. Coldplay | The Scientist
This is my favorite Coldplay song, it’s a Classic. One of the Best Songs Ever Written. I think everyone can relate to the Lyrics and the effort of a relationship. Maybe this song has a different meaning for everybody, I don’t know why it’s called The Scientist and I don’t want to. I’ve always liked to think that it’s about a Scientist who, while trying to find the Formula of Love, ended up finding the Formula of Heartbreak. It’s more beautiful that way.
5. Armin Van Buuren | This Is What It Feels Like (feat. Trevor Guthrie)
This song is special to me because it was my Audition for the X Factor. Everybody liked my version of this song (I recorded a Cover with N-Tone, Music Producer) and the feedback was more than positive. Some people liked it better than the Original, so that’s awesome. It’s a Perfect Party Starter.
6. Frank Ocean | Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)
Frank Ocean is very Cool. He should be more famous than he is. I like the Original Version of this song, but this Remix takes it to a whole other level. It brings out the true Emotion and Feeling of the song. We’re all thinking about someone.
7. TV On The Radio | Wolf Like Me
The Soundtrack to an awesome Movie, Never Back Down. I’ve seen it many times and the Training Scene with this song always makes me wanna go to the Gym. The Rhythm, the Beat, the Melody, the Voice, everything is Uplifting and gets me pumped every time.
8. Florence + The Machine | Shake It Out
One of this band’s best songs without a doubt. A happy Melody with Depth and great Lyrics. They are all very talented, their Sound and Florence’s Voice are Out of this World. Their Music Videos are so Artisticly Beautiful and I Love the Image they’re going for. I’m still not sure Florence Welch is Human.
9. Thriving Ivory | Angels On The Moon
This song to me is about Leaving Your Mark In This World And Being Remembered For Something. His Voice is Different and very Interesting and Every Word Sounds full of Emotion. Eveytime I listen to it I get goosebumps. I would like this to be my Funeral Song.
10. Michalis Hatzigiannis | To Kalokairi Mou
I Love Greece. It’s my favorite country. I like the Language, the Food, the People, Everything. My dream is to wake up in the morning and smoke a cigarette in Santorini. To me this is the ultimate Summer song. My friends and I listened to it so many times we know all the words, but we have no idea what they mean.
1. Si*Sé | Slip Away
I found out about this group my Junior Year in Hawaii. A Record Store owner made a CD Mix for me with a Hello Kitty Sticker. We called it the Hello Kitty Mix. It had Portishead, Massive Attack, Esthero, White Stripes, and many others. Coming from the Midwest I had never heard of any of these people or the type of Music they played. Si*Sé in particular was so Dark and Moody and Sexy and Melodic. This song followed me to New Mexico for College and is definitely tied up with a long Love of mine. It then continued with me to Colorado and tied itself to a deep Friendship. It's just that song. The one that gave me Permission To Do Me.
2. Citizen Cope | Sideways
Sad and Repetitive. Not much more to it. Does the trick every time.
3. Massive Attack | Paradise Circus (with Hope Sandoval)
This song is Sex. And the Video throws the whole Experience over the Edge.
4. Solomon Burke | Cry To Me
A lot of my Life has been made up of Fantasy. Cry To Me is a huge part of that. Pretty much every guy I've ever been attracted to has re-enacted this scene from Dirty Dancing. Of course, this has all been in my head. This song... On repeat... Recreating all the steamy Dirty Dancing I would never have.
5. OutKast | Liberation (with Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, Joi Gilliam, Whild Peach)
Full of Flavor. No other song has so many Singers/Rappers I adore.
6. Young Bleed | The Day They Made Me Boss
This was a huge song in St. Louis in Middle and High School. The Beat is just dumb. It makes you make the nastiest face imaginable. I have yet to meet a person outside of St. Louis (even true Rap connoisseurs) who know this song. Baffling.
7. Mazzy Starr | Fade Into You
What can I say. I was born in the 80's and I'm a Girl. It's one of those songs that takes you in from the first Note. So Dreamy and Warm. I also just admire Hope Sandoval as an Artist and because she incubated with her most recent album for 15 years.
8. Ginuwine | Pony
In Middle School we used to go to this Underage Club called Club Energy. We'd wear short white shorts and Wooden Candies. I got my first hickey there and GRINDED. FOR REAL. Pony was a huge part of that... Everyone looked forward to that moment of Sweaty Goodness.
9. Joan Osborne | What If God Was One of Us
You can't get anymore Pop in my book. I had many A Slow Dance, Spin The Bottle, And Seven Minutes In Heaven to this song. Great Hook.
10. Donna Summer | In Another Place And Time
The entire album: Another Place And Time... Truly one of my All Time Favorite Albums. Not many people know about this one. I know every word to every song.
1. Aphex Twin | IZ-US
Aphex was one of the first Electronic Producers I discovered, along with Squarepusher and the World of Warp Records. This track makes me think back to Writing Short Plays at School and using Aphex Twin as the Soundscape to a Play I wrote about Pygmies. We won all the Awards. (Must have been the Music.)
2. Radiohead | Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
This is such a wonderful Opening to a hugely Influencial Album. I Love pretty much everything about this track; the Instrumentation, the infectious evolving Syncopation and Polyrhythmic everything, the Scene that’s set and the Story with very few words. It's extraordinary.
3. Thom Yorke | A Rat's Nest
Beautiful Production and Ambience to this tune. I Love the way it grows from the Reversed Piano Loop into the Vocal Melody, and stays simple. This song is onomatopaeic of being caught in a rat's nest, the revolving entrapment of the Cyclical Guitars is really something.
4. The Beatles | I Want You (She's So Heavy)
I’m a weirdo. I only really discovered the Beatles at University despite having a father from Liverpool! This track is one of those ones that just came along at the right time for me. I was in total Dog mode, my motto being, you can do whatever you want, man. Abbey Road became that Summer's Soundtrack for my fellow Scallywags and I as we drunk, drove and played our way through the vinyards of South East France, singing our hearts out...
5. Bill Frisell | Cadillac 1959
Bill Frisell is definitely one of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Super Sensitive, but also really Filthy and fantastically Humble and almost bashful to watch. Listening to this record usually makes things easier.
6. Björk | Hidden Place
I was introduced to this album by the Norwegian Vocalist Elisabeth Nygåard while taking some lessons from her in Leeds. I remember calling her when I got off the bus after my first listen and just saying what the fuck was that?. Again, like a lot of my favourite tunes, it's the Atmosphere that draws me to this song, not to mention how beautiful Björk sounds.
7. Bob Dylan | Not Dark Yet
Another Major Artist I only got to know once at University. I guess that’s what University is for... If there’s one tune I’d like to Cover properly, it would be this one. It's Not Dark yet, but it's getting there... Such a familiar thought.
8. Jeff Buckley | Lilac Wine
Jeff Buckley has had a huge infuence on my Voice. He was the first Songwriter I heard that had balls, and who tastefully crossed Genres with his Vocal Production. This song is utterly gorgeous and incredibly Soulful.
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | All Along The Watchtower
This and Crosstown Traffic are definitely my favourite Hendrix's songs. They epitomise their Time and feel so good.
10. PJ Harvey | Working For The Man
That Bass Line. Fuck, she’s Cool.
1. Disclosure | Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)
This song makes you feel very relaxed, makes me think of a trip, a long trip with someone you Love.
2. Mr. Scruff | Honeydew (feat. Feebi)
Rainy Morning, but special. This song makes my everyday Morning special. A cigarette, coffee and this song, perfect wake up.
3. Chrome Sparks | Marijuana
This is Pure Happiness. This track is perfect for Sunny Days, trips or whatever makes anyone happy.
4. The Gentleman Losers | Honey Bunch
Sunset, the Beach, the Sound of the Sea, the cigarette and the one you Love... It’s the most beautiful Picture, soothing.
5. Dhurl! | The Luau
A mini trip with a Bike, Skate, somewhere with a beautiful view, anyway DHurl! has an unique style, his Music is perfect.
6. Mister Lies | I Walk (feat. Jessica Blanchet)
The title says it all, I Love taking a walk and listen to this.
7. Burial | Endorphin
Since 2009 Burial is my favorite Artist of all, he is one of the Best Musicians I Ever Heard in my Life. Endorphin is one of my favorite tracks. Every single track of Burial’s makes me feel different: Sad, Happy, Overjoyed, Melancholic.
8. Lapalux | Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)
I don’t have many words to describe this track. The first time I listened to it I just took my headphones, laid on the floor and listened to this track for hours.
9. The Gentleman Losers | Mansion On The Dunes
Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game is lame when it comes to Love songs . This one is so perfect, the suave Rhythm makes you think about Love.
10. Evenings | Softly We Go
This was officially my favorite song from the first time I heard it. Evenings is one my favorite Musicians. This track makes me think of Love and a beautiful Sunset.
+11. Disclosure | Latch (feat. Sam Smith)
Last but not least (there are more tracks to describe, being my favourites), Latch, I think this track makes to top of my favourite list because there's not a day, not a single day, that I’m not listening to this track.