WARMER MIXTAPES #1300 | by Joshua Kouzomis (Backyard Bangers, Rad Omen) and Mauricio Rivera (Bleu Collar) of King Fantastic

SIDE A | by Joshua Kouzomis

1. The D.O.C. | Lend Me An Ear 
The best mistaken for a West Coast Rapper from Texas ever. The Diggy Diggy Doc may be my favorite rapper of all time. His vocal tone fits everywhere, lyrically he's a beast, and he's a rapper's rapper, unless you know nothing about Rap. Let me not fail to mention this shit BANGS and definitely had a huge influence on my beat making.

2. Squarepusher | Port Rhombus 
By far the most beautiful Electronic song ever made. I used to date this girl, you know, the one you were a little too into and it all blew up in your face and you thought she was the one that got away? She wanted to walk down the aisle to this song. You feel me?

3. Buckingham Nicks | Without A Leg To Stand On 
I imagine I've been a Fleetwood Mac fan since I was in my mother's womb. I remember hearing Rumors as a kid and it being one of the first records I took from my dad's collection. Unfortunately, it wasn't for a couple more decades that I heard this song and album. This is pre-Fleetwood Mac. If you don't know the story of how the best/final incarnation of the band got together, go watch the moving Sound City. Lindsey Buckingham is an incredible guitar player, singer and songwriter, and Stevie Nicks is motherfucking Stevie Nicks. This song specifically has so many great elements I'm not going to waste my time trying to sound smart talking about it.

4. Point Point | Life In Grey
God bless the Internet and their Craziness. They love a mystery. This song was all the rage due to the anonymity of the group, and also due to the fact it is fucking awesome. In a period where everyone is doing the same bleep and bloops, these French dudes are showing us why France and the French are so wonderful. Not to mention, THE KEYBOARD SOLO, just to show all you suckas what time it really is. If there is one lesson to be learned from this jam it's Do Something Different. Oh, yeah, and also Write Some Real Music.

5. Igor Stravinsky | The Rite Of Spring (Performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen)
My favorite Classical composition of all time. I remember taking mushrooms and listening to this a nearly having an orgasm. What the fuck? For real. I know, right? I definitely sampled this back in my MPC days too. What a fool I was. Some things should not be touched. If you've never listened to this, you're doing yourself a disservice. It's 30 minutes of beautiful Musical chaos. Turn the lights off, light some candles, and drink that tea you've been brewing. Off to Never Never Land.

6. The Madden Brothers | Brixton 
I heard a demo of this song while they were working on the album and it made me excited for Pop Music again. Like when Pop Music was The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Elvis Costello. Also, it was produced by Eric Valentine, a genius in his own right. And, if all of that isn't enough, the tempo change, yes, the tempo change. It's brilliant.

7. Prefuse 73 | Point To B 
When I heard this song it pissed me off. It's that good. Prefuse's cut+paste skills are top notch, especially when using Divine Styler's vocals. This one sent beatmakers across the globe back to the lab. Musically simplistic in all the right ways, and a head nodder thru and thru.

8. SBTRKT | Temporary View (feat. Sampha)
If you put this song on while chillin' at the pad with that girl you've been wanting to fuck, this will get the job done. It's perfect for foreplay and don't be afraid to put it on repeat and eat her out like it's your last meal. Or, if sex just isn't your thing and suicide is not an option, get really high and take a drive.

9. Stone Temple Pilots | Vasoline 
We all have those bands that when we're young and too cool for School we can't admit liking, and then we get older and are like, fuck it, this shit is good. That's Stone Temple Pilots. And, all craziness aside, this song kicks ass, and it's mixed perfectly.

10. OutKast | Git Up, Git Out (with Thomas "Cee-Lo" Burton & The Goody Mob)
This is Hip Hop at it's finest. The beat is crispy, yet smooth, and the guest vocalists (purposely not mentioned due to their current state of wackness) are great compliments. Big Boi's verse wins the song and is many-a-man's life. Just drop the beat and let this man rap. I also love the fact it's 7 plus minutes long and it doesn't feel like it at all. And... I always repeat this at least once, or ten times.

SIDE B | by Mauricio Rivera

1. Horace Silver | Lonely Woman 
My favorite Jazz piano solo of all time. I'm really into ballads, as far as Classic Jazz, and this one is so descriptive, it sounds like it has words. It sounds like the title. I want them to play this song at my memorial service.

2. Phantogram | Fall In Love
It's a perfect Pop/Alt Rock song. The production is Funky as fuck! I heard it on the radio, on a station that came in shitty, in prison. When I got home, I listened to that song over 100 times. It's a knocker.

3. Bobby Womack | Please Forgive My Heart 
I have a thing for heartbreaking songs with deep production. This is that. It's Soul crushing because I can hear the regret in his voice. That Old School Soul, juxtaposed against that Electronic slump, had me crying the first few times I heard it. We'd be on the road, and I'd be in my hotel room falling to pieces. Hahaha... Seriously, those lyrics hit insanely close to home in real time.

4. Ice-T | Squeeze The Trigger 
This is one of the most politically charged Gangster raps of all time. This came off of the Rhyme Pays album, the first album I learned the words to. I think I was 7. I was blown the fuck away. So L.A., so hard. Print the lyrics, they're just as relevant today as they were in the 80's.

5. Tool | Sober 
This used to be my Theme Song. I told all of my exes that as soon as we started dating. They still came along for the ride. Who the hell continues to date somebody who says THAT is their THEME song. Hahahahaha.

6. Devin The Dude | See What I Could Pull 
Sitting in front of the ride, drinking and smoking some weed... Checking out the bitches, trying to see what I can see... Man! Devin is really the DUDE. This song is a perfect example of how good he is at putting you where he's at. Great story teller. The philosophy wrapped up in the lyrics are basically Buddhist. He's taking it easy, flirting, being humble, not tripping off shit he can't control.

7. Young Jeezy | Way Too Gone (feat. Future)
If you're out there, living a certain way, you understand this song and this kind of night. You have these nights because you know that your world will eventually come crashing down, so you do it for the memories. I listened to this shit on repeat the weekend before I turned myself in to prison. I sniffed A LOT of coke, popped a trillion Xanax, and drank my weight in Rémy Martin. I tried to do it all in three days. I like Jeezy's Music because he is authentic. Of course, he's over the top with his opulence, but at least he's not a fucking liar. I know for a fact that what he's saying is true, every word of that song.

8. Sade | Love Is Stronger Than Pride 
I'm not going to attempt to explain this. She's bigger than us.

9. Sade | King Of Sorrow 
I have her tattooed on my forearm.

10. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan Cover)
The RIFFS, muthafucka! The RIFFS!!! The solo. Bending. Fucking aye! It defined an era. This shit is THE song that scored Vietnam. They use it in 100,000 movies. How do you outdo Bob Dylan? Jimi Hendrix did that! Also, another stalker tattoo I have, but I don't think it's illegal to stalk a dead person.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1299 | by Jack Richard Sobel of The Messengers and Black Swan Lane

1. The Smiths | How Soon Is Now?
In the 1980's, I walked into a Record Bar record store and asked the attendant for a recommendation for a Punk album. He sold me a 45 single album and when I put the record on at home, I was pissed. This isn't Punk! But after listening, I fell in Love with the sound.

2. The Cult | She Sells Sanctuary
This song got me heavy into all The Cult albums, including Southern Death Cult and Death Cult. It's probably one of the earliest songs that got tons of people into the Alternative scene.

3. The Chameleons | Swamp Thing 
Long before I became the singer and guitarist for Black Swan Lane and before Mark Burgess and I played together, I was a drummer in an Alternative band in New Mexico. Before band practice one day, our bass player put on the album Strange Times and Swamp Thing started. I remember getting chills and The Chameleons became my favorite band for years to come. Who knew we would one day collaborate on several records together...

4. The Sun And The Moon | Death Of Imagination 
I was searching in a record store for additional Chameleons material and the Geffen release, The Sun And The Moon appeared in the Chameleons record slot. I bought the LP and the tape and still play it to this day. The Music is incredible and the lyrics are intellectually stimulating which can't be said for too many recordings. Years later, I got the pleasure of working with all the members of this project as well.

5. Cocteau Twins | Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops 
The bass lines, the guitars, the effects and her voice. Chill bumps. Enough said.

6. Joy Division | Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Darkness and Depression that somehow made you feel happy inside. When you first heard it, it was strange and, by the second listen, you realize it is the rawness that makes it brilliant.

7. Mazzy Star | Fade Into You 
I went to see Mazzy Star with Scott Weiland of STP years ago and we wound up backstage right before interviews were taking place. I had never heard them before. Funny story - Hope, the lead vocalist had no idea who Scott was when he was flirting and she came over and sat on my lap for a bit. After hearing the concert and consequently buying So Tonight That I Might See, I realized what an amazing moment that was.

8. Red House Painters | Katy Song 
I met Mark Kozelek outside the same venue as the Mazzy Star show. Again, I didn't know much about them twenty something years ago. Back then, he looked like Jesus and came across as a Musical Prophet. The Music, for the time, was out of place, but completely original and unbelievably moving. A big influence on what we do now.

9. The Beatles | Helter Skelter
So many great Beatles songs. I like the slow ones as well, like Something, off Abbey Road. I had to list this one because I used to play my Dad's White Album full blast while jamming on my pretend guitar, the Wilson tennis racket. I also learned to play the drums to Beatles albums in lieu of learning the essential rudiments.

10. Catherine Wheel | I Want To Touch You 
I got a lot of speeding tickets listening to this in my sports car. When Rob Dickinson stayed over with us, I learned he is a car fanatic as well. The most underrated Alternative Rock band who also put on phenomenal live shows where the whole crowd is bouncing up and down in unison to the Driving Music. P.S. - I loved his cousin Bruce in Iron Maiden when I was 13 years old and listened to The Number Of The Beast quite a bit until my mother smashed it thinking I was becoming a satanist...

WARMER MIXTAPES #1298 | by Cody Pennington

1. John Mayer | Why Georgia 
When I was first learning to play the guitar, I took a lot of notes from John Mayer’s style. Even on my newest EP, I feel like my style still derives from his. Why Georgia was the first song I ever learned to play and sing, so it hold a pretty special place in my heart.

2. The Outfield | Your Love
This song is a little hidden gem from the 80s that never seemed to catch on as much as it should have. I still cover this song at some of my shows because of its beautiful, catchy melody. Although I think the bridge is a bit of a striking key-change, the rest of the song still seems to put me at ease when I’m stressed.

3. Toto | Africa
This song NEVER fails to put me in a good mood. The large chorus melody and the beautifully layered harmonies always catch my ear. When the drums kick in for the chorus, the song becomes HUGE. What a timeless classic.

4. a-ha | Take On Me
I just love this song because of the awesome chorus. Everyone knows. Everyone sings along. Always means a good time.

5. Sam Smith | Nirvana
I remember driving home from a long day of work at my second job while listening to BBC Radio and hearing Sam Smith on My Playlister. He had just recently garnered success from La La La and Latch and this was his first time hosting the My Playlister show. Towards the end of the show he played this song off of his EP, which had just released. Instantly, I was filled with Determination. I was listening to this amazing artist who had JUST received success and was still growing. I knew I had to be there someday. Every time I listen to this song now it makes me keep pushing harder and harder.

6. Leonard Cohen | Hallelujah 
This song has to be one of the most important songs to me. The message it sends seems so sad but hopeful. When I play this, I usually raise the key a half-step and sing the chorus an octave higher, so it was one of the first songs that really tested my range as a vocalist. There are only a few songs that really put me there when I play them. There are only a few songs that really take me to a special place while I play them. This is one of those songs.

7. Coheed And Cambria | Blood Red Summer
I would be a liar if I didn’t cite Coheed And Cambria as an inspiration on me. They don’t necessarily dictate my style of Music, but they were the first band that I ever really became obsessed with. ALL of their albums were so different and so incredible in their own ways, but their second album, In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3, was their best work in my opinion. Blood Red Summer was the first track I ever learned to play on drums.

8. Thomas Oliver | Boy (Live At Aston Rd Sessions)
A relatively new song, this song has a beautiful composition with a raw message that I find very appealing. It’s a song that most men can listen to and ponder on their choices in Life. Really simple song that sounds like it belongs in a dramatic moment in a film.

9. Louis Baker | Birds
Like Thomas Oliver, this artist is simple. And so is this song. Whenever I think of Emotion, this would be a song that I think of. Really a Love song, but what song isn’t?

10. James Vincent McMorrow | We Don’t Eat
This artist is so incredible. I’ve been following him for years and I’m not sure why he hasn’t blown up yet. He seems to be steadily climbing at the moment; can’t wait to catch him live. This song was the first I heard from him and it’s breathtaking. The lyrics are amazing and meaningful. The melody is powerful. Just an overall wonderful song.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1297 | by Roderick Smith (Firekites)/[North Arm]

1. Nirvana | On A Plain
This song reminds me of being 16 years old and listening to this crazy band with the nastiest, most catchiest tracks I’d ever heard. I first heard Nirvana on cassette in the summer of 1992 at North Arm Cove. My friend got the tape off his older sister and I can remember listening to it on the floor of a bedroom on a shitty cassette machine, really, really close to the speakers. I was instantly taken with it. This started an ongoing Love affair with the band that continues to this day. Nevermind remains both my proud and guilty pleasure. Of course, In Utero is a far more challenging and, in many ways, caustic and clever piece of Songwriting and Engineering. However, notwithstanding the slick and thin Andy Wallace sheen on this album that makes it immediately playable and recognisable on any radio or Stereo system, this album still packs a mighty punch and is a mean machine. I love myself better than you, I know it’s wrong but what should I do?... That about sums it up really.

2. Sonic Youth | 100%
There are so many songs off this record that I would have included in this list, however this one reminds me of my first band, Spitalfields. We used to cover this song in 1993/1994 when we played house parties and School dances. It’s really heavy and simple and laden with the Punk politics of the era. From what I understand, around this time Sonic Youth were hanging out with Nirvana and were really inspired by their brevity and melody. I love the way Sonic Youth delved into some of their more Pop inspired licks on this record. Of course, Sonic Youth enthusiasts will point to other earlier examples, however this record was where I met Sonic Youth head on. I remember seeing them in 1995 at the Summersault Festival, where the Beastie Boys and Beck were also playing. I think it was the Washing Machine tour then, but they also played loads of this album.

3. Pixies | Gigantic
This track reminds me of watching Skating videos when I was in late High School. I used to try to skate. My friends were heaps better at it than me, but I always used to keep practicing and trying to get better at it. To get in the mood for a street skating session, we used to watch Skating videos. I vividly remember this song being on the soundtrack of one of my favourite vids. Like Nirvana, or Nirvana like Pixies (more accurately), I loved the melodic, loud/Soft Punk dynamics of this track. I’ve gone on with Pixies, they’ve never really left me. I think there’s something so late 80s Punk about the fact that a band of complete mis-matched misfits could evoke such a passionate following. The formula was simple. Melodic Punk and an absolutely killer live show. I still reflect on this in my own Music practice now.

4. You Am I | Cathy’s Clown
This is the first Australian Rock band I really fell in love with in the most complete way. This record came out in 1994 and every track is ace for different reasons. What I loved about You Am I in this era is how they were Punk but really Classic as well. This record is where You Am I showed a healthy respect for the mid to late 60s Rock/Pop of The Beatles, The Byrds, etc., etc. This track reminds me of playing with my band at a High School dance and feeling like we were the best band in town. The next album by You Am I was a concept record called Hourly Daily. It was a homage to suburban life in Australia at the time. It more intentionally drips with 60s Jangle. Hi Fi Way is where the raw power of earlier You Am I directly intersects with their 1960s inspired Poptastic sensibilities.

5. Radiohead | All I Need
This track heralded the ethereal return of Radiohead to their sparkling best. This song really typifies the period of time I was working in Firekites. This record smashed us all and informed much of the later period of our writing adventures. I’ll never forget getting rather pissed with my writing buddy one night and putting this record on full blast. During this track, in particular, we each held a speaker to the top of our heads, to thoroughly drink in the lush soundscapes. It’s an extraordinary body of work that calls back the best of Radiohead from The Bends and OK Computer, however with a taipan like kink or twist in the tail.

6. Blur | The Universal
This track blew me away when I first saw its film clip on TV late one Friday night. In Australia, we have a video clip show on our national broadcaster (the ABC) called, Rage. It’s pretty much the only clip show you want to watch in Australia, simply because of the fact that it has an incredible archive of material to draw from, has the best guest programmers and compiles sweet special features. To be played on Rage is a massive milestone for any Aussie musician. I just loved how Blur reconnect a new generation with the wonky aesthetic of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. These felt so fresh for me at that time even though they arguably haven’t quite survived the test. Around this time, I also loved the Retro debonair of Pulp, who released Common People around the same time. I think both bands were equally inspired by Kubrick aesthetics, although Pulp were a little more Disco about it.

7. The Chemical Brothers | Song To The Siren (Exit Planet Dust Version)
I could name any track on side A of this record as vividly memorable. This song typifies the type of killer grooves that got me straight into Turntabling and Electronic Music for quite a while in 1996/7. I do recall receiving a mix tape with this on it and it just blew my head off. It was equal parts hard-edged, Analogue, kinda spooky and really, really tripped out. I hands down loved this record when I finally heard it. The next track after this (as the first side is completely mixed together), Three Little Birdies Down Beats, is equally incredible. Really Acid House, Detroit, fuck it, off the hook, man. The EDM of today can’t top this stuff. Not by a long shot!

8. The Beatles | Tomorrow Never Knows
When I first heard this song, I fully understood how important and omnipotent The Beatles are to Modern Music. This song was released in 1966. I mean, eat that! Around the time I discovered this track, I was listening to Dig Your Own Hole by The Chemical Brothers, so (of course) the beat reference was immediately there. Via this record, I immersed myself in The Beatles, especially Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper…, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album and Abbey Road. I can recall intently traveling from to my hometown of Newcastle (2 hours North of Sydney) down to Liverpool (a suburb of Sydney), where coincidentally (maybe not?) there was a Beatles specialty vinyl store. My first vinyl purchase was an original UK Parlophone pressing of Revolver on 180gram. I recently had it framed.

9. Wilco | Jesus, Etc.
This track is a highlight of a sonically very special LP. It vividly reminds me of the moment I got back into American Music after a long stint listening to the Brits. It also reminds me of visiting Chicago in 1993 and seeing the corn cob car park towers (appearing on the cover of this record) for myself and thinking, damn.... This record has an interesting history. It was completed in 2001, but Reprise Records, a Warner label, refused to release it. Wilco acquired the rights to it when they left Warner and streamed the entire record for free on their website. They then signed with Nonesuch Records (another Warner label) for big bucks and the record sold over 500,000 copies sold in the US. Double triple damn! So, you have to respect the balls of the band and their commitment to the Vision. This song is just a beautiful statement on Melancholy. The dark/warm production presents such a smooth and emotionally resolved space, that blissfully has you grooving while at the same time letting go of anything and everything.

10. DJ Shadow | Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
This whole record is just divine and has left such a pervading legacy. In fact, Jonny Greenwood has admitted that the choppiness of this record really influenced some of the material on OK Computer (released a year after, in 1997). For me, this record reminds me of a time when I was at University and almost completely cut off from my Music peers in Newcastle. At Uni, I used to play a heap of basketball with a friend of mine that was deeply into the Wu-Tang Clan and Nas among other Hip Hop artists. He was encouraging me to give it Hip Hop another chance after I had given it a bit of a break after spinning Ill Communication by the Beastie Boys to death. We really bonded over this record because it was a true crossover of high brow Musical Artistry and straight up turntablism. Ever since I heard this record, I’ve always wanted to own an Akai MPC, however I haven’t got there yet. From the first to the last track, this album feels real, even though it’s a collection of samples from various places. For me, it’s evocative of a lazy sunny Sunday afternoon sitting on a stoop somewhere in Brooklyn, Harlem or The Bronx circa 1979-1984.

1. Jose Nunez | Bilingual (feat. Taina) (Dirty Mix)
I heard it in 2004. This track gave me permission to do Afterhours, one of the first original hot dirty Electro tracks deadmau5 and I worked on together… I see you sitting at the bar, I wonder who the fuck you are.

2. LMFAO | Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock)
This track totally inspired a late night studio session with Wizard Sleeve at Play Deep Studios, where we came up with this Hip Hop/Electro track Turn You Out. Later the Spekrfreks ended up bringing that track to Life.

3. Emeli Sandé | Heaven
This track made me understand a better approach to vocals in a Musical Drum 'N' Bass/Dubstep kind of way, such as my version of remixes on my self produced track Intuition. Emeli’s video also inspired me to reach for something similar.

4. Dimitri From Paris | Une Very Stylish Fille
Discovering Dimitri From Paris in Miami at the Winter Music Conference... How do I look?... Very good, I must say I'm amazed!!!!... His Music gave me permission to use samples from old movies and mash 'em up with my Cocktail Music and new beats.

5. Mason vs. Princess Superstar | Perfect (Exceeder)
The first time I heard this song I thought how similar it was to my track Beautiful, Rich & Horny. My hips, my lips, my ass, my class...

6. Nero | Promises
The first time I heard this I thought What a cool magical huge Orchestral Dubstep! What an awesome thing to do with Dubstep and the vocal is so eerie. The schoolgirl video adds such an insideous dark side to the whole vibe... I Love it! It made me think more about how to approach Dubstep with big Music and interesting vocals. It inspired my tracks Intuition & Wishing and my collab with Calvertron - 8Bit Dreamz.

7. Benga & Coki | Night
I love the BOOO BOOO BOOO chorus, which is an instrument not a vocal chorus. It always makes me laugh and dance real hard!

8. Melleefresh vs. SpekrFreks | Wishing
Melleefresh vs. Spekrfreks' Wishing is a modern day take of Disney's Snow White, sung in a Melleee Care Bears style with a perfect Spekrfreks Glitch Hop take. Soooo Cool, I love when the drop kicks in... It's so Wonky!

9. Sia | Chandelier
These next 2 tracks were the inspiration for Apparition, my latest hit single. Sia's voice is me in my dreams and the video iced the cake! The young girl throwing herself around an abandoned Grungy house with gleeful abandonment, was awesome. The video makes no sense to the lyrics, which make no sense, and neither does the dance... It's perfect inspiration for the dreamy melodined Trance Mix version of Apparition.

10. Daft Punk | Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
This was exactly how I wanted my vocals to be on the Pop Mix of Apparition, robotic with a memorable hook.