WARMER MIXTAPES #1494 | by David Boon of Maupa and Friends Of Our Youth

1. Bruce Springsteen | Stolen Car
This song just simmers, as though ready to boil over, but instead just slowly fades out and in doing so it really holds a mirror to the lyrics – loss of control, the sense of things breaking down and the fear of the Unknown. I also really believe there is a sense of escape in this breakdown, a yearning for Freedom or maybe a self destruct? He is a master storyteller, and this always takes me back to that comforting dark place.

2. Bob Dylan | Romance In Durango
Where do you start with Dylan? Like this list, it's virtually impossible to break it down and choose ten. I hear this song, and of all the songs from BD I could choose, this is sometimes the hardest to listen to - purely because of a time and a place. The imagery in the lyrics and some of the instrumentation remind me of a place that is very dear to me, and it's in this place that I first heard the song too, which makes it all the more significant.

3. The Thelonious Monk Quartet | Body And Soul
Because sometimes you just need Music that injects some Llife back into you, that makes you sit up and really listen. Music that can simultaneously make you concentrate and listen intently while making you just float along.

4. Joy Division | Atmosphere
Just listen to it. Beautiful. Fraught with Pain and Love and Danger.

5. David Bowie | Sound And Vision
Like Dylan, where do you start? I wanted to say Five Years, Heroes, Moonage Daydream (I just love the way that song starts), Queen Bitch, Oh! You Pretty Things, Let's Dance, etc., etc., but I choose this because it has a little of everything - and it grooves! His ability to constantly and consistently change and explore Music, the effort he puts into creating without it seeming like any effort at all, is probably the most all-round influence on me. As I'm writing this, Rebel Rebel comes on and I want to change choice!

6. Lou Reed | Street Hassle (Waltzing Matilda/Street Hassle/Slipaway) (with Bruce Springsteen)
I was floored when I heard this the first time. It was The Velvets, but it wasn't. I'd pretty much listened to VU to death, then I heard this and it just took the things I loved about VU to a different place, a different sound that resonated with me better at that moment in time, weird pauses, then coming back in with that riff played on a different instrument (I could listen to it on the bass over and over). And then Bruce comes in. I read that he wasn't credited because at the time he was going through some major legal stuff. It blows my mind, the poetry of these two people who I'd have never put together before this. All the while Bruce was still writing and about to unleash on the World, and here he is just sat so comfortably in this fairly abstract song of Lou's. Genius. You know, some people got no choice. And they can't never find a voice. To talk with that they can even call their own...

7. John Lee Hooker | I Cover The Waterfront (Abe Lyman's California Ambassador Hotel Orchestra Cover)
I was really lucky in that I had family who were immense Music lovers, all slightly varying tastes, and as I remember spending a lot of time with them, it was like a new musical education with each one. So I ended up listening to a lot of Blues growing up, went to Blues festivals and saw amazing performers up close and personal, raw energy, ridiculously mind blowing playing, voices that penetrated and turned you inside out. I remember clearly, being so moved. I wasn't used to it, I was almost scared by it. I never saw JLH, but this song is just so beautiful. Once I heard it it never left. It's so simple, so fragile, and not so obviously Blues sounding.

8. Leonard Cohen | Bird On A Wire
But I swear by this song, and by all that I have done wrong, I will make it all up to thee... We make mistakes in Life, it's inevitable. For reasons that aren't always clear to us, or through situations or something we believe, we do and say things, act a certain way. But ultimately we believe it's for the good, in the end. And there is always a fear that you may be remembered for the not so great moments, like they always say, you remember the bad reviews more than the good. This is that final word, the farewell letter you wish you'd written. Like Dylan, you have to be prepared to realise you'll never quite get it as good as this, and so I surrender and let this say it for me.

9. Echo & The Bunnymen | All My Colours (Zimbo) (Live At The Royal Albert Hall, 1983)
I was in my first band, I heard a Bunnymen song, I went and got everything I could find of theirs. I heard this track and kind of rejected everything that was current and listened exclusively to them. I couldn't believe this Music was made when I was barely able to walk. Drums, drums, drums like this on everything. We probably nicked it, a bit.

10. Nirvana | Aneurysm
We end at the start. Is it a cliché? I don't give a fuck. I would choose every Nirvana track ever, if I could, desert island and all that. I always loved Music, I mimed to my dad's Status Quo records with a plastic SG, tried to dance like Michael Jackson in Billy Jean, moshed on the shoulders of the adults at a Guns N' Roses concert. Then I heard Nirvana and everything changed. I didn't want to just like, I wanted to make. And that's it. This song is just balls out ripping it up dirty and melodic at the same time. The voice. The guitar sound. It's a baptism and an exorcism in one go. I love it so much it makes me sick.

+11. Mercury Rev | The Dark Is Rising
I just love this band through and through. They have probably been the most influence and inspiration over the years, and continue to be so. This song has something of everything in it. It's gentle, intricate, then big and lush. It bursts out of the Dark still midnight lake with sudden colours and movements. His voice is beautifully fragile but with some real knowing behind it. Grasshoppers guitar has been a huge influence on my playing, and to get nods to them in reviews made all the other shit worth it. I love the imagery of Nature, and this kind of Magic Realism in lyrics, this other world you're transported to that feels attainable, tangible. It feels like a helping hand, a reassuring smile and a secret door to which you've just been given a key. They hold a special place in my heart and ears and soul and always will.











WARMER MIXTAPES #1493 | by James Seymour [Feelds] of Swim Season

1. Volcano Choir | Comrade
This is atop my list because it was a no-brainer to include for me. Justin Vernon is undoubtedly my musical idol. He's a genius, and I believe his songwriting is something completely unique and unparalleled, which is something that really resonates with me. His morph with Collections Of Colonies Of Bees to create Volcano Choir was something that blew my mind. Bon Iver was already a masterpiece, and his more recent venture shows his passion to push boundaries and ideas. The 2013 album Repave and the song Comrade in particular is a musical journey that will never turn stale for me.

2. Josh Pyke | Momentary Glow
This gem is taken from Josh Pyke's latest release But For All These Shrinking Hearts. Another massive influence on my own style of songwriting, Josh spares no lack of feeling, melody and meaningful lyrical content throughout his 5th album. Momentary Glow is the standout track to me. It presents an honest and evocative story that explores the relationship between himself and his creativity.

3. Bad Pony | Down To You
A band that we at Swim Season have been great friends with for many years now. While we are finally forming a distinctive sound ourselves, Bad Pony have morphed into an Indie-Rock songwriting beast in the meantime. Their latest EP In Limbo really demonstrates their energy and prowess, and Down To You is a big standout for me.

4. Manchester Orchestra | The Ocean
Andy Hull is full of Honesty and Expression. His vocals are nestled superbly between the heavy guitars, harmonies and driving beat as he sings; I... I give it to the ocean, the ocean. For me, this song is one of those ones that I can involve immerse myself in while it takes me on its journey.

5. Bombay Bicycle Club | Luna (with Rae Morris)
Quite possibly my favourite song of 2014! Just a fantastic feel good track. Magnificent songwriting - and it features vocals from Rae Morris! Love that she became a part of the album So Long, See You Tomorrow.

6. The Weeknd | Losers (feat. Labrinth)
I'm a big fan of vocal lines that are organic, and I think this track really presents this idea. It's refreshing to hear the textural difference between The Weeknd and Labrinth when they sing relatively the same lines, and it's just a great bliss out tune!

7. Alpine | Damn Baby
Alpine have GROOVE! The unison in the chorus melody with a subtle harmony just fits together perfectly. Stoked to see this local Aussie band pushing out Music that just gets better and better.

8. Daniel Johns | Preach
When I first heard that Daniel Johns was putting out a solo project after so many years since Silverchair, I had no idea what to expect. I suppose I thought it would be a little Grungy or dark or something. I shouldn't have worried, because it is bloody brilliant!

9. The Preatures | Ordinary
Another Aussie band absolutely killing it. Haven't had the opportunity to see them live as yet, but if they are as fun and captivating as their recordings, I'll be making sure I get to their next show. I love the early Fleetwood Mac influence, and the way Isabella's lead vocal captures your attention throughout the whole recording.

10. Novo Amor | Anchor
Just a slow ballad that I am drowning in at the moment. It's fragile and powerful at the same time, which is a dynamic that always resonates with me as a songwriter and avid Music listener. So glad I came across Novo Amor.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1492 | by Milly T. [GIRLI]

1. Robyn | Dancing On My Own
I fucking adore Robyn. The way she’s such a don’t mess with me girl and writes songs called Jack U Off and Don't Fucking Tell Me What To Do, but then she can also write a song like this which shows her being vulnerable and heartbroken is so clever. I remember a great producer Ian Watt, who I’ve written a lot with, played this to me and then when I said I didn't know who it was, he looked at me in horror and played me basically her whole discography! That writing session turned into a playback of Robyn’s greatest hits, and it was the start of my real love affair with good Pop Music. Going to School and hanging out with very Anti-Pop people made me hate anything Mainstream until I went to Music College and started going out to clubs and noticing that the songs that usually get everyone super turned-up and excited are those that everyone knows and connects with - yes, there are a million songs about wanting to touch someone else, but isn't that because we all know that feeling so well?

2. Jme | Don’t @ Me (feat. Skepta, Shorty & Frisco)
Jme makes the perfectly relatable song for the Twitter gen and makes it funny while still furious and angsty. My friend John & I are massive JME fans and we always bang out his album Integrity whenever and wherever - it hypes the mood if you’re already excited, and makes you feel a big fuck you if you feel down or useless. Grime is my favourite genre because it gives you a licence to lose your shit completely, and going to see live Grime sets is insane.

3. The Streets | Same Old Thing
+ The Irony Of It All... I still live with my parents in the same house I have since I was 0 and I found this song when I was at the peak of going crazy for living in the same boring neighbourhood my whole life. Sort of before I started going out and really seeing London when I was about 15, and so the repetitiveness he talks about was pretty relatable. Mike Skinner’s life he describes here is obviously pretty opposite to that of 15 year old me, but, when I found this album, it just had an immediate emotional effect on me - I think he's a genius and I will always bring his songs up in playlists and as what influences every song I write. When I hear this tune, it reminds me of London and how grimy it is in places and how proud I am to call it home. The Irony Of It All is just a perfect example of using a song to say something political while still be funny as fuck.

4. Estelle | American Boy (feat. Kanye West)
When I was 16 I went to LA to visit my mum’s family over there and this was the soundtrack to that whole trip. My cousin who grew up over there took me round and showed me every side of the city and wherever we went I loved the attention I got as the British girl with the accent, but also how proud I felt to be from London. Whenever one of my American family come to London I feel like Estelle when she says I’ll show you to my bredrin - it’s that pride of having this city be my home and having different slang and different customs that I get reminded of whenever I hear this song.

5. Nitty Scott, MC | FeminiNITTY
I discovered this song randomly and this chick is wicked. She spits like fire and she's so aggressively sure of herself. When she says you thought this was a pretty girl rap? and yes MC, not femmeC, I can’t help squealing yaas, bitch!. She shouts out the male dominated industry and it’s a proper hard feminist anthem. The beat is amazing too, I love the samples from 90s Hip Hop, it’s really NYC.

6. Carly Rae Jepsen | I Really Like You
This is the perfect Pop song - it's shallow, simple but everyone knows what it’s about because everyone really likes someone. The chorus explodes and somehow manages to be either really emotional or really dumb depending on the mood you're in. I go in with a Grime producer and play this song as inspo and they’re just like what the fuck? It’s always my aim to write big choruses.

7. Keith Ape | It G Ma (feat. JayAllDay, Loota, Okasian & Kohh)
This track reminds me of a couple good friends of mine who are both brilliant rappers and super into Trap and Hip Hop like this. The first few chords of this song will always give me nostalgic memories of dancing on rooftops and night buses while they play this through a shitty little speaker while the drunk people on the bus are like what the hell are they doing. It’s such a bate tune and that’s why I love it.

8. Tegan And Sara | Closer
Tegan And Sara was the first gig I ever went to when I was about 14 and it was going to their gig that made me want to write songs. In Closer they encapsulate the most simple and candid of feelings, being a teenager, so desperate to touch someone else, which is surprising for two twins in long term relationships who haven't been teenagers since 1999. It also gives you this perfect rush for a chanty Pop song - here come the dreams of you and me always get me.

9. Justin Bieber | We Are (feat. Nas)
So JB’s new album Purpose bangs and although it pains me to say I am a total Belieber... This song is actually really tender and cute, but with JB’s player history it has this cheeky charm to it, and his voice is like that really expensive Manuka honey you only find in Holland and Barrett. I just listen to this on bus journeys and look out the window at people on the street and imagine all their secret relationships and Love affairs and it’s like I’m in a movie and this is the soundtrack.

10. Shampoo | Trouble
The ultimate brat anthem.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1491 | by Jamie Verney and Liam Fox (Saint Savanna) of MIAMIGO

SIDE A | by Liam Fox

1. The Thrills | The Irish Keep Gate-Crashing
When we were about 16 we’d go swimming at Hampstead heath in the ponds when it was really hot, this song always reminds me of that time.

2. Christy Moore | Ride On 
When we go to Ireland we always have Christy Moore playing in the car and the family all like to sing along to this one in particular.

3. MGMT | The Youth
I would ride to my pal's house on my push bike blaring this in my headphones, thinking I was Donnie Darko or something.

4. Mariah Carey | Dreamlover
My sister would always play her greatest hits, this tune stays with me, very nostalgic, nice vibes.

5. The Killers | All These Things That I’ve Done
Hot Fuss was such a great record. This is the one that takes you on a journey. I'd always play out crazy scenarios in my head listening to this.

6. Michael Jackson | Give In To Me 
It's hard to choose your favourite MJ track, but this one on repeat is fine.

7. Yeasayer | O.N.E.
When I first went to Uni, I was listening to this album a lot, such infectious sounds and melodies. It reminds me of a time when I met a lot of my good friends.

8. Rod Stewart | This Old Heart Of Mine (The Isley Brothers' 'This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)' Cover)
When dad drives, he’s in charge of what plays and he plays Rod all the time, my favourite track.

9. Queen | Too Much Love Will Kill You
I’m just a shadow of the man I use to be everytime... Freddy, the lyrics in this are the best.

10. The Shins | Simple Song
I love all their songs, I love the video for this song with the family battling it out over the father's will, such a feel good song.

+11. Sam Cooke And The Stars | Steal Away (Traditional Song Cover)
When I was working at a shop, we’d always play this when we were cleaning before opening the store every day and would make us happy.

SIDE B | by Jamie Verney

1. Van Morrison | Brown Eyed Girl
This is my earliest musical memory, I always think it will have more Music in it, but there's barely anything in the track.

2. Brandon Flowers | Never Get You Right
Love anything by Brandon, but this takes it. One of my favourite productions I've heard recently, it has a real subtle crescendo throughout the whole song. It's just Pop done right.

3. Bon Iver | Beth/Rest
I feel like this might be one of the best songs of the last 5 years, perfect atmosphere and very Minimal production. It sounds very 80's but using all the best bits from the era. There's a live version from SNL which could be even better than the recording.

4. Brand New | Limousine
The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me could be my favourite album, and this song is one of its darkest moments.

5. Justice | Stress
This song has so much suspense and intensity, also an amazing video that makes you feel really uncomfortable and stressed, feels like a score designed for the video.

6. Don Henley | New York Minute
Liam played me this only a couple of months ago and I can't believe I'd never heard it before, such a big over the top chorus.

7. Fleetwood Mac | Tango In The Night
My favourite Mac album, I love all the sounds they used, especially the drums, and this song really nails it.

8. Phoenix | Lisztomania
It's really hard to pick a favourite from Phoenix as they're all amazing. The guitar rhythms in this track are great and they always find really inventive chords and production techniques to go behind Pop songs.

9. Nirvana | Lithium
Favourite song from my favourite band. Love the dynamics of Super Soft to Super Loud that Nirvana used. Such a poignant chorus with just one word.

10. Michael Jackson | P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Michael Jackson played a huge role in influencing my early Music taste, and this track has a special place in my memory. The synth and backing vocals in the chorus are absolutely killer. Flawless Pop song.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1490 | by Josh Borenstein [Josh Michaels]

1. R. Kelly | I Believe I Can Fly 
This is a song that holds a very strong meaning to my heart and has been a part of me ever since hearing it. I have been singing this song for family, friends, auditions, etc., for most of my life. Why? Because I Believe I Can Fly. It has always lifted me higher, making me believe in myself more. Thank you, R. Kelly, for this song, truly.

2. The Beatles | Yesterday 
My dad's favorite. As I grew up The Beatles were always being played in my home.

3. Rascal Flatts | Life Is A Highway (Tom Cochrane Cover) (Cars Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Lyrically this song drives me towards a positive light which I am always in search for. Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long keeps my mind aligned with the Power of Positivity. I always enjoy hearing this while driving in the summer with the Sun beaming down, keeps me feeling ALIVE.

4. Billy Joel | Piano Man 
Besides the fact that he is from Long Island where I am from, this song has always made me want to sing along. Brilliant artist, major influence of mine.

5. Fleetwood Mac | Dreams 
The texture in Stevie's voice is just tremendous. I have always been a huge fan! Recently I got acquainted with band member Lindsey Buckingham's ex girlfriend Carol Ann Harris. She took a great load of liking to my Music. We became friends.

6. Seal | Love's Divine 
People are always comparing my voice to Seal's. This is a favorite of mine by Seal.

7. Lee Ann Womack | I Hope You Dance 
This song has always touched my heart from when I first heard it from a very young age. Her lyrics really fill the message I live by and use to express how I feel in my own writing. As she sings whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens, this is a PRIME example of what I want for everyone in the World. I always believe in taking chances and going for it! I want for everyone to never fear the mountains in the distance, as she puts it. Always take chances!

8. The Rolling Stones | (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Always a favorite in my family. I have been lucky enough to see them play live.

9. Adele | Rolling In The Deep
From her voice, to her lyrics. Just brilliant. A true gem of an artist.

10. Sam Smith | Stay With Me 
Another great artist I admire. My voice has been compared to his as well. He truly makes great Music!

+11. Michael Jackson | Heal The World 
This song always connects with my way of thinking about the World and all the World's issues. The World needs a lot of Healing. Michael has always been a huge inspiration to me and someone I follow with his lyrical messages.

+12. Aerosmith | Jaded
Steven Tyler has always been a huge creative influence of mine. I have got to see them live. I must have been about 16, Nikon Theatre, I knew then I wanted to be right there in his position.

+13. Elton John | Rocket Man
Always a song I love to cover whether on an audition or doing a cover on a performance. When he states I'm not the man they think I am at home... Oh, no, no, no... I'm a Rocket Man, that line alone reminds me of myself. I think I am misunderstood a lot, people that don't reach for their dreams try to make me feel it's impossible. But I know it is not impossible. What's been done, shows that within itself.

+14. Blessid Union Of Souls | Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)
Always had an impact on me based off of a girl who I really liked, who really liked me for me. There are plenty of guys being used, but for those special girls who actually like the guy for who they really are. This is what makes this song special to me.

+15. Katy Perry | Firework
From the moment this song came out, her uplifting message within her lyrics is exactly how I lead my own life/career and advise others to lead theirs. As she states May be a reason why all the doors are closed... So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road... Always pushes the power of my belief to never give up.

+16. TLC | Waterfalls 
Lyrically touching, always reminds me to listen to the Universe around me and let the World around me play its role. You must go with the flow sometimes.

+17. Bon Jovi | It's My Life
A song that's always been a favorite of mine. Major lyrical influence. It's my life, it's now or never... I ain't gonna live forever... I just want to live while I'm alive.

+18. Survivor | Eye Of The Tiger
Ever since attending sleep away camp up in Pennsylvania camp Indian Head, this was a theme song during an event called Sing. The lyrics, melody and the whole song in general have stuck with me till this day. A real survivor song, my way of thinking.

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1. Ella Fitzgerald | Manhattan (Sterling Holloway & June Cochran Cover)
When I was very young my parents gave me and my sister their old record player and a stack of 78’s to play. Some were Classical Music, some were easy-listening and a few were Jazz, amongst them this, by Ella Fitzgerald. I played this and the B-side Every Time We Say
Goodbye over and over, but kids and 78’s is not a good combination and eventually one of us sat on it and broke it. Definitely my sister. I now have about 14 LP’s of Ella’s now. For me, Ella is truly the Queen of Jazz. Her voice is one that, for me, no-one comes close to.

2. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends | Don't Take Your Time
Whenever I hear this song I get a massive rush. It is the most perfect Pop song. It has quite a strange structure that just keeps going forward, heaping on the rush. When I heard the album, it was inevitable that I’d be a bit disappointed, because this song is almost too good to be true. It’s the Carpenters vs. Acid House.

3. Leslie Winer | The Boy Who Used 2 Whistle
This is one of those LPs that I bought because the CD was 1 pound in a cheap CD shop, called Mr. CD, in London’s West End. It turned out to be a real winner, which I come back to again and again. The combination of Leslie Winer’s drawling, tired vocal and the super-smooth Trip-Hoppy beat backing is super-seductive. I REALLY need the vinyl of this… As people like to say… All killer, no filler. Has been recently re-issued by Superior Viaduct. Clever people.

4. Robert Haigh And Silent Storm | X-Generation 
A friend of mine in Osaka released this. I heard it when I went to a cafe in Osaka for a Dance/Music event and the dancer used this, quite likely at the behest of the label mam. I fell in love with it immediately. It reminded me in a strange way of Insides, a band Spoonfed Hybrid shared a label with once (Guernica). It seemed like they had grown an extra couple of legs. I love it. I love it. I love it. I still have about 20 copies after distributing a few to fellow Music lovers.

5. Blondie | Contact In Red Square
I graduated from ABBA to Toyah and Blondie when I was 14. When Blondie appeared on Top Of The Pops, an English Music TV show, I’m pretty sure my pants were soaked. She was a very good singer and writer, who also happened to be a beautiful woman, and, of course, a wank target for teenage boys, and a very good role model for strong women in a misanthropic industry. How could she possibly not succeed. Denis was the hit off this album, and it was also very good, but it wore thin after only 200 listens.

6. The Misunderstood | I Unseen
I first heard this on the legendary Cherry Red compilation Pillows And Prayers, an album that cost only 99p. It introduced me to other bands like Eyeless In Gaza, as well. Around this time I also copied a tape from a friend of Nuggets and discovered The Electric Prunes and The 13th Floor Elevators too. I knew I had to hear the whole LP. The Misunderstood had a guitar sound that shredded the clothes you were wearing, but came dangerously close to the Blues Music I hated. Time for a brain re-calibration. This song shared lyrics with I Come And Stand At Every Door by The Byrds, a song told from the viewpoint of a child incinerated at Hiroshima. Living in Japan, this is something I encounter every year, but, not having lived through it, can not really comprehend.

7. Eyeless In Gaza | Dreaming At Rain
Very, very hard to pick just one track by this band. They helped me understand that Pop couldn’t fulfil all my needs. When I was at Birmingham University, I used to go to gigs at the Fighting Cocks pub in Moseley. At the time, it was a rough pub, like most of the pubs in that area. The first time I walked in I saw 2 skinheads fighting on the billiards table. I probably scurried upstairs. I saw many bands there including The Smiths on their 1st tour. They were very good, but Eyeless In Gaza were much much better. They were only 2 people, and yet they had as much of a full band sound as they needed. Pete Becker played the bass and drums at the same time. I was gobsmacked. We should have got him to produce the 1st Pale Saints album. But maybe if we had, we might have never have got to go to Japan, which is one of the reasons I live here now.

8. Meiko Kaji | Hitori Kaze 
Even though I live in Japan, I’m not a huge fan of Japanese Music. I’m very, very sorry. But obviously there are exceptions. On a visit to a flea market near where I live, I found this song on an EP. It was placed last, suggesting that it might be a minor B-side. Nothing of the kind. It’s one of the pinnacles of Meiko Kaji’s output, with an epic arrangement by Hiroshi Takada, an absolute masterpiece mashup between Enka and Spaghetti Western. AND Wah Wah Psychedelic guitars…

9. The Birthday Party | Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow)
And Big-Jesus-Trash-Can... One of my friends at School was always telling me how great The Birthday Party was… I never believed him… Then I heard this album and I suppose I finally started to believe him Wherefore art thou, baby face? … I finally got my shit together to see them at their last gig at the Electric Ballroom in London. It was fairly scary. People in the audience were punching each other quite hard, left, right and anywhere else they could. My Dad, who was also there, punched me in the face. Scoundrels, the lot of ‘em.

10. The Electric Prunes | Get Me To The World On Time
They had amazing guitar sounds and great tunes. Just listen to any song from their first two albums. The 13th Floor Elevators were great as well, at least for the first two albums. At some point The Electric Prunes record label assigned producer David Axelrod to them to make an album with part religious chanting and part electric guitar solos. It should have turned out shit, but it’s excellent too, as are the first few LPs by Axelrod under his own name (If you ever see Heavy Axe and are tempted, don’t be. Leave it in the racks). I always hated guitar solos, but I guess this is the exception. Another brain re-calibration required.

+11. The Red Crayola | Hurricane Fighter Plane (ZigZag Magazine Flexi Disc Version)
The version I'm choosing is the re-recorded version from a flexi disc, given away with English Music magazine ZigZag, which was a major information source when I was a teenager. This version of the song is so completely creepy and scary it confused me for quite a while. The other track on the flex was Reverberation by the 13th Floor Elevators, which I initially preferred. Now, no contest. Track it down if you can. It’ll be worth it.

+12. Louis And Bebe Barron | Robby Arranges Flowers, Zaps Monkey (Forbidden Planet Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
This LP milestone in Electronic Music for movies debuted in 1956 as the soundtrack to this, the movie Forbidden Planet, but didn’t get released on a Music format until 1976. It’s complete genius from beginning to end. It was made with very old synthesizers, but not synthesizers, probably just very, very old town making machines. It's an absolutely perfect soundtrack for the film and gives it a very strange timeless feel. The film was denied an Oscar for Music as the Academy members of The Academy and the Musicians Union Of America decided that Music made by machines was not eligible to receive a prize. It's probably my favourite album of Electronic Music ever and I never get tired of listening to it. It’s ageless and sounds better than 95% of all the albums which were made after it. Shortly after making this album, the composers were abducted by an alien race and never seen again. The whole album is incredible and essential.

+13. Eden Ahbez | The Wanderer
This album is a very strange album, but very beautiful album from the early sixties that sounds like nothing else. It was made by a self-styled proto-hippie living in Hollywood who wrote Nature Boy, which was subsequently made famous by Nat King Cole and many other singers. The cover photograph makes him look like a kind of Jesus figure, but the Music itself is beautiful Exotica with completely out of Time monologues over the top of it. So beautifully recorded that it sounds incredible even on YouTube. Again, you need the whole album. Try to buy one with the right cover and not the shitty re-issue cover I have.

+14. Baden E Vinícius | Canto De Ossanha
This is my favorite Brazilian album of all time, although many others come quite close. Introduced to me by my friend Mark Tranmer (of Gnac, The Montgolfier Brothers and Wingdisk), at first I was put off by the fact that the guitarist has the same name as an English Scout leader, but after I heard the LP for the first time I knew I would be listening to it for a very long time. It was made in the in the late sixties by guitarist Baden Powell and poet Vinicius De Moraes, and among the other musicians on the album are the female vocal group Quarteto Em Cy. It's an incredibly beautiful and spiritual album, which over time I became completely obsessed with. I can hardly write this stupid text as my body is wracked with waves of pleasure while listening to it again. Yes, of course, you need the whole fucking album! If you dare to buy just this one track, put on the conical hat and enjoy the corner of the room. Also, there are two versions of this album. One recorded in 1960, the original, which is the one you must hear. The other recorded in 1990 by Baden Powell without Moraes, but with Quarteto Em Cy and many great percussionists, is also very much worth checking out.

1. Darlyn Vlys | Everything We Had (feat. Forrest)
Our latest release on Sincopat. Without a doubt, it's one of my favourite tracks ever. We cooked the EP slowly and you can feel it on the final sound, the tracks have so much influences and colours inside.

2. Lee Van Dowski | WWW
Lee Van Dowski is on fire at the moment, I love everything he is doing right now, but this one blows my mind. Over any style, this is Pure Retro-Futuristic Sound.

3. Shall Ocin | The Mist
The Mist is going further with the mid range Synth Experimentation boundaries. Nico's Music represents perfectly the Techno sound I like.

4. AFFKT | Someone In The Sky (feat. Sutja Gutierrez)
From my label Sincopat, Someone In The Sky, the second step of the album I am working on. My muse and good friend Sutja's voice make the song even more emotive; I think it's a colourful and positive song that defines the shape of the album to come.

5. Isolée | Beau Mot Plage
One of my favourite tracks ever, not sure how to define such a special track, it's kind of like itching powder in your mouth.

6. Dave Ellesmere | Today Tomorrow And Yesterday
This track has around nine years but sounds like made yesterday. I am always looking for that in the Music I produce and play... To have something timeless. I want to look back and be proud that what I did was over hypes…

7. Boards Of Canada | Open The Light
I've listened to this song like 1000 times and still love it, the albums by Boards Of Canada are always an experience to listen to... They make you feel and think and hits directly to your heart.

8. Audio Junkies | Demodulator
With Demodulator I've discovered the Audio Junkies duo. They are some of the most talented producers out there nowadays. I really like this hypnotic track, another timeless track.

9. Lemon Jelly | Nice Weather For Ducks‬
This is the best good vibe track ever, the best pill for Depression. I guess my Music has a bit of Lemon Jelly as well, they were a big influence on my early productions.

10. Tom Demac | Dave Saints
Really like Tom Demac’s production. Dave Saints reflects his talent to make emotive tracks but really energetic at the same time, you realize there is a lot of work and love to produce something like this.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1487 | by Louis Gregory [Lou Sinergy]

1. Aesop Rock | Daylight
This track really opened my eyes to how powerful and interesting Vocabulary is, especially in Hip Hop. Not only did it provide endless repeats, it also expanded my lexicon.

2. Elliott Smith | Between The Bars
I first heard this on a film, can't remember which film, probably a romantic comedy on Netflix, but as soon as I heard it, I backlogged all of Elliott's work! The pain in his vocals and lyrics used demonstrated first hand how Music can potentially be therapy to an artist.

3. Vampire Weekend | Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
This track is a prime example of how certain songs remind you vividly of experiences. I worked in Cape Cod for 3 months and, everytime I hear this song, it takes me back there instantly.

4. Ghetto | Convo With A Cabbie
Storytelling is a strong asset to have when it comes to songwriting and apart from Eminem - Stan, this song is up there for me, mainly because it is a story over a Grime tempo which I think is difficult. Ghetto sticks to the progression of the story all the way throughout and even adds a moral at the end.

5. Stevie Wonder | Black Orchid
My mum shown me this song years ago and every time I hear it I just think of her, so it makes me, weirdly, feel safe.

6. The Streets | Empty Cans
This song, specifically the second half, is responsible for, in my opinion, the most meaningful hook written: It's the end of something I did not want to end, beginning of hard times to come, but something that was not meant to be is done, and this is the start of what was. It hits me on every emotional level. It's also the best outro to an album.

7. The Streets | Blinded By The Lights
If I could, I would just name every song from A Grand Don't Come For Free, but that's not really eclectic of me. This song though always gets me hyped up, but at the same I really delve into the lyrics of betrayal and the fuck it attitude Mike channels.

8. Eyedea & Abilities | Smile 
Firstly, RIP Eyedea, what an emcee! This is one of them songs that genuinely lifts my mood from the start, which is what I always look for in Music, especially in a Hip Hop track. The chorus is also a solid 10/10.

9. Pharoahe Monch | The Grand Illusion (Circa 1973) (feat. Citizen Cope)
Pharoahe is hands down one of the greatest wordsmiths around in my eyes and this track proves this. Especially when he is delivering strong messages. In fact, I love this song so much I got one of the lyrics on my wrist for my first tattoo... External gratification is not happiness eternal.

10. Rone | Bye Bye Macadam
Even though I don't drive, this is the perfect driving song. The track has such an organic build up and such a spine chipping drop, I can't help but bust an uncontrollable head nod when I hear it.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1486 | by Frank Deserto (Dream Affair, Frank (Just Frank), Revel Hotel, Funeral Crashers), Greg Fasolino (Bell Hollow, The Naked And The Dead), Barrett Hiatt (Revel Hotel)/[Halo33] and Vanessa Irena (Synesect)/[knifesex] of The Harrow

SIDE A | by Vanessa Irena

1. Fever Ray | Dry And Dusty
I basically worship Karin Dreijer Andersson and think this is one of the greatest albums of all time. It’s hard to pick one track, but this one is kind of a standout for me. No one makes Domesticity seem more beautiful and terrifying.

2. Gazelle Twin | Anti Body
Gazelle Twin kind of filled a Fever-Ray-sized hole for me to be honest. I hate to compare the two because Elizabeth Bernholz is a genius in her own right and is definitely doing her own thing. I’m just affected in the same way by both of their Music. When this album came out I think I listened to nothing else for about three months straight. Again, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but this is a fantastic track.

3. Andy Stott | Execution
Some Music I really get down with on an intellectual level, but some Music is just purely bodily. This song seeps into me on a very deep, primal level and I absolutely love it.

4. Portishead | Machine Gun
I’ve been a big fan of Portishead forever and, when Third finally came out, this track really blew me away and it still does. Trip Hop meets Industrial Grime.

5. Ende Shneafliet | Session Zeitgeist
Frank introduced me to this track when he came on my radio show and I remember sitting there being like HOLY SHIT the whole time it was playing. It feels way ahead of it’s time for something that came out in 1983, plus Military beats are kinda my jam.

6. Radiohead | Everything In Its Right Place
I was in College when Kid A came out, and I had kind of written off Radiohead at the time because I was at the age where I thought I was too cool to listen to bands that were popular... But I remember hearing this track and being like WHAT IS THIS?... It was unlike anything I had really heard at the time and it’s what made me a Radiohead fan.

7. Guided By Voices | (I Wanna Be A) Dumbcharger
GBV were sort of my gateway into Music that was truly weird when I was in High School and College. I don’t listen to them much anymore, but I still think that Robert Pollard is a lyrical genius and this track is no exception.

8. Dead Skeletons | Ljósberinn
This song makes me want to conquer a small village.

9. Copeland | Advice To Young Girls (with Actress)
Amazing track and brilliant feminist anthem all in one.

10. Clock DVA | Buried Dreams
I basically want to have sex with this song.

+11. Brian Eno | The Fat Lady Of Limbourg
One of my favorite albums. This song is weird as hell and I love it.

+12. Bo Diddley | Who Do You Love?
I think this is probably the most Goth song ever written with the most badass lyrics of all time.

SIDE B | by Greg Fasolino

1. Slowdive | Souvlaki Space Station
Gliding and shimmering in the inky Darkness, radiating Bliss and Mystery, Souvlaki Space Station is my everlasting showstopper, my timeless Tonal Touchstone and Sonic Connection to the Universe. A song to Love forever, a song to inspire. Echo on!

2. The Chameleons | Second Skin
Second Skin has been on my favorite songs list for a very long time, and for good reason. It’s simultaneously existential and transcendent, with an almost unbearably magnificent sense of dynamics. Plus, it has the single greatest guitar hook every played. Whenever I pick up my Les Paul, I think to myself: Nothing I will ever come up with can ever be as good as Second Skin, but I gotta try.

3. Tyrannosaurus Rex | The Throat Of Winter
Picking one song from my favorite Music Artist of all time is tough. Marc Bolan was clearly a mortal man, but when he was on top of his game, he seemed to spring fully formed from some alternate fantasy universe, or from a different, stranger aeon. His voice was liquid amber and honey, tapping into deep archetypes and colorful Surrealism alike. Unicorn is my No. 1 album ever and this is one of several songs on it whose melodies are beautiful beyond compare, with the lyrics functioning as Poetry of the highest order. O the throat of Winter is upon us, the barren barley fields refuse to sway, before the husky hag of early Darkness in her hoods of snowy greydoes descriptive language get any better than that?

4. Todd Rundgren | I Saw The Light
I’m not really a big fan of Todd Rundgren, but, in my opinion, this is the most perfect Ppop song ever composed, narrowly beating out Waterloo Sunset and Care Of Cell 44. I could listen to that effervescent, floating duet between drums and piano a billion times and never ever get sick of it. I Saw The Light is bittersweet, which is the artistic emotion I love best, and it almost bursts with the glowing rush of falling in Love. I have a fetish for guitar solos that echo the vocal melody, and this is a prime example of that trick. It’s also a nice choice to reflect my deep and abiding worship of ’70s Rock, Pop and Soul Musicthose ghosts of radio past that bring my childhood back to me in an instant.

5. Hexvessel | Sacred Marriage
The newest of my finds, I came across this Psychedelic Forest Folk tune a month or two ago, via the stunning video, and was instantly seduced by its archaic texture, emotional power and vivid pagan imagery. When Mat McNerney sings, Horned God, Horned God, Moon Goddess rises with You, something inside me just responds on an atavistic level. Lord Summerisle would love this song. It is the sound of the Woods and Caves, of Rock and Stream and Moss, of the Lushness and Vastness and visceral Affect of Nature. Plant trees and worship Sagan, sayeth Hexvessel, and I can’t disagree. Now I want to go hike.

6. Black Sabbath | Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
The greatest, grandest, most epic Metal riff ever, right here, topping even Slayer’s Reign In Blood and Mercyful Fate’s Evil. It served me well when I was 14, and it serves me well now. I study Medieval German Longsword Fencing, and THIS is what is playing in my head when I don my mask and enter into sparring combat.

7. Lesley Gore | Maybe I Know
My family means the world to me, so I’m going to pick a few tunes that reflect this priority. Maybe I Know is for my 13-year-old daughter Josie. It’s our shared delight: a song that we both love from the bottom of our goofy hearts, and which we always sing and shamelessly mime along to, whenever we’re cooking something or sitting in the car together. It’s not one of Lesley’s famous songs, but I love it the most. The vocal melodies are so effortlessly Baroque and Divine, and oh, the Bittersweetness!

8. Kraftwerk | Neon Lights
This one is for my 16-year-old son Rudi. He loved Kraftwerk ever since he was a toddler, and while his own tastes developed past my influence into things like Dubstep and EDM, Kraftwerk was something that we could always still share, culminating in me taking him as a birthday present to see their awe-inspiring 3D show in NYC in 2014. Neon Lights is their finest moment, a paean to the beauty of the Nocturnal Urban Beehive and the wonders of Science and Architecture, all set to sparkly synthetic melodies of almost Bach-like Simplicity and Perfection. It is the feeling you get when you’re sitting in an airplane and you see the twinkling lights below of a new city to explore. It makes me look forward to the Future.

9. Deftones | Cherry Waves
Here is one for my beloved wife, Brittany. When we met nine years ago, this song was the key track on the first mix CD she gave me, and it totally reflected the avalanche of mad secret passion that engulfed us. I’d never paid the band any attention before, maybe because the name seemed silly or I assumed they were akin to Korn, but after that, I became obsessed with them. Chino Moreno is my favorite living vocalist (he could probably sing my tax return and make me enjoy it) and this is one of his finest performances. His voice is so sensuous, almost erotic in how it stretches like taffy. The overwhelming slow tidal rush of the Music works in such perfect harmony with his lyrics to express that feeling of falling so deeply in Love with someone that you’d trust them with your life and would risk absolutely everything to be with them. When Britt and I finally saw Deftones perform this song in 2011 and kissed in the balcony as it played, I took it as a sign from the Universe that they chose to backdrop it with scenes from her favorite film, Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders.

10. Claude Debussy | La Mer (Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Fritz Reiner) 
As recorded in 1960... It was June of ’81. I was 16 and temporarily bored with Metal, and a month or two away from discovering Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave. I came across A Clockwork Orange on Wometco (our primitive version of pay cable) and obsessively watched it over and over that month. From one perspective, it spurred my massive interest in Cult Cinema, but it also made me intensely curious about Classical Music for the first time. I found a beat-up old LP of La Mer in my parents’ modest stack of albums, threw it on, and was enraptured. I recognized the Music immediately as the soundtrack to scenes from the documentary series The Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau, which had fascinated me as a kid. I have a lifelong obsession with the Sea and no other piece of Music captures that all-encompassing oceanic feeling like La Mer. Debussy is by far my favorite Classical composer, and his emphasis on Atmosphere, Tonal Impressionism and Melancholia are hardwired into my mindset as a musician.

+11. Suede | Bentswood Boys
Back in the ’90s, Suede meant more to me than any other band and their B-sides in particular were pure gold. This one is kinda like the best semi-Acoustic Ziggy-era Bowie song that isn’t actually Bowie. I have no clue what a Bentswood boy is, but the meaning of Brett Anderson’s lyrics is irrelevant – it’s the almost bottomless sense of wistful regret and longing he imbues the track with (and the sublime Acoustic and lead guitar work by the underrated Richard Oakes) that makes me swoon 100 percent of the time, every time.

+12. Cocteau Twins | Know Who You Are At Every Age
This song is so absolutely lovely in every way, it transfixes me in my place like a bug on a collector’s pin. The most beautifully wistful of vocal melodies combined with the most elegantly dreamy guitar tapestries make it a confection that I have to stop myself from playing in an infinite loop. Robin Guthrie is a god.

+13. Led Zeppelin | Ten Years Gone
Back in the Spring of ’78, as a callow seventh-grader, I made the fateful decision to pick up the guitar, and my newfound adoration of Led Zeppelin was surely the main impetus. Their oeuvre is so diverse and rich that – beyond those familiar tunes that are being played on Classic Rock radio every second of the day – I can always seem to find new favorites and hear different things going on within Jimmy Page’s masterfully orchestrated productions. I always liked this track, but after soaking in all the new deluxe album remasters last year, I realized just how fucking brilliant and beautiful and sad it was. Ten Years Gone is about Nostalgia, one of my favorite emotions, and Page’s liquid, shimmery guitar lines somehow reflect that.

+14. Bad Brains | Sailin’ On (ROIR cassette version)
I am a rocket, shooting forward into the Future, temporal velocity unceasing, older every second. Time may be illusory, but I still try and savor the moment and songs like this are reminders of my existence as a singular physical human at this moment in Space/Time. I could’ve chosen any number of perfect Punk Rock songs that soundtracked my last two years at an all-boys Catholic High School three decades ago, but this one isn’t just angry, it makes me feel powerful AND positive. I still remember the first time I heard their debut ROIR tape (the cleaner remake on Rock For Light just isn’t quite as superb). I was on vacation at my grandma’s house in St. Petersburg, Florida, in February 1982. Late one night, as everyone else slept and I battled insomnia, somehow I found a College station which played the entire eponymous tape, start to finish. I lay there marveling at their then-astounding speed, H.R.’s phenomenal catlike yowls, the wonderful ooh ooh oohs, wishing I could leap around the room and scream at the top of my teenage lungs.

+15. Steely Dan | Home At Last
I get more shit for loving Steely Dan than pretty much anything else in my wildly diverse closet of musical tastes. Especially from my bandmates, so this one is simply mandatory. There are so many classic Fagen/Becker songs that I love, but Home At Last has slowly risen to the top. A wry adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey, it encapsulates what I find so addictive about the Dan. Intellect meets Soul, Sadness merges with Silkiness. The juxtaposition of the cynical, World-weary lyrics and the soothing Jazzy tones never fails to please my ears and my heart. Now please give me a cigar and a Manhattan, please.

+16. Interpol | Pace Is The Trick
I will always be grateful for how Interpol (along with the first Strokes album) made me feel after my long guitar-playing sabbatical: that the Post-Punk sounds of my youth were cool again, that New York was finally a place to make Music once more, and that I really wanted to be part of it. While their first two albums are still my favorites, this song is just utterly glorious, especially when those sublime drums kick in at 50 seconds. I listened to this song so much during that transitional summer of 2007 when everything in my personal life changed. Things fell apart and came together and sometimes I had no idea which way was up. This song was my candle.

+17. The Brothers Johnson | Strawberry Letter 23 (Shuggie Otis Cover)
I love ’70s Soul and R&B the best, because it stripped away much of the bouncy Motown elements and ran straight into Bittersweetland, where I always wanna dwell. This song is so ridiculously majestic and trippy. The original version by Shuggie Otis is just as good, but this is the one that recalls walking home from School in Sixth Grade with its refrain swirling in my head, and turning on my dinky little radio and letting the World of Music envelop me.

+18. Niney The Observer | Blood And Fire
So fucking raw, so fucking heavy. Bass in your face. The rhythm is the Sound of the Heartbeat magnified almost beyond Endurance, the Sound of the Earth moving and Lava flowing, the guitar circling and chopping like a machete. It’s been my favorite riddim for decades, but since I became an ASOIAF obsessive in ’99, the very Targaryen sentiment sounds even finer. Let it burn, burn, burn!

+19. Die Antwoord | Fatty Boom Boom
My bandmate Barrett tried to get me into this band for awhile, and I resisted. They seemed so alien to me at first. One day last summer, after he’d played me another one of their tracks, I realized I kinda liked it. I came across the video to Fatty Boom Boom and instantly was like HELL YEAH! WOW! THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER! Played nothing else for a whole week straight. The beat is the best. It’s so primitive, so elemental, beyond Bo Diddley, beyond Neanderthal – it’s a beat from the Dawn Time, war drums of the Caveman calling every one of my cells to join the painted ritual. Ninja and Yolandi’s delivery is just so much fun, I can’t help smiling.

+20. Siouxsie And The Banshees | Into The Light
There’s not much I can say about the genius of the late John McGeoch that hasn’t already been said. So creative, so unpredictable. While my favorite McGeoch guitar solo is in Magazine’s Shot By Both Sides, it’s on the Juju album that he totally goes apeshit and lays down these huge webs of Mystery Mojo that have never been topped, this one being my favorite.

+21. The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem | South Australia (Traditional Sea Shanty Cover)
I’m deeply obsessed with sea chanties, and the rollicking, jaunty South Australia has long been my favorite, nudging The Hog-Eye Man. I also really like the crustier version by Ewan MacColl & A.L. Lloyd, but I’m picking The Clancys because they were the very first musical group I ever loved. My parents were Folk Music fans, and The Clancy Brothers were the first LPs I remember putting on the Stereo in the late ’60s, even before the family moved on to John Denver and Simon & Garfunkel. Hearing the incomparable voice of Liam Clancy reminds me of my mother Rose Marie, five years gone now but ever in my thoughts.

+22. Sun Kil Moon | Third And Seneca
I liked Red House Painters when they first came out, saw a really good show in ’92, but somehow forgot about Mark Kozelek after that. Last year something possessed me to check out Sun Kil Moon and I felt like kicking myself when I realized how amazing his more recent work is. For someone who’s usually not very focused on lyrics, I’m surprisingly addicted to his intensely personal and nostalgic autobiographical storytelling. This song is particularly special. The guitar playing is so warm and elegant and intimate. I turned 50 this year, and when I hear this voice – full of woody, caramel tones and a depth of Regret and Longing and Life Experience – it feels exactly like something meant for me at this point in my life.

SIDE C | by Frank Deserto

1. Breathless | Bad Blood
Nasty, hard hitting Post Punk from an otherwise delicate Dreampop precursor. I've always thought this band should have been huge, or at least, in the same league as bands like The Chameleons. This is a contender for my favorite song of all time (not something I take lightly), and the climax of the song never fails to give me chills.

2. In The Nursery | Lost Prayer
An early gem from an incredibly prolific group – walks a fine line between Military-driven Neofolk and Penderecki's most brutal, atonal moments. This came on shuffle recently and I had to stop dead in my tracks to give it my full attention three times in a row before moving on.

3. Turning Shrines | 1/4 Circle Black
I keep coming back to this song, over and over again. An underground Synthpop masterpiece, with just the right amount of Dreampop/Cocteau Twins flourish to really make it stick. Among other things, I've been extremely passionate about championing female-fronted New Wave and Post Punk tracks, a reaction against several friends who ridiculously claim they only listen to male vocalists. This drives me absolutely crazy.

4. Sun Dial | Reflecter
A menacing bass-and-drum-driven track masquerading as a Shoegaze rave-up. Completely danceable, with just the right amount of Nihilism to make things interesting. This song makes me wish I was old enough to enjoy the prolific UK Shoegaze scene in the late '80s and early '90s. Deep down, I will always be a sad bastard Shoegaze kid at heart.

5. Priscilla | Stone Is Very, Very Cold
Gorgeous, melancholy witchy Folk from an otherwise girl-group great. Haunting and heartbreaking. I first discovered this track through Rose McDowall and Boyd Rice's underrated Spell project, but the original will always be the best.

6. McCarthy | We Are All Bourgeois Now
Biting social commentary masquerading as catchy Jangle Pop. It took a while for this band to click, but they're in regular rotation these days. A precursor to Stereolab in membership only, I much prefer this band to what they would become.

7. Neon | Voices
Classic staple of the Belgian New Beat genre: four-on-the-floor rhythms and a synth line that just won't quit. Invokes intense feelings and sexual energy without a single lyric.

8. The Phones | Emotional Language
Completely understated, Minimal, and ghost-ridden Post Punk from the outer regions of Europe. The bleakest use of saxophone since Bowie's Heroes record.

9. And Also The Trees | A Room Lives In Lucy
Another contender for all-time favorite songs, and a huge influence on me on both a musical and lyrical level. Having a perfect Scott Walker-esque voice never hurt, either. Like Breathless, this band was just on the cusp of popularity, with big support from The Cure, but never quite made it to that level. Also like Breathless, they never broke up and continue to make excellent records, an admirable feat considering all the other drama involved with other bands from the era.

10. Second Still | Try Not To Hide
My favorite new band, hailing from NYC (and currently in the process of relocating to LA). This song has yet to be released, but encompasses everything I love about the French Cold Wave scene of the mid-to-late '80s in a perfect modern track.

+11. Asylum Party | Madhouse Grass
Speaking of which, I can't seem to get through a conversation about all-time favorites without invoking La Vague Froide, a mostly French phenomenon of bands influenced by early Cure records. While there are so many French bands and tracks that shaped early Harrow demos, it's always Asylum Party that shines above the rest.

+12. His Name Is Alive | Cornfield
A mid-period 4AD gem, and a huge formative influence in thinking outside of the box (also see Wire). Art-damaged beauty, glitchy strings, and monotone female vocals complete with almost menacing, yet warm lyrics make this one a permanent favorite for almost 15 years running.

+13. Garbage | Queer
An old favorite from the moment I first saw the video debut on MTV during my formative years. I was already knee-deep in obsessions with David Bowie and The Smashing Pumpkins at the time, but this taught me that Music could be incredibly sensual and dangerous on a more visceral level.

+14. Manic Street Preachers | Of Walking Abortion
Speaking of dangerous, every track on The Holy Bible is razor sharp, and is one of the few records that make me want to burn down the World. It's hard to pick a favorite, but this one sticks out just a hair above the rest.

+15. Cranes | Starblood
Terrifyingly loud and uncompromising, a mix of both beautiful and ugly in one three-minute package. An old High School favorite that I've never outgrown, and never will.

SIDE D | by Barrett Hiatt

1. Def Leppard | Rocket
I remember Hysteria being the first cassette tape that I purchased with my allowance. The big, heavy, arena-shaking reverb on the drums. The hook after hook that they seemed to so easily come up with. It all just resonated with me. The videos showed these larger-than-Life concerts that I wanted to attend so badly that I would still need to wait a few more years for. I still throw this one on with no shame.

2. Nine Inch Nails | A Warm Place
This song placed on one of the biggest highlight albums of my life, changed everything for me. For a short instrumental to convey so much emotion broadened a lot of what I felt a song could do. I would think endlessly about how Trent created those particular sounds. I remember putting this song on repeat on my 5-disc changer and either writing in my composition notebook, or making out with my High School girlfriend for hours.

3. The Cure | Close To Me
Even though I prefer A Night Like This primarily due to the best sax solo ever recorded, this song stands out for me as the song that made me like The Cure. Considering I was only about 6 years old when it came out, (thank you, older siblings) my addiction to watching MTV nearly every free second I could was my first introduction to a lot of bands. So this song reminds me of the moment I realized that I loved this band and still do today.

4. Tori Amos | Space Dog
Long before I really appreciated Kate Bush, Tori provided a much more accessible sound to me, and I felt like she allowed me to peek into a woman's world. I sometimes felt like I was intruding, but at the same time, I received some heavy insight. Her live shows were intense and her first three albums are all masterpieces.

5. Harry Belafonte | Banana Boat (Day-O) (Traditional Jamaican Mento Folk Song "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" Cover)
OK, so it was on The Muppet Show and in Beetlejuice. What else needs to be said about it? Harry owned this sound and style. This is on here simply as a fun song that makes me smile. As much as I like to brood and be mopey, sometimes I just want to dance.

6. New Order | Temptation
Speaking of dancing, this is not only my #1 favorite New Order song, but it is guaranteed to get me on a dancefloor. I will always think of dancing the night away in New York City at a variety of clubs in my early '20s to this song. It is virtually unskippable.

7. Massive Attack | Angel
Mezzanine is a touchstone not only in Electronic Music, but for me, I had never previously felt how sexy an album could be. I always used to joke about Barry White and cliched Makeout Music, but this album is really where it's at. All others line up behind this one.

8. Sigur Rós | Untitled (aka Samskeyti) (Track 3 on ( ))
Similarly to the way I felt about A Warm Place, this is the type of song that I could play on loop, and just think endlessly about Life, The Universe, Everything. Naturally, the soundtrack to my first trip to Iceland. It always brings back beautiful memories.

9. Oingo Boingo | When The Lights Go Out
I've loved Danny Elfman for about 90% of my life and one of my few regrets is not seeing this band perform live. Such an unique band with an inimitable voice, this was an easy band to put on this list, but a hard choice of song. Danny's score work is, just like his band was, always distinctive. That's right, HE IS THE PUMPKIN KING!

10. Björk | All Is Full Of Love
Sometimes a song's visuals really give the song that extra something. This video was no exception. I had already loved this song, as it was one of the standout tracks on Homogenic, but the video just blew me away. It was beautiful. Plain and simple. Perfectly matched the mood of the song. To display acts of Love in such a cold and sterile environment really struck a chord with me, and it stays with me to this day.

+11. Iron Maiden | The Trooper
Having older siblings during the '80s sure gave me a very wide range of musical tastes, but Iron Maiden stands out as a band whose sound, and image combined, was more than any wide-eyed child could ask for. The Piece Of Mind album was a highlight and images of Eddie The Head were wallpapered in my bedroom. While it doesn't usually cross over into my own musical output, I have considered myself a Metal-head ever since.