WARMER MIXTAPES #1234 | by Hannah Peel of The Magnetic North and John Foxx And The Maths

1. Cluster | Caramel 
Simple, sexy and Organic Electronic Music. For the last 3 years, this Music has been played in the studio when we want to clear the air and dance.

2. Van Morrison | Brown Eyed Girl
Jumping and running down sand dunes... Exploring caves and swimming in the vicious cold Atlantic Ocean off the oath coast of Donegal in Ireland. We used to sing this song every summer. It still makes me well up with tears when I hear it. Long summers as a child when nothing mattered except when dinner was served and how late you could stay out until with your friends.

3. John Grant | Outer Space
I think you must be extra terrestrial, because you can open the Heavens for me with just one smile... John Grant is a favourite artist of mine. It's his use of day to day, gut honest lyrics coupled with metaphors and imagery. The sounds in this song blend the Electronic with Acoustic in a way that gives you a feeling on stepping into Space, stepping into Love and being carried away with the Stars. I was listening to this on a long flight once and it opened up my ears to a different approach to writing lyrics.

4. Bernard Herrmann | Vertigo Prelude And Rooftop (Vertigo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Obsessive and suspenseful and full of release with the swirling melodies and bold chords. The film and the Music are just beyond perfection with the style, the drama, the characters. Amazing.

5. John Foxx | He's A Liquid
Mad and anthemic synth lines and lyrics... Yet simple and understated. No musical fluff on this track at all. Everything is there for a reason. I play with John live and the amount of Inspiration and Musical Knowledge I have gained from him and his collaborator Benge over the last 2 years has been wonderful. Love playing this tune live with my violin going through racks of vintage guitar effect pedals.

6. Jon Hopkins | Insides
So happy to see his Music go massive on his latest record Immunity. His records are full of beauty and sensitive sounds. It never feels like it's been influenced by other people and the Music industries need for cash. Saul Bass, the graphic designer has a great quote online about making anything he does beautiful. If it's not, it doesn't go out the door.

7. Sandy Denny | Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (Home Demo Recording)
Steeped in Melancholy. Sometimes I feel like an old lady inside a young body and when I hear this song it reminds me that we only live once. Across the evening sky all the birds are leaving... But how can they know it's time for them to go? Before the winter fire, I will still be dreaming I have no thought of Time...

8. Erland And The Carnival | Love Is A Killing Thing
When my first record was released, my label suggested going on tour with the band. We ended up touring together in UK, then in Europe, then formed a new band called The Magnetic North. We travelled to Orkney and the Scottish isles to record the album and toured again. Erland has now produced my last two EP's and we will finish the full record together. Sometimes you are destined to meet others. This song jumps and sways and punches and soothes. Magical.

9. Steve Reich/Kronos Quartet/Pat Metheny | Electric Counterpoint: III. Fast
When I was studying in Liverpool, someone gave me this and Different Trains on a CD and it was the first time I heard the Music of Steve Reich. The repetitive movements and motion, the drama when slight changes occur to lift or bring the pieces up or down, the weight of the inspiration behind the Music and sampled words. Music you can travel to. It's definitely an album I put on when driving and need time to reflect to. I must have listened to this record hundreds of times and it still never loses its interest.

10. Roy Orbison | Crying
On tour in France. Sun and the smells of Paris. On our way to do our first Magnetic North show out of the UK. Singing the words as loud as we could. Simon Tong knocks off the wing mirror of the van and curses.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1233 | by Michael Lawrence Tasselmyer (Hotel Neon), Stephen Mark Tasselmyer and Thomas Andrew Tasselmyer (Hotel Neon) of The Sound Of Rescue

SIDE A | by Thomas Andrew Tasselmyer

1. Kyle Bobby Dunn | Empty Gazing
This track is my favorite from this record. I’ve spent a lot of time with it, and as a result, it is closely tied to many of the most affecting experiences I’ve had in recent years. What I love about KBD is his ability to generate purely evocative texture, and by that I mean that I never catch myself wondering how he’s creating the sounds he presents on his album, as I do with others in this genre… It just doesn’t matter in the moment. I can simply listen to his Music and let my mind react. It is truly an emotional experience to intently listen to his Music while observing what kinds of feelings and memories it can draw out. I always come back to this song for Inspiration.

2. Miles Davis | So What
Kind Of Blue was an Earth-shaking album for me when I discovered it in Middle School, and is one I still listen to at least once a week. I’d always appreciated Jazz, but felt a disconnect with the Music in some way. I often felt a sense of inadequacy when listening to the Parkers and Coltranes and Gillespies of the genre, as if I didn’t deserve to be listening to the sheer talent on display. However, I distinctly remember buying this album and reading Bill Evans’ brilliant liner notes comparing the Music to the open, improvisational flow of Japanese painters. I felt like I had finally found in modal Jazz something I could relate to. There was Freedom and Emotional Expression in this music that stretched way beyond theory, chord charts, and structures, and I was hooked then and there.

3. The Who | My Generation
Wow. As an impressionable young middle schooler who had just started playing bass guitar, this song (and John Entwistle’s playing) made me want to get better. I’ll never forget the days I spent repeating The Ox’s bass solo over and over again through the Stereo in my room, trying to figure out each note, and then experiencing the joy of having finally done so. I have a tendency to play bass like John did: too hard, too loud, too brash, all while standing still as a stone (but of course, I do it at a much lower degree of proficiency!). I wish I could meet him today, shake his hand, and thank him for all of the inspiration he gave me.

4. Igor Stravinsky | The Firebird: 1919 Suite (aka Concert Suite For Orchestra No. 2) - (5) Finale (Played by BRT Philharmonic Orchestra; Conductor: Alexander Rahbari)
My love for Music comes from many influences, but one of the strongest was my Middle School band teacher, Mr. Sindler. He chose this piece of Music for one of our honor band’s earliest performances. Playing such an intense piece gave me a really deep appreciation for Composition and the power of dynamics within an arrangement. A side benefit to this performance was the exposure it gave me to the world of early 20th century Classical Music. It set me on a path of discovery as I read about Stravinsky’s own life as well as many of his contemporaries. It was my gateway to a truly amazing period in Music History.

5. Stars Of The Lid | Requiem For Dying Mothers, Part 1
+ Part 2... To say that Adam Wiltzie is my musical hero is probably an understatement. I love three things he seems to include in all of his pieces: Simplicity, Space, and Subtlety. He has unparalleled command of all three of these elements. This 2-song Requiem suite, in particular, really does it for me. Simple themes (the repeating string melody in Part 1), spacious mixing (that empty space in the beginning of Part 1), and subtle introduction of parts (the bass swells to start Part 2! Amazing!) come together to create a really powerful piece. This song never fails to move me.

6. Mutemath | Chaos
This band wasn't just a breath of fresh air to me; it was a full-on F5 tornado. I first heard it through my mom's car's speakers over a decade ago, and it's held up tremendously well in the years since. Mutemath has taught me to invest myself fully in the songwriting process and to think not just as a musician locked in a studio, but as a performer on stage. How would this sound live? is a question I always ask myself during the writing process, and I do it because I've been blown away over a dozen times while watching Mutemath perform.

7. Erik Satie | Gymnopédie No. 1 (Played by Daniel Varsano, Philippe Entremont)
This piece taught me to value Space and Simplicity. Perhaps more importantly, it also taught me to not take myself too seriously. Satie was brilliant in his direct challenges to the musical authorities of his day, perhaps most clearly in the Gymnopédie suite, and never quite got the recognition he deserved. I would have loved to sit down for a drink with him and pick his brain.

8. Vince Guaraldi Trio | O Tannenbaum (Cover of the German Christmas Song based on a Traditional Folk Song)
Yes, a Christmas song. My affection for this album can't be exaggerated and borders on ridiculous. The period from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day is unquestionably my favorite time of year, and I am one of those people who can listen to Christmas Music in July. Because of that, this record has been the soundtrack to so many positive holiday experiences that it's really become the definition of familial joy for me. I feel so much excitement, nostalgia, and warmth when this track comes on that I can't help but include it on this list.

9. Milieu | Cloud Counting
I have an addiction to Low Fidelity and handmade craft. This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, and every time I hear it, I am left wondering how someone could conjure such Magic with just a guitar and a tape recorder. It's inspiring.

10. Hammock | South
Maybe it's cliché for a modern Ambient artist to include Hammock on a list like this, but I really don't care. Hammock changed my life. I put this song on and I am instantly left dreaming of things that were and things that could have been. Mike and I have each said that we want this song played at our funerals. Trust me when I say that that's one of the highest compliments I could give.


SIDE B | by Michael Lawrence Tasselmyer

This is a list mostly of what’s influenced me the most over the years. Some of it I still listen to a lot; some of it I don’t. It’s not the trendiest list ever curated, but all of these songs have shaped who I am and the Music I make more than anything else.

1. Mutemath | Reset 
I first heard this song in Middle School, when I was first getting really serious about Music. I was blown away by the drums and atmospherics and the way the band was able to tell a story without speaking a single word. It was my gateway into Instrumental Music and challenged me to think outside of the verse-chorus-verse formula that I was so used to hearing.

2. Ramones | Commando
Two minutes of loud, fast, fun, no bullshit Punk Rock. This band inspired me to play the electric guitar.

3. U2 | With Or Without You
The Edge is my all-time favorite guitarist; maybe that’s cliché to say but whatever. Nobody’s better at saying so much with so few notes. The way it fades out with just a simple 4-note riff instead of some bombastic solo just floors me every time. Also, delay.

4. The Police | Bombs Away
The Police evoke so much nostalgia for me. My dad was really into them and always had their tapes playing in the car; the first musical memory I have is sitting in the back seat listening to Message In A Bottle come through the speakers. I never stopped listening to them after that; there was a point in High School where Andrew and I had this CD in our car’s player for at least 5 months straight. Andy Summers plays one of my favorite guitar solos of all time in this song. I think they’re a criminally underrated and overlooked band even though the sales figures wouldn’t suggest that.

5. Radiohead | Treefingers
People tend to love or hate Kid A; I’m firmly in the former category. It’s weird, different, and emotional… I love the textures in this song in particular. I used to listen to it while I walked across campus after evening classes in College, at a point where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life or how to figure that out. It has a sort of optimistic vibe, though, so I always associated it with Hope in the midst of Uncertainty. It stuck with me.

6. Hammock | Gold Star Mothers
Where to even begin with Hammock… Words aren’t enough. A lot of people hear a record, love it, then say it changed my life, but for me, this one actually did in very real and tangible ways. It got me through a particularly dark time and I don’t think I’d have the same approach to Art or Life in general had I not heard it at that point. It’s in constant rotation and will always be special.

7. A Winged Victory For The Sullen | Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears
In College I watched a video featuring Adam Wiltzie (a certifiable genius, in my humble opinion - though he would probably strongly disavow that label) describing his approach to Music, in which he says: I’m obsessed with everything that’s slow. If I had a tattoo, it would say Slow Down. A while later I got a tattoo that says Slow Down. I try to do that as much as I can, but ironically I have a crippling addiction to caffeine and running.

8. This Will Destroy You | Quiet
Seminal album from a seminal band in this genre… I remember hearing this for the first time and just thinking Whoa. So it’s OK to be really noisy. I should try that sometime.

9. Jakob | Pneumonic
A lot of Post Rock can be pretty formulaic and predictable. Jakob’s Music isn’t. This whole album is so brooding and heavy and impossible to ignore or just let escape into the background and I love these guys for their patience. The tension they’re able to develop over the course of this song is almost palpable and by the time it drops a little after 4 minutes in, I’m ready to run through a wall. Or something like that. This was always my rainy day album in School.

10. Katy Perry | Teenage Dream
Perfect Pop song. Katy is great.

SIDE C | by Stephen Mark Tasselmyer

1. Steve Angelo VS. AN21 & Sebjak | GODS
Because it goes the fuck in.

2. Lorde | Ribs
It sounds nostalgic and makes me feel nice.

3. deadmau5 | Pets
This is the perfect Progressive song, in my opinion.

4. CHVRCHES | Gun
This song is too catchy.

5. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, DubVision | Triton (Dance Valley 2013 Anthem)
The breakdown is one of the most epic things I've ever heard.

6. The Naked And Famous | All Of This
A great opening to a great album.

7. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman X Steve Angello | Payback
The title fits the audio better than any song I know.

8. Lana Del Rey | This Is What Makes Us Girls
The atmospherics complement the vibe of the Music and lyrics perfectly.

9. Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji | Pressure (Alesso Remix)
One of the best Progressive tracks of all time. The stutter tremolo on the chorus' chords gives me goose bumps.

10. This Will Destroy You | The Mighty Rio Grande
I think this is one of TWDY's most underrated songs. I appreciate their older material, which seems more emotional and immersive.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1232 | by Natalie McCool

1. Cocteau Twins | Heaven Or Las Vegas 
All time favourite song #1. It's like I've always known this song, it's one of those. I feel like I grew up with it because my sisters always played it when I was really young. Elizabeth Fraser's voice is magic. I am really inspired by their sound.

2. Deftones | Cherry Waves
I love this band. This song is one of my favourites of theirs, it's lush. It's about drowning, but using drowning as a metaphor. If like you should sink down beneath, I'll swim down. Would you? Would You? - if you saved someone, would they save you in return? Deftones also have this kind of Wall of Sound guitar sound which I love and it really influences some of my guitar playing.

3. Jesca Hoop | Angel Mom 
Ever since I supported Jesca as part of her tour I have been in love with her Music. She is absolutely amazing and this song is so emotional - she wrote it about her late mother. It's beautiful and I suggest you listen to it too.

4. The Stone Roses | I Wanna Be Adored 
Every time I hear this song I feel as though I'm at a festival, the bassline is so hypnotic and John Squire's guitar line is very powerful, he is a guitarist who inspires me so much.

5. PJ Harvey | Is This Desire? 
One of the more subtle PJ Harvey tracks but I think it's beautiful. The arrangement is simple but divine, and the way she sings it is so soulful and plaintive. I think she's a genius.



6. The Cribs | You're Gonna Lose Us 
This reminds me of being a teenager, the song is so short but just raucous and catchy and perfect. The guitar solo is like a guitar-solo-version of a 50s Daz advert. Terry Christian is in the video too, which I would have loved to be in!

7. King Krule | Easy Easy 
I love the guitar tone and sound in this track. His voice is really gutteral too which I actually really like. The song is about being young and bored and reprimanded for it.

8. New Radicals | You Only Get What You Give
All time favourite song #2. I think the chord sequence is the thing I love most about this song, it has such a dreamy feel. I love the concept of the song too, I believe in Karma.

9. Buke And Gase | Hiccup 
This band is unreal, I saw them live very recently for the first time and it blew my mind. They are a duo and have homemade instruments, a buke (guitar and ukelele hybrid) and gase (a guitar bass hybrid). This track is so badass, lots of crunchy bass lines and a really powerful driving rhythm. I have no idea what the lyrics are about but that doesn't even matter because the arrangement is so interesting.

10. Adina Howard | Freak Like Me
All time favourite song #3. This was released in 1995 and ever since I first heard it (albeit being very very young), I will always count it as a favourite track of mine. The melody and lyrics are so soulful and the way she sings it is just attitude. I like songs that really represent the person who is singing them and this song is a crystal clear representation of Adina Howard. Just listen to it.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1231 | by Anna Luisa Daigneault [Quilla] of Feast Of Spirits, Banana Lazuli, Pamplemousse Explosion and Mono Y Banana

Photo by Harvey Robinson

1. Sia | Chandelier
This song is intensely beautiful and wild. It really makes me want to swing from the chandeliers. The sonic essence and the underlying message converge into one big explosion in my brain. No matter what mood I am in, I feel uplifted. The Music Video is also amazing.

2. Regina Spektor | You've Got Time (Orange Is The New Black Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
My jaw literally dropped when I first heard this song, which is the theme song to one of the most intriguing shows on Netflix, Orange Is The New Black. The composition itself is genius, and the pairing with the visuals makes it even more powerful. Production-wise, this song is gold. The dynamics, the vocals, the choice blend of instruments... It all resonates in me. If I can compose a song half this good, I will die happy.

3. Paris Blohm & Taylr Renee | Left Behinds 
The lyrics are just so chilling and strange, and the Music Production is heart-stoppingly good. The result is an innovative lyrical gem. One day, my dream would be to battle Taylr Renee in an EDM-lyric-writing competition to see who can come up with the most weirdly ethereal yet accessible lyrics! Taylr Renee, it's on!!

4. Dan Croll | From Nowhere
Solid songwriting from a solid composer and performer. Solid. I recently saw him in concert with his band, and they were all such great performers with a wonderful synergy to them. Music School achievers dominate the stage, in a beautiful way.

5. Maroon 5 | Maps
A teenage onslaught of emotions occurs in my heart whenever I hear this song. Adam Levine exists in some surreal place in my head, and it just makes me melt when I hear his voice. Sigh... Yup, I feel about 14 years old right now. It happens every time. Please get out of my brain, Adam Levine.



6. Grimes | Go (feat. Blood Diamonds)
I love the new song from Grimes. Just recently released, I love the direction she is taking, and the production quality on this track is quite stellar. I love her older material too, but this song represents everything Grimes is capable of when she collaborates with some of the best engineers out there in the Music Industry.

7. Lhasa De Sela | Con Toda Palabra
One of my favorite singers, period. She walked the Earth for only a short time. Timid yet fierce, delicate yet ruthless in her vocal style, Lhasa was unique. I think of her Music every day and wish to channel some of her Emotion into my Music. I wonder what it would have been like if Lhasa did Dance Music...

8. Madonna | La Isla Bonita
Tender moments, Tropical Island Breeze, Spanish guitar... Coupled with infectious beats streaming through an 80s boombox. A classic feeling from one of Pop Music's great protagonists. Madonna rules in a superb, hardcore way.

9. Tori Amos | Precious Things
I could listen to this song every single day of my life and not get tired of it. A piano virtuoso and a truly gifted lyricist and vocalist, Tori Amos has inspired me since I first heard her album Little Earthquakes, on a mixtape given to me by a dear friend. Hearing her voice and message coming at me from the dusty Walkman made a big impact on my young brain. I will never forget how her Music affected my perception of what could, and should, be said in a song.

10. Everything But The Girl | Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix)
This song was probably my first introduction to how powerful vocals in Dance Music can be. As a young kid, I remember hearing this song late one night on the radio. I had snuck out of my bedroom window onto the roof of my house, and I was listening to Music and staring at the Full Moon. I heard this song, and was struck by the imagery and story told in the song. So nostalgic and heart-breaking. I wondered at that moment if maybe, just maybe, I could write lyrics for Dance Music one day. I never thought it would actually happen though! I still come back to this song often for Inspiration.

+11. Radiohead | Lucky
I was a huge fan of Radiohead growing up, and this song is one of the lesser-known gems on their ground-breaking album, OK Computer. We are standing on the edge... That lyric from Thom Yorke just haunted me incessantly and motivated me to concoct songs exploring emotions that are subtle and difficult to describe just using words.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1230 | by Oskar Schuster

The list is kind of a chronology of my discoveries in Music from the age of 14 until the recent years.

1. Frédéric Chopin | Fantaisie-Impromtu (Played by Nikita Magaloff)
This piece has a special place in my heart. Without it, I probably wouldn't be a musician. I started playing the piano when I was six years old but I didn’t take it very seriously at first. The music I had to play, mainly Mozart and Haydn, didn't really touched me. One day, when I was fourteen, a friend from my class came to visit me in the Summer holidays. I knew he was extremely good at the piano but I never had heard him play before. He sat down at my piano and started to play Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromtu. I was instantly blown away by the beauty of the Music and the virtuosity of his playing. At that moment I decided to practice so much that eventually I would be able to play it, too. It started my passion for the Piano and for Music in general.

2. The Beatles | Strawberry Fields Forever
I discovered The Beatles at around the same time when I discovered Chopin. The next few years I spent so much time listening to all of their albums until gradually I knew the lyrics to each of their songs by heart - I actually still do after so many years. Strawberry Fields Forever remains my all-time favorite. It's about feeling insecure and misunderstood and therefore escaping into a Dream World. I still can identify with that.

3. Bob Dylan | Mr. Tambourine Man
The most poetic song of all time, in my opinion.

4. Nirvana | Come As You Are
In the early nineties when Nirvana's fame was on the peak, I was just a little bit too young to be listening to this kind of Music. I discovered Nirvana when I was seventeen. It was my second big addiction after The Beatles.

5. Radiohead | Pyramid Song
Radiohead was the first band I discovered online and their songs were among the first mp3s I had on my computer when mp3s were a new thing. Amnesiac became my favorite album and I remember listening endlessly to Pyramid Song, being fascinated by the Mysteriousness of its lyrics and the strange time signature.



6. Jacques Brel | Marieke
My first girlfriend was French and I started to listen to French Chanson around the time I first met her. I fell in Love with the French language and above all with Jacques Brel's amazing songs and performances I used to watch endlessly on YouTube. This song mixes French and Flemish (Dutch) lyrics and speaks of a lost Love. It perfectly captures a feeling I can very much relate to. And I love the way Brel always starts his songs very soft but ends them with a climax crying all his heart out.

7. Sigur Rós | Glósóli
I never went to concerts when I was young. The first real concert I attended was Sigur Rós in Munich, 2005. They opened the show with this song. It was one of the most amazing moments in my life and every time I hear this song, it takes me back to it.

8. Hector Berlioz | Symphonie Fantastique: Épisode De La Vie D'un Artiste... En Cinq Parties (Played by Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire; Conductor: André Cluytens)
One of the most ahead-of-its-time compositions ever and one of the finest examples of Program Music. I love the way the Music tells a story. I discovered this piece during my studies of Musicology in Munich.

9. Beirut | Postcards From Italy
This song not only makes me think of a time in my life I really tend to get nostalgic about but it also portrays nearly perfectly the feeling of Nostalgia and Melancholy in general. Besides it's one of those wonderful Pop songs that are simple and complex at the same time: it actually consists of two different songs, the first half speaks of the Past (starting with The times we had…), the second half of the Future (starting with And I will love to see that day...).

10. Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92 - Second Movement: Allegretto (Performed by London Symphony Orchestra; Conductor: Josef Krips)
I think this melody is Sadness and Beauty in Perfection. It has some kind of enigma about it, hiding something true beneath its surface. I heard this piece (consciously) for the first time as part of the soundtrack of Love Exposure (Ai No Mukidashi), which became one of my favorite movies, mostly because of the scene that features this music.