WARMER MIXTAPES #1666 | by Brian Cleary (The Movies) of Radar Brothers and Strange Parade

I could never pick a definitive Top 10 favorite songs. There are too many and it would take me centuries to choose. So I just went with 10 from the (much bigger) list that came to mind first and in no particular order.

1. Nice Drake | Which Will
Tough call with about 10 other ND songs, but this was my first. I heard this while taping a College radio show in Boston around 1983. It was the only Nick Drake song I had for a few years until I picked up a Best Of collection. I think it’s a perfectly written and perfectly executed song. The lyrics are some of his simplest and most direct but not shallow. And I love the equating of decisions with dominoes.

2. The Chameleons | Second Skin
Epic. I got this album about a year into doing my first radio show. It was an amazingly creative and rich time for New Music already. This album blew me away altogether, but this song in particular is epic (in the actual sense of the word)... The structure goes through various movements, passing to and from each one so organically. Plus you can play it as loud as you want and it only sounds better and better. Plus it’s just a freaking good song.

3. The Beatles | Flying
+ Blue Jay Way... From about the time I was 4-5, I’d spend all day going back and forth from the piano in our basement to my brother’s tape player upstairs. Magical Mystery Tour was my favorite. It still is. It’s hard to pick a favorite Beatles song, but I’ve never grown sick of this little combo. It also gets extra points for sheer originality. I’m counting it as one song because it always felt that way to me and should be heard that way. I can never hear one without the other. Yes, I’ve cheated.



4. Mission Of Burma | Einstein’s Day
I remember listening to this right after I saw that TV movie The Day After when it aired for the first time and it somehow perfectly captured my teen rage on the subject. I think I’d never felt angrier about the world outside of mine. I don’t even know if the song has anything to do with nuclear war really, but something about the imagery and thoughts provoked at the time felt right about that. It was a powerful moment for me. And I’m from Boston, so there’s a bit of bias here.

5. Matt Johnson | Another Boy Drowning
Another song I taped off the same radio show where I first heard a few of these others. I bought this record in 1982 as an import in Boston. It was my first import and first 4AD record. It was later re-released under his band name The The. It’s one of the trippiest, most Psychedelic records of the 80s and great all the way through. He did it all himself at the age of 20 (outside of one song with help from Graham Lewis of Wire & Dome). This song completes the album perfectly.

6. The Fall | Paintwork
I had to include one from one of my favorite bands of ever. Something about this one makes me turn it up every time it pops on my shuffle. Never get sick of it. The way the production suddenly shifts and brings you into different rooms is something few bands (like much of what The Fall did) ever venture to try. It breaks all the rules beautifully.


7. The Rolling Stones | Lady Jane
It was a tough call between this and Ruby Tuesday, but I went with the least obvious one, just to sound more interesting. They are both so beautiful, but this one takes the welding of Old World/New World to a level of Perfection I’ve rarely seen. I think Brian Jones was more of a musical genius than he’ll ever get credit for.

8. Bob Lind | Unlock The Door
I’ve only discovered Bob Lind in the last few years and it was very hard picking one song. I first heard his music (unknowingly) when John Otway covered his gem, Cheryl’s Going Home for the classic concert/compilation film, Urgh! A Music War (a MUST-HAVE for any fan of good early 80’s New Wave/Punk). Once I discovered Bob, there was no turning back. AMAZING songwriter. This song has a certain mystique and dark beauty that reels me into its world every time it comes on.

9. The Rain Parade | This Can’t Be Today
I first head this song on the way to a party, riding in the bed of a pick up truck after sneaking out of my mom’s house for the night in Florida. I was 15 and I think I listened to it about 2,538 times that summer. The whole album is a bit of a masterpiece to me.

10. Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno | An Ending (Ascent)
If I could re-arrange things, this would be the song I’d hear while being born. Seems like Perfect Birth Music. I’m sure I would have still cried, but I’d know somehow that everything will be okay.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1665 | by Jarvis Branson Cocker [Jarvis Cocker] of JARV IS... and Pulp

It’s very difficult to choose my 10 Favourite Tracks of All Time - so here is
my Top Ten of The Present Time (August 2019):

1. Bob Dylan | Isis
I hadn’t really heard this song until I watched the Rolling Thunder Revue film that came out recently. He performs it incredibly, the song’s narrative is compelling & his make-up is great.

2. Christophe | Rock Monsieur
The title is a bad joke (Croque Monsieur/Rock Monsieur), but this is a seriously good song. I have no idea what the lyrics mean, but that doesn’t matter really, does it?



3. Judy Henske | Let The Good Times Roll
The first time I heard this I thought it was a man singing. She’s got an unique voice. There’s a desperation to the performance that moves me every time: she REALLY wants the good times to roll...



4. Neil Young | Rockin' In The Free World
I saw Neil Young perform this song live recently. It went on for a very long time. The line about the kid who will never get to be cool brings a tear to my eye for some reason.

5. George McCrae | I Get Lifted 
This is a very sexy song. It’s so slow yet Funky. The only drawback is that it’s quite short - so you have to keep playing it over & over again.



6. The Human League | Love Action (I Believe In Love)
Sheffield’s finest with one of the best songs about falling in Love ever. Best line? I believe in Love though I lie a lot.

7. The Tymes | Are You Lookin'
This song goes on forever. The lyric We all live under the same cloud: if it rains on you, it rains on me... is an idea to live by.



8. Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish | Male Stripper
This is one of my favourites to dance to.

9. Laid Back | Bakerman
I think Laid Back were Scandinavian. They also did a good song called White Horse. I don’t know why they wrote a song about baking, but it’s another one of my fave dance tracks.



10. Dead Fingers Talk | Storm The Reality Studios
Another good lyric: Some people want to fuck you up - some people they just want to fuck. This song was produced by Mick Ronson after he left David Bowie’s band.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1664 | by William Charles Alexander Dorey [Skinshape]

1. The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination | Amalinja 
Akin to Fela Kuti, but this has something somehow deeper inside it. The groove on this one takes me beyond the realms of Reality into The Metaphysical. Exactly what Music is meant to do.

2. Nestor Hountondji Accompagné Par Les Volcans De Porto-Novo | Emalon Ni Hokowo
Super obscure Music from 1970s Benin, West Africa. Only available to listen on YouTube... Deep, rhythmic wonder. I asked a friend who speaks the language and he says the song talks of Death, and that after death the children must take care of the body of the deceased. Wow!

3. Willie Colón | Eso Se Baila Asi 
Fania is perhaps the most well-known of all Latin names. This incredible record is one of the heaviest Boogaloo cuts, with such a stellar groove.

4. The Walham Green East Wapping, Carpet Cleaning Rodent & Boggit Exterminating Association | Sorry Mr. Green
Obscure UK Psych from the 60s, scarce! I first heard this track on an Emidisc EMI acetate I found at a car boot sale. Also chosen for the obscene artist name.

5. Teshome Meteku | Gara Ser Naw Betesh 
A personal favourite from East Africa, sweet Ethiopian soul, innocent and heart-warming.



6. Orchestre African Fiesta, Dr. Nico | Runeme Mama 
Incredible and off-radar Latin style from Congo, The King Of The Guitar (Dieu De La Guitare), Dr. Nico!

7. Miguelito Valdes & Tito Puente's Orchestra | Guantanamera (Traditional Cuban Song Cover)
One of the best voices I've ever heard in any track... And such a beautiful rhythm.

8. Joe Meek And The Blue Men | I Hear A New World
Selected for the pure ingenious of this song. All these mad tricks and messing with recorded sound... In 1960! Wow.

9. Rajat Nandy | Dude
Heard first on YouTube, Electric Hawaiian Guitar - this is the name of the EP from India, 1969. The first track though, is something else! Never heard anything like it.

10. Funkadelic | Can You Get To That 
No words needed... Found this record in a collection I bought from an elderly Ghanaian gentleman in London a few years ago... This song has such good vibes.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1663 | by Duncan Beiny [DJ Yoda]

Photo by Trisha Rankin

1. Jungle Brothers | Straight Out The Jungle 
One of the first Hip Hop albums I ever owned was by the Jungle Brothers, so it’s been amazing to me that I’ve got to work with them so much over my career. This song sums them up for me.

2. OutKast | Wheelz Of Steel
OutKast are geniuses, but this is their best period for me personally. I love that they have a song shouting out the DJ, that’s the essence of Hip Hop, and it’s forgotten about too much.

3. The Gap Band | Yearning For Your Love
I love listening to Soul, and I got turned on to it by Hip Hop samples. Nas famously sampled this one. I’d just as happily play this at a club as play it in my own kitchen, which you can’t say for many songs.

4. Arlo Guthrie | Alice's Restaurant Massacree
This is a difficult song to describe. It’s over 18 minutes long and it’s a rambling story. I just really recommend that if you’ve ever got that time spare on a journey or something, you check it out.

5. Robert Johnson | Ramblin’ On My Mind
I listen to a lot of very old Blues and Country, because it has a lot of character in it. I was turned on to this by Mixmaster Mike scratching the record in the Scratch documentary - I love the idea of using this kind of Music for Turntablism.

6. Coldcut | Beats + Pieces (Mo' Bass Remix) (feat. Floormaster Squeeze)
The Lesson series by Double Dee & Steinski inspired a whole microcosm of cut & paste style records, sampling Classic Funk breaks and throwing all kinds of cool spoken word samples on top - this is one of many that inspired me.

7. Redman | Tonight’s Da Night
One of my favourite MCs. I love this whole album. I just like an MC with charisma, like Biz Markie or Redman. Almost everyone in Hip Hop’s first album is their best.

8. Evelyn King | Love Come Down
80s Music reminds me of my youth - so sometimes it’s difficult to pull apart what’s objectively good and what’s subjectively good. But I’m pretty sure this is just universally accepted as Great Music, no?

9. Nasty Habits | Shadow Boxing
I like Drum & Bass from the 90s. It’s great Driving Music, and it helps you get things done fast. Also reminds me of some of the first DJs I ever watched in a club.

10. Kanye WestSpaceship (feat. Consequence, GLC)
Think what you like about him, this is just a really soulful and original song - ...stood the test of Time so well.


DEATH IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. (The Mummy, 1999)

I'M FAR FROM DONE. BUT, YASS, I DIED. I DIED A LOT IN THE PAST DECADE.

I DIED WHEN I LOST FRIENDS BECAUSE I'M GAY. I DIED WHEN I GOT REJECTED BECAUSE I'M NOT FANCY AND RICH ENOUGH. I DIED WHEN DEREK FROM ONE LITTLE INDIAN AVOIDED TO LINK MY INVITATION TO BJÖRK AFTER BEGGING HIM FOR YEARS TO MAKE THE CONNECTION AND TELL HER WHAT HER PRESENCE ON THIS PROJECT WOULD MEAN TO ME... INSTEAD LOTS OF DAZED, PITCHFORK, AND THE GUARDIAN REPETITIVE (TRUSTED?) APPEARANCES (while he linked me to old top 10s she did)... AND WITH THIS EXAMPLE... EVERYBODY ELSE NOT BELIEVING IN THE CORE OF THIS GESTURE, IN THE REASONS BEHIND MY EFFORTS... PRETENDING TO BE NOBLE, BUT ACTUALLY SUPER SHITTY IN PERSON.

Warmer Climes TURNED 10 ON AUGUST 9, 2019.

I WANT TO LOOK MORE TO THE BRIGHT SIDE. I WANT TO TRY AGAIN AND MAKE IT LOUDER. EVEN IF IT LEAVES ME IN TEARS AND IT'S SO DAMN HARD AND I'M NOT TAKING ANY DRUGS TO KEEP ME FROZEN...

IT WAS MEANT TO BE A SEMI-FAILURE FROM THE START, BECAUSE I RARELY COMPROMISED. ALL I WANTED WAS THE MUSICIANS! NAKED ON A SOUL LEVEL. WITH THEIR FULL NAMES, THEIR UNCOVERED FACES, THEIR DEEP HURTFUL / OR EXTREMELY HAPPY PERSONAL STORIES OF LIFE! REAL LIFE! RAW, UNEDITED LIFE!

IT WAS HARD AND STILL IS A MESS TO TRY AND REACH THEM AT THEIR ROOTS AND THEIR LOWEST LOWS OR HIGHEST HIGHS...

BUT FACK IT! I WON'T STOP!

I LOVE MY ARTWORKS WITH SONG LYRICS! I LOVE MY CHILD-LIKE NAIVETY IN HOW TRANSPARENT I WANT ALL THESE MUSICIANS TO BECOME FOR THIS BLOG SERIAL...

BUT LOOKING BACK!!!!!!!???????? EXACTLY 1662 MIXTAPES AND COUNTING????????? THAT'S NOT BAD AT ALL IN MY BOOK!

I WANT TO THANK YOU! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!

FOR DONATING FOR MY CAUSE (ESPECIALLY Control Club THAT PRACTICALLY BOUGHT MY NEW EPIC COMPUTER IN 2016! AND EVERYBODY ELSE WESTERN UNIONING ME WITH THEIR LOVE THOSE FEW TIMES THAT COUNTED AS THE BIGGEST LOVE I NEVER HAD...), FOR SHARING MY FEATURES AND GOOD WORDS ABOUT THIS WORK... TO THE PR AGENTS THAT NEVER SAID NO TO ME AND TO THE ARTISTS WHO SAW THE SPARKS IN TAKING TIME TO WRITE FOR THIS VISION!

IT WAS AND STILL FEELS LIKE THE GREATEST JOURNEY I'LL EVER BE ABLE TO CREATE AND EDIT THROUGH THIS BODY AND SOUL AND WITH MY LIFE!

THANK YOU TO ALL FOR STILL BEING STRANGELY BY MY SIDE, EVEN IF I'M LONELIER THAN I'VE EVER BEEN...

IT'S A MESSY PLANET THESE DAYS FOR ALL... IT'S A PAIN IN THE AZZ TO NOT COMPLAIN AND NOT WHINE... WHEN ALL AROUND WE LIVE WHAT WE LIVE... YEAH, YOU EVENTUALLY MAKE LOADS OF MUCH MORE MONEY THAN ME IN WESTERN WORLDS, BUT WE'RE BREATHING THE SAME STINKY OXYGEN OF DEATH AND HATRED... DOH!

THIS BLOG IS A GIFT! FROM YOU TO ME.

I GOT LOST IN A DAILY JOB THAT REDUCED IN THE PAST 3 YEARS THE BLOG WORK TO ALMOST 20%...

I ALSO GOT IRREVERSIBLY LOST IN MY GRUDGES WITH UNFAIRLY SPOILED RICH KIDS AND THEIR ACCESS TO LIFE...

I GOT HURT BY SEEING LOCAL GAYS ACTING LIKE HOMOPHOBES ONLINE AND IN REAL LIFE... "I'M THE ONLY GAY IN THE VILLAGE", Little Britain style... THIS SEPARATISM OF THEM IS KILLING ME THE MOST! IF YOU'RE NOT TOO THIN AND TOO WELL-DRESSED AND RICH ENOUGH: YOU'RE A ZERO... ZERO MY AZZ!

I ALSO GOT ETERNALLY IRREVERSIBLY BROKEN BY HOMOPHOBIC WOMEN AND THE WAYS THEY USE TO HURT #LGBTQIAplus BY BEING PART OF MOVEMENTS LIKE #METOO OR BY SIMPLY WRONGLY-EDUCATING THEIR KIDS AND THEIR HUSBANDS INTO BEING HATEFUL HOMOPHOBIC PIGS.

I GOT IRREVERSIBLY STUCK AT LOSING OLD FRIENDSHIPS AND MY BETRAYING "FRIENDS" IN THE BUCHAREST CAPITAL OF THIS SHITHOLE... STILL OBSESSING...

ALL THIS POISON... FOR SIMPLY BEING DIFFERENT AND ESPECIALLY FOR CONSTANTLY SPEAKING MY TRUTH.

NOBODY WANTS SOMEONE SCREAMING THEIR DEFECTS IN FRONT OF THEM...

DESPITE THE ANGRY MOMENTS AND THE WALLS OF IGNORANT HOMOPHOBIA AND THE IMMENSE TOWERS OF HYPOCRISY... I WANTED TO GET TO KNOW MUSICIANS BETTER AND, EVEN WITH ALL THESE BAD VIBES, I RECEIVED SUCH WELL TEXTURED CONSTELLATIONS OF EMPATHY BACK...

MAYBE THAT'S THE SOURCE IN THE CHANGE OF MY THINKING. I NEED TO LIBERATE MYSELF FROM OLD GHOSTS, ACCEPTING THAT I CAN'T RESOLVE BROKEN SHITHEADS BY REPEATING MY TRUTH TO THEM...

I FEED WITH EVERY EPISODE OF THIS BLOG.

IT'S A JOURNAL. A JOURNEY OF BETTERING OURSELVES. A REMINDER TO BE ALWAYS IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH AND THE SOUND AND THE FEELING.

I PRESENT THE BLOG AS A MUSIC / PRO-GAY BLOG NOW.
SO IT'S NOT JUST MUSIC NOW. IT'S STRIDENTLY AND DEEPLY PRO-LGBTQIA+!!!!

THANK YOU FOR BEING HUMAN TO ME, TO THE WORLD AND TO YOUR SWEET SELVES!

LEAVE THE MASKS BEHIND AND COME WITH ME!

MAYBE IN 10 YEARS I'LL FEEL IN THE MOOD TO WRITE THAT I'M HAPPY AND AT A FINAL MOMENT WITH THIS BLOG.

MAYBE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS I'LL FIND Warmer Climes! STILL SEARCHING... STILL LEARNING A LOT ABOUT YOU AND MYSELF...

STOP THE HATE AND LOOK IN THE MIRROR!

BRIGHTER YEARS TO MYSELF AND TO ALL OF YOU KIND SOULS!!!!!!!




WARMER MIXTAPES #1662 | by Christoffer Öberg-Runfors [Lil T-Shirt] of Mute Rain and Yamon Yamon

1. Spooky Black | Without You
There is an eerie and dark vibe about this song that makes me feel happy and sad at the same time. It’s one of the best songs I have ever heard and I keep coming back to it.

2. Logh | An Alliance Of Hearts
This song makes me feel like I’m in love in the summer and everything is mysterious and beautiful and glimmering. Amazingly beautiful song by a very underrated Swedish band. I even got this song title tattooed on my arm when I was like 20 'cause I love it so much.

3. Shuggie Otis | Strawberry Letter 23
I love everything about this song. If I feel down I listen to this song on repeat and everything feels amazing. There is something about the notes and vocals that just gets me smiling.

4. Trae | Swang (feat. Pimp C, Fat Pat & Big Hawk)
My younger brother got me into this song like 10 years ago. This is The Best damn Car Ride song in the History of Rap Music. I don’t even have a driver's license, but if I’m in a car I’ll bump this song first chance I get. I got this song title tattooed as well, haha.

5. Aphex Twin | Avril 14th
A true masterpiece. I listen to this at night before I go to bed and it makes me feel calm, zen and like I’m staring up at all the stars from a forest bed. I love that it’s only 2 minutes which makes me want to repeat it like 20 times in a row.



6. Frank Ocean | Nights
The ending of this song is the best ending of a song ever. It makes me feel like you can do whatever you want, no rules, just Personality and Emotion.

7. OutKast | Prototype
I’m a fool for romantic Rap songs, so, to me, this song is perfect. When I hear it I feel like I’m in a Indie movie from the 2000’s.

8. Slowdive | When The Sun Hits
It feels like I’m sleeping in a storm when I hear this. Also this song is perfect when it’s raining.

9. Rites Of Spring | For Want Of
This song makes me feel energetic, it makes me feel like playing Punk and Hardcore Music on the drums and scream from the top of my lungs.

10. Alice Boman | Be Mine
I feel like Time is standing still when I listen to this song, it’s one of the best feelings in The World and not many songs that can make me feel like that. It’s the perfect Love song.

+11. Bladee | Gotham City (feat. Yung Lean)
This sounds like aliens in Space trying to mimic Chief Keef and it’s beautiful.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1661 | by Olof Cornéer [Night Gestalt/Dibaba] of Dada Life

1. The Black Dog | Chesh
The most important song ever for Night Gestalt. I remember being a kid in the 90's and listening to this in my bed in my dark room. When I started Night Gestalt it was that feeling I was trying to get back to: myself as a teenager listening to The Black Dog.

2. Aphex Twin | Alberto Balsalm
I could pick almost any Aphex Twin song from this era, but right now I wanted to pick this! Just a classic.

3. Ian William Craig | Discovered In Flat
New Ambient this time, but an instant classic. The whole album is just amazing.

4. Tim Hecker | Song Of The Highwire Shrimper
Another classic Ambient piece. I remember listening to this over and over again when it was released and I was travelling around South East Asia. Now when I hear it I can still see the lights from The Sun dance in the waves.

5. John Cage | In A Landscape (Performed by Stephen Drury)
Enough with Electronic stuff! This is a piano piece by John Cage and it has been very important for me when I write my Classical Music - in all it's simplicity. It's transparent.

6. Mr. Fingers | Can You Feel It
The best Techno song ever made. And probably the most influential too. Every time I listen to it my mind is blown how simple, but effective it is. And beautiful like shining steel.

7. Tim Buckley | Song To The Siren
I love 60's Music, so I had to include something at least. Tim Buckley's voice is like sent from beyond Reality, and this is one of his most beautiful songs.

8. Arvo Pärt | The Beatitudes (Performed by Elora Festival Singers and Orchestra; Conductor: Noel Edison)
I listen almost only to Classical Music right now - and have been for a few years - and this one is a piece I always keep coming back to.

9. Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges | Tudo Que Você Podia Ser
I'm crazy about Brazilian Tropicália Music and this song is probably my all time favorite. This is what I'm listening to when I'm driving.

10. Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 ‎ | Expensive Shit
I could have picked any song from Fela Kuti - everything he did was amazing. For years I listened almost only to Fela Kuti and similar Nigerian and West African Music from that time, trying to understand why it was so Funky. I don't think I ever understood to be honest. It's like Magic, like all Good Music is. You just can't understand with your rational mind, you just have to listen and be swept away.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1660 | by Valerie Trebeljahr of John Yoko & Lali Puna

1. Aphex Twin | Heliosphan
I could listen to this song forever and ever. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is the record I discovered Aphex Twin with and it's still the one I love to the most. So much weightless beauty.

2. Beyoncé | Sorry (Homecoming: The Live Album)
It's not very witty to be in love with Beyoncé these days. But you simply have to: Musically and politically, she expresses it all. If you haven't seen Homecoming, you definitely should, it's overwhelming.

3. Nina Simone | I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Billy Taylor's 'I Wish I Knew' Cover)
I discovered Nina Simone when I was 15. I spent my days with Madonna and Pet Shop Boys before and Nina had a really strange voice for me at that time. Today I know: Simply everything is lying in this voice.

4. The Dixie Cups | People Say
I have a faible for girl bands from the sixties. Yes, they tend to sing a lot about the boys and unhappy love. And maybe they were casted by a mercenary label guy. But I love the concept of girl bands.

5. Joe Goddard | Taking Over
This track has something I wished I would be able to do: A song that is so light, that combines a far-away-dancefloor-feeling and a voice that touches you because it is so vulnerable.



6. Isan | Damil 85
My later label boss came up with this seven-inch. It was the first time I heard from Isan and I really fell in love with this song. Later on we became labelmates and met and it really backed my theory that people who do nice music are nice persons.

7. Cat Power | Good Woman (with Eddie Vedder)
The older I get the more I think: It's all about the voice. Well, of course not all... Well, Chan Marshall could read out email adresses or mobile numbers, they would sound soft and sad and they would tell a story.

8. Roxy Music | More Than This
I think one good thing about streaming Music is that nobody will get to you and say: What you hear is totally uncool. I own a lot of records and so I know a lot about everything and tell you about it. In my post-teenage-peergroup bands like Roxy Music were pretty uncool. I am very happy I aged.

9. Broadcast | Sixty Forty (Nico Cover)
I only recently found out about this song, a Nico cover version. It's quite hidden on a Warp compilation. I really miss Trish Keenan a lot.

10. Ekkehard Ehlers | Plays John Cassavetes (Untitled Track 2)
It's 9.57 long. One sample. The Beatles: Good Night. It's great.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1659 | by Andrew Bernstein [Abdominal] of Abdominal And The Obliques and DJ Format & Abdominal

1. Run-DMC | Peter Piper 
I have to credit Run-DMC's 1986 album Raising Hell, and particularly this song, for getting me into Hip Hop in the first place, so it seems fitting to feature it as the lead-off tune for my imaginary mixtape.

2. Homeboy Sandman & Edan | Grim Seasons 
Wish Edan was rapping more on this EP, but still pretty epic nonetheless (dope production & Homeboy Sandman more than holds his own on the mic). Loving the 'four seasons' concept of this tune, and bonus points for the incredible accompanying animated video created by my homie Kagan McLeod (who also did the cover artwork for my & DJ Format's 2017 album Still Hungry).

3. Mo Kolours | Little Brown Dog
Heard this on the Bandcamp weekly podcast a few months ago, and have been playing it regularly since. I have a little brown dog myself (in fact, his name is Kajuq, which means Brown in Inuktitut... He's from Iqaluit in Canada's arctic), so it always reminds me of him when I hear it.

4. This Is The Kit | Moonshine Freeze
Think I also first heard this one on Bandcamp (discover a lot of my new music this way), and promptly bought the album. Love the whole album, but this track remains my favourite... Chill/Funky vibe, sick harmonies, great lyrics... Got it all really!

5. Madvillain | All Caps
This track pretty much sums up how I like my Hip Hop... Off-kilter, not so polished, with some complex-but-not-in-a-nerdy-way lyrics. Plus, MF Doom can basically do no wrong in my eyes.

6. Leonard Cohen | Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
Speaking of incredible lyrics, can't forget to include some Leonard Cohen in this list. This tune in particular has brought me a lot of comfort during trying times over the years.

7. Tom Waits | Jesus Gonna Be Here 
A few years ago a promoter in my hometown of Toronto put together a Tom Waits tribute night, where a lineup of local musicians each performed two covers of Tom Waits material. My band and I, Abdominal And The Obliques, picked this as one of our two selections. I had so much fun singing it, that we've kept it as part of our repertoire ever since. Hard to match the sheer rawness of Waits' delivery, but I try my best!

8. Slum Village | 1,2 
Whole track bangs, but when Elzhi comes in with that double-time shit at the 2:45 mark? It's OVER!!



9. Heart | Barracuda
Realizing I should include a few more women on this list, as well as maybe a bit more Rock And Roll. But don't get it twisted, this track is far from just a token pick, as its badass guitar riff from Nancy Wilson and soaring vocal lines from sister Ann Wilson get me fired up every time!

10. Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton | Hound Dog 
Sticking with the badass women theme to close out my list, gotta end with the unfuckwithable energy and presence of the legendary Big Mama Thornton. Sorry, Elvis who??

WARMER MIXTAPES #1658 | by William Macdonald Fox [Will Fox]/(Los Angeles Police Department)

1. Broadcast | Tears In The Typing Pool
We all have one of those friends who helps mold our musical taste, whether they’re sending you their favorite Contemporary song as soon as it comes out, or digging through the crates and discovering some long lost recording. Well, Greg Dillon is that guy for me. He showed me this song a few months ago. I’d heard of Broadcast, but had never explored much of their Music. This song is so beautifully haunting, the Lo-Fi production, the ghostly mellotron, the slap-back on the vocals, the quaint Acoustic guitars. This song is a must-listen for anyone looking for a new haunting Folk classic.

2. Vashti Bunyan | I’d Like To Walk Around In Your Mind
It’s a special thing when you can connect with a romantic partner through Music. I’m really lucky that my girlfriend has amazing taste. When we were first dating especially, we really built our friendship on sharing Music with each other. I’d Like To Walk Around In Your Mind was one of the first ones she sent me that I’d never heard and really fell in Love with. It’s so calming, sweet and delicate, with her whispered vocals and the gentle string section. I'd like to run and jump on your solitude, I'd like to rearrange your latitude to me, she sings. This song is destined to be in a Wes Anderson movie, if it isn’t already.

3. Otis Redding | I’ve Got Dreams To Remember 
A couple of years ago I ordered some Best Of CD’s to listen to in the car. This song is track 16 on that particular compilation. It’s such a good feeling to fall in Love with a fresh song from a voice as familiar as Otis Redding’s. This is one of my favorite vocal performances of all time, and you bet I roll the windows down for The World to hear when I’m driving around with this one.

4. Neil Young | Razor Love
I’m a huge Neil fan, especially his first 4 or 5 records. It struck me one day to check out some of his more recent Music, so I stumbled across Silver & Gold released in 2000, and was so pleased to discover this song, Razor Love, perhaps my favorite Love song that he’s written. The lyrics just kill me – “Now all I've got for you is the kind of love that cuts clean through, all I got for you is razor love, it cuts clean through”. It has everything you want in an Acoustic Down-Tempo Neil track... Simple production, that vulnerable croon, dreamy guitars and, of course, a harmonica solo. This is an overlooked Neil track.

5. Wilco | I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
My cousin Caleb may be the biggest fan of Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) in The World. At 15 I had to see what the fuss was all about, so I went to the local CD store outside of Boston called Strawberries and picked up Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Went back to my grandma’s house, sat down on a rocking chair on the screened-in porch and pressed play. This is the first song on that iconic Modern Rock record. The song begins, I am an American aquarium drinker, I assassin down the avenue. Well, I was hooked; I listened to the whole CD twice in a row, until dinner was ready. There is so much Experimentation, Improvisation, and a beautifully fine line drawn between Noise and Music on this song. It feels more like your jumping into a novel than into a record, if that makes any sense. Tweedy is one of my favorite lyricists after Dylan.

6. The Idle Race | Morning Sunshine
I discovered this track on Michael Rault’s collaborative playlist he made on Spotify. What can I say? It’s one of those tracks that teleports you into the late 60’s as if you’re hearing English Psych Rock for the first time. It’s so subdued and the production is so dark, it almost sound like a demo, in the best possible way.

7. Nick Drake | Place To Be
I think I can safely say that Nick Drake’s Pink Moon is my favorite record ever, and that Nick might be the most underrated songwriter of all time. Pink Moon is timeless, and paved the way for True Intimacy in Music, against the odds of an era that was focused on a “More Is More” attitude. To think that this Music went practically unseen at the time is tragic, but then to see the deluge of support Nick has seen since his death defines the true beauty and purpose of Music: to create something that can live on, and the hope that the Art you create when you’re feeling weak is stronger than you ever could have imagined. Place To Be is my favorite song on the record, seemingly simple but near impossible to re-create. It also has my favorite lyric of all time, Now I’m weaker than the palest blue, oh, so weak in this need for you. RIP Nick.

8. George Harrison | Run Of The Mill (from Early Takes Volume 1)
This is not only one of my favorite songs, but this Acoustic demo version is so intimate… To hear any of The BeatlesMusic in such a raw and personal way is stunning. This song gives a bit of an insight into the crumbling dynamics of the band through Harrison’s eyes. It’s so sad and eye opening to hear that in the lyrics of this song. He sings with such confidence and simultaneous vulnerability, a juxtaposition that he is a true master of.

9. The Miles Davis Quintet | It Never Entered My Mind (Shirley Ross Cover)
This one begins with Red Garland on the piano, playing an arpeggio that you feel like you’ve heard before, but the song strays away from your expectations, especially with Miles on the muted trumpet. This song has everything I look for in a Jazz ballad, so much character in each instrument, so much Restraint and feel that you sit there and just go, I’m not worthy. My buddy Brendan Lynch-Salamon showed me this one on a trip we took up to a little mountain town for a quick getaway.

10. Cornershop | Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix Radio Edit)
Here’s a curveball for you! Sometimes a song just makes you feel like a kid again. When I was growing up I lived in London, and I used to sit in the back of the school bus and listen to the radio, and just wait for this song to come on. Man, did they love playing Fatboy Slim on the radio back then. This is of course a remix of the Cornershop track. It’s just so hard not to bob your head and sing along to this one. When I listen to this song, I’m sitting in the window seat of the bus, with my backpack on my lap, driving down King’s Road, riding slowly into my teenage years.