WARMER MIXTAPES #1566 | by Damin Borooah [Shaman///Damin]
1. Tropics | Popup Cinema
This was hands down my favorite song of 2012. From the lyrics to the ambiance, I couldn't get enough. I actually contacted Tropics via Soundcloud and asked how he makes his Music. Just him replying made me more than happy!
2. Grimes | Devon
I was very lucky to have met Grimes at UCSD! The show was sold out, so I went a couple hours before at the pub she was going to perform at, for her soundcheck. Then she showed up, I was nervous to say hi, but I did. I asked her if I could buy some merchandise, but instead she gave me 2 free tickets! She was very humble, down to earth, and her presence just made me realize that I want to do what she does. Her Music from early on is somewhat of an Ambient Pop with Witchhouse influences. This is so cool! Devon was a yearning song about someone she loved probably at that time.
3. Disclosure | Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)
Disclousure's first album blew me away. Also the British Music scene gives my goosbumps. There are so many British producers I like from Disclousure to Sam G, Edgar The Beat Maker (King Krule), Krystal Klear, etc., etc,! Especially this song with London Grammar... Can I mention that I also find her absolutely gorgeous! I always would soundcheck my material to see if it compares to songs like these... Still working on it...
4. The xx | Reunion
I feel like I don't have to say much about this one, the song speaks for itself. Again masterful production from Jamie xx, especially when the House elements of the song are implemented...
5. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds | Stagger Lee
I never heard of Nick Cave before Coachella 2013, and wasn't too keen on seeing his set at the time (so many good artists have the same set time), however my friends convinced me otherwise. And I can tell you I to this day have not seen a better live show. He changed my life. I might be one of his top fan boys. I can't describe how good his set was (full children choir/Bad Seeds band), you have to see it for yourself. Stagger Lee performed live... Can't describe the euphoria... (also I was not high in any way while watching this set!)
6. George Harrison | Wah-Wah
A top 12 songs of all time will not be complete without a Beatles track, but which one to pick?! I grew up listening to Beatles, my father is a huge fan, especially of George Harrison. Spirituality is of big interest to me and I felt that Harrison was the most yearning for Spiritual Life. Harrison, I felt that he really explored more of his spiritual side after the Beatles broke up, and his album All Things Must Pass is legendary.
7. Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto | The Girl From Ipanema (with Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim) (Pery Ribeiro's 'Garota De Ipanema' Cover)
Not many voices give you an ominously chilling and nostalgic euphoria vibe all the time... This is exactly how I feel about Gilberto's voice. The song is perfect. Closest thing to Perfection I have listened to.
8. The Strokes | Life Is Simple In The Moonlight
The Strokes are my favorite Rock band. Pitchfork did not give this album justice (ugh!). Julian is another one of my idols, I can really relate to his lyrics in almost a creepy way. Like Wow, is he trying to tell me something?... But that's when you know you vibe with a band...
9. The Radio Dept. | Memory Loss
Radio Dept.? Radio Dept.! RADIO DEPT.! There is virtually no song that I don't like from them. I feel like this song is the greatest Love song of all time (even better than George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps). I feel like I'm in another world when I'm listening to them, I have never visited Northern Europe, but when I do, I want to go to Lund, Sweden, and feel the vibe there. I mean that's were they record their Music! (I think).
10. Beach House | Irene
I want this song to be played during my funeral, I feel like it will help my soul reach the next destination it's supposed to go to.
+11. Kanye West | Flashing Lights (feat. Dwele)
I heard this song first when I was in Middle School, then as I grew older I knew this was one of the songs that made me want to be a producer. Kanye is one of the best Hip Hop Producers of All Time. I hope he still makes his own Music these days! (Instead of getting other amazing producers as well). Anyways if he still does or doesn't fully make his tracks, his ear is amazing. He knows what Sound is, what Music is.
+12. Clams Casino | Illest Alive
My favorite Hip Hop producer of all time. His Music is the closest thing to God I can relate to. Clams is a big inspiration. His influence in the Beat scene is going to be legendary.