As I sit writing this post, I remind myself that this has been a long time coming.
As slight changes emerge within my day to day life both with this site, new silly ventures, and PhD and work life, I remind myself that all of this has been a long time coming. As I finish off with Hayden Calnin’s masterpiece of a track ‘Cut Love’, I steady myself. Feet firmly on the floor and the words flowing steadily from my hands, appearing on the screen in front of me.
All of this. Everything leading up to this very point in time.
As I sit with old favourites like Arthur Wimble, LANKS, and Ciggie Witch, I mark out my territory. And as I sit and be floored again by Marcus Whale, Luke Howard, and LUCIANBLOMKAMP, I wipe away those old tears. And then with those new infatuations – Alice Ivy, Isabel, and the almighty Dogood, I slowly fall back into a feeling of warmth and knowing and remind myself.
This has been a long time coming.
For some time now I’ve made it a habit to talk around the music. This was how you write. The story on Catalyst the other night about music being used to elicit memories for people living with dementia as they sit, still in those old people’s homes I became convinced that fuck it. What’s the point. If music can do that then it’s indescribable. You’re always going to do it a disservice.
But then I read those others who also do music writing. Those others who write about the music itself. None of it’s perfect, but that’s the fuckin’ beauty of it. This game is about getting close, slowly scraping away at the surface and finding some through line, no matter how long/short/narrow/wide and having that one person sit back and think, ‘fuck, that’s it. that’s what I hear.’
As I start afresh, I see that I’m here. This is where I was heading.
Say what you want about Chet Faker. There seems to be a bit of dislike for him – maybe it’s because he worked with that other guy people like to dislike, Flube. Or maybe it’s because he’s, like, successful now man and he’s no longer underground and stuff coz we’re so indie and hip. He’s ruining the whole bearded dude vibe bro. What? Hipsters? Nah man, we just really in touch with what’s going on and don’t like the mainstream and stuff.
But I dunno. Sure his album was a little lacklustre, but I think the dude still can write a mean tune. And there is something about that voice. Time will tell in regards to whether he’ll ever create a critical success though I guess.
But mate, when you get a fella like Roland Tings to jump on and have a play, then you’re on to something else, and hey, maybe even something that all those kool doodes can vibe on, bro. It’s acidy, feels minimal, and shows enough respect for the original without losing it’s other worldly feel.
So whether you’re nursing an election hangover (get ready for another 3 years at least), or you’re one of those quiet ones who are slightly chuffed at last night’s results (you know what will happen right?), it’s my hope that this mixtape, although a little late, will help make your Sunday night. It’s a biggun, and features some rather stellar acts. Not many individual tracks for download this month I know (keeping it kool with the artists dudes), but hey, the mixtape itself is solid – maybe give that a download instead.
DOWNLOAD (Right Click/Save As)
Jack Reilly – It’s Too Late I’m Awake Already
Ta-ku – We Were In Love
Chet Faker – Melt feat Kilo Kash
Bec and Ben – White Wall (Right Click/Save As)
Money For Rope – Nova Pilota
Freak Wave – Deep Burn
Set Sail – Hey!
Cabins – Go To Sleep
Summer Flake – Blue
Seekae – Another
Chela – Romanticise (Collarbones Remix)
Black Vanilla – Dominatrix
Roland Tings – Tomitas Basement
Lower Spectrum – Heedless (Right Click/Save As)
Manor – Architecture
Full Ugly – Drove Down
Cypher – Liar (Right Click/Save As)