itms mini-mixtape: dream waves

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of this playlist wasn’t composed by searching for the word “sleep” in iTunes. If we’re being entirely honest, this playlist wasn’t even meant to exist. Half of these songs were originally intended for a whole other mixtape. But then I decided to change their destiny. They’re now taking part in a half-hour slumber party for your brain.

Summer Twins - Crying In My Sleep
Anoraak - Above Your Head
Kelis - 22nd Century (Acoustic)
Cosmetics - Sleepwalking
Martina Topley Bird - Da Da Da
Cotton Jones - Glorylight And Christie
SLEEP ∞ OVER - Outer Limits
William Brittelle - The Color of Rain

Some credit should be attributed to Neil Gaiman for inspiring this set. After indulging in his Sandman comic book series, I had a dream about getting chased in a haunted castle by anthropomorphic seafood demons. But that’s a story for a different day. For now, you should download a ZIP file of our latest mini-mixtape, which is equipped with a full-size version of the cover art. Then you can say, “YAY!”

triple extra combo meal.

I’ve been tired lately. Not from lack of sleep, just a distinct need for relaxation. That means my musical thoughts are unfocused and I enjoy music that complements indecision when I’m feeling that. So here’s a few bands that have been dominating my ears lately.

Experiments With Machines - Owls
Experiments With Machines - Battles In The Morning

Paul Gregory, of Lanterns on the Lake, has been making some of the finest throwback electronic music I’ve heard in recent years. Under his pseudonym, Experiments With Machines, he’s been quietly surpassing many of his contemporaries without a label, a capitalist profit scheme, or even anyone else in the band. “Owls” sounds both refreshingly new and bizarrely classic that I’m torn as to my motivations for liking it – a war between likes, really. It scratches two itches at once and you should go download the entire EP for free to get the same feeling.

Three Trapped Tigers - 10
Three Trapped Tigers - 13

I can go on and on about Three Trapped Tigers, but I won’t. Suffice it to say that they have a new EP out, they’re playing in Poland with Prefuse 73 and Autechre, and all is right with the world.

Casual Curious - Florida
Casual Curious - Duke Leto

And finally, a band from quite near me, Casual Curious. Strong melodies, scattered structure, and a fuzzed out motif make them the pop analogue to the above and they certainly don’t suffer for the comparison. They’ve got this rather impressive live video of “Florida” and I have a feeling I’ll be gassing up the car to see them perform in the near future.

takeshi nakatsuka: i won’t mind

Takeshi Nakatsuka - Luv Tween The Sheets
Takeshi Nakatsuka - On & On

Takeshi Nakatsuka is the DJ and mastermind of Japanese lounge-pop masters Qypthone. Contrary to the fairly sedate, endearing material he’s released under that name, his solo material is far more in the vein of artists like Max Tundra. I keep “Luv ‘tween the Sheets” as a secret weapon for my more varied DJ sets and it never fails to please with its nods to disco, classic rave, and IDM