this is where i now live. i am not in tokyo anymore...
i've been getting a lot of really awful migraines over the last fortnight. the reason i'm mentioning this is that it has changed my usual listening habits. i've had less music playing, and most of the stuff i have been listening to has been ambient and easy on my poor head. one recent release that has been keeping me company is "monochromes" by t 'um. really beautiful soundscapes. you can hear some of it and see some accompanying images at their site, so give it a go. anyway, normally before i post sets i like to give them all multiple listens and be sure they are up to scratch. i try my best to act as a filter for you all. because of my fucked up head, this time i haven't had a chance to listen to most of these sets properly. but from what i could hear, they all sound pretty nice and are from reliable artists. and i figured you guys would be getting keen for something fresh. so here you go, but keep in mind the caveat that these have not been as closely filtered as usual.
move d @ nachtigital 1.8.09: just listening to this for the first time now. so far i've got through 40 of 261 minutes. lovely, lovely sounds. i must admit, i've gone off D's productions a bit lately (i'm not sure why exactly), but he has fantastic taste in records, and his dj'ing has really improved from all the gigs he has been playing. nice.
stewart walker - livepa for fwd.dj: i'd been meaning to ask walker for a ssg mix for a while, but was holding off because the books are pretty full right now. and these guys beat us to it. nevermind. the sounds are out there, and that is the most important thing. i felt walker had lost his way for a bit, but this is the 2nd recording in a row i've heard that has really impressed me. this has plenty of unreleased material, which bodes well. i've been a fan of walker for a long time, so i'm glad to see he is getting back into form.
scuba - hotflush podcast03: if the SCB ssg mix wasn't enough evidence, he is further proof of why paul rose is one of the most essential talents in the business right now.
seth troxler - keepin whores of the street mix: trox has become a total podcast whore. i've lost count of how many different mixes he has done in 2009. but. but they've all been incredibly fresh, funky, and totally essential. keep 'em coming. i ain't complaining.
eric cloutier - projektion07: i haven't been able to listen to all of this yet, but i've got faith this will be the first quality mix in a pretty weak podcast series. eric is moving from strength to strength as a DJ. he has agreed to do a big post-labyrinth ssg mix for us, which i am very, very excited about. i'm expecting big things from this man over the next 12 months.
kevin gorman - august cookery: again, i haven't given this a proper go yet, but it is kevin gorman, and i'm yet to hear a dud mix from him. it looks like a good serving of fresh techno.
jackmaster - tweak-a-holic 2 mix: unlike the other mixes here, this is one i have listened to. a lot. it could even be my favourite mix from the last month. lots of old, fun records. listening to this just makes me happy. and it has old school madonna, which is a cheap route to my heart.
well i've gotten further through the move d, and it is still hot. this is shaping up to be the best mix i've heard from him in a while. guess i'll find out if he keeps together. i hope this, and all the other ones, are up to scratch. i have a feeling they will be...