Last week Kangding Ray released one of the best albums of 2011: "OR". He also released of the best mixes of the year right here at mnml ssgs. Not a bad week... Then again, this is totally in keeping with Kangding's track record, perhaps his defining aspect as a musician is less a certain sound or approach, and more the overriding quality of his music.
And I think revealing the tracklist shows the full brilliance of Kangding's mix, the way he managed to successfully layer and combine different compositions to make something wholly new and unique. This is exactly the kind of mix where delaying the tracklist makes sense. I know I gained an extra level of appreciation for the mix after I saw what he had done.
Steve Reich "Come out" + Rhythm & Sound "Outward"Oneohtrix Point Never "Returnal feat. Antony (Fennesz Remix)" + Mark Fell "Multistability 1-B"
Deadbeat "Loneliness and reverly" + These New Puritans "Drum Courts - Where Corals Lie"
Coh "Andante Facile" + Pole "Alles Klar"
Nam June Paik "My jubilee ist unverhemmet" + Alva Noto "Future"
Ben Frost "Leo Needs A New Pair Of Shoes" + Ricardo Villalobos "Fools garden (black conga)"
Ø "Ionos" + Emeralds "It Doesn't Arrive"
Richie Hawtin "00:24" + Deaf Center "Lobby"
Various Production "Infinity (xx cover)" + Senking "Breathing Trouble"
Pomassl "Tandem distiller" + Lissom "Bask"
Fever Ray "If I Had A Heart (Fuck Buttons Remix)" + Ital Tek "Tokyo freeze (Remix)"
Codes in the Clouds "The Distance Between Us (Nils Frahm Remix)" + Vex'd "Slime"
If you haven't heard either "OR" or this mix, I would strongly encourage you to rectify that quickly, this is music you should hear.