Sonic Landscapes is back after a weeklong break spent exploring the wonderful city of Istanbul–a place with fascinating sonic qualities, from the cosmic drone of the muezzin’s call to prayer to the heckling street vendors to three-legged cats fighting in the street outside our apartment.
We are now on the final leg of the academic year, a time to balance focus with enjoyment. This is a mix to help foment that equilibrium. It begins with a track from a newly ordained saint in the SL pantheon–Rick Ross–then moves into an hour of enchanting grime, minimal dub, and jungle from some of our favorite labels such as Berlin’s Hessle Audio, East London’s Tempa, and South London’s Hyperdub. These artists play with complex collaging and layering of bass to explore the less-traveled depths of the sonic spectrum, anchoring these explorations with captivating dub-inspired rhythms interwoven with surrealistic and alien vocal sampling. The mix starts off with some slower, hypnotic tracks from Burial, Blackwax, and Ramadanman, moving then to some faster and more upbeat grime and jungle from artists such as FaltyDL and Zomby.
This mix goes well with coffee, Bose headphones, Micron pens, and low light.
To listen to this episode, simply click on the link below to hear streaming or right click and choose “download linked file” to add to your iTunes…
1. Pirates – Rick Ross
2. Wind It Up [Inst.] – Mark Pritchard & Om’mas Keith
3. Distant Lights [Kode9 Remix] – Burial
4. Offkey – Blackwax
5. Drowning – Ramadanman
6. Zharp – LV & Okmalumkoolkat
7. Fat Larry’s Skank – Benny Ill, Kode9, & The Culprit
8. Night Hunter – Fist
9. Router – Pangaea
10. I Can’t Stop This Feeling [Pangaea Remix] – Untold and Pangaea
11. Phreqaflex – FaltyDL
12. Pillz – Zomby
13. Bad Dreams – SP:MC & Joker D
A NOTE FOR ALL ITHACANS: This Saturday a pretty amazing event is taking place at the Schwartz Center, called “DIY Electronics,” featuring performances by revolutionary electronic musicians and experimenters such as Silver Apples, Tonto’s Expanding Headband, and Electric Golem. Read more about the event here and spread the word!