The image I used for this artwork was taken in Croatia, the waves at the beginning of the mix are the ones pictured here!
When you think of summer mixes, you think happy, uplifting music, probably some Will Smith and ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ sort of tunes. I was originally going to make this mix quite similar to that, but due to a turn of unexpected events it ended up being a lot deeper and darker than I anticipated!
This mix pretty much symbolises a huge change in my life, a separation. A lot of the tunes in this mix act as a sort of language to how I was feeling at the time. Songs like Caribou – Sinuses (57mins) Kwala – Idle Spings (1:02)… this song!! and, Maribor – Blinkered (Wifey Riddim) (1:24) all sit really closely to me and will always remind me of this particular time.
I’ve included songs I would play on repeat and songs that would send me into a trance. It’s amazing what music can do to you when you feel so low. And to not sound so depressing, I did include quite a lot of summery tunes in there (because it hasn’t been all bad!)
I start with a recording of the waves in Croatia (the same waves I used in my promo image of the show) where I spent a week doing Yoga and meditation by the sea, and then various bits and bobs that either remind me of summer and relaxed me when I was feeling anxious.
22 mins in is LHF – Natural Boost, I was listening to this a lot when I was trying to get myself out of a bad habit of negative thought, it’s really uplifting. I thought that was quite relevant to summery stuff! I feel like this mix has a bit of contrast of kind of depressing tunes with uplifting, which is quite representative.
Brian Eno – Deep Blue Day has also gotta be one of the most chilled summer tunes ever. Larry Heard – Missing You reminds me of summer 2013 (and really relevant lyrics omg).
I have included a lot of field recordings – summer is all about being outside. These include the Yoga instructor during a class (at 28.48) and some birds in Croatia (1:18) in… a guy outside Dalston Kingsland station with a guitar, a sampler and a delay pedal. It sounds lovely, I love how you can also hear the busy street. The same guy I recorded at South Bank for my spring mix was playing the Kora again and that is included towards the end of the mix. The sounds of rain (it’s rained a lot this summer!), a recording of being stood in a pub, an ice cream van, slot machines, and of course birds, bees and seagulls!