This time of year was always going to be a bit reflective for me. It was around the time last year that I was very introspective and doing a lot of self development stuff. Have a read back from The Sound of Summer and The Sound of Calm and that will give you a good idea of where I was at.
So much can change in a year and I feel like I have changed a considerable amount, and I wanted to make a show that was a tribute to this.
The mix features a lot of tunes that I listened to last year, tunes that got me through a rough time and tunes I listened to on repeat because of their melancholy vibe (a lot of the first few tunes I play reflect this). Equally, I play a lot of tunes that I reflect on to remind me of some excellent recent memories. These include a lot of tunes from Glastonbury 2016, which again was a bit of a significant event for me.
I remember walking down South Bank a bit dazed and in my own head, early July last year and being mesmerised by a man playing the Kora, I play the recording at 57 mins. I then blend another recording of someone else playing the Kora after The Lambeth County Show a few weeks back. The sound of the Kora always makes me feel reflective because of when I first heard it.
I deliberately play the first bar of Gundam’s remix of AJ Tracy – Wifey Ridim & loop it to sort of signify that I’m over that period of my life (I played it on repeat last year), and then I mix it in with a tune that means a lot to me right now (Andy Stott – Butterflies)
I play Prince – Crystal Ball (46 mins) as a reflection of Hot Chip’s tribute set at Glasto, arguably one of the best sets I’ve ever seen. Another favourite from Glastonbury was The Unknown Mortal Orchestra – The World is Crowded (1 hour 12mins). This band was introduced to me by my girlfriend and I remember watching them in the cold & rain thinking of how I hadn’t seen a band in ages and feeling reflective of my yooouuth.
Some field recordings include a lovely steel drum band in Barcelona (34 mins) and a live recording of Anoushka Shankar (1hour9mins), who played this amazing tune on her Sitar that featured a breakdown vid of the current migrant/Syrian crisis that made me all reflective.
Thank you for T_A_M for the guest mix. I think we both agreed on this theme quite organically so I’m glad it all came together 🙂