This show was a bit of a special one for me, I asked my best mate Gaba to be the guest for it and we chose the theme of thought to represent both of our academic past (we both did Philosophy at Hull Uni), and to represent what we spent most of our time doing as friends – about deep/thoughtful stuff and mixing!
I start with a meditation on reducing negative thoughts. Meditation is often seen as something that is meant to be thought-free, however it’s really more about being aware of thoughts (in particular negative ones) and knowing that they will pass. This is something that helps me out quite a bit when I’m stressed.
After that I play (Rêve – Sale), it’s a bit soundscapey and weird at the beginning of the tune, I chose it because of the tension it builds and makes you think about what’s coming next (thought provoking, yah). I also portray this with a soundscape thing (I can’t quite call it a tune, it’s just weird noises) I made earlier in the week for the show at 49 mins. It’s an edit of some white noise and is meant to sound a bit dystopian and creepy, I want it to make people think ‘wtf is this?’ and therefore evoking some sort of similar thought to each of the listeners.
I put this mix together when I was going through a bit of a stressful time, and practiced it on a really dark and dull day. I think this is really reflective of the tunes I’ve played, they’re quite deep and moody – a literal reflection of my thoughts at the time. This time of year always makes me quite contemplative. I play a lot of tunes that remind me of mine and Gaba’s friendship, too – some from Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin and Four Tet.
At 28 mins I pay a Bonobo edit of Get Thy Bearings (with Szjerdene), this song was featured for his Late Night Tails mix, an album I listened to a lot to try and process a lot of racing thoughts during a difficult time.
Some of the mixes are a bit messy, I’ve intentionally done this (heh) to reflect how thoughts can be – often overlapping, incoherent and all over the place!
At 38:40mins I play this text-to-speech note of my own thoughts that i found in my phone’s notebook, this was probably from about a year ago, about there being no answer to anything. I often write down my thoughts on my phone and they’re often a bit weird and philosophical! I put loads of echo on it so you can’t really think about what it’s saying.
I’ve tried to use samples of sound that make it difficult to think, or at least to induce some other sort of thought that you weren’t having before. I use a sample of a crowd talking at 48 mins as an example of this. It’s a bit of an annoying sound for me and i don’t really like it, so i purposely put it in to mess with my own head a bit aha.
54 mins in is Silent by dj whatever. I was listening to this on repeat when I just started my new job a few weeks ago and felt like it had an important place in this mix, it invoked lots of thoughts!
I end by mixing that tune with a loop of the ‘ooooo’ intro to Pixies – Where is My Mind (I’m surprised this actually worked!) My girlfriend bought us tickets to go see them a few weeks back (it was great!) they were one of our fave bands and I couldn’t think of a better tune to end on.
In all honesty when me and India decided on doing the theme of thought I felt a bit overwhelmed. It’s a pretty broad theme, and I had no idea how to cram all the ideas I had into 1 hour. There are some tunes I still would have liked to include in here but overall I’m pretty happy with how it went. Thanks again to India for having me on the show 🙂
I wanted to try and make the flow of the mix mirror thought patterns musically, how they can feel a bit up and down sometimes with some sharp jumps from positive thoughts to negative ones. I tried to show this with the transition from Sweetest Taboo to Welcome to the Hell Zone at 1:21:30ish, then back again from All Things to all Men to Sometimes (Ummah Remix) at 1:28:20ish.
I start the mix off in a more ‘intellectual’ theme of thought with the mastermind theme tune. It’s actually quite a scary piece of music in parts. There’s a clip of Philomena Cunk on philosophy after, if you’ve never watched any of her ‘moments of wonder’ I highly recommend them cause they’re bloody hilarious. There’s also some vocal clips from Waking Life towards the end (1:54:07 and 1:56:51) which is obviously quite a thinky kind of film.
I’ve got some tunes in there that make me just zone out and get lost in thought (Gather at 1:06:00, Dreams at 1:37:00ish). There’s a recording I took one night in a taxi of the driver whistling along to UB40 (1:32:18) which was quite a lost in thought kind of drive.
There’s a few tunes in there for Billy Bongo who’s been in my thoughts a lot these past months, after his life was tragically cut short in August. Nico – These Days (1:48:00) was the first song played at his funeral service, for obvious reasons I get such a bittersweet feeling now whenever I hear it. Rest in paradise fella – 93 ’til infinity.
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