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This mix dates from nearly a year ago, when I began, somewhat obsessively, trying to sort out a selection of slower house and disco, with the odd smattering of hip-hop.
At the time, I was unsatisfied with a couple of the transitions, and had intended to try another pass at it. Eleven months later, I'm not so bothered; it was a spontaneous session, and re-recording would only dampen that rough, exploratory spirit. (At approximately 59 minutes in, there's one mix that's a little rocky, but hey, stormy weather is to be expected, this time of year.)
I don't want to say too much here about the tracklisting, because I think this is one of those mixes better enjoyed without advance notice. About 1/3 of the tracks are from 2009; the others are from 2010, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, and 1982. They come from Detroit, Brooklyn, London, Barcelona, Tokyo—the usual places. You'll find a detailed tracklisting at www.philipsherburne.com.
The mood ranges from tropical to damp and blustery—hence the title. A stiff drink is optional, but recommended.