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Anenon - Equilibrium (Acquiescence EP)
Floating Points - Realise (Shadows EP)
placeholder. - Pot Pan (West In Dust Compilation)
BOATS - Fogburns (Believing EP)
The Orb - Dilmun (Kompassion 12")
Hoodcats - Streed Fung (Mapzzz EP)
Rod McKuen - Untie The Tie That Binds (Lisa Bright & Dark Soundtrack)
D'Angelo - Africa (Voodoo LP)
Michael Stearns - M'Ocean (M'Ocean LP)
Kouta - Granola (Orinda EP)
Born Heller - Mountain Song (Born Heller LP)
Glenn Jackson - Evan (Mapzzz EP)
Anenon - Equilibrium (Acquiescence EP)
Notes from Shortcircles:
To be honest, all I've been listening to lately is Slum Village and D'angelo, but this podcast isn't of music I'm just currently listening to. These songs in the podcast are ones that have sorta stuck with me since I first heard them and have had somewhat of an impact on the music I've been working on lately. The majority of this podcast was made during a flight from San Francisco to San Diego, so the selection of songs is meant to suit that feeling of being approximately 30,000 ft. above ground.
Anenon's "Equilibrium" from his spacious and lush Acquiescence EP serves as the piano backdrop for one of my favorite mediation records, "Concentration & Meditation" by Madam Indra Deví. I picked up "Concentration & Meditation" at the record store I would go to when I was growing up in San Diego. Every time I went to that store, they had pretty much the same over priced, generic collection, but when was looking through the Electronic/Misc. section I came across something new, this meditation record, and with the cover art alone I had to buy it.
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Floating Points' 'Shadows' EP finds a way to keep things minimal, but intricate. The lengthy drum beats and jazzy chords keeps the entire EP extremely contemplative. This is easily one of my favorite releases in the last year.
In February of this year, the new Oakland based label West In Dust dropped a compilation and I had the chance to contribute some work as well as master the entire thing. When I came across "Pot Pan" by placeholder. the use of the D'angelo sample from "Left & Right" off his Voodoo album caught my ear since I have been listening to Voodoo on repeat. Besides the vocal sample, the chords and percussion show the great depth of placeholder.'s talents.
The clip of Stevie Wonder talking about his speech synthesizer is something I snatched from a VHS about Kurzweil technology a few years back. I'm glad I finally had a reason to use it.
Oakland's own BOATS is a familiar face in the area's circle of beatsmiths and musicians. At times contemplative, this dude always finds a way to keep it funky. BOATS, aka Aaron Ferguson is a name everyone needs to be more familiar with.
For awhile, I was told I needed to check out The Orb. When I was at Amoeba looking through some records I came across their Kompassion 12" and decided to give it a listen. Their song "Dilmun" is a calming collection of amazing textures.
Hoodcats is my side project with house mates and Oakland Bummer Pop duo "James & Evander." We dropped our first EP through the Mapzzz blog and have since been planning on throwing together some more tunes with an equal amount of juked out drums and silly (at times embarrassing) vocal samples.
Rod McKuen's "Untie The Tie That Binds" is so damn gangster. Well, gangster in such a nerdy way considering it was originally part of a Hallmark soundtrack for the Television show "Lisa Bright & Dark." I found this record while digging at an Amvets in Escondido.
D'Angelo's album Voodoo is probably the best soul album I've ever heard. Actually, maybe just the best album I've ever heard. It's been in constant rotation as of late. As I said, I was making this podcast on a flight from San Francisco to San Diego and when the initial lullaby-like bells of "Africa" began playing it was a perfect pairing for my night time window seat. This entire album is magical.
New age music has been the soundtrack for my household this year. When I found Michael Stearns' "M'Ocean" album I was already familiar with some of his previous work so needless to say I didn't hesitate to buy it. Almost all of his albums have one song that just blows minds, and "M'Ocean" is no exception. The title track is an ever evolving synth collage.
Kouta is yet another Oakland sound wizard who I was introduced to through his release, "Orinda EP." All of the sounds Kouta creates are so precise and intimate, but it's really what he's doing with the sounds that pulled me into the music. There's many levels to all of Kouta's songs and "Granola" is a perfect example of that.
There's really not any exciting story for how I discovered Born Heller. I was listening to Pandora and "Mountain Song" played on some random station. I always tried to remember to look for their album, but I really wanted it on vinyl rather than CD. I was at a record store in El Cerrito when I found their self-titled LP and immediately bought it. <3.
The closing track embodies everything that defines my life… piano samples, Brandy vocal samples, and arpeggiators. Glenn Jackson's "Evan" is very introspective, but manages to keep things fun and upbeat. Waiting on an album from this dude….
To close things out with the podcast, I brought back Anenon's "Equilibrium" with the support of more meditative musings from Madam Indra Deví.