One of my favorite musical discoveries over the past year or so has definitely been Ireland’s Solar Bears. Besides making fantastic music on their own, the collective Solar Bears Twitter handle posts links to songs quite frequently, and they always end up being the best song I’ve heard that day. So it was really a no brainer for us to ask the duo to put together a mix for us. I told them the mix could go in any direction they wanted, and they responded to me with their Schizadelic Mix, which is exactly what it sounds like. A little bit schizophrenic, a little bit psychedelic,and for me, some great Clockwork Orange old school vibez, but all 100% fantastic and I promise this mix won’t sound like most other mixes you’ve heard as of late, and there’s even a previously unheard track from Regal Safari. Big thanks to John Kowalski from Solar Bears for doing this for us, and after hearing Alpha People and Cosmic Runner off their upcoming second full length album, I know I can’t wait to hear even more of their original tunes. And a huge big ups to our friend Nathaniel for this perfectly appropriate artwork. Check out some more of his fantastic work over here.
Neu – Intro
Regal Safari – Untitled
Tangerine Dream – Charly The Kid
Harmonia – Notre Dame
Jean Claude Vannier – Les Gardes Volent Au Secours Du Roi
Brian Eno and Harold Budd – Not Yet Remembered
George Delerue – L’important C’est D’aimer
The Electric Prunes – Holy Are You
Death in Vegas – XXX
It’s here! In celebration of our THIRD blogiversary (which is actually on May 17), we’ve put together our third edition of the wildly popular Blogwave Summer mixtape series. Each spring, we ask 20 or so of our favorite blog friends to each send us a summer jam. Then we extremely crudely mix it all together and share it with you. This one came together quite nicely and I think it might even be my favorite of the three. We’re really thrilled with the blogs that participated this year (check out the full list below) and feel like we got a fantastic mix of blogs both large and small, old and new. Special shoutout to Chris over at gorilla vs bear for contributing perhaps the most difficult song to mix in with a bunch of summer dance tunes. Another shoutout to @sbrolins for this year’s cover image. And another shoutout to We Listen For You for still having a blogspot URL.
Anyway, you know the drill. Listen below, share with your friends, leave us some love, etc. And before you even ask, I’m not providing the mix as individual tracks, so save your fingers the trouble of typing up a comment asking for that. And just in case you missed the first two editions, check out Volume One and Volume Two.
And again, HUGE thanks to all of the awesome blogs that participated. Everyone included below is either a blog I adore, or an IRL blog friend, but in most cases it’s actually both. So make sure to check out all the blogs below because they are all pretty swell. Mad, mad blogger <3. And if you don't like a certain track, you can also see below exactly who picked it and give them hell about it. Unless it's the song I picked. In that case, keep your opinions to yourself.
It’s been a while since we made any sort of a mix. In fact, I think it’s been since way back last summer when we spur of the moment made that Relajado mix for all of your relaxation needs. But then the good folks at ex.fm asked us to make their May monthly mix tape and we happily obliged. This mix has no theme, and it’s not really a “mix” so much as a playlist. I called it maylybeatz because we are dailybeatz and this is the month of May. I’m extremely creative. And I think most of these songs have been posted already on this site at some point, but since nobody reads it, it might serve as a nice refresher for what you’ve missed out on. Either way, enjoy it’s sort of chill, sort of glitchy vibes and take a ride on some maywaves. Thanks to ex.fm for asking us to participate and for being generally awesome.
And don’t worry, for anyone who’s asked. There WILL be another annual mix making an appearance later this month, so have no fear!
I don’t know why, but I just decided to make a mix today. Maybe it’s because I’ve been totally underutilizing my paid soundcloud account. I made it in about an hour, and it has no flow whatsoever, but I like all the songs and that makes it a good mix for me. I listened to it once and didn’t change anything (you can tell because i didnt even take the time to cut down the 5 minute robot track in the middle), so it’s a true first draft, and I think a rather enjoyable one (but admittedly rather rough around the edges). The theme is chill to quasi chill tunes. There are some exceptions to the rule, but that’s what I was going for. The best part was that I didn’t even know I had half these songs and just found them by scanning through my library a little more slowly. I think this might be good for some chill friend hangouts in the background or something, hence the name. The cover image was taken by me on my disposable camera in my favorite alley in Berlin where we went to the cinema and saw the weird giant underground robot show.
Listen to it below if you want, and download it below if you want. And before everyone starts complaining that they dont have the individual tracks, well, it’s 2011. I’m pretty sure you can figure out how to find the songs that you want on your own. And if you can’t, make you need to practice the internet a little bit more. Enjoy.
I Break Horses – Hearts
Niva – Ghost In My Head
Little Dragon – Little Man
CutOff!CutOff! – T Is To N
Puro Instinct – Lost At Sea
Solar Bears – Dream Valley (Young Montana? Rework)
Detachments – I Don’t Want To Play
GUITARO – Chateau 100
M+A – Liko Lene Lisa
It is rain in my face. – Trigger Finger
Debmaster – Clean Team
John Maus – And The Rain
Nite Jewel – Falling Far
Obey City – Snickers
Levek – Look On The Bright Side
Grimes – Crystal Ball
Games – Strawberry Skies
Twin Shadow – Castles In The Snow (Com Truise Remix)
Tycho – Hours
Last year, to celebrate our one year anniversary, we made this Blogwave Summer mixtape where we asked a bunch of bloggers to send us a summer song and then we turned it into a mix. It went so well that we decided to do it again this year to celebrate our second anniversary. Well, the second anniversary isn’t technically until next week, but I have no patience when it comes to anything so it’s nearly impossible for me to sit on a completed mix like this for a week and a half. So, uh, happy Monday?
This type of mix is great for a couple of reasons. First of all, since the only theme is summer (Techincally, I asked each person to send me the song that they thought would be their summer jam this year) and summer means something different to everyone, you’re sure to get a nice and diverse mix of songs. But even more importantly, since I only picked one song on this mix, if you think it sucks, then you can’t really blame me. Isn’t it great how that works? But I don’t think you’ll really have much of a problem with any of the 23 songs on this mix. Yes, that’s right, 23 songs picked by 23 blogs (I’m sure you’ll recognize a good deal of names on the list) all wrapped into one mix that’s just under 65 minutes in length. My amateur skills mean that this isn’t really a mix, so much as it is a series of convenient spots for one song to stop and the next to begin. And sure, there are lots of janky/awkward song placements that just don’t make sense or work, but that’s the fun of DIY project, isn’t it?
Listen to the mix below and click on that little download arrow in the soundcloud player to get the mix for yourself!
Special thanks to all the blogs who participated. Check out the full list below. Could this possibly be the most impressive/awesome list of blogs to ever have participated in one project such as this? Probably. And thanks to Dev for sending me the cover image when I didn’t feel like looking for one and turned to the twitter for help. And thanks for continuing to visit us, even if you don’t.
Click on the down arrow in the above player or right here to download the mix.
dailybeatz.com Presents: A Blogwave Summer: Volume Two
Yes folks, that’s right! If you didn’t get enough of my top 20 albums of the year on Monday (check it here in case you missed it), we’ve decided to take all of that musical goodness and serve it up in mixtape form for your listening pleasure. That’s right, each of the 20 tracks on this mixtape is either a track from one of my top 20 albums or a remix of a track from one of my top 20 albums. And since I like to keep things neat and orderly and easy to keep track of, I’ve organized the tracks in reverse order from 20 to 1. So as you listen to this mixtape, you are actually listening to an audio countdown of my top 20 albums starting at number 20 and going all the way down to number 1. So you can even follow along with my top 20 list if the spirit moves you (which would be kind of weird if it did).
I think this is a pretty cool mixtape because there are lots of ups and downs. Sometimes there are a few songs in a row that are really electronic and upbeat, and then it chills out for a few songs, and all in all just some really nice moments in time. And thanks to The Golden Filter and The Morning Benders, it even has an extremely creepy beginning!
As always, we’ve provided a zip file of the individual tracks that you can download right here, but it’s much better for everyone involved (and a much better user experience) if you download the one continuous track by clicking on that nifty little down arrow in the soundcloud player below. Because that’s the best way to get the full mixtape experience in my opinion. So without further ado, here is what 2010 sounded like to me. I happen to think it sounds pretty good, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed all of these albums this year, if not more.
Top 2010 Albums: The Mixtape
1. The Morning Benders – Excuses (The Golden Filter Remix)
2. Delorean – Real Love (Lightsoverla Remix)
3. Mux Mool – Enceladus
4. Sia – Clap Your Hands (Prince Vince Remix)
5. Menomena – Bote
6. Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis
7. Wavves – Mickey Mouse
8. Wild Nothing – Live In Dreams
9. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
10. Kanye West – Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)
11. Phantogram – Futuristic Casket
12. Abe Vigoda – Dream Of My Love (Chasing After You)
13. Teen Daze – Four More Years
14. Local Natives – Wide Eyes (Teen Daze Remix)
15. Twin Shadow – Slow
16. Javelin – Moscow 1980
17. Foals – Blue Blood (Prince Club Remix)
18. Tame Impala – Expectation
19. Delphic – This Momentary
20. Beach House – Zebra (Ring Trick Remix)
This concludes our 2010 year in coverage. We hope the last three days have been as enjoyable as an all day House Hunters/Income Propert/Property Virgins marathon [via the HGTVs]. Sandra Rinomato is pretty keut. She really understands the real estate market. She really ‘gets it’. Wonder what it feels like to make that big sale. Wonder what it feels like to be a ‘commercial success’ on an ‘up and coming cable network’.
That was my pathetic attempt at a tribute to a site that I’d often read, but one whose brilliance I only just realized. Of course I’m talking about Hipster Runoff. Carles just has such a great way of describing what its like to be an alt trying to make it in this crazy world. Just trying to understand what it’s all about. Here’s the closing segment from his Sirius XMU 2 year anniversary show which aired just this past Monday. It’s a pretty bloggable mp3. If you’ve never heard his radio show, its usually not so reverb-y, but it’s always as painfully honest. Catch what Carles has to say about his anniversary here. “What does it feel like 2 orgasm/do drugs/own a macbook?” And I think he’s had a pretty good 2k10, even though no mp3s ever saved it.
I recently recruited my good friend Jon Alexander to put together a mixtape for the site. His musical IQ is pretty high and I gave him free reign to pretty much do whatever he wanted. What I got back was a nice retrospective look into the world of electronic music and the experience of electronic music in Detroit. Here’s what Jon had to say about the mix:
When Chris asked me to curate a mixtape for Dailybeatz, there was not a moment of hesitation. I had to create an electronic and techno mix. From my first moment as a naive teenager stepping into a huge, old brick warehouse in Detroit and gazing through the translucence, bass levels rattling the floorboards and house beats thumping in my ears, I dreamed of recreating this sensational feeling of euphoria. It felt like emerging from a sensory cocoon as I wandered in a fugue, following the trails of light and sound to their respective sources. There was a substantial cadre of DJs spinning. I knew only one of them – Green Velvet. And he was playing late. Really late.
In putting this together, I wanted to evoke that feeling of spending an entire night out – what it felt like for me to hop in the car with three of my friends, throw on a cd, and drive to god knows where in the city. Sometimes the sun would be rising on the drive back, the entire lot of us exhausted, stinking of smoke and sweat, silent except for wistful expressions of rapture and lassitude. I included both the old and the new, with some significant Detroit representation. The final quarter of the mix ends with a decidedly old school flavor, closing with one of my favorite electronic tracks of all time – elder statesmen Orbital’s early-90s classic “Belfast.” I had one hour to try and encapsulate what most DJs would spend four to six hours doing. But I had an absolute blast doing it, and I hope you dig it.
As usual, we’ve provided the download 2 ways. You can download the zip file below which includes the individual tracks and front/back cover art, OR you can click on the download button in the soundcloud player below to download the whole mix as one continuous track. Of course the continuous track is more likely to give you the full effect of the mix, but the choice is up to you. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. And we hope to hear more mixtapes from Jon in the future as well.
1. Jahcoozi – Ali McBills (Robert Johnson 6am X-Ray Halo Rework)
2. Richard Davis – Sometime
3. Michael Mayer – Amanda
4. Tensnake – Around the House
5. Elektrochemie – Mucky Star
6. Faze Action – In The Trees (Unreleased Carl Craig Remix)
7. Moodyman – It’s 2 Late 4 U & Me
8. Spencer Parker – Yogoto
9. DJ Dan – That Phone Track
10. Green Velvet – Answering Machine
11. Peace Division – Back 2 Back
12. Eday – Party To The Music (Rene Amesz Remix)
13. Deadmau5 – Jaded (Original Mix)
14. Booka Shade – Regenerate
15. Kites – Ultraviolet (Purple Haze’s Fantasy Flite Part One)
16. Omar S – The Maker
17. Omar S – Oasis 13 1/2
18. Derrick May – Salsa Life
19. Cybotron – Clear
20. Joey Beltram – Energy Flash
21. The Orb – A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld
22. Orbital – Belfast (Original Version)
Remember when we posted Korallreven‘s “The Truest Faith” way back when? Well, Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder have another great track under their belts, this time it’s “Honey Mine” with vocals by none other than Victoria Bergsman of Taken By Trees. Her soft and flowing voice is pretty much perfect over a Korallreven backdrop. But instead of letting the track loose on its own, the duo has released it as essentially the opening track of a short but wonderfully hazy mixtape entitled A Dream which you can listen to and download below. You can preorder the “Honey Mine” 7″ single right here or you can listen to the track all by its lonesome below (thanks to Last Gas Station for the soundcloud).
Here’s the full tracklist of the 22 minute mixtape:
[mixtape] Korallreven – A Dream
1. Somei Satoh – Organics / Inkuyo – Wipala
2. Korallreven & Taken By Trees – Honey Mine
3. Justin Bieber – U Smile (Shamanti’s 800 % Slower Version)
4. Inkuyo – Wipala
5. Cola Boy – 7 Ways to Love
6. Taken By Trees – No Letting Go (Korallreven’s Life’s a Bitch Version)
7. JJ – My Way
8. Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun (American Spring Remix)
9. Justin Bieber – U Smile (Shamanti’s 800 % Slower Version / Julianna
Barwick – Bode
10. Memoryhouse – Lately (Teengirl Fantasy Natural Mix)
11. Walls – Burnt Sienna / Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day
12. French Montana & Curren$y – So High
13. SALEM – Frost (Korallreven’s Indian Summer Version)