Sunday, July 08, 2007

Mixtape, sir?: Whispering words that scream of outrageous sin.

I'm not exactly posting at what you could call regular intervals but I get there in the end. I blame the horrible weather for making me more slothful than usual. Come on! Summer's not supposed to be like this!

Oh yeah, I'm using Gigasize today on the advice of one of my commentors. Hope it works for you all...


  1. Misha - Scars (Walking that precarious line between charming and twee, 'Scars' ultimately charms with that impossibly good-natured brass break. Lovely.)
  2. Seu Jorge - Bem Querer (Soulful stuff from the one-time Knockout Ned. Deserves sunshine and beaches but rain-soaked Manchester suburbia will have to do.)
  3. Caribou - Sundialing (I'm starting to think of this as a low-key cousin to 'All My Friends' with its repetitious guitar line and gently pounding drums. It's the cousin that's out of his gourd on psychedelics, naturally.)
  4. Metalchicks - Tears For Fears/Conspiracy (You know when people say "It's like nothing I've ever heard" about a song or album, then you listen only to spot the influences straight off the bat? Well, you really won't have heard anything like this before. Disco-metal, only about as far removed from 'Danger! High Voltage!' as it's possible to be whilst still actually being a piece of music.)
  5. Dolly Parton - Jolene (Peter Visti Edit) (It had to happen sometime. I'm just surprised that it's taken the disco edit mafia this long to give Dolly's classic sexual jealousy tale a Balearic makeover. This cut from the latest in the Mindless Boogie series is pure Visti, with those trademark phased synths and the new look suits her.)
  6. Wild Rumpus - Musical Blaze Up (Rub 'N' Tug Bitches Remix) (After picking this for the recent Blog Fresh Radio summer mixtape thingy, I thought I'd stick it on here too. It's called synergy, people!)
  7. Henrik Schwarz & Ame & Dixon - Where We At? Part 2 (Body Language Version) (Yet another slightly different take on this track, built around Derrick Carter's modern classic. Old news for the techno heads out there, maybe, but I love the way you can tell which parts were added by each of the protagonists. A dance music brain trust at work.)
  8. Chromatics - Hands In The Dark (Icily romantic cover of the Dark Day tune that graces the Italians Do It Better label comp, After Dark. Modern disco with a retro grounding.)
  9. Sheila E. - A Love Bizarre (This might as well be Prince's track as he's all over it like a bad shirt. Not that he'd ever wear one. A bit overlong perhaps at 12 minutes-plus, but as I've said many times before, you can never have too much Prince.)
  10. Amerie - Crush (Amerie's new long-player, Because I Love It is easily one of the best pop albums of the year, but this is one that I keep going back to. Amerie reins in the vocal histrionics for a brilliantly underplayed, subtle approach and it leads to one of the best pop ballads I've heard in about, well, forever. Lush!)
  11. Queens Of The Stone Age - Make It Wit Chu (Re-worked but not entirely different from the Desert Sessions take (it's only really missing PJ Harvey), it's proof that Josh Homme is a great soul singer trapped in a kickarse rocker's body.)
  12. Keith Murray - The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (It's great to hear a hip-hop love song that doesn't make you want to throw up, but I've had to go back to 1994 to dig one up. An almost-forgotten classic.)
  13. Erykah Badu - Bag Lady (Cheebah Sac Radio Edit) (I posted this on its own a while back but I thought I'd bring it back to close this one out. The best thing she's ever done in my opinion.)

Yer Mam!'s Big Summer Mixtape Blowout! Volume Four, Ripped, Zipped and Gigasized

In other news: read my fawning review of the Daydream Nation Deluxe Edition at High Voltage.

Back soon with more free music for everyone!


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Blogger Bob Scheffel said...

Perhaps I'm being over-zealous and impatient, but Gigawhatziz won't let me get the file. Am I going in too fast?
PS: your last batch of mixes have been your best yet.

8:54 pm  
Blogger James said...

Hmmm... It works okay from my end. What's it saying? Normally you have to put in a three letter code then it makes you wait about 40 seconds before a download link is generated.

If anyone else is having problems, just say so and I'll put it up somewhere else.

Oh, and thanks for the compliment, Bob. 'Preciate it.

9:02 pm  
Blogger Bob Scheffel said...

I did exactly as you said (and in fact did not have problems with them before, so I don't think it's my firewall) and it keeps telling me that IE cannot find the page. Should I try Firefox? I'll keep at it and let you know.

9:11 pm  
Blogger James said...

Curious. I've just tried it myself with Firefox and it works for me. Just keep at it and if you're still having problems, I'll post it somewhere else.

9:16 pm  
Blogger Bob Scheffel said...


11:39 pm  
Blogger Lee said...

Jesus, another superb mix. The last four have been hmmm-mmmmm.

(Any plans to reload some of the older mixtapes? They look tantalisingly brilliant)

2:50 am  
Blogger James said...

Thanks Lee. Glad you like them.

No plans to re-up any of the old ones really, but if there are any that you, or anyone else for that matter, would like uploading, I'll put them up as long as I still have them on my HDD.

10:16 pm  
Blogger Lee said...

Hey James

Thanks for introducing me to Breaks Co-Op - Duet (Atlantic Conveyor Extended Remix), and Marsha Hunt's 22 - (Oh No! Not) The Beast Day. Nothing else in my musical orbit is quite hitting the spot like those two.

Not that I want you to interrupt the creation of new mixtape joy, but all 6 of the recent 'Yer Mam's Mixtape Week" looked great. So if you get a chance to re-up, I'd be slaveringly grateful.

2:18 am  
Blogger James said...

Well, I wasn't really planning on re-upping any old ones but if I get a chance sometime soon I'll put the mixtape week up again.

Watch this space.

10:52 pm  
Blogger lee said...

Cheers James.

Only if you get a second, but don't sweat it... just means I'll have to hunt out the tunes individually... and there are worse pasttimes.

9:43 am  

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