Something a bit different today.
As you are aware, we are very fond of mixtapes. We are also quite fond of The Depreciation Guild. So when the Guildâ€™s guitarist, Christoph Hochheim, did a Needle Exchange mix we had to give it a listen. In short, itâ€™s fantastic. Itâ€™s everything you could ever ask from a mixtape, and we felt we had to share it.
This is a bit unorthodox, I agree. Big thanks to Christoph for this selection as well as to self-titledmag.com for the mix. Without further delay, here we go. Itâ€™s not a Spotify playlist, rather it is embedded in the site, but you can download the MP3:
Needle Exchange 021 – Christoph Hochheim/The Depreciation Guild
- Ralph Lundsten And The Andromeda All Stars â€“ Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
- Daedelus â€“ An Armada Approaches
- Dimlite â€“ Kalimba Deathswamp/Kurt Feelings
- Roberto Cacciapaglia â€“ Quite Still
- The Samps â€“ F.X.N.C.
- Ariel Pinkâ€™s Haunted Graffiti â€“ Fright Night (Nevermore)
- PC Worship Mutant Soul Band â€“ Wake Up in the Dark and Thereâ€™s Nothing Going On
- The Association â€“ The Time It Is Today
- The Space Lady aka â€œSuzy Soundzâ€ â€“ Major Tom
- Svenne & Lotta â€“ Roly Poly Girl
- Mahmoud Ahmed â€“ Abbay Mado â€“ Embwa Belew
- Sudden Sway â€“ Me Says Conscience (humsing)
Ralph Lundsten And The Andromeda All Stars â€“ Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
The epic opener to this Swedish electronic music composerâ€™s synth-heavy neon-fantasy Alpha Ralpha Boulevard. Makes me feel like Iâ€™m floating down a river of orange and pink sherbetâ€¦in space.
Daedelus â€“ An Armada Approaches
Daedelus is one of those artists whoâ€™s developed such a distinct sound palette over the years, yet still finds new ways to contextualize them. The first track off his excellent new EP (Righteous Fists of Harmony) starts off with his signature 8-bit English horn (thatâ€™s the only way I could think to describe it) playing a slow-building melody that lets you know what youâ€™re in for in the best way possible.
Dimlite â€“ Kalimba Deathswamp/Kurt Feelings
I donâ€™t even know how to begin describing this one, but itâ€™s truly some of the most compelling, melodic dubstep/jazz craziness Iâ€™ve ever heard. Dimlite contrasts cold electronic sounds with the natural sound of kazoos, unprocessed vocals, clapping, and scotch tape to make for a track thatâ€™s as psychedelic as the EPâ€™s cover.
Roberto Cacciapaglia â€“ Quite Still
A recent discovery of mine, Roberto Cacciapagliaâ€™s sheer diversity of releases is truly astounding. This track is off The Ann Steel Album, which he composed for a model of the same name. â€œQuite Stillâ€ is a melancholy â€œpoperaâ€ jam, for ummâ€¦robots.
The Samps â€“ F.X.N.C.
A track from Cole Marsden Greif-Neillâ€™s new project (also of Ariel Pinkâ€™s Haunted Graffiti/Nite Jewel). A trill-happy, funky bass plays off a fat synth bass lick layered with tape hiss and lasers. Anyone who can pull off such a slap-heavy jam so well deserves recognition in my book.
Ariel Pinkâ€™s Haunted Graffiti â€“ Fright Night (Nevermore)
Like that segue? This might be my favorite song off the freshly-leaked Ariel Pink album. As solid as the album is itâ€™s a bit frustrating to a super-fan like me in that itâ€™s virtually all older tracks they redid as studio productions, but this song is an entirely new jam and it slays.
PC Worship Mutant Soul Band â€“ Wake Up in the Dark and Thereâ€™s Nothing Going On
For a brief period of time Justin Frye (PC Worship) sang for a post-hardcore band my brother and I were in called Tropic of Nelson. It wasnâ€™t until years later that I finally caught a PC Worship set and it totally blew me away. Psyched-out, sludgy riffage that dissolves into a free-jazz noise freakoutâ€”truly a stonerâ€™s delight.
The Association â€“ The Time It Is Today
An excellent sunshine-pop band from California in the â€™60s, this track reminds me of some of Loveâ€™s finest movements. That vocal harmony at the end of the verse always kills me.
The Space Lady aka â€œSuzy Soundzâ€ â€“ Major Tom
The Space Lady is a street performer who played on the streets of Boston, Cambridge, San Francisco and Berkeley in the â€™70s. Originally a song by Peter Schilling, Space Ladyâ€™s version is a far more pared down and alien, a really bizarre contrast of humor and melancholy.
Svenne & Lotta â€“ Roly Poly Girl
This is the B-side to the â€œBang-A-Boomerangâ€ single released by Svenne & Lotta, a Swedish pop duo from the late â€™60s who are still active today. The Yamaha keyboard line right in the intro totally hooked me the first time i heard it and the synth solo in the middle continues to blow my mind. Such a perfect pop song.
Mahmoud Ahmed â€“ Abbay Mado â€“ Embwa Belew
Mahmound Ahmed, an Ethopian singer from the â€™60s who recently enjoyed a resurgence of popularity due to the Ethiopiques series started by Buda Musique. This is the first track off his 1975 album ErÃ¨ MÃ¨la MÃ¨la. I love that warbled organ sound in the background and his bone dry vocals and delivery.
Sudden Sway â€“ Me Says Conscience (humsing)
Itâ€™s such a crime that this group isnâ€™t a household name, but I guess thatâ€™s generally the case with bands that were just way too far ahead of their time. This is a track off their 1984 double single and computer program (??), which sounds like a mix of Magma, Kate Bush and Animal Collective. â€˜Nuff said.
If you havenâ€™t given The Depreciation Guild a listen, check out their new album, Spirit Youth, on Spotify now. Then check out their debut album â€œIn Her Gentle Jawsâ€, also on Spotify.
Edit: Dave and I are less than happy with the current layout of this blog, so weâ€™re going to change it so that when reading Spotisfaction it doesnâ€™t feel like youâ€™re looking at a headache.