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Here we go again, wrapping up the past six months plus -- wow!  Such sloth!  But I've had some very special and expensive distractions this year, which I won't bore you with, except to say that the result was neglect for the blog updates.  If you are primarily a consumer of the BeatConscious show via Mixcloud, you haven't missed a thing.  You'll find the latest entries up top (for older issues, scroll down.)

 

 

The right to petition government for redress of grievances is the right to make a complaint to, or seek the assistance of, one's government, without fear of punishment or reprisals. In the United States, the right to petition is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which specifically prohibits Congress from abridging "the right of the people...to petition the Government for a redress of grievances".


As this particular July 4th rolls around it seems especially appropriate to keep those rights in mind while spending your holiday (if it *is* a holiday for you) in safe and happy celebration; trust in JAH and keep your powder dry. Old friends and new talent keeping you company include Thievery Corp., Bill Laswell, Noiseshaper, Martha Velez, several from the Dubmatix group of artists including the Resonators and AMJ Meets RSD, plus Zephaniah from the Handsworth Explosion collection, courtesy of Sugar Shack Records.

 

And, just on a personal note, this July 4th holiday marks a special turn toward freedom for me as well ... after a half-century in the traces, I believe from this point forward, my time is my own.  Arranging for the change and making sure all my ducks were in a row was my primary distraction for the past six months (that, and a certain prominent social situation that I have shared with everyone else in ... well, in the world, it's fair to say ... during that same time frame.)  No pity plea! There's very few things that could make me happier than having reached this interim destination; looking forward to the rest of the ride.

 

By the way, the art on this Dub & Dubber set is "Freedom of Speech" by African-American artist Faith Ringgold.

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So you may ask yourself, why can't we all just relax, why can't we be our best selves more often, why can't we live together in peace? Well. The answers (depending on who you ask) are various and complex, but virtually everyone will end up telling you That's Just The Way It Is. They may point to 'human nature' or they may blame capitalism or any of the other isms that drive politics and the economy all over the world ... I doubt you will find the kind of agreement about causes that would leave you feeling convinced.


Here's my suggestion: turn away from trying to understand the "we" question, and just focus on the one thing you can actually influence: yourself. Why can't I relax? Why can't I be my best self more often? Why can't I live together with other people in peace and understanding?


Lighting the way: Alex Cortiz, Blackfish, Deep Dive Corp., Kaya Project, and more.

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Let's have a sunrise greeting that lifts our spirits -- something smooth, sweet and elevating, the perfect addition to a holiday weekend (if you're in the US) or any circumstance that makes you glad to be alive.


Contributions from Tycho, Adham Shaikh, Paloma, Chris Zippel aka Genuine, Slop Shop and more should leave you feeling peaceful, relaxed and ready to take on the world (even if you're in no hurry to do so.)

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Winter being pretty much over in most places, this seems like an opportunity to remind you of good times right around the corner... In fact, that reminder might be even more important in places where the last of winter weather is still clinging. Take heart: spring is settling in and the warmth is making promises you'll soon benefit from, promises about sandals, shorts and swimsuits.


My suggestion would be that you mix yourself a tropical cocktail, sit in a sunbeam, pop in your earbuds, and give your mind a mini-vacation.


This tropical chill jam features music from Bonobo's newest release along with tracks from Afterlife, Timewarp inc, Tycho & Rob Garza of Thievery Corp, and more.

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Like the pivot point in a complex mix set, we've collectively changed direction just a notch and that's enough for me to cheer up for a moment, so I'm here with some music from the past couple of years that should put a bit of spring in your step. Spend an hour with me with a smile on your face and the belief in your heart that – whether we are talking about romance, politics, our personal finances or our Weight Watchers check-in, it doesn't all have to end in tears. It still may -- of course! But it doesn't HAVE to, and that's the light we're heading toward atm ... If you need your spirits lifted, come along with me.

Performances this time from Parra for Cuva, Junge Junge, Felix Jaehn, Sam Feldt, New Order, Blank and Jones, Afterlife, and more.

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There's hints of spring in the air, and possibly not only in the semi-tropics where I live ... I hear they had a little spring up in NYC until it got crowded-out with a new snow storm... If you can't depend on the weather, then you'll have to let the music warm you up.

Late 2016 brought plenty of new roots music, including offerings from Vibronics / Conscious Sounds, Morgan Heritage, AMJ Meets RSD, Jim the Boss, The Hempolics, and the Zion Train remix album Versions -- big up to the Dubmatix crew for keeping me connected! I also checked the crate, so you'll hear UB40, Thievery Corporation, Djosos Krost, Dubblestandart, Resonators & My Neighbor Is.

Light it up and stay warm!

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Well. There's no doubt that all the doubt and worry will catch up with you at some point, that you'll be a little overwhelmed, or perhaps deeply concerned, or outright fried. No direction home, as Bob said ... and at times like that, you'll take a ticket to anywhere.


But look here, I've got a ticket to someplace relatively sane, interesting for all the RIGHT reasons, rather than those that leave you torn between horror and laughter ... someplace calming and spirit-lightening. It's a ticket to just drop in, stay an hour, feel better, and then go get back to whatever you were trying to do when you got distracted.


Along for the ride: Gelka, Hefner, Gary B, Aromabar, Bon Iver, Jan Garbarek, and more -- including another new track from Internaleye. Come back refreshed!

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Let's spend an hour together -- you never know what might get done, but I'm pretty sure we'll end up relaxed and happy.


Pitching in to make things comfortable are some old friends: Blank and Jones, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Kaskade, The Grooveblaster, The Warheads, and Afternoons in Stereo. There’s new music as well, including Paolo Morena from the Touched 3 collection, and opening the show, there's new music from Internal Eye (http://internaleyemusic.com/home ).

 

Make yourself comfortable: there's no rush.  This hour is ours.

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Time once again to select a set from the new “Said the Gramaphone” year-end collection (the whole list is here: http://www.saidthegramophone.com/arch... ) ... It's My Party: the 2016 version.


Those of you who’ve heard the Lux et Amor session have already had the pleasure of the Bon Iver track; pleasure enough, I’m betting, to not mind hearing it again. Beyond that, I was most moved by songs with a folkie vibe this time around: from the basic guitar/voice arrangement of Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé's French-language offering, or the sweet lazy sounds of Maggie Rogers, Whitney, and Georgia Ruth, to the layered, textured sweep of Drowzy, Snowblink, and Shearwater ... to my ear, these all represent the folk music ethic in some way. That doesn’t mean everything’s quiet & soft: hi-energy tunes from Sinead Harnett, Jenny Hval, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will woke you.

And in these times, a special mention goes to Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker.

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It was dark, so I tried for a little light; it was a bit gloomy, so I tried to make it a bit brighter; it was harsh and ugly, so I tried to smooth it and soothe it. I had help: Nils Frahm, Zero 7, Kush, Chris Brann, All India Radio, Chris Brann and a couple of tunes courtesy of the Said the Gramaphone Best of 2016 list from Bon Iver and Waclaw Zimpel, among others.

 

Starting the year off with Lux et Amor, hoping for the best ....

 

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THE LAST OF THE 2016 SETS:

 

Coincidentally, while pulling this show together, I was reading China Mieville's "Kraken", which had me thinking about resistance when faced with the possible end of all things. Nothing, you'd think, would be so horrific in real life as in Mieville's imagined London end-times; nonetheless, resistance would always seem hard, compared to whatever discomfort we're used to. And yet. Your existence, your freedom, your resistance. Make it worth it.

Shining a light along the way will be Jon Kennedy, Charles Webster, Andreya Triana, Bonobo, Freedom Satellite, Gelka, 351 Lake Shore Drive, Maya Jane Coles, and more.


Best to you in the New Year, everyone: Shine a light of your own.

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Blue Christmas is for the family folk, the lonely, the travelers, the stay-at-homes, the faithful, and the ones who just want to have fun. It is, in fact, like a festive box of chocolates tied up with a luminous blue bow.


Hat-tip to NoiseTrade – their recommendations for new talent are always worth looking into, especially when you yearn to hear some original seasonal songs along with your standards. Listen for Josh Garrels, Zaac Pick, Sleeping at Last, Over the Rhine, and Brooke Annibale among the new voices, while Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, and Etta James ground you in the familiar.

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Sometimes, life offers you a change in direction or intention that feels more like a fracturing. There will be no specifics offered for healing this fracture; there will be only accepting change and keeping on going And remembering, in the words of Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

You gotta deal. Assistance is provided here by Nils Frahm, Andy Cato, Art of Noise, Tom Roberts, Anthome, Users Atmosphere, and more.

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Bon Iver's Holocene has to have been one of the more enthusiastically-played sounds of the past decade and it's tricky to want to use a track which, while it is certainly very good, is still something that most mainstream music listeners are tired of hearing, even five years on. So in essence, I have to create a safe space for this track, where -- when it finally drops -- it is an absolute treat to hear, refreshing as a glass of cold water after a bowl of oatmeal. Because, make no mistake, Holocene is a good song and a relentless earworm to boot.


The changelings helping us get to Holocene’s moment in this mix include Jetty, FKA twigs, Jonn Serrie, All India Radio, Jan Garbarek, Brian Eno and more.


Just one metamorphosis among many which might reshape our immediate futures.

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Well! That's the latest -- hope you'll find something that suits your mood!  The rest of the year's archive is available below, Hardy Scroller, and at the very bottom, links to the previous years' shows.

There's a little something extra for BeatConscious listeners with smart phones: for Android users, there's a MmeFLY / BeatConscious app in the app store and it's FREE

Once installed on your smart phone, this app will take you right to the BeatConscious station on mix.dj, where close to 75 shows offer a range of downtempo styles and sounds -- a show for every mood, and new ones always in the pipeline.  I hope you'll enjoy it!

But that's not all!  What would the end of the year be without a year-end wrap-up and retrospective?  If you are still in the mood for one, run down the page to the Best of Year list and see how the BeatConscious list does this year-end wrap-up.

 


The buzz is on


Previous Features: 


Our current circumstances appear to require deep thought. As it often happens, we begin with the question of survival; we end with the meaning of life. It’s never easy, but know this: You have company, including, here, Antony and the Johnsons, Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, Liz Story, Erik Truffaz, Autopilot, Emma-Lee and more.

[Production note: The opening track includes bits of dialog from 12 Monkeys (which is a modern remake of Chris Marker's La Jetee) in which the character L.J. Washington says: “... It's a condition of mental divergence. I find myself on the planet Ogo, part of an intellectual elite, preparing to subjugate the barbarian hordes on Pluto. But even though this is a totally convincing reality for me in every way, nevertheless Ogo is actually a construct of my psyche. I am mentally divergent, in that I am escaping certain unnamed realities that plague my life here. When I stop going there, I will be well.”]

Be well.
 

(This is as close as I'll get to posting anything about the 2016 election, btw.)

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Occasionally the chance for some serious downtime comes along, the kind where you have the time to spend bemused by the variety of thoughts and memories stored in your head. Here's a freeform set that drifts stylistically from point to point, very much like your brain does: A bit of chillout, a pinch of drum'n'bass, some jazz-tinged downtempo, and a helping of sweet lounge ... and before you know it, you've spent a delicious hour letting your mind refresh itself.

The seed track here is "Love Hz (Rogan Remix)" by Shifty ft Jess Crabtree (H/T @JonKennedy), a gem of a tune, and suitably surrounded by Sizzle Bird, Olafur Arnalds, Kelela, Eddie Silverton, Cinematic Orchestra, Johan Monell, and more ... Selecting is the prism that suggests a relationship between these songs.

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For about 6 years now, I've been going back to my hometown for my annual vacation, reconnecting with the folks I spent 'my formative years' with. It was a trip that acquired some urgency when one of the group fell ill, but this year everyone's in generally good shape. One friend arranged opportunities for me to consume some culture, as well as just hang out. That, together with an hour or two we spent in a Memory Lane session, reminded me of all the good reasons I miss my roots ... while not missing the traffic or the freezing winters, of course.

Tracks from Omni Trio, Gary B, TJ Rehmi, Soulstance, All India Radio, Rollercone, Emancipator, plus a new tune from Irresistible Force ft. Nik Turner & Youth, come together for another Alternative Downtempo and Memory Lounge session.

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As we strive for balance in a world in crisis, rocked by dissension and mistrust, roots reggae helps us keep our focus on the struggle while counseling us to seek a solution that puts peace and harmony first.

Big up to the Dubmatix family for all the new sounds that extend and update the roots tradition -- including new releases from Jim the Boss, Sugar Minott, and Ackboo. They are paired with classic cuts from Thievery Corporation, Joe Higgs, G-Corp, Augustus Pablo , Ken Boothe and more.

There are over 15 sessions in the Dub & Dubber series, and most of them are available for streaming here; you can learn more about the series at: http://www.beatconscious.org/dub.htm

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It’s about time for us to slow things down and make our goodbyes to summer vacation days ... I’ve made you a little something soothing, like that icy gel on your sunburn ... Soft like the breeze you catch, when you’re sitting out on the balcony, a little cooler each morning ... Almost wistful, the way you feel as you pack your bags and get ready to head back to all that ... We’ll wrap it up with a bit of summer lounge and salty downtempo, and one last day out on the sand.

Here to keep you company are dZihan & Kamien, Govinda, Rodg, Deep Dive Corporation, Evolve, Maharoba, Haldo and more.

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You know it, that little café with just a few tables out on the sidewalk where you can sit and sip and people-watch. The place is not so busy that they'll run you off -- in fact, they've starting piping music outside to keep you there longer and make your stay more pleasant ... today it’s jazz, a relaxed, upbeat vibe perfect for whiling away a few hours in the sunshine or the shade.

Keeping you company this time are Liz Story, Jan Garbarek, José James, Weather Report, Grace Kelly, Art Pepper, the Ben Webster Quintet and more.

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We should go outside ... the night is so cool, the sky so clear, the stars so bright ... and the stillness is so inviting, I want to be beside you, hand in hand, drinking it in. But you are in a city, far away; outside your place, there is only pavement, passers-by who seem never to completely disappear, and street noises that never fade, no matter what the hour.

Perhaps this mix can transport you to the quiet scene I’m imagining tonight. Find a window that lets in a bit of moonlight or starlight, make yourself comfortable there, and let's see if the music will work its magic.

The players gathered here to assist include Fredrik Ohr, Stray Theories, Chris Zabriskie, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Hammock and Olafur Arnalds, among others; special thanks to Moby for the "Long Ambients 1" free release earlier this year – it was the seed of this set.

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As it often happens with music, a recent article reminded me of P.M. Dawn, so I went to the crate to dig out those old CDs and reacquaint myself with the group after all these years ... and that became the seed for this summer romance....

Dreamy or steamy: Whatever your preferred romance style, this session should provide just what you need to support your mood and your moves ... we'll definitely be keeping it smooth, with just enough moments of energy and uncertainty to perfectly mirror our typical hot weather passions.

In addition to P.M. Dawn, supporting players include Govinda, Kaya Project, Blank & Jones, Afterlife, Felix Laband, Serenades, Hefner and more.

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Here's another addition to this year's sequence of 'smoky club jazz' shows; as the title suggests, this is the kind of late night session well-known to the devoted jazz aficionados who stay until last call, when the mood is low and slow, and the playing is passionate.

Inspired by the recent Jack De Johnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matt Garrison release "In Movement", this set gathers tunes from John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Charles Mingus, Art Pepper, Chet Baker, Joe Pass, and Andy Bey (among others) to weave a spell that will keep you in your seat until the last note.

Don't forget to tip your waitstaff; after all, you've kept them here way past the usual closing time....

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The Independence Day Dub Set has become a tradition for the BeatConscious show; this year it’s offered up slightly early in recognition of the fact that many Americans are beginning their long holiday weekend today….

Starting out with a cautionary tale of how Babylon found its back against the wall, this show summons the enduring social consciousness of reggae lyrics, with classics from Third World, Wailing Souls, Gregory Issacs, Bob Marley, Zion I and Dubmatix to move your mind while sweet rhythms and deep bass are on offer from Thievery Corporation, Noiseshaper, Blaze and Doctor Echo to move your body.

Remember while you’re celebrating your freedom to keep one eye on your future … a word to the wise should be sufficient.

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So. Dr. Ouija -- having heard Lost World -- takes the planchette and spells out something on the Board for me to consider; he seems to feel that I've selected for an elegy for a lost friend. He laid his spirit hand on my arm, and looked at me with an unnerving compassion. I never argue with Dr. Ouija, even though it sometimes takes a while to appreciate his insights. Once the good Doctor calls my attention to these things, they seem so obvious -- a lot of life is like that, I suppose.

From back in 1984 comes Simple Minds with "Shake Off the Ghosts" and yes, I can see how that's elegiac. And from this year, by Sleeping at Last, there's "Saturn" which is itself openly break-your-heart elegiac. But stick around -- there's plenty of different styles to be heard: Bonobo, Pan Electric, Sizzle Bird, Blu Mar Ten, All India Radio, Blank & Jones, and more.

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Leading off this time with Neneh Cherry, daughter of Don Cherry, jazz trumpeter. This is yet another genius track, like that Terranova joint I just brought ya ... Likewise, Neneh has beats and poetry strong enough to make a lasting impression.

This discovery dates from the early 90s when I went looking for the soundtrack to a Wim Wenders film, "Until the End of the World". I was following the trail of a k.d. lang track and was surprised, in a life-changing way, by the dub version of Neneh Cherry's "Move With Me" ... I've given you both versions of the track here because it's a holiday and I'm feeling generous.

You'll also hear more music from Johan Monell, as well as tracks from Giyo, Krystian Shek, Christophe Goze, All India Radio, Lapalux, and many more.

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New music from Dub Trees, All India Radio and Johan Monell put a psybient spell on me, and here's the result: Spacy, mind-expanding music to accompany your own personal Spring Awakening or Summer Raving. Is this the way to get where you’re going? Only you can say….

The show includes contributions from Dead Can Dance, Blue Bliss (their track provided the show’s title), Emancipator, Stray Theories, Hector Plimmer, Michael Brook and more.

I should note that I got familiar with Johan Monell’s music because of this video:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/milky-way-apex-telescope_us_56ceb930e4b0871f60ea2706
Eight minutes of gorgeous, both sight and sound … and quite different from the music he provided for this show – a man of many talents!

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It’s *always* about the music, but lots of times it’s about the poetry, too. The opening track has long been one of my favorites and mostly on account of the lyrics (which, btw, are given incorrectly on many lyrics websites) -- here’s a bit of what I’m talking about:

Nothing to do today, nothing I want to do anyway
I think I'll lie here for a while and try to escape
I'll think of you for an hour or two
And chase away my blues
You chase my blues away
everyday

In my dream we say what we mean, we do what we feel
Love fills the day, you take my breath away

In my dream, there's no bill to pay
No decision to make, no consequence to take
And nothing breaks,
Nothing is fake, no mistakes,
And then I wake up.
* * * *

And the music is pure head-nodding goodness, with more to love from Maxwell, Afterlife, Skalpel, Yonderboi, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Praful, DePhazz, brand-new from Poldoore, and more

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Like a solitary swimmer circling endlessly on an ocean current, Earth moves through our solar system which itself spins, along with our galaxy, which in turn expands outward thru the universe. It might amuse you to consider how tiny the individual person or planet is in relation to the larger system ... or it might give you a deep and unshakable chill. I enjoy the sensation, but "different strokes for different folks" as they say.

But if you think that you, too, might enjoy it, then listen up -- this session aims to help you access that feeling of being just a tiny dot in the vastness, with able assistance from Diatonis, Chris Zabriskie, Hammock, Sonogram, Brian Eno, Harold Budd and Robert Fripp, Stray Theories, and All India Radio, including a track from their latest release, The Slow Light.

Oh, and Happy Earth Day. It almost feels odd to say that, since the reason for having an "earth day" to begin with was to remind us how fragile it could be...

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A corner table near the stage, candlelight dinner on the veranda, dancing under the stars, a quiet night in front of the fire ... There's plenty of places you might choose to hear this collection of Lover's Jazz ... The important thing is not so much where you hear it as who you hear it with or who you would like to hear it with.

Keith Jarrett, Cassandra Wilson and Jacky Terrasson, Jill Scott, Jose James, Linda Ronstadt from her 3 LP release with Nelson Riddle, Betty Carter, Frank Morgan and Grace Kelly are among the artists gathered here for your enjoyment .... Let them soothe your mood as the sun sets.

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Are you struggling? Carrying a heavy weight, fighting to keep your head above water? Yeah, I hear you ... And when we look around we see most everyone we know is carrying some kinda weight too.

Some say the weight you carry, and how you carry it, is what defines you to the people who come after you, who remember you and how you met your struggle. Not whether you won or lost ... or at least not ONLY that ... but how you handled it. That's what lasts, that's what teaches the ones who look to you for a lesson.

You'll need energy, you'll need strength, you'll need determination ... I can't give you all that, but I can give you some heavy weight dub to take with you to the fight.

With assistance from: Cottonnbelly, Joe Higgs, Subatomic Sound System, Dubblestandart, Boozoo Bajou, Dubmatix, Toots Hibbert, Capital Letters, Rhythmites, Ghettomuffin, Thievery Corporation, and more.

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The ice is breaking up, the snow is melting, the sun's shining and green buds are appearing everywhere ... Life-energy is returning and everybody's ready for a fresh groove ... Well, here you are: Move it however you feel it.

Featuring music from St Germain, Emily Underhill, Dry the River, Little Boots, Bells & Whistles, Henrik Schwarz and much more.

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Spend a quiet evening with this collection of jazz standards and remixes ... perhaps you’ll be sitting by the window where you can hear the gentle patter of the spring rain outside ... you might be alone or enjoying the company of a friend … having a candlelight dinner or a drink by the fire. Tonight’s your night to unwind, slow down and let go.

Crafted with your plans for relaxation in mind, the set features seldom-heard jazz gems from the 80s / 90s, highlighted by selections from the more recent José James releases, including two from the Billie Holiday 100th anniversary album released last year. You'll also be keeping company with Frank Morgan, James Carter, Joshua Redman, Miles Davis, Cassandra Wilson, Keith Jarrett, Joe Henderson and more.

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Suppose I told you we could get away from it all? You said you'd had enough of the yelling, the arguing, the insults & the noise ... So let's go far, far away from it ... Out there where you're lit by the beauty of starshine & there's nothing to hear but the rush of the solar wind. You said you wanted to trip, so let's trip. 
 

You may find your spirit floating away from your body during these 2 hours of interstellar ambient & deep chill; you might want to take a break at the one hour mark (the Chris Zabriskie track is a good transit point; fade out & then return to the void when ready.)   

But those who are ecstatic to be set free ... and maybe those who are listening while studying the calculus or cooking a feast for friends ... they'll hang in for the whole ride at one go. Not to worry, you’ll be with friends: Jonn Serrie, Brian Eno, Diatonis, All India Radio, Stray Theories, 36, Realm, Aphex Twin & more.

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February was Black History Month. You knew that, right? Yeah, I hear ya -- how could you not?

But I was down with the flu or whateverthehellitwas, and so most of Black History Month passed me by as I lay on the couch, coughing and sniffling. But I'm back in action now, more or less, and as the month shuts down, I offer up my own appreciation for the celebration.

The seed track from HNNY, Cheer Up My Brother, was a surprise I found in the Lucky Sun guest mix I posted while I was down for the count; the rest of the set followed on from there, including favorites from Projections, Boozoo Bajou, Nightmares on Wax, Seal, Stac, St. Germain, Black Jazz Chronicles, Jon Kennedy, and many more including the Jaydiohead mash-up that closes the set. Tunes to get you moving, tracks to get you thinking....

Cover Art by Kadir Nelson.
 

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The excitement is pretty much over for now; let’s sink into something comfortable with music for that other side of Valentine’s ... not the side with the chocolates, the fireworks, and the sweeping folks off their feet ... No, I mean the other side:  the dreamy times, the quiet times lying still and staring back into your eyes side of Valentine’s ... Yeah, right there, like that...  And you thought "tasteful boudoir" was only a category for photographic portraits.... 

Or hey, maybe you just want to sit on the balcony and watch the sunset ... The mix works for those dreamy times, too, thanks to contributions from Sizzle Bird, Emancipator, Hammock, All India Radio, Lost Systems, Stray Theories, Bliss and more.

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February's about the right time of year to be remembering you ... the good times, the blue times, the times I didn't know which end was up.  As usual, I'm counting on music to distract me, and here to help me out are Blank & Jones, Gelka, Alex Cortiz, Kuba, Little Dragon, Alucidnation and Michael e, among others. 

This set is probably as fine for just swaying in place as it is for actually dancing, but whichever style you choose, there's definitely enough groove here to get you up on your feet and moving ... and really, you don't even have to get on your feet, if you have a better idea in mind.

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What are you listening to right now? I've got one ear in the past & one in the immediate present: this time it's Talking Heads, Rihanna’s latest, Björk, Andreya Triana & Sandy Denny -- 1969 to 2016.

Maybe I've been influenced by reading The Peripheral -- the muddy swirls of various time strands flowing side-by-side in the greater stream. You know the feeling: it's all water, the same but different. In my stub, the seed track was the Q-Burns remix of Youssou N'Dour's Wake Up, a swirl that found itself in the same flow as Sandy Denny, who slipped into the mix when I read a piece in which the author referred to himself as standing on a NYC street corner, under headphones, listening to Nina Simone sing “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”. That fired a synapse, sending me to YouTube to hear Nina, Judy Collins, DC's own Eva Cassidy & finally the song's composer, Sandy Denny -- her voice bringing an aching ultimacy to this song that no one else has equaled.

Listening, right now. [This is the complete track list]

Note to listeners: This set was originally uploaded to both Mixcloud and mix.dj, as I usually do ... Mixcloud apparently got a "take down" notice and removed the mix, while mix.dj continues blissfully on, streaming the set; while I have asked Mixcloud to identify the "offending material" so the mix could go back online, they don't actually seem able -- or willing -- to do that.  I'm attempting a re-upload, guessing at what the problem was, but as yet, there's not a widget to link you to, as with all the other shows on this page. 

Please take your mix-streaming business to mix.dj while this gets sorted out: http://www.mix.dj/video/4795074/listening-right-now/

 

 

It's fair to say the BeatConscious style tends more toward the eclectic than the thematically consistent.  This set, for instance, started out with my rediscovering the music of KUSH (among the joys of a recent hard drive recovery) which got me leaning toward jazz-inflected tracks ... But following the muse took me on a wandering path involving some abstract lounge liberally salted with dance rhythms.  As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the tasting ... If the flow pleases you, then such eclectismo is all good.

 

Stops along the way include All India Radio, Blank & Jones, The Sushi Club, The Savages, Bliss, Lamb, and many more.

 

For a thematically consistent and musically gorgeous collection, I suggest you check out Jazz on the Rocks from Thirdpower1 (https://www.mixcloud.com/thirdpower1/jazz-jazz-on-the-rocks/  ) ... you won't regret it. 
 

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Eclectismo! - Jazzy Alternative Lounge by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

Last year, I accepted a challenge, not just to appreciate Said the Gramaphone's year-end Best Of list, but to find my own set-list within it.  The result was the January 1, 2015 show, Choices.  Well, here I am again, not challenged this time, but still curious what could be made out of the current StG list that would reflect me and my tendencies... Hey! It's my party!

 

I used nearly 20% of the tracks, surprising myself by including a Bieber -- on quality, unbeliebers, on quality!  Styles run the gamut from nearly-country (or maybe this IS modern country) thru rock to rap, trap and beyond.  Lyrics were important, as always; StG has an ear for the poetical, of course.  But vibe is king; witness the utterly astonishing Olivare track, among others.

 

Before encountering them on the list, I had only heard of five of these 19 tracks, so much respect, as always, to StG for being the intrepid explorers.  Check out the source here:  http://www.saidthegramophone.com/archives/best_songs_of_2015.php 
 

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It's My Party - BeatConscious Selects from Said the Gramaphone's Best of 2015 by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud



 


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