THIS IS THE ARCHIVE OF 2015 BEATCONSCIOUS SHOWS

(Shows are listed in "most recent at top" order)

 

Peace out, 2015.  How will you be remembered?   As the year of a mass shooting in America nearly every day?  As the year our political system was Trumped?  The year Africans squelched ebola, but Americans let the measles return?  Perhaps you’ll go down in history as the year all Weather-Hell broke loose, as though to mock the Paris accords with more evidence that we're a day late & a dollar short.

 

I think I’ll remember instead the year I tried to make for myself:  Slower, more mindful, seeking harmony & just a little bit of higher ground, fit for making a stand.  Helping me out in that regard for this last show are The Warheads, Govinda, Kush, All India Radio, Afterlife, Another Fine Day, Spooncurve, James Blake, and Soundhog’s delicious Float Mix of Depeche Mode.  Them, and my fistful of rainbows.

 

For each of my listeners & especially for those who maintain a fierce concentration on achieving their finest dreams, my best wishes for you in the coming year.   Make it happen.
 

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Peace Out 2015 - Deep Chill and Alternative Lounge by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 

There’s something about being poised to begin another year which reminds me that every story has a narrative arc; you know it as 'the beginning, the middle & the end.'  Our lives play out through this same sort of arc: The awakening & wonder of childhood, the long slow ride of the middle years, with stops here and there to acquire this and that, and then watching it all slip away in old age.   Hey, I hear you say, there's more to it than that!  Yes, of course and that's part of the reason why every story is unique in the way every rainbow is unique.   

 

Life, love, work  –  from New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve, so much of everything that we are & that we do follows such an arc, lending shape & purpose to our lives & to our stories (and, yes, even to our mixes.)  No wonder the rainbow is our totem.

 

Musical contributions to this particular arc include tracks from All India Radio, Sizzle Bird, Zero 7, 36, Carbon  Based Lifeforms, Alucidnation, Afterlife & more.

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The Arc - Deep Chill & Alternative Lounge by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 


Honestly, I wasn't planning to do a Christmas show this year, until I realized how much new music there is for the season ... hopefully, enough to lure us all away from that automatic reaction: Oh good grief, again!?!

 

I’m easing you in with some classics (Sinatra, Herb Alpert) and then turning the spotlight on new creations & new singers putting their spin on the classics ... In fact, Christmas music is the singer's equivalent of Hamlet for an actor; they need to see what they can bring to these tunes that's new.

 

Notable among the secular and spiritual offerings, kudos to Sarah McLachlan for a song that reminds us of those friends whose Christmas will not include their loved ones, and to Angel Snow for her reading of O Holy Night, reminding this bitter world that “His law is love, and his gospel is peace.”  And, of course, I could not resist including my all-time favorite version of Silent Night from Mahalia Jackson....

 

Peace to you and yours.

 

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12 Days of Christmas - Joyous Holiday Lounge by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

Well, from this point on through the beginning of 2016, we are going to be inundated with the BEST OF 2015 lists from every website and media outlet in creation.  Love it or hate it, but you can't stop it.

 

So here's what let's do ... Let's have this little oasis of rare, classic and undiscovered tunes from 2003 - 2011 ... Nothing to be rated or reviewed, just some alternative lounge and chilled beats to take you through the next hour or so.  Music as simple relaxation and pure enjoyment; no judgment, no list.

 

This set comes headphone correct, with gems from Rob Smith (who you may remember from Bristol’s Smith & Mighty, back in the day) Monte La Rue, Lisa Shaw, Cantoma, Gary B, Dublex, Inc. featuring Alice Russell, Guardner, Alex Cortiz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and much more.

 

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No List - Alternative Lounge & Chilled Beats by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 

Maybe it’s just that Royksopp track, but more likely it's all the post-apocalyptic chatter, the endless video feed, real and fantasy, featuring terrorism and war, climate change and disease, a staggering economy (and, of course, zombies) that pried the lid up off a corner of my mind and let in ... the dark. 

 

Because lately I've been being haunted by that mind game: What if, right now, you're living your last happy moments, but you have NO IDEA....  Someday, when things have gone totally south, you'll look back and think: God, that was a great time!  Hopefully, you won’t be asking yourself: How could I have missed it, how good that was?

In that wistful spirit, I present to you: The Last Good Time, with tracks from Royksopp, Alex Cortiz, Afterlife, Zac Love, The Supreme Beings of Leisure, Afternoons in Stereo, All India Radio, Diatonis and more.

 

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The Last Good Time - Alternative Lounge by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 


Improve your spatial awareness with an hour of sweet psybient grooves offering both energy and illumination for your journey.

You'll be floating free, but this is no sensory deprivation experience -- we'll be kicking off with the thrilling Diva Song from The Fifth Element OST and kicking back with Bliss at their most wistful to close out the set.

Joining you for the ride are Govinda, Thievery Corporation, Jon Kennedy, Jens Buchert, The Sushi Club, Sunsaria, Puff Dragon, and more.

 

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Floating Free - Psybient Lounge by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

Stepping back now to October ....

 

Think you know it all?  Do you imagine that there's nothing left for you to learn about love?  Well, you may be right ... I may be the only one who still has things to learn, and if that's so, well thank god for music to help me with the mission -- the poetry and wisdom and lessons of love are the essential stuff of music, as this show will demonstrate...

 

Adele, of course.  Plus contributions from Listenbee, Etta Bond & Chris Loco, Lapalux, The Weeknd, Felix Jaehn, Zero 7, B-Tribe, Robyn, and more. 

You might dance, you might reminisce, there might be tears or a smile ... or both.  The more you learn, the more you discover there is to learn.
 

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Learning About Love - Alternative Lounge by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

Deep Love, fine love

Shy love, suspicious love

Fleeting love, lasting love

Crazy love, long-distance love

Reluctant love, forgiving love

Cautious love that searches out the perfect moment

Fresh love, true love

Whispered love, silent love

Tender love, easy love

Trembling love, brutal love

Wise love, shameless love

Reckless love in a headlong rush to surrender

 

Every kind of love, some for each of us.

 

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Originally posted in 2013, this bit of free verse seems fit to be rolled out once again in support of All This Love, which resulted from combing thru the crates to see what's up on the love front these days.

 

Discoveries include R&B Revival and Nu-Soul gems from Bobby Womack, D'Angelo, Cassandra Wilson, Andreya Triana, Jose James, Mikky Ekko and, of course, the song of (nearly) the same name by Gwen McRae, among others. 

Slip into something comfortable and join me for 80+ minutes of soul-deep reminders on why it's great to be alive and in love.

 

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All This Love - Nu-Soul and R&B Revival by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

You know the feeling you get, when the seasons change:  Relief, anticipation, and tho' you don't really say this to yourself, a kind of joy that Yes, you've stuck around long enough to actually see the green buds of another spring or enjoy the turning of the leaves to red one more time.  

 

It’s the most basic thing in the world but one day you find it simply has more significance than it used to ... Instead of passing almost unacknowledged, it's become something you look forward to, something you relish, something that seems as much an achievement of yours as it is an achievement of Mother Nature's.  Oh yes, you know the feeling.

 

So let's celebrate this feeling with a raft of music that will buoy us gently onward into this new season, and gladden us to be here, once again for the first time.  You'll be wafted along by Hammock, Stray Theories, Emily Underhill, Sizzle Bird, Kuba, Telepopmusik, Mark Isham & Art Lande, and Chris Zippel aka Genuine, among others. 

 

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You Know the Feeling - Alternative Lounge & Chillbient by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 

The good people of www.bristolarchiverecords.com got me going on this one with releases from Rhythmites, Capital Letters, Mystic Foundation and Jean McLean and then, of course, I rummaged thru the crates until the show took form, including solid selections from Noiseshaper, Dubmatix, St Germain, Gaudi, Joe Dukie and Delroy Wilson, among others.

 

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox; it can occur in either September or October. This is when crops such as corn, pumpkins, squash, and wild rice are ready for gathering.  My very first record crates were vegetable crates, so it seemed reasonable to name this full moon set in honor of nature's bounty. 

 

I invite you to share this new crop of roots reggae and dub – come on in, warm yourself by the fire and partake...

 

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Harvest Moon Dub - Dub & Dubber, Vol. 14 by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 


If you expect to be achieving tranquility any time soon, you'll have to find a way to duck all the other distractions ... here's a soundtrack for doing that: Varieties of nu-ambient and other alternative intricacies, energies, and oddities, from Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, Blue Bliss, Daniel Lanois, FKA twigs, The Warheads, Stray Theories, Ulrich Schnauss, David Morley, and Terra Nine whose Lucid Dreaming release provided the seed track.

And you might consider this: The work of achieving tranquility often includes experiencing some dissonance along the way.

Listen for it, Listen TO it
Acknowledge it
Let it go

Apply liberally
Rinse and repeat

 

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Achieving Tranquility - Alternative Ambient & Chillout Therapy by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

Stepping back now to August ....

 

One thing we know, everybody's got their own style of dancing. Some folks approach it from a classical, disciplined point of view, others think it should be a chance to show off their individualism or their athleticism, endurance or grace ... or maybe it’s just a chance to drive their friends crazy.

The same could be said for mixing dance music, I suppose. Now I'm not a pro House Music DJ by any means, but I can still pull together a mix that gets me spinning around, dipping down, and moving my body, and I figure some days that's all you really need....

Inspiration for this set comes courtesy of the new St Germain release from GiantStep DJ Service, and also relies for energy on tracks from Maceo Plex and the contributions of Maya Jane Coles, Disclosure, Fresh Moods, Dubblestandart and others. With any luck, it should get you moving too, even if you don’t dance my way

 

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Dance My Way by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 

Ready for a sweetly energetic Alternative Lounge set? Well then: hit the button and we'll get this PLAY date rolling.

I'm also naming a new slice of the downtempo pie, introducing you to Chill Hangout: It’s a bit more casual and low-key than Chill House, more like the front porch than the front parlor. Imagine (or remember) a time when friends would walk down your street, see you chillin’ out on the front porch, and come up to join you -- that kind of vibe.

BeatConscious fans may remember my long-standing crush on Worldwide Groove Corp (their update of the classic "The Man I Love" is in my Top 100 Downtempo tunes of all time.) Well, they're back, providing the seed track for this show. And, just throwing out an interesting fact about the Swedish group Plej whose tracks assist at the beginning and the end of this session: their band name is pronounced "PLAY".... And there's more, from: Chris Brann, Dzihan & Kamien, Boogie Belgique, Lego Boy ft. Gad, Rodney Hunter, Martinez, Blu Mar Ten and others.

Thanks are also due for the compelling cover art … you know who you are.

 

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PLAY Date - Alternative Lounge & Chill Hangout by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

Last but not least in this catch-up post, from July we have this mix and the activity it inspired on Mixcloud:

 

With its long, slow take-off based in daydreaming chill-house, this session actually began as the new home for some outtakes from another mix. No matter how I came at it, though, I just couldn't stretch this into a full hour-long set -- and that's where the concept of a "shorty" first appeared.

And then, oh: snap! I realized that the way all this fell together had turned it into Shorty's Song.

If you can stand that lazy start from Nor Elle, stick with me for music by The Disclosure Project, Marcel, Toots Hibbert, Pepe Deluxe, Submotion Orchestra, Andreya Triana, Blisaed, and Alpines, among others. We’re ranging from chillout-style downtempo to higher-energy alternative lounge. Special thanks to Eighth Dimension promo for turning my attention to The Disclosure Project, and to @XLR8R online magazine for their thoughtful curating over the years.

As for that activity on Mixcloud, it revolved around my choice of cover art, which got the side-eye from Third Power; he posted the EXACT SAME SET on his Mixcloud page but with a different cover and title.  If you check them both out (I reposted his version on my page; his and mine appear together in the list) you'll see that his got five times the listens.  Proving, at the very least, that it's good to have popular friends =;^)  The widget link below goes, of course, to MY version ...

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Shorty's Song - Chilled Downtempo by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 


What does it mean, to clear the mind?  You think your thoughts are YOURS -- until you try to turn them off and find that you can't.  They run on: within you, around you, ahead of you, always just beyond your control.  Very much like a crying child that cannot be consoled. 

"The most difficult thing I've ever tried to do is to clear the mind."

Obviously, help is required; luckily, help is available: our team of Deep Ambient experts includes Carbon Based Lifeforms, H.U.V.A. Network, Biome, Sizzle Bird, All India Radio, The Orchid, Future Sound of London, David Byrne & Brian Eno, Krystian Shek, The Warheads and more. 

Submerge yourself for an hour or so in this meditative space; return refreshed and ready to resume ... whatever it was ... clear-headed.

 

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To Clear the Mind - Deep Alternative Ambient by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 

Foundational dub featuring Bob and Ziggy Marley, Toots Hibbert, Peter Tosh, Lucky Dube, Desmond Dekker; dub in the tradition from Benjamin Zephaniah and Jean McLean, Dubmatix, DJ Vadim and Tiggy.

 

So here we are, once again celebrating July 4th/Independence Day USA ... which raises the question: So then what are all the other days? 

 

Yes, well, I do co-sign the proposition that you won't long enjoy any freedom you are not prepared to defend.  That doesn't make me a 2nd Amendment freak, just someone who keeps an eye on how the prevailing social currents, local and worldwide, affect my personal independence.

And of course one of the foundational attributes of dub reggae, along with all the urgings to Legalize It, is calling out oppression, injustice, and hypocrisy.   And so we come full circle, to this little homemade broadside full of the same kind of dangerous ideas that bought our independence:  Samizdat dub.  Give a copy to your friends.

Ah, and one more note ... though I may be the only person keeping track, I should note that a numbering error has occurred with respect to the Dub & Dubber series ... all the volumes published so far, in correct numbered order, can now be found on the Dub Stylee page of the Style Guide ... in the interests of accuracy and completeness.
 

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Samizdat Dub - Dub & Dubber, Vol. 13 by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 


In this world of contradictions, let the concept of Ecstatic Lounge be one you can get comfortable with; the idea here is to relax you completely while at the same time causing your heart to expand until it fills the universe.  Would you really turn down an offer like that?   I didn't think so....

 

Your relaxation comes from classic Bonobo and Eno-Fripp tunes, through the dark ambient of All India Radio and on into new music from Supercozi and Matt Coldrick; soul and heart expansion come courtesy of Alucidnation, Carbon Based Lifeforms, H.U.V.A. Network, and the gorgeous vocals of Sophie Barker that close out the set, while Banzai Republic upholds the bottom end in fine dub style. 

Put aside the rules, open yourself to the contradictions, embrace this life ecstatically.

 

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Ecstatic Lounge - Alternative Deep Ambient & Headphone Lounge by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 

There's so many opportunities to become downhearted & only a handful of reliable ways for any of us to feel better again:  Money, cars, food, travel, sex, winning at sports. ...  Everybody needs to figure out what works for them, what brings the good feelings back.  If you've been hanging around BeatConscious for any length of time, you know that for me, it's music.

 

So here it is, a drug for the downhearted.  Therapists on call this hour include A Man Called Adam, Freddie Cruger, Blackfish, Afterlife, The Pretenders, Stac, Nightmares on Wax, All India Radio, Cold Busted artist Sixfingerz, and much more.

 

The seed track from Primitive Radio Gods (1996) is both a sample-lover’s treat & a metaphoric delight, offering images like this:

That life is time, they teach you growing up
The seconds ticking killed us all, a million years before the Fall
You ride the waves and don't ask where they go
You swim like lions thru the crest and bathe yourself in zebra flesh...

 

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A Drug for the Downhearted by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 


As another of the greats leaves us (RIP BB King) & the tribute sets appear, I find myself finally ready to do that County Blues mix I had in me.

In his definitive version of the blues staple, Leavin' Trunk, Taj Mahal sings about “having the blues 3 different ways." So, too, here we have original Country Blues both acoustic & electrified, by both the original artists & Black Blues Revivalists; a 3rd category includes both white hommage and R&B. The party starts off with 1940s Memphis Minnie & then her niece & nephew, Ethel & George McCoy from East St. Louis, bring us up to the late 60s; from there we ride with Taj Mahal, the first of the Black Blues Revivalists I ever heard & likely the best of a movement that later featured Keb’ Mo & Robert Cray, who also make appearances on this session. The Allstars of Charlottesville, VA turn in a worthy version of the Etta James classic, Tell Mama.
 

In the end, this is not only a tribute to the passing of BB King, but also a tribute to the years I spent in the music business, helping to run the D.C. indie label, Adelphi Records, specializing in blues recordings of our own (survivors and revivalists) and also distributing the many indie labels of the late 60s and early 70s, like Yazoo, Arhoolie, Rounder and others.  After a long time away, it's really great to hear these amazing tracks again. 

 

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The Blues 3 Different Ways by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 

Sooner or later, we all feel the need, the temporary need at least, to get away from it all. We've put in our time, we've put out the effort, we've done our best or, at any rate, we've done all we can do ...

When YOUR moment arrives, pop in your earbuds, fire up the player, and let this complex, delicious assortment of atmospheric drum'n'bass and alternative ambient tracks keep you company on your journey to ... Well, to wherever you choose. Right now, you are the only person you need to please.

You may be alone, but you'll be in good company with No Noise, Adham Shaikh, Grassskirt, Blu Mar Ten, Lowb (in a Synkro remix), The Warheads, Bonobo and more; special thanks to Robin Triskele and the Interchill folks for the tunes by Supercozi and Another Fine Day that open and close the session.

Yes, yes, a bit of Atmospheric Dnb ... it's like having that armored Hummer, idling at the curb, ready to take you away from it all.

 

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Away From It All - Alternative Ambient & Atmospheric Drum'n'Bass by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

With a few deep jazz classics to lift us off nice and smooth, the session then moves into an hour's worth of mostly energetic, jazzy downtempo featuring a wealth of styles, from recognized classics of the Golden Age like Quantic's “Life in the Rain” to the modernist energy of the remix session – notably the Kilter rerub of Ben Pearce which is arguably a classic-in-the-making; more quality is on offer from Fat Freddy's Drop, dZihan & Kamien, Green Street, Physics, Clayton/Fulcrum, and more.

The organizing principal of this show seems to be uncertainty or not-knowingness ... Consider the lyrics: Sometimes I wonder ... or the titles: Don't Know What I Might Do... Or Quantic’s concern: I don't know where it is taking me. Sometimes I wonder if I’m picking the tracks, or they are picking me. But who can say? After all, the theme IS "not knowing"...

 

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Sometimes I Wonder - Jazzy Downtempo by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 


Dark, emotional & complex, at the height of its popularity, beginning in about 1995, TripHop combined a whiff of the rave with the suggestion of smoky club atmospherics. The first BeatConscious retrospectives of this style were compiled in 2004, about a decade after the peak; now, yet another decade down the line, I'm spiffing up those retrospectives & re-releasing them for your listening pleasure - this is the second in the series, La Vie en Noir.

In the course of the reworking, I found that many iconic releases I have from this period had never been ripped to the hard drive ... perhaps classics like the K&D Sessions and Portishead seemed overplayed to me at the time. What it means today, 20 years after the peak, is that these tunes can be freshly enjoyed by a new generation of listeners & a TripHop Retrospective Vol. 3 will follow.

On this set, you'll hear from Kruder & Dorfmeister, William Orbit, Lamb, Hefner, Beanfield, Noorda (The Dining Rooms) & more talent from the many compilation albums of that fine head-noddin' time 

 

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La Vie en Noir - 2004 TripHop Retrospective, Pt. 2 (2015 RWRK) by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

 

The sunlight may be harsh; the spotlight demands that you be someone you're really not ... but in the alternate light, you only need to relax, be yourself, and enjoy the glow.

Ambient treasures from All India Radio, Moodswings, Emancipator, Banco de Gaia and more. Thanks to low light mixes (another Alfred Bester fan perhaps) whose latest set introduced me to the Earthtones series; even more thanks and mad love to Third Power for the perfect cover art he created.

 

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The Alternate Light - An Ambient Experience by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

This may be a story line you know... It's starts out with people dancing and then evolves ... sometimes into a bar fight, sometimes into a romance, sometimes it's a short story, sometimes an epic ... Whether it turns out happy or sad, it starts with the energy and passion of dance music, just like this session ...

So: Maceo Plex and a J Boogie remix of Ben Pearce's What I Might Do kick things off. Mood changes and possibilities come courtesy of Nightmares on Wax, Finley Quaye, dZihan & Kamien, Minus 8, Poldoore, Sade and more.

 

 

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Started Out Dancing by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

Dub has become a popular category that attracts all sorts of players, and you’ll often encounter the phrase “dub remix” or the more telegraphic “(Dub)” tacked on the end of a song title ... If you're out there looking for a "dub reggae mix" you could end up hearing any number of very distinct musical styles ... Including some you may think are only "dubish" or are just flirting with dub....

This session is the real deal, though, with impeccable dub credentials defining gems from Noiseshaper, Thievery Corporation, Luciano/G-Corp, Deep Fried Dub, and Krystian Shek to the remixed roots reggae of Bob Marley.

Special thanks go out to Robin Triskele for that early heads-up on the releases from Deep Fried Dub and the International Observer remixes. Likewise to GiantStep DJ for their amazing Legend Remixed set from 2013...

 

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Flirting with Dub - Dub & Dubber, Vol. 12 by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 


The Queen’s favorite brought her a gift of two magnificent gems. A diamond that sparkled with all the light of the sun at noon, a sapphire that glowed the deepest blue, like midnight on the ocean.

The Queen praised this gift but teased her favorite: Why bring me two such stones? Could you not choose a favorite? Were you not able to decide which was the greater prize?


Her favorite leaned in close to answer: A single stone, no matter how fine, could never equal your Majesty’s radiance, he said: You are both the sun that lights my day and makes all beauty visible to me, and as well you are the velvet night that encourages and cloaks my deepest dreams. The Queen, well pleased, smiled back upon her favorite.

The Queen's Gem Master was summoned and told: The Queen has two highly-prized gems which she wishes to wear. You will notice that the two gems are extremely unalike; the Queen requires you to exercise the highest artistry, creating a single setting in which both gems will be displayed to greatest advantage.

This session is The Gem Master's Response.

 

All of which is simply to say, I had two wonderful old tracks, and I built this mix to show them both to best advantage; like most downtempo joints, this has a range of styles to entertain you, both dancing and dreaming.  The two gems, by the way, are the tracks from Clannad and from Robert Palmer; in addition, you'll hear music from Bliss, Baden Powell, Nightmares on Wax, J Boogie's Dubtronic Science, Alex Cortiz, Nostalgia 77 and more. 

 

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The Gem Master's Response by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 


From the pleasures of a picnic or a party, a rhumba or a romance, to the thought of life itself, who hasn’t felt this: It's been so sweet, don't let it end ... Let's take the long way home.

I offer you a third installment of Longform Jazz; this one claims the distinction based on two mini-epic (10 minute) tracks, one from Charles Mingus, and the other from Bugge Wesseltoft, closing out the show. You'll also hear nu-jazz, lounge and some energetic bass-heavy downtempo from Puddu Varano, Parov Stelar, the Bobby Hughes Combination, Gavin Froome, Smarton Trio +1, and Monte La Rue. A favorite for me was the Benjamin Devigne piece; he also plays with the group Metropolitan Jazz Affair whose track Taxi Gun Café appeared in last November's show Headspace – another delicious serving of longform jazz.

Thanks to Third Power for providing the cover image; it says everything about our hurried and often passive transit through this life.

 

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The Long Way Home by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 



A couple of my besties just got married after nearly 25 years together. What took 'em so long, you ask? Tradition, law and the culture is an answer, I suppose. In any event, these folks, like many others, are honoring the concept of marriage through their long-term devotion to one another, so I dedicate this session to them and their future happiness.

While this set may offer songs gesturing in the direction of married/connectedness (sometimes very faintly indeed), you won't hear a program filled only with gushy love lyrics ... the wise heads know marriage isn’t like that all the time. It’s hard work building a family, and even though it’s mostly done with unskilled labor, it’s still the most important work we do.

Listen for Muse, Benny Tones, Ananda Project, Deebs, DJ Cam remixing Miles Davis, James Blake, Felix Laband, and the MeLo-X take on Rhianna’s “Stay”.

 

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The Concept of Marriage by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

When I set off down a musical road, I can't look back to see if you're following along; I can’t wonder if you co-sign the direction we're taking or the speed at which we progress. Instead, I focus on my implicit promise to you that I'm going to lead you someplace rewarding.

But so, like any artist who makes that same promise (as do each of the individual artists whose songs appear in this mix) I simply have to walk on and trust that there's at least a few of you following along behind me. If I were to turn around and look, I might find that the entire town has turned out to follow me ... but I might just as likely find the road is empty behind me; it's a chance I take.

Are you willing to take a chance on this show? Your reward will be selections from the Loungemasters label as well as music from Sizzle Bird, Kaskade, Auditive Escape, Blank & Jones, Lustral & the mysterious t spigot.

 

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A Chance I Take by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud

 

 

It's remote, it’s still, it's icy ... Or say, rather, that it's private, it’s placid and it's enticing even though you know without going in that it's very VERY chill ... The Winter Pool: somehow it's relaxing just to be around it, maybe because you have the place to yourself, making this the perfect time to kick back and relax.... Just as soon as you stop shivering.

In the course of this session, you'll hear selections from DJ Krush, The Warheads, Black Rain, SinQ, Afternoons in Stereo and Cinematic Orchestra. All these tracks seem to me to have good jazz bones, regardless of how they are fleshed out -- and this tendency is beautifully modeled by the seed track from Scrimshire / Matthew Halsall that opens the mix. Downtempo represents via work from Chris Coco, Monte La Rue, Boozoo Bajou, Blank & Jones, and others.

Let the warmth of this session help you shake off that delicious chill....

 

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The Winter Pool by Mmefly On Beatconscious on Mixcloud