lithosphere: a 2013 mix

April 19, 2014

close to 94‘s annual mix for 2013 continues the shade-then-light formula established in previous entries, but with a strength and mass that suggests elemental, tectonic forces at work, broken only the emergence of organic life… Click on the Mixcloud player above to listen.


0:00:00 / The Empty Set: “Ambika P3” from the EP Material

An earth-shattering field recording of amplified sound taken in the Ambika P3 concrete bunker/art gallery in London.


0:01:43 / The Haxan Cloak: “Excavation (Part 1)” from the album Excavation

More sinister atmospherics from magister sonus Bobby Krlic.


0:04:43 / Boards Of Canada: “Come To Dust” from the album Tomorrow’s Harvest

A highlight from the Sandison brothers’ welcome return.


0:08:21 / Oneohtrix Point Never: “He She” from the album R Plus Seven

A mystical interlude from Daniel Lopatin.


0:09:46 / Prurient: “You Show Great Spirit” from the album Through The Window

A monumental slab of industrial techno that, as Pitchfork pithily puts it, presents “subtly damaged sheets of sound that are noxious, malignant, and hidden like carbon monoxide”.


0:18:40 / Daniel Avery: “Free Floating” from the album Drone Logic

A strident combination of rhythm and bass, described by Andrew Weatherall as “gimmick-free machine-funk of the highest order”. Which it is.


0:24:59 / Fuck Buttons: “Stalker” from the album Slow Focus

A mid-tempo companion to “You Show Great Spirit” (see above) – epic, unrelenting, self-assured, doesn’t give a Button.


0:34:54 / Grails: “Invitation To Ruin” from the album Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6

Baroque metal, wrecked poetry, a tragic serenade – a perfect paradox.


0:37:04 / Senking: “Capsize Recovery” from the album Capsize Recovery

The first of a trio of (inevitable) entries from the Raster-Noton family: Jens Massel delivers another slab of drum and bass, with the emphasis on the latter.


0:42:48 / Kangding Ray: “Nuis Octury” from the single Tempered Inmid

David Letellier temporarily stepped away from the Raster-Noton label to record another collection of muscular, asymmetrical techno.


0:47:52 / Diamond Version: “Turn On Tomorrow (Version)” from the single EP3

Raster-Noton label heads Alva Noto and Byetone’s run of high-quality precision electronics continued into 2013. An album is due in 2014.


0:50:49 / Nils Frahm: “Hammers” from the album Spaces

A dextrous live performance of arpeggiated techno on a grand piano – that sounds good, right? It is.


0:54:16 / Esmerine: “Lost River Blues I” from the album Dalmak

Montreal-based Esmerine were co-founded by Bruce Cawdron and cellist Rebecca Foon (cf. Saltland, featured in the good in 2013 compilation). Dalmak saw the collective absorb the music of Turkey, creating a mesmerising fusion of east and west.


1:01:38 / Apparat: “Pv” from the album Krieg Und Frieden

Sascha Ring strikes again (he is also featured, in his collaboration with Modeselektor, on good in 2013), this time with a typically anthemic overture from his music for German theatre director Sebastian Hartmann’s production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.


1:04:51 / Greg Haines: “Habenero (Version)” from the album Where We Were

With Where We Were, British composer Haines perfected the blend of piano and electronics, as showcased on “Habenero”, both on the album and his performance of it at London’s Scala last April.


1:11:23 / Lubomyr Melnyk: “A Warmer Place” from the album Corollaries

Melnyk’s trademark continuous flow of notes is moderated a touch on this restful, concluding piece. The soothing arpeggios remain, but are given new poignancy by the simple string accompaniment.


1:19:22 / ends


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rust to rust: a 2010 mix

December 31, 2010

My final post of the year, and my first ‘mix’ (I use that term loosely – it’s not an art I’ve remotely mastered as yet). It’s a companion to yesterday’s good in 2010 compilation and, for no reason in particular, it’s called rust to rust. Like the compilation it contains tracks from five of close to 94‘s top ten albums of the year, so even if the mixing isn’t up to scratch, be assured the music is. Happy new year.

0:00:00Infra 7 by Max Richter from the album Infra (Fat Cat)
close to 94’s #05 album of the year/album review

0:01:13Far From Land by Nest from the album Retold (Serein)

0:06:01India Lately by Gold Panda from the album Lucky Shiner (Ghostly International)
album review

0:12:32 / I Feel Your Soul by Ghostape from the compilation Milky Disco 3: To The Stars (Lo Recordings)

0:15:23 / Silent Servant (Regis Edit) by Sandwell District from the download Bleep X Sonar 2010 (

0:19:58 / Generator 7b by Keith Fullerton Whitman from the album Generator (Root Strata)
close to 94’s #03 album of the year/album review

0:22:27 / It Doesn’t Arrive by Emeralds from the album Does It Look Like I’m Here? (Editions Mego)
close to 94’s #01 album of the year

0:25:48 / Stress Waves by Oneohtrix Point Never from the album Returnal (Editions Mego)

0:31:00 / Night Escape On Water, The City In Flames by Ensemble Economique from the album Standing Still, Facing Forward (Amish Records)
album review

0:36:17 / Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix) by Four Tet original version from the album There Is Love In You (Domino)

0:43:34 / VCR (Four Tet Remix) by The XX original version from the album XX (Young Turks, 2009)

0:52:07 / Salendro by Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics from the album Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics (OST) (Strut)
album review

0:53:51 / A Hidden Place/No One Really Knows by Sohrab from the album A Hidden Place (Touch)
album review

0:58:04 / V8 by Senking from the album Pong (Raster-Noton)
close to 94’s #08 album of the year

1:02:42 / Cherry Moon by Lorn from the album Nothing Else (Brainfeeder)
album review

1:06:10 / Os Veix3 by Autechre from the album Oversteps (Warp)

1:10:27 / The Making Of Grief Point by Loscil from the album Endless Falls (Kranky)
close to 94’s #09 album of the year

1:18:22 / ends

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