July 19, 2019

Peggy Gou

Good morning.

It’s Friday so we’re listening to something more upbeat. Today we’re listening to Peggy Gou, Korean DJ and producer. In 2014, her friend on Facebook introduced her to Ableton, and she made her first track soon after. Since then, she’s become an in-demand DJ around the world, playing Boiler Room, Beats in Space, and many festivals. Even the New York Times is on it. A few weeks ago she released a DJ-Kicks album, on which she mixes her acid-house and techno influences, and includes that first 2014 Ableton track, “Hungboo.” We personally discovered Gou via her hit “It Makes You Forget” on YouTube, which now has 7M views. In addition to the DJ-Kicks record, we’re listening to a chillout mix she posted to her SoundCloud in 2014, her Beats in Space mix from 2017, and her Once EP from last year.

DJ-Kicks by Peggy Gou (70m, 🗣 on several tracks) Spotify / Apple Music / Tidal

110 bpm chillout mix by Peggy Gou (70m, 🗣 at 27:00 and 48:00 to the end) SoundCloud

Beats In Space #880 by Peggy Gou (70m, 🗣 at several points including the interview at the end) YouTube / Beats in Space

Once EP by Peggy Gou (20m, 🗣 on tracks 1 and 3) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Have a great Friday and the best weekend.

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July 18, 2019

Jonny Greenwood

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to an artist we’ve been meaning to recommend for a little while, named Jonny Greenwood. Greenwood’s first musical career began in the early 1990s as the lead guitarist of Radiohead, and his second musical career, scoring films, kicked off a decade later. We’re playing his three classical scores for Paul Thomas Anderson films in descending order of work-friendliness: Phantom Thread, The Master, There Will Be Blood. But that 2003 debut is one fewer have heard: it’s the score for Bodysong, a documentary about the human body featuring footage and movie clips from around the world. That score is sparse, experimental, and reminiscent of the Radiohead release from the same year (Hail to the Thief). But it’s well-worth listening to, and could inspire good ideas, maybe even ones for your own second career.

Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood (60m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

The Master by Jonny Greenwood (50m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

There Will Be Blood by Jonny Greenwood (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Bodysong by Jonny Greenwood (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Enjoy your Thursday.

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July 17, 2019

Simeon ten Holt

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Simeon ten Holt, a Dutch minimalist composer. Ten Holt’s most famous work is Canto Ostinato ("Obstinate Song"). Meant for multiple pianos, the work consists of 106 phrases that the performers play ad libitum, or as many times as they desire. Given this freedom, performances of the Canto Ostinato can last from an hour to multiple days. Our chosen recording, by pianists Tomoko Mukaiyama and Gerard Bouwhuis, came out this past spring and falls at the shorter end of the length spectrum. Ten Holt’s minimalism eschews the dissonance of mainstream 20th century classical music, though the second album we recommend today, Incantation IV, strikes slightly harsher tones than the Canto. Holt passed away in 2012 at the age of 89.

Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt (80m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Incantation IV by Simeon ten Holt (60m) Spotify / Apple Music / Google Play / Tidal (alternate recording)

Have a lovely Wednesday.

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July 15, 2019

Rafael Anton Irisarri

Today we have a guest recommendation from Headphone Commute, an anonymously-run website that highlights interesting ambient, modern classical, and experimental music. We've found several gems via Headphone Commute and are honored to publish one of their recommendations here.

I think by now it is fair to say that in the last decade, New York-based Rafael Anton Irisarri has established his very own staple sound, making enough of an imprint on the evolution of a particular flavour of ambient music, to have it be called  Irisarriesque. Consistency in the quality of his output, attention to every minute detail, and the careful crafting of the dynamics, subsequently pillared by the impressively present Room40, have put this musician on the map of the influencers in the genre, forever solidifying him in our hall of fame. For his latest studio album, titled Solastalgia, Irisarri conjures grey dense fog of a morning, graciously chilling the hot summer lands, dampening dry withered roots with their sonic-drenched molecules, until everything simply dissolves in a white-out of noise, while the melody still carries on. Somewhere, deep in this granular haze of a sound, far past distortion of melodic bliss, long through the time it unfolds through confinements, lies that neologism called ‘solastalgia’, waiting for your existential distress. Revealing the elements of this sonic post-ambience is like slicing through a thousand-year-old piece of a thick heavy bog – its deep marshy layers preserving all of its histories, all of its change, all of its past, disclosing the struggles it all left behind. Throughout the album, factors of randomness, organic development and non-intervened automation, weave through the harmony clearly in place. This type of record requires deep listening, loud deep listening, played in the dark. Highly recommended!

Solastalgia by Rafael Anton Irisarri (80m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Midnight Colours by Rafael Anton Irisarri (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

A Fragile Geography by Rafael Anton Irisarri (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

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