Sunday, December 26, 2010

imperfect list 2010

So although a bit late compared to every one else out there,this is my list of the best things that happened in 2010.Another year is ready to go by and it's always exciting to anticipate what's up next while catching a short glimpse of what is leaving us behind and realising what parts of our lives are destined to remain ''classic'' like the songs and stuff in this list.So without further ado this my list.

Best Tracks Of 2010

1.Sombrero Galaxy-Journey to the Centre of the Sun.
2.Backwoods-Cloud Nine
3.Maxxi&Zeus-The Struggle
4.Laughing Light of Plenty-The Flow Motion
5.I Feel Studio-The Coptic Sun
6.KZA-Le Troubiant Acid
7.Richard Gateaux-The Life Cycle of A Paranoid Man
8.Begin-Optical Holiday
9.Le Corps-Gandhi-Weatherall Mix
10.Cos Mes-Heavenly Trax-Jonny Nash Mix
11.Dj Kaos-Horny Morning Loop-Dr Dunks Mix
12.Four Hands-Hizou
13.Pacific Horizons-Universal Horizons
14.Caribou-Sun
15.Max Essa-Panorama Suite

Best Labels

ESP Institute
International Feel

Best Albums

Arcade Fire-Suburbs
Caribou-Swim
Cantoma-Out Of Town
Arp And Anthony Moore-Today's Psalter
Delphic-Acolyte

Best Sites


Haw Lin(again)
A Journal Of Curiosities(sameless self promotion)


Best Moments Of 2010

The Stallions party in Athens
Laura giving birth to twins
The first Non Collective bash in London
Columbo Beach
Eating fish at Anafi
The Loft last April
Days At Altana
Walking across Thames docklands and Chelsea

Vags's tracks of the year

1. Ichican & Nakova - Pionir
2. Yuki Suzuki - I need love (Lee Douglas remix)
3. Coyote - Seconds (remix)
4. Begin - Optical holiday
5. Max Essa - Panorama suite
6. Cos/Mes - Heavenly trax (J.Nash remix)
7. D-Pulse - Velocity of love
8. COMBI - We gotta high together
9. Maxxi & Zeus - American dreamer
10. Bison - Way to L.A.
11.Dr Dunks - Keep it cheap
12. Cantoma - Cambarra (Lexx Remix)


Saturday, December 25, 2010

ghost of christmas past




This is the mix i made for the Greece is for lovers Christmas sale at Myran.Wishing you all a merry Christmas and loads of love from the people you care about.Let's all feel the real spirit of these days which is loving and forgiving and less buying and eating although we can all use some of that too.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

brat pack

This is almost a dream coming true!My good friend David from Non Collective dropped this idea of a London based party sometime ago that would feature friends that have contributed to his wonderful site with mixes.A small core has formed over the past two years of real music lovers that share the same passion.Some of us ended up being good friends.So for the first time we managed to make this real and we are inviting you to our first ever party on the 10th of December at the ''Junction Room'' in Dalston.Hope to see some of you there dancing in a friendly and real atmosphere that almost feels like family.

Friday, November 5, 2010

new mix


i only feel good with you mix

1.COS/MES - HEAVENLY TRAX (NASH MIX)
2.COYOTE - SECONDS (I.P.G's MIX)
3.BUMROCKS - VIDEO SEX (ZAMBON EDIT)
4.STEVE NICKS -EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (RAYKO EDIT)
5.C.O.M.B.I. - WE GOTTA HIGH TOGETHER
6.LES EDITS DU GOLEM - EDEN ROCK
7.ICHICAN & NAKOVA - PIONIR
8.PETE HERBERT EDITS - EDIT 7
9.THE PROJECT CLUB - INTRO (RAY MANG REMIX)
10.YUKI SUZUKI - I NEED LOVE (LEE DOUGLAS REMIX)
11.DFP FEAT ELECTRA 80's - ROCK THIS TOWN (AJELLO DUB)
12.FRANEK KIMONO - DYSK D OKEJ EDIT
13.JUSTIN VANDERVOLGEN - I LOVE YOU EDIT
14.DOLLY PARTON - JOLENE (ILYA SANTANA VERSION)

Friday, October 29, 2010

the secret history


Making a mix for Non Collective is always a chance for me to let my creativity run wild.This time i took inspiration from my favourite novel,the ''Secret History'' by Donna Tartt.This is a mix that could be the soundtrack to a film or a story.My aim was to create an atmosphere that sucks you in for an hour and a half.Hope this takes you somewhere.Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

in the heart of love

I know that this blog looks like it's slowly ''dying'' and it's true that if you don't water your flowers they are in for bad dry days.So i thought i post something here that is a bit out of the ordinary and worths a mention.Released only in cassete Woo's masterpiece ''Into The Heart Of Love'' is the record the Durutti Column would have made with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra produced by Brian Eno in an ideal world.The record is an experience you have to witness on your own.It will take you a small trip to world above the clouds where gravity is insignificant and our earthly lives seem so distant.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

dr rob:sorting out my sevens-for elliot smith

So if you thought this blog is feeling a bit dead lately well i can't really blame you.Posting tracks is not my favourite thing lately.At some point i felt that almost every thing out there is blogged or exposed in some way or another so it's really hard staying original after some point.So there comes a time when you got to stop and think,oh there is so much beautiful music out there to listen and enjoy instead of spending time trying to find what has been kept secret from the blogosphere.I mean sometimes i prefer relaxing and listening to a Mazzy Star record instead of digging amongst rare electronic records from Greek artists.This is a fine example of that kind of spirit by a really good friend of this blog and a real music aficionado,Dr Rob from Tokyo.Rob sent me this mix last year bit i never posted it because i thought it was a bit melancholic at the time.It turned out to be one my favourite mixes from Rob and a really personal as well.If i could i would prefer Rob doing the intro to his mix in the beautiful way he usually does.Anyway this is a selection of downer pop 7 inches mixed together on a half drunk night.Let your heart run free and enjoy this beautiful mix.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

the light

So,at last here is a chance for me to write something except posting just songs and being silent.This is a quite special occasion for what i believe is an exceptional case of new music is finally getting a proper release.For me the rather overlooked and impossible to get ''The Rose'' by The Laughing Light of Plenty was a glorious piece of ''baggy'' pop,the bastard child of Ian Brown and Shaun Ryder that sounded like a left out single from the New Fads with a new production.For me it still stands out as a rare case of real music in an ocean of releases of boring and unimaginative nu house,nu balearic,nu disco nu whatever and edits of songs that should never been messed with.After listening Flow Motion on Beats In Space show with guest Kenji Takimi was convinced that these guys are not joking around.Flow Motion is again captivating from the first listen and feels so familiar like listening to all your favourite records in one go.The album is shortly arriving so i would be prepared to order this as soon as posssible.The artwork alone is a reasonbuying if you not conveived by the music to invest in the best thing to be put on was lately.Follow the link below for good soundclips and a look at the art.


http://tiltcorp.com/whateverwewantilt_info.html

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

meltemi

Meltemi is a strong northern wind that blows every August round the Aegean sea.Im back from the Aegean in a city that resembles an inferno.The meltemi winds didn't show up this year at our usual rendezvous.For me that's a bad sign.But maybe they are just a little late.Maybe something happened on the way.The nights this summer lacked this frisky coolness that made you wrap up in your sweater to look for cover.My field of dreams was a bit hotter this year but nevertheless every single holiday i spent in the Aegean is a reason to fill my cabinet of memories with even more unique moments.This is a mix i made before leaving for my holidays.It kept me good company during the small hours.My friends were complaining it's not dance mix and that it sent them to sleep.Maybe they were right.Since my camera broke down and i have no photos to post from my holidays maybe this mix is the best way to show you some images from those times.Even if it sends you to sleep im sure it will be a very sweet one full of surreal dreams about a lady dressed in blue calling you to join her in an aquatic kingdom where life is eternal.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

strange overtones mix


strange overtones mix
on the go.. to the beach..
enjoy.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mediterranean Beat Part 2

So here is the deal.Last summer i made two mixes that still remain as two of my favourites till now.One of them was called mediterranean beat and it was a tribute to all things balearic.I decied to make a second part to this mix just before i leave for my holidays in the islands of the Aegean which is my main inspiration for all this romantic themed mixes that worship the ghosts of Mike Francis and Jacques Mayol,the Aegean sea,''Summer Lovers'',Amnesia,Phil Mison playing at Del Mar,my first time at Mykonos,Cherry Lips,anchors,Spagetti del Mare and last but not least the sun.So this is part 2 of Meditarranean Beat.I was thinking what all this balearic thing really means to me and after all i thought it's just my way of escaping from the grayness of reality to a place where the sun always shine and people smile.Take this mix with you on your holidays and think of me while listening.I will be happy giving you some moments of true happiness.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

mike

The dream is getting close.It's almost there.Only a few days away from diving in the mediterranean sea.With music like this to keep me company.Mike Francis is like an old friend tapping me on the back when his voice hits my ears through the speakers.It's almost weird how can someone touch you so deeply with his music.Mike you were one of my heroes.The voice of my summers.I guess you all know this one but it's worth giving it another go.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

boccaccio classics

Ok.So now it's time to stop talking crap and get into some serious stuff.When talking about classics of this magnitude it's hard to be objective.For me this is one of the biggest tunes ever.This is one the cases that music can be a real trip outside this world.Just close your eyes and let this classic take you where the sun mates with the sea exploding into millions molecules of light travelling the cosmos.Enough.Sleepwalker is one of those classics that still do the trick.Made in Belgium for the whole world.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


This is nearly crossing the border of being massively stupid but i love it.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

aficionado classics

Beautiful flamenco guitar driven spanish pop played at the infamous Aficionado parties.Real balearic for people that listen to music using their hearts more than their ears.

Friday, July 16, 2010

jansen jardin

This is due to hit the shops really soon so don't sleep on this one.Max Essa on the production with Yuki Suzuki on vocals delivers this euphoric ''spaghetti'' piano house track that makes you go way back to that early 90's ambient house mood.On the b side Lee Douglas takes on the remix controls for a more uptempo take on the original.Released on the Tokyo based Jansen Jardin label.

grand bleu at test pressing

I have made a summer mix for my favourite blog out there so roll over at Test Pressing add some sunshine and enjoy.Extra kudos for the amazing artwork provided by Paul.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

under open skies

I guess i was quite late on this one but it's so good that it deserves some extra hype around it.Seminal first release from Mr Apiento that being more than a really respected blogger and edit wizard,goes one step beyond with this.Sounds like Vini Reilly jamming on the beach.Can't wait to grab this.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

full moon beach walk mix


FULL MOON BEACH WALK MIX

Brand new balearic ambient mix
Here's some of the tracklist
OTTMAR LIEBERT - SEA OF SOUND
BRIAN ENO - FROM THE SAME HILL
MICHAEL HEDGES -AERIAL BOUNDARIES
OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA - ALBATROSS
WILLIAM ORBIT - OGIVE NUMBER 1
AIR -ALONE IN KYOTO
MICHAEL HEDGES - SPACE CHANGE AND AFTER THE GOLD RUSH
SOME STEVE HILLAGE ? CAN'T QUIET REMEMBER

Sunday, June 20, 2010

balearic love

So it's time for a new mix by me following a series of mixes made last summer dedicated to the sound of the white island.Once again it's all about going back to the basics.Smiles,love,echoes of Chris Rea on a beach,the Grand Bleu,90's italian brands,the sound of the sea on an empty beach,getting drunk on cheap wine,evening shadows at Cafe Del Mar,Mykonos in the 90's,sunsets at Caprice,suntan smelling bags,Sade singing on the radio.This is a balearic love affair.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

aftrenoon (trade) mix


Here's my 60 minutes mix
somewhere.. out there.. close to the Aegean sea ..

enjoy !

Tracklist
1.D.Sylvian/Sakamoto/Chavez - heartbeat
2.Paul Bryan - Feel like i feel
3.Third World - Cool meditation
4.Madness - Africa
5.Dubben - Rainha do dub
6.Blackbyrds - Dreaming of you
7.Iz It - Make it way for the solos
8.Pat Metheny Group - So May It Secretly Begin
9.Frazier Chorus - Nothing (Land of oz mix)
10.Solila - Atlantis (D-pulse mix)
11.The Shamen - Heal the separation (PM Dawn mix)
12.Apsaras !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
13.M. McLaren - Call a wave

Afternoon trade mix

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

iberica

This summer we are going hardcore balearic again trying to stay close to what we believe is the true essence of the true balearic feeling.For me it's all about loving life and the simple joys that summer can give you hidden in the beauty of the sea the wind the sun and love.The reminisce of a more innocent past where people were just having fun without thinking too much about it.For me balearic is the new hippy,a whole attitude towards life.It's my way of facing the harsh realit yof everyday life and the dulness of the city's impact on our lifes'.The missing link between the careless summer's of our childhood and now and the return to being innocent again.The dive into the big blue and the mating with the sea,the eternal woman.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

last tango in paris

This is a beautiful rework of the Gato Barbieri classic that is just great for the starlight summer night to come.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Aperitivo


Arriving in Spain from Colombia in the early 70s.
Elkin with his brother Nelson, established themselves
on the Spanish music scene.
Fusing hot Latin songs with influences from James Brown,
Santana, Afro-Cuban and Jazz-Funk, success in Spain
and Latin America saw many number one albums
including "Jibaro". Thanks to the '88-89 Ibiza Balearic Beat scene
DJs such as Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong re-discovered "Jibaro".
Here's my favorite track from the first album called 'Angeles Y Demonios'

Elkin & Nelson - Abran Paso-Ahoa (Enrolle)

JUNE AND BALEARIC


June ..our favorite month...
Balearic all the way..

Pep Llado - Vai Vedere

Friday, May 21, 2010

decadence exotique

This is my new mix for the Non Collective site,which in my humble opinion is probably one of the best sources for quality mixes on the web.Served with love and style.Thanks to David this is another slice of demented summer time coolness.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

happy birthday

Today marks the two year anniversary from the first time this blog became from just an overnight fantasy to a living thing.Within these two years the most important thing i gained through this site is a couple of good friends and many others that could prove good friends one day.Imagine i dropped a message in a bottle two years ago in the ocean and so many people red my message and got back.This is the real story.My message in bottle was found and i can't be any happier.I want to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to this site.I will name a few and i want to apologise from everyone i might omit in hastiness of writing.Mr Moonboots for promoting this blog in any way possible,David from Non Collective that proved out to be a good friend,Mr Vidal Benjamin who's knowledge and Romerian ethics could be of use for all my life,Dr Rob from Tokyo who's writings and mixes made the last year a different one,my friend Henri from Finland,Andrew Lovefingers for always being an inspiraton and quite helpful in many ways,our mysterious jet set friend Arthit from Thailand that always provides us with the most interesting comments,fellow blogger Peter Pleasure who is a super cool dude,Max Essa,Paul Byrne,Tommyboy,Dj Sergio,Jason Darrow from Robots in Heat,Guillame Galuz from Paris,Basso from the Growing Bin,Max and Jamie from Discohorror,Julian Horn,Diskoakademin,the wonderful Mr Tako,Jaz,everyone who has been sending their edits,music and love through our mail.I just want to add on this that i'm really sorry i dont get to post your stuff here but this blog is turning more into a mixes site and less of an edits and tracks blog.This is a change that happened along the way and from today you re going to witness even more changes to this blog to make it even better and good looking.Last but not least i want to thank my partner in crime Mr Vags that without his help and love this would not be where it is right now.Thanks for being there mate.The first post on this blog was a track by Mr Bobby Konders so i will just leave you with another one of his.Till next time.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

caldera mix

I made a new mix for fellow blogger and friend Peter and his wonderful site Peter Pleasure Cruise'n.It's a good chance to check out his blog and download my mix which is a tribute to summer days and nights.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

balearic hardcore




I think that after some point this whole talk about what's balearic and not and the use of the word to describe things that are in the most kindest manner ''rubbish'' has to end.For me the word always meant quality music that can take you on an imaginary trip to the core of the beauty that lies in life in it's self.Life away from the stress and the grayness of the city.A call from mother nature to get back to the basics,the things that can make you happy in the most simple way,like the embrace of the sea and the caress of the sun on your skin.The light reflected on white houses under the midday sun and red flowers hanging from open windows.The smiles of the wrinkled faces of old islanders,the smell of iodium in the summer breeze as it hits your face you when the day starts to fade.
The morning light coming trough a half open window.The song of seabirds on a clear day.The endless humming of the sea as it hits the shore like two eternal lover's bodies colliding in a fanfare of genesis.For me this is what balearic means and a thousand things more that can't be listed in a blog post.I guess this piece of music can do the talking way better than my limited vocabulary.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ithaca 45-47 No

Basso from the Growing Bin blog was kind enough to share a last mix from my friend Petros that passed away last week.This is the last thing he recorded so it's a bit special and filled with emotion.This a good way to remember Petros and for people that didn't know him to see what a musical devotee he was.He was a man with great taste and love for life.I hope you enjoy this and share a thought for him.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

U can't escape the hypeness MIX


This is a quick mix i did yesterday .Enjoy :)

1.Smoke City -with you
2.Ian O'Brian - Midday sun
3.The Aloof - The beach
4.Chaser - Blue planet (Fila Brazillia mix)... See More
5.Prefab Sprout - If you don't love me (F.S.O.L mix)
6.Chris Coco ft Peter Green - Albatross (King Britt mix)
7.Moonbase - Walking in the rain (instr. dub)
8.Solar Stone - Seven Cities (ambient dub)
9.Mudd & Smith - The start
10.Elisa Waut - Four times more
11.C. Hayes - Evening sun
12.Marvin Gaye - You are the way you are (inst.)
13.BLVD POSSE - U can't escape the hypeness vocal

u can't escape the hypeness mix



Friday, April 23, 2010

ela pou eisai?

When is your next gig mate?Wish i could come.Im gonna miss you.This one is for a friend who is not around anymore.Petros was one of those people that could capture your heart without trying too much.Easy to love.A true digger that found in music a real passion.A man who dressed in style and loved life.Goodbye my friend.This is the way i want to remember you.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

london athens paris istanbul

New mix by a really good friend and collaborator of this blog,our man in Tokyo Dr Rob.This time Rob takes you on an oriental flavoured journey that takes you from the dancefloor of Shoom to a harem in Morocco.


A Split Second – Drinking Sand

Beatamax – Caravan

Jah Wobble – Bomba

Code 61 – Drop The Deal

Takis – Paris Istanbul

Bappi Lahira – Habiba

Off – Electrica Salsa

Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling

David Harrow – Yassassin

Deepak & Khan – Holle Holle

Soundclash Republic – Too Eastern Mysteries

Jack N Chill – Beating The Heat

New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big (Baka)

West India Company – O Je Suis Seul (Bagwhan Boogie)


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

nocturnal

This is a rare case of a song.Im quite happy i discovered this almost by mistake and it has proven to be one of the best new things i have listened to lately.I rarely post new tracks here,mainly for two reasons for various reasons but this is an exception as i want to expose this beauty to the world.iI think it deserves some hype and i think it's gonna be a classic among some people that appreciate good music.It's gonna be online for only a little while because i believe it's a shame not buying this great piece of music when available.A perfect track for upcoming summer nights.

to the creator of the blog


This one is for you Chris!
You are an inspiration to me.
Always ahead.Keep on!

Aisha - The creator

Sunday, April 11, 2010

for the love of jah

For me Jah Wobble must be one of the most charismatic musicians to emerge from the post punk scene.A musician that blended so many different styles and never sound boring.I will post two tracks in a row by him just to show the diversity of his work.Last week my friend David from Non Collective posted The Kiss by Joolz,one of Wobble's early productions and a leftfield balearic gem.Joolz were mainly a post punk outfit fronted by the emblematic Joolz Denby.In the hands of Wobble they produced a handful of early singles that were oozing with that dubby sound that Wobble brought to perfection of his later productions.
The second track im going to post is from his album Rising Over Bedlam which is one of my favourite records ever.Erzulie featuring world music legend Natascha Atlas on vocals is a carnival of ethic sounds with flamenco guitars wailing horns and a one of the best basslines i have ever heard in a song.I could go on forever about Wobble's music achievements but that would be just boring so just enjoy these two tracks by one the most diverse figures in the music world.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

a journal of curiosities

A little shameless self promotion never hurt anyone so i thought to gave my new blog some introduction here.This is not a music blog though.See it more as a an everyday review of things i like or recommend.Ways to make life more stylish and beautiful.So give it a go and put this in your bookmarks.

http://ajournalofcuriosities.blogspot.com/

I thought to share a track to go along with this so here you go.

Monday, April 5, 2010

you can dance..


Favorite song this weekend by Ottomix from Italy
0n Discomagic records 1984.

Ottorino Menardi - Sahara sand

Monday, March 29, 2010

couscous


Making an Arabic influenced mix was in my mind for quite sometime now as i was always deeply fascinated by Arabian music and it's influences on almost every genre from new beat to house, disco and new wave.This is the perfect soundtrack for an exotic balearic summer party where east meets west.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

senza fine mix


Here's my new mix that includes
Balearic tracks for new age travellers.

senza fine mix

amor real


Jon Anderson + Milton Nascimento = Real love