MAGIC MIX

soundtracks . library music . exotica . easy

WEEK STARTING 9 Nov

Genre pick of the week Cover of Songs For Christmas by Sufjan Stevens.
As some of you may or may not know, for the past few years, as a holiday tradition, Sufjan has embarked on an extraordinary experiment to record an annual Christmas EP. It started in 2001, the year of Epiphanies, and continued onward (skipping only 2004), culminating into an odd and idiosyncratic catalog of music that has only existed in the Asthmatic Kitty archives (and on a number of file sharing sites). The recording process took place every December, for one week, usually at home, provoking collaborations with friends, roommates, and musical peers. Armed with a Reader's Digest Christmas Songbook (and a mug of hot cider) Sufjan & friends concocted a musical fruit cake year after year, implementing every musical instrument they could find lying around the house: banjo, oboe, Casiotone, wood flute, a buzzy guitar, hand claps, sleigh bells, Hammond organ, and some tree tinsel. Did we mention sleigh bells? It doesn't take much to capture that Creepy Christmas Feeling, does it? Recorded, mixed and mastered at home, the EPs themselves were often assembled in the kitchen, stapled together, and sent out with stickers and stamps to loved ones across the globe, year after year. Recording traditional favourites alongside unique originals, Sufjan has, over the course of five years, constructed an odd, impressive, and compelling collection of Christmas hits (and some misses) that will either warm your heart or make you throw up eggnog all over the bath mat (depending on your constitution). Asthmatic Kitty now releases ALL of the material (newly mixed and mastered) in one generous box set.

FORMAT INFORMATION

5xLP Box Set Info: 5 LP box set.

Erik Friedlander

Thoroughbreds OST

    Written and directed by Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds tells the darkly comic story of two teenage girls Amanda and Lily (Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy) who rekindle a friendship years after growing apart, bonding over Lily's contempt for her oppressive stepfather. As their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another's most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim (Anton Yelchin in his final performance), and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight.

    Featuring a driving, pulse-raising score by Erik Friedlander, and songs by King Harvest, A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, The Sweet Hurt, Tanis (and more) the soundtrack is as unique and spellbinding as the film itself.


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: 180g black vinyl.

    Lamusa II returns to Gravity Graffiti with further explorations on the outer reaches of cosmic jazz, experimental library music and exotic sonic landscapes.. This is music to stimulate your cerebellum and transport you to hitherto unknown regions, certainly relevant if you've been digging the previous output on Gravity Graffiti from the likes of Yoshinori Hayashi & Ricardo Shiro. Particular highlights include the fluttering tapestry of keys, chimes, rhythmic ripples and zippy effects on "Variatio Ad Absurdum," the intense vibrations of "Caos E Dialogo" and the mellow patterns and trills of "Dalle Alle". Once it has you in its grip, it's difficult to break away, such is the magic of the pieces contained within this, and much of the label's catalogue. Recommended wierdness for modern witches and medicine men. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Gravity Graffiti lead the charge when it comes to aural hocus-pocus and sonic sorcery in the studio. A worthy competitor to Demdike Stare's unique brand of witchcraft.

    Various Artists

    Noël Crooners

      How can you resist a bit of Deano "Let It Snow!" or Ol' Blue Eyes jazzin' up "Jingle Bells"? Surely everybody loves Louis Armstrong, right? Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles are all in there, and you've got a choice of a white or blue Christmas from Elvis. Sam Cooke has sneaked on there too, with "Wade In The Water" - not exactly a Christmas song, but good none the less.


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