Midnight Tempo V

Image:  Leonid Tishkov

For Giselle.

Remember this?
Just a bunch of fresh stuff to make more easy the long and winding road to sleep…if you have narcolepsy or insomnia.
If discomfort continues the only solution is difenhidramina.
Enjoy it.
& Good Night!.

The complete Midnight Tempo series: I, II, III & IV

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Category: Beats, Bedroom playlist, Hip hop, Motel de Moka

Sounds for a mermaid’s homework

Nomen est omen

1.-Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Stick Figures in Love
Mirror Traffic (Matador, 2011)
2.-Yo La Tengo -Be Thankful For What You Got
Little Honda (Matador, 1998)
3.-Atlas Sound-Mona Lisa
Parallax (4ad, 2011)
4.-Belle & SebastianFunny Little Frog
The Life Pursuit (Rough Trade, 2006)
5.-Jorge DrexlerUna canción me trajo hasta aqui
Amar la trama (2010)
6.-Los Amigos Invisibles - Bruja (Masters At Work Remix)
Luaka Bop Remixes
7.-Vinicius Cantáuria - A Dor
Silva (Hannibal Records, 2005)
8.-Maria Rita - Dos Gardenias
s/t (2003)

1.-These New PuritansThis guy’s in love with you
Field Of Reeds (Infectuos Music, 2013)
Sunbather (Deathwish Inc, 2013)
3.-RhyeThe Fall (Instrumental)
The Fall (2013)
4.-Four TetAnd then patterns
Everything in Ecstatic
5.- Aphex TwinAvril 14th
Drukqs (Warp, 2001)
6.-Zero 7 - Futures 
The Garden (2006)
7.-Robag Wruhme - Tulpa Ovi
Thora Vukk (Pampa, 2011)
8.-Dj SprinklesHouse music is  controllable desire you can own
Midtown 120 Blues (Mule, 2009)

I don’t remember exactly when was the last time I did my homeworkk while I was still a student (Dissertation doesn’t count) but what I do remember is that I had to put some music on while I was on it (there are a few activities in my life where I don’t realy make any use of music, sleeping is one of them, but I do play music to get some sleep).

As sociologist, most of my homework was about the same: reading, reading and more reading. Therefore, I always tried to listen something that didn’t requiere much of my attention, thus I could keep focus on what I was doing. At that time, I already stopped listening to bass-guitar and drums  music, I started to venture myself into that stuff that many call techno minimal. Naively years after during the first days at work I got to formulate the idea that the only thing that was worth of being there, o reaching that stage of my life, was that you don’t get assigned homework, anymore. Fatal mistake: where I work -at least while I am at the office- I’m not allowesd to play music. It is forbidden for reasons I can’t give any other name than just absurd.

I know somebody that still does homework (By the way, I wonder how many of our readers still do homework?) and that fact gave me a good reason to come back from the shadows. Ligia (aka Fiorella) besides of doing her homework, she draws hence the following playlist is meant to her, divided in 2 parts. The first one, for drawning it contains some tracks that go from melodic to slow ones. For me, that the only thing I can draw are bears (well, the exact and always same one bear) I have no idea of the proper process of drawing correctly (otherwise, I will be drawing bears like a pro). It is an activity that I respect very much (even more when you realize you have no talent or imagination). Lastly, the second one, it is oriented for reading in a very relaxed tone. Ironically, it was easier for me to create the first list than the second one.

I thank to Moka, since a couple of tracks were borrowed from Moka’s playlists on Spotify (Seriously, all of them are great!).

Images: [1] [2]

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Category: Bedroom playlist, Electronic, Motel de Moka

Moka’s Top 12 Albums 2013

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Listen: And In Truth

“Stetson is a master of overblowing and multi-phonics, which he has finessed to the point where his circular breathing has allowed him to play what sound like several other entirely distinct lines of song. Others frequently achieve this by live sampling and looping, but Stetson insists he doesn’t use such techniques, which makes for an extraordinary aural illusionism… The 15 minute ‘To See More Light’ contains Stetson’s most confounding sleight of hand, as he layers up gasping, phlegmatic fanfares over Nautilus-spiralling notes, then produces the real-time effect of slurred tape speed. On ‘Hunted’ and ‘Brute’, though, he pushes overblowing into realms previously only accessible with a fuzz pedal, finding timbres in the saxophone’s tubing that are rarely brought out. This gives Stetson’s sweeter melodies a bitter, eye watering sting.” ~ The Wire.

Eric Copeland – Joke in the Hole

“Joke In The Hole walks a tricky tightrope between cut’n’piece electronica in the Steinski vein and the more serious art gallery fare that Black Dice tend to lean towards – the ‘auditory instalments’ of musique concrete. With the levels way in the red and the aura of a 1000 musical moments swarming, there’s no end and no beginning to Copeland’s insectoid blur, with absolutely zero meaning to be derived from his choices of what style to combine. It just is: mindless, unfathomable – a little like the digital fracas of our online lives.”  ~ John Calver, FACT magazine.

Haim –  Days Are Gone 

“Did you love the sound of the hit parade in the seventies? How about the eighties, or the nineties? The Haim sisters have ingested several decades’ worth of radio pop, processed it, and spat it back out in the form of eleven pert, precise songs. For sheer pleasure per measure, Haim can’t be beat in 2013.” ~ Jody Rosen, New York Magazine.

John Wizards – Self Titled (Planet Mu)
Listen: Lusaka by Night

“The solo (and sometimes band) project of Cape Town’s John Withers is somewhere between indigenous and pastiche. Instead of hewing to one style, he jumps all over the map, as likely to affect a South African house strut as he is to nick a West African guitar riff. His self-titled debut album for Planet Mu has all the giddy reverence of a musical explorer, plus a perky personality that makes it pretty much irresistible.” - Andrew Ryce, Resident Advisor.

Lusine – The Waiting Room
 (Ghostly International)
Listen: By This Sound

“The Waiting Room has none of the social anxieties or insecurities bound within the downtempo Minimal Techno and light Glitch elements of its ancestor, focusing instead on a sound that is more hopeful and progressive, a sound that looks towards the future while we are stuck in this limbo state. It is the sound of change and separation, those final moments of preparation sat anxiously in the departure lounge waiting for the flight to take you away from your better half, but even then it still manages to end on a chipper and hopeful note.” - The Skinny.

Sapphire Flows – Allegoria (Not Not Fun)
Listen: As You Know

“Allegoria is a strong entry point into Sapphire Slows’ music and a varied enough recording to never really become a chore, even if several songs seems content to coast on her formula. But Hiramatsu’s first proper album is also important because it is a strong representation of what a particular Tokyo music community has been playing around with for several years now. Allegoria is an excellent distillation of this in-the-shadows scene.”  ~ Patrick St. Michel, Pitchfork.

Slow Machete – Evening Dust Choir (SMTG)
Listen: Until Your Father Sleeps

“Even though this was recorded during Shaffer’s many volunteer trips to Haiti, this album is not polemical in its message. It is an album that is truly a tribute to Haiti’s spirit, raw and uninhibited and unbridledly beautiful. The harmonium‘s sound is lushly organic and, mixed with the vocal and other samples, creates a sonic tapestry of something akin to peaking behind the curtain of a really cool place.”  ~ Tony Tileva, Vinyl District.

These New Puritans – Field of Reeds (Infectious Music)
Listen: The Light in Your Name

“Field of Reeds is the moment These New Puritans arrive as something more important than a tangle of neuroses iterating as a rock band — this is cohesive, full, and satisfying because of, not in spite of, its complications, absences, and general knottiness. This record demands attention, and once you’re through the door, it engages and encourages description, contemplation, thought; it wants worrying at. Field of Reeds may initially come across as inhumanely taut, straining, and indistinct to begin with, but this is the sound of precociousness finally arriving at a purpose.” ~ Alex Griffin, Tinymixtapes.

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

“On their third album, Vampire Weekend’s songwriting has reached master-craftsman level: The band now truly merits mention alongside Paul Simon, the grandee to whom they’ve often been compared. Their vaunted “Afro-pop” stylings are now just one influence audible in a sound that takes in Brill Building pop, indie rock, hip-hop, and more. As a lyricist, Ezra Koenig is sounding like the heir not just of Simon but of Lorenz Hart: a wise, sour, New York Jewish wit, tossing off aphorisms and aperçus in songs like “Ya Hey,” which moves effortlessly from high to low—from Exodus 3:14 to 19th Nervous Breakdown.” ~ Jody Rosen, New York Magazine.

Widowspeak – Almanac (Captured Tracks)
Listen: Ballad of the Golden Hour

“Musically and conceptually, Widowspeak’s America — and Americana — derives its unique definition from both tradition and modernity: the cheery calm of the past mixed with the sulky paranoia that comes from expansion and war and modern growing pains. Armed with bolstered production and the band’s strongest songcraft to date, Alamanac represents not only the next step for Widowspeak, but perhaps the next point in our never-ending discussion of what “real” folk is in the 21st century.” ~ Zcamp, Tinymixtapes.

Xenia Rubinos – Magic Trix (Jaba Jaba Music)
Listen: Ultima

“Rubinos has a voice like the view through a bay window, expansive and mutable; Buccelli plays the drums with a determined specificity, as if reminding his kit every few bars of what it was meant to do. Rubinos works with a small sampler, which she uses to trigger recordings of the sound of her own voice, keyboard parts, and a creaky door. The result is rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre.” ~ Sasha Frere Jones, New Yorker.

Young Galaxy – Ultramarine (Paper Bag Records)
Listen: Fall for you

“What truly makes Ultramarine penetrate beyond the passé realm of feel-good electropop, are the subliminal hints of evanescent existence scattered amidst the stardust. All dreams must come to an end. Until then, McCandless intends to make the most of what precious time remains. “Come sleepwalk with me,” she beckons, and with that she whisks you away to a sparkling synthetic azure.” ~ Pretty Much Amazing.


Note: In 2012 and 2009 I didn’t had time to write my own thoughts on my favorite records from those years and I didn’t end up publishing the final results. Our favorite records from each year can easily be found on our ‘Best Indie Albums‘ list, however I love making proper year-end lists since I can expand on the reason I love these albums and I can get to recommend over 12 of them instead of two or three. Once again, I wasn’t planning on publishing a list due to lack of time to write my own thoughts but I’ve decided to borrow snippets of reviews from other sources that rated them favorably. If for any reason you want to hear my actual opinion or discuss any album in here with me you’re all welcome to do so in the comments section.

As a plus, there’s more of my favorite records of this year as well as a list of my favorite songs on my Spotify profile. I still haven’t cleaned up those lists so there’s stuff in there that I need to add/remove, I expect to have them nice and tidy some day around January.

Spotify links: Favorite Songs 2013 + Favorite Albums 2013.

Moka’s Top Albums from Previous Years: 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006.

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Category: Motel de Moka

Jockey Full of Bourbon

Photo: The Swamp

“Neo-Hoodoo is the 8 basic dances of 19th century New Orleans’ Place Congo- the Calinda, the Bamboula, the Chacta, the Babouille, the Conjaille, the Juba, the Congo and the VooDoo- modernized into the Philly Dog, the Hully Gully, the Funky Chicken, the Popcorn, the Boogaloo and the dance of great American choreographer Buddy Bradley. ”
― Ishmael Reed

Late Summertime Voodoo Blues

I suck at holding down this fort and compromising myself to update at least once a month. Here’s an overdue summer playlist. Slow and sensuous, but not mellow. Getting blitzed at some bar deep south or maybe drinking on a porch in the middle of nowhere. Maybe fantasizing about it while cleaning your house because you’re drinking tea when you’d rather drink bourbon.

Notes: I’m happy to announce that reader Canis Major actually followed my million dollar advice from the last post and took that perfect Jacqueline Taïeb song and turned it into a wicked Jay-Z styled sample. Here you go, share the love.

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Category: Blues

Moka’s Sample Wishlist

 Image: Johan Prag.

A record producer. One of several dreamjobs I often fantasize about but will never have the guts to actively pursue. All said and done, I’ve actually been collecting throughout the years songs I’d love to sample if I were in fact a producer. I wont spill all the beans in this post but I will share with you 8 songs that I guarantee will get you enough money to buy at least 100 persian rugs and a yacht if treated properly. If I start seeing some of these choices in popular hip hop songs two or three years from now I’ll probably die in an envy fit. Do we have any producers amongst our readers? We do have Andras Fox posting awesome playlists every now and then over here and he makes some great sample-based music. Will he take my sample advice?
Either way, producer or not, these songs are amazing on their own and you wont regret adding any of them to your collection.


Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandObservatory Crest
Bluejeans & Moonbeams (1974)

It’s strange having the Captain showing off a romantic mood. This is such a lush intro, the first time I heard it I looped it about a dozen times thinking about all the little details and melodies you could add on top off it. To my knowledge no one has touched it yet which feels unexplainable to me (although Kid Loco did sample another mellow Beefheart song off this album for his track “she woolf daydream” and made a good job with it).

Dennis WilsonThe Dreamer
Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)

We really need to have more bass harmonicas in pop music. The funky riff in this song sounds more akin to Steely Dan or Little Feat than the Beach Boys. It’s almost heavy metal blues albeit with a gorgeous, relaxed groove. I feel like you could amp this up a bit to create a badass loop.

Psychedelic FursDumb Waiters
Talk Talk Talk (1981)

Another badass intro. At first I thought it was a synthesizer but I think it’s actually a saxophone and a guitar played at the same time. The whole mood of the song is very vicious so I think this one could fit a sleazy mood if it comes to that.

Jacqueline TaïebLe Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts
Bravo / Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts 7″ (1967)

I’m always raving about this song. Not only is this one of my favorite songs from all time, the horn section is completely sample-worthy, very catchy and upbeat. I’ve heard some edits of this one on soundcloud but nothing that makes me go crazy yet. I imagine it would fit best in an R&B track, it’s got that loose-limbed, organic quality that made ‘crazy in love’ and ’1 thing’ such huge hits. It also has one of those jumpy ye-ye basslines that stands pretty well on its own. Check out her ‘Bravo’ EP for extra horn goodness.

Lucio BattistiAncora tu
La Batteria, Il Contrabbasso, Eccetera (1976)

This is such a corny song but those flamenco disco guitars and that vintage synth figures on the verses are too catchy to be wasted. I’d love to isolate those and give them a better backbone, the drums and bassline are there but they don’t do anything special and they sound very tiny.

Marcos ValleParabéns
Contrasts (Far Out, 2003)

Smooth Brazilian-disco. This song is actually based around a sample of Marcos Valle’s own track ‘Wanda Vidal’ from 1971. I chose this one over the original since I like it way better and it has been remastered already. They also added a funky bassline and percussion to the mix. It gives you a better chance to pick whichever version has a better chance of clearance.

Esmeray –  Ayrilik Olsa Bile
Unutama Beni / Ayrılık Olsa Bile 7″ (1974)

I might be wrong but I’m fairly sure this song is actually a cover from an english song, I can’t find any information on it but I’m almost positive I’ve heard it in some other shape. I think it was even sampled on a hip hop record already? (I don’t know if I just dreamt about it, if you have any additional info on this one I’ll be infinitely grateful). Either way, despite the recording being lo-fi, this one oozes a subtle, domestic psychedelia vibe that it’s hard not to fall in love with. Also handclaps + humming.

William OnyeaborBetter Change Your Mind
Atomic Bomb (Wilfilms records, 1978)

Well, the production on this one is very low budget so it sounds very dusty, but there’s plenty of tidbits on this one that if mastered properly would make for some really funky loops. That intro alone is worth enough to bring it back from the dead.

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Category: Pop, Psychedelic, Rock

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample an empire down. [1]

Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end! `I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. `I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think--' (for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) `--yes, that's about the right distance--but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.) [2]

O long-silent Sybil,
you of the winged dreams,
Speak out from your temple of light
as the serious constellations
with Greek names
still stare down on us
as a lighthouse moves its megaphone
over the sea
Speak out and shine upon us
the sea-light of Greece
the diamond light of Greece

Far-seeing Sybil, forever hidden,
Come out of your cave at last
And speak to us in the poet's voice
the voice of the fourth person singular
the voice of the inscrutable future
the voice of the people mixed
with a wild soft laughter--
And give us new dreams to dream,
Give us new myths to live by! [3]

So our princes who have lost their principalities after many years’ of possession shouldn’t blame their loss on fortuna. The real culprit is their own indolence, going through quiet times with no thought of the possibility of change (it’s a common human fault, failing to prepare for tempests unless one is actually in one!). And when eventually bad times did come, they thought of •flight rather than •self-defence, hoping that the people, upset by conquerors’ insolence, would recall them. This course of action may be all right when there’s no alternative, but it is not all right to neglect alternatives and choose this one; it amounts to voluntarily falling because you think that in due course someone will pick you up. If you do get rescued (and you probably won’t), that won’t make you secure; the only rescue that is really helpful to you is the one performed by you, the one that depends on yourself and your virtù. [4]