Pursed Lips Reply

It’s what you all been waitin’ for ain’t it? They can’t stand it, they want something new. So let’s get re-acquainted.”

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Mid-Air Tape Loop Dance Party
(Tape Loop EP/ 2008)
Prefuse 73 Pagina Dos
(Prefuse 73 Reads the Books E.P./ 2005)
Mid-Air Complex Admittance
(Mid-Air/ 2007)
RJD2 Chicken-Bone Circuit
(Dead Ringer/ 2002)
Mid-Air Mirror Mirror
(Mid-Air/ 2007)
Daedelus Pursed Lips Reply
(Invention/ 2002)
Mid-Air A Thousand Atomic Fireballs

Note(s): So there’s been some feigning for new, fresh tracks. Jungle is a tough MdM beat to make work, but with enough tenacity the rewards outweigh the struggle. Mid-Air takes jungle back to the roots and doesn’t let the “electronic” aspect of the genre overshadow the organic foundational focus of the sub-genre. Chris Harbach’s contribution to the greater jungle is a product that finds its roots in an urban experimental sound, works its way up through a solid trunk of jazz/hip-hop/funk, and branches off touching upon ambient, acid, trip-hop, and “electronica”, the fruits of which are best savored chilled and — even in the midst of the gritty and grainy samples — fresh. Essentially, as one put it, Mid-Air is “Too fast, too slow, too noisy, too melodic, too old skool, and way too ahead of his time,” (in all the right ways); that, as always, is for you to decide. So, intertwined with the linchpin artist’s works are a few third-party complementary sounds to guide you through the sonic landscape. Enjoi.

Photo Credit: Eugenio Recuenco
Mid-Air: MySpace, Official Site

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Category: Acoustic, Electronica, Experimental, Hip hop

Live, sentimental, slightly dandy

When Alexander the Great offered him to do everything he would have desired, Diogen replied: “Yes, you can do something for me. Move from there, you make shadow on me.”

01. LambTrans Fatty Acid (Kruder & Dorfmeister Mix)
(Dj Kicks, 1996)
02. ToscaRondo Acapricio
(J.A.C., 2005)
03. ToscaBusenfreund
(Suzuki In Dub, 2002)
04. ToscaJohn Lee Hubber
(Souvenirs, 2006)
05. Ralph MyerzThink Twice
(Your new best friend, 2008)
06. The EggFunky Dube
(Forwards, 2008)

note: thank you

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Category: Electronica

Summer Dance (Paris Edition)

- My attraction was hard to explain—she was so artistically driven, so demure and yet so bold, and those swimming eyes! I was lost in soul-to-soul contact. I checked her out of the library again and again, but when the summer came I found I needed her more than ever. I had to take her home with me. Anaïs. I bought all her diaries—the boxed set—a huge investment. By the time I went back to college in the fall and moved into a beautiful old half-wrecked farmhouse off campus, I was soaked in the oils of my own manufactured delirium. – Louise Erdrich, The Reptile Garden


Paris Dance 2008

01. Stars - This Charming Man
Unmixed, Unmastered, Unsequenced (1999)
02. Marvin GayeSexual Healing (Dj Doc Rok Bmore Remix) (myspace)
(net release, 2008)
03. The Ting TingsThat’s Not My Name
We Started Nothing (2008)
04. Miss SollerLa belle et le bad boy
(anybody know where this come from?)
05. Amy WinehouseRehab (Hot Chip Remix)
Rehab (Hot Chip Remix) – Single (2008)
06. Radio 4Dance To The Underground
Dance To The Underground EP (Gern Blandsten, 2001)
07. Skindive - Tranquilizer
Skindive (Palm Pictures, 2001)
08. Mark Ronson Feat Lily AllenOh My God (Chris Lake Remix)
Version (2007)
09. Sébastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix)
Sexuality (Record Makers, 2008)

note: This is really a simple summer hip-hop. Mostly euro mix I found in french blog. (hence french edition) What is it with parisians and electro? Whatever it is, this one is a mellow summer beat. I think it’s passable and fun.

PS. The server issue is not quite resolved. We need to save bandwidth guys. quit clicking the “stream button” a million times. download it just once. Also use the RSS feed.

see also: Italian edition.
image: Squint october 2007, Alexandra Carr.

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Category: Hip hop, Pop, Rock

Summer Dance (Italian Edition)

The sinners stand as though enchanted, their faces lifted. A path has opened in the darkness, a promise has been made, evidence has been presented: all will be saved, no explanations necessary—the magical dark-blue abyss, raised above us by nameless artists, speaks for itself, sings in a wordless language. The blue flows down toward the garlands of fruit and leaves.… Everything disappears, but again and again the lights flash on, the fête is endless, and any minute now the angels will begin to sing. Let there be light! – Tatyana Tolstaya, See the Other Side


Three Summer list. No.1. Melodrama

01. Antonio Vivaldi Il Bajazet (Il Tamerlano) / Act 2 – Anch’il mar par che sommerga
Cecilia Bartoli – The Vivaldi Album / Il Giardino Armonico (1999)
02. The MekonsDickie Chalkie And Nobby
Natural (Quarter Stick, 2007)
03. Uzeda - Steam, Rain & Other Stuff
Stella (Touch and Go, 2007)
04. Blonde RedheadHarmony
La Mia Vita Violenta (Smells Like Records, 1995)
05. J.S. BachBWV 803 Duetto
Vol. 6 (CD16) Organ Works XVI ()
06. Cheval de Frisedeux nappes ductiles
Cheval de Frise (Frenetic Records, 2003)
07. Antonio VivaldiL’Orlando Finto Pazzo / Act 3 – Qual favellar?…Anderò, volerò, griderò
Cecilia Bartoli – The Vivaldi Album / Il Giardino Armonico (1999)

note: Late spring early summer mood. This actually is an old list consisting mainly baroque pieces that I tweak and make it to more head bopping beat. (So it’s really a modern pop rhythm constructed using various styles.) I like the odd mood the list gives, sort of ultra cosmopolitan texture of an old city, say Rome. Maybe I’ll go tired of mixing post-rock with baroque soon. but right now they are infinitely amusing to me. I like the tension. So this is the first list in summer head bopping, euro oriented sound. enjoy.

And everybody. Please welcome two new MdM posters: Jungle (he is from Italy) and stclown (he is from UK)

image: La Primavera, “Allegory of Spring”, Sandro Botticelli. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

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Category: Acoustic, Rock

My blood is clean Pt. 3

Images: Ana Ventura.

My thumb is embarking on a great adventure. ‘Don’t go, please,’ say the fingers. They try to hold him down. Here comes a black limousine with a velied woman in the back seat, but noone at the wheel. When it stops, she takes a pair of gold scissors out of her purse and snips the thumb off. We are off to Chicago with her using the bloody stump of my thumb to paint her lips.

- Charles Simic, excerpt from ‘The world doesn’t end’.

Giacinto ScelsiAve Maria
(Natura Renovatur / 2006)
Carlos ParedesCancão Verdes Anos
(Guitarra Portuguesa / 1989)
TapeMoth wings
(Luminarium / 2008)
Stella ChiwesheKasahwa
(Ambuya? / 1975)
Larkin Grimm – the last tree
(The last tree / 2006)
Arvo PartBerliner Messe – Agnus Dei
(Te Deum / 1993)
PaavoharjuTuoksu Tarttu Meihin
(Laulu Laakson Kukista / 2008)
A Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraBuilt then Burn
(Born into trouble as the sparks fly upward / 2001)

note: Fuck your zen garden. Get your feet in the water. Get your feet in the mud. Let’s crash all our planes in the river. Let’s build strange and radiant machines at this jericho waiting to fall.

See also: My blood is clean Pt. 1 & Pt. 2.

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Category: Acoustic, Folk

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]