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

December 2011. Her Birthday.

There are many blossoms of great beauty – many indeed. But they cannot compare with the beauty of the blossoms of blossom town, for these bossoms also have human feelings. – Sharebon. Books of Wits and Fashion. (Early Japanese Literature: An Anthology 1600-1900)


Saturn Strobe. Recent Minimalist Extract. Moka’s Birthday.

01. Goldmund - Gifts
The Malady Of Elegance (Type, 2008)
02. Brian EnoPanic of Looking
Panic of Looking (Warp Records, 2011)
03. Hauschka - Mount Hood
Foreign Landscapes (Fat Cat, 2010)
04. Pantha du PrinceSaturn Strobe
This Bliss (Dial, 2007)
05. Helios - Convivium
Unleft (Unseen Music/Forced Exposure, 2010)
06. So PercussionAluminum
Treasure State (Cantaloupe, 2010)
07. Boxcutter - Panama
The Dissolve (Planet Mu, 2011)

Note: Everybody says Happy Birthday to Moka. (I am late again. But I think she will just grin this time.) I don’t have many albums in my head this year, so this one is not the usual edgy pop. Instead it’s a minimalism pushed all the way near pop sensibility. An old project, how to make less common music more accessible. Basically, it’s a pop music for 2 am. in the middle of cold winter. A little cold, somewhat alone, with a tinge of warm love. Imagine having a penthouse in Finland somewhere. 30th floor with a view of city and endless field of snow on the background. Late night. Put on a good headphone and watch the night float away… I’ve been watching a lot of japanese movie, this is my impression of minimalist mood and narrative links between songs. I think at least it’s functional and doesn’t wake up the neighbor.

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Category: Electronic, Psychedelic


“The word arse is as much god as the word face.  It must be so, otherwise you cut off your god at the waist.”

List of songs about or related to body parts. More textural than literal, onomatopoeia, gesture and touch. Blues, jazz and some Lord Quas for the heads.

+ Townes Van ZandtLungs
(Townes Van Zandt, 1969)

+ Dorothy AshbyThe Moving Finger
(The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby, 1970)

+ Horace Silver - I’ve had a little talk
(Total Response, 1971)

+ Colosseum IIAll Skin & Bone
(Electric Savage, 1977)

+ John SangsterHair
(Ahead of Hair, 1969)

+ Roger Waters and Ron GeesinMrs. Throat goes Walking
(Music from the body, 1970)

+ QuasimotoCome on Feet
(The Unseen, 2000)

If you can think of any other good songs about body parts, please comment below. I’m building a collection…

art: Horace Silver – Total Response (detail of left panel of inner gatefold)
quote: DH Lawrence


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Category: Blues, Jazz, Psychedelic

The Pan Galactic Summer Love Hit

She had liked the young man’s looks, and his short-sighted eyes, and his odd way of speaking, that was abrupt yet soft, just as his hands were sun-burnt and sinewy, yet with smooth nails like a woman’s. His hair was sunburnt-looking too, or rather the colour of bracken after frost; his eyes grey, with the appealing look of the shortsighted, his smile shy yet confident, as if he knew lots of things she had never dreamed of, and yet wouldn’t for the world have had her feel his superiority. But she did feel it, and liked the feeling; for it was new to her. Poor and ignorant as she was, and knew herself to be—humblest of the humble even in North Dormer, where to come from the Mountain was the worst disgrace—yet in her narrow world she had always ruled. It was partly, of course, owing to the fact that lawyer Royall was “the biggest man in North Dormer”; so much too big for it, in fact, that outsiders, who didn’t know, always wondered how it held him. In spite of everything—and in spite even of Miss Hatchard—lawyer Royall ruled in North Dormer; and Charity ruled in lawyer Royall’s house. She had never put it to herself in those terms; but she knew her power, knew what it was made of, and hated it. Confusedly, the young man in the library had made her feel for the first time what might be the sweetness of dependence. – Summer by Edith Wharton


2011 Summer List No.1

01. Caetano VelosoUm Canto de Afoxé Para O Cloco de Ilę (Ilę Ayę)
Brazil Classics, Vol. 1: Beleza Tropical (Luaka Bop, 1989)
02. Kasai AllstarsTshita Fula Mbuloba
In the 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy By Magic (Crammed Disc Us, 2008)
03. Baden PowellThe Shadow Of Your Smile
Solitude On Guitar (1973)
04. Pizzicato FiveThis Year’s Girl #2
Made in USA (1994)
05. Sun RaLove in Outer Space
The Night of the Purple Moon (atavistic, 1970)
06. Mouse On MarsCatching Butterflies With Hands
Idiology (Thrill Jockey, 2001)
07. DubmatixHashashin Dub
Dubmatix (self release. 2004)
08. Mouse On MarsSchnick-schnack
Cache Coeur Naif (Thrill Jockey, 1997)
09. Gotan ProjectLa Gloria
Tango 3.0 (not released yet)

note: I am still alive, sort of. About this list. Well, since my brain is so detached from anything music right now, this is the most basic, as straight forward downtempo list as it can be. Standard MdM fare. Strictly swaying tempo and controlled phrasing. Completely imaginary, bordering synthetic atmosphere. You’ll miss the total impossibility of it all when you blink. Well, maybe in summer evening flavor. It is a list for humid evening, natural opening and crisp voice. Something about love, useale for dating probably, and partly an exploration for my next idea about pop music. (Which I assure you is so big, I will never actually post anything.) Btw, there is a big volume jump in Sun Ra’s track, but the list won’t fly without it, and I am too lazy to find another transition track. … if you are that annoyed, fill your own track or post something the comment about what track you imagine it should be.

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Category: Pop, Psychedelic

The excitement of getting a room with a minibar

Image: Creator’s Inn.

“Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in “sadness,” “joy,” or “regret.” Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” Or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” I’d like to show how “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” I’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.” I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever. “
- Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex.

Look at me, all grown up and still pretty naïve. I already know much of the things that I like and those I don’t. I feel both happy and sad most of the time and I don’t really know what that means or what to do with it. There was a time where I devoted most of my energy trying to decode it. Now happiness and sadness reveal themselves as emotions that can’t really be narrowed down into simple words. For all I know they might be the same thing.
This playlist is an exploration of sorts of the colliding hues of happines and sadness. Debased by a feeling that these might just be the last days of summer. Hazy, laidback and breezy but wistful and yearning at the same time. They don’t realize that when the end of the night comes and you say goodbye you’ll truly mean it, but we’re all having fun so why ruin it with drunken ruminations. Take your picture and keep on dancing. The sun will keep on rising with or without you.

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Category: Bedroom playlist, Folk, Psychedelic

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]