Thursday, December 20, 2018

Mole Loves Christmas - a 2xC90 tape marathon!

The last monthly Molemix of 2018 is not a mix actually, but a three and a half hour (or two-tape) Christmas sesh with a heavy emphasis on the non-traditional...though there's a bit of that in there - of course there is! 

I've been doing monthly mixes since July (though they're really just collections - despite having run a radio station or two and owning 6000 records, a pair of decks and a mixer for the last 20 years neither of can actually 'mix') but this one is the one I was looking forward to the most. Despite not 'mixing' the chunes, it's quite a job to source and assemble them in an order that makes sense and create a journey - especially when, on this occasion, there are so many to choose from. And to remember to add those ones that pop into your head in the middle of a working day!

Some of the tracks don't exist digitally so needed to be recorded by me from my 7" vinyl copy and artwork added - Nathan Fake's beautiful version of Silent Night, for example, and Kate Bush's December Will Be Magic Again.

I love Christmas and the cheesy old classics (except the Pogues because it upsets me, ditto Wizzard, behind which there lurks the tragic story of a new talking Palitoy dolly who died on Christmas morning and had to go back AFTER CHRISTMAS) but electronics are closest to my cold aluminium musical heart, so you'll find many twinkles, bleeps and sparkles are made by machines in this set.

Interspersed with those are sweeping film soundtrack excerpts (from one of my favourite Christmas films ever, the sob-inducing gothfest Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas), new re-interpretations from the rich canon of classic Christmas music, little narrations and realistic sounds as the C90 tape turns over and clocks off at the end.

Enjoy Sufjan Stevens, Aphex Twin, Arvo Part, Kate Bush, Nathan Fake, Low, Marvin Gaye, Bat For Lashes, The Strokes, Plaid Kurtis Blow, Isaac Hayes, The Leisure Society, The Knife, 47Trees, LCD Soundsystem, Fleet Foxes, Amina, The Shirelles...and LOADS more.

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