A stallion with a yearning for the stars, departing on a ship destined for deep space – featuring artists like 808 State, Bicep, islandman, Yotto, Lone, Carpenter Brut, CJ Bolland, Robot Koch
“To seek the affection of someone, with the intent to begin a romantic relationship” – featuring artists like Alina Baraz • Free Nationals • Amaria • 53 Thieves • Syd • Lava La Rue • Solange • Connan Mockasin
Music meditation – a temple of sounds for meditative states – featuring artists like Marconi Union • Brian Eno • Jonsi • A Winged Victory For The Sullen • William Basinski • 36 • Slow Dancing Society • Chihei Hatakeyama
This playlist is a tribute to the natural world; a reflective homage to the peace and beauty that surrounds us all. This is music to help you connect and reflect, to calm the noise of the mind and listen to the sound of our own being. Featuring artists like: Jason Barty • TPR • Robot Koch • Anna Yarbrough • Emancipator • Andy McKee • Tommy Guerrero • Lane 8
An immersive, deep listening soundtrack with ambient, electronic, and modern classical sounds to listen to with eyes closed. Featuring artists like: Jon Hopkins • Robot Koch • Four Tet • Christian Löffler • Aphex Twin • Nils Frahm • Max Richter • Radiohead
With a career spanning over 20 years, 8 albums, and 150+ songs (including remixes, reworks and reissues), the question of where to start with Bonobo might seem like a bit of a daunting one to approach. The purpose of this list is to give you a primer, to get yourself familiarised with what’s available so you have a foundation to go and explore the rest of the 100+ songs I didn’t include.
Keeping a level head in the face of potential rejection. Oooh what a thorny topic this will be!
The idea of having something beautiful and profoundly yours ripped away from you is probably the one thing that terrifies anyone in my position more than anything else.
This is a bit of a mess of a piece. Think of it as a stream of consciousness, an examination of the pieces of thoughts that lie scattered about the ol’ mindscape.
I think we all like feeling like we have a sanctuary that we can safely say is ‘ours’, a secure base from which we can derive a sense of consistency and control in spite of all the other uncertainty the world can and will offer us.
When I think about what I want in life, it all points toward quite a simple vision really. I think getting this pinned down has been one of the main reasons why I felt so lost throughout my late teens and early twenties.
Since I’m in the middle of trying to figure out how I can incorporate my playlist into my increasingly-elaborate project, I figured I’d simply drop some tracks that I can’t stop listening to at the moment.
My love for Enter Shikari by no means unconditional, and I certainly don’t love everything they release unquestioningly. It took me a VERY long time to appreciate The Spark, and there isn’t a single album of theirs where I like every single song.
And so we’re leaving our little moon for a New Sky. As Himalia crumbles and falls apart around us, we depart for our new home.
‘What a lot of people forget is that Zephra has done this before…’
All this talk of the world ending just makes me laugh really.
This vast lake, tranquil beneath a terminal sky. Lying, floating amidst a wash of mirrored stars, drifting peacefully as the atmosphere burns…
‘Floating, weightless, the pressure holding me as though it were a vice. I hung in stasis for what can only have been eternity, somewhere between sleep and death…’
We felt the fire before we saw it. The heat stung our eyes, grasping at our throats, suffocating us.
We walked for days. The fleeting image had been more than a figment of our collective imagination, we knew it, and so we followed the trail of crooked lights deeper into the wilderness than any soul had dared go before us…
The forest was dark, mysterious, but not foreboding. Ethereal lights strung across the branches above our heads danced in an effortless breeze, their glow bouncing primordial shapes across ancient oak…
BMTH deserve a mountain of praise for even having the balls to do this album, never mind to have pulled it off with such finesse. It must be an incredibly fine line to walk between staying true to your own creative goals, and not alienating the people who allowed you to be in that position in the first place.
Writing up this week’s entry has been such a bizarre experience. Normally I’m not one to be stuck for something to say, but writing about my own track is like staring into the looking glass the wrong way.