MIXES FOR NTS AND DUBLAB + JAMAICAN SELECTION FOR DUBLAB.ES

June 20, 2021 § Leave a comment

Inexplicably I did not make any mixes at the time of my 6th album A flame my love, a frequency, which means that these are my first mixes since 2015! All photos by Luis Torroja.

NTS MIX (broadcast 28th May 2021)

https://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/colleen-26th-may-2021

The NTS mix is a trip to Japan, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, the UK and the US through some of the music that keeps inspiring me, in terms of sound production, instrumentation and playing style, and unusual or freeform song structure.

  • NTS TRACKLIST
  • Colleen – The crossing
  • Juju Gyps – Hakoari no uta 
  • The Servants – Everybody has a dream 
  • Mission of Burma – Trem two 
  • Ahleuchatistas – Vanished 
  • King Sunny Ade – Syncro System Movement 
  • Star Number One de Dakar – Mathiaki 
  • The Green Arrows – Madzangaradzimu 
  • Alhadji Haruna Ishola And His Apala Group – Late Matthew Toye 
  • Antipop Consortium – Heatrays 
  • Shun – Landscapes #3  

TUNNEL INFLUENCES MIX + INTERVIEW FOR DUBLAB CELSIUS DROP (broadcast 17th June 2021)

https://www.dublab.com/archive/frosty-w-colleen-celsius-drop-06-17-21

Ever since my first album back in 2003, Dublab co-founder Frosty’s support has been unwavering: mixes, interviews, two live sessions, and also co-hosting my last LA show at Zebulon in 2017… I never take this type of “loyalty” and generosity for granted or something that I’m “due” in any way, and am floored that relationships like this can exist in the music world, where the support received goes way beyond the idea of “promotion”, and feels more like an extended friendship via music.

I absolutely love Mark’s beautiful words on the album, “an archive of personal transformation humming with the resonance of a soul realigned through sound”, and hope you will enjoy our interview (in spite of me stupidly recording it with a microphone way too close to my mouth, which means it’s plosive festival),  and most of all I hope you will enjoy what I think is perhaps one of my FINEST MIXES yet: I put so much love into it, and I have two things to say about it. One: it’s kind of a Heartbreak Special, which sounds cheesy, but so many musical gems were born out of heartbreak… Two: during the making of The Tunnel and the Clearing, even though I listened to very little music, I felt accompanied, as if by a friendly ghostly presence, by *all* the music I’ve ever listened to. I think the album distills my many influences into a coherent sound, and this mix throws as precise a light as can be on the type of musical jewels which acted as “beacons” for me. I’m leaving you the tracklist below, though I do encourage you to first listen to the mix without looking at said tracklist, so you can enjoy the surprising links I created across songs…

  • DUBLAB – TUNNEL INFLUENCES MIX TRACKLIST
  • The Green Arrows – Dororengu Rinonaka 
  • O.V. Wright – Gone For Good
  • Low – Heartbeat 
  • The Blue Rondos – Little Baby 
  • Hermanos Tuirán – Lluvia 
  • Can – Spoon 
  • Canned Heat – Poor Moon 
  • Silver Apples – Love Fingers 
  • Suicide – Cheree 
  • Stereolab – Doubt 
  • Delia Derbyshire – Dr Who Theme 
  • The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (Stack-O-Vocals) 
  • Wendy Rene – After Laughter
  • Marvin L.Sims – Danger 
  • Stevie Wonder – I Don’t Know Why (I Love You) 
  • The Upsetters – Too Bad Cow 
  • Tindersticks – Marbles 
  • Talk Talk – I Believe In You 
  • Low – Tomorrow One 

JAMAICAN SELECTION FOR DUBLAB.ES PARGUELAND (broadcast 4th June 2021)

https://dublab.es/shows/pargueland/04-06-21

I was also invited to Pargueland, a programme on Dublab.es, Dublab’s Barcelona-based little sister, and chose some Jamaican songs and chatted about the selection with the host Jorge Paez (a second programme is coming with an interview on the new album on 2nd July).

  • PARGUELAND TRACKLIST
  • The Upsetters – Scratch Walking – 1976, unknown format
  • Ranking Devon – Death Ballarena – Death Ballarena 7’’ (Reggae Connection,1977)
  • Burning Spear – Call On You – Rocking Time (Studio One, 1974)
  • Tapper Zukie – I King Zukie – Man Ah Warrior (Count Shelly, 1973)
  • Ras Michael And The Sons Of Negus – Wicked Got To Go – Love Thy Neighbour (Jah Life, 1979)
  • Lloyd Robinson – It Deep (Extended Play) – It Deep 7″ (Studio One, 1978)
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Morning Star – Black World Dub (Hardwax Records, 1979)
  • Scientist vs. Prince Jammy – Round 1 – Big Showdown (Greensleeves, 1980)

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