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Playlist: December 2013

Just in time, a final playlist to see out 2013 and ring in the new year. Have a good one!

  1. Blue Daisy – Psychotic Love
  2. Flying Lotus – Ideas (Co-Produced by DJ Mehdi)
  3. Jaakko Eino Kalevi – No End
  4. Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee
  5. Tycho – Awake
  6. Jeremiah Jae – Shake Stunt (feat. Oliver the 2nd)
  7. Metronomy – I’m Aquarius
  8. Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me
  9. Nils Frahm – Says (Live on KEXP)
  10. The Range – Jamie
  11. Walton – Help Me Out
  12. Burial – Come Down To Us

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Playlist: November 2013

My suspicion is that us humans are designed to hibernate during the winter months. At least that’s what I tell myself as I begrudgingly resist my natural instincts and crawl out of bed on these dark, frosty mornings.

The tail end of November brought some exciting news which certainly helped to perk me up. As of January, I’ll be hanging up my part-timer hat and joining the team at Mediaburst full-time. I’m really chuffed and looking forward to getting more involved in the continued improvement of apps Textburst, Clockwork, Timetastic and Florence. Roll on 2014!

Here are some songs to warm your winter cockles:

  1. Luke Temple – Katie
  2. Darkstar – You Don’t Need A Weatherman (cult x zomby remix (kollaps))
  3. Kuhn – Slime Beach
  4. FaltyDL – Straight & Arrow
  5. patten – Aviary
  6. Misty Conditions – Dank
  7. The Gaslight Troubadours – A Newly Created Being
  8. Om Unit – The Red Curtain
  9. Steve Huerta – Falling Up
  10. Evian Christ – Salt Carousel
  11. Grizzly Bear – Will Calls (Diplo Remix)
  12. Forest Swords – Thor’s Stone (Lee “Scratch” Perry remix)

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Playlist: October 2013

If the clocks going back wasn’t bad enough, some bright spark thought it would be a great idea to further mess with an already broken circadian rhythm by attending a 24 hour hackathon. Genius.

I wasn’t alone in my error of judgement. Three of my ClockworkSMS workmates joined 230 caffeine-fuelled hackers at the Museum of Science and Industry for HackManchester.

The details are a little hazy but I am reliably informed that our personal budget app Moolio was nominated for two awards. Celebratory chest-bumps were postponed until after we’d caught some shut eye.

In other exciting news, I bit the bullet and updated the Hackintosh to OS X Mavericks. I’ll admit that the update process is not as pain-free as updating a Mac and there are some minor, lingering sound issues but tonymacx86 always comes up trumps.

If all this “hack” talk has you confused, don’t fret. Just let these sound waves vibrate your ear drums:

  1. Om Unit – The Silence (feat. Jinadu)
  2. Atoms For Peace – Before Your Very Eyes
  3. 3D on Jupiter – Battle Box 002
  4. Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters – Inconvenient Truths
  5. Young Fathers – Low
  6. Mogwai – Remurdered
  7. Robot Koch – Poder Del Perro
  8. Pond – Giant Tortoise
  9. Oliver Wilde – Stomach Full of Cats
  10. Daniel Avery – Water Jump
  11. Lewis James – Midnight (feat. Dolor)
  12. Machinedrum – Gunshotta (Om Unit’s Rollers VIP)
  13. Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi

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Playlist: September 2013

September saw the Stiff family host the last BBQ of the season in celebration of our youngest child’s third birthday.

Apart from BBQ tending duties, I had the truly terrifying job of holding the piñata while violent young party guests swung at it/me/each other with a plastic cricket bat. It was like a scene from Aphex Twin’s “Come To Daddy” video.

I’m still traumatised.

The following tracks are helping with my rehabilitation:

  1. Forest Swords – Friend, You Will Never Learn
  2. Applescal & Ryan Davis – Creatures (Ambient Version)
  3. Nathan Fake – Fentiger (Clark Remix)
  4. Clark – Growl’s Garden (Nathan Fake Remix)
  5. Tricky – Valentine (Andy Stott Remix) feat. Francesca Belmonte
  6. FKA twigs – Water Me
  7. Emiliana Torrini – Speed Of Dark
  8. Volcano Choir – Comrade
  9. Swim Deep – Honey
  10. Atoms for Peace & Jonny Greenwood – You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry (Mush Mix)
  11. R – Change
  12. Machinedrum – Gunshotta

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Playlist: August 2013

I started August getting over the fact that I’d just turned 39 and attempting to cope with the emotional turmoil that post 20s birthdays apparently bring.

Meanwhile, the Stiff household experienced a series of plagues including fruit flies, snails and slugs. We’re still waiting for rodents but the neighbours assure us that we can expect them. It might be time to get a cat.

Work highlights included the launch of Crackle with my pals at Mediaburst. It was my first experience of designing an app for Windows – admittedly an alien environment to a Mac user of 20 years! I also had the pleasure of creating the app branding and a simple marketing website.

The month ended on a high with an awe-inspiring performance by Sigur Ros, live at Jodrell Bank.

As if that wasn’t enough, there was also plenty of new music to catch my ear:

  1. Oneohtrix Point Never – Problem Areas
  2. Cloud Control – Dojo Rising
  3. Mark Pritchard – 1234 feat. Ragga Twins
  4. Machinedrum – Body Touch
  5. Subculture Sage – Overly Dead
  6. Outfit – House on Fire
  7. John Foxx & Jori Hulkkonen – Evangeline
  8. Captain Murphy – Between Villains feat. Viktor Vaughn, Earl Sweatshirt & Thundercat
  9. Congo Natty – UK All Stars
  10. Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air feat. Purity Ring
  11. Vessels – Attica live at The Garage
  12. Barker & Baumecker – Spur (Clark Remix)

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Playlist: July 2013

You would be forgiven for thinking that I’ve been sat on my hands of late. I’m painfully aware that this humble website is looking a little sparse on the work front and heavy on the playlists. I’m not about to buck that trend but rest assured, I am still beavering away on stuff and will share it in the near future. In the meantime, listen to this.

  1. John Wizards – Lusaka By Night
  2. Style of Eye – Norway feat Bessem
  3. Nothankyou – Know Yourself
  4. When Saints Go Machine – System Of Unlimited Love
  5. Jackson And His Computerband – Vista
  6. Sampha – Without
  7. Solomon Grey – Gen V
  8. Forest Swords – The Weight Of Gold
  9. Moderat – Bad Kingdom
  10. Gesaffelstein – Pursuit
  11. Machinedrum – Eyesdontlie (DJ Shadow Remix)
  12. Letherette – After Dawn (Bibio Remix)

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Playlist: June 2013

I spent a large part of June working with James Inman on an iOS app for Timetastic. When I wasn’t doing that, I was designing some prints and T-shirts which I hope to unleash soonish. I was also listening to these here tracks:

  1. Tricky – Passion Of The Christ
  2. Clark – Suns Of Temper (Bear Paw Kicks Version)
  3. Bibio – Sycamore Silhouetting (Session)
  4. Run The Jewels – 36″ Chain
  5. A-Trak – Jumbo feat. Galantis
  6. Fuck Buttons – The Red Wing
  7. Close – My Way feat. Joe Dukie (Tanner Ross & Slow Hands Remix)
  8. Beck – Defriended
  9. Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
  10. Mark Pritchard – Ghosts
  11. Jungle – Platoon
  12. Walton – Frisbee

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Playlist: May 2013

Another month, another playlist for your aural pleasure. Don’t mention it.

Tracklist:

  1. The Gaslamp Killer – In The Dark
  2. Balthazar – Sinking Ship
  3. Bibio – Business Park
  4. Queens of the Stone Age – I Appear Missing
  5. Blue Daisy x Unknown Shapes – 5′s Up
  6. Junip – Line Of Fire
  7. Tall Black Guy – From Home to Work and Back
  8. The Courtney John Project – Black Cinderella
  9. Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) – Get It
  10. Ghostpoet – Meltdown
  11. Thundercat – Oh Sheit, It’s X!
  12. Clams Casino – Bookfiend Ft. DOOM
  13. Boards of Canada – Reach for the Dead
  14. Daughn Gibson – You Don’t Fade

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Playlist: April 2013

The first half of April was spent enjoying some quality time (and rain) with family in Hong Kong.

The latter half marked the start of part time employment at Mediaburst where I’ve been working on some exciting projects. More about that in another post.

Thankfully, plenty of music caught my ear this month so compiling a playlist was no hassle. The tail end of April also saw Boards Of Canada fans treated to some material from their forthcoming album “Tomorrow’s Harvest”, due out on 10/11 June on Warp Records. The internet broke.

Listen with your ears:

  1. Bibio – You
  2. Mount Kimbie – Blood and Form
  3. TNGHT – ACRYLICS
  4. King Midas Sound – Aroo
  5. Blue Hawaii – Try to Be
  6. DJ Muggs – Breathe Slow
  7. Zomby – Soliloquy
  8. Suuns – 2020
  9. Solar Bears – Supermigration
  10. Boards Of Canada – volscp
  11. Boards Of Canada – csch
  12. Boards Of Canada – Cosecha Signal One
  13. Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest Transmission

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Playlist: March 2013

Just in time for Easter, here’s my playlist for March.

Enjoy!

Tracklist:

  1. Woodkid – Iron
  2. Lulu James – Closer
  3. James Blake – Retrograde
  4. Lapalux – Without You (ft. Kerry Leatham)
  5. Barbarossa – The Load
  6. !!! – Slyd
  7. Bonobo – First Fires (ft. Grey Reverend)
  8. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
  9. Captain Murphy – The Killing Joke
  10. Sigur Rós – Brennisteinn

Bonus Easter Eggs:

  1. Applescal – Spring and Life
  2. Youth Lagoon – Mute
  3. Om’Mas Keith – Pulse Of The City
  4. Vessel – Court Of Lions
  5. Bibio – À tout à l’heure