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  • Mix – Secret Thirteen – STM 268 – Bérangère Maximin

    Dave Wesley, October 10th 2018

    With so much readily and freely available music at our collective disposal, the role of curator/mixer/DJ is paramount to discovery and a lean back listening experience.  Secret Thirteen is beyond prolific at introducing new (to me) curators, producers, composers, and sonic artists.   Check out this mix from Bérangère Maximin, who “puts us on a cinematic trip […]

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  • Vicksburg.Glacier – Remixed Lo-fi Vintage Blues

    Dave Wesley, September 17th 2018

    With music production software is now ubiquitous and available to anyone with a smartphone, tablet, and/or PC, some amazing esoteric sub-sub-sub-genres and online communities have emerged that deserve attention (i.e. vaporwave, aestheic, simpsonwave, club bathroom remixes, and lo-fi anything, etc.).  As a producer, it’s all so very fascinating, especially given that my productions over the last […]

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  • Rádio Baixa – Streaming Live DJ Sets From Coimbra, Portugal

    Dave Wesley, September 1st 2018

    With the current plethora of streaming radio options and new live DJ set stations popping up (and down) on the web, it can be difficult to discern in which to invest precious ear time.  It seems that Boiler Room has inspired myriad boilerplate copies of itself. In 2018, Rádio Baixa appeared on the scene, from […]

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  • Amoeba Music – What’s In My Bag Series

    Dave Wesley, July 24th 2018

    Amoeba Music is one of the world’s coolest independent record stores, based in California.  They’ve been posting their “What’s In My Bag” YouTube series for many years now, which Amoeba describes as “Our award-winning series featuring artists and tastemakers sharing what they found shopping at Amoeba.” It’s educational and entertaining.  And, thanks to “What’s In […]

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  • The Cult of Aphex Twin – John Doran’s Piece on BBC Radio 4

    Dave Wesley, July 5th 2018

    This is a cool and fun piece on The Cult of Aphex Twin produced by The Quietus editor, John Doran.  Simple as that. Stream here:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b88k6l Best, DMW  

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  • Jon Hassell – Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

    Dave Wesley, June 19th 2018

    Jon Hassell is back with a contemporary sound design take on his signature “vertical listening” experience. This release puts me firmly in some dark Tokyo nightlife realm.  Highly recommended.   Best regards, Dave Wesley – Somewhere in Portugal

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  • Low – Quorum / Dancing and Blood / Fly

    Dave Wesley, June 12th 2018

    One word:  MASTERPIECE. This extended play release is bona fide – class A – numero uno – amazing. I’m very proud to say that I was born in the same state (Minnesota) from which this band hails. Low is known for inventing slowcore (whether true or not)…  and has evolved over the years to produce […]

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  • Classical Melancholy

    Dave Wesley, June 5th 2018

    Classical music compilations can be hit or miss.  This one hits the right marks.  It’s not any more complicated than that. Best regards, Dave Wesley – Somewhere in Portugal

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  • The Comsat Angels – Land

    Dave Wesley, May 22nd 2018

    This is a hard-to-find classic release by a relatively unknown band from the 1980s.  The Comsat Angels undoubtedly had a ton of influence on 80s new wave sonics and mood. I treasured a friend-made cassette dub of this album for years and years…  until it literally wore out.   CDs of this release are available for […]

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  • Twilight As Played By The Twilight Singers

    Dave Wesley, May 14th 2018

    This truly unique record has been a steady presence in my life since its release, in 2000.  It’s an odd mix of dark soul, drum machines (programmed by Fila Brazillia), found sound, and electric guitars. The contrast of Greg Dulli’s tortured voice with Shawn Smith’s sweet melodies just works.  Check out this descriptively accurate review […]

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