I made it pretty clear last week how much I love Tristan Whitehill’s Euglossine project, but when he sent over this mix it managed to heighten my connection and appreciation for him even more. When I think about all the elements of what makes Euglossine click with me so well, it’s all represented here on this Mix For the Warmth of Yellow Lamps.
A special mention, too, for Tristan’s inclusion of the entirety of “Small Hours” (which he also mentions in his statement below) – I hadn’t listened to One World in over a year when this mix came through and as soon as those opening chords came through my headphones, everything stopped. It’s a perfect song (and the story behind its recording – well, and One World generally – is so, so good. Huge recommendation of Phill Brown’s book), and sandwiched between Joel Vandroogenbroek and Durutti Column is some kind of special magic.
In my early life, my family had a dusty old yellow lamp that lived in the duplex with us. I think fondly of this glow often and it becomes a tangible feeling when I create, trying to build a comforting essence. When thinking back on my latest record, I see myself returning to my glowing early influences like New Orleans soul, Myspace music recommendation lists from my peers/seniors, and the infinite rabbit hole of discogs.com grooves. This mix represents my love of the mystique of “warm” music. I have even included “Small Hours” in its entirety on this mix, I’m sorry if that offends anyone but it’s a classic. Also shout out to Steve Head for showing me “Future Perfect” was definitely a moment for me.
Flanger – Endless Summer
The Meters – Wichita Lineman
Dr. John – Did She Mention My Name
Takagi Masakatsu – Girls
Elko B – Welcome to the Fountain of Chance
Joel Vandroogenbroek – Computer Graphic
John Martyn – Small Hours
Durutti Column – Future Perfect
Starbuck – Moonlight Feels Right
Andre Ceccarelli – Bossa for my feet
Scope – High Checker
Ryu Kawasaki – Bamboo Child
Terje Rypdal – Descendre