The Modular Mixtape is a themed collection of tunes put together 'in-house' by a member of Modular Recordings. For this inaugural tape, A&R guru Chris Rigney has selected his favourite tracks for the fledgeling hours of the day.
"I put together somewhat of a soundtrack to the late nights, early mornings and dark spaces between. Something you could listen to on your own while drifiting off to sleep or drinking that last drop of wine and thinking about the madness that was the day. Hope you enjoy."
"WU LYF - CONCRETE GOLD
This is a tune full of mystery and promise. Sounds like the end of the world, and these guys are the only ones left alive. They don't have long left and they know it.
JAMES BLAKE - TO CARE (LIKE YOU)
James blake is quickly taking over the world. This track is pretty haunting. Sometimes I wonder what gets this guy so down... then I realise, whatever it is, I hope it keeps him down for a long time if it means these songs will continue to reach our ears.
TOM VEK - COVER
This is an amazing tune. That is all...
MELLOWHYPE - LOCO
Had to put a hip hop track in here... They don't come more original than OFWGKTA, and the eternally stoned MellowHype. Great tune too...
MOUNT KIMBIE - BEFORE I MOVE OFF
Kooky sounds galore in this bad boy. I love the pitched up vocals.
ZOO KID - OCEAN BED
Big things to come from this 16 year old from the UK. Lofi is a dirty word these days, but the honesty and rawness in the music from ZK more than makes up for the crackles and imperfections. This is something special for sure.
GIL SCOTT HERON/JAMIE XX - I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU
Pretty much the best tune so far this year. Jamie XX really brings the his band's characteristics heavy in this remix of Gil Scott Heron's song. The piano stabs, guitar echoes, and driving bass line make this the perfect canvas for Gil's raw, life-soaked vocal.
BLACK SABBATH - PLANET CARAVAN
Classic tune, classic band. It actually sounds like 4 am on your lonesome with a red wine.
JOHN FRUSCIANTE - FOREVER AWAY
For the uneducated, JF is the guitarist from RHCP's and all round genius. He makes the guitar speak like no other in today's music. His solo stuff is full of personal trials and triumphs... each darker than the next. This track is perfect for pondering life on. Ponder on people.
ARTHUR RUSSELL - THIS IS HOW WE WALK ON THE MOON
This next one is somewhat of a mind-boggler. The track works because in all honesty - it doesn't. The instruments seem to act separately in a common direction, for a common goal. They know where they are going, but they are all doing in different ways. Uplifting, poignant and slightly confusing at the same time.
JIMI TENOR & TONY ALLEN - SELFISH GENE
This one is for the first sign of the sun rising, and it's time to go to bed... Two legends, doing their thing. Positive vibe to end on."
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