ANTS has been descending further and further down a spiral of new age and other chill themes, and four-on-the-floor sets have lately become few and far between. So here are a few tuff house numbers to make up for lost time. Music by Koyote, Physical Therapy, L-Vis 1990, DJ Haus, Dance System, DJ Dodger Stadium, Dexter, Gant-Man, Somepoe, Fantastic Mr Fox, and Mila J. Label roll call: Sound Pellegrino, Allergy Season, Hot Haus Recs, Clone Jack for Daze, Body High, Car Crash Set, and Black Acre.
Chill Backlog is my quarterly trek into new music of the softer variety. Music by Elephant Race, Claude Speeed, Throwing Shade, Tallesen, Skeppet, LNRDCROY, REZ, MssingNo, Para One, Quiltland, Lord Skywave, Suicideyear, and Jackson and His Computer Band. Label roll call: LuckyMe, No Pain in Pop, Software, Not Not Fun, 1080p, Warp Records, and Astry:Dynamics.
Derek Jenkins is an Arkansas-born and Hamilton, Ontario-based teacher and longtime film writer. On the music hobby tip, he has a background in radio and has kept himself busy over the past few years with an excellent and broadly eclectic monthly mix series, which is always chock full of deep finds. I’m very happy to present his Daps contribution, which is my favorite in the series so far. Music by Phantom Band, Peter Baumann, The Edge w/ Sinéad O’Connor, Hal Hartley, Colin Newman, Hector Zazou, Michele Musser, David McIntire, N.Y.C. Peech Boys, Jon & Vangelis.
Baby Armie rummages through his recent favorites under the bass music umbrella. Music by Cashmere Cat, DZA, Joe Howe, Bok Bok, Kuedo, Dark0, Lido, Yung Gud, Yung Lean, and Jacques Greene. Label roll call: LuckyMe, Activia Benz, Sound Pellegrino, Night Slugs, Hyperdub, Lost Codes, Pelican Fly, and Revenue.
Douglas Mcgowan is an author, videographer, label owner, DJ, and new age music revivalist. He runs Yoga Records and Ethereal Sequence, and he curated the acclaimed compilation I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America, 1950-1990. That compilation is my favorite release of 2013, and in many ways it paved the way for projects like Gentle Daps to garner interest in 2014. So I’m elated to present Douglas as the first ever Gentle Daps guest contributor. It’s no secret that Douglas is a longtime collector of cassettes and vinyl, and for Gentle Daps V, he dug through his physical collection and digitized a handful of gems, some of which are impossibly rare. Music by Nedelle Torrisi, Vangelis, Don Slepian, Cyrille Verdeaux & Bernard Xolotl, Peter Davison, Kool Music, Woo, and more. Label roll call: Polydor, Audion, Capstone, Fortuna, Higher Octave, Arbutus, Stillpoint, and Woo Collective.
The stylings of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Iasos and Laraaji are alive and well. This special edition of Gentle Daps spotlights the growing revival of new age music released so far in 2014. Music by Mark Barrott, A.r.t. Wilson aka Andras Fox, Gora Sou, Panabrite, Jeremy Harris, Inner Travels, Lexx, Softest, May Roosevelt, CFCF, and Les Halles. Label roll call: International Feel, Noumenal Loom, Bathetic, Quest Coast Quarterly, Twin Springs Tapes, Throne of Blood, Inner Islands, RBMA, Paper Bag, and Constellation Tatsu.
When he’s not co-managing Noumenal Loom, one of the best active tape labels around these days, Garrett Crosby is cranking out unclassifiably blissed-out saccharine productions under his Holly Waxwing alias. Based out of the tiny liberal arts college town of Montevallo, Alabama, Crosby seems to be having a great year with the label, and his own tracks keep getting better and better. I’m obliged that he stepped up to put together this sun-drenched eclectic ANTS mix, which he’s calling Holly Waxwing’s Velvet Falernum Warmup. Music by Sister Nancy, Gregory Isaacs, Douster, Dubbel Dutch, Africa Hitech, Holly Waxwing, Co La, Drew Price’s Bermuda Triangle, and Jam City.
From the Vaults is a new ANTS supplemental series spotlighting older mixes by yours truly (and perhaps the occasional guest too). Here’s a short mix I made as a sampler for Bombay Brouhaha, a vintage Bollywood disco/funk party I threw back in 2010. The party was a huge success—definitely the highlight of my short-lived foray into party promoting.
Oil your rock tumbler and light your Kongming lanterns cos Gentle Daps III is here! Music by Pino Donaggio, Robert Palmer, Linda Thompson, Level 42, K. Leimer, Sun Electric, Eurythmics, Deodato, Moebius & Roedelius, Tomita, and Roxy Music.
Cherushii is San Francisco-based DJ/producer Chelsea Faith. Her Queen of Cups EP is out now on 100% Silk. Very stoked to have her contribute this classic-meets-modern house mix for ANTS. Tunes by Sound Stream, HNNY, Kenny Larkin, WAX, Blake Baxter, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Cherushii, Rick Wade, Moodymann, Charles B, Galaxy 2 Galaxy, E-Dancer, Tom Trago, and Christian Burkhardt. Label roll call: Local Talk, Planet E, Disko B, Rush Hour, 100% Silk, Let’s Play House, Deep Vibes, KDJ, Desire, and Underground Resistance.
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