WARMER MIXTAPES #1592 | by Craig Hugh Murphy [Solipsism] of Weird Fields, Ashtoreth's Gate, Solipsism & Nacht Plank ‎ and Shoosh

Choosing 10 songs/tracks has been very difficult for me as I’m an album person and never judge Music on a single track, hence the reason it has taken me so long to reply. I would also like to state that although these 10 songs will inevitably be in a list of 1 to 10 that does not have any bearing on the perceived inherent value of the songs or any preference I have over one from the other – I don’t judge other people’s Music. 10 years ago my choices would have been different and 10 years from now, they will no doubt be different again. First off I’d like to say that it is going to be very difficult for me to give any in depth introspective meaning for my choosing of these songs outwith the context of their albums as each of them comes from a classic album in my opinion and, as hinted previously, I dislike dislocating songs from their albums as that’s not how they’re meant to be consumed. So I’m afraid that my explanations shall be short and descriptive, rather than long and winding. I would also like to add that I have purposely chosen 10 pieces from 10 different artists even though I may have preferred to have included more than one piece by a single artist and with that said, here is my list.

1. Frank Zappa | Imaginary Diseases
It’s a storming piece of Jazz/Rock fusion only ever performed live and never recorded in a studio. It was released posthumously on an album of the same name. If you like this driving instrumental, I strongly suggest you check out the rest of the album.

2. Neil Young | Out On The Weekend
It’s hard to put into words why I like this song, I think it’s something about being young, being yourself and being in Love without the maturity to appreciate it or reciprocate it. It’s also about doing what you want to do rather than what Society wants you to do. It’s lyrically very beautiful and meaningful to me.

3. Pink Floyd | Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
Actually Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9) as well!... I love Pink Floyd and both parts of Shine On You Crazy Diamond are for me among the best stuff they’ve done. The fact it’s a tribute to Syd Barrett though means nothing to me, as I wasn’t a fan of his version of Pink Floyd.

4. Harold Budd/Brian Eno | First Light
It’s simply a beautiful piece of Music that I defy anyone not to appreciate.

5. Ennio Morricone | Tema D’Amore Ripresa (Alla Scoperta Dell'America Original Soundtrack)
A simple but lovely piece of Music from my favourite film composer.



6. Radiohead | No Surprises
A fine dose of Melancholy from my favourite band of the 90s era. I still Love them.

7. Ron Geesin | Floating Down
Warp Records in the 1970s. Ron Geesin was years and years ahead of his time. A Scottish Avant-Gardist most people won’t have heard of, but should give a listen if they are fans of Outsider Music and Melody.

8. Leonard Cohen | Bird On A Wire
A beautiful song from one of my favourite songwriters of all time.

9. Miles Davis | Pharaoh’s Dance
Miles Davis at his very best, it’s a classic.

10. The Mahavishnu Orchestra | Open Country Joy
Another piece of Jazz/Rock fusion. John McLaughlin is a stunning guitarist.




8 YEARS of Warmer Climes!


AUGUST 9, 2017

It's been truly difficult to make it happen in the past 2 years... Number of published features diminished drastically due to my anxiety disorder, my ever persistent gay intellectual loneliness, my job of one year at an online shop that keeps me in this illusion that I'm (even if super poorly paid) "part of something"...

The struggle is the same. And I'm, weirdly enough, BETTER. The concept and the mission will always remain THE SAME: TO DIVE INTO MUSICIANS' HEARTS (with their splendid souls, memories and finally Music) OF ALL KINDS AND STAY THERE TO DREAM MORE.

The focus in year 9 is, of course, instinctively: TO GET THE TIME AND MOOD to work more mixtapes for the series! 3+ pages of 700+ features ALREADY WRITTEN and UNPUBLISHED YET...

All because LIFE HAPPENS. SHIT HAPPENS. MESSY HAPPENS.

I feel less and less paniqued about an end date of this journey. I said it before... It was never meant to END at some very point. It will go on as long as I'm healthy and alive and able to make it happen. It's still my duty to not disappoint the ones who believed(s) in me and I am trying my best to choose the bestest direction.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANKS TO WHOEVER UNCONDITIONALLY TRUSTED MY VISION WITH THIS PROJECT! The few and very important ones to my heart who donated for me to get a new computer. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! ;) BIG FOREVER PRAISES TO ALL THE PR agents, MANAGERS and MUSICIANS THEMSELVES who worked with me to build THIS MAGICAL EMPIRE OF FEELING!

"I want to make a mark of feeling you", remember? :)

1600 INTERVIEWS MILESTONE comes sooner than you think and tones of new surprises along if everything goes well! STAY TUNED!

WHOEVER YOU ARE FOLLOWING MY SHIT EVERY SINGLE DAY AND GETTING INSPIRATION FROM WHAT I'M TRYING IN HERE: I LOVE YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY BOTTOM GAY HEART AND... I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU AND FOR ME AND FOR YOU AND FOR ME AND FOR YOU...

STAY TRIUMPHANT! STAY WARMER! The journey still feels like IN EARLY STAGES...

WARMER MIXTAPES #1591 | by Tristan Whitehill [Euglossine] of Orchal And Vir

1. Allan Holdsworth | All Our Yesterdays
Allan Holdsworth is probably one of the most impressive instrumentalists ever. His signature style of playing always out-shined his composition skills in the press, and in his recent passing this song feels very contemporary for me. The melodic language in his Music is something I've always coveted, even when I was scared of it because it's confusing. RIP Allan and thanks for the timeless and elegant ideas!

2. AAA | Light
Chris Von Szombathy is a musical and artistic delight to the very highest level, in my opinion. His Art makes me feel validated as an artist because Chris and I value a lot of the same things. His Music keeps getting better and better for me because he recently pulled the veil on all this sick Jazz bass in his Music which I thought was MIDI for a while! Light is a perfect example of the melted Post Post Modern caricatures he draw with Sound.

3. The Art Of Noise | Eye Of A Needle
A legendary act in the History of Technology, Art, and Music. Another act that when I was young I didn't appreciate but later realized how incredible it is. This song is an info-graphic in my mind for the breakdown of Language and Poetics of Music.

4. Syd Dale | Time Trial
From the relatively unknown library catalog Amphonic, this track is a gem! Slippery Moog outlines a sweet modal chord progression that just screams groovy Space party. My dearest friend Neil showed me this track years ago and has never ceased to entertain me.

5. Führs & Fröhling | Dance Of The Leaves
German Ambient Music from the 70's is everyone's favorite Music it seems. I hadn't heard of this record 'til recently and listened to it a lot on a long flight with my wife. There's a strange feeling it gives me, a certain shade of Nostalgia that I felt as a child being exposed to Ambient Music and Classical through my father. Ammerland is a great record all the way through.



6. Joan Bibiloni | Jungle
I was turned on to Bibiloni through AAA actually! This track has some insane mixing on it, featuring super subtle sequences and some wacky Jazz guitar over the top of a very wave table pan flute patch. These are the core sounds at the heart of World Music, but this is completely genuine expression and has enough grit to avoid that connotation. It's a beautiful song and feeling overall!

7. Chaka Khan | Eye To Eye
This is a supermarket tear-jerker. The melody of this tune really struck me for some reason and I listened to it a million times in the car really loud. This whole record is incredible and very ornate. Chaka is a genius and her voice and emotion is so inspiring to everyone.

8. Sunmoonstar | Jacaranda
I had the honor of releasing the album this track is off of on Squiggle Dot (my label). Sunmoonstar is my wife and biggest inspiration in Life. This track is so gorgeous and perfect, incredible groove and pacing. Her new albums are coming out soon and it's so exciting for people to hear her new incredible works!

9. Tlaotlon | Nekta
Tlaotlon is in a class of his own in terms of Modern Sound Design/Tech Heavy Dance Music. His Music doesn't always rely on Rhythm and involves a lot of non repeating sounds and phasing tempos. This track is from a flexi disc he released and is a great entry point into his inexplicable Music.

10. Taeko Ohnuki | 夏に恋する女たち (Track 1 on the album Signifie)
Language barriers don't stop amazing Music and this track stole my heart. The loveliest arrangement of orchestral instruments and synthesizers with a Disco beat and the pure sounds of Taeko's lovely soprano. I get strong visuals of a cabaret in the stars with spinning sculptures made of ice. 10/10 would recommend.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1590 | by Ryan Pivovar [Pivovar]/(Jovian Path)

1. EGYPTRIXX | We Can Be Concrete
I lived in New York City for about four years, and I think EGYPTRIXX's Transfer Of Energy [Feelings Of Power] was my favorite album while I lived there. Club Music was very new to me at the time, and this album felt like it was 25 years ahead of all of that. We Can Be Concrete is from the latest album, Pure, Beyond Reproach, which feels even further in Time to me. In my own life, I experience a fear of Normalcy, and a fear of having all of my creative energy sapped from me, and I experience a simultaneous determination to escape that. I don't know how exactly, but EGYPTRIXX's Music mirrors those feelings for me. I hate to be cliché, but it's definitely a mental escape. It feels like it exists outside of this life.

2. Erik Luebs | Dust
Dust is from Erik's new EP Wasteland, which is pretty stellar. Love the odd beat on here. I have a soft spot for unusual rhythmic patterns like this. The track gets really amazing when the chord pads come in. Erik lives in Osaka, which is a really amazing city. David (Jacob 2-2), Erik and I hung out in a park in the city late at night, smoked cigarettes and drank. I smoked all the cigarettes in Japan. I don't even smoke cigarettes in real life. There were a lot of favorite moments I have from visiting Japan, and that was definitely one of them. I really enjoyed hanging out in that park. Osaka had a Silent Hill vibe to me really late at night. It was eerily quiet for such a large city.

3. Euglossine | Prairie
My friend Joel aka Golden Donna introduced me to Euglossine's Music about a month ago. I went on Bandcamp and randomly checked this track out, and I was promptly floored. I wouldn't know where to begin trying to make something like this. I love all the harmonic changes; it's incredibly progressive without seemingly trying at all. Effortless. Harmony in Electronic Music is typically a bland affair, but this Music is at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Euglossine's Music is like a single peach in a barrel of apples.

4. Jacob 2-2 | The Richardson
This track is incredibly sentimental to me. The Richardson is a bar in Brooklyn where David aka Jacob 2-2 and I would hang out most frequently. I think Thump premiered this track, and I just thought it was so cool that my friend was on Thump, and that a bar we would hang out at was what the track was about. I still think it's cool. David is an incredible producer. At the time, I think this was more Uptempo than some of his other stuff, but he's made a lot of 120+ Music since then. I think I've seen David play more than anybody else. He's sitting on some mind-blowing stuff that I can't wait to come out. The first time I met him I was incredibly high and tried my best to hold the conversation. We became friends instantly. He still lives in Brooklyn and I miss him immensely. He drinks vodka soda with bitters.

5. Jesse Osborne-Lanthier | That Captagon Sting
This is from the album As The Low Hanging Fruit Vulnerabilities Are More Likely To Have Already Turned Up. Listening to this album has really messed me up. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with Music now. Anything I try to make seems trite and trend-peddling in comparison. Really, any track on this album wrecks me. That Captagon Sting is particularly amazing, though. It hurts my feelings how good this album is. I don't know what I'm doing with my life. Please stop this train ride and let me off.

6. JPEGSTRIPES | Rainforest
Rainforest comes from the record CPU Jams, Volume 3. This is the kind of record where, after listening to it, I have questions. Rainforest is delightfully weird, and I love it for that. Jordan aka JPEGSTRIPES is one of my best friends. He and I moved from Texas to NYC together about four years ago. I don't live there anymore, but I miss him and everybody else tremendously. Jordan also produces as 식료품groceries. Any description I can offer on that project will not do it justice - but it's a Vaporwave project about grocery shopping. The last time I hung out with Jordan in Brooklyn, we witnessed someone casually pee their pants in an apartment complex hallway. It was something.

7. Kian T | In My Eyes
Kian T is a producer from Italy. I've played In My Eyes during sets a few times, and pretty much every time someone asks me what it is. I have almost no skill as a DJ beyond curation, but this is definitely a secret weapon. In My Eyes is stylistically immediate and familiar to most people who listen to House and Techno, but it's like some sort of inside-out version that is so beautiful and new. The kick and bass sounds are top shelf. The bouncy, Acidic ostinato. The vocal samples. The chord stabs. Nothing is out of place and everything is perfect in this track.


8. Laurel Halo | Nebenwirkungen
Nebenwirkungen is from the album In Situ. The first three tracks on this album are all 10/10 for me. I remember listening to this track with Jordan (JPEGSTRIPES), and I remembering him saying, this is the kind of Music I want to make. I feel the same way. Laurel Halo has a lot of Music that feels like you're peeling the outer layer of your brain off. She has another track called Wow that is unlike anything I've ever heard. It's like hearing a language you've never heard before, and trying so hard to understand how it is the way that it is. In Situ is a monumental album for me. I'm sad I've never seen her perform live, and I hope to change that one day.

9. Magnetic Hill | Sacred Song Of The Wind
Magnetic Hill is a producer who lives in New Orleans and has been putting out some amazing under-the-radar tunes on his Soundcloud. This track blows me away every time I hear it. Nothing seems to repeat, and it kind of meanders around. He has a really interesting way with melodies that I haven't quite figured out yet. Martin aka Magnetic Hill is a good friend of mine, and we met through The Internet at some point, eventually running into each other at an amazing venue in Queens called Trans-Pecos. Again, he's another friend that is sitting on some truly amazing Music. If I had the ability to get everybody in The World to check out just one artist, it would be Magnetic Hill.

10. tsaik | Tehraj (SUGARQUOTE Remix)
SUGARQUOTE's remix is so good it makes me upset. The original is also amazing. The tsaik guys live in Chicago, and I met them and SUGARQUOTE for the first time at an Onamazu show in Brooklyn about a month ago. All nice, and I hope to see them again soon. Nic aka SUGARQUOTE is also an incredibly talented 3D artist. Peter (who runs the label King Deluxe) had asked him to do a Pivovar Music Video, but sadly Nic said no - I think because my stuff is just not cool enough. He says he was too busy, but this is the real reason. He's also sitting on some amazing Music that I hope is out soon.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1589 | by Ramona Gonzalez [Nite Jewel] of Nite Jewelia and Nite-Funk

1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti | The People I'm Not
Ariel remains my forever inspiration. This song, relating most to me lyrically, but then opening up into the kind of song-craft that no one contemporary of him could ever achieve...

2. J Dilla | Two Can Win
Dilla turned classic songs into new classics that I hear in my head more often than the original. Unparalleled Production Genius. Made me realize you only need an element or two to make a feeling.

3. The Click | Hurricane
Bay Rap I grew up listening to. The Funk remakes, the sick bass playing, E-40's flows. Hurricane is a beverage, by the way.

4. Julie Ruin | Stay Monkey
An early inspiration for making hits in a bedroom.

5. My Bloody Valentine | To Here Knows When
In College I couldn't stop listening to this if I tried. I would spend hours trying to unearth her vocals.



6. Tim Hecker | I'm Transmitting Tonight
Because when you're lonely this is the only Music you want to hear.

7. Janet Jackson | Any Time, Any Place
The song that made me become aware of Sexuality. And Janet's voice is the best R&B has yet to offer.

8. The Velvet Underground & Nico | I'll Be Your Mirror
Lou Reed, my lyrical hero. Turning Irony into Sincerity and back again.

9. Miles Davis | Maiysha
My favorite Jazz song.

10. Woo | Wallpaper
The song that has saved me numerous times on various trips. If you listen in closely you can hear The Quietude and Bliss in which it was recorded.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1588 | by Jesse Jerome Jenkins V [Jesse]/(Grace And The Grackles, Silver Pines, Thousand Foot Whale Claw, Pure Ecstasy) of Pure X

1. Rex Allen | Crying In The Chapel (Darrell Glenn Cover)
There are so many great versions of this classic song, but this is probably my favourite. I really love Elvis' version and Aaron Neville's version, but Rex Allen's cold baritone really hits me. His added verse is amazing - every sinner looks for something that will put his heart at ease. I'm not religious at all and certainly not Christian, but this song is just plain Truth. For me it's about Surrender and Trust in whatever it is that we're all connected to.

2. Blue Gas | Shadows From Nowhere
This is a studio masterpiece. I guess it came toward the end of the Italo-Disco era, but for me it stands completely on its own. Immaculate song with an impeccable hook.

3. Marshall, Hain | Take My Number
A great song about finding Love for a night with no expectations. It captures the magic of vibing with a special someone on a summer night and taking it just for what it is. If you want it, you can take my number in the morning. Such a nice and real take on a fleeting feeling that too many people try and hold onto. Kit Hain's vocal on this track captures the sentiment perfectly. Relaxed and non-chalant, but also very aware and excited.

4. Gary Stewart | Silver Cloud (Demo) (From The Appalshop Archive's Early Headwaters Television Collection, 1980-1984)
Gary Stewart is my favourite singer and songwriter of all time. I keep a picture of him here in my studio to remind myself why I'm here. This is a guy who lived and died for Music and Love. He's a masterful songwriter and the best Country singer ever, which I'm aware is a very bold statement. I could name almost any of his songs here, but Silver Cloud is a demo that I've only ever seen on YouTube. This song is especially poignant knowing that he committed suicide after his wife of 30 years died of cancer.

5. Jill Cislaghi | Jesse
Obviously this song speaks to me because its called Jesse and it's speaking from a point of view of someone who is worried about their friend. A very genuine plea and warning from a friend to not let Love drive you insane. I love the collegiate, New England feel it has. Perfectly honest.

6. Sweet Magnolia Band | 10 Days Over 23 Years
This song is everything good about America. This is an old song, but this is still a real American people's song to me. It sounds like a genuine version of Lynyrd Skynrd or something. I love Private Press Americana.



7. Arpège | Je Reviendrai Un Jour
I've been really into French Folk Music lately - all thanks to the YouTube user Lyrkoss. This is a beautiful example.

8. Tracy Cole | My Special Love Song
Here's a song I've tried to write a thousand times and never came close to this. A simple tribute to Friendship. A song straight from The Heart with no translation.

9. Tony Troutman | I Truly Love You
I'm not sure if Tony Troutman is related to Roger Troutman - probably. This is one of the best concepts for a Soul song ever. He's pleading his case in the most romantic and real way ever. Just like... Hey I truly love you, I'm a dog, I know I fucked up, but I'm here now and this is me. I was grown up in age, baby... But I wasn't grown up in mind. I've been there many times.

10. Warfield Spillers | Daddy's Little Girl
I love how he runs the words together on the hook on this song Daddy's Little Girl. Such a wild song about missing his daughter and not being there to see her grow up.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1587 | by Jocelyn Arndt and Chris Arndt of Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

SIDE A | by Jocelyn Arndt

Oh, man. As a singer can I just say that picking ten favorite songs is like REALLY hard. I'm struggling with this a little bit (and by a little bit I mean a ton), just because I love so much Music that it's difficult to pick a favorites list, even on a day-to-day basis. My favorite Music generally changes a lot by the day, or even by the hour, because I get into certain moods and they really effect what kind of tunes I feel like listening to. So this list is for now; these are my top ten songs for this exact moment in Time.

Alright, deep breath. Here goes.
(In no particular order, because I think my little musician brain would explode from guilt if I had to do that. Have mercy.)

1. Daryl Hall & John Oates | You Make My Dreams
My apologies to the friends and family members who've had to endure me playing this song on repeat a zillion times - I really can't help it. It's just one of those tunes that makes me smile, no matter what. To be honest, a lot of Hall & Oates Music does that for me; they're one of my favorite musical artists ever. Such amazing songwriting. This song is the sonic equivalent of a ray of Sunshine and a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade on a beautiful, breezy Summer afternoon.

2. KT Tunstall | Miniature Disasters
I've loved KT Tunstall since I was a little girl, and she's one of my greatest inspirations as a vocalist. This song is off of her first album, Eye To The Telescope. I remember going to Walmart as an Elementary-schooler and buying this album with the money I'd earned doing chores. It was the first album I ever bought myself. The whole record is worth a listen if you haven't already heard it, but Miniature Disasters is one of my favorite songs from it.

3. Hozier | Jackie And Wilson
Ah, Hozier. The golden-throated angel of modern-day Blues-Rock patrons. What a voice this guy has. I fell in Love with it as soon as I heard Take Me To Church on the radio for the first time, and I immediately went to listen to the whole album. That's how I found this song. It's sweet in the Bluesiest way possible, and I love it.

4. G. Love & Special Sauce | Cold Beverage
Cold Beverage is a rocking song. I challenge anyone listening it to deny that. It's just a fact. G. Love is also a sick harmonica player, which just makes the whole thing cooler. And on top of that, he's the nicest guy ever. How do I know this? Because he played on our album Edges! We needed an awesome Blues-harp player to jam out on one of our original songs, Hot, and we immediately thought of G. Love. Our producer reached out to see if he'd be interested in helping us out, and lo and behold, fast-forward a couple of weeks and we were sitting with him in a studio in Boston, listening to him absolutely kill it on our Music. Thanks, G.

5. Spice Girls | Wannabe
So this song popped in my head while making this list, and I'm not ashamed. I'm writing it down. There's a reason Wannabe was such a mega-hit: it's unstoppably infectious. You actually can't turn it off once you hear it; you have to listen to it until the end. And you also have to sing along. That's a fact, proven by Science. Or at least it should be. YOU WANNA, YOU WANNA, YOU WANNA, YOU WANNA.

6. Train | Calling All Angels 
Dear Train from the early 2000s: please come back! I miss you. Sincerely, me. For real though, it's not that I don't like the Music Train is writing now. I don't want to imply that, because I do like it. I generally like everything Train has ever done. I just REALLY like their older stuff. This song is an excellent example of some of that material. It's beautiful. More than once, I've listened to this and gotten a little teary-eyed. Maybe that's because it's absolutely amazing, and maybe it's because I'm a mess, but I'd like to think it's a combination of both.

7. Jamie Cullum | Get Your Way
Jamie Cullum is probably the coolest person alive. Have you ever seen videos of him performing? He just oozes this relaxed, playful confidence. That comes across in his songwriting as well. This song is a great example of both his lyrical wit and his insane piano skills. And it's just really cool.


8. Janis Joplin | Summertime (Billie Holiday Cover)
All hail The Queen. This song is an outstanding demonstration of Janis's amazing, electric, unparalleled vocal talent. You can just feel exactly what she wants you to when she's singing. I think I can speak broadly enough to say that our collective dream as musicians and performers is for our audience to pick up on the emotions we're embedding within our writing, singing, and playing. Our goal is to make listeners FEEL something real, something we communicate through our Music. Janis does this without even having to try. That's why she'll forever be Rock-N-Roll royalty.

9. Nirvana | All Apologies
Like Janis, Kurt Cobain is another one of those naturally emotive performers. His voice captured the audience of millions, and it still does to this day. Plus, Nirvana's songwriting really helped pave the way for an entirely new kind of Music. He's an icon. And this song rocks.

10. Whitney Houston | I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton Cover) (The Bodyguard Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
You didn't think I'd make a top-ten list and not include Whitney, did you? This is the song I sing in the shower when I don't think anybody else is listening. I love it. I will always love it. Whitney Houston had this way of singing that was so powerful and yet also so effortless... It's just inspiring to listen to. No one can sing this song the way she did. Not then, not now, not ever.


SIDE B | by Chris Arndt

Chris here! My turn now. Let me first reiterate that picking a list of 10 favorite songs is SO GOSH DARN DIFFICULT I just don’t know what to do with myself. Also, Jocelyn picked like, 5 of the songs that were going to go on my list, so I’m pretty much at a loss. But there’s a lot of dope-ass Music out there, so I guess I might be able to come up with another list of 10.

Here goes:

1. Styx | Mr. Roboto
There are some songs you listen to because they are the most beautiful thing you could ever imagine, and listening to them is akin to a philosophical awakening, and they’re perfect, and they’re everything you’d ever want in a song, and everything else positive you could think of happens when those songs grace your ears. Mr. Roboto is not one of those songs. That’s not to say it’s not awesome—it is completely awesome, or it wouldn’t have made the list. But I’ve never met anyone who tears up when they think of their experiences listening to Mr. Roboto. Rather, Mr. Roboto is the kind of song that everyone aggressively whispers Secret! Secret! I’ve got a secret! along with when it comes on shuffle, like, 20 TIMES throughout the course of your cross-country tour. It’s impossible to listen to this song and be sad, because the song is just such a display of ’80’s extravagance and Insanity and Craziness and all other things Styx.

2. Ludwig van Beethoven | Moonlight Sonata (Performed by Tomasz Trzciński)
This one is a bit of a departure from Styx, but it definitely deserves a spot on my top-10 list. It’s hard to deny that Beethoven seriously had his crap together when it came to making dope Music. The Moonlight Sonata has always stood out as exceptionally beautiful to me. That’s about as lame as saying my favorite food is pizza, but honestly, who doesn’t love pizza?

3. Pink Floyd | Comfortably Numb
Ask me what my favorite band is, I will pretty much always say Pink Floyd. Ask me what my favorite Pink Floyd song is, and you’ll get a different answer every 3 minutes. They’re SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD. Since I started writing this, I think my favorite Pink Floyd song has actually become Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 2). But I’ll stick with Comfortably Numb for the sake of consistency. David Gilmore is my professional hero, and the guitar solo in Comfortably Numb is about as good as it gets. It’s so beautiful and perfect and amazing, and I’ve legit just put this song on repeat for multiple hours before. That’s no joke.



4. Scott Joplin | The Entertainer
Man, do I love me a good Rag! It’s literally impossible for me to not be happy when I hear this song. Jocelyn and I were basically raised on a Scott Joplin’s Greatest Hits album, so this song brings me back to some of my earliest memories. Combine that with it’s placement in The Sting (the greatest con movie ever, if you haven’t seen it I highly highly recommend that you do) and the fact that it was the second song we ever performed live (in barbershop quartet uniforms, no less), and this song really just holds a special place in my heart.

5. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band | Blue On Black
Talk about sultry guitar. This guy knows how to wield a musical ax. The riff is intoxicating, and his lead is out-of-this-world. This song has had a huge role in my development as a lead guitarist. I used to plug the rhythm part into my looper pedal and just jam for hours and hours on end, until someone in my family would yell at me for having my amp too loud.

6. Phil Collins | In The Air Tonight
My greatest regret in Life will always be that one time this song was playing in the background and I did not play air drums along with the fill. It has only happened once. I have since vowed never to let it happen again.

7. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers | Moanin’
I don’t think I could really make a Top 10 song list without including at least one Jazz classic. It kind of gets overlooked in our Blues-Rock focus, but Jazz was an integral part of our Musical upbringing. Miles DavisKind Of Blue, Coltrane’s Soultrane, Django Reinhardt’s Djangology, and countless other amazing Jazz albums were household favorites, particularly toward the evening and during dinner. But for some reason, The Messengers' rendition of Moanin’ has always stood out to me. The riff always gets stuck in my head. Actually, it’s in there right now.

8. Eric Clapton | Wonderful Tonight
I’m a guitarist. How could I not include a song by Clapton? Wonderful Tonight is such a perfect example of beautiful, melodic, meaningful lead guitar, it’s insane. I’m amazed every time I hear it. I constantly scour The Web in search of new guitar solos to learn from and listen to, so the list of my favorite guitar solos changes on a regular basis, but Wonderful Tonight is one of the few constants. I have nothing bad to say about this song. Cool story alert: the keyboardist and organ player on our album, Danny Louis (who currently tours and plays with Warren Haynes in Gov’t Mule), has played with Clapton before. I’m literally one level of Separation from Clapton. Yeah. I know. It’s cool.

9. Paul McCartney | Maybe I’m Amazed
McCartney was once quoted as saying that Maybe I’m Amazed would be “the song he would like to be remembered for”. Considering his Musical resume, that statement carries a crapload of weight. That said, I get why he said it. Obviously, McCartney has done amazing things for Music—he’s one of the most prolific songwriters in Rock 'n' Roll, and he WAS IN THE BEATLES. If that’s not doing something in Music, I don’t know what is. He’s also done some pretty terrible things (Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime, anyone?). But, of all the things he’s done, Maybe I’m Amazed stands out. The song is just so beautiful and heartfelt I almost fall in Love with Linda McCartney myself every time I listen to it.

10. The Band | The Weight
I’m supposed to like Classic Rock Music, right? How could I possibly justify not including this song? Every time I hear it, this warm feeling just sort of blossoms out of my chest and I smile and everything is going really well and Life is great. It’s not particularly complex, and there’s no crazy guitar solo or anything like that, but it doesn’t really need any of that stuff. The Weight is just a great song. Every time I listen to it, I really feel like I’m just relaxing and taking a load off. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

WARMER MIXTAPES #1586 | by Dianne van Giersbergen of Ex Libris and Xandria

photo by Stefan Heilemann

So! Here are my 10 favorite songs (in random order!).
The list contains 5 songs from the female fronted scene and 5 from Classic repertoire and can all be found in my/our Spotify playlists: HERE and HERE.


1. Nightwish | Ever Dream
This song just had such a major impact on me! When it came out I was preparing myself to reach a certain vocal level that would allow me to start my studies at the Conservatorium and when I heard this song for the first time I instantly felt embraced: I Love the lyrical vocal lines, the build-up and (though I normally detest the overuse of a modulation at the end of a song) the modulation at the end! It must feel like Heaven to sing this song live and it is exactly that feeling that made me feel guided whenever I listened to it.

2. ReVamp | Head Up High
I love Floor's voice and what she does in the chorus of this song really made an impression. There are more songs on this album that I really like, but this one is a good example of a good blend between the guitar parts, orchestral arrangements and different use of her stronger vocal styles. Next to that I also like these lyrics: their meaning and the brutality in which she sings and means them just fit the whole picture.

3. Stream Of Passion | Monster
Unfortunately they recently split up, but that doesn't mean that I do not still like listening to Stream Of Passion to hear my dear friend and highly talented vocalist Marcela Bovio sing. What makes this song unique is that she does not only sing in English, but also in her native tongue (Mexican). I like the piano hits that totally complement the vibe in the pre-chorus and the chorus is just one of these ultimate sing-a-long ones for a co-vocalist.

4. Epica | Deep Water Horizon
This might be one of Epica's underrated songs, but for me it's a winner. I adore Simone's voice when she sings in her natural voice in the beginning of the song, I love the build-up in the second part of the song (especially the arrangements leading into the solo), I like the message of the song and the way they've managed to make a poetic lyric of the topic and of course the adlibs at the end of the song.

5. Skunk Anansie | Secretly
This should not surprise anyone. Skin is one of my big vocal inspirations and this song is the perfect blend of impressive vocal skills and pure interpretation! She's straight to the point, not afraid to attack and she doesn't fuss!

In general, I feel most alive when singing Classical Music. There is no greater way to express myself than with these songs, simply because the way the vocal lines of that near-Perfection are composed and the way The Music wraps around the voice in an everlasting embrace, never to suffocate or smother, but always to accompany the singer who tells a tale about Sorrow/Woe. Singing these songs is not at all a performance, it is really living the notes, feeling them with every muscle in my body: the deep breaths open up my lungs, my muscles all focus on my commands like an orchestra to its conductor, my blood flows more slowly and, when my body is in full modus to engage the breath support system, the voice simply floats and bathes in the air stream. The beauty of singing Classical Music is that all is Acoustic and the play of dynamics between Voice and Instruments is always in Perfect Harmony: Pure Magic!!

6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Abendempfindung, K. 523 (Performed by Dalton Baldwin & Elly Ameling)
Though Mozart is in general a little bit too light for my voice type, there are a few songs that I can sing, or really really wanted to sing and therefore managed. The lyrics to this song are from Joachim Heinrich Campe and to me his words form the most beautiful poem that is ever written on the subject of saying goodbye to a loved one.

7. Ludwig van Beethoven | Ah! Perfido, Op. 65 (Performed by Berliner Philarmoniker with Cheryl Studer; Conductor: Claudio Abbado)
When I began studying this recitativo and aria, my teacher told me It will take you up to 6 months to tame this beast, get to know and love it and boy, oh boy, did we fight! But in the end she was right! Though, yes, I could sing it after 6 months, but completely knowing the piece might take me way longer still. There are so many hooks to it, but I love everything... Every little detail! This is one of the few pieces that could really have been written for me. When I sing the words from its libretto, they truly belong to me as if I am making them up in the moment and living each emotion as if I am the one betrayed.

8. Sergei Rachmaninoff | 6 Romances, Op.4: Ne Poy, Krasavitsa, Pri Mne (Performed by Geoffrey Burleson, William Fitzpatrick & Maria Tegzes)
For some reason singing in Russian really complements my voice. Personally I think it must be because some vowels are close to the accent of the town I've grown up in. Not to say that the accent sound anything like Russian, but certain positions of the tongue match. And well... The Russians do know how to tell a tale of Melancholy, it has always felt as an honour to step into their tales of Woe.

9. Alexander von Zemlinsky | Lieder, Op.2: Um Mitternacht (Performed by Barbara Bonney, Cord Garben & Anne Sofie von Otter)
Zemlinsky is one of my favourite composers ever. Out of my favourite composers, he is the most progressive one and there is not one song of his that I do not like! His work ranges from Deep and Dark to Light and Heavenly, but always with licks and hooks to it that will never make the song predictable. The way the song evolves is a secret between the composer, singer and accompanying instruments and for the audience to find out... Isn't that just wonderful!?

10. Samuel Barber | Four Songs, op. 13: Sure On This Shining Night (Performed by London Symphony Orchestra with Barbara Hendricks; Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas)
The youngest composer from this list (20th Century) who made the most wonderful melodies, never repetitive but always flowing like a river, down in a fast past, catching speed with every bend and never afraid to experiment within the Tonal Spectrum. His songs could (and, who knows, maybe they have been) surely be an inspiration to the more Experimental Pop Music of nowadays song writers.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1585 | by Dante DeSeranno [Raddeaux]

1. Dntel | Bright Night
This song always makes me feel awe struck. Like I'm meeting an extraterrestrial. During those times when Music doesn't sound good for whatever reason, this song always brings me back. I once heard Jimmy say he doesn't like studios because he will tweak a kick for 2 hours sometimes. The way all the pieces of this song fit together shows his dedication and commitment. It's an unbelievable symphony that never fails to inspire me.

2. The Knife | Na Na Na
The loop that plays throughout is magical. It's the inspiration for a few song I've been writing. The vocal processing and how close the strings frequency is to the vocal frequency is amazing. The feminist lyrics are very appropriate for the time we're in as well.

3. Darkstar | Aidy's Girl Is A Computer
Again the vocal processing is amazing. I use the phone effect on an OP-1 to get a similar effect on stuff I sample from NPR. When they break down the dry digital sound and then drop the warm analog pad, I get chills.

4. Clams Casino | Drowning
Clams Casino puts Emotion in Hip Hop. I Love full songs that use drums that are classically considered Hip Hop. Most of my drums are inspired by Hip Hop. This song is best in the middle of a Minnesota winter.

5. Yung Lean | Kyoto
I like to think Lean, Gun, and Sherman changed Hip-Hop. I think they opened the door for now popular artists like Lil’ Yachty. Their songs are emotional as fuck, hence SADBOYS. Kyoto is a masterpiece. If I had the vinyl I’d have turned it white years ago.

6. Groundislava | Suicide Mission (feat. Baths)
Groundislava is probably my biggest inspiration. I’ve probably borrowed more of his style than I care to admit. This song has everything I love: bit reduced lead that sounds like a Gameboy sample, 909 sans 4 on the floor, huge pads, and vocals drowning in reverb. It’s perfect.

7. Nosaj Thing x Chance The Rapper | Paranoia
No one can detune like Nosaj Thing. The vocals from Chance match the vibe of the instrumentals so perfectly. I also think this song takes the title for all-time best outro. More rappers should go over SONGS not beats.

8. Shigeto | Detroit Part 1
This song always helps me focus. I don’t know what it is about it, but I can focus on anything when this song is on. The spacy lounge piano is so so lovely and the drums sound very organic.

9. Matthew Dear | Deserter
The dichotomy between sad instrumentals and lyrics that tell the story of a happy epiphany is wonderful.

10. Nitemoves | Polypel
I heard this on NPR and it was only for like 10 seconds. A few days later I could still hear it in my head. I listened through NPR archives for hours trying to find it, but I finally did.. This dude has been the drummer for some great groups but I like him better solo. The Acid-inspired bassline is at a more relaxing tempo and the lead sound reminds me of a PPG Wave Choir preset. This song always gives me nostalgia even though it’s a fairly recent release.

+11. Tycho | The Disconnect
OK. I actually do own this vinyl and it is white. Again, borrowed more than I care to admit from Tycho. The vocal in this is like watching an eclipse. So beautiful. ISO50 FOREVER.