Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DJ Apt One - White Light 95

As you may remember, I did a mix for the amazing White Light series with RCMP a few years back. I'm very fortunate to have been able to do another, this time as DJ Apt One.

This mix is special for a few reasons. For one, this is the first place you can hear music by my new "alter-ego" Michael The Lion - a remix for Robert Lux and Todd Edwards that will be out this spring. Yes, the house legend, Daft Punk collaborator and Grammy winner Todd Edwards. That guy. This is the first tiny bit of a very big and time-consuming project that will hopefully see the light soon.

More importantly, this mixseries is one of the few that encourages really high-concept musical curation. The guys who run it ask people to emphasize the concepts of light and space into their mixes. My mix with RCMP contained lots of found sound from the 1960s space program and it was designed to evoke feelings of unease. This mix is a bit more terrestrial, but every bit as far-reaching. Here's the blurb I wrote for White Light, followed by the tracklist. You can find a link to the mix at the bottom.

“This mix is a meditation on the seasons and the emotions they evoke. Earth’s orbit and the physical principle of conservation of energy philosophically are at a disconnect with my ideas about life’s linearity. The White Light mix I did with RCMP explored the cold conflict between the technological human and the cosmos. Now, I want to bring things back to Earth and musically detail the more immediate and tangible – the dark and the rosy, as well as the organic. This mix also contains the debut track from Michael the Lion, a new alias of mine. The program is in five movements.”


Movement 1 – Snow / Reflections
1. Excerpts from “A Year in the Wilderness”
2. Cocteau Twins – The Thinner The Air
3. The Three Degrees – Collage

Movement 2 – Spring / Storm
4. Yellow Sunshine – All Along the Seashore
5. Curtis Mayfield & The Staples Singers – After Sex
6. Kan Sano – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
7. Burnso – Bad News From the Stars
8. Serge Gainsbourg – Bad News From the Stars

Movement 3 – Dog Days / Introspection
9. DJ Apt One f/ Shadoe – Willing Interlude
10. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Willing
11. Dennis Parker – Like an Eagle
12. Herb Alpert – Rotation

Movement 4 – Autumn / Mercurial
13. Chris Rea – Josephine (Chris Coco Edit)
14. Elyas Khan – Bells (Instrumental)
15. Robert Lux & Todd Edwards – I’ve Still Got Sunshine (Michael the Lion Remix)
16. Kon & The Gang – Sunlight

Movement 5 – Earth / Cycle
17. Earth Wind & Fire – Kalimba Tree (Terje Edit)
18. Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots

White Light Mix 95 - DJ Apt One [whitelightmixes.com]

 RELATED: White Light 63- RCMP

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