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Asmadeus - Resplendent Mix
Headphone Commute

Ladies and gentlemen, I have discovered an old hard drive with some of my old mixes, and I found them all in FLAC! Among these is an entire "liftmuziek" collection of volumes, which was the very first podcast I ran more than a decade ago (way before Headphone Commute was even born). These will be released, one at a time, on here, so watch this space for some amazing classic electronic music circa 2006! But before the unveiling, I figured I'd publish yet another beautiful selection that I dug out from the archive. This mix was made to celebrate two Native State albums from Rena Jones and Shen, which I put together to promote an event at an art gallery in Chicago. I hope you enjoy!

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TRACK PREMIERE : Arovane - Good Bye Forever (Recomposed by Mike Lazarev)
Headphone Commute

"Good Bye Forever" is one of my favourite tracks from one of my all-time favourite albums, "Lilies," released by Arovane on City Centre Offices in 2004. This short piece is an improvisational piano vignette on that beautiful theme, with special atmospheric treatments by Uwe Zahn himself. It marks the beginning of our musical conversation that we have begun in December of 2017 and continue to this day... Stay tuned for more!

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TRACK PREMIERE : Cameron Brooks - Final Solace
Headphone Commute

As some of my favourite modern classical and solo piano composers have evolved and moved on to developing themselves and discovering new challenges in work for film and orchestral production, I’ve felt an earnest void in the space they left behind. I’ve even noticed the pattern in my very own music, always trying to embellish, enrich, strip down, or advance. But what about a simple piano tune – one that veils and slightly bears the heart and soul of the composer, with all its rawness, nudity, and truth? Mayhaps we’ll find this brave reveal in new contenders, that step to fill that earnest void. Cameron Brooks is only 21 years old, hailing from the south of England, and this four-track EP is his début on Subtempo imprint. Clearly inspired by artists such as Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, and Max Richter, Brooks sets out to compose gentle pieces centred on the piano with some treatment from the strings. The track I selected to première for you today was recorded on his grandparents’ home piano, on his Grandfather’s 90th birthday, “so it brings back fond memories of visiting both his grandparents and of celebration, as well as being his favourite piano to play.” There’s a tone of melancholy, sweetness, and a bit of hope in the underlying melodies, the flow of tempo, and Cameron’s gentle playing on the keys. "Vicissitude, the title of the EP, is the main idea behind this record: change and unforeseen circumstances, it speaks to the passage from darkness into the light and the ongoing journey to get there. The music was born from a dark place and the compositions and the instruments brought light to a much-needed time of personal struggle.” This digital release is out next week, on September 21st, available from Cameron’s Bandcamp and Subtempo‘s page. I’m sure we’ll hear from Brooks in the many years to come, so it’s a bit exciting to begin observing this composer’s journey…

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TRACK PREMIERE : Matt Emery - I Put A Flame In Your Heart (Vessels Remix)
Headphone Commute

London-based Matt Emery is mostly known for his solo piano pieces, which are delicate, nostalgic, and a little bit sad. Last year (right about this time), Emery released his debut on Injazero Records, titled Empire, which immediately shot up to my top piano records, and inevitably made it on the Best of the Year lists, in the "Music For Watching The Snow Slowly Fall In The Moonlight" entry. Emery also shared his selections with us on his Eternal Bliss mix, put together exclusively for the Headphone Commute Podcast. This Friday, September 7th, the composer returns with a new single, titled “I Put a Flame in Your Heart”. I’ll leave the full band version and the edit for you to discover in all due time, but today I wanted to share this very special Vessels remix, premiering on these pages alone. As you can hear from this piece (and the remix itself), we’re now in a more gritty territory, with percussive and electronic treatments to the track that puts it more alongside Jon Hopkins, Kiasmos, and Moderat, rather than the softer side of Nils Frahm, and even with the up-front expedient vocals, the track ticks all of the right boxes for this fan and follower. Speaking of which, I’ve witnessed Emery sing during his sold-out live performance (on the very last track) and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of his voice [which you will hear clearly on the “Vocal Edit” of the release], and that’s a rare event for me notice, as I’m mostly an instrumental kind of fiend. The single features a piano-only original of the piece, alongside a more post-rock[y] epic edit, which showcases the versatility of this UK artist. “The full band version sees Emery’s music swell with frantic drums, throbbing synths and a full choir culminating in an expansive interpretation, more aggressive in comparison to his gentle and intricate modern classical piano and string repertoire.” A very nice rework of the original, with the “Vessels Remix”, definitely hitting the spot. Once again, the single is out this Friday, September 7th, 2018, on Injazero Records, available on all of your favourite digital platforms.

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TRACK PREMIERE : Dmitry Evgrafov - The Waves
Headphone Commute

Ever since I heard the very first piece by Dmitry Evgrafov, I’ve been keeping an eye (an ear?) on this Moscow-based composer, signed to FatCat’s 130701. My attachment was rewarded, when, back in 2017, Evgrafov released Comprehension Of Light, which instantly shot up to the top of my rotation queue and inevitably ended up being one of the best albums of the year, for the appropriately titled Music For Watching The Snow Slowly Fall In The Moonlight. Take that statement for what it is and know that I’m immediately a follower and a fan, which is why I’m incredibly honoured to present to you this exclusive premiere of a track, taken off Evgrafov’s upcoming EP, titled Return. For this short, digital-only release, Evgrafov returns to the instrument, to gift us with his delicate playing, incorporating motifs ranging from the Romantics (I swear, I hear a bit of Rachmaninoff in there) to the contemporary and modern classical interpretations of the sound, eventually endowing with his own. Closely captured keys of fluttering and fleeting beauty are finely weaved with a texture of atmospheric grandeur to slowly build and evolve into a wide-spanning composition of sentiments and senses. Digital elements and careful effects are introduced into this composition with just enough proficient drizzle, like a swift rub of an orange twist on the rim of a glass – to give the essence of the sensation, but not to overwhelm the taste. “The Waves” is from the upcoming EP, titled Return, scheduled to be released by 130701 on September 14th, 2018, available from all of your favourite digital outlets.

Ambient
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PvC - No Stars
Headphone Commute

"I know, I know – it’s a bit risky to use a teenage love song as the title track of an otherwise fairly dark ambient mix. Some listeners probably won’t get past it – and if they quit at that point, they’ll miss the 40 minutes of associative transitions following it. [...] With the occasional exception, most of the music in this mix is heavily mutilated: the original tracks are cut-up, shortened, fragmented, edited – often using only a minute fragment of a track that originally is much longer. A collage like this takes the sounds out of their original context to serve its own purpose. [...] Now, follow me into a movie that you might wanna see sometime… a movie that’s happening in the back of your own head…" For more information, a full track listing, and a download of a higher bitrate MP3 stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! https://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2018/06/19/pvc-no-stars/ And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

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ASIP - The Last Frequencies
Headphone Commute

First a man behind the words of A Strangely Isolated Place blog (I prefer to call it a magazine), then a curator of an influential record label, and now a master selector of musical journeys, Ryan Griffin has been a partner in crime on my sonic evangelism for over a decade now. So without a doubt, I’m more than honoured to host a beautiful ASIP mix on Headphone Commute – perhaps the only reason it took so long in the first place is that I didn’t want to take away his time from the beautiful Isolated Mixes appearing on all your favourite platforms. Nevertheless, here we are, and I’m super excited to share with you this gorgeous voyage, featuring two unreleased ASIP tracks (from Merrin Karras and Markus Guentner). For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3, please stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! https://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2018/04/11/asip-the-last-frequencies/ A detailed writeup on the selection along with a commentary on every single track can be found on ASIP: http://www.astrangelyisolatedplace.com/blog/2018/4/11/asip-the-last-frequencies-mix-for-headphone-commute And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

Ambient
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ASC - Headphone Commute Mix
Headphone Commute

I’ve got a mix, and yes, another mix for you, and really, I spoil you, don’t you think? There’re all these albums to enjoy and then I go ahead and get these artists to select their favorites for you, to pave a journey through their mind with all these sounds and all this music. James Clements, producing under his ASC moniker, has recently jumped to the forefront of my favorite composers when it comes to atmospheric, drifting, and dark space music (because you know, if space had music, that’s what it would sound like, right?). And at the heart of this selection are a few of his very own ambient meditations, sonic reflections, and spatial retreat. Join us for an unforgettable departure with no particular arrival in time… For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3, please stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

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TRACK PREMIERE : Alapastel - Demon
Headphone Commute

I think you've known me to grumble about too much music for at least a decade now. How does one keep up? Plus, in this digital day and age, it's without a doubt too easy to host your latest bedroom opus and to blast the link away. How does one sift through? This is where the impeccable curation of the label comes in, ladies and gentlemen. I believe that by investing in the artist (both, financially and timewise), the imprint is doing more than putting its stamp on a new sound - it is refining all the noise. The artist is the generator, the label is the filter, and I am the amplifier in the endless signal flow of music. This is how I come upon this record. Appearing as the first entry in James Murray's brand new Slowcraft Presents series, Alapastel is a labour of love, both from the Slovakian composer and producer Lukáš Bulko, of course, but also from James Murray who carefully handcrafted this limited edition "for people who treasure beautiful audio artefacts." "Demon catches a very sudden and intense awakening into the cruel essence of today’s late-modern society, viewed as deeply narcissistic (inability to see another perspective as its own). The citizens of this society can be seen as closed individuals, exhausted by the war with their own selves. It was composed during psychological exhaustion brought on by the extreme collapse of the relationship." - Lukáš Bulko

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TRACK PREMIERE : Marty Hicks - From Afar, Unhindered
Headphone Commute

Sometimes I find great music, and sometimes music simply finds me. In this case, it was a dear friend, Luke Howard, who pointed me to a piece by Marty Hicks which completely captivated me, and now, here we are, premiering a track to a worldwide audience. I have a lot to say about this piece, but, after getting in touch with Marty to bring you “From Afar, Unhindered” he’s had a lot to say himself. So instead of my usual words, you will find the words from the composer here: hcdi.gs/MartyHicks

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TRACK PREMIERE : r beny - fernwood
Headphone Commute

California-based r beny appeared on my radar late last year, with his beautifully crafted opus fashioned from modular and hardware synthesizers entitled cascade symmetry. Kicking of 2018, now on Dauw label from Ghent (Belgium), this mysterious composer returns with a cassette (and digital) album, titled saudade, which is now available for pre-order. The sparkling synth bits are back, shimmering in a sunlight of the San Jose beaches, bathed in light winds of tape hiss and lo-fi textural treatments. “Saudade” is a Portuguese word, referencing to a melancholic state of mind, and its loose translation perfectly captures the mood of longing for someone with a repressed knowledge that they may never return. The opening track, “fernwood”, which we are proud to premiere for you today, is a beautiful and fragile prelude to an emotional journey.

Ambient
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HC-PvC – Bipolar
Headphone Commute

A few months in the making, this mix is a collaboration between Peter van Cooten (PvC) of Ambient Blog and yours truly (HC), ending up in a mesmerizing trip which we could only call “Bipolar”. For this fascinating exchange, Peter and I passed the files back and forth, without sharing the track listing, allowing each one to only spend five minutes to mix out and continue the direction of the journey. This very tight time limit, with constant twists and turns, created a nearly hallucinatory experience within the sonic landscape, combining various moods, themes, and mindsets. The track listing, combining 51 pieces, speaks for itself. And hence bipolar… We both hope that you enjoy this exchange, as much as we enjoyed the sparring. For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3, please stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

Ambient
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James Heather – Headphone Commute Mix
Headphone Commute

Today we are featuring a Headphone Commute mix by James Heather, who has recently appeared on our pages with his beautiful solo piano album. "For this Headphone Commute mix I decided to focus mostly on the ambient for the first time. It’s filled with mainly new discoveries and a few old tracks that have never quite left my ears. The theme is peace. I have recently been fascinated by books and documentaries about a woman named Mildred Lisette Norman, from her 40’s she became a spiritual teacher, mystic, pacifist and activist. She renamed herself ‘Peace Pilgrim’ and proceeded to walk non-stop for the next 28 years, somewhat idealistically but admirably she vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace.” Her words can be heard at various points in the mix." For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3, please stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

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TRACK PREMIERE : Mike Lazarev - Dislodged
Headphone Commute

So… this is slightly awkward… When it comes to promoting my very own music, I seem to be at loss for words. And yet, I accept that self-promotion is part of every composer’s journey, at the end of each release. This album has been in the making for a very long time. In fact, it was complete before I even left New York, and I’ve been “sitting on it”, afraid to let it out, too weak to let it breathe. And yet here it is, fulfilling the unavoidable and at times desirable closure to something I meant to leave behind. Beneath the dark veil of the night, covered in an intoxicating somber solitude, somewhat sorrow and slightly sweet, ‘Dislodged’ is a place of isolation, melancholy, and a bit of heartache. Composed and intended to be listened to as the second half to the ‘Unhinged’ mini-album, this intimate recording of my beloved instrument explores the outer reaches of spatial and reductionist pianism, occasionally echoed by the song of a lonely cello, contributing to the detachment, displacement, and dislocation of a damper pedal, controlling the felt rail which muffles the hammers against the strings. This is where my music lives… The ten-piece mini-album, beginning with the same-titled “Dislodged” track, which is being premiered exclusively today on Headphone Commute, is out on November 10th, on 1631 Recordings. Recommended for fans of solo piano music, and my all-time favorite composers who inspire me, such as Nils Frahm, Otto A. Totland, Julien Marchal, Goldmund, Dustin O’Halloran, Fabrizio Paterlini, and Sophie Hutchings, and many, many more…

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TRACK PREMIERE : Slow Meadow - Hurricane
Headphone Commute

"Hurricane" appears as the 9th track on the upcoming eleven-piece album from Slow Meadow, titled Costero, out on November 17, 2017. Matt Kidd has previously appeared on these pages, with his much lauded, self-titled, debut, back in 2015, which he released on Hammock's very own imprint, appearing to back this project once again, for this fantastic follow-up. The music ranges from somber to regal, with plenty textured accompaniment by the beautiful strings, gliding guitars, and introspective piano. Costero (Spanish for "coastal") paints a lush still life of edges, boundaries, and borders, both, figurative and real, outlining our very own existence, from where our body ends to where the earth begins. By the time "Hurricane" lands on this shore, we are prepared to withstand its mighty winds, the force of charging energy, and the devastation left behind. Or can we ever be prepared for the unexpected weather of our minds?

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TRACK PREMIERE : Hior Chronik - Whispers from the surface of a lake
Headphone Commute

I've got some exciting news to share. It looks like the Studio !K7 imprint went ahead and launched yet another sublabel, called 7K! geared towards modern classical, neo-classical, and contemporary music, with only a few releases so far, namely Luca D’Alberto's Endless, the upcoming Martyn Heyne, album, and now, the signing of Hior Chronik with a release due out in December, titled Out of the Dust, whose first single, "Whispers from the surface of a lake" we are honored to exclusively premiere for you today! The Greek composer, with a split home base split between Berlin and Athens, first appeared on my radar with his Taking The Veil record on Kitchen Label back in 2015. He then released two albums on A Strangely Isolated Place collaborating with the beloved Arovane: In-between (2015) and Into My Own (2017), so at this point, it is fair to say that I was more than just listening - I was following Chronik's every single move. To see yet another upcoming release is an excitement in itself, but to know him getting picked up by a propulsion, that is to be 7K! is a beautiful storm to withstand for the upcoming years!

Ambient
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TRACK PREMIERE : Valiska - A Pause
Headphone Commute

At first, Valiska's music sounds bare. A few unembellished notes, uncomplicated phrases, basic lo-fi effects. But go just past the first track of the album, and you begin to understand, that in simplicity, there lies an honest sound. Its humble entry to the scene, where such direct and unpretentious music comes with virtue, is very dear, sweet, and precious. Throughout the eight pieces of the album, the Poland born and now Calgary (Canada) based composer works with a limited palette of a synth, some haunting voice, and remnants of their sound, recorded on a tape loop, which shows the signs of disintegration, warping, hissing, and crackling in its unyielding wail. Such sonic impermanence seeps through the mood of this entire album, reflecting melancholy, sorrow, and some hope. A captivating, charming, and magnetic work. This track is taken off Valiska's upcoming album, titled On Pause, out on October 13, on Trouble in Utopia, a new London-based label founded by Francis Redman with an exploration of sound as a focus for the upcoming releases.

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TRACK PREMIERE : Matt Emery - Mavericks
Headphone Commute

There’s been some talk lately about the ‘fake artists’… Artists, that in the unexplainable rise of ‘gentle instrumental piano music’ (whatever that is), have been asked to regurgitate tracks to mimic the pieces by Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Otto A. Totland, and the like. And whether or not there is proof that large corporations have hired these musicians for a one time fee, instead of paying per play royalties, in order to avoid the hefty invoice, and now feature these ‘fake artists’ in the playlist, remains to be seen… but the music is there to be heard… It’s there, and it’s real… but it is not the same. Something is definitely missing from the works. That something is the soul of the composer, who, instead of following some templated formula has poured his heart and soul into the piece. That something is what you’ll hear on this piece by Matt Emery:

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TRACK PREMIERE : Kryshe - March Of The Mysterious
Headphone Commute

I’ve only discovered Kryshe a few months ago when I stumbled upon his Insights album, released on Unperceived Records. The record was a surprising delight, leaving me slightly bewildered as to the origin of Christian Grothe‘s music. I immediately fell in love with Grothe’s intricately detailed passages and recommended the album to all the fans of modern classical and cinematic works alike. So it was even a bigger astonishment (but, of course, justified in its own terms) that I received the news on Kryshe’s yet another upcoming release, this time on the beloved Serein, where it undoubtedly belongs. Today, Headphone Commute is premiering a title track off of this album, titled March Of The Mysterious.

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Richard Chartier - Between Two Points
Headphone Commute

I am super excited to welcome the one and only Richard Chartier back to the mix series. Not even as Pinkcourtesyphone, of whom, I am undeniably a huge fan, but as Richard Chartier himself, which is a rare treat indeed. For exactly two hours, Chartier collects his latest favorite pieces to weave in a fabric of textures, featuring many of our beloved artists previously appearing on Headphone Commute, plus a few more records that we need to check out! This is a sonic treat which is simply wonderful with a great pair of headphones! For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3, please stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

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