The highly benevolent alien goddess otherwise known as Björk has already blessed us once this week, with her lush, layered new single "Blissing Me." Today, however, she has done so a second time, because her bounty is limitless: she has gifted us with an expertly curated mix, made to go along with her Mixmag cover story.
Including tracks from Kelela, Arca, and supplemented by birdsong (what did you expect really), the mix comes in at around 40 minutes, and it's great to work, walk, or just have a nice lie down to. It also seems to follow a similar sonic route to the songs we've heard so far from Björk's upcoming album Utopia, which Arca also co-produced—it's calm, spacious, and there's a great deal of flute (never a bad thing.)
Björk sent a message accompanying the mix, which reads:
dearestest music-lovers !
here is a little set for you . it is most definitely flute and air themed and perhaps reveals the sonic environment my ears were in last year . i thank all the musicians . kindness , björk.
Hear the mix and see the tracklisting below:
Carl Stone ‘Shing Kee’ (EAM Discs)
Caroline Shaw ‘Partita II Sarabande’ (New Amsterdam Records)
Steve Reich ‘Vermount counterpoint’ (Angel Records)
David Lang ‘Death Speaks’ (Cantaloupe Music)
Philippe Hurel ‘Loops For Solo Flute’ (Nocturne)
Anastassis Philippakopoulus ‘Song For Bass Flute’
Sarah Hopkins ‘Kindred Spirits’ (Ellipsis Arts)
Arca ‘Anoche’ (XL Recordings)
Bjðrk ‘Losss’ (Flute Intro)
Tenores di Bitti ‘Cantu a Ballu Seriu’ (Robi Drolli)
Duchegerm 'Augmented Flute Live'
Serpentwithfeet ‘Four Ethers’ (Tri Angle)
Mala ‘Kotos’ (Brownswood Recordings)
Lanark Artefax ‘Virtual Bodies’ (UIQ)
Lanark Artefax ‘Glasz’ (UIQ)
Russian Wind Instrument ‘Smiryonushka’
Ravoi ‘Bak, Borai’
Rian Treanor ‘Pattern A1’ (The Death of Rave)
Kelly Lee Owens Ft Jenny Hval ‘Anxi’ (Smalltown Supersound)
Loft ‘Funemployed’ (Wisdom Teeth)
Peder Mannerfelt ‘Limits To Growth’ (Peder Mannerfelt Produktion)
SD Laika ‘Sanpaku Island’ (Self released)
SD Laika ‘Latent Fish’ (Unreleased)
Master Sriram Roshan (Kanchana 2) ‘Moda Moda (AP International)
Aby Ngana Diop ‘Ndadje’ (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Rules ‘Heat 2’
Emptyset (Roly Porter Version ) ‘Function Vulgar Display Of Power’ (Subtext)
SD Laika ‘Dreadful John’ (Self released)
Oxhy ‘Burning Tories (Self released)
Kelela ‘Take Me Apart’ (Warp)
David Lang ‘Child lV. Sweet Air’ (Cantaloupe Music)
Various birdsong samples by Jean C.Roche from ‘Oiseaux De Venezuela’ (Edwards Records)
Various songs from ‘Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea’ (Quartz Publications/Ideologic Organ)
Various birdsong from Iceland
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