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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Mark Barrott: Sketches from an Island

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Real big easy vibes today from Mark Barrott and the International Feel crew. Lets go beyond Caribbean pleasure, past all the rainforest brush and sit back and lay our hat behind the crystal clear waterfall.

Tracklist
1.Baby Come Home
2.Dr Nimm’s Garden of Intrigue & Delight
3.Go Berri Be Happy
4.Essene
5.Formentera Headspace Blues (Pt’s. 1 & 2)
6.Deep Water
7.Island Life
8.Back To The Sea
9. Sacred Islands

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Beacon + Medlar + Karmelloz + Max D

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Beacon is back with this remix for Tomas Barfod touching on Little Dragon meets Ellen Allien / Apparat with the bubbly rhythm and all the transitioning parts flow soo easily into each other.

Medlar gets tapped to rework a Arthur Beatrice cut, the piece has such diversity and musicianship compared to most remixes these days. What really grabs me is the amount of quality downtime in the breakdown and the full opening of the song in the last 2 minutes that fuses together soo many genres without ever feeling like he lost control.

1080p delivering another internet uncovered gem, this is getting ridiculous because the vaporwave umbrella can only hold soo many soundcloud musicians, this is spewing into the New Age world but giving us one of the most interesting takes on utopia, i’m completely drenched in happiness that this sound is happening.

Having trouble finding any of the House Of Doors material as MP3′s, i’m just picking up the vinyl on Discogs. The only full track I could find is this Max D remix that touches on that Dutch Techno sound and very much inspired by some 90s Hardcastle jams.

Fort Romeau + Kiasmos + Yagya + Huerco

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Sorry for the silence, I had the Heathered Pearls live show to prepare and I also played my teenage dream show which was Movement Festival in Detroit, anyways back on the horse!

A pretty perfect pairing which I hope turns into a remix swap, Jacques Greene just posted his remix of Fort Romeau, always ethereal and always a dancefloor hit.

Kiasmos has elements of Booka Shade if I remember correctly, slightly more indie and the piano keys feel like a sample but I could be wrong, either way worth checking out until the end.

Yagya just posted a 20 minute preview of his album, I have to say it might be his best yet, for him this seems like he’s pushing his own boundaries slowly but still noticeably and fans of the old material won’t be disappointed.

Another breathtaking internet fusing caribbean piece, these sort of sounds are very visual maybe because I sit on tumblr for 2 hours a day but I have to give it to Huerco S. for making this CFCF rework a special one.

Reuben Wu: Infinite Sustain SF Show

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EVENT INFO:
Lot 21 Gallery
933 20th St, San Francisco, California 94107
Thursday, May 22at 6:00pm – 9:00pm

We’ve been huge fans of Reuben Wu since the beginning years of the blog so we wanted to share this weeks SF gallery show with the readers. Info is above, i’m very jealous since i’ll be on the East Coast.

Somewhere between 1970s concept album art, expeditionary imagery, and Surrealist painting is where Reuben Wu’s photographs steadfastly sit. His are pictures made in the real world, however, through collapsing time and merging processes, the real is transformed into the surreal, evoking a response simultaneously familiar and foreign. The photographs amplify the strangeness of place and speak to Wu’s individual experience within it.

The remnants of his processes –chemicals dragged arduously across the sensitized paper surface, infrared film shifting the world’s natural hues, light leaking into the camera and hitting the film plane —leave traces of their varied journeys embedded in the final image. Wu’s physical journey is a similar one; he treks with cameras in tow to places that, for most of us, are left to those who fall into the category of “explorer”. Considering the lengths he travels to make his photographs, the unpredictability of Wu’s materials is not exactly what we’d deem trustworthy. The resultant images delineate from the expected photographic trajectory and provide a mode of looking that is equally experiential and aesthetically unique.

Reuben Wu (b. 1975) is a photographer and musician currently living in Chicago, Illinois. He received his MSc in 1998 from the University of Liverpool.

Young Marco Album Stream Preview

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Been looking forward to this Young Marco album release for a while. I could only find a preview of each track for you guys but something is better than nothing. The older I get the more I want summer to sound like this album’s vibe. The record sits somewhere in between this visual I have of an old desktop computer sitting in the Caribbean’s and a clear plexi rain stick being pointed at the sun and looked through.

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ESPRIT + M.E.S.H. + Tallesen + Urulu

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This intro and outro by ESPIRIT is becoming what I keep looking for in summer listening, its the tone, everything is tweaked effortlessly, just slowly cruises by your ears.

Didn’t expect this from the PAN label for some reason. Its a bit more “ghetto youth internet music” and less serious experimental.

You ever stare off and daydream about being really good at fighting and your muscles flinch because you felt like it was almost real? me neither. Well Tallesen just made the soundtrack for that experience.

Urulu is becoming one of the most reliable House producers that always dials in the right about energy on top of melody. Here its not too much House chords or lush Tech House, just a great formula post the early 90s inspired material.