Please enjoy my latest Soft Scientist release, Dream Foam. Inspired by the film Wings of Desire (hence the nod to Nick Cave), a years-long desire to open a mix with Carl Orff’s Gassenhauer and the subconscious. Think: tinkling sounds, chilled sheets and night thoughts drifting like snow.
Carl Orff – Gassenhauer nach Hans Neusiedl
Psychic TV- The Orchids
The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
Arthur Russell – Being It
Abe Vigoda – Wild Heart
Nicolas Jaar – Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
Moondog & The London Saxophonic – Bird’s Lament
Bonobo – Cirrus / Delia Derbyshire – Colour
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream
Wings of Desire mirror scene and Nick Cave performance.
Gorgeous, hypnotic Laura Palmer-esque fan video for closing track, Dream Baby Dream.
Rose cover photo by Nick Knight.
I came up with this playlist over four years ago and it’s the one I always come back to. Of all my mixes, this is the one most centered around a certain feeling: sweet melancholy spiced with the gleefully bizarre (thank you, Screamin’ Jay). The only recent addition is the Susan Cadogan track which, admittedly, makes for an odd transition into salty Memphis Minnie, but what the hell. I couldn’t leave out either.
“Strip-Teas” is a little surf-inspired number from the soundtrack of one of my favorite films, Sedmikrásky (known as Daisies here in the U.S.A.), the standout of the short-lived Czech New Wave movement. Here’s a clip of a banquet-turned-food fight featuring the song. If you love mod girls behaving badly, do check it out.
The Arthur Russell and Marvelettes songs are two of my desert island jams. Neither are quite representative of what the artists are known for–too gentle to become big hits–but both are amazing tunes about loving that feeling of being too deep in love.
Living for Today
Atlas Sound – Valley of the Saroos (Joe Meek Cover)
Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
The Marvelettes – The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
The Sweet Inspirations – Oh! What A Fool I’ve Been
Ann Sexton – It’s All Over but the Shouting
Susan Cadogan – I Keep on Loving You
Memphis Minnie – Black Cat Blues
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – She Put the Wammee on Me
Strip-Teas (from Sedmikrásky OST)
Los 4 Planetas – Dos Guitarras
Ken Boothe – Say You
Jean-Bosco Mwenda – Mama na Mwana (Mother and Child)
Thanks for listening!