I’ve relocated to London for a while, and before I left NYC, I recorded Taxi Drivers on my rides home after DJng club nights and afterhours. This mix of ambient and textural music is an ode to the nocturnal beings out after the club, and the late nights I spent in the Big Apple before heading overseas. In the recent tragic passing of a big musical inspiration to me, I open this mix with Edgar Froese leader of Tangerine Dream. This is the music that breathes both at dusk and sunrise.
When I was in college I became lightweight obsessed with Stereolab. Once I even took the Path Train to Hoboken all by myself, hoping to get into a sold-out show of theirs at Maxwellâ€™s. I couldnâ€™t get in, but they let me listen to the whole thing from the hallway where they collected the money. Afterwards I ran up on the drummer and tried to convince him that they should do some rap stuff with me (obsession).
While recording this mix I ran across a great article, ‘stereolab and the ninties art of influence’, by Sabrina Tabuchi. It made me realize, exactly why I like this group so much. Growing up, all of my favorite records were being made with samplers. Stereolab was the first band I encountered that were attempting to (and succeeding at) recreating the aesthetic of sampling using live instruments and studio gear. The result was something entirely new, music that was meticulously patterned after what had informed it.
Anywaysâ€¦ I love them and felt they would make a great subject for a White Light Mix. All the other trax are by artists whom Stereolab have switched me on to over the years. Enjoy!
Miss you Marry Hanson.