One day Berlin was covered in snow. Softening the city noise. drinking tea, dimming down the lights, I recorded this drift of tracks I heard from our community across the world. Makossa liked it, and the mix got broadcast on radio FM 4, Vienna. Artwork created by De la Stella
Take a deep breathe. Most people don’t know this, but I have created my own merch.
My first fashion accessory is a unisex necklace called ‘work song’. I hope you enjoy wearing these Nupacific necklaces as much I enjoy making them. Jump over to Bandcamp to order. Okay, you can breathe again.
‘by sea’ nupacific edit
I love Mike Nock since I first encountered his recording ‘Sweet Surrender’ during my work at Eastside Radio in Sydney in 2001. His music taught me it can be tough out there creating music. It’s easy to get obsessed, to lock yourself inside like a hermit trying to improve your craft. Yet ebb and flow is key – which is why we’ve got to let go sometimes. Thanks Mike!
Wow. Thank you.
It’s been an incredible flow of feedback on the album. One track folks mention again and again is Mahana. Now, here’s the video.
Visuals by delastella, a vision mixer based in Berlin. Crazy? Alright then. I’ve seen delastella visuals shining in dark clubs, and, personally, I’m loving them.
Okee doke. That’s all for now.
debut album ‘home’
here’s my debut album. I have followed my heart from Germany to the Southern hemisphere and back, and it has been a beautiful process of building trust with myself, as a music creator.
For a few years, my family and I lived in a pretty remote coastal village north of Auckland. We drank, showered and cooked with rain water. We enjoyed panoramic sea views, and we could hear the ocean waves rolling at night.
I was deeply inspired by this experience in New Zealand, an island far away from the country I was born. I felt compelled to create these tracks. They felt from the source.
Many immigrants search for a home nowadays. My heart is with them, today more than when I was young. On my journey, I was lonely often, and I learned to appreciate home not as a principle or a postcode, but rather as a transient cosmic feeling of togetherness. Like when someone invited me into the kitchen for a cuppa, or raised an eyebrow.
Grab it on Bandcamp
Stream album on Spotify
Or on iTunes
Leaves are turning yellow. Time to rug up a bit, sort out the winter jacket. The word is winters are freezing. Not so fast, though, for now the sun’s still shining when I chill out down at the park. Listening to the multitude of international tongues in the air. And music like this..
Good morning from a misty city street in Berlin. Gentle winter sun sweeping the day into being.
01. merrin karras – the veldt
02. max cooper – origins (david august remix)
03. impellizzeri – gelatine (mendo colored remix)
04. lake people – glease 29
05. neil flynn – louise
06. matthew dekay – patience please (fuer die liebe mix)
07. matthew dekay – patience please
08. kaito – behind my life (michael mayer remix)
09. mk & lee foss – electricity (carl craig remix)
10. sailor and I – turn around (ame remix)
11. henrik schwarz – unknown touch two
12. bonobo – cirrus
13. ry x – sweat
14. rufus dipper – life in a day
edits of tracks
My idea was to rework and rewire these inspirational tracks in a way that pays credit to the original creators, and also takes the tracks into a different, more reduced, minimal direction.
“It’s more than just good, a brilliant track.” – Matthias Vogt [re:jazz]
“Really like the mood. Well done.” – Arnaldo [Smallville, Greta Cottage Workshop]
Welcome James Martin, a barista throughout the day, and DJ/producer at night. A New Zealander living in Melbourne, with his ears tuned into cosmopolitan time zone of what’s happening in Berlin and elsewhere, James likes it slow and dreamy. He says “the art and science of twisting out espresso and dropping bass lines are not too dissimilar. It comes down to taste.”
Find dj mixes by James Martin on his Soundcloud page.