The seasons they are changing again. It feels like winter’s chill is approaching fast, today, when I get to unfurl this mix into your hands. All of the love, melancholy and heartache, all of these harsh yet wonderful winter moments, I give them to you now. For the days to come. And I hope you receive it with all the multitude of worlds it comes with.
This summer I collaborated with my daughter who plays double bass. She gave me a challenge to create a track with hand-made and home-recorded sound sources only. In our living room in Berlin we put to work key chains, porcelain cups, tea boxes, beard combs, voice, hands, and of course her double bass, plugged as instrument and tapped as a kick drum.
Artwork by her, too.
Last Sunday I participated in the Berlin marathon. It’s been an incredible run. Thank you my dear family, friends and beautiful strangers on the road. Your energy was overwhelming.
Here are some of the tunes I trained to over the last few years.
In New Zealand’s Maori tongue Reko means white, in the sense of hair turning white as you are getting older. Myself, I am not as young as I used to be. I still love going out every now and then. Ebb and flow is important. This track was inspired by an Innervisions night out at Trouw, Amsterdam, in 2009.
The wonderful De La Stella is the artist who created most of the design and visuals of Curl Curl and Nupacific. Thank you!!!
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.
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!