Sylvan Summer Spectre by Moon Cities

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Sylvan Summer Spectre, Moon Cities’ long-awaited proper follow-up to Golden Ghost Forest, has arrived in its proper timing, on the fall equinox. Like the mix it follows, it’s full of perfect, moody segues that move fluidly and unselfconsciously between genres without being showy, distracting or disturbing the spell …

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Closing Shift Number 1 by Moon Cities

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The first volume of Moon Cities’ live mix series is here, and it’s a slab of amped up, genre-agnostic electronic dance music. His mixing’s got a raw immediacy to it that’s thrilling – my favorite moment is when a the bassline from a significantly sped up “You’re Nasty” …

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PURE FEELS by Moon Cities

Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Feels”, that piece of post-Tumblr Millenial slang, is as much misunderstood as it is derided. But let’s get to that later. Pure Feels (the name chosen as a homage of the iconic Pure Moods compilation) draws from ambient music, not the genre proper, but the music that was …

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Direct from the Caribbean by Moon Cities

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Just in time for summer, Moon Cities’ Direct from the Caribbean is a warm breeze of tropical mood music. It starts in a sort of woozy 60s California nostalgia, but quickly becomes blissfully unmoored from both time and space, effortlessly leaping across decades and international borders alike. Just …

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Hollowtongue Hymnal by Scholastics

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Scholastics has taken the feeling of existential dread that can be experienced at 4 am in a dead town and has transmuted it into an hour and a half of chills-up-your-spine bone-rattle music. A spiritual cousin to Golden Ghost Forest. 1. Rachel’s – Cypress Branches 2. Castanets – …

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Chapter of Seas III

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The third in the ongoing Chapter of Seas ambient mixtape series ventures out into deepier, choppier waters. But the brutality of the opening third gives way to an ocean of celestial drone. Salvation is reserved for those who endure. Tracklist: 1. Superstorms – Part 1 2. RxRy – …

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A Very Christmas by Moon Cities

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I’m a man who loves Christmas music. I’m also a hardline no-Christmas-until-after-Thanksgiving seasonal separator. So the few weeks between Christmas and the new year are filled with wall-to-wall Christmas music for me. Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection, and I’ve become something of a connoisseur of …

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Chapter of Seas Mix No. 2

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The second in what has become an ongoing series of collaborative ambient mixes between Scholastics and Moon Cities. The unsaid theme of this one was for more “organic” sounds. We <3 you, Hearts of Space. 1. Serifs – There Is an Inaudible Roar Underneath All Things 2. Arp …

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Cool Fuzz by Moon Cities

Podcast: Play in new window | Download A cassette style mix of timeless cool summer evening jams. 1. The New Pornographers – Failsafe 2. Damien Jurado – Caskets 3. The M’s – Big Sound 4. DM Stith – Suzanne (Randy Newman cover) 5. Here We Go Magic – Tunnelvision 6. Citay – Final Fantasy 7. …

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30,000 is the new 8 by Scholastics

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Inspired by the BBC Radio One Essential mix, this is a wide-ranging 2 hour dance mix designed to work in your headphones or on a dance floor.  It starts off with some weaponized pop sugar, but quickly becomes more complicated, blending together afrobeat, nu-disco, rap, post-punk, and deep …

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Shibuya Summer pt. 2 by Moon Cities

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Here’s part 2 of the shibuya-kei primer, this time focusing on influences of the genre, artists who were influenced by it, and music that co-evolved along the same lines. It also happens to be some great summer fun time music! 1. Primal Scream – Loaded 2. Gorillaz – …

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Shibuya Summer pt. 1 by Moon Cities

Podcast: Play in new window | Download This is something of a primer on that mid-90s Japanese melting pot sound, shibuya-kei. Drawing equally from Brazilian bossa nova, French nouvelle chanson, electronic experimentalism, synth-pop and twee, this sound exploded into life in the early 90s and was heavily influential through the late 90s and early 2000s. …

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