Karmag – 014 (Get-out-of-your-head mix)

Dublin DJ Karmag comes thru with a carefully curated mix of soul-cleansing ambience and down-tempo gems.

Featuring more introspective selections from artists such as Shanti Celeste, Tommy Holohan, Djrum and Skee Mask, this is a sequence soaked in sadness and brimming with optimism. Clear the fog from your mind and lock in.

About the mix:
“I have wanted to record a mix like this for quite some time. It’s a collection of ambient tracks and vocal excerpts from many of my favourite producers such as Shanti, Ciel, Leon Vynehall and Djrum.”

“To be used as a sonic tool when the noise all gets too much and perhaps something to aid any reflection, recovery and growth at the break of the new year.”

Tracklist:

1. Home is where the music is – rRoxymore
Stunning horns and sound design alongside an excerpt from the 1970 documentary film Groupies.

2. Vespa – Bicep
Dreamy chords and cut samples from the supremely iconic Belfast duo.

3. Makmba – Raica
The sound of raindrops spread across the ocean that is Big Stone Lake – Galaxy 2 Galaxy.

4. Big Stone Lake – Galaxy 2 Galaxy
The combination of chords, saxophone and the sounds of the ocean inspires much reflection and growth.

5. A Storm – George Earnest
Behind the darkest cloud may be the brightest day.

6. Sea Watch – Floating Points
Strings to ring on to the end of time. A lifetime of a story in this one. The whole album is incredible and the live show in Printworks is a must watch.

7. Moons – Shanti Celeste
I have been a big fan of Shanti’s productions for quite some time and the vast array of styles on her new album was amazing and inspiring to hear.

8. Sphere in Total – Skee Mask
Sounds of the planet earth from one of the most inimitable producers around.

9. Julia (Footnote IV) – Leon Vynehall
When I was preparing this mix, I stumbled across the video Leon sampled of the girl Julia. It’s from 1967 and called Teenage Runaways Lost On The Streets of NYC.

10. Still Hopeful It’s True – Lee Kelly
Discovered this track a few months ago and was blown away by it. I’d recommend giving the whole EP a listen.

11. Sensual – Loraine James
This features the artist Theo on vocals. Released in 2019 and was highly rated as one of the albums of the year.

12. Tales – Yu Su
Everything Yu Su makes is stunning. The growing percussion is everything here.

13. Theme 2 – Roman Flugel
Similar water drop sounds to Makmba with deep percussive sounds and long chords. Roman has a huge collection of work similar to this.

14. Log Jam – Pariah
Tumbling energy and alarm bells from Pariah.

15. Profit (No Till) – Digital Justice
Released in 1994, this must be the oldest track in this mix, hasn’t aged a day and fits in beautifully alongside newer productions.

16. Lab Conditions – SCB, Scuba
Acid sounds and ringing melodies backed by wide and full chords.

17. Terracotta – Ciel
Dream like vocal samples describing a mystical landscape backed by building drums.

18. Blue Violet – Djrum
Djrum is an incredible producer and this is my personal favourite from his album Portraits with Firewood. This is a 3 minute taster of an 8 minute story like many of Djrum’s productions.

19. Mega.D – Tommy Holohan
I am very glad to be able to include some of Tommy’s work in this mix. A very talented Dublin based producer, would love to hear more of this style from him in the future.