Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Happy Belated Valentine's Day! Wahoo! Why am I saying this? Well, it's because this Guest Mix – yes, this one, right here, number 8 – is a special Valentine's Day Mix, courtesy of musicmaker, Zoom/Lens founder, and overall lovely guy, Meishi Smile. Mr Meishi was happy to lovingly create the mix for YES/NO, but in the true romance of Valentine's Day spirit, asked to dedicate this to Aileen. I'd be stoked if I were Aileen, cause I've been listening to this on and off for the past week now (so yeah it's MY FAULT it's late to the V-Day party) and I really have been enjoying it. In just under half an hour, we travel from the sadness of Matryoshka's 'Slowsnow' to the open-minded heart-on-the-sleeve balladesque that is 'あの日に' ('Ano Hi Ni' – 'Till That Day') from the soundtrack for manga/anime Video Girl Ai in a wintry, plaintive journey of sound.

Puru's breezy remix of シャルロ or Charlot's '彼方' leads perfectly into a surprise addition to the mix, 'Goodbye' from Japanese math rock band Toe – this is a track whose drums you'll relish, wonderfully frenetic against the low, understated vocals. Then another big surprise was hearing a cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time' by Japanese electronic/shoegaze act The Sleepwalk – aka Oshima Masaki, who, aside from running many other side-projects and alter-ego monikers, also composes music for videogames and anime. It's a lovely take on very distinctive track, now more scratched and distorted, digitalised for a new generation. Um where was I? Anyway you should probably just listen to the mix. It's great!

T R A C K L I S T :

  1. Matryoshka – Slowsnow
  2. シャルロ – 彼方 (puru remix)
  3. Toe – Goodbye
  4. やなぎなぎ – ビードロ模様 (fmtr Rework)
  5. Fantastic Remedy – One Snowy Night
  6. The Sleepwalk – Time After Time
  7. 電影少女OST – あの日に

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