Welcome to Mixtape Monday by Mark Green
Morning all, all set for Christmas? No? – not long now! While you plan your shopping list get stuck into some wonderful free music!
Limited to just 250 hand-numbered copies on clear vinyl with screen-printed sleeves by Double Suns. This free digital download will also be included.
Rhosyn is Rose Dagul (b.1988), a composer, multidimensional artist, cellist and vocalist living in Peckham, London.
Rose studied Fine Art at The University of Arts London, where her work mainly centred around musical compositions. In August 2009 her first sound installation was exhibited in the offices of Wieden & Kennedy – an interactive and purely vocal work on 8 tape recorders.
In October 2009 she formed Wap Wap Wow, a Peckham-based nine-piece consisting of 2 violinists, 2 cellists, 4 singers and a drummer.
Rose graduated from art college in 2010 and, after spending a year exploring the potential of her music with the band, Wap Wap Wow split and she subsequently went away to Rhoscolyn, Anglesey to spend a month alone composing. This is when she took on the moniker ‘Rhosyn’. (Pronounced “ro-zin”).
Rose has spent the last two years in Oxford composing. Her self-produced debut EP ‘Elbow Of Capture’ is set to be released Feb 4th 2013 on Blessing Force
Free download: Rhosyn – Glass
Harper’s self-titled album saw the relative newcomer recording in Nashville with legendary producer Bob Johnston (Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen). The album was a critical success, with Uncut awarding it their ‘Debut of the Month’ calling it “cleverly written, elegantly played and beautifully sung pieces of pop craftsmanship” and Rolling Stone “a gorgeous collection of vintage-sounding country-folk tunes” . With Division Street, Harper dives into new musical territory accompanied by new stories.
Division Street is a departure for Simon: it features a sound that’s much more driven by electric guitars than his alt country-flavoured debut. “The mission was to make the kind of Rock ‘n’ Roll record I would want to listen to myself,” he says. “Which sounds simple but is, in fact, incredibly difficult.”
Simon co-produced Division Street with Tom Rothrock, who produced three albums for Elliott Smith (Either/Or, XO and Figure 8) and Beck’s first album Mellow Gold, among others. As the team worked, the album’s sound grew rougher around the edges. “I felt challenged and inspired by the idea of making a modern psychedelic folk-rock album, a Tom Rothrock production like XO, but then the Velvet Underground and the Stones kept entering in,” says Simon. “Elliott Smith was very influenced by the Beatles but my guitar playing is more influenced by Keith Richards. And I kept wanting to emphasize more lo-fi elements.”
Division Street was recorded with a small coterie of guest musicians—including Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello’s Attractions on drums, Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes on bass, vocals by Inara George, Feist’s musical director Brian LeBarton playing synths, as well as Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes and Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen. “I’m very lucky,” says Simon. “Everybody that we asked to come and guest on the record showed up.”
Free download: TRACK
Brian, I’m gonna be honest with you, that smells like pure gasoline.