February Playlist

  • Playlist Curated by Stanislas Batisse
  • Text: Alex Staszak
  • Photo: Luis Valdizon
  • Mood setting music for the month of love.

    The month of love’s curation begins with the lead single from shoegaze outfit Marble Arch’s upcoming album ‘Children of the Slump’. Warm and nostalgic guitar chords paired with distant, longing vocals, envelop the listener with memories of simpler times. As the playlist progresses we hear Dita Von Teese’s dreamy vocals accompanied by a grooving bassline on the decidedly tropical ‘Rendez-Vous’. At this point the mix diverges, taking on a more synthetic and less contemporary path. DIY 80s synth pop cut; ‘L’Amant Electronique’ layers multiple synths over a drum machine, topped off with a robotic vocoder. Later on, we hear a track from legendary Italian composer; Piero Umiliani off compilation album ‘Questo Sporco Mondo Meraviglioso’. Umiliani boasted a prolific career scoring many Italian exploitation films throughout the 60’s to the 80s and this track effortlessly embodies the distinct sound of 60’s Italian lounge music. Bringing us back to the present; French producer Vince Dolphin delivers an ethereal and “aquatized” cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais’. At the tail end of our tracklist we hear Ween’s crooning ballad ‘Sarah’. Finally, closing the curation on a somber note, we have Dubmood’s ‘A Hole in the Chest’. Warm and creamy analogue basslines and plucks are juxtaposed with processed vocals as well as icy, sweeping square waves. The synthesized nature of the track is given a human aspect through the acoustic percussion, gradually and subtly amplifying in intensity.

  • Playlist Curated by Stanislas Batisse
  • Text: Alex Staszak
  • Photo: Luis Valdizon