Cracker Mini Mix: Underwater BPM

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Hello again! Let’s reverse habit and click here first, before reading:

I’ve become somewhat obsessed with tracks that create an underwater sensation in my ears – that particular moment when your head is beneath water but you can still see the sun. A couple of weeks ago, one of the greatest, ‘how-is-he-possible’ producers and one of my top 10, Kaytranada, uploaded EIGHT NEW TRACKS on to Soundcloud in one shot. I died, maniacally listening to each so I could pick my favourite. I love all. I do. But, I’ve chosen ‘Whateva U Want’ because it’s got the unique ability to let you dance while sitting in a chair, a skill I’ve mastered during week days spent at a desk. Kaytranada has this effortless knack of making funk seem like his invention. He fades the beats in and out while making them more present than ever, exactly how I feel when my ears are blocked with water and everything I hear comes with a gurgling bassline; this song is the reason behind my underwater playlist.

The beautiful, soul-saving YouTube channel, The Sound You Need, has introduced me to some of the most ethereal music to have kissed my eardrums – everything you hear there is the audio equivalent of sneaking bare foot on to a freshly mowed lawn when no one is watching. A month ago, I heard another weird and wonderful underwater sensation song (that’s my genre invention, you read it here first). The ‘drop’, if you can call it that, is the closest I’ve come to experiencing exploding bubbles though headphones. It’s by French producer Mome, featuring the vocals of Merryn Jeann, and is aptly titled ‘Aloha’ –another way of saying you’re wide awake and dancing under the sea?!?

The next one is three years old, but I’ve included it because it’s new to me. One of the first producers that got me hooked to the big, stunning world of everything electronic was Nick Bracegirdle of Chicane – the first time I heard a song by him was at the grand old age of 13, on a ‘party’ compilation. The song was ‘Saltwater’ featuring Clannad, and it unsettled me in the best way possible because I couldn’t put it in a box in my brain, so used to only classic rock and charting pop. Many years later, when I was 23, I fell forever in love with Chicane, especially ‘Low Sun’ and ‘No Ordinary Morning’ – still two of my ultimate favourites. The reason for this autobiographical digression is a producer called Scarper whom I discovered on Twitter a couple of weeks ago. I checked out his track ‘Bubblecloud’, and it made me feel like Chicane did all those years ago. If you love dreamy, twilight-flavoured melodies framed with bass, this is it! The name ‘Bubblecloud’ made the track fall into my theme’s lap.

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At 4 is ‘Indian Summer’ by Jai Wolf – underwater with sixties Bollywood feels! I rarely have ‘WTF’ moments when it comes to music, but the first time I heard this song a few months ago, my eyelashes trembled with happy confusion. My underwater soundtrack also features Tom Misch, a new discovery signed to Delicieuse Musique, one of my favourite record labels. The track ‘Clapclapclap’ sounds like a daydreaming mermaid’s brush with disco. These days, that’s kind of my secret identity anyway.

The last track came to me via one of my favourite features – Annie Mac’s Free Music Mondays, where she uploads a track she loves by an upcoming producer for free download. Every Monday. Also, did you think I could proceed with a post without mentioning the idol of my radio-obsessed life? ‘Comfort in Your Company’ is the aural version of trying to blink under the sea. But in time to a sexy staccato beat while a mini wave sort of nudges you.

Track List:

  1. Whateva U Want – Kaytranada
  2. Aloha – Mome feat. Merryn Jeann
  3. Bubblecloud – Scarper
  4. Indian Summer – Jai Wolf
  5. Clapclapclap – Tom Misch
  6. Comfort in Your Company – Ren Phillips feat Cameron Bloomfield

If you loved these, write to me at chooncracker@gmail.com or Tweet me at @chooncracker I’m pretty sure water will feel different now.

ONE CRACKER

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I don’t know what it is about being 29, but my internal hard drive is losing wiggle room for all flavours and degrees of BULLSHIT. Whether it’s the general lack of respect for personal space or views, the alarming nature and claustrophobic size of people’s expectations and inability to just calm the f**k down and let you do your own thing without pronouncing their ignorant verdicts on what THEY think YOU should be doing instead of concentrating on their own crap, I have seriously had it. As my friend Abhik says – ‘Kindly manage your expectations and leave the premises’. Unfortunately, most premises don’t belong to me and so, all I can do is chug calming green tea (or many bottles of wine) and blur my vision and hearing so both senses become massively selective. For this very purpose, I found my anthem to lovingly soundtrack this internal rebellion.

I’d been hearing snatches of the same track for a couple of months and maddeningly, didn’t know who had made it. Finally, on September 11, I was listening to an Annie Mac podcast (bless her electro soul, beautiful airwave voice and curly hair and yes, I’m still and always will be, smitten) and heard the whole track with all the info I needed! Eats Everything is one of my favourite garage/jungle producers (his brilliant alias is a bonus) and one of the most respected dance music producers Bristol has given the world.

‘Let’s Go Dancing’ is originally by Tiga and Audion, and Eats Everything’s edit, called ‘Dancing (Again!)’ has been shooting rockets through my bloodstream this past month. The song went ballistic across dance floors and Disclosure released it on their Method White label. The raw grit of its sound makes my toes curl, every time I hear it I can cut out every ugly vibe trying to piss on my mojo. I thought I’d missed the boat trying to write about it way after its release, but the killer video just dropped less than 24 hours ago! YAY! What better occasion to mark my one month love affair with a soul-saving piece of audio mercy? The video is morbidly funny, a metaphor for telling butt wipes to F off without actually saying it. The track with its original length can be found right below it, premiered by THUMP on August 18.

And yeah, you’re welcome.

If you want me to choose something fun for you, write to me at chooncracker@gmail.com or tweet me at @chooncracker