Music for Swimming Pools Vol 1 & 2

A vintage mix by me from 2000, inspired by a legendary trip to Greek island Naxos with Pete Lawrence and the Big Chill crew. Look out for an appearance from Quentin Crisp…

‘I have been to restaurants in Soho whose denizens have crossed social and geographical barriers to reach them. In one, I have seen a girl sitting amid musical pandemonium with a book open on her knees and her little finger entwined with that of her true love. Of course she was not really listening and not really reading and not communicating with her friend in any way that required effort or style.

It would be hard to say whether the jukebox caused the death of human speech or whether music came to fill an already widening void. But unless the music is stopped now, the human race, mumbling, snapping its fingers and twitching it’s hips, will sink back into an amoebic state where it will take a coagulation of hundreds of teenagers to make up a single unit of vital force, which, once formed, will only live on sedatives, consume itself on the terraces of football stadia, and die.’

1. Sean Flynn – The Clash
2. Augustus Pablo – Braces Tower Dub
3. A Tune For Jack – Lemon Jelly
4. This World – Zero 7
5. Cast Your Fate to the Wind – David Axelrod
6. Dawning- – 23 Skidoo
7. Persopolis – Deep Dish
8. Loving You – Minnie Ripperton
9. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
10. Sontags Beste – Rune Lindbaek

1. Music – John Miles
2. This Pullover – Jess Conrad
3. One to One Religion – Bomb the Bass
4. Debra – Beck
5. Paint the Stars – Jimi Tenor
6. Universal Unfolding – Lenny Ibizarre
7. Sunshine – Handsome Boy Modelling School
8. Aeo – Brian Biggs
9. Love Serenade – Barry White
10. Petra – John Beltran
11. Light My Fire – Shirley Bassey
12. Yoshinori Sunahara – Theme from Take Off


Cafe del Mar Mixtape Vol 2 1991

Del Mar Tapes

I recently found a couple of Cafe del Mar mixtapes, vols 2 & 8, I’m guessing they were bought in Summer 1991 (?) from legendary resident DJ Jose Padilla who used to sell them from behind the decks. He got bored of my nagging him for track id’s so he let me copy the track lists from his notebook. Maybe I’ll dig out the cassette deck and digitise them sometime, but for now here’s the track list and some links for volume 2. It’s a seminal collection, the Balearic blue print of ambient, electronics, classical, new-age, film scores and rock all going into the mix…

  1. Wally Baderou – Mt. Fuji and the Mime
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre – Souvenir of China
  3. Yello – Blue Green
  4. Wally Baderou – The Dachstein Angels
  5. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Perpetuum Mobile
  6. Jon & Vangelis – I hear you now
  7. Steve Miller – Wild Honey
  8. Laurie Anderson – White lily
  9. Laurie Anderson – Radar
  10. Marianne Faithfull – The Hawk
  11. Astor Piazolla – Regresso al Amor
  12. Mark Isham – Interest Persued
  13. Art of Noise – Moments in Love
  14. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene