My head's in the Mixcloud



Extracts from my March 2013 Radio Websites column for Radio User

I subscribe to many different channels on Mixcloud and I’d like to think my choices are wide ranging and eclectic. Here’s some of what I have been listening to over the past month. Why not be brave and take the plunge with me into some new genres, ideas and sounds?

I enjoyed DJ Ravemasters’ Renaissance mix, presented and produced by Brioni Faith. Brioni’s music is all about big atmosphere and up-tempo beats. Her vocals create an intimacy with the listener; inviting you into her world, while the music is uplifting and inspiring. The mix itself is at www.mixcloud.com/Trance_Mix/dj-ravemaster-renaissance/ with links to Brioni at www.brionifaith.com and www.facebook.com/brionifaith.music  In their own words they “decided to entitle this mix as Renaissance because of this new age, this new world we are shifting into. Many are calling it the golden age, as we go through this apocalypse. I use apocalypse in its original meaning, to uncover, to reveal, to become more aware.“ 

For something completely different how about the Eat My Mind Radio Show, a two hour bonanza every Monday at 7 p.m. on Manchester community radio station NFM 106.6 or whenever you want it via www.mixcloud.com/EatMyMindRadioShow Entertainer X plays a blend of “Out there TV and movie themes, kitsch, incidental music, organs in orbit, mondo, exotica. We embrace the criminally ignored and the ignorantly reviled.  We salute the men and women of the musical world that blew their minds and continue to blow ours.”

How about a Headphone Commute? That’s the name of a channel playing modern classical, dark ambient, cinematic and film music. It’s also an online magazine. http://reviews.headphonecommute.com/ You can subscribe to their mix tapes or podcasts at Mixcloud and also listen at www.mixcloud.com/HeadphoneCommute/

Or you may be in the mood for a cloudcast from Jazz Cat? This is an intriguing mix of styles including a programme concentrating to modern jazz from Italy, and a marvellous series called Lost and Found. www.mixcloud.com/maxvibes/

John Faulkner has a regular programme which is an eclectic mix where he brilliantly mixes comedy snippets with music. the end result is called All Mixed Up at www.mixcloud.com/John_Faulkner/  That put me in a lively frame of mind so I then moved onto further banish the winter blues with West Coast Sailing. They play a mix of "super smooth West coast crust." It put me in the mood for a holiday on the west coast of the USA.  www.mixcloud.com/saladsoundsystem/west-coast-salad/

If you want something different to hear then London station Resonance FM has ever inventive and quirky recordings. It's been successfully running as an FM station on 104.4 on London, and online since way back in 2002. It "features programmes made by musicians, artists and critics who represent the diversity of London’s arts scenes, with regular weekly contributions from nearly two hundred musicians, artists, thinkers, critics, activists and instigators; plus numerous unique broadcasts by artists on the weekday Clear Spot." you can follow Resonance FM at www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/

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