Mixless 50 Year Mix: 1968-2018

Mixless 50 year mix50 years: a new Mixless mix featuring one track for each year from 1968 to 2018. I turned 50 back in March and my closest mates all did the same this year, so to celebrate the 1968 anniversary I’ve created a non-chronological mix blending together one piece of music from each year we’ve been here.

A couple of self-imposed constraints: only one track per artist, and nothing that’s appeared in any previous Mixless mixes. In a couple of cases I took a little liberty with release dates, eg if they appeared as singles one year and on an album another.

So what you have here is a collection of some of my favourite songs and instrumentals stitched together into one continuous piece. The soundtrack to my life, our lives: much of the music you’ll hear is by artists who ended up shaping my life in a hugely significant way; other pieces are beautiful reminders of shared experiences; some tracks are here simply because they will always put a smile on my face… tears in my eyes… goosebumps on my skin… our hands in the air.

“Decade-hopping, genre-popping, crowd-stopping, track-lopping, super Mixless sounds.”

Expect classic pop hits, obscure electronic gems, deep cuts from big names, old-skool hip-hop, indie, disco, dub, funk, ambient, house, soul, folk, dubstep and everything in between. Some of it you’ll know, some things you won’t have heard in years, and maybe one or two bits will be completely new to you.

It’s been a labour of love – I’ve been working on this on and off for most of this year – and it probably goes without saying that for some years and some artists I had major dilemmas over which track to include. There are of course huge omissions – those who know me well will wonder why the hell so-and-so isn’t included. In fact, there are artists – and whole genres – I can’t quite believe aren’t in there.

All I can say is, picking one track for each of the previous 50 years and mixing them up into one coherent whole is not for the faint hearted… but I’ve loved doing it and hope you’ll get some pleasure from it too.

This week marks the anniversary of John Peel leaving us – his influence weighs heavily here and of course on my love of music in general. Rest in peace Mr Peel. #keepingitpeel

Oh yeah, it should probably have been 50 tracks, but I couldn’t not put in something from 2018, so let’s call it a bonus track.

Here’s the tracklist by year, and below that the tracklist by running order.

  • 1968 The Staple Singers – We’ve Got To Get Ourselves Together
  • 1969 Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World
  • 1970 Bavon Marie-Marie et L’Orchestre Nègro Succès – Libanga Na Libumu (2e partie)
  • 1971 Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
  • 1972 David Bowie – Five Years
  • 1973 Cymande – Bra
  • 1974 Maceo – The Soul Of A Black Man
  • 1975 Curtis Mayfield – So In Love
  • 1976 Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
  • 1977 Donna Summer – I Feel Love
  • 1978 Dr Alimantado – Unitone Skank
  • 1979 The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
  • 1980 Siouxsie & The Banshees – Israel
  • 1981 Echo & The Bunnymen – A Promise
  • 1982 The Cure – Siamese Twins
  • 1983 Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent)
  • 1984 New Order – Lonesome Tonight
  • 1985 The Fall – Cruiser’s Creek
  • 1986 Cocteau Twins & Harold Budd – The Ghost Has No Home
  • 1987 The Waltones – She Looks Right Through Me
  • 1988 Public Enemy – Bring The Noise
  • 1989 De La Soul – Change In Speak
  • 1990 Gang Starr – Who’s Gonna Take The Weight?
  • 1991 React 2 Rhythm – Intoxication (Clubfield Mix)
  • 1992 Aphex Twin – Ageisopolis
  • 1993 Soon E MC – Répugnant
  • 1994 Portishead – Glory Box
  • 1995 Spiritualized – Pure Phase
  • 1996 DJ Shadow – The Number Song
  • 1997 The Beta Band – I Know
  • 1998 Susumu Yokota – Kawano Hotorino Kinoshitade
  • 1999 Smog – No Dancing
  • 2000 The Avalanches – Since I Left You
  • 2001 The Strokes – Soma
  • 2002 Joy Zipper – Christmas Song
  • 2003 Elbow – Fallen Angel
  • 2004 Deadbeat – Head Over Heels
  • 2005 Amerie – 1 Thing
  • 2006 Pinch – Qawwali
  • 2007 LCD Soundsystem – Us V. Them
  • 2008 Radiohead – Nude
  • 2009 The xx – Infinity
  • 2010 Agnes Obel – Louretta
  • 2011 A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King Part Two
  • 2012 Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
  • 2013 Bill Ryder-Jones – Wild Swans
  • 2014 Angel Olsen – Iota
  • 2015 LoneLady – Into The Cave
  • 2016 Meilyr Jones – All Is Equal In Love
  • 2017 Jane Weaver – Slow Motion
  • 2018 Tirzah – Say When

Tracklist by running order:

  1. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King Part Two
  2. Cocteau Twins & Harold Budd – The Ghost Has No Home
  3. Deadbeat – Head Over Heels
  4. David Bowie – Five Years
  5. Curtis Mayfield – So In Love
  6. Smog – No Dancing
  7. Bavon Marie-Marie et L’Orchestre Nègro Succès – Libanga Na Libumu (2e partie)
  8. Soon E MC – Répugnant
  9. The Cure – Siamese Twins
  10. LoneLady – Into The Cave
  11. React 2 Rhythm – Intoxication (Clubfield Mix)
  12. Donna Summer – I Feel Love
  13. Tirzah – Say When
  14. Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent)
  15. Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World
  16. Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
  17. Public Enemy – Bring The Noise
  18. The xx – Infinity
  19. Aphex Twin – Ageisopolis
  20. Gang Starr – Who’s Gonna Take The Weight?
  21. Bill Ryder-Jones – Wild Swans
  22. Dr Alimantado – Unitone Skank
  23. Cymande – Bra
  24. De La Soul – Change In Speak
  25. The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
  26. The Fall – Cruiser’s Creek
  27. Amerie – 1 Thing
  28. DJ Shadow – The Number Song
  29. The Avalanches – Since I Left You
  30. Elbow – Fallen Angel
  31. Spiritualized – Pure Phase
  32. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Israel
  33. Meilyr Jones – All Is Equal In Love
  34. Portishead – Glory Box
  35. Agnes Obel – Louretta
  36. Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
  37. Pinch – Qawwali
  38. New Order – Lonesome Tonight
  39. Jane Weaver – Slow Motion
  40. Echo & The Bunnymen – A Promise
  41. The Strokes – Soma
  42. LCD Soundsystem – Us V. Them
  43. The Staple Singers – We’ve Got To Get Ourselves Together
  44. The Waltones – She Looks Right Through Me
  45. Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
  46. The Beta Band – I Know
  47. Joy Zipper – Christmas Song
  48. Susumu Yokota – Kawano Hotorino Kinoshitade
  49. Radiohead – Nude
  50. Maceo – The Soul Of A Black Man
  51. Angel Olsen – Iota
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Rest in peace 2016

Natural disasters, avoidable catastrophes, political upheaval, work-related strife and personal grief have conspired to make 2016 a year that I – and many others no doubt – won’t be too sad to see the back of.

And when we remember the many musicians, artists, writers, actors, comedians, sportspeople, and other beloved people we lost this year, it feels like 2016 has been a particularly cruel year.

But shifting the focus and remembering the many positives the year has brought, I wanted to end it by creating a mix that commemorates and celebrates the music of some of the many talented musicians, singers, producers, DJs, songwriters, musical pioneers, innovators and icons we lost in 2016.

As upsetting as their deaths have been, they have afforded us the joy of rediscovering – or discovering for the first time – some incredible music.

As I was putting this mix together, I found some beautiful music I’d never heard before – some of it by artists I won’t pretend I was very familiar with.

I hope you’ll hear a few things you may have forgotten or not heard before, alongside some true classics.

Rest in peace 2016, here’s to the new year.

  • David Bowie (Life On Mars)
  • Bernie Worrell (Can You Get To That – Funkadelic)
  • Scotty Moore (Have Guitar, Will Travel – Scotty Moore Trio)
  • Prince Be (A Watcher’s Point of View (Don’t ‘Cha Think) – PM Dawn)
  • Lee Andrews (Lonely Room – Lee Andrews & The Hearts)
  • DJ Spank Spank (Acid Tracks – Phuture)
  • Vanity (Nasty Girl – Vanity 6)
  • Jean-Jacques Perrey (Gossipo Perpetuo)
  • Greg Lake (In The Court Of The Crimson King – King Crimson)
  • Prince Buster (Al Capone – Prince Buster All Stars)
  • Sir George Martin (Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles)
  • Don Buchla (Buchla Sound Painting – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith)
  • Bobby Vee (Run To Him)
  • Prince (Money Don’t Matter 2 Night – Prince and The New Power Generation)
  • John Berry (Egg Raid On Mojo – Beastie Boys)
  • Rick Parfitt (Down Down – Status Quo)
  • Caroline Crawley (Shatter – Shelleyan Orphan)
  • Billy Paul (I See The Light)
  • David Bowie (Sound and Vision)
  • Phife Dawg (Can I Kick It? – A Tribe Called Quest)
  • Merle Haggard (Mama Tried)
  • Papa Wemba (Liwa Ya Somo 1 – Zaïko Langa Langa)
  • Rod Temperton (Thriller – Michael Jackson)
  • Mose Allison (Young Man’s Blues)
  • George Michael (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face)
  • Maurice White (Moment of Truth – Earth Wind and Fire)
  • David Mancuso (Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango)
  • Craig Gill (Saturn 5 (Featuring Mark E Smith) – Inspiral Carpets)
  • Black (Wonderful Life)
  • Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson (It’s No Secret – Jefferson Airplane)
  • Dale Griffin (All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople)
  • Sharon Jones (Mama Don’t Like My Man – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings)
  • Leon Russell (Stranger In A Strange Land)
  • Mark Goodings (Is It Love? – Hidden Agenda)
  • Pete Burns (You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead Or Alive)
  • Alan Vega (Dream Baby Dream – Suicide)
  • Leonard Cohen (Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye)
  • David Bowie (I Can’t Give Everything Away)
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