Mixtape #46 : Body

by 5:4

For the new 5:4 mixtape, i’ve turned to that which is closest to us all: the human body. Not a particularly promising theme, you might think, but once i began digging through my music library the sheer quantity of body references quickly became overwhelming (take your pick whether that says something about music in general or my collection in particular). i’ve structured the mix in four sections, each begun with a track concerning the whole body: part one rises from the feet up to the waist and hips, part two moves up the arms from the fingertips to the shoulders and chest, then there’s an interlude focusing on the heart (the only part of the mix to delve inside the body), and finally part three ascends from the chin to the top of the head. Appropriately enough for a body-oriented mix, it’s a little tongue-in-cheek from time to time, and because of what i wanted to include i’ve relaxed my usual rule of only featuring an artist once.

The range of music encountered on the journey is as broad as you’ve come to expect from these mixes, encompassing electronica and dance (Above & Beyond, Goldfrapp, Art Of Noise, Sunken Foal, Freezepop, Peaches, Venetian Snares, Depeche Mode, Erotic Market, Ryoji Ikeda, Bloodgroup, Gazelle Twin, Prurient, Body Sculptures, Man Without Country, Purity Ring, The Flashbulb, Björk, Kate Wax), film and TV scores (John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Cliff Martinez, Joseph Trapanese, Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal, tomandandy, Jay Chattaway, Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch, Howard Shore, Jim Williams, Jed Kurzel, James Newton Howard, Mica Levi, Jerry Goldsmith), light music (Paddy Kingsland, Bass Communion, Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, The Real Tuesday Weld), pop of various chamber, rock, lyrical and plastic hues (Belle and Sebastian, Transvision Vamp, Chromatics, Björk, Anna Madsen, OY, Lene Alexandra, Chvrches, Goldfrapp, Sleep Party People, Kate Havnevik, Braids, CocoRosie), ambient (Venetian Snares, Chubby Wolf, Nordvargr, Not, Pinkcourtesyphone, David Wenngren & Christopher Bissonnette, Moss Covered Technology), leftfield and experimental (Frank Zappa, Squarepusher, Waldron, Stapleton, Sigmarsson, Haynes & Faulhaber, Grutronic, irr. app. (ext.)), and electronic (Aranos, Andrew Liles, Pauline Oliveros, Hecq, The Hafler Trio, The Caretaker, John Zorn, Indignant Senility, Daniel W J Mackenzie).

Four hours of bodily bits and bobs; here’s the tracklisting in full, including links to get hold of the music.

Part One

Venetian Snares – Warm Body (from Winter in the Belly of a Snake)
John Williams – Big Feet (from The John Williams Jurassic Park Collection)
Paddy Kingsland – Little Feet (from Nature and Wildlife)
Belle and Sebastian – Ease Your Feet In The Sea (from The Boy With The Arab Strap)
Above & Beyond – Cold Feet (feat. Justine Suissa) [excerpt] (from Common Ground)
Chubby Wolf – Scalloped Toes [excerpt] (from Turkey Decoy)
Goldfrapp – Tiptoe (from Black Cherry)
Frank Zappa – Damp Ankles (from Jazz From Hell)
Art Of Noise – Legs (from Influence)
Squarepusher – Shin Triad (from Music Is Rotted One Note)
Sunken Foal – Gift Knee Pads (from Mother of God)
Aranos – Inner Thigh in Buttercup Yellow [excerpt] (from Brainwaves)
Transvision Vamp – Back On My Knees Again (from Little Magnets Versus the Bubble of Babble)
Jerry Goldsmith – Crossed Legs (from Basic Instinct (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
Andrew Liles – The Dream of the One Legged Woman [excerpt] (from Interpolations)
Cliff Martinez – They Broke His Pelvis (from Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
M. S. Waldron, Steven Stapleton, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Jim Haynes & R. K. Faulhaber – Woolen Pubic Hair (from The Sleeping Moustache)
Freezepop – Do You Like My Wang™? (from Future Future Future Perfect)
Joseph Trapanese, Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal – Hammerballs (from The Raid 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
Peaches – Tent In Your Pants (from Impeach My Bush)
Nordvargr – Vaginaeternalis (from Originome)
Venetian Snares – Labia (from Filth)
Depeche Mode – Big Muff (from Speak & Spell)
Pauline Oliveros – Bottoms Up 1 [excerpt] (from Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970)
tomandandy – Boom Shake That Ass (unavailable)
Erotic Market – I Want to Be Some Booty (from Blahblahrians)
Not – Butthole Land [excerpt] (from Good Attitude, Peter!)
Jay Chattaway – The Host #197: Surprised M54 / Last Waist Kiss M55 (from Star Trek: The Next Generation – Collection – Volume One)
Hecq – …Her Skinny Hips Towards The Sun… (from A Dried Youth)

Part Two

Ryoji Ikeda – Body Music [For Duo] – I (from Music For Percussion)
The Hafler Trio – Hand Wave [excerpt] (from Hand Wave)
Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch – Wash Your Hands (from Twin Peaks Archive)
Howard Shore – The Fingernails (from The Fly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
Jim Williams – Finger Scene (from Raw (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
Grutronic – fingerprints [excerpt] (from Live)
Chromatics – Hands In The Dark (from Just Like You EP)
Björk – Generous Palmstroke (from Hidden Place (CD1))
Anna Madsen – Palm Reader (from Whisper)
Chubby Wolf – Earth’s Astute Elbows [excerpt] (from Days to Dismember/The Lows, the Sows)
The Caretaker – Gradations of arms length (from Everywhere at the end of time – Stage 3)
Bloodgroup – My Arms (from Dry Land)
Gazelle Twin – I Turn My Arm (from Mammal)
irr. app. (ext.) – Rubber Armpit Chafed by Rusted Metronome [excerpt] (from Enterruption Hermetic Archival Cassette Series 3)
John Zorn – The Clavicle of Solomon [excerpt] (from IAO – Music In Sacred Light)
OY – Shrugging Shoulders (from Space Diaspora)
Prurient – Shoulders Of Summerstones (from Frozen Niagara Falls)
Jed Kurzel – Chest Burster (from Alien Covenant (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
Lene Alexandra – My Boobs Are Ok (from Welcome To Sillycone Valley)
Indignant Senility – Blemished Breasts – side B [excerpt] (from Blemished Breasts)


Body Sculptures – A Body Turns to Eden (from A Body Turns to Eden)
Bass Communion – Heartbeat (from Atmospherics)
Man Without Country – Inflammable Heart (from Foe)
James Newton Howard – Peeta’s Heart Stops (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Original Motion Picture Score))
Pinkcourtesyphone – pixels came and broke your heart (from … and darkness came)
Purity Ring – Heartsigh (from Another Eternity)
David Wenngren & Christopher Bissonnette – In His Ghostly Heart [excerpt] (from The Meridians of Latitude and the Parallels of Longitude)
Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble – A Warm Heart (륵타논 마음) (from Vol. 15: Pieces of Accompanying Music 3)

Part Three

Moss Covered Technology – Body on the Shoreline (from IRMxTP Part II – The Lonesome Foghorn Blows (The Secret of Knowing Who Killed You))
The Flashbulb – Neck Break b+e²+ts (from M³ (Daily Assortment of Sound))
Chvrches – By the Throat (from The Bones of What You Believe)
Goldfrapp – Lovely Head (from Felt Mountain)
Sleep Party People – Chin (from We Were Drifting On a Sad Song)
Kate Havnevik – Mouth 2 Mouth (Original Version) (from Residue)
Björk – Mouth Mantra (The Haxan Cloak Mix) (from Vulnicura remixed – part 2)
Mica Levi – Lips to Void [excerpt] (from Under The Skin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
Bloodgroup – Cut Out Your Tongue (from Tracing Echoes)
Daniel W J Mackenzie – Teeth Sleep ii (from Teeth Sleep Under Winking Black Eyelid)
Jerry Goldsmith – Stripe Blows his Nose (from Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
The Real Tuesday Weld – Close Your Eyes When You Read This (from Where Psyche Meets Cupid)
Braids – Sore Eyes (from Deep In The Iris)
Kate Wax – Dancing On Your Scalp (from Dust Collision)
CocoRosie – Roots Of My Hair (from Tales Of A GrassWidow)

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