I’m Chris Clarke. I use this page to let out my excitement about what I’m listening to in a totally self-indulgent way. Most of it is electronically produced, but there's no theme or genre to it, and I'm not trying to showcase all of my favourite music or post exclusively new music or pretend that I'm any kind of authority on the matter. The same artists will probably crop up multiple times too. Falla me.
This song gave me a really strong reaction today thinking about it. For those that don’t know, Dilla made an alternative version of this track for his album Donuts, under the name ‘Bye.’. Donuts was almost entirely made by Dilla when he was in hospital, and he died 3 days after its release date, which was also his 32nd birthday. He was also quite sick when he made The Shining, which this track appears on. The names of the tracks and the circumstances of their production… so sad, yet so uplifting.
"I am a very emotional person, and music was the thing that always made it gush out. Music has a particular access to one’s emotional self that is at a far deeper level than any other art form. Eliot said it was the deepest of the arts and deep beneath the arts, and that seems to be true. I suppose it’s because it’s abstract, it’s not about anything, so it’s not mediated or palliated by the dirt of actual reference. A word is more or less a token - poets are always struggling with the words they’re having to use. I think it was Rilke who said that ‘language is the universal whore that I must make into a virgin’. Musicians don’t have to do that: they don’t have to use language, the diminished currency of everyone. Because music isn’t about anything, it can be about everything."
Michel Corringe - Cigarettes Sur Cigarettes (Unknown Remix)
I cut this from a mix myself, cause no one has released it and I don’t know who the remix is by. It’s from a Low End Theory podcast by The Gaslamp Killer and Mary Anne Hobbs. There’s something incredible about it.
Download the podcast here. Also brilliant are 3, 5, 15, 17 and 20.