The first refeatured artist since Thoughts for Tonight began is going to be… Organ Morgan. I reviewed his brilliant Avalanches-esque debut, the Cocaine Afternoon E.P. last year. This weekend he was kind enough to tweet about his new mixtape. I’ve been in a bit of a mixtape frenzy of late, having spent numerous hours streaming Mr. Scruff’s various five to eight hour sets from his Soundcloud, so the chance to see Matthew Mayes’ first under the Organ Morgan guise was met with much approval.

While DJing electronic music obviously requires considerable talent – knowing when to drop a certain tune, reading the crowd, and the technical knowledge to seamlessly mix hours in front of a club – it still doesn’t show off a record collection in the ways that other DJs can. Organ Morgan’s Garden Party Mixtape takes you on a four hour tour into the musical mind of Matthew Mayes. Loosely this mixtape does what it says on a tin, and if this was being played to you at a casual, sun soaked Garden Party you’d be thrilled, but there’s an eclecticism in play that pushes past the mixtape’s name. The result is euphoric and melancholic, happy and sad, drunk and sober, dancey and relaxed, up and down, and all mixed together subtlety with perfect timing.

From the electronic jitterings of Nathan Fake and Four Tet, to the sample-laden inspirational Avalanches, the chilled out nostalgia of Royksopp to the folk of Yeasayer, the girlpop Shangri-Las to the soulful smoothings of Tina Britt. The mixtape is relaxed, it’s calm, but it’s fused with an energy, and a commendable balance and pace that, unlike so many other mixtapes of this length, keeps you listening throughout.

The song selection will be familiar to many, certainly not all of it, but for the most part the likes of The XX, Gold Panda, Passion Pit, and The Go! Team will be recognisable. This is not to say it is not without its surprises; mid-way through I hear the psych-fuelled “What’s In It For Me?” by Avi Buffalo, and an hour later the afrobeat Amadou & Mariam segues into the chirpy pop of The Go! Team perfectly. I discovered a lot of good new (and old) music that I didn’t know or remember before, mixed together with three more hours of music I loved.

The Garden Party mixtape avoids the temptations to flood the listener with hours worth of rare and unheard of soul and jazz records; wonderful no doubt, but you’re always left dying to hear something you know as well. Instead it opts to educate and please, and where it educates it does so within the boundaries of what you will almost certainly like and love.

This mixtape reiterates that Matthew Mayes has got brilliant taste. His producer releases gets to chop and sample thirty songs to four minutes, but this mix allows for an expansion that is perfectly welcomed as well. Organ Morgan impresses again.

Download the Garden Party Mixtape (link via sendspace)

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Full tracklist:
James Blake – CMYK
Four Tet – Sing
Nathan Fake – Herm2
Mathew Mayes – Morning Walk
Gold Panda – Quitters Raga (With samples from Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun)
The XX – Islands
Brotherjunkierat – Hold It Together
Toro Y Moi – Talamak
I Monster – Daydream In Blue
Royksopp – So Easy
Organ Morgan – Forgetting You
Florence & The Machine – Hurricane Drunk (The Horrors Mix)
The Avalanches – Since I Let You
Organ Morgan – Broken Heart
Billy Stewart – Cross My Heart
Jay Electronica – Exhibit C (Instrumental)
Jay Electronica – Exhibit C
Das Racist – You Oughta Know
Gwen McRae – 90% Of Me Is You
Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – Sunshower
Organ Morgan – Scent Of Rainy Pavements
Todd Rundgren – Tic Tic Tic, It Wears Off
White Williams – Violator
The Avalanches – Two Hearts In 3-4 Time
The Free Design – Bubbles
Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For Me?
Isaac Parnell – Shipping Forecast
Kevin Ayers – Song For Insane Times
The Strange Boys – Be Brave
The Left Banke – Dark Is The Bark
The Carpenters – Nowaday’s Clancy Can’t Even Sing
Organ Morgan – People Watching
Milton Nascimento – Clube Da Esquina No2 (Organ Morgan Mix)
Amadou & Mariam – Ce N’est Pas Bon
The Go! Team & Babongo Tribe – Templates From Home
Santo Pena – Navidad Sin Mi Madre
Organ Morgan – We Done Good
Lord Kitchener – Kitch You So Sweet
George Guzman – Marilu
Ralfi Pagan – I Never Thought You’d Leave Me (Organ Morgan Mix)
Joe Bataan – It’s A Good Feeling (Riot!)
Sandra Phillips – You Succeeded
Tina Britt – The Real Thing
The Shangri-las – Bull Dog
The Go! Team – Ladyflash
Organ Morgan – Cocaine Afternoon
Toro Y Moi – Cold Shoulder
Darwin Deez – Radar Detector
Breakbot – Baby I’m Yours feat. Irfane
Kavinsky – Nightcall (Breakbot Mix)
Entrepreneur – Bubblegunk (Organ Morgan Mix)
Basement Jaxx Vs The Clash – Magnificent Romeo
Martika – Cross My Heart
Rene & Angela – I Still Need Your Love
Yeasayer – O.N.E
Noze – Remember Love
Ratatat Vs Passion Pit – Sleepy Mirando
Memory Tapes – Bicycle (Little Loud Mix)
Groove Armada – Paper Romance
Caribou – Kaili
Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plain
Eddy Grant Vs Gorillaz – Stylo Warp
Hot Chip – I Feel Better
Demon Vs Heartbreaker – You Are My High
Bel Amour – Bel Amour (Vocal Mix)
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Mix)
Avalon – How Does It Feel?
Avalon – Never Gonna Give You Up
Organ Morgan – Discolicious
Sleigh Bells – Tell Em

One Response

  1. Somali Music

    Nice one! Thank you for sharing this post here as I have also something to do and read about by going deeper into loving music.

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