Nonprojects | A Mix by Asura & Anenon

Nonprojects | A Mix by Asura & Anenon
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About a month or so ago I came across local Los Angeles record label Non Projects after hearing about one of their artists named Asura. I was a huge fan of Asura’s music, as I’ve mentioned him previously before, so I thought I’d also get in touch and see if they’d want to work on a little something for the blog, and they were kind enough to accept.

The mix is actually two people’s points of view, Asura and Anenon, who is an amazing musician himself and also runs Non Projects. Asura, who does the first half, describes it as:

“This mix gathers the music influencing my next steps. West African and Caribbean polyrythms, poylphonic choral compositions (so much Bulgarian), vocal free jazz, endless electronics, filth and black marble and gold. Some examples of the current syntheses are included. All is full of love.”

While the second half by Anenon:

“For this mix, space is the place. Not in the near cliched cosmic jazz sense, but in the actual expanse of the sound. Open wide bliss from Norway (Susanna, Arve Henriksen), the delicate yet epic beauty of early John Cage piano music (“In a Landscape”) along with the darkness of a Paul Bley improvised piano solo. The vast vocals of Will Wiesenfeld in Asura’s ridiculously clean Baths remix and one of my all time favorite solos in jazz history from Miles Davis in “Masqualero,” essentially the audio equivalent of watching a Jackson Pollack painting in action.

Elsewhere, music from close friends is sprinkled throughout alongside a couple of my own remixes and new obsessions (Oneohtrix Point Never, Toro Y Moi and new Caribou material).”

Overall it’s a hugely eclectic mixtape and that’s what I love about. From song to song it’s all over the place but it’s awesome to see the range of music that inspires these guys. I’ve also got to mention that Asura and Anenon have a split album coming on July 20th called Silver Trees/Damiel. I can say that I’ve had the chance to listen to it already and it’s rather brilliant. For more information and/or to pre-order it click here.

Side One: Asura
1. Orchestre Poly – Rhythmo de Cotonou-Malin Kpon O
2. Konono No.1 – Wumbanzanga
3. Oneohtrix Point Never – I Know It’s Taking Pictures From Another Plane (Inside Your Sun)
4. Sourakata – Dioula
5. Gary Bartz and Ntu Troop – DU (rain)
6. Oscar Mcclure – Cardboard (Asura Remix)
7. Quadron – Buster Keaton (Asura Neon Brakes Ruin)
8. Kitka (With Tzvetanka Varimezova) – Kalimanku Denku
9. Neu – Isi
10. Bougouni Yaalali – Track 2
11. Sunn O))) and Boris – The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)
12. Bjork – All is Full of Love (Live)
13. Asura – High Life
14. Boredoms – Super Good

Side Two: Anenon
1. [ a. d. l. r. ] – Hikikomori Family Values
2. Julian Priester – Love, Love
3. Caribou – Leave House
4. Miles Davis – Masqualero
5. Rarebit The Destroyer – Tape Shreds
6. Susanna & The Magical Orchestra – Jolene
7. Arve Henriksen – Viewing Infinite Space / Yagya – Snowflake 1
8. Paul Bley – Vocal Tracked
9. Soul II Soul – Back 2 Life (Anenon Remix)
10. John Abercrombie – Timeless
11. John Cage – In a Landscape
12. Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People
13. Baths – Hall (Asura Remix)
14. Take – Incredibright (Anenon Remix)
15. Toro Y Moi – You Hid


June 29, 2010