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Sunday mix
11.12.2020

Sunday Mix: El Hardwick

Experimental

Earlier this year, London-based multidisciplinary artist El Hardwick ventured away from their Moonbow moniker to share their debut album 8 under their own name.

Hardwick’s vision of ambient music, and lived experience of its cathartic or soothing capabilities, is masterfully explored in their Sunday Mix. While words like ‘transportive’ or ‘otherworldly’ are quite often used overzealously when discussing projects quite as lulling as this, Hardwick’s gentle touch, tracklist choices and sci-fi inclinations coax assertive qualities from the undeniably subdued.

On the mix, Hardwick writes, “I wanted this mix to expand on some of the themes of 8: my recent debut album, which is a multimedia science fiction concept project.

As someone who lives with chronic illness, I see ambient music as a necessary space for rest, that is in itself an act of resistance to capitalist, grind culture. Ambient music, much like sci-fi, is both a space of speculation and fantastical escape; it so often celebrates an almost extraterrestrial aesthetic, and yet is also rooted in connecting to our earth, planets and stars, as a spiritual and ecological whole.

I wanted this mix to capture the spirit of ambient sci-fi soundtracks, using vapourware-infused drone, choral vocals and emotional, contemporary soundscapes; to imagine a future aesthetic that is human, where electronic instrumentation breathes, and synthesis sounds organic — spiritual even. Almost like a radio station broadcast from outer space, with intermittent interference from different timelines, that is both transportive but also involves a certain level of active listening.”


See Tracklist
Sonmi451 - Outer Shell
Suso Saiz - Enzyme Exchange
Dylan Henner - Little Frogs Swam by Every Now and Then
North Atlantic Drift - Dream Recall
jjjacob - Entering Autumn
Max Würden - Diminish
naemi - sugar hiccup
Khotin - Outside In The Light
Sim Hutchins - Hollywood10
Echaskech - Oort Cloud
Lonetapes - The Search
Leandro Fresco - Brenda
State Azure - Ebb and Flow
PJS - Happy Clouds
Torus - Like The Night
Malibu - Lost At Sea
Frond - Realisation
Anti Shift - District 11
Caroline Polachek - The Gate (Extended Mix)
Carbon Based Lifeforms - Everwave
woob - Recreational Wave
Useless - 128E
Panabrite - Pavilion

Sunday Mix: El Hardwick

Sunday Mix: El Hardwick

Earlier this year, London-based multidisciplinary artist El Hardwick ventured away from their Moonbow moniker to share their debut album 8 under their own name.

Hardwick’s vision of ambient music, and lived experience of its cathartic or soothing capabilities, is masterfully explored in their Sunday Mix. While words like ‘transportive’ or ‘otherworldly’ are quite often used overzealously when discussing projects quite as lulling as this, Hardwick’s gentle touch, tracklist choices and sci-fi inclinations coax assertive qualities from the undeniably subdued.

On the mix, Hardwick writes, “I wanted this mix to expand on some of the themes of 8: my recent debut album, which is a multimedia science fiction concept project.

As someone who lives with chronic illness, I see ambient music as a necessary space for rest, that is in itself an act of resistance to capitalist, grind culture. Ambient music, much like sci-fi, is both a space of speculation and fantastical escape; it so often celebrates an almost extraterrestrial aesthetic, and yet is also rooted in connecting to our earth, planets and stars, as a spiritual and ecological whole.

I wanted this mix to capture the spirit of ambient sci-fi soundtracks, using vapourware-infused drone, choral vocals and emotional, contemporary soundscapes; to imagine a future aesthetic that is human, where electronic instrumentation breathes, and synthesis sounds organic — spiritual even. Almost like a radio station broadcast from outer space, with intermittent interference from different timelines, that is both transportive but also involves a certain level of active listening.”

See Tracklist
Sonmi451 - Outer Shell
Suso Saiz - Enzyme Exchange
Dylan Henner - Little Frogs Swam by Every Now and Then
North Atlantic Drift - Dream Recall
jjjacob - Entering Autumn
Max Würden - Diminish
naemi - sugar hiccup
Khotin - Outside In The Light
Sim Hutchins - Hollywood10
Echaskech - Oort Cloud
Lonetapes - The Search
Leandro Fresco - Brenda
State Azure - Ebb and Flow
PJS - Happy Clouds
Torus - Like The Night
Malibu - Lost At Sea
Frond - Realisation
Anti Shift - District 11
Caroline Polachek - The Gate (Extended Mix)
Carbon Based Lifeforms - Everwave
woob - Recreational Wave
Useless - 128E
Panabrite - Pavilion
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