Mixtapes are like snowy winters, long, endless summers and waking up without a horrible hangover. They're the sort of thing you remember hazily that there used to be loads of them and these days, they're nothing more than a pleasant memory.
But HOLD ON - there's a new mixtape doing the rounds. And this new mixtape by The Thunder Sentinels is very good indeed. It progresses through moody interstella electronica, glorious pop, club bleepiness, mildly-amusing breathy french electropop, an eighties synth-a-thon, some funky whatnot, some dark cinematic stuff, more eighties, vintage electronic pop music and then back to the moody interstella electronica.
You know the score - loads of brilliant music mixed together and enjoyable to listen to.
Here is the tracklisting.
Shuki Levy 'Le Passage Secret'
Freak Electrique 'Parsec'
Felix Da Housecat 'Neon Human'
Johan Agebjörn & Le Prix 'Watch The World Go By' (Skatebård Remix)
Bangkok Impact 'Missionary On Mars'
Exchpoptrue 'Lost & Found'
Breakbot 'Penelope Pitstop'
Jam Xpress feat Dd 'Gotcha Feelin' (Lifelike Remix)
Jakatta 'One Fine Day' (Cicada Remix)
Michel Rubini 'Graham’s Theme'
Antilles 'You And Me'
Jean Michel Jarre 'First Rendez-Vous'
Stephen Falken 'unreleased'
Here is the mixtape.
Download: The Thunder Sentinels mixtape
Now. We are aware of that dreadful old saying about 'there's no 'i' in team', but there is an 'i' in 'mixtape' and the 'i' in this instance is 'Watch The World Go By' (Skatebård Remix) by Johan Agebjörn & Le Prix.
'Watch The World Go By' is one of the sweetest, most wonderful pop songs we've heard in a long time. The track sounds like a restrained Fear of Tigers mix; all controlled euphoria and a touch of camp. The man himself is responsible for Sally Shapiro and has recently worked with the amazing Queen of Hearts.
While the music is doing nice things in the ears, we've got lyrics like "I never wanted to be special / I just wanted someone who was special to be mine / Don't say you understand / Just take me by the hand and watch the world go by" tugging on the heart strings and bringing up goosebumps on our arms.
We urge you to listen to this. It's hardly 'Someone Like You' territory, but we dare you not to be moved.
Johan Agebjörn & Le Prix 'Watch The World Go By'
It's a month or so old, but music this good has no use by date.