Slaughtered (Modcast #95) - Memory Tapes (October 2011)
David Hawke, otherwise known as Memory Tapes, recently put together an extended mix, comprising of all new material, for Modular’s Modcast. Hawke had this to say about the mix:
I find I listen to mixtapes more than albums a lot of the time, so I wanted to make a new record in the form of a mixtape instead of a single or EP etc. It’s all new, original Memory Tapes stuff just put together in the form of an extended mix.
Rocking a quite unique sound that could be described as prog chillwave, the first album from Memory Tapes, 2009’s Seek Magic, was a beautifully sprawling and emotive record, and is up there with my all-time favourites. But then with this year’s eagerly anticipated follow up Player Piano, he just seemed to lose the magic somewhat. According to interviews, he was trying craft a more concise album influenced by 60s pop, but in the end the whole thing just felt oddly devoid of the rich emotion and nostalgia pervading his first album.
Thankfully this mix, enigmatically entitled Slaughtered, sees him returning to the emotive sprawl of his first album, with a splash of 90s rave thrown in the mix. At times I’m not sure whether it is a mix, or more of a very lengthy through-composed track, but either way, it’s something special. Check it out above, or you can download it here.