Friday, July 18, 2014

Today the Strangest Thing Happened...

...I was looking over my blog and thinking, damn, this has been around a few years... I wonder if an anniversary is coming soon?... So I boot scoot boogied back to find the date of origin and, no shit, it turns out today, July 18, 2011 was the date of the very first post I made on this blog! And I had never thought of this question before... And whilst I was searching for the date of inception, I was thinking to myself, 'Wouldn't it be awesome if today were the anniversary...' I'm not making this up.

So today, being the three year anniversary of the immaculate conception of this blog, I'd like to announce that I have an idea...

...I know what many of you are thinking. The above announcement is cause for celebration in itself, but seriously, I do have an actual idea!


I'm going to make 100 Eros Plus Melody mixes! I'm GOING to do it. Surely you Americans have heard the story of a young Sufjan Stevens proclaiming he'd make 50 albums dedicated to each of the 50 US states. Well, I think he made just two... but I'm really doing it! I'm going to make 100 of these fuckers! It may take years and years, but I'm doing it.





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 37


Many wonder why I put the single track mixes up first and then proceed to torture the listener by forcing them to beg unceremoniously for the individual tracks.

I assure you there is a method to this madness: that is to allow the listener to hear the mixes the way I hear them, the way I conceive of them. Once I compile an Eros album, I ALWAYS listen to the single track mix...at home, in my car...strutting down the street. Making mixes is in no way an art-form, but there is a certain skill in culling, selecting, timing, and presenting songs in a storybook way. It is a joyful feeling to know other people out there are sharing the same groove.

I also want to give a shout out to a handful of rippers and sharers on several dear websites and a certain library forum to remain nameless, where a wealth of amazing stuff is shared daily and in generous proportions. The cult of Library and cinegrooveophiles is a collection of some really amazing people, several who cross over to this website. Thanks for all the great music.

This mix is one of my favorites. I think y'all going to dig this one.








Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 35 (SC 144)



Funky Rob says something like, "Sometimes I make it fast; sometimes I make it slow." Obscure Afrobeat reference there, but if you get that one, good on you. Anyway, yeah, somtimes I make 'em fast, sometimes slow...wasn't sure if the next EPM would be in a month or a year...but the beats are coming in fast, so I've got to get 'em out!

EPM 35 follows in the vein of Volume 34...a serious beatalicious beat and break-fest! There's bound to be a few obscure jams that will be fresh to the ears of even the most hardened Librarian.

Uni and Multi-Tracks R Up.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 33 (SC 142)


EPM 33 gives you a massive reach around... around the globe. What did you think I meant? You sick bastards!

Anyhow, this is the funkiest, porno-grooviest volume in the series. So grab a lover and groove to it if you're playing the field--or even if you're scoring alone at home. Whatever your particular persuasion, get ready groove your fuzzy balls off to this funky-fly groove bucket.

Throw me some feedback in the Comments! If you like the tunage, please say so and tell me what you like! I'll make it worth your while with some individual tracks.



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 32 (SC 141)

This mix has been variously lying around on my hard drive, popping up randomly in my car and on my mp3 earphones for the last couple months. I couldn't settle on a photo for the artwork, so it lay dormant to this miniature blog-world for a time. I was imagining something classically romantic for the cover, but had no luck finding anything that properly conveyed the music's image...until today. Woohoo!

Anyhow, this is the first Eros Plus Melody installment to have a sort-of concept. I say sort of because it's not strictly conceptual in that it tells a coherent story. Rather, it is built around an unknown-to-me soundtrack of which I believe to be of Greek origin (Any listeners who can confirm that it is Greek spoken in the opening track?) I have no idea where I got the soundtrack or how long I've had it. But once I discovered it, I listened to nothing else for weeks.

For EPM 32 I took several songs from that mystery soundtrack and built others evoking a similar vibe around them. EPM 32 alternately conjures romantic images of a Casablanca scene, two lovers at a bull fight, sipping drinks at an Italian lounge... the emotions of a deeply passionate love story.

Just the single track mix for now. If you want me to sort and tag the individual tracks, I'll be happy to do so...after the 20th Comment! (Yeah, I know, I originally said 10, but the comments have been rolling in, so it's twenty now! I want to build a community here, forge some ties with my masses...that dynamic will keep this site going strong more than anything.) Blackmail, yes, but that's precisely about 4% of the downloadership that each album on this series averages. As the Waterboy would say, "You can do it!"

Monday, October 21, 2013

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 31 (SC 140)

Not sure if I'm resurrecting EPM, so this could be a one-off; or it may be the first in an indefinite but very sporadic extension of more volumes... We shall see...

Anyway, I found a bunch of really great non-EPM tracks had shuffled their way into my rotation, so figured it would be a pity if not an outright sin to share them!

Those more familiar with EPM will recognize the opening track, "Something Happens", by Jack Arel. It actually appears on EPM 17. I'd always regretted that I didn't start a volume with that track because it's a crushing number. I gave myself a mulligan and the song receives the special designation as being the only one to appear twice in the Eros Plus Melody series.

EPM 31 starts out pretty mellow until a familiar track (or at least a riff that will be familiar to anyone alive today) comes in and busts the door down. It's pretty much funk, groove and beats from there on out (and a lot of funky flutes, athough that was not my intention--the subconscious was definitely at work, though).

One small teeny tiny detail that is likely to make many folks a twinge, a wee bit unhappy: I've only uploaded the single track mix. If there is significant interest shown in having the individual tracks, leave me a comment. If a nice number of requests come in, I'll hook you up.




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Eros Single Track Mixes Re-Ups (for Bud)

Your persistence and flattery pays off, Bud!

Links will be posted intermittently, but in short time, in the Comments.






Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blast from the Past

On a nastalgiac musical journey tonight, dipping into these earlier SC comps.

I made these while living in Beijing and dealing with the most intense traffic commutes imaginable.  I needed a therapeudic soundtrack to ride with me.

Each album is meant to approximate the morning, afternoon and evening commutes, respectively. And they all GROOVE heavily.

This completes the reups...




Sunday, May 12, 2013

Big Ups


By request, some Sound Compendium pieces sure to make you nostalgic. Linkage in das Commentz.








Friday, May 10, 2013

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 30 (SC 139)



For me, image and music are irrevocably intertwined. From my first listening memories, I recall dissecting the details of album art, often through the entirety of an album, the cover having a profound effect on the way I interpreted the music. Today I could reference uncountable instances when I've heard a song sans artwork and was not at all affected by it, but then once seeing the album art, instantly hearing it with a fresh set of ears.

The relationship between sex and violence is at root in much of Euro and especially Italian cinema of the kind shared here (Think Elio Petri's Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion). Some of the tracks selected for the Eros Plus Melody series often had little outwardly sexual connotation. But once juxtaposed with an image suggesting sex, or eroticism, the songs, at least for me, altered their appearance. Ultimately, after listening to each of these volumes dozens of times, the songs have transformed and taken on an enduring eroticism in the way I'll hear and visualize them into the future.


Alas, the EPM series has fully exhausted itself. I accomplished more than I wanted with the series, and it's time to move on to other things. The blog will remain open until I'm struck with some other idea. It could be weeks, months, who knows... My love for music runs deep and through a multitude of genres, roots reggae, funk, blues, afrobeat, afrocuban, much of which is reflected in older entries of this blog. So we'll press hold and wait for this blog's apotheosis.

In the meantime, I promised to re-up older albums from the blog, especially those with the Sound Compendium label, so if you have a request, leave it in the comments below and I'll be happy to re-up. I will, however, limit it to a one-time re-up, so jump in and get it before it expires on zippy.

Thanks to everyone for the comments and check back every so often for the resurrection of the Sound Compendium Home Library.











Friday, May 3, 2013

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 29 (SC 138)



And then there were two.

The last but one in the fine-as-wine Eros Plus Melody series gets all synthi and '80s sounding on your ass.

If you don't like synthesizers or hot babes, stay away from this one. For the nerds out there, see if you can spot two Pink Floyd homages here. They're in back-to-back songs, the end of one and the beginning of another (Echoes and Wish You Were Here are referenced). The first is clearly intentional; the second I'm not totally sure).

If you like your cheese nice and thick n' smelly, go straight to the comments and never look back.



Friday, April 26, 2013

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 28 (SC 137)



The countdown (count up?) to 30 recommences. We present the third to last installment of the renowned Eros Plus Melody series.

In mood, Volume 28's closest sibling in the series would be the dark, foreboding Volume 8. EPM 28 is a bit different, though, in that it includes a collection of modern and classic tracks from the Eastern Bloc, Scandinavia and South America, a smattering of Italian Giallo and France. Special thanks goes to Easywind once again for the image that perfectly fits the mood I was aiming for. We somehow manage to read each others' musical minds for images and sounds...

A joyously dark album.



Friday, April 19, 2013

Eros Plus Melody Vol. 27 (SC 136)



EPM 27 goes off the beaten path to bring you the very best in hip hop instrumentals. If you're thinking of taking a pass on this one because hip hop ain't your bag...big, big mistake! This volume is drenched in erotic sounds that rival anything in the series.