Wybe Magermans has been a close friend of Miista since the very beginning. A branding mastermind -- he works for one of the largest, most powerful branding agencies in London -- it was he who sat us down when Miista was still just an itty bitty fetus of a company and helped us to not only strategize but also come up with the very name itself over a few pints at London Fields. Since he knows Miista inside and out, he took it upon himself to create an out of this world Miista mixtape! Below you'll find 14 incredible tracks along with the reasoning behind their inclusion. Wybe knows all about our design foundation of MEASURED MADNESS and saw fit to include many artists who either embark upon interesting collaborations with other artists or who are regularly juxtaposing seemingly at war elements on their own. From Serge Gainsbourg in 1968 to Tiga in 2006, Wybe found parts of Miista scattered all throughout the musical landscape of the past and present.
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1. PJ Harvey – "The Letter"
Kicking off with the woman who could personally embody what MIISTA stands for. Such an independent mind that likes to pick and choose from many different boxes, styles and influences. Here is a song I love from one of her less celebrated albums Uh Huh Her
2. David Bowie – "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)"
If there is one theme running through this list of songs, then it could be the fact that most of these artists are masters of mixing things up. The high priest of this art is surely David Bowie. On this tune he worked together with the king of disco Giorgio Moroder, for the soundtrack of the film Cat People
. A track with a great and for Bowie unusual goth feeling.
3. Tiga - "(Far From) Home – The Speed Of Sexor Reprise"
Headphones on. Check. Busy cityscape. Check. Great pair of shoes. Check. Time for some serious strutting. I love walking through London with good dance music blasting through my headphones. This Tiga track doesn’t necessarily fit this mixtape’s ‘mixing madness’ theme, but I love this song accompanying me when striding through the streets of London.
4. Caribou – "Melody (Four Tet remix)"
Four Tet not only creates his own brilliant sh*t, but also knows how to deconstruct someone else’s. He then builds it up into something completely different. I always think less of remixes when he ‘does’ someone else’s song, but more like covers when it comes to Four Tet. Here he got his mitts on Canadian Caribou’s, already great, song.
5. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - "You Won’t Let Me Down Again"
Mixing can also happen by unlikely partnerships. Whilst Robert Plant’s collaboration with Alison Krauss has received more attention when they brought out Raising Sand
, it’s this duo of Screaming Trees front man with the Belle from Belle & Sebastian that really hits the spot for me. Apparently they don’t see each other that much apart from when Mr Lanegan has new material and asks Isobel to come over to the US to record. Yet something magical happens every time when they are in the studio together.
6. The Breeders – "Bang On"
It must already feel good when you can say that you’re one great band, let alone two. Kim Deal however has a rather envious CV. First she put the groundwork in place for all things grunge and indie with The Pixies, to then have a ‘little side project’ in The Breeders. This is the opening track on The Breeders less known album, Mountain Battles
. It is a rather lazy rock song, about a sense of independence.
7. Gang Colours – "To Repel Ghosts"
The only reason for this song to be in the MIISTA list is because it is a ‘band’ (it’s really only one person) that I am listening a lot to at a moment. Music is always on the move and Will Ozanne’s dreamy beats are the latest incarnation of garage, dub-step, down tempo beats, or whatever the latest name for this sonic animal may be.
8. Big Mama Thornton – "Hound Dog"
This is a song perfectly illustrates that lesser known originals can be more powerful than their more popular followers. It was of course Elvis who made Hound Dog famous. Yet when I first heard this rendition, which pre-dates Elvis by 4 years, this song really came life for me. Willie Mae (or Big Mama) lays in the vocals in a way that she sometimes follows and other times doesn’t follow the beat. Mixing it up so beautifully.
9. Spinvis – "Astronaut"
The Netherlands, my flat homeland, isn’t well known for its musical heritage, and Spinvis probably won’t change that either. Nothing to do with his music, but more for the simple reason that he sings in Dutch. This doesn’t export very well. He is actually more a poet than a singer, and his lyrics always make me homesick. Discovered when he was already in his 40's, he likes to sample many odd things, in a similar way like Beck. Mixing up some beautifully nostalgia, about slices of (Dutch) life.
10. Nicolas Jaar – "Space Is Only Noise If You Can See"
The first time MIISTA worked with Saga Sig and I saw her atmospheric photography in your lookbooks, I really liked her images, as they are often quite haunted and dreamlike. She should ask Nicolas Jaar to do a soundtrack to her photography. His music paints some amazing landscapes, which often make me think of Iceland in a completely irrational way.
11. Rolling Stones – "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking"
MIISTA definitely has a healthy dose of rock and roll in its DNA. And even at their retirement age, The Stones still hold the R&R crown. This is one of my fave Stones songs ever. The guitar weaving of Keith Richards and Mick Taylor is almost like a jam session. Plus I normally don’t think that a saxophone has a place in a rock, but Bobby Keys’ sounds make completely sense in this song.
12. Vive La Fete – "Amour Physique"
It’s hard to sit still when listening to Vive La Fete, and this track is no different. It has a great beat and catchy chorus, which you will sing along with, even when you don’t speak French. By the way, the singer Els Pynoo would look brilliant in a pair of MIISTAs.
13. Serge Gainsbourg – "Initials BB"
I have been told that women like nice shoes, because they can make them feel sexy. One man specialising in making women feel sexy was Serge Gainsbourgh. He has seduced a few in his time. Amongst them is famous affair with Brigitte Bardot (the BB in the song title.) This tune is more a lust song than a love song, where he murmurs more then he sings.
14. Ellen Allien – "My Tree (Ripperton ReMix)"
The doyenne of Berlin techno. Since many years she has produced her own stuff and released many other greats on her label, Bpitch. She could be regarded as a PJ Harvey in this scene, where she is one of the few leading women. When she DJs she has many young men drooling in front of her decks. This is one of her more gentle tunes, but still with a great build up and the drop is just perfect at 4'17”.
Ellen Allien - My Tree (Ripperton Backlash Remix) from kostasvlantis on Vimeo.
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