We asked Markus Mehr if he’d be so kind as to make a mixtape for us of his favourite tunes. What we got was this wonderfully eclectic mix below that has been on high rotation in the Hidden Shoal office since it arrived. There’s something incredibly satisfying hearing Taylor Deupree follow up the Beach Boys – if only this could happen live! There’s also something almost revealing when listening to the mix and pondering on Mehr’s latest masterpiece On. The complexity and variety of elements that, almost despite themselves, make a greater whole than the sum of their parts.
Enjoy the mix, read Markus’s liner notes below and don’t forget to check out On and Mehr’s previous albums In and Lava over at the Hidden Shoal Store.
1. B-52s – 52 Girls
This track is from the yellow album – one of my few desert island discs.
2. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Nostalgia
I overlooked this one at first, but it’s a grower.
3. Stephan Mathieu – Hidden Name
A very reeellaaaxed track, like Stephan himself. Nice guy, brilliant artist.
4. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
I´m the proud owner of all the Beach Boys albums on vinyl! I would consider myself a fan…
5. Taylor Deupree – Worn
Super track, never seen this guy live – have to.
6. Dean Taylor – Fire And Rain
Oh, how I love 70s American crooner shit. This one is very touching.
7. Aki Omnda – Dance
Didn’t know this guy, but a friend gave me a tape with this one on. The fact I’ve put this one on this mixtape is sign of how much I like it.
8. Deaf Center – New Beginning
I also discovered this very late. ‚New Beginning’ is from the album Owl Splinters – I highly recommend this CD for lovers of music with a darker feel.
9. Gerald Fiebig – 6:39 Über Halberstadt
A fellow from my hometown. We will perform together soon.
10. Four Tet – Jupiter
A mixtape without this track is not a mixtape!
11. Hatchback – White Diamond
I first heard this track in a record store in New York, asked the owner of the shop what it was, and bought it.
12. Space – Magic Fly
I´m a bit addicted to good disco shit of the 70s too. This is one of my all-time favourites
13. Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal
14. Tom Hessler – Glass Kreisel
One of my closest friends, so I´m biased. He’s actually quite a popular songwriter with really good German lyrics. ‚Glass Kreisel’ shows his passion for the dance terrain.
15. Nilsson – One
When it comes down to songcraft, this is one of the best songs ever written.
16. Philip Jeck & Janek Schaefer – Song for Europe
Two heroes of mine.
17. Danijel Zambo – Im Verschneiten Walde
Again, a buddy from my hometown –check him out! This guy is a genius.
18. Aun – Protection
You’ve got to see him on stage. This is killer.
19. Ben Frost – Killshot
The title says it all! The whole album blew me away.
20. Pioneers of HiFi – Zeitforscher
A project of mine… Forgive my indulgence!
21. Andy Williams – Too Late
As I said before, I´m really into this crooner stuff. Andy Williams was the King of Mount Schmaltz.
22. Chant Des Derwishes De Turquie – Unknown
Bought this record in a weird record store out of curiosity. Musically we´ve got something in common.
23. Philip Jeck – Pilot Dark Blue Night
24. Jerome Faria – Untitled
Very interesting stuff. I only know this one track, but I will check out more.
25. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Castalia
Huge fan – nothing more to say.
26. Nils Frahm – Peter
The show pony of Erased Tapes – for good reason. I love his approach to classical music.
27. KTL – Wicked Way
The goods when it comes to drone music.
28. DJ Shadow – Six Days
It closes how it began, with the genius touch of Miles Davis. Good party stuff.