#MixtapeMonday

future bar [GOMIX‐2018W40]

future bar Cover Art

I consider this playlist to be the spiritual sibling to last week's mixtape, dot support. It is also a rerelease of a mix I created while I was in college, and has a somewhat‐future feel to it (hence the name), in an almost nostalgic 2000s sort of way. See the table below for a track listing and information on each of the songs.

You can listen to the full playlist here: [8tracks] [YouTube]

Track № Title Artist
1 Maintenance CombatPlayer
Description
[Instrumental]

We start off with the opening track from Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos. All of Dysfunctional Systems's music has this sort of futuristic feel to it, and it sets up the mood for what to expect in the mix without making too strong of a statement itself. The goal is that when you press play, you immediately go Yep, that sure is future bar, all right. [Bandcamp] [YouTube]

2 16 Years Phantogram
Description
It's shooting light, and I'm feeling again. —Is this love, that I'm feeling again?

16 Years was made available as a free iTunes download wayyy back when I was in high school, and I instantly fell in love with it. It has kind of an I Remember feel to it—and I'm honestly surprised I Remember didn't make this mix, because it definitely belongs.

The Nightlife EP by Phantogram that this track is off of basically soundtracked 2012 for me, alongside Of Monsters and Men's My Head Is An Animal. [YouTube]

3 our lives change tryad
Description
One little life makes this whole world alive. Like waves, we all rise and fall away—our lives change.

tryad is one of those obscure indie free‐culture artists that I came across in 2012 when I was deep in my Creative Commons–phase. Their songs have that subtle mix of positivity and depression that was basically my life in freshman year of college, and I had some of their tracks basically on repeat.

I like to think of tryad as basically what 2005 thought 2015 might sound like. They were pretty wrong, but still. [Bandcamp] [YouTube]

4 DEATH MADE IN HEIGHTS
Description
And the tethers that you lace only tie you in a knot: Don’t fall for all the blame, don’t rely on the applause.

Fuck this track is so good. Fuck MADE IN HEIGHTS is so good.

This is a good follow‐up to tryad because it's what 2015 actually did wind up sounding like. [Bandcamp] [YouTube]

5 Firefly The White Panda
Description
And since we found out: That anything could happen.

The White Panda's mashup tapes were what I would always listen to whenever I was programming—because, for the most part, they were irredeemable trash, but irredeemable trash in the way that has a nice beat and gets you pumped and you don't have to think too hard about when you're trying to implement a big messy algorithm in a programming language you're not really fluënt in anyway. This set that they ran for the Firefly Music Festival in 2013 is… legitimately one of their best works? It's amazing to me that this fits the #mood of the mix as well as it does, considering, but damn if it doesn't though. (The beat and synths also set us up for our next track, which is important.) [YouTube]

6 Morphine Varien
Description
Wow… so addicted.

This track is basically just here for escalation purposes, let's be real. The White Panda gets your heart pumping, Varien hits you with those drops. See also Mosh, which probably would have been a runner‐up for this slot.

This is also the point of transition out of lyrical tracks and into the instrumental stuff that will dominate the rest of the mix. Consider this the this mix is going places ok track. [Bandcamp] [YouTube]

7 Letter Yosi Horikawa
Description
[Instrumental]

The fade‐out on Morphine gives us an opportunity to roll back our escalation and take things down a notch again. This track reminds me of Andreas Vollenweider's Book of Roses, which I listened to a lot as a kid, only instead of New Age it's Japanese sample‐based electronica. It builds a really good atmosphere and sets the stage for our next track… [Bandcamp] [YouTube]

8 Leaving Earth BioWare
Description
[Instrumental]

…Which is taken straight from the Mass Effect 3 soundtrack. This is the song that plays as you're flying away from Earth and you watch the planet get zapped and it's really sad and emotional and fucks you up for a really long time. Yeah. It's that track.

In my defense, Mass Effect is definitely set in the future. [YouTube]

9 Beyond the Glass Sam Dillard
Description
[Instrumental]

Continuïng our theme of dark, futuristic videogamey music, this is a remix of the Maridia theme from Super Metroid for the Harmony of a Hunter 101% Run fan album put together by Shinesparkers. I absolutely love the machinistic slow‐down effect that this track uses and the general atmosphere of the whole thing. [Metroid Recon] [YouTube]

10 The Last Lights In The City The Lights Galaxia
Description
[Instrumental]

The Lights Galaxia is another Creative Commons artist that I got really into back in high school when I was checking out that scene. Their netlabel, Luxus‐Arctica, is what first intorduced me to ambient music, and The Lights Galaxia remains some really solid stuff.

This track is in here as another breather—the goal is to create space, because well, what is the future without space, anyway? [Internet Archive] [YouTube]

11 The End zircon
Description
[Instrumental]

This is the final track to zircon's Identity Sequence, which was a cybrepunk EDM opera and how could I not include something like that on a mixtape titled future bar? It rehashes a lot of the themes of the album, and honestly you can just listen to track and get an idea of approximately what the rest of the thing was trying to say. [Bandcamp] [YouTube]

12 Avien Theophany
Description
[Instrumental]

Yes, this is another Metroid remix, but it's Theophany and good and this is a future‐themed playlist anyway, so I don't care. This is a very different take on the Maridia theme from three tracks ago, and serves as a nice reprise to the whole thing, as well as a transition away from the emotional intensity of the middle of this tape and towards the contemplative mood that makes up the end. [Bandcamp] [YouTube]

13 The Little Divine Dragon Nintendo
Description
[Instrumental]

I don't know if I'm more surprised that I put a track from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on a supposedly futuristic playlist or by the fact that it is exactly what the mix needs right now. It works incredibly well and is the perfect bridge for moving from Avien to Reprise, up next. [YouTube]

14 Reprise Koi.
Description
[Instrumental]

Finally, an upbeat happy song! This is the final track to Maelstrom, by Koi., which is a hecking good album imo if you just want to chill to some beats. It's basically also the ending track to this mix. Which is to say, there's one more, but really, this is the conclusion, and that's the epilogue where we all go happily ever after. [Bandcamp] [YouTube]

15 Future, and It Doesn't Work Starscream
Description
[Instrumental]

Except, of course, It Doesn't Work.

This is the final track to Digital: A Love Story, which is great, but it's also just a brilliant track on its own. It always reminds me of dialup. Those tones are definitely dialup tones.

Man, I wish the future sounded like this, though. [Internet Archive] [Bandcamp] [YouTube]