Friday, 27 May 2022

AbstractRadio session - ambient abstractions III - may 2022

Your questions answered ...

What is this? An accompanying piece to our ambient abstractions sessions from 2016 - consider it a six-decade-encompassing cinematic, meandering sweep through all things horizontal.

What should I prepare myself for? Well, for starters, there's the break into the strings in Romer's That Was a Good Feeling, which is simply breathtaking. Then there's Hannah Peel's and Bill Callahan's astounding contributions, which also send shivvers.
And after that, pretty much all of the rest of it.

Is this a requiem for those no longer with us? To some degree, occasionally yes, but in a life-affirming way.

Is it deeply moving in parts? You betcha!

Should I be using heavy machinery while I listen? No, this would be highly inadvisable.

It seems to go on forever? Yep, that's the general idea.

It just sends me to sleep - WTF? The last 15 mins should counter that.

Have you completely taken leave of your senses? The jury remains out on that.

How long did this take to make? You really don't want to know ... let's say we really wanted to go the extra mile on this one.

Why not make it more manageable and cut it into two halves? Well, we thought long and hard about this, and decided that it makes a lot more sense when listened to as a whole.

Sorry, but where's the banging house music? Coming back soon, we promise.


Taking you to obscure places.
Not necessarily honouring the return fare.

Love and babirusas,


[any feedback, as ever, much appreciated]

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Track Title
000:00gabrielle dennisfamily firstmarvel
000:01ana roxanneit's a rainy day on the cosmic shoreleaving
002:56krill.minimasubmarine poetrynative state
007:45bubblepassing safelycarpe sonum
012:54biospherekobresiaall saints
016:10aisha badrumind on firenettwerk
021:49seigen onojuliasaidera
026:04william galison & madeleine peyrouxheaven to mewaking up
030:05pharoah sandersastral travellingimpulse
034:07julie mintztake me home country roadsdaughters of cain
038:34kan wakanphantasmagoria pt 1white
047:04lil greenwoodI must see jesus for myselface
049:04james carrthe dark end of the streetglowax
051:27tsegue-maryam guebrouhomesicknessbuda
053:08barefootborn slippyonetwo
057:14irma thomasanyone who knows what love isliberty
061:04kaitlyn aurelia smithstratuswestern
063:42jónsi & alex somersboy 1904white
068:21beautiful choruspachamamawhite
069:58jóhann jóhannssonflight from the citydg
074:42gigi masincelebration of edenmusic from memory
079:21dalthose daysgenepool
083:42opezbalera de mark7
087:00solomon greythe riftdecca
089:01mary lattimorenever saw him againghostly
095:19the crazy z'smy favorite showazm
098:25archiveold artistisland
101:53superjaimie & danilo bracahomage to jean stsonyc
107:07axel bomanchestnut heartspritemule musiq
113:54hans zimmertimereprise
117:42alice coltranejourney in satchidanandaimpulse
123:53peter gabrielthe nest that sailed the skyvirgin
127:24nils frahmyouerased tapes
131:10dan romerthat was a good feelingost
134:06rare silkstormpalo alto
139:20donovanhurdy gurdy manepic
140:43randy crawfordone day I'll fly awaywarners
143:50bark psychosispendulum mancirca
151:58stars of the liddungtitledkranky
154:27mahalia jacksonI've been bukedcolumbia
158:47romarela petite mortninja
161:45litmusset world on fireblanco
165:14stanley cowelllullabyestrata
169:02the cinematic orchestrathat homeninja
170:57cat powerI found a reasonmatador
172:47top drawersong of a sinnerwish bon
177:07easyd'ya diglsd
182:25leon redbonelazybonesthird man
185:34eunice collinsat the hotelmodart
187:51stars of the lidarticulate silences pt 2kranky
192:25ulla strausbillowquiet time
196:44trent reznor & atticus rosslife on marsnull
199:34bill callahanone fine morningdrag city
207:58hannah peelsunrise through the dusty nebulamop
213:05princesometimes it snows in aprilpaisley park
219:30black taffygeraldineleaving
222:53hannah peelparticle g1mop
228:08hannah peelthe planet of passed soulsmop

-- Total running time – 234:58 --

Thursday, 31 March 2022

AbstractRadio session - dirtydiscodubs IV - march 2022

Greetings AbRadders!

It's been five long years since our last DDD session - much has passed in that time, the vast majority of which is, by general consensus, pretty miserable stuff, and thus has sweet fa to do with the unbridled joys of lazy disco edits, jazzy cuts and loungey-house.

So, without further ado, here's our latest installment of laid back, nay!, almost horizontal house beats - featuring, once more, a host of reluctant stars including Marvin Gaye, Dee Dee Sharp, Luther Ingram, Bill Withers, Ann Peebles, Double Exposure and Fela Kuti.

As ever, please RE-POST if this gives you pleasure!

Love and vaquitas,


The Abrad Team

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Track Title
000:00the whispersplanets of lifebeat junkie
008:14dee dee sharpnobody can do what you dochalkhill
012:58groovemastagive you loveand friends
016:34typesunlast homefutureboogie
024:23that needs an editlet me show youmasterworks
030:45just the two of uslitmuswhite
036:15the magic tracklifebuoys strawsdeep cutz
040:54mustaI like dancemidnight riot
045:38assaldr boogieplaizir
049:27henrik villardp.smhost likely
052:30oscar pstaymjd
060:43coeolike it israzor n tape
065:11bas roos & guy stevepiece of soulblack jukebox
070:31cecilia chelolistenhermosa
074:09angelo ferreri & blanco kfanc de funkmood funk
078:09genius of timesame old placeaniara
082:23double exposuremy love is freesalsoul
091:06hotmoodthe drum beatpoetry in potion
096:10c da afrofunk-o-holicspringbok
101:22lego edityeah alrightlegofunk
106:23dave mathmosyour lovedelicieuse
118:46conan the selectorthe gamere-loved
123:37marvin gayeI want youwhite

-- Total running time – 143:42 --

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

AbstractRadio session - east coast two - february 2022

[east coast : part one can be found here ]

Knocking this mix together has evoked a fair few memories, including those of hanging out on D'Arblay St on Mondays and Thursdays, waiting for the guy in the small blue van - sorry mate, can't remember your name - who delivered vinyl hot off the plane from New York - if you caught him before he could reach the shops, you might snap up some exclusive beauties before they forever disappeared behind the counters of all the indy dance music shops located nearby.

Still alive and well today, US garage is in great hands - with a constant stream of top-drawer tracks coming from the likes of Terry Hunter, DJ Spen and Glen Horsborough, there will always be soul running through this music's heart.

Though the elfin mixing presented here may perhaps not be to everyone's taste, if the wonderful tracks and truly glorious voices contained within are not entirely your cup of char, then may we humbly suggest that AbRad is possibly not the one for you, as we'll stand by these tunes 'til hell freezes over.
Perhaps for you some Genesis instead?

And, sadly, some of the tracks featured may no longer exhibit premier sound quality - suffice to say, that's probably because they're rare, and only ever existed on what is now 30+ year old vinyl. Only the lucky few had copies of some of these tracks, and we understandably thrashed them to death. And some of the vinyl was neither especially well-pressed nor mastered in the first place!

Finally, for those of you who can't get enough of this, there is also a complete version of these sessions, combining both mixes - let us know if you'd like a copy via the chat below and we'll get a link for you to download the whole mix in it's full, unadulterated glory.

Love and hutias,


The Abrad Team

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Track Title
000:00janet rushmorejoy
002:22tears of velvathe way I feel
006:10roy davis jnrmichael
011:48sabrynaah popeit works for me
019:17aly usfollow me
023:44maydie myleskeep on lovin - disco style
028:48jomandaI cried the tears
034:45south steet playerwho
039:25kerry chandlerinspiration
043:54astrotraxthe energy
057:45gisele jacksonlove commandments
064:07cookie watkinsI'm attracted to you
071:16odysseyfeel my love
076:09jasper street companysolid ground
083:21mike delgadoget ready
086:53groove committeeI want you to know
093:07marc anthonyride on the rhythm
096:13amazon huntressslo

-- Total running time – 105.53 --

Monday, 31 January 2022

AbstractRadio session - east coast one - january 2022

[east coast : part two is here. ]

Once upon a time ...

... there was a nightclub called The Paradise Garage ... or at least, that's how many variants of the tale begin.

Way back in the 80's, a sophisticated new sound emerged from of a number of clubs and churches spread down a section of the North East US coast - this was a sweet, celebratory, soulful dance scene, centering on NY and New Jersey as its birthplace and spiritual hub.
The Garage itself was the home of the legendary Larry Levan and, emanating from there, this new sound slowly spread its tendrils and influences across the continent and, inevitably, into the underground clubs of London, Lisbon, Canada, Italy and beyond, onwards across the globe.

The hefty majority of this music was made at a time when the best producers on the NY scene had the luxury of easy access to splendid singers and nice big studios, and the lengthy and glowing roster of the sound's champions features many a lofty house dignitary; Humphries, Knuckles, Masters at Work, Basement Boys, Roland Clark, Benji Candelario, Victor Simonelli and, of course, Kerri Chandler.

For much of this era, Strictly Rhythm was THE label of choice, but Easy Street, Nu-Groove, Nervous, Sub-urban, King Street, 4th Floor and countless other independent labels, many long since gone, all left their mark on the genre.

Sometimes providing a stripped down sound, sometimes huge gospel-driven productions, garage came across as a softer, sexier, more soulful sub-branch of house; with disco as an obvious predecessor - and donating it's backbone 4/4 kick - it had a warm, natural vibe, and never strayed too far into the tougher, more accelerated, future-sounding style which came to dominate mainstream dance at the time, though it did occasionally surface from the depths of the underground, with tracks like Hardrive's "Deep Inside" thumping out of every car stereo in London over the summer of '93...

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Track Title
000:00saltmarshozone sun
004:45non-zerosslum hasta
015:44new girls possehigher
025:40delano smitha message for the dj
030:38smooth touchhouse of love
037:15aftershockslave to the vibe
045:01roach motelmovin' on
052:02sandy bfeel like singing
056:13sole fusionwe can make it
061:18fire islandin your bones
067:10romanthonyfalling from grace
072:30maydie myleskeep on luvin
079:02hidden agendastory of my life
085:33djs ruleget into the music
088:39romanthonyministry of love
090:54janet rushmorejoy

-- Total running time – 94.42 --

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