When ACL first started producing mixes, I knew that I didn’t just want to invite artists and labels. We’ve always imagined ACL as a part of a broader community. As such I’ve often invited mixes from amateurs, from listeners and fellow critics. This mix is one of those.
Philippe Requena is a music lover who lives near Paris, and has been producing mixes casually for some time now, just putting them out once he’s gathered enough tracks and samples. We will be featuring more of his mixes in the near future.
I’m particularly enchanted by the way Requena moves between genres, often weaving elements of pop and rock into the mixes in ways not often seen on these pages, but that nonetheless draw lines of connection with the artists and genres you might be more inclined to expect from us.
You can follow Phillipe Requena on his Bandcamp here.
Please introduce yourself.
Well, there’s not so much to say.
Basically, I’m a music lover since a very long time. Music is a passion and, though my tastes evolve around ambient, they tend to be more and more complex with the time. I’m 52 and work as a teacher for pupils aged nine in a city near Paris, Levallois-Perret.
Tell us about the mix.
For the mixes, (I’ve already done 6) I use music whenever i can find something I like. Tv Shows, internet mixes (For example, self-titled mag when musicians make mixes with tracks they love and often explain why they have been moved by a track) or whatever else. There is no former intention but when things are ready (when i have enough tracks), I make a mix. And I always use a snippet of dialogue (TV show, film, poem read by author, …). Photos are always mine and the title comes from poem titles I like.
The music in the mixes is always something I like whatever the style. It can be something i listen to when student, a song my parents used to play when i was a kid.
I don’t have a personal site but i can share my bandcamp page. Because
in the end it’s all about music, don’t you think ?
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Dancers At The Spring
The Bathers – Faithless
Philippe Sarde – L’appel du verre
Jon Batiste – Saint James Infirmary Blues
Zakè – 03 00607053 (Solar Codex)
Death Cab For Cutie – Passenger Seat
Le Trio Joubran – The Trees We Wear
Ezra Collective feat. Jorja Smith – Reason In Disguise
Franz Waxman – Dance and Angela
Joao Gilberto – E Preciso Perdoar
Areni Agbabian / Nicolas Stocker – Full Bloom
Ryuichi Sakamoto feat. Youssou N’Dour – Diabaram
Sebastian Plano – Purples
Mina – Come Sinfonia
David Shire – Theme from The Conversation (Main Theme)
Jun Miyake feit. Arto Lindsay – Clair de Lune
Bruno Sanfilippo – Doll
Nana Mouskouri – Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
Arve Henriksen / Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang / Jez Riley French – Pink Cherry Trees
Claude Sautet – Un coeur en hiver (Pifou Edit)
Porya Hatami – After The Rain / Halo remix (Pifou Edit)
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams