WALKING IN THE RAIN (Mixtape)

Enjoy this mixtape with some of the best and most melancholic folk songs released so far in 2019. I tried to compose the ideal soundtrack for a walk in the rain, at sunset. Eight songs, thirty minutes of musical beauty and delicacy.




If you liked this mixtape, I recommend to have a look to THE BEST FOLK OF 2019 and to follow the playlist THE INDIE FOLK RADAR.


THE WEIGHT WE CARRY (Poetry in Music, Episode 3)

Inspired by a couple of particularly exciting pieces that I had the opportunity to enjoy in the recent weeks, I felt like taking up my old project called POETRY IN MUSIC, which is based on the idea to elaborate in music one composition from a modern writer or poet. I started the project in 2017 with two initial episodes, the first one featuring the verses of Dylan Thomas’ villanelle “Do not go gentle into that good night“, recited by the poet himself, the second one featuring the poignant and touching verses of “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe.

The mixtape that I’m presenting today, which may be considered as the third chapter of the serie, features the beautiful poem called “Song“, by American poet and writer Allen Ginsberg. The music includes some of the most beautiful contemplative and modern classical songs that were releaed in the last few months by artists such as Nils Frahm, Nathan Shubert and Gareth Quinn Redmond.

Enjoy the mixtape and you can follow Ginsberg’s poem by scrolling down just after the widget.






“Song”, by Allen Ginsberg (1954)

The weight of the world
is love.
Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction
the weight,
the weight we carry
is love.
Who can deny?
In dreams
it touches
the body,
in thought
constructs
a miracle,
in imagination
anguishes
till born
in human–
looks out of the heart
burning with purity–
for the burden of life

is love,
but we carry the weight
wearily,
and so must rest
in the arms of love
at last,
must rest in the arms
of love.
No rest
without love,
no sleep
without dreams
of love-

be mad or chill
obsessed with angels
or machines,
the final wish
is love
–cannot be bitter,
cannot deny,
cannot withhold
if denied:
the weight is too heavy
–must give
for no return
as thought
is given
in solitude
in all the excellence
of its excess.
The warm bodies
shine together
in the darkness,
the hand moves
to the center
of the flesh,
the skin trembles
in happiness
and the soul comes
joyful to the eye–
yes, yes,
that’s what
I wanted,
I always wanted,
I always wanted,
to return
to the body
where I was born.

THE THUNDER – The Mixtape with the Best of Contemporary Atmospheric Stoner Rock

I’m sharing with you a mixtape that I’ve created by selecting and combining together the best Atmospheric Stoner Rock songs that were released in the last few years. You’ll find in this compilation masterpieces from bands and artists of the calibre of Monster Magnet, Brant Bjork, John Garcia, Truckfighters, and many others masters of stoner rock.





The complete tracklist of the mixtape is as follows:

  • Intro / The Dream of Life, by S.B.G.
  • Diamond, by All Them Witches
  • Exordium, by Ordos
  • Sun Shivers, by King Buffalo
  • What Is Human, by Palace in Thunderland
  • Calm Before The Storm, by Truckfighters
  • Night Creeper, by The Blackwater Fever
  • Tao of the Devil, by Brant Bjork
  • Drowning, by Moster Magnet
  • Catamaran, by Yawning Man
  • Rest Easy, by The Flying Eyes
  • Softer Side, by John Garcia



Most of the songs of this mixtape were taken from THE DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER, which is one of the playlists that I’m curating on Spotify. Check it out.



ANGELS OF FOLK (a Mixtape with the most beautiful voices of Contemporary Folk)

Enjoy this precious selection of the best folk songs released in the last couple of years, featuring the most beautiful voices we could enjoy in recent times. Eleven songs, for 40 minutes of uninterrupted musical poetry.



The tracklist includes songs from Adrianne Lenker, Claire Hastings, Emilie Mover, Heater Taylor, Joan Baez, Karine Polwart, Marissa Nadler, Michelle Mandico, Olivia Chaney, Rosie Carney, and Sarah McQuaid.



If you liked the mixtape, you could also enjoy the playlist Modern Songwriters, which collects the latest and best songs from contemporary songwriters.


THE SEDUCTION OF NIGHT – Best of Contemporary Doom and Gothic (Mixtape)

The night
Hath been to me a more familiar face
Than that of man; and in her starry shade
Of dim and solitary loveliness
I learned the language of another world

LORD BYRON


The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY

This mixtape features some of the best Doom and Gothic songs that have been released in the last couple of years, and it includes the following bands: Crematory, Grajo, Haunted, Nailed to Obscurity, Ordos (with their brand new single), Sinistro, Swallow The Sun, The Sabbathian, Usurpress and Witchsorrow. Ten tracks, one hour of music, creepy atmospheres and ancient legends.


Night is falling: at dusk, you must have good eyesight to be able to tell the Good Lord from the Devil

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE

RECOVERED – The Best Pop Songs Covered in Metal

Inspired by the recent LP of covers that was released by Arch Enemy, I’ve put together some of the best metal covers of pop songs. I hope that it will be as much fun for you to hear as it was for me to mix! And in case it will be appreciated, a second episode could arrive shortly. Enjoy! And shout!!



This is complete list of bands that were included in this mix: Alien Ant Farm, Arch Enemy, Disturbed, Ensiferum, HIM, Korn, Machine Head, Powerman 5000, Seether, The Blank Theory, and Vision Divine.


WHATCHAWANT – Music from the Golden Age (Part 1)


I believe it’s absolutely natural that we feel a special and visceral connection with the music that we used to listen when we were teenagers. When we compare it with the music that’s produced today, older tunes always look more strong, exciting, and also original than what the new generations are listening nowadays. Nevertheless, it’s objectively agreed that across the 80s and 90s an incredible phenomenon was experienced in which artists from different backgrounds began to expand the boundaries of their music by mixing genres and cultures, creating something unique and spectacular, which today still shines with a special light. Bands like Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, they all contributed to sign one of the most influential periods of the history of modern music. I call it “The Golden Age of Music“.

WHATCHAWANT is a project which is aimed at selecting, collecting and mixing together the music that was produced in the Golden Age of Music. You’ll find here only the best songs, those who influenced huge masses of fans and followers.

PART 1 is the first chapter of the project. It’s a mix of 30 minutes with an initial bunch of songs. Other parts will follow. Enjoy it and spread the word!



MODERN BATTLES – A Thrash Metal Compilation

Enjoy this brand new mixtape with the best and newest songs in Thrash Metal. Fifteen bands, one hour of music with no pauses for a total and unconditional metal attack.




This compilation features songs that were released in the time-span between September and November 2018. All new tracks, from both major formations and emerging bands.


The complete tracklist is as follows:

  • The Face of Fear by Artillery
  • Betray Your Beliefs by Battlegrave
  • The Truth by Calamity
  • Corporatocracy by Crimson Slaughter
  • Eyes Of The Land by Cultural Warfare
  • First Class by Darkness
  • We’re Done With You by Death Ray Vision
  • Manic by Desecrator
  • Demolition Man by Flotsam and Jetsam
  • By The Numbers by Metal Church
  • Bring Out The Monster by Gama Bomb
  • Endless Decay by Injury
  • Total Rejection by Necronomicon
  • Fool’s Gold by Red Front
  • Feed The Herd by Royal Rage


GET UP – The Mixtape (best of modern Crossover, Hardcore and Nu-Metal)

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.

BUT IT AIN’T ABOUT HOW HARD YOU HIT, IT’S ABOUT HOW HARD YOU CAN GET HIT AND KEEP MOOVING FORWARD. HOW MUCH YOU CAN TAKE AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody!

Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!

16 Songs, 60 minutes, the best of new crossover, hardcore and nu-metal, all packed into an explosive compilation of fury and rage. Can you kake it and keep moving forward? So Get Up!

You’ll find in this mixtapes artists such SlipknotCavalera ConspiracyRise of the Northstar and All Against. I’ve selected and mixed all the songs with the objective to create a single uniniterred flow of energy, an adrenaline rush to support your workouts or any other occasion when you need a boost.

In case you’re interested to get the mixtape for enjoying it offline, there are many services online to retrieve the file, or you can just contact me. Enjoy.


CREEPY NIGHTS – The Mixtape (an Horror Synthwave Compilation by Guerino)

Inspired by a good bunch of synthwave albums that have been released this year I decided to realize this short mixtape dedicated to the world of horror movies. How many references will you discover?

The compilation features 7 songs from the best synthwave artists that released an album in 2018: Carpenter Brut, Mlada Fronta, Gunship and MASTER BOOT RECORD. Full tracklist can be accessed through the widget. Enjoy the mixtape, and don’t forget to leave a light on tonight.


 

BEST DOOM OF 2018 – THE MIXTAPE

 

We haven’t reached yet the end of the year but we can already say that 2018 was definitely positive for Doom Metal, with many good LPs from important bands and also a few promising debuts. Presumably this is also one of the reasons why the articles that I wrote about doom metal have been among the most visited and appreciated by the community of the readers of this blog.

Based on the above, I decided to prepare a long mixtape (almost two hours) by merging together all the best songs that were released in 2018 (so far). I first selected the 10 best doom bands of the year, then I choose the best tracks from their recent albums, and finally arranged and mixed the songs in order to create a single, coherent but also dynamic flow of music.

I’m confident that the compilation will be appreciated by both the fans of doom and also those who’re less familiar with the genre.

This is the state of doom in 2018. These are the best bands. Now enjoy the mix, and spread it.

 


 

 

SLIPPING DOWN INTO THE CORE – Music for Tormented Souls

 

 

Abandon hope all ye who enter here

 

Enjoy this 60 minutes compilation with the most creepy, haunting and abrasive songs released in 2018. All songs were selected and mixed by Guerino. The mixtape features songs by Forming the Void, Ilsa, Sorxe, Sumac, Terror Cosmico, YobYlva, and Windhand.

 


 

RUNNING WITH METALLICA, a Metal Compilation Made for Running

 

Enjoy this compilation with the strongest, the fastest and the most engaging tracks from the vast catalogue of Metallica‘s albums, selected and mixed for your workout sessions.

The tracklist includes many songs from the early albums but also selected pieces from the most recent releases.

Stop browsing, go running.

 

 

FOREVER AUTUMN – A Folk Mixtape by Guerino

 

The summer sun is fading as the year grows old, and darker days are drawing near,
The winter winds will be much colder, Now you’re not here.

I watch the birds fly south across the autumn sky and one by one they disappear,
I wish that I was flying with them, Now you’re not here.

Like the sun through the trees you came to love me,
Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away…

Through autumn’s golden gown we used to kick our way, You always loved this time of year
Those fallen leaves lie undisturbed now, ‘Cause you’re not here

(“Forever Autumn“, originally composed by Jeff Wayne in 1969, subsequently recorded by Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass, and recently covered by Sarah McQuaid)

 

We have again entered that season of the year when the days become inexorably shorter, the warm air of the summer slowly turns into the colder winds of winter, and our spirit inevitably lingers in a sweet and bitter melancholy.  Driven by these feelings I collected and mixed together the most beautiful folk songs of the recent months, along with some other piece from the recent past, and made this compilation named “Forever Autumn“, which in my idea could be perfectly suited to accompany us in this beginning of the autumn season.

You’ll find here the most melancholic and emotional songs composed and recorded by artists like Sarah McQuaid, Blowzabella and Mark Lanegan.

 

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Born in Madrid (to a Spanish father and an American mother), raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah McQuaid released in 1997 her debut solo album (“When Two Lovers Met”) and she has published in 2018 the fifth LP in her career of singer-songwriter, “If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous

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Blowzabella is an English band who play bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy and an array of acoustic instruments to produce a driving, drone-based sound influenced by British and European traditional dance music.

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American singer-songritwer Mark Lanegan and English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood have started in the recent years an interesting collaboration which produced already two LPs: 2013’s “Black Pudding” and the most recent “With Animals“, released in 2018.

 

The complete tracklist of the mixtape is the following:

  1. Shoreham River by Bird In The Belly
  2. Waltz by Kittel & Co
  3. Bedlam Boys by Solasta
  4. Bushes and Briars by Blowzabella
  5. Forever Autumn by Sarah McQuaid
  6. Tree in the Valley by Jack Rose
  7. Off To See The Hangman, Pt. II by Gwenifer Raymond
  8. Desert Song by Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood

 

As you can see, the compilation features mostly traditional folk songs and a few pieces of american primitivism (by Jack Rose and Gwenifer Raymond).

Enjoy the mixtape, and share it with your loved ones.

 

 

LOST IN THE DARKNESS – The Mixtape

 

A few days ago I was listening to the beautiful and haunting album What Matters Most, released by Dakota Suite with Dag Rosenqvist and Emanuele Errante, and I was so impressed and inspired by the music I heard that I decided to prepare a compilation with songs that were capable to arouse the same kind of emotions. I ended up collecting and songs from artist of the caliber of Atrium Carceri, Kaada, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Awali, and the result is the mixtape that you can easily access through the widgets that are provided on top and on the bottom of this article.

Most of the songs of the mixtape may be characterized as dark ambient, but the mood of the compilation is not as obscure or funereal as the title might presage. What emerges is rather a feeling of desolation and powerlessness compared to those situations that we have to face by ourselves, alone with our unconscious.

The title of the mixtape is LOST IN THE DARKNESS, and it’s partially inspired by one of the songs of Dakota Suite’s new record, Now I Am Lost, which is also included in the compilation.

One recommendation: I think that the best way to appreciate this mix is with the headphones, and playing the at a sufficiently high volume.

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Singer and guitaris Chris Hooson is the founder and leader of Dakota Suite, the Leeds-based formation that has become famous for their songs filled with ambient and cinematic soundscapes.

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Tamara Shmidt, working under the moniker of Awali, composes music that is mixtures of soft vocals, piano and electronic experiments

 

The complete tracklist of LOST IN THE DARKNESS is the following:

  1. Vida Jättars Väg by Atrium Carceri & Herbst9
  2. Miles To Midnight by Atrium Carceri, Cities Last Broadcast, God Body Disconnect
  3. Now I Am Lost by Dakota Suite, Dag Rosenqvist and Emanuele Errante
  4. Now That You Know by Dakota Suite, Dag Rosenqvist and Emanuele Errante
  5. Whales by Awali
  6. Andata by Ryuichi Sakamoto
  7. Fundamental Values by Nils Frahm
  8. Useless, useless by Kaada

 

All of the songs were released between 2017 and 2018.

Differently from every other mixtape that I released so far, there aren’t samples and inserts in addition to the original songs. That was a specific styilistic choice given the peculiarity of the music that was included in this compilation.