At this point, there's not a whole lot more we can say about Anenon (a.k.a. Brian Simon) without resorting to full-blown gushing. Fresh off the release of his debut full-length, Inner Hue (which is still streaming here), the LA-based artist has assembled the latest chapter of the XLR8R podcast series, and we can honestly say that the mix is quite unlike all the podcasts that have come before it. Over the course of nearly an hour, Anenon strings together a diverse collection of tunes, including multiple selections from his own Non Projects imprint and several offerings from his fellow participants at last year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid. While there is a smattering of beats scattered throughout the podcast, those looking for a club-oriented listen may be left scratching their heads. Anenon is far more concerned with layering sonic textures and exploring subtle rhythms than working the dancefloor, and displays a real affection for jazz and experimental pop. Much like his own music, the listening experience offered here is thoughtful, nuanced, patient, and quietly soulful.
01 John Cage and Merce Cunningham "In Conversation (Spring 1981, Minneapolis, Minnesota)"
02 Anenon "Tenor Saxophone Improvisation (Live at Home Room, 4/5/12)"
03 Mirroring "Silent From Above" (Kranky)
04 ROM-DOS "You Are at the Center of The Mandala" (Non Projects)
05 Sapphire Slows "Animal Dreams" (Not Not Fun)
06 Phoebe Kiddo "Fear of U_Men" (Non Projects)
07 Anenon "This is What I Meant (Laurel Halo Orfi Mix)" (Non Projects/Ad Hoc)
08 Gold and Soil "Everything Anything Nothing" (Non Projects)
09 Yosi Horikawa feat. Jesse Boykins III, Grayson Gilmour, Anenon "Whisper from an Angel"
10 Nils Frahm "Ambre" (Erased Tapes)
11 Jenny Hval "Blood Flight" (Rune Grammofon)
12 Eric Dolphy "Hat and Beard" (Blue Note)
13 Arve Henriksen "Opening Image" (Rune Grammofon)
14 Rafael Anton Irisarri "Moments Descend on My Windowpane" (Ghostly)
15 Keith Jarrett "Eyes of the Heart Pt. 1" (ECM)
16 The Caretaker "Past Life Regression" (History Always Favours the Winners)
17 Brian Allen Simon "Piano Improvisation (Matadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 11/21/11)"
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