DJ/producer Tom Middleton mixes up soul, progressive rock, hip-hop and electro synth-pop on his second musical journey in the Trip series. 'The Trip 2' is out this week.
Tom Middleton is best known for his productions and remixes as Cosmos, Global Communication and as one half of The Jedi Knights together with Mark Pritchard. Next up for Middleton is a second compilation for the raid-your-music-collection Trip series.
Middleton's first Trip mix is still the biggest seller in the series which has produced eclectic mixes from Jarvis Cocker, Joey Negro, Dirty Vegas and St. Etienne. Even Robbie Williams says his cover of Lewis Taylor's 'Lovelight' was inspired by the inclusion of the original on Middleon's first Trip CD.
On 'The Trip 2' Middleton again displays scant regard for genre, unifying seemingly disparate music. He compiled the double CD after searching through his iTunes playlists bearing titles such as Soundtracks without Films, Sextrax, '70s TV Nostalgia, Future Folk and Obscuriosities. The result is a double CD that takes in hip-hop (Eric B & Rakim) electro-pop (Goldfrapp), progressive rock (Tangerine Dream), TV theme songs and everything in between.
"There's no shortage of nuggets to blend, it's all about the criteria you use to select and filter. These days for me it's about purity of emotional content; memorable melodies be they sung or played with strong rhythmic backbones, " explains Middleton. "I'm not really concerned with the latest trends in sonic style (the many comps out there with that agenda will date quickly), only timeless tunes from the present and recent past that just simply need to be heard and shared."
'The Trip 2' navigated by Tom Middleton Tracklist
1. The Wisp
2. Dayvan Cowboy
3. Here's What's Left
4. Transmit Fantastic
5. Smokin' With The Motherman
6. Hairy Trees
7. Morning Sun
8. Elle Et Moi
9. Taking Me Over
10. A Heart Full of U - Shur-i-Kan Remix
11. A Special Morning
12. Sunny Road
14. Metal Bark
16. The Other World
17. The Cosmic Game
20. Sleepy Meadows of Buxton
21. The Martian Chronicles
22. A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld - Radio Version
23. Love On A Real Train
1. Thames TV Ident
2. This Is Your Life
4. Can't Get Away (From Your Love) - Solid Groove Remix
5. Finally - Innocent Sorcerers Mix
6. The Galactica Suite - Original Instrumental Mix
7. Batucada Dub
8. Mahalageasca - Bucovina Dub
9. Mana's Bounce
10. Caribbean Festival - Album Version
11. Bad Tune
12. What "U" Waiting 4
13. Follow The Leader - Album Version
14. Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again - Single Version
15. Family Rap
16. Alpha Beta Gaga
17. We Can Fly
18. Happy People
20. Barbapapa's Groove
21. That's What Love Does - Vincent Montana, Jr. Original Mix
22. The La La Song
23. Left Bank Two (Vision On Theme from the Gallery)
'The Trip 2' navigated by Tom Middleton was released this Monday on Family Recordings.