Washed Out (known to his mother as Ernest Greene) appeared on BBC 6 Music this weekend to present two mixes; one, he labelled his “influences”, the other reflecting his more current tastes. “I pull from a lot of different places” Greene admits at the start of his first mix, setting the listener up for what is a sporadic and eclectic playlist, roaming from 10cc’s I’m Not in Love (which Greene says is for “getting lost in”) right through to the swooning Pyramids (Change) by Madlib and Arthur’s Sunshine Soldier. Listen to it below.
Moving into fresher territory, Washed Out presents, in this second mix, some of his favourite contemporary tunes, starting with the ethereal Blondes track Lover and including snatches of Thieves Like Us, Jensen Sportag and Loui$. Contrasted with the first, the second mix illustrates the progression that Greene sees in music – the turning-in-on-itself, the muting and stretching and mimicking of sounds, that has led to his very own Chillwave era. Listen below.
Since we’re feeling nostalgic today, you can also stream a brilliant mix from Jam City, recorded for Benji B on Radio 1 earlier this year, here. Darker and sharper than Washed Out’s choices, these are not tracks for “getting lost in”, but tracks for waking up, tracks for getting involved. Play this when you’re restless with energy and you need something to get your teeth into. You can thank us later.