Friends of Friends mix series: Solar Bears in the mix

As the cold continues to settle here in London, it’s snowing as I type this, we bring you some more end of year musical warmth with our last Friends of Friends guest mix of 2010. This time the FoF family invited Solar Bears to do a mix, an Irish duo who made their debut on Planet Mu earlier this year. Regular listeners will remember Mu were our first label of the year last month. We’ve also aired tracks from Solar Bears’ ‘She Was Coloured In’ release on Mu earlier this year, check them here if you haven’t, or visit the Planet Mu site for more.

Solar Bear’s sound is described by their Mu biography as ‘a mix of programming, acoustic instruments, synths and vintage tape machines. The freeform approach of their writing and recording lends itself to varying tones and colours.’ That last remark about colours is I think quite appropriate – if anything struck me when I first heard the promo earlier this year it was the music’s ‘synesthetic’ quality.

For their FoF mix the duo sent in a lovely selection of tracks, which they described as follows:

Our mix is a combination of old favourites and music we have come across lately that we were really into. The artists are quite well known and for good reason, they make beautiful tracks. Each song has had a big impact on me personally for different reasons. The overall effect we wanted to create was one of movement and looking back. Next year we will be performing here and abroard as well as beginning a new record with novel influences and sounds.

As always with our FoF series the picture for this mix comes courtesy of Oliver Kish. Many thanks to Solar Bears and Leeor at FoF for their time. Don’t forget to check the archive page for all the mixes in the series, and look out for more in the new year.

For more on Solar Bears hit up Myspace or the Planet Mu site. FoF lives over here and have some killer releases lined up for 2011 – more on that in the new year though.

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Death in Vegas – Blood Yawning
Underworld – Rez
Dot Allison – We’re Only Science
Leftfield – Double Flash
Lone – Petrcane Beach
Vangelis – Blade Runner (End Titles)
Crystal Castles – Magic Spells
Solar Bears – Children Of The Times
Bibio – Letherette
Jay Bharadia – Fade To

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