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Great Escape mix-tape

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By Hannah Golightly (words) and Izzy Beaumont (photography)

As a token of affection the mix-tape used to rule them all. It even top trumps a bunch of wild roses and in my case a box of chocolates. Not a big fan of chocolate. Since the dawn of the Digital Age has been and gone and MP3 has invaded and won, the shuffle has replaced the album and the playlist is part of everyday life. Upload download and no rewinding or pressing play/record at the crucial moment when taping off the radio. There’s no need for tape-to-tape machine finding. Instant gratification. Zero waiting. And mostly that’s got to be a good thing. But what about the homemade compilation? The perfect present for any occasion. Mix-tapes. There’s love in them.

Since I have no cassette tape recorder these days I’m going to indulge in a little fantasy inspired by the Great Escape line up and the bands that I managed to catch over the three day festival. Plus, since this is a fantasy, I am including the odd band that I wished I saw but didn’t due to programme clashes. If I had a blank cassette to customise this would be the track-listing (which naturally I would have handwritten in scrawly spidery punk style doodled writing):

Side A

1. Cults – Abducted

2. Yuck – Milkshake

3. Tripwires – Cinnamon

4. Warpaint – Shadows

5. EMA (pictured above) – California

6. The Jezabels – Hurt Me

7. Sali ft M.I.A. – TOLDYA

8. Gallops – Lasers

9. Katy B – Perfect Stranger

10. The Naked And Famous – Young Blood

 

Side B

1. Kayla La Grange – Vampire Smile

2. Stealing Sheep – Love You Are A Record

3. Fixers – Iron Deer Dream (Chad Valley Remix)

4. Gang Gang Dance – Glory in Itself

5. The Joy Formidable – Whirring

6. Big Deal – Homework

7. The History Of Apple Pie – Tug

8. Kitten – Kill The Light

9. 2:54 – Creeping

10. Anna Calvi – Desire

Gallops @ Green Door Store 14.5.11
Sali @ Coalition 14.5.11
Sali @ Coalition 14.5.11
Yuck @ Horatio’s 14.5.11
Yuck @ Horatio’s 14.5.11
Yuck @ Horatio’s 14.5.11
Yuck @ Horatio’s 14.5.11
EMA @ Horatio’s 14.5.11
EMA @ Horatio’s 14.5.11
2:54 @ Horatio’s 14.5.11
Gallops @ Green Door Store 14.5.11

6 Responses to Great Escape mix-tape

  1. Princess Stomper May 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    You can buy CDs that look like vinyl – they come in packs of four with little paper sleeves – and they’re great for making little mixtape compilations. I just work out a playlist and then burn it onto one of the little CDs and send it off.

    Sometimes I’ll make YouTube mixes on a blog – just link to a selection of clips – but it’s not quite the same. Like the old C90 cassettes, there’s something exclusive about getting a little vinyl CD: I think the biggest “print run” I ever did of a mix was four, and each was very slightly different.

  2. hannah golightly May 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    who do you make them for Princess?

  3. Princess Stomper May 28, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Oh, just for friends as little presents occasionally.

  4. hannah golightly May 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I’ll be your friend if you can make me this mix tape for real 😉 Where can you buy them from? They sound charming!

  5. Princess Stomper May 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Well, here is a link to the CDs. I’ll drop you a line on facebook for the rest. 🙂

  6. hannah golightly May 30, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Very cool

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