Guest Playlist: Bear Mountain

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What are you listening to?

I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff from the 70s, some disco and house and some synthesizer music from the late 60s, but of course new stuff like Bieber and Drake. I’m inspired by discovering new music all the time whether it’s old or new. What I listen to always ends up in the music I make, so I try to find new stuff I love all the time. — Ian Bevis, Bear Mountain

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
This is one of those songs that I heard a million times but never noticed it until it hit me over the head one day. I think it may be one of the best songs ever written.

Bob James – “Nautilus”
I love this song because of the groove and the drums and the vibe is undeniable.

Dick Hyman – “The Eclectic Eclectics of Dick Hyman”
I’m putting the whole album here because it’s incredible. It was made in 1969 and still sounds like the future. It’s like a masterclass in synthesizer sounds.

The Simonsound – “Moon Rocks”
I was working on a soundtrack recently and the producer shared this album with me. It’s incredible front to back. Made with a buchla 200e I believe, and some very vintage drums it is so much fun to listen to on headphones and smoke a joint and go for a long walk.

The Dust Brothers – “Homework” (the Fight Club Soundtrack)
I want Beck to make another album with the dust brothers so bad. This soundtrack is so good.

Gino Soccio – “Dancer”
The best disco track to start a party. It’s like Canadian Italian disco. Everytime I play this dj’ing someone asks me what the song is.

INKSWELL – “She Likes Techno”
I heard this song through a Harvery Sutherland playlist. The shimmery symbols at the start and the groove and the bass line are buttery.

The Black Madonna – “Exodus | Stripped & Chewed”
I’ve found a lot of music through first watching The Black Madonna’s boiler room, and I’m such a fan. I love the music she’s turned me on too through her soundcloud and her own releases and incredible.

My name is Ian, I play in a band is called Bear Mountain. We’re playing Thursday December 10, 2015 at Adelaide hall in Toronto. It will be fun you should come. I play bass and sing in my band, and also DJ as much as possible.