Perhaps the single most consistently creative and innovative artist on the planet, Björk has been immersed in and inspired by club culture since before her 'Debut' in 1993.
Quite simply, she's an electronic music superstar.
Björk's forthcoming album Utopia, co-produced by Arca with production on one track by Rabit, is a lush, emotional electronic affair. Her 40 minute mix - a global exclusive - is equally lush and atmospheric, and actually makes a great taster for Utopia with its nods to strings, to Arca and to some of her favourite new female new vocalists like Kelela and Kelly Lee Owens, as well as classical pioneers like Steve Reich.
But it's the mood you need to focus on: this is a late night listen that's also a timely reminder of how good she is on Pro Tools. After Mixmag interviewed Björk, the actual mix didn't arrive until the new issue almost went to press. One listen and you'll hear why.
With a tracklist that features some of the most cutting edge and innovative artists in the game, we're more than thrilled to present one of the most powerful and unique cover mixes we've ever done, if not one of the best mixes released this year, period.
Here's what Björk had to say about the mix:
"dearestest music-lovers !
here is a little set for you . it is most definitely flute and air themed and perhaps reveals the sonic environment my ears were in last year . i thank all the musicians . kindness , björk."
Mix and tracklist below
Carl Stone ‘Shing Kee’ (Unseen Worlds)
Caroline Shaw ‘Partita II Sarabande’ (New Amsterdam Records)
Steve Reich ‘Vermount counterpoint’ (Angel Records)
David Lang ‘Death Speaks’ (Cantaloupe Music)
Philippe Hurel ‘Loops For Solo Flute’ (Nocturne)
Anastassis Philippakopoulus ‘Song For Bass Flute’
Sarah Hopkins ‘Kindred Spirits’ (Ellipsis Arts)
Arca ‘Anoche’ (XL Recordings)
Bjðrk ‘Losss’ (Flute Intro)
Tenores di Bitti ‘Cantu a Ballu Seriu’ (Robi Drolli)
Meshary Alaradah ‘Tafakarto’
Duchegerm 'Augmented Flute Live'
Serpentwithfeet ‘Four Ethers’ (Tri Angle)
Mala ‘Kotos’ (Brownswood Recordings)
Lanark Artefax ‘Virtual Bodies’ (UIQ)
Lanark Artefax ‘Glasz’ (UIQ)
Russian Wind Instrument ‘Smiryonushka’
Ravoi ‘Bak, Borai’
Rian Treanor ‘Pattern A1’ (The Death of Rave)
Kelly Lee Owens Ft Jenny Hval ‘Anxi’ (Smalltown Supersound)
Loft ‘Funemployed’ (Wisdom Teeth)
Peder Mannerfelt ‘Limits To Growth’ (Peder Mannerfelt Produktion)
SD Laika ‘Sanpaku Island’ (Self released)
SD Laika ‘Latent Fish’ (Unreleased)
Master Sriram Roshan (Kanchana 2) ‘Moda Moda (AP International)
Aby Ngana Diop ‘Ndadje’ (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Rules ‘Heat 2’
Emptyset (Roly Porter Version ) ‘Function Vulgar Display Of Power’ (Subtext)
SD Laika ‘Dreadful John’ (Self released)
Oxhy ‘Burning Tories (Self released)
Kelela ‘Take Me Apart’ (Warp)
David Lang ‘Child lV. Sweet Air’ (Cantaloupe Music)
Various birdsong samples by Jean C.Roche from ‘Oiseaux De Venezuela’ (Edwards Records)
Various songs from ‘Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea’ (Quartz Publications/Ideologic Organ)
Various birdsong from Iceland
Edited on Pro Tools by Björk