Guest Mixtape: Blue Napoli

More than a year ago, we premiered the debut single of a promising newcomer called Blue Napoli. While he’s still working on new material, the London-based artist, who answers to the name of Jonathan Heath, found the time to put up a summer mixtape that includes some of his major influences, alongside a brief sneak peak of what might come next from Blue Napoli.

Listen to the mix below and read the track-by-track explanation of the selection by Blue Napoli.

Blue Napoli – Precious Things

In the midst of putting together more tracks for Blue Napoli I wanted to make a mixtape of some of my influences, and some music that I have been enjoying since I started the project. Some precious things to be enjoyed on a hot summer evening.

The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
A bit on the nose but a perfect encapsulation the fragility of an English summer.

Slowdive – Rutti
Languid, interwoven guitars that could go on forever.

Blue Napoli – American History
Strains of an interview with Sharon Tate introduce my debut track. A meditation on the lives of the glitterati during the golden years of Cinecitta.

David Sylvian – Red Guitar
A huge influence and a great love. The best voice and the best hair in the business.

Ocean Hope – Tame
A song full of drama leading to an incredible crescendo.

Tears For Fears – The Hurting
A lesson on how to turn pure misery into pure pop music.

Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby
I would love to see a double-bill of this band and Nicole Dollanganger. Heartbreaking.

Giovanni Fusco – Notturno II
The first interlude from an Antonioni movie soundtrack.

Blue Napoli – Monument (Demo)
A snippet from a song I have been working on featuring Monica Vitti dialogue from Il Deserto Rosso. Her characters in Antonioni films are beyond compelling.

Cocteau Twins – Millimillenary
Simple. Emotive. Just mesmerising.

CFCF – Strange Form of Life
Beautiful arrangements. Percussion and synth are stunning building towards something brilliant.

Prefab Sprout – Bonny
The best melodramatic pop band of all time.

Giovanni Fusco – Passeggiata
The second interlude from an Antonioni movie soundtrack.

Mannequins on 7th Street – Who Are You
I love the details on the track. It’s somehow quite suffocating, building and breaking into blissful euphoria.

Merchandise – Little Killer
An amazing road song. Utterly joyful.

John Carpenter – Night
The master.

David Bowie – I’m Deranged
A brilliant more recent Bowie track. Selected by Trent Reznor for a David Lynch film: a troika of genius.