Sometimes, you have to do your duty: study, send mail, socialize, sleep. Other times, you have to get bloody sideways and collect comet medals in Super Mario Galaxy 2 until the street lamps expire. The occasional, happy by-product of evenings like this are hazy vows—which, oddly, I’m more likely to honor than other kinds—such as ‘I shall not sleep until I have completed my summer mix.’
I’m still squinting in the afterglow here, but despite exceeding the ideal 42-minute mix limit, I’m pretty proud of it. You can hear a few motifs (lyrical and musical; the melody of ‘Couleurs’ near the start of ‘Harlem Love Theme,’ for example), references to the two preceding summer mixes, and even some thematic coherence: however disparate the sounds, they’re summarily indicative of a particular sound that says ‘summer’ to Krapp.
I couldn’t resist a few indulgences, which you might end up skipping. No track appears for irony’s sake. The title is of course an homage to that perennial summer favorite, XTC’s Skylarking. Remember that you have to unzip the folder before adding it to your preferred music player. I endured a duller shade of tedium to ensure that the sequencing take care of itself, so if you notice the slightest stitch in this handwrought sonic weave, please consult the track-list in the comments section to make sure that nothing was lost in transition.
I have friends across the pond who remain regular readers (if you can call it that) with whom I haven’t been in touch lately, although I think of them (you) often. I wanted to thank them (you) for putting up with my distance. We’ll all live in the same city some day. This mix is dedicated to you and to the summer we couldn’t spend together.