James Heather

Moving Sounds

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James Heather is a pianist, composer, and publicist for Ninja Tune that has appeared on these pages on numerous occasions – most recently with a track premiere for his upcoming release Modulations: EP2. James and I have a mutual passion for sharing the music that we discover. A few years ago, he made an ambient focused Headphone Commute Mix for this very same podcast. Today I’m syndicating his selection originally appearing on his very own Moving Sounds program that he runs on London’s Soho Radio. This monthly show “was born out of the long-running playlist of the same name created by James that explores spaces between classical, electronic, ambient, soul, jazz, drone, film soundtrack, folk, field recordings & other transporting sounds from the past but mostly from now.” This particular mix is featuring many of my favourite composers whom I am honoured to call friends, and I was even happy to contribute a track of my own. In the case of mixes, I always follow the “less words – more music” formula, so here you go, folks! Enjoy!


  •  Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony OrchestraMovement 8 (Luaka Bop)
  •  LoscilVespera (kranky)
  •  36Empathy Burnout (3six)
  •  36 & awakened soulsPast Self (Past Inside The Present)
  •  Arushi Jain & OSESense of Self (Spontaneous Affinity)
  •  Penelope TrappesFur & Feather (Houndstooth)
  •  Clemens Christian PoetzschSolitaer (Neue Meister)
  •  Mike LazarevPortrait of a Lady with a Fan (Self Released)
  •  Rafael Anton IrisarriDistance (Room40)
  •  Fadi Tabbal & Julia SabraRoots (Ruptured)
  •  Arushi Jain & OSEDrown Out the Noise With Your Silence (GHUNGHRU)
  •  TM404Ulf Eriksson (Konta Muzik)
  •  Abul MogardSand (Ecstatic Recordings)
  •  Anna YarbroughSomewhere in a wooden cabin (Rhodium)
  •  Josh SemansHolding Pattern (Our Waves)
  •  Clemens Christian PoetzschKleines Silber (Neue Meister)
  •  Pepo GalánSoledad (Stereoscenic)
  •  Markus GuentnerOvertone (David’s Song) (ASIP)
  •  Godspeed You! Black EmperorOUR SIDE HAS TO WIN (for D.H.) (Constellation)
  •  Laura MasottoBlue Marble (7Ki)
  •  ScannerShuffleless (Bette)
  •  Jessica RochPower Dynamic (Self Released)
  •  Rutger HoedemaekersAn Explanation For Its Own Sake (130701)
  •  VanburIn Cold Light (Alexandra Hamilton Ayres Rework) (Manners Mcdade)
  •  James HeatherPassing Soul (Ahead Of Our Time)