Lung Dart: The ‘Monday Is OK’ Mix
Lung Dart is the moniker of experimental duo and NTS Radio residents Tim Clay and James Rapson. Known for their ambient excursions on labels like Scent and Happy Valley, as well as their close affiliation with Moshi Moshi sub-label PRAH, the duo beautifully pair live instrumentation with recorded samples and rich vocals.
As a way to continue improvising together remotely during the lock down restrictions, they recently created Pulls, a six-track EP of audio collages made by pulling pre-existing unrelated instrument or sound recordings into empty Logic projects and arranging them on the fly.
To complement the release they’ve put together a mix of improvised music to ease us into Bank Holiday Monday…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you, what are you?
We’re Tim and James, based between London and the East Midlands. We’re composers, producers, musicians.
Tell us about the Monday mixtape you’ve put together for us.
It’s a mix of improvised music to go along with our Bandcamp release Pulls, which we put out on Friday. There’s lots of good stuff in there – Butch Morris, Pan Daijing, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Feminist Improvising Group, William Eggleston, Maggie Nicols and more.
If it were to be drawn what would it look like?
On Logic it looked like a staircase.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
On the sofa with your feet up.
What should we be wearing?
Headphones and shorts or joggers.
Where was it recorded?
It was put together on Logic on a Sunday morning.
Who would you say are your biggest influences and what are you hoping to achieve with your music?
We’re writing pop songs at the minute and are listening to a lot of Annie Lennox, Britney, Sinead O’Connor and William Orbit productions. We hope to make music that means something to some people.
What were your original aspirations as musicians and how do you think you’re shaping up?
We wanted to score films, work with artists and to write songs for other people. We’ve done 2 of those things so far and are keen to do more.
What were the first and last records you bought?
James- first: Blowing Free – Sax Moods, last: JC Leisure – Mutations For Tim – first: Fragma – Toca´s Miracle, last: Butch Morris – Homein