The 17th Year Mix

Everything must come to an end’

Part diary, part collage, part mixtape, ‘The 17th Year’ documents a life-changing year through audio samples, writing and songs. Music featured in the mix includes an updated recording of a Quintessence song (one of Tom’s former bands) and a new song by No Side Effects. The mix also includes the voices of Adrian Wallington of Two Short Planks/No Side Effects and Sumita Majumdar of IndoorGoblin.


Track List:

Grasslands – Burn After Listening
Susanne Sundfør – Darlings
Ben Folds – Capable of Anything (Grasslands Overdub)
The Vaccines – Dream Lover
Nils Frahm – Our Own Roof
Grasslands – Grounded/Floating
Grasslands – Too Many Knives
The Magic Lantern – Guilty Hearts
Reading by Adrian Wallington – The Temple
Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
Low – What Part of Me
Reading by Sumita Majumdar – Monument
Lanterns On The Lake – I’ll Stall Them
No Side Effects – Final Forecast
Reading by Sumita Majumdar – Atomise & Reform
School Of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes


Midnight mixtape

And so… as the hours of the day draw to a close, you can now experience my first mixtape made with an iPad while alone in a hotel in Scotland.

Enjoy the night time!

We were made in the dark:


Who fancies a Grasslands music curated Bank Holiday?

Are you bored this Bank Holiday Monday? Want to listen to some music? It’s been a very productive period in the cold and wet meadows where Grasslands hangs around and he’s happy to present his current musical offerings, so look no further, Grasslands can keep you occupied for hours.

No Side Effects
Over the past few months Tom has been releasing electronic music with his wildlife partner-in-crime Adrian as ‘No Side Effects’.

They have released three singles which reflect on how we all cope with this rapidly changing modern world. First up is their debut, ‘Isolation Explosion’, which is a dark synth laden mid-tempo tune with some fuzzy guitars and beat boxing.


Their second single ‘In Your Brain Right Now’ is a crazy jamming session built around a lecture by philosopher Sam Harris about controlling the mind.


Their third single ‘Dark Light’ is a synth heavy number with Tom on drumming and harmony duties. They even recorded a video for this one featuring both Tom and Ade getting blinded by strobe lights and pretending to be serious.


Fancy something a bit more academic? Why not check out the duos first two podcasts about social anxiety and loneliness or read the range of blog articles they have both written on these subjects.


Grasslands – Hidden! Ninja! Action! – Mixtape
Tom started 2016 by releasing his hour long mixtape about ninjas. The mixtape includes a range of genres from Ska to Pirate Rap and features samples of ninjas from film and TV. There’s been a lot of love for this mix so please do check it out:

Grasslands videos
Tom is warming up for his first Grasslands gig which will be at the Roaring Donkey in Swindon on the 20th April.


As part of his practice sessions he’s put together some performance videos. The videos include: ‘The Ball Starts To Move’ one of Tom’s most popular songs; an acoustic version of ‘This Is The Way I Rationalise’ and an acoustic cover of Tasmin Archer’s ‘Sleeping Satellite’.

Grasslands EPs
Tom is just starting work on recording ‘EP3: Small Town Justice’, so now is a good time to catch up with ‘EP1: Time To Think’ and ‘EP2: My Folks Prefer The Clone’. Check them out below.



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Hidden! Ninja! Action! Mixtape Full Track List

Here is the full track list for my recent DJ/Mixtape release: Hidden! Ninja! Action!

Be warned the list is quite long!


You can listen to the full mix on soundcloud and mixcloud:

Full Track List:

Mortal Kombat Trilogy
The Hunted Soundtrack
James Bond: You Only Live Twice
Ninja In The Dragon’s Den
Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch
Rustie – Death Mountain
American Ninja
Batman Begins
Glitch Mob – Animus Vox
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
Horse The Band – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Rhythm Method – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ninja: Silent Assassin
Tomoyasu Hotei – Battle without Honour
7 Seconds of Love – Ninja
La Roux – In for the Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey remix)
Ninjas Secret History of the Ninja Uncovered
The Vapors – Turning Japanese
The Hunted
Enter The Ninja
Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew – Ninja Hater
Ninja Squad
The Japanese Popstars – Fight The Night
The Dark Knight Rises
Bane Outtakes (Auralnauts extended edition)
Die Antwoord – Enter the Ninja
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
Mercury Rev – The Dark is Rising
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Ninja Gaiden
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Ninja in the Dragon’s Den
Europe – Ninja
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Muse – Assassin
Metal Gear Solid
Vanilla Ice – Ninja Rap
331 Erock – Ninja Gaiden (4-2) Meets Metal
Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Cyber Ninja Trailer
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
The Chemical Brothers – Battle Scars
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
65daysofstatic – Retreat! Retreat!
Metal Gear Solid
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Smashing Pumpkins – We Only Come Out At Night
Final Fantasy VI – Shadow’s Theme
SONOIO – Unpredictable
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
U2 – Wake Up Dead Man

Join the Grasslands Facebook page and join in posting pictures of ninjas:


Who can fight a ninja?


The Hunted

How many famous people in films and TV do you think have had a scrap with a ninja? Who has rapped about ninjas (quite a few people, surprisingly)? Who has become a ninja?

Tom HardyChritopher LambertLiam NeesonSean_Connery_1964

My Grasslands DJ mix includes the vocal performances of: Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert (when he isn’t beheading people he seems to have issues with ninjas), Vanilla Ice, and Luc Perry from Beverly Hills 90210 (he was a ninja once, don’t you know).

Luc Perry

You can listen to the mix on soundcloud

and mixcloud.


Ninja mixtape online

My latest DJ mix explores the legend of Japan’s mystical Ninja assassins through the lens of pop-culture and beyond. Music and samples all relate to these legendary figures of folklore. Themes of brotherhood angst and the common theme of cyber ninjas feature with clips sourced from TV, film and video games including a range of musical genres including dub step, ska, pirate rap (yes, pirate rap) and metal.


Explore some of the best and worst that music and film have to offer and learn more about the secret art of ninja.


When evil robots attack!!! DJ Mix

While I am busy at work putting together my next themed DJ Mix, I thought I would share my previous one that I mixed between the recording of Grasslands EP1 and EP2.

The DJ mix is about evil robots and features songs and clips from movies and TV.


I was really pleased that I managed to get all the dates mentioned to run in chronological order.

Before the release if this mix in 2012 I spent two weeks posting pictures of evil robots onto Facebook.

Mecha godzilla

I hope you enjoy it:

Experience a 47 minute long homage to angry robots that are hell-bent on destroying all human life.

Listen to the various references to dates when the world has succumbed to all-out robotic war (taken from TV and Film), and concluding with robots starting to act more human than we do.

Tracks in the mix include:
• Bloc Party – Talons (Acoustic Version)
• M83 – Unrecorded
• Bear In Heaven – Lovesick Teenagers
• Secret Machines – First Wave Intact (Album Version)
• Super Furry Animals – Sex, War And Robots
• The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1 (Live)
• Foo Fighters – Down In the Park
• Deltron 3030 – 3030
• Doves – Last Broadcast
• Vangelis – Tears In Rain
• Kuedo – Flight Path
• Biffy Clyro – Classical Machines (Iain Cook Aereogramme Remix)

Samples Include:
• Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
• The Black Hole
• Battlestar Galactica (2004)
• Robocop
• 2001: A Space Odyssey
• Terminator 2: Judgement Day
• The Matrix
• Blade Runner

The mix was created using the Djay App for iPad in January 2012.I hope you enjoy it:

You’ll have to wait to find out what the next one is about.