The source materisals are:
Afro Celt Sound System
Banco de Gaia
Dead Can Dance (and Lisa Gerrard, solo)
and mix cd's that I have to feel my way through are:
Nick Warren 18 Global Underground
Dave Seaman Renaissance
Sasha and John Digweed Renaissance
Paul Oakenfold Great Wall and Tranceport
It's a lot to work with. The process involves sorting and choosing with little thought on the first pass. As I sit down to work, anything that hits my rhythm 'wrong' is deleted from the playlist I'm using. This happens with songs. A song will work for a while, then it won't. Some of what I'm now working with is less accessible and will take effort to listen to. That's not going to work. I need something that's niggling in my brain making weird connections, not something that is screaming at me to stop and focus on it.
And the weird thing is, I don't know yet whether I'm working on sf or fantasy. I have ideas for both. I suspect eventually I will have playlists that are oriented in different directions. What's really cool is when someone does the playlist for me, made up of sounds I've never heard but thematically connected in some weird way. Then it's fresh. So my job here is not to dwell too long on each of these relatively new (to me) artists and styles. It's to move fast and not engage the critical side of my brain.