I’m very excited that we’ve made the transition to the new site. It looks great. The one change with my mixes is that with our new format, I can’t embed the Mixcloud player for the time being. Tunelove’s great new platform is HTML5-compliant and Mixcloud has not yet created an update to their Flash player. Until Mixcloud updates, I’ll include two links in each post: one directly to Mixcloud so that you can stream the mix and one directly to Mediafire so that you can download it if you wish.
I’m also going to start including small blurbs about each track I’ve chosen to give you some info about the artist or the particular song that I’ve selected. Enjoy!
1. Portugal. The Man – All My Light (RZA remix)
I’m not super familiar with Portugal. The Man, even though they’ve released half a dozen albums over the last few years. RZA, however, is one of my all-time heroes. With this remix, he takes a bluesy rock song and drops in his trademark gritty 808 drums. He’s the reason that my favorite album of all time changed at age 11 from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to Liquid Swords.
2. Mr. Little Jeans – Runaway (Wavves remix)
Wavves makes everything they touch turn to fuzz, in a good way. This is basically a tone poem about being drunk at a beach.
3. Iman Omari – Worth It
Produced by up-and-comer THC (Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80, Schoolboy Q’s Habits & Contradictions), “Worth It” is the evolution of R&B. Lush soundscapes, vocals manipulated to blend with the instrumentation, and no real lyrical message. For when Drake gets too whiny.
4. Kilo Kish – You’re Right
Kilo Kish is a pretty shitty rapper, but her production comes from Matt Martian (of Odd Future aka OFWGKTA). This beat is so simple but something about those flattened high hats and barely moving bassline is intoxicating.
5. Big Baby Gandhi – Blue Magic feat. Das Racist
Das Racist absolutely steals the show on this one. Gandhi spits his verse first and then quickly gets out of the way to allow Heems and Kool A.D. to deliver solid verses and even Dapwell rains a nicely meandering hook (a hook at the end of the track, which is interesting in itself).
6. Elite Gymnastics – here, in heaven 4 & 5 (CFCF remix)
Elite Gymnastics makes beautiful, ethereal electronic music and is obsessed with K-Pop and J-Pop (that’s Korean and Japanese pop music, respectively, to the uninitiated; the weird thing about K-Pop and J-Pop is that its sound seems frozen at the level of U.S. boy-band pop from 1998). CFCF makes beautiful, ethereal electronic music and is obsessed with architectural theory and German film. Seems like a match made in heaven. Cocteau Twins-like unintelligible vocals and the restraint with the drums are highlights.
7. RL Grime – Neat
Part of the WeDidIt collective (with Shlohmo, D33J, Groud is Lava, et al), RL Grime is one of an emerging class of musicians that can’t seem to decide whether they want to make dance music or backing tracks for rappers. I guess you can blame Lil B for starting this trend of rappers recording verses atop anything at all that has a regular beat. The bass in this track is killer.
8. Hype Williams – PROGRESSION
“PROGRESSION” is one of over 30 unreleased tracks dumped on the internet recently by the enigmatic duo Hype Williams (Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt). It’s the most unaggressive duel between a guitar with a fucking ton of delay and a synth organ, with some competent backing drumming (that sounds human and not computerized).